Klaksvík City Centre / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects has won the competition for developing a 150,000 sqm area in the second-largest city in the , Klaksvík. The area will comprise a cultural house, a museum, residences, offices and shops. 154 competition proposals were submitted in the open, international competition. More images and architect’s description after the break.

A Lesson in Dedicated Collaboration: Hunts Point Landing on the South Bronx Greenway / Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

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In the past decade New York City’s government, along with numerous organizations and design teams, have taken the initiative to revive the city’s public spaces and reclaim underutilized areas that have long been associated with the city’s manufacturing past.  We’re all familiar with the High Line, a project that takes over the elevated rail lines of Chelsea and Meat Packing District that until several years ago stood as a desolate and eroding piece of infrastructure,  which was beautiful in its own way but largely underutilized.  Then there is the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which has become a mecca for designers, fabricators and research companies and has recently acquired a museum to celebrate its history.   And of course, there are the city’s waterways, which, since New York City’s early history, have served its manufacturing and trade economy, have become parks along the waterfront as part of the Hudson River Greenway and the FDR Drive.  Manufacturing has long been replaced by Wall Street, but there are parts of the city that still retain the industrial past along the historic waterfront and continue to operate some of the most important facilities that allow the city to function.  Now it is time to reintroduce a public use among these industrial zones.

More after the break!

Britain’s Built Legacy: From “Carbuncles” to the Cutting-Edge

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‘What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.”

It’s easy to see why British Architects get their hackles raised when it comes to . The oft-quoted gem above, said in reference to a proposed extension to the National Gallery in 1984, is one of hundreds of such Architectural criticisms has made over the years. Which wouldn’t matter of course, if, like any average Architectural layman’s opinions, his words didn’t have much weight.

His do. They’ve resulted in the intervention, squelching, and/or redesign of at least 5 major plans over the last twenty years. But let’s not write off Charles just yet.

With the Queen’s Jubilee ceremoniously having finished yesterday, the conversation analyzing her legacy has begun. And while London’s towering, cutting-edge high rises (a la Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Zaha Hadid), will be the shining examples of Elizabeth’s reign – I’d like to suggest something, and raise a few hackles, myself…

Curious for more? Keep reading about Prince Charles’ unlikely influence on Architecture, after the break…

New Start, New Driving Technology

New Start, New Driving Technology

Chevrolet Volt.
Electric when you want it, gas when you need it.
The Chevrolet Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you…

Malbaie VI Maree Basse / MU Architecture

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Architects: MU Architecture
Location: Cap-à-l’Aigle, La Malbaie, Québec,
Project Team: Jean-Sébastien Herr, Charles Côté, Audrey Lavallée
Client: Florent Moser (Les Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle)
Completion: September 2011
Project Area: 3,200 sqm
Photographs: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard

Jaypee Sports City / Cannon Design + Peter Ellis New Cities

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Cannon Design, a leading international architectural, engineering and planning firm, recently announced that it has joined forces with Peter Ellis New Cities, expanding the firm’s urban planning and city design practice. Currently, they have been working on a master plan for the new Sports City in , a comprehensive city plan for 1,000,000 inhabitants on 5,000 acres. Ellis and his New Delhi staff will be an integral part of Cannon Design’s planned expansion in while his U.S. based team has joined the firm’s office in Chicago. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Once Building / Adamo-Faiden

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Architects: Adamo-Faiden
Location: Nuñez, ,
Principals in Charge: Sebastián Adamo, Marcelo Faiden
Collaborators: Luciano Intile, Iván Fierro, Giuliana Nieva, Carolina Molinari, Juliana de Lojo
Project Area: 940 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

Update: Institute for Contemporary Art / Steven Holl Architects

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Recently, we visited the Meulensteen gallery to hear an update on Steven Holl’s latest project in  - the Institute for Contemporary Art at Commonwealth University.   Slated for completion in 2015, the project was presented in a series of Holl’s trademark watercolors and models, complete with a slideshow given by project architect Dimitra Tsachrelia who previously worked on the Glasgow School of Art for the firm.  As we shared earlier, the project’s formal gestures are a reaction to its site context along the busy intersection of Richmond at Broad and Belvidere, with the intention to create an open gateway with a building that forks in the X-Y direction to illustrate the “non-linear” path of art, and torques in the Z direction to shape a dynamic volume of circulation.   Although the weather was quite unforgiving, those who packed into the gallery enjoyed Tsachrelia’s friendly demeanor as she walked us through the process and progress of the project.

More about the event after the break. 

SUNY / Perkins Eastman

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Architects: Perkins Eastman
Location: , USA
Photographs: David Revette

  

Yingkou Convention and Exposition Center / 2DEFINE Architecture

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2DEFINE Architecture, with local partner Dalian Urban Planning & Design Institute, recently won an assignment to lead the design of an extraordinary new convention center in , . The project consists of a four-story, 70,000-square-meter (750,000-square-foot) facility in a city of 2.2 million people located in the northwest province of Liaoning on the Bohai Sea. A unique, sea urchin-shaped building created to reflect its natural environment, the facility will be the centerpiece of a new harbor created off of a satellite central business district in the port city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Barn House Eelde / Kwint Architects + Aat Vos [silo.shapes]

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Architects: Kwint Architects + Aat Vos [silo.shapes]
Location: Eelde, The Netherlands
Living Space: 320 sqm
Contractor: Buiteveld, Oosterwolde
Steel Construction: Graafstra, Oosterwolde
Interior: Linthorst, Lunteren
Landscape Architect: Eric van der Kooij
Photographers: Erik Hesmerg, Jan Bartelsman

  

Kaap Skil, Maritime and Beachcombers’ Museum Wins Daylight Award 2012 / Mecanoo Architecten

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This year’s Daylight Award, a prestigious prize awarded by the Living Daylights Foundation that honors projects that reach an optimum result in combining daylight, artificial light and design, has been given to the Kaap Skil, Maritime and Beachcombers’ Museum on the Dutch island of Texl. Designed by Mecanoo Architecten, one can almost feel the weather because of the transparency of the building, according to the jury. “Sun, clouds, thunder and rain: outdoors comes inside as perception and emotion and this is a core quality for a building with the Wadden Sea at your doorstep.” More images and architects’ description after the break.

La Lucia / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: , South Africa
Project Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Patrick Ferguson, Stefan Antoni
Interior Decor: Antoni Associates
Project Team: Mark Rielly, Ashleigh Gilmour, Staci Kinnes
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Karl Beath

  

Poas Volcano Lodge / Carazo Architects

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Architect: Carazo Architects – Rodrigo Carazo
Location: , Costa Rica
Design team: Erick Solis, Erick Calderón, Bryan Vidal, Fanny Erfling
Interior design: Arq. Rodrigo Carazo, Beba Lobo
Construction: CPS Construccion
Project year: 2010
Project area: 800 sqm
Photographs: Kurt Aumair, Felipe Sanabria

   

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Bama Eco Resort / davidclovers

The design by davidclovers… for the Bama Eco Resort includes two key areas of an eco-tourist resort project that intends to be a flagship project for China demonstrating how architecture can both re-work and reinvigorate sensitive habitat sites. Using innovative

Hashimoto Konoha Mall / Jerde

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Architects: Jerde
Location: , Japan
Area: 84,000 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Kawano

  

Philip Morris / Mimari Studio

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Architects: Mimari Studio
Location: Gunesli, Istanbul,
Customer: Philip Morris SabanciPazarlama ve Satış A.S.
Built Area: 4,300 sqm
Completion: 2010
Designers: Onder Kul & Ayca Akkaya Kul
General Contractor: Menderes Dilek (TashanArchirtecture& Construction)
Electrical Contractor: Yesan
Mechanical Contractor: Tesyap
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

   

Architect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the Past

Watch Profile of Robert A.M. Stern on . See more from Architect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the Past.

PBS producer and host Geoffrey Baer tells the story of Robert A.M. Stern – a Brooklyn boy who grew up to be self-proclaimed Modern traditionalist architect who has not only significantly impacted the streets of Manhattan but the architectural profession as a whole. Many of his close friends and colleagues describe “Bob” as an intelligent, witty, sarcastic provocateur who is warm, giving person that is always an architect first. Stern has also greatly influenced the profession with his many publications. He believes writing gives architects the opportunity to contribute by describing and explaining the principals behind ones ideas. When referring to his passion for writing, Stern comments, “What would I do on Saturday? I don’t play golf.”

Be sure to check out the complete documentary here on the PBS website and learn about Stern’s influence on transforming a seedy version of New York’s beloved 42nd street into the glamorous place it is today.