Urban Shelter / Gabriela Gomes

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Designed by , Shelter ByGG” brings out to public space a sculptural object that can be used as a living space. She proposes the creation of an habitable module, inviting you to rest inside a sculpture installed on a public space. Photographed by Joao Morgado, this project is an artistic manifestation that provides an innovative and unexpected experience as an accommodation space, associated with eco-­‐sustainable solutions and mobility. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Weekend House in Buš / Markéta Cajthamlová

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Architects: Markéta Cajthamlová
Location: , Czech Republic
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 799.0 sqm
Photographs: Ester Havlová

Periscope House / Kuno + Aida

© Tatsuya Noaki

Architects: Kuno + Aida
Location: , Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Toshimitsu Kuno, Tomoro Aida
Design Team: Toshimitsu Kuno, Tomoro Aida, Yuki Nokura, Kazuki Watanabe, Satoshi Suzuki, Toshiharu Terashima
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tatsuya Noaki

Green Square Development Library and Plaza © City of Sydney 2012
Green Square Development Library and Plaza © City of Sydney 2012

Green Square Town Centre Library and Green Square Plaza International Competition

The city of Sydney has launched an international design competition as part of the the Green Square Development Project for a new Library Centre and Plaza at the heart of a 278 hectare area south of the city centre.  The…

Four Pritzker-Prize winners to submit conceptual designs for new office tower in Manhattan

CCTV/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

L&L Holding Company, LLC, today announced that four of the world’s most acclaimed architecture firms – Foster + Partners (Lord Norman Foster), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Lord Richard Rogers), OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and Zaha Hadid Architects – are participating this week in the conceptual design phase of its architectural competition for a new office tower to be constructed at 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan.

In April of this year, L&L Holding invited 11 of the world’s most accomplished architects to express their interest in competing for the commission to design a new tower at 425 Park Avenue. Of those invited, nine firms chose to enter the competition. After careful deliberations, L&L Holding narrowed its list to the four selected firms, each of which is led by a Pritzker Prize-winning architect with extensive international experience and proven expertise in office tower design.

The architects and their teams have prepared and are presenting their conceptual designs this week for a 650,000 square foot tower that will be designed to high L.E.E.D. sustainability standards.

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Correction to Wim Wenders and Peter Zumthor Rumor

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It has been confirmed by Studio and Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partners that the news of Wim Wenders devoting his new 3D documentary film on architecture to Peter Zumthor was in fact a rumor. Although Wenders will be conducting an artistic interview film with Zumthor for the upcoming 2012 Venice Biennale, it has nothing to do with his feature documentary. The Biennale interview film and the 3D documentary on architecture are two separate projects that were mistakenly combined by the source article. We apologize for the confusion.

With that begin said, we look forward to both the Biennale film and the 3D documentary, as the internationally renowned director never seems to disappoint.

Photograph: Andrew Meredith

Park House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: QLD,
Project Team: Shaun Lockyer
Design Principal: Shane Marsh
Project Architect: Richard Pain
Architectural Technician: Corinne Bolton – Interiors
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Floriade 2022 proposal for Holland Central / OMA

Floriade Veiling – Image courtesy of OMA

OMA has released their 60-hectare master plan proposal for – the next occurrence of Europe’s largest horticultural expo that attracts an average of two million international visitors every ten years since it was established in 1960, which is currently open in Venlo. As part of a team that includes the province of South Holland, eight local municipalities and ARCADIS, OMA is helping compete against three other cities within the Netherlands to become the next Floriade host.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Designing for Adaptable Futures Winners Announced

Adaptable Street by Maxime Rousseau and Paul Jaquet © Adaptable Futures

The 2012 results for the DAF (Designing Adaptable Futures) International Student Design Competition are in! A joint first prize, a third prize and five honorable mentions were awarded among 150 submission from 26 countries. The competition asked students to present an architectural proposal that had a transformable quality that could make the physical or experiential space change over any given span of time. The prompt embraces what Adaptable Futures is about. The organization looks at the value of longevity in architecture through the of the built environment. It challenges notions of monumental architecture and architecture as a symbol of its time. It asks, instead to design with the context – the present – and its “temporal reality” – the changing and evolving future – in mind. After the break, take a look at the projects that were selected for best embodying the ability for architecture to adapt.

Video: New V&A Project / Amanda Levete


Planning permission for a new extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum has officially been granted today. The £41 million project will be the biggest new art space in London since the Tate Modern.The bid to design a 1,500 square metre underground gallery for temporary exhibitions, courtyard and entrance on Exhibition Road was won by architecture firm, AL_A, in March 2011. We interview , founder and director of the firm, about the specifics of the plans and her thoughts on the government’s support of British architecture. is one of the most successful women in architecture and is married to Ben Evans, director of The London Design Festival. She regularly collaborates with artists such as Anish Kapoor and has previously worked on projects such as the Selfridges department store in Birmingham, the media centre at Lord’s cricket ground and, with her own firm, installing ‘The Timber Wave’ in the entrance to the V&A.

Courtesy of Najjar-Najjar Architects
Courtesy of Najjar-Najjar Architects

Zaarour Club / Najjar-Najjar Architects

The design proposal by Najjar-Najjar Architects… for the Zaarour Club Project intends to combine a year-round destination for mountain lovers in Lebanon with the requirements for a sustainable development in Zaarour. In this regard, the architects believe that it is

AD Classics: Makedonium / Jordan Grabulovski and Iskra Grabulovski

Photo by vesnamarkoska – http://www.flickr.com/photos/33663619@N02/

In honor of the Ilinden Uprising, the uncanny space-age Makedonium monument and memorial complex was resurrected. Built in 1974 by and Iskra Grabulovski, the Makedonium is the Macedonian symbol of statehood and modernist expression of freedom. More after the break.

What’s in a Number?

Amanda Burden, Department of City Planning Director, and Mayor Bloomberg examine a mock layout. Photo: Benjamin Chasteen for The Epoch Times

What do you think of the number 300?  Mayor Michael Bloomberg found the number to be just the right amount of square feet necessary to attract a younger demographic to live in the city.   In a city-sponsored competition entitled adAPT NYC, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is inviting developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in Kips Bay, Manhattan.  The challenge is to design what Bloomberg calls “micro-units”, between 275-250 sqf of living space, complete with a place a kitchen and a bathroom, but no closet is necessary. “Developing housing that matches how New Yorkers live today is critical to the City’s continued growth, future competitiveness and long-term economic success,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “People from all over the world want to live in City, and we must develop a new, scalable housing model that is safe, affordable and innovative to meet their needs.”

More about the competition after the break.

Church of Seed / O Studio Architects

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Architects: O Studio Architects
Location: , Guangdong, China
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fai Au, Iwan Baan

New Aalborg University Hospital / schmidt hammer lassen architects

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As part of the Indigo Consortium, schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the competition to design the New Aalborg University Hospital in Northern Jutland, – a project of € 551.5 million. The winning design merges the new hospital complex with the sloping landscape in a smooth transition from the existing Aalborg University. The concept of the new masterplan is to create an urban structure where streets, paths and courtyards form greatly diverse spaces, while referring to the human scale in both the buildings and the spaces in between. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House La Invernada / Felipe Montégu

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Architects: Felipe Montégu
Location: Curicó, Maule Region,
Design Team: Felipe Montegu
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: Felipe Montégu

Courtesy of WEAVA Architects
Courtesy of WEAVA Architects

‘Dove of Peace’ Church / WEAVA Architects

WEAVA Architects… shared with us their proposal for the protestant church of Dong Sheng district, in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. After three years of being on stand-by and having the site relocated twice, the city and the

House in Ovar / Paula Santos

© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Paula Santos Arquitectura
Location: Ovar Municipality,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Nelson Garrido