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Style Bakery / SNARK

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Style Bakery / SNARK, © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hamamatsucho, Kiryu, Gunma, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Sunao Koase,Yu Yamada
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Tokyo's Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Tokyo's Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished, via Wikipedia
via Wikipedia

Talk about Modernist Japanese architecture, and you can hardly fail to bring up Tokyo's Hotel Okura. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been a landmark not only for the city, but for Japan. Now, however, the hotel's owners have decided that the main building for the hotel will be demolished in September of 2015, with a new hotel taking its place. To learn more - including how to sign the petition for preservation - keep reading after the break.

Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope, Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope
Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope

Biotope, a three-strong Norwegian practice based in the Arctic town of Varanger, have designed bird hides since 2009. For them, architecture is "a tool to protect and promote birds, wildlife and nature" - an approach reflected in their carefully crafted, environmentally integrated fragments of the 'invisible': small shelters that must blend into and be absorbed by their surroundings. Their diligent work has seen Varanger become established as one of the best birding destinations in Northern Europe and their unique design solutions are now being sought across Scandinavia.

Stellers Eider Street Art, Vardø. Image Courtesy of Biotope Hornoya Wind Shelter. Image Courtesy of Biotope Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope Vardø Harbour from above. Image Courtesy of Biotope +16

Bridge Over the Rhone / Meier + Associés Architectes

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Bridge Over the Rhone / Meier + Associés Architectes, © Yves André
© Yves André

© Yves André © Yves André © Yves André © Yves André +21

Zaha Hadid on Russian Artist Kazimir Malevich

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Zaha Hadid on Russian Artist Kazimir Malevich, Zaha Hadid RA, The Peak Blue Slabs, 1982-83. Image © Zaha Hadid / Royal Academy of Arts
Zaha Hadid RA, The Peak Blue Slabs, 1982-83. Image © Zaha Hadid / Royal Academy of Arts

In an article for London's Royal Academy of Arts Magazine entitled Plane Sailing, Zaha Hadid discusses the influence of Russian Suprematist painter Kazimir Malevich on her own design work. In Hadid's early work, such as The Peak Blue Slabs (1982/83), the visual connections to Malevich's strict, regular shapes and lines are evident.

Painting: Vitra Fire Station. Image © Zaha Hadid Relief Model: Vitra Fire Station. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Painting: Vitra Fire Station. Image © Zaha Hadid Vitra Fire Station, Germany. Image © Wojtek Gurak +6

Waltham Forest College / Platform 5 Architects + Richard Hopkinson Architects

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Waltham Forest College / Platform 5 Architects  + Richard Hopkinson Architects, © Alan Williams Photography
© Alan Williams Photography

© Alan Williams Photography © Alan Williams Photography © Alan Williams Photography © Alan Williams Photography +19

2014 ANFA Conference

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in La Jolla, California. 

Video: Inside Steven Holl's Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art

00:00 - 23 July, 2014

Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Spirit of Space, have created two short films of the recently completed Seona Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art. The film series explores the complementary contrast of the new Reid Building and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1909 building (which recently suffered a devastating fire), where "each work of architecture heightens the integral qualities of the other."

The first film takes the viewers on a "poetic climb" up and through the building's social circuit, which "purposefully encourages inter-disciplinary activity, with the hope to inspire positive energy for the future of art." The second film unpacks the design of the Reid Building in a conversation with design architects Steven Holl and Chris McVoy.

Techstyle Haus: An 800 Square Foot Fabric House That Uses 90% Less Energy

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Techstyle Haus: An 800 Square Foot Fabric House That Uses 90% Less Energy, The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou
The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou

The Rhode Island School Of Design, Brown University and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany collaborated on a passive "fabric" house for the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe (which just wrapped up this month - see the winners here). In the following article, originally published on Metropolis MagazineMartin Pedersen reviews the remarkable house.

This summer’s 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is well underway in France, where a solar-powered village of twenty sustainable homes designed and built by college students from all over the country, has emerged on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, have teamed up for Techstyle Haus, an 800-square-foot house that’s not only a model of energy efficiency but an elegant piece of design as well.  

Jane Duncan Elected as the next President of the RIBA

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Jane Duncan Elected as the next President of the RIBA, Courtesy of Jane Duncan
Courtesy of Jane Duncan

Jane Duncan, an Architect based in the English county of Buckinghamshire, has been elected as the 76th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Taking over the reigns from current President Stephen Hodder in September 2015, Duncan will become only the third female President after beating fellow candidate Oliver Richards (by a majority of 52% of the vote) to the institute's highest position. According to the Architects' Journal, only 16.7% of RIBA members voted in the election.

The Winery at VIK / Smiljan Radic

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
The Winery at VIK / Smiljan Radic, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma +17

KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    68.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Swissquote Building in Gland / Link architectes

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Swissquote Building in Gland  / Link architectes, © Swissquote Bank
© Swissquote Bank

© Swissquote Bank © Swissquote Bank © Swissquote Bank © Swissquote Bank +19

Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative, © Michael Moran/OTTO
© Michael Moran/OTTO

© Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    1310 West Exchange Parkway, Allen, TX 75013, United States
  • Design Team

    Yen Ong, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen, Danielle Cross, Christine Robbins
  • Interior Designer

    5G Studio Collaborative
  • Interior Design Team

    Yen Ong, Danielle Cross, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen
  • Area

    8432.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Urban Think Tank Responds to the Forced Eviction of Torre David Residents

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Urban Think Tank Responds to the Forced Eviction of Torre David Residents, Torre David. Image © Iwan Baan
Torre David. Image © Iwan Baan

Following yesterday's news story about the forced eviction of the thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world's tallest vertical slum, Urban-Think Tank has issued a statement. The group, which spent two years researching the remarkable urban space for their Golden Lion-winning Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012, has spoken with residents and hopes to provoke the architectural/design communities by adding their voice to the debate. Read the full statement, after the break. 

US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June, June 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
June 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continued showing significant improvement in June, jumping to 53.5 from 52.6 in May, and hitting new records in the Projects Inquiry and Design Contracts indexes.

As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new Projects Inquiry Index surged to 66.4, its highest level in the year to date. In addition, the AIA’s new Design Contracts Index hit 55.7 - its highest mark since the indictor starting being measured in October 2010.

“The recent surge in both design contracts and general inquiries for new projects by prospective clients is indicative of a sustainable strengthening across the construction marketplace,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With the first positive reading since last summer in billings at institutional firms, it appears that design activity for all major segments of the building industry is growing.  The challenge now for architecture firms seems to be finding the right balance for staffing needs to meet increasing demand.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Hofgut / Format Elf Architekten

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Hofgut / Format Elf Architekten, © Lothar Reichel
© Lothar Reichel

© Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel +10

Single-family house in Groharjevo / 3biro

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Single-family house in Groharjevo / 3biro, © Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Groharjevo naselje, 4220 Škofja Loka, Slovenia
  • Area

    33.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs