Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: , North Carolina, USA
Client: Barton College
Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Irvin Pearce, Rob Harkey, Henry Newell
Project Area: 12,000 SF/200 seats
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: JWest Productions, Mark Herboth

Wolzak / SeARCH

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Architects: SeARCH
Location: ,
Project Team: Bjarne Mastenbroek, Ad Bogerman
Assistants: Elke Demyttenaere, Remco Wieringa w/ Nienke Bouwhuis, Gert Jan Machiels, Dagmar Niecke, Geert Vennix
Client: Anonymous
Contractor: BAM utiliteitsbouw, Arnhem
Interior Design: Kluster V.O.F., Purmerend, The Netherlands
Completion Date: July 2004
Project Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters

AD Round Up: Stadiums Part V

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We have some great projects for our 5th selection of previously featured stadiums. A project designed by the 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura, one stadium for the Qatar World Cup 2022, two great concepts for future stadiums and one classic for the Olympics of 1972. Check them all after the break.

Braga Municipal Stadium / Eduardo Souto de Moura
The Braga Municipal Stadium located in Portugal was designed by 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura. The ceremony for the Pritzker Prize (which we attended) was held just a few short weeks ago in New York City. Delivering a speech for the award winner, President Barack Obama spoke of Souto de Moura’s use of materials and attention to detail, specifically siting the Braga Municipal Stadium as “perhaps Eduardo’s most famous work” where he “took great care to position the stadium in such a way that anyone who couldn’t afford a ticket could watch the match from the surrounding hillside.” (read more…)

House In Svitavy / OV-A

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Architect: OV-A
Location: , Czech Republic
Head Architects: Jiri Opocensky, Stepan Valouch
Structural Engineering: Jan Pohl
Site area: 816 sqm
Built area: 105 sqm
Total floor area: 194 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Lukas Zentel, Tomas Soucek

Update: Foster + Partners Thames Hub proposal moves forward

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Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra, the team behind the Thames Hub proposal, welcomed reports yesterday that the government will be considering a when it launches its consultation to discuss options for retaining the UK’s aviation hub status. The proposal, which includes a comprehensive environmental management strategy, is capable of being privately funded and built within 16 years. Estimations for the capital costs include: a new £20 billion, 150 million passenger estuary airport; £20 billion, four track orbital rail line and utilities spine; £6 billion barrier crossing and tidal power generation that will power the airport with green energy; and an additional £4 billion for improving infrastructure.

On behalf of the team, Norman Foster stated, “We welcome reports that the government is considering the case for an estuary airport, and the extra airport capacity that it can provide, when it consults in March on options for retaining the UK’s aviation hub status as part of the nation’s aviation strategy.”

Continue reading for more on this update.

Best from ArchDaily, compiled by The Absolution – Vol. I

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We have some interesting news: A while ago, we got in touch with Rafael C, owner of The Absolution Blog – one of the most popular architecture blogs at Tumblr. Rafael’s taste for architecture keeps him searching for amazing architecture shots from all around the Internet, followed by thousands on this popular micro blogging platform – he should absolutely be on your sources!

So, to bring Rafael’s unique vision to more of you who may not be on Tumblr (and have no plans to), every week he will present us a curated selection of photos from the ArchDaily archives, framing particular characteristics of the buildings we love. He is bound to find some buried treasure in our four-year-old-and-growing, 250,000+ image database :) so don’t miss it!

Social Housing In Toulouse / PPA

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Architects: PPA
Location: , France
Client /developer: Habitat Toulouse
Collaborators: Isabelle Fabre, Guillaume Calsou
Landscaping: Quinconces
Structure engineer: Bernadberoy
Fluids engineer: Ceercé
Hqe engineer: Franck Boutté
Economist: Alayrac
Project Area: 5 300 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Steven Ehrlich, FAIA Wins 2011 Maybeck Award

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From residences to public and institutional architecture, Steven Ehrlich, FAIA has produced a range of distinctive buildings that have earned him recognition among colleagues and the California Council, which has awarded him with the 2011 Maybeck Award.  According to AIACC this award honors “outstanding achievement in architectural design as expressed in a body of work produced by an individual architect over an extended career”. The honor of Maybeck Award is not granted annually.  The last recipient was in 2007.  It is distinctive from the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Firm Award,  recognizing the individual’s contribution to the practice of Architecture. It was established in 1992, and Steven Ehrlich, principal and founder of Ehrlich Architecture located in Culver City, California, is the 14th recipient of this award.

Follow us after the break for more on the award and Steven Ehrlich.

