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Garden House / Kochi Architect's Studio

© Daichi Ano © Daichi Ano © Daichi Ano © Daichi Ano

Istanbul Camlica Mosque Second Prize Winning Proposal / SN Architects

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Courtesy of SN Architects

The main purpose of the design for the Istanbul Camlica Mosque, which won the second prize in the architectural competition, was to create the largest worship place that has ever been designed, and cover it with one single roof. SN Architects successfully did this by using the load bearing properties of one of the traditional systems that often used “vault systems” and using contemporary architectural and engineering facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kunsthalle Mannheim Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

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Courtesy of gmp Architekten

Just this past Monday, gmp Architekten was awarded the contract to design the new Kunsthalle Mannheim, a decision made by the Kunsthalle‘s jury. Their winning design portrays a symbolic identity, both on the outside and on the inside. The idea was to create a place that is easily remembered, and which appeals with its functional and urban quality. Analogous to the chess board type layout of Mannheim’s inner city, the design is a composition of several cubes, the regularity of which is however broken by an offset arrangement in terms of height and width, and also by the arrangement of squares within the development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cadaques House Remodeling / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

AD Round Up: Classics Part VII

Michael Maltzan to Design Inuit Centre

Michael Maltzan, an award winning American architect and founder and principal of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc., was recently selected to design the Inuit Art and Learning Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The selection committee was unanimous in choosing Michael Maltzan as the winning architect from 65 prospective teams from 15 countries. This recommendation subsequently received overwhelming approval from the WAG Board of Governors. The Centre houses one of the largest and most celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world; it’s also home to Studio Art and Learning programs. More information after the break.

UPDATE: Complications for Snohetta and Aecom's Warriors’ Arena

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© NBA.com

Complications could be on the rise for Snøhetta and AECOM, who were recently announced as the Golden State Warriors’ architects of choice to design their new sports and entertainment complex on the San Francisco waterfront. Despite the complications, however, the architects still have time to execute the hoped-for ‘slam dunk’. More information after the break.

Video: GAD Architects, The Istanbul Series

Flux Cocoon for Lausanne Lumieres (Urban Light Festival) / Allegory

Designed for Lausanne Lumieres (Urban Light Festival), Flux Cocoon was selected as one of the winning projects of the the city’s first Light Festival, which inaugurated on November 23rd and will run until early January. Designed by Allegory, the project was installed in the heart of the city and was inspired by its location at the crossing between vertical and horizontal pedestrian movements (flux). The project is also an abstraction of the knot created by the crossing of each pedestrian’s path at this precise point in the Flon area, which is city’s major transportation hub. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The architect at work: 425 Park Ave

A few months ago we informed you about a competition to re develop the massive “wedding-cake” style building at 425 Park Ave in NY, near Mies’ Seagram Building and SOM’s Lever House. The objective of the developer, L&L Holding, was to turn this project into the next iconic building of the city, and for that they invited a group of eleven renowned practices, including ten Pritzker laureates.

The shortlist was announced in October, and included OMA, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster + Partners, which was later announced as the winner of the competition a few weeks ago.

Over the last days, the presentations of the architects to the clients appeared on YouTube, and now we have the opportunity to see these interesting group of architects doing a fundamental part of their work. In the videos we see each architect using their own presentation style, either a PPT, video or just physical boards, connecting it to the practice’s research and discourse, projecting their passion about certain features of their projects and engaging with the client around their main objective: to turn this into an iconic project.

Four videos that take us further into how we understand projects, showing insights that we often don’t have access to, turning the competition into a particular moment of architecture this year.

Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners presentations after the break:

Framework Sculpture / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

Artist Gijs Van Vaerenbergh shared with us his recent project, Framework, a monumental geometric sculpture, which was recently on display in Leuven, above the ring road on the Artoisplein. With this sculpture, Vaerenbergh has once more produced a work in the public space that is based on the language and expertise of the architecture to create an autonomous art object. The result has become a tangible spatial drawing that plays on the visual experience of the object in space as well as the environment. Both interact and determine each other’s ‘view’. More images and artist’s description after the break.

Domus Vitae Winning Proposal / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

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Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Designed by Tomas Ghisellini Architects, the first prize winning proposal for the Domus Vitae, a new city morgue and social facilities complex, is aimed at being a new architectural presence with a continuous but porous body. The design includes balconies, porches, patios, terraces, overhangs and suspended volumes which capture, tame or magnify natural light. These features create spaces for which the atmospheric quality is supposed to be a decisive added value. More images and architects’ description after the break.

modeLab Applied Data Trees in Grasshopper

Moving from concept sketch to parametric model, this webinar by modeLab, which takes place this Friday at 2:00pm-4:30pmEST, will cover the ins and outs of working with and managing data trees in Grasshopper for real world design applications. Through a series of short presentations and “live” case studies, learn to streamline your parametric workflows using complex data structures. With two instructors offering guided curriculum and continuous support, their goal is to provide you with an in-depth and personal learning experience. A video of the webinar as well as instructor files will be uploaded after the broadcast. To register and for more information, please visit here.

House M / monovolume architecture + design

  • Architects: monovolume architecture + design
  • Location: Meran (BZ)
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

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Sycamore House / Kovac Architects

  • Architects: Kovac Architects
  • Location: Pacific Palisades, California, United States
  • Landscape Architect: Pamela Burton & Co.
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Lisa Romerein

© Lisa Romerein © Lisa Romerein © Lisa Romerein © Lisa Romerein

Terry Trueblood Boathouse / ASK Studio

  • Architects: ASK Studio
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa, United States
  • Consultants: Snyder & Associates, Shuck-Britson, Farris Engineering
  • General Contractor: Tricon Construction Group
  • Area: 1200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Cameron Campbell

© Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell

JA 87: Kumiko Inui

This special monographic issue of ‘Japan Architect’ features Kumiko Inui, who is perhaps best known for her facades, each one a visual pun or optical illusion. It is the first time that almost all of her work has been collected in book form. The magazine “carefully traces Inui’s reference and study process with the idea of conveying the joy derived from the creative process,” exploring 26 of her projects in chronological order, from early proposals and competition entries to high-profile projects such as Dior Ginza, Louis Vuitton Taipei Building and the Shin-Yatshushiro Monument. Includes essays by Tom Heneghan, Taira Nishizawa and Kumiko Inui.