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Richardson Memorial Hall Green Renovation Plans

Fundraising is now underway for a $23.9 million green makeover of Richardson Memorial Hall, the century old home of the Tulane University School of Architecture.
The renovation will include maximizing the light and airiness of the building, installing solar panels…

Kuwait International Airport / Foster + Partners

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Just a few days ago, Foster + Partners revealed their plans for the Kuwait International Airport, a project designed to attain a LEED Gold standing for the passenger terminal, marking the first in the world of its kind.  Situated in a desert climate, the environmentally responsive building is sheltered from the sun’s harsh rays with an amazing roof canopy which offers a sense of fluidity and lightness to the terminal.  ”Its design is rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials,” explained the architects.

More images and more about the airport after the break.

Moonshine / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

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Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: ,
Main Contractor: Piers Taylor
Structural Engineer: Structures 1
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Mitchell Taylor Workshop

Riverside House / Keiji Ashizawa Design

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Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design / Keiji Ashizawa, Lie Honjo, Silvia TasaniÅ
Location: Chiba,
Structural Engineer: ÅFASA Akira Suzuki
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Daici Ano

Iron Horse Hotel / The Kubala Washatko Architects

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Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: The Kubala Washatko Architects 

Designed by the Kubala Washatko Architects of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, the Iron Horse Hotel is an upscale boutique hotel that caters to motorcycle enthusiasts and travelers.  The 100,000sf project was completed in 2008 as a refurbishment to an existing factory — more images and architect description after the break.

MSA+PMA Architecture’s Winning Proposal for the Regeneration of “Cabuço de Baixo 5”


 entered this competition in collaboration with “MAS Urban Design ETH Zürich” – successful teamwork that revealed a First-Prize Winning Project for “Cabuço de Baixo 5”. The initiative of this cooperation began with a proposal from a cohort of postgraduates who were attending the Masters Program in Advanced Studies in Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich).

Jägermeister Head Office / Struhk Architekten

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Architect: Struhk Architekten
Location: Wolfenbüttel,
Project Manager: Dipl.-Ing. Jochen Goede
Project Team: Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Kröll, Dipl.-Ing. Henry Meyer, Dipl.-Ing. Ewa Behnke, Dipl.-Ing. Sigrid Benitis, Dipl.-Ing. Andrea Stroemer
Photographs: Courtesy of Struhk Architekten
Products used in this project: , Door & windows hardware.

780 Brewster / Lemay associés

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Architects: Lemay associés
Location: Montréal,
Client: Groupe Mach
Project Team: Louis T. Lemay (Partner in Charge), André Cardinal (Architect, Senior Partner, Project Manager), Pierre E. Leclerc (Senior Architect, LEED AP), Sandra Neill (Associate Designer), Chantal Ladrie (Designer), Marie-Élaine Globensky (Graphic Design And Signage)
General Contractor: Construction TEQ inc.
Engineers: Bouthillette Parizeau & Associés (electro-mechanical engineering) and les Consultants Gemec inc. (civil/structural engineering)
Sustainable Development: Lyse M. Tremblay, architect, LEED AP
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 12,000 sqm
Photographs: Claude-Simon Langlois

Saemangum Exhibition Center / poly.m.ur


Saemangum is the name for the newly reclaimed area on the west coast of by the architecture and urbanism firm poly.m.ur. It has been the country’s most anticipated reclamation project of recent years and promises enormous new opportunities for cultural commercial developments in the region. The brief was to provide an exhibition space to commemorate the completion of the work and showcase the visions and plans for this new land. The concept of the design was inspired by the lost mud flat in the area as the result of reclamation. Analogous to the mud flat, the building was designed to act as a ‘living field’, which breathe environment, programs, and activities.

Video: OMA/Progress Exhibition

This video features an exclusive interview with by BD online discussing the launch on October 6th of /Progress Exhibition’ at the Barbican Art Gallery. Curated and designed by Rotor, a Belguim-based collective, member Maarten Gielen and OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas discuss the importance of this major retrospective, the stories being told, and the discoveries Rotor made after having a unique and unheard of ‘behind the scenes access’ to OMA – asking candid questions and reviewing materials from the archives of OMA offices.

