Leopards Leap Vineyards / Makeka Design Lab

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Architects: Makeka Design Lab
Location: Franschhoek,
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Contractor: JJ Dempers Master Builders
Completion: December 2011
Photographs: Dave Southwood

Amstetten School Campus / Atelier Thomas Pucher

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The challenge in the competition for the School Campus was to combine two existing secondary schools in one location and complement the program with a new music school and an additional gym. With the area being characterized by an extreme heterogeneous development, with a wide range of buildings with various functions and styles, the design by Atelier Thomas Pucher, which won the first prize, is comprised of a compact five-storey cube which rises in the surroundings as a distinctive landmark. Additionally, the building is combined with two lower volumes and three courtyards, within a chessboard formation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Tehran Football Camp / Kourosh Rafiey

Despite previous efforts to build football related complexes in Iran, Kourosh Rafiey…’s proposal aims to solve the country’s lack of these spaces. The design includes a high-tech complex with complete facilities that could fulfill all the desires of football

Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture
Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture

“Three in a Row” MAS Founder Pavilions / Crepain Binst Architecture

 
The MAS (Museum by the river), a must seen building itself, is currently exhibiting the Founder Pavilions, which give curious spectators a look at the here and now and into the future. In close cooperation with the Founders, Crepain …

Net Zero Energy Building / Detail Green Books

Detail recently sent us Net Zero Energy Building from their Green Books series. Like everything Detail does, this books takes a thorough look at the technology surrounding this specific subject. It also, as always, gives great examples from the Virginia Tech Solar House to the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College.

Description: Net-zero energy buildings, equilibrium buildings, or carbon-neutral cities depending on location and underlying agenda, the statistics vary. The variety of terms in use indicates that a scientific method is still lacking which poses a problem not just in regard to international communication, but also with respect to planning processes as a response to energy challenges. The clarification and meaning of the most important terms in use is extremely important for their implementation. Since October 2008 a panel of experts from an international energy agency has concerned itself with these topics as part of a project entitled Toward Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings. The objective is to analyze exemplary buildings that are near a zero-energy balance in order to develop methods and tools for the planning, design, and operation of such buildings. The results are documented in this publication. More than just a showcase presentation of select projects, the focus of this publication is on relaying knowledge and experience gained by planners and builders.

Syracuse University Practice Football Facility / Bernheimer Architecture

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Designed by Bernheimer Architecture for University, the football practice facility along with a larger strategic masterplan for the Lampe Athletic Campus situated about 3 miles south of the Main Campus seeks to create an identity for this new “middle campus” by making an assemblage of disparate buildings into a strong collection. By creating an environment that would enhance the practice session, the architects stay true to one of Vince Lombardi’s favorite quotes, “Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Spanish-Portuguese Agricultural Research Center (CIALE) / Canvas Arquitectos

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Architects: Canvas Arquitectos
Location: Salamanca,
Collaborators Architects: Marta Gonzalez Antón, Iñigo Pericacho Sánchez, Jesús Domínguez Miñambres, Carmen Figueiras Lorenzo, Jaime Pérez Linares, Claudia Henao Ocampo, Miguel Angel Zarzoso, Luis Ferreira Villar, Eduardo Dorado Díaz, Iñigo Pericacho Sánchez
Client: Fundacion Parque Cientifico Usal
Contractor: Dragados
Built area: 4,800 sqm
Photographs: Luis Asín

   

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Commissariat of Police in France / X-TU

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Architects: X-TU – Anouk Legendre & Nicolas Desmazieres
Location: , France
Design Team: Roel Dehoorne, Gaelle Leborgne, Melanie Bury, Ingrid Manger
Client: Ministery of Interior
Cost: 5,790,000 € TTC with tax
Total Floor Area: 3,857 sqm shon
Engineering: Estair L. Labrousse
Photographs: JM Monthiers

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXVI

Photo by hansn - http://www..com/photos/28402310@N06/

We’ve finally passed the 75,000 photos in our Flickr pool! Keep sending them, so we can celebrate the 100,000 milestone. 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 hansn in Copenhague, Denmark. Check the other four after the break.

Finalists announced for the Menil Collection Expansion

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Prior to becoming a Pritzker laureate, Italian architect Renzo Piano was commissioned to design the Menil Collection in a quiet inner-city neighborhood of , . Since celebrating its opening in 1987, the museum has expanded, adding Renzo’s second commission, the Cy Twombly Gallery (1995), along with the permanent, site-specific installation at Richmond Hall by minimalist sculptor Dan Flavin and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel (1997-2012) by owner Dominique de Menil. Surrounded by ample amounts of open space, the long-term master plan of the museum’s campus has been under the review of architect David Chipperfield.

Now, after an extensive international search to select the architect for the campuses new major addition that will house the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), the architecture selection committee has announced the four architects under consideration. Once completed, MDI will be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, and one of the most advanced in the world.

Continue after the break to find out the finalists.

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: , China
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 ’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 . 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: Worcester,
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.

More after the break.

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: , Canada
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