In Progress: School Library Gando / Kere Architecture

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Architects: Kere Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kere Architecture

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Courtesy of Trimo Urban Crash

Trimo Urban Crash Summer Challenge

The organizers of Trimo Urban Crash, a biannual international competition for students of architecture and industrial design, just launched this year’s summer challenge, which is a relatively simple task. All are being asked, not just students, to present their thoughts…

P.S.P Office Building / Olgoo Office

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Architects: Olgoo Office
Location: Pardis Technology Park,,
Architect In Charge: Mehran Khoshroo
Project Team: Almara Melkomian, Adel Ataee, Mehdi Atashbar, Amir Masoud Nafisi, Mahsa Mamaghani, Soodabeh Ghorbani, Kourosh Asadzadeh, Hamid Reza Etemadi, Syamak Yazdanian
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 2050.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Baraks Studio

Delfina Foundation Expansion / Studio Octopi + Shahira Fahmy Architects

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The -based Delfina Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating cultural exchange with a special focus on the greater Middle East and North Africa, will expand from their townhouse at 29 Catherine Place, near Buckingham Palace, to an adjacent building at 31 Catherine Place. The expansion will double the Foundation’s residency to offer at least 32 residencies a year for artists, curators and writers, making it the largest international  artist residency  provider in London when it reopens in Autumn 2013.  In keeping with the Foundation’s beliefs to promote collaborative understanding across cultures, London-based Studio Octopi and Cairo-based Shahira Fahmy Architects have been awarded first prize for their expansion proposal which will retain the domesticity of the two houses and explore the notion of the hearth in a home.

More about the expansion after the break. 

Unicredit Ţiriac Bank HQ / Westfourth Architecture

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Architects: Westfourth Architecture
Location: Bucharest,
Design Team: Vlad Arsene, Călin Negoescu, Onar Gerelioglu, Silviu Chiţu, Karoly Markos
Envelope Consultant: Aludesign
Structural Engineer: Popp şi Asociaţii
Electrical: Conseng
Technical Consultant: Graphtech
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 17,000 sqm
Photographs: Mărgulescu & Moldoveanu

‘SEAT’ Public Pavilion / E/B Office

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Composed of approximately 400 simple wooden chairs arrayed and stacked in a sine wave surface, the ‘SEAT’ public pavilion, by E/B Office, is a recently completed winning entry for this year’s Flux Project in Freedom Park. Located in , the chairs are drawn into an agitated vortex rising from the ground. Sitting is perhaps the most common condition from which we experience architecture. Whether we work, relax, watch, eat, sleep, or talk to each other, sitting is at the core of our relationship to buildings.  Therefore, this project formalizes the transformation of chairs from detached useable objects into structural and spatial components of an ambiguously occupiable edifice. More images and architects’ description after the break.

SKC Bratislava / MHM architects

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Architects: MHM architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Matthias Molzbichler, Sebastian Haselsteiner, Florian Molzbichler
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 12,500 sqm
Photographs: Herta Hurnaus

Courtesy of AIA Portland
Courtesy of AIA Portland

2012 Portland Architecture and Design Festival

Presented by the American Institute of Architects Portland and the Center for Architecture, the annual Architecture + Design Festival is coming up in October. Of the more popular events and one that continues to grow each year is the Design…

Groupe Chèque Déjeuner Headquarters / ART & BUILD ARCHITECT

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Architects: ART & BUILD ARCHITECT
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: J.P. Rozé
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Art&Build

Exhibition: “Design Stories – The Architecture behind 2012″

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As the world turns its eyes to in 2012, Design Stories examines the architecture and engineering behind the 2012 sporting venues. It provides a unique Olympic experience – a place where people can explore and view drawings, images, videos and amazingly detailed models of London’s key new sporting venues.

Miega / BANG by MIN-Sae Min Oh

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Architects: BANG by MIN (Sae Min Oh)
Location: Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, , Korea
Design Team: Changwook Kwak, Hyunduck Yoo
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 124.81 sqm
Photographs: Jungwoo Choi, Jaeyoon Kim

Australia House / Andrew Burns Architect

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Architects: Andrew Burns Architect
Location: , Niigata Prefecture,
Local Architects: Souhei Imamura, Sotaro Yamamoto
Competition Team: Andrew Burns, Casey Bryant
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 120.0 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Courtesy of Andrew Burns Architect

The Future of the Building Industry: BIM-BAM-BOOM!

HOK Chief Executive Officer Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, explains why the term “” doesn’t convey the real promise of building information modeling over time. In this video, MacLeamy breaks down the mega acronym “BIM-BAM-BOOM!” and addresses the real promise of this new approach across three basic phases of a building’s life.

It all begins with BIM; the architect uses 3-D modeling to investigate options and test building performance early on in order to optimize the building’s design. The design is then handed off to the contractor who streamlines the building process with BAM (Building Assembly Modeling), which allows for a significant decrease in construction costs. Once complete, BAM is turned over the owner and becomes BOOM (building owner operator model). This allows the owner to manage the building over time and ensure optimized building performance throughout its entire life cycle.

The real promise of “BIM-BAM-BOOM!” is “better design, better construction, better operation”.

AD Round Up: Houses in Japan Part II

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It is always intriguing to watch examples of how space influences our way of living. A good example could be the way Japanese deal with small spaces when designing houses, often getting interesting results out of it. So for today’s round up we have our 2nd selection of  houses in previously featured in ArchDaily. The main image belongs to House in Saijo by Suppose Design Office. Don’t miss Shuhei Endo’s Rooftecture S or the minimal design of C1 House by Curiosity + Milligram Studio. Also check 63.02º house designed by Jo Nagasaka +  Schemata. Finally, revisit the amazing Floating Roof House by Tezuka Architects.

Square Nine Hotel / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: ,
Design Team: Adriana Aun, Adriana Zampieri, Ilza Fujimura
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthieu Salvaing

Diamond House / Abis Arquitectura

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Architects: Abis Arquitectura
Location: Sierra Dorada, Benidorm, Alicante,
Architects: Ángel Benigno González Avilés, Mª Isabel Pérez Millán
Design Team: Emilio Cortés Saura
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Toni Elvar, Vicente Martinez

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Venice Biennale 2012: Serbian Pavilion

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As a response to David Chipperfield’s “Common Ground” theme for the 2012 Venice Biennale, the authors of the Serbian Pavilion have created JEDAN:STO / 100 - an installation that brings the archetypical object of a table to its extreme meaning by stretching it to a monumental scale that allows its surface to overcome the rectangular interior of the pavilion. This “minimalistic gesture” breaks down the “common” table into a “plethora of metaphors” that initiates thinking and encourages visitors to observe what is happening around it.

Continue after the break for the an abstract by the project authors.

Video: “Chemical Brothers ‘Velodrome’ – London 2012 by Crystal”

The Chemical Brothers composed a song entitled “Velodrome”, for which Crystal has created a three minute animated sequence promotional video to match its heart-pounding rhythms. Played in the Velodrome before every session, the video inspired by ’ design, shows the venue as never before, literally pulsating with excitement.

“We’ve created sweeping contours and sleek surfaces as the backdrop for an intense, futuristic cycling ‘duel’ as two animated riders power round the track,” said Darren Groucutt, creative director at Crystal. “It truly brings the Velodrome to life.”