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Ito-Biyori Cafe / ninkipen!

20:00 - 24 February, 2015
Ito-Biyori Cafe / ninkipen!, © Hiroki Kawata
© Hiroki Kawata

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yasuo Imazu
  • Area

    67.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

New York to Complete First Prefabricated "Micro-Apartments" this Year

18:00 - 24 February, 2015
New York to Complete First Prefabricated "Micro-Apartments" this Year, Courtesy of nARCHITECTS / NYC Mayor's Office
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS / NYC Mayor's Office

With floor areas clocking in at as little as 260 square feet, My Micro NY housing units by nARCHITECTS are the latest singles-oriented housing option to enter the New York rental market. The modular units will be fabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for stacking in Kips Bay this spring, and are projected to welcome their first inhabitants by the end of 2015.

Current New York city zoning and density rules set a minimum apartment floor area of 400 square feet, yet this regulation was waived for My Micro NY in the interests of creating more affordable housing. An inflated rental market has long posed issues for those seeking housing in the city, particularly singles and students with tight budgets. My Micro NY will create 9 stories and 55 individual apartments, whose features include 9 and 10 foot ceiling heights, Juliette balconies, and concealed storage space.

A look inside, after the break. 

Hawthorn House / Chan Architecture

18:00 - 24 February, 2015
Hawthorn House / Chan Architecture, © Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn
© Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn

© Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn © Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn © Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn © Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hawthorn VIC, Australia
  • Project Team

    Anthony Chan, Michelle Ng
  • Project Year

    2014

Video: Tour Through Trahan Architects' Sculpted Louisiana Sports Hall and Museum

16:00 - 24 February, 2015

A contemporary museum set within the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, Trahan Architects’ Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum is distinguished for its sculpted interior and contrasting copper facade. Watch the short film above as Spirit of Space tours through the building, capturing the museum’s historic context and central pathway.

Conolove / Oficina Informal

14:00 - 24 February, 2015
Conolove / Oficina Informal, © Santiago Pinyol
© Santiago Pinyol

© Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Arquitecto a Cargo

    Antonio Yemail
  • Project Area

    125.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

T&G House / Nicolás Campodonico

10:00 - 24 February, 2015
T&G House / Nicolás Campodonico, © Martin Lavayen
© Martin Lavayen

© Martin Lavayen © Martin Lavayen © Martin Lavayen © Martin Lavayen +20

La Sucriere / Z Architecture

04:00 - 24 February, 2015
La Sucriere  /  Z Architecture, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé +16

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Central Oslo

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Central Oslo, © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects
© Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects have won a competition to design a new retail and office complex in central Oslo. The winning scheme, chosen ahead of five other proposals, was chosen for “its strong and innovative” design that “enhances the existing urban qualities” and forms a “new connection between the building and city life.”

© Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects © Beauty and The Bit / schmidt hammer lassen architects +8

Kotisaarenkatu Housing / Playa Arkkitehdit

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Kotisaarenkatu Housing / Playa Arkkitehdit, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo Courtesy of Playa Architects © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kotisaarenkatu 7, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Veikko Ojanlatva, Tuukka Vuori, Sirpa Pyyhtiä
  • Design Team

    Marja Lapinleimu, Tuomas Raikamo, Jukka Kangasniemi, Mari Haavisto, Ulla Seppä, Jukka Sulonen
  • Scale Model

    Daniel Lütolf
  • Area

    5190.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House Carrer Migdia / Sau Taller d'Arquitectura

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
House Carrer Migdia / Sau Taller d'Arquitectura, © Andres Flajszer
© Andres Flajszer

© Andres Flajszer © Andres Flajszer © Andres Flajszer © Andres Flajszer +12

74 “Wild Designs” Considered for New Thames Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
74 “Wild Designs” Considered for New Thames Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge , Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

All 74 “wild designs” being considered to become London’s next “landmark” have been released to the public. As part of a two-stage competition, architects worldwide have submitted ideas for a new £40 million pedestrian and cycle bridge that will connect London’s Nine Elms and Pimlico communities over the River Thames. 

The jury, chaired by Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour, will choose four schemes to move onto the competition’s second and final round in March. These designs will be then shortlisted and further developed with input by the community and client before a winner is announced in July. 

See a selection of the considered bridge designs, after the break. 

Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership +11

Ro House / Alexanderson Arquitectos

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Ro House / Alexanderson Arquitectos, Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos
Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos

Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Project and Construction

    Pablo Alexanderson Silva
  • Project Area

    483.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014

Apartment in Moscow / M17

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Apartment in Moscow / M17, Courtesy of A.Volkov
Courtesy of A.Volkov

Courtesy of A.Volkov Courtesy of A.Volkov Courtesy of A.Volkov Courtesy of A.Volkov +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kazarmennyy pereulok, 3, Moskva, Russia, 109028
  • Design Team

    A. Volkov, E. Vinogradova
  • Area

    158.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Prodromos and Desi Residence / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Prodromos and Desi Residence  / Vardastudio Architects & Designers , © Creative Photo Room
© Creative Photo Room

© Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room +23

Here's How BIG's Power Plant Ski Slope Will Blow Smoke Rings

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

When BIG's proposal for Amager Bakke, a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen, was unveiled in 2011, there was a lot for skeptics to pick apart. Is it really possible to run a publicly accessible ski slope on the roof of an industrial building? Would they really be able to make it blow giant smoke (or rather, steam) rings? The whole idea seemed rather too good to be true. The project's ground breaking in 2013 may have silenced some critics, but the video above should convince the rest of the design's feasibility.

Lateral Office's 2014 Venice Biennale 'Arctic Adaptations' Exhibition To Tour Canada

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

Lateral Office's Arctic Adaptations exhibition, which was recognised with a Special Mention at the 2014 Venice Biennale, will travel make its debut in Canada at the Winnipeg Art Gallery this week before heading to Whitehouse, Vancouver, and Calgary. The exhibition "surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanising present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut" though interactive models, photography, and topographical maps of the twenty five communities of the area, as well as Inuit carvers’ scale models of some of the most recognised buildings in the territory. In addition, it proposes a future of adaptive and responsive architecture for Canada's northern territories.

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 4, Natural Porto

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

We have teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights ’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ third episode about Porto’s balconies, and now we present Episode 4 – Nature. Read the producers’ description of Episode 4 after the break.

Walkable Cities? Rooftoppers Want Climbable Cities

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Walkable Cities? Rooftoppers Want Climbable Cities, © Demid Lebedev
© Demid Lebedev

“The city for the people!” is the familiar rallying cry of the reformist architect - but which people, exactly? That’s the question at the heart of rooftopping, a new and thrill seeking variant of Urban Exploration which has recently captured the attention of the media. Spreading via social media outlets such as Instagram, the stunts draw attention by design, but why has coverage of the form of Urban Exploration climbed to such great heights?

Urban exploration has been at the fringes of the public consciousness since the mid 2000s as a form of punk sub-culture; anarchists poking around in sewer tunnels and proto-pinterest ruin exploration (although unsurprisingly the habit of people breaking into abandoned, closed off or normally inaccessible buildings dates back much, much farther). The way rooftopping has captured the public imagination, though, is as a form of public discourse: how it meshes with social media, the way corporate groups have attempted to market stunts, and the way these groups are interacting with the urban environment.

© Demid Lebedev © Demid Lebedev View of the Jin Mao Tower from the Shanghai Tower.. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower.. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com +7