© Atelier Hollein
© Atelier Hollein

Meixihu Culture & Arts Centre / Hans Hollein & Partner

Unfolding around Meixi Lake, the Meixihu Culture & Arts Centre, designed by Hans Hollein & Partner…, incorporates a carefully conceived mix of functions nerved generously with waterways, underground traffic roads, and boulevards. In a prime position, overlooking the waters

Publication: Zawia#00:Change

Publication: Zawia#00:Change

Zawia, a periodical publication and online forum on design, architecture, and urbanism, just released their first issue which features contributions from Saskia Sassen, Stefano Boeri, Joseph Grima, WAI architecture think tank, Carlo Ratto, Markus Miessen and many others. Their ‘Change’…

Public Art Sculpture Mirage / Paul Raff Studio

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Internationally acclaimed artist and architect Paul Raff just unveiled a permanent sculpture at the opening of the Waterfront Underpass Park on August 2. Suspended overhead of pedestrians, large scale mirror-like surfaces create an illusory appearance, which bends light rays to produce a displaced image much like a mirage.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

“Los Almendros” Social Center / Ferrer Arquitectos

© David Frutos

Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
Location: Av. de la Sierra de Tabernas, Almería,
Design Team: José Ángel Ferrer
Architectural Technologist: Manuel Alonso
Internal Collaborators: Antonio García, Antonio Palenzuela, Fernando Mateos, Miguel García Haro
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: David Frutos

Video: Christchurch Central Recovery Plan

As a collaborative effort involving urban designers, architects, economists, and developers, the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan was assembled as a video to present to the public. Led by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) in , which is part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), the plans for the central city rebuild was released earlier this week as a response to the earthquake sequence in Canterbury which destroyed most of the building stock in the CBD. This distinctive, vibrant, and green 21st century city has been met with overall positive feedback, which demonstrates the importance of shared ideas on rebuilding after natural disasters. On a global scale, all cities ad towns are at risk for natural disasters, and as many of us know, preparation is key to recovery. Like the video above, the power of public opinion can really have a major impact on these types of plans and give us both a feasible and optimistic view of the future.

 

Private Residence / Grunsfeld Shafer Architects

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Architects: Grunsfeld Shafer Architects
Location: , USA
Design Team: Thomas L. Shafer, Scott Crowe
Project Area: 6,500 sqm
Photographs: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Artisan Barn 
Addition / Hutchison & Maul Architecture

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Seattle-based Hutchison & Maul Architecture has designed an addition, dubbed the Artisan Barn, to a historic barn in Uniontown, . The existing space currently houses studio, performance and gallery areas for artists, along with a gift shop. Materials will be salvaged from an onsite Loafing Shed to create a new classroom onto the existing barn structure. Additionally, Hutchison & Maul will assist in designing a master plan that will integrate landscape and outdoor performance spaces into the surrounding area.

Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

Video: Storage House / Ryuji Fujimura

This short clip via ja+u of the Storage House by Ryuji Fukimura Architects takes you on a quick journey through the relatively compact residence that occupies a thin plot of land in the Kanagawa Prefecture, part of the Greater Area. Smartly designed to maximize the interior volumes, a unique aspect of the house is the dry moats that line the basement floor allowing for diffuse daylight to shower the interior that would have otherwise been artificially lighted.  An added benefit of the moats is that it encourages air circulation from the bottom of the house to the top creating a stack effect.

Terra Nova House / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Juliana Scalizi, Flávia Oide, Leandro Garcia, Gustavo Benthien
Project Manager: Monica Cappa
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

National Museum of Afghanistan / TheeAe LTD

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The design concept for the National Museum of is centered around the flowered arch. TheeAe LTD finds this design opportunity as a way to bring the lost heritage back to the present. The major concern for the architecture was not only about the collections but also emotional realm of space that requires a place to give a rest and the joy of the nature in its heritage safe and secured. More images and architects’ description after the break.

modeLab Intro Lab: Parametric Design with Grasshopper Workshop

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Taking place August 17 from 10am-6pm in , Intro Lab is a one-day workshop put on by modeLab on the topic of Parametric Design with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, we will cover introductions to Algorithmic Design, Computational Geometry, and Parametric Modeling. Additionally, participants will explore concepts such as Object Attributes/Parameters, Part to Whole Relationships, and Data Flow. Emphasis will be placed on consistent organization of data through Lists and Data Trees and best practices for Creative Project Workflow Integration, File Modularity, and Data Visualization. For more information, please visit here.

‘From Research to Design – Selected Architects from Tongji University of Shanghai’ Exhibition

Courtesy of Triennale di Milano

Opening up September 4 at 5pm with a lecture by 2012 Pritzker Prize Winner, architect Wang Shu, the exhibition of projects of Chinese architects focuses on the theoretical research on architecture and design as well as building practice currently found fertile ground in any contemporary China but particularly in the city of Shanghai. Organized by La Triennale of Milan and the Degree Course in Engineering/Architecture from the University of Pavia, yhe center of the debate will be on urban development and architecture thanks to the cultural milieu linked to Tongji University. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Vinery Kobler / Lukas Mayr Architekt + Theodor Gallmetzer Architecture

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Architects: Lukas Mayr Architekt + Theodor Gallmetzer Architecture
Location: , South Tyrol, Italy
Design Team: Lukas Mayr, Theodor Gallmetzer
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jürgen Eheim

FDR3120 Building / A3 Digital

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Architects: A3 Digital
Location: Franklin D. Roosevelt 3120, , Autonomous City of , Argentina
Design Team: Santiago Luppi, Javier Ugalde, Andrea Winter
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Alejandro Peral

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art / Coates Design Architects

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Located on a prominent corner of Bainbridge Island, , the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is not only the anchor tenant of the Island Gateway development, but it will soon become the cultural center of its community. Designed by Coates Design Architects, an inspiring and creative experience is provided to residents and visitors alike. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Sky’s the Limit: Applying Radical Architecture

Thanks to innovations in building materials, design technologies, and construction tools, a new generation of architects can finally realize structures that would have previously remained mere dreams. This emergence of a new vernacular of radically sculpted buildings, rooms, and installations melds rigorous usability with a playful and cutting edge aesthetic, facilitating highly functional yet undeniably exhilarating spaces.

Random Special Places: Kling Klang Kraftwerk studio

at , 1981

In an industrial section of Düsseldorf squats a relatively unremarkable yellow-tiled modernist-looking building. It looks like the sort of building that went up in the post-war reconstruction (the city was bombed nearly flat in night raids during WWII).

The building, however, betrays obvious categorizations. At first glance it seems easy to place on an historical continuum. But just as it could be from the fifties or sixties, it could just as easily be from the twenties or thirties. It may have miraculously survived the RAF’s gasoline bombs. Post-raid aerial survey photos would always reveal those few exclamation points of untouched buildings dotting the monochromatic wastes. Could this be one of those survivors? Is this why it looks so special sitting amidst the other unremarkable buildings of Mintropstrasse? Or maybe it’s the mere fact of the photograph that makes it special.

Continue reading after the break

Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer / Woodhead

© Steve Rendoulis

Architects: Woodhead
Location: Flinders Dr, Bedford Park SA,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Steve Rendoulis