Passive House with Textile Skin / BLAF Architecten

01:00 - 13 September, 2013
Passive House with Textile Skin / BLAF Architecten, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Asse, Belgium
  • Design Team

    Bart Vanden Driessche, Lieven Nijs, Barbara Oelbrandt
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +24

9th ArchiLab: Naturalizing Architecture (Sept 14th 2013 - March 30th 2014)

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
9th ArchiLab: Naturalizing Architecture (Sept 14th 2013 - March 30th 2014)

On September 14th two interesting architecture events will take place in Orléans, Paris: The public opening of the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, Paris, designed by JAKOB + MACFARLANE and the ninth edition of ArchiLab. 

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World, Edificio “Walkie Talkie” / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Edificio “Walkie Talkie” / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street (or the "Walkie Talkie") in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the "Death Ray," we've put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world - from the worrying to the downright absurd.

Three apartaments and local in Gójar / Elisa Valero Arquitectura

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +9

School extension Rumst / Bovenbouw

01:00 - 13 September, 2013
School extension Rumst / Bovenbouw, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +17

G House / Axelrod Architects + Pitsou Kedem Architect

01:00 - 13 September, 2013
© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +24

Alcorcón Stable Circus / cmA Arquitectos

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
© Camacho-Macia
© Camacho-Macia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Javier Camacho, P. Bustamante
  • Area

    59500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Camacho-Macia © Camacho-Macia © Camacho-Macia © Camacho-Macia +11

Casa Fenomenológica / Estudio Botteri-Connell

01:00 - 13 September, 2013
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
  • Architects

  • Location

    City Bell, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge

    Arqs. Sofía Botteri Cappa, Patricio Gabriel Connell
  • Collaborators

    Rosalía Vicente, José Chaves
  • Area

    320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla +21

Making Space Resonate: Incorporating Sound Into Public-Interest Design

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
Making Space Resonate: Incorporating Sound Into Public-Interest Design, The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com
The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com

“The modern architect is designing for the deaf.” Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer makes a valid point. [1] The topic of sound is practically non-existent in modern architectural discourse. Why? We, as architects, think in terms of form and space; we balance scientific understanding and artistic vision. The problem is, we have a tendency to give ample thought to objects rather than processes and systems. Essentially, our field is ocular-centric by nature. So how do we start to “see” sound? And more importantly, how do we use it to promote health, safety and well-being?

The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com The Butaro Hospital by MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan Sound Tube 1971. Image © Atelier Leitner +5

BBVA Compass Stadium / Populous

01:00 - 13 September, 2013
© Geoffrey Lyons
© Geoffrey Lyons
  • Architects

  • Location

    YES Prep - East End Campus, 8329 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77012, USA
  • Area

    340000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Geoffrey Lyons © Geoffrey Lyons © Geoffrey Lyons © Geoffrey Lyons +14

Jimenez Lai Wins Inaugural Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
Jimenez Lai Wins Inaugural Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award, White Elephant / Jimenez Lai © Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol. ImageWhite Elephant / Jimenez Lai
White Elephant / Jimenez Lai © Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol. ImageWhite Elephant / Jimenez Lai

Jimenez Lai, founder of Chicago-based Bureau Spectacular has been selected as winner of the first Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award. The award, presented by Millennium BCP president Fernando Nogueira, distinguishes a young architect or studio under 35 on outstanding work, development of original design thinking and the pursuit of critical ideas with a monetary prize of €5,000.

Beach House / Aamodt Plumb Architects

01:00 - 13 September, 2013
Beach House / Aamodt Plumb Architects, © Jane Messinger Photography
© Jane Messinger Photography

Courtesy of Aamodt Plumb Architects © Eduard Hueber / archphoto © Jane Messinger Photography © Eduard Hueber / archphoto +22

Guingamp / Agence d'Architecture Robert et Sur

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
Guingamp / Agence d'Architecture Robert et Sur, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +36

AD Classics: The National Art Schools of Cuba / Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi

10:30 - 12 September, 2013
AD Classics: The National Art Schools of Cuba / Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi, School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com
School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com

“Cuba will count as having the most beautiful academy of arts in the world.” - Fidel Castro (1961)

The Cuban National Schools of Arts, originally imagined by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in 1961, are perhaps the largest architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution. The innovative design of the schools, which aimed to bring cultural literacy to the nation, encapsulated the radical, utopian vision of the Revolution. Unfortunately, the nation’s idealistic enthusiasm lasted for a fleeting moment in time and the Schools quickly fell out of favor; they were left to decay before even being completed. Today, following nearly four decades of neglect, the architects have returned to try and bring these derelict schools to back to their intended glory.

School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © John Loomis: Revolution of Forms Site plan. Image © John Loomis: Revolution of Forms School of Modern Dance by Ricardo PorroSchool of Modern Dance by Ricardo Porro. Image © Adrián MALLOL i MORETTI School of Plastic Arts by Ricardo Porro. Image © Norma Barbacci/World Monuments Fund +64

TERESA-HOUSE / Rocamora Arquitectura

01:00 - 12 September, 2013
TERESA-HOUSE / Rocamora Arquitectura, © David Frutos
© David Frutos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Alicante, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Ángel Luis Rocamora Ruiz y Javier Gironella Pallarés
  • Collaborators

    Jose Antonio Martín
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +16

Lower Prep Quad / Gerardo Valle P

00:00 - 12 September, 2013
Lower Prep Quad / Gerardo Valle P, © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld
  • Architects

  • Location

    Príncipe de Gales 6154, La Reina, La Reina, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Area

    4496.16 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +38

SANAA's 'Cloud Boxes' Wins First Prize in Taichung City Competition

01:00 - 12 September, 2013
SANAA's 'Cloud Boxes' Wins First Prize in Taichung City Competition, First Prize. Image Courtesy of SANAA via Taichung City Cultural Center
First Prize. Image Courtesy of SANAA via Taichung City Cultural Center

SANAA, it is. In attempts to separate itself from its sister cities, Taichung City has named SANAA, led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, winners of an international competition that intends to unite a newly formed city. As of December 2010, Taichung city executed a mega-merger that increased its population from 1 million inhabitants to 2.5 million, encompassing the skyscraping towers of downtown Taichung to the agricultural mountainside villages of Taichung County. As a result, the local government envisioned a new urban space that would place art at its core, celebrating the regions' disparate cultures. 

Sou Fujimoto Designs New Wing for Germany's Kunsthalle Bielefeld

00:00 - 12 September, 2013
Sou Fujimoto Designs New Wing for Germany's Kunsthalle Bielefeld, First Proposal: Stacked Landscape. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects
First Proposal: Stacked Landscape. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto has unveiled three design proposals for an extension to Philip Johnson’s Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany. Since its completion in 1968, the museum has built a reputation for hosting temporary exhibitions. However, with the construction of the new wing, Kunsthalle Bielefeld will expand their services to accommodate a contemporary art gallery. 

Read on to review Sou Fujimoto’s three proposals...