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Kettukallio / Playa Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Kettukallio / Playa Architects, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +19

Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects , © Jeremy Bitterman
© Jeremy Bitterman

© Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman +12

Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

00:00 - 16 April, 2014
Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition , View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

Within days of David Chipperfield being appointed to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in Stockholm, heritage protesters began to assemble a campaign to prevent the project from fruition. 

Declaring they are “opposed to star-architects constructing their angular spectacles of glass and steel right in the middle of the protected historic environment, as monuments to themselves, at our expense and the city’s,” as stated in an online petition, the protesters seem particularly upset that the project would require the demolition of multiple historic structures. Thousands have even joined a Facebook group to voice disapproval. 

However, despite the backlash, the Nobel Foundation refuses to bow down and believes the protest will not succeed

More on the protest, and structures slated for demolition, after the break...

Social housing for people over 65 in Girona / Arcadi Pla Arquitectes

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Social housing for people over 65 in Girona / Arcadi Pla Arquitectes, © Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli +25

Casa da Musica / OMA

05:00 - 15 April, 2014
Casa da Musica / OMA, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida da Boavista 604, 4050-104 Porto, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon
  • Project Architects

    Adrianne Fisher, Michelle Howard
  • Area

    22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Philippe Ruault © OMA © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +50

Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten , © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +17

VIDEO: I LIKE Green

00:00 - 15 April, 2014

Ambient 30 60 - YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Ambient 30 60 - YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
  • Architects

  • Location

    Parque Araucano, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Scheidegger & García Partarrieu
  • Project Area

    445.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma, Courtesy of UMWELT

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma +24

Vargas House / Isaac Broid Arquitecto

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Vargas House / Isaac Broid Arquitecto, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cerrada, Lomas de Casa Blanca, 76080 Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Project Area

    700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +15

The Pool Aoyama / Nobuo Araki

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
The Pool Aoyama  / Nobuo Araki, © Atsushi Fuseya
© Atsushi Fuseya

© Atsushi Fuseya © Atsushi Fuseya © Atsushi Fuseya © Atsushi Fuseya +17

Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On, Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a decade of restoration and remodelling, is a museum dedicated to “the Dutchness of Dutchness.” Pierre Cuypers, the building's original architect, began designing this neogothic cathedral to Dutch art in 1876; it opened in 1885 and has stood guard over Amsterdam's Museumplein ever since.

Over the centuries, the building suffered a series of poorly executed 'improvements': intricately frescoed walls and ceilings were whitewashed; precious mosaics broken; decorative surfaces plastered over; and false, parasitic ceilings hung from the walls. Speaking in his office overlooking the Rijksmuseum’s monumental south west façade, Director of Collections Taco Dibbits noted how the most appalling damage was incurred during the mid-20th century: “everything had been done to hide the original building […but] Cruz y Ortiz [who won the competition to redesign the Rijks in 2003] embraced the existing architecture by going back to the original volumes of the spaces as much as possible.” 

For Seville-based Cruz y Ortiz, choosing what to retain and what to restore, what to remodel and what to ignore were, at times, difficult to balance. Cruz y Ortiz found their answer in the mantra: 'Continue with Cuypers'. They threw the original elements of the building into relief but did not act as aesthetes for the 'ruin'. In contrast to David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap's restoration of Berlin's Neues Museum, for instance, Cruz y Ortiz rigorously implemented a clean visual approach that favoured clarity over confusion. What is original, what is restored, and what is new mingle together in a melting pot of solid, understated architectural elements. Sometimes this approach contradicted Cuyper's original intentions; however, more often than not it complements them in a contemporary way.

Courtesy of Rijksmuseum. Image © John Lewis Marshall Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Great Hall. Image © Jannes Linders Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Gallery of Honour. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Cuyper's Library Restored. Image © Iwan Baan +39

View Terrace and Pavilion / Didzis Jaunzems + Laura Laudere + Jaunromans and Abele

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
View Terrace and Pavilion / Didzis Jaunzems  + Laura Laudere  + Jaunromans and Abele , © Maris Lapins
© Maris Lapins

© Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins +24

VIDEO: Raising the Bar in Desk Design

00:00 - 15 April, 2014

It seems to be part of the architect's daily life: hunching over drawing or model making, uncomfortably crouching to try get that perfect shot through your 1:100 model. Javier Cuñado, designer at Actiu, has tackled these perennial problems with Mobility, a desk that ascends or descends according to your needs. Available in an architect's range of colours - black, white or with an aluminium finish - this stylish desk is an investment your back will thank you for. Learn more in the video above and check out images after the break.

Are the Palisades Too Pure for LG's Headquarters?

00:00 - 15 April, 2014
Are the Palisades Too Pure for LG's Headquarters?, Courtesy of Michael Kimmelman's Twitter Feed (@kimmelman)
Courtesy of Michael Kimmelman's Twitter Feed (@kimmelman)

Responding to the bevy of critics slamming LG Electronics for building their new headquarters in the Palisades in New Jersey (half an hour north from NYC), Lee Rosenbaum, the Palisades-resident and architecture blogger known as CultureGrrl, maintains that "When it comes to preserving the 'pristine Palisades,' the boat has already sailed." Since LG's planned strip will be located on what is, according to Rosenbaum, already "a very commercial strip," she suggests that "that the incensed defenders of the purportedly unspoiled beauty of the Palisades [...] haven’t actually set eyes on them." Check out the images of her neighborhood as well as her very interesting Twitter tussles with The New York Times' Michael KimmelmanVanity Fair's Paul Goldbergerand New York Magazine's Justin Davidson at her blog, and let us know what you think of the debate in the comments below. 

“Move to Care” Winners Envision Relocatable Healthcare Facilities for Southeast Asia

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
“Move to Care” Winners Envision Relocatable Healthcare Facilities for Southeast Asia, © MOVED2CARE - Professional Winning Entry
© MOVED2CARE - Professional Winning Entry

Responding to the demand for healthcare services in rural Southeast Asia, Building Trust International launched an international competition - Moved to Care - to envision flexible and relocatable healthcare facilities. Over 200 entrants participated; one professional winner, a multi-disciplinary team from the USA, and one student winner were honored. Check out their winning proposals, after the break...

AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson, rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock.com
rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock.com

It is rare to find an architectural project whose history makes such strange bedfellows as the New York State Pavilion: a master architect and millions of exhibition patrons, roller skaters and rock stars, stray cats and Iron Man [1]. For three hours on April 22, in honor of the fifty year anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the city of Queens will open the long shuttered gates to Philip Johnson’s most futuristic work. 

the Tent of Tomorrow during the fair. Imagevia People for the Pavillion website © Will Ellis © Marco Catini © Will Ellis +27

Pavillon D'acceuil De Flaine / R-Architecture

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Pavillon D'acceuil De Flaine / R-Architecture, © Valentin Jeck
© Valentin Jeck
  • Architects

  • Location

    Flaine, 74300 Arâches-la-Frasse, France
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck +9

Visual Arts School / Barclay & Crousse

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Visual Arts School  / Barclay & Crousse, Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse
Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse
  • Architects

  • Location

    Miraflores, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Sandra Barclay, Jean Pierre Crousse
  • Project Area

    2280.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse, Jorge Luis Dieguez, Courtesy of Barclay & Crousse

Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse © Jorge Luis Dieguez © Jorge Luis Dieguez +39