Colterenzio / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

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Architects: Bergmeister Wolf Architekten
Location: Girlan,
Architecture Collaborators: Roland Decarli, Jürgen Prosch
Client: Kellerei Schreckbichl Gen. Landw. Ges
Completion: 2011
Gross Floor Space: 2,940 sqm
Photographs: Gunter Richard Wett

Xieira House II / A2 + Arquitectos

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Architects: A2 + Arquitectos – Sara Oliveira, Marco Guarda
Location: Leiria,
Completion: 2011
Area: 520 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

   

“Step Inside a Creative Mind” Installation / Prodigium

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Held during the Fashion Industry Days, the “Step Inside a Creative Mind” installation by Prodigium allowed young designers to showcase their most intimate thoughts (their collections) and bring them to life for the public. It was up to the architect to design a highly flexible open space, where young designers would set up shop and random people could wander around and shop. A space that was inexpensive yet “hip” enough to attract passers-by that might be interested in fashion. The dome as a starting point reminded the architect of a giant head emerged in the vast plateau on the main square, and he felt that the dome should sub-serve as a beacon instead of merely a confinement of the exhibition space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Urban Agriculture Part I: What Cuba Can Teach Us

Everyday, in the city of London, 30 million meals are served. That’s millions of trucks arriving to millions of stores and restaurants in a complex, tightly scheduled orchestration of production, transportation, and distribution.

We take it for granted that this system will never fail. But what would happen if these trucks were stopped? As unrealistic as it sounds, it’s happened – and not so long ago.

In 1989, over 57% of Cuba’s caloric intake was imported from the Soviet Union. When it collapsed, Cuba became, virtually overnight, solely responsible for feeding its population – including the 2.2 million in the city of Havana. [1] What happened next is an incredible story of resilience and innovation.

As our world becomes increasingly urbanized, our farms increasingly endangered, and our reliance upon fossil fuels increasingly undesirable, the question of how we will feed billions of future city dwellers is no mere thought experiment – it’s an urgent reality.

The story of Cuba offers us an interesting question:  What would our look like if we began to place production/distribution as the primary focus of urban design? And what will it take to make this vision a reality?

More on how Food can shape our cities, after the break…

Camper’s House of Shoes / Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect
Location: Soho, ,
Client: Camper
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marian Montoro

Arnhem Central Platforms / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio, Ben van Berkel with Arjan Dingsté and Marc Hoppermann, Marc Herschel, Derrick Diporedjo, Kristin Sandner, Rein Werkhoven
Location: Arnhem,
Client: ProRail, utrecht
Engineering: Movares
Contractor: DAM-Dura Vermeer
Gross Roof Area: approximately 8700 m2
Dimensions: 4 platform roofs of approximately 210 metres long, with varying widths from 9-14 metre
Structure and materials: steel, aluminum and cold formed glass roofs
Start of construction: 2009
Planned completion date: 2011

In terms of scale, we typically feature massive projects by UNStudio – such as their Kutaisi Airport, planning scheme for Union Station, and grand performance venues – which all bring the contemporary aesthetic of Ben van Berkel to meet the projects’ respective programmatic and contextual demands.  Recently, van Berkel’s team has crafted a covering for the Netherlands’ central rail line, bringing their elegant touch to a structure blanketing four train platforms measuring 210 meters in length.

More about the platform coverings after the break.

Skiterminal Schladming / HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architects

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Architects: HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architects
Location: Schladming,
Effective Area (Station plus Garage): 18,500 sqm
Project Costs: 22,000,000€ Euro
Photographs: Paul Ott

   

La Peña House / R-Zero

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Architects: R-Zero
Location: ,
Design Team: Edgar Velasco Casillas, Alejandro Zarate de la Torre, Pablo Serrano (Serrano Monjaraz), Gilberto Muñoz Rodriguez + Jesus Gonzalez Mendez, Isaac Guzman Ramirez
Interior Design: Isabel Maldonado
Structure: Giron Megaproyectos S.A. de C.V. Ing. Humberto Giron
Engineering: Integra S.A. de C.V.
Administration and Construction: Acunsa Arquitectos, Jorge Torrentera
Area: 943 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Photography: ‘Fiction’ Series / Antoine Mercusot

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The ‘Fiction’ collection, by photographer Antoine Mercusot, features miniature worlds and figures to create spaces made of wood, cardboard, plastic, and paper. Inspired by his work as an architectural photographer, he then stages imaginary parts, inspired by real life characters and crossings without markings, arranged in his imagination. As Mercusot states, “These worlds refer to contemporary architecture, where simplicity of lines, righteousness of the form, the work of matter are the source of this discipline. Only the light is able to reveal and highlight these volumes. The environments appear to be empty spaces, sanitized, where time stopped, leaving room for attitudes and the psychological dimension of silhouettes that are emerging.” More photographs of his collection can be viewed after the break.

Gambier Island Retreat / BattersbyHowat Architects

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Architects: BattersbyHowat Architects
Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Project Team: David Battersby, Heather Howat, Tillie Kwan, Cindy Lee
Structural Consultant: Bevan-Pritchard Man
Photographs: Sama Jim Canzian

Infinity Loop Bridge / 10 Design + Buro Happold

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Creating a gateway entry to south ’s new planned commercial hub, the winning competition proposal by 10 Design + Buro Happold for their Infinity Loop Bridge marks the connection of the Shizimen Canal to the Pearl River Delta. The 10 and Buro Happold team set out to create a simple and elegant structural solution for a bridge that would be a visual focal point both within the Shizimen District itself and along the Pearl River Delta coastline. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Curved House / Hufft Projects

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Architects: Hufft Projects
Location: , MO,
Principal in Charge: Matthew Hufft
Design Team: Adam Crowley
General Contractor: Herman & Associates
Landscape Architect: Hirsch Landscape & Design
Area: 7,800 sqm
Completed: June 2009
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Walnut Creek Wetland Center - Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect

“How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together” Talk by Frank Harmon

A nationally recognized leader in modern, sustainable, regionally appropriate architecture, Frank Harmon…, FAIA, principal of the multi-award-winning architecture firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, will present a talk entitled “How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together”

House 6 / Welsh & Major

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Architects: Welsh & Major
Location: , Australia
Project Team: David Welsh, Christine Major, Min Dark
Structural & Civil Engineer: Simpson Design Associates
Total Building Size: 165 sqm
Photographs: Welsh & Major, Paul Bradshaw

Video: Moby Talks LA Architecture

Best know as a musician, is quickly gaining lots of attention for his “weird architecture blog” that is centered around his fascination with architecture. In this video published by 1883 Magazine, Moby discusses his thoughts on some his personal favorites, starting with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, which Moby depicts as an Incan spaceship from 100,000 years ago.

For more, check out part 1, part 2 and part 3 of The Indicator’s interview with Moby here on ArchDaily.

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Shot by: Logan MacDougall Pope
Edit by: Alice Powell, Richard Mullane – Living Projects

Cinema Center in Matadero de Legazpi / ch+qs arquitectos

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Architects: Churtichaga & Quadra Salcedo Architects
Location: Matadero de Legazpi, ,
Client: Madrid City Council
Team: Principal Designer: Josemaria de Churtichaga, Project Design Team: Mauro Doncel Marchán, Natanael López Pérez, Building Design Team: Leticia López de Santiago
Area: 2,688 sqm
Completion: 2011
Cost: 4.104.843 €
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Winner announced for Seattle’s Urban Intervention Competition

A jury of internationally recognized design professionals and civic leaders has declared a winner among three semi-finalists in Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space. The winner is , of Paris, France, for its design, In-Closure, which envisions an interactive wall around a forested landscape that is both flexible and dynamic, embracing social life in the city at multiple scales.

The ABF team consists of Etienne Feher, architect; Paul Azzopardi, urban engineer; and Noé Basch, climate engineer. Continue reading after the break for more details.

Warburg House / bioi

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Architects: bioi – Jordan Allen, Ryan Trefz
Location: Warburg, Alberta,
Completed: 2012
Client: N. Bannerman / L. Jehn
Project Area: 748 sq.ft. (69.5 sq.m.)
Engineers: Rob Marriott [Structure], VerdaTech [Services]
Photographs: Alison Andersen,