Mackmyra Gravity Distillery / TEA

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Architects: TEA – Thomas Eriksson Arkitekter
Location: ,
Project Area: 1,460 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Client: Mackmyra Svensk Whisky
Photographs: Robin Hayes

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Badel Block Complex Proposal / WAU Design

In the proposal for the Badel Block competition, WAU Design… considered the site and its position as an opportunity to create a new center for the locals as well as a new entrance for the city through the ‘Communities of

Lyric Theatre Belfast / O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects

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Architects: O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects
Location: River Lagan, Belfast,
Area: 5,500 sqm
Completion Date: May 2011
Photographer: Dennis Gilbert

Yellow River Art Centre / Waa

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Designed by Waa (We Architech Anonymous), the Art museum will be the first project developed within this new arts district centre. The project is named the yellow river art centre (YRAC) due to its close proximity to the yellow river which has been coined ‘the cradle of Chinese civilization’ by previous generations that helped protect and provide for early settlers. Located within 20km of the city centre, the main function of their design will be to knit subsequent communities together enhancing the well-being of future local social infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Vigilante del Maule / Carlos Jarpa

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Architect:
Location: , Chile
Guide Professor: Mauricio Ramírez Molina, Architect
Structural Engineering: Professor Patricio Lara Ditzel, Civil Engineer
Technical Supervision: Professor Cristian Palma Valladares, Architect
Completion Year: 2011
Photographs: Carlos Jarpa, Fernanda Clement

   

Hans House / M.O.D.O

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Architect: M.O.D.O (Michael Ong Design Office)
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Project Team: Michael Ong
Project Area: 350 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of M.O.D.O and Ricky Fung

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 / Photos by Danica O. Kus

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Danica O. Kus shared with us her photographic work for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Designed by Herzog & De Meuron and Ai Weiwei, these photos give you a great insight into the overall feel and spatial qualities to the design. The half sunken in and water-covered structure starts to become a part of the landscape, as Kus is able to take the viewer inside and around the pavilion. You can check out more images after the break.

House D-Z / GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten
Location: ,
Completion: 2012
Site Area: 810 sqm
Built Area: 263 sqm
Photographs: Luc Roymans

   

Tekfen Kagithane Ofispark / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: , Turkey
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of EmreArolat Architects

  

Fundraiser: Modernism London Style / Niels Lehmann

Modernism Style: Battersea Power Station, (1935) © Niels Lehmann

Like no other style, represents a built manifestation of the interwar period’s enthusiasm and splendor. In London, buildings of this era reflect the elegance, progress and assertiveness that describe the modern metropolis age. Even today, these buildings have lost none of their aura and appeal, yet they lack any proper documentation.

Together, Niels Lehmann and Christoph Rauhut have worked tirelessly for the past three years researching and photographing London’s architectural Art Deco heritage. With your help, they will feature over 230 buildings with large-scaled photographs in the soon-to-be published book “Modernism London Style.” Follow this link to become a supporter and learn more.

Continue after the break to view more photos.

Villa Hendrikx / 70F Architecture

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Architects: 70F Architecture
Location: Almere,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

   

AD Round Up: OMA Part II

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For today’s Round Up, we bring you the second part of previously featured projects by one of our favorite studios, . Take this opportunity to check again the unique Prada Transformer. Also you can see OMA’s new landmark for Shenzhen, an interesting group of buildings and open spaces connected by an elevated pedestrian system, the ‘Ring Connector’.Don’t miss the proposal for Rotterdam City Hall or The Rotterdam, the biggest building in . Finally check out The Interlace a 170,000 sqm residential project in Singapore.

4 Najuda / Atelier Base

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Architects: Atelier Base
Location: Ajuda, , Portugal
Year: 2010-12
Built Area: 70 sqm
Photographs: Invisible Gentleman

James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace opens today at Rice University

“Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace – Courtesy of Rice University

The highly anticipated “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace, designed by American artist James Turrell, will open to the public today with a sunset light show. The abstract pyramidal structure complements the natural light present at sunrise and sunset, creating a mesmerizing light show that connects the beauty of the natural world with the surrounding campus. This experience is enhanced by an LED light performance that projects onto the 72-by-72-foot thin white roof, which offers views to the sky through a 14-by-14-foot opening. Additionally, the Turrell Skyspace is acoustically engineered for musical performances and serves as a laboratory for music school students, as it stands adjacent to the Shepher School of Music on the Rice University campus in , Texas.

David Leebron, Rice University President: “The campus has to play its role in inspiring our students.”

Continue after the break to watch a sneak preview of the Turrell Skyspace light show.

AutoCAD and New Macbook Pro’s Retina Display

Apple's latest Macbook Pro boasts an incredibly high resolution Retina Display

“If I were a drafter, I’d drop everything and buy it.”

So said Rob Maguire, the product manager for Autodesk’s AutoCAD, describing the new 3D-rendering drafting applications that will run on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook’s distinguishing feature is its souped-up Retina display  - which boasts 4 times as many pixels as its predecessor, 75% less reflection, and 29% higher contrast.

The implications for architects will be practically life-changing. But there is a catch…

Get the scoop on the new AutoCAD App for Macbook, after the break.

Skelleftea Kraft Office Building / General Architecture

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Architects: General Architecture
Location: Kanalgatan71, Skellefteå, Sweden
Completion: 2009
Floor area/size: 9,500 sqm
Photographs: Mikael Olsson, Lindman Photography

The Johns Hopkins Hospital / Perkins+Will

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The new facility designed by Perkins+Will for the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, approaches the design as a total experience of healing that includes architecture and urban design.  The project proposes to redefine the hospital experience with The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower, whose goal is to emphasize transformative patient-centric care.

More after the break.

Perkins+Will and Pringle Brandon Merge

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Big news: two architectural heavyweights have joined forces.

Pringle Brandon and Drew (their more commercial branch) have merged with top-ranking international design firm Perkins+Will. Their joint London and Dubai Offices will know be known as (take a deep breath): Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will.

Pringle Brandon (PB) stands to expand its international presence with the merger; Perkins+Will will be able to tap into PB’s strengths in interior design, workplace consultancy, & sustainable practice – as well as their presence in Europe and the UAE, where it has experienced two consecutive years of double-digit growth.

Story via Architects Choice and Pringle Brandon‘s Press Release.