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Dijkstein / Weysen & De Baere Architects

Weysen & De Baere Architects… recently won a competition to design a multi-funcional hall with a daycare center and small library in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, at the outskirts of Antwerp (Belgium). The building measures around 2.100m2, and spreads over 2 stories. The

‘Crater Lake’ Installation / 24° Studio

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Crater Lake, an installation project by 24° Studio, was exhibited at the Biennale from October – November 2011. The project was also one of the winners for Shitsurai Art International Competition organized by the city of . This multi-use environmental installation serves as a meeting place where every area can be used as seating for visitors to contemplate the surroundings, thus invoking a social interaction within and around. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: David Chipperfield Discusses German Projects

British architect David Chipperfield recently gave an interview with Crane.tv discussing his architectural philosophy and affinity for the German culture. He expands on his approach to architecture and touches on his work for the completed reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin.  Be sure to check out some of his other recent works including; The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Wakefield, England, Turner Contemporary – a visual arts venue in Margate, England, America’s Cup Building in Valencia, , and the Central Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa.

References: www.crane.tv, architecturalvideos.blogspot.com

OZ House / Swatt | Miers Architects

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Architect: Swatt | Miers Architects
Location: Silicon Valley, , USA
Project Team: Robert Swatt FAIA (Principal Designer), Steven Stept AIA (Project Architect), Shira Czarny, Ivan Olds, Leila Bijan Kuehr, Jeanie Fan, Connie Wong (interiors)
Structural Engineer: Yu Strandberg Engineering
Civil Engineer: Lea & Braze Engineering
Landscape Architect: Ron Herman Landscape Architect
Lighting: Architectural: Lighting Design 
Contractor: Lencioni Construction
Design / Completion : 2006 / 2010
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Phantom Developments of the Southwest

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During the housing boom in and the surrounding , enormous swaths of land were graded and prepared for endless subdivisions as far as the eye could see. Following the burst of the housing market and prolonged recession, these unfinished construction sites have sat vacant – remnants of unbridled optimism in the Valley of the Sun. A recent article on NPR.org discusses some of the alternative visions for re-appropriating these phantom lots that propagate the greater Phoenix area. Various methods of breathing new life into these chasms left behind include rezoning the numerous residential lots for mixed-use, or tearing up the infrastructure and letting nature take back control. For those unfamiliar with the rapid pace of development that was taking place prior to the recession, Maricopa, a small town just south of Phoenix was approving over 600 residential home permits per month. With an inventory of over 16,000 dedicated to residential homes, the measures that are required to remediate the impact of such an ambitious plan need to be ingenious.

While the Southwest has suffered from the housing bust significantly more than many other states, it will undoubtedly always remain a destination for its unequaled sunny days, warm weather and amazing desert landscape.

See this article on similar circumstances in the Rust Belt region.

Photographs: Wikimedia.org User: Gobeirne
References: www.NPR.org, www.philly.com

Interpretation Centre of World Heritage Landscape / SAMI-arquitectos

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Architect: SAMI-arquitectos – Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Location : Stª. Luzia, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal
Owner of the building: Governo Regional dos . Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e do Mar. Direcção Regional do Ambiente
Project Team: 2nd Phase Andreia Luís, Rita Maria Pinto
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: FG + SG architectural photography

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Villa Toiture / Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

Located in Maintenon, 65km southwest of Paris, France, the Villa Toiture by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture… inhabits a family of three married couples and children. Spontaneous grounds are surrounded by vast grasslands and forests which open as a place of rest

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Connect_Kiev_ity / Triple O Studio

The best way to preserve and develop the Kiev Islands in keeping with the aim of the project would be to improve the way people access the islands. Being sensitive to the existing conditions, the proposal by Triple O Studio…

Montabo Resort / KILO Architectures

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The hill of Montabo looms over the city of and provides a dramatic backdrop for an architectural project which addresses the raw and unremitting power of nature. The winning competition entry by KILO Architectures derives from a dual strategy to conserve the natural environment and to protect the building from an undesirable degree of the jungle’s encroachment. The project preserves as much of the natural hilltop as possible, transforming it into a public space by creating a park at the crown of the hill. Thus, the highest point in the city becomes a part of the public realm. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Headquarters Of J&A Garrigues / EDDEA

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Architects: EDDEA 
Location: Avenida de la Palmera, 19 Edificio B,
Partners in charge: José Mª de Cárdenas (Project), José Luís López de Lemus (Project Manager),Harald Schönegger (Project and Supervision site), Luís Ybarra (Project)
Project Team: Carlos Paneque (Project Coordinator), Pablo Fernández (Project Manager), Diego Román, Miguel Sibón
Quantity Surveyor: Rosalino Daza
Client: J&A Garrigues S.L.P.
Contractor: U.T.E. Eddea – Areco
Project Area: 5.830 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Javier Orive  
   

Residence In Aglantzia / Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects, Petros Constantinou

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Architects: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects,  
Location: Aglantzia, , Cyprus
Owner: Ifigeneia Kaizer
Civil Engineers: Hyperstatic Engineering Design, Antros Ahilleos
Mechanical Engineers: Andreas Florides and Kyriakos Athienitis
Electrical Engineers: Demetris Tsaggarides and loukianos Raftis
Builder: House masters lts, Christos Apostolou
Photographs: Christos Papantoniou 

  

BB / Yo Yamagata Architects

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Architects: Yo Yamagata Architects
Location: ,
Project Area: 61.46 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Forward stroke Inc


School Building In Deutsch Wagram / Franz Architekten

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Architects: Franz Architekten
Location: schulallee 4-6 2232 deutsch-wagram,
Project Team: annagruber (projectmanagement), henninggrahn, hannahaufschnaiter, christinehax-noske, christianszalay, joesuntinger, wolfgangfischer
Project area: 9650 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Franz Architekten

   

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LVII

Photo by Wojtek Gurak - http://www..com/photos/wojtekgurak/

We have some amazing photos for this week’s Flickr Round Up, including projects from Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Wojtek Gurak in the La Rioja, . Check the other four after the break.

10 Weymouth Street / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: London,
Client: Ridgeford Properties Ltd
Collaborators: Alan Baxter and Associates, Arup, Drivers Jonas, Gardiner and Theobald, Maleon, John Sisk and Son Ltd, Savell Bird and Axon, Schatunowski Brooks
Project Area: 1,580 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Zander Olsen

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Photo by Doug Gates

If you are in the area and looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. It is your last chance to experience the exhibit at the museum’s location, as it will be closing this Sunday, January 22. However, the exhibit will remain open to the public at its downtown location in San Diego into spring and summer.

More after the break.

Villa VS / T3 architecture

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Architect: T3 architecture, , Charles GAllavardin, Christophe Pinero.
Location: , France
Project Area: 300 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of T3 architecture

 

53 Questions by Luca Farinelli

based architect and writer, Luca Farinelli, has met with 22 architects, critics and historians between February and August of last year to present them with an identical sequence of questions revolving around clichés and recurring themes within architectural discourse. Each meeting was captured on video, generating an interesting compilation of 265 answers by some of the most well-known architecture professionals. The first interviews, published in Log 23 this past fall, included Emilio AmbaszPeter EisenmanSteven HollBjarke Ingels and Thom Mayne. Check out Farinelli’s website and visit Anyone Corporation for more information.