‘Bird’s Nest’: A Space for Community / Onat Öktem, Ziya Imren & Zeynep Öktem

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An additional music room or a performance hall for schools, a pleasant social space for residential apartments or a self-sufficient housing for the homeless. The “Bird’s Nest”, designed by Onat Öktem, and Zeynep Öktem, can adopt itself both in content and in size to where it “perches”. By placing two-meter long units side by side, the “Bird Nest” can be elongated to the desired dimensions. Their concept was selected as Special Mention: Director’s Choice for the 2011 d3 Natural Systems international architectural design competition. More images and project description after the break.

Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández

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Architects: + Jesús Hernández
Location: , México
Landscape Design: José Pareja Gómez, Jesús Hernández Martínez
Project Leaders: Jesús Hernández, José Pareja
Project Team: Abdiel Miranda, Isaí Padilla, Eduardo Muñoz, Claudia Pérez
Structural Project: Lucio Lerma
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniel Pareja

Previously featured on Archdaily as an in-progress project, the Bicentennial Torch in Mexico was recently completed and is now fully operational. The inspiration is drawn from the mural “Lucha social” (in English: “Social struggle”), by Jose Clemente Orozco, which shows the leader of the independence, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leading the insurrection by tightly grasping a flaming torch.

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2011 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners

The 2011 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners were recently announced with an official presentation ceremony to follow on November 7th at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Hsieh Ying-Chun is the Grand Prize Winner; he will receive $100,000 from the…

Shanon Office / Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates

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Architects: Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates co
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 84 sqm
Photographs: Shinichi Sato

Inhabited Furniture / Nicolas Reymond

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Architect: Nicolas Reymond
Location: Rue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris 10,
Engineer: 3C
Project Area: 92 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Julien Fernandez

A Musical Interlude with Simon & Garfunkel / So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright

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For those of you who may not know who are (don’t worry I wouldn’t admit to it either), they were an American duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. Most notably known for their hit single “The Sound of Silence” and also for their music being featured in the film The Graduate which featured another one of their hits “Mrs. Robinson”.

Simon & Garfunkel rose to critical and commercial success between 1960 and 1970 when they recorded their final studio album Bridge Over Troubled Water which included the song “So Long, . The origins and meaning of this song have long been debated, one argument is that the song is a dedication to Frank Lloyd Wright from Art Garfunkel who was himself a former architecture student, and the other argument is that the song served as a hidden farewell between Simon & Garfunkel since this would be their final album together. Evidence can be found within the lyrics of the song that says, “I remember the nights we’d harmonize till dawn, I never laughed so long, so long, so long…” The repeated use of the “so long” can be interpreted as a goodbye between the two.

What do you think were the intentions behind this song…?

So long, Frank Lloyd Wright.
I can’t believe your song is gone so soon.
I barely learned the tune
So soon
So soon.

I’ll remember Frank Lloyd Wright.
All of the nights we’d harmonize till dawn.
I never laughed so long
So long
So long.

Architects may come and
Architects may go and
Never change your point of view.
When I run dry
I stop awhile and think of you

So long, Frank Lloyd Wright
All of the nights we’d harmonize till dawn.
I never laughed so long
So long
So long.

Wendouree Railway Station / Hassell with Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Architect: HASSELL with Parsons Brinckerhoff
Location: , , Australia
Client: Department of Transport
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of HASSELL

Museum of the Fromelles Fight / SERERO Architectes

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The architecture of the Museum of , designed by SERERO Architectes, is aiming at establishing a link between sky and earth, between visitors and the “burial” of soldiers. This is a building with a low profile, which is half-sunk on its northeast facade. The work on natural topography has helped to improve the natural slope of the site and cover, partially, the technical space of the museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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New Otets Paisiy Public Library / Studio 8 1/2

Architects: Studio 8 1/2
Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio 8 1/2…

nycobaNOMA 2011 Membership Drive and Design Talk

nycobaNOMA 2011 Membership Drive and Design Talk

The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, nycobaNOMA…, is excited to kick off their 2011 Membership Drive! Take the survey, win amazing prizes, and come out to support nycobaNOMA at their Fall Design Talk/Networking Mixer

Beach House / Bourne Blue Architecture

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Architects: Bourne Blue Architecture
Location: Diamond Beach,
Engineer: Izzat Consulting Engineers
Builder: Sugar Creek Building Co.
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 169 sqm
Photographs: Simon Whitbread

DesignByMany Rapidly-Deployable Shade Winner / Arcollab


SHRM‘s Umbra_vela was announced as the winner of DesignByMany‘s latest challenge: “A Rapidly-Deployable Shade Structure”. The challenge asked professionals and students in the AEC community to submit proposals for a rapidly-deployable shade structure that could just as easily be deployed during a day at the beach or park, or in a desert environment. SHRM were chosen by a select group of judges, Andrew Payne, David Benjamin and Kevin Klinger.  For winning the HP-supported challenge, SHRM will take home a brand-new HP Designjet T790 24″ PostScript ePrinter.

Update: Museum der Kulturen Basel / Herzog & de Meuron

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In early September we reported that the Museum der Kulturen Basel reopened its doors after two years of reconstruction, refurbishment and expansion.  Now we are providing you with some more images of this exciting design.

Among the updates was a Herzog & de Meuron design described as a ‘stunning crown for the historical walls: the beautiful rooftop of irregular folds fits harmoniously into the rooftops surrounding the cathedral’.

Mouriz School / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

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Architect: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes (CNLL)
Location: , , Portugal
Client: Paredes City Council
Project Team: CNLL I Márcia Areal I Vanessa Tavares I Hélder Lopes I Augusto Rachão I Natália Rocha
Architecture Coordination: CNLL
Specialties: AC + Cogen, Central Projecto, IPC
Constructor: MRG
Model: CNLL
Project Area: 3,220 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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Mini Mall / PEÑA architecture + AFARAI

Architects: PEÑA architecture + AFARAI
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Principal Architect: Gabriel Raúl Peña
Engineering Consultant: Acropolis architects
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,606 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Peña Architecture…

Botanica Sales Office & Showrooms / Vin Varavarn Architects

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Architect: Vin Varavarn Architects Ltd.
Location: Thanarat Road, Pakchong , Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand
Project Team: M.L.Varudh Varavarn, Kanoksak Yodmongkon, Santiparp Ruttacomnuan, Meechai Jareonporn
Owner: Scenical Developments Co,. Ltd
Landscape Designer: Ltd.
Structural Engineers: Vin Varavarn Architects Ltd.
Interior Designer: Define Studio Co,.Ltd
Construction Management: Qbic Engineer & Architects Co,. Ltd
Main Contractor: Water Thai Construction Co,. Ltd.
Project Area: 358 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio

Starlit Learning Center / The XSS

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Architects: The XSS
Location: , China
Project Area: 230 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of The XSS

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Kissing vs Komplex: The relations between art and architecture

On October 18th, starting at 7pm, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Kissing vs Komplex, a Productive Disagreement Series Event with Sylvia Lavin and Hal Foster on conversation about contemporary relations between art and architecture, and the forces that bring…