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Myrkdalen Hotel / JVA

© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
  • Architects: JVA
  • Location: Myrkdalen, Norway
  • Primary architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nils Røsvik, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen, Anna Zeuthen Andersen
  • Consultants: Seim & Hultgreen AS, Sweco Norge AS, Oras Bergen AS, Bravida Norge AS, Vangen Elektriske AS, Vestlandske Limtreindustri AS
  • Area: 7600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale

'BS25' Silos - Diving and Indoor Skydiving Center Proposal / Moko Architects

The proposal by Moko Architects for the Diving and Indoor Skydiving Center restores a part of a house factory in Żerań which operated in the past,. They turn a building in a non-developed area with abandoned halls and warehouses into a recreation center open all year round in the old silos where bulk cement used to be stored in the past. The existing facility is a perfect base for this investment and will be the only place in Poland where people wishing to learn the skills of diving will have the opportunity to safely train at the depth of 25m under control. More images and architects' description after the break.

Can Glowing Trees One Day Replace Electric Streetlights?

“We don’t live in nature any more – we put boxes around it. But now we can actually engineer nature to sustain our needs. All we have to do is design the code and it will self-create. Our visions today – if we can encapsulate them in a seed – [will] grow to actually fulfill that vision." - Andrew Hessel in a recent ArchDaily interview 

"Engineering nature to sustain our needs" is exactly what the Glowing Plant Project aims to do. Synthetic biologist Omri Amirav-Drory, plant scientist Kyle Taylor and project leader Antony Evans are working together to engineer "a glow-in-the-dark plant using synthetic biology techniques that could possibly replace traditional lighting" - and perhaps even create glow-in-the-dark trees that would supplant (pun intended) the common street light. 

How is this possible? Read on to find out.

Central Municipal Library / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

  • Architects: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
  • Location: Hasengasse 4, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany
  • Client: DIC Deutsche Immobilien Chancen und Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Jean-Luc Valentin

© Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin

Château of Chillon Restaurant & Boutique Competition Entry / Mauro Turin Architectes

The proposal for the Château of Chillon Restaurant & Boutique by Mauro Turin Architectes takes into account the cultural significance of the historical national monument and uses century-old construction along with various updated methodologies. Their aspiration is to add, in a notion of continuity, a new layer of history about the site and the Castle. Therefore, the building is designed in the image of its ambitions, in the expectation in what can be called the expansion of the Castle. More images and architects' description after the break.

Charles Correa: India's Greatest Architect

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents the first major UK exhibition showcasing the work of renowned Indian architect Charles Correa (born in 1930). Rooted both in modernism and the rich traditions of people, place and climate, Correa has played a pivotal role in the creation of an architecture and urbanism for post-war India. He has designed some of the most outstanding buildings in India and has received many of the world’s most important architecture awards including the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (1984), Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1988) and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale (1994), and is still working today.

ERA3 - Eraclito Housing / LPzR architetti associati

  • Architects: LPzR architetti associati
  • Location: via Eraclito 3, Milano, Italy
  • Design Team: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Federico Reyneri
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria

© Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria © Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria © Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria © Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria

Restaurant Tour Total / Leyk Wollenberg Architects

  • Architects: Leyk Wollenberg Architects
  • Location: Jean-Monnet-Straße 2, 10557 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Leyk Wollenberg Architects
  • Design Team: Dietmar Leyk, Petra Wollenberg with Inken Blum, Florian Spaelty, André Rossmann
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: diephotodesigner.de

© diephotodesigner.de © diephotodesigner.de © diephotodesigner.de © diephotodesigner.de

Villa Upper Austria / Two in a Box-Architekten

© Dietmar Tollerian-Archipicture © Dietmar Tollerian-Archipicture © Dietmar Tollerian-Archipicture © Dietmar Tollerian-Archipicture

El Golf D17 Beach House / rrmr arquitectos

© Elsa Ramírez
© Elsa Ramírez
  • Architects: rrmr arquitectos
  • Location: Asia, Peru
  • Architects in Charge: Roberto Riofrío Navarro, Micaela Rodrigo Graña
  • Area: 255 sqm
  • Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Elsa Ramírez

© Elsa Ramírez © Elsa Ramírez © Elsa Ramírez © Elsa Ramírez

AD Classics: Stephanuskirche / Alvar Aalto

Stephanuskirche, translated to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Stephen, was designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1968.  It is located in Wolfsburg, Germany, the same town that Aalto’s Wolfsburg Cultural Center was built. Stephanuskirche is among the prominent architectural testimonies of International Modernism in Germany.

AIA/HUD Secretary Awards Recognize Three Outstanding Housing Projects

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), have recognized three recipients of the 2013 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards. The categories of the program include (1) Excellence in Affordable Housing Design (2) Creating Community Connection Award (no recipient selected this year) (3) Community-Informed Design Award and (4) Housing Accessibility - Alan J. Rothman Award. These awards demonstrate that design matters, and the recipient projects offer examples of important developments in the housing industry.

Home for the Elderly / BCQ Arquitectes

© Carles Climent
© Carles Climent
  • Architects: Baena Casamor Arquitectes
  • Location: Barcelona, España
  • Area: 1144.0 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Carles Climent

© Carles Climent © Carles Climent © Carles Climent © Carles Climent

Lavender Bay Boatshed / Stephen Collier Architects

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts

Small Core House in Ochiaigawa / UNIT-O

  • Architects: UNIT-O
  • Location: Higashikurume-shi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Ryutaro Saito , Masahiro Yoneda
  • Area: 66.94 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yasuhiro Nakayama, Courtesy of UNIT-O

© Yasuhiro Nakayama Courtesy of UNIT-O Courtesy of UNIT-O © Yasuhiro Nakayama

“Manuel Altolaguirre” Municipal Library / CDG Arquitectos

  • Architects: CDG Arquitectos
  • Location: Málaga, España
  • Project: Biblioteca Municipal “Manuel Altolaguirre”
  • Photography: Santos-Díez

© Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez