Update: Hangzhou Gateway Tower / JDS Architects


Back in June, we shared JDS winning mixed use for Hangzhou, China.  Conceptualized as the iconic link that fuses two prominent parts of the city, the Hangzhou H is a dynamic experiment of formal expression.  The tiered volume opens pedestrian connections at the ground level, and supports a generous landscape that functions as a rain water retainer on the roof level.   The young firm has just received the necessary building permits, and will begin construction in March of 2012.  We’ll keep you covered on the building’s progress, and be sure to view our previous coverage of the winning competition proposal here.

Temporary Pavilion / Mark Talbot + Tyler Survant

Courtesy of Mark Talbot and Tyler Survant

In this temporary pavilion by Mark Talbot and Tyler Survant just outside of Louisville, , the controlled collision of ruled surfaces generates arched passageways and vault-like spaces.  In addition to defining a social milieu at the threshold of lake and land, the pavilion provides shade from the summer sun by day and magnifies the light of campfires lit beneath it by night. More images and description after the break.

Maison du Temps Libre à Stains / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

© Hervé Abbadie

Architect: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: Ville de Stains, AMO: Sodedat 93, France
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, David Cousin-Marsy

© Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter

Diamond for Dementia / Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter

The project, Diamond for Dementia by Haugen/ Zohar Arkitekter…, is a winning entry in a competition for upgrading an outdoor electrical supplier in a healthcare center for people suffering from dementia. The project intention was to transform the supplier’s

Westborough Primary School / Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture

© Anthony Coleman

Architects: Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture Ltd.
Location: , UK
Client: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the Governors of Westborough Primary School. (The was also partially funded by the Department for Education)
Photographs: Anthony Coleman

“Is Drawing Dead?” Symposium at Yale School of Architecture

“Is Drawing Dead?” Symposium at Yale School of Architecture

Presented by the Yale School of Architecture February 9-11, the “Is Drawing Dead?” symposium will explore the historic role of architectural drawing and illuminate challenges to it in the digital era. Since the early Renaissance, drawing has been the architect’s…

Center of Urgent Medicine / DOMY

© Ester Havlová

Architects: DOMY
Location: , Czech Republic
Client: Regional Hospital in Kladno
Design Team: Michal Juha, Jan Topinka in co-operation with Roman Jarosil, Blanka Handrychová, Danica Havlíková, František Huber, Silvie Juríková, Jan Trávníček, Martin Postupa, Sanja Keser
Cost: EUR 60,000,000
Total volume: 83,500 m3
Built up area: 3,440 sqm
Total floor area: 16,400 sqm
Photographs: Ester Havlová

Blas Infante Square / Domingo Ferré

© Jordi Bernadó

Architects: Domingo Ferré
Completion: 2010
Area: 8,403 sqm
Photographs: Domingo Ferré, Jordi Bernadó

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater iPad App

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater has joined a rapidly growing list of interactive apps catered to architects and architecture fanatics. Brought to you by planet architecture, you may now explore the iconic 1930’s Pennsylvania home right from your media device. Get a behind-the-scenes tour through hundreds of photographs, floor plans, archival drawings, VR panoramas and over 25 minutes of video clips from the documentary film “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater”. As architecture continues to join the interactive world of apps, we cannot wait to see which architect or project will be next! Learn about the Zaha Hadid Architects here.

Continue after the break for more screenshots and video.

Urban Hut / Takehiko Nez Architects

© Takumi Ota Photography

Architects: Takehiko Nez Architects
Location: , Japan
Structure: ASA
Contractor: Shinei
Completion: 2011
Site area: 30.37 sqm
Total floor area: 44.26 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota Photography

Tarrant County College / Bing Thom Architects

© Nic Lehoux Photography

Architect: Bing Thom Architects
Location: 245 E. Belknap Street, Fort Worth, Texas,
Associate Architect: Bennett Benner Pettit (formerly Gideon Toal)
Design Team: Bing Thom, Michael Heeney, Venelin Kokalov, Ling Meng, Francis Yan, Shinobu Homma, Matthew Woodruff, Amirali Javidan, Bibianka Fehr, Lisa Potopsingh, Berit Wooge, Nicole Hu, Michael Motlagh
Client: Tarrant County College
Photographs: Nic Lehoux Photography

‘Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment’ Exhibition Review

                   Federal Reserve Bank of NY (unbuilt) | One United Nations Plaza                    Courtesy of Museum of the City of New York


The Museum of the City of New York is host to several exhibits focusing on the architectural environment of the urban setting. Through February 5th, the museum is hosting a collection of Kevin Roche’s work in Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment. This exhibit features elegant projects that span through Roche’s career and features variety of styles and influence throughout.

For more on this exhibit, follow us after the break.

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David Chipperfield is the new director of the Venice Biennale 2012

© Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

London-based architect David Chipperfield has been officially named as the new curator for the Venice Biennale 2012, the world’s largest architecture exhibition. More information after the break.

Taishido House / Akira Koyama + Key Operation


Architects:  Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS
Location: Setagaya,
Construction: Architecture\ Tokyo Gumi
Gross Floor Area: 148.24 sqm
Completion: October 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS

Video: Wang Shu, “Geometry and Narrative of Natural Form”

Founder of Amateur Architecture Studio and Head of Architecture at the China Academy of Art, Wang Shu was the first Chinese architect to hold Harvards Graduate School of Design (GSD) professorship. The Harvard lecture honors architect by bringing distinguished architects from around the globe to the GSD.

Wang Shu’s practice caught the world’s attention with their pavilion for the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006. As a critique of the architectural profession, excessive building and the on-going demolitions caused by the rapid urbanization of China, their installation ‘Tiled Garden’ was constructed of 66,000 recycled tiles salvaged from demolition sites. Their work is embedded in the history and traditions of Chinese culture, referencing everyday building tactics and the Chinese vernacular tradition of building, hence their practice name “amateur architecture”.

Reference: The Harvard GSD

Private House In Barcelos / Rui Grazina

© Nelson Garrido

Architect: Rui Grazina
Location: Cambeses, Barcelos,
Area: 300 sqm
Total area: 290 sqm
Gross building area: 3300 sqm total plot area
Completion: 2011
Construction: Engiaço Construções Técnicas, Braga
Photographs: Nelson Garrido


New App Connects iPad to 3D Software Programs

New App Connects iPad to 3D Software Programs

Maide Inc. recently released an app that controls 3D programs over the wifi network from the iPad. The app now works with Maya, 3DS Max, Sketchup, Rhino and Solidworks (Beta). The company is just one step closer to controlling all…

White Elephant / Jimenez Lai

© Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol

Architects: Jimenez Lai
Manager: Thomas Kelley
Fabrication: PR&vD, Andrew Akins
Team: , Thomas Kelley, Cyrus Penarroyo, Andrew Akins
Construction Assisted by: Mike Mead, John Stoughton, Anton Bakerjian
Photographs: Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle and Kamil Kroll.