Coupe Gordon-Bennett / LRS Architectes + 3BM3 + group8

01:00 - 10 December, 2013
Coupe Gordon-Bennett / LRS Architectes + 3BM3 + group8, © Régis Golay, Federal Studio
© Régis Golay, Federal Studio

© Régis Golay, Federal Studio © Régis Golay, Federal Studio © Régis Golay, Federal Studio © Régis Golay, Federal Studio +17

Consexto Lab / consexto

01:00 - 10 December, 2013
Consexto Lab / consexto, © FG + SG
© FG + SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto, Portugal
  • Client

    Consexto
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG +29

Patricia Ready Art Gallery / Izquierdo y Lehmann, Elton + Léniz

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
Patricia Ready Art Gallery / Izquierdo y Lehmann, Elton + Léniz, © Carlos Eguiguren
© Carlos Eguiguren

© Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Espoz 3125, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architect

    Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann, Mauricio Leniz y Mirene Elton
  • Project Area

    2016.45 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photography

    Carlos Eguiguren

MG Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
MG Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados , © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +29

Wilhelm-leuschner-Platz station / Max Dudler

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
Wilhelm-leuschner-Platz station / Max Dudler , © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller
  • Architects

  • Location

    Martin-Luther-Ring, 04107 Leipzig, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Max Dudler
  • Developers

    Deutsche Bahn AG
together, Free State of Saxony
  • Area

    5678.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller +8

Why Workspaces are Obsessed with the Open Plan

00:00 - 9 December, 2013
Why Workspaces are Obsessed with the Open Plan, NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown Seattle headquarters. Image © NBBJ
NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown Seattle headquarters. Image © NBBJ

In a brilliant article for Der Spiegel, "The New Monuments to Digital Domination," writer Thomas Schulz not only rounds up our reigning tech giants' oddly-shaped offices - from Apple's "spaceship" to Amazon's "biodomes" - but also pinpoints what they have in common: horizontality. And why? Because an "open creative playground" without boundaries (like floors or walls) is "the perfect ideas factory: the ideal spatial environment for optimally productive digital workers who continuously churn out world-changing innovations." And while this means that privacy has gone out these workspaces' proverbial windows, Schulz isn't too surprised - after all, "people have no right to a private life in the digital age." Check out this must-read article here.

AV Houses / Corsi Hirano Arquitetos

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
AV Houses / Corsi Hirano Arquitetos, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +28

Win a Copy of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's Newly Released "Wunderkammer"

00:00 - 9 December, 2013
Win a Copy of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's Newly Released "Wunderkammer", Wunderkammer / Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Image Courtesy of Yale University Press
Wunderkammer / Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Image Courtesy of Yale University Press

Thanks to our friends at Yale University Press, one of our readers has the opportunity to  win a copy of the newly released book Wunderkammer by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Pier Carlo Bontempi Named 2014 Driehaus Laureate

00:00 - 9 December, 2013
Pier Carlo Bontempi Named 2014 Driehaus Laureate, Piazza Matteotti (watercolor) / Pier Carlo Bontempi and Leon Krier
Piazza Matteotti (watercolor) / Pier Carlo Bontempi and Leon Krier

Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi has been selected as the 12th recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Lauded for his “lifelong contribution to the human city and classical tradition,” Bontempi has dedicated much of his work in the “search for common ground between the classical and the modern; the two most powerful architectural ideas of our century,” as jury member Demetri Porphyrios described.

Glebe Residence / Batay-Csorba Architects

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
© Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography  © Doublespace Photography  © Batay-Csorba Architect © Doublespace Photography  +25

Bosque da Ribeira / Anastasia Arquitetos

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
Bosque da Ribeira / Anastasia Arquitetos, Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos
Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nova Lima - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Area

    650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos

Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos +28

Form4 Architecture Wins WAN Civic Buildings Future Schemes Award for Cultural Center in Taiwan

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
Form4 Architecture Wins WAN Civic Buildings Future Schemes Award for Cultural Center in Taiwan, Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
Courtesy of Form4 Architecture

Form4 Architecture has been awarded first place in the 2013 WAN Civic Buildings Competition for a proposal that promises to be a "catalyst for metropolitan living" in Taichung, Taiwan. The new city center, titled "Luminous Moon-Gate," was selected out of 46 entries in the "Future Schemes" category.

