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Five great projects you may have missed from last week. The main image is from RVDM’s Arriva Headquarters, a public transport company in . And don’t forget to check the great Nanshan Wedding Center, or one of our AD Classics of the week: The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption designed by Pietro Belluschi and Pier-Luigi Nervi. Or Daniel Libeskind’s latest project from Singapore, a 2,000,000 sqm. residential project. Last but not least, Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten’s housing project in The Netherlands. Enjoy!

New Police Headquarters and Extension of Charleroi/Danses / Jean Nouvel and MDW Architecture

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The new Police headquarters and the extension of /Danses was designed by Jean Nouvel and MDW Architecture. The City of Charleroi has commissioned the CFE group to design, build, finance and maintain this ambitious project. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Josai School Of Management / Studio SUMO

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Architects: Studio SUMO
Location: Sakado,
Design Team: Sunil Bald + Yolande Daniels, principals-in-charge; David Huang, project designer; Shai Turner, Brad McCoy, James Khamsi, Jeff Dee
Architect Of Record: Obayashi Design Department, Obayashi Corporation, Tokyo
Completion: 2006
Building Area: 6,200 sqm
Client: Josai University, Tokyo, Japan
Photographer: Courtesy of Nacasa Co. Ltd.

Research and Technology Innovation Park / Brooks + Scarpa

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The Research and Technology Innovation Park, designed by Brooks + Scarpa, will be ’s first new construction building.  The site is located in Monterrey near the airport and adjoins a natural habitat. The program includes labs, offices, testing facilities, and warehouse spaces and will be constructed in two phases. More on the project after the break.

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
Location of Project: Monterrey, Mexico
Total Area: Phase I_ +/- 500 sqm of Offices, +/-1000 sqm of Warehouse, Phase II_ +/-500 sqm of Offices, +/-3000 sqm of Warehouse

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2012 Pritzker Prize: Wang Shu

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, Chinese architect and founder of Amateur Architecture Studio, has been just announced as the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Prize.

The Pritzker Prize’s purpose is “to honor a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture”.

In my opinion Wang Shu’s architecture presents a contemporary and progressive approach that acknowledges the rich tradition of Chinese architecture. As the future generations of Chinese architects are influenced by his architecture, a generation that will be an active part of China’s growth, he will indirectly improve how millions will live in the next few years.

He calls his office Amateur Architecture Studio, but the work is that of a virtuoso in full command of the instruments of architecture — form, scale, material, space and light - Karen Stein, Pritzker Prize jury.

You can check our interview with Pritzker Jury Alejandro Aravena about Wang Shu’s work.

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You can see more projects by Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio, and our infographic about the history of the Pritzker Prize.

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Wang Shu’s Work – 2012 Pritzker Prize

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Today, from Amateur Architecture Studio has been announced as the  2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate.

Here you will find a selection of his recent projects, such as the New Academy of Art in Hangzhou, the Ceramic House and the Ningbo History Museum.

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Wang Shu by Alejandro Aravena

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We had the exclusive opportunity to interview Pritzker Prize Jury Alejandro Aravena about ’s work and the reasons of his selection as the 2012 Pritzker Prize laureate, where he cites extracts of conversations with the Chinese architect.

Wang Shu’s outstanding architecture may be the consequence of being able to combine talent and intelligence. This combination allows him to produce masterpieces when a monument is needed, but also very careful and contained architecture when a monument is not the case. The intensity of his work may be a consequence of his relative youth, but the precision and appropriateness of his operations talk of great maturity.

Consider Ningbo Museum of History: it is so powerful, so overwhelming that it deserves to be called a masterpiece. You don’t visit the building; you are hit by the building. I remember having felt the same only a few times in my life, like when visiting Kahn’s Parliament in Bangladesh or his Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. Being “hit” by a building happens very rarely in architecture, because that kind of impact tends to belong more to music or film, where the experience of a piece can be extremely moving and touching to the point of altering the mood in a deep positive way. Unfortunately this cannot be transmitted by photographs.

Housing In Aveiro / RVDM

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Architects: RVDM
Location: Glicínias, Aveiro,
Project Team: Rui Rei, Ricardo Senos, Jorge Brito, Catarina Simões, Nuno Marques
Client: Well Home, Lda
Contractor: VPG / CivilRia
Built Area: 18,750 sqm
Building Cost: 20,000,000€
Completion: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of RVDM

Romanesque “Cistern” Re-Discovered Under Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston

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Cities are ever-evolving and ever-transforming, constantly being regenerated – demolished and salvaged to start anew.  , ’s first reservoir, built in 1927 near Buffalo Bayou Park, is no exception.  This is another one of those exceptional neglected spaces within a developed city that holds the potential to be transformed into “landscape infrastructure”, as referred to by Kevin Shanley, CEO of  SWA Group, the Landscape Architecture firm working on the park’s current 2.3-mile upgrade from Shepherd-to-Sabine, an extension to the Sabine-to-Bagby stretch.

The story of the relationship between the re-discovered reservoir and Buffalo Bayou Park’s development is very exciting and promising.  Lisa Gray of Chron writes about the state of the reservoir today and the possibilities for its future. Continue reading for more.

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: , Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Client: Manten Corporation
Structure: Jun Sato Structural Engineering
Facility Design: Tosai Corporation, Kyu-den Ko Corporation
Construction: Matsumoto-gumi Corporation
Built Area: 212.98 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science / Grimshaw Architects

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After years of planning and widespread community support, the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, designed by Grimshaw Architects, broke ground in Downtown ’s Museum Park just last week. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the museum’s new site overlooking Biscayne Bay, marking the continuation of ’s rise as one of the world’s most culturally rich cities. The groundbreaking event marks the beginning of construction, with the new museum scheduled to open to the public by early 2015. More images and project description after the break.

Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

Architects: Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti
Location: , Hawaii,
Client: Robert & Drazena Stroj
Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist), Flavio Coddou dipl.arch., Lea Kovič u.d.i.a.
Site Area: 10,000 sqm
Project Area: 450 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Video: Cristóbal Palma

JWT Bogotá Headquarters / AEI Arquitectura e Interiores

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Architects: AEI Arquitectura e Interiores
Location: , Colombia
Area: 2,300 sqm
Date: October 2011
Main Director: Marta Gallo
Design Director: Juan Pablo Campos, Natalia Heredia
Designers: Laura Rosso, Ignacio Arciniegas
Photographs: Andrés Valbuena

Sammlung Goetz Munich / Herzog & de Meuron

We’ve been following the progress of Herzog and de Meuron’s recent projects, such as the construction stages of the Elbe Philharmonic and the design of the Museum der Kulturen Basel. Yet, every so often, it is interesting to view some of the firm’s older projects to see the common line of thought running throughout their portfolio and examine how their design process has evolved throughout the years to respond to newer technologies, materials and environmental concerns.  Although the Sammlung Goetz Museum in was designed and constructed nearly two decades ago, the project illustrates the firm’s obsession with the building’s outer  treatment.  Material selection and facade design is an important facet of the firm’s identity, but we noticed another common thread between this project and their future works – the fascination with the floating volume.

More about the museum, including more photos, after the break.

Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects

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Architect: MAD Architects
Location: , Inner Mongolia,
Directors: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Design Team: Shang Li, Andrew C. Bryant, Howard Jiho Kim, Matthias Helmreich, Linda Stannieder, Zheng Tao, Qin Lichao, , Sun Jieming, Yin Zhao, Du Zhijian, Yuan Zhongwei, Yuan Ta, Xie Xinyu, Liu Weiwei, Felipe Escudero, Sophia Tang, Diego Perez, Art Terry, Jtravis B Russett, Dustin Harris
Client: Municipality of Ordos
Site Area: 27,760 sqm
Building Area: 41, 227 sqm
Building Height: 40 m
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Shu He

Paredes School Center / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

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Architects: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes
Location: ,
Photographer: Nelson Garrido

‘Album’ Exhibition / Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

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Presented at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery in , Germany, the ‘Album’ exhibition by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The main focus of the exhibition is on their drawings, in addition to archive photographs of models and projects that all come together to offer a panorama of their work, extending from everyday details to a global approach. The exhibition was launched February 3rd and is up until June 3rd. More information after the break.