Bio-Lake Reception Center / Zephyr Architects

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Architect: Zephyr Architects
Location: Wuhan, Hubei,
Client: Bio-Lake Commission
Gross Floor Area: 3,540 sqm
Completion: 2010
Design Team: Fu Dong, Zhao Zhonggui, Yang Ching-Chi, Ding Junmei, Yu Tong
Associate Architect: Wuhan Oule
Photographs: Yao Li

Video: Cosmic Communist Constructions Book, by Frédéric Chaubin


In his book Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed, French photographer Frédéric Chaubin captures the eerie beauty of Soviet brutalism. In his quest to document Brezhnev-era architecture, he stumbled upon 90 Soviet buildings scattered across 14 former-USSR republics. The diversity and lack of a recurring theme across the buildings signaled the end of the Soviet Union.

Pathway House / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

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Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Location: Tel Aviv,
Project management: Oren Sadot
Structural engineer: Doron Toeg
Garden design: Itamar Landscape Design Ltd.
Photographs: Uzi Porat

   

Melissa Store in Melbourne / Edwards Moore

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Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Ben Edwards, Juliet Moore, Leo Dewitte, Jacqueline Nguyen
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Bennett

Police Station in Barcelona / MIZIEN

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Architects: MIZIEN
Location: Palau-solità i Plegamans, ,
Client: Palau-solità i Plegamans Municipality
Completion: 2011
Area: 450 sqm
Cost: 1,062,847.25 €
Photographs: Courtesy of MIZIEN

   

S.Deer Corporate Headquarters / Prechteck

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The main idea behind the design for the S.Deer Corporate Headquarters building was to create a world of fashion underlining the lifestyle the retail company stands for. As fashion is not just about clothing, the new S.Deer headquaters should not just be about administration. Inspired by S.Deer’s appearance design, Prechteck‘s proposal implemented rotated cubes as a formal element in their design. More images and architects’ description after the break.

242 Social Housing Units in Salburúa / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Salburúa, Vitoria – Gasteiz,
Project Director: Iñaki Garai Zabala
Collaborators: José Marcos Cavallero, Ricardo Moutinho, Helena Sá Marques, Oscar Ferreira da Costa, Nuria Perez, Beatriz Pagoaga, Inés López
Client: VISESA Vivienda y Suelo de Euskadi S.A.
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Rossignol Global Headquarters / Hérault Arnod Architectes

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Architects: Hérault Arnod Architectes
Location: La Buisse, Saint Jean de Moirans,
Design Team: Jérôme Moenne-Loccoz, Alexandre Pachiaudi, Camille Bérar, Nicolas Broussous, Matthias Jäger
Client: Skis Rossignol SAS
Built Area: 11,600 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: André Morin, Gilles Cabella

CTF Tianjin Tower Breaks Ground / SOM

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Ground will be broken today, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, for Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)’s newest supertall building. The 96-story-tall CTF Tower uses undulating curves to subtly express its three programmatic elements while presenting a bold monolithic expression on the TEDA district skyline outside , China. The 1,740-feet (530-meter) tall tower houses offices, 300 service apartments and a 350-room, 5-star hotel beneath its boldly arched top. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Villa Urbana Domus Radicalis / Metrogramma

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Architects: Metrogramma
Location: , Italy
Project Team: Andrea Boschetti, Alberto Francini, Enzo Fontana, Nicola Russi, Marco Corazza, Ekaterina Golovatiuk, Tom Hindryckx, Miriam Reuter
Structural Consultant: Stefano Moser
Technical Supplies: Milanoprogetti Spa
Construction Management: Renzo Boschetti, Rudi Lorenzi
Contractor: Prisma S.r.l.
Photos: Metrogramma, Paola De Pedri, Filippo Romano

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Tucker Design Award 2012 / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), with Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge (CSS)… of Boston, were recently announced as the recipients of the biennial Tucker Design Award for 2012 for their North End Parks in Boston, MA. First presented in 1977, the award

Twin Trees Pavilion / Atelier Archmixing

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Architects: Atelier Archmixing
Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province,
Gross Floor Area: 56 sqm
Completion: 2012
Client: Zhang Hong
Design Team: Zhuang Shen, Tian Danni
Main Contractor: Wang Zikui
Photographs: Tang Yu

Widlund House / Claesson Koivisto Rune Architect

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Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune Architect
Location: Sandvik, Öland,
Design Team: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Deta Gemzell, Kumi Nakagaki, Kia Larsdotter, Lotti Engstrand
Client: Karin Meindner and Jan Widlund
Completion: 2011
Builder: Folke Nilsson AB and Finja (precast concrete)
Construction/Material: Solid White Precast Concrete
Building Area: 220 sqm
Photographs: Lindman Photography

AD Round Up: Health Architecture Part IX

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Five great healthcare projects published early 2011 for our 9th selection! Waldron Health Centre was designed by Henley Halebrown Rorrison in London and was completed in 2010. The Moerkerke Medicare And Neighborhood Facility by Krill Architecture answers the following question: How to implement a necessary, but impopular program in a run down neighbourhood? You can’t miss the beautiful Fonderie, designed by Atelier Zündel & Cristea in . And to finish this one, we have two dental clinics: Smile Designer Dental Office Interiors by Antonio Sofan and Dental INN by Stasek.

Cocoon / Mochen Architects & Engineers

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Architects: Mochen Architects & Engineers
Location: ,
Completion: 2011
Project Area: 1,245 sqm
Client: Tianjin Eco-City Wantuo Properties Limited
Photographs: Yao Li

   

Construction begins on SOM’s newest Supertall Skyscraper

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Today, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) broke ground on yet another supertall building in . The 96-story-tall CTF Tianjin Tower is subtly defined by undulating curves that shape its three programmatic elements while presenting a bold monolithic presence on the TEDA district skyline outside Tianjin. The 1,740-feet (530-meter) tall tower houses offices, 300 service apartments and a 350-room, 5-star hotel beneath its boldly arched top.

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the CTF Tianjin Tower will be the fourteenth tallest skyscraper built by 2020.  Continue reading for more.

Daeyang Gallery and House / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: , Korea
Area: 1,760 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Inho Lee – Erae

Starlight Place / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: Chongqing,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas