71 council and private flats in Sète / CFA

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Architects: CFA – Colboc Franzen & associés
Location: Sète,
Project Team: Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud Sachet
Project Area: 3,913 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Client: Pragma
Photographs: Cécile Septet

Fig Tree Pocket House 2 / Shane Plazibat Architects

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Architects: Shane Plazibat Architects
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Project Team: Shane Plazibat, Daniel Sturton, Jindrich Hozak, Vincent TeoProject Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

Baltyk Tower, Poznań / MVRDV

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Located in the city of Poznań, this 25.000 m² office building will be MVRDV’s first project in . Sculpted by the restrictions of the site, the glass tower’s figure completely changes shape depending on the direction it is being viewed. Besides the large amount of office space, Baltyk Tower will feature retail space, a panorama restaurant and a proposed one room hotel. Completion is scheduled for 2014.

Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

House in the Mountains / GEZA

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Architects: GEZA
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of Geza

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

If for some reason you missed ArchDaily’s featured projects last week , don’t worry, we’ve brought together the best of the week here. You can’t miss Kengo Kuma’s Green Cast, a mix-use building with a unique façade or the Timmelsjoch Experience, a museum that pays tribute to the pioneers of the High Alpine Road. Are you looking for house designs? You must check out House in Tarussa by Bureau Alexander Brodsky and House G-S, an interesting refurbishment in Belgium by GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten. Finally last week, as part of our AD Classics, we featured the 1920’s Russian avant-garde with Melnikov House by architect Konstantin Melnikov.

Great Barrier House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan
Location: Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
Project Area: 170 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Dame Zaha Hadid

Photo by Simone Cecchetti

 has been awarded the title Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to architecture in the Queen’s building honors announced this weekend.

Dame Zaha Hadid said: “It is a tremendous honor for me to receive this award. I would like to thank all my colleagues and clients for their hard work and support. I am delighted that architecture has been recognized in this way. My father went to the London School of Economics in the 1930s, and everything he learned at the time is why I have always leaned towards the .”

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) projects in the UK include Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Kirkcaldy (2006), Evelyn Grace Academy in London (2010), Riverside Museum in Glasgow (2011) and London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games. The MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ highest accolade – the Stirling Prize – in 2010. ZHA’s Evelyn Grace Academy won the Stirling Prize in 2011.

Ecletica Music Center / 0E1 Arquitetos

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Architects: 0E1 Arquitetos
Location: , Brazil
Project Team: Ana Cristina Castagna, Anna Carolina Manfroi, Gabriel Giambastiani, Mário Guidoux, Pablo Resende
Project Area: 62 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Ecletica Music Center
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

Dallas’s Disputed “Hot Spot”


The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas designed by Renzo Piano and the neighboring 42-story are embroiled in a dispute revolving around the adverse effects of glare reflecting into the Nasher’s interior gallery and garden. Currently in mediation over possible solutions, the topic certainly brings to light the implications involved in highly glazed high-rise construction and the surrounding buildings. More details after the break.

Olympic Shooting Venue / Magma Architecture

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Architects: Magma Architecture
Location: , England
Lead Consultant: Mott MacDonald
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Total Footprint: 14,305 sqm
Total SeatingCapacity: 2,900
Architectural Design Team: Martin Ostermann with Lena Kleinheinz, Hendrik Bohle, Susanne Welcker, Pablo Carballal, Niko Mahler, Philipp Mecke, Diana Drogan, Veljko Markovicz, Manuel Welsky
Photographs: J.L. Diehl,

   

Courtesy of Think Space
Courtesy of Think Space

Think Space: ‘Alejandro Zaera-Polo Never Planned to Win Yokohama Port Terminal’ Competition

As part of the 2012 cycle of competitions curated by Adrian Lahoud, Think Space is calling for entries in its Yokohama Port Terminal competition. Simply put, the Yokohama project actually started around the possibility of generating organization from a circulation…

Urban Agri-puncture / Dylan Kwok


Urban Agri-puncture © Dylan Kwok

Earlier this month, we featured a three part series that explored Urban Agriculture – how its design could change our relationship to and potentially guide the way we plan and revitalize our cities. In the last article of the series “Towards an Urban Agri-puncture,” I proposed a way that design could make a social impact on cities as well: by creating community-oriented, productive landscapes where cities need them most.

Little did I know that a young Architect was way ahead of me.

Read More about About Dylan Kwok’s ingenious approach to Design, after the break…

World Horticultural Expo Pavilion / UNStudio + !Melk

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Architect: UNStudio
Landscape Architect: Landscape Architecture
Location: , China
Client: Office of 2014 Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Executive Committee
Building site: 35.000m2
Program: Main Expo Pavilion with integrated Landscape Design
Status: Awarded Competition 

For the International Horticultural Expo 2011 in Xi’an, we followed the design, construction and completion of Plasma Studio’s geometric design that extended from the grounds into the water.  Currently, Qingdao, a major city in the Shandong province of Eastern China, is preparing for the 2014 Expo under the thematic notion “Let life walk into nature.”  The event, which will be held from April through October, will feature  three different pavilions (a theme pavilion, plant pavilion and garden culture center) and seven different themed areas that will display local horticulture and allow visitors to experience international gardens, such as displays from Europe, America and Oceania.   The focal point of the Expo will be marked by a 28,000 m2 thematic pavilion designed by UNStudio and !Melk Landscape Architecture.  The design focuses on the relationship between Science and Nature, using scientific achievement as a source of inspiration to “communicate the essential generative and structural principles of nature through architectural gesture,” explained the firm.

More about the pavilion after the break.

Faculty of Informatics / Peter Kovacs DLA + Istvan Lengyel

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Architects: , Istvan Lengyel
Location: Debrecen,
General Design: Archiko Kft. and Lengyel Epiteszmuterem Kft.
Associate Architects: Lajos Barabás, Tibor Bartha, Ottó Ferenczi, György Kazamér, István Kecskés, Éva Molnár, Attila Tóth
Client: University of Debrecen, Faculty of Informatics
General Contractor: Hunép Zrt.
Completion: 2011
Gross Floor Area: 4,448 sqm
Cost: 6,137,292 €
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

   

V2 – Ashoka Canggu / Mencke & Vagnby + Peter Sand

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Architects: Mencke & Vagnby
Location: , Indonesia
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Alexis Menting

Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture
Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture

Female Prison / OOIIO Architecture

Based on natural light, open spaces and greenery such as peat, grass and flowers, the proposal by OOIIO Architecture… for the Female Prison in Iceland dismisses the dark spaces, small cells and grey concrete walls typical of a traditional prison.

Paramos House / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

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Architect: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes
Location: Paramos, ,
Area: 783 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Courtesy of BNKR Arquitectura
Courtesy of BNKR Arquitectura

Cholula Student Housing / BNKR Arquitectura

BNKR Arquitectura… designed a proposal for a 41 room student housing complex in a residential neighborhood in Cholula for the University of the Americas, which is currently growing and being absorbed into the urban area of Puebla, Mexico. The program