D-Cube City / Jerde

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Architect: Jerde
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Area: 320,000 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Kawano

Competition: Designing Action Nashville

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In response to being currently ranked as the fourth most obese state in the U.S., the Nashville Civic Design Center has launched Designing Action in an attempt to pursue alternative ideas that will promote active lifestyles and help transform into a healthier city. Designing Action seeks to re-imagine a 75 acre industrial site along Downtown Nashville’s Cumberland River and envision ways in which infrastructure can promote active lifestyles and increase quality of life for all of Nashville’s citizens.

The registration deadline is set for July 27th, 2012. Continue reading for more information.

Photographers Gallery / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

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Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Location: ,
Completion: 2012
Area: 225 sqm
Photographs: Dennis Gilbert


The Menil Collection selects Johnston Marklee for Expansion

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In the spirit of the museum’s 25th anniversary, Director Josef Helfenstein has announced Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee as the architects for the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) – the Menil Collection’s first major expansion initiated under the ambitious master plan designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Once completed, MDI will be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, and one of the most advanced in the world. was selected over David Chipperfield Architects, SANAA and Tatiana Bilbao.

“Johnston Marklee has proposed an approach that sensitively and ingeniously addresses the challenges of accommodating the vital yet inherently delicate medium of drawing,” Josef Helfenstein stated, as reported by Your News. “The firm understands on the deepest level the distinctive role that MDI will play as a focal point for the entire campus, giving us an approach that will serve this important collection and elevate the future experience of the Menil as a whole.”

Continue reading for more.

VIDEO: So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright

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Quite possibly the most well-loved architect of our time, Frank Lloyd Wright was known for his “organic” architecture that harmonized with its surroundings (See the AD Classic: Fallingwater House). He would have turned 145 today.

So it seems fitting that the masters of harmony themselves, Simon and Garfunkel, eulogized the eternal Wright in song. In their words:

Architects may come and 
Architects may go and 
Never change your point of view. 
When I run dry 
I stop awhile and think of you 

So long,  
All of the nights we’d harmonize till dawn. 
I never laughed so long 
So long 
So long.

So long, Frank.


Lyon Confluence / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associes

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Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés 
Location: , France
Developer: SEM Lyon Confluence
Completion: 2012
Surfaces: Hotel: 8,300 sqm – Leisure Center: 64,580 sqm (with Multiplex UGC) – Multiplex UGC: 10,000 sqm
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura


Happy 145th Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright

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In 1991, the American Institute of Architects called him, quite simply,“the greatest American architect of all time.”

Frank Lloyd Wright, born today, June 8th, 1867, would have turned 145 years old today. Despite the years, Wright’s relevance hasn’t diminished.

Perhaps best known for his Fallingwater House and New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum (see our original doodle below), Wright was a prolific architect, interior designer, and writer who spent his life advocating an “organic” architecture at harmony with its surroundings.

On the occasion of Wright’s birth, we invite you to look back on his truly impressive oeuvre. And what better place to start, than his classics:

Block H of the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) shared with us their design proposal for Block H of the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) in . The goal of YIBD is to create a new symbol for the 21st Century city; a new urban center that will include international business, living, entertainment, and shopping. Scheduled for completion in 2016, Block H consists of a luxury 5-Star hotel and high-end serviced residential building containing 167,225 square meters of space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Trunk House / Paul Morgan Architects

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Architects: Paul Morgan Architects
Location: , Victoria,
Project Team: Paul Morgan, Andrej Vodstrcil, Jennifer Wood, Monica Shanley, Ying-lan Dann, William Golding, Melissa Thong, Jo Scicluna
Project Area: 85 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

CEBRA wins Day Care Center

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Our friends from CEBRA will team with Tækker and Grassat to design the Prinsesse Charlottes Gade 42 day care and after-school center in Copenhagen.   The project will convert two existing preservation-worthy buildings from 1875 into a day care center complete with outdoor areas for approximately 225 children. CEBRA has a strong portfolio of educational design  - some of our favorites include the  Youth Recreation & Culture Center designed with Dorte Mandrup; Design KindergartenEgmont High School and the Kristiansand Cathedral School Gimle - so we are looking forward to what this design process will bring about.   As the project unfolds, we will keep you informed with the latest.



Pool and Spa in Mallorca / A2arquitectos

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Architects: A2arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Project Team: Juan Manzanares  Suárez, Cristian Santandreu Utermark
Project Area: 690 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Client: Hotel Castell dels Hams
Photographs: Laura Torres Roa, Antonio Benito Amengual

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‘Water City’ Proposal / Shma

As a part of the exhibition “Water Brick” held by the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA) in The Architect’12 Expo this last April, Shma… shared with us their Water City proposal. Their visionary project focused on a response to the

H1 House / Santiago F. Carnerero

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Architects: Santiago F. Carnerero
Location: Carbajal de la Legua, León, Spain
Project Area: 1,314 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Santiago Carnerero

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“Re•architecture – RE•cycle, RE•use, RE•invest, RE•build” Exhibition

Focusing on Paris and its diversity, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the center for information and exhibition for urban planning and architecture, has invited fifteen European agencies that question the way that modern-day cities are built to participate in this exhibition.…

Loft Bauhaus / Ana Paula Barros

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Architects: Ana Paula Barros
Location: Brasília, DF, Brasil
Design Team: Rafael Papi, Beatriz San Salvador
Project Area: 160 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Edgard Cézar

Kindergarden, Primary and Secondary School “Les Vinyes” / MMDM Arquitectes S.C.P.

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Architects: MMDM Arquitectes S.C.P.
Location: , Barcelona, Spain
Project Architect: Frans Masana Castanys – Joan Dalmases Martí
Design Team: Bernúz – Fernández  Arquitectes S.L.
Project Area: 10,372 sqm
Photographs: Eugeni Pons

Haraldsplass Hospital / C. F. Møller Architects

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The winning proposal by C. F. Møller Architects for a new 10,000 m2 ward building for Haraldsplass Hospital in Bergen, has been described by the jury as, “a whole new kind of hospital”. Gone are the traditional hospital corridors, to be replaced by open common areas and efficient logistics. The new building will lie at the foot of the Ulriken mountain, with the river Møllendalselven in front. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Earth Bricks / Atelier Tekuto

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Architect: Atelier Tekuto
Location: ,
Site Area: 184.62 sqm
Completion: 2011
Structural Engineer: Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: EOS plus Co,. Ltd
Lighting Design: Visual Technologies
Experiment Supervision: University of Tokyo, Waseda University
Construction: Atelier Tekuto, Ogawa Kyoritsu Construction
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima