KPMG Headquarters / 3XN Architects

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Architect: 3XN Architects
Location: , Denmark
Client: KPMG
Type: Office and commercial (KPMG takes over 2/3 of the building, while the remaining 1/3 is rented. The ground floor has commercial spaces)
Size: 35.000 sqm (33.500 sqm office, 1.300 sqm commercial space, 22.000 sqm parking)
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Father and Son Skyscraper / IAMZ Studio

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The concept for the Father and Son skyscraper, designed by IAMZ Studio, is divided into three main elements including the shape, style and urban design along with green areas implemented into the design. The main reason for the skyscraper typology is to decrease the crowding in the capital . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Casa RO / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

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Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos – Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
Location: , Jalisco,
Collaborators: Pablo Alexanderson, Rossana Valdivia, Jorge Verdín, Jenny Mora, Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Carlos Miramontes
Interior Design: Ana Laura Oroz e Interiorismo Colectivo
Project Area: 620 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Marcos García

‘Abondantus Gigantus’ Temporary Pavilion / LOOS.FM

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A temporary pavilion in the public space for the Grenswerk Festival in , Netherlands, ‘Abondantus Gigantus’ was to be a meeting point and a stage for performances and exhibitions. Designed by LOOS.FM in 2011, is made up of so-called Legoblocks: concrete blocks that are very similar to the famous Lego bricks. The blocks are nondescript, yet they possess an industrial beauty. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Janus / mlzd

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Architects: mlzd
Location: Rapperswil-Jona,
Surface Area: 370 sqm (old buildings 290 sqm, new building 80 sqm)
Floor Space: 990 sqm (old buildings 820 sqm, new building 170 sqm)
Façade of New Building: 200 sqm
Costs of Construction (including exhibition): CHF 5.8 million
Photographs: Courtesy of mlzd

CR 16 Office And Residential Building / BLK2 Architekten

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Architects: BLK2 Architekten 
Location: Caffamacherreihe 16, 20355 , Germany
Completion: 2010
Client: CR sechzehn Hamburg GmbH & Co.KG, Germany
Gross floor area: 41.387 sqm (35.216 qm office / 6.171 qm residential property)
Project Team: Peter Lehmann, Martin Sieckmann, Annette Niethammer,
Michaela Bluhm, Michael Gutena, Hannes Beinhoff.
Photographs: Klaus Frahm / Artur Images


Update: Hamburg sues Contractor of Herzog and de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie

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Since 2007, controversy has been stirring due to the rising costs and delayed schedule of Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall in , . Recent reports state the court has approved the city of Hamburg’s €40 million lawsuit against the primary contractor HochTief, who has stopped working in four areas of the €600 million project this past November. HochTief blames the architect due to differences in its plans.

Continue reading for more.

Beaty Biodiversity Centre – Aquatic Ecosystems Research Labor​atory / Patkau Architects

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Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: , British Columbia,
Project Team: Greg Boothroyd, Michael Cunningham, Joanne Gates, Samantha Hayes, Maureen Kwong, Thomas Lee, Davis Marques, Patrick O’Sullivan, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone
Model Makers: Oliver Birett, Anike Duffner, Gregory Graemiger, Julianne Heinrich, Craig Simms, Christian Schulte, Jan Rasche, Tokimi Ota
Photographs: James Dow 


Damier / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architecture: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Completion: December 2009
Structure: RC
Site Area: 32.16m2
Total Floor Area: 114.55m2
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Photography: Masao Nishikawa


AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Probably the most important news last week, was the fact that we have only 8 days left for you to nominate your favorite projects for our Building of the Years Awards. Besides that, we featured amazing projects that you may have missed.

Our main image belongs to a beautiful office building in Sao Paulo designed by Isay Weinfeld. Don’t forget to check this great winery in Portugal, Yoritaka Hayashi Architects’ latest house in , the recently announced winning proposal for the PS1 in New York and a Center for the Arts in Spain whose design began 10 years ago. Enjoy!

ArchDaily 2011 Building of the Year Awards

The year 2011 was a great one for ArchDaily, and all thanks to you. In terms of web traffic, in our network we grew to more than 200,000 daily readers who viewed 350 million pages during 2011. Our social media reach has grown to nearly 500,000 Facebook fans, more than 60,000 followers on Twitter and an ever growing presence on Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest, all connecting with architects around our passion: Architecture.

ArchDaily is more than big numbers. It is recognized as the ultimate source of inspiration for thousands of architects around the world, who are covering new ground in architectural discussion, and generating new opportunities by being part of the world’s largest architecture network. During 2011, we participated in important events, such as the Pritzker Prize ceremony in DC, the AIA National Convention in New Orleans, among others, and visiting architects all across the US, in the UK, , Israel, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. We’ve had the chance to interview renowned architects such as Steven Holl, Renzo Piano, Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman, and a long list of people who are advancing this profession. We spoke at the AIA Arkansas Convention, Harvard GSD, along with other events and schools. We launched our first local version, ArchDaily Brasil (more to come during this year!) and introduced our first tool to help architects collect and order information: My ArchDaily. We will continue to work very hard during 2012, with all our passion, to keep you connected to everything that is happening in the architecture world and help you with tools, as you will be the responsible of the noble task to shape our built environment.

Since 2009 we have held the Awards, an instance in which all of you make your voice heard by nominating and voting for the best projects featured on ArchDaily during the year. This is a peer based award that recognizes firms of all sizes, trajectories and locations. You can check the results of the previous editions here: 2009 and 2010.

Once again we have partnered with HP to present the 2011 Building of the Year Awards, starting today Feb 7th, 2012 at the following link:

The nomination stage will run for 2 weeks until Feb 21st, 2011. All buildings featured under the available categories during 2011 are elegible for this round. You can nominate one building (in one category) per day.

Like last year, we will authenticate the votes with the My ArchDaily platform, so we can assure that the nominating and voting processes are conducted by the community. You can nominate once per day, so you can propose your favorite projects from Feb 7th to Feb 21st, after which 5 buildings per category will continue to the voting round, between Feb 22nd and Mar 6th. The winners will be announced on Mar 7th, 2012.

Given that you are in charge of the selection process, we have decided to give away 2 custom engraved iPads 2 during the nominating/voting stages (more details on the rules below). Also, the most voted firm will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer (MSRP US$8,000).

Once again I’d like to thank all our readers for your support in 2011, and rest assure that we are working on new ways to improve ArchDaily in 2012. Our inbox is always open, so feel free to leave your feedback, recommendations and support on the contact page.


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Jinan High-Tech Science and Technology Culture Center and Square / RTA-Office

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The High-tech science and technology cultural center, designed by RTA-Office, is strategically located Jinan, a city supported with a good transportation hub, making it a site with a lot of potential advantages and opportunities for development. They believe that these buildings need to reflect the cultural flavor of Jinan in eastern and local specialties; this is a place of modern technology and the software language used is able to describe the soul of the location. So they made a unique exclusive design, showing all its modern character. The result is a strong contrast between the organic approach in the genesis of the soften edges of the new buildings and hardness of the surrounding buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Amelia Street / Tim Stewart Architects

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Architect: Tim Stewart Architects
Location: Amelia Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD 4006
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

Transparency in the Building Industry – Nutrition Labels for Building Materials

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In material safety article for the Times, Fred A. Bernstein conducts an interview with architect Peter Syrett and interior designer Chris Youseff of Perkins + Will that highlights their endeavor to create a database of common building materials and the potential dangers associated with their composition. The database, simply and appropriately referred to as Transparency Lists, is a resource of precautionary measures which breaks down into four categories: Precautionary List, Asthma Triggers + Asthmagens, Flame Retardants, and News, Media + Additional Research.

Read on for more after the break.

Ocean Guest House / Stelle Architects

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Architect: Stelle Architects
Location: Bridgehampton, NY,
Design Team: Frederick Stelle, Viola Rouhani, Greg Tietjen, Esra Unaldi, Jonathan Subject
Interior Design: Eleanor Donnelly,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Carbone

In Progress: Amsterdam Tower / JSª

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Architect: JSª
Location: Av. Insurgentes 301-303, City,
Total Area: 132,504 sq ft
Date of the project: 2011, In progress
Photographer: Romeilia Hernandez

Typecasting, or the Void After Starchitecture

Exhibition Rien ne va Plus

The following text comes from Powerhouse Company‘s book Ouvertures. We found this excerpt to be particularly engaging and they graciously gave us permission to share this short piece with you in its entirety. Enjoy!

Our exhibition Rien ne va plus researched and discussed the impact of the 2008 economic crisis on architecture.[1] The simple question that led to this research was the question why, after bankers, architects were the first to be fired en masse as the crisis hit? How had we architects become so entangled with the money market?

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