The launch of the exhibit coincides with last weeks opening of Maggie’s Centre in Gartnavel, Glasgow and the Rothschild Bank Headquarters in London later this year. The OMA/Progress Exhibition will run through February 19, 2012.

Sant Gregori School Remodelling and Extension / Coll-Leclerc Arquitectos

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Architect: Coll-Leclerc Arquitectos S.L.P.
Location: , Barcelona,
Client: Sant Gregori Fondation
Structure: Bis arquitectes
Installations: AJ Enginyers
Budget: Jordi Carbonell
Energy Certified: ADS
Road Project: STATIC
Constructor: ACME
Collaborators: Marta Velez, Gonzalo Cantos, Irene Gil, Carlos Carnicer, Gaietà Mestieri, Narcís Font, Cristian Vivas
Budget: 5,672,284 €
Project Area: 2,855 sqm schools, 1,007 sqm parking
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jose Hevia

Richard Meier Retrospective

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The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO) will host ‘Richard Meier Retrospective’ his first exhibition in Latin America beginning October 20th. The works on display will make it possible to view Meier’s design philosophy as a whole and in depth for the first time, with examples of nearly every type of work.

The retrospective includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings, photographs, and product design. Some of the iconic projects exhibited on the show include the Smith House, The Getty Center, The Neugebauer Residence and the Jubilee Church. Other projects on view in the retrospective are well-known architectural projects such as the Perry Street Towers, the High Museum of Art, the Ara Pacis Museum, and the recently completed Arp Museum in Germany.

Wooden House K / partnerundpartner-architekten

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Architects: partnerundpartner-architekten
Location: Black Forest,
Design Team: Jörg Finkbeiner, Klaus Günter, Christian Necker
Structural Engeneer: Müller & Günter Ingenieurbüro
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 176 sqm
Photographs: partnerundpartner-architekten

The Arch Nova Project / Isozaki + Kapoor

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Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor have joined forces to create a mobile concert hall that will travel across the devastated region of Higashi Nihon, brining a promise of hope to those still suffering from the earthquake of March 2011.  Using music as the means to bring an uplifting message, Ark Nova will provide seating for approximately 700 spectators to watch interdisciplinary artistic projects, musical ensembles and multimedia exhibitions.  The hall will serve not only as a platform for performances but also as a place to meet and find creative inspiration; thus, make a lasting contribution toward returning normalcy to the region.

More about the project, including a video clip, after the break.

Centre Communautaire Scientifique / FGMDA

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Architect: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes (FGMDA)
Location: Whapmagoostui/Kuujjuaraapik, Quebec, Canada
Project Team:  Alain Fournier, architect, Project Manager; Carolyne Fontaine, architect; Felix-Antoine Thibault, Mathieu Fournier
Engineer: Genivar et Cima+
General Contractor: Verreault
Project Area: 395 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Claude Tremblay, Carolyne Fontaine et Isabelle Laurier

Colin Powell Middle School / Legat Architects, Inc.

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Architect: Legat Architects, Inc.
Location: , Illinois
Construction Manager: Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
Technology/Audio-visual/Security/Geothermal Feasibility Consultant: KJWW Engineering Consultants
MEP/Structural/Civil Engineer: Globetrotters
PhotographsJames Steinkamp

Designed by Architects, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, the 122,000sf Colin Powell Middle School is an academic facility that serves grades 6-8 for Illinois School District 159.  According to the architect, “The design of Colin Powell Middle School responds to the client’s desire to provide a progressive symbol of education to its students and community.  Energy efficiency, environmental conscientiousness, and openness were all driving factors in the design.”  More images and description after the break.

Pin Computers office building / Kuzmanov and Partners

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Architects: Kuzmanov and Partners / Lazar Kuzmanov, Miljan Cvijetić
Location: , Serbia
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3,770 sqm
Photographs: Branislav Mamić

Good Design Award 2011 Winners

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The recipients of the Good Design Award 2011 were recently announced. Both yotsuya tenera and ReNOA Motosumiyoshi won the award for their design of an apartment house and the renovation of complex housing respectively. More information on both projects after the break.