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Buckminster Fuller's 50-Foot "Fly's Eye" Dome to be Restored

Noted architectural historian and preservationist Robert Rubin has purchased the largest of Buckmister Fuller's "Fly's Eye" domes and plans to reopen it to the public this summer for the first time in 30 years. 

eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition Winners

1st Place / Derek Pirozzi / United States
1st Place / Derek Pirozzi / United States

Organized in 2006 by eVolo Magazine the Skyscraper Competition recognizes outstanding ideas for vertical living. After reviewing more than 600 projects from 83 different countries, the winners for the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition have just been announced. 

First place was awarded to Derek Pirozzi from the United States, currently an intern at Olson Kundig Architects. Second place went to Darius Maïkoff and Elodie Godo, from France. And third place was awarded to Ting Xu and Yiming Chen from China. Check the images and more info on the winners after the break.

Sant Just Desvern / ONL Arquitectura

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Location: Carrer Sant Ferran 19, Sant Just Desvern, España
  • Arquitectos A Cargo: ONL arquitectura - Joan Nogué , Txema Onzain , Félix López
  • Area: 512.78 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Marcella Grassi

© Marcella Grassi © Marcella Grassi © Marcella Grassi © Marcella Grassi

Amsterdam Tower / JSa

  • Architects: JSa Archirectura
  • Location: Av. Insurgentes 301-303, col. Hipódromo Condesa, México D.F.
  • Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Aisha Ballesteros, Karen Cheirif, Francisco Martínez, Juan Manuel Soler, Irvine Torres, Juan Pablo Victal, Sofía Villareal, Romelia Hernández, Ingrid Ramos, Juan Reyes
  • Real Estate Development: Javier Sánchez, Santiago Sánchez, Alvaro Becker
  • Interior Design: Javier Sánchez, Leticia Serrano, Cecilia Solis, Karen Kimura
  • Area: 233 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cortesia de JSa Architectura

Courtesy of JSa Architectura Courtesy of JSa Architectura Courtesy of JSa Architectura Courtesy of JSa Architectura

Headquarters for the Asturias Association of Architects in Oviedo / Ruíz Larrea & Asociados

  • Architects: Ruíz Larrea & Asociados
  • Location: C/Marqués de Gaztañaga, Oviedo, Asturias
  • Project Architects: César Ruíz-Larrea Cangas, Antonio Gómez Gutiérrez, Gonzalo Ortega Barnuevo
  • Area: 1.572,21 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Cortesia de Ruíz Larrea & Asociados

Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados

Manantiales Building / Izquierdo Lehmann Arquitectos

  • Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann Arquitectos
  • Location: Isidora Goyenechea 3120, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Project Architects: Luis Izquierdo W., Antonia Lehmann S.B, Raimundo Lira V., José Domingo Peñafiel E.
  • Collaborators: Miguel Villegas G.
  • Site Area: 1765.30 m2
  • Total Built Area: 17235 m2
  • Year: 1997
  • Photography: Cortesia de Izquierdo Lehmann

Courtesy of Izquierdo Lehmann Courtesy of Izquierdo Lehmann Courtesy of Izquierdo Lehmann Courtesy of Izquierdo Lehmann

Green Square Library and Plaza Competition Entry / Felix

The Green Square Library and Plaza designed by Felix aims to be truly new public arena which will act as the hub of the vibrant community. Their design presents a building and landscape that engenders a contemporary public space for the community.  Understanding the demands of a contemporary public library, the plaza has been designed as an essential part of the library’s function. With the proliferation of printed books, the reading room, once the center of the library’s function, is revisited in this library as an experience through the multi-functional community orientated space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

SKALIA / Arditti+RDT Arquitectos

  • Architects: Arditti+RDT Arquitectos
  • Location: Plaza Corporativa Zapopan, Mexico
  • Construction: CPI
  • Lighting: L + F
  • Automatization: MR Soluciones
  • Aluminum And Glass: Fernando Hernandez
  • Client: Ing. Alfredo Martinez
  • Area: 30,000 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Cortesia de Arditti+RDT Arquitectos

Courtesy of Arditti+RDT Arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti+RDT Arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti+RDT Arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti+RDT Arquitectos

The Squaire / JSK

© Nicolae Sotir
© Nicolae Sotir
  • Architects: JSK
  • Location: Frankfurt Airport (FRA), 60547 Frankfurt, Germany
  • Area: 140000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Nicolae Sotir, Roland Horn, Martin Joppen, Bavaria Luftbild, Leitner, Euroluftbild

© Roland Horn © Martin Joppen © Bavaria Luftbild © Leitner

MEA2013: International Design Competition on Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture

Organized by Building Green Magazine, the MEA2013 Awards competition aims at highlighting projects that follow the principles of sustainability in architecture during the last five years in the Mediterranean zone, mainly through environmentally responsive passive design solutions. The goal is to enhance the exchange of ideas on environmentally conscious design, and enrich the ecological sustainability approach. MEA2013 covers all buildings that have been completed in the Mediterranean zone in the following categories: Civic, Urban, Residential, Healthcare, Cultural, Leisure, and Commercial Design Projects. The deadline for submissions is April 5. To apply, and for more information, please visit here.

AIA UK 2013 Excellence in Design Awards Call for Entries

The American Institute of Architects UK Chapter recently announced its call for entries in their annual Excellence in Design Awards. Entries are sought from architects based in Britain, and from architects throughout the world for built projects in the UK. Students of architecture who are currently enrolled in UK Universities are also strongly encouraged to apply. The winners of this year’s Excellence in Design Awards will be announced at the Excellence in Design Awards Gala Tuesday, April 23. The deadline for submissions is March 22 at 5:00pm. For more information, please visit here.

Residence and Day Center for the Mentally Handicapped / Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje

  • Architects: Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje
  • Location: Gran Vía 970, Barcelona, España
  • Project Architect: Jesús Arcos
  • Design Team: Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover
  • Collaborators: Aroa Álvarez, Rubén Páez, Marilena Lucivero
  • Structural Design: BIS Arquitectes
  • Building Services: SIGMA Enginyers
  • Budget And Construction Consultants: Benedicto Gestión de Proyectos
  • Construction Supervisor: Bonet-Andreu
  • Client: GISA
  • Area: 2,098 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Jordi Bernadó, Cortesia de Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje

© Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó

Reception Center and Social Reintegration, Residence Henri Durand / Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects

  • Architects: Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects
  • Location: Louviers, France
  • Area: 2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects

© Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects © Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects © Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects © Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects

Conference of Architects Maria Manuel Oliveira and João Mendes Ribeiro

Organized by Note Gallery in Lisbon, a platform for dissemination, discussion and debate in architecture in partnership with the Camara Municipal de Lisboa, the conference of architects Maria Manuel Oliveira and João Mendes Ribeiro is part of the exhibition "VIII Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura e Urbanismo". Taking place this Thursday, March 14th, at 9:00pm, architect Maria Manuel Oliveira awarded with the project of Renovação urbana em Guimarães, and architect João Mendes Ribeiro will be awarded the project Reabilitação da Casa do Arco. For more information, please visit here.

Are you an architect & interested in urban design and strategic planning?

The European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) is a joint program that aims to produce highly qualified, university trained urban designers, physical planners and researchers. The EMU program brings together the strengths and richness of different design approaches and methods, and the long traditions and experiences in urban planning and design of each of the participating universities.

The master course is design oriented and affirms the role of design in the knowledge process, while integrating different levels of scale. Learning by doing, research by design, and the project as knowledge producer constitute the key concerns and standpoints of this European postgraduate master’s degree.

More info after the break.

Fatima's House / Salgado E Liñares Arquitectos

© Héctor Santos-Díez
© Héctor Santos-Díez

© Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez

LEGO® Announces BIG Commission


It's official! Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG has been commissioned to collaborate with Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) and COWI to design the first public LEGO® museum in the company's hometown of BillundDenmark. The "LEGO® Brand House" and "experience centre" is intended to compliment the non-public "LEGO® Idea House", which is also located in Billund.

Bjarke Ingles, founder of BIG stated: “It's going to be looking at LEGO® from all its different aspects—LEGO® as an art form, its cultural impact. When we were doing the research for it [the LEGO® house], we realized, if you would consider it just an art museum, you would be able to fill it with so much user content of such a high quality...it is one of our great dreams at BIG that we are now able to design a building for and with the LEGO® group. I owe a huge personal debt to the LEGO® brick, and I can see in my nephews that its role in developing the child as a creative, thinking, imaginative human being becomes ever stronger in a world in which creativity and innovation are key elements in virtually all aspects of society.”

More on LEGO®'s BIG commission after the break...

30 Public Dwellings / Aguilera/Guerrero Arquitectos

© Pepo Segura
© Pepo Segura

© Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura