London Olympics 2012: Olympic Park

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July 27, 2012 marks the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. As the Olympics approach closer, the eyes of the world will inevitably turn to and its new infrastructure. Over the past 12 months, the Olympic Park in ’s struggling east side has changed dramatically. With the structures of the main sporting venues complete, you can now get a real feel for the layout of the park and the compact nature of the site. More images and information after the break.

Seven Modular Housing in Covas / Salgado e Liñares Architects

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Architects: Salgado e Liñares Architects
Location: Bertamiráns, ,
Architect In Charge: Alfonso Salgado Suárez, Francisco X. Liñares Túñez
Project Management: Alfonso Salgado, Francisco Liñares
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Héctor Santos-Díez

“Le Cinq” Office Tower / Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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Neutelings Riedijk Architects has made a design for a 180 m high office tower, ‘Le Cinq’ in , commissioned by Brussels developer Buelens NV as one out of four teams for the international competition organized by the City of . The new skyscraper serves as the focal point for the east of in the new urban development of the XIIIth arrondissement, near to the Grande Bibliothèque. The tower consists of a stacking of five separate volumes of six stories each, cantilevered from two vertical cores with open space between the volumes. More images and architects’ description after the break.

How 3D Printing Will Change Our World (Part II)

Rapid Craft, designed by .

Today, technology lives in the realm of small plastic tchotchkes. But economists, theorists, and consumers alike predict that 3D printers will democratize the act of creation and, in so doing, revolutionize our worldWhich poses an interesting quandary: what will happen when we can print houses?

Last week, I discussed the incredible capabilities of 3D Printing in the not-so distant future: to quickly create homes for victims of disaster/poverty; to allow the architect the freedom to create curvy, organic structures once only dreamed of. But, if we look a little further afield, the possibilities are even more staggering.

In the next few paragraphs, I’ll introduce you to Neri Oxman, an architect and MIT professor using 3D Printing technology to create almost-living structures that may just be the future of sustainable design. Oxman’s work shows how 3D Printing will turn our concept of what architecture – and the architect – is, completely on its head.

House in Černá za Bory / Zette Atelier S.R.O.

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Architects: Zette Atelier S.R.O. – Zdenek Balík
Location: Pardubice-Černá za Bory,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 103.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Zette Atelier S.R.O.

The Tanks Open / Tate Modern / Herzog + de Meuron

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With the success of the Tate Modern (the museum hosts approximately 2 million visitors a year), in 2005, the museum selected Herzog and de Meuron to expand its gallery space by nearly 70%.  Since that time, we have shared the transformation of the design which began as an irregularly stacked pyramid of glass boxes to a geometric faceted volume clad in perforated .   Yet, the expansion plans also include a vital component that is buried underground – the Tanks – which opened earlier this week.

More about the Tanks after the break.

Taliesin / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Project Area: 20,000 sqf
Location: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS Semifinalists

Amphibia by J.Yanez

The semifinalists were recently announced for the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS competition. Launched by Architecture for Humanity, the competition asked architects and designers to partner with community groups across the world and develop innovative solutions to re-envision closed, abandoned and decommissioning military sites. After a hard week of voting, during which time jurors had to make tough decisions between the 200 uploaded entries, the semifinalists have finally been determined with the five winning places . They thank all of the participants for their hard work. For a complete list of all the semifinalists and their projects, please visit here. More images can be viewed in the gallery after the break.

Dapto Anglican Church Auditorium / Silvester Fuller

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Architects: Silvester Fuller
Location: , NSW,
Project Team: Patrik Braun, Rachid Andary, Bruce Feng
Project Leaders: Jad Silvester, Penny Fuller
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,155 sqm
Photographs: Martin van der Wal

George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist Residential Design Competition

George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist Residential Design Competition

Public voting started this past week and will go on until July 22 for the inaugural George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential design, a unique architecture competition sponsored by nonprofit Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH).
Anyone may vote for…

House of Setagaya / SKAL + OUVI

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Architects: SKAL + OUVI
Location: , Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kazuya Shikinami, Shin Yokoo
Photographs: Syuya Amemiya

Middle Park House / KPDO + CJA

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Architects: Kerry Phelan Design Office & Chamberlain Javens Architects
Location: Beaconsfield Parade, VIC, Australia
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Singel Park Winning Proposal / LOLA + Studio KARST

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LOLA landscape architects from Rotterdam and Studio KARST from Zurich recently won the international ideas competition for their plans for the future Singel Park in . The two agencies present “convincing and thoughtful concepts for both the park as a whole, as well as for the role the park can play in ’s future.” That’s the conclusion of the advisory committee headed by Mayor Henri Lenferink. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Indoor Swimming Pool in Litomyšl / Architekti DRNH

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Architects: Architekti DRNH
Location: Litomyšl,
Design Team: Antonín Novák, Petr Valenta, Radovan Smejkal, Radek Štefka
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,717 sqm
Photographs: Tomáš Malý

Tutukaka House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Ken Crosson
Project Area: 204 sqm
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Shortlist announced for West Kowloon Cultural District’s first Arts Venue

West Kowloon Cultural District site © Foster + Partners by Methanoia

The (WKCDA) has announced five design teams invited to submit proposals for the Xiqu Center, which will be the first landmark building within ’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Serving as the main theatre and Team House, the Xiqu Center will form the gateway into the £1.7bn, Foster-designed masterplan once it is complete towards the end of 2015.

Mr. Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts stated, “There has been a fantastic response to our plans for the Xiqu Centre from design teams from across the world. We are working hard to find the right team to work with to fulfill our ambitions. The shortlisted teams will meet with representatives of the Chinese opera artform, engaging with stakeholders so we can conceive together a world-class building for Hong Kong and for the development and promotion of this important form of Chinese cultural heritage.”

The five shortlisted teams are:

Mafraq Dialysis Center / Stantec

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Architects: Stantec
Location: Abu Dhabi,
Design Team: Erik Hokanson, AIA, Tamer Fawzi, Reham Hussein, Abhishek Gupta, Wafaa Sleiman
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 75,000 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Stantec

AD Round Up: Brick Houses Part III

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For today’s Round Up we have some great houses previously featured in ArchDaily. Here’s five you can’t miss:  The Concave House located at the downtown area in Benxi, or Qb Design’s Split Level House in Philadelphia. Check out the House VdB in the Netherlands and Brick-Weave House by Studio Gang Architects. Finally, revisit the Brick House designed by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan.