BIG Unveils “Honeycomb” Condominium for Bahamas Resort


BIG has released plans, alongside collaborators and Michael Diggiss Architects, of a luxury, mid-rise condominium at the Albany Bahamas resort. Located on the south coast of New Providence Island, “The Honeycomb” will offer 34, 3,000 to 8,000 square foot apartments, each complete with a private outdoor pool and summer kitchen integrated into the structure’s hexagonal-shaped facade. 

Biotechnology Research Institute / De La Fuente + Luppi + Pieroni + Ugalde + Winter

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Location: Irigoyen, , Autonomous City of , Argentina
Project Architects:  Fabian De La Fuente, Santiago Luppi, Raúl Pieroni, Javier Ugalde, Andrea Winter
Project Area: 4,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter

Light Matters: 7 Ways Daylight Can Make Design More Sustainable

Kaap Skil, Maritime and Beachcombers’ Museum, Winner of the Award 2012. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten

Daylight is a highly cost-effective means of reducing the energy for electrical lighting and cooling. But architectural education often reduces the aspect of daylight to eye-catching effects on facades and scarcely discusses its potential effects – not just on cost, but on health, well-being and energy.

This will explore the often unexplored aspects of daylight and introduce key strategies for you to better incorporate daylight into design: from optimizing building orientations to choosing interior surface qualities that achieve the right reflectance. These steps can significantly reduce your investment as well as operating costs. And while these strategies will certainly catch the interest of economically orientated clients, you will soon discover that daylight can do so much more.

More Light Matters with daylight, after the break…

Your Rainbow Panorama / Studio Olafur Eliasson

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Architects: Studio Olafur Eliasson
Location: Aros Allé 2, 8000 , Denmark
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson, Lars Aarö, Petri & Betz, Ole Hein Pedersen

Plumber: Is This Not A Pipe? – Launch of Volume 37

Plumber: Is This Not A Pipe? – Launch of Volume 37

Launch of Volume #37: “Is this not a pipe?”.
With the participation of Benedict Clouette (C-Lab), Jeffrey Inaba (C-Lab), Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Mahadev Raman (ARUP), Hilary Sample (MOS).
“Pipes are the physical remainder of life in buildings.” With contributions by…

Global Marketing Corp. Headquarters / D4 Arquitectos

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Architects: D4 Arquitectos
Location: , Guanajuato,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of D4 Arquitectos

12.20 House / Alex Nogueira

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Architects: Alex Nogueira
Location: Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul,
Project Team: Anderson Katsushi Watabe, Eliseu Cordeiro Nicolini Junior
Project Area: 45 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: André Barbosa

AA Visiting School: Tehran – The Third Place-Urban Machines

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UPDATE: To apply please refer to the AA website,
The Architectural Association has two full scholarships so you can attend the AA Visiting School in , .
Please mention that you’re applying for the ArchDaily Scholarship. The deadline for submissions is February 28. 

Tehran, Iran’s capital, ranks among the world’s fast-growing cities. In the early 1940s, Tehran’s population was about 700,000. By 1966, it had risen to 3 million and by 1986 to 6 million. Today, the metropolitan area has more than 10 million residents. This explosive growth has had environmental and public health consequences, including air, water pollution and the loss of arable land and public realm. The ever increasing land value makes developments and the replacement of urban open space and easy choice. With the disappearance of open public plaza, by traffic islands and motorways the predominant public space left in the city is its many traffic arteries.

With a young population and the Cars as the main mode of transport in the city, the many highways of Tehran come to a grinding halt during rush hour.

Sonoma Vineyard Estate / Aidlin Darling Design

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Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: Sonoma Mountain, California, USA
Architect In Charge: Joshua Aidlin, David Darling, Peter Larsen
Design Team: Susan Barnes, Kent Chiang, Brent Grubb, Ross Dugan
Area: 18,000 sqft
Photographs: John Sutton, Ben Tanner, Matthew Millman

Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects

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Architects: Ooze Architects
Location: Oberhausen,
Area: 1263.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roman Mensing

Utah to Eliminate Homelessness With Entirely Logical Solution

ELEMENTAL has developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Image Courtesy of ELEMENTAL

Despite rising poverty across the US, homelessness has decreased 69% in over the past five years and is even expected to be eliminated this year, the Huffington Post reports. How has Utah found such success? By giving the homeless homes. While the answer may seem obvious, Utah is breaking ground with its Housing Works program, which gives the homeless affordable and permanent apartments on just one condition: that they be “good stewards.”

The premise, which puts much trust in the homeowner, reminds us of ELEMENTAL’s “half-finished” philosophy and makes us wonder: if homes can eliminate homelessness in the short term, could conscientiously-designed homes (which can encourage good stewardship) be necessary to eliminate homelessness in the long term?

Read more on Utah’s program at the Huffington Post and let us know what you think in the comments below.

New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur


In response to the climbing potential of Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture has designed a new rock climbing hall within the rocky lands of Mazandaran. Overlooking the country’s highest peak, the “fragmented mass” invites nature and landscape to “visually creep into the building” to offer and establish a strong connection between climbers and the surrounding landscape.

NBBJ Designs Towering Shenzhen Campus for Internet Giant


NBBJ has unveiled a 250-meter-high, two-tower campus that will become Tencent’s main headquarters at the High-Tech Industrial Park upon completion in 2016. As the world’s third-largest internet corporation, and 2013’s most innovative Chinese company according to FastCo, Tencent hopes the new campus will serve as a vibrant workplace for an expanding workforce of 12,000 employees.

Garage Of The Bears / Openbox Architects

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Location: Bangkok,
Special Cabinet Design: Onion
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Wison Tungthanya

How to Preserve Post-War Modernism

The first worship service in the sanctuary of the Eero Saarinen-designed North Christian Church in Columbus, Ind., was held on March 8, 1964. Image © Flickr CC User the.urbanophile

This article by Carlos Harrison appeared in Magazine as Reinvention Reinvented: Hope for Modernism, and discusses the issues surrounding the (increasingly popular) drive to preserve post-war , including what we can learn from past successes and failures, and what it takes to preserve different types and styles of building. 

Columbus, Indiana, is something of a modern marvel. It boasts more than 70 buildings by some of the architecture world’s greats, including titans of Modernism such as Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, and Richard Meier. Schools, churches, a library, a post office, and even a fire station stand as examples of the distinctively diverse architectural styles spanning the decades from World War II through Vietnam.

Crisp lines, sharp angles, connected like Lego blocks. Nearby: a 192-foot spire aims toward the heavens like a laser.

Read on after the break for more about preserving modernism

High Country House / Luigi Rosselli Architects

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Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects
Location: NSW, Australia
Project Team: Luigi Rosselli, Edward Birch, Corrado Palleschi
Landscape Architect: William Dangar
Year: 2013
Photographs: Edward Birch

Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata Discovery & Visitor Centre / bisson + charron architectes

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Architects: bisson + charron architectes
Location: Parc National du Lac-Témiscouata, ,
Architect In Charge: Carl Charron, architect associate, Jonathan Bisson, architect
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

AD Architecture School Guide: Brussels Faculty of Engineering [Bruface]

ULB Solbosch Campus – Building R42. Image ©, via Bruface Facebook Page

The United States has an architecture school in almost every major university in each of its 50 states. And while it’s true that the choices seem endless, it is also true that there are certain values and approaches that dominate. Ecological architecture, for example, is often not passive, but is technology-laden, which means a large production footprint for materials like PV panels, special types of glass, or cladding solutions. This is just one example of how industry and pedagogy shape one another and in turn influence the perception of “legitimate” architecture. Teaching architectural history offers another example in which what comprises “relevant” history is all-too-often limited to Euro-American examples. Everything in Asia beyond twenty years ago, whether it is Southeast, South, or East, is usually ignored because – although the names of historical architects may well be known in their own countries, they are not easily translatable for the average English-language author of architecture survey books.

The truth is that even in architecture schools in European nations, approaches and emphases on pedagogical content and styles vary widely. For example, schools in northern Europe have very different views on what is important and how to teach it than schools in western Europe. One school with a very defined point of view is the Faculty of Engineering, or Bruface, created by Vrije Universiteit Brussel in cooperation with the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. There, students can receive a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering; they are trained not just in design, but in engineering, emphasizing a more structural, practical approach.