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Museum of Nature and Science Winning Proposal / Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture

Designed by Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture, their competition winning proposal for the Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem emphasizes the desire to create an open, absorbent, breathing building – the type of building that communicates with the environment, and not a closed structure with fences and a guard. In accordance with the sustainable planning approach, the building's external appearance is restrained and modest, on the one hand blending into the environment, and on the other hand enveloping a flexible, multifaceted, and dynamic structure. More images and architects' description after the break.

Tower of Colony Installation / Groundwork

Exhibited at the ‘Next Play: Shifting Ground’ Exhibition in Taipei, the Tower of Colony is the Hong Kong project by Groundwork, which responds to a theme of ‘Displacement’, to transform a one acre site at Huashan, a cultural district at the heart of Taipei City. The architects were interested in how migrants react on a foreign land. By building on the site, they 'colonized’ one acre of grassland from site, therefore colonizing a fragment of Taipei. Hong Kong, a colony by nature, now has its own colony. Their abstraction of the act of colonization can be observed at two scales: The Tower and The Performance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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TVZEB Zero Energy Building / Traverso Vighy

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo

New Leme Gallery / Metro Arquitetos Associados + Paulo Mendes da Rocha e João Eduardo de Gennaro

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

La Valentina Affordable Housing / David Baker + Partners

© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte
  • Architects: David Baker + Partners
  • Location: 429 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
  • Project Team: David Baker FAIA LEED AP, Peter MacKenzie AIA, Bradley Sugarman AIA LEED AP, Kevin Markarian AIA LEED AP
  • Area: 67356.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte  © Bruce Damonte  © Bruce Damonte  © Bruce Damonte

Johnnie Walker House in Beijing / Asylum + LOVE

  • Architects: LOVE
  • Interior Designers: Asylum
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Client: Diageo
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Diageo

© Diageo © Diageo © Diageo © Diageo

Santa Monica Shortlists Three Teams for Mixed-Use Development

Project Site via BING and Architects' Newspaper
Project Site via BING and Architects' Newspaper

Gehry’s chiseled, 244 foot tower is not the only mixed-use proposal currently being considered by the city of Santa Monica, as officials have selected three international teams led by prominent architects to submit proposals for a “significant” and “signature” development on a 2.5 acre site downtown. Located on Arizona Avenue between 4th and 5th streets, the parcel is currently occupied by a parking lot and two banks. Although the city did not specify a size constraint, the proposed designs will be expected to fit within the surrounding context and include an appropriate mix of of retail, office, hotel and residential space. The following teams have been asked to submit proposals in May:

Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects

© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

Last Summer, Two Trees bought the Domino Sugar Factory site in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to be developed into a new mix-use master plan. The previously proposed scheme by Rafael Viñoly Architects (seen here) consisted of four large towers along the East River water front, but the design was largely disliked by the community, and as a result Two Trees hired SHoP Architects along with James Corner Field Operations to have a go at the design. The result is a wildly different scheme, consisting of five towers with 60% more open space along the water front, 631,000 square feet of new office space (versus the previous 98,000 square feet), and over two-thousand new apartments. This marks a huge change for what could be considered as the most important waterfront real estate in Brooklyn, and potentially become the new image of Brooklyn for the whole world.

Bar Street of Quanzhou / HYHW Architects

  • Architects: HYHW Architects
  • Location: Quanzhou, Fujian, China
  • Design Team: HYHW, ECOLAND Planning and Design Corp.
  • Client: Wanda Group
  • Area: 63000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Shu He Photography

© Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography

Anatomy of a Chinese City

In cities around the globe, change happens almost instantly. Buildings rise, buildings disappear, and skylines morph before one’s eyes. There is no better example of this, of course, than China. From Ordos to Shanghai, Chinese cities are in a constant state of flux, as the Chinese people willfully abandon signs of the past and embrace the new.

Of course, it’s one thing to know this fact; it’s quite another to witness it firsthand, to experience this urgent impetus to demolish and demolish in order to build, build, build, and build. In the face of such large-scale, exponential urban development, it’s easy to feel powerless to suggest another path.

However, in publishing Anatomy of a Chinese City, that is exactly what two young architects have done. By taking the time to observe the “urban artifacts” that make a Chinese city unique, compiling over 100 drawings of everything from buildings to bicycles, Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro have preserved a piece of Chinese history that is quickly going extinct. 

In a world where, in the race for progress, quotidian realities are erased unthinkingly, Anatomy of a Chinese City is not just a resource, but a call-to-action, reminding us to slow down and observe the very human context that surrounds us.

Read more about Anatomy of a Chinese City, after the break...

AD Round Up: Aires Mateus

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British Architects Seek Infrastructure Opportunities in Brazil

Led by UK housing minister Mark Prisk, architects from five high-profile British practices - Haworth Tompkins, Foster & Partners, Amanda Levete Architects, Avanti Architects and de Matos Ryan - have embarked on a week-long visit to Brazil in search of major infrastructure opportunities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. The trip is part of the UKBrasil Season, a six-month series of dynamic and engaging projects designed to showcase the best of British business, culture, science and innovation in Brazil and become the largest post-Olympic legacy project in the world.

Mark Prisk stated: “Brazilian companies in these cities are actively looking for fast-track construction systems, innovative building materials and low carbon solutions to meet current and future demand, not only in preparation for hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games but also to compete in the country’s many major infrastructure projects.

More after the break...

Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building / Rafael Viñoly Architects

  • Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Location: 505 Parnassus Avenue, University of California San Francisco Medical Center : Dentistry, San Francisco, CA 94131, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Rafael Viñoly
  • Electrical Engineer : Cupertino Electric, Inc
  • Landscape Architect : Carducci & Associates, Inc
  • Civil Engineer: Sandis
 Cahd Browning
  • Structural Engineer (Design): Nabih Youssef Associates Michael Gemmill
  • Structural Engineer (Of Record): Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc
  • Area: 6364.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

Little Emergency Music School in Palaiseau / ARCHICLUB

  • Architects: ARCHICLUB
  • Location: South Paris, France
  • Architect In Charge: Fabien Duchene + Vasily Mels
  • Consultants Fluids / Environnement : IDEEL environnement
  • Consultants Structure: ID+ engineering
  • Consultants Acoustics: DOT acoustics
  • Area: 256.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Guillaume Lelasseux

© Guillaume Lelasseux © Guillaume Lelasseux © Guillaume Lelasseux © Guillaume Lelasseux

Slant Competition 2013: 'Evoking Memories'

Slant is inviting contestants to participate in this year's competition, themed 'Evoking Memories'which calls for a design for a show garden which, if selected will become part of SlantFest, their new on-line garden festival for summer 2013. Open to any global location of your choice, you may choose to represent a memory of a place or event, childhood memories, or opt to commemorate or to celebrate a person or persons, even a nation. It’s up to you to decide, and your inspiration could be either well known, or perhaps just personal to you. The deadline for submissions is May 20. For  more information, please visit here.