Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

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Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects’ highly anticipated multidisciplinary arts center has opened at the in . Serving as a landmark on the south end of campus, the 184,000 square foot Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is the new home to UChicago’s academic and extracurricular programs in cinema and media studies, creative writing, music, theater and performance studies, and the visual arts.

Inspired by the “flat prairies of the Midwest and the great towers of Chicago”, the new arts hub is comprised of a light-filled glass and stone tower and a three-story “podium” with a saw-tooth roof. The 170-foot tower houses a performance penthouse, screening room, rooftop deck, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and performance labs, while the podium features studio space, music practice rooms, workshops, a café, a digital media center, production and editing labs, two theaters, and a 474-seat performance hall.

The University is pursuing LEED Silver Certification for the Logan Center, as the design features regionally sourced materials, a “green roof,” and solar panels.

More images and the architects’ description after the break…

UCSF Mission Bay Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

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Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: Mission Bay District, , United States
Design Team: Sam Nunes, Kyle Elliott, Claire Axley, Ed Kim, Li Kuo, Mette Shenker, Drew Hastings
Client: University of California
Site Area: 35,000 sqft
Area: 223,602 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Griffith

A Guide to 21st Century Singapore Architecture / Patrick Bingham-Hall

A Guide to 21st Century Singapore Architecture documents every significant project built since 2000, and presents a comprehensive survey of public and commercial buildings, transport and infrastructure projects, apartments and condominiums, and private houses.The text analyses the ongoing search for an appropriate and sustainable architecture for a tropical city, and examines the contribution of well-known international architects working in .

North Point Harbour Urban Planning Concept Winning Proposal / Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

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This design for the North Point waterfront redevelopment, which won the first prize in the competition, proposes an “organic network” of forms for the site. Designed by Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan, the project approach is based on the study of the adjacent “community street” – Chun Yeung St., which should have human life and the life of dwellers establishing the community. In this project, they aim to transform the Chun Yeung St’s urban model as part of an organic ecology. This model could affect the North Point district to become a more sustainable urban model. More images and architects’ description after the break.

World’s Tallest Skyscraper Back On Track To Be Built in 90 Days

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Despite reports that construction firm Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), a subsidiary of Broad Group, could not complete its 220-story Sky City tower in 90 days, the company’s senior VP Juliet Jiang has announced that the “will go on as planned with the completion of five storeys a day.”

Thus, rather than in seven months, the world’s tallest tower (838 m; 2,750 ft) will be finished in three – topping out at the end of March 2013.

As we’ve discussed before here on ArchDaily, the tower could truly be revolutionary in China; Broad Group’s 95% modular technology, which is responsible for the incredible rate of construction, is also radically environmentally-friendly, earthquake-safe, and cost-effective. In fact, Sky City, designed by engineers who worked on the Burj Khalifa, will cost a tenth of that famous skyscraper (only $1,500 per square meter) – and take a twentieth of the time to build.

More info on the world’s tallest tower, after the break…

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Venice Biennale 2012: Wunderkammer / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

At the gardens of the Arsenale designed by Piet Oudolf, a small pavilion, the Casa Scaffali, encloses a fantastic world of smells, textures and artifacts, a Wunderkammer (wonder-room) curated by NY-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

A special group of architects and artists from around the world were invited to share the artifacts that inspire them, shipped in boxes to the Biennale.

We had the chance to interview Tod Williams and Billie Tsien during the opening of Wunderkammer, and we also got a chance to see them both and their team setting up the installation during the previous days, a special atmosphere as they were opening these boxes now turned into chests full of surprises.

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The group includes Anthony Ames, Marwan Al Sayed, Matthew Baird, Shigeru Ban, Marlon Blackwell, Will Bruder, Wendell Burnette, Johan Celsing, Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio, Annie Chu and Rick Gooding, W.G. Clark, Brad Cloepfil, Chen Chen and Kai Williams, Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro, Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, Stephen Iino, Toyo Ito, Bijoy Jain, Claudy Jongstra, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Jennifer Luce, Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, Murray Moss, Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin, Enrique Norten, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, Juhani Pallasmaa, Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, Karen Stein, Elias Torres and José Antonio Martínez Lapeña, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, and Peter Zumthor.

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Headquarters Caja de Badajoz / Studio Lamela Architects

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Architects: Studio Lamela Architects
Location: , Extremadura,
Area: 51,717 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daniel Schäfer

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Venice Biennale 2012: Dialogue Architecture / Juan Herreros

During the 13th Venice Biennale we had the chance to interview Spanish architect Juan Herreros, founder of Herreros Arquitectos (full interview in a following post).

The exhibit Dialogue Architecture aims to expose the complex relations that happen behind the scenes of a project, part of the technical aspects of architecture from where innovation informs the creative side of it.

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More about the exhibit after the break.

Railway House Santpoort / Zecc Architects

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Architects: Zecc Architecten
Location: ,
Project Architects: Marnix van der Meer, Steven Nobel
Interior Architects: ZW6 interiors architecture
Contributors: Bart Kellerhuis, René de Korte, Jeffrey van Schoonhoven
Area: 190 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cornbread

V’ammos Restaurant / LM Architects

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Architects: LM Architects
Location: ,
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Studio Paterakis

Del Mar Village Condominium / Saraiva + Associados

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Architects: Saraiva + Associados
Location: ,
Area: 12,520 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG

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© Jae K. Kim/Co-De

Form of Public Control / Jae Kim | CoDeAU

Designed by Jae K. Kim of CoDeAU, the Form of Public Control project is aimed at being the 20th century’s notion of a skyscraper in Manhattan. As a symbolic individual in the city, it should be redefined due to the…

New Image Hilti / Cso Arquitectura

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Architects Office: Cso Arquitectura
Location: Madrid,
Architect: Javier de Antón
Year: 2007
Photography: Esaú Acosta

MMR / ARCHI7

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Architects: ARCHI7
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Nuno Ferreira
Year: 2011
Photographs: Nuno Ferreira, Benjamin Krampulz, Thomas Jantscher

Courtesy of Mauro Turin Architectes
Courtesy of Mauro Turin Architectes

Wine Museum Proposal / Mauro Turin Architectes

The main challenge in the design for the Wine Museum in Lavaux was to generate a large-scale cultural attraction non-existent today. Designed by Mauro Turin Architectes…, their proposal creates a wine museum that shows and tells the whole heritage

Bucktown Three / Studio Dwell Architects

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Architects: Studio Dwell Architects
Location: , IL, United States
Architect In Charge: Mark Peters
Project Manager: Gary Stoltz
Engineer: Louis Shell
Landscape: Julie deLeon
General Contractor: Matt Stedl
Area: 5,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Marty Peters

St. Joseph House / Wolfgang Tschapeller

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Architects: Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH
Location: Lower ,
Design Team: Wolfram Mehlem, Jesper Bork
Photographs: Lukas Schaller, Roland Krauss, Courtesy of Wolfgang Tschapeller

God’s Loftstory / LKSVDD

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Architects: Leijh Kappelhoff Seckel van den Dobbelsteen architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vincent van den Hoven