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Kempart Loft / Dethier Architectures

  • Architects: Dethier Architectures
  • Location: Liège, Belgium
  • Architect In Charge: Daniel Dethier
  • Artist: Jean Glibert
  • Area: 154.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Serge Brison

© Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison

London's Design Museum Announces Designs of the Year 2013

London’s Design Museum has announced the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards, celebrating the best of international design from the last 12 months. Among the seven category winners include the renovation and reimagining of a faded 1960s tower block in Paris and the "quiet" graphics of David Chipperfield’s 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Common Ground. 

The seven category winners are:

City Council Approves Redevelopment of NYC's Historic Pier 57

New York's City Council have unanimously backed a proposed plan to restore and redevelop the aging giant that is Pier 57. Built in 1952, the 300,000 square foot pier was hailed by Popular Mechanics as a 'SuperPier' for its vast size and unconventional construction, as most of the pier's weight is supported by 'floating' air-filled concrete cassions. The pier was originally used as a bus depot by the New York City Transit Authority, however it has been lying vacant since 2003. The latest decision brings a concrete end to years of speculation as to what the fate of the pier would be.

Read more about the proposal after the break...

After 12 Years, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien's NYC Gem To Be Demolished

“There are of course the personal feelings — your buildings are like your children, and this is a particular, for us, beloved small child. But there is also the feeling that it’s a kind of loss for architecture, because it’s a special building, a kind of small building that’s crafted, that’s particular and thoughtful at a time when so many buildings are about bigness.” - Billie Tsien, quoted in The New York Times 

After only 12 years, the Tod Williams & Billie Tsien-designed American Folk Art Museum is slated to be demolished. Despite the acclaim it has received from critics, including high praise from the likes of Paul Goldberger and Herbert Muschamp, and the importance it has been given in New York's architectural landscape, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, which bought the building in 2011) reports that it must tear down the building to make way for an imminent expansion. 

At the time of its construction, the building was of the first new museums built in New York in over thirty years. Unfortunately, the building will more likely be remembered for its short life, taking, in the words of The New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin, "a dubious place in history as having had one of the shortest lives of an architecturally ambitious project in Manhattan."

Read more about the American Folk Art Museum's imminent demolition, after the break...

50Hertz Headquarters Winning Proposal / LOVE

Designed by LOVE architecture and urbanism, the main goal of their winning proposal for the 50Hertz Headquarters in Berlin was to develop an innovative, transparent, open headquarters for the company that above all flows from inside to outside. The focus became to create flexible,versatile, and unique working environments, which are traversed by spacious outdoor spaces in the form of terraces, balconies and atriums. More images and architects' description after the break.

ASPAYM Center for persons with disabilities / Amas4arquitectura

  • Architects: Amas4arquitectura
  • Location: Calle San Juan de Sahagún, León, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Javier López de Uribe, Fernando Zaparaín, Fermín Antuña, Eduardo García
  • Collaborator: Pablo Guillén Llanos
  • General Contractor: Construcciones Moral Calvo S.A.
  • Area: 1035 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura

Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura

AD Round Up: Flickr Part XCI

We are over the 105,000 photos in our Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. 

Great buildings are included in this Round Up, like the amazing Niterói Contemporary Art Museum by Oscar Niemeyer, photo taken by Jorge AyalaCheck the other four after the break. 

Photo by Sophienesss – http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophienesss/ Photo by Jon Reksten – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonhefel/ Photo by Lucie Maru – http://www.flickr.com/photos/48884967@N04/ Photo by Clement Guillaume – http://www.flickr.com/photos/clementguillaume/

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, Ana Vida

Located between two very different poles that have a great tension between them, architects Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, and Ana Vida (Fissure Team), designed the building of the Collider Activity Center to appear as a flow connector in the territory. In doing so, they create a transition from the urban to nature, from the stability to the unpredictable, from colonized to wild territories. It is broken by an organic geometry, by the adventure, by the representation of the natural world, that cuts the building and makes the users 'break it, break it through, to the other side' as a door to adventure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

First Press Conference of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

The Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture recently announced that the 2013 Biennale, which will open December 6, will be delivered by two curatorial teams, consisting of Team Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jefferey Johnson. Old Bouman wil act as curator, creative director. Li Xiangning + Jefferey Johnson will be the curators, academic directors. The main venues for the event are the former YAOPI float glass factory (venue A) and the old warehouse at Shekou ferry terminal (venue B). More information after the break.

House Breukelen / Zecc Architects + BYTR Architects

© Stijn Poelstra
© Stijn Poelstra

© Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra

Maison A+C / atelier alassoeur

  • Architects: atelier alassoeur
  • Location: Saint Marcel, Indre, France
  • Architect In Charge: emmanuel alassoeur
  • Mechanical Consultant : Combiosol / sébastien rogala
  • Area: 273.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Brice Desrez

© Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez

Local Economies Suffer as Foreign Investments Dominate London and NYC

An interesting phenomenon is taking place in London: the priciest tiers of its housing market are increasingly being driven by overseas investment, primarily from the Far East. The most interesting - and perhaps most concerning - aspect of these investments is that at least 37% those who buy property in the most expensive neighborhoods of central London do not intend to use that property as a primary residence. This results in upscale neighborhoods and residential properties that are largely abandoned and contribute almost nothing to the local economy of the city. Parts of Manhattan are experiencing similar behavior, leading us to ask the question "what is happening to our cities as they become more and more globalized and how will this trend affect city economies around the world?"

Read more after the break...

Ziggo Dome / Benthem Crouwel Architects

© Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders
  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Project Architect: Jan Benthem, Job Schoën
  • Area: 49000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

Vietnam’s Pavilion at Expo 2015 Competition Entry / H&P Architects

The concept proposal for Vietnam’s Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan focuses on mixing settlement and settled agriculture to create the future’s space – the space where settlement and settled agriculture include each other. Titled the Pavilion of dream terraces (field), the building by H&P Architects is created from steel structure frames, which have a large amount of modules – the longest one being 7.5m - that are connected by simple joins or overlapping. More images and architects' description after the break.

Wirtschaftsblatt Newsroom / IDFL

© Iztok Lemajič
© Iztok Lemajič
  • Architects: IDFL
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Architect In Charge: IDFL d.o.o, Ljubljana, Slovenija
  • Design Team: Sandra Banfi Škrbec, Iztok Lemajič
  • Area: 1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Iztok Lemajič

© Iztok Lemajič © Iztok Lemajič © Iztok Lemajič © Iztok Lemajič