modeLab Approach Workshop

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Approach, a two-day parametric design workshop June 23-24, put on by Studio Mode / modeLab, will introduce participants to advanced topics in Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, participants will iteratively engage a diverse set of parametric approaches to case-study design scenarios, each requiring advanced creation and manipulation of Data Structures and/or the extension of Grasshopper’s Parametric Workflow. The collection of case-studies will furthermore provide a mechanism to critically assess the value in each approach relative to workflow, best practices, linear versus non-linear design processes, and opportunities for modular re-use in other design contexts. For more information, please visit here.

Dyke Road Avenue / BBM Sustainable Design

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Architects: BBM Sustainable Design Ltd 
Location: No.5 Dyke Road, , England
Interior Design: Donna Gray at Milk
Bespoke Furniture: Donna Gray at Milk
Landscape Design: Donna Gray at Milk
Consultant Engineer: BEP Consulting Engineers
Gross Floor Area: House as existing: 176 sqm. New House: 277 sqm
Budget: £250,000
Main Contractor: Chalmers & Co
Photographs: Courtesy of BBM Sustainable Design Ltd 


University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences / HOK

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HOK was recently selected to design the new University at (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on its downtown campus upon winning a global design ideas competition. Located at the center of the region’s emerging bio-sciences corridor, this new transit-oriented medical school development will anchor a lively, urban mixed-use district on campus and bring 1,200 students, faculty and staff downtown. With the goal of fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary care, the new academic medical center will create connections that allow students, faculty, biomedical researchers and clinicians to move easily from classroom to bedside to lab. More images and archtiects’ description after the break.

Chongqing Mountain & City Sales Office / One Plus Partnership

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Architects: One Plus Partnership Limited
Location: Chongqing,
Designers Involved: Ajax Law Ling Kit, Virginia Lung
Area: 1,600 sqm
Photographers: Ajax Law Ling Kit, Virginia Lung

Aireys Inlet House / Turco & Associates

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Architect: Turco & Associates assisted by Mitsuori Architects
Location: Aireys Inlet, Victoria,
Project Team: Michael Turco, Matt Chamberlain, Michael Giese, Melissa Lim
Structural Engineer: M.R. Anderson Consulting Engineers
Builder: BDH Constructions
Completion: 2010
Building Area: 194 sqm
Site Area: 4,402 sqm
Photographs: Michael Giese, Jeremy Davis


One Ocean, Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 / soma


As we reported earlier, the highly anticipated Thematic Pavilion for the EXPO 2012 opened earlier this month in Yeosu, . Now, the Austrian architects of soma have shared with us images of that opening day, inviting you inside for a closer look at the unique building that has captured the attention of many.

Continue after the break for more images and information. 

Silvervillan / Sjöberg & Thermé

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Architects: Sjöberg & Thermé – Elias Sjöberg, Philip Thermé
Location: , Järna,
Contractor: Sjöberg & Thermé AB
Building Costs: 2,7milj kr, 300,000€
Floor Area: 179 sqm
Energy Consumption: Total 7000 KW/year
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Erik Olsson

Latticework Apartment Block / Juana Canet Arquitectos & Angel M Martín Cojo Architect

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Architects: Juana Canet Architects & Angel M Martín Cojo Architect
Location: Cala Ratjada, Mallorca,
Client: IBAVI (Instituto Balear Vivienda)
Contruction Company: Gómez Quintero Construcciones
Surface: 1,111 sqm
Construction Budget: 707,506.42 €
Photographer: Jaime Sicilia

Going Viral + The ArchDaily Story

Going Viral at the Center for Architecture © ArchDaily

Last night, dozens packed into the Center for Architecture to join the conversation among some of the most influential in our field.   With the energy levels high, panelists Bjarke Ingels of BIGToru Hasegawa and of Morpholio and  Cloud Lab Columbia University GSAPP,  and ArchDaily founders David Basulto and David Assael, shared insight into the impact social media and technology have on our profession and the way in which we design.  While the panelists all share a background in design, their differences in applying technology to their particular niche  – whether to aid the design process, to collect and redistribute data, or to share information and bring awareness  -  fueled a dynamic dialogue that kept the crowd engaged and informed way past the closing hours of the Center for Architecture.

Read on for the story behind ArchDaily, and, if you happened to catch the event, let us know in the comments below.

Maia Commercial Gallery / 100 Planos Arquitectura

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Architects: 100 Planos Arquitectura
Location: ,
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Bruno Aguiar


Christopher Hawthorne takes on the Boulevards

Screenshot via Times; "Atlantic on the Move" by Christopher Hawthorne

Christopher Hawthorne’s article “Atlantic on the Move“, published in the Los Angeles Times, covers the transitions taking place along LA’s boulevards and one in particular: the 5600 block of Atlantic Avenue. Hawthorne reveals the changes taking place that are “reversing decades of neglect” among LA’s roadways. Among those that have promoted a cultural association with Los Angeles: traffic, congestion and miles of roadways. The article covers the small steps that take place over time via minor interventions that combine to change the face of the boulevards to more pedestrian and bike-friendly spaces for alternative modes of transportation.

Read on for more after the break.

University Senate Center / Chyutin Architects

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Architects: Chyutin Architects
Location: Beer Sheva, 
Designer: BrachaChyutin, Michael Chyutin
FloorArea: 6,000 sqm
Client: Ben-Gurion University
Photographs: Ardon Bar Hama


OMA designs stage set for ancient Greek theatre in Syracuse

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On May 11, 2011, the performance of Aeschylus’s Prometheus Unbound premiered on OMA‘s (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) stage set for the Theatre in Syracuse, .  The design consists of three transformable architectural devices that can be reinterpreted among the different spaces of the theater.  These devices date back to 5th century BCE.

More after the break.

Jelenovac Residence / DVA Arhitekta

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Architects: DVA Arhitekta – Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
Location: ,
Client: Private
Collaborator: Maja Markus, m.arch
Completion: 2011
Total Floor Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: Robert Leš

Onze Droomschool / Mecanoo Architecten

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The design for Onze Droomschool by Mecanoo Architecten focuses on human scale and security as its key concepts. By splitting the building up into a family of little brick houses it reflects the typical saddleback roofs found in the vicinity of the school. The new 5,322 m² school, which began construction last month, rings together education, care and medical science. In addition to classrooms the building will house practical training studios, a mediatheque, music studio, sports centre and an outdoor Johan Cruijff court for soccer and basketball. More images and architects’ description after the break. 

Films & Architecture: “Gattaca”

Two weeks ago we started proposing films relevant to our field for you to primarily enjoy and also to encourage its discussion. First with “The Belly of an Architect”, and then “Blade Runner”, this week is the turn for a slightly more contemporary movie written and directed by Andrew Niccol, . The film presents a future were the human condition is already defined in DNA, therefore human’s opportunities for life development are pre-established. Beyond the interesting ethical issue, the architecture where this story occurs is carefully selected in order to fit the director’s image of the future. Locations include the Marin County Civic Center by Frank Lloyd Wright and the CLA Building by .

Pricila House / Estudio Martín Gómez Arquitectos

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Architects: Estudio Martín Gómez ArquitectosMartín Gomez & Gonzalo Veloso
Location: Núñez, ,
Associate Architects: Agustina Bottinelli, Lucía Korcarz, Lucía Fescina
Built Area: 1,000 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Alejandro Mezza

Masterplan for National Creative Cluster / Sasaki Associates

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The masterplan for the National Creative Cluster by Sasaki Associates integrates the urban form with the surrounding landscape by creating a series of green wedges, interspersed within the urban clusters and forming a series of community parks. Located near Songzhuang, a quiet village on the outskirts of , the success of the district is tied to its openness, where people can interact in both structured and spontaneous ways to exchange ideas and have constructive dialogue. More images and architects’ description after the break.