Alternative Car Park Tower Proposal / Mozhao Studio

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shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Alternative Car Park Tower competition which was held by held by AC_CA. Their design integrates the Hong Kong City Hall, the second-floor pedestrian system and streets on the second-floor level, provid¬ing a convenient and enjoyable network of public spaces. Because of this strategy, the park tower presents the citizen¬ship, which relates and echoes to the Hong Kong City Hall nearby. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hill-Maheux Cottage / Kariouk Associates

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Architects: Kariouk Associates
Location: Val-des-Monts, , Canada
Project Year: 2010
General Contracter: Timber Wolf (Donald Thom)
Structural Engineering: The Paterson Group (Zbig Kisilewicz)
Curtain Wall Supplier: Verval Ltee (Charles-Armand Turpin)
Geotechnical Consultant: The Paterson Group (Laird Stewart)
Photographs: Photolux Studios (Christian Lalonde)

Video: Waterline Chicago

Recently completed by Spirit of Space, the film above displays the cadence of morning rush hour reflecting the rhythm of the River, but how often do we allow the river to reflect a wandering glance from us? This “glance” aims to bring to light the potential of ’s socially under utilized, aqueous artery.

‘Waterline’, commissioned by Phil Enquist (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) in junction with the eponymous studio at the Harvard GSD for Fall 2011 allows students to explore the realities of three sites along the South branch of the river and think of ways to make it more relevant to the public.

House in Alcobaça / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura


Architects: Topos Atelier de Arquitectura / Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Location: Alcobaça,
Collaborators: Sofia Lima, Michael Ferreira
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 270 sqm
Photographs: Xavier Antunes


Porsche’s New U.S. Headquarters and Customer Experience Center / HOK


HOK has been selected to design Porsche Cars North America’s new headquarters in , following an intense design competition. This innovative development includes a contemporary workplace, a Technical Service and Training Center, and a Customer and Driver Experience Center with an integrated road handling track. The dynamic design embraces the on-site road handling track, celebrating the Porsche driving experience at every turn. More images and project description after the break.

CEIBS Beijing Campus / ACXT Arquitectos

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Architects: ACXT Arquitectos / Iñaki Garai
Location: Beijing,
Collaborating Architects: Jose Cavallero (IDOM – ACXT), Inés López (IDOM – ACXT)
Collaborating Chinese Architects: Li Dongmei (IPPR), Chen Xuesong (IPPR), Li Huaisheng (Tsinghua Gongmei), Lin Junda (Tsinghua Gongmei) y Guo Wei (Tsinghua Gongmei)
Client: CEIBS
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 18,000 sqm
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Video: Zaha Hadid discusses Challenges in Architecture

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Zaha Hadid discusses the challenges she has faced throughout her life and career. She talks about the criticism that comes along with being an Arabic woman architect with “unconventional” designs and the unconditional support from her family. Hadid describes architecture as an exciting but painfully demanding field, stating, “All the arts are not respected enough.”

- Interview by: Nicholas Seeley and Sandra Hiari
- Video Production: Qais Elias
- Published by: JO Magazine - This was made possible by support from the Greater Amman Municipality and Amman Institute for Urban Development.

Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain / Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth

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Authors: Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth
Location: Duisburg, Germany
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Exhibition: Open the Tower

Open the Tower Exhibition

Our friends from the Iceland Design Centre Blog shared with us this interesting news. Open the Tower exhibits 676 models in a scale of 1:1000 designed by Eurohigh. The project was led by architect Winy Maas, Alexander Sverdlov and Ania Molenda of The Why Factory in collaboration with KRADS and supported by Lego and Arup.

The exhibition is the result of a 2-month-long research period on the ultimate European skyscraper, and the models are presented in a grid of 26 linear iterations. This exhibition is on display at the Tu Delft Faculty of Architecture. This work will continue until January 2012 and it will be in continous exhibition until February 2012.

More images after the break. Original article:

In Progress: Messe Basel / Herzog & de Meuron

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The modernization of the Messe Basel is making progress. Developed by Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron on behalf of the MCH Group, the project aims renew the existing exhibition space and become a popular destination for pedestrians and foreign visitors. The new multifunctional exhibition building is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel
Location: Basel,
Client: MCH Messe Switzerland AG, Basel, Switzerland
Project Area: 141,000 m2
Construction Period: 2010 – 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd.

Continue reading for more images, renderings and information.

Bournville College / Broadway Malyan

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Architecture/ Interior Design/ Landscape: Broadway Malyan
Location: , UK
Client: Bournville College / Shepherd Construction
Developer: St Modwen
Design Team: Salim Hussain, Aidan Ridyard, Alan Man, Ben Somner, Kelly Stanton
Structural Engineer: Gifford Ramboll
M&E: Gifford Ramboll /SES
Project value: £66m
Completion: September 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Broadway Malyan

Competition Entry for Bispevika Development in Norway / PUSHAK

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The Bispevika mixed-use development proposal by PUSHAK maximizes the views of the harbor and integrates passive design methods to minimize energy use. The proposal is part of an invited competition that will conclude in January 2012.

Architects: PUSHAK
Client: HAV Eiendom
Location: Bispevika, ,
Project Size: 35000 sqm
Project Status: Invited Competition Entry

Continue reading for more project details.

P10 Mixed Use Building / Studio Up

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Architects: Studio Up / Lea Pelivan + Toma Plejic
Location: , Croatia
Project Team: Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejic, Sasa Relic, Marina Zajec, Mojca Smode, Antun Sevsek, Marko Rukavina, Ida Krizaj
Client: Oramont d.o.o., Split
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 21,600 sqm
Photographs: Robert Leš

Data Thanatology | Call For Submissions

Data Thanatology | Call For Submissions

If you were asked to store your most valuable data… What kind information would you keep in 130Kb…? Your usernames and passwords, your delicious tabs, a PDF with all your tweets, a map as a biography? Do you think

House in Sequeiros / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

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Architects: Topos Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda
Location: , Portugal
Project Team: Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Collaborators: Sofia Lima, Luís Peixoto
Project Area: 288 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Xavier Antunes

PSJM: Pools and Public Sports Complex / AND-RÉ

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One organism, one body, that understands and reflects the functional complexity of nature, interpreting it in its relationship with the resources and translate this to architecture, in the use of light, the sun or the water and consecutively in the way the architecture itself generates these resources. Therefore the built morphology is understood as habitat resonance. These were the main goals of AND-RÉ for their proposal for the Pools and Public Sports Complex in , Portugal. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hansha Reflection House / Studio SKLIM

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Architects: Studio SKLIM
Location: ,
Collaborators: Machiko Nakamura, Federico Mira (3D visualization)
Builder: Sakae Advanced Housing Technology
Structure: KES System Headquarters Shelter
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 124 sqm
Photographs: Jeremy San / Studio SKLIM

Video: Social Housing / ZigZag Architects

Video: Social Housing / ZigZag Architects

Duosegno Visual Design shared with us a video they put together for the Social Housing project by ZigZag Architects.…