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Afumati House / Manadelucru

  • Architects: Manadelucru
  • Location: Afumati, Romania
  • Architects In Charge: Dorin Stefan Adam, Madalina Iftimi
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir

© Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir

The Indicator: Morning, Lebbeus

One October morning in 2003, Lebbeus Woods shattered the sleepy air in Los Angeles with a swift and decisive re-deployment of his famed Foundation Cartier installation, The Fall. 1,400 steel rods were drilled into the polished concrete floors running SCI-Arc’s quarter mile. In a single night of cloaked activity, Woods and a gang of student volunteers made Maya, Rhino and all computer pyrotechnics, then all the rage, seem irrelevant with a forest of bent steel rods that seemed to react to the forces of the building…and seemingly appeared out of nowhere. 

Bodrum Houses / Richard Meier

  • Architects: Richard Meier
  • Location: Yalikavak, Turkey
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Courtesy of Richard Meier and Partners

Courtesy of Courtesy of Richard Meier and Partners Courtesy of Courtesy of Richard Meier and Partners Courtesy of Courtesy of Richard Meier and Partners Courtesy of Courtesy of Richard Meier and Partners

Power Station of Art / Original Design Studio

© Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan
© Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan
  • Architects: Original Design Studio
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Zhang Ming, Zhang Zi, Ding Kuo, Ding Chun, Sun Jialong, Wang Zhigang, Zhang Hao
  • Area: 38000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan

© Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan © Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan © Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan © Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan

The Lemperle Residence / Jonathan Segal FAIA

  • Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
  • Location: La Jolla, California, United States
  • Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Nic Neuman
  • Photographs: Paul Body

© Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body

73 apartments ZAC Seguin Rives de Seine - Lot B3B / Philippe Dubus Architectes

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

OP13 / PHD Architectes

© Michel Denancé © Simon Deprez © Simon Deprez © Simon Deprez

Foster+Partners' First US Residential Building Breaks Ground

Courtesy of dbox branding & creative for Foster+Partners
Courtesy of dbox branding & creative for Foster+Partners

50 UN Plaza, Foster+Partners' first residential building in the U.S., broke ground this morning. With the Hearst Tower long finished, Tower 2 at Ground Zero near complete, and a new iconic building planned for 425 Park Avenue, 50 UN Plaza will only further solidify Lord Foster's mark on New York City. 

The 44-story luxury tower's privileged spot at the United Nations Plaza will give it remarkable views of the UN Building, the East River, and the Manhattan skyline. According to Foster, the building's deep bay windows (which line each of the tower's 3 volumes) will maximize that view and, along with its steel and glass facade, give the tower a distinctive, "jewel-like quality": “The slender proportion of 50 United Nations Plaza is attenuated by the vertical stacks of bay windows, which give it a distinctive identity[...] The polished stainless steel detailing of the facade is in the sprit of earlier historic towers in the city and it reflects the sharp quality of light which is special to New York." 

The building, whose construction will incorporate recycled materials, also has a strong environmental agenda, combining active and passive energy strategies.

According to the New York Observer, the tower's 87 units will range in size from 1,100 square feet one-bedrooms; three bedrooms as big as 3,000 square feet; full-floor residences; and a penthouse duplex, measuring about 10,000 square feet. One of the marquee features will also be a private driveway. The tower is expected to cost $500 million and be completed in 2014. 

More images and Foster+Partner's description of 50 UN Plaza, after the break...

Dyson Building / Haworth Tompkins

  • Architects: Haworth Tompkins
  • Location: London, England, UK
  • Area: 4750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins

Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins

Controversial Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Island For Sale

Courtesy of AHALife, via Architizer
Courtesy of AHALife, via Architizer

It turns out the David Wright House isn't the only unusual (and controversial) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gem on the market.

Petre Island (sometimes called Petra Island) is an 11-acre, heart-shaped island 47 miles from Manhattan. While Wright hand-picked the site himself in 1949, and drew up plans for a 5,000 square foot "dream house" the following year, budget concerns forced him to scale down his vision, resulting in the construction of a smaller guest cottage. 

Fast-forward 53 years later, and the island's new owner, John Massaro, decided to make those long-sitting plans reality;  he hired architect and Wright scholar Thomas Heinz, who used ArchiCAD to model aspects of Wright's design that weren't obvious from the original renderings and updated the house with some modern amenities. 

While the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation refuses to accept the house as authentic (they even tried to sue Massaro for claiming so), that hasn't stopped AHALife, the web site featuring the island for sale, from proudly selling the "spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house" for $19,900,000 USD.

More images and info on this Wright-designed island, after the break...

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Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre / CEI Architecture

  • Architects: CEI Architecture
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Area: 65000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Howard Waisman

© Howard Waisman © Howard Waisman © Howard Waisman © Howard Waisman

Hesiodo / Hierve-Diseñeria

  • Architects: Hierve-Diseñeria
  • Location: Polanco district, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Alfredo Acle, Armando Niño de Rivera, Sugey Ramírez, and Cecilia Ramírez Corzo
  • Partner: Alejandro Villarreal
  • Client: Zimbra
  • Area: 2,511 sqm
  • Year: 2005
  • Photography: © Fernando Cordero, Cortesia de Hierve-Diseñeria

© Fernando Cordero © Fernando Cordero © Fernando Cordero © Fernando Cordero

'Solar Loop' Competition Entry / Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects

Designed by Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects, their ‘Solar Loop’ finalist entry for the Land Art Generator Initiative competition aims to expose more surface as possible to the southern solar rays. Sited in FreshKills Park in New York City, the shape comes directly from the solar diagrams, and deals easily with the sun following it with the best angle almost like a frozen artificial sunflower.bThe aesthetic of the sculpture is the result of this dialogue that becomes synthesis between the solar power and the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pangal Cabin / emA Arquitectos

  • Architects: emA Arquitectos
  • Location: Casablanca, Chile
  • Design Team: Klaus Matuschka, Orlando Etcheberrigaray
  • Constructor: Nautilus
  • Area: 60.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: © Marcelo Cáceres, Cortesía de emA Arquitectos

© Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres

Oscar Niemeyer in Full Recovery

Don’t believe the rumors! Despite Oscar Niemeyer’s age and three recent hospitalizations, the legendary Brazilian architect is in full recovery after being admitted to the Samaritan Hospital in Rio de Janeiro for dehydration and renal complications last week.