AD Round Up: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

2011, designed by Peter Zumthor. Photo by John Offenbach

We now know Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s design for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. While we waited for it, we decided to prepare a small Round Up with our previous coverage on the famous ’s Hyde Park pavilion. This includes the designs of Peter Zumthor, Jean Nouvel, and SANAA. To complete the Round Up, we have our post announcing the upcoming pavilion, and the special infographic we prepared earlier this year.

Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Secondary School / Sousa Santos Architects

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Architects: Sousa Santos Architects
Location: Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
Design Team: Jorge Sousa Santos, Bruno Ferraz, Patricia Costa, Ismael Prata, Sofia Oliveira, Vítor Ribeiro
Client: Parque Escola
Completion: 2010
Photographs: João Morgado

Top Architects invited to reimagine San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center

Fort Mason Center © Sean Munson

A mix of twenty local and internationally renowned firms have been invited to participate in a design competition seeking “creative and practical design concepts” on thirteen acres of prime waterfront real estate at the historic Fort Mason Center in . Although mostly comprised of parking lots and former military buildings, the site attracts nearly one million annual visitors with its stellar views, cultural events, historic background and well-respected restaurant.

Depending on who accepts the challenge, local firms may compete with big names such as James Corner Field Operations, SANAA, Studio Gang Architects and BIG.

Continue reading after the break for more.

AD Interviews: Márcio Kogan / Studio MK27

São Paulo native Márcio Kogan has become an internationally recognized Brazilian architect known for his minimal designs that are often contrasted by intricate materiality. His work has been highly praised by our readers, and he is in the top 5 of individual architects searches at our site. His houses and institutional projects respect the modern principles of Brazilian architecture, with a special care on the design of interior spaces and their details, resulting in a mix of tradition and contemporary design. My favorite? Paraty House (and its section!)

Kogan founded StudioMK27 in the early 1980s, shortly after his graduation from the Architecture and Urbanism Faculty of the Machenzie Presbyterian University (1977). Much of ’s work is influenced by Kogan’s admiration for Brazilian modernism that started in the 1930s, led by starchitects like Lucio Costa, Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer, Rino Levi and Affonso Reidy.

Today, Kogan is involved with the teaching corps of the City School in São Paulo, Brazil. His works have earned several international awards, including the recent Wallpaper Design Awards, Record House, D&AD “Yellow Pencil” LEAF Awards, Dedalo Minosse, Barbara Cappochin International Biennial of Padova and was twice a finalist for the World Architecture Festival (WAF). Marcio has also been appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the AIA in 2011.

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Family House in Medellin / Oscar Mesa

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Architect: Oscar Mesa
Location: , Colombia
Total Area: 900 sqm
Year of Completion: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Oscar Mesa

  

The Plant: An Old Chicago Factory is Converted into a No-Waste Food Factory

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The old red-brick building sporting a “BEER” sign may not look impressive, but what is going on inside certainly is. “The Plant” is an indoor vertical farm that triples as a food-business incubator and research/education space located inside an 87-year old meat packing factory in the Union Stockyards of Chicago, .  The project was partly funded by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity with a $1.5 million grant.  Browse through the Plant Chicago’s Flickr Photostream and you can watch the space steadily transform into an urban farm that will grow fresh produce, farm fresh fish, brew beer and produce kombucha all while recycling the waste of the facility to make it a Net-Zero Energy System.

How does it work? Follow us after the break to learn more.

Capela Creu / Nuno Valentim Arquitectura

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Architects: Nuno Valentim Arquitectura – Nuno Valentim, Frederico Eça
Location: Rua Oliveira Monteiro, 562, Porto,
Area: 45 sqm
Photographs: João Ferrand

Conference and Exhibition Center / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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The winning proposal for the conference and exhibition center in Leon, by Dominique Perrault Architecture stands on the grounds of the old Sugar Santa Elvira and involves the transformation of the main building of the former sugar in Congress Hall (Grand Palais) and the creation of an Exhibition center located to the east side of the Palace of Congress. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Next Silicon Valley(s)

AOL Offices in Palo Alto by Studio O+A © Jasper Sanidad

HP, Apple, Google – they all found their success amongst the peach groves and Suburban houses of . But why? What is it about Silicon Valley that makes it the site of technological innovation the world over?

It’s tempting to assume that the Valley’s success must be, at least in part, due to its design. But how does innovation prosper? What kind of environment does it require? In a recent interview with The Atlantic CitiesJonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, suggests that creativity is sparked from casual exchanges, the mingling of diversity, the constant interaction with the strange and new. In short, and as a recent study corroborates, innovation flourishes in dense metropolises.

Seemingly then, Silicon Valley, a sprawl of highways and office parks, has become a hotspot of creativity in spite of its design. But let’s not write off design just yet.

As technology makes location more and more irrelevant, many are looking to distill the magic of Silicon Valley and transplant it elsewhere. The key will be to design environments that can recreate the Valley’s culture of collaboration. The future Valleys of the world will be microsystems of creativity that imitate and utilize the structure of the city.

Coburn Residence / Harris Butt Architecture

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Architects: Harris Butt Architecture Ltd. – Grant Harris
Location: Jacks Point Golf Course, ,
Completion: 2009
Building Size: 712 sqm
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Adult Education Centre / CEBRA

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Danish architects CEBRA, along with developers Pihl & Søn and engineers Hundsbæk & Henriksen recenlty won the competition for a new Adult Education Centre of in downtown Odense, Denmarks’s third largest city. The 12.500 m2 / 134.550 ft2 educational institution aims at creating a flexible and diverse learning environment that gives room for individual needs in a collective building. According to the plans, the centre will open at the beginning of 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Flashback: Post Tower / Murphy/Jahn

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Architects: Murphy/Jahn
Location: ,
Height: 162.40
Area: 73,501 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn

Trianel GmbH Corporate Centre / gmp Architekten

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gmp Architekten shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Trianel GmgH Corporate Centre in , Germany. The new building is located along a major road next to the Tivoli stadium. From 2013 on it is to be built in two phases, the first of which comprises 9,600 square metres of gross floor area and will accommodate 400 members of staff. In the second, optional phase the building can be extended by 4,800 square metres to accommodate a further 200 employees. The building’s sustainability concept merits a silver DGNB certificate. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mohawk College / Zeidler Partnership Architectschitects

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Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Location: Hamilton, ,
Area: 48,500 square feet
Construction Cost: $12 million
Completion Date: January 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban

   

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Adream – European Competition in Architecture and Design Realization in Eco and Agro Materials

Open to students and professionals in architecture and design fields, the Adream 2012 competition, a European competition in architecture and design realization in eco and agro materials, the aim of the competition is to support the sustainable management of natural…

Owhanake Bay House / Strachan Group Architects

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Architects: Strachan Group Architects
Location: ,
Head Architect: Dave Strachan
Builders/Main Contactor: Tomik Ltd (Auckland & Waiheke Island based)
Structural Engineer: Adam Mackenzie
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Update: Transitional Shelter Project in Haiti / MICA

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When we last heard from David Lopez and his students at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) they were in the process of constructing a prototype of the Transitional Shelter for Disaster Relief in .  The project started in a Design|Build studio in the Spring of 2011.  Acquiring funds to prototype the design became a challenge.  Students spent the summer and fall of 2011 completing the design and reaching out to organizations for donations and materials.  WorldwideShelters.org and Whiting Turner Contracting Company gave critical donations that made it possible to begin construction.

Follow us after the break to catch up on the status of the project.

Video: The Printable House / 1:1 Arkitektur

Danish architects from 1:1 Arkitektur, in collaboration with Facit Homes, are constructing an entire house in just four weeks with only their computer and a CNC machine. Constructed entirely out of wood, the printed house demonstrates a sustainable, quick and affordable alternative to conventional building that minimizes waste and simplifies the buildings process. Many argue that this way of building is the future of construction.

Reference: Reuters, Archinect