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Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex Honored by AIA

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

At almost a mile long Superkilen wedges through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark creating a truly unique urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale. The park is divided into three zones: the red square, the black market and the green park and is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice - a collection of global everyday objects from the 60+ home countries of the local inhabitants. Initiated by the City of Copenhagen and Realdania Foundation, the project started construction in 2009 and opened to the public in June 2012. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Superkilen as one of the winners of the 2013 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. 

7 Units Housing Building / Metaform Architecture

© Steve Troes © Steve Troes © Steve Troes © Steve Troes

Family House in Černošice / Studio Pha

© Filip Šlapal
© Filip Šlapal
  • Architects: Studio Pha
  • Location: Černošice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge: Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
  • Area: 136.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Filip Šlapal

© Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal

BANKMED Headquarters Winning Proposal / John Robertson Architects

John Robertson Architects (JRA) just won an international competition to design a new 16,400m2 headquarters for BANKMED in Beirut, Lebanon. Located at the center of the Mina El Hosn district and near to central Beirut, will become a landmark in Beirut and provide an innovative, stimulating and practical environment for employees, executives and the bank’s customers. Their proposal includes three interconnected office pavilions, which step up in height from 9 to 19 storeys. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mexican Architect Fernando Romero to Speak at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Mexican architect Fernando Romero will be speaking tomorrow evening, January 16, at NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego on the topic of “You are the Context” as part of the school’s lecture series. Free and open to the public, the event focuses on how we must reconsider the definition of context as it pertains to architecture as the global reach of projects increases through digital communication. Named to Fast Company’s Co.Design “Designers Shaping the Future” 2012, his recent Soumaya Museum in Mexico City is described by CNN’s Great Buildings series as “jaw-dropping.” For more information, please visit here.

Student Finalists announced in AECOM's Humanitarian Urban Design Competition

Finalists of AECOM’s fourth annual Urban SOS student competition have been announced! Understanding that this rapidly globalizing world is currently undergoing mass migrations, geo-political shifts and new patterns of commerce, which enhance the role of cities as the stage sets for these massive changes, Urban SOS challenges design, architecture, landscape, planning, engineering and environmental studies students to address a specific brief around urban sites in distress with an implementable architectural intervention that is grounded in a truly cross-disciplinary response. This year, the competition identified ‘Frontiers’ as the driving theme of the Urban SOS competition. The challenge attracted hundreds of student teams representing universities in more than 60 countries. Three finalist teams have been selected after a series of internal judging sessions involving AECOM designers, planners and engineers around the world. Now, these finalists will present their ideas tomorrow, January 16, at a free event in New York’s Center for Architecture (RSVP here!). Continue reading for more details.

Oyler/Wu Lecture & Gow + Karlsson Exhibition Opening Reception

Two key events are coming up at SCI-Arc this month starting with the ‘Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu: Lineworks’ lecture which takes place tomorrow, January 16, at the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall at 7pm PST. Established in Los Angeles in 2004, Oyler Wu Collaborative, ‘has utilized the last five years to establish a way of working that is committed to experimentation through a relentless hands-on approach to our work’. Also, starting January 18 until March 3, the ‘Marcelyn Gow + Ulrika Karlsson: AQUEOTROPE’ exhibition focuses on materializing the mathematical, the exact translation of virtual instructions in the form of drawings or codes to their material actualization, is a fundamental procedure in the production of architecture. For more information on the events, please visit here.

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid by Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

Brad Feinknopf, a nationally recognized architectural photographer, kindly shared with us his recent photographic work on Zaha Hadid‘s Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Known for his traditional, yet cutting edge approach to photography, his quality work here emphasizes the unique exterior and interior spaces of the building created by Hadid’s investigation into the lines of circulation and visual connections. Photographed during the day and night, he also captures its interface between city and campus. Additional images by Feinknopf can be viewed after the break.

Parcial Plan R-8 (90 + 15 housing) / Virginiaarq

© ImagenMas
© ImagenMas
  • Architects: Virginiaarq
  • Location: Sector R-8, Astorga (León), Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Virginia González Rebollo
  • Promoter: Constructora Cepedana, S. L.
  • Construction Company: Constructora Cepedana, S. L.
  • Partial Surface Action Plan: 3,50 Ha
  • Constructed Area: 9332 m2 (5 blocks 90 houses) + 2910 m2 (15 terraced houses)
  • Area: 12242.0 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Photographs : ImagenMas, Cortesia de Virginiaarq

© ImagenMas © ImagenMas © ImagenMas © ImagenMas

Búhos House / Ambrosi I Etchegaray

  • Architects Office: Ambrosi I Etchegaray
  • Location: Las Águilas, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Gabriel Ortiz
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Luis Gordoa

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

Campanules House / EXAR Architecture

© Marc Detiffe
© Marc Detiffe

© Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe

Can Baró Library / Sierra Rozas Arquitectes

  • Architects: Sierra Rozas Arquitectes
  • Location: Carrer Sant Salvador, 25, 08757 Corbera de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team: Antonio Sierra, Ana Belén Rozas
  • Structure: Manuel Arguijo
  • Installations: Lluis Duart
  • Promotor: Ayuntamiento de Corbera de Llobregat
  • Area: 1,542.60 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Fotografías: Jordi Bernadó

© Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó

Instigations Engaging Architecture, Landscape, and the City / Mohsen Mostafavi and Peter Christensen

The creative imagination is not solely based on the intuitive capacities of individuals. One of the tasks of design education is to help provide the tools, techniques, and methods that enhance constructed imagination. At the same time, the modes and practices of design need to confront the challenges of our contemporary societies. The commitment to societal engagement through design excellence is at the core of the pedagogy at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Brooks + Scarpa design Interfaith Chapel in Florida

© Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects
© Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects

The highly acclaimed Los Angeles-based practice Brooks + Scarpa Architects, along with KZF Design, have released plans for a new Interfaith Chapel at the University of North Florida. Drawing inspiration from a free-flowing wedding gown, its informally shaped footprint - reminiscent of an allegorical figure such as Justice, Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence and Fortitude - flows upward and culminates at the top with a large skylight whose light is diffused by a wooden lattice spire that is derived from the symbol of infinity. 

The symbolic, 7000 square-foot structure will provide students with an intimate, spiritual space that may be used daily while also supporting a variety of diverse religious services, such as student ceremonies, weddings, lectures, meditative practices, musical performances and more.

Learn more about Brooks + Scarpa’s wooden chapel after the break.

Legislative Chamber of the Federal Distric / Projeto Paulista Arquitetura

  • Arquitetos: Projeto Paulista Arquitetura
  • Built Project Coordinator: Luis Mauro Freire
  • Design Team: Luis Mauro Freire, Maria do Carmo Vilariño, Fábio Mariz Gonçalves, Zeuler Rocha Melo de Almeida Lima, Eurico Ramos Francisco e Lívia Leite França
  • Project Area: 48,277 sqm
  • Fotografias: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Erwin Building / QARTA Architektura

  • Architects: QARTA Architektura
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge: David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák, Kateřina Immrová
  • Site Area: 1330.0 sqm
  • Area: 5265.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pavel Vítek

© Pavel Vítek © Pavel Vítek © Pavel Vítek © Pavel Vítek