The house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch

Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard

Architects: Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 244.4 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard

VIDEO: New World Symphony / Frank Gehry by Cristobal Palma

Since its opening in January 2011 we have presented two articles related to this project designed by Frank Gehry, home for the New World Symphony founded by renowned american director Michael Tilson Thomas. Today we have this great video that Cristobal Palma just shared with us, for a better understanding of the spaces and surroundings.

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Green Cast / Kengo Kuma & Associates
Green Cast / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma lectures in San Diego and NYC this week!

Tonight, Kengo Kuma… will be lecturing at the Woodbury School of Architecture in San Diego at 6:30pm. Shortly following his Woodbury appearance, the Japanese architect will then make his way across the country to Columbia University’s GSAAP (Graduate School of

New building for Deli Shop / BaksvanWengerden Architecten

© Brandwijk & van Geel

Architects: BaksvanWengerden Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Architects: Gijs Baks, Jacco van Wengerden
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Brandwijk & van Geel

ArchDaily Interviews Tomas Koolhaas, Director of ‘REM’, and features Exclusive New Clip

Cinematographer Tomas Koolhaas, son of notorious , has shared with us his latest clips from the feature length documentary film, REM. Set to debut in 2013, the motion picture breaks away from conventional approach to filming architecture and exposes the raw, human experience of Dutch architect’s most famous projects. As Tomas describes, REM gives the audience “a rare insight into the reality of the hidden internal life of the buildings”.

ArchDaily had the chance to discuss the film with Tomas. Continue after the break for the complete interview and another small preview of the film!

New NYC Zoning / Midtown East

42nd Street and Park Avenue, . Photo by Anomalous_A via Flickr

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is pushing for an updated zoning code for Midtown Manhattan which will affect the blocks around Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building, and north toward the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Lever House.  This new code, called Midtown East, would replace existing building height restrictions and allow high-rise towers to soar in the 70-block area currently outfitted with older buildings of lower stature.  If Midtown East is approved, developers would be able to build twice the size now permitted in the Grand Central area, bringing an estimated 16,000 employees in a neighborhood that now has 230,000 office workers.

In such a densely populated area of Manhattan, what will be the urban implication of allowing building heights to soar past their current height regulation?  While the potential to increase the real estate value is a driving force for such an initiative, will this financial gain outweigh the drawbacks of new stresses that will be placed upon existing infrastructure and city functioning?   The Bloomberg administration feels that such an initiative is needed to maintain the Grand Central area as “one of the premier business addresses”; however,  the community is not as fast to support the idea and regard the proposal as just another example of Bloomberg’s latest attempts to make his mark on the city before his years in office are through.

More after the break.

Florida State University William H. Johnston Building / Gould Evans Architects

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Architects: Gould Evans Architects
Location: Tallahassee, FL,
Architect In Charge: Gould Evans
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Cohen

Courtesy of Princeton University
Courtesy of Princeton University

‘Performing Architecture’ Symposium

Taking place at Princeton University on October 13th from 10:00am-5:30pm, the ‘Performing Architecture’ symposium will bring together significant theorists and practitioners in the fields of architecture and performance and inviting a broader engagement with the artistic and academic community. In…

One Week Left of the Serpentine Pavilion!

© Julien Lanoo

The summer months have come and gone, which means one thing: the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is winding to an end (on October 14th, to be exact)!

This year’s underground pavilion was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei as a kind of archaeological discovery of pavilions past. As they explain: “Like a team of archaeologists, we identify [the] physical fragments as remains of the eleven Pavilions built between 2000 and 2011. […] These remains testify to the existence of the former Pavilions and their greater or lesser intervention in the natural environment of the park.”

Although most of the public events that made up the Park Nights programme have already occurred (including a showing of the incredible documentary on Ai Weiwei and a talk by Herzog & de Meuron), you can still catch the culminating event of the Pavilion, the Memory Marathon (October 12-14), which kicks off with Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui performing La Suite. The three-day, multi-disciplinary festival will feature over 60 participants, including former REM vocalist Michael Stipe, filmmaker David Lynch (who will present a new film), and the Pavilion architects, Herzog and de Meuron themselves.

For more info, check out our past coverage on the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

Hublot Popup Store / Asylum

Courtesy of The Hour Glass

Architects: Asylum
Location: Paragon,
Creative Director: Chris Lee
Director: Cara Ang
Designer: Simone Königshausen
Project Year:
Photographs: Courtesy of The Hour Glass

Niu House / Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atlier

© Yohei Sasakura

Architects: Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atlier
Location: , Nara Prefecture,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura

National Museum of Afghanistan Competition Winners

1st prize – Courtesy of AV 62 Arquitectos

Held at the National Museum on Monday, September 17, the Ministry of Information and Culture and the US Embassy in announced the winners of their International Architectural Ideas Competition for the National Museum of Afghanistan. The Jury’s decision for the winning submissions is based on the clarity of the architectural concept that responds effectively to the programmatic, functional, technical, economic and security requirements in the brief, and the architectural quality of the proposed as a whole. This decision ultimately recognizes the distinguished architectural quality of the winning proposed solution with the first prize given to AV62 Arquitectos. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.

Skyve Bistro / FARM

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Architects: FARM
Location: 10 Winstedt Rd, 227977
Team: Peter Sim, Selwyn Low, Lee Hui Lian, Oh Wenxin
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of FARM Architect

Wolfe Center for the Arts by Snøhetta / © Bruce Damonte
Wolfe Center for the Arts by Snøhetta / © Bruce Damonte

Snøhetta Exhibition and Lecture

Taking place at the Museum of Finnish Architecture October 10-November 25, the Norwegian architecture, landscape architecture and interior design office, Snøhetta…, is showcasing their firm and its work in videos, computer animations, 3D models, photographs, drawings, and texts. Presented

48 Housing Units in Torrelles de Llobregat / BB Arquitectes

© Filippo Poli

Architects: BB Arquitectes
Location: , Catalonia, Spain
Authors: Antoni Barceló y Bàrbara Balanzó
Architects Collaborators: Luis Alegre, Lluís Lloveras
Architects: Daniel García, Francesc Trillo
Technical Architect: Lluís Miquel Bonastre
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Filippo Poli, Lourdes Jansana

Courtesy of Colegio de Arquitectos de Quito - Ecuador
Courtesy of Colegio de Arquitectos de Quito - Ecuador

Social Habitat and Development Competition

As part of the Quito Biennale, the Social Habitat and Development competition is oriented to identify and promote architectural practices and built projects that demonstrate having a positive and tangible impact in the improvements of the living conditions of low…

Muenster University Center / Charles Rose Architects

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Architects: Charles Rose Architects Inc.
Location: , SD, USA
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: John Linden

MVRDV completes Book Mountain and Library Quarter Spijkenisse

© Jeroen Musch

Close to the Port of Rotterdam docks, MVRDV has completed the Book Mountain, a public library in ’s market square. It features a 480 meter route, lined with bookshelves, that wraps around a stacked, pyramidal form as it is showcased through the library’s glass structure. The “mountain of books” illuminates from within and serves as both an advertisement and an invitation to reading. The adjacent Library Quarter consisting of 42 social housing units, parking and public space is also a project by . Together, with the Book Mountain, it strives to form an “exemplary eco-neighborhood”.

Continue after the break for the architects’ description.