Guinness Deep-Sea Bar / Jump Studios

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London-based architecture practice, Jump Studios, recently completed the interior of a submarine for the first ever Guinness deep-sea bar, which recently plunged the depths of the Baltic in the Archipelago. Jump was asked to create an interior for the vessel (fitting a space approximately 11m2) that reflected the Guinness brand statement ‘Alive Inside’. And the solution was a fluid concept, constructed from GRP (glass reinforced plastic), that captures the feeling of being ‘immersed in a dynamic, flowing experience’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Wienerberger Brick Award 2012 and “Brick’12″ Book

The winners of the Wienerberger Brick Award 2012 have been announced at a ceremony in Vienna’s City Hall. Five international architects were awarded for their outstanding work, for projects using brick as a construction material. The five-person jury chose South…

Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre / NH Architecture

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Architects: NH Architecture
Location: , VIC, Australia
Design Team: Peter Dredge, Hamish Lyon, Andy Gentry, Fiona Collie, Emily Kilvington, Astrid Jenkin, Mitch McTaggart, Chris Reddaway, Silvia Tasani, Jan Vastestaeger, Chad Harrison, Ramiro Marroquin
Completion: 2011
Cost: $6.1 million
Photographs: Dianna Snape

General Manifold / Spatial Ops

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General Manifold is an immersive architectural environment installed in the abandoned Federal Screw Works factory complex in Chelsea, . This installation was the centerpiece of a collective exhibition organized by the architectural collaborative Spatial Ops and students from their Meta Friche research seminar at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Continue after the break for images and the architect’ project description.

PBS lists Top Ten Buildings that Changed America

Vanna Venturi House / © Maria Buszek

PBS has released their selections of the top ten buildings that have changed the way Americans live, work and play. From ’s 224-year-0ld Virginia State Capitol to Robert Ventui’s postmodern masterpiece the Vanna Venturi House, each building on the list will be featured in a new TV and web production coming to PBS in 2013. Continue after the break to view the top ten influential buildings and let us know your thoughts!

Nursery in Ourense / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

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Architects: Abalo Alonso Arquitectos - Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
Location: , Spain
Completed: 2011
Collaborators: Berta Peleteiro
Budget: 400,000 €
Area: 327 sqm
Photographs: Héctor Santos-Díez | Bis Images

   

Swiss Clockwork Embassy / Matteo Cainer Architects

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The design of the new Swiss Embassy in , designed by Matteo Cainer Architects, pays tribute to its renewed presence in the Cameroon and a respect for the uniqueness of the site. The resulting proposal is an elegant ensemble that encapsulates the identity and self-image of the Swiss people and their values. The calm external simplicity of the proposal conceals an inner complexity while achieving a sustainable design, which was another key in the process. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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New Bauhaus Museum / Pedro Monteiro, Rodrigo Cruz, Sérgio Silva

The design proposal for the New Bauhaus Museum by Pedro Monteiro, Rodrigo Cruz, and Sérgio Silva… establishes a volumetric relation with the Gauforum in regard to its location. The first thing you see is a tower of light.

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Rio 2016 Olympic Park Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten

Mecanoo Architecten … shared with us their design for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, which will be the heart of the games. It was important to the architects to change the current paradigm, which opposes the real state logics to the

Alto San Francisco Events Center / Juan Carlos Sabbagh

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Architects: Juan Carlos Sabbagh
Location: Santiago, .
Collaborators: Juan Diego Recabarren R, Nicolas Sabbagh C.
Area: 3.154 sqm
Date: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Juan Carlos Sabbagh

Vivace Control Room A - © Silvia Campos Ulloa

Vivace Music Brings World Class WSDG Studio to Uruguay

Vivace Music, an elegant, high-end recording studio, has debuted in the heart of Montevideo, the ¨Switzerland¨ of Latin America. Acoustically superb, and aesthetically unique, studio details are highlighted by rare wood elements such as doors, window trim, flooring and custom…

Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide / David Bergman

Written for students and practitioners in the fields of architecture and interior design, our new Architecture Brief Sustainable Design provides a concise overview of all the techniques available for reducing the energy footprint of structures and spaces. With clear, simple language and a practical “can-do” approach, author David Bergman covers everything from the profession’s ethical responsibility, to design structures and spaces that sustain our natural resources, to specific considerations such as rainwater harvesting, graywater recycling, passive heating techniques, solar orientation, green roofs, wind energy, daylighting, indoor air quality, material evaluation and specification, and how to work with green building certification programs.

Hamilton Grange Teen Center / Rice+Lipka Architects

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Architects: Rice+Lipka Architects 
Location: , NY, USA
Project Team: Benjamin Cadena (Project Architect), Karl Larson (Project Manager), Andrew Dadds (Designer) 
Area: 4,400 sqf
Photographs: Michael Moran,  

Reactor Films / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: 1330 4th Street, , California, USA
Principal in Charge: Lawrence Scarpa
Design Team: Angela Brooks, Jackson Butler, Adam Davis, Mike Ferguson, John Jennings, Gwynne Pugh, Lawrence Scarpa
Furniture and Fixture Design: Mike Ferguson, John Jennings and Lawrence Scarpa (with Dave Scott)
Steel and Furniture Fabrication: Dave Scott of DESU
Construction Team: Brian Crommie and Tom Hinerfeld of BT Builders
Client/Owner: Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
Total Square Footage: 7,000 sq. ft.
Costs: $350,000.00 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
Photographs: Marvin Rand

New York City Positioned to be the US’s Next Tech City

The Wall Street Journal's Graphic presenting the Data in "New ," a report by the Center for an Urban Future.

A report released by the Center for an Urban Future has positioned New York City as the fastest growing tech sector in the country, outpacing Boston to become the U.S.’s #2 (only behind Silicon Valley).

Its rapid growth – a 28.7% increase of tech-related jobs in five years and a 32% increase in venture capital deals (compare that to the national average of -11%) – has been attributed to the diversification of its startup tech companies, focused not on creating new technologies, but on providing technological solutions to existing industries.

However (as we noted earlier this week in “The Next Silicon Valley(s)“)  there is another “key” factor to the city’s burgeoning innovation and entrepreneur scene – the city itself.

Read More on how New York City’s Urban lay-out is encouraging its technological boom, after the break.

Ironbank / RTA Studio

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Architects: RTA Studio
Location: Auckland,
Architects Team: Richard Naish (Design Director), Tim Melville (Technical Director), Ben Hayes (Studio Director/Project Architect)
Builder: Macrennie Commercial Construction Limited
Completion: 2009
Building Size: 9,600 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Update: Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum faces Closure

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Two weeks ago, we reported that famed Maxxi Museum may face closure, as the high-profile museum was placed under special administration after the government uncovered a €800,000 hole in Maxxi’s 2011 accounts. With major budget cuts in cultural funding slashing the museum’s €11 million budget to less than €2 million for 2012, the future of the Maxxi remains unknown. However, as reported on BD Online, Maxxi president Pio Baldi has resigned and Italian architect Antonia Pasqua Recchia has been appointed to take his place.

Recchia has announced that she will to do everything possible to keep the Maxxi afloat and preserve the museum’s prestigious reputation on the international stage. She plans seek corporate sponsorship and private funding to make up lost funds and save the museum from closure.

Bamboo Booth 2012 / Vo Trong Nghia

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Architect: Vo Trong Nghia
Location: ,
Architects in charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Takashi Niwa, Kosuke Nishijima
Completion: April 2012
Photographs: Nguyen Quang Phuc, Vo Trong Nghia