Noatum Headquarters / Girod+Anton Arquitectos

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Architects: Girod+Anton Arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Project Team: Jorge Girod, Jose Luís Antón
Collaborators: Claudia Escrivà, Yihuan Cao, Tomás Maicas
Area: 626 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

  

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New City Center of Klaksvik / Studio BÄNG + Sebastian Schroeter

The proposal for the new city center of Klaksvik by studio BÄNG and Sebastian Schroeter… focuses on the center’s ability to work when public life can be guaranteed at any weather condition. The key task is to create a clearly

Villa T-Extension / OFIS

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Architects: OFIS
Location: Ljubljana,
Project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregorič , Tomaz Gregorič, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, Will Gibson, Andrej Kacera, Jan Smejkal
Structural engineering: Projecta d.o.o.
Mechanical engineering: Jelen & Zaveršnik d.n.o.
Electrical engineering: Jelen & Zaveršnik d.n.o.
Completion: 2012
Building: 56,60 sqm
Photographs: Tomaz Gregorič

   

Teacher Training College / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT (César Azcárate)
Location:  Leioa, Basque Country,
Collaborators: Ion Zubiaurre, Helena Sa Marques, Ricardo Moutinho, Nuria Perez, Sergio Llamosas, Ana Robles
Project management: IDOM
Completion: 2011 
Project Area: 34,000 sqm
Photographs: Aitor Ortíz

Platea Residences / Salon2

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Salon2 shared with us their winning design in an invited competition for their Platea Residences proposal. Located in Fikirtepe area of , their design strategy blends green and the conventional tower blocks into each other with climbing gardens almost like ivy climbing the trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pixel in Beijing Modelroom / SAKO Architects

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Architects: SAKO Architects
Project Team: Keiichiro Sako, Ariyo Mogami, Ken-ichi Kurimoto
Project Area: 4,800 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

Watertower / Rocha Tombal Architects

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Architects: Rocha Tombal Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Architects: Ana Rocha, Michel Tombal, Paul Ketelaars
Project team: Tjerk Boom; Volker Goldstein; Iwona Wozniakowska; Enrique Otero Neira ; Enrique Abad Monllor
Client: Anne-Marie Wegh en Werner Bremer
Gross floor area sqm: Ca 400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocha Tombal Architects

 

Thomas Phifer and Partners Unveils Design for Corning Museum of Glass

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New York practice Thomas Phifer and Partners have unveiled their design for the new 100,000 square foot North Wing expansion at the Museum of Glass in , New York. The state of the art, “energy smart” building will provide the ideal interior environment for preserving the Museum’s unparalleled collection of glass art through natural lighting, an intelligent building envelope and sophisticated temperature and air quality controls. The $64 million North Wing is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Continue after the break to learn more about the North Wing expansion. 

Lamego Multi Purpose Pavillion / Barbosa & Guimarães

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Architects: Barbosa & Guimarães
Location: Lamego,
Project Team: José António Barbosa, Pedro Lopes Guimarães
Project Year: 2012
Client: Lamego Renova
Photographs: Jose Campos

Techne / HEED: Possibilities for Energy Efficient Design

HEED, image via www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu

While many people are familiar with UCLA as a university, because it is so large, it’s difficult to track all the different important studies conducted there. Yet many of these can directly improve the lives of people right now. Take for example the HEED, or Home Energy Efficient Design program, developed at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Begun back in 2002, it was created to help literally everyone improve the energy efficiency of their homes. For free.

What is it? Basically, HEED provides a set of tools that help anyone and everyone re-design housing to be more energy efficient. Even better, it can be applied to both new and existing structures. And while it was initially developed for California homeowners—they were identified by their utility providers—the software has since been reconfigured so that professionals in the building industry can also use them. The software now can be used by architects, contractors, engineers, and of course, individual homeowners. This free, downloadable software incorporates several advanced features that allow both individual DIY-ers and professionals to restructure and redesign the efficiency of new and existing structures.

Log 24

 24 is a compilation of architecture criticism that exemplifies the range of criticism today. Encountering buildings, exhibitions, films, and books, twenty authors disentangle the challenges and problems the work poses to the critic and the architect, as well as render an incisive portrait of contemporary architecture.

“Fahrenheit 451″ Author Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, , died yesterday at the age of 91, leaving behind a legacy of best-selling Science Fiction Novels, including Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, that transcended genre and spoke to our very real human experiences.

