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Interior restoration of an attic duplex / Cavaa Arquitectes

  • Architect Office: Cavaa Arquitectes
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Authors: Jordi Calbetó i Oriol Vañó, Elena Albareda
  • Collaborators: Pep Vinuesa, Valentí Albareda
  • Construction: Mètric integra
  • Photography: Filippo Poli

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli


  • Location: Lignières, Switzerland
  • Project Architects: Manuel Bieler, Antoine Robert-Grandpierre, Laurent Saurer
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Matthieu Gafsou

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Luxury Resort Proposal / Make Architects

Make Architects recently received planning approval for their luxury resort design in Hal Fehr, Malta. With a total area of 84,000m2, the high quality resort will be the most sustainable on the island with a low density footprint and a number of passive design features incorporated. This highly exclusive tourist destination, stretching Malta’s coastline, houses 216 spacious one, two and three bedroom suites with a further 12 luxury, family pavilions set in the middle of the central landscape. More images and architects' description after the break.

Villa Vonk / VenhoevenCS

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer
  • Architects: VenhoevenCS
  • Location: Hoogvliet, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Team: Ton Venhoeven, Cécilia Gross, Danny Esselman, Eelco Bergman, Jan Lebbink, Alexander Speelman (intern), Katarzyna Duleba (intern), Igor Začek (intern)
  • Area: 4714.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luuk Kramer

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Science Town Project / Spark Architects

  • Architects: Spark Architects
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
  • Project Architect: Wenhui Lim
  • Team: Carlo Joson, Cynthia Liau, RafalKapusta, Conyee Chan, Jessica Leong, Darmaganda, Mark Mancenido, Marc Zara
  • Area: 33000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Guangzhou Vanke

© Guangzhou Vanke © Guangzhou Vanke © Guangzhou Vanke © Guangzhou Vanke

Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic / Hironaka Ogawa

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects: Hironaka Ogawa
  • Location: Gunma , Japan
  • Area: 383.31 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

New SimCity: Not Just For Kids

Courtesy of Co.Exist
Courtesy of Co.Exist

Remember spending hours of your fleeting youth in front of the computer screen, building lively and complex towns with vibrant neighborhoods, schools, shopping centers, industry, power plants.. only to have them all destroyed by an unforeseen asteroid or UFO?

Carling Residence / Tact Architecture

  • Architects: Tact Architecture
  • Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Project Manager: Michael Krus
  • Design Team: Michael Krus, Prish Jain, Barry Hajder
  • Engineers: Jain and Associates, Soscia Engineering Limited
  • Contractor: Pegah Construction Ltd
  • Area: 3600.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Terence Tourangeau

© Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau

OMA Masterplans Airport City in Qatar


After winning an international competition, OMA has been commissioned to masterplan a new 10km2 Airport City for a population of 200,000, linking the new Hamad International Airport with the city of Doha, Qatar. OMA’s masterplan is a series of four circular districts along a spine parallel to the HIA runways, intended to create a strong visual identity and districts with unique identities. Phase One of the 30-year masterplan, which links airside and landside developments for business, logistics, retail, hotels, and residences, will be mostly complete in time for the 2022 World Cup, hosted by Qatar.

Rem Koolhaas commented: “We are delighted and honored to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.”

More on OMA's airport city after the break...

Belgorod City Centre International Competition

Curated by Bart Goldhoorn, publisher of Project Russia magazine, the Belgorod City Centre International Competition  is asking participants to design a large urban block (around 300 x 200 m) in the heart of the city in order to replace the low rise buildings that now occupy the site with a more dense development. Though the construction of high towers is very popular in Russia with developers, the city would like to limit the maximum building height limited to 15-20 meters. The main task is to find the optimum between density and quality and offer the city a recipe for redeveloping the city center as a whole, making it at an attractive place to live and work. The deadline for submissions is May 10. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Museum for Underwater Antiquities Competition Entry / Dimitris Thomopoulos

Designed by Dimitris Thomopoulos and his team, their proposal for the Museum for Underwater Antiquities and Regeneration of part of the Piraeus Port Authority, which received an honorable mention, intends to create an experiential space that stimulates the visitors’ senses through their exploration in the museum’s interior. The museum itself corresponds to its special function in a more contemporary way, while highlighting the existing building’s shell and its original use. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Future Floda Competition Entry / Fabel Arkitektur + Sara Wernsten

In the Future Floda competition proposal by Fabel Arkitektur + Sara Wernsten two strong paths are established to connect south with north and east with west through the central areas. All existing buildings are preserved and buildings with housing and commerce are established to increase density in the areas alongside the two paths. More images and architects’ description after the break.

EU Pavilion / Senat Haliti

Designed for the ‘Culture for All’ competition, an EU-funded project managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo and implemented by ARS Progetti SPA, Senat Haliti’s pavilion is a response to the need for an artwork that would transform a public space to revive it. By making a structure somebody could enter into, and be surrounded by, the project becomes an “EU HOME” for Kosovans, a space to give them the chance to ‘get in EU’ every day. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled an ambitious cultural mega center, which began to take shape in October after the project broke ground in the heart of Changsha, China. In true Hadid-fashion, the Changsha Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Center defines itself by extreme sinuous curves that radiate from each of the three independent structures and links them by a pedestrianized landscape that offers a “strong urban experience”, forming what they hope to be a global destination for performance art. 

More on the cultural and arts center after the break...

In Progress: Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Richtistrasse 1, Wallisellen, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Wiel Arets, Felix Thies, Maik Ilmer
  • Collaborators: Flavio Loretz, Jörg Lüthke, Ruth Val Garijo, Virginia Angell, Anira Niso, Angela Tsang, Mikal Switalsky, Jacques van Eyck, Maron Vondeling, Christina Lotzemer Jentges, Joost Körver, Ilze Paklone, Alexandra Dobrowowolska, Boris van Eijsden, Joris Lens, Thomas Misik, Lucia Miglio, Hannes Scheutz, Dunia Nedjar, Francois Steul, Alexis Bikos, Athanasia Karaioannoglou, Victor Hidajat, Aline Amore, Birgit Schwarz, Tieme Zwartbol, Boris Wolf, Chris Frodsham, Alessandra Ferrari
  • Area: 72000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

Video: House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

House T, designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, is a unique two person house and office located in TokyoJapan. The house is only accessible by a narrow alley and is surrounded on all sides by other buildings, so space was a major challenge for this design. The interior of House T is surprisingly airy and open thanks to having only one central column supporting catwalk floors that frame the limited space instead of occupying it. Each floor can be navigated using 4.6 foot tall openings and floors are connected by a stair or ladder, one of which leads to a roof terrace. Take a look at this video by JA+U and our earlier article for a better understanding of this novel space!

Jabi Lake Masterplan Proposal / Studio Seilern Architects

Studio Seilern Architects shared with us their recently commissioned design for a 31 hectare waterfront masterplan for Duval Properties Ltd in Abuja, Nigeria. Situated on Jabi Lake, the project aims to create a new destination for the city; a place to live, work, shop, be entertained and above all, to enjoy. With the loose arrangement of these building clusters, this results in the possibility of a flexible plan that generates multiple aspect residential units. More images and architects’ description after the break.