Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 / Photos by Danica O. Kus

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Danica O. Kus shared with us her photographic work for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Designed by Herzog & De Meuron and Ai Weiwei, these photos give you a great insight into the overall feel and spatial qualities to the design. The half sunken in and water-covered structure starts to become a part of the landscape, as Kus is able to take the viewer inside and around the pavilion. You can check out more images after the break.

House D-Z / GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten
Location: Mullem,
Completion: 2012
Site Area: 810 sqm
Built Area: 263 sqm
Photographs: Luc Roymans

   

Tekfen Kagithane Ofispark / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of EmreArolat Architects

  

Fundraiser: Modernism London Style / Niels Lehmann

Modernism Style: Battersea Power Station, (1935) © Niels Lehmann

Like no other style, represents a built manifestation of the interwar period’s enthusiasm and splendor. In London, buildings of this era reflect the elegance, progress and assertiveness that describe the modern metropolis age. Even today, these buildings have lost none of their aura and appeal, yet they lack any proper documentation.

Together, Niels Lehmann and Christoph Rauhut have worked tirelessly for the past three years researching and photographing London’s architectural Art Deco heritage. With your help, they will feature over 230 buildings with large-scaled photographs in the soon-to-be published book “Modernism London Style.” Follow this link to become a supporter and learn more.

Continue after the break to view more photos.

Villa Hendrikx / 70F Architecture

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Architects: 70F Architecture
Location: , The Netherlands
Year: 2009
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

   

AD Round Up: OMA Part II

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For today’s Round Up, we bring you the second part of previously featured projects by one of our favorite studios, . Take this opportunity to check again the unique Prada Transformer. Also you can see OMA’s new landmark for Shenzhen, an interesting group of buildings and open spaces connected by an elevated pedestrian system, the ‘Ring Connector’.Don’t miss the proposal for Rotterdam City Hall or The Rotterdam, the biggest building in the Netherlands. Finally check out The Interlace a 170,000 sqm residential project in Singapore.

4 Najuda / Atelier Base

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Architects: Atelier Base
Location: Ajuda, , Portugal
Year: 2010-12
Built Area: 70 sqm
Photographs: Invisible Gentleman

James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace opens today at Rice University

James Turrell “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace – Courtesy of

The highly anticipated “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace, designed by American artist James Turrell, will open to the public today with a sunset light show. The abstract pyramidal structure complements the natural light present at sunrise and sunset, creating a mesmerizing light show that connects the beauty of the natural world with the surrounding campus. This experience is enhanced by an LED light performance that projects onto the 72-by-72-foot thin white roof, which offers views to the sky through a 14-by-14-foot opening. Additionally, the Turrell Skyspace is acoustically engineered for musical performances and serves as a laboratory for music school students, as it stands adjacent to the Shepher School of Music on the Rice University campus in Houston, .

David Leebron, Rice University President: “The campus has to play its role in inspiring our students.”

Continue after the break to watch a sneak preview of the Turrell Skyspace light show.

AutoCAD and New Macbook Pro’s Retina Display

Apple's latest boasts an incredibly high resolution Retina Display

“If I were a drafter, I’d drop everything and buy it.”

So said Rob Maguire, the product manager for Autodesk’s AutoCAD, describing the new 3D-rendering drafting applications that will run on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook’s distinguishing feature is its souped-up Retina display  - which boasts 4 times as many pixels as its predecessor, 75% less reflection, and 29% higher contrast.

The implications for architects will be practically life-changing. But there is a catch…

Get the scoop on the new AutoCAD App for Macbook, after the break.

Skelleftea Kraft Office Building / General Architecture

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Architects: General Architecture
Location: Kanalgatan71, Skellefteå,
Completion: 2009
Floor area/size: 9,500 sqm
Photographs: Mikael Olsson, Lindman Photography

The Johns Hopkins Hospital / Perkins+Will

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The new facility designed by Perkins+Will for the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, approaches the design as a total experience of healing that includes architecture and urban design.  The project proposes to redefine the hospital experience with The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower, whose goal is to emphasize transformative patient-centric care.

More after the break.

Perkins+Will and Pringle Brandon Merge

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will. © Perkins+Will.

Big news: two architectural heavyweights have joined forces.

Pringle Brandon and Drew (their more commercial branch) have merged with top-ranking international design firm Perkins+Will. Their joint London and Dubai Offices will know be known as (take a deep breath): Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will.

Pringle Brandon (PB) stands to expand its international presence with the merger; Perkins+Will will be able to tap into PB’s strengths in interior design, workplace consultancy, & sustainable practice – as well as their presence in Europe and the UAE, where it has experienced two consecutive years of double-digit growth.

Story via Architects Choice and Pringle Brandon‘s Press Release.

Hus-1 / Torsten Ottesjö

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Hus 1 is an inspiring new house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö. With double curved surfaces, compact and efficient planning it is a house on the human scale that blends effortlessly into the surrounding nature.

Situated in the unique cultural landscape of the Scandinavian West Coast, Hus 1 reflects and communicates with its surroundings. The natural materials used in the construction have made it a friendly place for both humans and nature for its whole life cycle.

Photographs by David Relan.

AD Classics: Melnikov House / Konstantin Melnikov

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The Melnikov House by architect Konstantin Melnikov is a classic residence that represents the forefront of the 1920’s Russian avant-garde. Located on Krivoarbatsky Lane in the then trendy district of Arbat, on an open lot, its aesthetics differ dramatically from traditional Soviet residential architecture. More details after the break.

The 9 Best Countries For Architects To Find Work

Upper left: Oslo by Flickr User CC Peter Guthrie. Bottom left: "Hanoi Traffic" by Flickr User pheochromocytoma. Right: "Revolution Tower, Panamá City, Panamá" by Flickr User CC Chodaboy.

Where in the world, as a young architect, would be the best country to find a job in an architecture firm?

Last week, we decided to pose this question and crowd-source our readers’ intelligence for the answer. We received almost 200 comments from ArchDaily readers and Facebook fans all over the globe about the current employment opportunities, design culture, and wages in their respective countries. With many economies experiencing crippling Recession, and recent Architecture graduates suffering most, you’ve helped us generate a vital conversation.

Find out the 9 countries that made the cut after the break. Some may just surprise you…

The Indicator: Xhina

Tim Franco via The New York Times

’s economy is slowing down. It’s projected growth rate is set to dip down to as low as a modest 6% versus the jaw-dropping double-digit rates of the past decade or more. In March, the government set its growth target for 2012 at 7.5%. It must be remembered that this is no accident. It is a calculated move. In the most recent five-year plan this general cooling-down is part of ’s strategy to avoid the sort of economic meltdown that hit the U.S. in 2008. They read the tea leaves and decided to take measures, as they can in a centrally-controlled economy, to ensure steady, modest growth rather than bubble-producing frenetic growth. Political stability is a huge factor in this. The communist party maintains its mandate as long as the engines of the economy continue to hum relatively smoothly.

Why the slow down? According to a recent special report in The Economist, nearly 48% of China’s GDP in 2011 was dominated by internal investment in infrastructure and city building. This should come as no surprise to foreign architects who have been riding this wave for the last twenty years or so. The scary part of this number is that most of this investment is being done by state owned enterprises (SOES) operating under artificially favorable conditions. On top of this, according to the ratings agency, Fitch, lending has jumped from 122% of GDP in 2008 to 171% in 2011. This “surge in credit” is strikingly familiar because it looks like the beginnings of America’s financial crisis. As The Economist notes, “When Fitch plugged China’s figures into its disaster warning system (the “macroprudential risk indicator”), the model suggested a 60% chance of a banking crisis by the middle of next year.”

The Timmelsjoch Experience / Werner Tscholl Architects

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Architects: Werner Tscholl Architects
Location: , Italy
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexa Rainer,  Jürgen Eheim

Azaya / Pb Elemental Architecture

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Architects: Pb Elemental Architecture
Location: Seattle,
Photographs: Miguel Edwards