Tsinghua University Law Department Library Proposal / Zhubo

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Seeking to improve their outdated and overcrowded department library, the intention for the design of the Law school library aims at housing their growing book collection and creating a central focus for the school. After numerous studies and surveys indicated that students and faculties in Tsinghua hunger for open and easy-communication space, Zhubo based their concept on a people-oriented idea instead of a formalistic one. At the same time, they hoped for an eye-catching library that enlivens the campus, creating a destination that attracts both students and teachers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tea House / Archi-Union Architects

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Architect: Archi-Union Architects
Location: No. 1436 Jungong Road, Yangpu District, ,
Area: approx 300 sqm
Construction: August, 2010 – May, 2011
Chief Designer: Philip F. Yuan
Design Team: Alex Han, Fuzi He
Photographer: Zhonghai Shen

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Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower / Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

The Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower, designed by Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan…, is an alternative building typology that could fit for a city with very limited land resources. At the same time, they

Social Security Administration Building In Barcelona / BCQ Arquitectura

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Architects: BCQ Arquitectura – David Baena,  Toni Casamor,  Maria Taltavull,  Manel Peribáñez  
Location: Carrer Arc del Teatre 63, Barcelona,
Collaborator: Catarina Crespo, Marta Cid, Mika Iitomi, Kim Hamers
Area: 6,291 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute


Warming Huts v.2012 Proposal / Mjölk Architects

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Mjölk Architects shared with us their winning entry, titled ‘Polar Hen’, to an international arts and architecture in , MB, Canada. Their design consists of a pump with a sprinkler connected to a compressor and a generator creating a very fearsome creature which lays ‘ice eggs’. The Warming Huts v.2012 was an open competition endorsed by the Manitoba Association of Architects. More images and brief architects’ description after the break.

Galen / Formwerkz Architects

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Architect: Formwerkz Architects
Location: Science Park 2,
Design Team: Alan Tay, Iskandar Idris, Pang, Tim Fatt, Karolina
Photographer: Jeremy San

Reststop Akkarvikodden / Manthey Kula Architects

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Architects: Manthey Kula Architects
Location: , Norway
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Steinar Skaar 


AD Round Up: Educational Part IX

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Back in 2009, we published many great educational projects. Like the FDE Public School in Sao Paulo, or Erick van Egeraat’s InHolland University. Maybe you’ll like this rural school in Eidsvoll, Norway. Or the University of La Verne designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects. Last but not least, this great project to to transform Tulane’s 100,000 square foot, rigidly compartmentalized, inefficient, mechanically-conditioned student union into a dynamic new Center for University Life.

Masterplan for Marseille’s Vieux Port / Foster + Partners

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One of the greatest Mediterranean Ports is about to be transformed. Work has begun on the Old Port of Marseille as part of a series of regeneration projects to be completed in time for the city’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture in 2013. Based on French landscape architect Michel Desvigne’s and London-based architects Foster + Partners-winning master plan, the project will reclaim the quaysides as a civic space, creating new informal venues for performances and events, while traffic is relocating traffic to a safe, semi-pedestrianised public realm.

Lord Foster stated, “I know the harbor at Marseille well and it is a truly grand space. This project is a great opportunity to enhance it using very simple means, to improve it with small, discreet pavilions for events, for markets, for special occasions. Our approach has been to work with the climate, to create shade, but at the same time to respect the space of the harbor – just making it better.”

Gaia Ropeway Cablecar / Guedes + DeCampos

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Architecture: Guedes + DeCampos / Francisco Vieira de Campos & Cristina Guedes
Location: ,
Coordinator: Francisco Vieira de Campos
Project Team: Francisco Lencastre, Cristina Maximino, Adalgisa Lopes, Joana Miguel, Inês Ferreira, Pedro Costa, Ana Matias, Ana Leite Fernandes, António Ferreira, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Mariana Sendas, Tiago Souto Castro, Miguel Brochado, Pedro Azevedo
Date of Construction: 2009-2011
Area: 2,931 sqm (2,520 sqm Upper Station | 411 sqm Lower Station)
Photographer: Alberto Plácido

Rainbow Living / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: , , USA
Size: 4,200 sqft
Cost: $250 per sqft
Photographs: Courtesy of Minarc


Waccabuc House / Chan-li Lin

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Architect: Chan-li Lin AIA, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC
Location: , New York,
Owners: Chan-li Lin & Denise Ferris
Structural Engineering: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design PC
Lighting Designer: LAM Partners
Construction Manager / Builder: Atlantic State Development Corporation
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Studio Banana TV Interview with Ma Yansong / MAD architects

-born architect Ma Yansong has become an important, emerging voice to a new generation of architects. Shortly after establishing MAD architects in 2004, his practice earned worldwide attention (2006) by winning an international to design a residential tower near Toronto, expected to be completed in the summer of 2012. In this interview with Studio Banana TV, Yansong discusses a few of his latest works, including MAD’s first museum completed last year in Ordos, Inner Mongolia. Continue reading for more information.

Caring for Your Office Introvert

The Crystal by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is a typically office environment.

“this open, ‘collaborative’ environment, where worker drones so nicely sit in poise out in the open while click-clacking on their computers, creates an atmosphere where people become desensitized to being on display. [...] Sitting and thinking is actually frowned upon as being a waste of productivity. Why are you just sitting there? Why are you not talking, or typing, or writing, or drawing, or multitasking?”

– Mark Genest, comment on “In Defense of Introverts” [1]

Consider the contemporary office. White floors, minimalist style, no pesky walls getting in the way – just pure, unadulterated openness.

From our assembly-line past has emerged an increasingly consumer-oriented world, in which collaboration and gregariousness are valuable commodities. As a result, offices that resemble art galleries – with the employees on display – have become the norm, and while this sociable environment is energizing for the extrovert, for the introvert, it’s crippling.

In my last article, “In Defense of Introverts,” I posited that learning modalities, which better incorporate our brethren, could revolutionize classroom design. In this one, I expand the concept to that of working modalities: an answer for office design that would engender an office culture sensitive to introverted rhythms and – at last – expand the way we conceive of creativity and innovation as a purely extroverted enterprise.

Folger Offices / WA design


Architects: WA design
Location: , USA
Photographs: WA design

Paul Rudolph’s Masterpiece at Risk

by Paul Rudolph © New York Times - Tony Cenicola

Considered one of Paul Rudolph’s greatest achievements, the 1970’s Orange County Government Center is an icon of the late modernist era. Poor maintenance has lead to deterioration and in September a large flood caused extensive damage to the structure, forcing county officials to close the center. Since then, the county government has been calling for the building to be demolished. Last week, Orange County Executive Ed Diana proposed to replace the cultural icon with a $75 million, 175,000 square-foot mediocre building, offering only 22,000 square-feet of space more than the existing building. With renovation estimates around $67.2 million, or $40.9 million for a “less extensive upgrade”, the architectural and preservationist communities are outraged. Continue reading for more. 

Commercial Centre Eschmarke / S333

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Architects: S333
Location: , Enschede, The Netherlands
Completion: 2007
Site: 0.5 ha
Client: ING Real Estate bv, The Hague
Associates: DAAD Architecten, Beilen
Project Manager: BM Adviesbureau, Zwolle
Contractor: Te Pas Bouw, Arnhem
Engineer: Royal Haskoning, Nijmegen
Building Costs: £ 4,600,000
Photographs: Jan Bitter

What are buildings trying to say to us?


They say great architecture has meaning. That buildings, when well designed, can speak to us. But, what are they trying to say? What if we could really hear them?

Jody from Coffee with an Architect translates some of the buildings thoughts after the break.