Hope Street Geelong West / Steve Domoney Architecture

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Architects: Steve Domoney Architecture
Location: West, Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Steve Domoney
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Arundel Square / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

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Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Location: Arundel Square, N1, UK
Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards
Client: United House Developments / Londonewcastle
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of PTE Architects

ONE Prize 2012: BLIGHT TO MIGHT Finalists Announced!

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Terreform ONE has announced the finalists of the “ONE Prize 2012: BLIGHT TO MIGHT” – an international design competition powered by the idea that social, ecological, and economic struggles can simultaneously be addressed through collaborative action and innovative design. Situated in the context of a struggling U.S. economy and the tension of stagnant unemployment, ONE Prize 2012 called to put design in the service of the community, to reinvigorate deindustrialized and depressed urban areas, and to repurpose spaces for economic growth and job creation.

The competition attracted 115 teams and 655 team members from more than 20 countries and five continents. The Jury will select the final winners in late September.

The twenty, ONE PRIZE 2012 finalists are:

LEGO Turns 80, Remains Architecturally Awesome

National Building Museum’s Towering Ambition exhibition by Architect Adam Reed Tucker. Towering Spiral via Flickr User © 2010 Brian Mosley

“Legos were the ultimate building tool, capable of making the most advanced space ships, powerful vehicles, impressive buildings, and incredible cities. As a child, everyone I knew loved Legos, and this never seemed to change. In high school, whenever a conversation with friends happened to shift upon Legos, everyone would gleefully reminisce about their days making fantastic structures out of those awesome little building blocks. [...] No doubt Legos played a supporting role in my growth in appreciation for architecture.” - Architect Albert Lam, in a Blog post for the LPA

When you ask architects what inspired them, almost all (according to one study, 99%) can trace the calling back to the same, simple origin: playing with their bricks.

The LEGO Group, which turns 80 today, can boast that there are approximately 62 LEGO bricks for ever person on earth.  However, it wasn’t until 1958, when the newly-plastic LEGO bricks incorporated the classic knob-and-tube-connecting-system, that they overtook the Froebel block (Frank Lloyd Wright’s toy of choice) to become the massively popular architectural inspiration they are today.

But while the influence of LEGO on architects may be self-evident, not many know about Architecture’s contribution to LEGO. In fact, only through the lens of Architecture, can you truly understand why LEGO merits its bold moniker as “The Toy of the Century.”

Find out Architecture & LEGOs unlikely relationship, after the break…

HouseK / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: ,
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Sinei Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Roger Sanchez deconstructs tech house with “Zaha Hadid”

Start your weekend early with this Zaha Hadid-inspired track by the internationally renowned DJ, Roger Sanchez. The former Pratt architecture student is currently working on a starchitect-themed, tech house series that musically interprets the work of his favorite architects, such as Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, IM Pei, Tado Ando and Gaudi.

Sanchez explained to bdonline, “The song [] – it’s tech-house, futuristic, minimal but with lots of varying elements that are opposing but work together beautifully. It has an angular high at the end which conforms to the form of her designs and there’s a crescendo in the middle that reminds me of her focal points.”

Reference: bdonline, Artinfo

In Progress: School Library Gando / Kere Architecture

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Architects: Kere Architecture
Location: , Burkina Faso
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kere Architecture

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Courtesy of Trimo Urban Crash

Trimo Urban Crash Summer Challenge

The organizers of Trimo Urban Crash, a biannual international competition for students of architecture and industrial design, just launched this year’s summer challenge, which is a relatively simple task. All are being asked, not just students, to present their thoughts…

P.S.P Office Building / Olgoo Office

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Architects: Olgoo Office
Location: Pardis Technology Park,Tehran,
Architect In Charge: Mehran Khoshroo
Project Team: Almara Melkomian, Adel Ataee, Mehdi Atashbar, Amir Masoud Nafisi, Mahsa Mamaghani, Soodabeh Ghorbani, Kourosh Asadzadeh, Hamid Reza Etemadi, Syamak Yazdanian
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 2050.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Baraks Studio

Delfina Foundation Expansion / Studio Octopi + Shahira Fahmy Architects

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The London-based Delfina Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating cultural exchange with a special focus on the greater Middle East and North Africa, will expand from their townhouse at 29 Catherine Place, near Buckingham Palace, to an adjacent building at 31 Catherine Place. The expansion will double the Foundation’s residency to offer at least 32 residencies a year for artists, curators and writers, making it the largest international  artist residency  provider in London when it reopens in Autumn 2013.  In keeping with the Foundation’s beliefs to promote collaborative understanding across cultures, London-based Studio Octopi and Cairo-based Shahira Fahmy Architects have been awarded first prize for their expansion proposal which will retain the domesticity of the two houses and explore the notion of the hearth in a home.

More about the expansion after the break. 

Unicredit Ţiriac Bank HQ / Westfourth Architecture

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Architects: Westfourth Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Vlad Arsene, Călin Negoescu, Onar Gerelioglu, Silviu Chiţu, Karoly Markos
Envelope Consultant: Aludesign
Structural Engineer: Popp şi Asociaţii
Electrical: Conseng
Technical Consultant: Graphtech
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 17,000 sqm
Photographs: Mărgulescu & Moldoveanu

‘SEAT’ Public Pavilion / E/B Office

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Composed of approximately 400 simple wooden chairs arrayed and stacked in a sine wave surface, the ‘SEAT’ public pavilion, by E/B Office, is a recently completed winning entry for this year’s Flux Project in Freedom Park. Located in , the chairs are drawn into an agitated vortex rising from the ground. Sitting is perhaps the most common condition from which we experience architecture. Whether we work, relax, watch, eat, sleep, or talk to each other, sitting is at the core of our relationship to buildings.  Therefore, this project formalizes the transformation of chairs from detached useable objects into structural and spatial components of an ambiguously occupiable edifice. More images and architects’ description after the break.

SKC Bratislava / MHM architects

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Architects: MHM architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Matthias Molzbichler, Sebastian Haselsteiner, Florian Molzbichler
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 12,500 sqm
Photographs: Herta Hurnaus

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Courtesy of AIA Portland

2012 Portland Architecture and Design Festival

Presented by the American Institute of Architects Portland and the Center for Architecture, the annual Architecture + Design Festival is coming up in October. Of the more popular events and one that continues to grow each year is the Design…

Groupe Chèque Déjeuner Headquarters / ART & BUILD ARCHITECT

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Architects: ART & BUILD ARCHITECT
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: J.P. Rozé
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Art&Build

Exhibition: “Design Stories – The Architecture behind 2012″

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As the world turns its eyes to in 2012, Design Stories examines the architecture and engineering behind the 2012 sporting venues. It provides a unique Olympic experience – a place where people can explore and view drawings, images, videos and amazingly detailed models of London’s key new sporting venues.

Miega / BANG by MIN-Sae Min Oh

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Architects: BANG by MIN (Sae Min Oh)
Location: Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, , Korea
Design Team: Changwook Kwak, Hyunduck Yoo
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 124.81 sqm
Photographs: Jungwoo Choi, Jaeyoon Kim

Australia House / Andrew Burns Architect

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Architects: Andrew Burns Architect
Location: , Niigata Prefecture,
Local Architects: Souhei Imamura, Sotaro Yamamoto
Competition Team: Andrew Burns, Casey Bryant
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 120.0 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Courtesy of Andrew Burns Architect