House D / Pauhof Architekten

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Architects: Pauhof Architekten
Location: ,
Project Team: Pauhof Architekten and Barbara Kolb, Hendrik Seibel
Photographs: Mateo Piazza

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Slipstream / FreelandBuck

“Inspired by Lebbeus Woods’ Slipstreaming drawings, this installation is made from over one thousand CNC cut plywood pieces that notch together to create an undulating, dynamically patterned and brightly colored wall. Developed as the extrusion of a 2-dimensional drawing through …

Frank Gehry designs Facebook HQ Expansion

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Mark Zuckerberg, the 28-year-old co-founder of , has commissioned Frank Gehry to design a new campus headquarters on the outskirts of San Francisco Bay, California. Located across the highway from Facebook East, the company’s current headquarters, Facebook West will provide every luxury expected from a modern office space, from a flexible open floor plan, to arcade-filled lounge areas and a massive roof garden.

The enormous, ten acre “room” breaks away from Gehry’s signature curves, and aims to provide a “system that’s not precious, that they [Facebook] can manipulate.” Work benches “line up in curving arcs like swarming fish”, organizing the 420,000 square foot facility into “neighborhoods” that softly flow into each other in an attempt to foster a collaborative, community-like environment.

When Facebook employees need a break, they can retreat to outdoor-terraced cafes for some sushi and barbecue, play arcade games in the lounge with their co-workers, or escape up a “twisting wooden stair” to the lush roof garden.

Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Ruta del Peregrino responds to “Common Ground”

The Crosses Lookout Point, Las cruces / Elemental – Courtesy of Elemental

Each year, approximately two million Mexican residents take part in the religious phenomenon Ruta del Peregrino (Pilgrim’s Route) – a 117 kilometer pilgrimage through the mountain range of Jalisco that is centered around and moved by the adoration to the Virgin of Talpa. This religious voyage has been taking place since the 17th century and represents the pilgrim’s act of faith carried to penitence. Although conditions are harsh, this sacrifice carried with austerity is an essential part of the promise or offering that become the ritual of purification.

In an effort to provide the historical route with better conditions, nine architecture firms and design offices collaborated to build seven architectural landmarks that provide shelter, services and outlook points for the pilgrims. By establishing a strong relationship with both the extraordinary landscape and the religious rituals of Ruta del Peregrino, the architectural pieces have become the “imaginary landmarks” of a deeply rooted phenomenon.

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Harton Staithes / Plus Three Architecture

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Architects: Plus Three Architecture
Location: , UK
Project Manager: Tuner and Townsend
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Mayes

EXPO Booth / Design Initiatives

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The EXPO Booth, designed and built by Design Initiatives, presented their Not Just a Chair furniture collection which was displayed at the Outdoor Lifestyle Fair from March 21-24 of this year. Two wings curve out of the advertising wall with the company’s logo – the lower one becomes a platform to showcase the furniture objects, the upper one light up the exposed objects. The lower platform can be multi-functionally used as a meeting table. More images and architects’ description after the break.

© WDC Helsinki 2012
© WDC Helsinki 2012

World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Pavilion / Aalto University Wood Studio

Together with the surrounding Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Pavilion is the heart of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. An open and easy to approach building designed by Aalto University Wood Studio students and specialists,…

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Venice Biennale 2012: Sneak peek

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The 13th Architecture Biennale is about to start, opening to the public on August 29th. ArchDaily is already in preparing our intensive coverage during the press preview starting Sunday. On this video by the Biennale you can see a small part of the team’s efforts preparing this fascinating event.

More photos of the upcoming exhibits at the Giardini below:

[DES]dobrar Memorial / Aleph Zero + Juliano Monteiro

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Designed by Aleph Zero + Juliano Monteiro, the [DES]dobrar Memorial is a space composed by reflective elements which is therefore a cloudy limited space: in, out, far and near, front, back, unique, multiple, real reflection. An important element of the project is one that activates and gives meaning to the objects: the user / observer. Unlike a mere passive spectator, is the observer who composes the piece through its position and its motion in space. Such movement is yet ‘reflected’ by objects that “dance” as the passage of passersby and accuses them of being they, too, actors in a multiple reality, dynamic and interconnected. More images and architects’ description after the break.

© Yosuke Owashi
© Yosuke Owashi

Clopen Shelf Panel / Torafu Architects

The ‘Clopen’ shelf panel, designed by Torafu Architects…, is constructed from elaborate aluminum parts, and at 34mm thick, it looks as if it’s made of natural wood. Attaching sliced veneer to a thin structure, they made space between two

Dutchess House No. 1 / Grzywinski + Pons

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Architects: Grzywinski + Pons
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Matthew Grzywinski, Amador Pons
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Floto + Warner/OTTO

Villa Rotonda Model overlaid with axonometric / Peter Eisenman and Matt Roman
Villa Rotonda Model overlaid with axonometric / Peter Eisenman and Matt Roman

Palladio Virtuel Exhibition

The 2012–13 season at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery opened on August 20 with Palladio Virtuel. The exhibition, which is on view until October 27, presents a groundbreaking new analysis of the work of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio by…

Movement Disorder Clinic / Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited

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Architects: Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited
Location: , Manitoba, Canada
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 6,000 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Cohlmeyer Architecture

West Lake Hills Residence / Specht Harpman

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Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: Austin, , USA
Project Team: Specht, Louise Harpman, Sheryl Jordan, Brett Wolfe
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5500.0 sq ft
Photographs: Casey Dunn, Taggart Sorensen, Meg Mulloy, Scott Specht

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Microrayons vs. Favelas - Courtesy of the Strelka Institute
Microrayons vs. Favelas - Courtesy of the Strelka Institute

Venice Biennale 2012: Strelka Institute to host discussions on shaping tomorrow’s cities

Russia’s leading creative think tank, Strelka Institute…, is hosting a series of discussions with preeminent voices in architecture and urban design in the pre-opening days of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Inspired by the Biennale’s theme of Common Ground,

Tyršův Stadion / QARTA architektura

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Architects: QARTA architektura
Location: Opava,
Architects: David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák
Interior Design: David Wittassek
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Roman Polášek

Nanjing Conference Center / tvsdesign

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Architects: tvsdesign
Location: , China
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 120,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

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Venice Biennale 2012: Design Onscreen Film Festival

For the first time ever, Design Onscreen – the Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film – will present the Design Onscreen Film Festival at the Venice Architecture Biennale, August 27 through the 29th at the Arsenale’s Teatro Piccolo. All sixteen screenings are free and open to the public and most will be followed by dynamic in-person discussions and audience Q&As, featuring top architects and design experts from around the globe, including Lord Norman Foster, Peter Eisenman, Rick Joy, Steven Holl, Vittorio Garatti, Deyan Sudjic (Director, Design Museum London), Barry Bergdoll (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art); Moshen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Mark Wigley (Dean, Columbia Univ. School of Architecture), and David Chipperfield (Curator and Director of the 13th Annual International Architecture Exhibition, Biennale).

Continue after the break for trailers and more information.