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Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Nakamura Nobuhiro, Qin Yi, Shigeno Yuji, Wang Wenping, He Zengcai
  • Architecture Design

    A-ASTERISK
  • Area

    200413.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange” / Mabire Reich

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange”  / Mabire Reich, © Sylvain Bonniol
© Sylvain Bonniol

© Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol +32

Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium , Courtesy of Rene van Dongen
Courtesy of Rene van Dongen

Amsterdam-based design firm Kolenik Eco Chic Design have released designs of their unique Ocean Kitchen, a transformative new take on residential space. The contemporary minimalist kitchen offers a moment of serenity to the viewer through the inclusion of a vast aquarium beneath the island's countertop. Positioned as the architectural centerpiece of the space, the island in Ocean Kitchen gracefully animates the surrounding kitchen.

Immerse yourself in photos of Ocean Kitchen after the break.

Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten, © Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

© Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz +22

Japanese Artist Hand-Crafts Intricate Three Dimensional Paperscapes

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
© Katsumi Hayakawa
© Katsumi Hayakawa

Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa's "Paperworks" exhibition explores the impression of architectural density through delicate three-dimensional installations. The intricate sculptures were all hand-crafted piece by piece out of paper and glue, creating an awe-inspiring assemblage of multi-layered urban conditions at different scales. For more information and images, keep reading after the break. 

© Katsumi Hayakawa © Katsumi Hayakawa © Katsumi Hayakawa © Katsumi Hayakawa +36

Self Build Association and Grand Designs Live Launches Open Ideas Competition

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Self Build Association and Grand Designs Live Launches Open Ideas Competition, Courtesy of National Custom and Self Build Association
Courtesy of National Custom and Self Build Association

Is it possible to build low cost homes in the city that are both sustainable and easy on the eyes? Self Build on a Shoestring in the City, organized by the National Custom & Self Build Association and Grand Designs Live, is an ideas competition in its second year that seeks to answer this question by showcasing innovative designs for a group self build project in an urban location. More details after the break.

NBBJ Creates High Tech Shading System for Buildings

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
NBBJ Creates High Tech Shading System for Buildings , © NBBJ
© NBBJ

International architecture firm NBBJ has created Sunbreak, a new prototype for user-controlled sunshades that will not only lower energy costs, but also give buildings a dynamic appearance throughout the day.

Technology currently exists for automatically regulating solar gains in buildings, but the downside to these systems is that they often lack manual controls, and one of the most common complaints heard from workers in modern office buildings is that they do not have enough control over their environment. Automatic sunshades go up or down based on the time of day but if it happens to be cloudy outside or if users want natural light in a room when the shades are down there may be nothing they can do.

Intersybarite Gourmet Store / Arquitectura Sistémica

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Intersybarite Gourmet Store / Arquitectura Sistémica, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo Courtesy of Arquitectura Sistémica © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mariano Escobedo, Polanco, Mexico City, 11550 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Samantha Mendoza, Juan Garay, Antonio Peña
  • Area

    35.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Rafael Gamo, Courtesy of Arquitectura Sistémica

Orandajima House Community Centre / Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Orandajima House Community Centre / Martin van der Linden +  Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita, © Josh Lieberman
© Josh Lieberman

© Josh Lieberman © Josh Lieberman © Josh Lieberman Courtesy of Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita +22

Thomas Phifer and Partners Wins Competition to Design Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
Thomas Phifer and Partners Wins Competition to Design Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, View inside the Forum. Image © Thomas Phifer and Partners
View inside the Forum. Image © Thomas Phifer and Partners

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw has announced that Thomas Phifer and Partners will be designing their new gallery space, after winning a competition against eleven other selected practices. The new museum, the largest cultural project in recent Polish history, will also house the TR Warsawa Theatre. The proposal consists of two separate buildings housing the theater and museum, joined by a common forum that will serve both as entrance and public multi-use space.

Frank Gehry's "Haute Couture" Art Gallery for the Fondation Louis Vuitton

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
Frank Gehry's "Haute Couture" Art Gallery for the Fondation Louis Vuitton, The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr
The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr

Because of - rather than in spite of - Frank Gehry's seeming inability to design something rectilinear, CEO of Louis Vuitton Bernard Arnault specifically sought him out to design the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a private art gallery in Paris. Arnault asked Gehry to create something worthy of the foundation's first artistic act; "a haute couture building." The resulting glass palace is immediately recognizable as a Frank Gehry design, with a form that conjures images of sailboats and fish. In this article for Vanity Fair, Critic Paul Goldberger considers the building within the prestigious history of Paris museums, and within Gehry's larger body of work. Click here to read the story.

C-Q Project / JSª

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
C-Q Project / JSª, © Sandra Pereznieto
© Sandra Pereznieto

© Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miraflores, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Javier Sánchez, Irvine Torres
  • Design Team

    Francisco de la Concha, Carlos Chauca, Oscar Pita
  • Project Area

    3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Leça do Balio School / aNC arquitectos

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Leça do Balio School / aNC arquitectos, © Daniel Malhão
© Daniel Malhão

© Jorge Carvalho © Jorge Carvalho © Daniel Malhão © Daniel Malhão +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Dom Frei Manuel de Almeida de Vasconcelos, 4465, Portugal
  • Partner In Charge

    Teresa Novais
  • Project Leader

    Luísa Meneses
  • Design Team

    João Pedro Fernandes, Pedro Loureiro, Ana Bacelar
  • Area

    2736.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Zaha Hadid to Receive Honoray Degree from Goldsmiths College

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Zaha Hadid to Receive Honoray Degree from Goldsmiths College, © Simone Cecchetti
© Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid will be awarded an honorary degree and fellowship from Goldsmiths College, at the University of London, during the college’s graduation ceremony in September. Hadid was chosen because of her “inventive approach, and eagerness to challenge conventions which have pushed the boundaries of architecture and urban design," Architects’ Journal (AJ) reported.

Olafur Eliasson Creates an Indoor Riverbed at Danish Museum

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Olafur Eliasson Creates an Indoor Riverbed at Danish Museum, © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
© Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Blurring the boundaries between the Natural world and the Manmade in one wide, sweeping gesture, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's first solo exhibit, aptly titled Riverbed, brings the Outdoors in.

Recreating an enormous, ruggedly enchanting landscape, complete with riverbed and rocky earth, the artist draws heavily from site-specific inspiration. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's location on the Danish coast lends a raw, elemental and powerful character that extends into the building as a major intervention, transforming into a work of art.

© Louisiana Museum of Modern Art © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art +9

Guatemala Beach House / Christian Ochaita + Roberto Gálvez

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Guatemala Beach House  / Christian Ochaita  + Roberto Gálvez, © Víctor Martínez
© Víctor Martínez

© Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez +33

Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +22

Prisoners Designing Prisons: Restorative Justice in Action

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Prisoners Designing Prisons: Restorative Justice in Action, Courtesy of CLOG
Courtesy of CLOG

The design of prisons is a controversial topic for architects, but Deanna VanBuren takes a novel approach to the subject. Designing for a judicial system that advocates “restorative justice,” VanBuren works with felons, victims, and other architects to create spaces where everyone can undergo a healing process following a crime. In a recent profile, the L.A. Times documents one of her design workshops with prisoners, demonstrating how this form of outreach can change the lives of those inside. Read the full story here. Also, be sure to check out our interview with Deanna VanBuren here!