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Leura Lane / Cooper Scaife Architects

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Leura Lane / Cooper Scaife Architects, © John Wilson
© John Wilson

© John Wilson © John Wilson © John Wilson © John Wilson +29

Pabellon-S / Taller Diez 05

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Pabellon-S / Taller Diez 05, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Boca del Río, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Manuel Herrera Gil
  • Collaborators

    Luis Enrique Alvarez, Eder Ferreira, Francisco Dorado
  • Area

    55.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +19

Sou Fujimoto Proposes "Mirage-Like" Landmark for Middle East

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Water Plaza. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects
Water Plaza. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects has released details on a conceptual master plan for a commercial complex in a prominent, yet anonymous Middle Eastern city. Situated between an education and financial center, the modular complex reinterprets the “vibrant atmosphere and lively qualities of the traditional market” as well as the “inherent beauty of vernacular Islamic architecture” to create a “timeless” landmark for a currently underused portion of the city.

Why Japan is Crazy About Housing

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Why Japan is Crazy About Housing, House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image ©  Iwan Baan
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Japan is famous for its radical residential architecture. But as Tokyo architect Alastair Townsend explains, its penchant for avant garde housing may be driven by the country’s bizarre real estate economics, as much as its designers’ creativity.

Here on ArchDaily, we see a steady stream of radical Japanese houses. These homes, mostly designed by young architects, often elicit readers’ bewilderment. It can seem that in Japan, anything is permissible: stairs and balconies without handrails, rooms flagrantly cast open to their surroundings, or homes with no windows at all.

These whimsical, ironic, or otherwise extreme living propositions arrest readers’ attention, baiting us to ask: WTF Japan? The photos travel the blogosphere and social networks under their own momentum, garnering global exposure and international validation for Japan’s outwardly shy, yet media-savvy architects. Afterall, in Japan – the country with the most registered architects per capita – standing out from the crowd is the key to getting ahead for young designers. But what motivates their clients, who opt  for such eccentric expressions of lifestyle?

Library House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates House in Kohoku / Torafu. Image © Daici Ano House in Saijo / Suppose Design Office. Image Courtesy of Nacasa&Partners Inc. HouseT / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects. Image © Hiroyasu Sakaguchi +9

White house / designband YOAP architects

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
White house / designband YOAP architects, © Jae-Wook Cho
© Jae-Wook Cho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangbae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Doran Kim, Inkeun Ryu, Hyunbo Shin
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jae-Wook Cho © Jae-Wook Cho © Jae-Wook Cho © Jae-Wook Cho +23

App Review: 'Concept' - An Idea Calculator

00:00 - 21 November, 2013
App Review: 'Concept' - An Idea Calculator, Interface on iOS. Image Courtesy of Fast + Epp
Interface on iOS. Image Courtesy of Fast + Epp

Getting instantaneous, accurate structural dimensions in the early stages of the design process, or even when exploring the feasibility of a project, can often be challenging. In response to this, Vancouver-based structural engineering firm Fast + Epp have developed a new mobile application called Concept, a depth calculator which uses typical span-to-depth ratios for common steel, concrete and wood members to give you a quick overview of what dimensions a certain structural idea will require. In addition to this, the app also includes project photos to give users an idea of how certain materials will be expressed in built form.

Casa de Madera / Dörr + Schmidt

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Casa de Madera / Dörr + Schmidt, © Marcos Zegers
© Marcos Zegers
  • Arquitectos

    Dörr + Schmidt
  • Ubicación

    Panquehue, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Manuel Dörr, Pablo Schmidt
  • Área

    662.0 m2
  • Año Proyecto

    2013
  • Fotografías

    Marcos Zegers

© Marcos Zegers © Marcos Zegers © Marcos Zegers © Marcos Zegers +29

Infants and primary public school “El Peral” / Jesús de los Ojos Moral

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Infants and primary public school “El Peral” / Jesús de los Ojos Moral, © Juan Carlos Quindós
© Juan Carlos Quindós
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de Jose Velicia, 47008 Valladolid, Spain
  • Collaborators

    Jairo Rodríguez Andrés, Esther Escribano Rivera, Noelia Galván Desvaux, Elena Macías de la Montaña
  • Builfing Technician

    Luis Miguel Rodríguez de las Heras
  • Contractors

    CYOPSA Y COLLOSA
  • Area

    3612.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Pedro Iván Ramos © Juan Carlos Quindós © Juan Carlos Quindós © Juan Carlos Quindós +31

Designing Parking Garages For a Car-less Future

00:00 - 21 November, 2013
Designing Parking Garages For a Car-less Future, The trend is part of a wider drive to rethink parking worldwide. Image © Paul de Ruiter Architects by Rien van Rijthoven
The trend is part of a wider drive to rethink parking worldwide. Image © Paul de Ruiter Architects by Rien van Rijthoven

This intriguing article on The Atlantic Cities highlights a growing trend as cities become more focused on pedestrians, bicycles and public transportparking garages that are designed with alternative uses in mind. Developers are ensuring that these garages have "good bones", such as comfortable ceiling heights, that will allow them to be easily converted into apartments or offices in a future when many city-dwellers don't own cars. You can read the full article here.

Five Teams Shortlisted for London’s Natural History Museum Redesign

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Five Teams Shortlisted for London’s Natural History Museum Redesign, Natural History Museum London. Image © David Iliff (License: CC-BY-SA 3.0), via Wikipedia
Natural History Museum London. Image © David Iliff (License: CC-BY-SA 3.0), via Wikipedia

Five architect and landscape architect-led teams have been shortlisted to redesign and re-imagine the grounds of London’s world famous Natural History Museum. The major project will aim to “create an innovative exterior setting that matches the architectural excellence of the iconic 19th Century site, whilst ensuring that the Museum grounds are easily accessible to all visitors.”

Without further ado, the leaders of the five teams are: 

House in Lisbon / ARX PORTUGAL Arquitectos

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
House in Lisbon / ARX PORTUGAL Arquitectos, © FG + SG
© FG + SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
  • Design Team

    Isabel Gorjão Henriques, Miguel Torres, Joana Pedro, Sofia Raposo, Rodrigo Gorjão Henriques, Paulo Rocha
  • Area

    436.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG +41

SOGA - Sounds of Gaia / casaPública

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
SOGA - Sounds of Gaia / casaPública, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Pamela Moreno Caballero, Patricio Guerrero
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +52

Valenton Housing / Gelin-Lafon

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
  • Architects

  • Location

    30 Avenue Julien Duranton, 94460 Valenton, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Gelin-Lafon
  • Building Engineering

    COTEC
  • Area

    4454.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +27

Muk / Ma hoRe

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Muk / Ma hoRe, Courtesy of Ma hoRe
Courtesy of Ma hoRe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saalfelden, Austria
  • Design Team

    Andreas Hoerl, Robert Reichkendler
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ma hoRe

Courtesy of Ma hoRe Courtesy of Ma hoRe Courtesy of Ma hoRe Courtesy of Ma hoRe +20

Workspace Lavapies Market / Colectivo PEC

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Workspace Lavapies Market / Colectivo PEC, © Juan Carlos Quindós
© Juan Carlos Quindós
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de Embajadores, 41, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team

    Rodrigo Muñoz García, Pablo García Bachiller, Laura Casanova Colvee, Pablo Farfán, Rosa San José Miguel, Ana María Marrero Castro, Mónica Cuende Lozano, Marian Cuenca, Manuel Cifuentes Hernández, Javier Miranda Abad, Jesús Peinado Alonso, Angel Cabra, Mónica Bujalance
  • Area

    4137.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Juan Carlos Quindós © Juan Carlos Quindós © Juan Carlos Quindós © Juan Carlos Quindós +25

Khao Mo (Mythical Escapism) / Sanitas Studio

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
Khao Mo (Mythical Escapism) / Sanitas Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

Khao Mo, which translates as Mythical Escapism, is a reflective sculptural work by Sanitas Studio currently being exhibited at the Bangkok Art & Cultural Centre. The concept behind the work is based on city dwellers' desire for a moment of escape from everyday life, along with the concept of the Chinese garden: a scaled replicated universe expressed through nature in order to create a sense of tranquility. According to the artist, "the smell of earth, the moisture and vapour that evaporate from the earth, the ordinariness and the emptiness allow the audience time to imagine." 

Call for Entries: 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Call for Entries: 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space

The call for entries for the eighth edition of the European Prize for Urban Public Space is now open. This honorific competition has been held on a biennial basis since 2000 with the aim of recognising, encouraging and publicising examples of good practice in the ways in which European cities are dealing with the many challenges they must confront. Undergoing processes of exponential growth and far-reaching transformation, these cities are facing the fact that the age-old democratic ideal of striving for cohabitation on an equal basis within a plural society is in jeopardy. 

San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters Proposal / The Open Workshop

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters Proposal  / The Open Workshop, Courtesy of The Open Workshop
Courtesy of The Open Workshop

A fire station typically is organized into two distinct zones - one that reaches outwards to the city and acts as a monumental symbol of protection, and one that contains the hidden inner workings of the station. In a large headquarters, with a diverse set of programs each with their own unique spatial requirements, such a strategy of containment is untenable.