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Development of Cruise Terminal Extension Project / Martín Lejarraga

  • Architects: Martín Lejarraga
  • Location: Cartagena Port, Spain
  • Project Area: 11,074 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cortesia de Martín Lejarraga

Courtesy of Martín Lejarraga Courtesy of Martín Lejarraga Courtesy of Martín Lejarraga Courtesy of Martín Lejarraga

Zaha Hadid, Herzog de Meuron, Others Banned From Exhibit

Artist aerial impression of architect Andrew Burns' design for Flinders Street Station, one of the designs which didn't make the short-list. Image via The Age.
Artist aerial impression of architect Andrew Burns' design for Flinders Street Station, one of the designs which didn't make the short-list. Image via The Age.

In November, the 6 shortlisted firms for the Flinders Street Station competition each received a letter. The letter, written by Major Projects Victoria, a division of the Victoria city government, warned them of a certain act that would not only result in their disqualification, but would also bring the entire competition into "disrepute."

What potential act could deserve such a warning? Attending an exhibit of the rejected design entries. 

On November 22nd,  Fitzroy-based architecture firm Edwards Moore organized the "Long-Listers" exhibit to build on the public excitement for the competition, using the momentum to generate more conversation and debate about the project. As architect and organiser Juliet Moore put it: "We wanted peer collaboration . . . too often these things are done behind closed doors. By the time the designs are revealed [a year later] the moment has passed."

More after the break...

Zeeuws Housing / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

  • Architects: Pasel.Kuenzel Architects
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Team: R. Pasel, F. Künzel, F. Sack, H. Vollmuller, L. Paschke
  • Client: Heijmans Vastgoed BV
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

Courtesy of Pasel.Kuenzel Architects Courtesy of Pasel.Kuenzel Architects Courtesy of Pasel.Kuenzel Architects Courtesy of Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

Buddhist Retreat / Imbue Design

Courtesy of Imbue Design
Courtesy of Imbue Design
  • Architects: Imbue Design
  • Location: Torrey, Utah, USA
  • Structural Engineer: Shen Engineering
  • General Contractor: Fordham Construction
  • Area: 1350.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Imbue Design

Courtesy of Imbue Design Courtesy of Imbue Design Courtesy of Imbue Design Courtesy of Imbue Design

La Baldufa Kindergarten / ONL Arquitectura

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Location: Carrer Conflent Olesa de Montserrat
  • Design Team: Gianluca Giaccone, Giorgia Sgarbossa, Mar Balcells (student)
  • Area: 898.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Gianluca Giaccone

© Gianluca Giaccone © Gianluca Giaccone © Gianluca Giaccone © Gianluca Giaccone

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / STL Architects

Helsinki, a city committed to finding the evolving nature of culture in an ever changing society, is the inspiration behind STL Architects’ proposal for the new Library. If a library is a container of culture with the mission of making knowledge available to the people, then Helsinki is one of the greatest libraries in the world. The new Helsinki Central Library is conceived as a reflection of its city, acting as a filter of cultural activity, and honoring the lifeblood of the Heart of Helsinki: its people. More images and architects’ description after the break.

KPF Releases Masterplan for Chinese City Built From Scratch

Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently announced that their design for the 120 million square foot master plan for Meixi Lake in Changsha, China is being realized. A new city in the West Changsha Pioneer Zone in Hunan Province, Meixi Lake is centered around a 3.85 kilometer‐long lake. Upon completion, the city will be home to 180,000 inhabitants, and will provide residents, workers and visitors sustainable neighborhoods for living, working, recreation, culture and entertainment. More images and architects’ press release after the break.

Winning Proposal for Bus Shelter Challenge: AdaptbyMany / Milos Todorovic

Courtesy of Milos Todorovic
Courtesy of Milos Todorovic

The first prize in the DesignByMany competition for the Bus Shelter challenge was recently awarded to Milos Todorovic for his AdaptByMany proposal. By adapting to local conditions, transferring aesthetic ideas to users, and putting functionality as its primary role, this proposal stood out. According to Glenn Katz, one of the DesignByMany judges and an AEC Education Specialist at Autodesk, the proposal was chosen for “its simplicity, providing a rich kit of parts and elements that can be combined in interesting and flexible ways to create any number forms responding to site conditions.” More images and Todorovic’s description after the break.

Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus First Prize Winning Proposal / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was just awarded the first prize for their design of the Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus in Foshan, China. The 170-meter high dual tower denotes the start of the new business district in the south of the city, a prefecture-level city in the southern Chinese province Guangdong. Its exposed location, height, and function in the urban fabric as the first building on the Sino-German High-Tech and Research Campus means that the dual tower is conceived as a landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Pros & Cons of Revoking the DC Height Act

© Flickr User Rob Shenk
© Flickr User Rob Shenk

Earlier this week, Architect Robert K. Levy optimistically declared that the study which will evaluate the federal law limiting Washington building heights is a “win-win” situation for everyone involved. Writing for The Washington Post, Levy states: “By conducting a detailed, comprehensive city-wide study, the D.C. Office of Planning and the NCPC will produce analyses and recommendations leading to a fine-grain, strategic plan for building heights across the District.  Ultimately this study is a win-win proposition for all stakeholders.” But can the situation really be so rosy? While Congress spends 10 months studying and debating the possibility of making alterations to the capital’s zoning policies, urbanists, planners and citizens have already begun weighing in on the matter – and opinions are decidedly divided. Many question the true motivations behind the possible changes, and whether those changes will truly improve the livability and sustainability of the city  - or just alter it beyond recognition. We’ve gathered both sides of the argument so you can make your own informed decision – after the break…

The New Toni-Areal in Zürich West

Courtesy of EM2N
Courtesy of EM2N

The Toni-Areal is a crucial part of the plan to breathe new life into Zürich West. The building was formerly a milk processing facility, and the new design by architecture firm EM2N features spaces for cultural events, as well as the Zürich University of the Arts and two departments of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences. The Toni-Areal is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Zürich and will be the largest construction site in Switzerland during its realization phase. The total usable floor space is 108,500 m2, of which the colleges comprise 84,500 m2. The remaining 23,500 m2 are dedicated to housing, cultural events, restaurants, and small retail shops, as well as parking and technology. The construction price—including basic upgrades and tenant upgrades—amounts to about 350 million Swiss francs. Sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

Unit 22 Zoetropes: Bartlett Architecture Dares To Care

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL teamed up with Roca London Gallery to create the MArch Architecture Unit 22 end of year show – ‘Bartlett Architecture Dares to Care’, which is on display until December 18. Executed through the creation of Zoetropes, their study was focused on social and environmental sustainability, and the role architecture plays in preserving and empowering vulnerable communities. Each Zoetrope depicts the daily actions of an individual belonging to a vulnerable community. By designing for the everyday tasks, consideration is given to the role the built environment plays in protecting or helping them, rather than focusing purely on aesthetics. For more information, please visit here.

2012 ar+d Emerging Architecture Awards Winners Announced

Presented by The Architectural Review and sponsored by the Danish architectural hardware design company, d line, the winners of the 2012 ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture for young professionals under the age of 45 included projects of exceptional merit. This year’s four winning projects include a glass house in Japan, a community centre in rural earthquake-prone Bangladesh built on low-lying land susceptible to chronic flooding, an innovative 10-family condominium in Winnipeg, and temporary facilities for a nomadic music festival that had been commissioned at the last minute due to emergency circumstances. Original and practical, thoughtful and inventive, these projects demonstrate fresh approaches to a variety of architectural challenges. More information after the break.

University of Cuenca Theater / Javier Durán

  • Architects: Javier Durán
  • Location: Cuenca Canton, Ecuador
  • Director: Javier Durán
  • Promoter & Construction: University of Cuenca
  • Area: 3182.64 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Ivan Sinchi, Sebastian Crespo

© Sebastian Crespo © Sebastian Crespo © Sebastian Crespo © Sebastian Crespo

CHV Veterinarian Hospital / dEMM Arquitectura

© Pedro Lobo
© Pedro Lobo
  • Architects: dEMM Arquitectura
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Design Team: Paulo Fernandes Silva, Isabela Almeida Neves, Tiago Lopes
  • Contractor: J Camilo Project
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pedro Lobo

© Pedro Lobo © Pedro Lobo © Pedro Lobo © Pedro Lobo

Franciscan Chapel / SAGRA

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
  • Architects: SAGRA
  • Location: Kisfakos, 8800 Nagykanizsa, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Gabor Sajtos
  • Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky, Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos

© Tamas Bujnovszky Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos © Tamas Bujnovszky