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Nordahl Grieg High School / LINK arkitektur

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© Hundven-Clements Photography

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Black and White Office / TOYA Design

  • Architects: TOYA Design
  • Location: Konin, Poland
  • Architect in Charge: Tomasz Wojtkowiak
  • Design Team: Tomasz Wojtkowiak, Anna Sędecka, Dominika Gieburowska
  • Area: 62.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TOYA Design

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The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition

San Francisco is planning a new cultural facility on the former commissary of the military base that has been turned into a national park and has announced three finalists in its competition held by the Presidio Trust, according to news outlet SFGate.  The 92,000 square-foot building is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has an ambitious future that will be developed on this unique location.  The three finalists have diverse agendas that range from turning the future cultural center into a performance and exhibition space to an institute that focuses on sustainability issues.  The Presidio Trust is currently laying out guidelines in the next step of the competition that will likely be due in the fall.  The trust also plans to engage the public with a to-be-scheduled forum in June that will host presentations by the finalists.

Join us after the break for a look at the three finalists.

Nanak Emporium / MACh Arquitetos

  • Architects: MACh Arquitetos
  • Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge: Fernando Maculan, Mariza Machado Coelho
  • Associated Architect: Gabriel Castro (MOBIO ARQUITETURA)
  • Area: 40.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Gabriel Castro

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro

Daily Child Care Facility Competition Entry / ddrlp

With the main objective of creating a model for the architectural design of daily child care facilities in Turkey, the 'Child-Play-Learning-Space-Environment' concept by ddrlp consists of creative components for a building while being formed by multiple relations. Ranging from 75 to 150 children between ages of 0 and 6, the main form generators of their design included social interaction spaces: individually, by group, for crowded uses, the relationship with sun, sky and seasonal-natural cycle, and the sensual interaction with light, colour, texture, material, shape and structural components. More images and architects' description after the break.

Rehabilitation of the Farmer Cure in a Nursery and Two Apartments / Y. Architectes

  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Location: Lalheue, Saône et Loire, France
  • Architect in Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Client: Commune de Lalheue
  • Cost: € 423,685 excl. VAT
  • Area: 251.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jonathan Letoublon

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Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Victoria Stotskaia, Raof Abdelnabi, Kamel Loqman

The idea behind the design by Invert Studios (Victoria Stotskaia, Raof Abdelnabi, Kamel Loqman) for the Central Mosque of Pristina started with a very simple question:How can we can design a building that should play in harmony with the surrounding neighborhood, integrated with the urbanity, and for a very powerful reason want to stand out as a futuristic icon for the city? By proposing a design that is not conventional and common, and in an effort to change the way the public perceives mosques external shapes, they created an example of a world class building that reflects the Islamic Architectural Heritage. At the same time, this building stands out with a high technology character. More images and architects' description after the break.

UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / WORKac

Last year the University of California, Davis invited three architectsto compete for the chance to design their new $30 million art museum, slated to open in 2016. The competition was a design-build affair, with each entrant being asked to pair up with a contractor and submit a holistic design. For those who missed it, SO - IL were announced yesterday as the winners of the competition.

Here we present one of two runner-up submissions, this one from WORKac. The concept revolves around creating a distinctive beacon, which would be a centerpoint for an overlap between art, higher-education, and everyday-life. The parallelogram form is intended to create a dynamic space which creates opportunities for interplay with the proposed landscape and surrounding area. Inside a collection of formal and informal, open and intimate are arranged along two axes, pinned together with a bright common space.

Read the architects description after the break...

Elbbrücken Underground Station Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

gmp Architekten just won the first prize in the competition for the design of the Elbbrücken Underground station. The genius loci of this over-ground station is determined by its position directly at the river Elbe, the future dense urban development, and by the historic Elbbrücken bridges with their conspicuous shallow steel arches. Characterized by simple and clearly structured access principles, the complex difference in levels between the terrain and the platforms is cleverly dealt with inside the building. More images and architects' description after the break.

Beach House in Ses Oliveres / Toni Girones

© Aitor Estévez
© Aitor Estévez
  • Architects: Toni Girones
  • Location: Cadaqués, Girona, España
  • Architect in Charge: Toni Gironès Saderra
  • Area: 394.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Aitor Estévez

© Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been honored with the Good Design is Good Business Lifetime Achievement Architecture Award, presented by Architectural Record in association with the American Architectural Foundation. The firm is the second recipient of this award in the program’s 15-year history, which was originally started by BusinessWeek and Architectural Record to recognize exceptional contributions to bettering how businesses and institutions perform through architecture. 

Where are the Architect Heroes?

This blog was written by Doug Wingall, the President of HDR Architecture, for the AIA Blog Off on the theme “What does architect as leader mean to you?” It was originally published on HDR Architecture's blog BLiNK.

Architects and designers are trained in school to be creative and critical thinkers. We are shaped and molded into being the purveyors of ideas that can have a positive influence not only on the built environment, but society in general. By the very skills and talents which architects and designers possess, we are inherent problem solvers.

In fact, one of our country’s greatest politicians, Thomas Jefferson, believed that architecture embodied the soul of his new country–a building was a metaphor for American ideology, the process of construction equal to the task of building a nation.

So why aren’t there more architects and designers working on the national and global stage to solve pressing social, environmental and economic challenges? Currently, lawyers comprise 37 percent of all U.S. senators and nearly 24 percent of all U.S. congressmen. Banking and business occupations account for 20 percent of the Senate and 22 percent of the House. According to the AIA, in the last 50 years, only one architect has served in a national capacity: U.S. Congressman Richard Swett, who represented New Hampshire from 1990 to 1994.

Why aren’t there more architects on a national or global leadership level influencing the policy that ensures positive change? 

University of Surrey 5G Research Center Winning Proposal / Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Scott Tallon Walker Architects just won the competition to design the new £35 million 5G Research Centre for the University of Surrey which will be the world’s first center for research into the next stage of mobile technology at the University. Their concept for the new building creates a flexible space with a circular atrium that acts as a central lung and focus, to ensure maximum interaction amongst researchers. The building will house the UK’s largest academic research center for mobile communications with 130 researchers and around 90 PhD students. The project has been given an urgent status and it is being undertaken immediately/ The project is expected to be completed well before the end of next year. More images and architects' description after the break.

Youth House of Culture and Knowledge / 2NE Architecture

  • Architects: 2NE Architecture
  • Location: La Châtre, France
  • Area: 1652.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of 2NE Architecture

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AD Classics: Casa Milà / Antoni Gaudí

With its undulating façade and surrealist sculptural roof, Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Milà appears more organic than artificial, as if it were carved straight from the ground. Known as La Pedera, the quarry, the building was inspired by the Modernista movement, Spain’s version of Art Nouveau..

Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013

Who are currently the most noteworthy young architects in Norway, and how are they positioning themselves both at home and abroad?

Cipreses Residential Complex / Juan Carlos Doblado + Nómena Arquitectos

Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos
Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos
  • Architects: Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos
  • Location: San Isidro, Peru
  • Architect in Charge: Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos
  • Constructor: Graña, Montero S.A.
  • Structure: Marcos Tinman
  • Area: 2681474.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos

Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos