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Nicolás San Juan / Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Nicolás San Juan / Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cda. Nicolás San Juan 27, Del Valle Centro, Benito Juarez, 03100 Benito Juárez, Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Patricio Guerrero, David Mandujano, Eduardo Palomino, Ruben Coxca, Belinda Garcia, Paulina Garcia, Luis Garcia, Miguel Mercado, Rafael Hop
  • Project Management

    Elias Cattan, Yair Wolff, Allan Betech
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Rafael Gamo, Courtesy of Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa, Mayaan Fridman

Fort Greene Pavilion / O’Neill McVoy Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Fort Greene Pavilion / O’Neill McVoy Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan +11

Narigua House / David Pedroza Castañeda

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Narigua House  / David Pedroza Castañeda , © Sofia Flores Chapa
© Sofia Flores Chapa

© Sofia Flores Chapa © Sofia Flores Chapa © Sofia Flores Chapa © Sofia Flores Chapa +64

Bagnolet Town Hall / Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Bagnolet Town Hall / Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Mairie de Bagnolet © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +22

REX Designs Conjoined Media Towers with Retractable Facade for Middle East

01:00 - 16 April, 2014

Two sister Middle Eastern media companies have commissioned REX to design a conjoined headquarters that references traditional Arab iconography. The result, two ultra-thin, stone-clad towers that are shielded from the Middle East’s “unrelenting sun” by an array of retractable sunshades whose shape was inspired by the Arab Mashrabiya pattern. 

Measuring nearly 15 meters in diameter, these sunshades can be quickly deployed, transforming the building’s glass facade into a “blossoming” shaded tower within minutes.

“The headquarters’ instantaneous transformation forges a new kind of powerful iconography, one that rejects the tired—and ephemeral—pursuit of being the tallest,” described REX.

Vertiz 950 / HGR Arquitectos

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Vertiz 950 / HGR Arquitectos, © Diana Arnau
© Diana Arnau

© Diana Arnau © Diana Arnau © Diana Arnau © Diana Arnau +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Doctor José María Vertiz, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcos Hagerman
  • Structural Design

    Mata y Triana Ingenieros Consultores
  • Installation

    Zmp Instalaciones
  • Area

    3426.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Kettukallio / Playa Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Kettukallio / Playa Architects, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +19

Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

00:00 - 16 April, 2014
Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition , View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

Within days of David Chipperfield being appointed to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in Stockholm, heritage protesters began to assemble a campaign to prevent the project from fruition. 

Declaring they are “opposed to star-architects constructing their angular spectacles of glass and steel right in the middle of the protected historic environment, as monuments to themselves, at our expense and the city’s,” as stated in an online petition, the protesters seem particularly upset that the project would require the demolition of multiple historic structures. Thousands have even joined a Facebook group to voice disapproval. 

However, despite the backlash, the Nobel Foundation refuses to bow down and believes the protest will not succeed

More on the protest, and structures slated for demolition, after the break...

Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects , © Jeremy Bitterman
© Jeremy Bitterman

© Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman +12

Social housing for people over 65 in Girona / Arcadi Pla Arquitectes

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Social housing for people over 65 in Girona / Arcadi Pla Arquitectes, © Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli +25

Casa da Musica / OMA

05:00 - 15 April, 2014
Casa da Musica / OMA, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © OMA © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +50

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida da Boavista 604, 4050-104 Porto, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon
  • Project Architects

    Adrianne Fisher, Michelle Howard
  • Area

    22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

VIDEO: I LIKE Green

00:00 - 15 April, 2014

Vargas House / Isaac Broid Arquitecto

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Vargas House / Isaac Broid Arquitecto, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cerrada, Lomas de Casa Blanca, 76080 Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Project Area

    700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Yoshihiro Koitani

Ambient 30 60 - YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Ambient 30 60 - YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Parque Araucano, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Scheidegger & García Partarrieu
  • Project Area

    445.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma, Courtesy of UMWELT

Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten , © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +17

AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson, rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock.com
rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock.com

It is rare to find an architectural project whose history makes such strange bedfellows as the New York State Pavilion: a master architect and millions of exhibition patrons, roller skaters and rock stars, stray cats and Iron Man [1]. For three hours on April 22, in honor of the fifty year anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the city of Queens will open the long shuttered gates to Philip Johnson’s most futuristic work. 

the Tent of Tomorrow during the fair. Imagevia People for the Pavillion website © Will Ellis © Marco Catini © Will Ellis +27

Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On, Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a decade of restoration and remodelling, is a museum dedicated to “the Dutchness of Dutchness.” Pierre Cuypers, the building's original architect, began designing this neogothic cathedral to Dutch art in 1876; it opened in 1885 and has stood guard over Amsterdam's Museumplein ever since.

Over the centuries, the building suffered a series of poorly executed 'improvements': intricately frescoed walls and ceilings were whitewashed; precious mosaics broken; decorative surfaces plastered over; and false, parasitic ceilings hung from the walls. Speaking in his office overlooking the Rijksmuseum’s monumental south west façade, Director of Collections Taco Dibbits noted how the most appalling damage was incurred during the mid-20th century: “everything had been done to hide the original building […but] Cruz y Ortiz [who won the competition to redesign the Rijks in 2003] embraced the existing architecture by going back to the original volumes of the spaces as much as possible.” 

For Seville-based Cruz y Ortiz, choosing what to retain and what to restore, what to remodel and what to ignore were, at times, difficult to balance. Cruz y Ortiz found their answer in the mantra: 'Continue with Cuypers'. They threw the original elements of the building into relief but did not act as aesthetes for the 'ruin'. In contrast to David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap's restoration of Berlin's Neues Museum, for instance, Cruz y Ortiz rigorously implemented a clean visual approach that favoured clarity over confusion. What is original, what is restored, and what is new mingle together in a melting pot of solid, understated architectural elements. Sometimes this approach contradicted Cuyper's original intentions; however, more often than not it complements them in a contemporary way.

Courtesy of Rijksmuseum. Image © John Lewis Marshall Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Great Hall. Image © Jannes Linders Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Gallery of Honour. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Cuyper's Library Restored. Image © Iwan Baan +39

VIDEO: Raising the Bar in Desk Design

00:00 - 15 April, 2014

It seems to be part of the architect's daily life: hunching over drawing or model making, uncomfortably crouching to try get that perfect shot through your 1:100 model. Javier Cuñado, designer at Actiu, has tackled these perennial problems with Mobility, a desk that ascends or descends according to your needs. Available in an architect's range of colours - black, white or with an aluminium finish - this stylish desk is an investment your back will thank you for. Learn more in the video above and check out images after the break.