Alt 1374 – Nax / Lx1 Architecture

© Luca da Campo / Strates

Architects: Lx1 Architecture
Location: Nax, Valais,
Architect In Charge: David Vessaz
Design Team: Miriam Bleikolm, Camille Bagnoud
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Luca da Campo / Strates

The Brick Loft / FARM

© Jeremy San TzerNing

Architects: FARM
Location: ,
Design Team: Torrance Goh, Peter Sim, Hong Weiming
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeremy San TzerNing

Working on the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art © Design Research, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Working on the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art © Design Research, Smithsonian Institution Archives

“Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation” Opens Tomorrow in LA

Born in Finland, Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) is recognized today as one of America’s most influential architects of the 20th Century. The exhibition Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation…, opening tomorrow at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in

WAF Awards: Category Winners Announced

Schools / Binh Duong School, Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The World Architecture Festival have just announced the winners of 17 of the awards categories. The jury included Sir Peter Cook, Juergen Mayer H, Moshe Safdie, Willy Alsop, and many more, including our own David Basulto.

Check all the winners after the break.

Medical Training Center of Mae Tao Clinic / a.gor.a Architects

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Location: , Thailand
Architect In Charge: Albert Company Olmo, Line Ramstad, Jan Glasmeier
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Franc Pallarés López

AD Round Up: Leisure Part X

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For today Ad Round Up, we have some great leisure projects previously featured in ArchDaily. Here’s five you can’t miss: The Cinema Center in Busan, Korea by Coop Himmelb(l)au, the home of the Busan International Film Festival. Also visit, The Conga Room by Belzberg Architects, a Latin Club in , or De Borneohof designed by Peter Geusebroek. Don’t forget to revisit Bota Bota in Montreal by Sid Lee Architecture, a ferryboat that used to link Sorel and Berthier in the 1950s and that’s been renovated into a floating Scandinavian spa. Finally check out House of Air designed by Mark Horton.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Five North American Architects / Kenneth Frampton

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Almost two years ago, on November 13th 2010, I had the chance to attend to a very special seminar to celebrate the 80th birthday of Kenneth Frampton at Columbia’s GSAPP. During that intense day, five north american practices presented their work followed by an interesting debate: Rick Joy Architects, Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects, Patkau Architects, Steven Holl, and .

For the 13th Venice Biennale, Kenneth Frampton was invited to have his exhibit at the Arsenale, where the works of these five practices was presented on a series of videos, on a simple installation designed by Steven Holl.

While we don’t have the videos shown during the Biennale, we present you the full video of the seminar (almost 6 hours), made available online by the GSAPP.

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More information about the “Five North American Architects as a Common Ground” videos shown at the Biennale:

Caring Cabin / TVA Architects

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Architects: TVA Architects
Location: , Oregon,
Project Team: John Heili, Tom Douville, Nick Williams
Lead Design: Bob Thompson – Design Principal
Photographs: Rich Strode, Stephen Cridland

Marina City / Bertrand Goldberg © Andreas E. Larsson
Marina City / Bertrand Goldberg © Andreas E. Larsson

“Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson”

Opening tonight in Los Angeles at the WUHO Gallery: Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson.
For more than two years, Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson… documented the lives of residents in the

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Venice Biennale 2012: Museum of Copying / FAT

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The Museum of Copying, curated by British architect’s , was one of my favorite exhibitions at the Venice Biennale. The subject of copy in architecture has always interested me, in relation to how the series of copies in the form of iterations are what make architecture evolve. The concept is explored in this exhibit with three installations, starting with Villa Rotunda Redux, the iconic Palladio building copied (or reinterpreted?) through history now digitally fabricated and casted.

During the Biennale we had the chance to talk with Sam Jacob (@anothersam) from FAT, who explains us more about the Museum of Copying on this video (full interview coming soon!).

More about the Museum of Copying from the architects after the break.

Center for High Performance Athletics in Jamor / Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

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Architects: Espaço Cidade Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge: João Silva Vieira
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

Nerua Restaurant / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT
Location: Museo Guggenheim, ,
Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán
Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga, Oscar da Costa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

OMA wins competition for new engineering school in France

Entrance from the metro station – Image courtesy of

OMA has been selected from four competing international architectural practices to design the new École Centrale engineering school and its surrounding urban development in the research and innovation zone of Saclay, southwest of Paris.

Spearheaded by Clément Blanchet, director of OMA projects in , the winning “lab city” concept contrasts the corridor linearity of the typical laboratory. The design proposes a low level, glass-roofed superblock that contains an interior open plan grid, where various activities can interact and be overlooked simultaneously. Continue after the break to learn more.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Ukraine Pavilion

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Curated by Alexander Ponomarev and Olilga Milentiy, the Ukraine Pavilion presents mobile museums projects under the concept of “Mirage Architecture”. The exhibition focuses on a conceptual design for a Museum of Contemporary Arts in the Antarctic.

“In order to build new Utopia, there is no need to raze the world. There are still places on Earth with clean, free spaces, offering room for cooperation and co-creation. On of these places is the Antarctic”, says Milentiy.

Learn the story behind the ukrainian pavilion after the break

TBC Bank Headquarters / Architects of Invention

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Taking the place of the existing building complex that was built in the 70th century for the Soviet Military Headquarters of the Caucasus region, the TBC Bank Headquarters strives towards being an oasis, representing both a nourishing source but also a sense of rescue. Designed by Architects of Invention, their second prize winning proposal offers visitors an experience, a discovery of boundless resource within secure parameters. Visitors enter through the building’s opening, like a key entering a lock, and a lush and fertile oasis appears before them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Architect Says: A Compendium of Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom from Iconic Architects

This post, by Maria Popova, first appeared on her excellent blog Brainpickings.

There’s something inescapably alluring about pocket-sized compendiums of quotes by great architects and designers — take, for instance, those of Charles Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright. Fittingly, The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom (public library) gathers timeless wisdom on design and architecture from more than 100 of history’s most vocal — and often dissenting — minds. What emerges, besides the fascinating tapas bar of ideas about the art and science of building, is the subtle but essential reminder that what lies at the heart of creative legacy aren’t universal formulas and unrelenting tents but perspective, conviction, and personality.

Le Corbusier (1887–1965) stands for the honesty of drawing:

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies.

More quotes from architects, after the break…

Will Developers Demolish the David Wright House Today?

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Image via User SDR on the Save Wright Chat page.

Last we updated you on the David Wright House, the Arizona home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son, things were looking up – the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) had gotten the unanimous decision of the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission to recommend Landmark Preservation to the City Council.

Unfortunately, the developer, John Hoffmann of 8081 Meridian, says that really doesn’t matter to him.

According to yesterday’s New York Times article by Michael Kimmelman, Pheonix city policy requires owner consent before designating any building for historic preservation. Since “8081 Meridian never gave its consent, and has no intention of doing so, Mr. Hoffman says he rejects the landmark process outright.”

Hoffman’s demolition permit has been voided by city officials, but he maintains that the permit is legal – it just expires today.

More on the precarious fate of the David Wright House, after the break…

Hard Werken / I.S.M.Architecten

© Frederik Vercruysse

Architects: I.S.M.Architecten
Location: Kessel-Lo,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 310 sqm
Photographs: Frederik Vercruysse