Office-Garage / Ultra Architects

© Jeremi Buczkowski

Architects: Ultra Architects
Location: Poznan,
Architects: Marcin Kościuch,Tomasz Osięgłowski
Collaborators: K.Dembińska, B.Suszczewicz, A.Ostrowska, Ł.Piszczałka, A.Ronżewska-Kotyńska
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeremi Buczkowski

AD Classics: Parc Güell / Antoni Gaudí

Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig

Parc Güell is a park designed by upon the request of Count Eusebi Güell, who wanted to build a stylish park for the aristocrats of Barcelona. The Count had planned to build a development that would take advantage of the area’s views and fresh air; however, only two show houses were completed. Gaudí himself inhabited one of them, designed by architect Francesc Berenguer in 1904. The house is now a museum showcasing some of Gaudí’s work. The park is a common tourist attraction in Barcelona, and is known for its famous terrace and iconic entrance, flanked by two Gaudí buildings.

Cornege-Preston House / Bonnifait + Giesen

© Paul McCredie

Architects: Bonnifait + Giesen
Location: , Wellington,
Main Contractor: Borman Builders
Structural Engineer: Spencer Holmes Engineers
Property Owners: Anne Cornege, Ted Preston
Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Raffles City Ningbo / SPARK

© FG + SG

Architects: SPARK
Location: ,
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann, Stephen Pimbley
Design Team: Jacky Chen, Yuhua Chen, Yuen Yuen Chen, Jan Felix Clostermann, Shu Fan, Jiarkai Guo, Vivian Huang, Akin Jabar, Yun Wu Jian, RenJie Li, Wenhui Lim, Minghao Liu, Oren Rabinowitz, Christian Taeubert, Wao Tao Wang, Chengming Xu, Wenzhen Yee, Hua Zhang
Area: 157,807 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG + SG

Courtesy of RTA-Office
Courtesy of RTA-Office

Nanjing Road Mixed Use Area Proposal / RTA-Office

With the aim to create a new and contemporary urban space. the Nanjing Road Mixed Use Area proposal by RTA-Office… distributes the volumes on the parcel in order to get an open public space and an intimate one simultaneously. The many passages

Wanka House / Galera Estudio

© Diego Medina

Architects: Galera Estudio
Location: , Buenos Aires,
Area: 470 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Diego Medina

Cine 32 / ENCORE HEUREUX Architectes

© Sebastien Normand

Architects: ENCORE HEUREUX Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 2,700 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastien Normand, Adelaide Maisonabe, Nicola Delon

Hi-pod / BKK Architects + Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: BKK Architects + Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
Location: Footscray, Victoria,
Design Team: Tim Black, Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Peter Elliott, George Huon, Scott Woodward, Simon Linardi
Area: 10.4 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Bennetts, Mark Wilson

BIG’s West 57th “Pyramid” Wins Final Approval

Courtesy of BIG

After an “arduous” public review and a heated debate over affordable housing, ’s City Council has unanimously awarded final approval to BIG’s tetrahedral-shaped West 57th apartment building in . As reported by Crain’s New York Business, a compromise has been made to include 173 affordable housing units within the 32-story, 750-unit residential building and the neighboring industrial building that will be converted into 100 additional rental apartments. As you may recall, the community board and Councilwoman Gail Brewer initially threatened to “torpedo the project” if the apartments were only made affordable for a 35 year period. However, Durst apparently won them over by contributing one million dollars into an affordable housing fund.

“The good news, which is the mantra of my office and community board No. 4, is there will be, yes, by law, 35 years of income-restricted affordable housing,” stated City Councilwoman Brewer, who represents the area.

