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Villa Chiberta / Atelier Delphine Carrere

00:00 - 28 April, 2014
Villa Chiberta / Atelier Delphine Carrere, © Antoine Huot
© Antoine Huot

© Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot © Antoine Huot +13

MR House / JCNAME Arquitectos

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
MR House / JCNAME Arquitectos, © Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva

© Santiago Name © Santiago Name © Santiago Name © Santiago Name +22

Weekend House in Downtown São Paulo / spbr arquitetos

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Weekend House in Downtown São Paulo / spbr arquitetos, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

  • Design Team

    Nilton Suenaga, Tatiana Ozzetti, Ciro Miguel, Eric Ennser, João Paulo Meirelles de Faria, Juliana Braga, Fernanda Cavallaro, Victor Próspero
  • Area

    183.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Helvetia Commissions Herzog & de Meuron to Extend Headquarters

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Helvetia Commissions Herzog & de Meuron to Extend Headquarters , Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron has been commissioned to design the fourth and final extension to Helvetia’s Head Office in St. Gallen. The new west wing will join three other structures, all of which share the same uniform facade treatment, to complete the insurance company’s headquarters and provide a prominent entrance, cafe, meeting rooms and additional office space.

North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club / Durbach Block Jaggers + Peter Colquhoun

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club / Durbach Block Jaggers + Peter Colquhoun, Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers
Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers

Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    North Bondi NSW 2026, Australia
  • Design Team

    Neil Durbach, Camilla Block, David Jaggers, Stefan Heim, Erin Field, Deborah Hodge, Mitchell Thompson, Lisa Le Van
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers

Round Up: Made in China

00:00 - 28 April, 2014
Round Up: Made in China, Ordos Art & City Museum by MAD Architects / © Shu He
Ordos Art & City Museum by MAD Architects / © Shu He

"I have to believe that one day, the only people doing architecture in China will be Chinese architects. That’s one trend I watch, because I’m not a Chinese architect!" This is the declaration Ben Woods, an American architect living and working in China, made during a recent interview with Forbes. In honour of his prediction, work, and personal commitment to never design a skyscraper, we've rounded up a list of fitting cultural projects in China by Chinese architects. See Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu's Ningbo Historic Museum, MAD Architect's Ordos Art & City Museum, the Jinchang Cultural Centre, the Oct Design Museum, and the Spiral Gallery II. For more information on this post's inspiration, check out the full interview and article here.

RIBA's Future Trends Survey Reveals Small Drop in March

00:00 - 28 April, 2014
RIBA's Future Trends Survey Reveals Small Drop in March, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) latest Future Trends Survey indicates a small drop from February's index, "down to +35 from its all-time high of +41." Despite this, "confidence levels about an improvement in future workloads for architects remain very solid." All types of practice size, ranging from those with fewer than 10 employees to those with over 50 staff, are "reporting positive balance figures." The strongest future workload forecasts came from Scotland and the North of England, suggesting that "the recovery in confidence levels is now widespread across the UK and has spread beyond London and the South East."

Reanimate the Ruins International Design Competition

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Reanimate the Ruins International Design Competition

Once the fourth largest city in America, Michigan’s primary Metropolis, Detroit has recently filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States.  Among the many reasons for Detroit’s decline, two stand out: an undiversified economic model, reliant on the production and sale of automobiles, and an unprecedented degree of sprawl. Currently more than 77% of jobs in the metropolitan area reside more than ten miles from the city center, making Detroit the most job-sprawled city in the US and stretching city services beyond capacity.  Detroit’s deterioration is just as much about urban decline as it is about industrial decline.  Detroit is located in the Midwest portion of the United States and is part of a larger band of cities known as the Rust Belt which have gone through a process of decline over the past decades.

ML House / Play Arquitetura

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
ML House / Play Arquitetura, © Gabriel Castro
© Gabriel Castro

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pampulha, Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, Brasil
  • Architects in Charge

    Marcelo Alvarenga & Juliana Figueiró
  • Collaborator

    Luciana Garcia
  • Project Area

    640 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

National University Of Ireland, Galway | Science Research Building / Payette

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
National University Of Ireland, Galway | Science Research Building / Payette, © Warren Jagger
© Warren Jagger

© Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland
  • Area

    86112.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Lightbox Gallery Woking / Marks Barfield Architects

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
The Lightbox Gallery Woking / Marks Barfield Architects, © Geoff Banks
© Geoff Banks

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Geoff Banks +13

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Project Director

    Stephen Pimbley
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

What If MOMA Had Expanded Underground (And Saved The American Folk Art Museum)?

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
What If MOMA Had Expanded Underground (And Saved The American Folk Art Museum)?, Sculpture Garden, MOMA. Image © Andrew Moore, http://andrewlmoore.com/
Sculpture Garden, MOMA. Image © Andrew Moore, http://andrewlmoore.com/

In January of this year, the latest work by Smiljan Radic, the Chilean architect chosen to design the next Serpentine Pavilion, opened to public acclaim. The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo de Arte Precolombino), located in Santiago de Chile, is a restoration project that managed to sensitively maintain an original colonial structure  - all while increasing the space by about 70%. 

Two days before the The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art opened, the Museum of Metropolitan Art (MOMA) in New York issued a statement that it would demolish the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, in order to accomplish its envisioned expansion. Two weeks ago, preparations for demolition began.

Some background: MOMA had hired Diller Scofidio + Renfro a year earlier to design the expansion. The office asked for a period of six months to consider the possibilities of integrating the American Folk Art Museum into the design. After studying a vast array of options (unknown to the public) they were unable to accommodate MOMA’s shifting program needs with the AFAM building. They proposed a new circulation loop with additional gallery space and new program located where the AFAM is (was) located.

What appears here is not strictly a battle between an institution that wants to reflect the spirit of the time vs a building that is inherently specific to its place. It represents a lost design opportunity. What if the American Folk Art Museum had been considered an untouchable civic space in the city of New York, much like the The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is for the city for Santiago? Then a whole new strategy for adaptive reuse would have emerged.

Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image Courtesy of The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art Diagrams of the plan for the renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image Courtesy of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino's Facebook Page Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, in progress. Image Courtesy of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino's Facebook Page Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image © Nico Saieh +15

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00:00 - 28 April, 2014
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World's Fastest Elevator Coming Soon To Guangzhou

00:00 - 28 April, 2014
World's Fastest Elevator Coming Soon To Guangzhou, CTF Guangzhou / KPF. Image © KPF
CTF Guangzhou / KPF. Image © KPF

The days of elevator small talk could be coming to an end with Hitachi planning to deliver the world's fastest elevator by 2016. Capable of travelling at speeds of 72km/h (44m/h), the record-breaking lifts will be able to hoist passengers up 95 floors in less than 40 seconds. Khon Pedersen Fox's 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre will be the first to house the super-speed elevators, amongst 13 other high-speed elevators and 28 double-decker elevators. Currently, the world's fastest elevator is by Toshiba and only capable of reaching speeds of 61km/h (38m/h) within Taipei 101. You can learn more about the super-speed elevators, here.

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”, Site. Image © MAD
Site. Image © MAD

Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” 

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” 

Farmhouse Renovation / Buero Philipp Moeller

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Farmhouse Renovation / Buero Philipp Moeller , © Benjamin A. Monn
© Benjamin A. Monn

© Benjamin A. Monn © Benjamin A. Monn © Benjamin A. Monn © Benjamin A. Monn +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moorenweis, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Philipp Moeller, Spandri / Wiedemann, Elia Spandri
  • Area

    388.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Rehabilitación de Edifico en la Calle Cervantes / Antonio Altarriba

01:00 - 27 April, 2014
Rehabilitación de Edifico en la Calle Cervantes / Antonio Altarriba, © Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Cervantes, 06330 Valencia, Badajoz, Spain
  • Area

    391.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs