International Commerce Centre / KPF


Hong Kong is often referred to as one of the densest cities in the world, lined with an impressive array of skyscrapers along its shores. The latest addition by architects KPF reaches an altitude of 484 meters above the Victoria Harbor in Kowloon. Located atop the new Kowloon Station, a transportation hub that feeds a network that ferries over 11 million passenger journeys per day, the International Commerce Centre is an integral part and centerpiece of the Union Square reclamation project.  Internal programming includes office space, 2 hotels, and an observation deck amongst other mixed-use functions. More details after the break.

Orfi Sera / YERce Architecture

© Emin Emrah

Architect: YERce Architecture – Nail Egemen
Location: , Turkey
Project year: 2011
Photographer: Emin Emrah

AD Round Up: Architecture in Iceland

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If Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Björk sound familiar to you, probably you know something about the amazing . So for today’s AD Round Up we have our first selection dedicated to this secluded country architecture. In the main image is Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center by ARKÍS architects. Check out the interesting Geothermal Pump Stations designed by PK Arkitektar or the Hof Residence by Studio Granda, a house located in Skagafjörður fjord, less than 100km from the Arctic Circle. Look again at Superstring, a proposal for a new type of structure for the high-voltage electric transmission in Iceland from korean architect Yong ho Shin. Finally revisit the impressive Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre by Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects.

Ginza Steak Tajima / Doyle Collection

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Architect: Doyle CollectionAiji Inoue
Location: , Japan
Project Area: 103.95 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

Floriade 2022 proposal for Almere / MVRDV


The City of Almere has revealed it’s MVRDV-designed proposal for the candidature! Almere is one of four Dutch cities competing to be the next location of the prestigious horticultural Expo, which takes place once every ten years in the Netherlands and is currently open in Venlo.

Rather than creating a temporary expo site, MVRDV has designed a lasting Cité Idéale, which would serve as a green extension to Almere’s city center. Drawing upon research from the radical DIY urbanism plan for Almere Oosterwold and the Almere 2030 master plan, MVRDV has designed an ambitious sustainable city that strives to be a 300% greener exhibition than the current standard.

Continue reading for more on this potential, exemplary green city!

Summer House / Tamas Bulcsu + Eva Fortvingler

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Architects: Tamas Bulcsu + Eva Fortvingler
Location: Balatonakarattya,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

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Venice Biennale 2012: Australian Pavilion focuses on Architect’s Evolving Role

A complex robotically fabricated sculptural installation. © Supermanoeuvre

Return from a water taxi journey around the Giardini via zip line, explore the potential for “robot craftsmen” and discover much more this August at the Australian Pavilion during the 2012 International Venice Architecture Biennale. With the world-famous exhibition just around the corner, the have decided to release details on what to expect at their exhibit, Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture.

The Creative Directors, Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth, said: “It’s very exciting to see how the architectural profession is evolving, the new domains that are being explored and the vitality and variety of innovative architectural types that seems to foster. Formations highlights the range of unconventional and world-leading architectural practice types being developed across , celebrating new opportunities for architects that are working in non-traditional and unexpected ways.”

Continue after the break to learn more.

AD Editorial Round Up: Architecture in America Today

A Rebar project, the VIctory Garden replaced San Francisco’s Civic Space with a temporary farm. Via Afasia.

Seeing as it’s the 4th of July, we thought we would take a moment to reflect on the state of Architecture in our country today. Where are we? What’s important to us now, July 4th, 2012? And what does the future look like?

Undoubtedly, the Architecture profession is still hurting from the Recession. Thousands remain unemployed and, as Andrew Maynard pointed out in his popular Work/Life/Work Balance, those who are employed are overworked and undervalued. However, there are some glimmers of hope: in After the Meltdown, we discussed the inevitable rise of Public-Interest Design and the opportunities it will offer; in a guest post, Steve Sanderson of CASE championed the diversification & expansion of the architecture profession, which will better prepare architects for the realities of our Post-Meltdown economy.

As for Architecture today, there has been a rise in community-oriented projects that seek to better the quality of life in our fast-growing cities – from Productive Landscapes (which we explored at length in our Urban Agriculture Series) to Reclaimed Parks, a la the High Line and Low Line. While Green Design is of course on the rise, we discussed the boons & pitfalls of  following LEED to the letter. We also took a look at the role technology will play in guiding urban design, wondering “Can you Crowdsource a City?” and “Can you replicate the magic of Silicon Valley?

Despite the economic struggle, Architects are expanding their definition of architecture and coming up with innovative solutions for a more sustainable, responsible future.



Avenue de France Administrative Building / Group8

© Régis Golay

Architects: Group8
Location: Genève,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Régis Golay

Courtesy of WILCOTER Architects
Courtesy of WILCOTER Architects

Regeneration of the Forbidden City / WILCOTER Architects

In the invited competition launched by the Culture Relic Bureau of Nanjing, WILCOTER Architects… envisioned an idea to regenerate the relics of the Forbidden City as a capital of the Ming Dynasty over six hundred years ago. In a city

New Technical Institute – ECAM – Site UCL / MODULO Architects + KhôZé Architecture

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Architects: MODULO Architects – KhôZé Architecture
Location: City of Brussels, Belgium
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Lieven Van Landschoot

Pirates Bay House / O’Connor and Houle Architecture


Architects: O’Connor and Houle Architecture
Location: Melbourne, Victoria,
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Earl Carter

Shortlist Announced for the Redevelopment of the Quadrangle at Strand Campus

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RIBA Competitions recently announced that six teams have now been selected to take part in the design stage of the competition for King’s College to redevelop the Quadrangle at the historic Strand Campus in London. The shortlisted teams include: Barozzi Veiga Studio, Carme Pinos Studio, Eric Parry Architects, Hall McKnight, Henley Halebrown Rorrison, and Zaha Hadid Architects. Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates & Facilities at King’s, said: ‘We are very pleased with the variety and high standard of submissions and look forward to the development of an innovative, landmark design that will enhance the surrounding historic architecture’. More information on the competition after the break.

N-House / Takato Tamagami

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Architects: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design
Location: Tokyo,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 586.87 sqm
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura

Imagination wins the Troldtekt Award 2012

1st Prize Winner – ‘Acoustic Synecdoche’

Matthias Kisch from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Amy Linford from Newcastle University have won first and special awards respectively in this year’s Troldtekt Award just announced. Architectural and design students from 23 countries entered the concept competition, submitting an extensive array of creative and original ideas about how Troldtekt’s traditional acoustic panels can be used. More information on the winners, images and videos after the break.

Canada Water Library / CZWG Architects

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Architects: CZWG Architects
Location: 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London Borough of Southwark,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,900 sqm
Photographs: Tim Crocker

Houses + Origins / David Stark Wilson

The firm’s founder cites his experiences in nature as the most profound influence on his architecture. In this volume he has chosen to pair images of his architecture beside the images from nature that inspired his designs. The origins of the firm’s work are also deeply rooted in the vernacular buildings of California and this influence is clearly illustrated in this impressive monograph.

Helsinki South Harbour Competition Winners

Boegbeeld – second place entry

The panel for the international Kirjava satama Ideas Competition unanimously decided to give four awards among the 201 entries with balanced overall solutions that were suitable to the cityscape; the entries also had especially interesting ideas for the development of different sections. Innovation and ideas were valued higher than the flawlessness of details. There was no single entry that would have attained all the goals of the competition in a way that was clearly superior. The entries Boegbeeld, Meren syleily, Stadi terassi and Tori received an award in the competition for the south harbour. More images and information on the winners after the break.