New Entrance of Careggi Hospital / IPOSTUDIO Architects

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Architects: IPOSTUDIO Architects
Location: Florence,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

AALTOsites: Mobile Guide to Alvar Aalto’s Architecture

AALTOsites: Mobile Guide to Alvar Aalto’s Architecture

The Alvar Aalto Museum’s first mobile-phone service, AALTOsites, brings the Alvar Aalto-designed buildings in the Metropolitan Helsinki region to your smartphone. AALTOsites, downloadable free for smartphones, puts an interface to Aalto’s architecture and design directly into the user’s pocket.
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How to Hack (and Design) a Data Center

The bank architect’s goal is to create a secure edifice. The bank robber’s? To subvert the edifice. And yet consider their commonality: their interaction with space.  Both analyze plans and consider inefficiencies, both inhabit the space much differently than your average spectator. In fact, the Robber’s relationship with space is far more physical, urgent…nuanced. As Mehruss Ahi, a recent graduate from Woodbury University, puts it in his senior thesis: “The Architect is the Bank Robber…and the Bank Robber is the Architect.”

Ahi suggests a Robber-like “spatial hack” of the bank: an identification of its inefficiencies/vulnerabilities/paths of circulation. He also notes the necessity of giving priority to large storage space for goods rather than money (due to “the migration of banking services to the Web”). This new perspective, Ahi argues, will allow architects to design a smarter, more secure bank. The bank of the future.

Ahi’s assertion about the need for physical storage space (as turn to the Web), got me thinking. Our world depends less and less on physical storage, and more and more on the bits of information flying through the wires and cables of the internet. Ahi’s theory, while an interesting insight into bank design, is even more powerful when applied to the bank’s modern day equivalent: the Data Center.

Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes

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Architects: David Closes
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 950.0 sqm
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

Does the Shard Need Time?

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The disappointment generated by the Shard’s opening laser light show is not so surprising for a project that has been grounded in controversy for over a decade.  Since 2000, when Piano sketched his initial vision upon meeting developer Irvine Sellar, the project has consistently met obstacles such as English Heritage and the financial crash of 2007.   But, the biggest opposition of the tower has been its height.  English Heritage claimed that the tower, formerly known as Bridge Tower, would “tear through historic like a shard of glass” (ironically, coining the new name of the tower), and Piano counters that, “The best architecture takes time to be understood…I would prefer people to judge it not now. Judge it in 10 years’ time.”

Leading us to wonder…does simply need time to be fully appreciated?

Chemical and Biological Library / Giuseppe Rebecchini

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Architects:
Location: , Province of , Italy
Design Team: Giuseppe Rebecchini with Chiara Naseddu
Photographs: Andrea Cordoni

Technology Center / gmp Architekten

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The first prize winning design for the Technology Center in by gmp Architekten converts a former industrial heritage building into a modern technology park. With an area of about 110,000 square meters, the center includes an exhibition hall, laboratories, offices, a seedbed center for research affiliated with the university, and teaching facilities such as lecture halls and university institutes. In addition, there will be conference facilities, including hotel and service areas such as shops, a day nursery, restaurants and refectories to be established in the former power station. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VNG Office / Openbox Company

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Architects: Openbox Company
Location: , Thailand
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

Culture and Congress Center / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: ,
Design Team: Volkwin Marg, Hubert Nienhoff, Kristian Uthe-Spencker
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

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‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition / WOHA

WOHA…‘s traveling exhibition, ‘Breathing Architecture’, is on its way to Taichung, Taiwan after a successful run at the acclaimed Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Taking place at the Taichung Info-Box July 26-September 23, the exhibition features concepts of open

Sherbourne Common Pavilion / Teeple Architects

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Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: Sherbourne Common, Toronto Waterfront, Ontario,
Completion Date: April 2011
Gross square Footage: 227 sqm
Principal in Charge: Stephen Teeple (OAA, Fraic)
Project Manager: Bernard Jin
Design Team: Mark Baechler, Allan Wes Wilson
Photographer: Shai Gil

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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If for some reason you missed ArchDaily’s featured projects last week , don’t worry, we’ve brought together the best of the week here. In the main image is Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel by chilean architect Rodrigo Duque Motta. Are you looking for house designs? You must check out this three great houses, Maison Escalier by Moussafir Architectes Associés, House in Rokko designed by Tato Architects and Maison L, one of  the 2012 RIBA Award Winners by Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles. Finally,  you can’t miss Grand Theater Qingdao by german firm .

MASS Design Group wins the Zumtobel Group Award 2012

Butaro Hospital, Rwanda / – Courtesy of Zumtobel Group

MASS Design Group was announced as winner of the Zumtobel Group Award for their innovative and cost-efficient Butaro Hosptial in Rwanda. They triumphed over the 230 projects from 30 different countries that competed in the “Built Environment” award category. Additionally, (France) was selected as winner of the “Research & Initiative” category for developing a strategy of urban resilience known as the R-URBAN project in Paris.

“Through their decision this year, the jury have underlined the fact that it takes a holistic approach to make truly sustainable improvements in the built environment,” said Zumtobel Group CEO Harald Sommerer, who was also a member of the 8-strong jury. “We are particularly pleased to see that, this year, young and dedicated architectural practices have won the award with approaches to resolving social and ecological issues, both in the industrialized world and in developing countries.”

Continue after the break to learn more.

Happy Birthday Philip Johnson! (1906-2005)

From left: Andy Warhol, David Whitney, , Dr. John Dalton, and Robert A. M. Stern in the Glass House in 1964. Photography by David McCabe

Today, July 8th, is Philip Johnson‘s Birthday! (1906-2005)

The recipient of the very first Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1979 and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, Johnson has been labeled by Prtizker jurors as someone “whose work demonstrates a combination of the qualities of talent, vision and commitment that has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the environment. As a critic and historian, he championed the cause of modern architecture and then went on to design some of his greatest buildings.”

On what would be his 106th birthday, ArchDaily celebrates with a special Glass House logo:

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997, The Glass House is still considered a modern marvel. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the Glass House by Johnson, with its perfect proportions and its simplicity, is one of the first most brilliant works of modern architecture. Johnson built the 47-acre estate for himself in New Canaan, Connecticut.

 

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The house was the first of fourteen structures that the architect built on the property over a span of fifty years.

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Another iconic building designed by Philip Johnson, together with John Burgee, is the Puerta de Europa in Madrid, two leaning towers that have become an icon of the Spanish capital.

Haws W / Kraus Schoenberg Architects

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Architects: Kraus Schoenberg Architects
Location: ,
Area: 130 sqm
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu

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Master Plan for LA Union Station / Grimshaw + Gruen Associates

The New York office of Grimshaw and LA based Gruen Associates… were officially awarded the Los Angeles Union Station master plan last Thursday. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors, chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio

Seacliff House / Chris Elliott Architects

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Architect: Chris Elliott Architects
Location: , Australia
Landscape Architects: Terragram
Photographs: Richard Glover, Vladimir Sitta

Courtesy of ER Studio

Grandola Library Proposal / ER Studio

The building of the Municipal Library and Archives Grândola by ER Studio… aims to be a timeless reference, an icon that represents not only the past and present of the town of Grândola, but also their future ambitions. Their idea