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'The Crown of Septiemvri' Soccer Stadium Proposal / Gras Arquitectos

Located in the old plot of the Olympic stadium of Sofia, Bulgaria, the proposal for the new soccer stadium by Gras Arquitectos aims to create a new mixed complex, keeping as much as possible the green and central qualities of the plot. Designed to seat around 15,000, the plot itself works as a central park of the neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Open Exchange' Green Square Library and Plaza Competition Entry / MODU

The “’Open Exchang’ proposal, for the Green Square Library and Plaza competition, creates a space of public engagement by challenging the role of the library in the contemporary city of Sydney. Designed by MODU , in collaboration with Future Green Studio landscape architects, their project becomes a social and public space made possible by new technology, with the potential to transcend the traditional definition of learning spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Offset House / Shieh Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects In Charge: Leonardo Shieh & Shueh Shueh Yau
  • Project Team: Débora Zeppelini, Fabiana Almeida, Giovanna Plastina, Wellington Nagano
  • Structural Engineering: EMAC Projetos
  • Electrical & Hydraulic Engineering: CZN Engenharia
  • Site Area: 545 m²
  • Project Area: 500 sqm
  • Ano Do Projeto: 2012
  • Fotografias: Fernando Stankuns

© Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns

Mineral Lodge / Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard

© N.Borel
© N.Borel
  • Architects: Atelier d'Architecture Christian Girard
  • Location: Savoie, France
  • Architect In Charge: Christian Girard
  • Design Team: Christian Girard, Christophe Hebert, T.Sugi, M.Shun, L. Capdevielle, C.Cobel
  • Area: 371.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: N.Borel

© N.Borel © N.Borel © N.Borel © N.Borel

Campo de Santa Cruz / José Cabral Dias + Luís Miguel Correia

  • Architects: José Cabral Dias + Luís Miguel Correia
  • Location: Coimbra, Portugal
  • Authors: José Cabral Dias, Luís Miguel Correia
  • Collaborators: Daniel Gameiro, Luís Spranger Carvalho, Nuno Ferreira Barbosa, João Fôja, Patrícia Miguel, Vanda Correia
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of JCD+LMC, Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Tokyo Balconies / KINO Architects

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects: KINO Architects
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Masahiro Kinoshita
  • Area: 31.12 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Casa Mirador / Matias Zegers by Cristobal Palma

After working with Rick Joy for more three years, collaborating in projects all around the US, Matías Zegers went back to Chile and founded Matías Zegers Architects. Last year, this Guest Pavilion, located in the Casas del Bosque winery in the Casablanca Valley, was finished and Cristobal Palma realized this beautiful video, showing how simple but very powerful house settles overlooking the vineyards.

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12 Towers In Vallecas / nodo17 Architects

© Amparo Garrido
© Amparo Garrido
  • Architects: nodo17 Architects
  • Location: Avenida del Ensanche de Vallecas, 28031 Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team: Birga Wingenfeld, Michael Moradillos, Félix Toledo Lerín
  • Contractor: Fercaber
  • Structure: Joaquín Antuña + JOFEMAR
  • Instalations: Pérez Barja
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Amparo Garrido

© Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido

Smart-Stell Residence / Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

  • Architects: Tonic Design
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • Builder: Tonic Construction
  • Area: 2400.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tonic Design

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Vorwerk Uster / Spillmann Echsle

  • Architects: Spillmann Echsle
  • Location: Uster, Switzerland
  • Project Leader: Simone Retter
  • Client: Trümper AG
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei

Ave Plaza / Drozdov&Partners

  • Architects: Drozdov&Partners
  • Location: Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine
  • Design Team: Oleg Drozdov, Vyacheslav Zhemir, Irina Goydenko
  • Area: 23400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

© Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko

Haus am Bach / Dolmus Architekten

© Martin Guggisberg © Martin Guggisberg © Aytac Pekdemir © Aytac Pekdemir

AIA and NIBS Launch Building Research Information Knowledgebase

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) have developed the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), an interactive portal offering free online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of the built environment, from pre-design through occupancy and reuse.

Assemblage Wins Iraqi Parliament Competition

© Assemblage
© Assemblage

Assemblage has succeeded against a prestigious shortlist – which included Zaha Hadid Architects, Capita Symonds, Fevre Gaucher and ADPI – in an international competition for the new Iraqi parliament complex in Baghdad. The $1Bn USD project challenged contestants to design a new, large scale complex amidst the remnants of a partially built super mosque planned by Saddam Hussein (photos of the existing site here). The London-based practice will be awarded $250,000 USD and asked to produce a master plan for the surrounding city, as well as additional government buildings, a new hotel and public parks. The anonymous jury plans to exhibit the submitted projects, along with the judging committee’s decision. However, a date has yet to be announced. Continue after the break for more images and the architects’ description.

In Progress: The New School University Center / SOM


Quickly rising on the corner of 14th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, this new, multipurpose facility will soon become the “heart” of The New School – an avant-garde university in New York City. The University Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), combines all aspects of a traditional campus into a single, 16-story building, offering 200,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors and 150,000 square feet for a 600-bed dormitory on the levels above. The brass-and-glass structure, which is the largest construction project in the university’s 91-year history in Greenwich Village, is scheduled for completion in 2014. In progress images and more information after the break.