Caparrós and Reina Pharmacy / Mobil M

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Architects: Mobil M
Location: ,
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Mobil M

Hidden Gems of Yemen

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is a country rich with history. Its cities are full of architectural monuments that are constructed with a craft that often goes overlooked. These cities merge seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, contextually complementing each other.

Al Hajjara is one such village that warrants a closer look. Built on the precipice of a mountain, the architecture clings to the sides of the cliffs. Multi-story buildings rise up out of the ground and step their way to the top. It is quite amazing given the fact that these buildings were constructed hundreds of years ago, and are still standing.

House on Jested Ridge / Vladimír Balda, Jiří Janďourek

© Aleš Jungmann

Architect: ,
Location: Prosec pod Jestedem, Czech Republic
General Contractor: Ing. Pavel Kuranda
MEP Engineer: Lucie Baldová, Martin Pelc
Structural Engineer: Vít Hušek, Ladislav Pohl
Project Area: 165 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Aleš Jungmann, Lubomír Fuxa 

In Progress: New Repsol Headquarters / Rafael de la Hoz

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After selling the previous Repsol tower, designed by Norman Foster to Caja , Spanish architect, Rafael de la Hoz was commissioned to design the company’s new headquarters. In an extensive area in southern Madrid, he designed a set of four buildings, which are intended to reflect the image of a campus.

Whitehorse / DesignBuildBLUFF Studio


Architect: DesignBuildBLUFF Studio
Location: Navajo Reservation,
Project Year: 2009
Client: Suzie Whitehorse
Photography: Design Build BLUFF Studio


Malmö Central Station / Metro Arkitekter

© Rafael Palomo

Architect: Metro Arkitekter
Location: Malmö Centralstation, Sweden
Project Team: Claes R Janson, head architect; Carl Kylberg, project architect; Josefin Klein, Alexander Simittchiev, Rikard Jansson, Henrik Troedson
Electric: Ramböll Malmö
V: Ramböll Malmö/ IT Konsult
Construction: Danewids Engineers
Ground: Tyréns
Light: Ramböll Denmark
Contractor: Jernhusen AB
Building contractor: NCC
Project Area: 10,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Rafael Palomo (Metro Architects)

UK “Architecture Minister” Mocks Profession, Cites Mr. Bean

John Penrose MP (R) and Prime Minister David Cameron MP (L),

A minor transatlantic controversy erupted last month after ” aka Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport with responsibility for architecture and the built environment John Penrose apparently compared architects with other negatively-stereotyped groups, noting architects are “just one of those groups people love to mock.” The comments were part of a longer blog post about Rowan Atkinson, Dreamland, and VisitEngland’s new Smartphone-based marketing campaign.

Student Hostels / DCOOP

© Rajesh Vora

Architect: DCOOP (Design Cooperative)
Location: , , India
Project Team: Quaid Doongerwala with Tapasya Katta, Tapasi Mittal
Structure Engineer: Sanjay Chikermane
Plumbing & Electrical Engineer: Synergy Consultants
Contractor: SVEC Hyderabad
Project Management: University Engineering Dept.
Site Engineer: Mohammed Nawaz
Project Area: 2050 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Rajesh Vora

Detroit: Urban Renewal and the Great Recession

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The recession that began in 2007 technically ended in 2009, but you wouldn’t know it from visiting . The capital of U.S. auto manufacturing has been hit particularly hard, and stories of its plight during the economic downturn abound. Less reported, though, are the ideas and proposals put forth to return this city to its former glory. The urban renewal projects proposed are some of the latest in a long line of design projects that attempt to bring renewed prosperity and well being to the downtrodden sections of cities throughout the world. More on urban renewal and after the break.

The Research Agency / Jose Gutierrez

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Architects: Jose Gutierrez Ltd.
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Emily Andrews

First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs / Trahan Architects


Trahan Architects, among several elite design firms to contend, was selected to design “one of the most significant ecclesiastical commissions in the nation,” also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Springs. The proposed 1,750 seat sanctuary, along with a master plan comprises this project, which sits in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The structure is relatively independent of overt signs of a church; its design aspires to revive the church’s identity through an architecture which articulates convergence.

More on the First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs after the break.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Pikasch Architecture Studio

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Inspired by varied and complex geographical environment of and in order to fit to playful topography and landscape of the provided site, the design by Pikasch Architecture Studio proposes a land form architecture where the building with its striking form not only blends into the existing landscape and paths, but also works as an attractive centre point and organizes the site with optimal consideration of given parameters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Update: Solar Decathlon 2011

2011. Image via Jetson Green

For years, we’ve kept a watchful eye on the entries of the Solar Decathlon competition -an amazing student collaborative effort which showcases the latest in sustainable design.  Today, we’re bringing you a sneak peak of the 19 houses for the 2011 competition.  The form and materiality may be different from one team to the next, yet the projects’ attitudes toward optimizing solar gain and having the design serve an educational example of clean energy is all the same.  While the winner of the competition best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency, we enjoy seeing each team’s proposal and learning about their process.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing more information about some of the projects of the 2011 competition (check out our in-depth look at Team New Jersey’s eNJoy House).  Which would you like to learn more about?

Check out a sampling of the teams’ models and renderings after the break and let us know which you’d like to learn more about.

Tempe Transportation Center / Architekton

© Bill Timmerman, Architekton, A.F. Payne , Otak, Skip

Architect: Architekton
Location: , Arizona
Project Year: 2008
Project Cost: $18.9M
Client: City of Tempe
Photography: Bill Timmerman, A.F. Payne Photographic, Architekton, Otak, Skip Neeley


‘After You Left, They Took It Apart’: Paul Rudolph Exhibition at Colgate

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The Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University will host a reception on Tuesday, September 13, 5-7 p.m. to celebrate the new exhibition, An Architect’s Vision: Paul Rudolph and Colgate’s Creative Arts Center and the concurrent exhibition, After You Left, They Took It Apart, photographs by Chris Mottalini. Both open on August 30th and remain on view through October 7th

In 2007 Mottalini photographed three homes by the late Modernist architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997), just days prior to their demolitions. The resulting images capture a state of Modernist architecture few people have witnessed, revealing the grace of these homes as they stood in defiance of severe neglect and ‘progress’. Mottalini’s photographs are the final portraits of these destroyed homes. More information and images on the exhibition after the break.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences + Faculty of Teacher Education / Hildegard Auf–Franić, Tin Sven Franić, Vanja Rister

© Robert Leš

Architects: , Tin Sven Franić, Vanja Rister
Location: Rijeka, Croatia
Client: University of Rijeka
Collaborators: Ana Aščić, Marina Bertina,Tamara Brixy, Tajana Jaklenec, Vedrana Jančić, Luka Korlaet, Mia Roth Čerina
Structural Engineer: Eugen Gajšak, G.I.F. d.o.o., Zagreb
Mechanical Engineer: Ivan Cetinić
Electrical Engineer: Elag d.o.o., Zagreb
Contractor: Lavčević–inženjering d.o.o., Split
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 21,000 sqm
Photographs: Robert Leš

Music-Themed Upscale Hotel Competition

Courtesy of International Design Idea Competition

All interested architects are invited to partake in an open international competition for a new 4 star hotel in , . The resort city, located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, is well known for its musical heritage, and the hotel will express elements related to music in its design concept.

The history of Jurmala has long been tied together with the musical character of the Baltic Sea – the sound of waves crashing on the beach, the whistling of old pine trees in the wind, the shrieking seagulls in the sky, the shifting sand under your feet, and even the distant chime of the leaving train – all of this and more creates a whole symphony in the memories of everyone who has ever been here. More competition information after the break.

Cheval Noir Housing with Artist’s Studios / L’Escaut + Atelier Gigogne

© Marc Detiffe

Architects: L’Escaut + Atelier Gigogne
Location: , Belgium
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 3300 sqm (Renovation), 752 sqm (New construction), 177 sqm (Outside space)
Photographs: Marc Detiffe