Nike Pop Up Showroom / Maggie Peng & Albert Tien

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Architects: Maggie Peng , Albert Tien
Location: Beijing, China
Design Team: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Courtesy of STL Architects
Courtesy of STL Architects

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / STL Architects

Helsinki, a city committed to finding the evolving nature of culture in an ever changing society, is the inspiration behind STL Architects…’ proposal for the new Library. If a library is a container of culture with the mission of

University of Cuenca Theater / Javier Durán

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Location: Cuenca Canton,
Director: Javier Durán
Collaborators: Juan Pablo Astudillo, Esteban Avila, Isabel Carrasco, Juan Pablo Carvallo, Rubén Culcay, Diego Proaño, Javier Saltos, Iván Sinchi, Cristian Sotomayor
Promoter & Construction: University of Cuenca
Area: 3,182.64 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Ivan Sinchi, Sebastian Crespo

Meadow House / Ian MacDonald Architect

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Architects: Ian MacDonald Architect
Location: , ON, Canada
Project Team: Ian MacDonald, Michael Attard, Nova Tayona, Adam Blakeley, Patrick Liu
Area: 4,300 sq ft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

Nursery School in Dos Hermanas / Carmen Sánchez Blanes

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Location: , Sevilla, Spain
Area: 1,319 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Lolo Vasco

Despite Controversy, Herzog & de Meuron’s Porta Volta Breaks Ground

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After two years in waiting, Porta Volta, the project by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop ’s north-western Spanish gate, has finally broken ground. The project, which spurred some controversy when architect and critic Vittorio Gregotti accused the Swiss-led project of being an act of “architectural colonialism,” is nevertheless scheduled to be completed in 2015.

According to Herzog, the 2,500 sqm project, which consists of Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli’s 7,500 sqm Headquarters and 15,000 sqm of greenery, is “intrinsically” Milanese, having been inspired by “the Gothic tradition that is expressed in important buildings in the city of Milan [and the] farms that dot the landscape of slender Lombardy.”

Story via Herzog & de Meuron 

Villa K / Baumschlager Eberle

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Architects: Baumschlager Eberle
Area: 479.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Roland Halbe

An Autograph Among the Pine Trees / Studija Archispektras

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Architects: Studija Archispektras
Location: Kaunas,
Architect In Charge: Aidas Kalinauskas, Vaidas Tamošiūnas
Structural Engeneering: Smailusis Skliautas, Mindaugas Kasiulevičius
Area: 395 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Juozas Kamenskas

MAXXI’s 2013 Young Architects Program Finalists

Urban Movement Design’s winning proposal for ’s 2012 Young Architects Program, UNIRE/UNITE. Photo Courtesy of Fondazione © Cecilia Fiorenza

The MAXXI Museum in Rome has announced the five young designers who will compete for the opportunity to design and build a space for live summer events in the large courtyard of the PS1 in NY, the MAXXI Plaza in Rome, and – for the first time – at Turkey’s Istanbul Modern.

Each of the finalist’s projects will also be displayed as exhibitions at the four institutions participating in the Young Architects Program (YAP): the MAXXI, the MoMA PS1, Constructo (a Chilean cultural institution), and Istanbul Modern.

The five finalists have until January 2013 to submit their proposals. The chosen project will be constructed and inaugurated in June.

More information of the five finalists, after the break…

KPF Releases Masterplan for Chinese City Built From Scratch

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International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently announced that their design for the 120 million square foot master plan for Meixi Lake in , is being realized. A new city in the West Pioneer Zone in Hunan Province, Meixi Lake is centered around a 3.85 kilometer‐long lake. Upon completion, the city will be home to 180,000 inhabitants, and will provide residents, workers and visitors sustainable neighborhoods for living, working, recreation, culture and entertainment. More images and architects’ press release after the break.

