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Kindergarden / Cristina García Dorce

© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

Architects: Cristina García Dorce Location: Tuéjar, Valencia, Spain Architects : Cristina García Dorce, José Durán Fernández Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

Çanakkale Municipality “Green” Cultural Center & Municipality Building Competition Entry / Onat Öktem and Ziya Imren

Designed by Onat Öktem and Ziya Imren, the proposal for the Çanakkale Municipality “Green” Cultural Center & Municipality Building, which won an honorable mention, aims to create a new focal point located at the intersection of two busy pedestrian and vehicle axes, that strengthens the urban identity. The project intends to achieve a sharing/networking space that supports the everyday life of urban dwellers with social and cultural activities/facilities/uses, and a human-centered urban space that is also respectful to environmental values. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Staten Island: A Microcosm of New York’s Post-Sandy Controversies

Hurricane Sandy damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen
Hurricane Sandy damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

The power and destruction of Hurricane Sandy made New Yorkers acknowledge just how vulnerable the city is to natural disaster.  The storm pummeled Queens’ and Brooklyn’s shores, destroyed and flooded homes while Manhattan’s lower half was submerged and plunged into darkness for a week.  But arguably, Staten Island, New York City’s Forgotten Borough, received the brunt of the storm and the slowest level of recovery.  In the midst of the controversial clean-up, the New York City Economic Development Corporation decided to plow through the tragedy with pursuant talks of the planned developments on the St. George waterfront in Staten Island.  While some residents may be offended that the subject of the talks was not of the EDC’s recovery programs, the real controversy is the way in which the EDC is planning to go forward with its proposal.  It is planning to build the world’s largest ferris wheel along a vulnerable coast line that just saw damage from one of the worst storms to hit NYC in recent history. Read more on this development after the break.

Dortoir Familial / NADAAA

The Dortoir Familial, designed by NADAAA, focuses on merging with the landscape as the slipped court provides simultaneous interiority and exteriority—protected and private as well as extroverted and engaged. The most significant result of this integration of landscape and house is the production of a monumental vaulted threshold to a central courtyard. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sustainable Market Square Competition Entry / Nikolova/Aarsø (N/A)

The proposal for the Casablanca Sustainable Market Square competition by Nikolova/Aarsø (N/A) brings together the economic, ecological, cultural, and social aspects of sustainability together. The architects do so with the interplay of medieval Islamic design tradition and contemporary advanced building technology. The architectural concept is developed through the use of the girih tiles as a constantly present design method that elevates its purpose from pure ornamentation to a method of developing architectural composition, spatial organization, structural elements, integration of environmental sustainable technology and strategies, to the planning of flow of people. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Service Station Herverlee / ABSCIS Architecten

Courtesy of ABSCIS Architecten
Courtesy of ABSCIS Architecten
  • Architects: ABSCIS Architecten
  • Location: 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
  • Area: 6194.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ABSCIS Architecten

Courtesy of ABSCIS Architecten Courtesy of ABSCIS Architecten Courtesy of ABSCIS Architecten Courtesy of ABSCIS Architecten

Royal Opera House Production Workshop / Nicholas Hare Architects

© Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow
  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Location: Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Services Engineer: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Client: Royal Opera House
  • Area: 4,300 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow

Xiqu Center Winning Design / Bing Thom Architects + Ronald Lu & Partners

Street level view of the Xiqu Center, by Bing Thom Architects and Robert Lu & Partners. Photo © West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Street level view of the Xiqu Center, by Bing Thom Architects and Robert Lu & Partners. Photo © West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

As we reported earlier todayBing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners are the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the first of 17 core arts and cultural venues to be opened at the West Kowloon Cultural District. 

The Hong-Kong born pair, who have significant experience designing Chinese cultural centers, won out the Master-planners of the District themselves, Foster +  Partners, with a design that embraces traditional Chinese motifs. As the District's first landmark building, the Xiqu Center, scheduled for commissioning in 2016, will also be the “gateway of access” to the district.

Mrs Carrie Lam, Chairman of the  (WKCDA) Board, noted that the Center's unique positioning ("Occupying a prime site of 13,800 square metres at the eastern edge of the District on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West") "will enable multi-disciplinary dialogue and interaction between Xiqu and other performing arts. By building this cultural hub, we are investing both in our future and our heritage, to celebrate Hong Kong's unique cultural identity."

Check out more info and images of the winning Xiqu Center design, after the break...

Casa Vattier / Elton+Leniz Arquitectos Asociados

© Natalia Vial
© Natalia Vial
  • Architects: Elton+Leniz Arquitectos Asociados
  • Location: Zapallar, Valparaiso, Chile
  • Associated Architects: Mirene Elton , Mauricio Leniz
  • Office Architects: John Fieldhouse – Juan Pablo Nazar
  • Constructor: Altiplano
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Natalia Vial

© Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial

Berrima House / Park + Associates

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
  • Architects: Park + Associates
  • Location: Berrima Road, Singapore
  • Principal Architect: Lim Koon Park
  • Project Team: Christina Thean, Veerawat Chankitisakul
  • Area: 749.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Bergrestaurant / Markus Innauer + Bernd Frick

© Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter
  • Architects: Markus Innauer, Bernd Frick
  • Location: Bezau, Platz 375, 6870 Bezau, Austria
  • Site Area: 2,000 sqm
  • Budget: € 1,900,000
  • Area: 690.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter

Zamora Offices / Alberto Campo Baeza

  • Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Location: Calle Obispo Manso, 1, 49001 Zamora, Spain
  • Design Team: Alberto Campo Baeza, Pablo Fernández Lorenzo, Pablo Redondo Díez, Alfonso González Gaisán, Francisco Blanco Velasco
  • Area: 12100.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla, Cortesia de Alberto Campo Baeza

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Architects Selected/Shortlisted for West Kowloon Cultural District

Foster + Partners' Masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District, entitled City Park. © Foster + Partners, by Methanoia
Foster + Partners' Masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District, entitled City Park. © Foster + Partners, by Methanoia

The WKCDA (West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) has made two big announcements today: (1) the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the District's first landmark building; and (2) the shortlist of six architects who will compete to design the M+ Museum for Visual Culture. The Museum and Center are part of a Masterplan, designed by Foster + Partners, to transform Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District into a world-class destination for arts and culture.

Hong-Kong born architects Bing Thom and Ronald Lu (of Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners) beat out the Master-planners themselves, Foster +  Partners, to design the Xiqu Center, the "gateway of access" to the district, scheduled for commissioning in 2016.

The designer for the M+ Museum has yet to be determined, however, and, judging by the 6 world-famous architectural firms shortlisted, the competition is sure to be fierce.

Find out the complete list of architects, including Herzog & de Meuron and SNOHETTA, who will compete to design the M+ Museum, after the break...

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Saint-Eustache Library / ACDF*

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Courtesy of ACDF* Architecture
  • Architects: ACDF* Architecture
  • Location: Saint-Eustache, QC, Canada
  • Design Team: Maxime Frappier, Joan Renaud, Laurence Lebeux, Martin Champagne, Marc-André Plourde, Matthew Belaen, Robert Dequoy, Laurence Lessard, Véronique Taillefer
  • Structure: SDK
  • Civil Engineering: Marchand Houle
  • Landscape: Plannex
  • General Contractor: OPRON Construction
  • Area: 2,600 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ACDF* Architecture

Courtesy of ACDF* Architecture Courtesy of ACDF* Architecture Courtesy of ACDF* Architecture Courtesy of ACDF* Architecture

Municipal Theatre of Casas Ibáñez / BGAA

  • Architects: Burgos & Garrido arquitectos
  • Location: Albacete, Spain
  • Architects: Francisco Burgos, Ginés Garrido
  • Design Team: Agustín Martín, Javier Malo, María José Arquero, Almudena Carro, Victoria Mateos, Emilio Ontiveros, Rafael Ureña
  • Structures: Juan Carlos Salvá
  • Quantity Surveyor: José Santiago
  • Area: 2642.7 sqm
  • Project Year: 2004
  • Photographs: Ángel Baltanás

© Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás