Update: South Kilburn Regeneration / Alison Brooks Architects + Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Kilburn Park Road. Courtesy ABA.

For the redevelopment strategy for South Kilburn, Alison Brooks Architects have collaborated with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to design better homes, in a more sustainable environment, for the existing and future residents. About a year ago, we shared the firms’ vision for Ely Court, a collection of three varied typologies that line a ‘spine’  of shared surfaces – play areas, gardens and public and private spaces – along Cambridge Avenue.  Now, the duo has been granted approval for a new residential quarter of Mansion blocks which frame private communal gardens in the spirit of neighboring Maida Vale.  ”We are really pleased that we are continuing to help Brent transform  South Kilburn from an isolated Estate into a familiar and desirable residential neighbourhood. Our team’s scheme is as much about re-creating great streets as providing great family homes,” explained Brooks.

More about the project after the break. 

Video: Domkyrkoforum in Lund

Above is a short film created by , an architecture student, as part of a school project at University’s School of Architecture. The video captures “how light can describe and connect different rooms with the same moving atmosphere, with a perspective of old and new”.

Maritime Xperiential Museum / Michael Graves & Associates

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Architects: Michael Graves & Associates
Location:
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates

Manhattanhenge 2012

Manhattanhenge 2012. Photo by John Makely of msnbc.com


 It happens just four times a year (two full suns, and two half-suns) but you can bet New Yorkers make the most of it…Manhattanhenge, that is.  Coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the merge of Manhattan and Stone Henge is used described the phenomen when the sun perfectly aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan. “Manhattanhenge comes about because the Sun’s arc has not yet reached these limits (of the solstice), and is on route to them, as we catch a brief glimpse of the setting Sun along the canyons of our narrow streets,” explained Tyson.

Standing far to the east side, the ArchDaily team stood shoulder to shoulder with dozens of anxious observers in Tudor City, an elevated niche that offers a clear shot down 42nd Street and is graced with the beautiful profiles of the Chrysler Building and the Bank of America Tower.   Although the cloudy skies of Thursday only allowed a few red rays to run across the sides of the buildings, Wednesday’s crystal clear evening showed the red fireball in all its glory sitting between the grided streets.

More about Manhattanhenge after the break. 

Pol-Aqua Company Headquarters / Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci

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Architects: Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci
Location: ,
Interior Design: Wojciech Hermanowicz, Błażej Hermanowicz, Stanisław Rewski, Piotr Chwazik
Design Team: Wojciech Hermanowicz, Błażej Hermanowicz, Stanisław Rewski, Piotr Chwazik
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci

Qlab / assemblageSTUDIO

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assemblageSTUDIO recently won the AIA unbuilt Award for their project, Qlab. A communal atmosphere of open collaboration and interaction has replaced the typical open cubicle office to create a new generation, which has energized downtown Las Vegas. The desire to be all consumed and surrounded by likeminded organizations with a rekindled attitude towards downtown. This spirit is captured in the project by combining a café, lounge, residential and open bay modular office spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wintergarden Façade / Studio 505

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Architects: Studio 505
Location: Brisbane QLD,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: John Gollings, Courtesy of

Vaclav Havel´s Monument / Libor Šenekel

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Designed by Libor Šenekel, Vaclav Havel´s Monument is a symbol of human determination, legacy, and that even one person can change the course of history. Vaclav Havel became unforgettable for many as a symbol of defiance and human determination, which reminds us that even one person is capable of great deeds. Just as today the monument stands against the enormous power of water, that is trying to devour it, stood Vaclav Havel and many others against the oppressive power of communism. The memorial is supposed to fascinate being watched from the waterfront, to inspire fear as well as courage being entered into the masses of water, to lure to step into the unknown. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

Farm house / k_m architektur

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Architects: k_m architektur
Location: Langenargen,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Sauter
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 16,431 sqm
Photographs: k_m architektur

House Playa El Golf H4 / RRMR Arquitectos

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Architects: Roberto Riofrio Navarro – Micaela Rodrigo Graña
Location: ,
Work Team: Edith Zamalloa, Anny Gutierrez, Jose Antonio Chavez, Jaime Alca, Roberto Pain
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 395.0 sqm
Photographs: Elsa Ramirez

‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ Exhibition

Nordic House / JVA © Louisiana / Kim Hansen

The ‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ exhibition, which opened this past Thursday and is on view until October 21, is the first exhibition in a new series at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit explores the relationship of architecture to culture and identity. The series deals with architecture as a field where collective memories and narratives are reflected materially and spatially. It attempts to reveal whether certain special ‘Nordic’ features recur in architecture, and whether this involves a fundamental formal idiom that is regularly reinterpreted. Five Nordic architects - Studio Granda, Iceland, Johan Celsing, , Jarmund/Vigsnæs (JVA), Norway, Lassila Hirvilammi, Finland and Lundgaard & Tranberg, Denmark – have been invited to build a house that serves as an expression of the regional identity and experience from which the individual architect comes.

More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Zhejiang,
Architect in Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan
Project Manager: Volkmar Sievers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 12,700 sqm
Photographs: Hans-Georg Esch

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXIV

Photo by kwikzilver – http://www..com/photos/matthijs_borghgraef/

Great architecture photography from our Flickr Pool. 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 kwikzilver at Floriade 2012 in Netherlands. Don’t miss the other four after the break.

Birkenhead Point House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: Northshore of Auckland,
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: CCC Architects

Hotel Topazz / BWM Architects

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Architects: BWM Architects und Partner, DI Michael Manzenreiter
Location: ,
Façade Design:BWM Architects und Partner
Interior Design: DI Michael Manzenreiter
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 153 sqm
Photographs: Lenikus GmbH / Anna Blau

Seoul Floating Islands / Haeahn Architecture + H Architecture

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Architects: Haeahn Architecture + H Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Haeahn Architecture

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NY Exhibition opens tonight: SLIPSTREAM / FreelandBuck

At least since Leonardo Da Vinci’s first attempts to describe turbulence, architects have been fascinated by the dynamics of flow – perhaps seeking an escape from the solid, stable nature of buildings. Beginning in the 1990′s, architects have used digital…

Zaha Hadid designs Z Boat for American Art Dealer

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First, American art dealer Kenny Schachter commissioned Zaha Hadid to design the futuristic, three wheeled Z-Car in 2005. Now, he has asked the Pritzker Prize winning Dame to create the limited edition Z Boat – an all black, 7.5-meter-long vessel that comfortably seats eight and is powered by an 1×220 HP Mercruiser. Only 12 boats and four prototypes will by built and completed in early 2013 by the French manufacturer Shoreteam.

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