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Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Tarh O Amayesh

Designed by Tarh O Amayesh, their proposal for the Central Mosque of Pristina, the fundamental principal of the project comes from the definition of Mosque, which is a place for praying and going from body to soul. The prayer is someone who connects the earth to the sky, while the mosque is a space for the becoming. Becoming is a symbol of movement and movement is the source of the mosque (the house of god). This plan is shaped in this framework as the mosque is a symbol of ascending sprit from soil to the sky, from city to the Kiblah. More images and architects' description after the break.

J4 Houses / Vertice Arquitectos

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Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos

Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos

House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects

© Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rahul Mehrotra © Rajesh Vora

Can Cantó Housing / Castell-Pons Arquitectes

  • Architects: Castell-Pons Arquitectes
  • Location: Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Project Architects: Antoni Castell Salvà, A. Christian Pons Piris
  • Area: 1755.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

Casa MS / ODA-Oficina de Arquitectura

© Tomas Opitz
© Tomas Opitz
  • Architects: ODA - Oficina de Arquitectura
  • Location: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Architect in Charge: Juan A. Machado, Eric C. Brewer
  • Area: 764.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Tomas Opitz

© Tomas Opitz © Tomas Opitz © Tomas Opitz © Tomas Opitz

House in Gokiso / Kazuki Moroe Architects

  • Architects: Kazuki Moroe Architects
  • Location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • Structural Engineering: Katsuo Nakata, Takashi Takamizawa / K.Nakata & Associates
  • General Contractor: Ohmura Giken co., ltd
  • Site Area: 134.6 sqm
  • Area: 198.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda

Modern Addition,
Truro / Hammer Architects

© Bill Lyons
© Bill Lyons
  • Architects: Hammer Architects
  • Location: MA, USA
  • Area: 2250.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Bill Lyons, Peter Vanderwarker, Rick Grossman, Mark Hammer

© Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker © Bill Lyons © Bill Lyons

Housing in the Historic District of Cadiz / Cano Lasso

© Pablo Diaz-Fierros
© Pablo Diaz-Fierros
  • Architects: Cano Lasso
  • Location: Cádiz
  • Project Architects: Diego Cano Pintos, Gonzalo Cano Pintos, Alfonso Cano Pintos
  • Collaborators: Luis Pancorbo Crespo, Belén Sanz Montoya, Estela Rodríguez Cadenas, Cristina Monjas López, Inés María Martín Robles, Sara Arroyo Conde
  • Area: 1195 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Pablo Diaz-Fierros

© Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros

Xixi Artist Clubhouse / AZL Architects

  • Architects: AZL Architects
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge: Zhang Lei
  • Project Team: Zhang Lei, Qi wei, Zhong Guanqiu, Zhang Guangwei, Guo Donghai
  • Collaborator: Architectural Design Institute, ZJIU
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li

Center for the Mentally Handicapped in Alcolea / Taller de Arquitectura Rico+Roa

  • Architects: Taller de Arquitectura Rico+Roa
  • Location: Córdoba, Spain
  • Construction Supervision: José Carlos Rico Córdoba, Jorge Roa Fernández y Antonio J. Robles Ramírez
  • Area: 2827.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

AZPA Wins Competition To Transform German Power Plant Into a 'Green Mountain'

Courtesy of AZPA
Courtesy of AZPA

Although necessary, power plants are typically an eyesore that don't attract much positive attention. As Thomas Heatherwick put it, "we are ashamed of how we generate our energy." Breaking the mold, a competition-winning proposal by architecture firm AZPA (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Arquitectura) plans to transform a German power plant into a densely-forested "green mountain", which will in turn be a landmark public space for a town.

Read more after the break...

Groups Urge Congress: Keep Energy Conservation Requirements for Government Buildings

The American Institute of Architects today released a letter from more than 350 different associations and companies expressing opposition to efforts by special interests to gut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings.

The letter, which is addressed to Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and ranking Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, was released one week ahead of the scheduled mark-up of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee May 8.

That legislation, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would promote greater use of energy efficiency technology in commercial and residential buildings and by manufacturers.

More information after the break...

MVRDV Wins Competition to Redesign 600ha of Caen

Stretching beyond the natural constraints of Presqu’ile de Caen and into the neighboring towns of Mondeville and Hérouville Saint Clair, MVRDV’s competition-winning vision will transform 600ha of industrial brown fields into a collection of gardens punctuated by a mosaic of urban settlements. This ambition, titled ‘La Grande Mosaique’, is strongly based on respect for the existing structures and defined by small scale interventions that will result in a large scale structure vision for Greater Caen.

The proposal was selected from three submittals by the public development agency SPLA for being, as Caen Mayor Philippe Duron describes, the “most impressive plan”. It was commended by the jury for its “fresh view” on urbanism.

Sanya Lake Park Super Market Proposal / NL Architects

Housing Corporation VANKE recently asked NL Architects to make a proposal for a Super Market as part of a big resort in Sanya, the southernmost city in China. Renowned for its tropical climate and for being a popular tourist destination, the site of the resort will consist of three clusters of large residential slabs of 21 stories high enveloping semi enclosed gardens. The public space plays a crucial role in the atmosphere of the area as a whole so a lot of consideration is going into creating a pleasant environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'The Fenland Beacon': Great Fen Visitor Center Competition Entry / Nicholas Hare Architects

Titled, 'The Fenland Beacon', this proposal for the Great Fen Visitor Center is rooted in the landscape; responding to the inherent qualities of the Great Fen. Designed by Nicholas Hare Architects, the expansive sweep of the timber façade that ventures out and dissolve into the landscape is punctuated by the tower dramatically rising above the Fenland horizon, anchoring the visitor centre within the wider context; an orientating beacon within the expanse of the Great Fen. More images and architects' description after the break. Visitors are invited to embark upon a journey, aiming to elevate their understanding and deepen their relationship with the Great Fen. The linear sequence of experiences through the site, pavilion and tower distil the beauty of the environment into their elements whilst silencing the others, allowing the appreciation of each individual aspect that makes up the whole. Culminating in the ascent of the tower, the visitor is rewarded with a unique 360-degree panorama of the Great Fen.

Pritzker’s Challenge: Recognition in the Age of Creative Partnerships

The Pritzker Prize had idealistic beginnings: recognising achievement within architecture, a profession that had long lost its status in public opinion.  Pritzker 'seamed' this fragmentation, celebrated the architect and broadcast this stellar contribution to society, as a creative, a singular author whose uniqueness set him/her apart from a field of practitioners. 

Residential Building in Cieza / Xavier Ozores

  • Architects: Xavier Ozores
  • Location: Cieza, España
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos