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2018 Pyeongchang Speedskating Arena Proposal / Idea Image Institute of Architects

Courtesy of Idea Image Institute of Architects (IIIA)
Courtesy of Idea Image Institute of Architects (IIIA)

As the main ice sports facility for the 2018 Pyeongchang winter olympic games, the master plan proposal by Idea Image Institute of Architects (IIIA) has expressed local natural specific characteristics which is very beautiful and clean based on the New horizons, which is the vision of 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games. Their design concept for the speed skating arena has beautiful shapes inspired by dynamic movement of speed skaters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lille Modern Art Museum / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

© Max Lerouge – LMCU
© Max Lerouge – LMCU
  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Location: Chemin John Coltrane, 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France
  • Architect in Charge: Roland Simounet
  • Project Manager: Yves Tougard
  • Area: 11600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Max Lerouge – LMCU, Philippe Ruault, Vincent Fillon

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A house in Kitashirakawa / Méga

© Kei Sugino
© Kei Sugino
  • Architects: Méga
  • Location: Kyoto-city, Kyoto, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Dai Nagasaka
  • Project Team: Méga (Dai Nagasaka, Megumi Kojima)
  • Area: 91.62 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Kei Sugino

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino

Zappos to Build Intentionally Inconvenient Office in Las Vegas

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has recently invested $350 million dollars of his own money into downtown Las Vegas, where the new Zappos' headquarters will soon call its home. Working in the vein of companies like Google and Apple, Hsieh and the head developer of the new campus, Zach Ware, have worked together on making a workspace environment in which creativity - and, consequently, inconvenience - is built into the design itself:  

"'Our goal is not to create an office space that you take photos of and you say 'Wow, that's beautiful,'' says Ware. 'We're incredibly function-oriented.' Zappos' core focus is on company culture and the relationships between employees. To enhance that, as odd as it sounds, parts of the office are deliberately inconvenient." 

Read Max Nisen's article on Zappos' "inconvenient," new headquarters after the break... 

Artist Residence & Studio / Caliper Studio

  • Architects: Caliper Studio
  • Location: Greenwich Village, New York, United States of America
  • Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek
  • MEP Engineer: D’Antonio Consulting Engineers
  • Waterproofing Consultant: James Gainfort
  • Landcape Design: VertNY
  • General Contractor: Riverside Builders
  • Photographs: Ty Cole

© Ty Cole, Artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein © Ty Cole, Artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein © Ty Cole, Artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein © Ty Cole, Artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Pearl River Beer Factory Landscape / Atelier cnS

  • Architects: Atelier cnS
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Architect: Atelier cnS
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier cnS

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Lopez Island Cabin / Stuart Silk Architects

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New PBS Architecture Series Features 'Cool Spaces!'

In an age where almost every conceivable subject has spawned its own reality series - be it Dancing On Ice or Hillbilly-Hand-Fishing - PBS's new show, Cool Spaces!, aims to stimulate the public's curiosity by engaging us in the story behind some of North America's most interesting public buildings. The AIA sponsored show, which is hosted by Boston-based architect Stephen Chungdeparts from usual architecture-related television shows, which tend to focus on makeovers of private homes. Not only will this show look at public buildings, but it will also examine the people who's lives it has affected, the places that have shaped it, and the mind of the architect who brought all of these things together to design it.

Read more about the series and see a sneak preview after the break...

Private House in Viseu / Bau.Uau Arquitectura

  • Architects: Bau.Uau Arquitectura
  • Location: Viseu, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Cristina Emília Silva, Alberto Montoya
  • Contractor: ALP CONSTRUÇÕES
  • Area: 220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ivo Tavares Studio

© Ivo Tavares Studio © Ivo Tavares Studio © Ivo Tavares Studio © Ivo Tavares Studio

Video: Maracanã's Face Lift, Raising the Roof

Datacenter AM3 / Benthem Crouwel Architects

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area: 17800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

The Indicator: Architecture’s 1979

The forthcoming Pacific Standard Time exhibition, A CONFEDERACY OF HERETICS: THE ARCHITECTURE GALLERY, VENICE, 1979, which runs from March 29 – July 7, 2013 at SCI-Arc, would like us to believe that there are “pivotal moments” in the architectural zeitgeist—that there are zeitgeists at all might even be worth questioning.

Pivotal moments are constructed after the fact. Zeitgeists are consumed by invested audiences and forced upon the non-cognoscenti as evidence. What we are talking about are discourses. Los Angeles, 1979 is one of architecture’s minor discourses, a pulse that warped the major discourse into something else, the anti-. By saying it is minor does not undermine its cultural significance.

MVRDV's Book Mountain Wins Prestigious Red Dot Design Award

MVRDV’s “mountain of books” in the center of Spijkenisse’s town market square has just been announced as winner of the internationally acclaimed red dot design award for “high quality design” in the Architecture and Urban Design category. The jury selected MVRDV’s Book Mountain from 4,662 entries submitted from 54 countries, lauding the project for its “highly refined detail”.

More information on the building after the break...

Lycée Régional René Goscinny / José Morales & Rémy Marciano

  • Architects: José Morales, Rémy Marciano
  • Location: Alpes, Maritimes
  • Architects in Charge: José Morales, Rémy Marciano
  • Assistant Architects: Mathieu Barbier-Bouvet, Jean-Luc Fugier
  • Area: 9200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

'Richard Meier - Architecture and Design' Retrospective Exhibition

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Richard Meier’s architecture career, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, in collaboration with the Fondazione Bisazza from Italy, are presenting the first Richard Meier Retrospective in Europe, titled 'Richard Meier - Architecture and Design'. Taking place May 8-July 28, the new exhibition will be a retrospective of the American architect’s iconic work and the unveiling of a site-specific installation for the Foundation’s permanent collection. Meier’s oeuvre is a reflection of the continuous search and analysis of concepts perfected over more than half a century of constant work in the field of architecture and design. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Living on Kunstcampus Winning Proposal / Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten was recently announced as the first prize winner for their proposal in the Living on Kunstcampus competition. Situated in the heart of Berlin, on the estate of the Hamburger Bahnhof, a new quarter will be created there, including the dominant urban planning element called the “Kunstkubus”. A lengthy building with a faceted surface gives the residential area its own urban planning presence. All apartments radiate spaciousness, and can be freely partitioned and enter into a relationship with the city through large loggias, or so-called “green rooms”. More images and architects' description after the break.

Competence Centre Glastroesch / becker architekten

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Video: 75 Years of Mies van der Rohe and His Chicago School

When emigrating from Germany in 1938 to head Chicago’s Armour Institute, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was challenged with two tasks: first reform the schools curriculum to his “back-to-basics” approach and then develop plans for a newly expanded 120-acre campus for the creation of Illinois Institute of Technology, a product of the Armour Institute and Lewis Institute merger. Mies was able to exceed both challenges and the outcomes have had a lasting influence on Chicago and modernism for the past 75 years. In celebration of this legacy and Mies’ 127th birthday, IIT was complied this comprehensive video that features Mies’ contribution to the modern landscape of their campus and city.