Nordic Light: Interpretations in Architecture

Nordic Light is a 240-pages book with a wide array of lighting projects in nordic architecture as well as essays about light in late 19th century art form. The book contains architects and comtemporary artists such as Snøhetta, Olafur Eliasson, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects and Henning Larsen Architects. The graphic elements presented in the book is an interpretation between northern lights and architectural sketching.

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© Rintala Eggertsson Architects
© Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Venice Biennale 2012: VOID / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

In Western thinking the notion of void, or emptiness is a usually considered a negative state of affairs, absence or lack of something. As an existential term emptiness, coupled with our contemporary condition with unforeseen wealth, is associated with the…

Academie MWD Dilbeek / Carlos Arroyo

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Architects: Carlos Arroyo
Location: , Belgium
Associate Architects: ELD Partnership
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

AD Round Up: Housing Part X

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Back in 2009 we published some great housing projects you can’t miss. Main image belongs to SAKO’s Bumps, a 103,218 square meter housing project in Beijing. Check out the great Mainz Markthäuser 11-13 by Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas or High Line 23 designed by Neil M.Denari Architects. Revisit, St Edward’s University New Residence and Dining Hall by Alejandro Aravena. Finally, don’t forget to visit Ftown Building by japanese practice Atelier Hitoshi Abe.

O house / Arhitektonski studio Fabijanić

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Architects: Arhitektonski studio Fabijanić
Location: , Zadarsko-Kninska,
Author: Nenad Fabijanić
Co Author: Željko Pavlović
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 133 sqm
Photographs: Miro Martinić

Courtesy of Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA)
Courtesy of Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA)

Horizontal Farm / AMA

Designed by Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA)…, their horizontal farm proposal is a flowing architecture system where the farming world meets the Indian slum in New Dehli. The project aims to create a balanced mix with farms, working areas and

Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’

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David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and -born starchitect have officially unveiled a massive, mixed-use project that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The multi-phase project will significantly alter the city’s skyline with three, “sculptural” residential towers perched atop two, six story podiums.

Mirvish describes, “I am not building three towers, I am building three sculptures that people can live in.”

Continue reading to learn more.

Twisted House / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Kvitfjell,
Design Team: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Claes Cho Heske Ekornaas
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

Ai Weiwei. Photo via REUTERS © David Gray.
Ai Weiwei. Photo via REUTERS © David Gray.

Chinese Government Shuts Down Ai Weiwei’s Design Firm

After 81 days of detention without cause, a year-long travel ban extended for claims of internet “pornography,” and a $2.4 million dollar fine imposed for supposed tax evasion, Ai Weiwei has now been accused by the Chinese government of failing…

TYIN tegnestue wins 2012 European Prize for Architecture

Cassia Coop Training Centre / TYIN Tegnestue Architects © Pasi Aalto

Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, principals of the architecture cooperative TYIN tegnestue Architects in Trondheim, , have been named as this year’s winners of The . The young Norwegian architects were honored for their humanitarian work designing and building with community participation in poor and underdeveloped areas in Africa and Asia.

Annually presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the prize is awarded to influential European architects “who have demonstrated a significant contribution to humanity and to the built environment through the art of architecture”.

Continue reading for more information and a sample of TYIN tegnestue Architects’ work.

CEIP de MURO / BB Arquitectes

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Architects: BB Arquitectes
Location: Mallorca,
Architecture: Antoni Barceló y Bàrbara Balanzó
Rigger: Maria Nadal
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of BB Arquitectes

Films & Architecture: “Cube”

is a movie that cannot be highlighted by its cinematographic features. However, the idea of a perfect space driven by geometrical logics seems an attractive subject for us, architects. Along the film, the characters try to solve the twisted organisation of this “” in order to find their way out.

Have you already seen this movie? Share your thoughts about idealisation of space, or let us know any other reference that comes to your minds. As usual, we wait for your comments.

Architecture Decay / Andrew Hawkins

Ruins in Angkor, Wat. Photo “Cambodia” via Flickr CC User Macorig Paolo

By Andrew Hawkins

From the author of the popular post, “So You Want to Own Your Own Architecture Firm,” Andrew Hawkins, we bring you his latest: “Architecture Decay.”

As an architect I am interested (and have always been) in the way in which buildings are put together. To me, at times, the actual process in which a building is constructed is more interesting than the final product. Not to say the final product is not interesting to me, after all that is the intent of my design, but I find much enjoyment in the process that follows the end of my designing and brings my creation into the physical world. At certain stages of the construction, the completed portion of work produces very visually appealing imagery. (At least to this architect)

With that in mind I also enjoy the opposite process: the deconstruction of buildings. And this main fascination stems from the photo above. My obsession really revolves around the slow decay and atrophy of buildings over time due to lack of care. Also the way in which nature can destroy a building over time or in an instant is a study of architecture itself.

More examples of #ArchitectureDecay, after the break…

Paasitorni Hotel / K2S Architects

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Architects: K2S Architects
Location: ,
Project Architect: Juha Sundqvist
Head Designers: Mikko Summanen, Kimmo Lintula and Niko Sirola
Design Team: Mikko Näveri, Matias Manninen, Tommi Terästö, Elina Tenho, Tommi Mauno, Teija Tarvo, Jarno Vesa, Outi Pirhonen, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Kristian Forsberg
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of K2S Architects

205 Race Street / Peter Gluck & Partners

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Presented with the chance to make an impact on an urban skyline can be one of the most exciting opportunities for an architect, albeit one of the most stressful.   For, as much as we are driven by the project’s potential prominence, its soon-to-be visibility brings with it heavy criticism and concerns- and, rightly so.

Such is the case with ’ latest project for 205 Race Street.  Situated on the border of the Old City, the 16 story residential building has sparked debate due to its 197’6″ height – a marker that far surpasses the historic district’s height limit of 65′.  Yet, the building’s positioning - immediately adjacent to the Ben Franklin Bridge and PATCO train lines – demands an architectural strategy that can remedy the site’s vastly different edge conditions.

More after the break.

Bornego College / HVDN + Studioninedots

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Architects: HVDN + Studioninedots
Location: Dominee Kingweg, Heerenveen, The Netherlands
Design Team: Arie van der Neut, Albert Herder, Tom Jonker, Jan Pieter Penders
Photographs: Courtesy of Studioninedots + HVDN

Courtesy of Eric Chancellor, Christopher Matthews, Jordan Lloyd
Courtesy of Eric Chancellor, Christopher Matthews, Jordan Lloyd

Trent Bank Proposal / Eric Chancellor, Christopher Matthews, Jordan Lloyd

Recently shortlisted into the top 8 for the UK sector and awarded a commendation for its creative and imaginative solution to housing in the UK, the Trent Bank proposal is a design-led framework that centers on self-provision as a sustainable…

Haustrift / SUPERBLOCK + Johnny Winter

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Architects: SUPERBLOCK + Johnny Winter
Location: Vienna,
Design Team: Johnny Winter
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,500 sqm
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus