Plett 6541+2 / SAOTA

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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

Courtesy of Ghirardelli Architetti
Courtesy of Ghirardelli Architetti

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Ghirardelli Architetti

The proposal by Ghirardelli Architetti… for the Helsinki Central Library aims at being a place for everyone: open and accessible, usable and public. A public square animated by exhibitions, events and music. They propose a building where stratigraphy tells the

VIDEO: Dwell Presents Jens Risom’s Island Home

If you’re at all immersed in the design world, you already know the name of Danish-American furniture designer . And, if you know , you most certainly know the mid-century, house he designed and built on an isolated island 13 miles off the coast of New England.

If you don’t know it – now’s the time to get acquainted. The gorgeous summer home – which famously graced the pages of LIFE Magazine in 1968, has recently been featured by Dwell in a video.

The house, which has stood on Block Island for 45 years with relatively little renovation, despite the island’s notoriously powerful gales of wind, defies the stereotype that pre-fabricated buildings can’t be built to last (or beautifully designed).  Indeed, Risom only attempted the venture because of the “personal freedom” that pre-fabrication afforded him. As he explains: “Architecture, to me, is the most beautiful of the arts. But I watched my father [an architect] struggle with the challenges, what was to me an enormous drawback: The architect did not fully drive the end product. I always knew that I wanted to design, but only [if I could] create products over which I had total control.”

More on this extraordinary home and its designer, after the break…

La Candela / ONL Arquitectura

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Architects: ONL Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Developer: Departament d’Educació de la Generalitat de Catalunya. GISA
Constructors: Construccions PAI
Collaborators : Topo Abe, arquitecte Esther Ferrer, arquitecta
Installations: IMANAGEST
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Area: 2796.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura

Slip House / Carl Turner Architects

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Architects: Carl Turner Architects
Location: Brixton, , England
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Crocker

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© Miloš Milivojević

‘Black Tree’ Public Solar Charger / Miloš Milivojevic

Designed by Miloš Milivojević… for the Strawberry Energy company, ‘Black Tree’ is a public solar charger which enables visitors to recharge batteries of their mobile phones, tablets and multimedia devices with the energy of Sun. In cooperation with Palilula Municipality

Sporthalle Landheim Bruettisellen / L3P Architects

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Architects: L3P Architects
Location: Bassersdorf,
Area: 980 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

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Courtesy of McAdam Architects

European International Trade Centre / McAdam Architects

McAdam Architects… recently unveiled their plans for a major Chinese trading and expo center in the city of Metz in Northern France. This feasibility study and outline concept will be an integrated trading complex with a total area(GBA) of over

Laguna Verde House II / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Location: Laguna Verde, V Region,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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Courtesy of HOK

New Global Hub for Biomedical Research / HOK

HOK… was recently selected as lead architect for the Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) near Palermo, Sicily in Southern Italy. The $269 million world-class research facility at 334,000-square-feet will be a global hub for biomedical research and development.

Arteology / Atelier 37.2

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Architects: Atelier 37.2
Location: Auvergne region,
Collaborators: Anna Checchi, Giorgio Davi’, Pascal Schaller, Christine Vergez
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of atelier 37-2

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© Jigen

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Located at a strategic point within the city of Helsinki, the ‘Shared Dreams’ proposal for the Helsinki Central Library conforms to the proposed massing and urban regulations, while endeavoring to give a coherent response to the program and the environment.…

Leimond-Shonaka Nursery School / Archivision Hirotani Studio

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Architects: Archivision Hirotani Studio
Location: Owariasahi, Aichi,
Architect In Charge: Hirotani Yoshihiro, Ishida Yusaku
Area: 1,018 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kurumata Tamotsu, Noriko Momoi

House P / Heiderich Architekten

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Architects: Heiderich Architekten
Location: , Germany
Structural Engineering: Lederhose & Wittler
Lighting: LDE Kober
Site Area: 3334
Area: 330 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Castle Winery / Moral Arquitectura

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Architects Office: Moral Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Area: 255.2 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Jorge López-Conde

SANAA Unveils Their Plans for Bocconi University Campus

The new Bocconi University campus by SANAA. Photo via Domus.

SANAA has just unveiled their plans for the Bocconi University Campus in , . The design features various undulating structures, forming connective inner courtyards, that wind their way across a 17,500 square meter green space open to both students and neighborhood residents.

According to Paola Nicolin, a professor at Bocconi and writer for Domus, the University is a “playground” for the imagination, using “non-hierarchic compositional elements” to establish a relationship between the campus’ organic forms and the human lives which inhabit it. In Nicolin’s words, the project “speaks of transparency, empathy for nature, and far-sightedness.”

More images and info on the project, after the break…

House Ber / Nico van der Meulen Architects

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Architects: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Location: Midrand,
Interior Design: M Square Lifestyle Design
Year: 2012
Photographs: Barend Roberts, David Ross, Victoria Pilcher

AD Round Up: Pavilions Part II

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Time for our 2nd selection of previously featured pavilions. We have five great projects that you probably missed! Like the ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 located in Stuttgart, . Or the beautiful SANDWORM pavilion designed by Marco Casagrande. You can’t miss the amazing Jewelbox Houses Historic Carousel in New York City by the Pritzker laureated Jean Nouvel or Zaha Hadid’s Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion. To end our selection, one classic rebuilt in 2010: the Rietveld Pavilion at the Kröller-Müller Sculpture Garden.