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Apartment No. 1 / Architecture by Collective Terrain

  • Architects: Architecture by Collective Terrain
  • Location: Mahalat, Markazi, Iran
  • Client: Ramin Mehdizadeh, Hossein Sohrabpoor, Mehdi Mehdizadeh
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Omid Khodapanahi

© Omid Khodapanahi © Omid Khodapanahi © Omid Khodapanahi © Omid Khodapanahi

UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

Last year the University of California, Davis invited three architects to compete for the chance to design their new $30 million art museum, slated to open in 2016. The competition was a design-build affair, with each entrant being asked to pair up with a contractor and submit a holistic design. For those who missed it, SO - IL were announced as the winners of the competition.

Here we present one of the two runner-up submissions from Henning Larsen Architects. Given the name 'The Leaf', the design it spatially and materially expresses its overlapping functions. Its name comes from the lightweight leaf-like steel and aluminum roof, which filters sunlight and offers shade. The leaf sits on a heavy concrete base, providing accommodation for the museum's exhibits.

Read the architects description after the break...

Premier Campus Office in Kagithane Winning Proposal / JDS Architects

Focusing on the users' working and living qualities, the winning proposal for the Premier Campus Office in Kagithane addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextual and urban approach. Designed by JDS Architects, the building is formed by their desire to make it interact with its environment and acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

72 Hour Urban Action 2013 Competition

72 Hour Urban Action, the world's first real-time architecture competition, will give selected teams only three days and three nights to design and build interventions in public space in response to local needs, social challenges, and the sites and missions offered. With an extreme deadline, a tight budget and limited space to rapidly leave a lasting impact on the city's urban fabric, participating teams will be battling the clock, the restrictive conditions, and each other to dream and realize projects. The competition will take place July 25-28 in Derry-Londonderry, in northern Ireland. For more information, and to apply, please visit here. More images after the break.

The Danger of the Zoning-Free Approach

Despite the romantic notion about cities that develop organically have a rich diversity of form and function, we cannot overlook the deadly side effects of negligent city planning. As Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star points out, last month's tragic fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas is a grim reminder that planning has a time and place and its ultimate utility resides in the initiative to protect residents and make for healthier communities. The tangle of bureaucracy associated with planning, zoning and land use regulations can give any architect or developer a massive headache. In some cases, the laws are so restricting that diverging from bulk regulations becomes very limiting. 

Thula Fort Restoration / Abdullah Al-Hadrami

  • Architects: Abdullah Al-Hadrami
  • Location: Thula Road, Yemen
  • Client: The Social Fund for Development, Thula Local Council
  • Area: 8754.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Cemal Emden

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Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co

  • Architects: Colkitt & Co
  • Location: 9591 Waples Street, San Diego, CA 92121, USA
  • Graphics, Branding, Interactive Exhibits and Signage: Hollis Brand Culture
  • Client: Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Cheryl Ramsay

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Nordahl Grieg High School / LINK arkitektur

© Hundven-Clements Photography
© Hundven-Clements Photography

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Daily Child Care Facility Competition Entry / ddrlp

With the main objective of creating a model for the architectural design of daily child care facilities in Turkey, the 'Child-Play-Learning-Space-Environment' concept by ddrlp consists of creative components for a building while being formed by multiple relations. Ranging from 75 to 150 children between ages of 0 and 6, the main form generators of their design included social interaction spaces: individually, by group, for crowded uses, the relationship with sun, sky and seasonal-natural cycle, and the sensual interaction with light, colour, texture, material, shape and structural components. More images and architects' description after the break.

Black and White Office / TOYA Design

  • Architects: TOYA Design
  • Location: Konin, Poland
  • Architect in Charge: Tomasz Wojtkowiak
  • Design Team: Tomasz Wojtkowiak, Anna Sędecka, Dominika Gieburowska
  • Area: 62.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TOYA Design

Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design

Nanak Emporium / MACh Arquitetos

  • Architects: MACh Arquitetos
  • Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge: Fernando Maculan, Mariza Machado Coelho
  • Associated Architect: Gabriel Castro (MOBIO ARQUITETURA)
  • Area: 40.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Gabriel Castro

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro

The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition

San Francisco is planning a new cultural facility on the former commissary of the military base that has been turned into a national park and has announced three finalists in its competition held by the Presidio Trust, according to news outlet SFGate.  The 92,000 square-foot building is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has an ambitious future that will be developed on this unique location.  The three finalists have diverse agendas that range from turning the future cultural center into a performance and exhibition space to an institute that focuses on sustainability issues.  The Presidio Trust is currently laying out guidelines in the next step of the competition that will likely be due in the fall.  The trust also plans to engage the public with a to-be-scheduled forum in June that will host presentations by the finalists.

Join us after the break for a look at the three finalists.

Rehabilitation of the Farmer Cure in a Nursery and Two Apartments / Y. Architectes

  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Location: Lalheue, Saône et Loire, France
  • Architect in Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Client: Commune de Lalheue
  • Cost: € 423,685 excl. VAT
  • Area: 251.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jonathan Letoublon

© Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Victoria Stotskaia, Raof Abdelnabi, Kamel Loqman

The idea behind the design by Invert Studios (Victoria Stotskaia, Raof Abdelnabi, Kamel Loqman) for the Central Mosque of Pristina started with a very simple question:How can we can design a building that should play in harmony with the surrounding neighborhood, integrated with the urbanity, and for a very powerful reason want to stand out as a futuristic icon for the city? By proposing a design that is not conventional and common, and in an effort to change the way the public perceives mosques external shapes, they created an example of a world class building that reflects the Islamic Architectural Heritage. At the same time, this building stands out with a high technology character. More images and architects' description after the break.

Elbbrücken Underground Station Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

gmp Architekten just won the first prize in the competition for the design of the Elbbrücken Underground station. The genius loci of this over-ground station is determined by its position directly at the river Elbe, the future dense urban development, and by the historic Elbbrücken bridges with their conspicuous shallow steel arches. Characterized by simple and clearly structured access principles, the complex difference in levels between the terrain and the platforms is cleverly dealt with inside the building. More images and architects' description after the break.

UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / WORKac

Last year the University of California, Davis invited three architectsto compete for the chance to design their new $30 million art museum, slated to open in 2016. The competition was a design-build affair, with each entrant being asked to pair up with a contractor and submit a holistic design. For those who missed it, SO - IL were announced yesterday as the winners of the competition.

Here we present one of two runner-up submissions, this one from WORKac. The concept revolves around creating a distinctive beacon, which would be a centerpoint for an overlap between art, higher-education, and everyday-life. The parallelogram form is intended to create a dynamic space which creates opportunities for interplay with the proposed landscape and surrounding area. Inside a collection of formal and informal, open and intimate are arranged along two axes, pinned together with a bright common space.

Read the architects description after the break...