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Brookfield's Manhattan West Breaks Ground

New York City's Midtown West will be experiencing a large makeover over the coming years.  Shortly after Hudson Yards broke ground in late 2012, Brookfield Properties initiated the first phase of its 5.4 million-square-foot master plan for Manhattan West on the corner of 33rd Street and 9th Ave.  Hovering over Penn Station's Railroad tracks, an engineering feat will support two 60-story towers that will encompass residential and commercial functions,as well as public and community space.

Tuunich Kanab / Seijo Peon Arquitectos

  • Architects Office: Seijo Peon Arquitectos
  • Location: San Bruno, Yucatán, México
  • Architect: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada
  • Collaborators: Marco Sogbi
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Cortesia de Seijo Peon Arquitectos

Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos

Campeche 415 / Ambrosi I Etchegaray

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
  • Architects: Ambrosi I Etchegaray
  • Location: Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06140 Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
  • Collaborators: Gabriel Ortiz, Rubén Oliveros, Miguel Montor
  • Area: 1,120 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

G.C. House / Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

  • Architects: Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa
  • Location: Ovar, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: José António Lopes da Costa, Tiago Meireles
  • Collaborators: Rita Gonçalves, Filipe Ribeiro
  • Project Year: 2001
  • Photographs: Manuel Aguiar

© Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar

Tecnova Headquarters / Ferrer Arquitectos

  • Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
  • Location: Avda. de la Innovación, Parque Científico Tecnológico de Almería, España
  • Technical Architect: Javier Almécija
  • Collaborators: Raúl Vallejo, Antonio Palenzuela, Pedro Seguí, Adrián Navarro, Javier de Simón, Ismael Motos, José Espín, Rafael Robles, Amanda Cirera
  • External Collanorators: Decisiones Geoconstructivas, JG Ingenieros, Espacios y Paisajes, Secoal Ingenieros, Sondeal G&M, Bronce Arquitectónico
  • Area: 15,028.58 m2
  • Photographs: David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos

Massive Waterfront Redevelopment Receives Green Light in Washington D.C.

Master Plan © Perkins Eastman
Master Plan © Perkins Eastman

Hoffman‐Madison Waterfront, the master developer of the 3.2 million square foot Southwest Waterfront project - “The Wharf” - that stretches across 27 acres of land along the historic Washington Channel, has announced the approval of its Phase1 Planned Unit Development (PUD) by the District of Columbia Zoning Commission. The Zoning Commission’s action approves all of the architectural designs and specific plans for each parcel of the project’s first phase encompassing 1.5 million square feet of residential, hotel, office and retail uses along with three piers, numerous open spaces, gathering places and a 3‐acre waterfront park. 

“The unanimous approval last night by the commissioners participating in the hearings is exhilarating. It creates momentum for ground breaking later this year,” said Monty Hoffman, Managing Member of Hoffman‐Madison Waterfront. “After more than six years of planning and substantial investment, we are preparing to launch one of the highest profile redevelopments in the country. We are ready to put shovels in the ground for this $2 billion redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront.” 

More on Washington D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront project after the break.

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Imperial Hotel


LEGO® aficionados, the wait is over. LEGO® has announced the details of their first edition to the 2013 Architecture series! Who better to kick off the new year than LEGO® Architecture staple Frank Lloyd Wright with his Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

The most celebrated of Wright's six Japanese buildings, the Imperial Hotel was designed in the, then very chic, Mayan Revival style and constructed largely of stone and reinforced concrete. It was lauded for having survived a sizable earthquake shortly after its opening, however in reality portions of the building sunk leaving residents navigating its wobbly corridors. Eventually it was decided to completely demolish the building in 1968 to make way for the high-rise building that stands on the site today.

But fret not, now instead bemoaning the loss of one of Wright's great works, for between $90-$100, big kids and little architects can reinstate this landmark building on their very own living room floor with 1,188 glossy miniature blocks.

More photos after the break...

Celeste Champagne & Tea Room / PRODUCTORA

  • Architects Office: PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architects: Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
  • Collaborators: David Ortega, Félix Guillén, Jorge Fernández, Laura Rodríguez, Diego Escamilla, Iván Villegas
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

Dante Alighieri School Expansion / LTFB Studio

  • Architects: LTFB Studio
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Architect in Charge: Liviu Fabian, Lucian Luta
  • Project Manager: VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers
  • Structure: DUCTIL TECH
  • Installations: SOLID INSTALL
  • Developer: ACM 4
  • Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir

© Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir

The Reyner Banham Symposium: ‘On Error’

Taking place January 23rd from 2:00pm-7:oopm EST, the Reyner Banham Symposium, ‘On Error’, focuses on how error can be many things. In its most common display, however, it is something we are taught to avoid. It is often characterized by mannerisms that were once trends but are now condemned or qualified by a lack of command over formal logic, material tolerances, construction techniques, and space planning, to name but a few. The accepted belief is that by avoiding error we promote progress. It seems only fitting to surrender to this logic as it is much easier to agree on what constitutes a mistake than it is to admit to a measure of success. The event is organized by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and will be held at the Darwin Martin House’s Greatbatch Pavilion. For more information, please visit here.

2018 FIFA World Cup Stadium Winning Proposal / Wilmotte & Associés

Wilmotte & Associés recently won the competition to design the 2018 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Kaliningra, Russia. Their design features an urban facade that wraps the stadium, consisting of a series of orthogonal screens that respond to the surrounding urban context. The project will be constructed from a primary steel structure, but the upper tier of the stadium will be temporary. The stadium has been designed so that after the tournament completes in 2018, the stands can be dismantled and the upper canopy can be removed. Construction of the 45,000 seat football stadium will begin in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

KAFD Men’s and Women’s Portal Spas Proposal / WORKSBUREAU

Seen as geologic formations rising from the land, the design for the KAFD Men’s and Women’s Portal Spas by WORKSBUREAU form great shade porticos beneath long cantilevered masses. Located in two of the civic Attractor beacons of the dense urban King Abdullah Financial District of Riyadh, the project also forms the gateway to the masterplan, framing the main park as it flows into the Wadi pedestrian artery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Notre Dame de l’Assomption - National Cathedral Competition Entry / NC-Office

Recently destroyed by the 2010 Earthquake, Port-au-Prince’s new design for the National Cathedral is presented as an absolute plain wall of concrete which expresses the true character of the construction. Designed by NC-Office, the concrete material is not only structurally appropriate, but it also produces a somber cool space that absorbs light – forming an architecture of shadows. More images and architects’ description after the break.

How Santiago Calatrava blurred the lines between architecture and engineering to make buildings move

Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum

American author Robert Greene has shared with us an excerpt about the work of Santiago Calatrava from his newly released book Mastery

We live in the world of a sad separation that began some five hundred years ago when art and science split apart. Scientists and technicians live in their own world, focusing mostly on the “how” of things. Others live in the world of appearances, using these things but not really understanding how they function. Just before this split occurred, it was the ideal of the Renaissance to combine these two forms of knowledge. This is why the work of Leonardo da Vinci continues to fascinate us, and why the Renaissance remains an ideal.

So why did Santiago Calatrava, now one of the world’s elite architects, decide to return to school in 1975 for a civil engineering degree after asserting himself as a promising young architect?

Continue reading for the complete article.

Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial / Leo A Daly

  • Architects: Leo A Daly
  • Location: Saint Paul, MN, USA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bill Baxley

© Bill Baxley © Bill Baxley © Bill Baxley © Bill Baxley