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300 Ivy Street / David Baker Architects

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
300 Ivy Street  / David Baker Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte + 26

O25's "Future Logistics Building" Wins Second in Prologis 2030 Competition

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
O25's "Future Logistics Building" Wins Second in Prologis 2030 Competition , Perspective, outside. Image Courtesy of O25
Perspective, outside. Image Courtesy of O25

OFFICETWENTYFIVEARCHITECTS (O25) has won second prize the Prologis' 2030 Design competition, which challenged participating firms from seven European countries to redefine what logistics buildings may look like in the future. 

O25's proposal utilizes a site similar to characteristic distribution sites, under the assumption that future demands will be closely aligned with current one. With this mentality, the design utilizes a greenfield site within close proximity to major transportation systems, but is not directly in the heart of the urban environment. Due to its semi-rural locality, the goal of the design was to create a functional and efficient distribution system that would not compete with, but rather complement, its surroundings, so unsightly features (storage areas) are located underground. Additional nods to the landscape are made by the integration of green space atop the loading bays.

Exterior view into the loading bay. Image Courtesy of O25 Elevation of the office building. Image Courtesy of O25 Interior view of the loading bay. Image Courtesy of O25 Interior view of the office building. Image Courtesy of O25 + 6

Villa Bondö / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Villa Bondö / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson + 16

Video: Tour Through Mons International Congress Xperience with Daniel Libeskind

00:00 - 31 January, 2015

In light of the recent opening of Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX), Daniel Libeskind hosted a private tour through the conference center, explaining his thinking behind the building’s expressive form. The experience was captured on this short film by Spirit of Space with the intention to open the discussion up to a larger audience. 

The building, an important new landmark in the Belgium city of Mons, is described by Libeskind as “an expression of contrasting geometric forms.” Aside form providing function and “lively” spaces for auditoria and conference use, the building aims to be “a hinge between the old city and the new.”

Nieuwe Park Rozenburgschool / KCAP Architects&Planners

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Nieuwe Park Rozenburgschool / KCAP Architects&Planners, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode + 22

Amenagement Des Bureaux Ekimetrics / Estelle Vincent Architecture

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Amenagement Des Bureaux Ekimetrics / Estelle Vincent Architecture, © Arnaud Schelstraete
© Arnaud Schelstraete

© Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete + 25

How to Fix America's Infrastructure Problem

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
How to Fix America's Infrastructure Problem, © Flikr CC License / Martha T
© Flikr CC License / Martha T

With structurally unsound bridges, unsafe dams, and derelict roads becoming increasingly common problems, infrastructure has been brought to the forefront of many political agendas. However, limited funding in this area brings to mind the question of economics: how will improvements to North America's major trading channels be made without driving the nation further into debt? This is what Jordan Golson addresses in the article, "It's Time to Fix America's Infrastructure. Here's Where to Start." Although not all of these infrastructural problems can be resolved in the foreseeable future, according to Golson, however some smaller improvements in the next few years can be a manageable starting point. Read the full article, here.

Group8asia Nears Completion on "Verdant Urban Oasis" in Singapore

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
Group8asia Nears Completion on "Verdant Urban Oasis" in Singapore, Current Construction Aerial. Image © Darren Soh
Current Construction Aerial. Image © Darren Soh

Group8asia is nearing completion on a first-prize winning proposal that is meant to revive the concept of public housing in Singapore. The Punggol Waterway Terraces, so named for the river on which they’re set, will be a sustainable community that aims to echo the utopic exuberance of Singapore’s first housing developments in the 1970s. Arranged around central courtyards, these high-rise apartments hope to create a sleek, graceful skyline that contrasts with the verdant greenery of their landscape.

NLÉ Wins Competition to Design Financial Headquarters in Lagos

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
NLÉ Wins Competition to Design Financial Headquarters in Lagos, Atrium Ground Floor. Image © NLÉ
Atrium Ground Floor. Image © NLÉ

International design firm NLÉ has recently shared its competition-winning design for the financial headquarters of the microfinance bank Credit Direct Limited. Located in Lagos, Nigeria, in the Ikeja district, the bank’s design abandons the forbidding presence of most financial institutions for one that is open and welcoming. This decision not only invites clientele inside, but creates opportunities for adaptation to the tropical weather of Lagos. 

Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects, © Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos + 16

  • Architects

    Buerger Katsota Architects
  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Stephanos Conidaris, Flavian Lekkas, Francisco Serodio, Mladen Stamenic
  • Consultants

    Panagiotis Panagotopoulos (structural engineers), TETRAS AE (m/e engineers), Greenways (landscape architects) L+DG (lighting architects)
  • Area

    840.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Architecture of Product Design: Cross-Disciplinary Sketching Tools

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
The Architecture of Product Design: Cross-Disciplinary Sketching Tools, Courtesy of Percolate
Courtesy of Percolate

A version of this article originally appeared on the Percolate Blog.

In spring of 2009, I graduated from architecture school. At the time, the post-recession economy was rough and not much was happening for architects. With an interest in entrepreneurship and technology, I took a risk and decided to try working at a tech startup. Much to my surprise, I fell in love with the industry and 5 years later, I’m now a Product Designer at Percolate in NYC, a company which produces web and mobile marketing software.

Since my career pivot, I’ve noticed many interesting parallels between architecture and product design. Although the mediums are different, it’s amazing to see how many of the design principles and processes are the same. To some degree, even the tools can be applied to both design industries. In this post, I will discuss hand-drawing, and learn how we apply architecture tools to product design at Percolate.

AD Round Up: Classics in Brick

11:00 - 30 January, 2015
AD Round Up: Classics in Brick, Colònia Güell / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Samuel Ludwig
Colònia Güell / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Samuel Ludwig

As one of the most ubiquitous forms of construction, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the humble brick. However, this prosaic building method can also be one of the most versatile materials available to architects, thanks to the experimentation of countless architects who, for centuries, have worked to create new forms of expression with the simple material. In this round up, we celebrate architects who, with their architectural classics, have expanded the possibilities of brick craft: Antoni Gaudí's fantastical vaulting at Colònia Güell and Alvar Aalto's experimental brick patterning at his house in Muuratsalo; the powerful brick piers of Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo's Knights of Columbus Building and the Catalan vaults of Porro, Garatti and Gattardi's National Arts School of Cuba; and finally, what brick round up would be complete without the brick-whisperer himself - Louis Kahn and his all-brick fortress for the Indian Institute of Management.

Muuratsalo Experimental House / Alvar Aalto. Image © Nico Saieh Knights of Columbus Building / Kevin Roche & John Dinkeloo. Image © Flickr: username- sftrajan The National Art Schools of Cuba / Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi. Image © Norma Barbacci/World Monuments Fund Indian Institute of Management / Louis Kahn. Image © Wikimedia Commons + 7

A Modern "Kibbutz" House / Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
A Modern "Kibbutz" House / Henkin Shavit Architecture & Design, © Yoav Gurin
© Yoav Gurin

© Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin + 21

Centre Pompidou Considers Libourne Outpost

00:00 - 30 January, 2015
Centre Pompidou Considers Libourne Outpost, © Francis Toussaint
© Francis Toussaint

The south west French city of Libourne may soon get its own pop-up Pompidou. Reports indicate that the Libourne satellite outpost would be similar to the one currently underway in Malaga, Spain (soon to open in March 2015). If the deal is passed, the city would host the museum outpost in a former 40,000-square-meter military academy, though renovation costs are excepted run high - nearing €6 million. The city's mayor Philippe Buisson is reaching out to regional and national authorities requesting financial assistance. 

AI sport / Leaf Architects Studio

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
AI sport / Leaf Architects Studio, Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio
Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio

Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio Courtesy of Leaf Architects Studio + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Theodoros Gazotzis
  • Collaborators

    Pavlos Tsemperlidis
  • Area

    106.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Apartment Building in Deinokratous Street, Athens / Giorgos Aggelis

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Apartment Building in Deinokratous Street, Athens / Giorgos Aggelis, © H. Louizidis
© H. Louizidis

© H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kolonaki, Athens 106 75, Greece
  • Design Team

    Anthi Verykiou Charis Laspas, Daphne Karaiskaki, Sofia Kondylia
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Vilnius SPA - Anykščiai / SP Architektu Grupe

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Vilnius SPA - Anykščiai / SP Architektu Grupe, © Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė
© Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė

© Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė © Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė © Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė © Raimondas Urbakavičius, Genadij Ignatovič, Diana Garbačauskienė + 15

Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s)

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s), Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Combo Competitions' latest ideas challenge asks participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which seeks to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?