The Gravity Stool by Jólan van der Wiel, magnetic innovation

Young dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel has been announced as the winner of the [D3] Contest for young designers at the imm cologne fair.

Using a magnetic plastic compounds, magnets and simple gravity, Jólan gives birth to the Gravity Stool, an expressive piece of that is like a frozen moment of physics exposing the forces in action. You can see the full process on the above video by Miranda Stet.


The Gravity Stool thanks its unique shape to the cooperation between magnetic fields and the power of gravity.

Departing from the idea that everything is influenced by gravitation, a force that has a strongly shaping effect, I intended to manipulate this natural phenomenon by exploiting its own power: magnetism. The positioning of the magnetic fields in the machine, opposing each other, has largely determined the final shape of the Gravity Stool.

AME (Accouveur Multiplicateur d’Entreprises) / Wesh

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The main idea behind AME, the first concept by Wesh for a business incubator, is to re-create a small world where different companies can develop themselves and get bigger, with all services provided. The design questions the future of small companies in the periphery of the city for the next 20 years. How can a building enable many companies, each having their own singularity and size, to get along together and evolve? AME is all about wrapping plenty of entities into a bioclimatic greenhouse. For a monthly subscription, each company has its own space, which can be extended or reduced thanks to the company development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House In Eifukucho / Upsetters Architects

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Architects: Upsetters Architects
Location: Eifukucho,, Japan
Project Area: 124.81 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Yusuke Wakabayashi

Resort Hotel / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Over an area of almost 150 hectares in the locality of , the year-round tourist resort Swiss Alps is being built. Hotels as well as apartments, an 18-hole golf course and a sports center will provide housing and recreation for up to 3000 guests. Despite the substantial size of the resort, the main goal of Holzer Kobler Architekturen is to create a sustainable, high-quality tourist experience. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

Summer House Skatoy / Filter Arkitekter As

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Architect: Filter Arkitekter As
Location: Skåtøy,
Contractor: Johan Brekka
Project Area: 100 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Elisabeth Hudson


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Call for Entries: Norman Foster Travel Prize

The RIBA just launched the 2012 Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship award, open to students of all RIBA-accredited architecture schools in the UK and abroad.
While the destination is chosen by the student, the research proposal must be related to the…

Tantangan Villa / Word of Mouth Architecture

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Architect: Word of Mouth Architecture
Location: Nyanyi Beach, ,
Principal: ValentinaAudrito
Interior Designer: JosettePlismy
Design Team: Robin Bimantoro, FikaHerdiani, DewiArianti
Civil Contractor: Edi Suroso
MEP Contractor: Witala Jaya Abadi
Landscape Designer: John Pettigrew
ESD Consultant: FrederikStimmel
Land Area: 6500 sqm
Building Area: 1417 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: MochSulthonn


Redcliffs Estuary / Stufkens + Chambers Architects

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Architecture and Interiors: Stufkens + Chambers Architects
Location: Redcliffs, Christchurch,
Structural Engineer: Aurecon
Landscape Design: Stufkens + Chambers Architects
Photographs: Courtesy of Stufkens + Chambers Architects


See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

David Chipperfield announces “Common Ground” as the theme for the 13th International Venice Biennale

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Today, the President of the Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, and the 13th International Architecture Exhibition Director, David Chipperfield, met at Ca’Giustinian with the representatives of the 41 countries participating in the exhibition, including representatives of Kosovo, Kuwait and Peru for the first time. David Chipperfield announced the theme of this year’s Biennale is to be Common Ground. Continue reading for more information.

David Chipperfield states, “I want this Biennale to celebrate a vital, interconnected architectural culture, and pose questions about the intellectual and physical territories that it shares. In the methods of selection of participants, my Biennale will encourage the collaboration and dialogue that I believe is at the heart of architecture, and the title will also serve as a metaphor for architecture’s field of activity.”

Continue reading for more.

AD Interviews: Kengo Kuma

Through our interview program, I’ve had the chance to meet with some of the world’s most renowned architects, while creating a moment to share their views about the profession with our readers.

During the 2011 AIA National Convention, I had the chance to meet , one of Japan’s most recognized architects, whose work I admire. His recent works use subtle elements with a powerful structural expression, and interesting spatial results for different programs of various scales.

