SIA Multi-Use Office Complex / FGMF Arquitectos


The multi-use office complex proposed by FGMF (Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferras) Arquitectos for this 32.000m² lot aims at creating not only a new architectural reference for the region, but also a new destination for the city. Adding three different uses – retail, office buildings and modular offices – the new complex creates a landmark in the landscape, values the surroundings, and establishes a new shopping destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Paichai University Appenzeller Memorial Hall / iArc Architects

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Architects: iArc Architects
Location: Daejon,
Year: Completed 2005
Area: 9883 sqm (Building), : 214,138 sqm (Site)
Photographs: Youngchae Park

Urban Umbrella / Young-Hwan Choi

Photo by Samantha Modell via TransportationNation

Tired of scurrying under makeshift unpleasant scaffolding hovering over the streets of Manhattan? Back in 2009, Bloomberg launched an urban design intervention initiative calling for designers to provide a “fresh new sidewalk shed” to replace its dingy predecessors. Entitled urbanSHED, the international design competition challenged participants to develop a sustainable and economic prototype to be used for New York’s 1,000,000+ linear feet of sidewalks. Such a prototype must meet or exceed the City’s current safety requirements and regulations, and improve technical and structural performance. The winning shed was designed by Young-Hwan Choi, a student from the University of Pennsylvania. The shed is the first design to be approved under the City’s Buildings Bulletin 2011 and will be installted in Lower Manhattan soon!

More about the design after the break. 

Video: Alvaro Siza sings The Beatles

Architecture photographer Fernando Guerra (FG+SG) posted this short video of the renowned Portguese architect and Pritzker laureate (1992) , while working and singing to The Beatles. He looks quite inspired!

Fernando and Sergio Guerra (FG+SG) have the largest photo archive of Alvaro Siza’s work. Prints can be obtained at their online store.

Foster Loop / Balance Associates Architects

© Steve Keating Photography

Architect: Balance Associates Architects
Location: Mazama, Washington, USA
Project Team: Tom Lenchek , Principal, Kyle Zerbey , Project Architect
Project Area: 1653 sq. ft. (1143 main floor + 510 upper floor)
Project Year: 2007
Structural Engineers: Harriott Smith Valentine Engineers
General Contractor: Rhinehart Construction, Inc.
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography

Waikanae House / Parsonson Architects

© Paul Mcredie

Architects: Parsonson Architects Ltd
Location: Waikanae, Kapiti Coast,
Completed: 2010
Design Team: Gerald Parsonson, Andrew Simpson
Structural Engineers: Spencer Holmes Ltd
Builder: Stratum
Photographers: Paul Mcredie


Brighton Implant Clinic / Pedra Silva Architects

© Joao Morgado

Architects: Pedra Silva Arquitectos
Location: ,
Coordinator: Luis Pedra Silva
Team: Nuno Baptista, Jette Fyhn, Hugo Ramos, André Góis
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Video: A Procura De Pancho

Dedicated to the life and work of Amancio d’Alpoim Guedes (Pancho Guedes), A Porcura De Pancho illustrates the journey of a solitary student exploring the city of in search of Pancho. The architect, sculptor and painter spent most of his life in , where he designed more than 500 buildings.

Director & Editor: Christopher Bisset
Cinematographer: Ross Hillier
Starring: Stephen Hitchcock
Music: Bateleur

Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century

Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, 1955. Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale,

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, studio and architectural campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, Art Museum presents Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century. The exhibit will explore Wright and his relevance today through a survey of more than 40 projects shown through rarely seen drawings, models, furniture, films and photographs.

The Arizona exhibit will be open to the public from December 18th, 2011 to April 29th, 2012 at the Steele Gallery in the Phoenix Art Museum.

LHT Tower / Rocco Design Architects

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Architects: Rocco Design Architects Ltd
Location: 31 Queen’s Road Central,
Design Team: Rocco Yim, Bernard Hui, CM Chan, William Tam, Rebecca Chung, Lucia Cheung, Jackie Choi, Becky Luk
Design Date: 2005
Completion Date: 2011
Site Area: 1,059 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 16,541 sqm
Client: The Luk Hoi Tong Co. Ltd.
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

Courtesy of RIBA

New Visitor Destination & Public Open Space at Cronton Colliery – Ideas Masterplan Competition

National land charity the Land Trust and RIBA Competitions launched an international competition this week until the last week in March to find the most inspirational design and funding team to create a new visitor destination and public open space…

MARK Magazine #35

As you well know already we like MARK Magazine, and this issue fails to disappoint. It has projects from many of the architects we have featured here on ArchDaily such as, StudioGreenBlueHeri&SalliClavel ArquitectosKengo KumaColboc FranzenStudio VelocityTakeshi HosakaFuhrimann HachlerToyo ItoNieto SobejanoL3P Architekten, and more.  The notice board gives a shout out to the Keret House by Centrala, which was one of our most viewed projects this year.

Courtesy of Active City Transformation

”Taste The Slope” Proposal / Active City Transformation

A garden is not just a beautiful place; it is a place for enjoyment, a place of admiration and a place where we come in contact with and learn about nature, especially food. A garden is also a workplace, where…

Courtesy of CLOG

Call for Submissions – CLOG: Data Space Issue

CLOG recently announced their open call for submissions for their third issue, Data Space. All over the world, data centers are becoming integral components of our 21st century infrastructure. These facilities can range from small portable modules to massive warehouses…

Affinity Plug-in for SketchUp

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When architects use Pro as a tool for making more-accurate bubble diagrams, they create “rooms” whose areas match the ones in the program, group each one, and arrange them three-dimensionally. This is useful until one of the rooms changes size, which can throw off the whole process.

That’s where the SketchUp interoperability in Trelligence Affinity comes in. Affinity is Windows software made specifically for the architectural programming and schematic design phases. It includes neat tools for visualizing program information in different ways and using that information to guide your design. The new Affinity plug-in for SketchUp lets you easily connect your shoebox model to Affinity, creating a permanent connection between the model, the spreadsheet and all the underlying data about the building requirements.


Local Government Headquarters in Gerona / Fuses i Viader

© Duccio Malagamba

Architects: Josep Fuses – Joan Maria Viader
Location: Pl. Hospital. , Spain
Structures: Blázquez-Guanter/architects
Project Team: Fanny Rodríguez Masgrau, Santi Vila Planells, Carme Vich Pascual, Jost Dewald, Núria Martín Riera, Dolors Bosch Aragó, Pilar Arbonès Aurich
Developer: GISA – Government of Catalonia – Girona City Council
Real execution budget: €33,462,672.40
Contract budget: €46,191,872.99
Floor area: 51,690.15 sqm
Works period: 2005-2009
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

AIA selects Mortimer Marshall for the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

The American Institute of Architects () Board of Directors has selected Mortimer Marshall, Jr., FAIA as recipient of the 2012 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award for exemplifying the profession’s responsibility toward current social issues.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Marshall founded The Marshall Group in 1982 and has a long history of providing services to the AIA. In the 1980’s, Marshall became the first African-American to attain board membership with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Marshall is also an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

Film: Frank Lloyd Wright ‘Taliesin’ directed by Bruce Beresford

Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin - Flickr via fitzgene:

Most of us have heard stories about the life of , including the scandalous tale of his mistress Martha “Mamah” Cheney and the tragic murder that took place in their Wisconsin home. The legendary architect has also captured the attention of veteran filmmaker Bruce Beresford and producers J. Todd Harris and Ed Bachrach, as they have signed on to create a film about Frank Lloyd Wright entitled Taliesin.

Beresford told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s a very good script. It doesn’t cover his whole life, just a small section of it, and it doesn’t whitewash him into some sort of saint.”

Via The Hollywood Reporter and Archinect