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Halfdansgade 8 / Danielsen Architecture

© Torben Åndahl
© Torben Åndahl
  • Architects: Danielsen Architecture
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Area: 1944.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Torben Åndahl, Jersø, Christensen Photography

© Jersø Courtesy of Torben Åndahl © Jersø © Jersø

House in Sonvico / Architetti Pedrozzi & Diaz Saravia

© Pino Brioschi © Pino Brioschi © Pino Brioschi © Pino Brioschi

Cite des Arts et de la Culture / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Nicolas Waltefaugle
© Nicolas Waltefaugle
  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Location: 16 Avenue Arthur Gaulard, 25000 Besançon, France
  • Principal: Kengo Kuma
  • Project manager: Sarah Markert
  • Assistant: Elise Fauquembergue
  • Facade and Roof Study: Jun Shibata
  • Project director: Yuki Ikeguchi
  • Architect associate: Archidev
  • Area: 11389.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

© Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle

TAOA Studio / Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio
  • Architects: Tao Lei Architecture Studio
  • Location: 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100015
  • Architect in Charge: Lei Tao Architecture Studio
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio

IFSante / WONK architectes

  • Architects: WONK architectes
  • Location: Avenue Nelson Mandela, 59160 Capinghem, France
  • Engineering: Projex Ingénierie, Diagobat, Daniel Caucheteux
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

Light Matters: Seeing the Light with James Turrell

Light matters, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural lighting, has published numerous articles and co-authored the book „Light Perspectives“. 

From early nocturnal studies in a lonely hotel room to transforming a volcano in the world’s biggest landscape art project to, most recently, lighting up the Guggenheim in New York, the American artist James Turrell is driven by  his fascination with light. He explores perception for visual experiences where light is not a tool to enable vision but rather something to look at itself. 

More Light Matters, after the break…

James Turrell: Roden Crater, East Portal. 2010. Photograph by Florian Holzherr, James Turrell: Afrum I (White), 1967. Projected light, dimensions variable. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Panza Collection, Gift 92.4175.  © James Turrell. Installation view: Singular Forms (sometimes repeated), Solomon R. Guggenheim. Museum, New York, March 5–May 19, 2004. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. James Turrell, American, born 1943. The Light Inside, 1999. Neon and ambient light. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum commission, gift of Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson. © James Turrell. James Turrell: Rendering for Aten Reign, 2013. Daylight and LED light. Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © James Turrell. Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © SRGF.

Films & Architecture: "The Fall"

The Fall is a very visually powerful film. It is the result of a tremendous effort from its director Tarsem Singh, who travelled around the world in order to find the right locations for each scene. It is not only about the diversity of these spaces, but also the way that Singh is able to put all those elements together as part of a massive surrealistic world. 

'Prague: Bridge-Building over the Vltava River' Competition Entry / Juráš Lasovský

The intention of architect Juráš Lasovský for the ‘Prague: Bridge-Building over the Vltava River’ competition was to disrupt the serenity of the Prague basin landscape by proposing a residential bridge connecting the quarters of Podolí, Císařská louka and Smíchov. While classical bridges tend to create a connection between two places, this residential bridge is regarded as an opportunity to create an attractive space above the river. It becomes a space with residential premises as well as a sort of esplanade from which people get the chance to observe the city life around them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gehry to Design New York Office for Facebook

Shortly after winning approval on their Frank Gehry-designed, Menlo Park headquarters in California, Facebook has announced plans to once again commission the Los Angeles-based starchitect to design a new office for their New York City team. By early 2014, Gehry is expected to refurbish an existing 100,000 square-foot, two-story office space - nearly twice the size of their current home at 335 Madison Ave - on 770 Broadway. 

Calatrava to Build World's Most Expensive Transportation Hub

WTC © Joe Woolhead
WTC © Joe Woolhead

The World Trade Center Complex in Lower Manhattan is slowly progressing, now more than a decade after 9/11.  The Memorial was unveiled on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, while the Freedom Tower is well on its way to completion, proudly displaying the spire that was mounted just a few weeks ago.  The site still is - and will be for many years to come - a maddening array of construction equipment, scaffolding and cranes that are working busily at the various components of WTC's rebuilding.  Yet while all this development is moving forward, the cost of the construction is ballooning.  

According to an article in The Observer, the site now boasts one of the most expensive office buildings in the world - the Freedom Tower - and one of the most expensive parking garages in history - the Vehicle Security Center.  And to add to this grandiose display of New York City's perseverance over tragedy, Santiago Calatrava's Transit Hub - Port Authority's PATH station to New Jersey - has become an exceedingly controversial point of contention for its skyrocketing budget, now reported at $3.47 billion still two years away from completion.  This may be one of the most expensive transportation hubs in the world, considering that its passenger volume does not justify this expense as much as its location might.  

Join us after the break for more.

Naegok V house / jhy architect & associates

© Kyung sub, Shin
© Kyung sub, Shin
  • Architects: jhy architect & associates
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Joo Heon, Yu
  • Design Team: Seong woo, Park
  • Area: 294.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kyung sub, Shin

© Kyung sub, Shin © Kyung sub, Shin © Kyung sub, Shin © Kyung sub, Shin

Mar Surf Center of Somo / Javier Romero Soto Arquitecto

© Javier Azurmendi
© Javier Azurmendi

© Javier Azurmendi © Javier Azurmendi © Javier Azurmendi © Javier Azurmendi

Seascape House / Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates

© Shigeo Ogawa
© Shigeo Ogawa

© Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa

River Room / Shaun Lockyer Architects

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows
  • Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
  • Location: Chelmer, Brisbane, Australia
  • Architect in Charge: Shaun Lockyer Architects
  • Design Team: Jen Lambkin, Corinne Bolton
  • Area: 292.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Scott Burrows

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows

The Mapdwell Project: Determining Optimal Solar Power on Rooftops

The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort of researchers, academics, and professionals from MIT from a range of fields - design, building technology, engineering, environmental sciences, finance, and computer sciences - to develop a community resource of research-driven and tested information of sustainable practices. 

The Sustainable Design Lab at MIT collaborated with design studio MoDE (Modern Development Studio), which designed the online viewer. 

The fundamental goal of Mapdwell is to deliver a tool that enables communities to make informed decisions about how to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyles through community awareness, and access to information about energy efficiency and smart development.

More details on this tool after the break.

Micro-house / Studio Liu Lubin

Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
  • Architects: Studio Liu Lubin
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project Team: Liu Lubin, Wang Lin, Weng Jia, Wang Xiaofeng, Wan Li, Liang YIfan, Zhao Ye
  • Constructor: Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University CO.LTD Nanjing University Of Technology Advanced Engineering Composites Research Center
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin

Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin

Green Valley Project Proposal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Just this past Thursday, schmidt hammer lassen architects, East China Architecture and Design Institute, and Shanghai Expo Construction Development Company celebrated the ground breaking for, and start of construction of, the new Green Valley project on the site of the former 2010 Shanghai Expo. Located immediately next to the iconic Chinese pavilion, the architects won the international competition to design this 50,000-square-meter project last year. This project aims to become a new central urban development in Shanghai, integrating new sustainable solutions in both the urban design and the individual buildings on the site. More images and architects' description after the break.