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Eggum Tourist Route / Snohetta

  • Architects: Snohetta
  • Location: Eggum, Norway
  • Project Team: Frank Nodland, Harriet T. Rikheim, Lars J. Nordbye, Maria Svaland
  • Area: 59.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Jarle Wæhler, Steinar Skaar, Snohetta

© Steinar Skaar © Snohetta © Snohetta © Snohetta

Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted four design firms for the major rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project. Protected as an architectural landmark, the mid-century modern building was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios. 

OMA Proposes Radical Redevelopment Plan for the Miami Beach Convention Center

South Beach ACE just unveiled their master plan for the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center site. Currently in a battle with BIG and Portman CMC for the right to overhaul the 52-acre site, national developer Tishman, international architecture firm OMA, international firm TVS, and Miami Beach developer UIA Management comprise the South Beach ACE team. The vision involves bringing to life one of Miami Beach’s most underutilized public sites with a fully-revamped convention center capable of luring major events from around the world, an iconic hotel, inviting green spaces, low-density retail uses, and cultural venues. 

More images and the team's description after the break...

Guest House / SMNG-A Architects

  • Architects: SMNG-A Architects
  • Location: Lakeside, Michigan, USA
  • Area: 448.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tom Rossiter, Courtesy of SMNG-A Architects

© Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter Courtesy of SMNG-A Architects Courtesy of SMNG-A Architects

Adaptation of The Roman Ruins of Can Tacó / Toni Girones

  • Architects: Toni Girones
  • Location: Montornès Del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Toni Gironès Saderra
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: i Aeroproduccions, Aitor Estévez

© Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez

Zaha Hadid Architects Selected to Design the King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station in Saudi Arabia

In order to serve its rapidly expanding population of more than five million, the ArRiyadh Development Authority has commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects to construct the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in its capital city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

With six platforms over four public floors and two levels of underground car parking, the KAFD Metro Station will be integrated within the urban context of the financial district, while responding to the functional requirements for a multimodal transport centre and the district’s future vision. The project extends beyond the simple station typology to emphasize the building’s importance as a dynamic, multi-functional public space; not only an intermediate place perceived through quick transitions, but also a dramatic public space for the city.

The Polite House / JVA

© Lars Evanger
© Lars Evanger
  • Architects: JVA
  • Location: Trondheim, Norway
  • Primary architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Paul-Henri Henn
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Lars Evanger

© Lars Evanger © Lars Evanger © Lars Evanger © Lars Evanger

The Constructivist Project / Natalia Melikova

In Russia, hundreds upon hundreds of buildings are endangered. The work of making sure they don't become extinct? That's in the hands of a tireless few.

One of these crusaders is Natalia Melikova, the author of The Constructivist Project, an on-line web site that seeks to preserve the memory - and hopefully inspire the protection of - Russia's avant-garde architecture. Although it began as her thesis project, it's steadily become one of her life passions. In Melikova's words, "By sharing photographs (my own and others), articles, events, exhibitions, and other resources on the topic of the avant-garde, The Constructivist Project unites common interest and appreciation of Russian art and history and makes it accessible to an international English-speaking audience. This is a way to initiate discussion not only of the perilous situation of Russian avant-garde architecture but also of cultural preservation and urban development in general."

See 10 of Melikova's images, snapshots into a part of Russian history quickly being forgotten, with her descriptions, after the break.

Hölick Sea Resort, Lodge No 2 / Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer

  • Architects: Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer
  • Location: Hölick, Hudiksvall, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge: Mats Edlund, Henrietta Palmer
  • Contractor: Natura Fritid AB
  • Builder: Torbjörn Andersson, Dellenhus
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Johan Cnattingius

© Johan Cnattingius © Johan Cnattingius © Johan Cnattingius © Johan Cnattingius

PF Single Family House / Burnazzi Feltrin Architects

  • Architects: Burnazzi Feltrin Architects
  • Location: Pergine Valsugana, Trento, Italy
  • Design Team: Burnazzi Feltrin Architects (Burnazzi Elisa arch., Feltrin Davide arch.) and Pegoretti Paolo arch.
  • Area: 430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Carlo Baroni

© Carlo Baroni © Carlo Baroni © Carlo Baroni © Carlo Baroni

Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space

Ground/Work is a design competition just launched yesterday that seeks to recognize emerging design talent with a highly visible built project in New York City for Van Alen Institute. Since 1982, the Institute has occupied the sixth floor of its building at 30 West 22nd Street in Manhattan, where a diverse program of competitions, curatorial initiatives, and public events has made Van Alen an influential center for design innovation. This year, the Institute is making its public-oriented mission central to the reinvention of its own office and event space, transforming the ground floor and lower level of its building for a new venue to house its entire work space and public programs. The deadline for submissions is June 13. For more information, please visit here.

AD Interviews: Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects

Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects was the first Nordic practice we featured on ArchDaily after seeing their impressive Svalvard Center, a sharp copper-cladded volume that slowly ages and blends into the landscape.

Nanne de Ru Appointed Director of The Berlage

The Executive Board of The Berlage Center for Advanced studies in Architecture and Urban Design, chaired by Professor Karin Laglas, has just appointed architect Nanne de Ru as the Director of The Berlage. Partner of Powerhouse Company, de Ru has taught and lectured at schools across Europe, such as the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Delft University of Technology. Now part of the Faculty of Architecture, The Berlage is an entity of Delft University of Technology that builds on the tradition and reputation of the former Berlage Institute

Ochoalcubo: Japan + Chile

In Chile, a very special project is being developed.

Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who started his business in Chile in the 80's, has always been an advocate for design and architecture in the country. In Chile, more than 40 schools of architecture have flooded the market, but the ever growing number of professionals has had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Seeing the almost infinite landscape of cookie cutter housing in the suburbs, Godoy asked himself: why not break this model into smaller pieces, each designed by a particular architect, each an opportunity for a young professional? With this in mind, and to foster the appreciation for architects, Eduardo and his team at Interdesign started a project called "Ochoalcubo" (Eight-Cubed). His original idea was to make 8 projects, with 8 buildings designed each by 8 architects, to create developments where the singularity of each piece was key, in order to demonstrate how the individuality of the architect could result in good architecture.

Reconnecting the Subway with the Sky

In the early years of the New York City subway system, natural light played a dominant role in the illumination of subterranean spaces. The architecture emphasized a connection to the sky, often through skylights planted in the median of city avenues above — lenses in the concrete sidewalks.

However, it proved extremely difficult to keep the skylights clean, and light eventually stopped passing through. Subway authorities moved toward an almost exclusive reliance on electric lighting. While this allowed for greater flexibility in station design, permitting construction at any location and depth, it also created a sense of disorientation and alienation for some passengers.

For the design of Lower Manhattan's Fulton CenterArup, in conjunction with design architect Grimshaw sought to reconnect the century-old subway system with the world above.

Read more about this "enlightening" subway station, after the break...

Courtesy of Arup Courtesy of Arup Courtesy of Arup Courtesy of MTA-CC/NYCT Arup

Mediterrrani 32 / Isern Associats

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Wood Summit Smaland Conference

Taking place at the Virserums Art Museum June 26-27, Wood Summit Smaland is an international conference that will focus on sustainability and wood architecture. Featuring renowned guest speakers such as Jim Taggart, Sadie Morgan, Stefan Behnisch and TYIN Tegnestue, winner of Architecture of Necessity 2010, the winners of Architecture of Necessity 2013 will be announced. For more information, please visit here.

One One Eagle Street / Cox Rayner Architects

  • Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
  • Location: 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Australia
  • Project Director: Jayson Blight
  • Design Director: Michael Rayner
  • Concept Designer: Philip Cox
  • Senior Designer: Michelle Fitzgerald, Spyros Barberis, Kim Huat Tan
  • Senior Architect: Shane Horswill
  • Project Team: Steve Hunter, Vesna Lazarevic, Jee Heng, Samantha Ritch, Sophie Benn, Tara Ram, Zile Zolte
  • Area: 64000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones, Florian Groehn, Stefan Jannides, Leon McBride, Scott Needham

© Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Florian Groehn © Stefan Jannides