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Persian Factory Second Prize Winning Proposal / Hooba Design Group

Designed by Hooba Design Group, one of the major aims in their second prize winning proposal for the Persian Factory in Iran was coming to an integrated spatial pattern, which fits both the new part of the existing structure and the site plan of the factory. In order to achieve an integrated organization, they used a spatial diagram, which defined both the inside and outside of the project simultaneously. This diagram is influenced by the building’s site, and also the existing status of building and additional sections. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The G Project: Submit Your Ideas and Vote for Your Favorites!

The G Project, hosted by G Adventures and The Planeterra Foundation, is giving four lucky innovators, inventors, visionaries and designers the opportunity to bring a humanitarian and forward-thinking project to fruition.  The G Project is inviting anyone to submit a design idea of any scale that will have a "positive impact on your planet".  The idea must be a proposal that falls into one of four categories: freedom, beauty, knowledge or community.  It is a crowd-sourcing exercise that seeks to engage ideas of any variety and asks the global community to contribute to deciding which projects deserve to be realized.  

Molymet Corporate Building / David Rodriguez Arquitectos

  • Architects: David Rodriguez Arquitectos
  • Location: Regina Gálvez 28-30, San Bernardo, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architects in Charge: David Rodriguez Cuevas , David Rodriguez Cañas, Maria Jose Sanchez M.
  • Architect on Site: Raul Manzano R.
  • Area: 4200.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Pedro Mutis

© Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis

Through the Lens: Sci-Fi & Architecture

You would think that of all film genres, Science Fiction would be the one least likely to feature real buildings. It stands to reason that production designers would want to avoid connections with things so grounded in reality. But in fact, there is somewhat of a tradition of using modern architecture as a foundation for the creation of fictional film worlds. 

Science fiction relies on an audience believing in the world they are presented with. Clever camera work, perspective design, and temporary materials can only do so much. What often tips the balance in favour of using real, Modern buildings - rather than a temporary set - is the authenticity and atmosphere they provide the Science Fiction genre.

Read about Modern architecture in Sci-Fi films Blade Runner, Gattaca, Aeon Flux, and more, after the break...

Olympic Campus: A New Headquarters for the IOC Competition

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched an open and international architecture competition for their new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. With the volume of the planned building at roughly 70,000m3, with a ground surface area of 18,000m2, the development will include headquarters for 450 staff members, “Olympic campus” housing administrative buildings, and possible accommodation and services. This will allow the IOC to benefit from two Olympic sites in Lausanne: one in Ouchy around The Olympic Museum, to host the general public; and the other in Vidy for the whole administrative staff and to host its institutional partners. The deadline for submissions is May 15. For more information, please visit here.

Educational Center in Bollullos, Sevilla / Republica DM

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El Caserón / G///bang architectural concept

  • Architects: G///bang architectural concept
  • Location: Zaragoza, Spain
  • Project Architect: josé javier gallardo ortega
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

St. Louis Public Library / Cannon Design

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley
  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
  • Design Principal: George Nikolajevich, FAIA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

Mookdong Multi Housing / Moon Hoon

© Moon Jeongsik
© Moon Jeongsik
  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Moon Hoon
  • Design Team: Kim Suki, Park Seonhu
  • Area: 117.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Moon Jeongsik

© Moon Jeongsik © Moon Jeongsik © Moon Jeongsik © Moon Jeongsik

What's Up?: 15 Young European Architects / Salvatore Spataro

Fifteen firms of young european architects show their most relevant works and meditate on the current conditions of design production. while pragmatically anchored to the present, this generation confronts the transition to a different, more cooperative and social, existential situation: to an architecture that can overcome the obsession for individual self-representation and formal and stylistic research in order to contribute to an ecology of interaction.

Badouzi Harbor / J.M. Lin Architect

  • Architects: J.M. Lin Architect
  • Location: Keelung City, Taiwan
  • Design Team: J.M. Lin Architect, P.C.
  • Area: 17052.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect

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Fletiomare Utrecht Swimming Pool / Slangen + Koenis Architects

© Mark Prins
© Mark Prins
  • Architects: Slangen + Koenis Architects
  • Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Chief Designer: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis
  • Design Team: Sjef Vosters, Theo van Beek
  • Area: 3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Mark Prins

© Mark Prins © Mark Prins © Mark Prins © Mark Prins

Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013

This week in Milan at the 52nd edition of the SaloneInternazionaledel Mobile (aka Milan Design Week), over 2,500 exhibitors showcased an endless collection of the latest international products and home-furnishing designs. Among them included a variety of elegant and intelligently designed items envisioned by some of our favorite architects. Continue after the break to scroll through a list of the best architect-designed products featured at the Milan Design Week 2013.

House in Minoh2 / Fujiwarramuro Architects

© Shintaro Fujiwara
© Shintaro Fujiwara
  • Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
  • Area: 70.26 sqm
  • Photographs: Shintaro Fujiwara, Eiji Tomita

© Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Shintaro Fujiwara © Shintaro Fujiwara

Amsterdam 289 / JSª

  • Architects: JSª Arquitectura
  • Location: La Condesa, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Sofía Villarreal
  • Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Sofía Villarreal, Juan Reyes
  • Engineering: Hector Margain, Juan Pablo Rodríguez Orta
  • Contractor: As yet undefined
  • Area: 15460.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura

Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura

Cebes School / OVAL

© João Morgado
© João Morgado
  • Architects: OVAL
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Avelino Oliveira, Gil Brito, Elina Briede, Catarina Ferreira
  • Construction: Triplano
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado

Coach Omotesando Flagship / OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Partner-in-Charge: Shohei Shigematsu
  • Project Architect: Rami Abou Khalil
  • Team: Yolanda do Campo, Benedict Clouette with Jackie Woon Bae, Cass Nakashima, Phillip Poon, David Theisz
  • Area: 444.75 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan