Courtesy of STL Architects

Taiwan Tower Competition Proposal / STL Architects

The Taiwan Tower, designed by STL Architects…, will act as a monumental building that will frame the new center and provide the entire city with a renewed and iconic identity, such as Eiffel Tower in Paris or The Sydney

LYP House / Estudio BaBo

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Architects: Estudio BaBo
Location: , Argentina
Project Team: Francisco Kocourek, Francesc Planas Penadés, Marit Haugen Stabell
Collaborators: Marcos Buceta, Marco Fumagalli
Construction: DAC S.A.
Structure: Ing. Carlos Calissano
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 265 sqm
Photographs: Curro Palacios Taberner

AD Round Up: Public Facilities Part VIII

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Five great projects from 2009 for our 8th selection of previously featured public facilities, including a winner of our Building of the Year Award from 2009! Check them all after the .

Community centre Herstedlund / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
Community Centre Herstedlund provides the framework for joint activities for a new residential area, housing approximately 600 families. The site plan, designed by Juul & Frost, is based on the idea of “the forest and the glades”. We elaborated on this theme as we designed the building as a large stylized tree at the edge of a glade (read more…)

In Progress: Student apartment studios in Paris / OFIS

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We first brought you this project when OFIS won the design competition back in 2008. Here it is now under construction. For the renderings and further information check out our previous post.

More construction photos after the break.

Architect: OFIS arhitekti
Location: ,
Project leaders: Rok Oman & Špela Videčnik
Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, katja aljaz, Andrej Gregoric, Javier Carrera
Structural Engineering: INTEGRALE 4; Bruno PERSON
Mechanical, Electrical engineering & economy: Cabinet MTC; Cyril GANVERT
Photographs: Robert Janez

AD Review: From the Archives

Today’s selection includes a neighborhood information tower in California, a Lithuanian passenger terminal, a creatively glazed education center, and an unconventional vernacular day care centre in the Netherlands.  We hope you enjoy taking a look at these projects that deserve a revisit!

Wisdom Plaza / MAPA

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Architects: MAPA
Location: ,
Project Team: Hoo Khuen Hin (Leader), Lim Ching Tung, Armando Atiencio, Ma Wei, Wu Xijia, Gao Chunyang, Liu Changxin
Client: Shenzhen Zhonghe Industry
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 160,000 sqm (Total GFA)
Photographs: Courtesy of MAPA

Flaming Lips Residence and Studio / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Architect: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: City, ,
Consultants: Obelisk Engineering
Project Area: 580 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Joseph Mills Photography 


Renovation of a Farmhouse / EXiT architetti associati

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Architect: EXiT architetti associati
Location: Oderzo, , Italy
Project Team: Francesco Loschi (Project Manager), Giuseppe Pagano, Paolo Panetto
Structural Project: Alberto Soligo
Technical Plant Design: Mauro Benozzi
Text: EXiT architetti associati
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1200 sqm
Photographs: Silvia Longhi

AD Interviews: Steven Holl, Museum of Ocean and Surf

A preview of the interview we did with Steven Holl. In this part he describes the recently opened Museum of Ocean and Surf in Biarritz, .

The design by Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Solange Fabiao is the winning scheme from an international competition that included the offices of Enric Miralles/Benedetta TagliabueBrochet Lajus PueyoBernard Tschumi and Jean-Michel Willmotte.

Stay tuned for the full interview!

Photos by FG+SG Fernando Guerra and Sergio Guerra.

Herzberg Public Housing / AllesWirdGut Architektur + feld72

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Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur + feld72
Location: Vienna,
Client: EGW Heimstätte + ÖVW Österreichisches Wohnungswerk
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 20,212 sqm
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

10 reasons Architects probably won’t fix it

1. Architects are not leaders

In fact, we wait to follow. Architecture is a service profession. Clients hire us to help implement their vision, if we’re lucky. Or, they hire us because of a legal obligation to have a licensed professional seal a set of drawings, when we aren’t lucky. We don’t define the needs of the community; in fact, we usually don’t even recognize them on our own. We need a patron to guide us. Until then, we wait, for instructions.

2. Architects are not relevant

We are losing (or have already lost) our position in the public conscience. Don’t believe me? Just ask a stranger what an Architect does. They’ll have no idea, or worse, they’ll think Architecture is for someone else; someone with more disposable income; someone with more elite taste; someone more urbane; someone with different priorities; someone else; but not them. We have systematically put ourselves and our profession into the margins of society.

LaN-Flight 2011 EUROPE

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This en-route experience, a three city touring seminar on digital fabrication, draws a diverse group of design participants from afar for a full schedule of exchanges with leading practitioners, practices, fabrication labs… all while exposed to European transit infrastructure: trains planes & even a few mountain roads.

LaN Flight EUROPE marks LaN’s fifth initiative on-the-fly and their first in EUROPE. LaN is looking to attract a geographically diverse group of students & professionals with various design backgrounds. LaN FLIGHT 2011 EU is co-piloted by LaN Monika Wittig & Co-de-iT Andrea Graziano. The cities on the tour include , Stuttgart and Barcelona. For more details on the event, visit their website here.

Sphere 2 / MACK Architect(s)

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Architect: MACK Architect(s)
Location: , Austria
Project Team: Mark Mack, Matt Bean
Associate Architect: Christian Panek, Panek Architekten, Salzburg
Builder: Christian Unterberger, Bsu Bauservice Unterberger
Client: Zooom Productions
Project Area: 520 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of MACK Architect(s)

Update: Museum of Ocean and Surf / LEAF Awards / Steven Holl

Steven Holl Architects. © Iwan Baan.
Steven Holl Architects. © Iwan Baan.

On June 26 of this year, Steven Holl’s Museum of Ocean and Surf opened in Biarritz, France, and we recently learned that the building has been named the Public Building of the Year by the 2011 Emirates Glass LEAF Awards. Designed in collaboration with Solange Fabião, the museum has a strong connection between the sea and the built environment both on the programmatic level as the museum serves as a “teaching tool” to educate people about the health of the ocean, and on a formal level as the massing was conceptually influenced by “ under the sky and under the sea.” Yesterday, we shared an amazing clip from our interview with Steven Holl about the museum – check it out and tell us your thoughts on the project.

 More about the project after the .

What’s Your Story? Build Narratives that Boost Your Business

People have been communicating through storytelling since they lived in caves and sat around campfires. Today, businesses use narrative to convey their companies’ messages and stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace. So how does storytelling apply to design firms? What distinguishes one firm from another is not only its portfolio, but messages conveyed through creative and compelling stories. These speakers will demonstrate how design firms can use multimedia tools and different platforms to create effective stories that boost marketing, communications, and public relations programs.

Presenters for this event include Denise Ramzy, LEED AP BD+C, Adjunct Professor, Parsons The New School of Design and Principal, Field Dimension, Richard Cook, AIA Partner, Cook+Fox Architects, and Helen Dimoff, Communications Director/Principal, NBBJ. The event takes place at The Center for Architecture in from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

For more information, visit their website here.



Gazebo for TV Show / za bor Architects

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Architects: za bor Architects / Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaytsev
Location: ,
Engineering: za bor architects
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

Jim Olson: Architecture for Art Exhibition

Rolling Huts / OSKA Architects

The Museum of Art at Washington State University is organizing ‘Architecture for Art,’ the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the career of Jim Olson, one of the Northwest’s most significant architects and founder of the internationally recognized Seattle-based firm, Olson Kundig Architects.

The exhibit, which is open from now until December 10th, will serve as a retrospective for Olson’s 45-year career, highlighting his residential legacy, including his own homes-an apartment in downtown Seattly and his cabin on Puget Sound-as well as his public design work, which encompasses the Lightcatcher Museum in Bellingham, Washingtom, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Pike and Virginia Building in Seattle, and the Noah’s Art Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  More information on the event after the .

Belvedere Residence / Anastasia Arquitetos

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Architects: Anastasia Arquitetos
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 370 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos