Boltshauser Architekten Wins Competition To Design Basel Aquarium

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Swiss architecture practice, Boltshauser Architekten, recently won an international competition to design a new aquarium in the center of , . Their concept, titled ‘Seacliff’, was noted by jury members as being the best match for the public image cultivated by the Zoo. The above-ground building space proposed by Boltshauser was smaller than any of the other competition entries, offering the best solution from an urban development perspective. Beating out such prominent firms as Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, and Caruso St John Architects, Boltshauser’s winning project is due for completion in 2019 with an estimated cost of £54 million. More images and information after the break.

Villa Charles / QARTA Architektura

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Architects: QARTA Architektura
Location: Prague,
Design Team: David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák, Jan Havel, Jakub Wyderka
Area: 2157.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marek Novotný

Periscopio House / PRAUD

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Architects: PRAUD
Location: Boulevard Costa del Sol,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of PRAUD

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Sure, you could just go for the old, reliable “black turtleneck” again this year, but where’s the fun in that? This year, why not get the Architects in your life a gift we know they’ll love? We’ve culled the “For Architects” page of our Pinterest to bring you the 12 pinned products – from a Geodesic Dome tent to LEGO Architecture – that are guaranteed to please (plus, we’ve added an extra 2 goodies to treat yourself too). See them all, after the break…

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Temple University’s Master of Architecture Program

Temple University’s Master of Architecture program is now accepting applications for fall of 2013. Located in Philadelphia, a thriving cultural center with a vibrant community of architects and designers, the program connects students with leaders in the profession, including local…

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Summer House in Naxos / Ioannis Baltogiannis, Phoebe Giannisi, Zissis Kotionis, Katerina Kritou and Nikolaos Platsas

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Architects: Ioannis Baltogiannis, , , Katerina Kritou, Nikolaos Platsas
Location: Naxos, Greece
Architect In Charge: Ioannis Baltogiannis
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Katerina Kritou & Nikolaos Platsas

HASSELL, OMA, and Populous To Redevelop Sydney Harbour

International Convention Center (ICC), view from the water. Image © SICEEP

Australian firm HASSELL Studio, OMA and have been announced as the winners for the redevelopment of ’s new convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct (SICEEP) at Darling Harbour.

The 20-hectare, billion dollar project, which will stretch from Cockle Bay to Haymarket and Ultimo, will include Australia’s largest convention and exhibition facilities, Sydney’s largest red carpet entertainment venue,  a hotel complex with up to 900 rooms, and a new urban neighborhood in Haymarket.

More on this project, after the break…

L23 House / Pitagoras Arquitectos

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Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos
Location: Guimaraes,
Collaboration: MARLENE SOUSA, arq
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jose Campos

Films & Architecture: “Batman”

This week we’re going to spotlight one of our greatest contemporary filmmakers, Tim Burton. In the 1989 film , Burton generates a whole gothic environment, full of art deco and art nouveau buildings within Gotham City. Locations were inspired by urban spaces from New York City, , West London, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Tokyo, to Hong Kong (even though Gotham City was a well-known nickname for New York City, before Batman was ever written).

If you didn’t check out our article on Architecture & Batman, do so now – and let us know which Director you think does Gotham best in the comments below…

Courtesy of Brandon Martella
Courtesy of Brandon Martella

‘Live Share Grow’ Farm Tower Proposal / Brandon Martella

With produce coming from the Imperial Valley, Central California Valley, neighboring states and other countries the 30,000 plus residents of San Diego’s central urban context consume 21,231,000 pounds of produce each year. Where will we get our food? Transparency in…

Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City?

Coconut Grove Condo / BIG; Image via DesignBoom

Miami, Florida is booming with new architectural projects by big names: everything from new condominums by BIG,to the new Miami Beach Convention Center. So why are so many big projects migrating to Miami Beach? The city is turning itself into an American cultural and center.

Join us after the break for more.

Bloom House / Greg Lynn

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Architects: Greg Lynn
Location: , California, United States
Design Team: Jackilin Bloom, Brittney Hart, Chris Kabatsi, Brian Ha, Danny Bazil, Andreas Krainer
Architect Of Record: Lookinglass Architecture & Design
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Storms & Lowe
Electrical Engineer: Storms & Lowe
Cost Estimator: Oliver Garrett Construction
Year: 2010
Photographs: Richard Powers

Unit B4 / Make Creative

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Architects: Make Creative
Location: Sydney,
Project Team: Antonia Pesenti, Patricia Bondin, Anna Trefely
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Remond

Courtesy of FIRM a.d. + OKB Architecture
Courtesy of FIRM a.d. + OKB Architecture

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / FIRM a.d. + OKB Architecture

The Helsinki Central Library, designed by FIRM a.d. and OKB Architecture…, is a hub of knowledge, where different people, communities and constituencies can come together. With their concept of ‘Geologies of Information’, their design expresses how if libraries were

FIKA / ON design partners

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Architects: ON design partners
Location: Nagasaki, Toshima-ku,
Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Hirotaka Isshiki, Rie Yanai
Construction: Ohara Komusho
Structure: Ryuji Tabata/ASD
Site Area: 35.66 sqm
Total Floor Area: 58.58 sqm
Area: 22.04 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of modeLab
Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab Algorithmic Design in Grasshopper

Taking place this Friday from 3:00pm to 5:30pm EST, the Algorithmic Design in Grasshopper webinar by modeLab will focus on creating algorithms using lists and transformations in Grasshopper, iteratively developing geometries inspired by nature. Through a series of short presentations…

16 Social Housing for Granollers Town Hall / ONL Arquitectura

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Architects: ONL Arquitectura - Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
Location: Granollers,
Collaborators: Féliz López, Mireia Marés, Anna Feu, Topo Abe
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Constructor: Isoluxcorsan S.A.
Installations: PGIGRUP
Promotor: Granollers Promocions S.A.
Budget: € 1,805,660
Area: 2,350 sqm
Photographs: José Hevia

Royal Opera House Production Workshop / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet,
Structural Engineer: Arup
Services Engineer: Arup
Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
Client: Royal Opera House
Area: 4,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton + Crow