AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Courtesy of Project Orange

It’s been an exciting week at ArchDaily that you couldn’t miss. But just in case you did, here’s our best of the week: A great mixed use designed by Project Orange located in a Victorian industrial brick building. Don’t miss this beautiful church in Italy or the administrative headquarters for Group E in Switzerland. Or you may want to check the latest in our AD Classics: Alvar Aalto’s Muuratsalo Experimental House. But the most exciting news last week was of course our Building of the Year Awards Winners.

Delta Shelter / Olson Kundig Architects

© & Tim Bies

Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: , Washington, USA
Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA – design principal; Ellen Cecil – project manager; Debbie Kennedy – interior designer
Contractor: Tim Tanner
Consultants: Monte Clark Engineering – structural engineering; Turner Exhibits – shutter engineer and fabricator
Size: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Olson Kundig Architects / Tim Bies, Benjamin Benschneider

Coastal Residence / Boora Architects

© Jon Jensen

Architects: Boora Architects
Location: , Oregon,
Photographer: Jon Jensen

Private Residence In La Gorce / Touzet Studio

© Mark Surloff

Architects: Touzet Studio – Carlos Prio-Touzet, Jacqueline Gonzalez
Location: La Gorce Island, , Florida, USA
Building Area: 17,871 sqm
Date of Completion: October 2008
Photographs: Mark Surloff

Learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan

Reena Jana of SmartPlanet recently interviewed the award-winning, Japanese architect Hitoshi Abe on the lessons he has learned from the March 11, 2011 earthquake that destroyed his hometown in Sendai, Japan. Abe believes that the memory of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of northeaster Japan, triggering a tsunami that sent waves as far as six miles inland must remain fresh in our minds. His goal is to educate everyday citizens around the globe, as well as future generations, on how to better cope with large-scale natural disasters. Currently, he is serving as a guest-curator for a travel exhibition entitled Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake. This exhibit brings to life the haunting reality of the devastation through a series of large-scale photographs and photographic essays that reveal individual stories of survival immediately following the disaster. The exhibit commemorates the victims and struggles of the survivors, while highlighting the reconstruction and recovery efforts.

Continue reading for more.

Troldtekt Award for Students of Design and Architecture

Troldtekt, the well-known Danish manufacturer of wood wool acoustic ceiling and wall tiles, is inviting students of architecture and design to submit creative and original concepts for new uses of the wood wool product. Proposals do not have to be just about acoustics but rather innovative and unusual ideas.

The Competition, to be judged by several well-known architects and others, offers a 5000 euro Award for the best concept.

The 2010 winner, an architectural student from Copenhagen, won the first Award for his novel idea of Soundbubbles – hanging coloured globes of wood wool designed to create interest and improve the acoustics of large rooms with hard surfaces, such as schools, swimming pools and commercial buildings.

The Competition has been widened to include international students because of Troldtekt’s increasing visibility throughout Europe.
Students are invited to register for the Award by 1 April with a submission deadline of 1 May 2012. For the full details, visit click here.

W Houses / Barclay & Crousse

Architects: Barclay & Crousse
Location: , Peru
Principals in Charge: Sandra Barclay y Jean Pierre Crousse
Collaborators: Vahl del Solar, Rosa Aguirre
Contractor: Constructora Edward Barclay
Structural Engineering: Ingeniero Luis Flores
Project Year: 2008-2011
Video & Photograph: Cristobal Palma

The video was made for the W House Nº2, one of the 4 houses on this project.

Monte Alentejano Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura


Architecture: Quadrante Arquitectura – João Rainha Castro
Location: , Portugal
Collaborators: João Rainha Castro
Promoter / Client: Particular
Project year: 2005–2006
Construction Year: 2008
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas : The Cost of the 2016 Olympic Games

© Domenico Marchi

ArchDaily announced in October 2009 that Brazil will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games, in addition to the 2014 World Cup.  Just last August, AECOM was awarded the bid for the design of the 2016 Olympic Park in (watch the video here).  As preparations for the administrative business of the games seems to be going smoothly, events on the ground say otherwise.  The planned Olympic Park will be located on the current site of a favela with a reported population of 4,000  (New York Times: Simon Romero) , known as Vila Autodromo and Riocinha, and those citizens are not satisfied with the prospects of being relocated under the edict of Imminent Domain to satisfy the Olympic Organizing Committee.

More on this story after the break.

Head Offices Of CMT / Batlle & Roig Architects

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Architects: Battle & Roig Architects – Enric Batlle, Joan Roig
Location: ,
Collaborators: Goretti Guillén, Meritxell Moyá, Helena Salvadó, architects, G3 Arquitectura, STATIC, Gerardo Rodríguez, engineer, structure, PGI Grup SL, installations
Design Date: 2008
Construction Date: 2010
Client: Grupo Castellví
Contractor: Dragados
Façade: Moyser
Installations: Axima, Imemsa
Area: 12,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of  Batlle & Roig Architects

Oasia Downtown / WOHA

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Oasia Downtown, designed by WOHA, sets out to create an alternative imagery for commercial high-rise developments. It combines innovative ways to intensify land use with a tropical approach that showcases a perforated, permeable, furry, verdant tower of green in the heart of ’s Central Business District (CBD). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chakrabarti + SHoP Architects

+ new partner Chakrabarti

Vishaan Chakrabarti, Director of Columbia Center for Urban Real Estate, will join SHoP Architects as its seventh partner – and only the second partner not related to the firm’s founders by blood or marriage.  Chakrabarti’s expertise with large scale urban development projects will allow the firm to expand their urban reach, invigorating their “think-tank” approach to confront larger architectural problems that respond to global issues.  “We are thrilled to have Vishaan join the firm. His background and depth of experience allow SHoP to add expertise to our bench while continuing our firm-wide focus on both planning and building,” said William Sharples, SHoP Partner. “Our interests extend beyond building beautiful skyscrapers, museums, university buildings and airport terminals. We want to build in such a way that our buildings give back to our cities and to our clients through use of public space, density, sustainability, and innovative construction methods.”

More about SHoP’s new partner after the break.

Moscow School of Management / Adjaye Associates & AB Studios

© Ed Reeve, & AB Studios

Architect: Adjaye Associates & AB Studios
Location: Skolkovo,
Area: 42,891 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Reeve, Adjaye Associates & AB Studios

Educational Center in Warsaw / Łukasz Iwan

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Designed by Łukasz Iwan, the educational center is devoted to the youth of Praga in , Poland. The fundamental assumption of the project is to integrate the building with the adjacent elementary school to create a database to develop talent among young people. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Golden West College / Steinberg Architects

© Tim Griffith

Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: Huntington Beach, California,
Design Team: David Hart, AIA – Principal in Charge& Project Manager, Michael Miller– Project Designer, Paul Garcia – Job Captain, Heather Melish – Interior Design, Vikas Shrestha, PhD, AIA – Sustainability Expert, Amy Newborn, John Almendras.
Photographs: Tim Griffith,

Video: Harpa Concert Hall / Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson

Designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Architects, the Harpa Concert Hall was one of the finalists for Building of the Year. On the border between land and sea, the Center stands out as a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbor space as well as the vibrant life of the city. This is all very elegantly represented in Pedro Kok‘s video which gives us more insight to the building from multiple viewpoints.

House Ocho / Feldman Architecture

© Kodiak Greenwood

Architects: Feldman Architecture
Location: Carmel, California,
Completion Date: September 2004
Size: 2,900 sqm + 600 sqm cottage for guests
Photographers: Paul Dyer , Kodiak Greenwood, Claudio Santini and Roland Bishop, JD Peterson

Bloom / DO|SU Studio Architecture

© Brandon Shigeta

DO|SU Studio Architecture shared with us their architectural research installation, titled ‘Bloom,’ displayed at the Materials and Application Gallery in . The project acts as a sun tracking instrument indexing time and temperature, with a shape alluding to a woman’s Victorian-era under garment, ‘Bloom’ to stitch together material experimentation, structural innovation, and computational form and pattern making into an environmentally responsive form. The project is especially designed for peak performance on spring equinox, March 20, 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.