Infographic: The Serpentine Pavilion 2012 Update

With the recent release of the design for the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and collaborator , we’re bringing you the 2012 updated infographic, a cheat sheet for the 12 years of the Serpentine Pavilion. Read more about the new design here

Rebirth of Saatchi & Saatchi Thailand / Supermachine Studio

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Architects: Supermachine Studio – Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Peechaya Mekasuvanroj, Santi Sarasuphab
Location: , Thailand
Constructor: ST.Classic Co.,Ltd.
Size: 400 sqm
Completion: October 2011
Client: Joel Clement/Saatchi & Saatchi Thailand
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

Dream Downtown Hotel

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Architects: Handel Architects
Location: 355 West 16th Street, , NY 10011, USA
Architects In Charge: Frank Fusaro
Client: Hampshire Hotels & Resorts+ Vikram Chatwal Hotels
Site Area: 25300 sf
Area: 184700.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Bruce Damonte, Edward Menashy, Handel Architects, Adrian Wilson

Underwater Hotel planned for Dubai

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shipbuilder Drydocks World has signed on with Switzerland’s BIG InvestConsult, on behalf of partner Deep Ocean Technology (DOT), to become the sole construction contractor of the futuristic Water Discus Underwater Hotels in the Middle East. Tailored to the luxurious lifestyle, aspiring divers and marine life enthusiasts, the patent-protected concept by DOT is comprised of disc-shaped volumes that are both above and below the water’s surface, exploring the depths of the ocean while taking advantage of the warm climate.

Continue after the break for more on the Water Discus Underwater Hotels.

World Architecture Festival 2012

Now in its fifth year, the World Architecture Festival moves from to Singapore (October 3rd-5th). And for this year, we are happy to announce ArchDaily as a media partner, and as part of the jury!

The architecturally intense event includes the awards and a festival gallery, with more than 700 entries from around the world in 30 categories, accompanied by live presentations from the finalists, a seminar and keynotes with renowned international architects. In these, and other activities (full summary), you will be able to exchange ideas with over 2000 architects representing more than 65 countries, broaden your horizons and your contacts book.

Learn more about the conference rates, and details on how to submit your projects.

More details about the WAF after the break.

Blueseed, The Pirate Ship of Silicon Valley

One of the concept vessels for Blueseed, The Blueseed Hive.

In my latest Editorial, I made the case that the future Silicon Valleys of the world will be in our cities. I have to admit, though, that I never thought about them being on our seas.

This is the idea behind Blueseed, a floating startup incubator located 12 miles off-shore of the Valley, in international waters. Although meant to cater to an international crowd (so they can skirt the tricky Visa process), a Blueseed survey suggests that the venture is actually most attractive for its potential to be an “awesome startup- and technology- oriented space.” Visa or not.

So, its seems that if Blueseed is to set sail by 2014, the design will be critical. Check out the renderings of the concept vessels below and let us know: do you think they’re “awesome” enough to tempt the 133 companies who have shown interest so far?

Via Venture Beat and Huffington Post. Images via Blueseed.

For more pics and info on Blueseed, read after the break.

SOM’s newest building at Beijing’s China World Trade Center (CWTC) complex

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Ground will be broken on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 for Skidmore Owing & Merrill LLP (SOM)’s newest building at ’s World Trade Center (CWTC) complex. The 58-story Phase 3B Tower features sleek horizontal bands of canted glass that wrap the building’s square floor plates. The 918-feet (280-meters) tall icon will be located immediately northeast of the 74-story, SOM-designed World Trade Center Tower 3, completed in 2010—which is the tallest building in the Chinese capital. More images and complete press release after the break.

Urban Intervention Finalist Presentations

In-Closure / via Urban Interventions Design Competition

Urban Intervention challenged designers to conceive a fresh vision of environmental, social and economic opportunities on and beyond a nine-acre site at the heart of Center. 107 multidisciplinary teams from 24 countries entered designs. Each proposal harnessed ’s history of innovation and civic engagement to inspire the next generation of great public spaces. Now, the three remaining finalists will present their ideas in a free, public lecture this Friday, May 11.

Continue after the break to learn more about the lecture and the top three proposals.

Otama Beach House / David Berridge Architect

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Architects: David Berridge Architect
Location: Coromandel,
Client: David Berridge and Cathleen McGuigan
Contractor: D.F. Wight Builders Ltd

Completion: 2012

Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

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Riverside Museum Wins European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012 / Zaha Hadid Architects

Attracting more than 1.4 million visitors since opening in June, the Riverside Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects…, recently won the European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012. Named the most innovative museum in the fields of technology, labor and

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion design revealed

2012 Designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

As we announced back in February, Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and their Chinese collaborator Ai Weiwei will design this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion at Hyde Park in , a special edition that will be part of the   2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. This will be the trio’s first collaborative built structure in the UK.

Back then, it was announced that their design will explore the  hidden history of the previous installations (see all the previous pavilions in our infographic), with eleven columns under the lawn of the Serpentine, representing the past pavilions and a twelfth column supporting a floating platform roof 1.4 metres above ground, which looks like a reflecting water-like surface in the renderings. The plan of the pavilion is based on a mix of the 11 previous pavilions’ layouts, pavilions that are represented as excavated foundations from which a new cork cladded landscape appears, as an archeological operation.

Diagram © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Marina Abramovic Institute + OMA

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Yesterday, Marina Abramović and OMA announced the creation of the Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI) under the performance dome at MoMA’s PS 1 in Long Island City.  Abramović will team with the architects to create an art, education and performance venue that will not only focus on Abramović’s performance methods, but, interestingly, on educating the public with regards to viewing and appreciating long duration performances.

Perhaps, Abramović’s name sounds familiar, and rightly so.  She has wildly been hailed as one of the most progressive and devoted long-duration performers; one of her most recent performances took place at the MoMA where she sat completely silent, just starring at visitors for the museum’s entire opening hours.   And, now, with this Institute, Abramović will be able to teach her ways to aspiring performers, and more viewers will be able to experience and appreciate her performance methods.  Abramović commented, “The Institute’s aim is to protect and preserve the intellectual and spiritual legacy of performance art from the 1970′s into the future, and will serve as an homage to time-based and immaterial art.”

Films & Architecture: “The Belly of an Architect”

In ArchDaily we have mentioned films, whether because of its content closely related with Architecture, or because of the space, photography, atmosphere, or any other relevant feature to our practice that could mean a certain value through an Architect’s eyes.

From this week and on, we will propose a film for you to watch – enjoy – and comment if you want to share your thoughts about the movie with us. We have already a starting list which still open for your recommendations.

The first movie to introduce is a classic from the ’80, “The Belly of an Architect” by the British director Peter Greenaway.

More info after the break.

Adult Education Center / CEBRA

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Danish firm, CEBRA, was recently awarded first prize for their new education center in .  The building explores how curved forms can penetrate and define the rectilinear confines of the 134,550 sqf school building. Soft curving levels open to floors below and provide a mixing of visual and auditory experiences in a dynamically changing environment. Moreover, such levels provide a flexible learning environment, with “the human-being placed at the center.”

More about the project after the break, including CEBRA’s awesome hand renderings.

Renovation of an old barn / Comac

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Architects: Comac
Location: Charroux, France
Area: 105 sqm
Budget: €90,000
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Comac

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Data Driven City / Mekano Studio

The new city, designed by Mekano Studio…, will be a smart data city, a city driven with data, a city that can help each person to choose and decide, a City respects the human mind and gives him the

Magic Plan App: Making Floor Plans on Your Phone

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Architects and designers everywhere know the amount of time it takes to get accurate floor plan measurements with a measuring tape, a pencil, and some graph paper,  but now there’s an app that gives you the convenience of measuring right in the palm of your hand in a matter of minutes.  The Magic Plan app, conveniently named, simply asks for certain areas of a specific room and is able to assemble a floor plan for you. The app also includes tutorials on how to use it effectively and get fully adjusted to it. Above is a video to give you an idea of how this magic app works and some images can be viewed after the break.

Google Campus / Jump Studios

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Architect: Jump Studios – Shaun Fernandes, Markus Nonn
Location: 4-5 Bonhill Street, , England
Total Floor Area: 2,300 sqm
Project Cost: £ 2.2 M
Client: Google UK Ltd.
Furniture / Lighting: Hay, Modus, Very Good & Proper, Branch Studios, Moroso, Bene, MagisMuuto, Luxo, Erco Jump Studios
Photographs: Courtesy of Jump Studios