AV House / BAK Architects

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Architects: BAK Architects
Location: Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires,
Architect In Charge: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk
Collaborators: Arq. Nuria Jover, Enzo Vitali
Area: 110 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Rabanua / DX Arquitectos

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Architects Office: DX Arquitectos
Location: Huentaleuquen, , Coquimbo Region,
Architects: Juan Luzoro, Federico Novoa, Diego Pitters
Contractor: Germán Alzerreca
Calculist: Jorge Díaz
Area: 280 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Sur-press Agency

Indoor Rock Climbing / W. Meraner & Lanz + Mutschlechner

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Architects: W. Meraner & Lanz + Mutschlechner
Location: , South Tyrol,
Year: 2012
Photographs: G.R. Wett

Bic Banco Headquarters / Kiko Salomão

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Architects: Kiko Salomão
Location: São Paulo,
Project Team: , Ana Lino, Rafael Palombo, Renata Leite, André Almeida, Sophia Helena, Livia Reginato, Marília Franco, Renata Gola.
Project Area: 2,330 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fran Parente

Anonymous Benefactor Saves the David and Gladys Wright House

Courtesy of Time, Inc. via the Frank Lloyd Wright News Blog

Christmas has come early for the international community of architects and preservationists, as an anonymous benefactor has saved the endangered David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, . Culminating a six month saga, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is proud to announce that it has facilitated the purchase of the historic property through an LLC owned by an anonymous benefactor. The transaction closed today, December 20, and is no longer a demolition threat.

The Wright home will now be transferred to the hands of an Arizona not-for-profit organization responsible for the restoration, maintenance and operation of the structure. The change in ownership guarantees the house will survive and be preserved. Landmark status is expected to follow shortly.

More information on the after the break…

AD Round Up: Wood Architecture Part II

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For today’s AD Round Up we have the 2nd selection of previously featured projects where is the principal character. The main image belongs to Sou Fujimoto’s amazing Final Wood House in Kumamoto, . Check out, Casa Kike designed by Gianni Botsford Architects, or the Floating House  in Ontario by MOS Architects. Take a look at the stunning Holiday House on the Rigi by AFGH. Finally, you can’t miss Bip Computers, a retail project with a great wood structure by Alberto Mozo.

The Indicator: Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

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While doing a search for architects doing politically-engaged work, or work that encompasses a political or ethical agenda, I stumbled upon Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. The group, as it turns out, has been around for thirty years. Despite their long history I got the sense that many people in architecture, as well as in mainstream culture, don’t know anything about them.

ADPSR was founded in Berkeley California in the early eighties as a community-based social action group. At that time their mission centered on opposition to the proliferation of nuclear arms and government policies they believed favored the military over the public good.

In essence, if the military budget were smaller then more government resources could be invested in projects and policies that benefit the general public. So, in a sense, they were continuing the fight against what Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his 1961 farewell address called the military-industrial complex.

Viewingtower at Vecht Riverbank / Ateliereen Architecten

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Architects: Ateliereen Architecten
Location: ,
Structural Engineering: Adviesburo Elemans B.V.
Building Contractor: Wonders Metaal B.V
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ateliereen Architecten

NYC Developers Race to the Top

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It’s a race to the top as developers are reaching higher and higher with impressive glass skyscrapers that house exclusive apartments and panoramic views across Manhattan, level with some of the city’s tallest buildings.  Gary Barnett of is the man behind the 1,005 foot high One57 tower in Midtown Manhattan.  He announced last month that he would be developing the tallest residential building in New York City (without the help of a spire).  Adrian Smith, chosen as the architect for the job, is best known for his work on the Burj Dubai.  The new building, still in its early stages of design planning and financing, will tower over the Empire State Building at a planned 1600 feet, that’s just 176 feet shy of World Trade One, the tallest building in Manhattan.

Dent / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Area: 123.07 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Foster’s Design for the New York Public Library Unveiled

The Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has unveiled the details of their controversial plan to renovate the 20th century, Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” on 5th Avenue. Designed Foster + Partners, the $300 million dollar proposal is a response to the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, as the library has experienced a 41% decrease in the use of collections over the last 15 years.

Sensitive to concerned critics, the renovation promises to preserve the building’s legacy as it integrates a new, state-of-the-art Circulating Library into its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street. Foster’s “library within a library” will transform seven floors of stacks, currently occupying the back of the building, into an aesthetically, technologically and environmentally advanced public space that meets the needs of our 21st century society.

“We need to be respectful of the beloved, iconic building and to create a new inspiring space,” Anthony W. Marx, the library’s president, said in an interview with the New York Times. “At a time when people wonder about the future of libraries, we’re going to create the greatest library the world has ever seen.”

Learn all the details and see the renderings after the break…

105 V House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: , Queensland,
Project Team: Shaun Lockyer – Design Principal; Neva Wethereld – Project Architect; Corinne Bolton ‐ Interiors
Structural Engineer: Westera Partners
General Contractor: Origin Builders
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Phoenix Observation Tower / BIG

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Architects: BIG
Location: , AZ, USA
Architects In Charge: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Iannis Kandyliaris
Project Team: Thomas Fagan, Aaron Hales, Ola Hariri, Dennis Harvey, Beat Schenk
Collaborators: MKA (structure), Atelier10 (sustainability), Gensler (local architect), TenEyck (landscape)
Client: Novawest
Area: 70,000 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BIG

Courtesy of University of Manitoba
Courtesy of University of Manitoba

Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition

The University of Manitoba’s Visionary (re)Generation competition is inviting some of the world’s most accomplished urban thinkers to re-imagine the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus. Focused on innovative and sustainable design, the two phase competition is a once-in-a-generation chance…

Student Accommodation, Somerville College / Níall McLaughlin Architects

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Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Location: Somerville College, , Oxfordshire, UK
Area: 2,541 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of , Nick Kane

Jarmund / Vigsnæs Arkitekter

Courtesy of Equal Books

Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL  was established in 1996 by Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs. Alessandra Kosberg became partner in 2004. The firm is located in Oslo, Norway. works in a wide architectural range with commissions mainly in Norway, but also in other European countries. The majority of their finished work are public buildings and housing projects. also are involved in urban planning and building interiors; aiming to cover all corners of the architectural field. They focus on the independent concept for every single project, avoiding general stylistic approaches. Priority is given to early participation in creative programming and an attentive relation towards the surroundings.

House J / Bembé Dellinger Architekten

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Architects: Bembé Dellinger Architekten
Location: Landsberg,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Stefan Müller Naumann

Digital Imagery by INK
Digital Imagery by INK

Drayton Green Church Proposal / Piercy & Company

Award-winning London based architecture practice Piercy & Company… recently revealed their proposal for Drayton Green Church in Ealing, London, a new building for the International Presbyterian Church (IPC). Their scheme retains an existing Grade ll listed chapel – originally built