The Pool Shophouse / FARM

© Jeremy San

Architects: FARM
Location: Geylang,
Design Team: Kurjanto Slamet, Tiah Nan Chyuan, Lee Hui Lian
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeremy San

Ballyroan Parish Centre / Box Architecture

© Paul Tierney

Architects: Box Architecture
Location: , Dublin, Ireland
Principal Designer: Gary Mongey
Design Team: Gary Mongey, Ashlene Ross, Terry Murphy
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 450 sqm
Photographs: Paul Tierney

Design unveiled for St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in D.C.

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray has announced Davis Brody Bond, KADCON and Robert Silman Associates as the winning team to design the new St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion on the St. Elizabeths Hospital east campus in Washington D.C. Designed by Davis Brody Bond, the $5 million Gateway Pavilion will transform an existing “weedy, fenced-in plaza fronting Martin Luther King Avenue SE in Congress Heights” into a sustainable, multi-purpose structure that will provide “a venue for casual dining, a farmers’ market and other weekend and after-hours community, cultural and arts events”.

Continue after the break to learn more.

The Cabin / H2o architects

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Architects: H2o architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 55 sqm
Photographs: Julien Attard

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXXI

Photo by Я. Garcia – http://www..com/photos/nelbu23/

We are near to the 95, ooo photos in our  Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Я. Garcia in Avilés, Spain. Check the other four after the break.

Google Releases Never-Before-Seen Images of Its Data Centers

“A rare look behind the server aisle. Here hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the server racks into a cooling unit to be recirculated. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of Google’s servers.” Photo © Google/ Connie Zhou

If you’ve never heard of a Data Center before, there’s a reason. Despite the fact that data centers are “Giant, whirring, power-guzzling behemoths of data storage – made of cables, servers, routers, tubes, coolers, and wires,” they’re often hidden far away, where their energy-guzzling is more efficient (and way less less obvious).

Indeed, largely because of their gargantuan energy requirements and high-tech secrets, Data Centers have been shrouded in mystery since their beginnings. This is particularly true in Google’s case. When Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, visited Google’s Data Center in The Dalles, Oregon, he said it was like “ a prison,” and couldn’t even get past the cafeteria. Nary a peek has been seen of a Google Data Center.

Until now, that is. Google just launched a new website, Where the Internet Lives, which features never-before-seen images of eight of Google’s 9 data centers, the places the “physical internet” calls home.

Check out the images of these never-before-seen Data Centers, after the break…

UPDATE: Oscar Niemeyer Hospitalized

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Oscar Niemeyer, the renowned Brazilian architect, has been admitted to the Samaritan’s Hospital of Rio de Janeiro.

Niemeyer, who will turn 105 this December, was admitted to the same hospital for about 2 weeks in May after suffering from pneumonia.

According to The Huffington Post, Niemeyer’s doctor, Fernando Gjorup, has said that the architect is “fine” and in stable condition, although “a bit dehydrated. He entered the hospital complaining of nausea, but little else.”

Story via LaInformación.com and The Huffington Post

Psychiko House / Divercity Architects

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Architects: Divercity Architects
Location: Athens,
Project Architect: Nikolas Travasaros
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Erieta Attali

Guangzhou International Finance Centre wins 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

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Now in it’s sixth year, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) 2012 Lubetkin Prize has been awarded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for their Guangzhou International Finance Centre in . This annual award is presented to the “best new building outside the European Union”.

RIBA President and judge, Angela Brady commented: “With exceptional vision and skill, Wilkinson Eyre Architects have given their clients and the city of Guangzhou an outstanding new 103 storey landmark. The tower’s diamond shaped structure, exposed throughout the offices, atrium and hotel, looks simple but is the hugely complex key to the success of this building. It not only allows the dramatic tapering atrium and raked floors but brings environmental benefits by using 20% less steel than similar buildings. Guangzhou International Finance Centre is a worthy winner of this important prize.”

E House / D.I.G Architects

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Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Design: Akinori Yoshimura+Maki Yoshimura/D.I.G Architects
Photographs: Courtesy of D.I.G Architects

AD College Guide: Centre for Architecture and Human Rights / King Mongkut’s University of Technology

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Intervention in Human Rights has, until now, had very few models in the architecture profession. There are the non-profit organizations and NGO’s. They often focus on structures and spaces that have been decimated by natural disasters or military conflict. Then there is the Forensic Architecture approach which seeks to document exactly what people have undergone in those circumstances. Most architecture activists, however, fall into the first category, focusing on building or re-building.

While these models are very useful, they contain some inherent problems. One is that many of these organizations have predetermined agendas that dictate their intervention. Part of this is driven by the funding cycle: donors are not always inspired by the thought of funding a pig , but the idea of a new school designed by a famous architect makes an attractive selling point for new and continuing donors. Too often, however, that results in projects that are disconnected from the actual needs of local populations. Unneeded buildings are a waste of resources, time, money, and labor.

Continue reading the school profile after the break

Brutalist architect Ulrich Franzen dies at 91

Brutalist architect Ulrich Franzen dies at 91

German-born, New York-based architect Ulrich Franzen… (1921-2012) was one of the most creative American architects in the second half of the twentieth century. As reported by the New York Times, Franzen died in his Sante Fe, New Mexico, home on

South Place Hotel / Allies and Morrison

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Architects: Allies and Morrison
Location: , UK
Interior Design: Conran + Partners
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Guy Montagu-Pollack

Video: 24 Hours in Moscow


Widely accepted as one of the most beautiful and architectural capitals in the world, Moscow is the heart of Mother , radiating Slavic grandeur and a sense of things to come. Here, TV presenter Martyn Andrews takes Crane.tv on a tour of the Red Square, which houses everything from St Basil’s Cathedral to Lenin’s Mausoleum.

UPDATE: World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built…In 210 Days

Chinese construction company has announced ambitious plans to construct the world’s tallest in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)

When we brought you this story back in June, the title read “World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built….in 90 Days! ” 

Well, as any architect knows, first estimates are never accurate. Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), the design firm behind Sky City, soon to be the world’s tallest skyscraper, has professed that the building will now be built at the positively glacial pace of 210 days (7 months instead of 3).

As we explained last time, Sky City will shoot up to its 838-meter (2,750-ft/220-story) height thanks to its pre-fabricated assembly (up to 95% of the materials will be assembled in modular form before on-site construction even begins). BSB also claims that it will be sustainable and earthquake proof.  

According to a fascinating Wired interview with BSB’s founder and Chairman, Zhang Yue (check it out), the foundation is scheduled to be laid in November and should be complete by March 2013. 

Read on after the break for more of Sky City’s impressive record-breaking stats and sustainability chops…

Tianjin Grand Theater / gmp Architekten

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Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Tianjin,
Project Leaders: David Schenke, Xu Shan
Design Team: Tobias Keyl, Matthias Grünewald, Martin Gänsicke, Susan Schwarz, Verena Fischbach, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme, Duc Nguyen, Di Wu, Fang Xie
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Christian Gahl

MAS Summit 2012

The Municipal Art Society of is preparing for their third annual Summit which will feature nearly 100 talks pertaining to  architecture and urbanism.  Beginning October 18th, the two day event at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall will bring together elected officials, designers and innovators to share their thoughts on how can maintain its global-leadership position while remaining a livable environment for all its inhabitants.

More after the break. 

Social 01 / VMX Architects + i29 l interior architects

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Architects: VMX Architects + i29 l interior architects
Location: Delft,
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman, Courtesy of