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Foster + Partners to Submit Thames Hub Airport Proposal to Airport Commission

Foster + Partners have confirmed that they will submit their proposal for a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary to the Airports Commission, an organisation investigating airport capacity in the UK, by mid-July. The submission will be an important step towards getting government approval of the plan. 

Design Excellence of US Embassies: Openness and Security

"The works of our artists, architects, and preservationists provide us with another language of diplomacy. A transcendent language that allows us to convey values that are at once uniquely American yet speak to all of humanity.  Increasingly in this world, art and architecture help us maintain our sense of openness and liberation." -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, April 12, 2010 

An embassy is much more than a building or a work of architecture; it functions as a symbolic representation of countries' relationships to one another.  It represents the universal language of diplomacy - "communicating values and ideals, extending well beyond any moment in time".  An embassy has the difficult task of representing two diametrically opposed concepts: security and openness.  The former typically overpowers the latter in importance, which is most probably why when we think of foreign embassies, it conjures up images of stately monolithic buildings surrounded by tall fences and menacing guards or "bunkers, bland cubes, lifeless compounds", according to Tanya Ballard Brown of NPR's All Things Considered.  

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Diamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects

  • Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects
  • Location: Sano, Tochigi, Japan
  • Area: 145.08 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Shift Top House / Meridian 105 Architecture

  • Architects: Meridian 105 Architecture
  • Location: Lower Highlands, Denver, Colorado, usa
  • Architect In Charge: Chad Mitchell
  • Structural Engineering: Structural Design Collaborative
  • Interior Design: Maureen Conway
  • General Contractor: Caliber Construction
  • Area: 3300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Raul J. Garcia

© Raul J. Garcia © Raul J. Garcia © Raul J. Garcia © Raul J. Garcia

New Accommodation Facility for Alzheimer's / Philippon-Kalt

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Grégoire Kalt © Luc Boegly

Queens Museum of Art Expansion / Grimshaw Architects

Originally constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair, the resilient structure of New York’s Queens Museum of Art has been undergoing its fourth and most ambitious renovation since April 2011. This $68 million renovation, designed by Grimshaw Architects, will double the institution’s size, expanding the museum to a total of 105,000 square feet upon its completion in October 2013. 

World's First Algae Bioreactor Facade Nears Completion

BIQ - the world's first algae powered building - is set to be completed in Germany later this month. Built for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, this zero-carbon apartment complex will sport a bright green facade-cum-algae farm, while its interior proposes a radical new theory on how we will live in the near future.

More about BIQ after the break...

Town Hall Sports Center Winning Proposal / Atelier 8000

The first prize winning design of the town hall sports center of Ceske Budejovice by Atelier 8000 is based on the existing town planning concept which dates back to the past and which has been proven by time. The project will offer premises for a variable range of activities, both for nearby schools and for sports concentrated in other sports centers in the proximity. The center is – and will be even more so in the future – a significant entrance “gate” for visitors to the town´s historical center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Beyond New York: Organic vs Geometrical Context Lecture

Coming up this Friday, March 8th, at the Center for Architecture in New York, the 'Beyond New York: Organic vs Geometrical Context' lecture is part of the Architecture Dialogue Committee’s on-going series to introduce the next generation of architects not practicing in New York City. For this event, they have invited Spela Videcnik from OFIS arhitekti of Ljubljana, Slovenia to share insights about architectural and urban design from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Videcnik will present OFIS’s design approach through their most recently built projects, such as the Basket Apartments (Paris) and The Cultural Centre for Space Technologies (Slovenia), and how these different geometries inform their current work. For more information, please visit here

Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica

Developers M. David Paul Associates and the Worthe Real Estate Group have commissioned Frank Gehry to design a mixed-use hotel and residential tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, California. The 22-story “Ocean Avenue Project” aims to stimulate the coastal city’s economy with street-level restaurant and retail space below a 125-room hotel and 22-unit condominium tower topped with a rooftop observation deck. As for accommodating the car-centric lifestyle of the West Coast, resident and visitor parking will be available in a three-story subterranean garage beneath the tower. In addition, the developers plan to integrate a 36,000 square foot museum campus that will add a cultural perk to the development just North of its two-acre site. 

Although this project looks promising, the 244-foot, Gehry-esque tower is currently pending approval from the City. A vote by the end of March will decide its fate.

More images of the “Ocean Avenue Project” after the break...

Banco Popular Headquartes / Arquitectos Ayala

  • Architects: Gerardo Ayala Hernández, Mateo Ayala Calvo, Marcos Ayala Calvo
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Area: 52000.0 sqm
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Lluís Casals

© Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals

Blaffer Museum / WORKac

  • Architects: WORKac
  • Location: 3401 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, TX 77004, USA
  • Architect In Charge: WORKac
  • Local Architects: Gensler
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

LW House / Komada Architects' Office

  • Architects: Komada Architects' Office
  • Location: Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
  • Consultant: Yamabe Structural Office
  • Area: 107.97 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Takeshi Komada

© Takeshi Komada © Takeshi Komada © Takeshi Komada © Takeshi Komada

2013 Mellon Lecture

Taking place this Thursday, March 7th, at 6:00pm, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) will present the first 2013 Mellon Lecture, a free event, featuring Japanese architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, founding partner of Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo with Momoyo Kaijima. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will present his concept of Architectural Behavior, which investigates the physical responses to natural elements such as light, air, heat, wind, water, human behavior related to custom, and the way in which buildings relate to the city and their surroundings. For more information, please visit here.

AD Interviews: Andrew Hessel

Architecture is bigger than itself. 

Jamberoo Farm House / Casey Brown Architecture

  • Architects: Casey Brown Architecture
  • Location: Sydney
  • Design Architect: Rob Brown
  • Project Architect: Antje Mahler
  • Builder: Bellevarde Constructions
  • Foreman: Steven O’Ryan
  • Structural Consultant: Ken Murtagh
  • Area: 413.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

© Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall