In Residence: Ricardo Bofill

You’ve seen it before, Ricardo Bofill’s captivating transformation of Spain’s oldest cement factory into his own stunning, Brutalist residence. Now, tour through the home’s most unique spaces with the Spanish architect himself as he shares his story about The Factory in the latest of NOWNESSIn Residence series.

Stockholm Public Library / Gunnar Asplund. Image © Sam Teigen
Stockholm Public Library / Gunnar Asplund. Image © Sam Teigen

Spotlight: Gunnar Asplund

As a professor of architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology and often cited for his contributions to Nordic Classicism, Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund (September 22 1885 – 20 October 1940) was a notable theorist on the most important architectural challenges of his time, first exemplified by his lecture entitled “Our architectonic concept of space.”

Kinoya Restaurant / Jean de Lessard

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Interior Designers: Jean de Lessard
Location: Montreal, QC,
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Xten Architecture’s Austin Kelly on Context, Flexibility and Open Source Design

Openhouse, a design by Xten Architecture in California

Xten architecture is a California and Switzerland based practice lead by couple Monika Häfelfinger and Austin Kelly. Recently joining the open source architecture platform Paperhouses with the Box House, Austin Kelly spoke with Paperhouses founder Joana Pacheco about architecture, sustainability, construction and working internationally.

Read on after the break for the interview.

Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

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Architects: Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL
Location: Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Metropolitan Region,
Project Team: Alejandro Aravena, Juan Cerda
Collaborators: Samuel Gonçalves, Cristián Irarrázaval, Álvaro Ascoz, Natalie Ramirez, Christian Lavista, Suyin Chia, Pedro Hoffmann
Area: 8176.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh, ELEMENTAL | Nina Vidic

WikiHouse Unveils World’s First Two-Storey Open-Source House at London Design Festival

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WikiHouse, the open-source platform for designing and sharing house designs that anyone can be manufacture and assemble in days with no construction skills, has unveiled ‘ 4.0′ their first ever two-storey design at this year’s London Design Festival. Built by a team of volunteers and costing less than £50,000, the new prototype on display at The Building Centre also demonstrates the possibilities of other systems, with the code for the electrics, ventilation system and sensors all available on open-source platforms.

More on WikiHouse 4.0 after the break

Traffic House / MLRP

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Architects: MLRP
Location: Fælledparken, 2100 København Ø,
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stamers Kontor

LOBBY: The Spectacle Of The “Un/Spectacle”

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I was recently at a lecture at Rotterdam’s Nieuwe Instituut in which Dirk van den Heuvel mediated a discussion between Kenneth Frampton and Herman Hertzberger. Talking of those who contributed to the Dutch Structuralist movement, Hertzberger lamented the fact that so many have faded into obscurity: “if you make the mistake of not writing” he said, “you’re bound to be forgotten.” Accompanying design with the written word is at the core of good practice, not only because it lends design an elevated meaning by cementing it into a wider discourse, but also because it often uncovers the subconscious significance of the process of architecture.

LOBBY is an attempt from students of London’s Bartlett School of Architecture to anchor in-house research and external contributions in words, “creating both a space we lack and an action we desire.” Their new journal is also a response to the school’s current in-between state as they await their new building in temporary studio spaces. As such, will serve as a platform for exchange and discussion in lieu of a physical lobbying space. The first issue explores the theme of Un/Spectacle, offering different layers, approaches, readings and perspectives on the topic of the ‘(un)spectacle’ of the everyday.

Padre Rubinos / Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos

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Architects: Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos
Location: , , Spain
Area: 15882.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos

The Berlage Archive: Thom Mayne (1996)

In this 1996 lecture Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne describes his views of architectural theory and his unique approach to the architectural process at a time when firms had begun the transition to 3D digital models. As one of the founders of Santa Monica based firm Morphosis, Mayne speaks about the evolution of their built and unbuilt projects in the late 70s and early 80s by giving insights into three general topics including objects, context, and the role of nature in architecture. His discussion touches on everything from music and art, to philosophical questions regarding the process of architecture and its role in society.

In the development of his first projects, Mayne reveals a preoccupation with objects, their materials, and their relationship to the craft of architecture. He also describes how context shapes his designs, using the example of his Sixth Street House of 1983. For him, the project’s site in Los Angeles was particularly influential to his work in the way that it is a “prototype of the modern metropolis” in which “…there’s no inside, there’s no outside, there’s no way of perceiving it, its growing, its moving, its changing, quicker than one can absorb it.” These notions of context were reflected in many later works, and tied into his interest in “the space between randomness and order.”

The New Crematorium, The Woodland Cemetery / Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor
Location: Sockenvägen 492, 122 33 Enskede,
Design Team: Stefan Andersson, Göran Marklund, Elisabet Bernsveden, Sven Etzler, Eyvind Bergström, Ibb Berglund, Tommy Carlsson, Kristina Dalberg, Marcus Eliasson, Milo Lavén, Sabina Liew! Thomas Marcks, Anna Ryf, Carl Toråker, Carl Wärn
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu, Erik Hugoson

S House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: , Long An Province, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation – Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of

The has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global awards.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break…

JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport

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Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, chief designer and president of JAHN, has shared with us his net-zero design proposal for the new International Airport competition. Similar to the Norman Foster and Fernando Romero’s winning design, JAHN’s proposal is a symbiotic blend of sensitive cultural meaning and powerful energy efficiency. As per competition requirements to pair an international firm with a Mexican firm, the project was the result of a collaboration with local architects Francisco Lopez-Guerra of and Alonso de Garay of ADG.

Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

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Architects: Massimo Galeotti Architetto
Location: Treviso Treviso,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Francesco Castagna

open hatch. Image Courtesy of goCstudio
open hatch. Image Courtesy of goCstudio

goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle

Seattle based firm goCstudio have designed a wood-fired floating sauna, a project resonant with the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Aiming to begin construction in spring of 2015 and open in summer, the firm has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the building of their first model. Easily transportable and accessible by kayak, the floating sauna fits within the dimensions of a standard size trailer. Providing a space of refuge and revitalization, along with a uniquely interactive way to experience the landscape of Seattle, the project, named “wa_sauna“, requires $43,000 to become a reality. Learn more about the project and how you can help at the firm’s Kickstarter page, here. More images after the break.

Diébédo Francis Kéré and Architectural Energy in Burkina Faso

“Architecture is much more than art. And it is by far more than just building buildings” says award winning Burkina Faso architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. In the latest video from Louisiana Channel, Berlin-based Francis Kéré deliberates on the purpose of architecture in a changing society and the influence exerted by his home nation, . For Kéré, context and medium are key: ”I try to use local material: mostly clay and wood, to create buildings that are modern,” he says. Kéré’s clay modernism represents a new Burkina Faso, using natural and renewable materials as shown in School Library Gando. ”If we build with clay we will have a better future, because we will use the resources we have,” he adds.

“My people are proud, and that can deliver a lot of energy,” says Kéré, optimistic for the future of architecture in Burkina Faso. Watch the video above to find out more about Kéré’s approach to his European-based African practice, and read on after the break for ArchDaily’s own Interview with Kéré from July.

Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners

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Architects: Overland Partners
Location: 203 East Jones Avenue, , TX 78215, USA
Principal In Charge: Jim Shelton, AIA, LEED AP
Project Team: Patrick Winn, James Beyer, John Burleson, Bess Swantner, Fernando Ortega
Area: 22800.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dror Baldinger, AIA, Scott Adams, AIA