Courtesy of Workshop Architecture + Canada Council for the Arts + OAA
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture + Canada Council for the Arts + OAA

Green Line Ideas Competition

All are invited to participate in the challenge to create proposals for the public use of an overhead transmission line corridor (a.k.a. hydro corridor) in midtown Toronto. This design competition aims to demonstrate the potential of the particular hydro corridor…

HELIX, Forensic Psychiatric Clinic of Stockholm / BSK Arkitekter

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Architects: BSK Arkitekter
Location: ,
Area: 17,000 sqm
Photographs: Max Plunger

Grand Central on Kennedy by Urban Studio Architects, in collaboration with Scott Partnership Architecture
Grand Central on Kennedy by Urban Studio Architects, in collaboration with Scott Partnership Architecture

Mickey Jacob, FAIA, Inaugurated as 2013 AIA President

With more than 25 years of AIA participation and holding many leadership roles, Mickey Jacob…, FAIA, managing principal at Urban Studio Architects in Tampa, Florida since 1989, was inaugurated as the 89th president of the American Institute of Architects

Broken Pitched Roof House / NKS Architects

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Architects: NKS Architects
Location: Nakatsu, Oita,
Architect In Charge: Noriko + Kaoru Suehiro
Structure: RC+S, 1 story
Area: 211.27 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of NKS Architects

Hotel Well / MVA

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Architects: MVA
Location: , Croatia
Architect In Charge: Marin Mikelić, TomislavVreš
Collaborators: DubravkaPerica, IvanaKrneta, IvanaDrviš, SilvijaPranjić, Sara Pavlov, StjepanBirač (Architecture)
Client: TermeTuheljd.o.o.
Area: 12,250 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ivan Dorotić

International Art Residence First Prize Winning Design / Team Shishka

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Team Shishka shared with us their 1st prize winning proposal in the International Art Residence Design Concept Competition in Nikola Lenivets, . As stars in the cosmos, buildings and residences are spread on the site while connected with basic infrastructure. This system takes maximal advantage of the landscape, yet has minimal impact on nature. Within the flexible framework of plan, Nikola Lenivets can be experienced during every moment of the day, the whole year long. More images and the team’s description after the break.

Development of Cruise Terminal Extension Project / Martín Lejarraga

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Architects: Martín Lejarraga
Location: Port, Spain
Project Area: 11,074 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: David Frutos

House Komazawa Park / miCo.

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Architects: miCo.
Location: Tokyo,
Architects: Mizuki Imamura + Isao Shinohara
Structural Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Site Area: 96.37 sqm
Building Area: 46.46 sqm
Total Floor Area: 72.14 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Takashi Suo, Courtesy of , Koichi Torimura

Festival Hall in Erl / Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

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Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Sebastian Brunke
Design Team: Jörg Rasmussen, Torsten Sauer, Eva Schrade, Simon Takasaki, Anja Vogl
Site Area: 9,700 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez

The Language of Architecture at Eindhoven University of Technology: Exploring Rudolf Olgiati’s Work

On Rudolf Olgiati via Eindhoven University of Technology; Courtesy of Jan Schevers (1)
On Rudolph Olgiati via , Courtesy of Jan Schevers

Delicately crafted models by twelve students at Eindhoven University of Technologywill be the feature of an exhibit on called Die Sprache der Architektur (The Language of Architect).  Oligiati was a Swiss Architect of the mid-20th century whose work has been attributed to the New Objectivist Movement.  His work, which largely featured single family homes, brought a modernist aesthetic to the tradition of the mountainous Grisons of eastern Switzerland.

More on this exhibit after the break.

McHenry Library / Boora Architects

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Architects: Boora Architects
Location: , California, United States
Photographs: Chad Ziemendorf

Nelson Cultural Center / HGA

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Architects: HGA
Location: , MN, USA
Design Team: Tim Carl; AIA, Nancy Blankfard, Andy Weyenberg
Area: 47,038 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Crosby

Le Corbusier Makes Waves In Miami

and Pierre Jeanneret relaxing on the Shukna Lake on a pedal boat manufactured by Pierre Jeanneret, c. 1950. Photo by Sureh Sharma.

Nearly 50 years have passed since his death, but Le Corbusier can still make waves in the design world.

Corbu has become the talk of the Design Miami showrooms. Not only has a 1:1 model of Le Corbusier’s 1952 seaside villa, the Cabanon, been one of the most popular exhibits at the show (by Italian furniture company Poltrona Frau and the Le Corbusier Foundation), but another Corbu exhibit has also been one of the most hotly-contested.

Event-goers have cried foul at the Galerie Patrick Seguin, a gallery that sold chairs, tables, and sofas from Corbu’s government complex in Chandigarh (the Indian city Corbu helped design and plan) as part of its exhibition. While the gallery claims all the furniture (designed by Corbu and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret) had been neglected in India and now rescued, scholars are less than pleased that the furniture pieces have been removed from their intended buildings. As one scholar, Jean-Louis Cohen, an architectural historian and a curator for MOMA, told Architecture Record, “I’m revolted.”

Story via Architecture Record.

F3 Farmhouse / DADA & Partners

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Architects: DADA & Partners
Location: Chattarpur, , India
Landscape: Oasis Design Group
Structural: P. Arora & Associates
Civil Contractor: Shri balajee construction
Area: 14000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ranjan Sharma / Lightzone India

Zaha Hadid, Herzog de Meuron, Others Banned From Exhibit

Artist aerial impression of architect Andrew Burns’ design for , one of the designs which didn’t make the short-list. Image via The Age.

In November, the 6 shortlisted firms for the Flinders Street Station competition each received a letter. The letter, written by Major Projects Victoria, a division of the city government, warned them of a certain act that would not only result in their disqualification, but would also bring the entire competition into “disrepute.”

What potential act could deserve such a warning? Attending an exhibit of the rejected design entries.

On November 22nd,  Fitzroy-based architecture firm Edwards Moore organized the “Long-Listers” exhibit to build on the public excitement for the competition, using the momentum to generate more conversation and debate about the project. As architect and organiser Juliet Moore put it: ”We wanted peer collaboration . . . too often these things are done behind closed doors. By the time the designs are revealed [a year later] the moment has passed.”

More after the break…

8 New Towers Proposed for London’s South Bank

Building 1 – office use; . Image courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups.

Images of the transformation of the Shell Centre Campus, which include 8 towers to be designed by six different architects in ’s South Bank, have been released and submitted for approval by the local authority, Lambeth Council.

The project, under a  Masterplan by Squire and Partners and co-developed by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, is a 5.25-acre mixed-use scheme between Waterloo Station and Hungerford Bridge. While the famous 27-story Shell Tower will be preserved, the plans show eight new residential and office buildings will be constructed by six architectural firms: an office and two residential towers by Squire and Partners, one office tower by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF); a residential block by Patel Taylor; another by Stanton Williams; and two more residential towers by GRID Architects.

In total, about 800,000 sq ft of office space (which includes the existing Shell Tower), 800,000 sq ft of residential space (translating to 790 new homes, including affordable housing), and 80,000 sq ft of new retail units/restaurants/cafés will be created. As Michael Squire of Squire and Partners told The Architect’s Journal: “We make no apology, this is a dense development, it sits next to one of the busiest train stations in Europe. This is a massive sustainable move that will allow people to live and work in the same area.”

More on the proposed plan for London’s South Bank, after the break…

Malvern House / Canny Design

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Architects: Canny Design
Location: Malvern, Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Mary-ann Woff
Interior Design: Miffy English
Landscape Architecture: Ben Scott Design
Landscaping: Simon McCurdy Landscapes
Furniture: Jardan
Year: 2011
Photographs: Andy Gibson, Shannon McGrath, Gerard Warrener

Video: Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo, The Panama Series

The Biomuseo, or Museum of Biodiversity, in City is Frank Gehry’s first project in Latin America. The building, situated on the mouth of the Panama Canal , is a colourful design of metal-plated canopies sustained by concrete columns. It will house eight galleries and tell the story of Panama’s diverse biological culture and its global impact. It is projected that, once finished, the 4000 m2 space will play a significant role in Panamanian society, culture and education. Here, one of the museum’s exhibit coordinators, Darien Montañes, explains the work involved in bringing a project of this scale to life.