Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti
Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti

Varaždin University Student’s Restaurant and Home Winning Proposal / SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti

The aim for the design of the Varaždin University Student’s Restaurant and Home was to connect the new building with the old student’s home with the restaurant treated as a separate pavilion. This first prize winning design by SANGRAD Architects…

House at Big Hill / Kerstin Thompson Architects

© Trevor Mein

Architects: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Design Team: Kerstin Thompson, Lynn Chew, Laurence Dragomir, Julian Patterson, Sophie Herel, Michael Artemenko, Gemma Hohnen, Jacqui Alexander
Area: 240 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Trevor Mein

Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy
Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy

Extended Deadlines – Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair

The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair, which we published a couple months ago here, has received an impressive number of registrations to-date and continue to receive wonderful design submissions. Due to the impact of SuperStorm…

House F11 / (se)arch Freie Architekten

© Zooey Braun

Architects: (se)arch Freie Architekten
Location: Aalen,
Area: 330 sqm
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architects
Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architects

H+ Bredgatan Winner of the WAN Awards 2012 Urban Regeneration / Erik Giudice Architects

Erik Giudice Architects… were recently announced as the H+ Bredgatan Winner of the WAN Awards 2012 Urban Regeneration for their innovative solution in Helsingborg, Sweden. The ‘social atmosphere and ability to encourage residents’ integration reconnects the city with a central

Courtesy of wHY Architecture & Design
Courtesy of wHY Architecture & Design

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / wHY Architecture & Design

The design proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library aim towards becoming a knowledge based city by putting a strong emphasis on the multiple roles of a library as a knowledge based center accessible to all.  Designed by wHY Architecture …

Power Station of Art / Original Design Studio

© Zhang Siye – Zhang Ming – Wang Yuan

Architects: Original Design Studio
Location: ,
Design Team: Zhang Ming, Zhang Zi, Ding Kuo, Ding Chun, Sun Jialong, Wang Zhigang, Zhang Hao
Area: 38,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Zhang Siye – Zhang Ming – Wang Yuan

Hesiodo / Hierve-Diseñeria

© Fernando Cordero

Architects: Hierve-Diseñeria
Location: , Mexico
Collaborators: Alfredo Acle, Armando Niño de Rivera, Sugey Ramírez, and Cecilia Ramírez Corzo
Partner: Alejandro Villarreal
Client: Zimbra
Area: 2,511 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Cordero

Bodrum Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Architects: Richard Meier
Location: Yalikavak, Turkey
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Courtesy of Richard Meier and Partners

USGBC Announces Grant from Google to Accelerate the Advancement of Green Materials

Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building has commenced in San Francisco with an interesting announcement from the main stage. has granted $3 million to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in an effort to transform the building industry and accelerate the creation of healthier indoor environments.

“Healthy, non-toxic building materials are a critical component in green building,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Fostering awareness of the materials we put into our buildings is of paramount importance, since many materials can link to a host of environmental and health issues. Working with Google enables us to broaden our efforts in the materials industry as we prepare for the next version of the LEED green building program, LEED v4. This updated rating system will paint a more complete picture of materials and products, enabling project teams to make more informed decisions.”

More after the break…

Dyson Building / Haworth Tompkins

© Philip Vile

Architects: Haworth Tompkins
Location: , England, UK
Area: 4,750 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Richard Haughton, Philip Vile, Helene Binet

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXXIV

Photo by Functionary –

It’s time for another Flickr Round Up! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Functionary in Shenzhen, . Check the other four after the break.

Afumati House / Manadelucru

© Cosmin Dragomir

Architects: Manadelucru
Location: , Romania
Architects In Charge: Dorin Stefan Adam, Madalina Iftimi
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir

TEDx: Metal that breathes / Doris Kim Sung

Biology student turn architect, Doris Kim Sung has dedicated her studies to the infinite possibilities of thermobimetals, smart that respond dynamically to temperature change. As tested with DO|SU Studio Architecture’s recent installation “Bloom”, whose surface is completely fabricated with thermobimetal, these smart materials are capable of relieving our dependence on energy-inefficient mechanical systems with their self-shading and self-ventilating properties.

Imagine a building skin capable of maintaining thermal comfort in an environmentally responsible and cost effective way by responsively mimicking the characteristics of human skin.

The Lemperle Residence / Jonathan Segal

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: La Jolla, , United States
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Nic Neuman
Photographs: Paul Body

Post-Hurricane Sandy: Solutions for a Resilient City

Hurricane Sandy damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as communities band together to clean up the devastation and utility companies work tirelessly to restore the infrastructure that keeps City running, planners and policy makers are debating the next steps to making the city as resilient to as we once thought it was. We have at our hands a range of options to debate and design and the political leverage to make some of these solutions a reality. The question now is, which option or combination of options is most suitable for protecting City and its boroughs? Follow us after the break for more.

Controversial Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Island For Sale

Courtesy of AHALife, via Architizer

It turns out the David Wright House isn’t the only unusual (and controversial) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gem on the market.

Petre Island (sometimes called Petra Island) is an 11-acre, heart-shaped island 47 miles from Manhattan. While Wright hand-picked the site himself in 1949, and drew up plans for a 5,000 square foot ”dream house” the following year, budget concerns forced him to scale down his vision, resulting in the construction of a smaller guest cottage.

Fast-forward 53 years later, and the island’s new owner, John Massaro, decided to make those long-sitting plans reality;  he hired architect and Wright scholar Thomas Heinz, who used ArchiCAD to model aspects of Wright’s design that weren’t obvious from the original renderings and updated the house with some modern amenities.

While the Foundation refuses to accept the house as authentic (they even tried to sue Massaro for claiming so), that hasn’t stopped AHALife, the web site featuring the island for sale, from proudly selling the “spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house” for $19,900,000 USD.

More images and info on this Wright-designed island, after the break…

73 Apartments ZAC Seguin Rives de Seine – Lot B3B / Philippe Dubus Architectes

© Michel Denancé

Architects: Philippe Dubus Architectes
Location: , France
Area: 9,297 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Michel Denancé