This Foyer is going to be Epic

I don’t think you understand what I’m telling you. I’m not trying to open the door here. I’m trying to open your mind.

It’s a simple problem really. Just keep the rain off of them as they enter the building. That’s all you really need to do, right?. Hardly… This is the first impression this building will make. I’m not going to waste it. You’re not going to open the doors and just walk inside. You’re going cross this threshold into the rest of your life.

Kas Di Coral / Bahama-Architecten

© Richard Zomerdijk

Architect: Bahama-Architecten, Sipke Kingma
Location: Groningen,
Design Team: Tanja Isbarn in collaboration with Sipke Kingma en Arnold ten Brink
Completion Date: 2011
GFA: 291 sqm
Photographs: Richard Zomerdijk

BIG unveils a Ski Resort in Lapland

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BIG wins an invited competition for a 47,000 sqm ski resort and recreational area in , . The future Ski Village will transform the existing ski resort into a world class destination, offering top quality accommodation and leisure services for skiers of all levels and demands. More images and complete press release after the break.

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Part Two

Lets be honest, being an architect results in a whole lot of sitting. Whether we are sitting down with a client or sitting in front of the computer, the chairs we surround ourselves with are an important detail in the everyday routine of an architect. ArchDaily has created a list of a few favorite chairs we wouldn’t mind spending our life with. We feel it is important that every architect has a well designed chair that keeps the legs from falling asleep as well as some designer eye-candy for the office. There are many fantastic chairs in this world, so please, share with us your favorite!

Floating / MAIO

In this edition of Construmat 2011, the Glass Foundation of Barcelona stresses new potentials and future challenges of glass, researching and trialing new possibilities, both for its integration into the architectural field as for the development of new ways in order to move towards a more sustainable architecture.

U.S. Community Design Trends highlight Infill Development


As the depressed economic state of the U.S. continues, home trends shift from large residential subdivisions towards small scale infill development projects. The 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) third quarter Home Design Trends Survey reflects the current desires of today’s buyer towards affordability, access to public transportation, commercial opportunities and job centers.

Ormiston Activity Centre / Archoffice

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Architects: Archoffice
Location: Auckland,
Project Director: John Ingham
Project Architect: Leon Bieldt
Sructural Engineer: Brown & Thompson
Mechanical/HVAC/Electrical Engineer: Medland Metropolis
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 194 sqm
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Marselisborg High School / GPP Architects

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Located in the beautiful Marselisborg district, within the center of city, is Marselisborg High School, one of ’s most renowned schools, rich in tradition and history – often featured in books and movies. Today, Marselisborg High School is very popular among the students within the city of . With this first prize winning new addition, designed by GPP Architects, the school will continue to meet the high demands of modern and visionary high school education requirements. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Oasis – Pastoral Care Voestalpine / x architekten

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Architects: x architekten
Location: , Austria
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 840 sqm
Photographs: David Schreyer, Rupert Asanger

Video: Norman Foster’s Humanitas – Oxford University Lecture

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Our friends from architectural videos told us about this video of Norman Foster‘s Humanitas, Oxford University Lecture which took place on November 28th. The lecture considers ‘Heritage and Lessons’ where Foster encourages us to imagine how differently we might understand the modern world if we could travel back in time. We would discover that the cathedrals, the castles and the viaducts that form our ‘heritage’ were once new themselves and were seen as quite alien at the time; and that many of the landscapes we revere as ‘natural’ were in fact shaped subtly by man — some the outcome of the Industrial Revolution itself. We would also find that many of the challenges we face now have been met before.

Smart Design Studio Offices / Smart Design Studio

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Architects: Smart Design Studio
Location: Sydney, Australia
Project Team: William Smart, Anita Panov, Laura Morton
Consultants: Brian Wood, John Tourle, Brenon Liston
Project Area: 267 sqm
Photographs: Sharrin Rees

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Train Station / Metro Architects

Today, the existing station in Helsingborg is built into an anonymous office block. In the proposal by Metro Architects…, the standalone station is expressed as a modern equivalent of the old train station from around 1860 which was located

Emergency Pavilion in Teaching Hospital / DOMY

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Architects: DOMY
Location: ,
Client: Hradec Kralove Faculty Hospital
Design Team: Michal Juha, Jan Topinka in co-operation with Jan Travnicek, Frantisek Huber
Project manager: Danica Havlikova
Co-ordination of professions: Blanka Handrychova
General contractor: GEOSAN GROUP a.s. , Kolin
Realisation period: 2006- 2008
Cost: EUR 10 840 000
Photographs: Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Algae Green Loop / Influx Studio

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Every industrial energy system inscribes its technological order into the urban fabric. Therefore, what shall be the shape and the fingerprint of the next zero carbon economy in the cities? While the world is looking for alternatives to fossil fuels, Algae is an unlimited source of energy, food, and most important, a remarkable natural CO2 absorber. So, which spatial implications shall have Algae’s new technologies, and which potential integrations could be imagined for Algae bioreactors in central urban areas? Influx Studio believes re-use is by far the most sustainable option: that’s why the key issue is how to anticipate Algae’s green future in the core of the major cities, transforming existing buildings, where most people live and where emissions of CO2 are the most important. More images and project description after the break.

Waste Treatment Facility / Batlle & Roig Architects

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Architects: Batlle & Roig Architects
Location: , Barcelona, Spain
Client: Consorci per a la Gestió dels Residus del Vallès Occidental
Design team: Enric Batlle Durany and Joan Roig i Duran
Collaborators: Xavier Ramoneda, architect, Mario Suñer, architect, IDEMA, engineering
Work date: 2010
Area: 45.000 sqm
Budget: 74.000.000€
Engineers: IDEMA, engineering
Landscape architects: Enric Batlle Durany and Joan Roig i Duran
Photographs: Francisco Urrutia

Hendel Residence / SaaB architects

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Architects: SaaB architects
Location: , Emek
Site area: 755 sqm
Construction area: 175 sqm
Project completed: 2009
Project team: Ronit Barkol & Luciano Santandreu
Construction eng.: Shabtai Mualem
Construction Supervisor: Yehudit Kadmi
Photographer: Luciano Santandreu

Controversy over The Cloud forces MVRDV to Apologize

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Dutch firm MVRDV has received harsh criticism since they revealed the proposal for two luxury residential towers in , named after its inspiration, The Cloud. The two towers are connected by a “pixilated cloud of additional program.” Critics are outraged, stating the design resembles the collapsing twin towers of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

spokesman Jan Kinkker stated, “We’ve had quite a lot of calls from angry Americans saying it’s a disgrace. 9/11 was not the inspiration behind the design, the inspiration was a real cloud.” He added, “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt.”

Project developer Dream Corporation selected The Cloud design proposal over a number of other options and will have the final say on whether or not they will consider another alternative.

Reference: BD

Incheon Tri-bowl / iArc Architects

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Architects: iArc Architects
Location: ,
Year: Completed March 2010
Area: 2,869 sqm (Building), 12,300 sqm (Site)
Photo Credits: Youngchae Park