RDM Innovation Dock / Groosman

© Theo Peekstok

Architects: Groosman
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Theo Peekstok

Amarante’s Hospital / ACXT

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: ACXT
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge: David Coutinho Correia
Design Team: Inês Coelho, Francisca Bastos, Marcelo Dantas, Francisco Eloy, Jorge Paquete
Structure: Silvia Castillo Martins, João Almeida, Rita Fernández
Environmental Engineering: Álvaro Santos, André Mendes, José Sereno
Client: Centro Hospitalario do Tâmega e Sousa
Area: 21,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

In Progress: The Biomuseo / Frank Gehry

© Victoria Murillo / / Biomuseo

The Puente de Vida Museum, more commonly referred to as The Biomuseo, will be Frank Gehry’s first design in all of Latin America. It is located in in the area called Amador, which sits only a few blocks from the country’s principal cruise port and is adjacent to City. The mission of the Biomuseo is to “offer an impressing and educational experience about the biodiversity and emergence of the isthmus in in order to motivate all Panamanians to get to know and to value this natural component of their identity, as well as to generate in all its visitors the need to protect the environment” (Biomuseo Website). The Biomuseo intends to explore the importance of ’s biological systems and its emergence as a geological link between North and South America, both of which have had global impacts many are unaware of. 

With these goals in mind, it quickly became clear that the museum design needed to be something very special to attract the international attention its founders desired. They wanted the museum to be a never-before-seen kind of design and to serve as a new architectural icon for Panama, much like the Eiffel Tower does for France or the Tower of Pisa for Italy. With the participation of  as well as the world-renowned landscape architect Edwina von Gal & Company, the Biomuseo began to take form: an extremely unique, Gehry-esque structure surrounded by an open botanical park that complements the exhibits within.

More after the break…

House VMVK / dmvA

© Frederik Vercruysse

Architects: dmvA
Location: , Belgium
Design Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Valerie Lonnoy, Katrien Geerinckx
Area: 506 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Frederik Vercruysse

Budapest Students Design Sustainable House for Indoor and Outdoor Living

© Balázs Danyi

It may look unassuming, but this sleek black box is the culmination of a two-year long collaboration of more than 50 students from 7 different faculties of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Initially envisioned by two architecture students and built for the European 2012 in Madrid, the goal of was to encourage a new sustainable life by designing a house where as much time as possible can be spent outdoors.

More information about Odooproject after the break…

Courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects
Courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects

Allies and Morrison Architects’ District//S Wins National Urban Design Awards Practice Project Award

Allies and Morrison Architects… were just awarded the Francis Tibbalds Prize for best Practice Project at the National Urban Design Awards 2013 for their District//S project. The prize was presented to the practice at a ceremony held last night at

BRG Neusiedl am See / Solid Architecture

© Kurt Kuball

Architects: Solid Architecture
Location: , Austria
Site Area: 26,270 sqm
Gross Area: 9,206 sqm
Useable Surface: 6,812 sqm
Built Up Area: 5,648 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Kurt Kuball

© Frans Parthesius
© Frans Parthesius

‘Porous City – Open the Tower’ Exhibition

The Innovation Forum MIPIM recently announced that it will feature the “Porous city – Open the tower” exhibition presented at last year’s Venice Biennale for the first time. Held in Cannes, France from March 12-15, the exhibition uses Lego towers…

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Non-Design: Architecture’s (Counter-Intuitive) Future

Quinta Monroy development after occupation. © Cristobal Palma

Global architecture underwent a seismic shift in the 20th Century. Governments, keen to mitigate the impoverishing effects of rapid urbanization and two world wars embarked on ambitious social programs, pairing with modernists who promised that design could be the solution to social inequality and poverty. Today, the problems inherent in these mid-century tower blocks are well documented and well known, and these modernist solutions to poverty are often seen as ill-conceived failures.

If the 20th century was all about designing to solve social problems, then the 21st century has been about the exact opposite – not designing to solve social problems. These days, it is much more common to see architects praising the social order and even aesthetic of illegal slums, which in many cases provide their residents with a stronger community and higher quality of life than did many formal projects of the past. The task of architects (both today’s and tomorrow’s) is to develop this construction logic: to use design and, rather counter-intuitively, non-design to lift these urban residents out of their impoverished conditions.

More on the social potential of non-design after the break…