World Horticultural Expo Pavilion / UNStudio + !Melk

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Architect: UNStudio
Landscape Architect: !Melk Landscape Architecture
Location: Qingdao,
Client: Office of 2014 Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Executive Committee
Building site: 35.000m2
Program: Main Expo Pavilion with integrated Landscape Design
Status: Awarded Competition 

For the International Horticultural Expo 2011 in Xi’an, we followed the design, construction and completion of Plasma Studio’s geometric design that extended from the grounds into the water.  Currently, Qingdao, a major city in the Shandong province of Eastern China, is preparing for the 2014 Expo under the thematic notion “Let life walk into nature.”  The event, which will be held from April through October, will feature  three different pavilions (a theme pavilion, plant pavilion and garden culture center) and seven different themed areas that will display local horticulture and allow visitors to experience international gardens, such as displays from Europe, America and Oceania.   The focal point of the Expo will be marked by a 28,000 m2 thematic pavilion designed by UNStudio and !Melk Landscape Architecture.  The design focuses on the relationship between Science and Nature, using scientific achievement as a source of inspiration to “communicate the essential generative and structural principles of nature through architectural gesture,” explained the firm.

More about the pavilion after the break.

Faculty of Informatics / Peter Kovacs DLA + Istvan Lengyel

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Architects: Peter Kovacs DLA, Istvan Lengyel
Location: ,
General Design: Archiko Kft. and Lengyel Epiteszmuterem Kft.
Associate Architects: Lajos Barabás, Tibor Bartha, Ottó Ferenczi, György Kazamér, István Kecskés, Éva Molnár, Attila Tóth
Client: University of Debrecen, Faculty of Informatics
General Contractor: Hunép Zrt.
Completion: 2011
Gross Floor Area: 4,448 sqm
Cost: 6,137,292 €
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

   

V2 – Ashoka Canggu / Mencke & Vagnby + Peter Sand

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Architects: Mencke & Vagnby
Location: , Indonesia
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Alexis Menting

Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture
Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture

Female Prison / OOIIO Architecture

Based on natural light, open spaces and greenery such as peat, grass and flowers, the proposal by OOIIO Architecture… for the Female Prison in Iceland dismisses the dark spaces, small cells and grey concrete walls typical of a traditional prison.

Paramos House / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

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Architect: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes
Location: Paramos, ,
Area: 783 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Courtesy of BNKR Arquitectura
Courtesy of BNKR Arquitectura

Cholula Student Housing / BNKR Arquitectura

BNKR Arquitectura… designed a proposal for a 41 room student housing complex in a residential neighborhood in Cholula for the University of the Americas, which is currently growing and being absorbed into the urban area of Puebla, Mexico. The program

Pojagi House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Yokohama-City, Kanagawa,
Project Team: Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura 
Project Area: 102.68 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Courtesy of Vinícius Philot, Fabiano Ravaglia and Gibran Duarte
Courtesy of Vinícius Philot, Fabiano Ravaglia and Gibran Duarte

Re-Thinking Shanghai Proposal / Vinícius Philot, Fabiano Ravaglia and Gibran Duarte

In their proposal for the Re-thinking Shanghai competition, Vinícius Philot, Fabiano Ravaglia, and Gibran Duarte… aims at transforming the big metropolis through biological methamorphosis. In their “Let’s paint Shanghai with fireflies” design, they give thought to the question, How

House G-S / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten
Location: , Belgium
Completion: 2011
Area: 154 sqm + 25 sqm basement
Photographs: Luc Roymans 

Video: The Manhattan Project / Cameron Michael

Cameron Michael captures the energy of the city with this time-lapse production. From the highline to the city skyline, this video makes you feel like you’ve just spent your entire Sunday walking through the streets of . Although Michael admittedly “bent” a few laws while filming The Manhattan Project, this adventure seems to have been well worth the effort. Enjoy!

A Bureau Spectacular spectacular, one week from today!

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One week from today, Chicago-based architecture practice Bureau Spectacular will transforms The Architecture Foundation’s Project Space into an inhabitable installation and a graphic sequence of imaginary worlds, through the studio’s trademark mixture of built structure and cartoon. Founded by emerging architect Jimenez Lai in 2008, is a studio of architectural affairs, who describe their strategy as one of making “absurd stories about fake realities that invite enticing possibilities”. Fascinated by the interplay between storytelling and building, absurdity and speculation, weave architectural design and theory into comic strips that pop from the page into the real world as installations and small buildings.

Jimenez Lai: “This installation – Three Little Worlds – is a cartoonish blow up of a fragment inside the Cartoonish Metropolis. It is a comic book someone can walk into, a window into another reality.”

Continue after the break to learn more.

The Avenel House / Paul Morgan Architects

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Architects: Paul Morgan Architects
Location: Tarcombe Road, Avenel, Victoria,
Built area: 250sqm
Senior Project Team: Sophie Dyring, Karla Martinez, Stephen Yau, Teck Chee Chow
Photographs: John Gollings

 

Courtesy of Mimosa Architekti
Courtesy of Mimosa Architekti

Kelčský Javorník Observatory / Mimosa Architekti

The second prize winning design proposal for the observatory on the top of Kelcsky Javornik takes advantage of its unique location in a hilly area located north of Zlin, Czech Republic. The landscape difference between the highland of Wallachia on…

Writhing Tower / LYCS Architecture

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Writhing Tower, designed by LYCS Architecture, is a sky condo for one of the most beautiful residential zones in . The proposal is for a global architectural competition initiated by ARQUIA, an international development firm interested in commissioning architecture as art. Each unit is rotated 45 degrees to create a cruciform shape in plan and the appearance of a linear hinged volume. It enables each unit to have uninterrupted views to both the public park in front of the site, and the ocean to the rear of the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Warsaw’s National Stadium Selected for World Stadium Award 2012 / gmp Architekten

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Designed by gmp Architekten, ’s National Stadium prevailed against international competition and won the World Stadium Award in the best multifunctional stadium design and most innovative use of technology categories in stadium design. On the occasion of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, the stadium was reconstructed on top of the existing – but since 1988 no longer used and dilapidated – earth wall stadium (Stadion Dziesieciolecia), and re-opened in January of this year. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House Foz do Arelho / Alexandre Burmester Arquitectos Associados

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Architects: Alexandre Burmester Arquitectos Associados
Location: Obidos Lagoon, Caldas da Rainha,
Client: Artur Carvalho
Completion: 2009
Area: 400 sqm
Coast: 450,000 €
Photographs: Barbosae Benigno

 

‘Emptiness: The Potentials of Vacancy’ Summer School Session

Photo: Daniel Vega Borrego

The school of architecture at IE University and TU Graz is putting on an intensive 8-day studio-based design workshop that will be held in , from July 6-13. This year’s program, titled “Emptiness: The Potentials of Vacancy”, will deal with the consequences and opportunities that derive from the gross overbuilding of the past decade. After years of construction-fueled euphoria, we are now confronted with the after-effects: a city riddled with empty masses, incomplete plans, and urban spaces hastily conceived and neither fully constructed nor consolidated. The moment is challenging and profoundly liberating; it is a crisis that demands creativity and gives us license to invent. For more information, please visit here.

The Soweto Theatre / Afritects

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Architects: Afritects
Location: ,
Project Architects: Clara Cruz de Almeida and Tatenda Mavunga
Company’s Owner: Laurence Chibwe
Project Team: Sergio Duarte, Tony de Oliveira
Completion: May 2012
Total Area: 5,900 sqm
Client: Johannesburg Property Company (JPC
Photographs: Courtesy of Afritects