Snack Bar / Hou de Sousa

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
Snack Bar / Hou de Sousa, Courtesy of Hou de Sousa
Courtesy of Hou de Sousa
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Cumbayá, Ecuador
  • Project Team

    Nancy Hou, Josh de Sousa
  • Client

    Happy Panda
  • Contractor

    Hou de Sousa
  • Area

    16.0 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Cortesia de Hou de Sousa

Courtesy of Hou de Sousa Courtesy of Hou de Sousa Courtesy of Hou de Sousa Courtesy of Hou de Sousa +12

GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer , Hotel. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Hotel. Image Courtesy of GRAFT

GRAFT Architects has won first place in a competition to design a “premium common good resort” in Lofer, Austria. Located in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg, the resort will include a hotel complex, staff building, workshop based on “the economy for the common good,” “café villa” and a premium residence area. GRAFT’s design was highly lauded by both the client and locals, all of whom were fully involved in the decision process. 

Warehouse “Magasinet” / Metro Arkitekter

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
Warehouse “Magasinet”  / Metro Arkitekter, © Rafael Palomo
© Rafael Palomo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Malmö, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Claes R Janson, Rafael Palomo (responsible architects), Mikael Dankull (engineer), Henrik Troedson, Jens Ekander
  • Developer

    Wihlborgs Fastigheter AB
  • Builder

    MVB Syd AB
  • Engineer

    Danewids Ingenjörsbyrå, Mikael Gullberg
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Rafael Palomo © Rafael Palomo © Rafael Palomo © Rafael Palomo +24

House Refurbishment in Silleda / terceroderecha arquitectos

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
House Refurbishment in Silleda / terceroderecha arquitectos , © Baku Akazawa
© Baku Akazawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Silleda, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Arquitecto a Cargo

    Jorge Álvarez Rúa, Laura Arias Pardo, Jose C. Álvarez Rodríguez
  • Area

    215.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Baku Akazawa © Baku Akazawa © Baku Akazawa © Baku Akazawa +17

Villeneuve-Saint-Georges Hospital / Atelier d’architecture Michel Rémon

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
© Mathieu Ducros
© Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros +47

C. Sant Cugat House / RTA-Office

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
C. Sant Cugat House / RTA-Office, Courtesy RTA-Office
Courtesy RTA-Office

Courtesy RTA-Office Courtesy RTA-Office Courtesy RTA-Office Courtesy RTA-Office +19

Midvale Courtyard House / Bruns Architecture

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
Midvale Courtyard House / Bruns Architecture, © Tricia Shay
© Tricia Shay
  • Architects

  • Location

    Madison, Wisconsin, United States
  • Interior Design

    MANI & Company
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tricia Shay © Tricia Shay © Tricia Shay © Tricia Shay +12

Restaurant Koi Sushi / Grupo Spazio

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
Restaurant Koi Sushi / Grupo Spazio, © Oscar Hernandez
© Oscar Hernandez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Galerías, Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Fernandez Musacchio, Ricardo Chacon Ibarra, Erick Arellano Gutierrez
  • Partnership

    René Arellano Marchand, Brenda Martin del Campo Mora, Alice García Malo, Paulina Gutiérrez Hoyos, David de los Ríos Juárez, Ernesto López Romo, Natalia Gutiérrez Romo, Lorena López Martínez, Raphael Montoya
  • Area

    528.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez +14

Secret Google Project Could Transform Construction Industry

00:00 - 16 October, 2013
Secret Google Project Could Transform Construction Industry, Google’s HQ, the Googleplex, in Moutain View, California. Google X is a secret facility run by Google located about a half mile from here. Image © ArchDaily Instagram Feed (@archdaily)
Google’s HQ, the Googleplex, in Moutain View, California. Google X is a secret facility run by Google located about a half mile from here. Image © ArchDaily Instagram Feed (@archdaily)

Google's secret development department, Google X (responsible for Google's very cool, although non-core initiatives, such as Google Glass and driverless cars) is reportedly working on a new technology that could transform the construction industry - as well as architecture itself. It goes by the name of "Genie."

