Low Energy Timber House / AST 77 Architecten

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Architects: AST 77 Architecten
Location: ,
Surface Area: 650 sqm
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Marcel Van Coile, Jan Liegeois

SOM Wins Bid to Design Los Angeles Federal Courthouse

Image courtesy of the GSA.

The GSA has announced that , Owings, & Merrill have been selected as the architects of the new Federal Courthouse, which will house the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The architects beat out 3 other shortlisted teams to win the $318 million project.

According to the GSA, ”The new 550,000-square-foot building will be a sustainable, cost-effective, state-of-the-art court facility that includes security upgrades that are not available in the current 312 North Spring Street courthouse.”

The site, located at 107 South Broadway (down the street from Morphosis’ Caltrans building, LA’s City Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall) has been dormant since 2007; although a $1.1 billion design by Perkins + Will was selected soon after, it was abandoned when Congress slashed the GSA’s construction budget. The GSA considers the approval of the new redevelopment plan a “major milestone.”

More info and images, after the break…

Time Running Out for Melnikov House

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The Melnikov House, the unusual, cylindrical classic of Constructivism which was Konstantin Melnikov’s residence and studio, is on the brink of collapse.

The Independent reports that nearby construction (which visibly moves the ground the building sits on) has weakened the 83-year-old foundations dangerously. Konstantin Melnikov’s grand-daughter (and current resident of the house), Ekaterina Karinskaya, further told The Independent that, due to broken heating pipes, the wooden house spent more than 50 days without heating in what were often sub-zero temperatures.

Although there have been interests expressed to turn the house into a museum, a tense legal debate between Ms. Karinskaya and a developer has put any plans on stand-still. Meanwhile, time is running out for the architectural icon.

More on the debate, after the break…

Rotherham Central Station / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: , South Yorkshire, UK
Structural Engineer: Arup, Leeds
Funding Contributors: Yorkshire forward, Network Rail (Access for all Scheme)
Client: South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE)
Area: 1,150 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson

Video: Ross Lovegrove & Mariko Mori, In Conversation

Welsh industrial designer Ross Lovegrove interviews Japanese artist ahead of her first exhibition in London in 14 years. The exhibition, at the Royal Academy of Arts, will showcase previously unseen pieces from the past 11 years as well as new work. Both Lovegrove and Mori share a futuristic aesthetic – with much of their work also inspired by nature and history. Speaking in Lovegrove’s studio, the pair discuss themes in Mori’s upcoming exhibition, the links between science and art and the nature of our future.

Courtesy of Moleskine
Courtesy of Moleskine

Moleskine Debate: Wiel Arets, Peter Wilson and Cino Zucchi

The Sketch, Script, Score. Figures of Architectural Thinking event is a conversation between Wiel Arets, Peter Wilson and Cino Zucchi presenting the “Inspiration and Process in Architecture” Moleskine book series. The event takes place at ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory in…

Brasilia Government Forges Controversial Contract with Singapore

Aerial View of : Capital of Brazil

While known as the extraordinary city which Niemeyer built, Brasilia is not without its problems. As a recent BBC article noted, while Niemeyer’s architecture is certainly appreciated by its residents, the city itself (designed for the car) lacks a human-scale, mixed neighborhoods, and the vibrant street life which so defines Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.  The city is in need of a face-lift, but who should be responsible for Brasilia’s new face?

Well, if the debates and arguments at the XXIV Pan American Congress of Architects (XXIV CPA), which took place this November, are anything to go by, it certainly should not be those who have just been given the job.

Brasilia’s Government has contracted consulting company Jurong, based in , with designing a new Masterplan known as “Brasilia Plan 2060.” The move, which was taken with no outside participation or input, was criticized (loudly) – not only by Brazilian architects and urban planners, but by the majority of American and European professionals present at the XXIV CPA.

More details on this controversial move, after the break…

Loukas Residence / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

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Architects: Vardastudio Architects & Designers
Location: Emba, Paphos, Cyprus
Year: 2008
Photographs: Christos Papantoniou

Evolution of a Retail Streetscape: DP Architects on Orchard Road

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Singapore-based has played a significant role in shaping Orchard Road’s present form. Since the practice’s establishment in 1967, it has designed, retrofitted and reworked nearly thirty projects on Orchard Road, oftentimes reinterpreting the same building several times over a period spanning two or three decades. These projects cumulatively represent over one million square metres of mixed-use commercial space – a rare example of the comprehensive, long-term influence of a single design firm on an urban centre.

Mandeville Canyon Residence / Griffin Enright Architects

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Architects: Griffin Enright Architects
Location: , California, USA
Architects In Charge: John Enright, Margaret Griffin
Area: 427 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Tim Street-Porter

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Courtesy of Joan Alomar

Sustainable Market Square Competition Entry / Joan Alomar

The proposal by Joan Alomar…, of Estudio Lunar, presents a building that completes the urban block and blends in to the neighborhood of Casablanca. This concept leads the architecture that mimics the events at it’s surroundings, the nature, vernacular

47% House / Kochi Architect’s Studio

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Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa,
Architect In Charge: Kazuyasu Kochi
Constractor: Nakano Koumuten
Site Area: 172.1 sqm
Area: 97.7 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

Courtesy of Moshe Fluhr, Lee Davidson Lehrer, Yinnon Lehrer
Courtesy of Moshe Fluhr, Lee Davidson Lehrer, Yinnon Lehrer

Yad Lebanim Competition Entry / Moshe Fluhr, Lee Davidson Lehrer, Yinnon Lehrer

The proposal for the ‘Yad Lebanim’ (Fallen Sons’ Commemoration) memorial homes are designed as programmatic hybrids, teaming a military memorial hall with a civic community center. Designed by architects Moshe Fluhr, Lee Davidson Lehrer, and Yinnon Lehrer…, the project

Meteorite Housing / NKS Architects

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Architects: NKS Architects
Location: Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan
Architect In Charge: Noriko + Kaoru Suehiro
Structure: RC+S, 3 stories
Area: 248.22 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of NKS Architects

Gymnasium Régis Racine / Atelier d’Architecture Alexandre Dreyssé

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Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Alexandre Dreyssé
Location: Drancy,
Project Director: Alexandre Dreyssé
Architectural Assistant: Sébastien Muller
Area: 1,581 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Clément Guillaume

© Milovann Yanatchkov
© Milovann Yanatchkov

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Plan 01

In the virtualized information era, Plan 01… believes the design for the Helsinki Central Library should be more than ever a “physical space”. The project should be a place for sensory experience, a place where culture becomes an opportunity to

C.E.I.P Multiuse Room / Raúl del Valle

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Architects: Raúl del Valle
Location: ,
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán, María José Fraile Monte

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Pencil Box / Paolo Didonè, Sergio De Gioia and Fabrizio Michielon

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Architects: Paolo Didonè, Sergio De Gioia, Fabrizio Michielon
Location: Modena, Province of Modena,
Architects: Paolo Didonè, Sergio de Gioia, Fabrizio Michielon
Year: 2012
Photographs: Claudia Nalesso