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Aloe Ridge House / Metropole Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Aloe Ridge House / Metropole Architects, © Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

© Grant Pitcher © Grant Pitcher © Grant Pitcher © Grant Pitcher +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pennington, South Africa
  • Design Architect

    Nigel Tarboton
  • Project Architect

    David Louis
  • Project Technician

    Simon Wayne
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Foster + Partners Unveils New Images of 425 Park Avenue

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Foster + Partners Unveils New Images of 425 Park Avenue, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released new images of 425 Park Avenue in New York, the project which turned heads in 2012 when videos of the four competing architects presenting their proposals were released to Youtube. The new images show a slightly altered design for the glazed entrance, where a mezzanine on either side replaces what was originally a double height space in the entire lobby. The new images also give a glimpse into the building's interiors, where curtain glass walls make the most of spectacular views across Manhattan and Central Park. Read on after the break for all the images.

via Visualhouse via Visualhouse New Render showing mezzanine floors on either side of the entrance lobby. Image via Visualhouse via Visualhouse +7

Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone, Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © Matthew Simmonds
Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in Italy, has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from stone. Having worked on a number of restoration projects in the UK - from Westminster Abbey to Ely Cathedral - his skills have been transferred into work of a much smaller, if not more intricate, scale. Hewn from large stone blocks (some of marble), the level of intricacy Simmonds has achieved in the architectural detailing is almost incredible. Capitals, vaults and surfaces all distort and reflect light in a very beguiling way.

Fragment. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Passage. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Stone. Image © Matthew Simmonds Stone Study. Image © Matthew Simmonds +12

Hover House / Bower Architecture

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Hover House / Bower Architecture, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +15

The POD / Whiting Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
The POD / Whiting Architects, © Sharyn Cairns
© Sharyn Cairns

© Sharyn Cairns © Sharyn Cairns © Sharyn Cairns © Sharyn Cairns +11

The Power of Paint: Three Case Studies on Colour in Architecture

00:00 - 10 July, 2014

Based at the Architectural Association school of Architecture and linked to the Phd research program at UIAV, Saturated Space takes a comprehensive look at the “grammar” and history of colour in architecture, the perceptual and phenomenological principles of colour in relation to the human subject, and the socio-political aspects of colour as a culturally active agent. This article, written by architect and CLOG editor Jacob Reidel, originally appeared as “Powerful Colours” on Saturated Space‘s website, a forum for the sharing, exploration, and celebration of colour in Architecture.

Let’s admit it, architects are suspicious—if not a little scared—of colour. How else to explain the default contemporary architect’s preference for exposed finishes such as concrete, brick, COR-TEN steel, stone, and wood? Perhaps this is because an architect’s choice of applied colour may often seem one of the most subjective—and hence least defensible—decisions to be made over the course of a project.* Indeed, applied colour seldom performs from a technical standpoint, and it is the architect’s taste, pure and simple, which is often on the line whenever a specific colour is proposed to the client. Or perhaps architects’ mistrust of applied colour owes something to the profession’s well-known controlling tendencies and the fact that colour is one of the most mutable aspects of a building; better, we architects are instructed, to focus on “important” and “architectural” decisions such as form, space, materials, program, and organization. Indeed, it is far easier for a future owner to repaint a wall than it is to move it.

Tahan Villa / BLANKPAGE Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Tahan Villa / BLANKPAGE Architects, © Ieva Saudargaitė
© Ieva Saudargaitė

© Ieva Saudargaitė © Ieva Saudargaitė © Ieva Saudargaitė © Ieva Saudargaitė +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kfour, Lebanon
  • Architect in Charge

    Karim Nader, Patrick Mezher, Walid Ghantous, Romy Lahoud
  • Area

    865.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Eskisehir Hotel and Spa / GAD Architecture

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Eskisehir Hotel and Spa / GAD Architecture, © Altkat Architectural Photography
© Altkat Architectural Photography

© Altkat Architectural Photography © Altkat Architectural Photography © Altkat Architectural Photography © Altkat Architectural Photography +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Eskişehir/Eskisehir, Turkey
  • Project Coordinator

    Nesime Önel
  • Design Team

    Ertugrul Morcol,Carlos Valderama, Gizem Kiroglu,Omer Karaer,Durak Arıkan, Ayşegül Altuğ,Derya Arpac,Mehmet Baykara, Asli Genc,Muge Tan
  • Area

    45000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

House LB Piura / Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
House LB Piura  / Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos, © Fernando Barranzuela
© Fernando Barranzuela

