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Weekend House In Oselin / MODULORA

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Weekend House In Oselin / MODULORA, © Martin Kocich
© Martin Kocich

© Martin Zeman © Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich +20

Freya and Robin / Studio Weave

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Freya and Robin / Studio Weave, © Peter Sharpe
© Peter Sharpe

© David Williams © Peter Sharpe © Studio Weave © David Williams +25

West Taihu International Business Plaza / LAB Architecture Studio + SIADR

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
© John Gollings
© John Gollings

© Ryuji Miya © Borong Chen © John Gollings © John Gollings +16

Venice Biennale 2014: Austrian Pavilion Explores the Power of Parliament

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Austrian Pavilion Explores the Power of Parliament, Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au. Image © Duccio Malagamba
Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au. Image © Duccio Malagamba

Parliament, “the place where the power of the people has found its home,” will be the focus of Austria’s contribution to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. With over 200 national parliament buildings from around the world modeled at a scale of 1:500, the exhibition, “Plenum. Places of Power.” will explore how the architecture of parliament connects to the public, influences national identify, and more. 

“The idea of democratic legitimation of power is so widespread today that no nation can do without building such a place, at least in name, for a representative popular assembly,” described commissioner Dr. Christian Kühn. “What do these places look like? And how are they connected to a public whose trust in democratic formation of will seems to be dwindling around the globe?”

Eight Ingenious Interiors

00:00 - 19 March, 2014

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

Continuing with our materials-themed posts celebrating the launch of AD Materials (our US product catalog), we decided to round-up eight materials/products (from a light fixture made from woven irrigation hoses - really - to a wall made from shoeboxes) that make their interiors truly ingenious. Enjoy!

Image of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee Wins Sony World Photography Award

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
Image of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee Wins Sony World Photography Award, Third Place, Singapore, National Awards: Jalan Bukit Ho Swee. Image © Daniel Chia, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Third Place, Singapore, National Awards: Jalan Bukit Ho Swee. Image © Daniel Chia, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

This image, by photographer Daniel Chia, of the 1960s Jalan Bukit Ho Swee public housing block has placed third in Singapore for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. It was one of 24 images awarded from a selection of 70,000 entries. You can view all the stunning, award-winning photographs here.  

Dragon Court Village / Eureka

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Dragon Court Village  / Eureka, © Ookura Hideki
© Ookura Hideki

© Ookura Hideki © Ookura Hideki © Ookura Hideki © Ookura Hideki +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aichi, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Junya Inagaki, Satoshi Sano, Takuo Nagai, Eisuke Hori
  • Design Team

    Kazutoshi Sugimoto(ex-staff), Yuki Nagasawa(ex-staff), Hiroyuki Tsukada(ex-staff), Kazunori Yamaguchi(ex-staff)
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

National Heart Centre / Broadway Malyan

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
National Heart Centre / Broadway Malyan, Courtesy of Broadway Malyan
Courtesy of Broadway Malyan

Courtesy of Broadway Malyan Courtesy of Broadway Malyan Courtesy of Broadway Malyan Courtesy of Broadway Malyan +7

8th Ave / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
8th Ave / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +16

5 Teams Shortlisted to Redesign Tampere Travel Interchange

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
5 Teams Shortlisted to Redesign Tampere Travel Interchange, Site Area. Image © BLOM
Site Area. Image © BLOM

To accommodate for the inevitable growth in population, Tampere, Finland’s second largest city has shortlisted five teams to reimagine its largest railway station. With of vision of the Tampere Railway Station becoming a lively multi-functional city area by 2030, competitors have been asked to design an overall masterplan that will guide future development for the travel and service center area. The following architect-led teams have each received €80,000 to participate:

White Wolf Hotel / AND-RÉ

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
White Wolf Hotel / AND-RÉ, © João Soares
© João Soares

© João Soares © João Soares © João Soares © João Soares +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Penafiel, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Bruno André, Francisco Salgado Ré
  • Design Team

    Adalgisa Lopes, Ana Matias, João Fernandes, Pedro Costa, Sandra Paulo, Sofia Mota Silva, Catarina Fernandes and Francisco Costa
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AD Round Up: The Architecture Photography of Fernando Guerra

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
AD Round Up: The Architecture Photography of Fernando Guerra, Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX . Image © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX . Image © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Today, we'd like to commemorate the captivating architectural photography of Fernando Guerra. The Portuguese architect-turned-photographer’s work has graced our webpages many times since he began his career in 2001. In a recent interview with Paperhouses, he recalls the evolution of his aspiration to capture decisive architectural moments. Here are five of our favorites: Cube HouseAlcácer do Sal Residences, House in Fontinha, the Pocinho Center for High Performance Rowing, and the Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension.

Rem Koolhaas' Current Fascinations: On Identity, Asia, the Biennale, & More

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Rem Koolhaas' Current Fascinations: On Identity, Asia, the Biennale, & More, Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr
Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr

In this interview, originally published in The Architectural Review, Andrew Mackenzie sits down with OMA founder Rem Koolhaas to discuss the Venice Biennale, the extinction of national identities, his fascination with Asia, the link between De Rotterdam and Delirious New York, and the future of the profession.

Your proposition for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale asks whether national identity has been, as you say, ‘sacrificed to modernity’. Some might view this as a project of reclamation, not unlike Frampton’s regionalism. How would you differentiate your proposition from Frampton’s?

Well, Kenneth Frampton is a smart guy, but the problem is that he looked at regionalism as an antidote to cosmopolitan development. In so doing he perverted the cause of regionalism, because suddenly regionalism was mobilised as a private cause that it couldn’t sustain. However, the question of national identity is an open one. For instance, at first sight the Netherlands is a very internationalist country, but looking closely you can see an enormous return of, not vernacular, but quasi-vernacular architecture and quasi-old fortresses that are newly built with a national flavour. Look at Zaandam, and that huge assemblage of so-called vernacular buildings.

February ABI Reveals Slight Improvement

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
February ABI Reveals Slight Improvement , February ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
February ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

After starting the year with a “modest uptick” that disrupted a three month cycle of decline, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for Feburary has revealed that design services in the United States are continuing to (slowly) improve. As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), last month’s ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January. In contrast, the new projects inquiry index continued to fall, dwindling from 58.5 to 56.8 in February. This however, as AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker believes, could be due to harsh weather conditions that stalled construction activity throughout many parts of the country over the past few months .

More information and regional highlights, after the break... 

Preston Scott Cohen + Integrated Design Solutions to Expand UM Architecture Building

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
Preston Scott Cohen + Integrated Design Solutions to Expand UM Architecture Building, University of Michigan Museum of Art / Allied Works Architecture with Integrated Design Solutions (Click image for more). Image © Jeremy Bittermann
University of Michigan Museum of Art / Allied Works Architecture with Integrated Design Solutions (Click image for more). Image © Jeremy Bittermann

The University of Michigan (UM) has commissioned Preston Scott Cohen and Integrated Design Solutions to design a $28 million expansion for its 40-year-old design building. Primarily planned to be used by the school’s architecture program, the new addition will include classrooms, studios and offices, as well as the renovation of existing studios. The news comes five years after schematic designs for the original expansion were abandoned. More information, here

Main Street House / SHED Architecture & Design

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
© Mark Woods
© Mark Woods

© Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods +29

Peter’s House / Craig Steely

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Peter’s House  / Craig Steely, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Area

    1900.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Brisas House / Garza Camisay arquitectos

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Brisas House / Garza Camisay arquitectos, © Documentación Arquitectónica
© Documentación Arquitectónica

© Documentación Arquitectónica © Documentación Arquitectónica © Documentación Arquitectónica © Documentación Arquitectónica +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Edna Garza, Darío Camisay
  • Project Area

    170.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Documentación Arquitectónica