Video: W London Hotel

W Hotels opens its latest flagship in Leicester Square, . With a rock and roll-inspired bar, a 38-seat 3D screening room and a restaurant run by three-Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, it stays true to its design and luxury roots.

How to Make a Japanese House / Cathelijne Nuijsink

Nowhere in the world have architects built so many small and exceptional homes as in Japan, and nowhere with such ingenuity and success. How to Make a Japanese House presents 21 contemporary houses and situates them in the evolution of Japanese housing. Simultaneously, the book provides insight into the unique design approach of three different generations of Japanese architects.

Bruce Munro announces plans for Solar Powered Field of Light at Uluru

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Many of you are aware of Bruce Munro’s dazzling LED ‘Light: Installations’ currently on view until late September in the fields of Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens. Well, the famed artist has just announced plans to embark on his largest installation to date – a quarter million solar powered stems of light to cover one square kilometer of land in the heart of the Australian red desert at Uluru (Ayer’s Rock). Fundraising begins today and you can help make it happen.

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Emirates Air Line / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: A Royal Docks, 23 E Ham Manor Way, , Greater E6 5NA, UK
Project Director: Oliver Tyler
Project Architect: Alex Kyriakides
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Etseib C’ Departamental Building / Ravetllat Ribas Architects

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Architects: Ravetllat Ribas Architects
Location: BarcelonaSpain
Project Team: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,166 sqm
Photographs: Roger Casas

Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal


Opened in 1937, the Palais de Tokyo has suffered from decades of neglect and subsequent deterioration. Housing modern art in its early stages of life, it soon was relegated to the sidelines upon completion of the Centre Pompidou in late 70’s, which took over the role of hosting modern art exhibitions. Sitting dormant and unused for latter part of the 20th century, it has since been reinvigorated by architects Lacaton & Vassal, opening back up to the public in 2002. The stripped down structure that exposes and embraces raw materials has recently received a new expansion by the architects who breathed new life into it. More details after the break.

Community Center in Abfaltersbach / Machné Architekten

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Architects: Machné Architekten
Location: Abfaltersbach,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Machné Architekten

Steven Holl reveals Design Concept for Maggie’s Barts

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As we announced earlier, Steven Holl Architects has been selected to design the Maggie’s Center at St. Bartholomew’s (Barts) Hospital in . Situated at the periphery of the square, Maggie’s Barts will replace an existing 1960s block that was once used for offices. An average of 3,100 new cancer patients is expected to use the facility each year.

Steven Holl said: “It is a great honor to design a Maggie’s Centre and a very special challenge to be given such an important central site in London. The hospital has been at the forefront of medical understanding for centuries. We are inspired by the deep history of the area, and particularly the nearby St. Bartholomew the Great church which has been in continuous use with marvelous music since 1143. Our proposal is like a vessel within a vessel within a vessel. In the spirit of music, architecture can be a vessel of transcendence.”

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Ants’ House / Espegel – Fisac

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Architects: Espegel – Fisac
Location: 28400 ,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Joaquín Mosquera

New York by Gehry / © David Assael - Arch Daily
New York by Gehry / © David Assael - Arch Daily

2012 MASterworks Awards

The Municipal Art Society of New York recently announced the Six provocative and innovative architecture and urban design projects that received the 2012 MASterworks Awards. New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street (Gehry & Partners for Forest City Ratner) has…

Krea Arts Centre / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

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Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura
Location: Portal de Betoño, ,
Design Team: Roberto Ercilla, Miguel Angel Campo
Proyect Year: 2007
Project Area: 9,899 sqm
Photographs: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Wendy Opens at MoMA PS1 / HWKN

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 Yesterday afternoon, inside the playground of PS 1, we met Wendy - HWKN’s temporary summer installation for the 2012 Young Architects Program.  As an experiment in pushing the boundaries of what architecture can do in an urban environment, Wendy certainly makes an impression.   Her blue spiky arms shoot passed the confines of PS 1′s courtyard walls, immediately attracting the attention and piquing the curiosity of those meandering along Jackson Street.   Conceptualized as a storm, Wendy intends to challenge the public’s notion of what architecture should be, as the structure’s ecological function will actually clean the air.  ”Wendy does not play the typical architecture game of ecological apology – instead she is pro-active,” explained HWKN.

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Glazed Apartment / Sergi Pons

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Architect: Sergi Pons
Location: , Spain
Builder: GdR (Reforms Group)
Project Area: 70 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrià Goula 

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Courtesy of Enric Miralles Foundation

Enric Miralles Foundation Exhibition

The Enric Miralles Foundation opened up a double exhibition in Barcelona this past week, with the participation of Mr. Rafael Moneo and Mr. Oriol Bohigas, honorable members of the Foundation and Mr. Mohsen Mostafavi currently the the Dean of the…

Daycare in Zsámbék / Földes & Co. Architects Ltd.

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Architects: Földes Co. Architects Ltd.
Location: ,
Project Team: László Földes, Csaba BaloghLevente Sirokai, János Sarusi-Kis, Péter Sónicz, Kati Fábry, Ágnes Deigner
Project Area: 631.0 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tibor Zsitva, Máté Tóth

Leith Walk ‘Green Bridge’ / biomorphis

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The ‘Green Bridge’ design by biomorphis in Leith Walk, one of the key thoroughfares in , Scotland, aims at bringing a lightweight structure with low embodied energy. Construction materials based on plant products represent the way forward in terms of diminishing our dependence on hydrocarbons. Leith Walk, which unfortunately acts as a major divider, needs a bridge which would link the East cycle paths to the West of the city. It would redirect the ever-growing flows of bikes and pedestrians and also become a landmark for the community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Offices for Bührmann & Partners / Wasserfall Munting Architects

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Architects: Wasserfall Munting Architects
Location: Windhoek,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Marcus Weiss – Studio One

Paradox House / The XSS

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Architects: The XSS
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of The XSS