Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: , Fukuoka Prefecture,
Client: Manten Corporation
Structure: Jun Sato Structural Engineering
Facility Design: Tosai Corporation, Kyu-den Ko Corporation
Construction: Matsumoto-gumi Corporation
Built Area: 212.98 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science / Grimshaw Architects

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After years of planning and widespread community support, the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, designed by Grimshaw Architects, broke ground in Downtown ’s Museum Park just last week. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the museum’s new site overlooking Biscayne Bay, marking the continuation of ’s rise as one of the world’s most culturally rich cities. The groundbreaking event marks the beginning of construction, with the new museum scheduled to open to the public by early 2015. More images and project description after the break.

Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

Architects: Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti
Location: Maui, Hawaii,
Client: Robert & Drazena Stroj
Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist), Flavio Coddou dipl.arch., Lea Kovič u.d.i.a.
Site Area: 10,000 sqm
Project Area: 450 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Video: Cristóbal Palma

JWT Bogotá Headquarters / AEI Arquitectura e Interiores

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Architects: AEI Arquitectura e Interiores
Location: ,
Area: 2,300 sqm
Date: October 2011
Main Director: Marta Gallo
Design Director: Juan Pablo Campos, Natalia Heredia
Designers: Laura Rosso, Ignacio Arciniegas
Photographs: Andrés Valbuena

Sammlung Goetz Munich / Herzog & de Meuron

We’ve been following the progress of Herzog and de Meuron’s recent projects, such as the construction stages of the Elbe Philharmonic and the design of the Museum der Kulturen Basel. Yet, every so often, it is interesting to view some of the firm’s older projects to see the common line of thought running throughout their portfolio and examine how their design process has evolved throughout the years to respond to newer technologies, materials and environmental concerns.  Although the Sammlung Museum in Munich was designed and constructed nearly two decades ago, the project illustrates the firm’s obsession with the building’s outer  treatment.  Material selection and facade design is an important facet of the firm’s identity, but we noticed another common thread between this project and their future works – the fascination with the floating volume.

More about the museum, including more photos, after the break.

Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects

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Architect: MAD Architects
Location: , Inner Mongolia, China
Directors: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Design Team: Shang Li, Andrew C. Bryant, Howard Jiho Kim, Matthias Helmreich, Linda Stannieder, Zheng Tao, Qin Lichao, , Sun Jieming, Yin Zhao, Du Zhijian, Yuan Zhongwei, Yuan Ta, Xie Xinyu, Liu Weiwei, Felipe Escudero, Sophia Tang, Diego Perez, Art Terry, Jtravis B Russett, Dustin Harris
Client: Municipality of Ordos
Site Area: 27,760 sqm
Building Area: 41, 227 sqm
Building Height: 40 m
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Shu He

Paredes School Center / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

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Architects: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes
Location: , Portugal
Photographer: Nelson Garrido

‘Album’ Exhibition / Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

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Presented at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery in , , the ‘Album’ exhibition by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The main focus of the exhibition is on their drawings, in addition to archive photographs of models and projects that all come together to offer a panorama of their work, extending from everyday details to a global approach. The exhibition was launched February 3rd and is up until June 3rd. More information after the break.

Hudson Valley Country House / Fractal Construction LLC

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Architecture: Fractal Construction LLC
Location: , USA
Area: 7,000 sqm
Owner: Christina Isaly-Liceaga
Project Team: Principal Designer – Ulises Liceaga
Project Manager: Annemarie Moerl
Photographer: Eric Laignel Photography, Jacob Sadrak Photography

’365 – Charming Everyday Things’ Exhibition / DGT Architects

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The ’365 – Charming Everyday Things’ is a project for an exhibition which introduces 365 Japanese daily items that are to be displayed and sold in Paris and will eventually travel throughout . Produced by DGT Architects, the location was chosen after over 40 visits of places in Paris. The chosen place is originally a metal factory which was built in the 19th century. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Form Follows Nature / Rudolf Finsterwalder

In Form Follows Nature, edited by , you are treated to “an outline of the history of the human examination of nature and presents a perspective for further possible lessons from nature.” Wilfried Wang, for examples, gives a particularly scathing review of the Enlightenment and it contributions. From these critiques and histories a base is built to demonstrate how the forms and process of nature can be used to generate form. The book stresses that copying nature is charlatanism and misses the point. Architects must understand the underlying principles and not the end product to achieve success.

Have a look inside after the break.

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100 Mile House Open Ideas Competition

The Architecture Foundation of BC promotes big ideas that recognize sustainable design, architectural merit and innovation in order to advance the knowledge and practice of the design of sustainable buildings in British Columbia. They are inviting participants of this competition…

House In Banzao / Frederico Valsassina Arquitecto

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Architects: Frederico Valsassina Arquitecto
Location: Rua das folhas soltas, Colares –
Project Year: 2005
Conclusion Year: 2006
Construction Area: 150 sqm
Co-workers: Rita Conceição Silva
Structure and Foundations: José Alberto Carvalho
Photographs: João Carmo Simões

2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: The Mechanical Garden / Ibañez Kim Studio

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ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012 PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) earlier this month. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s WendyIbañez Kim Studio (Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim) proposed a Mechanical Garden that enjoyed a unique partnership with artists and engineers in Philadelphia.

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CityVision New York Competition

CityVision magazine recently announced their CityVision New York competition,  which invites architects, designers, students, artists and creatives to develop urban and visionary proposals with the aim of stimulating new ideas for the contemporary city. Globalization, environmental concerns, new economic and…

Frank Lloyd Wright appears on “What’s My Line?” in 1956

This June 3, 1956 clip of the Long-running CBS game show What’s My Line? has been making its rounds on the internet for quite sometime now. As it just recently popped up on Dwell’s twitter feed, we knew it must be featured on ArchDaily for our readers who may have not seen it yet, as it is a classic and features the 89-year-old “World Famous Architect” . Just as any good architect would do, Wright critiques the poor acoustical qualities of the space as a blindfolded all-star panel (such as Arlene Francis and Peter Lawford) attempts to guess his professional title.

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Competition to Design a Feature at Tent London

Tent London is holding a competition to offer 4 free feature spaces in their show, ‘Design Feature at Tent London’, to architects and designers who have a design or concept they would like to present to their 20,000 visitors. Their…

Children’s Corner, Center for Rural Knowledge, Halwad / SABA

Children’s Corner

Architect: SABA
Location: Surendranagar district, ,
Photographs: Courtesy of SABA and Alex Nosakov