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La Tequila South Restaurant / LOA

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
La Tequila South Restaurant / LOA , © Marcos Gracia
© Marcos Gracia
  • Architects

  • Location

    López Mateos Sur, San Agustín, Gavilanes, 45645 Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, JAL, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Iñaki Díaz de León Orraca, Federico Díaz de León Orraca
  • Collaborators

    Lourdes Origel, Rozela Santana
  • Area

    670.0 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcos Gracia © Marcos Gracia © Marcos Gracia © Marcos Gracia +14

DTF House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
DTF House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos, © Marcos García
© Marcos García
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
  • Collaborators

    Jenny Mora,
Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Andrea Zúñiga, Daniela Valdez, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
  • Constructor

    Ingenieros de la Torre S.A. de C.V.
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García +16

Frank Gehry’s Ground Zero Performing Arts Scheme Abandoned

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Frank Gehry’s Ground Zero Performing Arts Scheme Abandoned, Original Proposal. Image © Gehry Partners
Original Proposal. Image © Gehry Partners

The recent hire of temporary artistic director David Lan has indicated that plans for Ground Zero’s “world center for the performing arts” is moving forward in New York. The famed London director will work alongside Charcoalblue managing partner Andy Hayles to revise the original Frank Gehry-designed scheme which, according to the center’s president, was prematurely designed. This leaves Gehry’s involvement unclear, as the initial 1000-seat center will be abandoned for a scaled down, three-theater house that ranges from 150 to 550 seats. Competition for funding also remains an obstacle, in light of venues such as Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s 2017 Culture Shed. You can learn more about the center’s update here

MICROTOPIA: Free on ArchDaily for the Next 24 Hours

00:00 - 14 February, 2014

For twenty-four hours only (until 5:59PM EST February 15th), ArchDaily readers have been given the exclusive opportunity to watch the documentary, MICROTOPIA, in its entirety, for free. 

The film is a provocative look at the global trends of micro-housing, downsizing, and living off-grid. As the film-makers put it: "In an age of increasing population and technological gains, today’s mobile society has resulted in a demand, or perhaps a dream, for portable dwellings and dwellings in new settings and situations. Microtopia explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability,flexibility – and of creating independence from “the grid.”[...] On the sidewalk, on rooftops, in industrial landscapes and in nature we will see and feel how these abodes meet the dreams set up by their creators."

Miss your 24-hour window? MICROTOPIA is available to rent for $3.99 on Vimeo. You can also check out the trailer after the break.

Critical Round-Up: 'Sensing Spaces' Strikes a Chord With Critics

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Critical Round-Up: 'Sensing Spaces' Strikes a Chord With Critics, © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris
© Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris

As the most ambitious architecture exhibition hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts in a generation, Sensing Spaces was inevitably going to be under a lot of scrutiny from architecture and art critics. According to the Academy's Chief Executive Charles Saumarez-Smith, the momentous exhibition "represents a shift away from postwar modern architecture where it was about problem solving, to thinking about architecture in terms of experience, material, light and space." 

Fortunately the exhibition seems to have struck a chord with critics, who have almost universally praised the exhibition's premise and have, to varying extents, been highly complementary about the individual exhibits.

Read on after the break for a round-up of the critics' opinions

Opinion was more divided on Li Xiaodong's maze of hazel twigs - with Olcayto describing the "whiff of 'boutique hotel'", while Pilger describes it as "fabulously still, serious, and meditative". Image © Benedict Johnson Grafton Architects' play with light was another highly popular exhibit, with Olcayto describing its "magnetic charm". Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris The installation by Pezo von Ellrichshausen was one of the most popular, with critics praising how it alters perspectives of the room. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris Kengo Kuma's installation was described by Wainwright as "insipid", and by Moore as "too literal". Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris +6

Music Conservatory in Paris' 17th Arrondissement / Basalt Architects

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
Music Conservatory in Paris' 17th Arrondissement / Basalt Architects, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +29

Wallaby Lane House / Robinson Architects

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
© Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +14

PRD Office Building / Fassio-Viaud Architectes

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
PRD Office Building / Fassio-Viaud Architectes, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +32

The A-Z of Brutalism

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
The A-Z of Brutalism, © Andy Spain
© Andy Spain

The Guardian’s Jonathan Meades has named the “incredible hulks” of Brutalism with a thought provoking A-Z list that ranges from Hans Asplund, who coined the term “nybrutalism,” to California’s fascination with Zapotec-like adornments in the 1960s. Read the list in full and discover why Quebec City, Yugoslavia’s Janko Konstantinov, and Danish architect Jørn Utzon are all considered incredible hulks here.

