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Salotto Urbano Proposal / Michela Romano, Emanuela Ortolani, Federica Spinaci, Eleonora Sanfilippo, David Vecchi

Conceived to aid in the cohesion between people, Salotto Urbano is a public area designed by architects Michela Romano, Emanuela Ortolani, Federica Spinaci, Eleonora Sanfilippo, and David Vecchi. The project aims to be a pleasant place to support the social interactions, working as a structure for several activities and events. It is a space where people can freely operate and get back the participation of common good. More images and architects’ description after the break. 

New Central Library in Berlin Winning Proposal / MARS Architekten

The proposal for the New Central Library in Berlin by MARS Architekten is a social and cultural centre for Tempelhof’s new quarter. In collaboration with urban designers UBERBAU Architecture & Urbanism and landscape architects TH Treibhaus Berlin & Lavaland, their design was chosen as one of eight winning entrants. Their project focuses upon achieving an immense and complex building that offers a large amount of varying interior spaces in combination with a strong exterior form serving as a public landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tudela-Culip Restoration Project / EMF

  • Architects: EMF
  • Location: Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
  • Landscape Architects: Martí Franch
  • Architects: J/T ARDÉVOLS S.L. Ton Ardèvol
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of EMF

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Wuzhen Theater / Artech Architects

  • Architects: Artech Architects
  • Location: Zhejiang, China
  • Design Architect: Kris Yao
  • Design Team Taipei: Kuo-Chien Shen, Winnie Wang, Wen-Li Liu, Jake Sun, Andy Chang, Kevin Lin
  • Design Team Shanghai: Wen-Hong Chu, Fei-Chun Ying, Nai-Wen Cheng, Chu-Yi Hsu, Qi-Shen Wu, Jane jiang, Lei Feng
  • Contractor: Jujiang Construction Group
  • Area: 21750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: David Chen, Fei-Chung Ying

© David Chen © Fei-Chung Ying © Fei-Chung Ying © Fei-Chung Ying

Architectural Association DLAB: Blue

The Architectural Association announces the 2013 edition of the DLAB, the intensive computation and fabrication oriented workshop. The workshop continues the experimentation of last year's edition, which resulted on the Fallen Star installation.

DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic and generative design methodologies as well as with large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda DLAB will immerse in blue for its 2013 cycle as a way to investigate natural growth processes in relation to innovative concepts of architectural tectonics and fabrication. Blue will become the inspiration for diving into the depths of emergence, differentiation and complexity which are found at various scales in nature. We will carefully interweave these concepts with interaction and participatory design in order to create full-scale working prototypes. The programme will be formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants will benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase will shift to AA Hooke Park campus and revolve around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention which will unify the design goals of DLAB.

Some of the most prominent features which the participants will be exposed to during DLAB include:  

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Garoza House / Herreros Arquitectos

Industrialized modular housing prototype that allows growth and changes over time. All building systems are dry.

Complete units are manufactured in a workshop, with all interior finishes of the maximum size supported by conventional transport (3m wide, 2.5m tall, and up to 12m long).

Only the last layer of the facade and the roof are placed in situ to ensure continuity, overlap and waterproofing of joints.

Interior partitions, storage and fixed furniture are incorporated to the walls, which house good technical quality building services, home automation and other customized items for each configuration.

The resulting assemblage offers quality, control over the building runtime, maintenance plans and growth options far superior to traditional construction. Principles of sustainable economy and the spirit of recycling accompany all project decisions.

Garoza House 10.1 is the first application of the industrialized prototype, adjusted to the needs and personality of its owners.

