Chilliwack / Randy Bens Architect

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Architects: Randy Bens Architect
Location: , British Columbia,
Structural Engineer: Ennova Structural Engineers Inc.
Millwork: Platinum Millwork
Flooring / Stone: Inter Source Trading Corporation
Area: 300 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Roger Brooks Photography

The Shard Opens to the Public

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Today, six months after the laser light extravaganza that marked the completion of The Shard in , the controversial glass tower celebrated its official opening to the public. Architecture enthusiasts and residents were welcomed to join the mayor of 244 meters above the capital on the 72 floor observation deck for the official ribbon cutting.

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the 310 meter needle-point structure is currently the tallest in Western Europe. The two million square meter mixed-use development offers ample office space, restaurants, a five-star shangri-la hotel and residences.

Lakewood Garden Mausoleum / HGA

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Architects: HGA
Location: 3600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN,
Client: Ron Gjerde, President, Lakewood Cemetery
Owner: Lakewood Cemetery Association
Area: 3,520 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Crosby

Levin Residence / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

© Bill Timmerman

Architects: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Location: Marana, Arizona,
Design Team: Luis Ibarra, Teresa Rosano, Jennifer Martin
Area: 3,520 sqft
Year: 2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

2013 Rudy Bruner Award Finalists Announced

Courtesy of Rudy Bruner

Celebrating those who transform urban problems into creative solutions since 1987, the biennial (RBA) has announced the 2013 finalists. The prize aims to illuminate the complex process of urban placemaking by seeking out often overlooked urban exemplars whose existence heightens the richness and diversity of American cities.

In celebration of their achievement, one $50,000 Gold Medal award and four $10,000 Silver Medals will be awarded to the finalists in May.

The 2013 Rudy Bruner Award finalists are:

Songwon Art Center / Mass Studies

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Architects: Mass Studies
Location: , Korea
Architect In Charge: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park
Design Team: Zongxoo U, Yoonhwan Kim, Youngjoon Chung, Joungwon Lee, Daeun Jeong, Hyunjung Kim, Sanghoon Lee, Songmin Lee
Area: 841.51 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Studio Gang Breaks Ground on Ecologically Diverse Urban Mecca

Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

For the past several years the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago have been working on appropriate uses for , a 91-acre man-made peninsula in Chicago, Illinois. The lakefront site branches off from Museum Campus, a section along Lake Michigan that is home to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. Serving as an expansion to these programs, Studio Gang Architects, in collaboration with SmithGroupJJR, have created an innovative design that integrates educational, cultural, social, and recreational activities into Northerly Island.

Read more about Northerly Island’s future after the break!

Braamcamp Freire / CVDB arquitectos

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Architects: CVDB arquitectos
Location: Pontinha,
Area: 15800.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: invisiblegentleman.com

Video: Pedras Salgadas Eco-Resort / Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Diogo Aguiar

Today, we share with you the 2nd video that our friends from Archmov made. Pedras Salgadas Eco-Resort was designed by Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Diogo Aguiar in Bornes de Aguiar, and consists in seven dwellings for an eco-resort completed in 2012. Enjoy!

Filming: Ivo Tavares (ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio)
Post-Production: Luís Melo (ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio)
Translation: Pedro Carvalho (INCEPTION ARCHITECTS)

Courtesy of Hornung And Jacobi Architecture
Courtesy of Hornung And Jacobi Architecture

Abstraction Installation / Hornung And Jacobi Architecture + Axel Schenke

Exhibited at the Designers’ Saturday 2012 in Langenthal, Switzerland and at the BAU 2013 in Munich, Germany, the experimental installation “Abstraction” transforms shadows and lights into predefined pixels. Created by architects Peter Thomas Hornung of Hornung and Jacobi Architecture… and

Le Corbusier: The Patron Saint of Skateboarders

A Skateboard in LOVE Park in Philadelphia. Image © Mike Blabac

We here at ArchDaily are big fans of Roman Mars’ radio program 99% Invisible, and just had to share the latest show: “In and Out of Love.” In it, Mars explores the changing face of Philadelphia’s JFK Plaza (more commonly known as LOVE Park), why its Modernist characteristics made it perfect for skateboarding (although city officials certainly didn’t feel that way), and why truly is the patron saint of skateboarders (more about the episode at 99% Invisible).

And, if you like this, check out Why Skateboarding Matters to Architecture, and follow the jump for some very cool, very innovative skate-friendly homes, stores, and parks…

House in Odemira / Vitor Vilhena Architects

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Architects: Vitor Vilhena Architects
Location: Herdade das Arrifóias, Odemira, Alentejo,
Area: 175 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Multi-storey Car Park / JSWD Architekten

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Architects: JSWD Architekten
Location: , Germany
Client: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Area: 8,560 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Lewandowski

© Nacho Doce (Reuters)
© Nacho Doce (Reuters)

Graffiti Artist’s Mural Honors Oscar Niemeyer

A true legacy in the field of architecture and beyond, Oscar Niemeyer, who died just this past December at the age of 104, has traveled into the heart of many, one of which is graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra…. In

Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre / Jackson Architecture + McConnell Smith Johnson

© Dianna Snape, Tony Miller & Martin Saunders

Architects: Jackson Architecture + McConnell Smith Johnson
Location: Heidelberg, Victoria,
Design Team: Daryl Jackson, Alex Stephanou, John Zadro, Kathy Lakis
Client: Austin Health
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dianna Snape, Tony Miller & Martin Saunders

© SOM
© SOM

Roche Diagnostics Training Center / SOM

Aiming to provide a new gateway and identity, the two-story, 87,135-square-feet Roche Diagnostics Training Center re-imagines their Indianapolis campus. Designed by SOM…, the project just broke ground as it begins to establish a new and consistent brand identity for the

House in Hiyoshi / EANA

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Architects:
Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa,
Design Team: Kohei Iwasaki, Tota Abe
Construction: Genki Kensetsu
Total floor Area: 91.10 sqm
Site Area: 104.13 sqm
Area: 45.55 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Echeverrría House / Nicolás Pinto da Mota

© Eduardo Moras

Architects: Nicolás Pinto da Mota
Location: ,
Design Team: Amina Foramitti, Pablo Vidal Hann
Area: 510 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Eduardo Moras