Erba Municipal Library / Studio Ortalli

© Filippo Simonetti

Architect: Studio Ortalli 
Location: Via Joriati 6, Erba, 22036, Como,
Project Team: Arch. Cazzaniga Dario, Arch Angel Monti, Arch Marco Ortalli
Building Company: Ciceri SpA
Photographs: Filippo Simonetti

Barndominium / LoJo

© Blue Lemon Photography

Architect: LoJo
Location: Chappel Hill, , United States
Project Team: , Josh Robbins
Project Area: 731.5 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Blue Lemon Photography 


Zig Zag House / David Coleman Architecture

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Architect: David Coleman Architecture
Location: Yarrow Point, ,
Project Area: 2400 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of David Coleman Architecture

Envelop Desk by Herman Miller


Herman Miller has recently unveiled their new Envelop Desk. Aimed at the individual who is constantly working in front of a computer screen, it addresses ergonomics in a clean and modern aesthetic.  Designed by Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber, it features a molded urethane surface that tilts up to 7 degrees in order to maintain sightline with a computer monitor or laptop. A flat surface at the rear provides ample horizontal space.  The desk can be complemented with the matching Embody Chair, also designed by Stumpf and Weber.

Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota awarded to Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez


Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez, were recently awarded the design of the Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota. Beating some of the world’s most prestigious architects, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Rem Koolhaas, Diller & Scofidio, Snøhetta, and Dominique Perrault, the winning design is defined as an urban experience, in which its inhabitants and strangers will come together to share their common interest in knowledge, innovation and the strength of civil society. Aspiring to obtain the Gold-status LEED certificate the new 70,000 sqm Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota will be the maximum exponent of Colombia’s ability to apply state-of-the-art technology as well as of the country’s commitment to the environment

An exhibition devoted to Herreros Architectos’ recent work is currently on display at the ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur Gallery in Oslo.

More renderings of the winning design following the break.

Restoring a Classic: Richard Meier’s Douglas House

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Referred to as one of Meier’s best works, the Douglas House hovers over the shores of Lake Michigan placed upon a steep slope over the water almost as if it is floating amongst the trees.   The was designed for clients Jim and Jean Douglas and was completed in 1973 after a three year construction period (1971-1973).   Meier furnished the home with furniture designed by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and himself, and it needed no ornamentation other than the nature it was designed around.

As is typical of Meier buildings, the house is completely white made with reinforced concrete and glass except for two steel pipes that extend from the chimney up to the roof, framing views at the entry level. Taking the natural surroundings into consideration during the construction, the house was positioned to remove as few trees as possible.

Featured in Dwell’s latest edition (out this week!), the full article can be found following the break.

Embedded House / HOLODECK architects

© Stöger, Laslberger, HOLODECK

Architect: HOLODECK architects
Location: Heiligengeist, Villach, Austria
Project Team: Arch. Marlies Breuss, Arch. Michael Ogertschnig, Sebastian Uhl
Project Area: 294 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Stöger, Laslberger, HOLODECK

Foster + Partners chosen for Thames Estuary Airport

New Thames Estuary Airport Masterplan,

From the people who brought you Masdar, an airport in the Thames Estuary.

Flights will be able to operate 24 hours a day at the planned site on the Isle of Grain, by the Medway in north Kent. mayor Boris Johnson, previous champion of proposals to build an airport on two artificial islands on the Thames estuary, described the Foster proposal as ‘exciting’.

Foster + Partners previously  designed Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport, built on an island reclaimed from the sea.

In Progress: Bicentennial Civic Center / Lucio Morini + GGMPU

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Architects: Lucio Morini + GGMPU
Location: Córdoba,
Client: Government of the Province
Collaborators: Julia Garayoa, Adrián Castagno, Verónica Gordillo, Diego Andres Gómez, Mariana Pelliza, Guadalupe Daher, Cecilia Villareal, Luciana Antonucci, Agustín Elies
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 21,380 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Lucio Morini Studio

Video: Rem Koolhaas and Peter Eisenman on today’s critical architectural discourse issues

Rem Koolhaas and Peter Eisenman, two of the most influential architects these days, discussing the current the issues which, for them, represent the most critical in architectural discourse today.

Both figures present ideas partly against the backdrop of their architecture, and conclude with a shared conversation chaired by CCA Founding Director Phyllis Lambert.

This event took place in June 2007 at the Center for Canadian Architecture, but as you will see the subjects in discussion are more present than ever.

OMA warmly thanks the CCA for sharing this film.

Solar Shade Tree / UH GDBS

2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Erin Ferguson

Since 1990, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture has been guiding students through their Graduate Design-Build Studio program, which carries out one built project through all phases of design and construction to completion within one Summer.  This year, the GDBS has designed their latest “Solar Shade Tree” on the grounds of McReynolds Middle School in ’s historic 5th Ward neighborhood.

Auckland Harbour Bridge Pathway / Copeland Associates Architects

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In successful cities around the world, more and more people are leaving their cars behind and returning to the healthy and resilient alternatives of walking and cycling.

In January 2010, Copeland Associates Architects were commissioned by the Harbour Bridge Pathway Charitable Trust to work on a proposal for a pathway for walking and cycling connected onto the iconic Harbour Bridge. The objective of this project is to deliver the most critical link in the Region’s walking and cycling network and to energize ongoing improvements to walking and cycling facilities on both sides of the bridge. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Four Freedoms Park / Louis Kahn

Via Bloomberg

Last September, we shared the news of ’s memorial park for the southernmost tip of Roosevelt Island. Kahn had designed the park in the 70s, but after his sudden death, the plan was forgotten until 1992 when the MoMA featured the scheme in an exhibition.   Upon learning of Kahn’s thoughtful and architecturally compelling ideas to commemorate FDR and his Four Freedoms speech,  the public quickly advocated its completion.   As we reported earlier, at the end of Kahn’s axial tree-lined triangular “Garden”, a 72 sqf   “Room” will contain excerpts from the text of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech.  This room, contained by 12 foot high granite columns, is meant for contemplation and remembrance as Kahn’s stoic material palette, clear formal attitude, and forced perspective of the skyline will create, what we imagine will be, a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.   With Kahn’s simple gestures, the memorial will preserve a time in American history where FDR’s leadership inspired hope to endure the Great Depression and the second World War.  We’re excited for the memorial to be completed and we’ll keep you up to date with its progress.

A great sample of construction photos and renderings after the break.

Utah Valley University Noorda Theater / Axis Architects

© Paul Richer

Architect: Axis Architects
Location: , Utah
Project year: 2009
Project Area: 11,700SqFt New, 8,100SqFt Remodel
Project Cost: $2.5M
Client: Utah Valley University
Consultants: Bsumek Mu and Associates
Photography: Paul Richer, Richer Images


Eames Designs Exhibition at A+D Museum

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For the first time, the words of Charles and Ray Eames will be the lens of an exhibit at the A+D Museum in from October 1st to January 16th, enveloping the visitor in a 21st century typographic ‘surround’. Their philosophy of design and life will be explored through Eames’ quotes, shown graphically (as well as live on film), and complemented by the display of unexpected everyday objects, ranging from food to a keg of nails, to an inter-active digital experience. Their appreciation of humble objects is a special gift to the world – during their lifetimes and continuing today. Generations of designers and the public have been affected by their appreciation of the joys of daily life. More information on the event after the break.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Behnisch Architekten

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The principle behind the design by Behnisch Architekten for the new Contemporary Art Museum is for art to be experienced through a multitude of perspectives and perceptions. Art is not an isolated experience. Views change, rooms change and thus perception is altered. In order for art to take on a lifestyle quality it needs to be accessible. Contemporary art should be able to be viewed from the outside in, from across the landscape, from above, from below and through a series of lenses, both visual and cultural. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architectural Photographers: Fran Parente

Vitra Haus - Herzog & de Meuron

Continuing with our Architectural Photographers series, we now present Fran Parente: Brazilian architect working as an Architectural and Interior Design Photographer, based in Sao Paulo but with works from all over the world and several already published in ArchDaily.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I was working as an intern at Triptyque Architecture and at the end of my architecture course. I always photographed buildings and places during my trips with family and friends but never thought this could end up being my work. During my internship I had the chance to photograph the Colombia building that had just been completed. I say that this was the happening that opened my eyes to architectural photography. In a few months I finished my internship and could dedicate my free time to architectural photography.

Residential Development / FBN Architects

supported housing accomodation / © FBN Architects LLP 2011

FBN Architects recently received planning approval for 55 dwellings on the site of the former South Primary School in Paisley at 103-109 Neilston Road for Loretto Housing Association. The design includes 37 socially rented houses that surround a landscaped central square and shared surface, 6 townhouses that line Neilston Road and a courtyard building, which houses 10 supported flats for young adults as well as a staff base. More image and project description after the break.