La Baronia House / Nicolás del Rio + Max Núñez

© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: + Max Núñez
Location: Quintero, Valparaíso Region,
Architect In Charge: Nicolás del Rio, Max Núñez
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 150 sqm
Photographs: Erieta Attali, Felipe Camus, Sergio Pirrone

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UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Saucier + Perrotte architectes & HCMA

© Marc Cramer

Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes + HCMA
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Architect: Bill Uhrich () / Craig Lane ()
Architectural Concept And Design: Gilles Saucier (S+P)
Managing Principals: André Perrotte (S+P), Roger Hughes (HCMA)
Design Coordinator: David Moreaux (S+P)
Year: 2012
Area: 27,311 sqm
Photographs: Marc Cramer

S House / Alroy Hazak Architects

© Oded Smadar

Architects: Alroy Hazak Architects
Location: Haifa,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Oded Smadar

MFA Valthermond / KAW Architecten

© Jeroen Musch

Architects: KAW architecten en adviseurs
Location: Vrijheidslaan, , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Sjoerd Betten
Design Team: Katja Heid, Mark Oostmeijer, Beatrice Montesano
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Marne-la-Vallée Library / Beckmann-N’Thépé Architects

© Olivier Amsellem

Architects: Beckmann-N’Thépé Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Hélène Méhats
Design Team: Fabio Cummaudo, Wilfried Daufy, Anne-Catherine Dufros, Marc Durand, Nicolas Gaudard, Thamila Hamiti, David Malaval, David Tajchman, Frédéric Taupin
Assistant Architects: Amélie Authier, Maïté Dupont, Li Fang, Linna Lay, Laetitia Pignol
Year: 2012
Area: 8,670 sqm
Client: Marne-la-Vallée University
Photographs: Olivier Amsellem

Foster + Partners re-imagines New York’s Iconic Grand Central Station

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Only weeks after revealing their designs for 425 Park Ave., soon to be ’s latest “Iconic” Building, Foster + Partners have now taken a stab at one of New York’s oldest iconic buildings: Grand Central Station.

Yesterday, at the MAS 2012 Summit, Norman Foster was one of three architects to present his re-imaginings of the station, which turns 100 this February. Unfortunately, it hasn’t borne its age well. Designed to support 75,000 people a day, Grand Central, one of the world’s busiest transport hubs, routinely handles about ten times that much (and even a million on peak days). With the upcoming LIRR East Side Access and plans to re-zone the area, now is the time to re think this building’s future.

Foster + Partners has developed tremendous expertise in transit programs, having designed some of the world’s largest airports, viaducts, subway stations – even a spaceport (perhaps there’s no better example of their facility for tackling enormous infrastructure challenges than their proposal for the Thames Hub). That expertise shows in their vision for Grand Central, which eases accessibility and mobility by widening concourses, improving entrances, enlarging public spaces, and reconfiguring streets in favor of pedestrian traffic – bringing, in their words, “clarity back to Grand Central Terminal.”

More about this project from Foster + Partners after the break:

Between Books and Trees / JAJA

Our friends from JAJA shared their latest proposal, which was awarded third prize, for a new public library in Daegu, .  Pushing the boundary of the notion that a library must be a contained, quiet and nearly isolated space, JAJA’s proposal treats the library as massive public zone for the fostering of communal creativity, and dissolves the separation between inside and nature.   JAJA, typically noted for their form making abilities, have opted for a minimialistic formal language of the architecture, so that the streamlined library can capture the textures of the existing trees and the books within to create a cohesive experience that celebrates both.
More, including images, drawings and model photos, after the break.

House in Belas / CHP Arquitectos

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Architects: CHP Arquitectos
Location: 2715-311 Belas,
Collaborator: Carolina Queimado
Year: 2012
Area: 350.0 m2
Photographs: Francisco Nogueira

Courtesy of KiR Biuro Projektowe + group of independent architects
Courtesy of KiR Biuro Projektowe + group of independent architects

Three Metro Stations of the Second Metro Line Competition Winning Proposal / KiR Biuro Projektowe + group of independent architects

The competition winning proposal for the three metro stations of the second metro line at Wola district in Warsaw focuses on showing a clear connection between designed stations and the context of the surroundings. Designed by  a collaboration between KiR …

Whale House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ladan Niknam, Lailee Soleimani
Project Manager: Amin Sheivari
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

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Sport Facilities De Warande in Wetteren / Venhoeven CS in collaboration with BURO II & ARCHI+I

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Architects: Venhoeven CS in collaboration with BURO II & ARCHI+I
Location: Wetteren,
Designing Architect: VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism
Team: Ton Venhoeven, Bas Römgens, Katharina Hagg, Maarten Bax, Servy Bruls, Ornella Lazzari, Sylvain Wintz
Project Director: Arch. Geert Blervacq
Project Architect: Arch. Vincent Baudry, Arch. Thomas Dierickx
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 4,411 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

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© Sina Maleki
© Sina Maleki

‘Khor I’ Theatre Pavilion / TAAT

Designed by TAAT… (Theatre as Architecture, Architecture as Theatre) and exhibited at the World Horticultural Expo 2012, Khor I is a specific challenge to perform a play without any guidance or introduction. The dramatic situation is simply available and can

425 Park Ave Competition Finalists Announced

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L&L Holding just unveiled an exhibit of conceptual designs created by the four finalists in its recently-concluded international architecture competition to design a new 425 Park Avenue tower in Manhattan’s prestigious Plaza District. The exhibit is running as part of the Municipal Art Society’s 2012 MAS Summit for City being held at Jazz at Lincoln Center on until today, October 19.

The two-day exhibit includes brief narratives and a host of visuals that were included as part of each finalist’s submissions, which were first presented to L&L Holding in July. The submissions on display are from the following international firms, each led by a Pritzker Prize-winning architect: competition winner Foster + Partners (Lord Norman Foster), Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners (Lord Richard Rogers), OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and Zaha Hadid Architects. More images and information on the finalists’ proposals after the break.

Camp Prairie Schooner / el dorado

© Mike Sinclair

Architects: el dorado
Location: , , United States
Principal In Charge: Douglas Stockman, AIA
Project Manager: Sean Slattery, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Julia Tower / Pau Vidal + Sergi Pons + Ricard Galiana

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Sergi Pons Architecte + Paul Vidal + Ricard Galiana
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

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Courtesy of Eduardo Lopez
Courtesy of Eduardo Lopez

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Eduardo Lopez

The Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry by Eduardo Lopez… arises from two considerations; in the first place, understanding the importance of the facade as a foreground and background to the library site and secondly, taking up the radical change

Courtesy of AIA Dallas
Courtesy of AIA Dallas

KRoB 2012: The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

Named in tribute to Ken Roberts, a Dallas-based architect, the annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition has grown from an event that recognized hand-drawn renderings of local area architects to a competition that encompasses architectural delineation made in a variety…

ZCB Zero Carbon Building / Ronald Lu and Partners

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Architects: Ronald Lu and Partners
Location: , Hong Kong
Year: 2012
Area: 3,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Ronald Lu and Partners