Dragon Skin Pavilion / Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD


Architects: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen, Kristof Crolla (LEAD) and Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD)
Location: Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
Collaborators: Gilles Retsin, EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Tampere University of Technology, UPM Kymmene
Built Area: 16 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pekka Tynkkynen, Emmi Keskisarja

Goksu Rope Factory Lofts / Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects

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Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects shared with us their design for the Goksu Rope Factory Lofts in . The new owner of this derelict factory wanted to turn his investment into a high-end residential project consisting of various sized lofts. After visiting the site, our major concern became clear. Since the 17.000m2 building was used many years for industrial production, it should still deliver the authentic atmosphere even after it has been rehabilitated for new functions. In order to keep the intangible precipitation of this place, a subtle and humble design strategy was necessary. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jardines Lookout Flat / AFFECT-T

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Architects: AFFECT-T
Photographer: Luke Hayes

I Resort / a21 studio

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Architects: a21 studio – Hiep Hoa Nguyen, Nhon Qui Nguyen, Hang Thi Tran, Tien Giao Ngo, Toan Dinh Nghiem
Location: , Vietnam
Model: Duy Huu Nguyen, Dung Van Nguyen
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXIII

Photo by *manda - http://www..com/photos/alphafoxtrot/

Almost 73,000 photos in our Flickr Pool! 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 *manda in Valencia, . Check the other four after the break.

Rivington Place / Adjaye Assocates

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Architects: Adjaye Assocates
Location: , England
Years: 2003 – 2007
Photographs: Lyndon Douglas, Ed Reeve,

TEX-FAB 3.0 Conference

Taking place at the University of Texas San Antonio College of Architecture April 13-15, the TEX-FAB 3.0 Conference will include a series of workshops as part of the international digital fabrication competition. Conducted by leading practitioners in the field of digital fabrication, the workshop is comprised on four distinct sequences that begin with basic skill building and progress until a broad understanding of the topics presented is achieved. For more information, please visit here.

Video: David Rockwell

Known world over as one of the most innovative and influential architects, David Rockwell is responsible for some of the most famous wonders of the architectural world – from The Kodak Theatre, to Nobu restaurants, to the W Union Square to Gordan Ramsay’s London Maze. Here, Rockwell hangs out with Crane.TV at his latest feat, The Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center in and talks to us about his designs, being influenced by his dancer mother and why set design will always be his other love.

Fisherman Workshop / Ipas Architectes

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Architect: Ipas Architectes
Location: Cortaillod,
Years: 2006-2010
Owner: Olivier Junod
Design Team: Delphine Jeanneret-Gris, Eric Ott
Photographs: Gérald Sciboz, Thomas Jantscher

The Iconic U.N. Headquarters Makeover

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Planned for completion in 2014, the iconic United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) is in the middle of a $1.876 billion refurbishment project, known as the Capital Master Plan, which seeks to update the aging building with a more safe, modern and sustainable work environment. Located on the 18-acre site that was donated by John D. Rockefeller in the 1950s, the UNHQ was designed by an international team of eleven architects who worked together in a post-World War II world to create an landmark building through collaboration rather than competition.

Continue reading for more details on the Capital Master Plan. 

School Inverloch / Opat Architects

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Architect: Opat Architects 
Location: Bayview Avenue, , Australia
Design Team:  Rowan Opat, Nathan Marshall
Area: 1,740sqm
Cost: $4,600,000
Completed: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Opat Architects


Shortlist Announced for New Embassy Project in Mexico City

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted nine design teams for the New Embassy Compound in . The design/bid/build project, scheduled for construction in fiscal year 2015, is the first solicited under OBO’s new Design Excellence program. This holistic approach to project development and delivery seeks to utilize the best methods, technologies, and staff abilities to produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects. The overall strategy focuses on the integration of purpose, function, flexibility, art, safety, security, sustainability, and maintainability.

Continue reading for more information and to review the well-known shortlisted architects.

In Defense of Introverts

A Playground for Leif by Designliga

So far, I’ve cited the merits of the playground – the loudest, craziest, most running-aroundiest environment for kids you can imagine – as a point of inspiration for school design.

I’ve espoused the potential of community-oriented schools to motivate learning and, somewhat grandiosely I’ll admit, change the world.

I think I’ve uncovered a bias. In me, and in architecture at large.

For years, Western culture has valued and rewarded natural born extroverts in its effort to breed out-going, sociable, go-get-’em type citizens. (For two intelligent, chuckle-inducing narratives on the plight of the introvert, check out Jonathan Rauch’s touchstone piece in The Atlantic and Susan Cain‘s fabulous TED Talk).

In my zeal to present solutions to the obstacles facing education, I too got caught in the trap. To rectify this situation, I will – once again – examine ; but this time, I take a more balanced approach. Today I take into account that bullied, forgotten group: introverts.

103 Social Housing Units in Turo Del Sastre / Batlle & Roig Architects

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Architects: Batlle & Roig Architects  – Enric Batlle, Joan Roig
Location: , Spain
Collaborators: Francesc Puig, architect, Cristina Castellví, Eva Polio, architects, Oriol Marín, technical architect, STATIC, Gerardo Rodríguez, engineer, structure, Lurdes Romeo, Anna Bernadet, installations
Design date: 2006
Construction date: 2009
Client: Impsol
Contractor: Rubau Sa
Area: 13,954 sqm
Photographs: José Hevia

Design the new lounges for Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines invites interested private sector companies and/or entities to participate in the Pre-Qualification Exercise to demonstrate their capabilities for the Proposed Development of a New Design Concept for the Silver Kris Lounges.

A formal Request for Proposal will be subsequently issued for pre-qualified bidders to participate in a design competition tender exercise. As the Silver Kris Lounges undergo planned refurbishment works, Airlines wishes to adopt a new design concept to ensure its pre-eminent position in the airline industry. To see the complete list of conditions that prospective design firms must fulfill please click here. Completed applications must be submitted by March 29.

Family House In Zbecno / A.LT Architekti

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Architects: A.LT Architekti  – Peter Lacko, Filip Tittelbach, Michal Siska
Location: Zbecno,
Project Year: 2011
Site Area: 1,640 sqm
Buil-up Area: 50 sqm
Floor Area: 94 sqm
Photographs: Tomas Rasl

Update: Rio 2016 Golf / Gil Hanse

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Rio de Janeiro will be bustling with activity very quickly, beginning with the World Cup in 2012 to the Summer Olympics in 2016.  Earlier, we shared AECOM’s winning master plan for the complex and it was recently announced that American golf architect Gil Hanse was chosen as the designer for the Rio 2016 Course.  Hanse’s work has included major courses scattered around the country, from Boston to LA, and now he is bringing his talent to South America.  This Olympics will mark the first time golf has been an official sport since the 1904 Games in St. Louis, and thus, Hanse has his work cut out for him in designing not only a top course, but also the first of its kind for such an event.   After ousting Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam for the job, Hanse will team with pro-golfer Amy Alcott to design the course in the Barra da Tijuca part of Rio. “We will strive to produce a course that will maximize the benefits of the site while creating an identity that is in keeping with the natural terrain, vegetation and wildlife indigenous to what we believe will be transformed into a “picturesque” landscape which will make the people of Rio proud,” explained Hanse.

More about the course after the break. 

Caterpillar House / Feldman Architecture

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Architects: Feldman Architecture
Location: , , USA
Completion Date: January 2010
Size: 2,800 sqm
Photographs: Joe Fletcher