Courtesy of HOLDUP
Courtesy of HOLDUP

Yashiki Mori Housing Proposal / HOLDUP

The proposal for the Yashiki Mori competition by HOLDUP… elaborates on the Yashiki-rin housing typologies as a protection from environmental aggressions: windbreak forest (hot summer wind, cold winter wind, sandblast), barrier against fire, sunshade, air-purifier (carbon dioxide absorber and oxygen

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Daniel Portilla

We were thinking what would be the best way to finish the week. And we decided it’s probably looking back at the best projects we featured during the week. Starting today, our Best of the Week will go on Sundays. Did you see our coverage on Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Serpetine Gallery Pavilion? Don’t miss The Barnes Foundation, designed by Tod Williams + Billie Tsien. We also had the opportunity of attending the 2012 Pritzker Prize ceremony, check out our coverage here. Rafael de La-Hoz designed the Rey Juan Carlos Hospital in Madrid. Finally, what do you think of the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre?

Garrotxa Secondary School / SVArquitectura

© Beat Marugg

Architects: SV Arquitectura – Santiago Vives
Location: Olot, ,
Completion: 2009
Area: 12,803 sqm
Photographers: Beat Marugg, Santiago Vives

Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

North Las Vegas City Hall and Civic Plaza Wins National Award / Fentress Architects

Chosen for its outstanding construction management techniques and environmental sensitivity, the North Las Vegas City Hall and Civic Plaza was recently named 2012 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Designed by Fentress Architects…, the

Flashback: Residential Building in Rosario / Rafael Iglesia

© Gustavo Frittegotto

Architects: Rafael Iglesia
Location: San Luis 470, ,
Collaborators: Andrés Lombardo, Mariano Fiorentini
Client: Conystar SRL Area: 147 sqm
Years: 1998-2001
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto, Manuel Cucurell


Tokyo Skytree: the World’s largest Telecom Tower

© Flickr User: Joe Hsu

Since it’s opening on May 22, the Tokyo Skytree has already experienced an overwhelming amount of visitors. As reported by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the 634-meter (2,080 feet) structure has surpassed the previously tallest communications tower, Canton Tower in China, by 34 meters. The Tokyo Skytree took four years to construct and is double the height of ’s 333-meter Tokyo Tower.

Tokyo Skytree’s name and design concept is described by the developer as, “The creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design”. Continue reading for more.

2012 London Festival of Architecture

The Festival of Architecture is a city-wide celebration of architecture and architectural talent in the UK capital. It brings architects and communities together to examine how we make a better place. The theme of the 2012 Festival – ‘The Playful City’ – responds to the presence in of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Everyone is invited to join the Festival; both Londoners and visitors are encouraged to be active participants in the city. From reinterpreting familiar places through new installations and animations, redesigning public spaces to encourage physical fitness in the spirit of the Olympic Games, to testing interactive forms of consultation and planning for future urban development, festival participants will be encouraged to play in, and play with, the city around them.

Curated by RIBA London, the Architecture Foundation, New London Architecture and the British Council, LFA2012 takes place over three weekends across three London hubs:

  • City of London, Southwark and London Pleasure Gardens (23rd /24th June)
  • Fitzrovia and Victoria (30th June / 1 July)
  • King’s Cross and Hoxton (7th/8th July)

You won’t want to miss it! Find more information on the festival’s official website.

House Ijburg / Rocha Tombal Architects

Courtesy of

Architect: Rocha Tombal Architects - Ana Rocha, Michel Tombal
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Team: Enrique Otero Neira, Iwona Wozniakowska, Tjerk Boom, Anne Dessing, Volker Goldstein
Client: Hester Molenaar en Maurice Winkel
Construction: Aronsohn bv Rotterdam
Completion: 2008
Floor Area: 264 sqm (incl. balcony)
Building costs: € 330.000,– excl. ground, kitchen, garden
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocha Tombal Architects

Student Center EUR - Courtesy of Powerhouse Company
Student Center EUR - Courtesy of Powerhouse Company

Nykredit Motivation Prize 2012 Awarded to Powerhouse Company

Powerhouse Company…, an office that focuses on the fields of architecture, urban design and research, was recently awarded the Nykredit Motivation Prize 2012. The prize of over 13.000 euros was handed out by the Danish Minister for Culture, Uffe

Courtesy of nycobaNOMA
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

nycobaNOMA Networking Event

Hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and sponsored by Urban Office and GGI,  this summer event involves a fun evening of networking, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. You will have the opportunity to follow…

Architecture at Zero 2012 Competition

Courtesy of AIA San Francisco, PG&E, ZNE Pilot Program, and UC

Open to and professionals worldwide in architecture, planning and urban design studios, the Architecture at Zero 2012 challenges participants to design a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing or administrative office building design for the University of California Merced in Merced, California. As part of the challenge, entrants will also be asked to create a diagrammatic district energy plan for the Bellevue Gateway development. Organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco chapter and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program, in partnership with the University of California, Merced, this unique event explores the cutting edge of energy efficient design. The deadline for submissions is October 1. For more information, please visit here.

Kurt Brunner / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

© Günter Richard Wett

Architects: Bergmeister Wolf Architekten
Location: Sterzing,
Architecture Collaborators: Edoardo de Cicco, Jürgen Prosch, Ana Soares
Planning of Structural Framework: Paul Schmidt
Art on the Construction: Franziska Weinberger, Lois Weinberger, Lies Bielowski
Client: Kurt Brunner
Completion: 2011
Photographers: Günter Richard Wett


Foss Waterway Seaport / Olson Kundig Architects

Courtesy of

Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the Foss Waterway Seaport, Puget Sounds premier maritime heritage, education and recreation center began undergoing historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. When building rehabilitation is completed, the new 45,000 square foot public facility will feature an expansive maritime heritage museum, compelling indoor program spaces (including a K-16 marine science and environmental education center), a heritage boat building shop and the “Discovery Wharf” childrens learning center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

H2 / 314 Architecture Studio

Courtesy of

Architects: 314 Architecture Studio
Location: , Greece
Photographs: Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio


Extension of the Building Academy Salzburg / soma

© Florian Hafele, Innsbruck

In less than two weeks, Austrian practice soma will be celebrating the grand opening of their new extension to the Building Academy in . The extension will serve as a new foyer that acts as the school lobby and as a public space for various cultural events. Using a strategy of a “viscous” affiliation, the new atmosphere is generated through a simulation of viscosity that blends with the existing building geometry yet develops its own presence.

Continue reading for more.

TED Talk: Robots That Fly… and cooperate / Vijay Kumar

In continuing with our coverage of the research of the GRASP Lab based out of the University of Pennsylvania, this recent 2012 outlines some of the unique opportunities that can be explored and possibly implemented in the near future with robots that fly. From an architectural and construction perspective, a wide variety of tasks can be accomplished. While still only on a small scale, the demonstrations in the video showcase a myriad of diverse abilities that are achievable.  The quad rotor robots are able to navigate complex geometry through the use of onboard laser scanners and cameras. The video also demonstrates the ability of these robots to work together in swarms for tasks such as assembling a scale building based on a programmable blueprint. Watch the video to see what the future may hold for a fully automated construction site.

See our previous coverage on related topics here and here.

Sint-Martinus / Lensass Architects

Courtesy of

Architects: Lensass Architects
Location: , Belgium
Photographs: Andri Haflidason, Courtesy of Lensass Architects

Spruce Art Center / LYCS Architecture

Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Designed by LYCS Architecture, the Spruce Art Center recently commenced construction in Hangzhou, , . Flush with mature spruce trees and a pre-existing one story abandoned structure, the design is a mixture of two fundamental challenges in architecture: to evoke new spatial meaning while reconciling an existing structure, and to produce a formal language that can be dynamic and strong, yet carefully caress spruce trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.