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Earth Sciences Building / Perkins + Will

© Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler
  • Architects: Perkins + Will
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Design Team: Peter Busby, Aneta Chmiel, Maginnis Cocivera, Paul Cowcher, Anna Espinoza, Jana Foit, Jeremiah Deutscher, Joerk Gravenstein, Herman Kao, Jon Loewen, Teresa Miller, Soren Schou, Eric Stedman, Julie Wong
  • Area: 15794.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Martin Tessler

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler

Daqing Highway Passenger Transportation Hub / Had Architects

  • Architects: Had Architects
  • Location: Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
  • Design Team: Tang Jiajun, Wang Conglong, Ji Qiang
  • Area: 29576.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun

© Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun

Design Days Dubai

The only design fair in the Middle East and South Asia, Design Days Dubai is the most diverse design fair globally presenting galleries from six continents. On view March 18-21, R 20th Century will be presenting iconic works by Wendell Castle, Oscar Niemeyer and Joaquim Tenreiro, and new pieces by The Haas Brothers, kelly behun | STUDIO, David Wiseman, Thaddeus Wolfe, and Jeff Zimmerman. More information on the event after the break.

Brazilian Architect Carla Juacaba Wins Inaugural arcVision Women and Architecture Prize

Pavilion Humanidade 2012; © Leonardo Finotti
Pavilion Humanidade 2012; © Leonardo Finotti

Brazilian architect Carla Juaçaba has been announced as the winner of the inaugural arcVision - Women and Architecture Prize, an international social architecture award instituted by the Italcementi Group. The prize honors Juaçaba’s work for exemplifying significant qualitative excellence and attention to the core issues of construction, such as technology, sustainability, social and cultural implications.

Qingdao Harborfront Redevelopment Proposal / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company

Designed by EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company, their proposal for the Qingdao Harborfront Redevelopment project was recently awarded a 2013 Urban Design Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter. The Harborfront occupies 26 hectares of former maritime/industrial uses in Downtown Qingdao, facing Jiaozhou Bay, and represents the anchor redevelopment for the city’s waterfront revitalization initiative. With the relocation of commercial port activities across the bay, antiquated docklands and shipyards throughout Downtown are now poised to become new mixed-use communities that will re-unite residents with their waterfront. More images and architects' description after the break.

'Infrastructural Monument' Conference

Taking place April 8-9 at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning the 'Infrastructural Monument' Conference hosted by the Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU), focuses on the development of infrastructural research agendas and projects which is a key mission for MIT’s CAU. This conference is the first in a series, devoted to a series of strategic design challenges facing cities worldwide. The conferences challenges you to answer the question, 'Can a typical American city be transformed from a collection of fragments assembled regionally by interstate highways, to a more durable regional constitution, using targeted infrastructural investment projects?' For more information, please visit here.

Cinema Hall of Locarno Film Festival Proposal / Mauro Turin Architectes

The design of the future Cinema Hall of Locarno Film Festival by Mauro Turin Architectes was inspired by a strong urban vision. The main goal of the project therefore resulted in the will to create a building that is at the same time unique and harmonious, which refuses to be a stand-alone project by participating actively to the landscape of the city of Locarno. More images and architects' description after the break.

INTERIORS: An Analysis of Space in the Oscar-Nominated Film Amour

Screenshot from Amour (2012). Image © Sony Pictures Classics
Screenshot from Amour (2012). Image © Sony Pictures Classics

Michael Haneke, known for his cold, disturbing and bleak films, such as Funny Games (1997), Caché (2005) and The White Ribbon (2009), goes for a little compassion with his latest, Oscar-nominated film Amour (2012). The film, which explores the private life of a married couple, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), is a meditation on how individuals cope with the loss of a loved one.

Haneke sets his film within a single location, a Parisian apartment, which was constructed in a soundstage. The filmmaker, who often obsesses over the sound and production design in his films, had complete freedom with the construction of this space. In The Hollywood Reporter, we learn about how specific he was with the design of the space itself. “The crew had to install and reinstall the parquet floor to make sure it creaked just right.” In lieu of shooting on actual locations, Michael Haneke recreated an entire location according to his specifications to create the space he desired for his film. 

Read more about how the spaces in Amour allow for the story to unfurl, after the break...

Covus / sbp

  • Interior Designers: sbp
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Client: Covus Central GmbH, Berlin
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Karsten Knocke

© Karsten Knocke © Karsten Knocke © Karsten Knocke © Karsten Knocke

Fronton Bizkaia / Gastón & Ruiz Pardo

  • Architects: Gastón & Ruiz Pardo
  • Location: Calle Luis de Castresana, 2, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Javier Gastón, Marcelo Ruiz Pardo
  • Technical Architect: Juan Luis Urresti
  • Collaborators: David Gastón, Carolina Lombana, Carlos Viladoms, Daniel Alvaladejo, Naia Landa
  • Area: 24011.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jesus Granada, Jorge Allende

© Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada

Low Cost House / JYA-RCHITECTS + Mue & Zijn Architects

  • Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS, Mue & Zijn Architects
  • Location: Jeollanam-do, South Korea
  • Area: 57.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hwang Hyochel, Courtesy of JYA-RCHITECTS

© Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel Courtesy of JYA-RCHITECTS

Transformation and Extension of the Central Building of Zanka / Modum

  • Architects: Modum
  • Location: Zanka, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: András Krizsán
  • Design Team: Judit Csontó, Szabolcs Debreczeni
  • Engineer: Csaba Rosza
  • Contractor: Kuti & Fia
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

BoZen Bar / Central Arquitectos

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado

Vale de Abelha House / Duarte Pape

© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira
  • Architects: Duarte Pape
  • Location: Mação, Portugal
  • Engineering: Eng. Francisco Domingos
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira

Muebles Gacitua / DX Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco Barros
© Pablo Blanco Barros
  • Architects: DX Arquitectos
  • Location: Santa Rosa 4785, San Joaquín, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architects in Charge: Claudio Aguila, Juan Luzoro
  • Collaborators: Justyna Skrobanska
  • Contractor: Pablo Bórquez
  • Area: 154.0 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photographer: Pablo Blanco Barros

© Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros

Toronto Union Station: Go Transit Roof Proposal / Zeidler Partnership Architects

As the 'last piece of the puzzle' at Toronto's Union Station, the renovation of the train shed roof covering the passenger platforms and tracks which connects GO Transit’s Union Station Bus Terminal to the station building delivers part of the “The Big Move” promise, Metrolinx’s twenty-five year regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects, their train shed roof was recently awarded with a 2012 Canadian Architect Award. Most of the 8.6-acre train shed roof is being refurbished, and the central portion is being removed and replaced with a new glass atrium to celebrate the station. More images and architects' description after the break.

Inside Sweden's Latest ICEHOTEL

Entrance © Ben Nilsson
Entrance © Ben Nilsson

It's an unusual idea - every year a 5,500 square meter hotel is temporarily 'borrowed' from Sweden's River Torne and come spring, the rooms and suites are returned to the river to be washed out to sea. The temporal Swedish ICEHOTEL is a complex built from ice, with a different design every year. Each winter it hosts guests and houses a collection of bespoke ice-art, created by selected artists from around the globe.

Read more about ICEHOTEL and see pictures of this year's hotel after the break...