Reconstruction of an Old Rural Mansion / Josep Lluís Mateo

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Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: , Catalonia,
Collaborators: Dot Arquitectes - Bet Capdeferro, Ramón Bosch
Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Critics: Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Bubble” Should Be Burst

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s ‘Bubble’ project (featured here) has recently come under fire by critics for its “ballooning” cost. Meant to be a seasonally inflated, temporary structure at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC., the Bubble’s original price-tag ($5 million) has now inflated to $15.5 million. The federally-funded price tag would be less relevant if the project were universally accepted, but many feel that the “Bubble” represents a misguided attempt to get into the spectacle game.

More information after the break. 

House H / mattch

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Architects: mattch
Location: Tenpaku-ku ,Aichi-Ken,  Japan
Area: 115.95 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: nacasa&partners

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Courtesy of Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

Swiss Embassy Competition Entry / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

Located in the Seodaemu-gu district of Seoul, the Swiss Embassy proposal by Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects… stands as a pavilion sitting on four mushroom columns. Reaching the maximum authorized height, the project becomes part of the makeover that the neighborhood

City Protocol to Set Standards for Smart Cities

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Similar to what did for buildings, City Protocol promises to do for cities. The first certification system for smart cities, due to come out in April 2013,  is being developed with the guidance of over 30 organizations. It will provide a framework for designing sustainable systems in a model that integrates the vast number of elements that contribute to urban development. This global thinking expands upon the goals of the LEED certification system, which provides a more isolated, building specific agenda for architects.

More about the City Protocal Certification Program after the break.

Stealth Barn / Carl Turner Architects

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Architects: Carl Turner Architects
Location: , England
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tim Crocker

The Silver Café / Arca Architects

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Award-winning architectural firm Arca Architects is based in central Manchester, England, and headed by architect John Lee. Arca’s Silver Café on the Morecambe Bay in England transformed the face of a quiet seaside town with a space that is both visually appealing and tactilely exciting.

The Silver Café won the 2009 Small Scale Commercial Award from the Manchester Society of Architects (MSA), and it was a finalist for two coveted Young Architect of the Year Awards in 2000.

Sponsored by Nemetschek , Inc.

Secondary School Pla Marcel / ONL Arquitectura

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Architects: ONL Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Developer: Departament d’Educació de la Generalitat de Catalunya. GISA
Constructors: Vias y Construcciones , S.A.
Collaborators : Gianluca Giaccone, arq. – Oscar Vendrell, arq. – Giorgia Sgarbossa, arq. – Mar Balcells, estudiant d’arq.
Installations: Àbac Enginyers
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Area: 2792.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura

Courtesy of Design Indaba
Courtesy of Design Indaba

Your Street Live Challenge

Inspired by Design Indaba, the Your Street Live Challenge aims to transform space and improve life at the street level in Africa through creative thought, one street at a time. Want to be part of something big? This is an…

Mapfre Automovile Services Centre / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

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Architects: Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos
Location: , , Spain
Architects In Charge: Miguel Bernardini, Aurelie Beriot, Jorge Consuegra
Area: 4,500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photography: Miguel de Guzman, Courtesy of Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

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Courtesy of The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Sustainable Temporal Theatre Design Competition

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and World Stage Design 2013 are currently seeking proposals for the competition to design a sustainable temporal theatre. The winning design will be built in Cardiff and house performances and events as…

MFH Glattlistrasse / L3P Architects

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Architects: L3P Architects
Location: ,
Area: 980 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

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© Labtop

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / PAR + Arup

In contrast to the other buildings in the Töölönlahti District of Helsinki, an essential component of the design by PAR and Arup… for the Central Library involved creating a public space at the top of the library—visually connecting Töölönlahti to

G1 House / Gabriel Rivera Arquitectos

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Architects: Gabriel Rivera Arquitectos
Location: , Ecuador
Design: Gabriel Rivera, Cristina Vargas
Engineer: Jaime Rivera
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastian Crespo

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Main image is from Gijs Van Vaerenbergh’s Reading Between the Lines, an amazing building in Belgium which concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art. A great educational project comes from , is the Leimond-Shonaka Nursery School by Archivision Hirotani Studio . You can’t miss Saint-Nazaire Theatre designed by K-architectures or Nest & Cave House in Croatia by Idis Turato. Check out the interview to Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, the artist behind those amazing, hand-knitted playgrounds. Finally, don’t forget to download The ArchDaily “Building of the Year” App ,our first iPad application!

Sloping House / Atelier 37.2

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Architects: Atelier 37.2
Location: , France
Collaborators: Anna Checchi, Christophe Bernard
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier 37.2

Master Jury Announced for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

2007 Cycle – School in Rudrapur / Courtesy of Aga Khan Development Network

The members of the Master Jury were just announced for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. The Jury, which includes Mr. David Adjaye, Dr. Howayda al-Harithy, Mr. Michel Desvigne, Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Mr. Kamil Merican, Professor Toshiko Mori, Ms. Shahzia Sikander, Mr. Murat Tabanlioglu, and Mr. Wang Shu,  independently selects the recipients of the US$ 1 million Award, will convene in January 2013 to select a shortlist from hundreds of nominated projects. The shortlisted projects will then be subject to rigorous on-site reviews by independent experts. The Jury will meet for a second time in June 2013 to examine the on-site reviews and then select the final recipients of the Award. More information on the Master Jury after the break.

60 Dwellings Appartment Block for Fira 2000 / ONL Arquitectura

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Architects: ONL Arquitectura - Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
Location: L’Hospitalet de Llobregat,
Collaborators: Topo Abe, Joan Puig, Cristina Ribera, Marina Berbel, Silvia Ocaña, arq, Massimo Pietrobon, Cèlia Monfort
Installations: FONT I ARMENGOL S.A.
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Budget: € 6,750,818
Area: 10,613.17 sqm
Year: 2009
Photography: Gianluca Giaccone