Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree, © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject
© Sumedh Prasad / Orproject

Orproject, a London-based architecture practice, completed a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy titled, 'Vana,' for the India Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi.

Read what the architects' had to say after the break...

© Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject +12

Quarry House / Marina Rubina

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
Quarry House / Marina Rubina, © Halkin Mason Photography
© Halkin Mason Photography

© Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography +14

Intercity Bus Terminal / José Luis Rodríguez Gil

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +14

Garenne Colombes Cultural Center / Richard + Schoeller Architectes

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
Garenne Colombes Cultural Center / Richard + Schoeller Architectes, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Emmanuelle Blanc © Emmanuelle Blanc © Emmanuelle Blanc +30

WXCA's Winning Entry / Baltic Sea Park Competition

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
WXCA's Winning Entry / Baltic Sea Park Competition, Courtesy of WXCA
Courtesy of WXCA

The Baltic Sea Art Park, designed by Warsaw based design studio WXCA, proposes a series of common exhibition spaces in downtown Pärnu, Estonia, on the edge of the Pärnu River. Folk art and professional work from artists of the Baltic Sea nations will be exhibited in a collection of floating pavilions. With nine countries being invited to exhibit, including Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland (with autonomous Aland), Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden, the "floating piazza" is intended to act as "a platform for exchange of the Baltic Sea culture that enables integration and interaction between all Baltic countries and their artistic heritage."

New Building for Nursery and Kindergarten in Zaldibar / Hiribarren-Gonzalez + Estudio Urgari

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
New Building for Nursery and Kindergarten in Zaldibar / Hiribarren-Gonzalez  + Estudio Urgari, Courtesy of Egoin
Courtesy of Egoin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Autonomía, 48250 Zaldibar, Biscay, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Tony Hiribarren y María del Mar González Dueñas
  • Design Team

    HIRIBARREN-GONZALEZ (Tony Hiribarren y María del Mar González Dueñas arquitectos) URGARI (Patxi Gastaminza e Itziar Modrego arquitectos)
  • Project Area

    663.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Egoin

Courtesy of Egoin Courtesy of Egoin Courtesy of Egoin Courtesy of Egoin +29

The Tale of Sydney's Urban Sellout

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
The Tale of Sydney's Urban Sellout, Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression. Image © Barangaroo Delivery Authority
Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression. Image © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

A recent, well-written article for The Guardian chronicles the story of Sydney's East Darling Harbour (also known as 'Barangaroo'), from the city's optimism in 2003 to the relative disappointment of today. David Shoebridge, a New South Wales Greens MP and the party's planning spokesperson, recounts the series of compromises and sellouts that have turned what was meant to be a "prime public space" into - to add insult to injury - the site for a casino.You can read this cautionary tale in full here.

House Between Oak Trees / Murado & Elvira Arquitectos

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
House Between Oak Trees  / Murado & Elvira Arquitectos, © David Frutos
© David Frutos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carretera Valverde, 06010 Badajoz, Spain
  • Architect In Charge

    Murado & Elvira Arquitectos, Juan Elvira, Clara Murado
  • Collaborator

    Tomás Gil (cálculo estructural)
  • Project Area

    172.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photography

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +19

Open Letters / Harvard Graduate School of Design

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
Open Letters / Harvard Graduate School of Design, Courtesy of Open Letters
Courtesy of Open Letters

Launched in September 2013 by students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Open Letters is a print experiment that tests the epistolary form as a device for generating conversations about architecture and design. The project stems from an earnest curiosity about what people have to say to each other about architecture, landscapes, cities, ideas, history, practice, experience and learning. 

New issues are released every other Friday, each presenting one open letter, i.e. a letter addressed to a particular party, but intended for publication, about any topic relating to the design disciplines. Past correspondents have written to mentors, chairs, trees, mystical creatures, those in need of advice and to NCARB. All issues can be read online.

The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?

00:00 - 10 January, 2014
The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?, The Portland Building in 1982. Image © Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Image © Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

In a provocative article, The Atlantic Cities explores the dilemma which Portland currently finds itself in: the Michael Graves-designed Portland Building, one of the most important examples of early postmodernism, requires renovation work to the tune of $95 million; unfortunately, most residents of Portland "really, really hate" the building - as they have since it was constructed in 1983. Should the city spend so much money renovating a building which is unpopular, dysfunctional and poorly built just because of its cultural significance? Read the original article for more.

l'Ecole Jean Jaures / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons + Art’ur architectes

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
l'Ecole Jean Jaures / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons + Art’ur architectes, Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons
Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons

Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons +15

Aula Medica / Wingårdhs

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Aula Medica / Wingårdhs, © Tord-Rikard Söderström
© Tord-Rikard Söderström
  • Architects

  • Location

    Solnavägen 7, Karolinska Institutet, 171 65 Solna, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Gert Wingårdh and Jonas Edblad
  • Contributors Construction Documents

    Andreas Henriksson (Project Architect), Birgitta Stenvaller, Guisli Benito, Ronja Saxberg, Viktoria Wallin, Johan Wegbrant, Per Odebäck, Kjell Nord, Ingrid Alerås, Nils Korth, Maria Olausson, Anna Palm
  • Area

    13700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Patrik Lindell © Patrik Lindell © Patrik Lindell © Tord-Rikard Söderström +31

Abrante Lookout / Jose Luis Bermejo Martín

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Abrante Lookout / Jose Luis Bermejo Martín, Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín
Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín
  • Architects

  • Location

    Agulo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Project Area

    243.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín

Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín +28

Roc Cube / nook architects

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Roc Cube / nook architects, © nieve
© nieve
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Furniture

    Casa Jornet
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© nieve © nieve © nieve © nieve +25

17 VPO Dwellings / Màrius Quintana Creus

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
17 VPO Dwellings / Màrius Quintana Creus, © Marc Torra
© Marc Torra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda el Castell, 2, 08570 Torelló, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architect

    Màrius Quintana Creus
  • Collaborators

    Manel Fernández, Joan González Gou.
  • Budget

    2.081.725,51 €
  • Project Area

    2487.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Marc Torra

© Marc Torra © Marc Torra © Marc Torra © Marc Torra +9

GASP! Stage 2 / Room11

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
GASP! Stage 2 / Room11, © Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking
  • Architects

  • Location

    Derwent Haven, Rosetta TAS 7010, Australia
  • Client

    Glenorchy City Council
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking +29

AD Interviews: Francine Houben / Mecanoo

01:00 - 10 January, 2014

Francine Houben (@FrancineHouben on Twitter) is one of the founders and the current Creative Director of acclaimed Dutch firm Mecanoo

The firm was founded in 1984 after Francine and a group of fellow students at the Delft University of Technology won a competition for a social housing complex. Since then the firm has developed a unique language with a special focus on the expression of materials, a strong relation with context, technical expertise, and the precise resolution of details, as can be seen in the TU Delft Library, the La Llotja Theatre and Congress Centre, the Montevideo Building, and the recently opened Birmingham Library, currently the largest library in Europe.

The firm's logo, a falling diver "represents a free spirit and unlimited creativity" according to @Mecanoo__.

In this interview Francine explains the challenges of designing a library, a program currently undergoing quick and constant evolution, and shares her experience running the practice.

Currently, the firm is directed by Francine and technical director Aart Fransen,  joined by partners Francesco Veenstra (watch Mies.UK interview), Ellen van der Wal, Paul Ketelaars and Dick van Gameren. Mecanoo has projects under construction all around the world, including the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung (Taiwan, see watch construction video), the Dudley Municipal Center in Boston (USA) and the Shenzhen Cultural Center (China). 

Projects by Mecanoo at ArchDaily:

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PAPYRUS Glasses Shop / Archi@Mosphere

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere
Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere

Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere +17