Momofuku Ando Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: 1100 Okubo Komoro, ,
Completion: 2010
Total floor area: 1,999 sqm
Structural engineers: Kanebako Structural Engineers
Mechanical engineers: P.T.Morimura & Associates, LTD
General contractor: Taisei Corporation
Photographs: Daici Ano

Critical Territories / Groundlab and Plasma Studio

Critical Territories / Groundlab and Plasma Studio

Opening tomorrow at the AA, Critical Territories will share the work of Groundlab and Plasma Studio -two interdisciplinary firms pushing the envelope of the relationship between and the expression of landscape design and architecture.   The installation will share the firms’ top projects, such as the Xian International Horticultural Expo which we having been covering extensively on AD,  by way of a site-specific grid arrangement of light boxes covered with technical drawings.  The organization of the installation will showcase the underlying themes of the practices, namely their systemic approach and preoccupation with grids, ground and context. The exhibit will be run through February 11.

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Office Building with Shopping Mall / MJZ

The south of Warsaw is a chaotic neighborhood with different architecture styles, varying building heights and a big amount of green areas that spread between them without any clearly defined shape and order. At some point, it stopped being a…

Embassy Ethiopia / Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick Van Gameren

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Architects: Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick Van Gameren
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Design: ,
Assistants: Lada Hrsak, Wilmar Groenendijk, Jack Hoogeboom, Jeroen van Mechelen, Matteo Fosso, Miguel Loos, Michael Davis
Client: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Completion Date: 2005
Photographs: Christian Richters

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Asian Culture Complex / UnSangDong Architects + Kim Woo Il

In the design proposal for the Asian Culture Complex, UnSangDong Architects + Kim Woo II… constitutes a stage that acts as a new container for the culture and everyday events. If the new stage for the city is creating an

Housing Building in Carabanchel / Amann-Canovas-Maruri

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Architects: Amann-Canovas-Maruri – Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri
Location: Avenida de la Peseta, Carabanchel, , Spain
Client: EMVS (Department of housing, Madrid Council Government)
Site area: 4441.33 sqm
Built up area: 13419,81 sqm (including parking areas)
Completed year: May 2009
Costs: 6.957.818 €
Colaborators: Gonzalo Pardo Díaz, Beatriz Amann Vargas, Ana Arriero Cano, Ignacio Díaz González, Sara de la Fuente Sanz, Susana Velasco Sánchez, Cristina Parreño Alonso, Ana López, Rafael Marcos, Carlos Ríos, Rafael Palomares, Javier Gutiérrez
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán, David Frutos

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A+D Museum’s ARkidECTURE + Design Workshop at The Eames Office

Now’s your chance to learn all about the wonderful world of Charles and Ray Eames at A+D Museum‘s ARkidECTURE + design workshop at The Eames Office Saturday, January 14th from 10AM – 1PM.
Carla Hartman, Education Director and granddaughter of…

Lake Lugano House / JM Architecture

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Architect: JM Architecture, Arch. Jacopo Mascheroni
Locations: , Switzerland
Design team: Paolo Basco (Project Manager), Rex Gapuz, Jansen Lara
Built area: 350 mq
Contruction start: November 2008
Completion: May 2010
Photographs: Jacopo Mascheroni 


The Cube / Park Associati

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Architects: Park Associati , Filippo Pagliani,
Location: Milano, via Foscolo n.1 (Piazza Duomo), Italy
Client: Electrolux Home Appliances Emea N.V
Design team: Lorenzo Merloni (project leader), Alessandro Rossi, Alexia Caccavella, Alice Cuteri, Fabio Calciati_Rendering
Contractor:Nüssli AG, Hüttwilen, CH, Frieder Braun, Maurizio Ledda, Maik Rauch
Event Concept and Project Management: Absolute Blue
Area: 140 sqm
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna


AD Round Up: Religious Architecture Part VIII

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A chapel, a church, a mosque, a center for jewish life and and a classic from Le Corbusier. What else would you want for our 8th selection of previously featured religious architecture? Check them all after the break.

De la Piedra Chapel / Nomena Arquitectos + Ximena Alvarez
The de la Piedra Chapel is located at the margin of the Lurín river and beside the Lomas de Castilla hill, in the district of Cieneguilla, east of the city of Lima. The area is characterized for a natural context of desert vegetation, in contact with the foothills of the Andes mountain chain (read more…)

2012 AIA Honor Awards and Twenty-five Year Award Recipient

Twenty-five Year Award Recipient ©

The Honor Award recipients for 2012 were announced this week and will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Twenty-seven recipients were selected from over seven-hundred submissions.

Continue after the break to view the awarded buildings.

AD Interviews: ARO – Architecture Research Office

A few months ago I had the chance to visit and interview (ARO), just after they were announced as the recipients of the prestigious 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture.

I was eager to meet this practice and share their projects at ArchDaily, especially because of the diversity of their work. Not only do they work at different scales (from master plans and institutional buildings, to a small recruiting station in Times Square), but they also strongly focus on research, with projects such as Rising Currents or Five Principles for Greenwich South -projects that invited other firms in a collaborative effort to share ideas for a strategic development of Manhattan- moving between a design practice and a research lab.

The firm was founded in 1993 and has become very influential in the NY area. It is led by Stephen Cassell, Adam Yarinsky and Kim Yao. I had the chance to sit down with the three of them for this interview, where they tell us about recent and ongoing projects. They share their views on innovation, collaboration and how to run a practice which is both what we know as the traditional practice, and a laboratory.

ARO projects at ArchDaily:

And more to come in the next days!

Credits: JC Labarca (camera), JP Barrera (editing).

Imperial Centre Theatre / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Architects: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: Rocky Mount, , USA
Client: City of Rocky Mount
Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Irvin Pearce, David Francis, Rob Harkey, Henry Newell
Size: 35,000 SF / 300 seats
Photographs: JWest Productions

El Valle Visitors Centre / Manuel Fonseca Gallego

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Location: El Valle y Carrascoy Regional Park, Murcia, Spain
Work directions: Miguel Ángel Martínez-Aedo Ollero & Manuel Páez Blázquez (Goverment of Murcia)
Collaborators: Lidia García Soro & Vicente J. Acosta Sola (Architects), Manuel Ruiz Machuca (Technical Architect), José Ramón Negueruela Sánchez (Structure), Juan Carlos Herranz Aguilar (Instalations).
Construction: Empresa de Transformcion Agraria, S.A. Diego Sánchez Pérez.
Project date: July 2002
Completion work date: June 2005
Budget: 620.756,51 €
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

USGBC and AIA announce second Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announce Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP as the new Sustainability Design Fellow. Succeeding the first Sustainability Design Fellow, Stacey McMahan, AIA, LEED AP, Granvil will be working directly with the Haitian community at the ’s rebuilding center based in Port-au-Prince.

“The earthquake didn’t take as many lives as the poor quality of construction did,” said Granvil. “Architecture for Humanity’s Rebuilding Center in will help educate and build together with local current and future builders of …this is the main reason why I joined Architecture for Humanity. I am here with others to work on the long-term approach. , as well as other post disaster areas, can benefit from this kind of transitional office with this mindset.”

House VK 1 / GREGWRIGHT architects

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Architects: GREGWRIGHT architects
Location: Camps Bay, Cape Town,
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Adam Letch

USGBC partners with HOK to design Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center

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Marking the two year anniversary of the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, we would like to share with you the important efforts of Project Haiti – a LEED Platinum orphanage and children’s center that is planned to be built in Port Prince, Haiti. The project is lead by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and their official pro-bono design partner, HOK. Project Haiti not only focuses on the children, but also aims to create a “replicable, resilient model for rebuilding” that may serve as a practical teaching tool for the local community. The USGBC motto states, “Every story about green building is a story about people.”

“Shobuj Pata” (Green Leaf) Eco Community Development / JET, JCI, and Terraplan

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JET Architecture was invited by JCI Architects along with Terraplan Landscape Architects, to joint venture in the design of the Green Leaf project. After winning the commission earlier in 2011, in December, the final negotiations were completed to enable the project to move forward quickly. The team will be working together, helping Bangladesh to design a sustainable community with an innovative green concept. Green Leaf is green landscape architecture and built form which takes full advantages of the local natural resources to create a hybrid habitable space combining architecture and nature. The concept is inspired by adopting current and green innovative technology to make the design construction economic and feasible. More images and architects’ description after the break.