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The Smithsonian Scrapes Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’

After four years of high-brow debate, the demise of the controversial Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’ has been confirmed. The decision, made by Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough and Undersecretary Richard Kurin, comes shortly after the Hirshhorn board’s split vote resulted in the resignation of director Richard Koshalek - the man behind the ‘Bubble’. 

Elements Residence / William Kaven Architecture

© Daniel Kaven © Daniel Kaven © Daniel Kaven © Daniel Kaven

BskyB Sky Studios / Arup Associates

  • Architects: Arup Associates
  • Location: London, England, UK
  • Client: BSkyB and Stanhope
  • Engineering: Arup Associates
  • Developer: Stanhope PLC
  • Landscape Design: Charles Funke Associates
  • Client’s QS: Gleeds
  • Developer’s QS: Davis Langdon
  • Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

Social and Cultural Center in Novelda Av. - Elche / Julio Sagasta + Fuster Arquitectos

© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo
  • Architects: Julio Sagasta, Fuster Arquitectos
  • Location: Carrer Asunción Parreño García, 1, 03205 Elx, Alicante, Spain
  • Area: 1677.0 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Serafides House / VARDAstudio

© Maria Efthymiou © Maria Efthymiou © Maria Efthymiou © Maria Efthymiou

Graham Foundation Announces 2013 Grants to Individuals

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts just announced its 2013 Grants to Individuals with over $500,000 being awarded to 60 projects. The grantees, who represent a diverse national and international community of architects, scholars, writers, artists, designers, curators, and others, were selected after a highly competitive application process from a pool of over 600 submissions. The awards, up to $15,000 each, will support publications, exhibitions, films, new media initiatives, public programs, and research that explore innovative and bold ideas in architecture and design. More information on the grantees after the break.

Video: Studio Beneath the Railway + Step Plaza

Beneath an elevated railway in the former red-light district of Kogane-cho, the city of Yokohama and NPO Koganecho Area Management Center commissioned five architects to transform a 100 to 150 square meter site into what is now a destination for local artists and residents. Each practice - Contemporaries, Studio 2A, Workstation, Koizumi Atelier, and Nishikura Architectural Design Office - was assigned a single project, providing the community with a gallery, cafe, studio, meeting hall for artists, and stepped outdoor plaza. Tour through each space with this video, provided by JA+U

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / KAMJZ Architects

This Taichung City Cultural Center proposal by KAMJZ Architects aims to present the possibility of using local features to protect  from the very location itself turning limiting factors into interesting project features. With an average annual precipitation of 2500 mm and the climate heavily influenced by the monsoon season Taiwan is a country which receives a lot of rainwater. Therefore, the architects are focusing on a local water management agenda, 'Water Damper Towers,' with their building as it’s showcase. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects planting diagram Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects

Mineirão Stadium / BCMF Arquitetos

  • Architects in Charge: Bruno Campos, Marcelo Fontes, Silvio Todeschi
  • Localização: Pampulha, Brazil
  • Project Team: Patrícia Bueno, Leonardo Paes, Luciana Maciel, Michelle Moura, Mara Coelho, Leonardo Rodrigues, Joana Vieira, Carolina Eboli, Gabriela Jacobina, Henrique Amin, Isabel Garcia, Thiago Bandeira, Camila Belisário, Fani Frkovic, Demetris Venizelos, Daniela Ribeiro, Marta Guedán Vidal, Felix Morczinek, Charlotte Fredriksson e Frederico Almeida
  • Project Area: 348900 sqm
  • Ano do projeto: 2012
  • Fotografias: Alberto Andrich, Leonardo Finotti, Joana França, Eugênio Sávio, Gustavo Xavier, CEMIG, Museu Abilio Barreto Collection

Lojas na esplanada sul © Leonardo Finotti Vomitório arquibancada superior - Setor Laranja © Joana França Jogo Inauguração - Atlético x Cruzeiro - Fevereiro 2013 © Eugênio Sávio Vista interna do campo © Joana França


St Antony’s College / Bennetts Associates Architects

© Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow
  • Architects: Bennetts Associates Architects
  • Location: Saint Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6JF, UK
  • Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Quantity Surveyor: Northcroft
  • Contractor: Kingerlee
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hufton + Crow

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

Social Housing / Frédéric Schlachet Architecte

© F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet

Pan African Games Masterplan Competition Entry / Group IAD

Focuses the attention on the African and International communities, the proposal by Group IAD for the Pan African Games Masterplan is represented by the lines connecting each African capital in Brazzaville. These generators form on the plot a beam of guidelines as a first filter that allows organizing the circulation areas of the program. Drawing its strength from the meanders of the Congo River, this project establishes a permanent dialogue with the river, its surroundings and Brazzaville. More images and architects’ description after the break. 

Ginko Eco-Neighbourhood Housing / Nicolas Laisné + Christophe Rousselle

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects: Nicolas Laisné, Christophe Rousselle
  • Location: Avenue André Reinson, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Architects: Nicolas Laisné & Christophe Rousselle
  • Area: 8206.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

Espai Caixa / MIRAG

© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Location: Girona, Province of Girona, Spain
  • Authors: Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda
  • Area: 1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca

Dolce&Gabbana Office Building / Piuarch

  • Architects: Piuarch
  • Location: Viale Piave, 20129 Milan, Italy
  • Architectural Design: Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
  • Piuarch Team: Luca Lazzerotti and Micaela Bonomessi, Silvia Calzetti, Laura Cassani, Gabriele Coi, Marco Dragoni, Davide Fascione, Suewoo Kim, Magali Roig Liverato, Michele Megna, Elena Migliorati, Gianni Mollo, Andrea Palaia, Salvatore Seggio
  • Structural Design : FV Progetti S.n.c.
  • M and E design GTEC SAS: Andrea Zanotti
  • Lighting Design: Rossi Bianchi Lighting Design
  • Area: 10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna

Healthcare Center / José Soto García

  • Architects: José Soto García
  • Location: Calle Pizarro Prolongación, Jerez, Cádiz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: José Soto García
  • Constructor: Itaca Construcciones Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza
  • Area: 62557.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Imagina2

© Imagina2 © Imagina2 © Imagina2 © Imagina2