Earth Bricks / Atelier Tekuto

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architect: Atelier Tekuto
Location: Chiba,
Site Area: 184.62 sqm
Completion: 2011
Structural Engineer: Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: EOS plus Co,. Ltd
Lighting Design: Visual Technologies
Experiment Supervision: University of Tokyo, Waseda University
Construction: Atelier Tekuto, Ogawa Kyoritsu Construction
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

   

Eels Nest / Anonymous Architects

© Steve King

Architects: Anonymous Architects – Simon Storey
Location: Echo Park, , CA, USA
Completion: March 2011
Building Area: 960 sqm
Contractor: Armex Construction, Los Angeles
Photographs: Steve King

Eliminating Obstacles for Architects in Government Contracts

Today, Krueck+Sexton Architects principle Thomas Jacobs, , testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce in an effort to urge Congress to eliminate two impediments facing small architecture firms as they compete for government contracts. Jacobs argues that high design-build fees and lengthy “final teams lists” are prohibiting small firms from competing.

Continue after the break to read more.

Vienna Microsoft Headquarters / INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH

© Paul Ott

Architects: INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH
Location: Vienna, Austria
Completion: 2011
Floor Area: 4,500 sqm
Cost: 2,800,000 Euro
Photographs: Paul Ott

   

Istanbul Modern joins YAP

Wendy / HWKN's winning design of Young Architect’s Program 2012

Each year, we look forward to the varied entries and the selected finalists of the MoMA + MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program for an outdoor recreational area within ’s triangular entrance courtyard and outdoor sculpture area.   YAP began in 2000 as a way to strengthen the relationship between and PS1, and the program provides opportunities for emerging architects to showcase their talent and give back to the community.   Now, the program is expanding even more as and PS1 have announced a new partnership with the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.  Such a partnership will further expand YAP’s international reach (in 2011, MoMA and MoMA PS1 partnered with MAXXI in Rome to create the first international YAP, and then, partnered with cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago,Chile).

More about the new partnership after the break.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 / Photos by Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo

Last week we presented the first images of the recently open Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Ai Weiwei & Herzog & de Meuron in , showing the half sunk and water-covered structure and its beautiful blending into the landscape. Today, Julien Lanoo shared with us these great images giving a better understanding of the spaces and its surroundings.

You can check some more images after the break.

2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Winner announced!

certified: Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory © Flansburgh Architects

The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced “The Living Building Challenge” as winner for the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Dubbed “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge annually awards a $100,000 prize to support the on-going development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s must pressing issues.

A quote from the 2012 Jury Statement: “Deeply rooted in ecological design principles, The Living Building Challenge successfully shows how humans and their built environment can be harmoniously, benignly integrated within ecosystems. Above all, its rigorous standards and daringly innovative, revolutionary approach to building are already having a considerable impact on the thinking of designers and architects around the world, influencing all levels of design and technological approaches, radically pushing forward the field.”

Continue after the break to read a comprehensive overview of The Living Building Challenge, provided by The Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Barud House / Paritzki Liani Architects

© Amit Geron

Architects: Paritzki Liani Architects
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Site area: 850 sqm
Total floor area: 350 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographers: Amit Geron, Pavel Wolberg, Omri Amsalem

  

Architect’s Eye Photography Exhibition and Discussion Panel at the 2012 London Festival of Architecture

© Simon Kennedy - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants

Last December, ArchDaily revealed the winners of the Architect’s Eye Photography Competition. Now, in celebration of the 2012 London Festival of Architecture, the winners of the the competition will be exhibited at the Roca Gallery beginning June 23rd in Chelsea, as part of a Launch Event, Exhibition and Discussion Panel.  International Art Consultants (IAC) hosts the competition in recognition of architects’ passion for photography.  Last year’s 19 finalists and winners will be on view to the public at the gallery until July 8th.

More after the break.

University Campus In Tortosa / Ravetllat-Ribas + Josep Ferrando

© Pedro Pegenaute

Architects: Ravetllat-Ribas + Josep Ferrando
Adress: Tortosa, Spain
Technical Architect: Valeri Consultors + Toledo-Villarreal
Structural Engineer: NB-35 Barcelona
Collaborators: Marc Nadal, Ferran Laguna, Roman Ortega, Olga Schmid, Aida Espanyol, Tania Oramas
Completion: 2011
Client: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Builder: Construccions PAI, S.A.
Surface: 10,000 sqm
Budget: 9,800,000 €
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

  

Courtesy of INDEX Architecture

IN-Gawa: Community Housing Proposal / INDEX Architecture

The proposal for a community housing development in Tomisato city, a small town close to Narita Airport in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture, takes as its point of departure the Japanese concept of Engawa or verandah space that can be found in…

What’s the Best Country for Architects to Find Work?

From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons

Where in the world, as a young architect, would be the best country to find a job in an architecture firm?

In Europe and the , The Recession has placed Architecture – and Architects – in crisis. However, none have been more affected than young graduates: a report in January reported that, at just under 14%, Architecture Majors can “boast” the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

But surely there is somewhere in the world where the situation isn’t so grim? This is where you come in. When we crowd-sourced the question: “How Much Does an Architect Make An Hour?” the response from hundreds of ArchDaily readers across the globe provoked fascinating conversation and debate. So, as phrased by Rafael Berges, a concerned Architecture student pondering his fate come graduation day:

Where in the world, as a young architect, would be the best country to find a job in an architecture firm?

Keep in mind:

1. The highest salaries for beginning architects
2. Low unemployment for architects
3. High demand for architecture
4. Great design culture

And let us know in the comments below.

UPDATE: See the results here

Adani Vidyamandir / Apurva Amin Architects

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Architects: Apurva Amin Architects
Location: , India
Client: Adani Foundation
Structural Consultant: Bhoomi Consultant
Plumbing Consultant: Vimarsh Utility Consultants
Landscape Consultant: Apurva Amin Architects
Civil Contractor: Mansi Contra Build Pvt. Ltd.
Photographs: Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects

Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye / Fennell Purifoy Architects

© Ken West

Architects: Fennell Purifoy Architects
Location: Birdeye, , USA
Area: 4,606 sqm
Completion: December 2011
Client: Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
Landscape Architect: Ecological Design Group – Little Rock, AR
Contractor: Olympus Construction – Jonesboro, AR
Photographs: Ken West

   

School and Student Residence / Chartier Dalix Architectes

Courtesy of Chartier Dalix Architectes

Chartier Dalix Architectes recently won a competition for a primary school and student residence located in , Framce, just outside of Paris. The school is organized in the form of a terraced landscape welcoming successive vegetation and its general implantation, facing south, offers maximum sunlight to the playgrounds, corridors, and classrooms that take full advantage of this landscape in height. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Noatum Headquarters / Girod+Anton Arquitectos

© Mariela Apollonio

Architects: Girod+Anton Arquitectos
Location: Valencia, Spain
Project Team: Jorge Girod, Jose Luís Antón
Collaborators: Claudia Escrivà, Yihuan Cao, Tomás Maicas
Area: 626 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

  

Courtesy of Studio BÄNG + Sebastian Schroeter

New City Center of Klaksvik / Studio BÄNG + Sebastian Schroeter

The proposal for the new city center of Klaksvik by studio BÄNG and Sebastian Schroeter… focuses on the center’s ability to work when public life can be guaranteed at any weather condition. The key task is to create a clearly

Villa T-Extension / OFIS

© Tomaz Gregorič

Architects: OFIS
Location: Ljubljana,
Project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregorič , Tomaz Gregorič, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, Will Gibson, Andrej Kacera, Jan Smejkal
Structural engineering: Projecta d.o.o.
Mechanical engineering: Jelen & Zaveršnik d.n.o.
Electrical engineering: Jelen & Zaveršnik d.n.o.
Completion: 2012
Building: 56,60 sqm
Photographs: Tomaz Gregorič