Coromandel Bach / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: , New Zealand
Client: Crosson Family
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

   

China Yard Sales Office / Zephyr Architects

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Architects: Zephyr Architects 
Location: ,
Client: Genghai Co.
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Partner-in-Charge: Zhao Zhonggui
Project Architect: Yu Tong
Photographs: Shu He, Yao Li

  

Video: Matthew Grzywinski of Grzywinski + Pons on Hotel on Rivington


Architect Matthew Grzywinski gives Crane.tv a tour of the Lower East side boutique establishment, Hotel on Rivington. Offering panoramic views of New York’s skyline through its floor-to-ceiling windows, this chic hotel plays part in the gentrification of the district du jour, the Lower East Side, once the city’s poorest and grittiest of areas.

499.SUMMIT Reimagines U.S. Prisons

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With the guidance of their instructor Matthias Hollwich, students Andreas Tjeldflaat and Greg Knobloch from ’s School of Design have proposed an alternative to the traditional prisons seen throughout the United States. The innovative high-rise penitentiary acknowledges the fact that nearly two-thirds of the 14,000 inmates released annually from New Jersey correctional facilities will return to prison within five years. 499.SUMMIT offers a solution that intends to reverse that statistic and help inmates successfully transition back into society.

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The Hive / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Location: ,
Completion: February 2012
Client: University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council
Photographs: Hufton & Crow

  

Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles

Choy Residence © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)

Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in (1945-1980) at the Chinese American Museum (CAM) is an exhibition that focuses on four Chinese American architects that have transformed parts of Los Angeles with iconic buildings and distinct design styles.  The work will be on display until June 3rd 2012 and feature architects such as Eugene Choy, Gilbert Leong and Gin Wong.

Breaking Ground is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration created by Getty in which sixty cultural institutions will tell the story of the birth of LA art scene over the course of six months beginning October 2011.   Breaking Ground at CAM LA tells the story of the skyline and the changing built environment through the perspective the four prominent Chinese American Architects.

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The Indicator: Moby, Part 2

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I once saw a video of David Hockney discussing a Chinese landscape scroll. A provocative little art-geek film (or so it seemed at the time) entitled, ”A Day on the Grand Canal With the Emperor of (or Surface Is Illusion but So Is Depth)”.

On the surface, the film’s subject is a 17th-century Chinese scroll painting. The depths, however, are personal and make the film more about the artist himself, a target for his projection. So, if surface is illusion but so is depth, then what we have is an interesting problem.

In this sense, he wasn’t trying to lay down any absolute truth or theory about Chinese landscape painting, or even himself. But merely his understanding at that moment in time—a moving target exploring another moving target. What would Hockney say about the scroll now?

When I first noticed Moby blogging about architecture, this film, long-buried in my art history memory, was one of the first reference points that came to mind. Like Hockney with the scroll, Moby is seemingly unrolling Los Angeles and winding his way through it’s weird little buildings and spatial complexities. The hills–and one does not always associate hills with Los Angeles–are uncannily similar to the hills in the Chinese scroll.

Quinte West YMCA / Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson

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Architect: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson
Location: ,
Principal-in-Charge: Scott Robinson
Design Architect: Scott Robinson
Collaborators: Smith and Andersen Consulting Mechanical Engineers
Client: Ron Riddell General Manager
Completion: May 2009
Project Size: 49,920 sq.ft.
Final Cost: $ 11,000,000
Photographs: Shai Gil

Vertical Village / GRAFT Architects

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Designed by GRAFT Architects, Vertical Village is a residential, hotel and entertainment development in that harnesses the most powerful renewable energy source in the desert, the sun. Organized to reduce solar gain and maximize solar production, the buildings are massed as self-shading slabs at the north of the site on the east-west axis to reduce low-angle sun penetration. At the southern end of the site, a vast solar collector array optimally angles itself toward the sun and faces the main public strip as a potent gesture to the developments sustainable intent and minimum LEED Gold rated performance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Shaw House / Patkau Architects

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Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: ,
Architect Team: Michael Cunningham, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Peter Suter
Structural Engineer: Fast +Epp Structural Engineers
General Contractor: Glover Co.
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Undine Prohl

   

Colorfoto Megastore / João Tiago Aguiar

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Architects: João Tiago Aguiar
Location: , Portugal
Project Years: 2009 – 2011
Client: Colorfoto
Architecture Collaboration: Renata Vieira, Ana Caracol, Sílvia Amaral
Builder: Gil Alves da Silva
Built Area: 600 sqm
Photography: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

 

Salt Tower / Enforma + AIM Studio

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The aim of Enforma and AIM Studio in their design of the Salt Tower, located in Budva, , was to carefully analyze the specific location and the possibilities that this place offers to the users. Inspired by the old town of Budva, while integrating energy efficient strategies, their transformation from rectangular form to a tall crystal grain reflective structure on the Mediterranean coast justifies the project’s name. More images and architects’ description after the break.

FEN Building / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G. , Claudio Santander L.
Location: Santiago,
Design Team: Francisca Valenzuela, Alfonso Kunstmannm., Fernando Tocornal, Oscar Leiva
Construction Year: 2009-2011
Site Surface: 3,670 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 8,404 sqm
Client: Universidad de Chile, Banco Del Estado
Structural Engineering: Enzo Valladares
Contractor: Bravo Eizquierdo ltda.
Technical Inspection: Asesorías Prigan ltda
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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Kyiv Urban Wildlife Park / Katya Larina, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Irina Klixbull, Roman Pomazan

The proposal for the Kyiv Urban Wildlife Park by Katya Larina, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Irina Klixbull, and Roman Pomazan… responds to what the place means for the thousands of people who cross the area which is nestled between

Five North American Architects / Kenneth Frampton


Five North American Architects brings together five architectural practices that, while all distinct, share a particular sensibility for the impact of craftsmanship and climate on the generation of form, as well as a concern for the expressive tactility of material and the effect of light on the articulation of structure.

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Osiedle Przyjaź University Campus / BudCud

The proposal by BudCud… for the Osiedle Przyjaźń 2.0 is an innovative university campus located in the center of Bemowo district in Warsaw. Founded in the1950s as a habitat of small wooden houses, filled with an abundance of green areas,

The University of the West of Scotland / RMJM

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Architects: RMJM
Location: ,
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Client: University of the West of Scotland
Size: 17,835 sqm GFA
Project Years: 2009 – 2011
Cost: £81 million
Photographer: Keith Hunter

Private House In Barcelos / Rui Grazina

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Architects: Rui Grazina
Location: Cambeses, Barcelos,
Project Years: 2008 – 2011
Area: 300 sqm Total Area; 290 sqm Gross Building Area; 3300 sqm Total Plot Area
Construction: Engiaço Construções Técnicas, Braga
Photographs: Nelson Garrido