AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Studio cento29

Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Another amazing building comes from Italy,  The Enzo Ferrari Museum, courtesy of Future Systems + Shiro Studio. Check out, Fuencarral-El Pardo Police Station by spanish firm Voluar Arquitectura. You can’t miss this incredible landscape project in Singapore from Grant Associates, or The Pierre, designed by Olson Kundig Architects. Finally, revisit Hanaha, an excellent example of japanese architecture by mA-style architects.

Flashback: Kielder Belvedere / Softroom

© Keith Paisley

Architects: Softroom
Location: Northumberland,
Project Year: 1999
Photographs: Keith Paisley

Olympic Cities: The Netherlands As Game Changer / XML

Amsterdam. Photo via Flickr CC User MarcelGermain.

As we’ve discussed at length here at ArchDaily, an Olympic Bid is no thing to take on lightly. Our 3-part series on the subject, “How NOT To Host the Olympics,” made very clear that this mega-event is a major urban project with long-term economic, social, and environmental consequences.

So, it’s no surprise that Olympic bidders research and strategize well in advance – consider London 2012‘s “Sustainable Olympics” bid or OMA’s perhaps premature interest in Turkey- to ensure, first, that they get the bid and, second, that the Games leave renewal (rather than destruction) in their wake.

Architecture, Research, and Urbanism practice, XML, are already taking on the task of preparing its home country, the Netherlands, for its 2028 bid. Their just-released report compares Olympic City bids across the globe – from the 2020 contenders of Madrid, Istanbul, Dohan, and Tokyo to a 2024 contender, South Africa. Interestingly, they’ve noted a cyclical nature of the Games’ socio-economic significance and have thus come up with a 3-prong strategy that will position the Netherlands to spearhead a new Olympic paradigm.

You can check out ’s full Report, well worth a look, after the break...

Oudenaarde Sports Complex / Koppert + Koenis Architects

Courtesy of

Koppert + Koenis Architects were recently announced as winner of the competition by the Flemish Government with their contribution for a double sports accommodation in Oudenaarde, . The sports complex will facilitate the sports education of the local primary and secondary schools during the day and local sports clubs during the evening hours. The jury was charmed by the clear setup and the optimal sports and teaching facilitating design resulting in simplicity and a realistic integration with its surroundings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Non-Linear Parametric Workshop 11 – “Scale Fail: Pavilion to Product”

Courtesy of Daniel Gillen

This was an unprecedented year for ’s Non-Linear Parametric Workshop with close to 200 students attending.  Students of the Advanced Design Unit taught by Daniel Gillen, Xu Feng with assistance by investigated parametric software, thought processes and strategy with a specific focus on versioning.

The tutors’ sequenced information provided to students to encourage a scientific level of variable testing and analysis.  The nine-day workshop was organized into three parts, beginning with abstract versioning, followed by a pavilion, and concluding with a product.

Tel Aviv Fastlane Control and Coordination Center / Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects

© Gal Deren

Architects: Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners
Location: ,
Partner In Charge: Amir Mann
Design Team: Asaf Mann
Project Manager: Shafir Engineering Ltd.
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Gal Deren

PCC Newberg Center / Hennebery Eddy Architects

© Stephen Miller

Architects: Hennebery Eddy Architects
Location: 135 Werth Blvd, , OR 97132, USA
Project Architect: Erica Dunn
Design Team: Timothy R. Eddy
Project Manager: Doug Reimer
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 13800.0 sq ft
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Stephen Miller

Courtesy of Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes
Courtesy of Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes

DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures Proposal / Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes

Designed by Fabiano Ravaglia, Liebert Rodrigues, Vinícius Philot, Fernanda Marx, Tiago Mendonça, and Karen Novaes…, the DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures competition proposal focuses on expansion and flexibility to create a new way of thinking about Brazilian social

Courtesy of ANDO | Andalucía Office
Courtesy of ANDO | Andalucía Office

International Mock Firms Skyscraper Competition Proposal / ANDO | Andalucía Office

ANDO | Andalucía Office…, composed by five young architects from the University of Seville, shared with us their 2nd prize winning proposal in the Fourth edition of the “International Mock Firms Skyscraper Competition” organized by Chicago Architecture Today. Their

Villa P / Architektonicke Studio Atrium

Courtesy of

Architects: Architektonicke Studio Atrium
Location: Karlovarská, 04011 Košice – Západ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 350.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Architektonicke Studio Atrium

Hongzhu Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

© Chih-Ming Wu

Architects: Lab Modus
Location: ,
Design Team: Kevin Chang, Jay Lin, Will Hsieh, Yi-Li Lin
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Chih-Ming Wu

Courtesy of Kawahara Krause Architects
Courtesy of Kawahara Krause Architects

“Line, Surface, Space“ Installation / Kawahara Krause Architects

The “Line, surface, space“ installation, by Kawahara Krause Architects…, is displayed as part of the architectural triennale in Hamburg this summer. Erected on the plan of three interlocking twisted squares of different sizes, the threads of the outer square

Store reform / A-cero

© Juan Sánchez

Architects: A-cero
Location: Calle de los Mesones, 51, 18001 , Spain
Architect In Charge: Joaquin Torres, Rafael Llamazares
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 48.0 sqm
Photographs: Juan Sánchez

Wind-dyed house / acaa

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: acaa
Location: , Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kazuhiko Kishimoto
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Atlassian Offices / Studio Sarah Willmer

© Jasper Sanidad

Architects: Studio Sarah Willmer
Location: 1098 Harrison St, , CA 94103, USA
Design Team: Sarah Willmer, Doris Guerrero, Megan Carter, Josue Munoz-Miramon, Olya Piskun
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Question: What would Archigram have done for the 2012 London Olympics?

Instant City

Share your creative responses in the comment section below:

AD Round Up: Classics Part V

© Flavio Bragaia

For today’s Round Up we have our 5th selection of AD Architecture Classics. In the main image is Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier, one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture in the 20th century. Look again at the famous Stahl House, also known as Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig. You must check out the amazing work of SOM in Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Revisit TWA Terminal by Eero Saarinen, who in order to capture the concept of flight, used curves to create spaces that flowed into one another. Finally, don’t miss the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh designed by Louis Kahn, an extraordinary example of modern architecture being transcribed as a part of Bangali vernacular architecture.

Looking for a Frank Lloyd Wright? You Have 30 Days…

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo via Curbd LA.

According to a local Arizona news channel, a home designed for his son, David S. Wright, is on the chopping block.

The house, located in Arcadia, Arizona, was purchased earlier this year by developers who plan to demolish the site – unless a buyer steps forth within the next 30 days.

The circular house is rather unique for Wright as an architect, and holds special significance for the Wright family. As Frank’s great-granddaughter, Anne Wright Levi, who often visited the house growing up, shared with 3TV: “This house is a piece of history, it represents a piece of Arizona that Frank Lloyd Wright loved so much. [...] This house was the community before the community was here, and it should be saved.”

So, how much will this piece of history cost you? Well, the developers bought the property for $1.8 million, so you can expect to dish out at least the same. But what’s a couple million when it comes to preserving a piece of architectural history?

Story via Yahoo News