House F / Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

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Architects: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kenji Ido
Structural Engineer: Masakazu Taguchi
Area: 116.73 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Winning Proposal for Bus Shelter Challenge: AdaptbyMany / Milos Todorovic

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The first prize in the DesignByMany competition for the Bus Shelter challenge was recently awarded to Milos Todorovic for his AdaptByMany proposal. By adapting to local conditions, transferring aesthetic ideas to users, and putting functionality as its primary role, this proposal stood out. According to Glenn Katz, one of the DesignByMany judges and an AEC Education Specialist at Autodesk, the proposal was chosen for “its simplicity, [...and for] providing a rich kit of parts and elements that can be combined in interesting and flexible ways to create any number forms responding to site conditions.” More images and Todorovic’s description after the break.

Nursery in Zarautz / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

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Architects: Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos
Location: , Gipuzkoa,
Architect In Charge: Ignacio Quemada
Design Team: Ibón Pérez Murguiondo
Structure: José Antonio Gurruchaga
Installations: JG Ingenieros
Technical Architect: Juan Cruz Lizarraga
Budget: € 765,794
Area: 692 sqm
Year: 2010
Photography: Alejo Bagué

Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus First Prize Winning Proposal / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was just awarded the first prize for their design of the Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus in , . The 170-meter high dual tower denotes the start of the new business district in the south of the city, a prefecture-level city in the southern Chinese province Guangdong. Its exposed location, height, and function in the urban fabric as the first building on the Sino-German High-Tech and Research Campus means that the dual tower is conceived as a landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Pros & Cons of Revoking the DC Height Act

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Earlier this week, Architect Robert K. Levy optimistically declared that the study which will evaluate the federal law limiting Washington building heights is a “win-win” situation for everyone involved. Writing for The Washington Post, Levy states: “By conducting a detailed, comprehensive city-wide study, the D.C. Office of Planning and the NCPC [National Capital Planning Commission] will produce analyses and recommendations leading to a fine-grain, strategic plan for building heights across the District. [...] Ultimately this study is a win-win proposition for all stakeholders.”

But can the situation really be so rosy? While Congress spends 10 months studying and debating the possibility of making alterations to the capital’s policies, urbanists, planners and citizens have already begun weighing in on the matter – and opinions are decidedly divided. Many question the true motivations behind the possible changes, and whether those changes will truly improve the livability and sustainability of the city  - or just alter it beyond recognition.

We’ve gathered both sides of the argument so you can make your own informed decision – after the break…

CHV Veterinarian Hospital / dEMM Arquitectura

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Architects: dEMM Arquitectura
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Paulo Fernandes Silva, Isabela Almeida Neves, Tiago Lopes
Contractor: J Camilo Project
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Lobo

The New Toni-Areal in Zürich West

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The Toni-Areal is a crucial part of the plan to breathe new life into Zürich West. The building was formerly a milk processing facility, and the new design by architecture firm EM2N features spaces for cultural events, as well as the Zürich University of the Arts and two departments of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences.

The Toni-Areal is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Zürich and will be the largest construction site in Switzerland during its realization phase. The total usable floor space is 108,500 m2, of which the colleges comprise 84,500 m2. The remaining 23,500 m2 are dedicated to housing, cultural events, restaurants, and small retail shops, as well as parking and technology. The construction price—including basic upgrades and tenant upgrades—amounts to about 350 million Swiss francs.

Sponsored by Nemetschek , Inc.

LTD_1 / Peter Ruge Architekten

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Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten
Location: Hamburg,
Design Team: Pysall Ruge, Peter Ruge, Justus Pysall, Nicole Kubath, Jan-Michael Strauch, George Bradburn, Tobias Ahlers, Matthias Matschewski, Bartlomiej Kisielewski, Maha Alusi, Yolanda Yuste, Philipp von Matt
Structural Engineering: Lichtenau Himburg Tebarth Bauingenieure GmbH
Mechanical & Electrical: Reese Beratende Ingenieure VDI
Client: L.T.D. Lübeckertordamm Entwicklungs-GmbH
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jens Willebrand, Klaus Frahm