Courtesy of Florent Chagny, Soufia Louzir, Thomas Sponti, Florian Chazeau
Courtesy of Florent Chagny, Soufia Louzir, Thomas Sponti, Florian Chazeau

Sustainable Market Square Third Prize Winning Proposal / Various Architects

In their ‘Flying Market’ concept for the sustainable market square proposal in Casablanca, which won the third prize, the architects began with a simple exercise, utilizing associative words, gathering inspirations and ideas to define the project and its aim. Designed…

EyeOpener / Christopher Polly Architect

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Architects: Christopher Polly Architect
Location: , Australia
Builder: Travmatt Construction & Shopfitting Pty Ltd
Lighting Consultant: Euroluce Lighting
Area: 37 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Brett Boardman

China's 'Ring of Life' Photo: Sina Weibo
China's 'Ring of Life' Photo: Sina Weibo

Architectural Icons and Landmarks on the Rise

With China’s ‘Ring of Fire’ being one of the latest pieces of landmark architecture to hit the media, one must begin to wonder how many of these so called ‘landmarks’ will be constructed until they become an everyday sight in…

Tokyo Steel House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 84.23 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Courtesy of Djuric Tardio Architectes
Courtesy of Djuric Tardio Architectes

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Djuric Tardio Architectes

Djuric Tardio Architectes… shared with us their concept,’The Storytelling Tree’, for the Helsinki Central Library competition. The starting point for their design begins with the book, a never ending memory, which can tell us stories and tales from here and

Pharmaceutical Abulense (COFABU) Co. / 3.14GA

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Architects: 3.14 GA
Location: Ávila,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jara Varela

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Chen Minshuku / TSDesign

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Architects: TSDesign
Location: Tainan, Taiwan
Principal Designer: Chao Yuan-Hung, Chi Chien-Ching, Wang Jun-Jie, Chen Hsuan
Character Of Space: Minshuku (B&B)
Client: Miss Chen
Contractor: TA-Shan Development Contractor Ltd.
Cost: 5.5 Million NT
Area: 132 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tsai Tsung-Sheng

Nick Mason
Nick Mason

Architecture Honor Awared to Pink Floyd Drummer

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason… was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the Westminster University architecture faculty alongside architect Brian Waters. A former student at the university, Mason was forced to abandon his architecture degree a year before

Drents Archive / Zecc Architecten

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Architects: Zecc Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Architect: Bart Kellerhuis
Project Team: Marnix van der Meer, Steven Nobel René de Korte, Roy van Maarseveen, Tom Leerkes, Sien Wittevrongel, Elise Bylo, Kathy Vanhoenacker
Area: 3,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cornbread Works

House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects

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Architects: Tierney Haines Architects
Location: , Ireland
Project Team: Stephen Tierney, James Casey, Gabriella Regina, Sandy Rendel, Alex Doran, Amy Fitzgerald.
Engineer: EDPM, Frank Endicott, Alan Guildea
Lighting Design: Contemporary Lighting Solutions, James Hornsby
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stephen Tierney

House N / mattch

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Architects: mattch
Location: mizuho-ku ,aichi-ken,
Area: 98.16 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: nacasa&partners

The ArchDaily “Building of the Year” App Has Launched!

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We know you’ve been anxiously waiting to have ArchDaily with you everywhere you go – whether on the road or on your couch. Well, we’ve listened, and we’re more than proud to announce the launch of our first iPad application!

Our new FREE App will give you in-depth access to the winners and finalists of The Award, the most important architecture award in the online world (since 2009). It’s an award that recognizes architects – both established heavyweights and emerging talents – as the best and brightest of today, and they’re all chosen by you, our community of ArchDaily readers. While you’ll have to wait a bit longer until you can vote for your favorite 2012 projects (TBA early 2013), the App offers the perfect distraction: full access to the 2011 winners.

Find out more about our “Building of the Year” App, after the break…

3M Italia Headquarters / Mario Cucinella Architects

© Daniele Domenicali

Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
Location: Pioltello, Milan,
Project Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Luca Bertacchi, Julissa Guttara, Michele Olivieri, Linda Larice, Luca Stramigioli
Area: 11,300 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

Museum of Historical Markmenship / Gnädinger Architekten

© Markus Hattwig

Architects: Gnädinger Architekten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Christoph Claus
Design Team: Gnädinger, Babette Drillig, Karin Hirschmiller, Markus Hattwig
Year: 2011
Photographs: Markus Hattwig

Gehry To Design Sydney’s Next Architectural Icon

Courtesy of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry, in collaboration with construction giant Lend Lease, will design and construct the new 12-storey UTS building – said to be ’s most distinctive project since the Opera House. The building, which will consist of 320,000 homely brown bricks, laid by hand, is due to be completed in mid-2014. Mr. Gehry has described the building’s internal structure as being like a “tree house”, designed to encourage a sense of “creative play”. The building will be built on the former Dairy Farmers site between the ABC Ultimo Centre and the Powerhouse Museum and hold up to 2000 students and 390 academics. More information after the break.

Loft Andrés Borrego / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

Courtesy of Yen Chen

Architects: Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos
Location: ,
Area: 37 sqm
Year: 2010
Photography: Courtesy of Yen Chen

OMA’s Plans for “Iconic” Qatar National Library

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Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has announced the launch of the Qatar National Library (QNL), to be designed by Rem Koolhaas of .

The QNL, a public access library, will symbolically connect the country’s past and future. As her highness explained: “The library’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s heritage and future demonstrates the significant role QNL will play in unlocking human potential as Qatar builds a knowledge-based economy. A modern dynamic National Library for the country is essential in reaching this goal.”

As such, Rem Koolhass – an architect known both for his iconic structures as well as his success with the Seattle Public Library - has been hand-picked for the important design, soon to be, according to the QNL website, ”one of the most [...] iconic landmarks in Qatar and the region.” As a library on the cutting-edge of digital archiving, the building will require innovative facilities (including over 300 public computers, wifi and multi-media production studios); however, it will also serve the community as a relaxed, social gathering place.

More images of OMA’s plans for the Qatar National Library, after the break….

Plett 6541+2 / SAOTA

Courtesy of SAOTA

Architects: Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: The Robberg, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route,
Design Team: Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl, Bobby Hugill
Interior Design: Daniela Priebatsch, Emi Cavalieri
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of SAOTA