Harbour View / Stephenson&Turner

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Architect: Stephenson&Turner
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Client: 152 Quay St Body Corporate
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Video: How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster


Check out this beautiful documentary by First Run Features highlighting Norman Foster’s architectural inspiration, theories and products of his premier global practice.  As an architect who is constantly challenging the rules of the system, Foster’s career has produce magnificent structures from his iconic skyscrapers to the world’s longest bridge. The film “documents the way that great architecture is created, but does not flinch from the disappointments, and the set backs, and even the failures that come with it.” The film will be released on DVD and is having a limited theatrical release. Enjoy the trailer!

 


        

UTS Great Hall and Balcony Room / DRAW

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Architects: Draw [de Manincor Russell Architecture Workshop]
Location: Broadway, Ultimo, Sydney,
Client: University of Technology, Sydney [UTS]
Project Team: Adam Russell, John de Manincor, Fransisco Layson, Raffaello Rosselli, Nick Sargent, Chris Steinbach, Leisa Tough, Lorraine Yip, Zana Wright
Collaborators: Kann Finch Group (Collaborating Architects)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brett Boardman

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Bike The Floating Stadium / Quentin Perchet & Gabriel Scerri

The aim of Bike The Floating Stadium by architects Quentin Perchet & Gabriel Scerri… is to design a gift to the city, a symbol of sustainability, and a 24/7 open public space gathering in an exemplary way for leisure, entertainment,

Kindergarten of Jiading New Town / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Hongde Rd, Jiading, , China
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Wang Shuyi, Liu Qian, Gao Lin
Building Area: 660 sqm
Site Area: 12100 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shu He

‘Unfinished Modernisations / Between Utopia and Pragmatism’ Exhibition

Cultural Centre Kolasin: Cultural Center by architect: Marko Music (photo by Wolfgang Thaler)

As part of the European Capital of Culture 2012, the architectural exhibition, ‘Unfinished Modernisations / Between Utopia and Pragmatism’ will be taking place at the Maribor Art Gallery from February 10 – April 22. The presentation of architectural projects and large-scale urbanistic plannings which denote the period of (socialist) Yugoslavia is a long-expected project that will focus on the milestones and visions of the (unfinished) modernisation of cities during socialism as well as answer the questions about their role and legacy in the successor countries. More information on the exhibition after the break

Flashback: AZL Pension Fund Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architect: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: , the Netherlands
Project Year: 1995
Photographs: , Jan Bitter

Video: Redbull New Headquarters / Sid Lee Architecture

Above is a video of the Redbull New Headquarters in designed by Sid Lee Architecture. Their main goal was to combine the almost brutal simplicity of an industrial built work with Red Bull’s mystical invitation to perform. In the architecture, they offer, nothing is clearly set; all is a matter of perception.

 

 

AD Classics: Esherick House / Louis Kahn

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An architect celebrated for his breathtaking studies of light and materiality in the creation of memorable architecture,  did not fail to maintain his rigor in the Esherick House of , Pennsylvania.

Admired for it’s spatial and luminous qualities, this is the first residence of its kind to convey the grand ideas of Kahn-style architecture. The two story dwelling, which is one of only nine private houses designed by Kahn to come into realization, rests on a lively six acre garden.

More information on the Esherick House after the break.

Potts Point Apartment / Anthony Gill Architects

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Architects: Anthony Gill Architects
Location: Sydney,
Project Team: Anthony Gill and Sarah Mcspadden
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 38 sqm
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Shang XIA / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: No. SL1-01, F1, South tower, Hongkong Plaza, 283 Huaihai Middle Road, , PRC
Project name: SHANG XIA
Client: Shang xia
Design Period: 2009.08-2009.12
Construction Period: 2010.03-2010.06
Principal use: Retail
Total floor area: 126 sqm
Stories: 1 story
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Update: Navy Pier design teams present to the public

Existing Image of the Navy Pier © Stephen Hanafin via flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanafin/

Starting tomorrow, the five design teams selected to redesign the outdoor spaces of Chicago’s Navy Pier will begin to reveal their schemes to the public. Lead by AECOM, Aedas Architects, James Corner Field Operations, !melk and the Xavier Vendrell Studio, each team will be given thirty minutes to present their ideas, followed by a ten minute question and answer session. The presentations will take place on January 31st and February 1st at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Continue reading for the presentation schedules and more information on the competition.

Rosa Gardens / Brooks & Scarpa

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Architects: Brooks & Scarpa
Location: Palm Springs, ,
Client: Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer
Angela Brooks, AIA, Omar Barcena, Mark Buckland, Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Ching Luk, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri – Project Design Team
Project Year: 2011
Project area: 93,000 sqf
Photographs: John Edward Linden

Social Housing In Paris / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

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Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Location: Paris,
Client: BNP Paribas Immobilier Résidentiel IDF
Project Team: Justyna Swat, Marcus Himmel, Katja Pargger, Florian Vadjoux, Anna Zottl, Mathias Neveling, Arne Speiser, Hugo Enlart
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 7,360 sqm
Photographs: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Projects from , UK, The Netherlands and Czech Republic, as well as our special inforgraphic on the Serpentine Gallery Pavillion’s 11 years. Check the best of last week after the break.

Administration Building of the North Shanghai Gas Company in Jiading /
This is the administration building of the North Shanghai Gas Company in Jiading. The needs of the function of this building are generally simple. With surrounding the undeveloped constructional land, the site is small, and the only feature of the site is the river landscape close to the northern side. The final form of the building completely responds to the landscape in the northern side (read more…)

Yarralumia Poolhouse / Katon Redgen Mathieson

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Architects: Katon Redgen Mathieson
Location: ACT, Australia
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Katon Redgen Mathieson

Baroque Court Apartments / OFIS arhitekti

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Architects: OFIS arhitekti
Location: , Slovenia
Project Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, Laura Carroll, Erin Durno, Leonor Coutinho, Maria Trnovska, Jolien Maes, Sergio Silva Santos, Grzegorz Ostrowski, Javier Carrera, Magdalena Lacka, Estefania Lopez Tornay, Nika Zufic
Structural Engineering: Elea IC d.o.o.
Mechanical Engineering: ISP d.o.o.
Electrical Engineering: Eurolux d.o.o.
Client: DZS d.d
Site Area: 692 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 2,420 sqm
Photographs: Tomaz Gregoric, Jan Celeda

2011 Skyscraper Trends

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Every January the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conducts a review of skyscraper construction and compiles all the data from the previous year. The trend since 2007 has seen record breaking years for buildings taller than 200 meters completed, with 88 skyscrapers completed in 2011. Even as the global economy is slowly recuperating from the 2008 financial crisis, it would appear as though this trend will remain relatively stable. , leading the pack at 23 completed towers is predicted to remain at the forefront of skyscraper market, followed by Middle Eastern countries in the next decade.  UAE, South Korea, and Panama City – an up and coming cosmopolitan city – rounded out the top four. Of the towers completed in 2011, 17 have made their way into the top 100 tallest buildings – Shenzhen’s Kingkey 100, at 442 meters crowning this year’s list. More after the break.