Maja’s House / Ultra Architects

© Mariusz Jagniewski

Architects: Ultra Architects
Location: Poznan, Poland
Architect In Charge: Marcin Kościuch and Tomasz Osięgłowski
Collaborators: Adriana Ronżewska-Kotyńska, Agata Ostrowska
Area: 6 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Mariusz Jagniewski, Łukasz Zandecki, Courtesy of

Joe Clark, BFLS, RWCMD, view from Bute Park 10cms
Joe Clark, BFLS, RWCMD, view from Bute Park 10cms

World Stage Design 2013 Festival: Sustainable Theatre Design Competition

Online application is now open for a competition to design a temporal sustainable theatre, to be built in Cardiff, as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival. Open to students and emerging practitioners from across all related disciplines, the…

Kashi-Kobo Yodogawa / aoydesign

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Architects: aoydesign
Location: Komatsu, Japan
Project Team: Shigeo Aoyama, Yukiko Sumitani
Contractor: Support Plus
Area: 39 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of aoydesign

Lloyd Holiday House / Bonnifait + Giesen

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Architects: Bonnifait + Giesen
Location: , Wellington, New Zealand
Main Contractor: Duncan Construction Ltd.
Property Owners: Heather and Trevor Lloyd
Area: 140 sqm
Photographs: John Girdlestone

In Progress: Schwäbischer Verlag / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter

Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Karlstraße 20, 88212 , Germany
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Student Housing (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) / H Arquitectes + dataAE

© Adrià Goula

Architects: H Arquitectes + dataAE
Location: Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona,
Design Team H Arquitectes: David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó
Design Team Data Ae: Claudi Aguiló, Albert Domingo
Collaborators: Aleix Enguix, ÀBAC Enginyers, Societat Orgànica, DSM arquitectes
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula, Courtesy of H Arquitectes +

Breathing Prototypes Workshop

Parametrica [Digi Fab School] invites you to BREATHING PROTOTYPES Workshop (19-25 February 2013) to participate in the digital design build workshop, seeking to create an inventive collaborative environment. The workshop is part of a series of PARAMETRICA events aimed in promoting and exploring the world of parametric design.

The workshop is aimed at: students, postgraduates, architects, interior, product and urban designers, engineers, anybody interested. All the details after the break.

Yacht House / Robin Monotti Architects

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Architects: Robin Monotti Architects
Location: Crimea,
Design Team: Robin Monotti Graziadei, Fannar Haraldsson
Structural Engineer: Gennadiy Gyrushta
Main Contractor: Igor Shutkin
Area: 875 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu

Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan

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To further the promotion of art education, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and China Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Museum at the China Academy of Art will harmonize with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility. Instead, the museum’s configuration will mimic the lozenge shaped pattern that was discovered within the contour lines, generating a fluid space with linear and altering floor levels buffered by partially external galleries.

In addition, Kengo Kuma is investigating the possibility of reusing clay tiles and stones from Hangzhou’s old house district so the body of the museum may appear as if the “soil of the tea gardens” were “transformed into architecture”.

More images after the break.

Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter) in Selb / TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos

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Architects: TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos
Location: , Germany
Area: 510.3 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Alda 

bam! Wins YAP MAXXI 2013

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With an intention to attract and impress viewers with his massive scale, He has been selected as winner of the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI in Rome, an annual competition that promotes and supports young and emerging architects in collaboration with MAXXI Architettura, /MoMA PS1 of , Constructo of Santiago and, for the first time, Istanbul Modern, Turkey.

Turin-based studio bam! bottega di architettura sostenibile, designed He as a grandiose and buoyant installation that transforms the concrete MAXXI facade and expansive piazza into a visual spectacular, while offering a shady escape from the Summer heat.

SCAPE/Landscape Architecture Wins Competition for Lexington Masterplan

SCAPE’s Masterplan for , Kentucky’s Town Branch Commons. Image © SCAPE/Landscape Architecture

-based SCAPE/Landscape Architecture has beat out 4 national/international firms, including JDS Architects, to design a Masterplan for the Town Branch Commons, a two-mile linear stretch of green space that will connect the eastern and western sections of downtown Lexington, . The Competition has garnered attention for its interesting challenge: to bring the Town Branch Creek, a river which has been underground for over 100 years, to the surface.

Jeff Fugate, President and COO of the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, which sponsored the competition, noted that “The [five-person] jury had five excellent choices, but SCAPE clearly was above the competition.” Aaron Betsky, the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the jury chairman also explained the choice: “As a jury, we felt inspired and excited by the breath of the designers’ vision, while we felt confident that they would be able to implement their plan.”

Town Branch Commons bird’s eye view. Photo © Space Group and MIR

Kate Orff, founder of SCAPE, notes that the firm is looking forward to working with the community to make the vision a reality: “SCAPE is so thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative to revive Town Branch, make new connections downtown, and improve the quality of life in Lexington. We’ve been inspired by the realities and conditions on the ground and by the potential of water to inform the design of new urban landscapes.”

Find out more about the Masterplan, after the break…

Holiday Home in the Algarve / Hilberink Bosch Architects

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Architects: Hilberink Bosch Architects
Location: Moncarapacho, , Portugal
Area: 560 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: René de Wit

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Towers and Flagship Hub Proposal / mæ

mæ… architects recently announced that they were selected to design a ‘split-site’ elderly housing and healthcare hub project in Lisson Grove, Central London. Intended for City West Homes, on behalf of Westminster City Council, the housing scheme, which will be

Final Preservation: What Cinema Has That Architecture Doesn’t

Casa Malaparte, given new life by Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt. Image © Flickr User CC Sean Munson

This article comes courtesy of our friend and cenephile Charlotte Neilson, the author of the fascinating design blog Casting Architecture, which discusses architecture and production design. 

The life of a building – a few hundred years, if a building is lucky – is just a blip when compared to the billions of years required to shape the natural landscape. Even briefer is the work of a film maker: a pursuit created for momentary entertainment, which reaches completion in just a couple of hours. Strange then, that film has often stepped in to preserve buildings who have met an early demise.

While Architecture and Film have always had an uncomfortable relationship (be it the movie industry’s portrayal of modern buildings as cold and soulless – and usually associated with less than savory occupants or the stereotyping of Architects themselves as delicate, impractical types), the inclusion of a building in a feature film can often become an important part of a building’s story. And sometimes its last bastion.

More on Architecture preserved on Film, after the break…

AD Interviews: Edouard François

Back when I was an architecture student I was very impressed by the early works of French architect and urban planner Edouard François, which introduced new ways to understand the relation between nature and architecture.

Edouard has always been an innovator, experimenting with green façades and constantly challenging the housing typology, making architecture a response of the times (which otherwise, as he mentions, would be just construction). These aspects, how to push innovation with clients and into the market, are discussed with Edouard in this interview, recommended to young architects who could learn from his experience running his practice.

Edouard studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and has taught around the world. His work and career have been highly recognized, being appointed with the RIBA International Fellowship in 2011 and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 2012.

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Kromhout Barracks / Karres en Brands + Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten

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Architects: Karres en Brands, Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten
Location: ,
Design Team: Bart Brands, Sylvia Karres, Lieneke van Campen, Jeroen Marseille, Uta Krause, Paul Portheine, Joost de Natris, Jim Navarro
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jannes Linders, Aeroview

2011 Winner of "Architecture and People" © Neil Dusheiko - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants
2011 Winner of "Architecture and People" © Neil Dusheiko - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants

2013 Architect’s Eye Photography Competition

Organized by International Art Consultants (IAC) and supported by The Royal Photographic Society, the Architect’s Eye competition has been celebrating and encouraging architects’ passion for photography since 2007. Now, in its fourth edition, UK architects are challenged to submit photos into two distinct…