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Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Luca Peralta Studio

Luca Peralta Studio shared with us their design concept for the Helsinki Central Library competition. Their ‘three cubes on a leaf’ concept is designed with the intent of creating an animated light in the distance. As a result, their project becomes an urban lantern that attracts and guides you on your journey in the direction of the city center. This light emanates from geometric objects, with a modern and minimal design, gently suspended on the landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cadogan Café Winning Proposal / NEX

Courtesy of NEX
Courtesy of NEX

NEX recently won the Cadogan Café design competition, organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants. The £2 million project for a new café, which will sit near the entrance to the Saatchi Gallery in Duke of York Square in Chelsea, is an organic coiled form. Their design features a roof terrace and incorporates an ingenious glass wall that rises and falls depending on the weather. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'TIP-TOP' Competition Entry / Tomas Ghisellini Architetto

Designed by Tomas Ghisellini Architetto, the proposal for the new “Malga Fosse” refuge, which won an honorable mention, chooses the language of the rough and simple local construction scattered among the mountains. In doing so, their design builds up the impression of an old archetypal building surrounded by valleys and peaks of great beauty. Aimed at being an unforgettable place right in the heart of the Dolomites, the old is here replaced by a fascinating and iconic architectural body. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rendering / CLOG

Every month, the publication CLOG takes on “a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now.” It’s not a quick look at something trendy, but rather an in-depth look, from multiple perspectives, at the issues that are affecting - and will continue to affect (and even alter) - architecture as we know it today.

CLOG: Rendering is, in my opinion, the best issue yet. Through dozens of fascinating, concise articles and a handful of illustrative, quirky images, it takes on an enormous question often over-looked in the architectural world: what is a rendering? An alluring device to win over a jury or public? A realistic depiction? Or perhaps it’s an entity unto itself...

Rendering examines how the rendering has become a means of deception - not just for the public, but for ourselves - becoming an aesthetic end-product rather than the representation of an idea in-progress. But at the same time, the rendering is our best tool for entering into the “real” world, for communicating what we do to the public at large. 

Is there a way to marry these opposing characteristics? What should the future of rendering be? CLOG takes these questions head-on. More after the break...

Burgess Residence / John Dwyer Architect

  • Architects: John Dwyer Architect
  • Location: Saint Paul, MN, USA
  • Architect In Charge: John Dwyer
  • Collaborators: Shelter Architecture, Colin Oglesbay, ro/lu
  • Area: 2,355 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of John Dwyer Architect

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Güiro Art Bar / Los Carpinteros + Absolut Art Bureau

What Categorize The City And Me / ON design partners

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Courtesy of ON design partners
  • Architects: ON design partners
  • Location: Chofu, Tokio, Japan
  • Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Erika Nakagawa
  • Construction: ao-archi
  • Site Area: 98.47 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 95.36 sqm
  • Area: 37.07 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ON design partners

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Architecture for the Apocalypse (Now)

The 2nd Prize winner of the New York Cityvision context envision a New York City as Heritage Site, protected from the elements with a barrier-wall. Image via Cityvision.
The 2nd Prize winner of the New York Cityvision context envision a New York City as Heritage Site, protected from the elements with a barrier-wall. Image via Cityvision.

In 1945, the United States dropped 2 nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the act devastated and destroyed these two Japanese towns, it also created an entirely new political climate, one based on apocalyptic fears. As tensions with Soviet Russia heightened, and the United States entered an age of potential nuclear destruction, the landscape itself adapted in response - becoming littered with bunkers and fallout shelters, the “concrete responses to the political social and existential anxieties of the atomic age.”

Fast-forward nearly seventy years, and we’re currently faced with a new apocalyptic scenario of our own. Assuming you’re reading this, we have all survived the Mayan Apocalypse. Congratulations. However, that’s not to say that out apocalyptic fears - and its resultant architecture - has come and gone. Our apocalypse is more based on the fear of natural disaster - hurricane, tornado, viral disease, even infected-zombie-people - than nuclear attack; and our apocalyptic architecture is less of the bunker variety, and more of the vertical farm/fortress - let’s call it ESD: Extremely Sustainable Design.

More on apocalyptic architecture of the 21st century, after the break...

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault as seen at sunset. Image © Global Crop Diversity Trust One of the 2011 entries for the Zombie Safe House Competition. Image © 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition. The 2nd Prize winner of the New York Cityvision context envision a New York City as Heritage Site, protected from the elements with a barrier-wall. Image via Cityvision. Citadel Skyscraper, Victor Kopeikin + Pavlo Zabotin's tsunami-proof fortress. Image © Victor Kopeikin + Pavlo Zabotin.

St. Nicolaaslyceum / DP6

  • Architects: DP6
  • Location: Prinses Irenestraat, 1077 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Richelle de Jong, Chris de Weijer & Robert Alewijnse, Ines van Binsbergen, Harrie Hupperts, Allard de Goeij, Ron van Logchem, Rik den Heijer, Diana de Kroo, Tim Castelijn, Bjorn Bleumink, Jimmy van der Aa, Sarina Gomez
  • Contractors: J.P. van Eesteren
  • Client: Stichting V.O. Amsterdam-Zuid
  • Area: 12,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch

Chasen Residence / In Situ Studio

© Richard Leo Johnson
© Richard Leo Johnson
  • Architects: In Situ Studio
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • Contractor: Axiom Green Build
  • Cabinet Maker: Dopko Cabinetry
  • Energy Modeling: Prime Energy Group
  • Area: 1,451 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson

© Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson

Maldonado House / Matías Silva Aldunate Architect

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Courtesy of Matías Silva Arquitectos
  • Architects: Matías Silva Aldunate Arquitecto
  • Location: Lago Riñihue, X Región, Chile
  • Collaborators: Eduardo Guimpert
  • Technical Advisors: Octavio Morales
  • Area: 2011.0 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photographs : Cortesia de Matías Silva Arquitectos

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New Theatre in Montalto di Castro / MDU Architetti

© Pietro Savorelli
© Pietro Savorelli
  • Architects: MDU Architetti
  • Location: 01014 Montalto Province of Viterbo, Italy
  • Design Team: Alessandro Corradini, Valerio Barberis, Marcello Marchesini, Cristiano Cosi
  • Collaborators: Nicola Becagli, Michele Fiesoli
  • Structural Engineers: ACS ingegneri
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineer: Federico Boragine
  • Site Area: 10,888 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pietro Savorelli, Lorenzo Boddi

© Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli

Mervau / Tetrarc Architects

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects: Tetrarc Architects
  • Location: Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, France
  • Project Director: Josselin Bourneuf
  • Project Manager: Claude Jolly
  • Structural Engineer: BET Structure_ E2C - BET Fluides_ TUALS - OPC_SETEB - ECONOMIST_SETEB
  • Client: VENDEE HABITAT
  • Area: 2757.5 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

Bus Station in Los Lagos / TNG Arquitectos

  • Architects: TNG Arquitectos
  • Location: Los Lagos, Los Lagos, Los Ríos Region, Chile
  • Architects In Charge: Rodrigo Gil Camps, José Manuel Navarrete
  • Collaborators: Diego Olguín, Daniel Henriquez
  • Structural Engineer: Santolaya Ingenieros - Carlos Sepúlveda
  • Building Area: 504.0 m2
  • Site Area: 2270.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: TNG Arquitectos

© TNG Arquitectos © TNG Arquitectos © TNG Arquitectos © TNG Arquitectos