Busan Opera House Competition Entry / WAHAG Studio

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WAHAG Studio shared with us their competition entry in the international ideas competition to establish a design for the Opera House, which is expected to begin construction in 2014. The opera house will include a variety of facilities that will foster a wide range of artistic activities all the while being accessible to the city’s citizens. The grand scale of this project will be suitable for ’s status as an international city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Johnnie Walker House / Asylum

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Architects: Asylum
Location: Shanghai, China
Graphic Designers: LOVE
Contractors: Lime388
Project Team: Cara Ang (Design Director), Cherin Tan (Interior Designer), Dymitr Malcew (Interior Designer)
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 650 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Asylum

Update: New Apple Retail Store at the Third Street Promenade


As we reported on Wednesday, rumors were circulating about a new Apple retail store at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Wednesday evening the proposal, a transparent glass ceiling commercial building by an unnamed retailer, went before the Santa Monica Planning Commission. Peggy Clifford of the Santa Monica Dispatch reported that the ‘ Glass House’ was approved without even a second thought.

“The surprise was that the staff put the project on the Consent Calendar. I cannot remember any large, complex commercial project ever going on the Consent Calendar. Apple was the only item on last night’s Calendar. And, under the rules, the Consent Calendar is approved as a whole – unless someone wishes to pull at item for discussion.

And in that crucial blink, the commissioners approved the Consent Calendar (aka Apple Glass House), and that was that – except for a staff report on the redesign of the Project Case List, after which they adjourned.”

The 8,000 sqf proposed one-story 34-foot high glass structure would take the place of an old Borders Bookstore on the Third Street Promenade.

(via Santa Monica Dispatch)

Tulane School of Architecture 2011-2012 Lecture Series

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Tulane School of Architecture has announced their 2011-2012 school year lecture series featuring Rafael Moneo, Billie Tsien, Adam Yarinsky and others, including a string of lectures on Urban Innovations co-sponsored by The Murphy Institute. More information on the lectures after the break.

Tramway / Vibe Design Group

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Architects: Vibe Design Group
Location: ,
Project Area: 327 sqm
Photographs: Robert Hamer

Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic / NBBJ

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To better serve an ever-expanding network of patients, Seattle Children’s Hospital set out to build a new campus in Bellevue, Washington. The resulting building, designed by Seattle-based NBBJ, successfully serves several constituencies simultaneously. The highly efficient building is the winner of a 2010 Honor Award from AIA Seattle. More information and images after the break.

Architect: NBBJ
Location: Bellevue, Washington,
Consultants: Sellen ConstructionPCS Structural SolutionsAffiliated Engineers, Inc., Cierra Lighting GroupSite Workshop
Project Area: 80,000 sf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs:  Benjamin Benschnieder/OTTO, Sean Airhart

Mies van der Rohe: 1951-52 McCormick House Documentary

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DeStefano Partners shared with us their new documentary on Mies van der Rohe and his 1951-52 McCormick House in Elmhurst, Illinois by the Elmhurst Art Museum. Please refer to the above video for the complete documentary.

Doe Bay Cabin / Heliotrope Architects

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Located on Orcas Island in Washington, the Doe Bay Cabin bespeaks a keen attention to material economy and site sensitivity. Designed by Seattle-based Heliotrope Architects, the small residence utilizes the efficiency of prefabricated building elements to formalize the clients’ modest cohabitation with the site and it’s incredible natural offerings. More photographs and drawings after the break.

Architects: Heliotrope Architects
Location: Orcas Island, Washington,
General Contractor: Sudden Homes
Project Area: 1,050 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Benjamin Benschnieder

AD Classics: Robin Hood Gardens / Alison and Peter Smithson

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Robin Hood Gardens is a social housing complex in East in the residential area of Poplar. It was designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson and completed in 1972. The Brutalist buildings stand as an example of the Smithsons’ theories in practice. Practices that today face an uncertain future.  More information after the break.

Simpatia Street Housing / gruposp arquitetos

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Architects: gruposp arquitetos / Alvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, Jonathan Davies
Location: São Paulo,
Collaborators: André Luiz Tura Nunes, Isabel Nassif Cytrynowicz, Rafael Murollo, Rodrigo Ohtake, Tatiana Ozetti
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3000 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Neutra House Temporarily Spared by Community Action

The Kronish House in , . From Mark Angeles via Unlimited Style

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.

Joan Didion

Community pressure has swayed the owners of Richard Neutra‘s Kronish House to postpone plans for demolition, and has also prompted the city of Beverly Hills to draft legislation to preserve its architectural history. The house been spared until at least October 10 in order to give community activists time to devise a plan for its restoration. In a related, ground-breaking action the Beverly Hills City Council has asked the city’s Planning Commission to enact a first-ever historic-preservation ordinance.

