Harrington Grove Country Club / Hassell

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Architect: HASSELL
Location: Camden, , Australia
Project Area: 2,230 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Client: HARPAK
Photographs: Courtesy of HASSELL

Autodesk Project Vasari 2.1

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Autodesk recently released their Project Vasari 2.1, an easy-to-use, expressive design tool for creating building concepts. Vasari goes further, with integrated analysis for energy and carbon, providing design insight where the most important design decisions are made. And, when it’s time to move the design to production, simply bring your Project Vasari design data into the Revit platform for BIM, ensuring clear execution of design intent.

Project Vasari is focused on conceptual building design using both geometric and parametric modeling. It supports performance-based design via integrated energy modeling and analysis features. This new technology preview is now available as a free download and trial on Autodesk Labs. More videos and information on the software after the break.

OMA designed Maggie Gartnaval Opens Today

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Today marks the opening of Maggie’s Gartnaval, a new center for the charity located on the ground of Gartnaval Royal Infirmary in , Scotland. Designed by OMA, the center aims to provide emotional and psychological support to those affected by cancer in the greater Glasgow area.

commented, “We were touched to be asked to design a Maggie’s Centre, and invigorated by the opportunity to work on a completely different scale, with different ambitions, and in a different environment. Maggie’s is so unique and urgent among the projects we are working on.”

Vila Castela Residence / Anastasia Arquitetos

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Architects: Anastasia Arquitetos
Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Project Year: 2009
Construction: Campo Empreendimentos
Structural Design: Lucas Saraiva
Project Area: 650 sqm
Photographs: Jomar Bragança

An Architectural Pocket Dictionary (A-J)


Adaptive Re-use: (noun) - Removing soiled linens and empty colt 45 bottles prior to leasing a building to creative professionals.

Agora: (noun) – The fear of Architecture in public places.

Amphitheatre: (noun) – Large crowds in seating organized by their dislike of classical music.

Arcade: (noun) – Corridors lined with repetitive video games.

Architect: (noun) – An effete bon vivant with a drawing problem.

Architecture: (noun) – Load bearing walls plus optimism.

{more definitions after the break}

Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc

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Architect: Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc
Location: Los Angeles, California,
Principal Architects: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu
Project Team: Oyler Wu Collaborative: Nick Aho, Chris Eskew, Matt Evans, Andy Hammer, Michael Ho, Richard Lucero, Sanjay Sukie, Yaohua Wang; : Jacob Aboudou, Casey Benito, Paul Cambon, Julian Daly, Hung Diep, Jesus Guerrero, Clifford Ho, Duygun Inal, Mina Jun, David Kim, Noorey Kim, Jacques Lesec, Zachery Main, Tyler McMartin, Richard Nam, Kevin Nguyen, Manuel Oh, Carlos Rodriquez, Bryant Suh, Kyle von Hasseln, Liz von Hasseln, Jie Yang
Engineering: Nous Engineering
Principal Engineer: Matt Melnyk
Text: Provided by Oyler Wu Collaborative
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Oyler Wu Collaborative, Scott Mayoral

Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects

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Architect: Andrew Simpson Architects
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Project Team: Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis, Stephan Bekhor, Michael Barraclough, Eugene An
Builder: Camson Homes
Structural Engineer: Meyer Consulting
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Christine Francis

Observation Tower / UNStudio + ABT + BAM Utiliteitsbouw + Haitsma Beton

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This past week, the Dutch Society for the Preservation of Natural Heritage received a new observation tower during the mini-symposium ‘Experience Nature with innovative ’ in Peize.  A multidisciplinary case study team comprised of UNStudio, ABT, BAM Utiliteitsbouw and Haitsma Beton were experimenting with the characteristics of ultra high performance concrete – a super dense mixture of fine grain structure which contains fibers – to manifest their findings in a functional, operative design.  The observation tower will rest in the forested reserves of De Onlanden in Groningen and will extend 5 meters above the tree line to offer amazing views of the landscape.

More about the tower after the break.

Washington Monument Grounds Competition Finalists

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Over 500 people from all across the country and around the world participated in the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds. From a field of twenty-four semifinalists, a distinguished jury chose six top ideas. Now it is the public’s turn to choose the top two People’s Choice winners. More information on the finalists and their proposals after the break.

Diamond Arena / Atelier 11

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Architects: Atelier 11
Location: Beijing,
Design Director: Xu Lei
Design Team: Ding Liqun, Gao Qinglei, Liu Heng, An Peng
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 51,199 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier 11

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Blurry Wall Proposal / Yaohua Wang, Scott Chung, Qing Cao, & Lennard Ong

A wall is a binary condition: in/out, old/new, here/there. Blurry Wall, a proposal for a culture complex in Nanjing, China is a project that confuses these distinctions through conflicting bodily sensations. The intention of team members, Yaohua Wang, Scott Chung, …

Biscay Statutory Library / IMB Arquitectos

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Architects: IMB Arquitectos / Gloria Iriarte, Eduardo Múgica, Agustín de la Brena
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2007
Client: Diputación Foral de Bizkaia, Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia
Project Staff: Pedro Múgica, David Salvador, Mariano Ortega, Josu Iriarte, Gorka Apraiz, Iñigo Barberena, José Luis Olaeta, Felix Aguiriano, Diego Poza, Iban González
Project Consultants: Ingeniería INARGEST (Structure), Javier Mendieta (Air Conditioning)
Main Contractor: UTE Balzola Urazca
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

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re:CONNECT Open Ideas Competition

re:CONNECT open ideas competition invites the citizens of Vancouver, to join with local and international designers to ignite discussion and dream new possibilities for the future of the Viaducts and the City’s broader Eastern Core. The utility and necessity of…

AD Classics: Institut du Monde Arabe / Jean Nouvel

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In the early eighties Jean Nouvel in conjunction with Architecture-Studio won the competition to design what would become the Institut du Monde Arabe. It was conceived during the Grands Projets, a major development initiative headed by the French government. The IMA was produced through collaboration with the countries of the Arab League and the French government.  Upon its completion in 1987, it quickly became a popular destination for the local populace as well as tourists. More details after the break.

11 Boxes / Keiji Ashizawa Design

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Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Location: , Japan
Project Architect: Keiji Ashizawa
Structural Engineer: Ejiri Engneer
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Daici Ano

Busan Cinema Center Nearing Completion


The construction of the Busan by architecture firm COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is nearing completion. Slated to be the new home of the Busan International Film Festival, the complex will house cinemas, restaurants, a 1000 seat multifunctional theater, and numerous public spaces. More details after the break.

Philipp Plein Store / AquiliAlberg

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Architects: AquiliAlberg
Location: Forte dei Marmi, ,
Client: Philipp Plein
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 50 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of AquiliAlberg

Humbug / KebbellDaish

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Architect: KebbellDaish
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Sam Kebbell, Principal architect; Peter Adsett, Principal architect; John Daish, David McGregor, Soo Kim, Francois Breedt
Engineer: Dunning Thornton Consultants: Alistair Cattanach, Nick Carmen
Quantity surveyor: Workshop Quantity Surveyors: John Barton
Builder: Wainwright Construction: Paul Wainwright
Landscape Architect: and Peter Adsett
Building Surveyor: Nepean Building Permits: Jim Sheedy
Client: Peter and Suzie Adsett
Project Area: 165 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Text: Provided by Peter Adsett and Sam Kebbell
Photographs: Sonia Mangiapane