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Park House / another APARTMENT

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects: another APARTMENT
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Area: 27.6 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Cinématheque Suisse / EM2N

  • Architects: EM2N
  • Location: Penthaz, Switzerland
  • Partners: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Area: 13.254 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei

Live Online Seminar: Introducing ArchiCAD 17

The latest BIM software from GRAPHISOFT was announced recently. ArchiCAD 17 will be shipping soon. The company has also announced an upcoming free online seminar that will familiarize you with all the new features and enhancements to the software.

Scheduled for June 18, the demonstration of ArchiCAD 17 will feature the actual model used to design one of Moscow's most prestigious buildings, the Mosfilmovskaya Street multi-purpose building complex.

All the information after the break.

'Mood Map' Exhibit / E/B Office

Courtesy of E/B Office
Courtesy of E/B Office

Built and exhibited at “Data Curation” in the Museum of Art at Seoul National University, ‘Mood Map’ visualizes the moods of Korean people in color and light through textual analysis of their Tweets on Twitter. Designed by E/B Office, they created a custom software program in Processing that will search and analyze Tweets in Korean language through the Twitter API. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chalco Community Center / Solis Colomer Arquitectos

  • Architects: Solis Colomer Arquitectos
  • Location: Colonia del Carmen, Valle de Chalco, Estado de México.
  • Area: 1320.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos

Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos

“Bird House” Single family house / Semisótano arquitectos ( RGRM arquitectos)

  • Architects: Semisótano arquitectos ( RGRM arquitectos)
  • Location: La Carolina, 23200.Jaén España
  • Project Architects: Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido. Juan José Ruiz Martín
  • Technical Architect: Ana Cámara Alarcón
  • Area: 397.59 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Jesús Granada, Courtesy of Semisótano arquitectos

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Höweler + Yoon Architecture and Audi to Develop Pilot Project for BosWash: Shareway 2030

Last year interdisciplinary architecture firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture were announced the winners of the Audi Urban Future Award for the project Boswash:Shareway 2030.  The City Dossier in Boston, held this May, was organized as a series of workshops between Höweler + Yoon Architecture and Audi experts in developing steps to realize aspects of the Boswash: Shareway vision.  Part research project, part feasibility study, part road map to the future of mobility - the focus of the workshops is to propose a pilot project that can be tested in the proposed region of Boston - Washington.

We featured the project last year as it highlights how the landscape of urban development has changed.  The focus of "Shareway" is the string of high-density metropolitan areas, their suburbs and ex-urbs along I-95 between Boston, MA and Washington, DC.  The I-95 corridor caters to some fifty million inhabitants, many of whom commute into metropolitan areas for work.  Mobility and transportation are critical to the economic vitality of these urban areas; "Shareway" proposes an intentionally re-engineered "highly orchestrated and deliberately produced platform from which we might imagine alternate paths, different trajectories, or new cultural dreams" whereby imagining an "alternate life for the road" is imagining a new American Dream.

Read on for more on the progress of this project after the break.

Boltwood Place / Holst Architecture

  • Architects: Holst Architecture
  • Location: 49 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002, USA
  • Contractor: DEW Construction
  • Structural Engineer: LLC
  • Investors: Archipelago Investments
  • Area: 18500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Christian Phillips

© Christian Phillips © Christian Phillips © Christian Phillips © Christian Phillips

The BIG LEGO® House Reveal

The design for BIG’s highly anticipated LEGO® “experience center” - a.k.a. The LEGO® House - has been released! Located in the heart of The Lego Group’s birthplace and home town of Billund, Denmark, the 7,600 square-meter building resembles “gigantic LEGO® bricks” that are “combined and stacked in a creative way to create an imaginative experience both outside and inside.”

True to form, the 30 meter-tall structure will feature several exterior and multi-level access points that will remain open year-long to its estimated 250,000 annual visitors. Aside from its roof-top gardens and 1,900 square-meter public square, attractions will include a series of exhibition areas showcasing the “past, present and future of the LEGO® idea”, a cafe and an unique LEGO® store.

Take a video tour through the building after the break...

Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow
  • Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Location: Main Rd, Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 3PY, UK
  • Architect for the interior: Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will
  • Exhibition design: Land Design Studio
  • Photographs: Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow


  • Architects: NRJA
  • Design Team: Uldis Lukševics, Ivars Veinbergs, Linda Leitāne-Šmīdberga
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of NRJA

A Conversation with Academy Award Winning Set Designer Catherine Martin

The work of a Production Designer has many parallels with that of an Architect. Both are tasked with bringing to life a conceptual environment, keeping true to that concept through budgets, time pressures, logistics and regulations. Both share a similar creative process, developing the ideas and then collaborating and coordinating with a team of professionals to give those ideas physical form. However, Production Designers are concerned with creating environments to be captured on film only for a matter of moments. Not something a standard Client is likely to request from an Architect. 

While the freedom of not having to fully resolve building details – just making it look that way (not to mention the added bonus of avoiding the inevitable callbacks for defects), may seem appealing, consider having to dismantle everything you have created at the end of the process. Somewhat of an anticlimax you would think.

Not so, says Catherine Martin, veteran Production Designer, two time Academy Award winning Art Director, and the creative force behind the sets and costumes of Baz Lurhmann’s films.

Loft Space in Camden / Craft Design

© Armando Elias
© Armando Elias
  • Architects: Craft Design
  • Location: Camden, London, UK
  • Design Team: Hugo D’Enjoy, Armando Elias
  • Construction: Craft Design
  • Area: 56.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Armando Elias

© Armando Elias © Armando Elias © Armando Elias © Armando Elias

Black Magic House / T2.a Architects

© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
  • Architects: T2.a Architects
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: Bence Turányi
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Zsolt Batár

© Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár

Janine Jambu Sports Centre / Nomade Architects

  • Architects: Nomade Architects
  • Location: Rue des Tertres, 92220 Bagneux, France
  • Architect in Charge: Nomade Architects
  • Contract Management: SEM 92
  • Area: 2940.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Skaters Object to Southbank Centre Proposals

The saga of the Southbank Centre redevelopment in London heated up recently, after the scheme for the new 'Festival Wing' was formally submitted to Lambeth's planning department. The scheme, which has been well received by some of the architecture community, including the centre's original architects Norman Engleback and Dennis Crompton, has run afoul of the skateboarding community, which opposes the plan to infill the undercroft that has been their home for almost 40 years.

After a petition to save the skatepark garnered over 40,000 signatures, the skating community has mobilized once again to object to the planning application en masse. The campaign to save the skatepark has even garnered the attention of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, who wrote to the Southbank Centre's director of partnership and policy Mike McCart to explain that:

“It’s truly an historic feature of London street culture, and is as well known to skateboarders around the world as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace. Honestly.”