UK Exhibition: Prototyping Architecture

Photocell Mesh / Philip Beesley; Courtesy of The Building Center

Merging the work of architects, engineers, manufacturers, product designers, academics and artists, Prototyping Architecture explores the importance of prototypes in the delivery of high quality contemporary design. The exhibition, which runs at The Building Centre from January 11 to March 20, places an emphasis on research and experimentation to illustrate how trial assemblies can inform architecture with maquettes, models and full-scale sample productions on show from around the world.

Professor Michael Stacey, Director of Architecture at the University of stated: “Prototyping Architecture celebrates vital methods of design development with new technologies that potentially herald the beginning of a second industrial revolution. The exhibition forms a bridge between architecture, engineering and art – with exhibits that are truly beautiful.”

More on Prototyping Architecture after the break.

Lordelo Pharmacy / José Carlos Cruz – Arquitecto

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Architects: José Carlos Cruz – Arquitecto
Location: Vila Real,
Civil Engineer: NORVIA
Mechanics Engineer: GET_Raul Bessa
Area: 522.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

AIA Comments on “Fiscal Cliff” Vote

The American Institute of Architects () today issued the following statement in reaction to the House and Senate votes approving the “Fiscal Cliff” deal negotiated by Congressional leaders earlier this week. The statement should be attributed to President Mickey Jacob, FAIA:

“On the plus side, the agreement prevents a tax increase on millions of Americans and small businesses. It also extends several business tax incentives that help create jobs and promote design and construction, including for schools and energy efficient homes.”

More after the break…

AD Interviews: Andrew Grant

During the World Architecture Festival, held this October in Singapore, we had the opportunity to interview one of the ’s most succesful landscape architects: Andrew Grant. On the occasion, the project, Gardens by the Bay, in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, was awarded the World Building of the Year Award.

Andrew Grant, who was recently named Royal Designer for Industry, formed Grant Associates in 1997. The practice has been focused on the blurry boundary between architecture and nature, using landscape design as a tool for sustainable innovation on different scales, from sub-regional planning to the smallest detail of a new landscape.

A perfect example of this is the Cooled Conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay project, where architecture and nature become one to produce a naturally breathing machine.

More about Gardens by the Bay in the following video:

Yingjia Club at Vanke Beijing / Neri & Hu

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shen Zhonghai

FRMP / A E I O U arquitectos

© José Antonio Lozano García – Marcos Cortes Lerín

Architects: A E I O U arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: José Antonio Lozano García
Collaborators: Cristina Agudo García/Marcos Cortes Lerín/Rosa Andrés Pérez/Ana Hernando Asenjo
Area: 2,668 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: José Antonio Lozano García – Marcos Cortes Lerín

Library in Singuerlin / taller 9s arquitectes

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Architects: taller 9s arquitectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Oriol Cusidó & Irene Marzo
Area: 2,350 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Adrià Goula Sardà

T2 Retail Shop / General Design

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Architects: General Design
Location: Shibuya, Tokyo,
Architect: Shin Ohori
Area: 99 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Daici Ano

Kimbell Art Museum / © Amit Khanna - Design Principal, AKDA
Kimbell Art Museum / © Amit Khanna - Design Principal, AKDA

Prospective Photo Essay: Kimbell Art Museum & Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth / Amit Khanna (AKDA)

Amit Khanna of Amit Khanna Design Associates (AKDA)… recently did a prospective photographic essay which highlights the Kimbell Art Museum by architect Louis Kahn, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth  by architect Tadao Ando. His writing emphasizes his

Levels House / BAK Architects

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Architects: BAK Architects
Location: , Buenos Aires Province,
Design Team: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk
Collaborators: Nuria Jover, Enzo Vitali
Land Area: 600 sqm
Area: 187.02 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of BAK Architects

Hub 01 – Mobile Student Housing Terminal / dmvA Architecten + A3 Architects

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Architects: dmvA Architecten, A3 Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: vzw Katho, Katholieke Hogeschool Kortrijk
Design Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Emilie Dorekens, Sabine Rosseel
Structural Engineer: Bvba Studiebureel Vansteelandt
Area: 225 sqm
Photographs: Mick Couwenbergh

Zaha Hadid Seeing Double in China

Wangjing SOHO: East © ZHA

Eleven  projects are currently being constructed in China, however one of them has the international architecture mogul seeing double. Unfortunately, Hadid has found herself in a race to finish the Wangjing SOHO office and retail complex in Beijing before pirates complete their doppelgänger version in , a megacity near the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau.

As reported on Spiegel Online, the Dame claimed that the pirates are currently in the lead and building faster than SOHO. The original, which is set for completion in 2014, features three curved towers whose “shimmering”, metallic skin unifies the complex as each volume appears to “dance” around each other.

Hadid is not the first to be mimicked in China. Last year, a small UNESCO-protected village in Austria, Hallstatt, was recreated, brick for brick, in the subtropical district of Guangdong, China. You can find the complete story here.

UIAC / Landa Arquitectos

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Architects: Landa Arquitectos
Location: , Guanajuato,
Architect In Charge: Agustín Landa Vértiz
Area: 5,189.45 sqm
Proyect Year: 2011
Photographs: Jorge Vertiz Gargollo

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H3 / 314 Architecture Studio

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Architects: 314 Architecture Studio
Location: , Greece
Architect In Charge: Pavlos Chatziangelidis
Consultant Engineer: Fotini Karagianni
Construction: Mohamed Ahmed
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio

Courtesy of JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Courtesy of JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano Proposal / JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

The proposal for the future Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano, designed by JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo…, will be developed in surface, in a place already occupied by the existing station, which will be deactivated after the new station starts operating.

Penzkoferhaus / Peter Haimerl Architektur

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Architects: Peter Haimerl Architektur
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Edward Beierle

321 Ocean / TEN Arquitectos

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Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: 321 Ocean Drive, , FL, USA
Owner: AGM Aria
Are: 78,000 sq ft
Proyect Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos / Hartness Visions

Birmingham Ormiston Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Grosvenor Street, Aston, , West Midlands, UK
Structural Engineer: Nolan Associates
Services Engineer: M&E Engineers – RPS
Client: Lend Lease
Area: 8,990 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alan Williams Photography, Courtesy of