GH Genhelix Biopharmaceutical Facilities / estudioSIC

© Esaú Acosta.

Architect: estudioSIC
Location: León,
Authors: Esaú Acosta, Mauro Gil-Fournier, Miguel Jaenicke, estudiosic
Client: GH Genhelix
Collaborators: Alfredo Borgui, Nieves Valle, Matteo Ferrari
Coauthors: Pedro Colón, Raquel Buj
Project Team: Fhecor, Jose María Heras, IPD, David García, Gumersindo Fuertes
General Constructor: García de Celis
Budget: 4,890,000 €
Project Area: 8380 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Esaú Acosta. estudiosic

Zaha Hadid is Coming to San Diego

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Planning Commission has approved Zaha Hadid’s Residence. Along with the San Diego firm Public, Hadid will demolish an existing house on a half-acre site at 8490 Whale Watch Way, replacing it with a 12,700 square foot home comprised of four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an indoor pool. The firm has described the home as an “introverted sculptural structure.”

The La Jolla Community Planning Association responded to unsupportive neighbors by appealing the owners’ application for a Coastal Development permit. Residents were concerned by the radical appearance in comparison to the rest of the neighborhood homes. Association member Dale Naegle stated, “If we approve this we might as well abandon our La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance…It is a beautiful house, but it doesn’t fit.”

The project still risks being appealed again by the La Jolla Community Planning Association. If that were to occur, the project would then be in the hands of the much more challenging city council.

Reference: The Architect’s Newspaper

House E / Sharon Neuman Architects

© Amit Gosher

Architect: Sharon Neuman Architects
Location: , Israel
Project Team: Sharonneuman, Sharonwolman
Project Area: 300 sq.m
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Amit Gosher


After the Final Curtain: Abandoned Theaters / Matt Lambros

Loews Palace Theater © Matt Lambros

Photographers allow us to see pieces of the world that we normally miss – historic events, fleeting expressions on people’s faces, the urban fabric of the places in which we live.  Matt Lambros is a City-based photographer who does just that. He captures photographs of spaces that have long been abandoned to distant memories – concealed behind decaying walls and “No Trespassing” signs. The subjects of his lens are the abandoned theaters of a time when, as Lambros describes, theater-going was a celebrated social event.

Shore Theater © Matt Lambros

For the past two years Lambros has been photographing theaters for “After the Final Curtain“, a personal project that is a collection of photographs of abandoned theaters throughout the .  Thus far he has photographed approximately thirty theaters and has many more scheduled. He shares with us some of his favorites – join us after the break to see more…

STV House / Arstudio – Arnon Nir Architecture

© Amit Giron

Architects: Arstudio – Arnon Nir Architecture
Location: , Israel
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 380 sqm
Photographs: Amit Giron

Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates

Reconsidering Postmodernism Conference

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art announces a two-day conference on November 11-12 dedicated to a rigorous examination of Postmodernism both as expressed in theory and as put into practice in the fourth quarter of the 20th century in…

Cornell Plantations Welcome Center / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

© Tom Arban

Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, New York,
Project Team: Jon Neuert (Partner-in-Charge),Yves Bonnardeaux (Project Architect) and Project Team: Harvey Wu, Andrea Macecek, Ian Douglas, Teddy Benedicto, Winda Lau, Cyril Charron, Hugh Clark, Jesse Dormody
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,900 sqf
Photographs: Tom Arban

Courtesy of Bruno Bianchi, Damian Bojko, Etcheverry Nelson, Ricardo Etcheverry, Fabbri Juan

Ex-Communications Battalion 121 / Bruno Bianchi, Damian Bojko, Etcheverry Nelson, Ricardo Etcheverry, Fabbri Juan

This project proposal for the Ex-Communications Battalion 121, which won the first prize in the National Ideas Competition, stems from the idea of bringing the Rio Parana to the city district. Following a study of plastic forms generated by the…

Club de Vela / SCT Estudio de Arquitectura

© José Hevia

Architects: SCT Estudio de Arquitectura
Location: Puerto de Andratx, ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: José Hevia

Courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design

Parsons Launches New Urban Graduate Programs

Parsons The New School for Design has announced new graduate programs including a Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies and a Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice. What makes these programs unique is their focus on…

Tamina Thermal Baths / Smolenicky & Partner Architecture

© Roland Bernath

Architecture: Smolenicky & Partner Architecture
Location: Bad Ragaz,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Roland Bernath, Walter Mair

Courtesy of Theo. David Architects

Redesign of the Old GSP Area / Theo. David Architects

The idea for this concept of an urban park as a cultural threshold by Theo. David Architects… evolved from thinking about the nature of urban space, the need to create an iconic multi-functional accessible park, a dynamic architectural point of

Horizon Media Office / a + i architecture

© Magda Biernat

Architects: a + i architecture
Location: City, , USA
Project Team: Dag Folger – Principle, Bradley Zizmor – Principle, Sommer Schauer – Senior Associate, Anastasia Amelchakova – Project Manager, Amy Mielke – Designer, Phil Ward – Designer
Client: Horizon Media
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 115,000 sqf
Photographs: Magda Biernat


Gebhard Sengmüller

Location: , Austria
Structural Engineer: DI Karl Fischer
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 315.94 sqm
Photographs: Gebhard Sengmüller

Caramel: Forget Architecture / Caramel Architekten

We recently received a book from . We previously featured four of their projects if you would like a taste of their work (click here). The book is presented in both German and English and offers a wonderful insight into their inspiration and range of work. Project Description: Caramel architectural office was founded by the architects Gunter Katherl (1965), Martin Haller (1966), and Ulrich Aspetsberger (1967) in 2002. The office s motto is: For each project anew! Most construction contracts result from successful bids for both national and international competitions. Some projects were also awarded with prizes, e.g. reklameburo , Einfamilienhaus h , the Kaps farm extension, or the temporary info shop for European Capital of Culture Linz 09. As one of the major offices and no longer as a young architectural office but with a noticeable number of high scale buildings Caramel Architects coin the Austrian architectural landscape.

Japan to Create World’s First Backup City

Tokyo © Tom Purves -

The Japanese Government has revealed a radical plan to construct a standby city for Tokyo. The Integrated Resort, Tourism, Business and BackupCity, known as IRTBBC, will provide backup to the capital in an event of an immobilizing earthquake.

IRTBBC will incorporate all vital functions of government, with duplicate facilities for parliament and ministries. Offices complexes, resort facilities, casinos, parks, and the tallest tower in the world at 652 meters, will employ 50,000 IRTBBC residents and over 150,000 workers from the nearby city of Osaka.  The government is considering the existing 1236 acre site of the Itami Airport, located approximately 300 miles west of Tokyo.

A member of the ruling Democratic Party, Hajime Ishii, stated, “The idea is being able to have a back-up, a spare battery for the functions of the nation.”

Reference: World Architecture News

Portal to the Point proposal / wHY Design

Portal to the Point is a design project initiated to honor the completion of renovations to ’s most visible National Historic Landmark, Point State Park. wHY Architecture is one of five finalists selected to redefine the space beneath the Portal Bridge that leads into 36-acre park.

Continue reading for more project information and renderings.

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Slide City Exhibition / Per Kartvedt

In the 70′s Oslo’s own “Man in Black”, Professor of Architecture Per Kartvedt… , started his long lasting lecture series on cities, communities, myths and dreams. Per has since then been an influential character in contemporary architecture, both as principle