Tecas 43 / Miguel Angel Aragonés

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Architects: Miguel Angel Aragonés
Location: city,
Architect In Charge: Taller Aragonés
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Joe Fletcher, Victor Benitéz

Dutch Firm wins Best Future Concept with Smart Highways

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Imagine driving down a road at night without street lights with the light-emitting road guiding your way. As the temperature outside drops the road starts to reveal images of ice crystals, signaling to you, the driver, that conditions are now icy and slippery. This futuristic concept may soon be a reality as Dutch design firm Studio Roosegaarde and the engineers at Heijmans Infrastructure team up to develop “Smart Highways” – a design agenda for interactive, sustainable and safe roads. The concept won the two firms at the Dutch Design Awards 2012. Join us after the break for more.

Bahrain House / MORIQ

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Architects: MORIQ
Location: Hamala,
Area: 12,700 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of MORIQ

Bijoy JAIN-Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award 2012

Rakennustieto is publishing now for the seventh time a monograph on the work of the architect awarded the international Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award. The 2012 winner is Indian architect Bijoy Jain, who together with his office Studio Mumbai Architects combine excellently traditional craftwork and architecture using meagre resources.

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© VVV

Valdespartera Ecocity Kindergarten Proposal / Magen Arquitectos

Located in Valdespartera Ecocity, a newly built neighborhood located in the residential expansion south of Zaragoza, the design for the Kindergarten by Magen Arquitectos… is characterized by its strong expression of horizontality. The definition of the platform floor and the

Make Your Own “Architecture For Dogs”

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If you thought “Architecture for Dogs,”  the project in which world-class architects design “sincere architectural structures” for dogs, couldn’t get any cuter, you were very, very wrong.

Today, the project’s interactive web site, designed by Yugo Nakamura, the web designer for Uniqlo, was launched. The site allows viewers to browse each of the architect’s designs and then download free blueprints to make them on their own. Plus, it features an adorable introductory video, complete with scampering puppies, which imparts the site’s mission: “bringing a new kind of joy to the relationship between dogs and humans.”

More info and Images on “Architecture for Dogs,” after the break…

Dental Clinic / MMVARQUITECTO

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Architects: MMVARQUITECTO
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Miguel Marques Venâncio
Design Team: B. Pedrosa (project/digital images), V. Vázquez (project), M. Álvarez (project), T. Palos (models/drawings)
Constructor: A. Cesário
Client: R. Leal
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG

Zaha Hadid Wins Japan National Stadium Competition

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Fresh from the acclaimed openings of the Galaxy Soho in Beijing and the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum in the US, Dame Zaha Hadid can now add a new coveted project to her name.

Beating out 10 other finalists (including Populous, a firm known for their sports architecture, as well as Japanese heavyweights, such as Toyo Ito and SANAA), Zaha Hadid Architects were chosen by  and the Japan Sports Council to design the new Japan National Stadium. As Ando described the decision-process: “Our wish is to see a stadium designed by someone who shares this earth, with wisdom and technology that looks to the future of out planet.”

The new 80,000-seat stadium will replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium in Tokyo. It will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and potentially be the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic Games (if Japan’s bid is selected). It will also be offered to FIFA as a venue for World Cup football matches.

The Stadium is scheduled for completion in 2018.

More images, after the break…

Froyo Yogurteria / Ahylo Studio

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Architects: Ahylo Studio
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Pavlos Xanthopoulos, Ioulietta Zindrou
Collaborator: Daphne Lada
Branding/Graphic Design: Asprimera Design Studio
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ahylo Studio

© Architect Vladislav Kostadinov / studio 8 ½
© Architect Vladislav Kostadinov / studio 8 ½

|CON|Temporary Library Installation / Studio 8 ½

Already built in the Center for Contemporary Art, based in the old Turkish bathhouse in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the |CON|Temporary Library Installation by Studio 8 ½… contains solely books of contemporary art. It provides many comfortable places to sit/lay, bookcases, magazines

Higashifuchuu Apartments / Mejiro Studio

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Architects: Mejiro Studio
Location: Fuchuu-shi, Tokyo,
Design Team: Daisuke Furusawa, Kanenobu Baba, Yasutaka Kurokawa
Structural Engineer: Structural Design Office
Contractor: Okuda Kensetsu
Total Floor Area: 499.50 sqm
Area: 403.75 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

The Bridge / Roger Ferris + Partners

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Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: , NY, United States
Design Team: Roger Ferris, Dave Beem, Myron Mirgorodsky, Tiziano Fabrizio
Structural Engineer: Arup & Partners
Mechanical: Arup & Partners
Landscape Architect: Jack Curtis & Associates
Area: 40,000 sq ft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti
Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti

Varaždin University Student’s Restaurant and Home Winning Proposal / SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti

The aim for the design of the Varaždin University Student’s Restaurant and Home was to connect the new building with the old student’s home with the restaurant treated as a separate pavilion. This first prize winning design by SANGRAD Architects…

House at Big Hill / Kerstin Thompson Architects

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Architects: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location: , Victoria,
Design Team: Kerstin Thompson, Lynn Chew, Laurence Dragomir, Julian Patterson, Sophie Herel, Michael Artemenko, Gemma Hohnen, Jacqui Alexander
Area: 240 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Trevor Mein

Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy
Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy

Extended Deadlines – Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair

The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair, which we published a couple months ago here, has received an impressive number of registrations to-date and continue to receive wonderful design submissions. Due to the impact of SuperStorm…

House F11 / (se)arch Freie Architekten

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Architects: (se)arch Freie Architekten
Location: , Germany
Area: 330 sqm
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architects
Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architects

H+ Bredgatan Winner of the WAN Awards 2012 Urban Regeneration / Erik Giudice Architects

Erik Giudice Architects… were recently announced as the H+ Bredgatan Winner of the WAN Awards 2012 Urban Regeneration for their innovative solution in Helsingborg, Sweden. The ‘social atmosphere and ability to encourage residents’ integration reconnects the city with a central

Courtesy of wHY Architecture & Design
Courtesy of wHY Architecture & Design

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / wHY Architecture & Design

The design proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library aim towards becoming a knowledge based city by putting a strong emphasis on the multiple roles of a library as a knowledge based center accessible to all.  Designed by wHY Architecture …