Digitally Connected Smart House

Openarch recently unleashed their prototype of a completely digitized smart house to the public. Designed to adapt to its inhabitants, all components of the house are connected to the internet creating a parallel home on the web. Real time data feeds continuously to provide information and the ability to control any aspect of the digital house through a gestural interface – parting from the traditional mouse and keyboard.

One of the most interesting aspects of the smart house is the integrated video mapping system that incorporates sensors and cameras to display information ranging from exterior weather conditions to Twitter followers onto any surface in the home.  They have even invented their own operating system called D. OS (domestic operating system) which facilitates the exchange of the tremendous amount of information flowing through the various spaces. The smart house is conceived as the catalyst for a much larger vision of a smart city, where the exchange and interaction of information flow seamlessly.

Blurred House / BiLD architecture

© Tanja Milbourne

Architects: BiLD architecture 
Location: , Australia
Project Director: Ben Milbourne
Project team: Haslet Grounds, Alison Stout, Edmund Carter, John Doyle
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Tanja Milbourne


House in Seya / Suppose Design Office

Courtesy of Suppose Design Office

Architects: Suppose Design Office
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Suppose Design Office


Green Buildings Save Green

Green Wall Proposal for the Portland Federal Building © Scott Baumberger, Baumberger Studio

The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) was commissioned by the Government Services Administration () to conduct a post-occupancy evaluation of 22 “green” federal buildings from across the United States. The report stats reveal that not only does these “green” buildings emit 34 percent less carbon dioxide and are using 11 percent less water, they cost on average 19 percent less to maintain. In addition to the environmental and economical savings, the evaluation reports that the occupants are more satisfied in the “green” buildings by 27 percent.

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Rigshospital Expansion Competition Proposal / COWI, WHITE Arkitekter, DEVE Architecture, LAND+ Landskabsarkitekter, Lyngkilde


The Rigshospital is well-defined by Fælledparken and Amorparken at it’s boundaries, and due to these park areas, the hospital campus exudes a unique ‘green’ potential. The buildings serve as an intermediary between the dense urban fabric on Blegdamsvej and the open natural areas to the north of the site. This interconnectedness strongly influenced the concept and form of this scheme by the team of COWI, WHITE Arkitekter, DEVE Architecture, LAND+ Landskabsarkitekter and Lyngkilde, leading to what could eventually become a hospital nestled within a lush, green, natural environment within the bustling urban center of Copenhagen. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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

© Youngchae Park

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 ’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) Alvaro Siza, 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, , USA
Project Team: Tom Lenchek AIA, Principal, Kyle Zerbey AIA, 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, New Zealand
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: Brighton,
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

Courtesy of

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…