Architect Valentines

Architects are nothing if not romantic.

And, over the last few days, Architects across the world have stepped up and tweeted their affection. You can peer into their angsty souls by searching for the hashtag #architectvalentines on Twitter (which was started a few days ago by Bryant Turnage aka- @turnageb).  Obviously, nothing says romance more than sleep deprivation and illusions of grandeur. So, this Valentines Day, we Architects are getting in touch with our sensitive side. Check out some of the softer sides of the profession HERE.

To commemorate the love-fest, I’ve assembled a few of  mine and Bryant Turnage’s quotes here. Feel free to print them out and give them to that special someone. And, please add your own in the comment section below, or tweet them with the hashtag #architectvalentines.

And, If you still need proof of the romantic inclinations of Architects, just ask “Architecture Ryan Gosling” (HERE).

Much love, & Happy Valentines, from the Architects.

more love from coffee with an architect after the break

Korean Land + Housing Corporation / DRDS

Courtesy of DRDS Architecture

DRDS recently won the international competition for ’s Land and Housing Corporation. Located in Jinju, , the aim of their proposal is to create a sustainable campus with integrated green architectural design features for a new corporate headquarters building. The 65,000sm program consists of administrative offices, public services, welfare and cultural facilities that include sports facilities, hall, classrooms, broadcasting studios, library, credit union, cafeteria, child care and conference center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kuyasa Transport Interchange / MEYER+VORSTER Architects

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Architects: MEYER+VORSTER Architects
Location: Cape Town,
Client: City of Cape Town
Project Management and Team Leader: Iliso Consulting (Pty) Ltd
Photographs: Courtesy of MEYER+VORSTER Architects

VIDEO: Xian Expo / Plasma Studio + Groundlab, by Cristobal Palma

Photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us the extended version of his video of the Xi’an Expo, a project by Plasma Studio that we saw during several stages, from the award winning entry in 2009, to conceptual design and opening, when it was visited by more than 200,000 people on the first weekend.

The Expo embodies the idea of transformation as the site was formerly a sandpit where the water was severely degraded during the 1980s.  Efforts over the past two decades have restored the ecosystem and now the Expo is able to demonstrate what can be accomplished through the use of the most advanced technology, ideas, and materials, as seen on the video. As we reported earlier, the 37 ha complex includes three buildings that are interconnected with a dynamic landscape of unfolding paths and networks of water, circulation and foliage.

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Fast Company 50 Most Innovative Companies: James Corner Field Operations

Photo via Inhabitat

 Landscape architect, James Corner, has a way of not only designing captivating landscapes, but making places where people want to be. While thousands have experienced his transformation of New York’s industrial rail line, Corner’s impact is also evident in major metropolises on an international level as his competition entries and built work inspire a sense of urban renewal and restore confidence in their settings. In fact, Fast Company has recently named James Corner Field Operations as one of 50 most innovative companies of the  world for “creating intimate green spaces out of industrial urban blight.”

More about JCFO after the break.

Multimedia Library And HQE Auditorium / deAlzua+ & Atelier 9.81

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Architects: deAlzua+ & Atelier 9.81 
Location: , France
Design Team: Geoffrey Galand and Cédric Michel; Annabelle Maze, Head of Project; Julien Evrard, operational follow-up; Vanessa Barrois, François Claye
Contracting Owner: Town of Méricourt
Tech.Research.Dept: B&R Engineering
HQE Tech.Research.Dept: Solener
Project Area: 1500 sqm
Budget: €2,500,000 Net
Photographs: Courtesy of deAlzua+ & Atelier 9.81

Courtesy of Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Call for Applicants: A.E. Bye Archive Research Fellow Position

The Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State is announcing a call for the inaugural A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for the calendar year 2012. The Fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week…

KPMG Headquarters / 3XN Architects

© Adam Mõrk

Architect: 3XN Architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Client: KPMG
Type: Office and commercial (KPMG takes over 2/3 of the building, while the remaining 1/3 is rented. The ground floor has commercial spaces)
Size: 35.000 sqm (33.500 sqm office, 1.300 sqm commercial space, 22.000 sqm parking)
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Father and Son Skyscraper / IAMZ Studio

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The concept for the Father and Son skyscraper, designed by IAMZ Studio, is divided into three main elements including the shape, style and urban design along with green areas implemented into the design. The main reason for the skyscraper typology is to decrease the crowding in the capital . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Casa RO / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

© Marcos García

Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos – Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
Location: , Jalisco,
Collaborators: Pablo Alexanderson, Rossana Valdivia, Jorge Verdín, Jenny Mora, Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Carlos Miramontes
Interior Design: Ana Laura Oroz e Interiorismo Colectivo
Project Area: 620 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Marcos García

‘Abondantus Gigantus’ Temporary Pavilion / LOOS.FM

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A temporary pavilion in the public space for the Grenswerk Festival in , Netherlands, ‘Abondantus Gigantus’ was to be a meeting point and a stage for performances and exhibitions. Designed by LOOS.FM in 2011, is made up of so-called Legoblocks: concrete blocks that are very similar to the famous Lego bricks. The blocks are nondescript, yet they possess an industrial beauty. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Janus / mlzd

Courtesy of mlzd

Architects: mlzd
Location: , Switzerland
Surface Area: 370 sqm (old buildings 290 sqm, new building 80 sqm)
Floor Space: 990 sqm (old buildings 820 sqm, new building 170 sqm)
Façade of New Building: 200 sqm
Costs of Construction (including ): CHF 5.8 million
Photographs: Courtesy of mlzd

CR 16 Office And Residential Building / BLK2 Architekten

© Klaus Frahm / Artur Images

Architects: BLK2 Architekten 
Location: Caffamacherreihe 16, 20355 Hamburg,
Completion: 2010
Client: CR sechzehn Hamburg GmbH & Co.KG, Germany
Gross floor area: 41.387 sqm (35.216 qm office / 6.171 qm residential property)
Project Team: Peter Lehmann, Martin Sieckmann, Annette Niethammer,
Michaela Bluhm, Michael Gutena, Hannes Beinhoff.
Photographs: Klaus Frahm / Artur Images


Update: Hamburg sues Contractor of Herzog and de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie

© Herzog & de Meuron

Since 2007, controversy has been stirring due to the rising costs and delayed schedule of Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall in , . Recent reports state the court has approved the city of Hamburg’s €40 million lawsuit against the primary contractor HochTief, who has stopped working in four areas of the €600 million project this past November. HochTief blames the architect due to differences in its plans.

Continue reading for more.

Beaty Biodiversity Centre – Aquatic Ecosystems Research Labor​atory / Patkau Architects

© James Dow

Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia,
Project Team: Greg Boothroyd, Michael Cunningham, Joanne Gates, Samantha Hayes, Maureen Kwong, Thomas Lee, Davis Marques, Patrick O’Sullivan, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone
Model Makers: Oliver Birett, Anike Duffner, Gregory Graemiger, Julianne Heinrich, Craig Simms, Christian Schulte, Jan Rasche, Tokimi Ota
Photographs: James Dow 


Damier / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architecture: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Completion: December 2009
Structure: RC
Site Area: 32.16m2
Total Floor Area: 114.55m2
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Photography: Masao Nishikawa


AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Probably the most important news last week, was the fact that we have only 8 days left for you to nominate your favorite projects for our Building of the Years Awards. Besides that, we featured amazing projects that you may have missed.

Our main image belongs to a beautiful office building in Sao Paulo designed by Isay Weinfeld. Don’t forget to check this great winery in Portugal, Yoritaka Hayashi Architects’ latest house in , the recently announced winning proposal for the PS1 in New York and a Center for the Arts in Spain whose design began 10 years ago. Enjoy!

ArchDaily 2011 Building of the Year Awards

The year 2011 was a great one for ArchDaily, and all thanks to you. In terms of web traffic, in our network we grew to more than 200,000 daily readers who viewed 350 million pages during 2011. Our social media reach has grown to nearly 500,000 Facebook fans, more than 60,000 followers on Twitter and an ever growing presence on Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest, all connecting with architects around our passion: Architecture.

ArchDaily is more than big numbers. It is recognized as the ultimate source of inspiration for thousands of architects around the world, who are covering new ground in architectural discussion, and generating new opportunities by being part of the world’s largest architecture network. During 2011, we participated in important events, such as the Pritzker Prize ceremony in DC, the AIA National Convention in New Orleans, among others, and visiting architects all across the US, in the UK, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. We’ve had the chance to interview renowned architects such as Steven Holl, Renzo Piano, Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman, and a long list of people who are advancing this profession. We spoke at the AIA Arkansas Convention, Harvard GSD, along with other events and schools. We launched our first local version, ArchDaily Brasil (more to come during this year!) and introduced our first tool to help architects collect and order information: My ArchDaily. We will continue to work very hard during 2012, with all our passion, to keep you connected to everything that is happening in the architecture world and help you with tools, as you will be the responsible of the noble task to shape our built environment.

Since 2009 we have held the Building of the Year Awards, an instance in which all of you make your voice heard by nominating and voting for the best projects featured on ArchDaily during the year. This is a peer based award that recognizes firms of all sizes, trajectories and locations. You can check the results of the previous editions here: 2009 and 2010.

Once again we have partnered with HP to present the 2011 Building of the Year Awards, starting today Feb 7th, 2012 at the following link:

The nomination stage will run for 2 weeks until Feb 21st, 2011. All buildings featured under the available categories during 2011 are elegible for this round. You can nominate one building (in one category) per day.

Like last year, we will authenticate the votes with the My ArchDaily platform, so we can assure that the nominating and voting processes are conducted by the community. You can nominate once per day, so you can propose your favorite projects from Feb 7th to Feb 21st, after which 5 buildings per category will continue to the voting round, between Feb 22nd and Mar 6th. The winners will be announced on Mar 7th, 2012.

Given that you are in charge of the selection process, we have decided to give away 2 custom engraved iPads 2 during the nominating/voting stages (more details on the rules below). Also, the most voted firm will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer (MSRP US$8,000).

Once again I’d like to thank all our readers for your support in 2011, and rest assure that we are working on new ways to improve ArchDaily in 2012. Our inbox is always open, so feel free to leave your feedback, recommendations and support on the contact page.


Rules after the break: