AIA2012: An Optimistic Future

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AIA President Jeff Potter welcomed everyone this morning by restating his promise that the 2012 convention would inspire all who attend. With a consistent theme focusing on the architects commitment to service, President Potter welcomed Shaun Donovan – the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – as today’s keynote speaker. However, before Secretary Donovan took the stage, the 2012 AIA Vice President and 2013 President-elect Mickey Jacob invited the crowd to come, stay and explore the mile-high city of Denver for the .

Hospital of Sant Joan Despi Doctor Moises Broggi / Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes + Pinearq


Architects: Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes + Pinearq – Albert de Pineda Àlvarez (Pinearq), Manuel Brullet Tenas and Alfonso de Luna ()
Location: Sant Joan Despí, , Spain
Completion: 2010
Collaborators: Marcial Novo Mazuelos, Juan Sainz de los Terrenos
Area: 45,725 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra, Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes, Pinearq


E8 Building / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

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Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos – Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
Location: Vitoria,
Project Area: 12,974 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Aleix Bagué

Becherer House / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: Albemarle County, ,
Project Architect: Claire L. Andreas
Completed: November 2011
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural


Yongsan International Business District / REX

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Architect: REX
Location: Seoul, Korea
Built Area: 115,500 sqm (1,240,000 sqf)
Completion year: 2016
Program: 47,800 sqm of luxury housing for short-term residents, 27,000 sqm of retail, and 929 parking stalls
Renderings: Luxigon and

Rizza House / Studio Inches Architettura

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Architects: Studio Inches Architettura – Matteo Inches
Location: Vacallo, Ticino,
Design Team: Arch. Matteo Inches, Nastasja Geleta
Completion: 2012
Ground Coverage: 42 sqm

Total Floor Area: 120sqm
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz


Video: Serpentine Gallery / Peter Zumthor

In light of the announcement that Herzog & de Meuron and Ai WeiWei will be designing this year’s Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery, we take a look back at last year’s Pavilion and the architect behind it, .

Last summer London’s Serpentine Gallery unveiled a new architectural feat in the form of the celebrated Pavilion, built to stand for just three months. In the past few years esteemed designers Jean Nouvel, and Olafur Eliasson have exercised their creative muscles, and last year Swiss architecht Peter Zumthor steps up to the plate to create a relaxing space to encourage conversation. Here, finds out what inspired Zumthor.

New House At Milton St Elwood Victoria / Jost Architects

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Architects: Jost Architects – Patrick Jost
Location: Milton St, , Victoria,
Area: 430 sqm
Photographs: Tara Pearce, Patrick Jost

Connecting Riads Residential Complex / AQSO Arquitectos


Defined by a continuous volume snaking around two semipublic courtyards, the Connecting Riads residential complex by AQSO Arquitectos adapts to the different conditions of the plot to combine a domestic and urban appearance. Its simple gesture is defined by the particular context of each side of the site in a way that the different heights of the elevations become a contemporary and expressive form to which the roof is formed by staircase shaped green terraces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Olympic Tennis Centre / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: , Spain
Client: Madrid Espacios y Congresos
Engineering: Perrault Projets, Paris (architectural engineering); TYPSA, Madrid (structure and installations)
Project Manager: LKS, Madrid
Site Area: 16.5 ha (40.77 acres)
Built Area: 100,000 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Georges Fessy

Update: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial / Frank Gehry

Gehry presenting original vision / via Architizer

Earlier this week at a meeting given by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, unveiled a revamped design for the controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial for the Mall at the base of Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.   This redesign responds to strong family objections in which Gehry’s vision had been criticized for largely misrepresenting the strength and achievements of the former Commander in Chief (check out our previous coverage of the controversial memorial and its heated meeting on March 20 here).   After being selected to design the memorial in 2010 by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Gehry looked to highlight the President’s great achievements as a source of inspiration to children, to “give them courage to pursue their dreams and to remind them that this great man started out just like them.”

The original design featured an 80-foot high colonnade from which large metal tapestries hang, and a statue depicting Eisenhower as a youth gazing upon his future accomplishments.  To Gehry, the memorial celebrated a hero who was deeply proud of his Kansas roots and an icon children could identify with; to Eisenhower’s surviving family members, particularly granddaughters Susan and Anne Eisenhower, the design diminished the President’s accomplishments by depicting Ike as a “dreamy boy”.

More about the new design after the break.

House in Jalisco / Alfonso Farias Iglesias

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Architects: Alfonso Farias Iglesias
Location: Zapopan, ,
Completion: 2011
Constructed area: 185 sqm
Photographs: Carlos Diaz Corona


Courtesy of Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, Margherita Del Grosso, Openfabric, Marco Manzitti, Buro Happold, D’Appolonia, Doro Dietz

“Living the City in the City” / Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi + Margherita Del Grosso + Openfabric

The project “Living in the City in the City” by the team composed by Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi (architecture), Margherita Del Grosso (architecture), Openfabric (landscape), Marco Manzitti (urban marketing), Buro Happold (energy and environmental strategies), D’Appolonia …

Vidago Palace & Spa / Alvaro Siza

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Portuguese photographer Nelson Garrido shared with us one of the most recents projects by Pritzker laureate architect Alvaro Siza in , Portugal. According to the client itself, “in stark contrast to the main building’s Belle Epoque opulence, The Spa is a minimalist oasis of clean lines and white marble. Designed by acclaimed architect Alvero Siza-Vieira, the modern, zen-like space has a distinctly calming quality which promotes an immediate sense of well-being – even before a single treatment has been enjoyed.”

Enjoy the rest of the images after the break.

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Fourth Annual Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts Presented to I.M. Pei

The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) recently announced that it will honor architect I.M. Pei… with the fourth annual Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts. The award will be presented at a dinner

Kiev Olympic Stadium / gmp Architekten

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Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: ,
Design: Volkwin Marg with Christian Hoffmann and Marek Nowak
Project Leader: Martin Bleckmann
Cooperation With: Personal Creative Architectural Bureau Y. Serjogin
Client: National Sport Complex “Olympiysky”
Seats: 68,000
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Marcus Bredt


AIA 2012: Opening Discussions

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Thousands of architects crammed into the grand ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this morning to kick-off the hosted by the American Institute of Architects. Invigorating speeches, led by President Jeff Potter, urged architects to re-envision the profession and question the role of today’s architect. Although the economic downturn has caused many hardships, it presents a unique opportunity for architects to reshape the profession.

Primary School / Mecanoo Architecten

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Mecanoo recently won the commission to design a new primary school in , the through a European procurement competition in combination with Giesbers-Wijchen Bouw. The 4,200 m² school building will be the new home for primary schools De Kameleon and De LenS, and houses a preschool, day and youth care and a youth and family center. Construction is to begin in 2013 with doors opening at the end of the summer in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.