Light Lab 5.1 / VAV Architects

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Architects: VAV Architects
Location: , Finland
Architects: Pablo Bolinches Vidal, Darragh Breathnach, Daria Leikina
Collaborators: Veniyana Lemonidi, Matteo Goldoni, Jonathan Russell, Nicholas Dunlop, Tati Leonteva, Alexandra Polyakova, Tereza Scheibova, Anna Podrouzkova, Libor Mládek, David Buhagiar, Aulon Harizaj, Jim Walsh
Area: 7 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: VAV Architects, Jonathan Russell

Video: In Conversation with Marc Newson


Marc Newson is one of the most accomplished industrial designers of our time. A self-confessed control freak, Newson’s innovative perspective has been applied to everything from cutlery to spaceships. He regularly lends his skills to brands such as Nike, Ford and Qantas. His numerous international accolades include receiving a CBE for services to design and being appointed “Royal Designer for Industry” in the UK. Examples of his work are housed in most major permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and one of his earliest pieces, The Lockheed Lounge, holds the record for the world’s highest price paid for a piece of furniture. A complete catalogue of his works to date has also recently been released by Taschen books. Married to the prominent fashion editor and stylist, Charlotte Stockdale, Newson’s family life has had a profound influence on his attitude to design. Though he compares our current design climate to the industrial revolution he also seems nostalgic, lamenting both his daughter’s affinity for the iPad and the fact that the future is simply not as optimistic as he imagined.

Courtesy of Fionn Byrne & Kyle Xuekun Yang
Courtesy of Fionn Byrne & Kyle Xuekun Yang

2012 AIM Competition Awards Announced

The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “Shengsi Islands: Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” Participants were challenged in guiding the island villages toward a diversified economy through sustainable tourism development.…

How to Re-Invent the African Mud Hut

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It’s not often that a project requires you to bulk up on your haggling skills.

Then again, it’s not often that a project requires you to re-invent the African Mud Hut either. But that was exactly the task presented to Karolina and Wayne Switzer, participants of the Nka Foundation’s “10×10 Shelter Challenge” to design and build a 10 by 10 feet shelter deep in the heart of .

The pair, who just completed their project this month, were dependent upon the local community to make the shelter a reality, and had to learn early on how to communicate with the locals – not just to negotiate prices for materials and labor, but to overcome the local stigma associated with mud architecture (usually only used by the very poor).

The result was a contemporary, durable shelter built with a construction method inspired by local tradition: the pounding of the fufu root, a diet staple for the community, which uncannily paralleled the pounding of fresh soil into the forms. Hence the local’s name for the structure: “Obruni fufu” (white man’s fufu).

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 10×10 Challenge (open to students and graduates of design, architecture, art, or engineering, until October 2013), check out the Nka Foundation’s website, www.nkafoundation.org, or email at info@nkafoundation.org

Full description of the project, after the break….

EF Offices / ST Arquitetura

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Architects: ST Arquitetura
Location: ,
Project Manager: Stephan Steyer
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patricia Nogueira

A Residential Pavilion & Landscape of Hai Hau-The Great / Arcadian Architecture+Design

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Architects: Arcadian Architecture+Design
Location: City,
Architect In Charge: Alex Yu
Design Team: Jerry Chang, Kobe Lin, Ru-Hsien Huang, Cheng-hui Lo, Chiao-wen Lo, Hanawa Ho, Tzi-Jui Chiang
Interior Designer : Rich Honour Design Group / Ren’e Li
Client: Hai Hau Constructions
Area: 530 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

Courtesy of vGHcompany
Courtesy of vGHcompany

Mobilicity Tirana Competition Entry / vGHcompany

vGHcompany… shared with us their competition entry for Mobilicity Tirana, which won an honorable mention. Their project outlines a utopia, which is based on the man who fell into one’s own trap: the notion of time. The rings showing the

Lucerne / Daniel Marshall Architects

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Architects: Daniel Marshall Architects
Location: Orakei Basin, ,
Design Team: Daniel Marshall, Emrana Sikder, Cameron Pollock, Nick Sayes
Year: 2011
Photographs: Emily Andrews & Ernie Shackles

Apartment in ‘el Putxet’ / ARQUITECTURA-G

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Architects: ARQUITECTURA-G
Location: , España
Design Team: Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta
Area: 150 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: José Hevia

Courtesy of École Architects + AAKAA
Courtesy of École Architects + AAKAA

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / École Architects + AAKAA

The proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library competition, designed by École Architects and AAKAA…, consists of a massive cubic construction, in stark contrast with the surrounding cityscape. The singularity and unexpected nature of this landmark building is legible

Scanavini Barn / Juan Sepúlveda Grazioli + Cecilia Wolff Cecchi

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Architects: Juan Sepúlveda Grazioli, Cecilia Wolff Cecchi
Location: Barrio Club Hípico, Santiago,
Collaborators: Catalina Michael Flaño
Structural Engineer: Alfonso Larraín
Constructor: La Hacienda
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2011
Photography: Juan Sepúlveda Grazioli

Buddhist Meditation Centre Metta Vihara / bureau SLA

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Architects: bureau SLA
Location: Hengstdijk,
Design Team: Peter van Assche, Hiske van der Meer, Gonçalo Moreira, Charlotte Vermaning, Justyna Osiecka
Contractor: Van Kerckhoven Bouw, Kloosterzande
Structural Engineer: Sineth Engineering, Schiphol
Sustainability: Sunraytec, Woerden
Client: Metta Vihara
Area: 465 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of bureau SLA

Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura
Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura

Leipzig Freedom and Unity Memorial Competition Entry / Mateo Arquitectura

Designed by Mateo Arquitectura…, the purpose of the Leipzig Freedom and Unity Memorial is to commemorate the “Peaceful Revolution” of 1989 that made Leipzig a decisive place for the fall of the Berlin wall with the construction of this

MetaForum / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

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Architects: Ector Hoogstad Architecten
Location: De Wielen, De Veken, Eindhoven,
Design Team: Joost Ector, Max Pape, Chris Arts, Ralph Sijstermans, Ridwan Tehupelasury, Kees Bongers, Hetty Mommersteeg, Arja Hoogstad, Gijs Weijnen, Victor Braat, Wesley de Bruijn, Ralph Noordhoek, Sabine Alders and Damion Schwarzkachel
Area: 26,912 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Norbert van Onna, Bart van Overbeeeke, Petra Appelhof

San Vicente Ferrer / James & Mau

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Architects: James & Mau
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Matías Pérez Illera

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Italian architect Gae Aulenti dies at 84

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Architect, designer and theoretician (1927-2012) died late Wednesday night in her Milan home at the age of 84. The Palazzolo della Stella native will always be remembered as being one of the few well recognized women that worked in Italian postwar design. Throughout her career, Aulenti’s multi-faceted talent contributed greatly to the evolution of art, architecture and design.

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Aesop Ginza / Schemata Architects

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Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Jo Nagasaka
Construction: Zest
Area: 38.04 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alessio Guarino, Takumi Ota

House in Colares / Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

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Architects: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
Location: Estrada da Ribeira de Janas – Colares, Sintra,
Collaborators: Bernardo Lacasta
Structure And Foundations: Grese
Special Technical Facilities: E.a.c.e.
Area: 250.0 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG, Patrick Monteiro