ARCHIPIX: 8-Bit Architects

01:00 - 11 September, 2013
ARCHIPIX (Less is pixel) by Federico Babina. Image © Federico Babina Architect
ARCHIPIX (Less is pixel) by Federico Babina. Image © Federico Babina Architect

Complicating is easy, simplifying is difficult. To simplify you have to remove, and to remove you have to know what to take away. The idea of this project, called ARCHIPIX (Less is Pixel) by Federico Babina Architect, is to represent the complexity of the forms and personalities through the simplicity of the pixel. Masters of modern architecture, paired with a building that represents their essence, often become desktop icons. A digital "pointillism" where the mouse replaces the brush. The pixel reappears and emphasizes the importance of the single dot, seen as something essential that in combination with other points form a more complex picture. A metaphor of architecture where every little detail is a key component of the whole mosaic.

What Does Being 'Green' Really Mean?

00:00 - 11 September, 2013
Rendering © Herzog & de Meuron. Image Courtesy of Perez Art Museum Miami
Rendering © Herzog & de Meuron. Image Courtesy of Perez Art Museum Miami

The term 'green' is notoriously difficult to define, and even more so when it comes to architecture. An often overused and fashionable way of describing (or selling) new projects, 'green' design seems to have permeated into every strand of the design and construction industries. Kaid Benfield (The Atlantic City) has put together a fascinating case study of a 1,700 dwelling housing estate near San Diego, challenging what is meant by a 'green' development in an attempt to understand the importance of location and transport (among other factors) in making a project truly environmentally sustainable. In a similar vein, Philip Nobel (The New York Times) explores how 'green' architecture is less about isolated structures and far more about "the larger systems in which they function". Read the full article from Kaid Benfield here, and Philip Nobel's full article here.

Marco Casagrande Wins European Prize for Architecture

00:00 - 11 September, 2013
SANDWORM / Marco Casagrande. Image © Nikita Wu
SANDWORM / Marco Casagrande. Image © Nikita Wu

Finnish architect Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory and WEAK! has been named as the recipient for the 2013 European Prize for Architecture. The annual award, presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, is known for honoring “rare architects who have demonstrated a significant contribution to humanity and to the built environment through the art of architecture.” 

“Casagrande is a model for today’s young design professional of what an architect should be: visionary, aesthetic, intellectual, and socially responsible,” stated Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Finnish Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

The Photon Project launches at the London Design Festival

00:00 - 11 September, 2013
Courtesy of The Building Centre
Courtesy of The Building Centre

A large scale architectural installation, informative exhibition and free two day conference will take place at The Building Centre WC1 during the 2013 London Design Festival to launch a four year study into the effects of natural light.

Aeropolis / Iñaki Echeverría

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique
Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique
  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Project Team

    Marco Canevacci, Marco Barotti, Mirjam Dorsch, Sonia Garcia, Stephanie Grönnert, Antonia Joseph, Julia Lipinsky, Itxaso Markiegi, Manuela Milicia, Carsten Reith, Lorenzo Soldi, Markus Wüste, Yena Young
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique

Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique +18

Video: Walking the Stadium by Zaha Hadid, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Bid

00:00 - 10 September, 2013

The past weekend we announced the three countries competing to be the Olympic Games 2020 host.

We know that Tokyo won the race and that is why today we invite you to take a virtual tour of the Olympic Stadium project designed by Zaha Hadid, which involves the refurbishment of the former Japan National Stadium, originally built for the 1964 Games. The expanded sports complex will be able to accommodate 80,000 spectators.

Zaha Hadid: Has International Fame Come at a Cost?

00:00 - 10 September, 2013
© Marco Grob, via The Guardian
© Marco Grob, via The Guardian

From "Paper Architect" to employing over 400 staff working on 950 projects in 44 countries, Zaha Hadid has proven that her avant-garde ideas are not only buildable, but also the most popular architectural brand in the world. China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the countries first in line to commission Hadid icons. Rowan Moore, however, claims that her recent accolades have come at the cost of her original ideals, becoming trapped in her own public persona. Read the full article, Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve.

Venture Capital Office Headquarters / Paul Murdoch Architects

00:00 - 10 September, 2013
© Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier

© Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier +29

Zero Energy House Lokeren / BLAF Architecten

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
© Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +20

Qatar National Convention Centre / Arata Isozaki

01:00 - 10 September, 2013

Technical Building in La Fouillade / V2S Architects

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
Courtesy of V2S Architects
Courtesy of V2S Architects

Courtesy of V2S Architects Courtesy of V2S Architects Courtesy of V2S Architects Courtesy of V2S Architects +10

Architecture City Guide: Tel Aviv

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
Courtesy of  Flickr CC License / wili_hybrid
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / wili_hybrid

This AD Architecture City Guide is dedicated to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, originally established as a garden-city on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean in 1909. Although widely known as “The White City” for boasting the world’s largest collection of International Style Buildings, Tel Aviv is not merely a monochromatic Bauhaus colony: it presents a rich mosaic of locally interpreted styles, from Eclectic to Brutalist to contemporary, which are the result of foreign and locally-born architects who adapted to the local cultural and climatic conditions.

Join us for our architectural city guide through the "Non-Stop City" after the break…

The Pagoda House by Alexander Levy, 1925. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons El Al House by Dov and Ram Karmi, 1963. Image © Justin Kliger Rubinsky House by Lucian Korngold, 1937, (Renovated by Bar Or Architects). Image Courtesy of Bar Or Architects Tel Aviv Museum of Art – Extension by Preston Scott Cohen, 2010. Image © Amit Geron +27

Social Housing In Ceuta / IND [Inter National Design]

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ceuta, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Felix Madrazo + Arman Akdogan
  • Design Team

    Beatriz Zorzo Talavera, Angela Martinez Lago, Alvaro Novas Filgueira, Meritxell Rovira Pueyo, Elena Chevtchenko, Jose Manuel Franco, Michal Gdak, Melissa Vargas, Emin Balkis, Marta Koziol, Jorrit Sipkes, Inge Goudsmit, Harm Scholtens.
  • Area

    22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +11

Biscarosse Emergency Centre / Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
© Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +20

House in Pedrogão / Phyd Arquitectura

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
© Montserrat Zamorano
© Montserrat Zamorano

© Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano +18

Data Centre In Cerdanyola / ACXT

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
© Edouard Decam
© Edouard Decam
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Avinguda Parc Tecnològic, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Tono Fernández Usón
  • Team

    Magdlena Ostornol, Fernando Rial, Elida Mosquera, Manuel Lópes Periquito
  • Area

    25000.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

© Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam +17

Southbank Centre Releases Proposals for Urban Skateboarding Space

00:00 - 10 September, 2013
Design option for new skateable space at Southbank Centre by 42 Architects. Image Courtesy of The Southbank Centre
Design option for new skateable space at Southbank Centre by 42 Architects. Image Courtesy of The Southbank Centre

Ever since London's Southbank Centre and Feilden Clegg Bradley revealed plans for the new ‘Festival Wing' earlier this year, the plans have come under fire - and by no group more vociferous than London's skateboarders

The original plans proposed converting the space under Hungerford Bridge, used by skateboarders for years, into a new riverside area for urban arts. In response to skateboarders' outcry, Southbank Centre has decided to alter the design of the space so that skateboarders' needs will be taken into account. The Centre commissioned Iain Borden, skater and Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Rich Holland, skater and architectural designer at Floda31 to prepare a draft design brief earlier this summer; now, three architectural practices with skate-space experience have responded to the brief with three potential designs.·

An expert panel of skaters, including Borden, Holland, and film-maker Winstan Whitter, will then be responsible for "selecting the architect they’d most like to work with, finalising the design brief and developing the design." 

Check out the proposals from 42 Architects, SNE Architects and Rich Architecture, after the break... 

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Latest Apple Store Opens

00:00 - 10 September, 2013
Apple Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California. Image Courtesy of Wall St Cheat Sheet
Apple Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California. Image Courtesy of Wall St Cheat Sheet

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the architectural firm behind Apple's iconic 5th Avenue store, has returned to the tech brand to design their latest store in Palo Alto, California.

Although the new store maintains the glass storefront typical of Apple, the new store - which will be the prototype for stores opening next year in Portland, Oregon and Aix-en-Provence, France - distinctively features a "floating" roof design as well as a stone wall that hides half the store. 

The store's opening may be in preparation for the increase in sales that will follow the unveiling of two new iphone models (today, purportedly). 

More info on the new Apple store design, after the break...