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House in Sakurajyosui / General Design

  • Architects: General Design
  • Location: Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect: Shin Ohori
  • Area: 121.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Dai Lai Conference Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

  • Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
  • Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam
  • Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa
  • Contractor: Hong Hac Dai Lai JSC + Wind and Water House JSC
  • Area: 730.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

Teton County Children's Learning Center / Ward+Blake Architects + withD.W. Arthur Associates Architecture, Inc.

© Roger Wade Studios © Roger Wade Studios © Roger Wade Studios © Roger Wade Studios

Wheelwright Prize Competition

Harvard Graduate School of Design recently announced the launch of the Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship awarded annually to talented early-career architects worldwide proposing exceptional itineraries for research and discovery. With an open application process, the Wheelwright Prize recognizes the importance of field research to professional development, and reinforces Harvard GSD’s dedication to fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design. Online applications will be accepted starting January 10; deadline for submissions is February 28, 2013. For more information, please visit here.

Robert Greenstreet awarded Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education

Practitioner, author and celebrated educator Robert Greenstreet, Intl. Assoc. AIA, has been awarded the 2013 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. Greentstreet – one of the longest-serving architecture deans in North America – has influenced countless students and architects throughout his 35-year career. He has taught a five schools of architecture in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as spent 20 years as dean at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). In March, Greenstreet will be awarded the medallion at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) annual meeting in San Francisco. The AIA will also recognize him at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver in June.

AD Round Up: Flickr Part LXXXVII

It’s time for the last Flickr Round Up of the year! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. The photo above is the unique Guggenheim Museum in New York City designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and was taken by Chimay Bleue. Check the other four after the break.

BIG Update: Planning Commission approves West 57th

After months of an “arduous” public reviewing process, BIG’s eye-catching West 57th apartment building in Manhattan has been approved by the City Planning Commission. The atypical design quickly gained international attention with its abruptly sloped, tetrahedral shape that rises from three stories to thirty-eight stories on an awkwardly sized single block site. Cleverly titled W57, the unique project was “born of logic”, as New York Magazine’s Justin Davidson would describe. It features a massive, football-sized courtyard with stunning Hudson River views and outdoor terraces for all 753 residents, along with a vibrant street life and close proximity to the Hudson River Park.

“Our approval will facilitate development of a significant new building with a distinctive pyramid-like shaped design and thoughtful site plan that integrates the full block site into the evolving residential, institutional, and commercial neighborhood surrounding it,” stated City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden before voting in favor of the project.

Find out what it took to get W57 passed, after the break…

Video: Tom Dixon, Designer Profile

Multi-Sports Complex Competition Winning Proposal / Archi5 + Tecnova Architecture

The winning proposal for the multi-sports complex in the city of Antony, France responds to the strong political will of a new urban ambition for the neighborhood. The context is heterogeneous linear collective housing on one side and unique botanical heritage of the Park on the other. Designed by Archi5 + Tecnova Architecture, this project includes a theme for each function including gathering, meeting, sports activities, and events. This becomes evident in all aspects of the building at all levels. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Haiti Cathedral Competition Entry / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

Designed by Sparano + Mooney Architecture, they embraced the idea as light as a mediator for the central organizing principle for their proposal. The new Cathedral, a delicate dance between old and new, each contributes to its role in the creation of the new. The act of covering the precious ruins with a diaphanous, copper material creates the new space and form of the Cathedral which emerges as a dialogue between existing remains and new veil. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'The Forest' Detroit Riverfront Competition 1st Prize Winning Entry / Hyuntek Yoon, Soobum You (Team Atelier Why)

Hyuntek Yoon and Soobum You of Team Atelier Why shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the Detroit Riverfront competition. Their ‘Forest’ concept, which aims at being a fairy tale between the city and the forest by ‘filling’, is the focus of the urban development. Currently, the site is filled with voids, such as trees and the knoll, but the forest creates rich stories with the city. Providing spaces that are more secure and for smaller activities, people will have the chance to experience nature. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Grow / APOLLO Architects & Associates

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
  • Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
  • Area: 124.33 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Sowa Unit / Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects: Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio
  • Location: Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Kensuke Watanabe, Yuji Mukaiyama
  • Area: 288.84 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Burren House / Níall McLaughlin Architects

  • Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
  • Location: Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Area: 490.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Níall McLaughlin Architects, Nick Kane

© Nick Kane © Nick Kane © Nick Kane © Nick Kane

Sansepolcro Cemetery / Studio Zermani e Associati

  • Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
  • Location: 52100 Arezzo, Province of Arezzo, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Paolo Zermani
  • Design Team: Siro Veri, Mauro Alpini
  • Collaborators: Giovanna Maini, Tomohiro Takao
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mauro Davoli

© Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli

House E4 / Bembé Dellinger Architekten

© Stefan Müller Naumann © Stefan Müller Naumann © Stefan Müller Naumann © Stefan Müller Naumann