Update: Cronton Colliery Competition Winner Announced

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RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) recently announced Michael Lee Architects as the winner of the Cronton Colliery Competition at a private event held on Thursday 19 April. The challenge to design a pioneering new visitor destination on a former colliery inspired creative teams across the world to push the boundaries of landscape architecture. The Land Trust’s international design competition attracted 50 entries from all over the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in South Korea, Japan Italy. More images information on the winner finalists after the break.

Monash University Student Housing / BVN

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Architects: BVN Architecture
Location: Monash, 
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2012 New Zealand Architecture Awards

Under Pohutukawa by Herbst Architects Ltd

Twenty projects have been recognized in the 2012 New Zealand Architecture Awards. Proving that design quality is not governed by the size of buildings or type of work, winners in the country’s leading architectural awards program ranged from the Auckland Art Gallery to a Napier artist’s studio, from a chapel in an inner-city church to a café on the side of a mountain, from an airport hotel to a lakeside school. The jury will select one project from among the New Zealand Architecture Award winners to receive the 2012 New Zealand Architecture Medal, the top award given in any year by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. That decision will be announced at the Awards function in Wellington on 25 May. More images and information on the winners after the break.

House in Piedra Roja / Riesco + Rivera

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Architects: Riesco + Rivera Arquitectos Asociados – Francisca Rivera P. and Jose Riesco U.
Location: , Chile
Client: Natalia Chellew and Ricardo Ventura-Junca
Structural Calculation: Pedro Escobar
Construction: Casas Modernas
Lighting Design: Paula García-Huidobro
Project Size: 236 sqm + terraces
Cost: US$ 678/sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Sebastián Wilson León

Power Stations Bjornstokk and Ovre Forsland / Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As

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Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As shared with us their design for new hydraulic power stations in northern . The main idea is that the power stations should adapt to the site. More images and architect description after the break.

Developer Plans for New York’s Next Iconic Building

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Boxy replicas of high-end offices dominate ’s Park Avenue skyline, with only two modernist exceptions breaking the mold – Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Lever House. As the static skyline has remained largely untouched for nearly four decades, New York City developer L&L Holding Co. has announced plans to replace the aging tower of 425 Park Avenue with a new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified skyscraper. Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid and Richard Meier are just a few of the eleven distinguished architects that L&L has invited to join in a competition for the redevelopment of the 65 year-old tower.

Continue reading for more.

Mixed Use Building Bizovik / Tria Studio

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Architect: Tria Studio
Location: Ljubljana,
Project Team: Jernej Hočevar u.d.i.a., Matevž Vrhovnik u.d.i.a., Martin Lovrečić u.d.i.a., Blaž Češka u.d.i.a., Anže Kveder g.t.
Client: Razum d.o.o.
Builder: Panta Rhei d.o.o.
Completion: 2010
Floor Area: 320 sqm
Photographs: Črt Slavec & Photo Shark

Yue Art Gallery / Tao Lei Architect Studio

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Architects: Tao Lei Architect Studio – Lei Tao, Bozhou Kang, Mingliang Zhao
Location: , China
Structure Area: 1,600 sqm
Structure Design: Qinghai Wang
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Tao Lei Architect Studio

Acadia Parish Conference Center / Trahan Architects

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Located to the north-east of , a small town in Louisiana known to be the “Rice Capital of America”, the Acadia Parish Conference Center by Trahan Architects will mediate the threshold between the urban development to the west the agricultural fields to the east. Envisioned as an extension of the landscape, the center creates a harmonic balance between the two environments, expressing the importance of local agricultural.

Continue after the break for more on the Acadia Parish Conference Center.

YI Building / Oh Jong Sang

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Architects:
Location: 108-6 Bang i-Dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South
Client: Yoosukja
Site Area: 361 sqm
Total Floor Area: 1,132 sqm
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building / Salmela Architect © Paul Crosby

The American Institute of Architects () and its Committee on the Environment () have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions. Now in its 16th year, the Top Ten Green Projects program is one of the profession’s best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence.

The highlighted projects are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They have made a positive contribution to their communities, improved comfort for building occupants and reduced environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

All the projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, next month in Washington, D.C. Continue after the break to review the top ten green projects.

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Green Architecture Competition Proposal / Lijbers Architect

With the aim of the Green Architecture competition to stimulate and collect innovative proposals on how architecture, urban design & planning, and landscape architecture could contribute to maintain and improve our biodiversity, Lijbers Architect… looked at the decline of natural

“Lost” Le Corbusier Building Sparks Preservation Movement in Iraq

Gymnasium in Baghdad, Sketch by Le Corbusier. ©SketchPlanet

In Upstate New York, residents are clamoring to raze down their Government Center, Paul Rudolph’s classic 1970 example of brutalist design. Ostensibly, this is due to flood-damage. But it can’t hurt that, as one resident was quoted in The New York Times as saying, it’s “a big ugly building.”

In Minnesota, city officials would rather tear down M. Paul Fiedberg’s Peavey Plaza, a “Modernist gem” completed in ’73, than spend the time, money, and effort to revitalize it.

In Baghdad, on the other hand, a gymnasium completed in 1982, suffering the signs of decades of violence, poverty, and ill-executed renovation, has sparked a small preservation movement, reawakening a country to its neglected cultural heritage.

The architect behind this Iraqi endeavor? None other than Le Corbusier himself.

Read More on the “forgotten” Le corbusier in Baghdad, after the break…

Atriumtower Hiphouse Zwolle / Atelier Kempe Thill

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Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Address: , The Netherlands
Client: Woningstichting SWZ
Building Size: 6,399sqm
Total building budget: € 5,450,000 (excl. VAT)
Design Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Cornelia Sailer With David van Eck, Peter Graf, Anja Müller, Takashi Nakamura
Urban Planner: De Zwarte Hond, Rotterdam, partner-in-charge Jeroen de Willigen
Supervisor: Jeroen de Willigen en Matthias Rottmann
Photographs: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz 

  

NaCl House / David Jameson Architect

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Architects: David Jameson Architect Inc. – Ron Southwick
Location: Bethesda, Maryland,
Area: 450 sqm
Site Area: 0.52 acres
Completion: November, 2011
Photographs: Paul Warchol

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‘HOME’ International Open Design Competition

With the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA, Building Trust International seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries though their ‘HOME’ competition. The growing rate in single…

Skinspace / AND

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Architects: AND
Location: Seohoori, Seojongmyun, Yangpyeonggun, , Korea
Construction Area: 112.62 sqm
Gross Area: 130.60 sqm
Structure: RC
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Kim Yong Gwan

2012 Architectural League Prize Winners Announced

TSUTSUI - "Inbetween House," Koji Tsutsui, Koji Tsutsui & Associates

The Architectural League just announced the winners of No Precedent, the thirty-first annual Prize for Young Architects + Designers (formerly known as the Young Architects Forum). The League Prize is one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects. The program exemplifies the League’s longstanding commitment to identifying nurturing the development of talented young architects designers. This year’s winners are: Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, and Diego Ricalde, MMX Studio, Mexico City; Jimenez Lai, Bureau Spectacular, Chicago; Sean Lally, WEATHERS / Sean Lally, Chicago; Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim, STPMJ, Brooklyn; Michael Szivos, SOFTlab, New York; and Koji Tsutsui, Koji Tsutsui & Associates, San Francisco and Tokyo. More information on the awards, including exhibition and lectures, after the break.