Forest Stair in Stokke / Saunders Architecture

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Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: ,
Project Team: Todd Saunders, Attila Béres, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach
Client: Stokke Municipality and Sti For Øye Sculptural Park
Built area: 30 sqm (11 m length, 1.2 to 3.5 m width, 4.5 m height)
Completion: January 2012
Photographs: Bent René Synnevåg

Europa City / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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Parisian architect, Manuelle Gautrand, has shared her massive cultural, recreational and retail center for Triangle de Gonesse, with us.  The competition proposal intends to showcase a variety of European countries’ features – with regard to retail, leisure and cultural amenities – by organizing specific areas for designated countries.

More about the proposal after the break.

House and Design Studio in Kortrijk / Devolder Architecten

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Architects: Devolder Architecten
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Project Architect: Geert Devolder
Floor Space: 432 sqm
Completion: November 2010
Photographs: Yannick Milpas, Deneve Foto Kortrijk

House in Las Arenas / Javier Artadi

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Architects: Javier Artadi
Location: Las Arenas, , Peru
Area: 238 sqm
Project Assistants: Oscar Luyo, Ivan Navas
Engineers: Ing. Jorge Indacochea (Structure), Ing. Roberto Mayorga (Electrics), Ing. Angel Dall´Orto (Plumbing)
Contractor: Justo Olivera
Photographs: Alexander Kornhuber

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Five great projects from last week that you may have missed! Check out the Renovation of the Baeza Town Hall in , or the Huludao Beach Exhibit Center in China. Don’t miss Dominique Perrault’s latest, a footbridge completed in 2010 in Madrid. The Chapel of Rest in Graz was designed by HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architects in Austria. Finally, the beautiful House in Tanglewood, designed by Schwartz/Silver Architects in Massachussetts.

Downtown LA Hotel / XTEN Architecture

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XTEN Architecture is planning a new, 65,000-square-foot hotel in downtown , California. The monolithic concrete structure will be carved by a system of slots and slices that bring light, air and views deep into the building. Equipped with a performance-based lobby, two subterranean bars, restaurant and a rooftop terrace featuring an infinity edge pool, this mid-rise hotel will surely attract some attention.

Continue after the break to learn more!

The Blade / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Dominique Perrault has been selected to build a tower within the future Yongsan International Business Center in , whose master plan was designed by Daniel Libeskind. The tower, called The Blade, will reach 300 meters high. More images and architect’s description after the break.

George Lucas’ Development Woes: When NIMBY Goes BANANAs

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For 25 years, has had a problem. He’s been the Darth Vader of an evil developing empire.

Or so say his wealthy neighbors. Since 1978, when he set up his corporate headquarters, Skywalker Ranch, on his property in Lucas Valley, Lucas has been attempting to get plans approved for a 300,000 square foot movie studio (which, while massive, would preserve 95% of the acreage and include plans to restore the topography). He’s been blocked by his anti-business, NIMBY neighbors every step of the way.

But far more interesting than Lucas’ defeat, is his plan for revenge.

Read More on how George Lucas is striking back on his NIMBY neighbors, after the break…

Heavy Metal / Hufft Projects

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Architect: Hufft Projects
Location: , MO, USA
Principals in Charge: Matthew Hufft, Kimball Hales
Design Team: Dan Brown, Adam Crowley, Jonathan Tramba
Area: 6,800 sqm
Completion: July 2010
Photographs: Matthew Hufft, Andrew Fabin


Porto Covo Palace / Frederico Valsassina


Architects: Frederico Valsassina 
Location: Rua de S.Domingos à Lapa, Lisboa, Portugal
Client: Companhia de Seguros Lusitânia
Completion: 2009
Construction Area: 2,300 sqm
Team: Sofia Salazar Leite, João Torres, Rita Amado
Landscape Architecture: Proap
Structure and foundations: JSJ
Special Technical Facilities: Joule / GET
Hydraulic plans: Ductos
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


GA House / Samf

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Architects: Samf – Sara Antunes, Mário Ferreira Arquitectos
Location: ,
Total Area: 252 sqm
Photographs: Thorsten Humpel

Filmare L’Architettura / Festival dei Popoli

The workshop Filmare l’architettura, just concluded in Florence. It took place in the home-studio by Leonardo Savioli and was aimed at educating videomakers in documenting the architectural space. The results of this experience, promoted by the Region of Tuscany, produced by Festival dei Popoli and led by Filippo Macelloni, will be presented to the public on May 15 at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence.

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Only 6 hours left to help fund Jimenez Lai’s Hefner/Beuys House!

Last month we shared with you Jimenez Lai’s vision to transform the Architecture Foundation’s Project Space in London with a cartoonish architectural installation of Super Furniture… inspired by the exhibitionism of Hugh Hefner with the live-art of Joseph Beuys.

La Salut Market Square / Vora Arquitectura

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Architects: Vora Arquitectura
Location: Av marquès de Sant Mori s/n, Badalona,
Design Team: Eva Cotman, Anna Malaguti, Ondrej Fabian
Completion: 2010
Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula Sardà


LEGO Architecture Landmark Series: Sungnyemun


LEGO has unveiled their latest model in the Architecture Landmark series: the Gate of Exalted Ceremonies in Seoul, better known as the Sungnyemun.

Sungnyemun is the series first Asian landmark and one of the most complete examples of Joseon Dynasty architecture. Standing in the heart of Seoul since 1398, Sungnyemun was once one of three major gateways through Seoul’s historic city walls. It is listed first among the National Treasure of .

Sungnyemun is the fifteenth model in the LEGO® Architecture series, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world.

VillaLóla / ARKÍS architects

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Architects: ARKÍS architects
Location: , Iceland
Size: 128 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy ARKÍS architects

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modeLab Scripted Design Workshop

Studio Mode / modeLab… is putting on the Scripted Design Workshop June 9-10, which will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts for designing with programs in Python for Rhinoceros. As the next installment in the coLab Series, they are welcoming

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Stockholmsmässan Main Entrance / Rosenbergs Arkitekter

With over a million visitors annually, Stockholmsmässan in Älvsjö is one of the world’s leading organisers of exhibitions, conferences and public fairs. The new entrance, designed by Rosenbergs Arkitekter…, starts construction this month and is expected to be completed