Pol-Aqua Company Headquarters / Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci

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Architects: Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci
Location: Warsaw,
Interior Design: Wojciech Hermanowicz, Błażej Hermanowicz, Stanisław Rewski, Piotr Chwazik
Design Team: Wojciech Hermanowicz, Błażej Hermanowicz, Stanisław Rewski, Piotr Chwazik
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci

Qlab / assemblageSTUDIO

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assemblageSTUDIO recently won the AIA unbuilt Award for their project, Qlab. A communal atmosphere of open collaboration and interaction has replaced the typical open cubicle office to create a new generation, which has energized downtown . The desire to be all consumed and surrounded by likeminded organizations with a rekindled attitude towards downtown. This spirit is captured in the project by combining a café, lounge, residential and open bay modular office spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wintergarden Façade / Studio 505

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Architects: Studio 505
Location: Brisbane QLD,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: John Gollings, Courtesy of

Vaclav Havel´s Monument / Libor Šenekel

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Designed by Libor Šenekel, Vaclav Havel´s Monument is a symbol of human determination, legacy, and that even one person can change the course of history. Vaclav Havel became unforgettable for many as a symbol of defiance and human determination, which reminds us that even one person is capable of great deeds. Just as today the monument stands against the enormous power of water, that is trying to devour it, stood Vaclav Havel and many others against the oppressive power of communism. The memorial is supposed to fascinate being watched from the waterfront, to inspire fear as well as courage being entered into the masses of water, to lure to step into the unknown. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

Farm house / k_m architektur

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Architects: k_m architektur
Location: , Germany
Architect In Charge: Daniel Sauter
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 16,431 sqm
Photographs: k_m architektur

House Playa El Golf H4 / RRMR Arquitectos

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Architects: Roberto Riofrio Navarro – Micaela Rodrigo Graña
Location: ,
Work Team: Edith Zamalloa, Anny Gutierrez, Jose Antonio Chavez, Jaime Alca, Roberto Pain
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 395.0 sqm
Photographs: Elsa Ramirez

‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ Exhibition

Nordic House / © Louisiana / Kim Hansen

The ‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ exhibition, which opened this past Thursday and is on view until October 21, is the first exhibition in a new series at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit explores the relationship of architecture to culture and identity. The series deals with architecture as a field where collective memories and narratives are reflected materially and spatially. It attempts to reveal whether certain special ‘Nordic’ features recur in architecture, and whether this involves a fundamental formal idiom that is regularly reinterpreted. Five Nordic architects - Studio Granda, Iceland, Johan Celsing, Sweden, Jarmund/Vigsnæs (JVA), Norway, Lassila Hirvilammi, Finland and Lundgaard & Tranberg, Denmark – have been invited to build a house that serves as an expression of the regional identity and experience from which the individual architect comes.

More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang,
Architect in Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan
Project Manager: Volkmar Sievers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 12,700 sqm
Photographs: Hans-Georg Esch

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXIV

Photo by kwikzilver – http://www..com/photos/matthijs_borghgraef/

Great architecture photography from our Flickr Pool. As always, 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 kwikzilver at Floriade 2012 in Netherlands. Don’t miss the other four after the break.

Birkenhead Point House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: Northshore of Auckland,
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: CCC Architects

Hotel Topazz / BWM Architects

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Architects: BWM Architects und Partner, DI Michael Manzenreiter
Location: , Austria
Façade Design: und Partner
Interior Design: DI Michael Manzenreiter
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 153 sqm
Photographs: Lenikus GmbH / Anna Blau

Seoul Floating Islands / Haeahn Architecture + H Architecture

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Architects: Haeahn Architecture + H Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Haeahn Architecture

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NY Exhibition opens tonight: SLIPSTREAM / FreelandBuck

At least since Leonardo Da Vinci’s first attempts to describe turbulence, architects have been fascinated by the dynamics of flow – perhaps seeking an escape from the solid, stable nature of buildings. Beginning in the 1990′s, architects have used digital…

Zaha Hadid designs Z Boat for American Art Dealer

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First, American art dealer Kenny Schachter commissioned Zaha Hadid to design the futuristic, three wheeled Z-Car in 2005. Now, he has asked the Pritzker Prize winning Dame to create the limited edition Z Boat – an all black, 7.5-meter-long vessel that comfortably seats eight and is powered by an 1×220 HP Mercruiser. Only 12 boats and four prototypes will by built and completed in early 2013 by the French manufacturer Shoreteam.

Continue after the break for more.

Rear House Extension, Garden Design / LBMV Architects

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Architects: LBMV ArchitectsLuigi Montefusco
Location: Wolseley Rd, Borough of Haringey, England
Architect In Charge: Luigi Montefusco
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: LBMV Architects

Busan Lotte Town Tower / SOM

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Currently under construction, SOM’s Lotte Town Tower  in , stands over its adjacent waterfront as the new gateway to East Asia. Rising 510 meters, this mixed-use tower will add 6.3 million square feet to this bustling port city. A unique setback language defines its massing that is derived from numerous influences including the compact site, complex program, and optimization of views. The tower will incorporate numerous sustainable features and an efficient concrete structural system that maximizes the efficiency of the 107 floors. More details after the break.

Do Unpaid Internships Lower the Bar?

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That’s the claim of Sam Lubell, in his Editorial “The Intern Catch-22” for The Architect’s NewspaperLubell puts it this way:

“[The unpaid internship has] become a staple of architecture. A rite of passage, despite the debt burden from an education that usually costs more than $30,000 a year. And it’s not just small struggling firms. Even top architects get their work done by interns. Never mind that offering unpaid internships excludes those not wealthy enough to go without pay, or just the fact that they are generally not legal. Not offering money lowers the bar all the way down the line. Soon unpaid positions become expected. The value of architecture is lowered even further.”

We agree that unpaid internships tread on murky ethical territory, but Lubell’s ultimate point, that they “lower the bar” for architecture, strikes us as a bit unfounded. It seems to us that it’s far more damaging (financially and psychologically) for those entering the profession than for architecture itself.

What do you think? Do you have unpaid interns at your firm? Have they “lowered the bar” of your work? Are unpaid internships a necessary evil in a post-Recession world? Or just plain wrong? Let us know in the comments below!

Story via The Architect’s Newspaper 

Residence with Sanitary Assistance / IPOSTUDIO Architects

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Architects: IPOSTUDIO Architects
Location: Torrita di Siena, Siena, Italy
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli