Akihisa Hirata: Tangling

: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

Presented in an “interwoven tangle”, Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata has revealed his view of architecture and ecology, along with form and function, in his first ever international solo exhibition at the The Architecture Foundation in . Now on view, the immersive 1:1 scale installation – “a contorted loop” – display’s over a hundred study models and conceptual sketches, an interview with the architect, and intimate films of based on his projects.

The exhibition opened shortly after Hirata’s receipt of the Golden Lion award at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale for his contribution, with Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto and Naoya Hatakeyama, to the Japanese Pavilion, curated by Toyo Ito.

Continue after the break for more. 

Seaside Retreat Hayama / YJP architecture

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Architects: YJP architecture
Location: Kanagawa Prefecture,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: 45g Photography

© Tim Trumble, Dian (Woodia) Yu, Anna Christy
© Tim Trumble, Dian (Woodia) Yu, Anna Christy

‘Peritoneum’ Shade Structure / Arizona State University Student Team

Designed and built by a very talented student team at Arizona State University, the Peritoneum shade structure reflects their collaboration and interdisciplinary skills as they employed their respective talents for this temporary shade structure. Originally built on a plaza space…

Michelin Restaurant / Josep Ferrando

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Architects: Josep Ferrando
Location: , Spain
Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

Concert Hall Installation / Dániel Baló, Dániel Eke, Zoltán Kalászi

Designed and built by Dániel Baló, Dániel Eke, and Zoltán Kalászi…, the concert hall installation in the Archabbey of Pannonhalma was intended for the classical concerts of the Arcus Temporum Festival. Fitted for the gym of the abbey’s boarding

Sport and leisure centre Promulins / Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten

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Architects: Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten
Location: ,
Design Team: Sandra Kaupp, Gunilla Klemp, Lena-Maria Philipp
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,270 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten

Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes

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Architects: Épicuria Architectes
Location: Champigny,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,452 sqm
Photographs: 11h45

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Refurbishment of the First Cinema for Art House Film: Studio des Ursulines / h2o Architectes

The initiative by h2o Architectes… for the renovation of the first cinema for art house film follows the tradition of innovation and evolution that have been a part of this establishment’s history. The main project for the Studio des Ursulines

Southend Pier Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Sprunt

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Architects: White Arkitekter + Sprunt
Location: Southend Pier,
Photographs: Luke Hayes

Luis M. Mansilla + Emilio Tuñón: From Rules to Constraint

From 2008 to 2010, Madrid based architects Luis M. Mansilla and held the Jean Labatut Visiting Professorship at the Princeton School of Architecture. More than a collection of student work, From Rules to Constraints is a wide ranging reflection on teaching, design practice, history and the city. Focusing on three sites at three distinct scales, this book examines the constraints of the architectural project—social, political, historical, and environmental in order to create new rules for working. Examining both their teaching methods and Mansilla + Tuñón’s own design work, the book presents the design process as an ongoing conversation between the building and the environment, between freedom and limits, and between the decided and undecided.

New Department of Islamic Art Opens Tomorrow at the Louvre

Department of Islamic Arts at © Raffaele Cipolletta. Courtesy Mario Bellini Architect(s)

Twenty-four years after the inauguration of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid, the Musée du Louvre will introduce its second piece of contemporary architecture to the public, tomorrow, on September 22.

The new Department of Islamic Arts is designed by Milanese architect Mario Bellini and his French colleague Rudy Ricciotti, who won the commission through an international competition in 2005. Similar to I.M. Pei, the pair created a naturally lit, subterranean gallery space beneath an undulating, glass roof within the courtyard of the historic Cour Visconti. Continue after the break to learn more.

Villa “On the deck into life” / Superform

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Architects: Superform
Location: , Mozirje, Slovenia
Architects: Marjan Poboljsaj, Anton Zizek
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 420 sqm
Photographs: Miran Kambic

Merritt Crossing / LMS Architects

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Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Location: Oakland, California,
Design Team: Richard Stacy, Claudia Merzario
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Griffith

The Porsche Tower


Before even stepping out of the car, residents of the Porsche Design Tower will experience extravagant luxury. It features a one-of-a-kind robotic parking system that allows owners to park their vehicles in sky garages directly next to their units. Miami, Florida based Archiform 3D used ArchiCAD to initially create the tower from the architect’s sketches. They shaped the building and its features in cooperation with Porsche to pursue and receive initial city approvals.

Video: Kris Ruhs at The Wapping Project, Exhibition Preview

Milan-based artist Kris Ruhs has designed shoes, illustrated for Italian Vogue and crafted furniture, but is best known for his long standing partnership with gallerist Carla Sozzini and Milan’s concept store 10 Corso Como. Ruhs’ new exhibition, the eerie Landing on Earth, opens today at the Wapping Project and runs through London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fair, drawing inspiration from aspects of his three studios in Milan, Morocco and . Ruhs tells why his materials always dictate his work, and why he doesn’t feel the need to differentiate between art and design.

SEEDocs: Bancroft School Revitalization

Design Corps and SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) have released the latest installment of SEEDocs, their series of awesome, mini-documentaries that highlight inspirational stories of award-winning public interest design projects.

While June’s doc featured an incredible community garden in New Orleans, designed/built with help from the Tulane School of Architecture’s Tulane City Center, this month focuses on the revitalization of an abandoned, abestos-ridden school in Manheim Park, a low-income, neglected neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.

Check out more images and info about this empowering project, after the break…

Szatmáry Palace / MARP

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Architects: MARP
Location: Pécs,
Design Team: Márton Dévényi, Pál Gyürki-Kiss
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tamás Török

Armadillo House / Formwerkz Architects

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Architects: Formwerkz Architects
Design Team: Alan Tay, Pung Whei Huong
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 380 sqm
Photographs: Jeremy San