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The Union / Jonathan Segal FAIA

  • Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
  • Location: San Diego, California, United States
  • Project Managers: Greg Yeatter, Luke Henderson, Guillermo Tomaszski
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Paul Body

© Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body

Loft Lo Curro / Matías Silva Aldunate Architect

  • Architects: Matías Silva Aldunate Architect
  • Location: Comuna Vitacura, R.M
  • Collaborators: Eduardo Guimpert
  • Constructor: Rodrigo Cañas
  • Land Area: 4,000 sqm
  • Area: 140.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs : Cortesia de Matías Silva Arquitectos

Courtesy of Matías Silva Arquitectos Courtesy of Matías Silva Arquitectos Courtesy of Matías Silva Arquitectos Courtesy of Matías Silva Arquitectos

Ritz Plaza Housing Complex / Chin Architects

  • Architects: Chin Architects
  • Location: Neihu District, Taipei City, Taiwan 114
  • Design Team: I-Ju Chin, Hung-I Lin, Hung-Nan Chu, Mu-Chen Chan, Shen-Hung Chiang, Wei-Shian Chen, Wan-Ju Chang
  • Building Contractor: Bionic Group
  • Clients: Bionic Group
  • Area: 2278.28 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng

Green Walking Mall Competition Entry / Unika

Located in an area of Lviv, Ukraine with unfinished buildings, the proposal for the Green Walking Mall is conceived as an inclusions program for the existing Bazar Quarter into the surrounding urban structures. Designed by Unika Architecture & Urbanism, this is accomplished through the new planning structure that installs broken links with neighboring quarters. Their design adds clarity to complicated pedestrian links and chaotic planning including program for the existing area into the surrounding urban structures. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Bacardi Complex

Watch this video tour of the Bacardi Building in Miami, Florida, by the grandson of the original founder. The building, built in 1962, became the headquarters of the company for fifty years and has become an iconic modernist symbol in the city with an additional building added to the property in 1970. The building is designed by Enrique Guitierrez. The unique facade of the building was designed by ceramic artist Francisco Brennand using 20,000 tiles.  The building resonates with Miami’s culture and has become a landmark for nearby residents.  Tito Bacardi, who is the tour guide in the video, explains with pride how its the company’s legacy has become intertwined with the architecture – a building that represented Bacardi’s relocation from Cuba to America.

Local Solutions: Floating Schools in Bangladesh

© Joseph A Ferris III
© Joseph A Ferris III

In Bangladesh, where rising sea levels are having profound effects on the landscape, one nonprofit organization called Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha run by architect Mohammed Rezwan is fighting back by adapting, a true quality of resilience.  Rising water levels and the tumultuous climate is displacing people by the thousands; a projected 20% of Bangladesh is expected to be covered in water within twenty years.  For a country that is one of the densest populated state on the planet, this figure has disastrous consequences for a population that has limited access to fresh water, food, and medicine.  In response to these conditions, Shidhulai has focused on providing education, training and care against the odds of climate change by adapting to the altered landscape:  moving schools and community centers onto the water – on boats.

Architectural History of the Christmas Tree

© Subtle Design, via deviantART
© Subtle Design, via deviantART

To join in on all the holiday cheer, we decided to share with you this architectural funny that depicts the architectural history of the christmas tree. We found the clever illustration by Subtle Design on deviantART – “the world’s largest online art community”. Enjoy! For more, check out our “Architectural Funnies” board on Pinterest! There you will find some of our favorite comics, including last year’s christmas hit: Trees of the Architects.

Sony Building "Crystal Aqua Trees" Installation / Torafu Architects

Installed in Sony Square in Tokyo and on display until January 14, the ‘Crystal Aqua Trees’ is a crystal work of art inspired by the concept of a fountain that can be seen as a spray of water as well as a Christmas tree. Designed by Torafu Architects, the project was inspired by the Trevi fountain in Rome, the “Ai no Izumi” (Fountain of Love) charity drive, which has been held by Sony every year since 1968. For this edition, the architects proposed a new embodiment as an interactive installation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Ito Jakuchu Inspired' Pavilion 2nd Prize Winning Proposal / Đordje Alfirević and Sanja Simonović

The competition for the ‘Ito Jakuchu Inspire’ pavilion is focused on the great celebration throughout the world of Ito Jakuchu’s work, a milestone in Japanese art history. Taking on a symbolic meaning, the competition effectively corresponds to a cultural phase of our existence. Designed by architects Đordje Alfirević and Sanja Simonović, this second prize winning proposal creates a dematerialization of boundaries between Ito Jakuchu’s perception of the reality in which he lived and the appearance of our modern world. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Fenn Young Designers Award 2012: Judges and Winners

Open to all young creative minds from all parts of the world from the ages of 18-33, the Fenn Young Designers Award competition recently announced the judges and winners. Organized by Fenn Designers, based on interpreting “Organic”, they received a total of 280 participants, from 59 countries. The main question was, ‘How do you interpret “Organic” if you are designing a building, a piece of furniture, a fabric, a dress, a painting or any other form of art?’ More images and a complete list of the judges and the winners after the break.

"Ruins of Modernity: The Failure of Revolutionary Architecture in the 20th Century"

Including well-known speakers such as Peter Eisenman, Reinhold Martin, Joan Ockman, and Bernard Tschumi, the “Ruins of Modernity: The Failure of Revolutionary Architecture in the 20th Century” event will be taking place in New York City February 7th from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Free and open to the public, the event is part of a larger series of panels and events centered around the theme of the death of art that will take place during the month of February 2013 in NYC. The modernists’ project consisted in giving shape to an inseparable duality, wherein the role of architecture was deduced as simultaneously a reflection of modern society as well as an attempt to transform it. The event highlights and debates the thoughts proposed by architectural theorists such as Victor Hugo, Colin Rowe, and Reyner Banham while looking at how the the last century influences architecture today. For more information, please visit here.

Mary Immaculate Parish Hall / Equipo Olivares Arquitecto

  • Architects: Equipo Olivares Arquitectos
  • Location: Los Alisios II Urbanization, Santa Cruz of Tenerife, Spain
  • Design Team: Javier Pérez-Alcalde Schwartz, Fernando Aguarta García
  • Rigger: José Floreal Martínez
  • Year: 2006
  • Photographs : José Oller, Cortesia de Equipo Olivares Arquitectos

© José Oller © José Oller © José Oller © José Oller

Skyline House / Jesus Aparicio Architecture Studio

© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe
  • Architects: Jesus Aparicio Architecture Studio
  • Location: Salamanca, Spain
  • Design Team: Jesús María Aparicio Guisado
  • Collaborators: Carlos Pesqueira Calvo, Jesús Donaire García de la Mora, Artemio Fochs Navarro, Carlos García Fernández
  • Year: 2006
  • Photographs : Roland Halbe, Cortesia de Jesús Aparicio Estudio de Arquitectura

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Pedras Salgadas Eco-Resort / Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Diogo Aguiar

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects: Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Diogo Aguiar
  • Location: Pedras Salgadas, 5450, Portugal
  • Collaborators: Madalena Rebelo de Andrade, Raquel Jorge, João Jesus
  • Constructor: Modular System
  • Client: UNICER
  • Area: 687,96 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

W12 - Real Time Control Building #3 Proposal / gh3

Located on the corner of 84th Street NW and Jasper Avenue, on the northern bank of the North Saskatchewan River and just east of Edmonton’s downtown core, the W12 – Real Time Control Building building, playing a crucial role in punctuating open public space along the river’s edge. Designed by gh3, the building will be highly visible from the north, south and east, seen from a series of vantage points ranging from distant to near. The project is an opportunity to invest in the design of the plant enclosure while celebrating the importance of municipal infrastructure and recognizing the role infrastructure buildings have in shaping the built fabric of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chelsea Market Upzoning Approved by NYC Council

Plans for Chelsea Market along 10th Avenue; Courtesy of Jamestown Properties. Via Architect's Newspaper
Plans for Chelsea Market along 10th Avenue; Courtesy of Jamestown Properties. Via Architect's Newspaper

Construction has exploded along the High Line ever since it opened: condos hover over the rehabilitated track and look out onto the Hudson, while the new location of the Whitney Museum is making headway on the southern end of the park as Google moves into its NYC headquarters to a building just a few short blows away.  Now, the historic Chelsea Market may be looking at a facelift following approval from the New York City Council for increasing density in the building by developers, Jamestown Properties. The proposed vertical extension, which has made a brief appearance on a few architecture blogs, will provide the additional in demand office and retail space in the Chelsea neighborhood.