Portago Urban / IlmioDESIGN

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Architects: IlmioDESIGN – Andrea Spada, Michele Corbani
Location: Plaza Fortuny, ,
Client: Global Suites S.A 
Design Team: Andrea Spada, Michele Corbani
Completation: January 2012
Built Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Alfonso Acedo

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center / ENSITU

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Architects: ENSITU – Patrick Dillon
Location:
Client: Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation
Design/ Production Team: Brenda Gotti, Zitta Pozo, Aristides Robles, Emilio Rivadeneira
Structural Engineer: Arquinde. Martin Isaac, Luis McNulty
MEP: Luis Carlos Gotti
Area: Visitor’s Center- 150 sqm, Observation Tower- 32m height
Photographs: Sylvia Grunhut, Colibri Productions

Michael Green presents ‘The Case for Tall Wood Buildings’

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Driven by the desire to find safe, carbon-neutral and sustainable alternatives to the incumbent structural materials of the urban world, Michael Green, Principal at Michael Green Architecture, has shared with us this highly-anticipated feasibility study, The Case for Tall Wood Buildings. The 200-page document encourages architects, engineers and designers to push the envelope of conventional thinking by demonstrating that wood is a viable material for tall and large buildings and exposing its environmental and economic benefits.

Co-author Michael Green explains, “To slow and contain greenhouse gas emissions and find truly sustainable solutions to building, we must look at the fundamentals of the way we build – from the bones of large urban building structures to the details of energy performance. We need to search for the big picture solutions of today’s vast climate, environmental, economic and world housing needs.”

AD Round Up: Classics by Mies van der Rohe

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In case you haven’t noticed, we are celebrating Mies van der Rohe’s 126th Birthday. You can’t miss our infographic on one of the most famous architects that ever lived. And of course, you can’t miss some of our AD Classics on Mies projects. Like the Farnsworth House, built between 1945 and 1951. Or the Neue National Gallery in Berlin. One of the most popular project he designed was the Barcelona Pavilion, designed for the World’s Expo of 1929. We couldn’t leave out two skyscrapers that redefined modern high-rise construction: 860-880 Lake Shore Drive and Seagram Building.

Mecano House / Juan Robles

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Architects: Juan Robles
Location: , Costa Rica
Project Team: , Emilio Quirós, Adriana Serrano, Andrea Solano, Isabel Bello, Marcelo Pontigo, Bernardo Sauter,Bernd Loh
Built Area: 420 sqm
Date: 2010
Photographs: Andrés García Lachner

Xinjin Zhi Museum / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Cheng Du,
Client: Fantasia Group
Structural engineers: Oak Structural Design Office
Mechanical engineers: P.T.Morimura & Associates,LTD
Completion: 2011
Site area: 2,580 sqm
Building Area: 787 sqm
Total floor area: 2,353 sqm
Total Budget: 30,000,000RMB
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

New Bauhaus Museum / BUBE

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Rotterdam-based practice BUBE has shared with us their third-place winning proposal in the Classic Siftung Weimar international competition for the New Bauhaus Museum. Three translucent cubes are clustered together in an effort to maximize open space and reorganize the site with a focus of intensifying the interactions between park and museum visitors. BUBE’s proposal is one of the final four designs still competing. The jury is expected to announce the winning design this summer. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Palapa / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

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Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
Location: Monterrey,
Project Team: Tomás Villalón, Francisco Carrión, Guillermo Hevia García, Marcela Suazo
Client: Grupo KALOS
Contractor: Grupo KALOS
Project Area: 450 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Guillermo Hevia H.

Le 49 / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates – Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Kamakurayama, city, Kanagawa, Japan
Date of Completion: December 2011
Structure: Steel
Site Area: 111.92 sqm
Total Floor Area: 182.70 sqm (79.29m2/1F, 103.41m2/2F)
Structural Engineer: Taro Yokoyama
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Photographer: Masao Nishikawa

Public Art Installations from Numen / For Use Design Collective

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The Croatian/Austrian Design Collaborative Numen/For Use blends architecture and public installation art.  The sculpture-like pieces are large in scale and take over whole public spaces while also reinventing them, changing the way in which they can be occupied and changing the experience of the interactions between participants.  Numen/For Use has shared with us three of their recent works.  Tape, which was actualized in Florence, Italy and Melbourne, ; Tuft Pula, a more permanent version of Tape installed in the middle of the former church in Pula; and Net, built in Z33 high spaces.  Tape and NET take a material that is ephemeral and non architectural and turn it into one that has architectural capacity.  Join us after the break to read more about these projects!

Savonnerie Heymans / MDW Architecture

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Architect: MDW Architecture – Xavier De Wil, Marie Moignot, Gilles Debrun
Location: Brussels,
Project Manager & QS: FORUM
Technical Control: SECO
Contractors: CFE, M&M Sitty
Photographs: Filip Dujardin,

   

Infographic: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe

Happy 126th birthday Mies van der Rohe!

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Today we celebrate the 126th birthday anniversary of Mies van der Rohe! The German-born American architect and educator convinced us all with his glass-and-steel buildings that “less is more“. Mies helped defined modern architecture and is known as one of the 20th century’s greatest architects.

To celebrate we have changed our logo to a Mies doodle, inspired by the Google doodle which is also honoring Mies today.

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Mies Google Doodle, Crown Hall © Google

In honor of Mies, revisit his work at ArchDaily:

For more information you can also visit the Mies Society website.

You can also check this great infographic on his work.

river view / © Theodoros Giannopoulos

Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Proposal / PLUSRchitecture – IoannisKarrasArchitectureStudio

PLUSRchitecture – IoannisKarrasArchitectureStudio… shared with us their proposal for the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition, put on by [AC-CA]. Their concept consists of one single architectural object which, through its morphological simplicity will create a new urban dialogue between man

Extension of the Polski Theater / trabendo. + Arpa

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Architects: trabendo.+ Arpa
Location: ,
Interior design: trabendo.
Design Team: Jerzy Gurawski (Arpa), Lukasz Nowak (trabendo.), KatarzynaStawarz-Nowak (trabendo.)
Client: Polski Theatre in Poznan, Poland
Project Area: 250 sqm
Completion Year: 2011
Photographer: Jeremi Buczkowski

   

Cresta / Jonathan Segal / Breadtruck Films

Jonathan Segal, an architect and developer from San Diego, California, is nearing completion on his latest project, the Cresta.  Our friends from Breadtruck films have compiled this short construction video as a teaser until the final project is fully finished.  Check out the clip, and we’ll keep you updated on the project.

 

California Dreaming / Bild Architecture

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Architects: Bild Architecture
Location: , Tasmania, Australia
Project Team: Ben Milbourne, Haslet Grounds, Alison Stout
Builder: Max Newman Building
Area: 235 sqm
Completed: 2011
Photographer: Tanja Milbourne

Ada Street / Amin Taha Architects

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Located off Broadway Market, south of Fields in one of the poorer, but upcoming east-end areas, Ada Street accommodates six apartments above two small retail units in an area with the largest number of different languages spoken in the city with the largest population of artist per square kilometer in Europe. With creative shops, bars and clubs to reflect the Local Authority’s more relaxed approach to design aesthetics, Amin Taha Architects formed a structure asymmetrical in appearance with subtly battered and sloping walls and floor plates and a gentle scattering of window openings. More images and architects’ description after the break.