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The Avenue on Portage / 5468796 Architecture

  • Architects: 5468796 Architecture
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: James Brittain

© James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain

Great Fen Visitor Center Winning Proposal / Shiro Studio

Shiro Studio, in collaboration with Mesh Partnership and Equals Consulting were just announced by RIBA as the winning team of the Great Fen Visitor Center competition. Sitting beautifully within the expansive landscape, the team had skillfully incorporated elements of the traditional Fenland building typology within an exciting contemporary visitor center design. The silvery and bog-oak black exterior, shimmering with the play of Fenland light, would contrast markedly with, and complement, its spacious, light-filled interiors and panoramic views onto the surrounding landscape. More images and architects' description after the break.

Social Community Center / 3 Arquitectos

© Alberto Castex
© Alberto Castex
  • Architects: 3 Arquitectos
  • Location: Rapa Nui, La Serena, La Serena, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
  • BORRAR: 3arquitectos Ltda.
  • Area: 613 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Unknown Photographer, Alberto Castex

© Alberto Castex © Alberto Castex © Alberto Castex © Alberto Castex

Brick-Pod Pavilion / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

Constructed for the Changwon Suclpture Biennale 2012 held in Changwon city, South Korea the Brick-Pod Pavilion defines architecture as ‘a sculpture with interior space’, and attempts to create a dome with black bricks which has been used for traditional architecture here in Korea. Designed by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio, you can enjoy the breezing air, moving leafs, and sparkling sunshine through its numbers of the openings, feeling much more sensitive than when we are outside. More images and architects' description after the break.

NYC's Midtown East: Rezoning and Streetscaping

New York City's Midtown East will be facing a rezoning in the near future, bringing a dozen office towers into the already crowded neighborhood.  To help the Bloomberg Administration address the issues that may arise with this move, the city has hired sustainable real estate development firm, Jonathan Rose Co.; Dutch Urban Planning firm, Gehl Architects; and the global civil engineering firm, Skanska.  The different firms will be working to develop the streetscape to be known as the East Midtown Public Realm Vision Plan which is scheduled for release later this year.

Venice Biennale 2014: British Council Calls for Proposals

The British Pavilion © John Riddy
The British Pavilion © John Riddy

Responding to Director Rem Koolhaas’ theme “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014” for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, titled “Fundamentals”, the British Council has launched an open call for exhibition proposals that investigate how an aspect of British architecture has adapted to the condition of modernity during this era. 

Why LEED Doesn’t Work in Rural Africa and What Will

Learning Center embellished with thousands of bottle caps; Courtesy of Charles Newman of Afritekt
Learning Center embellished with thousands of bottle caps; Courtesy of Charles Newman of Afritekt

Originally published on Intercon, Ohioan and Africa-based architect Charles Newman, LEED AP discusses the pitfalls of LEED in rural Africa. Newman, who is currently working for the International Rescue Committee in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, is dedicated to the integration of sustainability in communities worldwide. Learn more about his work and travels on his blog Afritekt

While in a small southern town of the Democratic Republic of Congo in mid-2012, a colleague of mine approached me for some guidance on a large health proposal he was putting together. A portion of the grant would be earmarked for the construction of hundreds of clinics across the DR Congo, and he mentioned that the donor would be very interested in “green” building standards. Knowing that I was a LEED Accredited Professional, he began asking how we might be able to incorporate such building standards into the designs for the pending projects. I rattled off some general guidelines such as using local materials – recycled ones if available, incorporating existing infrastructure, natural ventilation, etc. He jotted down a few notes, then began to pry a little deeper. “What about the LEED point system? Could we incorporate that into our strategy?”

My response was frank: “No, not really. LEED doesn’t work here in rural Africa.”

Gebr. Heinemann Headquarters Extension Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp Architekten) have won the first prize in the competition for the extension of Gebr. Heinemann Headquarters in Hamburg’s HafenCity. The new building designed for the Hamburg-based, tradition-rich trading company impressed the jury as “an independent urban-planning and architectural contribution characterized by timeless, harmoniously self-contained architecture.” Viewed from the northwest, the new extension is a companion piece to the Maritime Museum, with the two buildings flanking the “Heinemann-Speicher” in the middle. From the Ericus Bridge, the new construction highlights the corner of the ensemble on Shanghaiallee and makes a characteristically urban statement. More images and architects' description after the break.

Raul House / Mathias Klotz

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Tsm3 Unstable House / Carlos Arroyo

  • Architects: Carlos Arroyo
  • Location: Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos
  • Design Team: Carlos Arroyo, Vanessa Cerezo
  • Area: 154.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán, Courtesy of Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Park Lane House / Kennedy Nolan Architects

  • Architects: Kennedy Nolan Architects
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Architect in Charge: Kennedy Nolan Architects
  • Design Team: Patrick Kennedy, Rachel Nolan, Victoria Reeves, Adriana Hanna
  • Area: 256.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners, Photos by Edmund Sumner

Located at the mouth of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbor, the Vieux Port Pavilion, designed by Foster + Partners, provides a new sheltered events space on the eastern edge of the port. Bringing new focus to the city, these photographs by Edmund Sumner demonstrate the stainless steel canopy's ability to amplify and reflect the surrounding movement of the harbor, creating a spectacle that encourages pedestrians to linger. Since its opening early this year, the project is truly an invitation to the people of Marseille to enjoy and use this grand space for events, markets and celebrations once again. A complete gallery of Sumner's images can be viewed after the break.

Updated Plans Released for Chicago's Navy Pier

Courtesy of nARCHITECTS
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS

James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) and nARCHITECTS have released updated renderings for their competition-winning redesign of Chicago’s 3,300 foot long Navy Pier. The slightly scaled-back, revised plans seemed to have dismissed the more “dramatic” and costly facets reviewed in last years’ submittal, such as the floating pool and sand beach, to depict a contemporary “park-like feel.” Highlighted features include the south-facing Wave Wall and grand stairway, inspired by the Spanish Steps in Rome, along with an interactive splash fountain-turned-winter ice skating rink at the beginning of a heavily vegetated promenade. 

These updated plans for phase-one of the Navy Pier redesign were released alongside an announcement by the Chicago Mayor’s office that confirmed the project will receive $55 million in public funding.

More images and information after the break...

Pettelaarpark / ZZDP Architecten

© Michel Kievits
© Michel Kievits
  • Architects: ZZDP Architecten
  • Location: Hertogenbosch, Nederland
  • Architect in Charge: Joris Deur, Adam Smit
  • Design Team: Lysann Theiler, Frank Hoekzema
  • Area: 12600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Michel Kievits

© Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits

Acces Pavillion in “Els Turons de Les Tres Creus” / Toni Girones

  • Architects: Toni Gironès
  • Location: Montornès Del Vallès, Barcelona, España
  • Architect in Charge: Toni Gironès Saderra
  • Area: 200.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Aitor Estévez, Cortesia de Toni Gironès

© Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez

VÅGEN high school and SANDNES Culture Academy / LINK Arkitektur AS

  • Architects: LINK Arkitektur AS
  • Location: Holbergs gate 23, 4306 Sandnes, Norway
  • Client: Rogaland Fylkeskommune
  • Area: 22500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Hundven-Clements Photography

© Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography

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