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Five great projects from last week that you may have missed! Check out the Treehouse Riga in Portugal, or the great Studio House Sabinos by mexican architect Juan Carlos Loyo. Don’t miss OAB’s, Azahar Headquarters. The House D was designed by HHF Architects in Switzerland. Finally, continue with our exclusive coverage in 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, Common Ground.

Video: Kubrick // One-Point Perspective

Wes Anderson peers down from above, while Quentin Tarantino likes to peer up from below. Darren Aronofsky uses sharp sounds and Stanley Kubrick prefers the one-point perspective.

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Venice Biennale 2012: The Filigree Maker / Kosovan Pavilion

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After a long struggle for independence, became a new European country in 2008. Much of it’s urban landscape consists of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Communist era architecture that has been mostly remained untouched by the war. As wealth returns and the economy slowly grows, a new building spur has ignited, covering the city with a sprawl of store fronts, apartments and office buildings.

The Kosovan Pavilion takes a step back to reflect on the current state of their urban landscape, asking important questions on how architecture will effect the future of Kosovan identity and, more importantly, the emotional state and behaviors of the individuals that inhabit its cities. With the exhibition, The Filigree Maker, visitors and participants world-wide are given the opportunity to help shape the future Kosovo by sharing their emotional response to images of existing architecture. Find out more and learn how you can participate, after the break.

House in the valley of Atzaró / de Blacam and Meaguer architects

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Architects: de Blacam and Meaguer architects
Location: Atzaró, , Spain
Design Team: John Meagher, Juan Echeverría
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Cook

Public Service Hall / de Architekten Cie. + Bureau LADA

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de Architekten Cie. and Lada Hršak from Bureau LADA recently won the competition for the Public Service Hall in . Held by The Ministry of Justice of , the project supports the countrywide reform for renewal of public services. Their design proposes an elevated square being the roof of the building to connect the public space with the roof auditorium which becomes the new civic place for the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
Courtesy of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

NTNU Fall 2012 Guest Lecture Series

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), together with the Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway and Dokkhuset, recently launched their Fall 2012 Guest Lecture Series in architecture. The lectures take place at 7pm in Dokkhuset, Dokkparken 4,…

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© Andreas J. Focke /

Illumination: Central Bus Terminal / pfarré lighting design

The lighting for the Central Bus Terminal in Munich by pfarré lighting design… aims at giving the appearance of a building floating on a cushion of cold white light. As a result, warm light is used in the upper floors

Majestic Theatre Apartments / Hill Thalis Architecture

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Architects: Hill Thalis Architecture
Location: Sydney,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Courtesy of OpenHouseHelsinki
Courtesy of OpenHouseHelsinki

Open House Helsinki

Taking place September 14-16, Open House Helsinki, which is free of cost, allows visitors into places which normally are not available to the public. Guided by designers and specialists, the weekend event includes guided walks in fascinating interior spaces, interesting…

PMT / Mestura Arquitectes

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Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
Location: Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Humbert Costas, Manuel Gómez, Jaime Blanco, Carlos Durán, Josep M. Estapè
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

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Courtesy of the Hungarian Pavilion
Courtesy of the Hungarian Pavilion

Venice Biennale 2012: Hungarian Pavilion

The Hungarian Pavilion for the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale presents a “forest” of white architectural models as a tribute to the common process and existence of this important subject within the profession. With an understanding that the model is where…

Update: The Hegeman / Cook + Fox

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Architects: Cook + Fox Architects
Location: , NY
Project Name: The Hegeman
Client: Common Ground Comunities
Completion: 2012
Size: 64,469 SF


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Steam Whistle Brand's Cincinnati Society of Rubber Architects kit, as seen on

Architectural Stationary Sets

Ever wonder how you could have the ability to replicate the historic ‘Italianate’ buildings without having to be artistically skilled? Well, all you need is a set of Paper Neighborhood Stamps. Twenty-one pieces make up the collection of wood and…

‘Hello Future’ Roundabout / Molter-Linnemann Architekten

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To celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the Utility and Amenities Company of the city of , Germany, the company decided to donate a roundabout to the city which was to deal with the present and the future of and the company itself. Located at the point dominated by advertising, commercial buildings and an enormous amount of tall lighting masts, Molter-Linnemann Architekten was asked to design the third, last roundabout, aka “the roundabout at the movies”. Just as at the time of the movies creation, when traffic began to dominate the environment, today again we are facing chances that will shape our world anew. To make this new condition visible, the architects wanted the design to be larger-than-life, similar to the portrayal of Tatis “modern world”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Courtesy of CRAB Studio

Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center / CRAB Studio

Inspired by a reaction to the tsunami, the proposal for the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center is symbolically and practically rising above the streams. Designed by CRAB…, the studio of Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, the building

Cemetery and Wake Room / Schneider & Lengauer

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Architects: Schneider & Lengauer
Location: Hopfgarten in , East Tyrol,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kurt Hoerbst

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data retrieved from - Courtesy of Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli

Wood Dimensional Changes / Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli

Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli… developed an interdisciplinary work between wooden architecture and information design through their research on wood dimensional changes. Known by many, especially in the field of architecture, construction, and design, most of the challenges of utilizing

Escaravox / Andres Jaque Architects

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Architects: Andres Jaque Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Ruggero Agnolutto, Fernando Arocha, Ángela Bailén, Almudena Basabe, Elisa Bua, Álvaro Carrillo, Catalina Corredor, Roberto González García, Michal Just, Jorge López Conde, Marco Marcelletti, Paola Pardo, Khristian Serena, Patrycja Stal, Dagmar Stéeova, Silvie Talackova
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán