© Eman Ali

Bar Al Bahrain Pavillion / Noura Al Sayeh & Leopold Banchini

Architects: Noura Al Sayeh & Leopold Banchini
Location: Bab al Bahrain square, Bahrain
Organizer: Manama Capital of Arab Culture 2012, Ministry of Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain
Exhibition Design: Noura Al Sayeh & Leopold Banchini
Construction: Syed M. Ahmed, Masy Int; …

Francis Bell House / Parsonson Architects

Courtesy of Parsonson Architects

Architect: Parsonson Architects
Location: Lowry Bay, Eastbourne, ,
Completed: 2011
Design Team: Gerald Parsonson, Nigel Case
Structural Engineers: Clendon Burns and Park
Builder: Windey Construction Ltd
Photographer: Courtesy of Parsonson Architects


The Best of YOU: Our Top 3 Comments of the Month

We at ArchDaily are used to picking the best buildings for you, dear readers, but we felt it was time to turn the tables a bit. The following is the best of you. You didn’t always agree with us, but you opined intelligently, and for that we salute you.

The Top 3 Comments in March 2012

3. From Community-Oriented Architecture in Schools: How ‘Extroverted’ Design Can Impact Learning and Change the World, about the potential of architecture to transform the lives of in low-income communities.

 ”Imagine if we designed all public space as if we lived in a democracy. Imagine if we treated participation as a right. Imagine if this was part of the core curriculum in architecture schools.”

– Graeme Bristol

Our Number 1 Comment, after the break…

The Invasion of Architectural LOLCats

Le Kittenusier'

We hope these architectural LOLCats will help you through your Monday. They have been appearing all over the internet and invading all of our favorite architectural icons, courtesy of the at UC Berkeley. Follow us after the break to view a few of our favorites. 

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Main image es from Kengo Kuma’s Xinjin Zhi Museum in . Another amazing museum comes from The Netherlands, courtesy of Mecanoo, check it out! You can’t miss this fabulous institutional project in Sweden from Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, or this mixed use project from 3XN. Last, a cool bar in Vietnam, designed by Vo Trong Nghia. Enjoy!

Branched Offices / Projectiles

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Architects: Projectiles – Reza Azard, Hervé Bouttet, Daniel Mészáros
Location: Epone,
Project area: 450 sqm
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Projectiles

Albertina Passage / Sohne & Partner Architekten

© Severin Wurnig

Architects: Söhne & Partner Architekten
Location: Albertina Passage, ,
Photographs: Severin Wurnig

BORÉAL / TETRARC Architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: TETRARC architectes
Location: Nantes,
Client: Habitat44
Engineering: HAYS fluides, SETEB économie, IBA structure
Surface: 2,880 sqm SHON
Cost: 3,64 M€ HT
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau


Refurbishment of Deusto University / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz / Courtesy ACXT

Architects: ACXT
Location: , Vizcaya, Vizcaya,
Architect In Charge: Diego Rodríguez Segura
Project Manager: Pilar Mateo Martínez
Project Architects: Helena Sá Marques, Marina Ajubita
Area: 1012709.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz / Courtesy ACXT

Celebrate National Architecture Week with the AIA

Via the American Institute of Architects

From April 8th through the 14th, the American Institute of Architects () will be hosting National Architecture Week in an effort to increase public awareness on the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. With a theme of “Design Connects”, the AIA encourages you to join in an online national conversation. Continue reading to learn more on how you can participate.

A di Alcantara® / Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati

Stefano Trovati © SGP

Architect: Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati
Location: Fortezza Da Basso, Firenze,
Client:  Alcantara®
Design Team: Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto
Date: January 2012
Photographs: Stefano Trovati © SGP


Global Holcim Award 2012 Winners Announced

GOLD: Gando secondary school © Holcim Foundation

A secondary school project in Gando, Burkina Faso, a community center project in São Paulo, Brazil, and an urban renewal plan in , are the winners of the Global Holcim Awards for 2012. These leading sustainable construction projects were selected from 15 finalist submissions by a jury of independent experts led by Enrique Norten. The finalists were the regional Holcim Awards 2011 winning projects that had been selected from more than 6,000 entries in 146 countries.

