Wim Wenders to make 3D Documentary on Architecture

© European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010

Since Wim Wenders’s new documentary “Pina” hit the theaters this month, the online world hasn’t stopped talking about the German film director’s plan to create a 3D documentary film on architecture. In a recent interview with the Documentary Channel, Wenders revealed his plans stating, “I have actually already started a long-term project, another documentary in 3D. It will take several years, but it’s going to be about architecture. I have always wanted to do a film about architecture, and I have a lot of architect friends. But that is another subject I never really knew how to approach with film. I realized through PINA that architecture is something that could have a real affinity to this medium. We started shooting already, but it’s at the very, very beginning. That’s going to be my next documentary project in 3D, but I would definitely also do a narrative film in the future in 3D as well.”

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Ericus And Spiegel Buildings / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Brooktorkai, HafenCity, ,
Client: Robert Vogel GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft og ABG Baubetreuungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Gross floor area: 50,000 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Cordelia Ewerth and Andreas Gehrke

Architecture Research Center / Petros Konstantinou, Yiorgos Hadjichristou

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Architects: Petros Konstantinou, Yiorgos Hadjichristou
Location: Engomi, ,
Collaborators: Veronika Antoniou and Joao Teigas
External collaborator: Alessandra Swiny
Owner: University of Nicosia
Constructor: Lois Builders ltd
Year: 2011
Photographs: Agisilaou and Spyrou, Yiorgos Hadjichristou and Petros Konstantinou, Nikos Philippou

AD Round Up Special: Most Commented of 2011

2011 is coming to an end, and we prepared a three-day special remembering the best of the best from this incredible year in architecture.

The comments in a post are one of the most important aspects for us. It can generate a positive debate towards a specific project or architecture news, it gives us feedback and it allows you to interact with other readers from all over the world.

A 72 cm house in its narrowest point, Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Libeskind’s Military History museum in Dresden, the 2011 Pritzker Prize winner, and an inverted ‘earthscraper’ in Mexico are among our most commented of 2011. Check them all after the break.

Philips Livable Cities Award Winners begin their projects

The winner and two runners-up of the Philips Livable Cities Award have started their projects. You can follow the progress of the recipients – from , Argentina and Uganda – as they document their process on their blog and video diary. The Philips Livable Cities Award is a “global initiative designed to generate innovative, meaningful and achievable ideas to improve the health and well-being of city-dwellers across the world”. The awardees received grants that will allow them to bring their ideas to life, improving the livability within their local communities.

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Lucie Residence / Gemaile RECHAK Architect

© Pierre-Yves Brunaud

Location: Résidence Lucie et Raymond Aubrac Rue Robert Branchard, , France
Area: 2,550 sqm
Client: AB Habitat (95)
Date: July 2011
Photographs: Pierre-Yves Brunaud

In Progress: Bosco Verticale / Boeri Studio

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Bosco Verticale, by Boeri Studio (now recognized as Barreca & La Varra and Stefano Boeri Architetti), is a high-density tower block that experiments with the integration of a lush landscape within the facade of the architecture.  The Vertical Forest, currently in construction in , Italy, deal with the concept of regenerating the lost forests on the ground within the inhabitable space of buildings.  The towers are 80 metres and 112 metres tall.  Together they will have the capacity to hold 480 big and medium sized trees, 250 small size trees, 11,000 groundcover plants and 5,000 shrubs – the equivalent of a hectare of forest. For more on this project, follow us after the break.

Architects: Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)
Location: Milan, Italy
Design Phase: 2006 – 2008
Construction Phase: 2008 – 2013

House V-C / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten
Location: Essestraat 170 – 9340 Lede,
Completion: 2011
Site area: 2162 sqm
Built area: 452.7 sqm
Photographs: Philippe Brysse

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Metro Station 20 / MSB Architects

The proposal for the Metro Station 20 by MSB Architects… aims to create passing spaces, with the creation and delineation of structures and trees that provide the amenities for this occupation. Assuming that the city will grow to this area,

KOOK / Amunátegui Valdés Architects

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Architects: Amunátegui Valdés architects
Location: , Chile
Client: Bistró & Restaurant Köök
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Maria Luisa Murillo, Juan Pablo Molina, Alejandro Valdés


Check out this fun video of from Carleton University enjoying a series of cool architecture installations at their annual public gala.  This year, Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects and GRC Architects with Wall Sound-Lighting.com and Graphic Carleton Services sponsored the efforts to transform the open hall with architectural interventions and installation art to create one of the largest student organized in Ottawa.  We love the tunnel that changes color and the metal slides on the grass – what’s your favorite?

YanPaiXi Village / Regional Construction Studio

© Gao Xuexue

YanPaiXi Village, designed by , is located in Guzhang County, Western Hunan. The houses in the village are surrounded by terraces which were built along the mountain and are divided into a number of large and small blocks by channels which are generated by nature. The society is steady and the residents are sincere and honest. Inspired by this village, the device attempts to explore an inter-growth prototype by implanting this “light” model in an urban and rural space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Humanities Gateway / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California,
Client: University of California, Irvine
Design-builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Completion: 2009
Cost: $29 million
Size: 76,000 sq. ft.
Photos: Heliphoto, Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing, Fentress Architects

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Playhouses by SmartPlayhouse

The SmartPlayhouse children`s houses are authentic pieces of design work inspired by contemporary architecture. A modern and comfortable space that provides the children with their own private and safe place to play, developing their creativity and ability to share. Built…

Cranbrook Art Museum / SmithGroup JJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: Bloomfield Hills, , USA
Contractor: Frank Rewold & Son, Inc.
Project Size: Collections Addition – 31,200 GSF
Construction Completion: November 2011
Project Design: Paul Urbanek, AIA, LEED AP, ice president and project designer
Project Team: Paul Urbanek, AIA, LEED AP – project designer; Kevin Shultis, AIA, LEED AP – project manager; Ryan Smith, AIA, LEED AP – project architect; Darin Daguanno, AIA, LEED AP; Terry Guitar, AIA, LEED AP; Frank Muehlenbein; Frank Weber, AIA; Mark Goyette; Ben Motyl; Tom O’Connor, FAIA; Jared Lawrence, AIA, CDT; Andrew Dunlap, AIA, CDT, LEED AP; Meredith Steckling, AIA, CDT, LEED Green Associate; Jerry Carter
Photographs: Jim Haefner, Courtesy of

Coleman Oval Skate Park Proposal / Holm Architecture Office + VM Studio

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Holm Architecture Office (HAO), in collaboration with VM Studio, recently received first place in a competition for the re-design of the Coleman Oval Skate Park in . Nine New York design firms were invited to participate in the competition, which was sponsored by Architecture for Humanity and a Gamechangers grant from Nike, a campaign encouraging community organizations to empower youth through sports programs that spur social and economic development. The project is being developed with the New York City Parks & Recreation Department’s Adopt-a-Park program. More images and project description after the break.

Toda House / Office of Kimihiko Okada

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Architects: Office of Kimihiko Okada
Location: ,
Building area: 90.21 sqm
Total floor area: 114.26 sqm
Structural Engineer: Structured Environment
Mechanical Engineer: System Design Laboratory
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

São Caetano Do Sul Teachers Center For Professional Development / Carolina Penna Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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Architects: Carolina Penna Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo,
Project Team: Ana Carolina Penna, Gabriela Antunes, Eveline Crajoinas
Completion: 2011
Site: 6,085 sqm
Gross Area: 5,000 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon