H-House / TOFU architects

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hitects: TOFU architects 
Location: Hikone, Shiga,
Project Architect: Fumiya Ogawa+Tomonobu Higashino
Project Area: 178.76 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura 


M House / RS + Robert Skitek

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Architect: RS+ Robert Skitek
Location: Tychy, Poland
Project Team: Robert Skitek, Robert Wilczok, Barbara Kotas, Dawid Marszolik
Structure: PROBEX Marian Urbanik
Completion: 2011
Project area: 371 sqm
Model: Piotr Witański
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski


Update: Foster + Partners Thames Hub proposal faces opposition

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Foster + Partners Thames Hub proposal has continuously made progress throughout the year of 2011, however reports say the practice is facing some opposition in the new year. In early November, Foster + Partners revealed the £50bn project that plans to include a £20bn high-speed Orbital Rail line around ; a new £6bn Thames Barrier and crossing; and a £20bn international Estuary Airport, with annual capacity for 150 million passengers.

As seen on BD, Councilors in Essex plan to rally up their colleagues in January in attempt to battle the “disastrous” proposal. Councilor Peter Martin stated, “Lord Foster has been known to build all over the world, so we cannot sit idly by and let this happen. We must have a loud voice when it comes to opposing the airport.”

It will be interesting to hear their critiques of the project and see what pans out in the New Year for the Thames Hub proposal. What are your thoughts on the project?

Reference: BD

New Headquarters Of The Healthcare And Social Affairs Ministry in Toledo / TASH

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Architects: TASH (Taller de Arquitectura Sánchez-Horneros)
Location: , Spain
Authors: Antonio Sánchez-Horneros, Emilio Sánchez-Horneros
Collaborators: Javier Rodríguez, Emilio Gómez, Alberto Di Nunzio, Alvaro Cabrera, Nieves Somacarrera, Isabel Ruiz De Los Paños, Sandra Nieto, Antonio Calvo, Cecilio Aguilera
Client: Servicios Periféricos de la Consejería de Sanidad y Asuntos Sociales de Toledo
Project Area: 7,337.05 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán, Javier Acedo

Competition: Urban Intervention

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Urban Intervention is challenging you, the innovative designer, to create a multidisciplinary design team able to conceive the new vision for ’s public space in the coming century. “Design ideas should harness Seattle’s history of innovation and civic engagement to inspire the next generation of great public spaces, connecting interaction and innovation to meet the challenges of the future”.

The 9-acre site is located within the 74-acre Seattle Center campus, neighboring the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Experience Music Project, Space Needle and other cultural assets. The top three finalists will receive $30,000, allowing them to further develop their ideas into the second phase. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $30,000 cash award.

Continue reading for more important dates and information.

Basque Culinary Center / VAUMM


Architects: VAUMM architecture& urbanism
Location: Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa,
Project Team: Iñigo García Odiaga, Javier Ubillos, Jon Muniategiandikoetxea, Marta Alvarez y Tomás Valenciano
Collaborators: Naroa Oleaga, Ander Rodriguez, Architecture PFC students
Promotor: Basque Culinary Center
Completion: 2011
Total square meters: 15,000 sqm
Budget: 17,000,000 €
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

SMEC Soccer Complex Winning Proposal / Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects

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The mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, recently announced the winning project in the architecture competition for the new indoor soccer center at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC). The jury has chosen the concept developed by Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects from among the four submitted by the finalist firms. The daring and creative project is one more step toward the completion of this long-awaited project, which will provide Montrealers with access to a sports center that is not only functional but boasts a modern design meeting the highest standards of quality. This public building, a testament to the talent of our local architects, will be incorporated into the SMEC, one of the largest parks in Montréal. More images and project description after the break.

Giveaway: Win a signed copy of “Cebra Files 02″

Our friends from Cebra gave us two signed copies of their book ‘Cebra Files 02‘ for us to organize a small giveaway between our readers! All you need to do is tell us which are your 3 favorite projects from (check them all here) and a small explanation of why do you like them.

Among all the comments we will give 2 signed copies of the book. You have until January 9 to leave us your comment. One more thing: Follow us in Twitter and join us in Facebook to increase your chances! Good luck!

Vancouver Chinese Evangelical Church / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia,
Size: 32,000 square feet
Completion Date: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects

Update: Hangzhou Gateway Tower / JDS Architects


Back in June, we shared JDS winning mixed use project for Hangzhou, .  Conceptualized as the iconic link that fuses two prominent parts of the city, the Hangzhou H project 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

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In this temporary pavilion by Mark Talbot and Tyler Survant just outside of , Kentucky, 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 project description after the break.

Maison du Temps Libre à Stains / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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

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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

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Architects: Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture Ltd.
Location: , UK
Client: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the Governors of Westborough Primary School. (The project 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

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Architects: DOMY
Location: Kladno,
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

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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 “’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 app here.

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