Video: The Library of Birmingham Timelapse

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Opening in 2013, the Library of will be a major new cultural destination, rewriting the book for 21st century public libraries. Designed by international architects Mecanoo, the Library of Birmingham will be located in the city’s Centenary Square. Recently, the author of the architectural videos blog shared with us his time lapse video of the building.

Duncan and McMurtry Colleges / Hopkins Architects with Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

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Architects: Hopkins Architects with Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company
Location: , , USA
Client: Rice University
Structural Engineer: Haynes Whaley Associates
Civil Engineer: Walter P. Moore
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Robert Benson Photography

The Candard Hotel by DeSimone Consulting Engineers


On November 9th at the World Financial Center, all are invited to watch twenty-six of New York City’s top architecture, engineering and design firms will spend one adrenaline-filled evening configuring over 100,000 cans of food into gravity-defying sculptures for Canstruction,…

Centre d’Examen du Permis / a+ Samuel Delmas

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Architects: a+ Samuel Delmas
Location: , France
Client: Ministère de l’écologie
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

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Breathing Architecture Exhibition

Share WOHA…’s excitement as they exhibit their broad array of works at the acclaimed Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM). Running from December 2-April 29, their first monographic exhibition will feature concepts of open structures which embrace aspects of community and permeability

House with ZERO Stairs / Przemek Kaczkowski & Ola Targonska

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Architects: Przemek Kaczkowski & Ola Targonska
Location: Wroclaw,
Structural Engineering: Slawomir Pruchnik
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 253 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Oleksik

National Mall Competition Finalists Announced

Over 1,200 entires from 30 states and 10 countries submitted applications for the National Mall competition. Late last month fifteen design teams were chosen as finalists to advance to the second stage of this prestigious contest.

Hosting 25 million visitors annually, the National Mall will undergo an estimated $700 million restoration beginning in 2012. The competition has been broken down into three areas of restoration: Union Square including the Reflecting Pool and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and the Constitution Gardens between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

Among the finalists to move on to stage two of the competition, Diller Scofidio Renfro, Weiss/Manfredi, and Rogers Marvel Architects who are shortlisted for two out of the three areas of restoration, as well as Snohetta, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Ten Arquitectos, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson who are finalists for one area of restoration.

“Entrants were evaluated on past design performance, philosophy, design intent, thoughtfulness, creativity and overall resume,” according to a release from the Trust of the National Mall. The jury, compiled of architects, professors and other members of the architecture community, included Michael Gericke of and Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne founder of .

The second stage of the competition includes interviews of the teams conducted by the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service, and the last stage will include proposed plans for the restoration. The competition will culminate in May 2012 and the proposed designs from stage three of the competition will be available to the public prior to the winning design being selected.

Follow the break for a complete list of design finalists for the National Mall Competition.

New UAL Campus / Stanton Williams

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Architects: Stanton Williams
Location: Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, , N1C 4AA
Tenant: University of the ArtsLondon
Completion Date: April 2011
Project Value: £200M (based on cost of land, building, fit-out and expansion incl. third floor)
Photographs:  Hufton + Crow, John Sturrock


Croatian Bishop Conference Building / Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb

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Architects: University of zagreb, The Faculty of Architecture, Institute for Architectural Design / prof. Nenad Fabijanić
Location: ,
Client: Croatian Bishop’s Conference
Project Team: Sonja Tadej, Marija Grković, Zvonimir Pavković, Željko Pavlović, Davor Pavlović
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 11,900 sqm
Photographs: Miro Martinić

Stockholms Stadsmissions Skola / Codesign

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Architect: Codesign
Location: ,
Client: Stockholms Stadsmission
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brendan Austin

Theory: Chapter 9

There is something absolutely terrifying and exhilarating about the sight of a million people in one place. Tiananmen Square is that big. Or at least it seemed like it. Surely hundreds of thousands in the Square itself. But more than a million in the streets, by many estimates. The numbers came much later. At the time it was just massive. While the Square once set the logic of official Beijing, it had, at that time, been transformed into a sprawling encampment of protest.

It is 1989 and Dean is seeing the Square for the first time in many months. That morning he had arrived at the station on a filthy train packed floor-to-ceiling with stinking, sweating students from far-flung regions west. Remarkably, the trains were still running like clockwork as they delivered the ragtag throngs to the capital—even as martial law was being laid down. This was all before the gunfire and the tanks. The optimism of “eight-squared,” the pro-democracy movement, still swelled, even as hunger-strikers were passing out and garbage was accumulating. The journalists were swarming and it felt like a turning point. It was. Just not in the obvious ways.

Architecture of Invention: A Bertrand Goldberg Retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago is hosting a retrospective for Bertrand Goldberg, famed architect of Marina City (1959–1967), two cylindrical corncob-shaped commercial/residential towers.  The exhibition contains a range of Goldberg’s work; it begins with his work at the Bauhaus and the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition and follows his career into his visionary plans of a postwar America.  The exhibition will feature architectural drawings, models, photographs, along with graphic and furniture design.

Follow us after the break for images of Goldberg’s work.

Private House / Weinstein Vaadia Architects

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Architect: Weinstein Vaadia Architects
Location: Sharon Area,
Project Area: 300 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Amit Geron

Video: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn

This short film by Pablo Casals-Aguirre captures the formal perfection and daily life within ’s architectural masterpiece, the Salk Institute. Kahn was commissioned in 1959 to design the inspiring facility for scientific research. The iconic facility became a designated San Diego Historical Landmark in 1991 and continues to attract daily admirers from all corners of the earth.

Review detailed information, images and drawings at AD Classics: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn.

Any Chevrolet Volt Drivers Out There?

This post is sponsored by Chevrolet – It’s more car than electric. …
The Chevy Volt is getting a lot of attention these days, and if you drive a Volt, you are, too! Volt drivers say they’re constantly getting stopped at

Moda Bagno-interni Store / k-studio

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Architects: k-studio
Location: Alimou Street, Athens,
Interior Design: Moda Bagno Design Team
Steel Structural Engineer: Evel Dimopoulos
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Yiorgos Kordakis

Mosquée d’Algérie / KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

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As part of the celebrations of ’s National holiday on November 1st the foundation stone for the new “Mosquée d’Algérie”, designed by KSP Juergen Engel Architekten, was laid at an official ceremony in Algiers. This formal act marks the beginning of the construction of the world’s third largest mosque after the Islamic pilgrimage sites in Mecca and Medina. With its prayer hall for up to 37,000 people and the approx. 265-meter high minaret, the Mosque will in future be one of the largest religious buildings in the Islamic world. The complex offers space for up to 120,000 visitors daily and, in addition to the prayer hall and the minaret, boasts further facilities such as a cultural center, an Imam School, a library, apartments, a fire station, a museum, and a research center. More images and project description after the break.

Unique Architecture, Unique Dining Experiences

This post is presented by S. Pellegrino, Fine Dining Lovers.

Restauranteurs are having a tougher time to please their customers, now turning into food aficionados. For the foodies, dining is more than just a gourmet, refined preparation. It’s all about the science of the food, where it comes from, how it is prepared, and dining becomes a full experience. In this aspect, the environment where the food is served has turned into a very important part of this experience.

In this post we are going to present to you restaurant projects that offer unique dining experiences, through innovative architecture.