Roji / Nadamoto Yukiko Architects

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Architects: Nadamoto Yukiko Architects
Location: Yoichi,
Architect In Charge: Yukiko Nadamoto
Photographs: Seiya Miyamoto

Which Grand Central Vision Is the Best for New York?

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The New York Time’s Michael Kimmelman described it as an “ennobling experience, a gift,” a lesson on what architecture, at it’s best, can be.

Indeed, entering the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal is a pleasure that rivals few others. For me, it took me by surprise: walking, as New Yorkers do, in a determined beeline through an undistinguished tunnel, I was suddenly struck by light. I stopped, as New Yorkers never do, to observe a vaulted, starry ceiling, the changing light, and multitudes of people whipping by.

is one of New York’s most beloved icons, one of the few which tourists and natives share alike. Which is not to say, of course, that it isn’t in need of a face-lift.

The Terminal’s upcoming centennial, which corresponds with proposed re-zoning laws that would completely change the face of Midtown, makes now the perfect moment to consider how Grand Central’s grandeur can be preserved and its neighborhood reinvigorated. Last week, the Metropolitan Art Society (MAS) invited three firms to share their visions – and while SOM’s gravity-defying “halo” may have stolen the show, only one truly captured the spirit of Grand Central, and explored the full potential of what it could – and should – one day be.

Landscape Laboratory / Cannatà & Fernandes

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Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
Location: ,
Design Team: Riccardo Cannatà, Dario Cannatà, Bruno Silva, Marta Lemos, Nuno Castro, Francisco Meireles, João Pedro Martins
Year: 2010
Area: 1387.03 sqm
Photographs: Dario Cannatà, Luis Ferreira Alves, Pepe Barbiere

Sukkahville Design Competition Winning Exhibition: ‘Hegemonikon’ / Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow

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As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in , organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow were selected as winners for their ‘Hegemonikon’ exhibition. The seat of the soul which rules and guides all the others, the project is considered to exist within the heart of all living things. The complete development of the human Hegemonikon comprises absolute rationality; it chooses action according to reason. This philosophy was the foundation and inspiration behind the design concept of this project. More images and the designers’ description after the break.

18th Street Studios / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Architects: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: , Oklahoma, USA
Year: 2012
Area: 16,706 sq ft
General Contractor: Maccini Construction
Structural Engineer: Obelisk Engineering
Photographs: Joseph Mills

Machi-Building / UID Architects

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Architects: UID Architects
Location: Fukuyama, Hiroshima,
Design Team: Keisuke Maeda
Year: 2011
Area: 104.16 sqm
Site Area: 130.24 sqm
Total Floor Area: 262.85 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Courtesy of A-001 Taller de Arquitectura + BNKR Arquitectos
Courtesy of A-001 Taller de Arquitectura + BNKR Arquitectos

National Museum of Afghanistan Competition Entry / A-001 Taller de Arquitectura + BNKR Arquitectura

Designed by A-001 Taller de Arquitectura and BNKR Arquitectura…, their proposal for the new National Museum of Afghanistan turns to the Afghan people for their version of history. Through an eloquent architectural plan and a daring museographic concept, the

Social Housing / Burgos & Garrido arquitectos

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Architects: Burgos & Garrido arquitectos
Location: Paseo de la Cuba, ,
Architects: Francisco Burgos & Ginés Garrido / BGAA
Collaborators: Agustín Martín, María José Arquero, Pierre Banchet, Carlos Carnicer, Myriam López-Rodero, Javier Malo de Molina, Elena de las Moras, Emilio Ontiveros, Pilar Recio, Marta Rogado
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9.778,25 sqm
Photographs: Ángel Baltanás

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Daegu Gosan Library Competition Winning Proposal / Gorka Blas

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The winning proposal in the Gosan Library competition, by architect Gorka Blas, conceives the library as a cultural and social space for the local community. For this purpose the project focuses in obtaining a functional, attractive and confortable facility that constitutes an essential element for neighborhood´s everyday life. In order to achieve this objective, the project translates the scale of the domestic space to a public facility, without lack of its public dimension. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hospital in Villeneuve d’Ascq / Jean-Philippe Pargade

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Architects: Jean-Philippe Pargade
Location: Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Nord-Pas-de-Calais,
Project Management: , Egis Nord, Martin et Guiheneuf
Year: 2007
Area: 22,681 sqm
Usable Floor Area: 13,297 sqm
Photographs: Luc Boegly

A.M. Qattan Foundation Bulding Winning Proposal / Donaire Arquitectos

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Last week, Donaire Arquitectos was selected as the winner of the international competition, organized by ArchiFolio, to build the new A.M. Qattan Building, which is a charity that has worked towards the development of culture and education, with a particular focus on children, teachers and young artists. Located in , ,  the winning proposal for the Quattan Foundation is perceived as a lighthouse bringing enlightenment to the Palestinian people. This role as flagship of Palestinian culture is in need for a recognizable image worthy to represent its social leadership with a physical landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange

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At about the same time as Kenzo Tange’s two huge Olympic arenas for the Olympic Games in the summer of 1964 in , there was built in the southern part of a much more modest sports arena of Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture between 1962 and 1964. More after the break.

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG + Superflex

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Architects: Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex
Location: Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Realdania
Budget: 11 MIO USD
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Hasse Ferrold, Jens Lindhe, Maria da Schio, Torben Eskerod, Mike Magnussen

Beton Hala Waterfront Center / Sou Fujimoto Architects

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Sou Fujimoto Architects have shared with us their first place proposal for the Beton Hala Waterfront Centre in , Serbia. Contrasting the medieval fabric of the capital city, Sou Fujimoto’s “floating cloud” intertwines an array of social and transportation programs into an organized tangle of suspended ramps that emerge from the static platform of the Beton Hala. It was lauded by the jury to be a “brave proposal” that holds the “highest emblematic potential among all of Beton Hala entries”.

Learn more after the break.

The Qualico Family Centre / Number TEN Architectural

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Architects: Number TEN Architectural
Location: Winnipeg,
Year: 2011
Area: 1,000 sqm
Engineering Consultants: Crosier Kilgour & Partners, MCW/AGE Engineers
Landscape Architecture: Scatliff+Miller+Murray
Photographs: Brent Bellamy

AD Round Up: Building of the Year 2009

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Is time to remember five of ArchDaily Building of the Year 2009 winners. Like the public facilities category winner: the National Tourist Route Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects or the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi designed by Asymptote. Check out 3HLD’s Zamet Centre in Croatia, winner of the sport category. Don’t miss the cultural category winner, BTEK – Technology Interpretation Center by spanish practice ACXT. Finally, revisit the interior category winner, the amazing Bastard Store designed by studiometrico. Check all the 2009 winners, here.

Sky Courts / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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Architects: Höweler + Yoon Architecture
Location: Chengdu,
Year: 2012
Area: 20,000 sq ft
Photographs: Yihuai Hu, Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Zuellig Building / SOM

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SOM recently shared with us their new tower located in Manila’s Central Business District that has been shortlisted for a 2012 MIPIM Asia award. Rising 33 stories to height of 160 meters, the Zuellig Building is the first premium office tower in the Philippines to be erected since 2000. It is also the first building in Makati that has been pre-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council () at the LEED Gold level, and is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification by September 2013. More details after the break.