Osthang / Daniel Fagerberg Arkitekter


Architect: Daniel Fagerberg Arkitekter,  
Location: Osthang, -Ramundberget, -Bruksvallarna, -Härjedalen, -
Project Team: Daniel Fagerberg, Vincenzo Cassotta, Stefan Nyberg
Size: 14apta 87kvm/88kvm
Total: 1226sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photo: PederSundström

Important Places


What are the important places, the places that define who you are?

In 1969, when my father was at war overseas, my mother and I were on the front porch of our 1910 Bungalow in Kansas. The wind pushed my toys over the edge and into the grass. My mother was leaning on the railing, talking quietly to our neighbor. I crawled across the painted wood and reached through the rail and felt the soft tops of the wheat-colored grass.

In 1970, I walked into a dark bedroom and stood at the foot of my Grandfather’s bed. I reached through the rail to touch the top of the quilt my Great Grandmother had made. I watched the quilt rise and fall with his breathing.

In 1971, I placed my hands and feet on opposite sides of the door casing at my Grandmother’s house. As soon as the “grown-ups” were paying attention, I climbed to the top of the frame and reached up to touch the ceiling.

more places from coffee with an architect after the break

Lebbeke Apartment Building / Weysen & De Baere Architects

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Weysen & De Baere Architects shared with us their design for an apartment building in , which includes four units and an office on the ground floor. The construction site exists of two parcels, lying back to back, each with its own entrance from the street. More images and architects’ description after the break.

PANalytical / DHV architects

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Architects: DHV architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Principal Architect: Robert Collignon
Client: PANalytical
Contractor: Ballast Nedam (Civil), Burgers Ergon (Utilities)
Project Area: 5.800 sqm 
Project Year: 2011
Photos: René de Wit

Hiroshi Senju Museum / Ryue Nishizawa

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Iwan Baan, who has photographed many well-known architectural works, many which have been featured on ArchDaily, recently shot the Hiroshi Senju Museum, designed by Tokyo based architect Ryue Nishizawa who won the Pritzker Prize in 2010 and is known for his works of various scales throughout .. The museum opened in October 2011 and possesses around 100 works by Hiroshi, a Japanese painter known for his large scale waterfall paintings. More photos of the museum can be viewed after the break and the complete photoset in Iwan’s website.

Update: National Mall Phase Three / Weiss/Manfredi + OLIN

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As we have shared previously on AD, ’s National Mall – America’s most visited national park with over 25 million visitors a year- is undergoing a total restoration.  The $700 million project will be the first major renovation in over 35 years, and will focus on three sites of the Mall: Union Square, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and the Constitution Gardens.  During an intensive three part competition, the jury first evaluated scores of portfolios to select up to eight designers per site; conducted team interviews to narrow the site designers to five; and finally, during Phase Three, the jury will hold a design competition for each site.  We have just been notified by Weiss/Manfredi and OLIN that their team has been chosen to develop two of the three sites; no small feat for a competition that began with over 1,2000 designers.   The multidisciplinary team of architecture, landscape and planning designers will develop proposals for both the Monument Grounds and the Constitution Gardens.  We are excited to see what the team will develop, and we will keep you updated on the other Phase Three finalists and their proposals as we hear more.

Multifunctional Building / BDG Architects

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Architect: BDG Architecten
Location: ,
Client: LMN Bouwbeheer cv
Completion year: 2009
Photographs: BDG Architecten

Green Solution House / 3XN

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Danish practice 3XN is the architect behind ‘Green Solution House’, a new experimental conference center and hotel, where everything is adapted to the circulation of nature and where guests will get an idea of how it feels to live in a world without waste. Located on the Danish island of , it is designed and developed in accordance with the principles of Cradle 2 Cradle®. This means that all materials used in the building are either fully recyclable or biodegradable. Hence, the building design takes on the ambition to eliminate the concept of waste. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bookshop And Coffee Bar / Plural, Totalstudio

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Architects: Plural, Martin Jančok, Totalstudio, AlešŠedivec
Location: Bratislava,
Graphicdesign: Marcel Benčík
Client: Ladon, s.r.o.
Structural engineering: Geostat
Carpenter: Treeman
Project Area: 170 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Plural , Totalstudio

Refuge En Terre / Thibault Marcilly


Architect: Thibault Marcilly
Location: , France
Construction: Thibault Marcilly, Jeanne Ader, Amandine Marcilly, Claude Marcilly, Marithé Marcilly, Jean Luc Marcilly, Baptiste Marcilly, Brigitte Marcilly
Size: 4 sqm, 2m/2m wide, 3,80m height
Project Year: September 2011
Photographs: Thibault Marcilly