Extension and Remodeling of Hospital Sant Joan de Déu de Manresa / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

Courtesy of Ute Bages Sanitària

Architects: Estudi PSP Arquitectura, SCP.
Location: Carrer del Doctor Joan Soler, Manresa,
Architect In Charge: Jaume Espinal Farré, Joan Ribera Mestres
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 39928.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Ute Bages Sanitària

Courtesy of Studio Kalamar
Courtesy of Studio Kalamar

National and University Library / Studio Kalamar

Designed by Studio Kalamar…, the proposal for the National and University Library in Ljubljana, Slovenia connects itself to the urban fabric of the square in a clear, but quiet fashion. As the dynamic volume mimics the dynamic surrounding environment,

Led-LS Offices / Amunátegui Valdés Architects

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Architects: Amunátegui Valdés Architects
Location: La Concepción 141, Providencia, Metropolitan Region,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Amunátegui Valdés Architects

2G Magazine #62 / Stefano Boeri

The latest issue of has just arrived to ArchDaily from our friends from . This new publication is edited in Spanish and English and comprises a series of monographs from renowned architects like Sou Fujimoto, Lacaton & Vassal and Eduardo Arroyo, among others. It also includes the writings from masterminds such as Mies van der Rohe and Lina Bo Bardi. The current issue, N.62, features the works of Stefano Boeri, known by projects like the Vertical Forest in Milan and La Maddalena Arsenal.

More information + full index after the break.

Zaha Hadid denies Aquatics Centre “design flaws”

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Although Olympic officials have been forced to offer ticket refunds to seats with obscured views in the London Aquatics Centre, Architects denies that this issue is a result of bad design. During last few days, critics have been accusing Zaha’s curvaceous roof as a design blunder that has blocked many of the top rows from viewing the 10m diving board – the highest diving board that will host eight events and Beijing hero Tom Daley.

As reported on bdonline, a spokesman for Zaha Hadid has insisted this is the result of a ticking issue, as the ticket holders were not informed about the restricted views upon purchase. He stated, “The brief for the building from Locog was to provide 5,000 spectator seats with uninterrupted views of the 10m diving platform events.”

“The centre actually provides over 8,000 seats with uninterrupted views of the 10m platform events. This is more than 3,000 additional seats than the brief required.”

He further explained, “Locog approved the sightline studies and seating layouts over two years ago.”

Continue after the break for more images and a revealing cross section.

Bloomberg / Jump Studios

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Architects: Jump Studios
Location: St Luke’s, Finsbury Square (EC2) (Stand G), Borough of Islington, EC2A, UK
Project Year:
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Jump Studios

North Mediterranean Health Center / Ferrer Arquitectos

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Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
Location: Av del Mediterráneo, Almería,
Architect In Charge: José Ángel Ferrer
Design Team: Javier de Simón, Antonio Palenzuela, Manuel Alonso
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Frutos

Tadao Ando: New Japan National Stadium International Design Competition

The current Kasumigaoka National Stadium.

Japanese architect and the Sport Council (JSC) has launched the an international design competition for the new National Stadium of Japan. The stadium will become the new symbol of Japan and feature world-class events with the world’s largest spectator capacity and the world’s finest hospitality.

The new venue is slated for competition in 2018 and is already committed to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It will also be offered to host the FIFA World Cup, the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, concerts by world-renowned entertainers, and a wide range of other significant cultural and artistic events. And, if Japan is selected to host the 2020 Olympic Games, it will be used as the primary venue.

Continue reading for more details and a video message from Tadao Ando.

In Progress: B’ Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Hennekijnstraat 50, 3012 Deelgemeente Centrum,
Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Joris van den Hoogen
Collaborators: Kam Bava, David Luque, Marie Morin, Deniza Radulova, Sash Reading, Jasper Stevens, Michal Switalski, Cindy Wouters, Aynav Ziv
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Infographic: Iconic Olympic Buildings

The London 2012 start today, and once again architecture is on the spotlight. With a big focus on reusable and adaptable structures, the lineup includes renowned architecture firms such as Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Hopkins Architects, Populous and Architects.

On this infographic we introduce you the iconic buildings of the Olympics since 776 B.C. until today! Follow our London 2012 Olympics coverage in its dedicated page.

London 2012: Thinking Past Day 17

Photograph courtesy AFP

In just a few hours, the world will be watching the opening ceremony of ’s third Summer Olympic Games. For 17 high intensity days, more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries will battle for the most prestigious awards in the athletic world.   However, what will remain hidden in the shadows during the excitement and energy of the opening ceremony will be the story behind the Games – the larger implications of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event, and its stresses at the financial, societal, and environmental level.  This story – which lasts long beyond the 17 days – remains unwritten as the after effects of hosting the London Games will not be felt for years to come.

In this three-part series, we will delve into the effects of hosting the Olympic Games.  Our first segment will share background about London’s hope for “legacy” during and after the Games, plus, a look into the financial challenges incurred from hosting such massive festitivies.

Stay tuned for our second and third segments which will address London’s Games with regard to social issues and sustainability.

More after the break.

Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects

Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

has released the latest version of their operating system: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Over 200 new features have been integrated into Lion with the intent to streamline your work and life. Some of the highlighted features include the built in iCloud that keeps all your content updated and in-sync with your Apple products, a unified notification center to help you stay updated on everything, and ready-to-go dictation that makes typing optional.

Although this all sounds great, what about software we architects use on a daily basis?

A word of advice before you upgrade:

Life in spiral / Hideaki Takayanagi

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Architects: Hideaki Takayanagi
Location: Tokyo,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 109.0 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Courtesy of Perspektywa
Courtesy of Perspektywa

Kwidzyn Old Town Housing Proposal / Perspektywa

The second prize winning design by Perspektywa… for the Kwidzyn Old Town Housing Units in Poland answers to the competition challenge with their modern architecture with classic elements. Doing so provides a dialogue between the historical surroundings and creating a

Mack Energy Corporate Headquarters / Van H. Gilbert Architect

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Architects: Van H. Gilbert Architect PC
Location: , NM 88210, USA
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 50,000 sqm
Photographs: Paul Coulie

Duecentosessanta MQ / Simone Bossi

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Architects: Simone Bossi
Location: 38056 Levico Terme Trentino,
Architect In Charge: Simone Bossi
Project Area: 400.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Simone Bossi

“Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge” Exhibition

Courtesy of Studio SKLIM

Opening September 12, the Design Exchange in Downtown will be the site of the newest exhibit titled “Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge,” curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The exhibit, which runs through to November 9, will feature recent cutting edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Annandale House / CO-AP

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Architects: CO-AP
Location: Annandale NSW 2038,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 296.85 sqm
Photographs: Ross Honeysett