A Dozen Red Details Worth Swooning Over

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
A Dozen Red Details Worth Swooning Over, Theatre Agora / UNStudio © Iwan Baan
Theatre Agora / UNStudio © Iwan Baan

Rather than a bouquet of roses, we wanted to express our love with a dozen seductive images of architecture dressed in red. Because nothing steals an architect’s heart like a well designed, beautifully detailed structure.

Our 12 most loved projects in red, after the break...

House in Normandy / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes RATP Bus Center in Thiais / ECDM Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio © Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli GASP! Stage 2 / Room11 © Ben Hosking +20

J. Mayer H. Designs 70-Meter Tower for Duesseldorf

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
J. Mayer H. Designs 70-Meter Tower for Duesseldorf, © J. MAYER H., via designboom
© J. MAYER H., via designboom

J. Mayer H. has been crowned as winner of an invited competition to design a 19-story medical services and residential high-rise in the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The “sculptural” tower, which is defined by the horizontal “cloud-shaped” aluminum strips that cloak its facade, is designed to “provide a natural atmosphere” enhanced by planted terraces and balconies overlooking the adjacent landscape of the Rheinaue and views of Duesseldorf. 

If the Winter Olympics Were in NYC...

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
If the Winter Olympics Were in NYC..., © ANGEL FRANCO and RICHARD PERRY, via The New York Times
© ANGEL FRANCO and RICHARD PERRY, via The New York Times

The New York Times has run a fascinating thought experiment in rendered form: What would it look like if the winter Olympics were held in New York City? From luges through Times Square to ski jumps over Bryant park, the ideas are certainly fantastical - but also fun lessons in scale. See them all here

Gamsei / Buero Wagner

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
Gamsei / Buero Wagner, © Jann Averweser
© Jann Averweser

© Simon and Sebastian Schels © Simon and Sebastian Schels © Jann Averweser © Jann Averweser +16

Salón Inés Pose / STGO

18:00 - 13 February, 2014
Salón Inés Pose / STGO, © Pablo González Fernández
© Pablo González Fernández
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ferrol, A Coruña, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Santiago González Fernández
  • Design Team

    Carlota Pardo Martínez, Pablo González Fernández
  • Area

    79.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Pablo González Fernández © Pablo González Fernández © Pablo González Fernández © Pablo González Fernández +22

Tejlgaard & Jepsen Transform a Temporary Geodesic Dome Into a Permanent Structure

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Tejlgaard & Jepsen Transform a Temporary Geodesic Dome Into a Permanent Structure, Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen
Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen

In order to generate a debate on the future of housing, Danish designers Tejlgaard & Jepsen are in the process of permanently reconstructing the People's Meeting Dome as a gift from BL (Denmark's Public Housing) and Lokale & Anlægsfonden to the Island of Bornholm and the city of Allinge. Having previously been erected twice as a temporary event space, this final incarnation of the dome will be inaugurated at the next Folkemøde (an annual gathering of Danish politicians), with the intention of becoming a community and event centre for the city

Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen +37

NBBJ Unveils $310 Million Renovation for Kentucky's Rupp Arena

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
NBBJ Unveils $310 Million Renovation for Kentucky's Rupp Arena, Rupp from Triangle Park. Image © NBBJ + EOP + SCAPE
Rupp from Triangle Park. Image © NBBJ + EOP + SCAPE

NBBJ, together with EOP Architects, has unveiled a massive renovation plan for Lexington’s famous collegiate basketball arena, Rupp Arena. An attempt to upgrade the 38-year-old arena’s facilities and strengthen its connection to the surrounding urban realm, the 23,500-seat stadium will be separated from the adjoining convention center, which is also undergoing renovation, while its enclosed facade is re-clad in glass and site sculpts a vibrant new public square within the heart of the city. 

Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District, © Farrells
© Farrells

Farrells has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan two prominent commercial zones in Shenzhen’s Qianhai financial district. Adjacent to the district’s Qianhaiwan metro station, the two districts are expected to boost cross-border trade between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The first, 460,000-square-meter masterplan will feature a 320-meter-tall skyscraper and two 185-meter gateway towers, providing high-end office, residential and retail space, as well as serviced apartments. 

House at Matsubara / Atelier HAKO Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
© Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts
© Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

© Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts +22