Quartier M / J. MAYER H. Architects

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In a three-level peer review process that resulted in two first-prize winners, an urban planning concept was developed by J. MAYER H. Architects for the area of what was once the post office on Erkrather Strasse. The so-called “Quartier M” is to serve as the future link between the Hauptbahnhof central station and Tanzhaus NRW/Capitol, becoming a lively city quarter for living and working. In addition to offices and a hotel, the trend-setting urban design also provides for both privately financed and government subsidized public housing. 
Other plans include space for a day care center for children and service providers for the quarter. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ORL Clinic / Mal-Vi Architects

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Architects: Mal-Vi Architects
Location: Kalamaria, Thessaloniki,
Size: 90 sqm (970 square feet)
Completion: 2011
Lighting design: Glights
Green space design: Vitaverde
Photographs: Giorgo Papadopoulos

The Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School / SMP Architects and SRK Architects

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Architects: SMP Architects and SRK Architects
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Developer: AP/BSI, a joint venture
Project Team: : Jane Rath, Jennifer Grafton, Scott Ritchie, Keith Simon; : Vincent Rivera, Craig Slater and Jovanny Ramos
Client: School District of Philadelphia
Project Area: 88,500 SF
Project Date: 2010
Photographs: Halkin Photography LLC.

You Decide the Next LEGO Architecture Model: Vote Now!

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Help choose which architectural masterpiece will become the next LEGO® Architecture model. The top nominees include Moshe Safdie’s prefabricated Montreal residential complex Habitat 67, London’s second tallest building known as ‘The Gherkin‘ by Foster & Partners and the famous Taiwanese high-rise Taipei 101. Cast your votes HERE and tell us which building is your favorite!

Maison P+C / atelier alassoeur architecture

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Architects: atelier alassoeur architecture(s) / Emmanuel Alassoeur
Location: , France
Client: Privé
Electrical Consultant: Etelec Potron
Mechanical Consultant: BETh Taupin
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 326 sqm
Photographs: Brice Desrez

Delancey Underground a.k.a “The Low Line”

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As the Highline has everyone looking up, James Ramsey and Dan Barasch are asking people to start looking down. James Ramsey’s vision to transform the abandoned Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal into a subterranean park filled with sunlight and lush vegetation is gaining international attention and support. The satellite engineer turned architect has developed a skylight using fiber-optic technology that will naturally light and bring life to this forgotten, graffiti-covered cavity below the streets of .

Continue reading for more information, video and exclusive statements from Ramsey and Barasch.

Kilmeena Village / Cox Power Architects

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Architect: Cox Power Architects
Location: Moyna, Kilmeena, Westport, ,
Project Team: John Cox, Sal Gallagher, Paul Janas, David Power, Finola Reilly, Martin Rybar
Client: Mayo County Council
Project Area: 1,180 sqm
Photographs: Michael McLaughlin, McLaughlin Studios

Villa Veth / 123DV

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Architect: 123DV
Location: ,
Design Team: Berry van Empel, Andrea Sollazzo, Robin Rook
Contractor: Building company Felix
Description: Abstract villa in forest
Status: completed 2011
Surface: 475 sqm floor surface, 6000 sqm land
Photographs: Christiaan de Bruijne

Sustainable LEED Gold Office Tower by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects has recently won the international architectural competition to design a 188 meter office tower in the financial district of central , Poland. The 60,000 m2 high-rise building is to replace the existing ‘Ilmet’ building and will stand out as a modern landmark clearly identifiable in the skyline by its unique elegant shape and appearance. The Jury was impressed by the high quality and innovation evident in the urban, architectural and technical concepts of the winning design. The future building will offer a number of attractive public areas and serve to complement the project’s prominent setting, as well as the entire neighborhood.

Sustainability was an important issue as the building is designed to reduce energy consumption with the goal of qualifying for the highest levels of sustainability certifications as BREEAM Excellent or LEED Gold status. More images and project description after the break.

Bildbauten: An interview with Philipp Schaerer

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, Architect & founder of BRAVDESIGN, recently shared with us an interview he did with Architect/Illustrator Philipp Schaerer.

As an ETH-trained Architect, Philipp Schaerer (1972) currently works as a freelance image designer. He is specialised in digital montage techniques and CGI (Computer Generated Imagery). After graduating from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) as an architect in 2000, Philipp Schaerer worked as an Architect, knowledge manager and image creator in the field of digital image editing for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel during six years (2000-2006). He created many well known architectural visualisations for this office and has substantially influenced the visual language of today’s established architectural visualizations. During his four years working as a research assistant at the chair of Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) at the Faculty of Architecture (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) under Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt, he was able to continuously develop his knowledge in the area of digital image techniques. He gives lectures and conducts workshops at several universities in Switzerland.

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Floating Baths / Ondrej Lipensky and Andrea Kubna

Floating Baths, designed by Ondrej Lipensky and Andrea Kubna…, on the Vltava River in Prague is conceived as a closed rounded space, floating on the water surface. Since the waterfront of the river is a problematic issue here in

Rondolino Residence / nottoscale

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Architect: nottoscale
Location: High Desert near Scotty’s Junction, , USA
Size: 1,200 sf building, 900 sf exterior deck
Completed: December 2010
Photographer: Joe Fletcher Photography

International 2011 Piranesi Awards

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Piran Days of Architecture (PDA) is an international architectural conference with one of the oldest traditions in the world. First presented in 1983 it is held every year at the end of November in the charming, medieval Slovene town Piran. The aim of the conference is to asses current trends in architecture and to present the most progressive and innovative ideas of architectural and spatial production. The conference is traditionally accompanied by several architectural exhibitions. The most important is the international architectural exhibition of recent works by Central European architects which compete for the distinguished international Piranesi Award, which went to Marte.Marte Architekten this year. More images and information on the winners after the break.

Tabuaço Municipal Pools / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

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Architects: Topos Atelier de Arquitectur / Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Location: ,
Collaborators: Sofia Lima, Michael Ferreira, Luís Peixoto
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,059 sqm
Photographs: Xavier Antunes

John Jay College of Criminal Justice / SOM

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The ribbon cutting ceremony for John Jay College of Criminal Justice, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), just took place early this month. Located in on 11th Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets, the College’s new 625,000-square-foot building provides all the functions of a traditional college campus within the confines of a single city block and doubles the size of John Jay’s existing facilities by adding classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums, faculty offices, and student lounges. More images and project description after the break.

Gourmet Pastry / 71 ARQUITECTOS + Arqº. David Carqueijeiro

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Architects: 71 ARQUITECTOS + Arqº. David Carqueijeiro
Location: Rua da Escola Politécnica nº 32, ,
Year: 2011
Client: Poison d` amour, lda
Coordination: Emanuel Romão
Collaboration: Paula Lemos Romão; Arnaud De Lanève
Photographs: João Morgado

Chrome Hotel / Sanjay Puri Architects

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Architect: Sanjay Puri Architects
Location: Kolkatta,
Photographs: Courtesy of Sanjay Puri Architects

 

Harvard GSD Sukkah Design Build Competition Winner

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Architects: Ren Tian, Gu Lik Hang, Patchara Wongboonsin
Location: Cambridge, MA,
Project Area: 144 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ren Tian, Patchara Wongboonsin