More Postcards from the Architect

I know It’s only been 2 weeks since my Architectural world tour, but, I was still emptying my suitcases this morning. Sorry, I got caught up in the pressure at the office and just had not gotten around to unpacking. Mainly, because I’m awesome. And,wouldn’t you know it?, right in the bottom of the suitcase, were 6 more postcards that I totally forgot to mail. No wonder Herzog was so pissed at me…

Anyway, I’ve scanned them here for you to enjoy… (here’s the one’s I did mail, in case you missed those - HERE )

More Postcards from Coffee with an Architect after the break:

Grey Brick Galleries, Red Brick Galleries, Three Shadows Photographic Centre by Ai Weiwei at Cao Chang Di, Beijing

Red Brick Galleries

Architect: Fake Design, Ai Weiwei
Location: Cao Chang Di,
Photographs: Li Shi Xing, Andrea Giannotti

Beijing urban expansion _
The fast and enormous urban development of Beijing has transformed the city into a metropolis made of suburban residential compounds, abandoned industrial plants, community housing blocks from the 70s-80s and popular self-grown villages. A mix of high rise residential areas, business districts, impressive infrastructures enclosing spontaneous house areas surviving the demolition and renovation dictated by the construction market. The population has grown from 1 to 18 millions in 60 years, and the size of the city has reached 5 times the ancient capital within the walls – the 2nd Ring Road.

The urban expansion, mostly based on imported urban models and low quality constructions, has been exploding in the past 30 years, and it is rooted with political and economical decisions, as well as local culture and history. Briefly, Beijing is a stunning showcase of urban consequences happening in the world’s first growing economy, during an explosive industrial revolution.

St Nicholas Church / Marlon Blackwell Architect

Courtesy of Marlon Blackwell Architect

Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Project Location: Springdale, ,
Owner/Client: Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church
Project Team: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA [principal] Jon Boelkins Bradford Payne Gail Shepherd Meryati Johari Blackwell Stephen Reyenga
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Don Lourie, Marlon Blackwell Architect

Update: Thematic Pavilion / soma


With less than 70 days until soma’s grand opening of their “One Ocean” Thematic Pavilion, we are anxiously anticipating the final result of the firm’s biomorphic creation.  Unlike most pavilions, this building will become a permanent part of the grounds after serving as the central point of the EXPO 2012 in Yeosu, .  As we reported earlier, soma’s pavilion focuses on creating an experiential journey as visitors enjoy introductory exhibitions on the Expo’s theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast”.

More about the pavilion, including more construction photos, after the break. 

CN House / Plus Line Design

© Cosmin Dragomir

Architect: Plus Line Design – Eliodor Streza
Location: Codrii Neamtului 3M street, sector 3, Bucharest,
Ower: David Family
Builder Name: Matcre
Total Surface: 317 sqm
Lot Size: 450 sqm.
Photographer: Cosmin Dragomir

Courtesy of Francesco Piffari

Amsterdam Pedestrian Bridge Proposal / Francesco Piffari

Francesco Piffari… shared with us the design proposal for the Amsterdam Pedestrian Bridge. To design a new iconic bridge, it is essential to reflect on the concept of bridge; what a bridge is in the collective imagination. Considering the bridge

Beach House I-5 / Vértice Arquitectos

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Architects: Vértice Arquitectos
Location: Las Lomas del Mar Beach, , Perú
Size: 250 sqm
Client: Private
Photographs: Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos


exterior St. Louis Union Station

“American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design” Exhibition

From March 20 – May 11, the “American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design” exhibition will be up at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in downtown Chicago. The show consists of 83 large prints of…

Villa W / CMA

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Architect: CMA
Location: Taunus, Germany
Client: Private
Usable Area: 445 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 890 sqm
Gross Volume: 2,250 cbm
Photographs: Courtesy of CMA

Museum Nasional Indonesia / Aboday

© Rizal Bayu

The first prize winning proposal for the Museum Nasional by Aboday aims to bring back this massive institution to its original role as a public facility. Their design addresses the question of urban context by inserting a new corridor between the existing museum building (A) and building (B) that will maintain an openness to the pedestrian and city park on the Eastern part of the complex. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Travertine Dream House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

© Jeremy San

Architect: Wallflower Architecture + Design
Location: , Singapore
Design Team: Robin Tan, Cecil Chee & Sean Zheng
Completion Date: 2011
Photographs: Jeremy San

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Clement Guillaume

Another week goes by, and we still haven’t finished our coverage of the latest Pritzer Prize: Wang Shu. We had some fantastic photos of Shu’s projects taken by Clement Guillaume. Don’t wait to check the Moscow School of Management and the School of Arts in Taiwan. Believe me, you will want to study there! Last, don’t miss the MPA Building in Porto and Piuarch’s latest: Bentini Headquarters. Enjoy!

Shanghai Terminal / Frank Repas Architecture

© Antoine Duhamel

Architect: Frank Repas Architecture
Location: Shanghai,
Structural Engineering: Weidlinger Associates, Inc. ()
Environmental Engineering: ARUP – Hong Kong
Glass Facades: RFR Paris, Stuttgart and Shanghai
Photographs: Antoine Duhamel

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale 2012: ‘Migrating Landscapes’ Winners Announced and will Represent Canada

‘Migrating Landscapes’

Winners of the National Exhibition of Migrating Landscapes have been announced! This nation-wide, open ideas is the main process for creating Canada’s official entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, entitled Migrating Landscapes. Themed around migration and cultural identity, entrants comprised of young Canadian architects and designers, ages 45 and under, where invited to reflect on their migration experiences and cultural memories, and design dwellings onto a new landscape that would be showcased through a series of seven regional exhibitions across the country. Together with the Winnipeg-based Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO), the jury has selected 18 winners out of 26 finalists to represent ‘Team Canada”. Continue after the break to review the winning competitors.

United States Federal Courthouse / H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

© Chris Cooper

Architect: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Location: Mississippi,
Completion: August 2011
Size: 413,000 square feet
Cost: $121,000,000
Client: General Services Administration
Photographer: Chris Cooper


Sport Center ETH Honggerberg / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten

© Bruno Klomfar

Architects: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
Location: Zurich,
Completion: 2010
Area: 10,374 sqm
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar


Troia Peninsula Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura

© FG + SG

Architecture: Quadrante Arquitectura – João Rainha Castro
Location: ,
Promoter / Client: Metrodauq, Investimentos Imobiliários, SA
Construction Year: 2008–2010
Photographers: FG + SG  – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Win Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House from LEGO® Architecture

® Architecture Series: Opera House

We announced last month that the LEGO® Architecture series will now include Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, the 12th building in this popular series. Thanks to LEGO® Architecture, four of our readers will win a LEGO® Architecture Sydney Opera House.

We want to know what building should be the next in the LEGO® Architecture series and why. All you have to do is become a registered user at ArchDaily and leave us your answer in the comments below by Sunday, March 25th! (More images of LEGO® Architecture’s Sydney Opera House, designed by architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker, can be found here.)

Official rules:

Four winners will be chosen at random from entries received between Monday, March 19th and Sunday, March 25th 11:59 EST. You must leave a comment as a registered user at ArchDaily. Open to anyone in the world. One entry per person. ArchDaily will enforce verification and remove duplicated ones before choosing the winner.

Good luck!

Update: And the winners are…

Matthew Doll
Kerilyn Tacconi
Alex Lowe
Jesse Nguyen