Sacre Coeur / 4a architekti

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Architects: 4a architekti
Location: Praha 5, , Czech Republic
Investor: Satpo
Partner In Charge: Jan Schindler
Project Architects: Luděk Obal, Andrea Trembuľaková
Design Team: Alejandro Flores, Ute Winnefeld, Ingrid Vurm Lermen
Structural Engineers: Němec Polák, spol. s r.o.
Gross Floor Area: 12,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of 4a architekti

AD Round Up: Leisure Part IX

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Have some free time to spare? Maybe you can go to the Aura Spa at the Park Hotel in designed by Khosla Associates. The weather is improving, so maybe you’ll enjoy the McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center. Feeling luck? Black Bear Casino Resort is waiting for you in Minnesota. Let’s go to Paris for a second to see Olgga Architect’s Recreational Center. Still tired? Then let’s finish with the Wellness and Spa Lone, designed by Studio 92 in Croatia.

Frei Sebastião House / António Fernandez Architects

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Architects: António Fernandez Architects
Location: Póvoa do Varzim, 4490-520 Povoa de Varzim,
Architects In Charge: António Fernandez, Ema Rosmaninho
Year: 2011
Photographs: FG + SG – Fotografía de Arquitectura

Elysium / Richard Kirk Architect

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Architects: Richard Kirk Architect
Location: , Sunshine Coast, Queensland,
Completed: 2008
Structural Engineer: Bornhorst & Ward
Hydraulic Engineer: Cooper & Associates
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Seoul,
Partners: Baum Architects, Seoul
Engineering: Perrault Projets, Paris (Architectural Engineers); VP&Green Ingenerie, Paris (Structural Engineers); HL-PP Consult, Munich (Building Services); Jean-Paul Lamoureux, Paris (Acoustic), Rache-Willms, Aix-la-Chapelle (Facades)
Consultant: Jeon and Lee Partners, Seoul (Structural Engineer), HIMEC, Seoul (Mechanical Engineer), CG E&C, Seoul (Civil Engineer), CnK Associates, Seoul (Landscape)
Built Area: 70,000 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: André Morin

Soares dos Reis School of Arts / Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa

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Architects: Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa
Location: Rua do Major David Magno, ,
Collaborators: Catarina Bianchi Prata, Claudia Monteiro, Claudia Velho, Gisela Lameira, Gonçalo Magalhães,Gonçalo Silvano, Joana Mendes, Sara Almeida
Total area: 15,108 sqm
Costing: 12,396,620€
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves, Francisco Piqueiro, Foto Engenho


Update: ABI March

In keeping with our coverage of the ABI, the index scored 50.4 for March, marking the fifth consecutive month showing positive conditions.

The is our industry’s leading indicator of construction activity, and for March, the commercial sector is continuing its positive run with a score of 56.0.  Although scores above 50 reflect a positive showing, the new projects inquiry dropped to 56.6 from a high 63.4 reported in February.    “We are starting to hear more about improving conditions in the marketplace, with a greater sense of optimism that there will be greater demand for design services,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “But that is not across the board and there are still a number of architecture firms struggling so progress is likely to be measured in inches rather than miles for the next few months.”    Regionally, the Midwest leads with 54.1, following by the Northeast, South and West with scores of 53.9, 50.1 and 46.6, respectively.

While the five month run seems to show promising conditions, the index is barely above the cutoff score of 50 and conditions have remained volatile throughout this post recession period.    And, although we enjoying sharing the statistics, we understand the numbers don’t tell the whole story, so we would like to hear how your firms are fairing.  Have your projects included an increase in commercial programs recently?  Let us know in the comments below.

Resonant Chamber / rvtr

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Resonant Chamber, an interior envelope system that deploys the principles of rigid origami, transforms the acoustic environment through dynamic spatial, material and electro-acoustic technologies. The aim of rvtr is to develop a soundsphere able to adjust its properties in response to changing sonic conditions, altering the sound of a space during performance and creating an instrument at the scale of architecture, flexible enough that it might be capable of being played. The project is funded through the 2011 Research through Making Grant, U-M Office of the Vice President for Research, 2011 Small Projects Grant, U-M Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Creation Grant. More images and architects’ description after the break.

LEGO Architecture Landmark Series: Big Ben


We are only 100 days away from the 2012 London Olympics, and LEGO has announced the release of their latest model in the Architecture Landmark series: The Big Ben.

The Big Ben, officially known as the Clock Tower, is one of the ’s most recognizable buildings and a global symbol of Victorian London and the Gothic Revival style. It was designed by the unlikely team of Classical architect Charles Barry and Gothic Revival pioneer Augustus Pugin and completed in 1859.

Big Ben is the fourteenth model in the LEGO Architecture range, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. It is the first model to be designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe from Slovenia who joins Adam Reed-Tucker as a LEGO architect.

Easter Sculpture Museum / Exit Architects


Architects: Exit Architects - Ibán Carpintero, Mario Sanjuán
Location: Hellín, , Spain
Client: Public works Ministry / Hellín Municipality
Built area: 2,160 sqm
Budget: 3,512,235 Euros
Completion: 2011
Collaborators: Miguel García-Redondo, Silvian Gómez, Ángel Sevillano, José Mª Tabuyo
Technical Architects: Alberto Palencia, José Antonio Alonso
Mechanical consultant: Maintenance Ibérica
Structural consultant: Indagsa (José Luis Cano)
Photographs: FG + SG – Fotografía de Arquitectura

Tool Workshop Building / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G., Claudio Santander L.
Location: Av. Pedro de Valdivia 1218, Santiago,
Design Team: Francisca Valenzuela R.
Completion: 2011
Site Surface: 3,200 sqm
Client: Universidad Finis Terrae
Structural Engineering: Hinojosa Ingeniería Asociados ltda.
Contractor: Constructora Valle Alto ltda.
Technical Inspection: Víctor Fuentes
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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Advanced Building Skins Conference

Organized by Graz University of Technology, the ‘Advanced Building Skins’ Conference will take place June 14-15 where creative, innovative professionals and researchers at the forefront of skin design will discuss tasks and issues in research, design and manufacturing of high-performance…

House on Pali Hill / Studio Mumbai

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Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: Bandra, Maharashtra,
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Samuel Barclay, Jeevaram Suthar, Omprakash Suthar
Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
Photographs: Helene Binet, Studio Mumbai 


Information Technology and Media Center / Morris Architects

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The project by Morris Architects for a new information technology and media center for Santa Monica Community College in includes 12,000 square feet of new space and approximately 6,000 square feet of renovation to the existing campus library. The college currently has an enrollment of 30,000 students and is experiencing rapid growth that requires a major upgrade to its current information technology department and computing infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Esperanza Dos / Al Borde

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Architects: Al Borde – David Barragán, Pascual Gangotena& Esteban Benavides
Location: Manabí,
Collaborator: Grace Pozo
Constructor: & Volunteers & Community
Completion: 2011
Area: 140 sqm aprox.
Budget: US$ 700, all the community material and all the work of the volunteers and community
Photographs: Sebastián Melo, Andrea Vargas

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Yenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area Proposal / insula architettura e ingegneria + Atelye 70

After successfully participating in the first phase of the competition as part of a limited group of 9 international teams, the team comprised of Francesco Cellini – insula architettura e ingegneria with Huseyin Kaptan – Atelye 70… was awarded ‘7

Nido Caribimbi / ZPZ Partners

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Architects: ZPZ Partners
Location: Cavagnari, , Italy
Design Team: Michele Zini, Claudia Zoboli, Sara Michelini, Sara Callioni
Pedagogical Consultancy: Elisa Bulgheroni
Client: Gruppo Cariparma Crédit Agricole
Built Area: 3,530 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ZPZ Partners

The Welch House / The Manser Practice

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Architects: The Manser Practice
Location: , UK.
Photographs: Morley Von Sternberg