House in Suita / Horibe Naoko Architect Office

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Architects: / Naoko Horibe
Location: Osaka,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 112.74 sqm
Photographs: Kaori Ichikawa

AA Visiting School Paris

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AA (Architectural Association) Visiting School Paris, currently led by Jorge Ayala, Principal of [Ay]A Studio, will be held from October 31st to November 10th.

The Visiting School has started to acquire some recognition among emerging units at the AA due to its novel agenda aiming to bridge the spectrum of Architecture to the realm of Fashion.

AA School Paris has been established based on a series of partnerships that have been of a great value and support for the AA School London. Among them we currently have printed magazines, venues and institutions supporting us like : L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, La Mairie de Paris, Musées des Arts Décoratis, among others. More information on the event after the break.

Nest / Randy Brown Architects

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Nest is an unbuilt project by Randy Brown Architects. The space is a collaboration with another design office. It is a place to both experience and create digital media.

Busan Opera House Competition Proposal / OODA

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The design for the Opera House by OODA engages itself with the natural topography, articulating a multi leveled building and seamlessly integrating the different cultural activities and programs. The dominant flow circulation, flexibility and concept strategy enables full accessibility as it creates spaces that blur the difference between building and landscape, intensifying the fluidity between interior and exterior spaces, indoor and outdoor venues. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cesar Chavez Library / Line and Space

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Architect: Line and Space, LLC
Location: Phoenix,
Project Year: 2008
Project Size: 25,000 SqFt
Client: City of Phoenix
Contractor: Linthicum Constructors Inc.
Structural Engineer: Caruso Turley Scott
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer: Energy Systems Design
Landscape Architect: McGann and Associates
Photography: Bill Timmerman, Henry Tom 


AD Classics: Amsterdam Orphanage / Aldo van Eyck

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Dutch Architect Aldo van Eyck built the Amsterdam Orphanage in 1960. His design focused on a balance of forces to create both a home and small city on the outskirts of Amsterdam.

Zona K / Pietro Bagnoli + Franco Taglibue (ifdesign)

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Architects: Pietro Bagnoli + Franco Taglibue (ifdesign)
Location: ,
Consultants: Luca Leo, Stefano Gervasi, Diego Borroni, Guido Scavini
Graphic Design: Fabiano Cocozza
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 320 sqm
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Pietro Bagnoli

Gardens by the Bay / Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Gardens by the Bay will be ’s largest garden project and is central to the country’s continued development of Marina Bay. Managed by the ‘s National Park Board, the gardens were designed by a team of two firms:  landscape architects, Grant Associates and architects, Wilkinson Eyre Architects. The gardens will feature two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome (cool dry biome) and Cloud Forest (cool moist biome), as well as themed horticulture gardens, heritage gardens, and hundreds of thousands of plants from around the world.

More on this after the break.

Help us with our Architecture City Guide: Shanghai

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Next week we will be taking our Architecture City Guide to and we need your help. To make the City Guides more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to an image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. (The image must be from a site that has a Creative Common License cache like Flickr or Wikimedia. We cannot use images that are copyrighted unless they are yours and you give us permission.) From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons. Additionally, we try to only show completed projects.

This week we are headed to Shanghai.

Example of the information we need for your suggestion:

Shanghai World Financial Centre / KPF
Century Avenue 100, Pudong New District Shanghai,

Office 04 / i29 | interior architects

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Architects: i29 | interior architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: Tribal DDB
Project Area: 650 sqm
Photographs: i29 | interior architects

Heartland Community Church / 360 Architecture

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Architect: 360 Architecture
Location: , Kansas,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: 360 Architecture

360 Architecture accepted a big challenge when they took on a project transforming a big box store for Heartland Community Church. The church sought a nontraditional worship space, and 360 Architecture revamped the former furniture store into a space representative of the contemporary church and its mission.

One Island East / Hargreaves Associates

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The Hargreaves Associates design for One Island East in Hong Kong creates an urban plaza that bridges the competing open space and circulation needs of a commercial office tower with 15,000 workers with adjacent high density residential housing of 50,000 residents. Hargreaves Associates created a flexible program that provides a range of open space within the landscape. A plaza with artesian fountain at the base of the new office tower serves the business needs of the commercial tower, and a park-like setting with cascade fountains provides for the residents of the towers. Large terraces create connections between the commercial and residential towers.

Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates, Inc.
Location: Hong Kong,
Photographs: John Gollings Photography, Hargreaves Associates

Video: Ole Bouman, “Broadcasting Architecture”

In this earnest and insightful , NAi director Ole Bouman lectures on our shared need to “celebrate architecture’s glory.” The lecture was recorded in June 2011 at the International Architecture Festival (“FESTARCH“).

Ahmanson Founders Room / Belzberg Architects

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Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012,
Project Team: Hagy Belzberg, Principal; David Cheung, Project Manager; Barry Gartin, Bill Bowen, Brock DeSmit, Carina Bien-WIllner, Dan Rentsch, Eric Stimmel, Justin Brechtel, Warren Bradley Lang
Project Area: 2,500 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Fotoworks

Skyscraper-mania in Asia and the Eternal Competition for the World’s Tallest Building

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Recent years have seen an influx of skyscrapers completed, nearing construction, or proposed in Asia. Stimulated by an exponentially growing population and, therefore, thriving economy, Asia has contributed more soaring buildings to the world’s Supertall list than any other continents combined. With the completion of the world’s tallest building at 828 meters tall, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, comes the proposition of progressively more structures which aim to surpass the prior and ascend to the number one status.

More on skyscraper-mania in Asia after the break.

Sandal Magna Community Primary School / Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

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Architects: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Locaiton: , England
Planning Supervisor: Nps North East
Main Contractor: Allenbuild North East
Structural Engineer: Techniker
Client: Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and NPS North East
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,740 sqm
Photographs: Mark Hadden Photography

The Parlor Pizzeria / Pathangay Architects with Aric and Jennifer Mei

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Architect: Pathangay Architects
Designers: Aric Mei, and Jennifer Mei
Project Architect: Joe Deleree
Location: , Arizona
Project Year: 2009
Project Size: 4,300 SqFt
Structural Engineer: Schneider and Associates
Shell Construction: Shony Construction
Interior Design: Aric Mei, Blake Britton, Charlie Carney
Artists: Aric Mei, Blake Britton
Photography: Suad MahmuljinPerspectiv Studios, Aric Mei, Taube Photography 


DesignByMany Community Award Winners / Sasa Djak & Milica Vujovic

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Competition participants, Sasa Djak and Milica Vujovic recently won the community’s vote as best Rapidly-Deployable Shade Structure in the DesignByMany competition. The challenge asked professionals and students in the AEC community to submit proposals for a rapidly-deployable shade structure that could just as easily be deployed during a day at the beach or park, or in a desert environment. More images and project description after the break.