According to Globes, a report from Genie's development team, addressed to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, describes the invention as a cloud-based collaboration platform with "planning applications to help architects and engineers in the design process, especially for skyscrapers and large buildings. The platform includes planning tools of expert architects and engineers and advance analytics and simulation tools." 

The report also emphasized Genie's potential to transform the conservative construction industry, one of the most profitable and the most wasteful, by making it more efficient and environmentally friendly at the level of design, construction, and maintenance. The report suggests the invention could save 30-50% in construction costs and 30-50% of the time spent between planning and market; moreover, it could generate $120 billion a year.

TED: Ingenious Homes in Unexpected Places / Iwan Baan

00:00 - 16 October, 2013

Iwan Baan’s curiosity for the built environment has led him to be one of the world’s most preeminent photographers whose skills are in constant demand by architectural elites worldwide. Constantly on the move, Baan has found himself documenting fascinating testaments to human ingenuity. From the informal vertical community of Torre David in Caracas to the floating Niagara slum of Makoko, Baan’s encounters with thriving communities in some of the most unexpected places has led him to believe that there is “no such thing as normal” and humans can truly adapt to anything. 

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Dürig AG

00:00 - 16 October, 2013
Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Dürig AG, Courtesy of Dürig AG
Courtesy of Dürig AG

Another noteworthy proposal for the Central Mosque of Pristina in Kosovo; this time, from Zurich-based architecture firm, Dürig AG. They envision the new mosque as an interplay between the individual and the community. "Mosques are places of worship for the Islamic community where the single believer joins a larger body for the ceremonial act of worship and prayer." Singular elements combine to make a larger, more meaningful, whole. "Thus, [our proposal] stands as a materialized representation for the individual within the Islamic community of Kosovo."

Natural daylight softly descends through the modulated plenum, creating a uniform prayer hall. Perforations throughout the facade and interior wooden panels enable a visual transparency that, Dürig AG expects, should spawn a dialogue between individuals inside the mosque and pedestrians in the city.

Vias Cultural Center / Estudio SIC

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
Vias Cultural Center / Estudio SIC, © Esaú Acosta
© Esaú Acosta
  • Architects

    Estudio SIC
  • Location

    Avenida del P. Isla, 48, 24002 León, Spain
  • Project Area

    800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

© Esaú Acosta © Esaú Acosta © Esaú Acosta © Esaú Acosta +20

SCI-FI / CLOG

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
SCI-FI / CLOG

Turn the bend and the foreignness of the thing reveals itself, with its gunmetal-colored facade, surfaces jutting at oblique angles, and curves and lines that suggest automotive racing streaks or cooling pipes at a power-generation facility. It would fit right in with a fleet of Star Destroyers blasting some unfortunate rebel ship with turbolasers. -- The Atlantic Cities’ John Metcalfe, describing Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Center in Vienna

When architecture and Sci-Fi are mentioned in the same breath, it’s usually only to achieve an amusing, surface-level comparison. Zaha’s library? A “Star Destroyer.” OMA’s Casa da Música? A Sandcrawler. And while these unlikely likenesses certainly speak to Sci-Fi’s hold on architecture’s imagination, they don’t really delve into the potential Sci-Fi holds as a source of architectural inspiration. 

Enter CLOG: SCI-FI. As does each issue of CLOG, SCI:FI “slows things down,” taking a good-hard look at architecture and science fiction’s long, fascinating relationship. And while it certainly provides many entertaining meanders into comics, literature, and film (including a peek into 2001: A Space Odyssey by ArchDaily contributors INTERIORS), SCI:FI really shines when it’s digging below the surface, exploring how both architecture and sci-fi reveal the dilemmas, fears, and desires of our society today.

Shortlist Announced for Oslo's July 22 Memorial Sites

00:00 - 16 October, 2013
Shortlist Announced for Oslo's July 22 Memorial Sites, The island of Utøya.
The island of Utøya.

Eight candidates have been selected for the second phase of the international competition to design two national public art memorial sites to commemorate the 2011 terror attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya. Selected from over 300 artists and architects from 46 different countries,  the Art Selection Committee have shortlisted the following candidates:

BIG Selected to Design Mixed-Use Complex in San Francisco

00:00 - 16 October, 2013
BIG Selected to Design Mixed-Use Complex in San Francisco , Section Model. Image © BIG
Section Model. Image © BIG

In an effort to reestablish Mid-Market as an arts district in San Francisco, developer Joy Ou has commissioned BIG to design a mixed-use arts, housing and hotel complex on 950 Market St. As the San Francisco Business Times reports, Group I is collaborating with the Thacher family and the nonprofit 950 Center for Art & Education to develop the project, which could potentially include a 250-room hotel, 316 residential units, a 75,000-square-foot arts complex, and 15,000 square feet of retail. The project will be BIG's first in the Bay Area. 

Talking With Thom

10:30 - 15 October, 2013
Talking With Thom, Four Towers In One (Competition). Image © Morphosis
Four Towers In One (Competition). Image © Morphosis

Despite what you may think, Thom Mayne isn't the "bad boy" of architecture - at least, not according to Thom Mayne. He sees himself more as a skilled negotiator than a starchitect (a phrase he hates) - after all, he reasons, how else would he have completed so many buildings? In this interview, originally published on Metropolis Magazine's Point of View blog as "Q&A: Thom Mayne," Andrew Caruso and Mayne discuss Morphosis, SCI-ARC, the early days of his career, and his architectural ethos.  

Andrew Caruso: Your professional career began in the discipline of planning. What led to the shift toward architecture and your eventual partnership with Jim Stafford?

Thom Mayne: I started working at the Pasadena redevelopment agency doing low cost housing, and that’s where I met Jim [Stafford]. Coming out of USC, I had no background about Mies, Khan or Corbusier, for example. USC was very strong in being anti-historical, looking forward instead of backward. I was essentially naive.

Jim was a year ahead of me at USC and had part of the older regime at the school. When I met him at the planning agency, he started introducing me to history. I got fascinated by [Paul] Rudolph; and then it just took off. Jim guided me through this thought process, reestablishing me in the tradition of architecture.

Free University's Philology Library / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
Free University's Philology Library / Foster + Partners, © Reinhard Gorner
© Reinhard Gorner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Thielallee 44, 14195 Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Norman Foster, David Nelson, Stefan Behling, Christian Hallmann, Ulrich Hamann, Ingo Pott
  • Project Team

    Bettina Bauer, Stefan Baumgart, Florian Boxberg, Mark Braun, Niels Brockenhuus-Schack, Andre Heukamp, Stanley Fuls, Ulrich Goertz, Wendelin Hinsch, Andreas Medinger, Jan Roth, Diana Schaffrannek, David Schröder, Mark Sutcliffe, Hugh Whitehead
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Reinhard Gorner © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners +30

Grimshaw to Design World’s Largest Terminal in Istanbul

00:00 - 15 October, 2013
Grimshaw to Design World’s Largest Terminal in Istanbul, Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw
Istanbul. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw

Following a competitive interview process Grimshaw, in partnership with Nordic Office of Architecture, has been appointed by the Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Mapa, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon to design the terminal complex for Istanbul New Airport

Located on the Black Sea coast, some 35km outside of Istanbul, the ambitious six-runway development, masterplanned by Arup, will be delivered in four phases. The first phase will open in 2019 and aims to serve 90 million passengers per year. This will increase to 150 million passengers per annum once fully complete. The new airport will include the world’s largest airport terminal, with a gross floor area close to one million square meters.