School for El Coporito / Antonio Peña + Juan Garay + Alexis Ávila

  • Architects: Antonio Peña, Juan Garay, Alexis Ávila
  • Location: State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Antonio Peña, Juan Garay, Alexis Ávila
  • Design Team: Javier Haghenbeck, Lucía Alonso, Reneé Gutierrez, Cristina Alessi, Gerardo Guzmán, Antonio Peña, Juan Garay, Alexis Ávila
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Rafael Gamo, Zaruhy Sangochian, Courtesy of Antonio Peña

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Vibrant Geometry / 3h architecture Ltd

  • Architects: 3h architecture Ltd
  • Location: Medve utca 17, 1027 Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: 3h architecture Ltd
  • Head Architects: Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther
  • Project Manager: Orsolya Pataj
  • Assistant Architects: Zsombor Fehér, Anikó Hajdú, Lilla Kántor, Bence Kertész, Orsolya Pataj, Tímea Szarka
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

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Welkenraedt Funeral Centre / Dethier Architectures

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Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Mauro Turin Architectes

Taking advantage of the competition site’s strengths, this proposal by Mauro Turin Architectes for the Museum of Bavarian History features, on urban terms, a system that serves as a liaison between the banks of the river and the old urban fabric of the city. While do so, the project also acts as an articulation of urban spaces through its various places and passage, creating a symbolic point of convergence. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hornitos Hotel / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

  • Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
  • Location: Hornitos, Mejillones, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Architects Team: Gonzalo Mardones Falcone, María Jesús Mardones Falcone, Luis Morales Gatto, Claudio Quezada Fuentes, Emilio Ursic Marechau, Manuel Fuentes Ramos, Alberto Reeves Droguett, Claudio Leiva Brito, Cristián Romero Valente, Claudio Carrasco Fuentes, Francisco Valdés Donoso, Alessandro Beggiao.
  • Area: 5800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh

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Los Nogales School / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

  • Architect Office: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Design Team: Daniel Bonilla, Andrés Gutiérrez, Adriana Hernández, David Kita, Rodrigo Montoya, Juliana Lozano, Mauricio Patiño, Cristian Echeverría
  • Area: 1576.0 sqm
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Rodrigo Dávila, Sergio Gómez

© Rodrigo Dávila © Sergio Gómez © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila

Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Rotunda to be Temporarily Transformed into a Turrell Skyspace

With his first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, James Turrell will dramatically transform the sinuous curves of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum into one of the largest Skyspaces he has ever mounted. Opening on summer solstice, June 21, 2013, Aten Reign will give form museum’s central void by creating what Turrell has described as “an architecture of space created with light.”

In Progress: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto’s contribution for the 13th edition of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is beginning to take shape, as the “geometric, cloud-like form” has slowly made its way towards the height of the trees in the rustic landscape of the Kensington Gardens in London. Upon its completion in June, the 350 square-meter latticed structure will fuse together the man-made and natural world, creating a lush, semi-transparent terrain that will host a series of flexible social spaces and a vibrant collection of plant life. 

More images by London photographer Laurence Mackman after the break.

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Flashback: Casa Do / Cazú Zegers

  • Architect: Cazú Zegers
  • Ubicación: Chigualoco, Los Vilos, Chile
  • Collaborators: grupo AIRA (Juan Pablo Almarza, Pamela Liddle, Mª Luisa Zegers)
  • Area: 275.0 m2
  • Year: 2001
  • Photographs: Carlos Eguiguren

© Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren

Cultural Center in Guadalajara Competition Entry / PM²G Architects

Designed by PM²G Architects, in collaboration with Satellite Architectes & Menu Design, their iconic proposal project for a new cultural center in Guadalajara embodies and catalyzes the cultural scene over the Chapultepec Avenue besides forming a new attraction for the city. Their design, which was awarded an honorable mention, includes a series of three alternate solids that are combined with transparent and concave spaces. The rotation of the volumes towards the sky gives the building its dynamic and spectacular force. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Vinge Masterplan Proposal / EFFEKT + Henning Larsen Architects

Designed by EFFEKT + Henning Larson Architects, in collaboration with Marianne Levinsen Landscape and Moe consulting engineersVinge is set to be a brand new town planned in the scenic natural surroundings just 30 minutes from Copenhagen. A large project both on the regional and international level, Vinge will house around 10.000 residents and employ 4.000 people. The city will have its own train station and a new highway will take its residents rapidly to and from Copenhagen. More images and architects' description after the break.

"Fancy" Retail Headquarters / Urban Platform

  • Architects: Urban Platform
  • Location: Seneffe, Belgium
  • Client: Fancy Home Collection sa
  • Budget: € 7,400,000
  • Area: 10759.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Tim Van de Velde, Courtesy of Urban Platform

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde