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RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales , View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM
View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM

RMJM's Shenzhen studio has just been awarded the contract to build a 93 metre public observation tower inspired by the importance of water in the historic Doumen District, Guangdong Province, China. Perched at the confluence of two rivers, the Doumen Observation Tower will rise from the waterfront of the Zhuhai, and is inspired by the form of a fish soaring above the water, clad in aluminum scales to protect from the hot Chinese sun. The tower will occupy a minimal footprint and will be surrounded by a large public plaza.

Check out the complete specs of Doumen Observation Tower after the break. 

Villa Rotonda / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Villa Rotonda / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects, © Michel Kievits
© Michel Kievits

© Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Goirle, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Bedaux, Thomas Bedaux
  • Design Team

    Koen de Witte, Kees Paulussen, Rien Lagerwerf, Cees de Rooy
  • Area

    415.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Today, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and architect Carlos Castanheira will inaugurate the Taifong Golf Club, in Changhua, Taiwan. 

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and cultural events and activities. The building demonstrates a rich relationship between the landscape and local culture.

Architects: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner | Project Management and Construction Supervision: Ho+Hou Studio Architects and Studio Base Architects
Images of the project—kindly shared with us by architecture photographer Fernando Guerra | FG+SG—can be seen after the break.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +72

BOMEL Slaughterhouse / BAEB

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
BOMEL Slaughterhouse  / BAEB, © Julien Forthomme
© Julien Forthomme

© Julien Forthomme © Julien Forthomme © Julien Forthomme © Julien Forthomme +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    5000 Namur, Belgium, Belgium
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Livsrum - Cancer Care Centre / ARCGENCY

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Livsrum - Cancer Care Centre / ARCGENCY, Courtesy of ARCGENCY
Courtesy of ARCGENCY

Courtesy of ARCGENCY Courtesy of ARCGENCY Courtesy of ARCGENCY Courtesy of ARCGENCY +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vejle, Denmark
  • Area

    1450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ARCGENCY

Rem Koolhaas Sheds Light on Lagos

00:00 - 24 August, 2014

In this interview conducted by the Brigtje van der Haak maker of the documentary Lagos Wide & Close, Rem Koolhaas discusses his research on the urbanization of Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. While this research is as yet unpublished, Koolhaas discusses external influences on the city’s architecture, how his visits have affected his view of the profession, and Lagos’ future potential. The documentary by van der Haak, released on DVD in 2004, is an interactive exploration of Lagos from a multitude of scales. Now, it has been adapted for the web, and can be viewed in its entirety here!

Wicker Man: An Interview with Salvador Gilabert of EMBT

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
Wicker Man: An Interview with Salvador Gilabert of EMBT, The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo
The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo

As one of EMBT's Directors, Salvador Gilabert has helped guide the realization of some of the practice's biggest projects in recent years – including as project director of Spain's 2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion and the recently completed Barajas Social Housing Block.

Last month, he took a week out of his schedule to lead a project at Hello Wood, where – with an energy and intensity that was almost out of place in the relaxing surroundings of the Hungarian countryside – he led a group of students to construct an ambitious, screw-free elevated platform that emerged from a cluster of trees and offered views of the setting sun. ArchDaily caught up with Salvador Gilabert during the week to find out more about his work.

Read on after the break for the full interview

Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT. Image © Roland Halbe "Labyrinth," the project led by Gilabert at Hello Wood. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky "Labyrinth," the project led by Gilabert at Hello Wood. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo +12

Why Not Hand A Hermit Crab a Shelter?

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Why Not Hand A Hermit Crab a Shelter?, © Aki Inomata
© Aki Inomata

How could hermit crabs teach us a lesson about world peace? In her project, titled, "Why Not Hand Over a "Shelter" to Hermit Crabs?" Japanese media design artist Aki Inomata is inspired by hermit crabs' peaceable exchange of their shells, a metaphor for the peaceful exchange of land between countries. Exploring the theme further, she designs new shelters in the shape of world cities, and provides new homes for the crabs which represent the abstract perception of changing nationalities and identities.

© Aki Inomata © Aki Inomata © Aki Inomata © Aki Inomata +20

The Chinese Dream: Original Architecture Not Included

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
The Chinese Dream: Original Architecture Not Included , Western-styled developments are increasingly popular in China, such as this suburb of Shanghai. Image © Flickr CC User Brian Yap
Western-styled developments are increasingly popular in China, such as this suburb of Shanghai. Image © Flickr CC User Brian Yap

Looking for your dream home? Picket fence, driveway (sedan included), basketball net, and terracotta pots complete with flowers in bloom, available now in the quiet neighbourhood of Rancho Santa Fe in Shanghai, China. According to this article in The Guardian, "The Chinese Dream" is currently sweeping the People's Republic, with Western planning models replicated with identical ineffective results. The article offers an intimate insight into the role of American architectural fetishism in modern China, and how the government is now fighting to curb the trend. Read the complete article here

Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe's Biggest Landfill Site

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe's Biggest Landfill Site

A major competition for reuse has just been announced for the Malagrotta Landfill, one of the European Union's biggest landfill sites. After Malagrotta was closed in August 2013 due to its controversial size and negative impact on the surrounding community, the Municipality of Rome began a process of redevelopment through community engagement. Multi-displinary teams are tasked with a creating a proposal to reinvent the sprawling 240-hectare property while considering its original purpose. The competition is designed to begin a conversation on the long-term vision for the property.

Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Nakamura Nobuhiro, Qin Yi, Shigeno Yuji, Wang Wenping, He Zengcai
  • Architecture Design

    A-ASTERISK
  • Area

    200413.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange” / Mabire Reich

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange”  / Mabire Reich, © Sylvain Bonniol
© Sylvain Bonniol

© Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol +32

Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium , Courtesy of Rene van Dongen
Courtesy of Rene van Dongen

Amsterdam-based design firm Kolenik Eco Chic Design have released designs of their unique Ocean Kitchen, a transformative new take on residential space. The contemporary minimalist kitchen offers a moment of serenity to the viewer through the inclusion of a vast aquarium beneath the island's countertop. Positioned as the architectural centerpiece of the space, the island in Ocean Kitchen gracefully animates the surrounding kitchen.

Immerse yourself in photos of Ocean Kitchen after the break.

Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten, © Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

© Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz +22

Japanese Artist Hand-Crafts Intricate Three Dimensional Paperscapes

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
© Katsumi Hayakawa
© Katsumi Hayakawa

Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa's "Paperworks" exhibition explores the impression of architectural density through delicate three-dimensional installations. The intricate sculptures were all hand-crafted piece by piece out of paper and glue, creating an awe-inspiring assemblage of multi-layered urban conditions at different scales. For more information and images, keep reading after the break. 

© Katsumi Hayakawa © Katsumi Hayakawa © Katsumi Hayakawa © Katsumi Hayakawa +36

Self Build Association and Grand Designs Live Launches Open Ideas Competition

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Self Build Association and Grand Designs Live Launches Open Ideas Competition, Courtesy of National Custom and Self Build Association
Courtesy of National Custom and Self Build Association

Is it possible to build low cost homes in the city that are both sustainable and easy on the eyes? Self Build on a Shoestring in the City, organized by the National Custom & Self Build Association and Grand Designs Live, is an ideas competition in its second year that seeks to answer this question by showcasing innovative designs for a group self build project in an urban location. More details after the break.

NBBJ Creates High Tech Shading System for Buildings

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
NBBJ Creates High Tech Shading System for Buildings , © NBBJ
© NBBJ

International architecture firm NBBJ has created Sunbreak, a new prototype for user-controlled sunshades that will not only lower energy costs, but also give buildings a dynamic appearance throughout the day.

Technology currently exists for automatically regulating solar gains in buildings, but the downside to these systems is that they often lack manual controls, and one of the most common complaints heard from workers in modern office buildings is that they do not have enough control over their environment. Automatic sunshades go up or down based on the time of day but if it happens to be cloudy outside or if users want natural light in a room when the shades are down there may be nothing they can do.

Intersybarite Gourmet Store / Arquitectura Sistémica

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Intersybarite Gourmet Store / Arquitectura Sistémica, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo Courtesy of Arquitectura Sistémica © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mariano Escobedo, Polanco, Mexico City, 11550 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Samantha Mendoza, Juan Garay, Antonio Peña
  • Area

    35.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Rafael Gamo, Courtesy of Arquitectura Sistémica