Citylife Tower / Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei

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Designed by Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei, the Citylife Tower represents the future business and shopping district of CityLife in Milan (a subsidiary company of the Generali Group and in which Allianz has a shareholding), which is progressing quickly. By 2015 it will reach a height of 207 meters, with 50 floors of offices, and will be the tallest skyscraper in . The foundation bed, which has just been built, is formed of a continuous block of concrete covering a total of 4,260 cubic meters and required 42 hours of continuous work. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House A / Vaillo & Irigaray + Beguiristain

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Architects: Vaillo & Irigaray + Beguiristain - Antonio Vaillo, Juan Luis Irigaray, Iñigo Beguiristáin
Location: Pamplona,
Collaborators: Daniel Galar, Josecho Velaz, Javier Gil, Lucía Astrain, Oscar Martínez, Juan Carlos de la Iglesia, Ángel Álvarez, Isabel Franco
Built Area: 289 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

HA Tower / Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

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The HA Tower, designed by Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak, proposes a hybrid model for urban life that embraces the city, pulling it in the heart of the units, while still offering large open spaces that otherwise are only available on the urban fringe. Located in Higashi-Azabu, within walking distance of a cluster of rail lines, Shiba Park, and the iconic Tokyo Tower, the corner site is small, covering only 130 square meters and is constrained by a floor area ratio that limits construction to 8 floors. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cluny House / Neri & Hu Design and Reserch Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Reserch Office
Location:
Size: 2,888 sqm
Completion: November 2011
Photographer: Pedro Pegenaute

Interims Audimax / Deubzer Konig & Rimmel Architekten

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Architects: Deubzer König & Rimmel Architekten
Location: Technical University Munich,
Client: Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts
Gross building Area: 1,010 sqm
Building Area: 780 sqm
Building Costs: 3,6M €
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Henning Köpke Fotografie 

   

In Progress: Shanghai Tower / Gensler

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Soon to be the tallest building in , the 632-meter Tower is beginning to take shape. Located in the center of the Pudong district, the tower will become the centerpiece of the city’s international financial district. The transparent, mixed-use building will work as a “self-contained city”, housing 550,000 square-meters of world-class office, hotel, entertainment, retail and cultural venues. It is designed to achieve both LEED Gold certification and a China Green Building Three Star rating.

Global powerhouse Gensler won the Shanghai Tower commission in an invited multi-stage competition among many other leading international architects. Upon completion, the Shanghai Tower will be the second tallest building in the world, behind the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Continue after the break for more information and the latest construction images.

Municipal Auditorium of Teulada / Francisco Mangado

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Architects: Francisco Mangado
Location: Teulada, Alicante,
Collaborators: Jose Gastaldo, Idoia Alonso, Birte Lattermann, Borja Fernández, Edurne Pradera. Jaime Sepulcre
Total Area: 5,100 sqm
Budget: 11,000,000 €
Completion: 2011
Client: Teulada Town Hall, Generalitat de Valencia
Photographs: Juan Rodríguez

   

Video: Rough Luxe Hotel / Rabih Hage


Join Crane.tv on a tour of the Rough Luxe Hotel with architect and designer Rabih Hage. Flawlessly balanced between the artistic and the functional, the hotel intricately merges contemporary and antique furnishings. This unique layering between the modern and the traditional features from the original building create an truly opulent and bespoke atmosphere for any guest.

Visible Music College / archimania

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Architects: archimania
Location: 200 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN,
Owner/Client: Visible Music College
Building Area: 25,460 square feet
Construction Cost: $1,848,000
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Chad Mellon Photographer

West 8 + IROJE wins Yongsan Park competition in Seoul

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Rotterdam-based practice WEST 8, together with the local architects of IROJE, have been announced winner of the International Competition for Master Plan of Yongsan Park, Korea. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of organized the competition with the intention to create a “national park in which nature, culture, history and the future come in harmony.” Located in a large area in the center of Seoul, the circa 243 ha site has been in use as a military base for an extensive period both during the Japanese occupation and under post-war American protection.

Continue reading for more information on the Yongsan Park competition.

Bridge Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: , Newfoundland, Canada
Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
Team Architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
Size: 130 sqm
Status: Finished 2011
Photographs: Bent René Synnevåg

Pro Bono Work in Exchange for Loan Relief?

Just as NPR reported yesterday that the Nation’s student loan debt has exceeded one trillion dollars, the American Institute of Architects () and the American Institute of Architecture Students () called for Congress to pass legislation that will allow architecture school graduates loan debt assistance through pro bono work. This news comes as both President Obama this past weekend and likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney yesterday urged Congress to head off a scheduled increase in student loan interest rates this July.

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Aristides Maillol Municipal Sports Complex / Magma Arquitectos

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Architects: Magma Arquitectura – Luis Beriain, Jose Angel Cicero & Lluc Coma
Location: Les Corts, , Spain
Completion: 2011
Client: Barcelona City Council
Surface: Pavilion: 200 sqm, Environment Improvement: 1500 sqm
Photographs: Magma Arquitectura

New Headquarters of Bank of Georgia: Illuminated Translucent Concrete for Interior Design / Architectural Group & Partners

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The idea of light and nature showing through a building was the fundamental concept of redesigning the headquarter of Bank of . Designed by , a great and extraordinary office building was created: Incorporating nature in the whole interior design in forms of light. The architects also realized a special highlight by using illuminated translucent concrete. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Xove / Jesús San Vicente Domingo

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Architects: Jesús San Vicente Domingo
Location: Xove, ,
Collaborator: David González
Built Area: 310 sqm
Site Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Ángel Baltanás

Budva Residential and Business Complex Proposal / AGM

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The first prize design by AGM for a new residential and business complex in Budva, complements the urban tissue of the very center of the city by adding content and shape to improve the existing quality. The present surrounding is the framework for the creation of an architectural morphology which is to upgrade the input of the location. Thus the fusion of heritage and modernity is the answer to the needs of time and its value system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Giancarlo De Carlo / Moleskine

Inspiration and Process in Architecture is a series of monographs on key figures in modern and contemporary architecture. It offers a reading of the practice of design which emphasis the value of freehand drawing as a part of the creative process.

Update: Cronton Colliery Competition Winner Announced

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RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) recently announced Michael Lee Architects as the winner of the Cronton Colliery Competition at a private event held on Thursday 19 April. The challenge to design a pioneering new visitor destination on a former colliery inspired creative teams across the world to push the boundaries of landscape and architecture. The Land Trust’s international design competition attracted 50 entries from all over the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in South , Japan and Italy. More images and information on the winner and finalists after the break.