Botín Center / Renzo Piano

Botín Center. © Renzo Piano

While all eyes may be locked on the Shard’s latest push toward the sky, Renzo Piano is preparing for his first major Spanish project to officially break ground in about one week in . The Botín Foundation, the largest private foundation in , will invest over 150 million USD for the construction and programming of a new Botín Center that will become an international reference in culture and education for the development of creativity through art. The building will inform a new cultural axis to connect the best art circuits in Europe and will serve as a cultural catalyst to bridge the community with art.  Emilio Botín, President of the Botín Foundation, is confident the Center will establish a new community space and link the city with the bay.  ”To accomplish it, we have called on the best architect in the world. The architect, who best knows how to link cities to the sea, to build urban spaces, and to generate magical places where art may be enjoyed,” explained Botín.

More about the project after the break. 

In Progress: Anhui Broadcasting & TV Centre / NDA

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Architects: NDA New Design Architecture
Location: , Anhui Province, China
Study Type: Architectural Design
Main Architect: Emmanuel Delarue
Site Area: 133,314 sqm
Building Area: 320,000 sqm
Delivery Date: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of NDA New Design Architecture

 

Films & Architecture: “Lost in Translation”

The second film by Sofia Coppola was acclaimed by the critics, and with fair reasons. It shows in a subtle but deep way the contrasts between Japanese and American cultures, utilizing the amazing city of as a background for this.

Characters are immerse in a quite different environment, which atmosphere is shown through the scenes where they interact with the foreign surroundings. This atmospheres are represented in a way beyond the typical approach of other films, trying somehow to really understand how this spaces are perceived.

As always, we wait for your comments about the movie and specifically about this culture shock concept and architecture.

Daegu Color Square Stadium Mall / Jerde

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Architects: Jerde
Location: , South Korea
Completion: 2011
Area: 50,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Jerde

 

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Klaksvik City Center / Peter Sand

Danish architect Peter Sand… recently received the 4th prize in the open urban international competition for a new city center in Klaksvik on the Faroe Islands. The new master plan, which is composed of 21,000 new square meters in the

Timberyard Social Housing / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

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Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Location: ,
Completion: April 2009
Project size: 3,800 sqm
Photographs: Dennis Gilbert, Alice Clancy

 

House F / Biasi Bonomini Vairo Architetti

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Architects: Biasi Bonomini Vairo Architetti
Location: ,
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Marco Zanta

   

“My Playground: A Film about Movement in Urban Space” Documentary

A couple of years ago, we mentioned an interesting documentary about Parkour, and how such contemporary discipline is able to make reading the urban space in a different way.

The film was recorded mainly in Copenhagen, using locations such as the Mountain Dwellings designed by BIG. It also includes some conversations with , discussing about his understanding of urban space. It has been selected as part of the films program of the RIBA 2012. If you’re in London, you will have the chance to watch it next June 26th.

More info after the break

Villa Frenay / 70F architecture

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Architects: 70F architecture
Location: ,
Project Team: Carina Nilsson
Project Year: 2010
Client: Fam Frenay
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

Helicosm / FREAKS freearchitects

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Architects: FREAKS freearchitects
Location: , France
Project Team: Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier, Yves Pasquet
Project Area: 100 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of FREAKS freearchitects

Video: Tetsuo Kondo, Architect Profile


After working with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kazuyo Sejima, Tetsuo Kondo left to start his own practice in . Here, he tells Crane.tv about Cloudscapes, his project for the Architecture Biennale Venice in 2010, how film-making and architecture are similar and what makes a good home.

Bruce Munro’s stunning LED Installations light up Longwood Gardens

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Visitors poured into this past Saturday to see 23-acres of breathtaking ‘Light: Installations’ by artist Bruce Munro. Although Munro describes the installations as simply “sketchbook jottings realized”, this “large-scale one-man-show” is anything but a simple feat. Eight large outdoor installations, two installations within the 4-acre Grand Conservatory and a collection of illuminated sculptures in the Music Room are keeping visitors mesmerized for hours.

Munro’s ‘Light: Installations’ are being shown for the first time outside of the UK. They will remain open until September 29th this year. Continue reading for more images and information.

Sport City in Xativa / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Xátiva, ,
Project Architect: M Angeles Sánchez Ortega
Design Team: Rafael Papi, Beatriz San Salvador
Project Area: 136,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: David Rocaberti, Francisco Francés, Alfonso Calza, Cesar J. López

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Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , Canada
Structural Engineers: Hallsall Associates
Construction Manager: Eastern Construction
Heritage Preservation: E.R.A. Architects
Site Area: 11,743 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

Children’s Hospital Zürich / Herzog & de Meuron

Esplanade of the Children's Hospital © Herzog & de Meuron

Due to space limitations and increasingly aging infrastructure, Kinderspital Zürich called for a two-phase competition to design a new children’s hospital in the Lengg district of Zürich, . At the recommendation of the jury, the foundation board of Kinderspital Zürich announced Herzog & de Meuron as the competition winner in May 2012. Their winning proposal includes a three-storey, wooden Children’s Hospital that provides a flexible, child-friendly environment. Furthermore, Herzog & de Meuron uses simple geometry to connect the contrasting typologies of the Children’s Hospital with the freestanding, six-story Centre for Teaching and Research that will also be located on the new medical campus.

Kinderspital Zürich expects to commission the new building in 2018. Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

Floreasca Hotel / Manadelucru

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Architects: Manadelucru – Dorin Stefan Adam, Madalina Iftimi
Location: Floreasca Street, ,
Client: Diesel Servcom
Design Team: Manade Lucru
Collaborators: Neo Structural Engeneering (Structure), Katas Concept Design (Installation)
Photographs: Andrei Margulescu

MyZeil Shopping Mall / Studio Fuksas

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Architects: Studio Fuksas - Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Interior Design: Fuksas Design
Location: , Germany
Address: Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse 10-14
Period: 2002-2009 
Client: PalaisQuartier GmBH & CO., KG
Surface:  Built Surface – 77,000 sq.m., Facade – 8,500 sq.m., Cover – 13,000 sq.m.
Engineering:  Structures – Knippers-Helbig Beratende Ingenieure, Stuttgart; Krebs und Kiefer Beratende Ingenieure für das Bauwesen GmbH, Darmstadt | Realization of the façade and covering – Waagner Biro Stahlbau AG, Wien