MVRDV completes Book Mountain and Library Quarter Spijkenisse

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Close to the Port of Rotterdam docks, MVRDV has completed the Book Mountain, a public library in ’s market square. It features a 480 meter route, lined with bookshelves, that wraps around a stacked, pyramidal form as it is showcased through the library’s glass structure. The “mountain of books” illuminates from within and serves as both an advertisement and an invitation to reading. The adjacent Library Quarter consisting of 42 social housing units, parking and public space is also a project by . Together, with the Book Mountain, it strives to form an “exemplary eco-neighborhood”.

Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Five great projects you may have missed from last week. The main image is from International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagora Arquitectos. Don’t forget to check La Muna designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design or Paasitorni Hotel by finnish practice K2S. Revisit, Roberto Cantoral Cultural Center in by Broissin Architects. Finally, you can’t miss Carlos Arroyo’s Academie MWD Dilbeek.

dbox wins Emmy for “Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero”

The New York-based branding and creative agency dbox has won an Emmy for its CGI and Branding work on the Discovery Channel’s six part mini-series Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero. From executive producer by Steven Spielberg, the series chronicles the activity of the Ground Zero site and the personal stories of the construction workers, engineers and architects who have made the rebuilding vision a reality.

Enjoy the trailer above and check out ArchDaily’s previous September 11th coverage for more information on each project:

The Plongeoir / SPRAY Architecture

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Architects: SPRAY Architecture
Location: Muttersholtz,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 14 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of SPRAY Architecture

FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2013

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The recently launched FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2013 competition is calling for projects that are new, restored, rehabilitated or converted, and must have been completed before December 31, 2012 in Asia or Australia. The jury seeks to understand how the project delivers specific, measurable outcomes. Entrants are encouraged to make a case for the building against the following criteria: Efficacy, Wellness, Embeddedness, Advocacy, Integration, and Adaptation. The Jury will nominate up to three projects in each category. The deadline for submissions is December 17. For more information, please visit here.

Niemenranta Elementary School / ALT Architects + Architecture Office Karsikas

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Architects: ALT Architects + Architecture Office Karsikas
Location: , Finland
Design Team: Martti Karsikas, Kalle Vahtera, Antti Karsikas, Ville-Pekka Ikola
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Ikola & Vahtera

Courtesy of Gimeno Guitart Architects
Courtesy of Gimeno Guitart Architects

Santa Maria Parish Center Proposal / Gimeno Guitart Architects

The project proposal for the new Santa Maria Parish Center in Bonavista offers a specific solution to the needs of the program and the liturgy. By focusing on the two premises recurrent throughout the history of the Catholic Church, monumentality…

Courtesy of Brazilian Architects Team
Courtesy of Brazilian Architects Team

City Hall Várzea Paulista Competition Entry / Brazilian Architects

Designed by Ana Cecília Tourinho, Analu Brandão, Gabriel Kozlowski, and Beni Barzellai…, their competition entry for the City Hall Várzea Paulista creates a unity among all the planned projects for the downtown of Várzea Paulista. By proposing

Reforma 27 / Alberto Kalach

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Architects: Alberto Kalach
Location: , Mexico
Design Team: Ignacio del Río, Bolívar Garrido, José Luis Reyes, Héctor Módica, Iván Ramírez, Susana Pantoja, Ana María Martínez, Patricia Galdos
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

KREOD / Chun Qing Li of Pavilion Architecture

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Using state-of-the-art parametric design tools and digital fabrication, KREOD brings together some of the most talented designers, engineers and innovative materials to challenge current thinking and showcase sustainable and forward-thinking building methods. Designed by of Pavilion Architecture, KREOD will be located next to Peninsula Square, between Emirates Air Line and The O2 at Greenwich Peninsula now until January 2013 . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Abbots Way / AR Design Studio

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Architects: AR Design Studio
Location: , UK
Architect In Charge: Andy Ramus
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Gardner

The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32

Richard Pare, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Photograph © Richard Pare 2007.

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will be hosting an exhibition on Russian Modernist Architecture starting October 11 through February 16, 2013. Featuring a wealth of rarely published material on architecture that spanned the empire of the , the 80+ large-scale photographs – documented by British photographer Richard Pare – provide unique insight into the movements of the Soviet revolutionary period.  More photos and information after the break.

The Rise of Design/Build Architecture Inspires “All Hale” Love Story

Hale County Animal Shelter / ; © griner

All Hale, a new film written by Anita Banerji, follows the story of college student Alice Walker who finds herself in a small town in Hale County, Alabama building a home for a family that is going through personal and financial hardship.  The movie is filmed on location, with a variety of unique Hale County architecture serving as the backdrop for a story that rekindles a love for “home-grown architecture”.  At a time when so much emphasis is focused on “starchitects” and the “Bilbao effect”, the story of this movie has a social agenda that highlights the backlash to this phenomena: the rising trend of design/build architecture.

Join us after the break for more on the underlying social inspiration of this film and a sneak peek at the trailer.

House SL / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

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Architects: Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Location: Aurelio Miro Quesada, , Peru
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 589.06 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

Courtesy of Morfearch
Courtesy of Morfearch

‘Mobilicity: Tirana Multimodal Station’ Proposal / Morfearch

Designed for the ‘Mobilicity: Tirana Multimodal Station’ competition, the second prize winning proposal consists in giving back an identity to the area. Designed by Morfearch…, the masterplan is not only a project of a railway station: it is a

14 Facts You Didn’t Know About Le Corbusier

by Willy Rizzo. Photos © Willy Rizzo.

Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965) will forever be known as an icon of Modernism, but did you know that the man who changed the face of architecture led quite the colorful personal life?

In honor of his 125th birthday, take a moment to check out some Corbu classics (perhaps Convent of La TouretteRonchampVilla SavoyeUnite d’Habitation, or Villa Roche) and read on to learn more about the man behind the myth – Charles-Édouard Jeanneret.

Fun Facts About Le Corbusier (including what Salvador Dalí had to say about him. It isn’t pretty) after the break!

MP House / OmasC Arquitectos


Architects: OmasC Arquitectos
Location: Salinas de Oro, , Spain
Architect In Charge: Iria Comoxo Gómez & David Olmos Tapia
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Duosegno Visual Design

Courtesy of Ajman University of Science & Technology
Courtesy of Ajman University of Science & Technology

‘Thinking of Shadow’ Workshop by Satoshi Okada

Taking place October 18-23 at Ajman University of Science & Technology, UAE, Japanese Architect, Satoshi Okada…, will be putting on an architectural workshop titled, ‘Thinking of Shadow’. As the founder of Satoshi Okada Architects, Okada is known for his