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Patio House / Seinfeld Arquitectos

  • Architects: Seinfeld Arquitectos
  • Location: San Isidro, Lima, Peru
  • Architect In Charge: Cynthia Seinfeld
  • Collaborator: Martín Zavaleta
  • Constructor: Unitas
  • Property: 517 sqm
  • Area: 540.0 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano

Penhaligon / Jenner Studio

© Michael Franke © Michael Franke © Michael Franke © Michael Franke

Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China / Bianca Bosker

A 108-meter high Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées Square in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complex for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s Guard patrols Shanghai’s Thames Town, where pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. Gleaming replicas of the White House dot Chinese cities from Fuyang to Shenzhen. These examples are but a sampling of China’s most popular and startling architectural movement: the construction of monumental themed communities that replicate towns and cities in the West.

Foster + Partners To 3D Print Structures on the Moon

© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA), has undertaken a study to explore the possibilities of using 3D printing to construct lunar habitations on the moon's southern pole (where there is near perpetual sunlight). The firm has already designed a lunar base that could house four people, and has begun to test the structure in a vacuum chamber that echoes lunar conditions. 

The shell of the base, which has a hollow closed cellular structure inspired by natural biological systems, should be able to protect potential inhabitants from "meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations." According to Xavier De Kestelier, Partner at Foster + Partners, the firm is "used to designing for extreme climates on earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials – our lunar habitation follows a similar logic."

The study will also address the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, and is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as the potential building matter. 

More details from Foster + Partners' Press Release, after the break:

Oiio Reveals Proposal for Guggenheim Expansion

Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office
Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office

With many museums worldwide seeking to extend, to accommodate larger collections, Athens-based Oiio Architecture Office have asked: “What if we decided we needed a little more of Guggenheim?”

Their solution is to stretch Frank Lloyd Wright’s original building skywards, by continuing its iconic ramp, creating an additional 13 floors. 

More on the design after the break...

Silicon House / Selgas Cano

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Finalists for Mies van der Rohe Award Selected

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan.
Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan.

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the five finalists who will compete for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award. Out of 355 works submitted from 37 countries, five have been short-listed, including BIG's Superkilen (also up for an ArchDaily Building of the Year Award for best public facility). 

The overall winner of the Prize, as well as the 'special mention' award for best emerging architect, will be announced in May, with an award ceremony on June 6th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain. See all 5 finalists, after the break... 

5.6 House / Avignon-Clouet Architectes

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Libeskind Shortlisted for Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial

Daniel Libeskind is among three semi-finalists competing to design the Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial in Columbus. The privately funded memorial will be built south of the Ohio Statehouse on the grassy 10 acre Capitol Square, just east of the Scioto River.    

The West Village / Doojin Hwang Architects

  • Architects: Doojin Hwang Architects
  • Location: seoul
  • Architect In Charge: Doojin Hwang
  • Design Team: Jeongyoon Choi
  • Contractor : Janghak Construction
  • Structure Engineer: Hwan Structural Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: GeoTech Engineering & Consultants
  • Mechanical Engineer: Daekyoung Engineering
  • Area: 209.83 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

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Ueberflieger Bridge / Agirbas & Wienstroer

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Shoreditch Rooms / Archer Architects

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Sprach und Bewegungszentrum / eins:eins architekten

  • Architects: eins:eins architekten
  • Location: Rotenhäuser Damm 40, Hamburg, Germany
  • Architect In Charge: Christoph Roselius, Julian Hillenkamp
  • Client: GWG Gewerbe
  • Structural Engineer: Imagine Structure GmbH
  • Services: Ebert-Ingenieure GmbH
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Bernadette Grimmenstein

© Bernadette Grimmenstein © Bernadette Grimmenstein © Bernadette Grimmenstein © Bernadette Grimmenstein

The 8 Things Domestic Violence Shelters Can Teach Us About Secure School Design

Flexibility within communal spaces stimulates and encourages a variety of uses. Project Name: Truman High School, a Federal Way Public School. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.
Flexibility within communal spaces stimulates and encourages a variety of uses. Project Name: Truman High School, a Federal Way Public School. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.

In our last Editorial, "Post-Traumatic Design: How to Design Schools that Heal Past Wounds and Prevent Future Violence," we discussed how architects must conceptualize school design in the wake of the tragic shootings that have affected our nation. Rather than leaning towards overly secure, prison-like structures, the Editorial suggested a different model, one better suited to dealing with student needs (particularly for those who have experienced trauma): domestic violence shelters.

While the comparison may seem bizarre at first, shelter design is all about implementing un-invasive security measures that could easily make schools safer, healthier spaces for students. To further elaborate this unlikely connection, we spoke with an Associate at Mahlum Architecture, Corrie Rosen, who for the last 6 years has worked with the The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence [WSCADV] on the Building Dignity project, which provides Domestic Violence Shelters advice to design shelters that empower and heal.

Find out Corrie Rosen's 8 strategies for designing schools that can improve security and student well-being, after the break...

Buidling for 37 Apartments and a Primary Health Care Centre in Les Preses / LEP Arquitectura + XCM Arquitectura

  • Architects: LEP Arquitectura, XCM Arquitectura
  • Location: Les Preses. Garrotxa. Girona, Spain
  • Design Team: Josep Pla I De Solà-Morales, Xavier Cornejo I Mata
  • Collaborators: Carme Vich, Eva Micaló, Xavi Martín, Arnau Teixidor, Abel Bernal, Ferran De Toro, Irene Llusent, Cristina Cardenas, Laura Delgado, Jordi Pujol
  • Structure: GMK Associats SC
  • Engineering: Enteq
  • Constuctor: Sather
  • Budget: 2,976,179.23 €
  • Promotor: Incasol
  • Area: 3,427.47 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Espai Androna

© Espai Androna © Espai Androna © Espai Androna © Espai Androna

Echeverrría House / Nicolás Pinto da Mota

Courtesy of Eduardo Moras
Courtesy of Eduardo Moras
  • Architects: Nicolás Pinto da Mota
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Design Team: Amina Foramitti, Pablo Vidal Hann
  • Area: 510 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cortesia de Eduardo Moras

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