Villa Village / Visiondivision


Our Swedish friends from Visiondivision are back with their latest residential project for a family in Tampere, Finland - an extension that offers a quirky departure from a traditional “addition” as the architecture provides an entire “village” of units to meet optimal flexibility and potential.     The village idea offers an interesting structure for the clients to inhabit and one that can be experienced in a variety of ways to inspire the residents during their everyday activities.

More after the break. 

Gershenson House / Roman Gonzalez Jaramillo

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Architects: Roman Gonzalez Jaramillo
Location: Cholul, Yucatan,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pepe Molina

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Courtesy of AIA San Francisco

‘The Missing 32%’ Event

Taking place at the California College of the Arts in San Fransisco October 13th from 10am-4pm, The Missing 32%,’ features leading professionals from around the country to discuss the role of women in architecture in the 21st century. In the…

The Cube / Sharon Neuman Architects

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Architects: Sharon Neuman Architects
Location: Lehavot Haviva,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Gosher

Video: Rupert Blanchard, Day in the Life

Designer and maker Rupert Blanchard creates bespoke furniture from discarded drawers, secondhand pieces and scrap material, but is adamant that his work should not be considered part of the upcycling trend. In 2011 Blanchard won ‘Best Product Design’ at The British Design Awards, and during London Design Festival he opened up his East London studio as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Blanchard takes on a day out to visit some of his favourite local haunts around Brick Lane and Bethnal Green including a welder, a junkshop and a scrapyard.

Cap Vermell Cultural Center in Cala Ratjada / BB Arquitectes

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Architects: BB Arquitectes
Location: (Mallorca), Spain
Design Team: Antoni Barceló Baeza, Bàrbara Balanzó Moral
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia, Sebastià Bonet

House in Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization / José Luis Rodríguez Gil

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Architects: José Luis Rodríguez Gil
Location: , Canary Islands, Spain
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez

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© Dinafex

Congresso Nacional dos Municípios (CNM) Headquarters Winning Proposal / Luis Eduardo Loyola and Maria Cristina Motta

The primary condition for the first prize winning design of the new headquarters of Congresso Nacional dos Municípios (CNM) is the creation of a metropolitan area in line with the urban context of the city of Brasilia. Designed by Luis …

ELEMENTAL: Incremental Housing and Participatory Design Manual

What began as an academic initiative to improve the quality of life of poor strata of the population has meanwhile become a professional “do tank” offering services that cover the entire spectrum of urban development. Alejandro Aravena (1967 Santiago de Chile) founded in 2001 in his hometown with the goal of alleviating social deprivation directly instead of hoping for a balance of income relations. Besides building public facilities and public housing, also develops new approaches for the reorganization of resources and the potential of cities by means of projects devoted to infrastructure and transportation. This publication documents the social activity and history of the international architectural team and sheds light on its financing strategies, for example through participative building.

Ingelheim Funeral Chapel / Bayer & Strobel Architekten

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Architects: Bayer & Strobel Architekten
Location: ,
Design Team: Gunther Bayer, Peter Strobel
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Bayer & Strobel Architekten

National Art Museum of China competition entry / OMA

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OMA has shared with us their proposal for the new National Art Museum of (NAMOC) in Beijing. The Rotterdam-based practice is one of the all-star contenders competing to design the 1.3 million square feet NAMOC that will be built next to the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Bird’s Nest. Even though rumors are flying about a potential winner, the jury won’t announce the final results of the competition until November.

Given the epic proportions of the NAMOC, OMA has chosen to treat the massive structure as a small city by integrating a variety of city-like districts throughout. The proposal includes a range of experiences in both “classical, orthogonal” museum spaces as well as contemporary, open-plan areas. Continue after the break to learn more.

St-Agatha-Berchem Sustainable Social Housing / Buro II & Archi+I

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Architects: Buro II & Archi+I
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 3,374 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXX

Photo by Kaleidelika –

Great architecture photography from our Flickr Pool. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Kaleidelika in Valencia, . Don’t miss the other four after the break.

Youth Centre in Roskilde / Cornelius + Vöge

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Architects: Cornelius + Vöge
Location: County,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Atelier Gados: Stitching Spaces

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Rio de Janeiro-based writer Robert Landon has shared with us his experience exploring the work/live space of Atelier Gados, designed by female-led powerhouse of

Thrusting out of a green hillside in an upscale suburb of Basel, , Atelier Gados seems deliberately to announce its difference from its staid neighbors – as it should. For Atelier Gados — the work of the young Basel-based Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten — is not just another conventional family residence, but the workshop of an avant-garde Basel clothing designer. In a little bourgeois valley otherwise divided into atomistic, private worlds, Atelier Gados is a place of commerce, a site of creation, an unlikely threshold where public and private are made to meet.

Continue after the break for more.

Haus BRU 1.25 / SoHo Architektur

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Architects: SoHo Architektur
Location: Heimertingen, Bavaria,
Architect In Charge: Alexander Nägele
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 90 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of SoHo Architektur

JA+U Interviews Japanese Architect Kumkio Inui

JA+U presents this brief interview with Japanese Architect of the Office of Kumiko Inui.  The interview gives an inside look at to how architects choose to design.  In Inui’s case, she explains how drawing and sketching is a way for her to explore her ideas in concepts, schematics and tectonics.  Sometimes these ideas are not fully formed and Inui uses sketching as a strategy to let her mind wander and unfold her various thoughts on the architectural problems before her.  Through iteration and reinterpretation, Inui explains how an idea from the depths of her subconscious, eventually surfaces.

Automative Industry Exporters Union Technical and Industrial High School / Metin Kılıç + Dürrin Süer

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Architects: Metin Kılıç + Dürrin Süer
Location: , Turkey
Architectural Group: Metin Kılıç, Dürrin Süer
Architectural Office: Seden Cinasal Avcı, Merih Feza Yıldırım, Serdar Uslubaş, Duygu Ceylan Saylım, Tuğçe Şık
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Cemal Emden