Ruten Competition Winning Proposal: ‘Lysning’ / Space Group + Superunion Architects

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Designed by Space Group + Superunion Architects, their winning proposal for Ruten competition reflects the city of ’ development and establishes Ruten as a natural center and as a future city with strong roots and a proud local history. The proposal, titled ‘Lysning’, consists of a ring that connects and creates the new transport hub and public space below for an attractive unifying roof. As the Central Park in New York was built before the Manhattan grid was condensed around it, Ruten has remained as a buffer in the urban development in anticipation of something bigger. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Riga Passenger Terminal Winning Proposal / NRJA

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With the existing Passenger Terminal now outdated and situated in an exclusive location – adjacent to the very center of , the infrastructure needed a new identity and urban response. Therefore, the first prize winning proposal by NRJA envisions the development of the territory and port as a high quality urban environment which offers not only maritime transport, leisure, shopping and business experience but also public space connection to the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Social Housing and Center for the Fishermen Brotherhood of Cala Rajada / BB Arquitectes

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Architects: BB Arquitectes
Location: , Spain
Architecture: Antoni Barceló y Bàrbara Balanzó
Rigger: Fernando Liesegang
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

20th Street Residence / SF-OSL

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Architects: SF-OSL
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Casper Mork Ulnes, Andreas Tingulstad, Grygoriy Ladigin
Landscape Architects: Flora Grubb
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Courtesy of MAD Architects
Courtesy of MAD Architects

National Museum of China Competition Entry / MAD Architects

Designed by MAD Architects… for the 2011 international competition for a new national museum in Beijing, their proposal aims at being a city-sized museum where the public space is the greatest good. Situated on the central axis of the 2008

Alt 1374 – Nax / Lx1 Architecture

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Architects: Lx1 Architecture
Location: , Valais, Switzerland
Architect In Charge: David Vessaz
Design Team: Miriam Bleikolm, Camille Bagnoud
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Luca da Campo / Strates

The Brick Loft / FARM

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Architects: FARM
Location: , Singapore
Design Team: Torrance Goh, Peter Sim, Hong Weiming
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeremy San TzerNing

Working on the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art © Design Research, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Working on the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art © Design Research, Smithsonian Institution Archives

“Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation” Opens Tomorrow in LA

Born in Finland, Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) is recognized today as one of America’s most influential architects of the 20th Century. The exhibition Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation…, opening tomorrow at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in

WAF Awards: Category Winners Announced

Schools / Binh Duong School, Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The World Architecture Festival have just announced the winners of 17 of the awards categories. The jury included Sir Peter Cook, Juergen Mayer H, Moshe Safdie, Willy Alsop, and many more, including our own David Basulto.

Check all the winners after the break.

Medical Training Center of Mae Tao Clinic / a.gor.a Architects

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Architects: a.gor.a Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Albert Company Olmo, Line Ramstad, Jan Glasmeier
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Franc Pallarés López

AD Round Up: Leisure Part X

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For today Ad Round Up, we have some great leisure projects previously featured in ArchDaily. Here’s five you can’t miss: The Cinema Center in Busan, Korea by Coop Himmelb(l)au, the home of the Busan International Film Festival. Also visit, The Conga Room by Belzberg Architects, a Latin Club in , or De Borneohof designed by Peter Geusebroek. Don’t forget to revisit Bota Bota in Montreal by Sid Lee Architecture, a ferryboat that used to link Sorel and Berthier in the 1950s and that’s been renovated into a floating Scandinavian spa. Finally check out House of Air designed by Mark Horton.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Five North American Architects / Kenneth Frampton

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Almost two years ago, on November 13th 2010, I had the chance to attend to a very special seminar to celebrate the 80th birthday of Kenneth Frampton at Columbia’s GSAPP. During that intense day, five north american practices presented their work followed by an interesting debate: Rick Joy Architects, Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects, Patkau Architects, Steven Holl, and Shim Sutcliffe Architects.

For the 13th Venice Biennale, Kenneth Frampton was invited to have his exhibit at the Arsenale, where the works of these five practices was presented on a series of videos, on a simple installation designed by Steven Holl.

While we don’t have the videos shown during the Biennale, we present you the full video of the seminar (almost 6 hours), made available online by the GSAPP.

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More information about the “Five North American Architects as a Common Ground” videos shown at the Biennale:

Caring Cabin / TVA Architects

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Architects: TVA Architects
Location: Pacific City, Oregon,
Project Team: John Heili, Tom Douville, Nick Williams
Lead Design: Bob Thompson – Design Principal
Photographs: Rich Strode, Stephen Cridland

Marina City / Bertrand Goldberg © Andreas E. Larsson
Marina City / Bertrand Goldberg © Andreas E. Larsson

“Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson”

Opening tonight in Los Angeles at the WUHO Gallery: Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson.
For more than two years, Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson… documented the lives of residents in the

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Venice Biennale 2012: Museum of Copying / FAT

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The Museum of Copying, curated by British architect’s , was one of my favorite exhibitions at the Venice Biennale. The subject of copy in architecture has always interested me, in relation to how the series of copies in the form of iterations are what make architecture evolve. The concept is explored in this exhibit with three installations, starting with Villa Rotunda Redux, the iconic Palladio building copied (or reinterpreted?) through history now digitally fabricated and casted.

During the Biennale we had the chance to talk with Sam Jacob (@anothersam) from FAT, who explains us more about the Museum of Copying on this video (full interview coming soon!).

More about the Museum of Copying from the architects after the break.

Center for High Performance Athletics in Jamor / Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

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Architects: Espaço Cidade Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge: João Silva Vieira
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

Nerua Restaurant / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Museo Guggenheim, , Spain
Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán
Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga, Oscar da Costa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

OMA wins competition for new engineering school in France

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OMA has been selected from four competing international architectural practices to design the new École Centrale engineering school and its surrounding urban development in the research and innovation zone of Saclay, southwest of Paris.

Spearheaded by Clément Blanchet, director of OMA projects in , the winning “lab city” concept contrasts the corridor linearity of the typical laboratory. The design proposes a low level, glass-roofed superblock that contains an interior open plan grid, where various activities can interact and be overlooked simultaneously. Continue after the break to learn more.