Fachada Liverpool / Iñaki Echeverria

© Jaime Navarro

Architects:
Location: , Tabasco, Mexico
Design Team : Iñaki Echeverria, Iván Parra, Josué Lee, Osvaldo Estrada, Jonathan Hajar, Javier Marroquín, Roberto Fuerte, Guillermo López, Jorge Durán, Daniela González, Leonel Alcántara, Fredy E. Lamadrid, Rafael Brioso, Israel Meneses, Fernanda Téllez, Xochitl Zúñiga, Víctor García
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jaime Navarro, Luis Gordoa, Ivan Parra

Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning

Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and interiors that support progressive models of acquiring knowledge. New interpretations of kindergartens, schools, universities, and libraries are featured along with architecturally innovative offices and conference rooms. These examples are rounded out by more experimental projects that offer further perspectives on the rapidly evolving topic of how best to learn in the new millennium.

Proposed Demolition of Josep Lluis Sert’s King School Cambridge

Courtesy of Max Moore

At a time when sustainability is high on the agenda and construction costs continue to soar, many residents are questioning a proposal to demolish a sound and respected school building to replace it with a new school one that will strive to be a “green facility”. The Martin Luther King Elementary School (1968-1971) was designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert (Sert, Jackson and Associate). As it stands today, the school compliments the many other buildings in Cambridge that Sert worked on while also teaching at Harvard University, including the Peabody Terrace Graduate Housing complex just across the street.

Read on to find out what the community is doing to save the building from demolition and why it can prove to be a more sustainable option for the city.

Power Street / Steve Domoney Architecture

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Steve Domoney
Location: Hawthorn, Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Steve Domoney
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Alfred Hitchcock. Photo via Wikimedia CC User El Matador.
Alfred Hitchcock. Photo via Wikimedia CC User El Matador.

Happy 113th Birthday Alfred Hitchcock, Master Architect of Suspense

Alred Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980), who would have turned 113 today, is often known as the “Master of Suspense.” But we here at ArchDaily would like to tweak that moniker slightly, to the Master Architect …of

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Venice Biennale 2012: British Pavilion presents “Venice Takeaway”

Moscow, drawing by Gibb, 2012 / Anna Gibb – Courtesy of the British Council

Although the has not shortage of architectural talent,Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture responds to David Chipperfield’s ‘Common Ground’ theme for the 2012 Venice Biennale by seeking out imaginative responses to universal issues worldwide in an ambitious global research project. The British Council sent ten architectural teams around the world to research inspiring places and subjects that could generate discussion on what is great architecture while injecting new ideas into the UK. The Venice Takeaway exhibition charts the course of these teams and shares the ideas they discovered throughout Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, , the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

© Robert Greshoff

Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Location: Giffin Square, Lewisham, London,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Robert Greshoff

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition Entry / Hans Hollein & Partner

© Atelier Hollein

Designed by Hans Hollein & Partner, the Stock Exchange aims to become a civic symbol that not only accommodates the stock exchange functions but also repents the practice in its entirety. As an architectural intervention, The buildings’ architectural nature allows it to become an identifiable structure within the urban fabric. The rectangular form of the office tower follows the homogenous surroundings, but the TSE´s façade is an innovative merger of two building envelope typologies and a strong contrast to any building in the vicinity: The window wall and the ceramic brick façade. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pinewood of Marina / Massimo Fiorido Associati + sundaymorning

© Fabio Candido

Architects: Massimo Fiorido Associati + sundaymorning
Location: Marina di , Tuscany,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Fabio Candido

Klaksvik City Center / LCLAOFFICE + Lateral Office

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Last week, we shared LCLAOFFICEs conceptual proposal for the Kiev Islands, a proposal which connected the urban with the natural through an activated network of activities.  In their shortlisted entry for the , the firm teamed with Lateral Office to relink the city of Klaksvik with both of its bays.  Such a move allows the urban development, which has historically happened along the length of the bay, and the civic and public institutions, which have been concentrated in an urban corridor, to connect people with the water.

More after the break.

