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Paramount Studios Building / Fox Johnston

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Paramount Studios Building / Fox Johnston, © Simon Wood
© Simon Wood

© Simon Wood © Simon Wood © Simon Wood © Simon Wood +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
  • Practice

    Fox Johnston Architects with Barton and McCarthy, Don Cameron and Fearns Studio
  • Photographs

House in Sakura / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
House in Sakura / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop, © Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office
© Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office

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GIZ / FAR frohn&rojas

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
GIZ / FAR frohn&rojas, Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas
Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas

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Museo Arqueológico Nacional / Frade Arquitectos

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Museo Arqueológico Nacional / Frade Arquitectos, © Niccolo Guasti
© Niccolo Guasti

© Gabriel López © Jose Manuel Ballester © Luis Asin © Niccolo Guasti +22

Request for Proposals: The Energetic City / Connectivity in the Public Realm

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Request for Proposals: The Energetic City / Connectivity in the Public Realm

The Design Trust for Public Space announces The Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm, a new request for project proposals to redefine public space. 

Rice Office / SALT

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Rice Office / SALT, © Amol Chakraborty
© Amol Chakraborty

© Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Design Partner

    Amit Sinha, Jassu Singh, Animesh Nayak
  • Design Team

    Mishal Shah, Ankit Berry, Rahul Deb
  • Area

    10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Critical Round-Up: The September 11 Memorial Museum

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Critical Round-Up: The September 11 Memorial Museum, Two salvaged columns from the towers, placed inside Snøhetta's entrance building. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
Two salvaged columns from the towers, placed inside Snøhetta's entrance building. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

Set to open to the public on Wednesday after a highly controversial and contested journey from idea to reality, the September 11 Memorial Museum has inevitably been a talking point among critics this week. The museum by Davis Brody Bond occupies the space between the Memorial Plaza at ground level and the bedrock below, with an angular glass pavilion by Snøhetta providing an entrance from above. A long ramp, designed to recall the access ramp with which tons of twisted metal was excavated from the site, descends to the exhibits which sit within the perimeter boundaries of the twin towers' foundations, underneath the suspended volumes of Michael Arad's memorial fountains.

The content of the museum is obviously fraught with painful memories, and the entrance pavilion occupies a privileged position as the only surface level structure ground zero, in opposition to the great voids of the memorial itself. The discussion at the opening of the museum was therefore always going to center on whether the design of the museum - both its built form and the exhibitions contained - were sensitive and appropriate enough for this challenging brief. Read the critics' takes on the results after the break.

Work On Walkie Talkie Fix Will Start This Month

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Work On Walkie Talkie Fix Will Start This Month, © Flickr CC User pembridge2
© Flickr CC User pembridge2

Work to alter Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street - dubbed the Walkie Talkie due to its unusual shape and then the "Walkie Scorchie" after it created a heat-focusing ray strong enough to melt cars last summer - is due to start later this month, after planning permission for the additions was granted in April. The alterations, also designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, will see horizontal aluminium louvres added to the glass facade between the 3rd and the 34th floor to ensure that the reflective "death ray" effect is not repeated.

More on the building after the break

Venice Biennale 2014: UAE Unearths “Structures of Memory”

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: UAE Unearths “Structures of Memory”, National House - My father’s friend Ahmed Abdulla Al Jassasi, Al Shahama, 1980; Courtesy of Houreya Naser Musabah Khamis Al Kalbani
National House - My father’s friend Ahmed Abdulla Al Jassasi, Al Shahama, 1980; Courtesy of Houreya Naser Musabah Khamis Al Kalbani

Within the rapidly changing landscape of the United Arab Emirates, much of the nation’s vernacular and modern architecture is being quickly replaced by “iconic” contemporary structures. Despite this, many of the UAE’s previous landscape remains a vivid memory within the minds and mementos of its people.

Thus, for the UAE’s 2014 participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Lest We Forget: Structures of Memory in the United Arab Emirates will bring to light seminal projects of the last century that expose the transmission of architectural traditions in a way that addresses the nation’s current cultural identity. 

Preservation of pre-oil vernacular architecture and a special focus on 1970s and 80s modern architecture will both serve as highlights of the exhibition. 

The UAE’s full curatorial statement, after the break...

Open International Competition for the Design of Summer Residential Unit

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Open International Competition for the Design of Summer Residential Unit

Project Baltia magazine and Yarky Hostel & Space have just announced the Open International Competition for the Design of Summer Residential Unit. Five winning projects will be implemented on the territory of the Hostel by August 2, 2014. The units should enable temporary accommodation for one or two persons. Functions of these units are similar to those of a hotel room.

E House / Hannat Architects

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
E House / Hannat Architects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

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Sports Hall at C.P. Pablo Iglesias / Planta 33 Arquitectura

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Sports Hall at C.P. Pablo Iglesias / Planta 33 Arquitectura, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +31

VIDEO: Inside A Data Center, The Architecture Of The Cloud

00:00 - 16 May, 2014

Have you ever wondered where your information goes when you save it to "The Cloud"? The answer is within giant data centers. According to reports, Facebook and Google's data centers resemble something from Science Fiction, while some could come straight from a Bond flick. In a new short film named Internet Machine, Filmmaker and Visual artist Timo Arnall takes us where few have been granted access, showing the world what "The Cloud" really is - a massive architectural space with extreme energy demands. To experience the power surging and hear the deafening hum of a data center, check out the trailer above.

5 Architects Envision New Port of Kinmen

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
5 Architects Envision New Port of Kinmen, First Prize: Junya Ishigami + Associates (Japan). Image Courtesy of Kinmen Harbor Bureau
First Prize: Junya Ishigami + Associates (Japan). Image Courtesy of Kinmen Harbor Bureau

The culmination of an international competition for Kinmen County has resulted in five winning and honorable mention schemes that promise to use architecture as a means of elevating the county’s national identify as a maritime gateway. Responding to the need for expansion and the desire to establish the port as a tourism and recreation destination, the Kinmen Harbor Bureau challenged architects to a two-stage competition for an energy-smart, low-carbon, and possibly expandable port that could host a variety of passenger services. 

Preview the winning results, after the break...

Brighton Townhouses / Martin Friedrich Architects

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Brighton Townhouses / Martin Friedrich Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

Courtesy of Martin Friedrich Courtesy of Martin Friedrich © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brighton VIC 3186, Australia
  • Design Principal

    Martin Friedrich
  • Project Architects

    Michael Ceckiewicz , Kris Treagus and Prashanth Iyer
  • Area

    519.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Derek Swalwell, Courtesy of Martin Friedrich, Gerard Warrener

Building Rehabilitation in Lagos / Vitor Vilhena Architecture

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Building Rehabilitation in Lagos / Vitor Vilhena Architecture, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +62

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lagos, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Vitor Vilhena, Michael Vieira, Liliana Sequeira, Mario Espinha
  • Area

    2605.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Antony-Multisports Complex / Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Antony-Multisports Complex / Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture, Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture
Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture

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A Delicate Endeavor: The Restoration of Modern Masterpieces by Schindler, Lautner, and The Eameses

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
A Delicate Endeavor: The Restoration of Modern Masterpieces by Schindler, Lautner, and The Eameses, Ehrlich Architects’ restored Rudolf Schindler house in Inglewood, Calif. Image © Grant Mudford
Ehrlich Architects’ restored Rudolf Schindler house in Inglewood, Calif. Image © Grant Mudford

How do you make a space more livable by current standards, while simultaneously upholding the original architect's design intentions? It's a delicate endeavor, but one that was recently accomplished by a couple of architects in Southern California. Originally published by AIArchitect as "Pacific Coast Sun Rises on Modernist House Restorations," this article investigates the thoughtful restorations of three homes designed by the pioneering modernists Rudolph Schindler, John Lautner, and Charles and Ray Eames.

Los Angeles’ early Modernist pioneers are no longer around to oversee the restoration of homes they designed more than a half-century ago, but their landmark projects are offering a new generation of designers historic case studies in Modernist preservation that grow more and more significant with each passing day. Vintage architectural renderings and drawings, photos, and notes are all ingredients these architects use to summon the spirits of Rudolph Schindler, John Lautner, and Charles and Ray Eames, to name a few, bringing their early works of California Modernism back to life.