Federal National Council’s New Parliament Building Complex / Paul Stallan Studio

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Paul Stallan Studio’s response to the competition brief for the Federal National Council’s New Parliament Building Complex was to promote a monumental Islamic architecture that had both gravitas and iconic potential. A huge cubic form was proposed that held within it a major assembly space suspended within an enormous courtyard. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Plot #183 / Bernard Khoury Architects


Architect: Bernard Khoury Architects
Location: , Lebanon
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Bernard Khoury Architects


Residential Project at Aarhus Harbour / ADEPT and LUPLAU & POULSEN

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The Deputy Mayor Laura Hay recently revealed the winners of the competition for a 12.000 m2 sustainable housing project at a reception at Aarhus City Hall. The winning team consists of the architects ADEPT and LUPLAU & POULSEN, turn-key contractor Dansk Boligbyg and NIRAS Consulting Engineers. The team has designed a project entitled The City in the Building – Housing for All at Harbour North, that consists of 238 public dwellings distributed between 83 apartments for families and +55 aged seniors, and 155 student-housing units. The project is expected to be completed for inauguration in December 2013. More images and project description after the break.

Maritime Museum and Science Center / COBE & TRANSFORM

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Designed by the Danish architecture offices COBE and TRANSFORM, the new Maritime Museum and Science Center in , conveys ’s transformation from a seafaring nation to a modern society based on knowledge industry. The iconic character of the new Maritime Museum and its attractive location at the river close to the city center makes this new building a natural landmark for the city. Furthermore, the new museum building is the first step towards a big new master plan development for Porsgrunn City Center, also designed by COBE and TRANSFORM. Construction for the building recently began and is expected to be completed in autumn 2012. More image and architects’ description after the break.

Indiana Convention Center Expansion / RATIO Architects

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Architect: RATIO Architects
Location: , , United States
Project Area: 700,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Bill Zbaren Photography

In 2006, the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority selected RATIO Architects to create a major expansion to the Indiana Convention Center as a response to ongoing increased convention and trade show demand. The more than 700,000 sq. ft. expansion includes exhibition space, meeting rooms, and pre-function and support space – all within a tight urban site in the heart of Indianapolis, directly connected to 4,700 hotel rooms and within easy walking distance of restaurants, retail shops and at the head of a new pedestrian/event street. More about the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building after the break.

Dublin Grounds of Remembrance / PLANT Architect

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Landscape: PLANT Architect
Location: Dublin, , USA
Project Team: Lisa Rapoport, Chris Pommer, Mary Tremain, Lisa Moffitt, Olivia Mapue, Elise Shelley, Jane Hutton, Heather Asquith
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Stephen Evans

Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center / Meyers + Associates Architecture

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Architect: Meyers + Associates Architecture
Location: Westerville, ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Carbone 

The Shape of Breeze / StudioGreenBlue


Architects: StudioGreenBlue
Location: Isesaki City,
Design Team: Mitsuharu Kojima, Wataru Kobayashi
Structural Engineer: Kakinuma Architecture Office
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 114.27 sqm
Photographs: StudioGreenBlue

Lørenskog, central square / Østengen & Bergo AS

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Landscape architect: Østengen & Bergo AS landscape architects MNLA
Location: ,
Architect: L2 architects AS
Design: Collaboration between architect and landscape architect
Budget: 1,630,000 Euro
Project Area: 1,8 daa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Østengen & Bergo landscape architects AS

Video: Oki Sato of nendo

Nendo in Japanese means free forming clay almost like Play-Doh, founder goes on to further describe the meaning to represent in the end ‘flexibility’.  The company, which he established in Tokyo in 2002 after graduating with an architecture degree from Waseda University, has steadily gained momentum (they now have a second office in Milan) and recognition.  Focusing on small ideas that provide a strong impact, Sato shares, “we don’t specialize in anything it is the story that is important.”  Nendo‘s designs, are able to simultaneously remain clean and minimal while remaining friendly or as Sato describes it, “he doesn’t want to make them cold, it needs a pinch of humor.”

Take a look at nendo‘s work featured on ArchDaily.  The PUMA House design incorporated vine like staircases giving the space a unique character and key display stands for PUMA sneakers.  The resulting effect is in the words of the firm, “a strong reminder that we exercise our bodies daily going up and down stairs, and has a visual connection with stadium stairs and podiums too, to bring in PUMA’s important relationship with sports. The stairs bring a sense of movement to the interior, enabling a three-dimensional product display that fully uses its space and allows visitors to experience PUMA’s worldview.”

Montrose Duplex / Warren Techentin Architecture

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Architect: Warren Techentin Architecture
Location: , California, USA
Photographs: Nicholas Alan Cope

UK Monument Preston Bus Station at Risk

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is calling for international attention to the 1969 . Once the world’s largest bus station, the brutalist monument is scheduled for demolition as part of the city center’s redevelopment plan. The building is one of thirty “at risk” sites featured by WMF.

Rem Koolhaas stated in an interview with Radio 4’s Evan Davies, “Yes, I think that it is true that in retrospect the brutalist tradition of England is one of its most creative and imaginative architectures and it’s only in the last 5 years that we ourselves are becoming interested in the issue of preservation and I’ve personally campaigned for preserving modernist architecture because there’s almost a global consensus that any architecture from the late sixties, seventies and eighties should disappear from the face of the earth because it’s so harsh and presumably also because it’s so socialistic. And I actually think that we should keep them and treasure them and see them as emblems of a period when architecture was interested in doing good things.”

Follow this link and sign the petition to promote Preston Bus Station’s refurbishment as a key part of the Preston Tithebarn redevelopment scheme.

The video was provided by architectural photographer, Andy Marshall. You can follow him on twitter @fotofacade.

Delta Dental / OPN Architects

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Architect: OPN Architects
Location: Johnston,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

Delta Dental is a national non-profit dental insurance provider with 39 independent member companies devoted to preventative care for oral health and hygiene.  With the hopes of creating an economic branding and highly visible promotional device, Delta employed the architectural services of OPN Architects to develop their corporate headquarters along a major interstate.

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OUTSIDE THE BOX: Low and High Technologies for the Emergencies 2011 Competition

Published by Analist Group and organized and curated by the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism_presS/Tfactory, the OUTSIDE THE BOX competition is focused on identifying design ideas for resolving various problems in emergency situations. During recent years, numerous natural phenomena…

Video: Metropol Parasol / Jürgen Mayer Architects

Pedro Kok recently shared with us a video he shot at the Metropol Parasol. We thought you would enjoy it. Check out our other articles on this design.

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Mehrshahr Residential Complex Proposal / ContemporARchitectURban Designers Group

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ContemporARchitectURban Designers Group, which was created by Ali Andaji Garmaroodi, Amin Monsefi and Reza Roudneshin, shared with us their winning proposal for the Mehrshahr Residential Complex Design Competition located in which is the fifth largest city of , and located near Tehran. The main purpose of the client and the organizer of this competition was to find new ways to develop and build houses for middle layer people of the society in order to have an complex suits to Iranian needs and culture, which has had missed in the recent years. More images and project description after the break.

The Western Terp / LEVS Architecten

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Architects: LEVS Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 6,350 sqm
Photographs: Gerard van Beek