Mikolai Adamus’ Proposal for a New Aquarium in Gdynia

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Mikolai Adamus has shared with us his proposal for a “New Aquarium” to activate the Southern Pier in , . Using the golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence to guide the design, the rectangular structure burrows into the pier, becoming secondary to the surrounding landscape. As Adamus describes, the aquarium is designed to transparent and “a place where architecture is subordinated to function, devoid of unnecessary detail.” More details, after the break.

Video: Snøhetta on Designing the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion

“So in some ways I think that this tragedy gave a sense of purpose to people that was very positive, and we tried to translate that feeling into this building.” In this video from the Louisiana Channel, of Snøhetta describes how his own experience with the events of 9/11 and the positivity of the spirit of people around him helped inspire the design process of the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion.

He speaks of the journey of healing and understanding as central to the design and experience of the building itself. “As you move through these cycles, you realize one day that you are alive, and you that have to present the strength of being alive to those around you, and this building is meant to be a part of that cycle…to allow you to see yourself, at a moment in time.”

Watch the video above to learn more about the challenges of designing a memorial museum fully integrated within an essentially nonexistent site. 

JD House / Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

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Architects: Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: José António Lopes da Costa, Tiago Meireles
Co Workers: Rita Gonçalves and Filipe Ribeiro
Year: 2013
Photographs: Manuel Aguiar

SYNWHA Consortium Wins Competition to Design Waterfront Park for Busan North Port

Nomad Park. Image Courtesy of SYNWHA Consulting

The Busan Port Authority (BPA) has named the SYNWHA Consortium winners of an international competition for the Busan North Port Redevelopment in South Korea. The winning proposal is an “Interactive Pier” slated to transform the original port into a cultural center that celebrates the marriage of mountains, river, and sea, while crafting dynamic connections between the city of Busan and its seaside.

How Brisbane’s Translational Research Institute Revolutionizes Medicine Through Architecture

The green “atrium,” open to the elements, is essential to the concept of the building. The laboratory spaces all look onto the atrium. On the ground level, there are many interaction zones around the green space. Image © Christopher Frederick-Jones

In Brisbane, the largest research institute for medicine south of the equator, the Translational Research Institute (TRI), is transforming the world of medical research in part thanks to its new building by Wilson Architects and BVN Donovan Hill. Opened last year, the building has found success in the way it encourages chance encounters, offers a shaded breakout space for the neighboring hospital, and simply makes researchers feel like they “must be doing something important.” In this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “In Brisbane, An Innovative Laboratory Complex Is Home to Pioneering Medical Research,” Mikki Brammer explores how such a building can have such a powerful effect on the world of medicine.

It’s not often that the aspect of chance is considered a positive thing in the world of medicine, where the smallest error can determine life or death. But at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Brisbane, Australia, chance encounters are leading to lifesaving discoveries.

Y Duplex Penthouse / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: , Israel
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Amit Geron

The "Gherkin" in London (background) and the Lloyd's Building (foreground) redefined the skyline through their unorthodox designs. Image © Flickr CC User duncanh1
The "Gherkin" in London (background) and the Lloyd's Building (foreground) redefined the skyline through their unorthodox designs. Image © Flickr CC User duncanh1

Dichotomy Journal Plays the Odds: Open Call for Submissions on Taking Architectural Risks

University of Detroit Mercy’s Dichotomy Journal has issued an open call for submissions to its 21st edition on the theme of “Odds,” inviting discussion on projects that “defy the status quo and aim for greater fortune.“ Risk takers rejoice: Dichotomy 21 will shine a spotlight on architectural anomalies and the “implications of defying the odds and embracing the strange.” The journal aims to stimulate a new discourse on extraordinary and unconventional designs that push the architectural envelope. Submissions are invited to discuss ideas defying the odds in design, architecture, urbanism and community development.

Engineers at Stanford Develop Cost-Effective Earthquake-Resistant House

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In 1989, California‘s central coast was rocked by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, destroying infrastructure and buildings in San Francisco, Oakland, and a host of coastal cities. The Loma Prieta  caused an estimated $6 trillion in damage, prompting researchers to develop techniques for management of severe seismic activity in urban centres. Twenty five years later, a team of engineers at Stanford University have invented a cost-effective foundation for residential buildings capable of withstanding three times the magnitude of the catastrophic 1989 earthquake.

Find out more on Stanford’s earthquake-resistant technology after the break 

Sea Glass House / The Manser Practice Architects + Designers

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Architects: The Manser Practice Architects + Designers
Location:
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Morley Von Sternberg

omHOUSE / INSERT studio

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Architects: INSERT studio
Location: 507085,
Architect In Charge: Ondin Oprita, Mihai Rosca
Engineers: Mihai Moglan , Zsolt Halmagy
Area: 142.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bela Benedek

Viravent / Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage

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Architects: Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage
Location: Henri Descot Street, 33150 ,
Architect In Charge: Martin Duplantier Architectes, Laurent Duplantier Architect
Project Manager: Jean-Baptiste Monthiers
Area: 7280.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yohan Zerdoun, Arthur Pequin

Haghighi Residential Building / Boozhgan Architecture Studio + AAD Studio

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Architects: Boozhgan Architecture Studio,
Location: Tehran, Iran
Area: 1180.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hamed Farhangi

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office / Za Bor Architects

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Architects: Za Bor Architects
Location: , Russia
Architects In Charge: Arseniy Borysenko, Peter Zaytsev
Decor : Nadezhda Rozhanskaya
Area: 3310.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

Video: Robert A.M. Stern on Designing Background Buildings and The Limestone Jesus

“We have lots of silly buildings being built, in my opinion. The buildings should not look like Lady Gaga,” stated Robert A.M. Stern in the latest installment by the Louisiana Channel.

Fifteen Central Park West, what many know to be the “world’s most powerful address,” was designed by Stern with one intention: to fill in the wall of Central Park West with a single, well articulated “background building” rather than a “twisting and turning isolated” structure. As Stern describes in the video above, the building, known as the “ Jesus,” is praised in the real estate world for it’s high-priced apartments.

“Almost every building that is new has a built-in history. We are architects that build on the shoulders of the past. I think is is much more exciting to enter into a dialogue with the past and also to take things from the past and restudy them, their theme and variation. Architecture is made up of many languages in my view and if we have a modern language that is evolved but it doesn’t mean that the other languages can’t also continue to be spoken.”

Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego © Francisco Nogueira
Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego © Francisco Nogueira

Eduardo Souto de Moura Tapped for Mixed-Use Condo Project in DC

Eastbanc has tapped Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura to transform a former “Four Seasons gas station” site into a mixed-use condo. According to a report on the Georgetowner, the developer has asked residents to have “an open mind” for the design, which, as Urban Turf points out, is likely to stand out in the historic Washington D.C. district. Little details have been released. “We are considering all options, from condo to rental to hotel,” Eastbanc President Anthony Lanier stated. “It’s early in the design phase.”

Léon Blum Viaduct Bridge / RFR

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Architects: RFR
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Jean-François Blassel / RFR
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of RFR

13 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Asia Pacific

GOLD: “Protective Wing” Bird Sanctuary . Image © Holcim Foundation

Teams from Thailand and have received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Asia Pacific, an award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the top three winners are the “Protective Wing” bird sanctuary and a locally-adapted orphanage and library in Nepal.

The 13 recognized projects will share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global , to be selected in 2015.

The full list of Asia Pacific winners, after the break…

Alpha House / Studio Fabrício Roncca

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Architects: Studio Fabrício Roncca
Location: – State of Paraná,
Photographs: R.R.Rufino