Lakefront Residence / Moore Architects

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Architects: Moore Architects
Location: Falls church, ,
Landscape Architect: Jordan Honeyman Landscape Architecture
General Contractor: GN Contracting
Size: 4900 sf
Project Year: 2011
Photographer: Hoachlander Davis Photography


Update: ABI December

December via CalculatedRisk

We are happy to report another positive showing for the ABI this month as the index remained at 52.0 for the month of December.  Prior to November, the volatile ABI showed the struggling and unstable conditions many practices were experiencing throughout 2011; yet, this month brings another bit of hope for the profession.  “We saw nearly identical conditions in November and December of 2010 only to see momentum sputter and billings fall into negative territory as we moved through 2011, so it’s too early to be sure that we are in a full recovery mode,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Nevertheless, this is very good news for the design and construction industry and it’s entirely possible conditions will slowly continue to improve as the year progresses.”   Regional breakdowns are as follows: Regional averages: South (54.2),  Midwest (53.1), Northeast (52.6), West (45.1) and Multim-family residential led the sector index breakdown with 54.3.  It was nice to finish the rocky year of 2011 with a consecutive positive index, and we’re optimistic for more improvement in 2012.

Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.)
Location: Saigon,
Photographers: Hiroyuki Oki


Changsha Songya Hu Mixed-Use Project / Steinberg Architects

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Steinberg Architects, an international design firm, recently announced they will manage the design of the extensive Songya Hu mixed-use project in China after winning an intensely competitive bid process. Key aspects of the project include a waterfront business district, an entertainment district, and an ecological model community mixing residences and green public spaces. More images and project description after the break.

Villa 3S / LOVE Architecture

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Architect: LOVE architecture
Location: ,
Collaborators: construction calculation – Hartmth Petschnigg, building physics – Roland Müller.
Project Area: 145sqm 
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jasmin Schuller


Todd Saunders Lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich

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Todd Saunders of Saunders Architecture will be giving a lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich on January 25th at 7:30pm. Led by a strong contemporary design sensibility, Saunders has worked on cultural and residential projects right across Norway, as well as England, Denmark, , and Canada. The studio believes that architecture must play an important role in creating place, using form, materials and texture to help evoke and shape memory and human interaction.

Kanayama Community Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Ota City, Gunma,
Title of the Project: Museum of Kanayama Castle Ruin, Kanayama Community Center
Client: City of Ota, Gunma Prefecture
Site Area: 3318.69 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

Childcare Centre Maria Enzersdorf / MAGK illiz

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Architects: MAGK+illiz architektur
Location: Kinderbetreuungszentrum (Childcare Centre Maria Enzerdorf), Franz Josef-Strasse 72-76, 2344 , (NÖ) (Lower )
Project Architects: Günter Klein, Sabrina Peters, Martin Aichholzer, Petra Schlömer, Stefanie Wögrath
Staff Team: Karin Gutmann, Jiri Koten, Rosemarie Lebzeltern, Christian Eibensteiner, Stefan Kehrer
Project Area: 9,554 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographer: Hertha Hurnaus

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens New Wing Today / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Evening exterior view - Outdoor art installation “Ailanthus” by Stefano Arienti (right) © Nic Lehoux /

The newly constructed wing for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, opens to the public today with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony accompanied by the City of Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Designed to preserve the 1902 historic building, the 70,000 square-foot addition will offer purpose-built spaces for concerts, exhibitions and classes, along with enhanced visitor amenities. The museum will also be kicking off an inaugural season of exhibitions, performances and events that will highlight the buildings wide range of programming.

“This new wing is an extraordinarily elegant workshop, a bustling counterpoint to the historic building’s serenity. Here, the thinking and the work of the Museum is performed, so that the Palace, which had been put to uses for which it was not equipped, can once again give visitors the experience Isabella Stewart Gardner intended: a personal confrontation with art,” said Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Museum.

Continue reading for more images and information.

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

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Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: Wilson, North Carolina,
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: Zutphen,
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 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 Thames Estuary Airport 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, 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

© David Frutos

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: Toulouse, 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 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, -Sweden
Project Team: , Vincenzo Cassotta,
Size: 14apta 87kvm/88kvm
Total: 1226sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photo: PederSundström