Envision Energy Headquarters / AECOM

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The Envision Energy Headquarters, designed by AECOM, is located in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, .  Envision Energy is the leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturer that emphasizes in research, development, manufacturing, sales and maintenance.  The new 3-story 3,000 square meter facility is a mixed use, multi-layered space which includes program of offices, dining facilities, galleries and exhibition spaces, an employee recreation lounge with karaoke room, theater, gym, massage room and game room.  The facility supports all employees from skilled laborers to executive directors and encompasses the attitiude of the company, celebrating wind energy as the fastest growing clean alternative energy solution.  The architects were asked to design the facility to express this technology.

Read on for more on the design after the break.

Video: Mikkel Frost on the Troldtekt Award 2012

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Here’s a video on Mikkel Frost from Cebra presenting the Troldtekt Award 2012. More info on the award can be found here.

Ignacia Apartments / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: , Chile
Constructor: Salvador Errázuriz
Engineer: Alfonso Larraín
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nico Saieh

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Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Proposal / Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan

Designed by Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan… to be a city landmark, their proposal for the Amsterdam Pedestrian Bridge is made not only for crossing, but for the city’s life. The tulip, symbol of the Netherlands, turns out to be

Student Village / Hawkins\Brown

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Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Location: Hatfield, ,
Lead Architect: Julia Roberts
Area: 6,480 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Hawkins\Brown

Spire / Visiondivision

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Last week, we shared a great series of modular summer residences by Visiondivision that ranged from a small cabin to a massive castle. In the meantime, the firm has also been working on a competition proposal to replace a church in Våler, a small Norwegian town, after a devastating fire. For a firm that typically takes a standard design approach and then reinvents it or inverts it to form a completely new paradigm, we were impressed by their ability to bring a simplistic elegance to this religious structure.

More about the church after the break.

Private Residence in San Francisco / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

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Architects: Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design
Location: San Francisco, , USA
General Contractor: M J Moore Design and Construction
Project Size: 1,325 sqm
Project Completed: January 2012
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography

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Main Pavilion for the 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo / Atelier 11

Located in natural surroundings close to the mountain, river, and wetland in the west south suburb of Beijing, Atelier 11…’s proposal for the main pavilion of the Expo aims to create an artificial landscape. Rather than a manmade construction,

Health Center CAP La Garriga / Roldán + Berengué, arqts.

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Architects: Roldán + Berengué, arqts. - José Miguel Roldán, Mercè Berengué
Location: St. Frances s/n, La Garriga, , Spain
Collaborators: Vicenç Sanz, Isis Campos, Irma Arribas, Núria Monfort
Built up Area: 1,690 sqm
Budget: 3,302,566.02 €
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

   

New Bauhaus Museum / MenoMenoPiu Architects

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MenoMenoPiu Architects shared with us their winning proposal in the Classic Siftung international competition for the New Bauhaus Museum. The building is conceived as an open square at the crossing point of the three main city forces, old and new city and the park, a flexible “object” that allows different activities inside and around it. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zielony Graduate Student Village / Bar Orian Architects + Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

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Architects: Bar Orian Architects - Arch. Gidi Bar Orian + Schwartz Besnosoff Architects - Gaby Schwartz
Location: , Israel
Project Team: Arch. Nir Ovadia, Arch. Vladimir Melamed, Arch. Ofri Broza, Arch Avi Rotal
Photographs: Courtesy of Bar Orian Architects + Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

   

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‘Stavia 2012′ Hotel Proposal / Marciano Architecture

Marciano Architecture… shared with us their proposal for the ‘Stavia 2012′ competition. Located in Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland, the thin blades of the hotel fit the smooth landscape of the lake to create a suspended, stretched design towards the horizon. The

Conan Library and City Hall of Ville de La Malbaie / acdf* + Bisson + Desganés Architectes in Consortium

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Architects: acdf* + Bisson + Desganés Architectes in Consortium
Location: Ville de La Malbaie, Québec,
Completion: 2011
Costing: 6.5M $
Area: 2,040 sqm
Client: Ville de La Malbaie
Team: Jonathan , Normand Desgagnés, Benoit Dupuis, Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Caroline Lajoie, Matthew Belaen, Hugo Blanc, Sabrina Boivin, Antonio Di, Bacco, Jacques Dion, Angélique Dufour, Michelle Dufour, Luis Arias Duque, Yolande Jeanson, Julie Lapointe, Jean-Philippe Parent, Chloé Barabé-Pépin, Joan Renaud, Émilie Turgeon
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Janet Echelman Reshaping Urban Airspace World-Wide

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Inspired by the local materials and culture of Mahabalipuram, an Indian fishing village famous for sculpture, American Artist Janet Echelman stumbled upon a material that would change her art, and life, forever. One evening, while observing the fishermen’s nightly routine of bundling their nets, Echelman imagined a new type of sculpture – a volumetric form that could be the scale of a large building but remain light enough to ripple in the wind, constantly reshaping the net and creating ever-changing patterns.

With a sophisticated mixture of ancient craft and modern technology, Echelman collaborates with a range of professionals including aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators to transform urban environments world-wide with her net sculptures.

Continue after the break to view some of Echelman’s most famous projects.

TEDx: How to Build a Better Block / Jason Roberts

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In this Talk,  – known as the “The Bike Guy” in his Oak Cliff community outside of Dallas, Texas – gives his audience a how-to guide in improving a community one block at a time as part of a project called “The Better Block“.  The project did not start off as an organization with vast goals and strong following; instead it started off with Roberts’ interest and desire to develop his community into one that had a legacy apart from the highways and overpasses that dominate the landscape.  Inspired by the rich history and existing street life of European cities with their historic buildings and monuments, plazas, and vistas; Roberts started small and eventually built a foundation and organization that is now nationally recognized and used as a tool to develop cities across the country.

Read on for more after the break.

Amelia Teles 315 / Smart

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Architecture: Smart
Location: Rua Amélia Teles 315, , RS, Brazil
Design Team: Ricardo Vellinho Ruschel, architect – author, Márcio Carvalho, architect – co-author, Carlos Eduardo Voegeli, civil engineer – co-author. Andressa Venturini and Matheus Silveira, INTERNS
Structural Project: Paulo Stumm
Lighting Design: Eduardo Becker
Construction Engineer: Carlos Lopes
Completion: 2010
Photographs: André Cavalheiro

Pavilion Spéciale 2012 / Ball Nogues Studio

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The Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in recently announced Los Angeles based, Ball Nogues Studio as the winner of the 2012 edition of the “Pavilion Spéciale” competition in Paris, France. The Pavilion Spéciale is an installation that can be arched and curled at full scale with a small crane to form different types of space for the site. The installation will create a sense of place while providing a respite from the sun and rain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Architecture Department 2012 Spring Lecture Series

The 2012 Spring Lecture Series, put on by the architecture department at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art is currently in progress until April 18th. Upcoming lectures include Iain Low, ‘Architecture Week’, in celebration of the new building for the…