All 53 prize-winning projects at the regional level also competed for further prizes based on their contributions to sustainable construction through innovative building materials and construction technologies. The Global Holcim Innovation prizes conferred by a jury of materials and industry experts led by Harry Gugger went to projects in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Continue after the break to view the winning proposals!

Diamante House / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

© Jorge Marsino & Y Mariaines Buzzoni

Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P, María Inés Buzzoni G, Claudio Santander L.
Location: Diamante, , Argentina
Site Area: 8 hás.
Floor Plan Area: 254 sq.m indoors + 99 sq.m outdoors = 303.5 sq.m
Budget: $ 61.680.000 clp / u$ 120.000
Client: Jorge Marsino and Cecilia Prado
Structural Engineer: Luis Gaitan
Contractor: Horacio Kapp
Architect (signing the project in Argentina): Raúl Brunatti
Photographers: Jorge Marsino, Y Mariaines Buzzoni

Architecture for Autism: Autism Awareness Month

section of Sunfield’s Rowan and Oak House / Courtesy of GA Architects

April is Awareness Month, and ArchDaily would like to draw your attention to the architectural coverage we have done on the topic. Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are developmental disorders that affect 1 in 88 children. The spectrum is large and diverse. It ranges from individuals who can be socially withdrawn, have extreme learning difficulties and little to no communication to individuals who can be highly intelligent but socially awkward. Each individual, however, exhibits, to varying degrees, impairments in social interaction and communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. ArchDaily’s coverage looks at the various approaches architects have taken when designing for individuals with autism. We hope to get your feedback on the articles and your help in spreading autism awareness.

Spatial Considerations
The Neuro-Typical Approach
Architecture for Autism: Architects moving in the right direction
More Able Not Less Disabled

Rehabilitation Of The Antigua Alcoholera Extremeña / GAP Arquitectos

© Jesús Granada

Architects: GAP Arquitectos - Daniel Jiménez & Beatriz Martínez & Jaime Olivera Arquitectos
Location: Badajoz,
Completion: April 2009
Intervention Areas: 3.025 sqm
Construction Cost: phase 1 (rehab): 979.625 € / phase 2 (garden): 362.215 €
Client: Consejería de Cultura y Turismo, Junta de Extremadura
Constructor: Construcciones e Instalaciones Moreno, SL
Project Team: Daniel Jiménez Ferrera, Beatriz Martínez Martínez, Jaime Olivera Quintanilla
Collaborators: Carlos Olivera Quintanilla, Juan Ruiz, Luis Fernández, Aurora Fernández, Fernando García, Ignacio Jiménez, Juan Yruela, Joao Durao
Photographs: Jesús Granada


Capilla del Retiro / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

© Sergio Pirrone

Architect: Undurraga Devés Arquitectos – Cristián Undurraga
Location: Valley, Chile
Construction Year: 2009
Constructed Surface Area: 620 sqm
Team Design: , Cristián Larraín Bontá, Pablo López, Jean Baptiste Bruderer
Altar Design: José Vicente Gajardo
Structural Engineer: José Jiménez, Rafael Gatica Engineers
Constructor: Terrano S.A.
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Vaucluse House / MPR Design Group

© Brett Boardman

Architects: MPR Design Group
Location: Vaucluse,
Design Team: Kevin Ng, Julia Teperson, Luke Buttenshaw and Brian Meyerson
Year: 2010
Area: Approximately 600 sqm
Photographer: Brett Boardman


Nettleton 199 / SAOTA

© Adam Letch

Architect: SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Clifton, Cape Town,
Project Team: Greg Truen, Stefan Antoni, Teswill Sars
Interior Design: OKHA Interiors
Main Furniture Supplier: OKHA Interiors
Completion Date: 2011
Photographs: Adam Letch