The House of Yagi / Suppose Design Office + Ohno Japan

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
The House of Yagi / Suppose Design Office + Ohno Japan, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Makoto Tanijiri (Suppose Design Office) + Ohno HIrohumi (Ohno Japan)
  • Area

    112.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +12

What Will Be Mandela’s Spatial Legacy?

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
Rendering for Greenpoint Stadium. Image Courtesy of http://bensnewgreenpointstadium.webs.com/
Rendering for Greenpoint Stadium. Image Courtesy of http://bensnewgreenpointstadium.webs.com/

 From the window of an airplane it's all too plain that apartheid has been deeply written into the South African landscape. Even the smallest town appears as two distinct towns. One features a spacious grid of tree-lined streets and comfortable houses surrounded by lawns. The other, its shriveled twin, some distance away but connected by a well-traveled road, consists of a much tighter grid of dirt roads lined with shacks. Trees are a rarity, lawns non-existent. This doubling pattern appears no matter the size of the population: here, the white town; over there, the black township. -- Lisa Findley, “Red & Gold: A Tale of Two Apartheid Museums.”

There are few systems of government that relied so heavily upon the delineations of space than the Apartheid government of South Africa (1948-1994). Aggressively wielding theories of Modernism and racial superiority, South Africa’s urban planners didn’t just enforce Apartheid, they embedded it into every city - making it a daily, degrading experience for South Africa’s marginalized citizens.

When Nelson Mandela and his party, the African National Congress, were democratically elected to power in 1994, they recognized that one of the most important ways of diminishing Apartheid’s legacy would be spatial: to integrate the white towns and the black townships, and revive those “shriveled twin[s].” 

As we remember Mandela - undoubtedly the most important man in South Africa’s history - and ponder his legacy, we must also consider his spatial legacy. It is in the physical, spatial dimensions of South Africa’s towns and cities that we can truly see Apartheid’s endurance, and consider: to what extent have Mandela’s words of reconciliation and righteous integration, truly been given form?

Kindergarten KITA / Conveyer

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
Kindergarten KITA  / Conveyer, © Tsvetomir Dzhermanov
© Tsvetomir Dzhermanov

© Ralitsa Stoynova © Tsvetomir Dzhermanov © Tsvetomir Dzhermanov © Tsvetomir Dzhermanov +36

Call for Ideas: Space to Culture

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
Call for Ideas: Space to Culture

The progressive digitalization of social and economical relationships is transforming lots of huge factories into useless empty boxes waiting for re-functionalization and new purpose. Nute Partecipazioni ltd deals with revamping and enhancing valuable but disused industrial buildings. Such firm owns a disused factory in Quarto Inferiore (Granarolo, Bologna). Nute’s CEO is currently aiming to transform the disused 15.000 m2 industrial park into a space for leisure time, culture and arts.

What kind of architecture could be proposed in order to host cultural and entertainment activities?

This is a chance to rethink a disused industrial place and transform it in a lively space for culture, art and public relationships. Wide and versatile open spaces are meant to provide local citizens and tourists a modern cultural / leisure time activities centre.

This call focuses on temporality and spatial custom-tailoring. Nowadays modern technology is capable of boosting communication and information. This feature shall lead designers to propose flexible system made of dynamic / modular / equipped spaces. More information after the break.

House Gazebo / AR+C

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
House Gazebo / AR+C , © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guayllabamba, Quito Canton, Ecuador
  • Architect in Charge

    Francisco Almeida, Tatiana Bohorquez
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea +18

House In Serdarova Street / Dva Arhitekta

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
House In Serdarova Street / Dva Arhitekta, © Robert Les
© Robert Les
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ulica Ive Serdara, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
  • Collaborators

    Tomislav Burgund, Cvjetka Peronja
  • Area

    399.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Robert Les © Robert Les © Robert Les © Robert Les +18