House Playa El Golf H4 / RRMR Arquitectos

© Elsa Ramirez

Architects: Roberto Riofrio Navarro – Micaela Rodrigo Graña
Location: ,
Work Team: Edith Zamalloa, Anny Gutierrez, Jose Antonio Chavez, Jaime Alca, Roberto Pain
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 395.0 sqm
Photographs: Elsa Ramirez

‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ Exhibition

Nordic House / JVA © Louisiana / Kim Hansen

The ‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ exhibition, which opened this past Thursday and is on view until October 21, is the first exhibition in a new series at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit explores the relationship of architecture to culture and identity. The series deals with architecture as a field where collective memories and narratives are reflected materially and spatially. It attempts to reveal whether certain special ‘Nordic’ features recur in architecture, and whether this involves a fundamental formal idiom that is regularly reinterpreted. Five Nordic architects - Studio Granda, Iceland, Johan Celsing, Sweden, Jarmund/Vigsnæs (JVA), Norway, Lassila Hirvilammi, Finland and Lundgaard & Tranberg, – have been invited to build a house that serves as an expression of the regional identity and experience from which the individual architect comes.

More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp architekten

© Hans-Georg Esch

Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Zhejiang, China
Architect in Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan
Project Manager: Volkmar Sievers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 12,700 sqm
Photographs: Hans-Georg Esch

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXIV

Photo by kwikzilver – http://www..com/photos/matthijs_borghgraef/

Great architecture photography from our Flickr Pool. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by kwikzilver at Floriade 2012 in Netherlands. Don’t miss the other four after the break.

Birkenhead Point House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

© Patrick Reynolds

Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: Northshore of Auckland,
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: CCC Architects

Hotel Topazz / BWM Architects

© Lenikus GmbH / Anna Blau

Architects: BWM Architects und Partner, DI Michael Manzenreiter
Location: Vienna,
Façade Design: und Partner
Interior Design: DI Michael Manzenreiter
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 153 sqm
Photographs: Lenikus GmbH / Anna Blau

Seoul Floating Islands / Haeahn Architecture + H Architecture

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Architects: Haeahn Architecture + H Architecture
Location: Seoul,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Haeahn Architecture

Courtesy of FreelandBuck
Courtesy of FreelandBuck

NY Exhibition opens tonight: SLIPSTREAM / FreelandBuck

At least since Leonardo Da Vinci’s first attempts to describe turbulence, architects have been fascinated by the dynamics of flow – perhaps seeking an escape from the solid, stable nature of buildings. Beginning in the 1990′s, architects have used digital…

Zaha Hadid designs Z Boat for American Art Dealer

Courtesy of / Kenny Schachter-ROVE

First, American art dealer Kenny Schachter commissioned Zaha Hadid to design the futuristic, three wheeled Z-Car in 2005. Now, he has asked the Pritzker Prize winning Dame to create the limited edition Z Boat – an all black, 7.5-meter-long vessel that comfortably seats eight and is powered by an 1×220 HP Mercruiser. Only 12 boats and four prototypes will by built and completed in early 2013 by the French manufacturer Shoreteam.

Continue after the break for more.

Rear House Extension, Garden Design / LBMV Architects

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Architects: LBMV ArchitectsLuigi Montefusco
Location: Wolseley Rd, Borough of Haringey, England
Architect In Charge: Luigi Montefusco
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: LBMV Architects

Busan Lotte Town Tower / SOM

© SOM

Currently under construction, SOM’s Lotte Town Tower  in , stands over its adjacent waterfront as the new gateway to East Asia. Rising 510 meters, this mixed-use tower will add 6.3 million square feet to this bustling port city. A unique setback language defines its massing that is derived from numerous influences including the compact site, complex program, and optimization of views. The tower will incorporate numerous sustainable features and an efficient concrete structural system that maximizes the efficiency of the 107 floors. More details after the break.

Do Unpaid Internships Lower the Bar?

Photo via Flicker CC User Gino.

That’s the claim of Sam Lubell, in his Editorial “The Intern Catch-22” for The Architect’s NewspaperLubell puts it this way:

“[The unpaid internship has] become a staple of architecture. A rite of passage, despite the debt burden from an education that usually costs more than $30,000 a year. And it’s not just small struggling firms. Even top architects get their work done by interns. Never mind that offering unpaid internships excludes those not wealthy enough to go without pay, or just the fact that they are generally not legal. Not offering money lowers the bar all the way down the line. Soon unpaid positions become expected. The value of architecture is lowered even further.”

We agree that unpaid internships tread on murky ethical territory, but Lubell’s ultimate point, that they “lower the bar” for architecture, strikes us as a bit unfounded. It seems to us that it’s far more damaging (financially and psychologically) for those entering the profession than for architecture itself.

What do you think? Do you have unpaid interns at your firm? Have they “lowered the bar” of your work? Are unpaid internships a necessary evil in a post-Recession world? Or just plain wrong? Let us know in the comments below!

Story via The Architect’s Newspaper 

Residence with Sanitary Assistance / IPOSTUDIO Architects

© Pietro Savorelli

Architects: IPOSTUDIO Architects
Location: Torrita di Siena, Siena, Italy
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

Re-thinking SuZhou Creek Winning Proposal / ohm architekti

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The winning design in the Re-thinking competition for SuZhou Creek by ohm architekti proposes a city that changes in time and place, and is always perceived differently. They have created a new and unique neighborhood that is always changing, where you can set up a shop or a house and still have access to the full spectrum of surroundings. Traditional long-lasting connections are broken and new temporal connections are created – such that form only when they are convenient. A new flexible neighborhood is born with a city structure that is in motion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

How 3D Printing Will Change Our World

The MakerBot Replicator, a personal 3D Printer. Photo via MakerBot.

When the kids at NOTLabs first got their hands on a MakerBot Replicator, the ingenious 3D printer that can make just about anything you want, they quickly got down to business – making LEGO and Kinex connectors, that is. As inconsequential as their decision may seem, it got us thinking: today, building blocks, but tomorrow? Buildings themselves.

The future isn’t as far as you may think. In the next two articles, I’ll introduce you to three visionaries who are already applying technology to revolutionary effect: an engineer hoping to improve the human condition, a robotics expert with the goal of completing the Sagrada Familia (or at least putting a structure on the moon), and an architect at MIT using nature-inspired materials to turn the design world on its head.

If these three examples are anything to go by, 3D Printing will revolutionize the world as we know it. But it begs the question: at what price? Will it offer architects the freedom to design without the pesky limitations of built reality? Or, like the scribes made redundant by Gutenberg’s printing press, will 3D printing make the architect go extinct?

Enbutsu-do / Zai Shirakawa Architects

© Toru Kitamura

Architects: Zai Shirakawa Architects
Location: Imabari, Ehime Prefecture,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Toru Kitamura, Daichi Ano

Hanoi Museum / gmp Architekten

© Marcus Bredt

Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Phạm Hùng street, Cầu giấy District, Hà Nội City,
Design Team: Meinhard von Gerkan, Nikolaus Goetze, Klaus Lenz
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

Courtesy of AR+TE Architectes
Courtesy of AR+TE Architectes

Vigneux School / AR+TE Architectes

Situated in south of the city of Vigneux-sur-Seine near Paris, the school project by AR+TE Architectes… consists of the restructuring and a future extension in grouping the classrooms of maternal and elementary class in a single entity. The operation includes