© Fernando Barranzuela © Fernando Barranzuela © Fernando Barranzuela © Fernando Barranzuela +23

Zacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie Studio

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Zacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie Studio, © John Sinal
© John Sinal

© John Sinal © John Sinal © John Sinal © John Sinal +11

Framestore LA / DHD Architecture + Interior Design + RAC Design Build

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Framestore LA / DHD Architecture + Interior Design + RAC Design Build, © Art Gray
© Art Gray

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray +33

Terence Gower: SuperPuesto

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Terence Gower: SuperPuesto, Rendering by architect Yoandy Rizo Fiallo, 2014
Rendering by architect Yoandy Rizo Fiallo, 2014

SuperPuesto is a temporary pavilion by Terence Gower commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in collaboration with the Andrew Freedman Home for Beyond the Supersquare, the first U.S. museum exhibition to examine the complicated legacies of modernist architecture in Latin America and the Caribbean through the perspectives of 30 contemporary artists. With the goal of providing an immersive space for visitors to experience the exhibition’s artistic and architectural themes, SuperPuesto also serves as an annex for educational and public programs related to Beyond the Supersquare.

Green Box Design Studio / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
© Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Patrick McGinley, Claire Faulkner
  • Main Contractror

    Tony Ringland, Glenwood Systems
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh +17

Humanitarium / group8

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Humanitarium / group8, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue de la Paix 17 – 19, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Adrien Besson, Christophe Pidoux, Julien Potignat and Blaise Fontaine.
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Hawkins\Brown Designs Housing Scheme in Rotherhithe

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Hawkins\Brown Designs Housing Scheme in Rotherhithe, © Forbes Massie
© Forbes Massie

Hawkins\Brown have gained planning permission for a development of 103 new homes in Rotherhithe, South-East London. Consisting of two terraces of 3-storey family homes and a series of four-storey 'mansion blocks' containing maisonettes with apartments above, the scheme will be built on the site of the former Fisher FC football ground on Salter Road, with the playing surface redeveloped to form a new public park.

More on the design after the break

Ricardo Bofill's Winning Proposal for the The Noble Qur'an Oasis Competition

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Ricardo Bofill's Winning Proposal for the The Noble Qur'an Oasis Competition, Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Gerber Architekten have tied for first place in a competition to design a cultural and civic Islamic center in Saudi Arabia, beating several well known international competitors, including Zaha Hadid Architects and gmp Architekten. The ultimate winner will be announced at a later date.

Ricardo Bofill's proposal for the center, which is meant to foster the research, study and transmission of the Qur'an, takes geometric inspiration from traditional Islamic cities:

"The first Islamic city had a circular plan, with all spaces being enclosed in the circle representing the elemental symbol of unity and the ultimate source of diversity in creation. This traditional city, or rather the idea of this city, serves as the base and the essence for the creation of the Islamic modern city. Such a background has led us to choose a circular concept as the main representational shape of the project for The Noble Qur'an Oasis. This unique civic and cultural landmark, with its sleek, minimalist design, is a symbolic container where the Islamic science and culture will be displayed."

Read the architect's description of their design, after the break.  

Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura +17

Amsterdam's Glass Music Hall Faces Demolition, Seeks Home

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Courtesy of Octatube
Courtesy of Octatube

A mere twenty-five years after its inauguration, the Glass Music Hall at the former Exchange of Berlage in Amsterdam is looking for a new home, where it will be relocated and reassembled for free. The innovative space, originally designed for the Dutch Chamber Music Orchestra, has garnered international attention and multiple awards, but sadly no longer meets the needs of the facility. 

Designed by architect Pieter Zaanen and structural designer Mick Eekhout, the Glass Music Hall sits in the center of an existing space, defying stereotypes about what glass can do. Being a hard material, the reverberation time in a blunt glass hall would be approximately 5 seconds. However, this number was brought down to 1 or 2 seconds in this instance, proving glass can be used to create a fantastical acoustical environment. 

Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall / ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall / ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart, Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart
Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart

Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Stuttgart, Keplerstraße 7, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Design Team

    A. Menges, Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg, J. Knippers, Jian‐Min Li, Volker Schwieger, Annette Schmitt, Reinhold Müller, Benjamin Eisele, Alois Buchstab, Frank Zimmermann, Sebastian Schreiber, Frauke Brieger, Karl‐Eugen Ebertshäuser, Sabine Rieger
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart, James Nebelsick, Roland Halbe