HouseM / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

© Hironori Tomino

Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: , Japan
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Ikeda Komuten
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hironori Tomino

National Mall Design Winning Proposal / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Davis Brody Bond

© GGN / Methanoia

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Davis Brody Bond were recently announced as the winners of the National Mall competition for Union Square. As the country’s most visit park, attracting more than 25 million visitors annually, Union Square is the site of major historic events from presidential inaugurations to public gatherings and demonstrations. Located at the base of the Capitol, they were judged on the flexibility, sustainability, and creativity of their design and how well it reflects the established vision and design influences of this historic setting. More architects’ description after the break.

Drautalperle / MHM architects

© Paul Ott

Architects: MHM architects
Location: Spittal an der Drau,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 7,500 sqm
Photographs: Paul Ott

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition, 1st Prize: Alejandro Aravena Architects & VAV Studio

Exterior South © Alejandro Aravena Architects

During the last few years the world has witnessed dramatic changes. Our world is no longer rural, economic models are struggling, and the centres of innovation and political power have shifted.

It is this context that explains why the recently held competition for the new Stock Exchange is relevant beyond the building. The Physical Development Research Center organized a competition between 29 top architecture firms, later narrowed down to eight after a RFQ process, who each worked with a local Iranian firm. In a country experiencing a very unique economic moment, the brief of the competition aimed to challenge the typology of the stock exchange in general, as well as factors that could alter this type to address cultural factors specific to its location. Thus, the firms were asked to look at how this program has developed throughout history while also undertaking a thorough analysis of the specifities of this project.

The jury was composed by local architects Mehdi Alizadeh, Farhad Ahmadi, Bahram Shirdel, Hossein Sheikh–Zeineddin and Nader Tehrani (MIT Head of Architecture, principal at NADAAA) as spokesperson.

Alejandro Aravena (founder of Alejandro Aravena Architects, Executive Director of ELEMENTAL) together with local office VAV Studio were selected as the winners for their artful, considered, and minimal, project; of the various proposals, it was the only project which took into consideration functions and forces, geometry and geography, and an organization that distributed its program in a field condition, evenly spreading its function to best capture, light, views, cross ventilation, as well as shade. In turn, it produces a timeless (yet fast-paced) character of the stock exchange as an institution, a building that extends broader traditions while mirroring the current state of its country.

Aravena’s entry stood out from the rest as it was conceptually distinct, aligned with the brief of the competition. Other highlights of this entry are its geometry, structural base, sensitivity to climate, and relation to its mountainous landscape, which are explained further in the architect’s description below:

A monolithic figure at a first glance, the building achieves a particular transparency thanks to the hollow blocks used on its skin, turning into a lamp that is transparent to the public.

The decision of the jury, while unanimous, is only a recommendation to the client, so we will keep you informed as the project moves forward.

Read the complete architect’s description, with renders and drawings, after the break:

Courtesy of AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee
Courtesy of AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee

Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition

AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee just launched their Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition, which is open to students and professionals world-wide. The project site consists of the area between Cobo Hall and the Renaissance Center and between…

Solvay Brussels School / ART & BUILD ARCHITECT

Courtesy of Art&Build

Architects: ART & BUILD ARCHITECT
Location: City of Brussels,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9,600 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Art&Build

BTC Tower / Westfourth Architecture

© Andrei Mărgulescu

Architects: Westfourth Architecture
Location: Bucharest,
Design Team: Vlad Arsene, Cristiana Ştefan, Antoniu Craiovan, Iulian Dimitriu, Crina Popescu, Daniel Bilan, Mircea Enescu, Karoly Markos, Marinela Paşca
Structural Engineer: Britt, Popp şi Asociaţii
Envelope Consultant: Aludesign
Electrical: Conseng
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 27,000 sqm
Photographs: Andrei Mărgulescu, Ştefan Tuchilă

EPA’s Battle of the Buildings Competition

Museum of Arts and Design / Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture © pov_steve

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s () program has launched the 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.  This year, 3,200 buildings across the country will be competing to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment.  With that kind of challenge, every participant wins.  Last year, 245 participants saved a combined $5.2 million on their utility bills and prevented nearly 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.  The competition is open to commercial buildings, which are responsible for approximately 20% of the nation’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion annually in energy bills.

A winner will be announced in April 2013.  In the meantime, follow us after the break for more on the potential behind this competition.