However, you are probably not aware of his passion for rethinking and reviving the American City. In 1993, Bradbury wrote a book of essays, “Yestermorrow: Obvious Answers to Impossible Futures,” including a chapter on Urban Planning, and later wrote an article titled “The Aesthetics of Lostness,” praising European cities you can get lost in. Bradbury has been quoted as saying: “When I deal with urban problems I ask: What is a city? What is the mystery of the city? What is fun about a really good city?”

Read More about the late Ray Bradbury and his views on Architecture, after the break…

Claude Prouvé’s recently demolished Experimental Building of SIRH

Prior to destruction © Nicolas Waltefaugle Photographe

Mid-March brought the destruction of an important 1970s building that symbolized the experimental nature of industrialized housing that became popular after World War II as an effort to meet the economic demands of reconstruction. Known as the “experimental building of SIRH”, the eight storey abandoned structure was created by sixty prefabricated modules that served as a prototype for the SIRH Process – a construction process that experimented with the idea of prefabricating flexible standard living cells that could be easily assembled on site in a unlimited amount of configurations to provide for affordable individual or collective dwellings. This process was designed by French architect – son of the illustrious French architect, designer and metal worker , who is widely known for successfully and beautifully transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture.

The experimental building of SIRH, along with many other 1960s and 1970s structures, remains largely under-explored. Due to a spontaneous mobilization of architects, students and researchers in January 2012, the SIRH building has been documented and photographed in detail before it was demolished in March. Starting Thursday, June 7th, the Maison de l’architecture Lorraine will be hosting a fascinating exhibition that will display this documentation and explore the innovative process and prototypes of Claude Prouvé.

Continue reading after the break to learn more!

Klaksvík City Centre / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects has won the competition for developing a 150,000 sqm area in the second-largest city in the Faroe Islands, Klaksvík. The area will comprise a cultural house, a museum, residences, offices and shops. 154 competition proposals were submitted in the open, international competition. More images and architect’s description after the break.

A Lesson in Dedicated Collaboration: Hunts Point Landing on the South Bronx Greenway / Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

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In the past decade New York City’s government, along with numerous organizations and design teams, have taken the initiative to revive the city’s public spaces and reclaim underutilized areas that have long been associated with the city’s manufacturing past.  We’re all familiar with the High Line, a project that takes over the elevated rail lines of Chelsea and Meat Packing District that until several years ago stood as a desolate and eroding piece of infrastructure,  which was beautiful in its own way but largely underutilized.  Then there is the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which has become a mecca for designers, fabricators and research companies and has recently acquired a museum to celebrate its history.   And of course, there are the city’s waterways, which, since New York City’s early history, have served its manufacturing and trade economy, have become parks along the waterfront as part of the Hudson River Greenway and the FDR Drive.  Manufacturing has long been replaced by Wall Street, but there are parts of the city that still retain the industrial past along the historic waterfront and continue to operate some of the most important facilities that allow the city to function.  Now it is time to reintroduce a public use among these industrial zones.

More after the break!

Britain’s Built Legacy: From “Carbuncles” to the Cutting-Edge

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‘What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.”

It’s easy to see why British Architects get their hackles raised when it comes to . The oft-quoted gem above, said in reference to a proposed extension to the National Gallery in 1984, is one of hundreds of such Architectural criticisms has made over the years. Which wouldn’t matter of course, if, like any average Architectural layman’s opinions, his words didn’t have much weight.

His do. They’ve resulted in the intervention, squelching, and/or redesign of at least 5 major plans over the last twenty years. But let’s not write off Charles just yet.

With the Queen’s Jubilee ceremoniously having finished yesterday, the conversation analyzing her legacy has begun. And while London’s towering, cutting-edge high rises (a la Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Zaha Hadid), will be the shining examples of Elizabeth’s reign – I’d like to suggest something, and raise a few hackles, myself…

Curious for more? Keep reading about Prince Charles’ unlikely influence on Architecture, after the break…

New Start, New Driving Technology

New Start, New Driving Technology

Chevrolet Volt.
Electric when you want it, gas when you need it.
The Chevrolet Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you…

Malbaie VI Maree Basse / MU Architecture

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Architects: MU Architecture
Location: Cap-à-l’Aigle, La Malbaie, Québec,
Project Team: Jean-Sébastien Herr, Charles Côté, Audrey Lavallée
Client: Florent Moser (Les Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle)
Completion: September 2011
Project Area: 3,200 sqm
Photographs: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard