AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Main image belongs to OFIS architects’s Basket Apartments in Paris. A great project comes from , is the Youth Centre in Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge. You can’t miss the Model Factory F designed by D.I.G Architects or the latest completed work by MVRDV, Book Mountain and Library Quarter Spijkenisse. Finally, you must watch our AD Interview to one of the most influential architects of our time: Norman Foster.

Lecture: Mega-Cities, Urban Poverty and Planning / Janice E. Perlman

Janice E. Perlman, author, researcher and CEO of The Mega-Cities Project, discusses her work in this at the for the “Urbanization Seminar Series”.  This in-depth lecture, titled “Mega-Cities, the Urban Poor and the Place of Planning” covers Perlman’s research and observation in India’s slums, noting the way people upgrade the status of the slum and their own opportunities through minor reforms on small-scales.

Office of Technology Company / TSEH Architectural Group

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Architects: TSEH Architectural Group
Location: ,
Design Team: Antonina Kaplya, Denis Zadneprovsky-Kononenko, Shtefan Egor
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Shtefan Egor

Redevelopment of the Quadrangle at the Strand Campus Competition Winner / Hall McKnight Architects

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RIBA Competitions recently awarded Hall McKnight Architects as the winner in the competition to redevelop the Quadrangle at King’s College ’s historic Strand Campus, which was considered to be unique in playing to the strengths of the historic buildings surrounding the Quad. Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates & Facilities at King’s, said ‘Hall McKnight had undertaken an impressive analysis of the site and presented a clear philosophy. By uncovering layers of the past, the architects showed a real engagement with the history of the buildings surrounding the Quad. The competition jury panel was impressed with Hall McKnight’s passion, intelligence, strategic sense and communicative ability.’ More images and information after the break.

Gedda House / Mustafá Bucar Arquitetura

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Architects: Mustafá Bucar Arquitetura
Location: Goiânia, Goiás,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 360 sqm
Photographs: Paulo Rezende

Busan Opera House Proposal: 3rd Prize Winner / Henning Larsen Architects + Tomoon Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects and Tomoon Architects recently won the third prize in the international competition for designing the new opera in , South Korea. Connecting the citizens of to the waterfront, their design takes it’s inspiration from the particular location in . The clear shape of the grand roof creates a magnificent icon in the vertical context of high-rises and mountains. At the same time it creates a subtle unity with the ocean and the horizon. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture
Courtesy of University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture

‘Architecture of Deconstruction: The Specter of Jacques Derrida’ Conference

Organized by the University of Belgrade and the Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP), the ‘Architecture of Deconstruction: The Specter of Jacques Derrida’ is a three-day, international scientific conference which will be held in Belgrade October 25-27. The…

Molí d’en Xema School and Son Boga Nursery / BB Arquitectes

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Architects: BB Arquitectes
Location: Manacor, Mallorca,
Design Team: Antoni Barceló iI Baeza, Bàrbara Balanzó Moral
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Courtesy of Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter, Christensen & Co Arkitekter a/s, COBE, NORD Architects, Effekt
Courtesy of Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter, Christensen & Co Arkitekter a/s, COBE, NORD Architects, Effekt

Carlsberg, Plot 8 Winning Proposal / Various Architects

A partnership of five Danish architectural firms – Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Christensen & Co Architects a/s, COBE, NORD Architects and Effekt… – won the competition to build the largest private development in Denmark, including Denmark’s highest residential

El Polo House / Juan Cristóbal Valenzuela Leighton + Eduardo Rivera Barros Arquitectos

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Architects: Juan Cristóbal Valenzuela Leighton + Eduardo Rivera Barros Arquitectos
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: J. Cristóbal Valenzuela L

Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory wins the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize!

2012 RIBA Stirling Prize: Sainsbury Laboratory / Stanton Williams © Hufton+Crow

RIBA President Angela Brady has awarded Stanton Williams the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize for their Sainsbury Laboratory. The Stirling Prize – the ’s most prestigious architecture award – is presented annually to the “building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year”. Sainsbury Laboratory was selected over five other shortlisted candidates, including the London Olympic Stadium which was awarded the “People Choice” in Observers’ Stirling Prize online poll.

Beautifully integrated within the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden, the Sainsbury Laboratory provides world-leading scientists engaging in plant science research a working environment of the highest quality that is capable of continuously adapting to the ever-evolving needs of the scientific world. Despite high energy demands, the buildings has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating with the aid of 1,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels and extensive natural lighting.

Learn more with our comprehensive overview of the Stirling Prize-winning project, here on ArchDaily.

Video: Jun Aoki House, Hanegi Park / Shigeru Ban Architects

Watch as JA+U takes a close look at the Jun Aoki House at Hanegi Park designed by Japanese architects .  The short video tours viewers through this intimate and minimalist home, revealing the nuances and features of the design.  The house has a number of unique features, the most prominent of which is the semi-arched roof vault on the second level, which also gives a penetrating view through the length of the house.  The openness of the architecture is emphasized by the austerity of the material choices.  Stark white walls are set against the lush trees and vegetation of Hangei Park, highlighting the contrast between the natural and man-made.

Click here for images via JA+U.  Check out other work by Shigeru Ban Architects on ArchDaily, like the Metal Shutter House in New York City.

John W. Olver Transit Center / Charles Rose Architects

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Architects: Charles Rose Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 24,000 sqm
Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker

Courtesy of Allies & Morrison
Courtesy of Allies & Morrison

Design of New Luxury Hotel in the North West Competition Winner / Allies & Morrison

Peel, one of the leading infrastructure, real estate and investment enterprises in the UK, recently awarded Allies & Morrison as the winner of their RIBA Competition for a new world class luxury hotel. Allies & Morrison… fought off strong competition

Elementary School near Warsaw / Grupa 5 Architekci

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Architects: Grupa 5 Architekci (Dziedziejko, Kadłubowski, Leszczyński, Mycielski, Zelent)
Location: Podkowa Leśna,
Architect In Charge: Marcin Zatoński
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3500.0 sqm
Photographs: Marcin Czechowicz

‘Pop Rocks: Soft Urban Boulder Field’ Installation / Matthew Soules Architecture + AFJD Studio

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Covering a full city block in the center of downtown Vancouver, , Pop Rocks is a temporary installation fabricated entirely from post-consumer and post-industrial waste from the metropolitan Vancouver region. A collaboration between Matthew Soules Architecture and AFJD Studio (Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen), the project engages tactically with these materials to produce soft forms that extend the typical range of active and passive social activities, fostering unexpected social encounters and new perspectives on the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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© Tomaselli VS / Zechner & Zechner

ÖBB Corporate Headquarters Groundbreaking / Zechner & Zechner

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for ÖBB Corporate Headquarters recently took place to mark the start of construction for a new high-rise building in Vienna. Designed by Zechner & Zechner…, their proposal was selected as the winner of an EU-wide competition

Gorgullón Social Center / Jose Jorge Santos Ogando + Angel Cid Carballo

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Architects: Jose Jorge Santos Ogando + Angel Cid Carballo
Location: Pontevedra, Galicia,
Construction Manager: Jose Jorge Santos Ogando
Contributors: Jose Carlos Mera Rodriguez, Ledicia Fraga Domínguez, Paula Mª Casal Vázquez
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 408.66 sqm
Photographs: Santos-Díez / BIS Images