AD Round Up: Educational Architecture Part X

Five great educational projects previously featured in ArchDaily for our 10th selection. Like The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art designed by Morphosis. The School Bridge by Xiaodong Li main concept is to enliven an old community and to sustain a traditional culture through a contemporary language. You can’t miss Cite du Design by LIN Architects; a facility for research, communication and education in design or BTEK–Technology Interpretation Center by spanish firm ACXT. To finish this Round Up, we have the amazing Ecological Children Activity and Education Center by 24H > architecture.

House in Foz do Douro II / José Carlos Cruz

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Architects: José Carlos Cruz
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: José Carlos Cruz
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 885 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Frank Lloyd Wright Archives relocate to New York

by JOHN AMARANTIDES, 1955. ”The Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, , New York)”

The Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have announced that the vast archives of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) have been jointly acquired by the University and the Museum and will become part of their permanent collections. The archive, which includes some 23,000 architectural drawings, 44,000 historical photographs, large-scale models, manuscripts, extensive correspondence and other documents, has remained in storage at Wright’s former headquarters – Taliesin (Spring Green, WI) and Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ) – since his death. Moving the archives to New York will maximize the visibility and research value of the collection for generations of scholars, students and the public.

“The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation takes seriously its responsibility to serve the public good by ensuring the best possible conservation, accessibility, and impact of one of the most important and meaningful archives in the world,” said Sean Malone, CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “Given the individual strengths, resources and abilities of the Foundation, MoMA and Columbia, it became clear that this collaborative stewardship is far and away the best way to guarantee the deepest impact, the highest level of conservation and the best public access.”

Continue after the break for more images and an informative video. 

OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Architects: Richard Meier Architects
Location: OCT Clubhouse,,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Roland Halbe

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Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture as New Geography / Grafton Architects, Silver Lion Award

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Inspired by Pritzker Prize laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s call “to get architecture out of the making and thinking of isolated objects and to show it as an inexorable transformation of nature”, Dublin practice Grafton Architects presents Architecture as New Geography at the 2012 Venice Biennale. The exhibition explores the work of the Brazilian architect in the context of Grafton’s first South American project for a university in Lima, Peru.

The International Jury has awarded Grafton the Silver Lion for their “impressive” presentation’s ability to connect to the ideas of and demonstrate the “considerable potential of this architectural practice in reimagining the urban landscape”.

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AD Interviews: Alejandro Aravena / ELEMENTAL, Venice Biennale

Alejandro Aravena, Executive Director of ELEMENTAL, tells us more about The Magnet and The Bomb, their exhibit at the Venice Biennale. You can learn more about the projects presented at this installation: PRES Constitución and Calama PLUS.

For more photos, check our previous article.

Films & Architecture: “Baraka”

Baraka is the word for “blessing” in many Arabic languages. It entitled the work of who did the cinematographic work for the previous posted film Koyaanisqatsi by . This time, he only includes some music and leave the rest of the job to the compilation of impressive shots that capture nature and civilisation in progress.

Let us know your thoughts about this never ending contrasts between artificial/natural, and ancient/contemporary environments.

TR Residence / Robert Siegel Architects

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Architects: Robert Siegel Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Project Team: Robert Siegel, Brad Burns, Julien Leyssene, Wayne Walker
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,500 sq ft
Photographs: Paul Warchol

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Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture and its Affects / Farshid Moussavi

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Continuing our coverage of the Venice Biennale, -based Farshid Moussavi’s installation at the Arsenale explored different experiences within everyday life and culture that are the result of architecture accepting certain “common grounds.”   Entitled ‘Architecture and its Affects’, viewers were surrounded by changing projections of textures and patterns, structural configurations and facades, which were organized in such a manner as to highlight their affects, rather than their chronological existence or historical references.

More about Architecture and its Affects after the break.

Santa Ynez House / Fernau + Hartman Architects

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Architects: Fernau + Hartman Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Architectural Team: Richard Fernau, Laura Hartman, Laura Boutelle, Jenee Anzelone, Kate Lydon, Jason Wilkinson, Luc Johnston
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Richard Barnes & Marion Brenner

Paddington Crossrail / Weston Williamson Architects

view down Departures Road towards Praed Street

Undergoing the most significant change since the historic station was completed to Brunel’s design, the new Paddington Station, designed by Weston Williamson Architects, will provide a major new gateway for . Serving local, national and international passengers, the Crossrail Station balances many design issues including heritage, conservation, transport integration, way-finding, orientation, servicing and security to create a world-class pedestrian space alongside the existing Network Rail buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ArchDaily v2.5: Less is More, our new design

Dear readers,

ArchDaily is done by architects, for architects. This means that there are architects taking decisions on every level, from the daily curation of projects, to the coding and design of our website.

ArchDaily’s design has stayed practically the same since we started in May 2008, and today we are happy to announce our long due redesign: ArchDaily version 2.5 code name Less is More.

In this version we are presenting a less cluttered, easy to read and more intuitive interface. We have done a tremendous effort to reduce the amount of paths and decisions, as the Less is Moreconcept mastered by Mies van der Rohe has taught us. A tremendous challenge, that made us understand the essence of what we do and what is important to you.

But why v2.5 and no v3.0? While Less is More looks like a very different interface, the structure of the data and gallery browsing are practically the same. And those are the fundamental parts that are currently being developed by our team of engineers and architects, which we expect to release during Q4 2012. This will mean that projects will be available with rich meta data that will allow you to find that wood cabin in front of a lake you have been trying to find, in just a few clicks. And that the image galleries will be blazing fast and adapt to your screen, and your device (hint: tablet and mobile!). On this release we are also exposing our global network: at the top you’ll find a flag to jump to ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily Mexico and Plataforma Arquitectura (ArchDaily en Español), a network with more than 7 million visitors per month.

We are in front of a big challenge, and we wanted to put out this revised version after our experience with ArchDaily Brasil and ArchDaily Mexico, as we know that your feedback during these months will help us deliver the best v3.0 possible, making ArchDaily a better tool for you, aligned with our mission:

To improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years, by providing inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to design for them. 

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Rest Villa Funabori / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Edogawa-Ku ,
Architect In Charge: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi

Stockholm City Station / 3XN Architects

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Marking the entrance to ’s inner city center, the City Station. Designed by 3XN Architects, integrates the station, a hotel, conference center, and apartments. The main idea behind the design was to create a building that gently adjusts to the area’s existing building in scale and expression, and which reinterprets a number of local Swedish design traditions. Containing a number of public and private functions, the building will contribute positively to creating life in the surrounding neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New wing of the Charleroi Museum of Photography / L’Escaut Architectures

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Architects: L’Escaut Architectures
Location: Mont-sur-Marchienne,
Project Architects: Olivier Bastin, Eloisa Astudillo, Nele Stragier, Florence Hoffmann
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 8,230 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of L’Escaut Architectures, Gilbert Fastenaekens

Town Hall and Health Center / Henning Larsen Architects

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Spearheading the development of the new district in , Demark, the town hall and health center will be the uniting center of the new Municipality of the city as one of the first buildings in the new planned urban area around Station. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, their proposal won the highest score for all criteria in the competition to get the first prize. The health center will become an active part of the town hall, while at the same time offering citizens the opportunity to use the area outside town hall opening hours. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Kentucky / arquitecta Mariel Suárez

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Architects: arquitecta Mariel Suárez
Location: ,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 143 sqm
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto, Walter Salcedo

Residential and Nursing Home Simmering / Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner

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Architects: Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner 
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Mark Steinmetz, Benno Wutzl
Photographs: Paul Ott, Mark Steinmetz, Armin Plankensteiner