Hospital-Asilo of Granollers / Pinearq


Architects: Pinearq - Albert de Pineda Àlvarez
Location: Granollers, ,
Collaborators: Juan Manuel Garcia, Gerardo Solera, Pedro Pombinho
Area: 19,500 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


Swanke Hayden Connell wins competition to build Palladium Tower in Istanbul

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International architectural practice Swanke Hayden Connell has won the international competition commissioned by Tahincioglu Gayrimenkul (Tahincioglu Real Estate) for the Palladium Tower in , . The 49,500 sq meter tower will be situated on a 1.7 hectare site. The project is due for completion in 2014.

More after the break.

Escuelas Pias de San Anton / Estudio Gonzalo Moure

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Architects: Estudio Gonzalo Moure – Gonzalo Moure Lorenzo
Location: Escuelas Pías de San Antón, ,
Design Team: Myriam Pascual Luján, Pedro Barranco Vara, Jose María Cristobal González, Marcos S. Gutiérrez, Fernando Ruiz Martínez, Enrique Carreras Rufín, David Torres Barrón, Pablo Matilla Pérez, David Manso Pulido, Verónica San José González
Structure Consultant: Juan Carlos Salvá
Installation Consultant: Ignacio Menéndez-Azcárraga, Integral Ingeniería
Photographs: Jorge Crooke Carballal

The Edge Summer Houses / React Architects

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Architects: React Architects – Yiorgos Spiridonos, Natasha Deliyianni
Location: Paros Cyclades,
Project Manager: Yiorgos Spiridonos, Architect
Civil Engineer: MFP consulting engineers
Mechanical Study: Gregoriades Dimitris, Mechanical Engineer
Area: 450 sqm
Plot Area: 9,000 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Elias Chandelis


Grange Road Kindergarten / Bloxas

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Architects: Bloxas - Black Line One X Architecture Studio
Location: Melbourne,
Completion: 2012
Client: Grange Road Kindergarten Association and Bayside City Council
Photographs: Ben Hosking


World’s Tallest LEGO Tower Constructed in Seoul

In celebration of LEG0’s 80th birthday, Danish Crown Prince Frederik unveiled the world’s largest LEGO tower in last week. Nearly 4,000 children stacked 50,000 bricks in five days to help build the 105-foot-tall tower in front of ’s Olympic Stadium. The structure surpassed the previous records set last year in France at 103-feet and in Brazil at 102-feet. As reported by The Daily Mail, the record has been broken more than 30 times since the first LEGO tower was constructed in London in 1988 at a height of less than 50-feet.

Reference: The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia Expansion / Corell Monfort Palacios Arquitectos

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Architects: Corell Monfort Palacios Arquitectos – Vicente Corell Farinós, Joaquín Monfort, Salvador, José Vicente Palacio Espasa
Location: ,
Partnership in project and construction management: Mariano Conesa Tejada Architect
Engineering: VALNU, servicios de ingeniería
Site manager: CG técnica, José Lozano Gin
Developer / owner: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Completion: April 2010
Total Area: 17,156.39 sqm
Photograhps: Mariela Apollonio

DjavadMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health / Stantec

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Stantec’s design for the DjavafMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC, in , British Columbia in is envisioned as a translational research facility defined by present and future medical practices that collaborate under research and patient care.  To achieve this, designers considered the intersections within the spatial dynamics of the facility to coordinate interactions between researchers and clinicians. The facility is 134,500 square feet and includes exam / consultation rooms, lab benches, a full conference centre, a brain tissue and DNA bank of samples collected from consenting patients, and patient and animal MRI capabilities.

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Design Like You Give A Damn [2] / Architecture for Humanity

There are few organizations that would utter the words: “we need to constantly look for ways to make ourselves redundant” (46).

But Architecture for Humanity isn’t your typical organization. Since its inception in 1999, the company has put design professionals in the service of local communities, empowering these locals to the point where, frankly, they don’t need the architects any more.

And Design Like You Give A Damn [2] : Building Change from the Ground Up, written by co-founders Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, isn’t your typical architecture book. More like an inspiration design manual, Design Like You Give A Damn [2] offers practical advise and over 100 case studies of projects that share Architecture for Humanity’s mission of building a sustainable future.

Beyond chronicling inspired designs and against-the-odds accomplishments, the book importantly offers a provocative philosophy : architecture belongs, not to the architect, but to the people and the world for whom it is designed.

More about life lessons and tips from Design Like You Give A Damn [2] after the break…

Masterplan for the Honghe Project / AECOM

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Commissioned by the Golden Harbor Group, the design for the masterplan for the Honghe project by AECOM is aimed to help Longgang, an emerging area of , to function positively on the city’s renovation and upgrading. Located in a new rising area, the project covers the south area of the main venue for last year’s University Games. Their design will not only become the complex of services in east , but will lead the development of sports and mice industries, which will also be important for to become the base radiation to the development of east Guangdong Province. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CCTV Headquarters / OMA

CCTV/ Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

Architects: OMA
Location: , China
Project Area: 473,000 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: OMA, Iwan Baan, Jim Gourley, Philippe Ruault

AD Interviews: Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai

During the launch of the META Project in Chile, we had the chance to interview Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai.

Studio Mumbai is a “human infrastructure of skilled craftsmen and architects who design and build the work directly.” Together, the colleagues immerse themselves within an ever-changing environment formed by an “iterative process” where they experiment and explore their ideas through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, materials studies, sketches and drawings.

carefully develops projects through a process that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials and an ingenuity that arises from limited resources. The essence of their work lies in the relationship between land and architecture. describes themselves as being “inspired by real life conditions” as they understand complex relationships through the power of observation.

“The endeavor is to show the genuine possibility in creating buildings that emerge through a process of collective dialog, a face-to-face sharing of knowledge through imagination, intimacy, and modesty.”

Projects from Studio Mumbai in ArchDaily:

In Progress: Cleveland Museum / Farshid Moussavi

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Nearly two years ago, we introduced Farshid Moussavi’s first major US building – a sleek geometrical design for Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  With its strong formal moves, the museum intends to aid the city’s urban-revitalization efforts by shaping an iconic cultural destination alongside its neighboring concentration of museums, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.   MOCA Executive Director Jill Snyder says, “We believe MOCA is contributing a great building to  Cleveland, one that will stimulate critical thinking and animate social exchange. MOCA is expanding its scope and activities on all fronts, supported by new architecture that allows for flexibility, unconventionality, and technological capacity in the presentation of contemporary art.”  The 34,000 sqf building is nearing completion, and a public opening will be celebrated in early October with the inaugural exhibition, Inside Out and from the Ground Up, featuring an in-depth look at how international artists engage with architecture and spatial ideas.

More about the project, including facade photos, after the break. 

Cultural – Sport Complex For Disabled / Experimental Branch of Architecture

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Architects: Experimental Branch of Architecture
Location: Tehran,
Completion: 2011
Area: 18,000 sqm
Client: Development of Cultural Environment Co.
Photographs: Courtesy of Experimental Branch of Architecture


Speakers Confirmed for “Crafted – The Ingredients of Architecture” Alvar Aalto Symposium

Speakers Confirmed for “Crafted – The Ingredients of Architecture” Alvar Aalto Symposium

To be held August 10-12, the 12th international Alvar Aalto Symposium, entitled “CRAFTED – The Ingredients of Architecture”, will discuss how architecture can rise above the ordinary. The symposium will feature 14 top experts and thinkers in their fields, offering…

Accent Office in Roeselare / Buro II & Archi+I

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Architects: Buro II & Archi+I
Location: Roeselare,
Completion: 2011
Area: 5,700 sqm
Photographs: DSP Fotostudio, Klaas Verdru

Building Malaria Prevention Competition

Building Malaria Prevention Competition

The goal of the ARCHIVE’s CONSTRUIRE LA PRÉVENTION DU PALUDISME: Building Malaria Prevention competition is to retrofit 24 housing units in the community of Minkoaméyos in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The design of the housing units should combine the use of common…

Wissioming2 / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , USA
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Completed: November 2011
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer