43 Public Dwelling In Almuradiel / Estudio Entresitio

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Architects: Estudio Entresitio
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: María Hurtado, César Jiménez, José María Hurtado
Design Team: Julián Jimenez, Vidal Fernández Díez, Raquel Fernández Antoñanzas, Carolina Leveroni, Jorge Martínez Martín, Stefan Voght, Carolin Löser
Area: 3,960.56 sqm
Year: 2009
Photography: Roland Halbe, Courtesy of Estudio Entresitio

The Factory / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill, Richard Powers

Head Road 1816 / SAOTA

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Architects: Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Fresnaye, Cape Town,
Design Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni, Tamaryn Hammond, Mark Bullivant
Interior Decor: Maxine Olmesdahl
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Letch

“Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

, Cube Light, 2008. Photo: Cathy Carver.

“Cube Light” has made it’s debut in at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, along with collection of Ai Weiwei most famous works in the retrospective “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”. Although one of China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists, Weiwei is best known in the world of architecture for his work with Herzog & de Meuron on Beijing’s famous “Bird’s Nest” and, most recently, the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

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Georges-Emile-Lapalme Cultural Center / MSDL Architectes

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Architects: MSDL Architectes
Location: , Quebec,
Area: 7,840 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Stephane Groleau

AD Round Up: Architecture in Brazil

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Today we celebrate ’s Republic Day  with great architecture from a great country. The main image belongs to Carapicuiba House designed by Angelo Bucci and Alvaro Puntoni. Don’t miss Isay Weinfeld’d  Livraria da Vila or Pier House  by  Gabriel Grinspum + Mariana Simas. Revisit the great Fundação Iberê Camargo in Porto Alegre by Pritzker Prize, Alvaro Siza. Finally, check out Marcio Kogan’s House 6 designed by Marcio Kogan.

Hanafarm Kitchen / StudioGreenBlue

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Architects: StudioGreenBlue
Location: Honjyou, Saitama,
Team: Mitsuharu Kojima × Wataru Kobayashi
Area: 114 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of StudioGreenBlue

National Museum of Afghanistan / Line and Space

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Tucson, Arizona firm Line and Space recently shared with us their competition proposal for the new National Museum of developed over the summer of 2012. Inspired by the basin and range geology of Kabul and incredible archaeology, the design features architecture that is derived from Afghan soil by means of stone clad conical elements rising from the landscape that are evocative of an atypical approach to the standard museum typology.  Designed to provide a dramatic yet serene and secure place for visitors to learn about the country’s amazing and complex history, the various strategies employed by Line and Space offer up some interesting concepts that celebrate the incredible treasures housed within. More details after the break.

Tecas 43 / Miguel Angel Aragonés

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Architects: Miguel Angel Aragonés
Location: , Mexico
Architect In Charge: Taller Aragonés
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Joe Fletcher, Victor Benitéz

Dutch Firm wins Best Future Concept with Smart Highways

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Imagine driving down a road at night without street lights with the light-emitting road guiding your way. As the temperature outside drops the road starts to reveal images of ice crystals, signaling to you, the driver, that conditions are now icy and slippery. This futuristic concept may soon be a reality as Dutch design firm Studio Roosegaarde and the engineers at Heijmans Infrastructure team up to develop “Smart Highways” – a design agenda for interactive, sustainable and safe roads. The concept won the two firms Best Future Concept at the Dutch Design Awards 2012. Join us after the break for more.

Bahrain House / MORIQ

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Architects: MORIQ
Location: Hamala,
Area: 12,700 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of MORIQ

Bijoy JAIN-Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award 2012

Rakennustieto is publishing now for the seventh time a monograph on the work of the architect awarded the international Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award. The 2012 winner is Indian architect Bijoy Jain, who together with his office Studio Mumbai Architects combine excellently traditional craftwork and architecture using meagre resources.

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© VVV

Valdespartera Ecocity Kindergarten Proposal / Magen Arquitectos

Located in Valdespartera Ecocity, a newly built neighborhood located in the residential expansion south of Zaragoza, the design for the Kindergarten by Magen Arquitectos… is characterized by its strong expression of horizontality. The definition of the platform floor and the

Make Your Own “Architecture For Dogs”

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If you thought “Architecture for Dogs,”  the project in which world-class architects design “sincere architectural structures” for dogs, couldn’t get any cuter, you were very, very wrong.

Today, the project’s interactive web site, designed by Yugo Nakamura, the web designer for Uniqlo, was launched. The site allows viewers to browse each of the architect’s designs and then download free blueprints to make them on their own. Plus, it features an adorable introductory video, complete with scampering puppies, which imparts the site’s mission: “bringing a new kind of joy to the relationship between dogs and humans.”

More info and Images on “Architecture for Dogs,” after the break…

Dental Clinic / MMVARQUITECTO

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Architects: MMVARQUITECTO
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Miguel Marques Venâncio
Design Team: B. Pedrosa (project/digital images), V. Vázquez (project), M. Álvarez (project), T. Palos (models/drawings)
Constructor: A. Cesário
Client: R. Leal
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG

Zaha Hadid Wins Japan National Stadium Competition

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Fresh from the acclaimed openings of the Galaxy Soho in Beijing and the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum in the US, Dame Zaha Hadid can now add a new coveted project to her name.

Beating out 10 other finalists (including Populous, a firm known for their sports architecture, as well as Japanese heavyweights, such as Toyo Ito and SANAA), Zaha Hadid Architects were chosen by  and the Japan Sports Council to design the new Japan National Stadium. As Ando described the decision-process: “Our wish is to see a stadium designed by someone who shares this earth, with wisdom and technology that looks to the future of out planet.”

The new 80,000-seat stadium will replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium in Tokyo. It will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and potentially be the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic Games (if Japan’s bid is selected). It will also be offered to FIFA as a venue for World Cup football matches.

The Stadium is scheduled for completion in 2018.

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Froyo Yogurteria / Ahylo Studio

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Architects: Ahylo Studio
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Pavlos Xanthopoulos, Ioulietta Zindrou
Collaborator: Daphne Lada
Branding/Graphic Design: Asprimera Design Studio
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ahylo Studio

© Architect Vladislav Kostadinov / studio 8 ½
© Architect Vladislav Kostadinov / studio 8 ½

|CON|Temporary Library Installation / Studio 8 ½

Already built in the Center for Contemporary Art, based in the old Turkish bathhouse in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the |CON|Temporary Library Installation by Studio 8 ½… contains solely books of contemporary art. It provides many comfortable places to sit/lay, bookcases, magazines