Education 1 Facility / NAC Architecture

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Architect: NAC Architecture
Location: , , Unites States
Consultants: Kahler Slater Architects, Inc., Pamela Bartczak Design, University of Colorado Denver, Martin & Martin, S.A. Miro, M-E Engineers, Shen Milsom Wilke, InSite Design
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Frank Ooms

The new Education 1 Facility by NAC Architecture sets the tone for the new University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The building houses education facilities for multiple medical schools within the university. The design by NAC Architecture accomplishes a welcoming building that extends itself out into the campus and the students it serves.

Black slit house / THREE.BALL.CASCADE.

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Architect: THREE.BALL.CASCADE.Architecture Design Office.
Location: Okayama City,
Contractor: KONO CO.,LTD.
Structure Engineer: Shuji Tada
Site Area: 250 sqm
Total Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE.

Help us with our Architecture City Guide: Beijing

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Next week we will be taking our Architecture City Guide to and we need your help. To make the City Guides more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to an image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. (The image must be from a site that has a Creative Common License cache like Flickr or Wikimedia. We cannot use images that are copyrighted unless they are yours and you give us permission.) From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons. Additionally, we try to only show completed projects.

This week we are headed to Beijing.

Example of the information we need for your suggestion:

Birds Nest National Stadium / Herzog & de Mueron
Olympic Green, Beijing,

Update: ABI July

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The statistics are in for the ABI July, and as we shared in our coverage for June, the numbers are quite bleak. After June’s 46.3, July measured in more than a full point lower at 45.1.  The new projects inquiry index dropped dramatically from 58.1 in June down to 53.7.“Business conditions for architecture firms have turned down sharply,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Late last year and in the first couple of months of this year there was a sense that we were slowly pulling out of the downturn, but now the concern is that we haven’t yet reached the bottom of the cycle. Current high levels of uncertainly in the economy don’t point to an immediate turnaround.”  Regional averages include the South at 46.9, West at 46.6, Northeast at 46.4, and the Midwest at 44.9.  Hopefully, for our coverage of the ABI August, we’ll have more positive data to share.

Via @fedenegro.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church / Constantine George Pappas AIA Architecture/Planning

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Architect: Constantine George Pappas AIA Architecture/Planning
Location: , , United States
General Contractor: The Dailey Co.
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Constantine George Pappas AIA Architecture/Planning

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: ,
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: Melbourne,
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 , 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, 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


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 , Scotland. 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.