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Sanlitun South / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

  • Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect In Charge: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
  • Design Team: Keisuke Nibe, Koki Hashimoto, Judith Tse
  • Client: Guo Feng Development
  • Consultants: Beijing Architectural & Engineering Design Company
  • Area: 24,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Shu He, Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design

Railway Service Building / blauraum

  • Architects: blauraum
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Client: HPA Hamburg Port Authority AöR
  • Area: 1,400 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Martin Schlüter

© Martin Schlüter © Martin Schlüter © Martin Schlüter © Martin Schlüter

2013 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

The 2013 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has recently been launched and is inviting applications from schools of architecture around the world. Proposals for research might include: learning from the past to inform the future; the future of society; the density of settlements; sustainability; the use of resources; the quality of urban life; and transport. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student by a panel of judges which includes Lord Foster and the President of the RIBA. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 26. For more information, please visit here.

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AIA Announces Legislative Agenda for 113th Congress

United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield
United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced a five-point legislative agenda for the 113th Congress, targeting job creation for small businesses as a top priority. The agenda is the product of months of collaboration and dialogue with AIA members and leaders. More than 3,400 AIA members offered their views about what policies the AIA should advance through the annual Call for Issues last fall. According to Mickey Jacob, FAIA, 2013 AIA President, the AIA’s agenda “reflects the interests of our members, which not so coincidentally reflects the priorities of the American people. These five priorities for the next two years have the creation of jobs as their centerpiece while also seeking to shore up our aging infrastructure, make our communities more resilient and assure we invest in the next generation of architects.” The five priorities are:

Innovative Bioclimatic European School Third Prize Winning Proposal / Atelier3AM

The formal strategy in the design for the Innovative Bioclimatic European School by Atelier3AM, which won the third prize in the international competition, is based on the strong contrast of materials, and propelled by the duality of opaque/transparent. Inspired by the courtyard typology, their design creates a cluster of three separate courtyard buildings defining each educational unit, and connected by a central square. This objective was confronted by the physical site constraints, as well as by opportunities presented by sensible solar orientation and the channeling of the predominant winds. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sealight Pavilion / Monash University Department of Architecture

© Gary Annett Photography
© Gary Annett Photography

Monash University Department of Architecture, in collaboration with architecture and engineering practices, Rintala Eggertsson, Grimshaw, and Felicetti, shared with us their Sealight Pavilion project which can be found at the Melbourne Docklands in Australia. The aim of the project is to amplify the natural phenomena of sea and sky, while offering a place to meet, to escape the elements, or simply to witness the passage of time, which it has been doing for about a year now. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lübeck Housing First Prize Winning Proposal / Dissing+Weitling + WE Architecture + Topos

Designed by Dissing & Weitling, WE Architecture and TOPOS landscape architects, the starting point of their design process was the contrast between the buildings along the avenue and the outlying ones. The new 20,000 m2 housing typologies range from the linear residential development on the Ratzeburg Avenue through town house villas with communities to row houses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House Erlenbach / Spillmann Echsle

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects: Spillmann Echsle
  • Location: Erlenbach, Switzerland
  • Interior Design: Schöner Wohnen by Team GmbH
  • Construction Management And Realization: Jaeger Baumanagement, Zurich
  • Civil Engineering: Haag + Partner GmbH, Küsnacht
  • Housing Technology: Naef Energietechnik and Gerber Haustechnik GmbH
  • Landscape Architecture: Enea landscape architecture, Jona
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei

Pole Services / Barré Lambot Architectes

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects: Barré Lambot Architectes
  • Location: Saint-Herblain, France
  • Engineering: GIREC, ECODIAG
  • Landscaper: C.Boudvin
  • Area: 3850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

Valna House / JSa Architecture

  • Architects: JSa Architecture
  • Location: Santa Fé, México City, México
  • Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Juan Soler, Jesús Acosta
  • Interior Design: Juan Soler, Jesús Acosta
  • Area: 581.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs : Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

Villa Blåbär / pS Arkitektur

  • Architects: pS Arkitektur
  • Location: Nacka, Sweden
  • Architect In Charge: Peter Sahlin
  • Project Architect: Leif Johannsen
  • Assisting Architects: Therese Svalling (models), Beata Denton (lighting)
  • Contractor: Valento Bygg
  • Client: Karl & Sofia Andersson
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of pS Arkitektur

Courtesy of pS Arkitektur Courtesy of pS Arkitektur Courtesy of pS Arkitektur Courtesy of pS Arkitektur

Wheelwright Prize

Unique among architecture prizes with its focus on early-career architects, the Wheelwright Prize, recently launched by Harvard Graduate School of Design, is a $100,000 traveling fellowship awarded annually for exceptional itineraries in research and discovery. Recognizing the importance of field research to professional development, the prize reinforces the school’s dedication to fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design. Applications are currently being accepted until February 28. For more information, please visit here.

TEDx: How to solve traffic jams / Jonas Eliasson

Azerbaijan Tower Proposal / Avesta Group

With plans to become the world’s tallest building at about 3645 feet, the Azerbaijan Tower is being built on a series of artificial islands, the Khazar Islands, in the Caspian Sea 16 miles south of Baku, Azerbaijan.  Avesta Group, the company behind the project, is expecting to have the skyscraper completed by 2019 at an estimated cost of $2 billion. With 189 floors, it is expected to surpass the the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai and Saudi Arabia’s proposed 3280 foot Kingdom Tower. More images can be viewed after the break.

Parkhill Competition Winning Proposal / Nice Architects

Courtesy of Nice Architects
Courtesy of Nice Architects

Located on the former site on an old outdoor amphitheatre in Bratislava, Slovakia, the proposal for the housing and mixed use development, which won the first prize in the Parkhill competition, offers spectacular views and close proximity to one of the city’s oldest parks. Designed by Nice Architects, their challenge on the 52,000 m2 site was to create intensive residential development with public services located in the lower part of the site. The final composition of the buildings becomes a small reminiscence of the former amphitheatre. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association Headquarters & Activity Center Proposal / CEBRA

CEBRA has gained the support of The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities (LOA) for the realization of a new home for Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association in Vingsted, Denmark. The 5,489 sq.ft. project will accommodate the association’s administration as well as an activity center for sports fishermen and other visitors to the beautiful surroundings in the Vejle brook valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.