Diagonal Tower / SOM

© SOM / Crystal CG

SOM’s new 64-storey Diagonal Tower to be located in the developing commercial and mixed-use Yongsan International Business District in the heart of Seoul, , exudes a modern take on structural expressionism.  The tower progressively addresses the critical issues associated with skyscraper design in an iconic and refined manner. From structural and energy efficiency to reduced construction costs that the tower must meet, SOM have strove to integrate these aspects holistically into the overall aesthetics. More details after the break.

AD Round Up: Pools

Observatory House / Gabriel Orozco and Tatiana Bilbao © Iwan Baan

For those of you currently experiencing the heat of summer, we provide you with this special pool of images where water plays a significant role in the architecture. Continue after the jump to view ten various projects that will refresh your minds during this warm season.

   

Balmain House / Carterwilliamson Architects

© Brett Boardman

Architects: Carterwilliamson Architects
Location: Sydney,
Project Team: Shaun Carter (Project Architect), Patrick Fitzgerald (Project Designer)
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti

Badel Block Complex Proposal / SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti

The design proposal by SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti… for the Badel Block Complex, a mixed-use project within the city center of Zagreb, Croatia, consists of enclosing the continuity of the existing block and positioning the vertical into its center.

Stella Table, Courtesy of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Landscape Forms

UrbanEdge / Gustafson Guhrie Nichol

Designed by Gustafson Guhrie Nichol (GGN)… and produced in collaboration with Landscape Forms, UrbanEdge is a collection of landscape framing and furniture elements for urban spaces. The project responds to the demand for more outdoor public spaces with an interest

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Press Conference Room of the French Ministry of Agriculture / h2o Architectes

With a request from the client for a contemporary and timeless design in order to match the Institution that it would represent, h2o Architectes… transforms this “technical tool” into a space of representation and communication for the Minister and its

Cube Tube in Jinhua / SAKO Architects

© Misae Hiromatsu

Architects: SAKO Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Keiichiro Sako, Yoko Fujii, Jiye Zhang
Project Area: 13,421 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu


Terminal in Ven / FOJAB arkitekter

© Ole Jais

Architects: FOJAB arkitekter
Location: Landskrona,
Project Team: Stefan Johansson(Design Team Leader), Joachim Lundquist(Partner in charge, Principal architect), Kerstin Sigbo, Helena Brunsson, Martin Montelin (Architects), Therese Andersson (Landscape architect), Åsa Swanberg(Interior Architect), Viveca Rosencrantz (Lighting coordinator)
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Ventrafiken, City of Landskrona
Interior and Landscape Architect: AB, Malmö, Sweden
Structural Engineer: WSP Helsingborg
Cost: 21 mill. SEK
Main contractor: NCC Construction AB
Photographs: Ole Jais

 

Copenhagen Arena Proposal / 3XN Architects

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3XN Architects, in collaboration with HKS Architects, Arup, ME Engineers and Planit, won the first prize in the competition for the Arena, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015. Located in the Ørestad-area, a short metro ride from the city center of Denmark’s capital, their design combines two key ambitions: to create state of the art and flexible multi-purpose arena that can attract spectators from near and far, while ensuring that the building’s presence will be a win for the entire neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cold Hawaii / Force4 Architects

© Mette Johnsen

Architects: Force4 Architects
Location: , Denmark
Completion: March 2012
Engineer: Jelcon A/S
Landscape: Preben Skaarup Landskabsarkitekter
Client: The Municipality of Thisted in collaboration with The Real Dania Foundation
Foundations: Real Dania, Bevica, Lokale og Anlægsfonden, Friluftsrådet
Photoghaphs: Mette Johnsen

 

Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel / Fentress Architects

© Jason A. Knowles

Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: Quantico, Virginia,
General Contractor: Forrester Construction
Electrical Engineer: Hankins & Anderson
Structural Engineer: Ammann + Whitney
Civil Engineer: Patton Harris Rust & Associates
Completion: September 2009
Size of Building: 2,276 square feet
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles,  Fentress Architects, Ken Paul, Ben Rasmussen

   

Video: London Design Festival 2011


Presenting a fresh palette of both established and emerging product designers and architects, Design Festival 2011 has commissioned a sideshow of ‘Landmark Projects’ curated in the city’s most notorious public spaces. Crane.tv visits the V&A to chat to curator Vicky Broackes before checking out the Bouroullec’s ‘Textile Field’ in the Raphael Gallery and heading to St Paul’s Cathedral to see John Pawson’s geometric staircase. The whirlwind tour of LDF also includes David Chipperfield’s ‘Two Lines’ at the Southbank Centre.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXX

Photo by Gerhard R. - http://www..com/photos/46135486@N08/

Today’s our 70th selection of the best you’ve submitted through our Flickr Pool. Keep them coming! 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 Gerhard R. in Vienna, Austria. Check the other four after the break.

BA House / BAK Arquitectos

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Architects: BAK Arquitectos – Maria Victoria Besonias, Guillermo de Almeida, Luciano Kruk
Location: , Ituzaingó, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Land Area: 419 sqm
Built Area: 167 sqm
Built Year: 2010
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

D-Cube City / Jerde

© Hiroyuki Kawano

Architect: Jerde
Location: , South Korea
Year: 2011
Area: 320,000 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Kawano

Competition: Designing Action Nashville

Courtesy of the Designing Action Competition Brief

In response to being currently ranked as the fourth most obese state in the U.S., the Nashville Civic Design Center has launched Designing Action in an attempt to pursue alternative ideas that will promote active lifestyles and help transform into a healthier city. Designing Action seeks to re-imagine a 75 acre industrial site along Downtown Nashville’s Cumberland River and envision ways in which infrastructure can promote active lifestyles and increase quality of life for all of Nashville’s citizens.

The registration deadline is set for July 27th, 2012. Continue reading for more information.

Photographers Gallery / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

© Dennis Gilbert

Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Location: ,
Completion: 2012
Area: 225 sqm
Photographs: Dennis Gilbert

  

The Menil Collection selects Johnston Marklee for Expansion

© D Jules Gianakos

In the spirit of the museum’s 25th anniversary, Director Josef Helfenstein has announced Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee as the architects for the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) – the Menil Collection’s first major expansion initiated under the ambitious master plan designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Once completed, MDI will be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, and one of the most advanced in the world. was selected over David Chipperfield Architects, SANAA and Tatiana Bilbao.

“Johnston Marklee has proposed an approach that sensitively and ingeniously addresses the challenges of accommodating the vital yet inherently delicate medium of drawing,” Josef Helfenstein stated, as reported by Your News. “The firm understands on the deepest level the distinctive role that MDI will play as a focal point for the entire campus, giving us an approach that will serve this important collection and elevate the future experience of the Menil as a whole.”

Continue reading for more.