Established in 1990, Kengo Kuma & Associates have become known for their expressive use of materiality and deep connection with nature. The mid-sized firm is involved in a wide spectrum of work, ranging from private residences, to Buddhist temples and art museums. Kengo Kuma & Associates consist of two offices located in and Paris.

Principle Architect Kengo Kuma is a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo. His goal is to recover traditional Japanese design and reinterpret it for the 21st century. Inspiration of light and nature guides the design process and influences his unique explorations with glass, wood, concrete and stone. Kuma strives to create architecture that coexists with the natural environment and works in harmony with the human body.

Kengo Kuma has won a multitude of competitions and received many awards, including the prestigious Architecture Institute of Japan Award (1997) and most recently the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (2002) and the AIA Honorary Fellowship (2011). Major works include the Kirosan Observatory, Water / Glass, Toyoma Center for Performing Arts, Stone Museum and Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum. Recent works include the Mesh / Earth terrace house, the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum and the Suntory Museum of Art.

Projects by Kengo Kuma & Associates at ArchDaily:

IS / Yo Yamagata Architects

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Architect: Yo Yamagata Architects
Location: , Japan
Project Area : 54.98 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Forward stroke Inc


AD Round Up: Refurbishment Part VIII

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It’s our eight selection of previously featured refurbishment projects and we’re still featuring some of the best ones we published back in 2009! Check them all after the break.

Khan house / drdh architects
drdh architects sent us this house with a long previous story. Speculatively built by 19th Century developers, it has been adapted and distorted over time to suit circumstance – acquiring a single storey shop and basement, an extra storey, a cantilevered lavatory and a garage. Of more immediate concern was the basement, where the floor had been dug out and the corbels sheared off the party walls, to provide extra space (read more…)

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Grosvenor Waterside / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: , UK
Client: St James Group Ltd
Collaborators: Sheppard Robson, Arup, Barton Willmore, Charles Funke Associates, Davis Langdon, EDP, Faithful+Gould, FPD Savills, Future City, Herbert Smith
Project Area: 25,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Zander Olsen, Make Architects: Charles Funke; Cooper Rose

El Pintado Tidal Mill / Manuel Fonseca Gallego, Javier López, Ramón Pico

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Architect: , , Ramón Pico
Location: Ayamonte, Spain
Colaborators: Visitacion Rodriguez Pastrana, David Caballor Bartolome, Gabriel Cuena Lopez
Contractor: Bardera , S.L.
Project date: December 1996
Total usable area: 394,63 sqm
Total built area: 508,63 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Fernando Alda Calvo

Architects’ Journal Launches Campaign to Raise the Status of Women in Architecture

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Earlier this week RIBA unveiled its results from the December 2011 Future Trends Survey. Andrea Klettner of bdonline reports that although the overall trend in architectural practices is a decrease in confidence over future workloads, female employees seem to be hit dispropotionately by the challenges the industries faces. RIBA’s Future Trends Survey also found that female architectural staff fell 4% since 2009 and that between January 2009 and its most recent poll, female architectural staff fell from 28% to 21%.  This news only emphasizes the findings that Architects’ Journal discovered after conducting its first Women in Architecture survey which quizzed 700 women “about career challenges as well as sexual discrimination, children, pay and role models”.

Read more after the break.


© Wouter vandenBrink

Location: , the Netherlands
Program: retail
Assignment: rebuilding and interior
Status: completed September 2011
Size: 188 sqm
Client: Veldhovengroup BV, Stills
Design: Duzan Doepel, Eline Strijkers with Chantal Vos
Photograph: Wouter vandenBrink

SOM launches Los Angeles Design Studio

The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) have announced their plans for a new design studio in to join their West Coast practice. With a commitment to urban, environmental and social sustainability in Southern , the studio will be lead by three former SOM architects – Michael Mann, FAIA; Paul Danna, AIA; and Jose Luis Palacios, AIA.

Craig Hartman, FAIA, the Design Partner in SOM’s San Francisco office, stated, “We want to be part of the dialogue in LA – a tremendously important cultural and talent hub and a diverse design-centric city. With Michael, Paul and Jose leading our studio,” Hartman continued, “we will be part of the conversation and be able to collaborate meaningfully with colleagues and institutions that we’ve known for years.

New commissions include UCLA’s new Medical Education Building that will become a entry point for the campus and the Medical School, a new mix-use project at UC Santa Barbara and a new courthouse for the Superior Court of California in San Diego, which will be the largest in the state. Find more information here.