Transportation Interchange Complex / EDDEA

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Architects: EDDEA / Jose Mª de Cárdenas, Ignacio Laguillo, Harald Schönegger, Luis Ybarra
Location: Seville,
Project Team: Pedro Escobar, Alfonso Losada, Antonio Miguel García, Lucas García, María Romero, José Alexandro Almenara, Salvador Sánchez
Project Area: 65.000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EDDEA

Over 500,000 visitors to the Riverside Museum in its First Weeks

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In June we shared with you a first look at Zaha Hadid Architects‘ Riverside Museum in , . Opened officially on June 21st the museum in a short seven week time period has already welcomed over half a million visitors!

“It is wonderful to see that the new museum has captured everyone’s imagination,” said Zaha Hadid. “Such passion for innovation and discovery from all members of the community is very exciting.”

“The Riverside Museum has been a huge hit since the day it opened to the public. We knew just how much visitors loved the old Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall but even so, the reaction to the Riverside Museum has been phenomenal. The feedback from people has been overwhelmingly positive and we are already seeing visitors returning time and again to enjoy Glasgow’s latest attraction,” shared Councillor Gordon Matheson.

More about the Riverside Museum, photographs and drawings following the break.

Rennie Art Gallery and Offices / Walter Francl Architects with mgb

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The new Rennie Art Gallery and Office project is a quiet, modern insertion within an extensive heritage revitalization of a pair of masonry buildings in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The project combines a 6-story tall laneway brick building with a 3-story street-front brick building dating to the late 1880’s.

Architect: Walter Francl Architects with mgb
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Architect: Walter Francl Architects: Walter Francl, MAIBC Project Architect; Scott Mitchell, MAIBC; Mark Ashby, MAIBC; Vince Knudsen, IA; Hazen Sise, MAIBC
Interior Architect: mcfarlane | green | biggar Architecture + Design Inc (mgb): Michelle Biggar, BBE Interior Design, Principal; Michael Green, MAIBC AIA AAA MRAIC, Principal; Steve McFarlane, MAIBC AAA MRAIC LEED® AP, Principal; Susan Scott, Associate; Tracey Mactavish, MAIBC, MRAIC. LEED® AP, Associate
Landscape Architect: Jonathan Losee Ltd.
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

The Conga Room / Belzberg Architects

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The Conga Room, in its new location at LA LIVE in downtown across from the Staples Center, is the city’s premier Latin nightclub. The space will feature today’s hottest Latin performers in its 14,000 square foot live venue space, which includes a restaurant, three distinct bars, patio seating, and a VIP lounge and private room. In addition, the club will host LA TV and world-renowned DJs adjacent to the stage and above the crowd, adding even more excitement to the ambiance. Perhaps the club design’s greatest intent is to be true to the energy of the Latin community, to pay homage to its roots and deep history while infusing it with ’ fervent modern lifestyle.

Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Project Team: Hagy Belzberg, Principal; Cory Taylor, Project Manager; Andrew Atwood, Ceiling Project Manager; Chris Arntzen, Kelly Bair, Bill Bowen, Carina Bien-Willner, David Cheung, Brock Desmit, Barry Gartin, Aaron Leppanen, Dan Rentsch, Lauren Zuzack
Project Area: 14,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Belzberg Architects, Fotoworks-Benny Chan

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1

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Architect: BIG and Topotek 1
Location: , Denmark
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard
Team: Ondrej Tichy, Jonas Lehmann, Rune Hansen, Jan Borgstrøm, Lacin Karaoz, Jonas Barre, Nicklas Antoni Rasch, Gabrielle Nadeau, Jennifer Dahm Petersen, Richard Howis, Fan Zhang
Collaborators: Topotek 1, Superflex, Help Pr & Communication, Lemming & Eriksson
Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Realdania
Status: 1st Prize, Completion Summer 2011
Size: 4.3 ha
Photographs: , Dragor Luft, Topotek 1

Meet New People through mmmm… and the Times Square Alliance

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Ever think you could find a moment of peace and quiet to have an intimate conversation with a friend in the middle of Times Square?  The designers that go by mmmm… must have considered the same thing.  Starting August 16th, people visiting Times Square can enjoy a private moment with up to eight people in one of mmmm…’s Meeting Bowls supported by the Times Square Alliance. The 5-foot tall, 7-foot wide pieces of street furniture will be available as a visiting exhibition until September 16th between 8am and midnight.

In this effort to humanize the otherwise frenetic city of New York, the designers at mmmm… hope to inspire intimate dialogue and interaction in the commercial center.  These semi-spherical forms are more than benches; they seat people across from one another, obscuring all the other events outside of the space.  They even rock gently as people enter and leave the bowls.

Doughnut House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

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Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2010
Structural Engineer: Inoue Structural Engineers
Project Area: 133.27 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda