An Urban Refuge / Sergi Pons Architecte

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Architect: Sergi Pons Architecte
Situation: Barcelona,
Collaborators: Anna Giralt
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula 


EU Climate Chief pushes World Leaders to Double Clean Energy Commitment

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European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard urges world leaders attending the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro this June to double the share of renewable energy they use by 2030 and give all citizens access to sustainable power.

Back in 1992, Rio hosted the first conference, known as the Earth Summit, where 108 heads of state attended to set up the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in effort to stabilize increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Bloomberg reports that Hedegaard declined to comment on whether or not the promises made should be legally binding. As certain nations are attempting to make the commitments enforceable, and India seem to be in opposition. India’s Environmental Minister Jayanthi Natarajan believes richer nations should “shoulder the larger burden so poorer countries that weren’t responsible for emissions in the past aren’t saddled with measures to combat climate change.”

Via Bloomberg

Check out Algae Green Loop / Influx Studio, a project that explores the sustainable opportunities of algae, shown in the rendering above.

Gymnase Canet In Roussillon / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Roussillon,
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes

nkA, 150_W Residence / © Peter A. Sellar

Big Enough? Architecture Exhibition: Metrics or Memories? Installation / nkA

Big Enough? Architecture Exhibition held at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada now until July 8 features architecture firms Altius Architecture Inc., nkA and rzlbd who created new installations which explore the idea of what is big enough. In addition,…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Heller House on the Market for $2.5M

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‘s 16-room, 6,100 square foot house built in 1897 for Isidore Heller was just placed on the market with an asking price of $2.5 million. Sitting on a large piece of land in Hyde Park, one of Wright’s more highly regarded house, is an architectural marvel with its high ceilings and and large rooms, which contrasts with the more well-known houses Wright is known for. The house also includes seven bedrooms, 33 stained glass windows, four fireplaces and an operational elevator. More images after the break.

Salzburg Regional Hospital Extension – SALK / Atelier Thomas Pucher

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Atelier Thomas Pucher recently won the first prize in the international competition for the new extension of the Regional Hospital. The design combines a “double-comb” structure that accommodates treatment and examination rooms with a cross-shaped area dedicated for the ward and nursery departments. This distribution is completed by a final slab that host the laboratory and that integrates seamlessly the whole building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

End Sequences | Seqüencies Extremes

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January 23th – February 18th 2012

ESARQ-UIC board of directors: Vicenç Sarrablo [director] , Jordi Roviras, Judith Urbano, Cristina Planas.
Curator: Marta Poch
Coordination: Vicenç Sarrablo, Jordi Roviras
Exhibition Design: Manuel Arenas, Jordi Badia, Eduardo Carles-Tolrà, Jaime Fernández, Ricardo Flores, Cristina García-Ventosa, Albert Guerra, Francisco Hernández, Adrián Jurado, Miquel Lacasta, Sergio Parra, Eva Prats, Antonio Sanmartín
Graphic Design: EVA Estudi
Exhibition Display: MC Decorados, Daniel Wunsch
Illumination: Iguzzini Illuminazione España
Printing: Nova era, 47 sendes
Sponsors: COAC, Cedria, Iguzzini, Gabarró Hermanos, EPSON, Pere Ventura Caves i Vins

The exhibition

On the occasion of the ESARQ-UIC’s 15th anniversary, the school is going to show its activity in the COAC through an exhibition on the theme of Secuencias Extremas including the presentation of the book. This book describes ESARQ’s teaching style, which is based on three main pillars: personal attention, innovation and a close relationship with industry, and social commitment; that is to say, innovation at the service of people.

Serramar Parque Shopping / Aflalo and Gasperini Arquitects

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Architects: Aflalo and Gasperini Arquitects
Location: São Paulo
Principal Architects: Roberto Aflalo, Felipe Aflalo e Giancarlo Gasperini; co-author/coordinator: Grazzieli Gomes, Carlos Alberto, Eduardo Crafig; collaborators: Eduardo Mizuka, Reginaldo Okusako, André Navarro, Daniela Mungai, Mario de Bem, Marcio Henrique Guarnieri, Anelise Bertolini Guarnieri
Built Area: 30,303.25 sqm
Site Size: 119,000 sqm
Scope: Schematic Design / Construction Documents
Project Construction: 2011
Photographs: Daniel Ducci

Flashback: Hearst Tower / Foster and Partners

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Architect: Foster and Partners
Location: Midtown Manhattan, City, ,
Project Design: Norman Foster
Structural Engineer: WSP Cantour Seinuk
Construction: Turner Construction
Project Area: 46 stories; 860,000 sq ft 
Project Year: 2003-2006
Photographs: Chuck Choi

Storrs Road / Tim Stewart Architects

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Architect: Tim Stewart Architects
Location: Peachester, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, , Australia
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones – Architectural Photographer

Museum of Handcraft Paper / TAO

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Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: , Tengchong, Xinzhuang Village,
Floor Area: 361 sqm.
Lot size: 300 sqm
Completion: 2010
Client: Committee of Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper
Design team: HUA Li, Huang Tianju, Li Guofa, Jiang Nan, Sun Yuanxia, Xu Yinjun, Yang Hefeng
Photographs: Shu He


AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LIX

Photo by Anna Mayrah Gregorczyk -

A house, a library, an art gallery, a housing project and Gehry. All part of our new Flickr Round Up. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Anna Mayrah Gregorczyk in Auroville, India. Check the other four after the break.

Theresia Bastion / ARCHAEUS

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Architects: ARCHAEUS
Locations: Timisoara,
Architecture Team: Marius Miclăuş, Bogdan Raţ, Zsolt Varday, Brindusa Havasi, Cristian Blidariu, Vasile Oprisan, Beatrice Lucaci, Nicolae Olteanu
Client: Consiliul Judetean Timis si Primaria Municipiului Timisoara
Cost: 9,7 M €
Total Surface: 13,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Stefan Tuchila

KKC Family House / No.555

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Architect: No.555 - Tsuchida Takuya
Location: Fukushima,
Completion: 2009
Site Area: 365.88
Building Area: 198.25
Floor Area: 340.67
Photographer: Torimura Koichi 


Foster & Partners Profits Soar

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BDOnline’s recent report Foster & Partners sees profits soars reveals that the firm has “posted a major rise in profits for the year ended April 30, 2011, with pre-tax profits of £10.9 million, up from £1.6 million.” Most of the firms work is said to come from Asia and , as turnover at the practice is up to £159 million from £134 million.

“In its annual accounts posted at Companies House, Foster’s said 26% of its order book was for work in the Far East, compared to 16% in the Middle East. North America accounts for 24% of the work, while only 8% is in the UK with a turnover of £11.5 million.” The chief’s executive statement also reported that the firm is “exploring opportunities in South Africa, Japan and further projects in .”

Salaries of Foster & Partners totaled £4.7 million, with the highest paid director, believed to be Foster, receiving £1.8 million. The average staff salary was reported to be close to £50,000.

Reference: BDOnline

Weekend House / Pokorny Architekti

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Architects: Pokorny Architekti – Pavol Pokorny
Location: Nosice,
Engineering: Studio B52
Cooperation: Maria Smilnakova, Martin Bujna
Interior designers: Pavol Pokorny, Maria Smilnakova |
Built up area: 130 sqm
Construction Year: 2011
Photographs: Dano Veselsky

Zaha Hadid Architects and Central Bank of Iraq sign agreement for new Headquarters

H.E. Dr Sinan Al-Shabibi, Governor of the Central Bank of , Zaha Hadid, H.E. Dr Muhielddin Hussein Abdullah, Charges d’Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy - Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid joined H.E. Dr Sinan Al-Shabibi, Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI), at a ceremony to sign the agreement between CBI and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the design stages of the new CBI Headquarters building. The ceremony was hosted at the Victoria & Albert Museum by H.E. Dr Muhielddin Hussein Abdullah, Charges d’Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy.

ZHA have already completed the client’s Brief Development and will immediately begin the design process that will focus on developing a national symbol for the new spirit of Iraq on the shores of the Tigris River in . ZHA will lead the international team of specialist consultants including: Adams Kara Taylor, Max Fordham, Newtecnic, DEGW, Gross Max, Davis Langdon, Arup, Warringtonfire, Winton Nightingale and A2 Project Managers.

Dr Sinan Al-Shabibi said: “The new building shall be a symbol of the Bank’s role in the economic development of Iraq and a reflection of the determination to rebuild the country.”

Zaha Hadid said: “I am deeply touched that I have been asked to design the new headquarters for the Central Bank of Iraq. I was born in Iraq and I still feel very close to it. I feel very privileged to be working in Iraq on a design of such national importance.”

Continue after the break for more images of the ceremony. 

Yellow Hotel / PLAN Associated Architects

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Architects: PLAN Associated Architects
Location: Meia Praia, Lagos, Algarve,
Project:  Yellow Hotel Meia Praia  – 5 star hotel
Building Area: 22 298,28 sqm
Design Team: Armando Daniel Dos Reis (Principal Architect), Jenny da Costa Marcos, Ricardo Galego Silva, Quirio Ramalhinho, Liliana de Sousa, Luis Caetano, Hugo Fonseca, Joana Fernandes, Inês Martins, José Martins, Ana Paula Costa, Filipa Monteiro, Matias dos Reis
Client: Iberotel Group
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexandre da Luz Mendes, Ricardo Cabeços, Hugo Fonseca