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AD Round Up: Portugal's Micro-Hotels

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
AD Round Up: Portugal's Micro-Hotels, The Tree Snake Houses - A New, Smaller Trend In Hospitality Architecture. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
The Tree Snake Houses - A New, Smaller Trend In Hospitality Architecture. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

This Financial Times article describes the Post-Recession paradigm shift occurring in Portuguese architecture -- from construction to landscape, large to small. Pritzker Prize winners Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura have been leading this "micro" trend, designing hotels with exceptional materiality and craft. We've decided to round up some of these extraordinary structures, including: Casa Na Areia and Cabanas no Rio by Aires MateusJorge Sousa Santos’ Rio do Prado, the Ecork Hotel by Jose Carlos Cruz and Villa Extramuros by Jordi Fornells. Last but not least, is ArchDaily’s building of the year for hospitality architecture -- the Tree Snake Houses from father Luís Rebelo de Andrade and son Tiago Rebelo de Andrade.

Parure House / Architects EAT

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
© James Coombe
© James Coombe

From "Cube Farm" to Fun: The Five Office Designs of the 20th Century

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
From "Cube Farm" to Fun: The Five Office Designs of the 20th Century, Google's Super HQ Office in London. Image Courtesy of PENSON
Google's Super HQ Office in London. Image Courtesy of PENSON

From being isolated in a cubicle to having a ping pong table at your disposal, the way we approach work and office design has drastically evolved over the past decade. The Wall Street Journal has identified five office designs that have defined the 20th century, going over the pros and cons of each one - including the collaborative typology that exists in the offices of Google. To learn more, continue reading here.

Bio-nanomanufacturing Laboratory / Piratininga Arquitetos Associados + VD Arquitetura

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Bio-nanomanufacturing Laboratory / Piratininga Arquitetos Associados + VD Arquitetura, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba +20

ADEPT Wins High Profile Competition for the Danish Armed Forces

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
ADEPT Wins High Profile Competition for the Danish Armed Forces, Exterior View. Image © ADEPT / doug&wolf
Exterior View. Image © ADEPT / doug&wolf

Danish architecture firm ADEPT has won first place in a competition to add three new buildings to the Danish Armed Forces Complex in Aalborg, Denmark. In keeping with the Armed Forces’ Green Establishments initiative, a project that encourages the lowering of energy use and CO2 emissions, the new barracks will be a visible model of sustainability

Kop van Kessel-Lo Leuven / SeARCH + AR-TE

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Kop van Kessel-Lo Leuven / SeARCH + AR-TE, © Hennie Raaymakers
© Hennie Raaymakers

© Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers +30

Results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
Results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space, The Braided Valley / Grupo Aranea. Image © Jesus Granada
The Braided Valley / Grupo Aranea. Image © Jesus Granada

The results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space have been announced. The prize organized by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) rewards both the designers and the facilitators (such as councils or community groups) that have contributed to the best urban interventions of the year. The award is given for ingenuity and social impact, regardless of the scale of intervention, meaning that small, relatively unknown practices can rub shoulders with some of the best-known practices in Europe.

See the 2 Joint Winners and 4 Special Mentions after the break

La Lira Theatre / RCR Arquitectes. Image Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes + PUIGCORBÉ arquitectes Masterplan for Marseille’s Vieux Port / Foster + Parners. Image Courtesy of CCCB Islamic Cemetery in Altach / Bernardo Bader Architects. Image © Adolf Bereuter The Braided Valley / Grupo Aranea. Image © Jesus Granada +7

schmidt hammer lassen Designs Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
schmidt hammer lassen Designs Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union, © schmidt hammer lassen architects
© schmidt hammer lassen architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects has unveiled a new cultural hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union. Planned to serve both the city and the union’s nearly three million members, the “Home of Staff” will unite two stepped complexes of support, health, education, culture and leisure facilities with a half a kilometer long central park.

Cafeteria at the University Aalen / MGF Architekten

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Cafeteria at the University Aalen / MGF Architekten, © Michael Schnell
© Michael Schnell

© Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aalen, Germany
  • Project Leadership

    Josef Hämmerl
  • Design Team

    Maria Knott, Karin Schmid-Arnoldt
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Architecture in the USA Today - In Infographics

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
Architecture in the USA Today - In Infographics, Schools and students of architecture are overwhelmingly focused in the North East. At the other end of the scale are the states of the Gulf Coast. Image Courtesy of ACSA
Schools and students of architecture are overwhelmingly focused in the North East. At the other end of the scale are the states of the Gulf Coast. Image Courtesy of ACSA

As part of their ongoing ACSA Atlas Project, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has just released a new set of infographics, showcasing a range of statistics relevant to both architecture students and professionals alike. The 10 images cover a range of issues, including: demographic concerns such as race and gender, economic concerns such as salaries and employment futures, and the number of architects and students in each state. Read on after the break for the full set.

TRD Heinemann / TYIN Tegnestue

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
TRD Heinemann / TYIN Tegnestue, ©  Pasi Aalto
© Pasi Aalto

©  Pasi Aalto ©  Pasi Aalto ©  Pasi Aalto ©  Pasi Aalto +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Trondheim Airport, Værnes (TRD), 7500 Stjordal, Norway
  • Area

    62.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Liverpool Becomes Latest City With High Line Plans

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
Liverpool Becomes Latest City With High Line Plans, The Churchill Flyover in Liverpool. Image © Flickr CC User Arthur John Picton
The Churchill Flyover in Liverpool. Image © Flickr CC User Arthur John Picton

Thanks to a group called Friends of the Flyover, Liverpool has become the latest city with aspirations to build its own High Line-style elevated parkway. The group have raised over £40,000 on the civic crowdfunding website Spacehive to conduct a feasibility study on the elevated Churchill Flyover, with the aim of creating a park, events space and cycle route. Liverpool Council currently has plans to demolish the flyover at a cost of £4 million - however they are said to be open to the proposal by Friends of the Flyover, who hope to show that they can deliver a better solution for around half the cost. You can read the full story on the Independent.

Remembering Ron Thom's Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
Remembering Ron Thom's Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape , Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Image © Alexi Hobbs
Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Image © Alexi Hobbs

“You don’t need big and flashy starchitecture to make a statement; the most powerful architecture is often that which blends into the landscape and reveals itself slowly.” In this article on Monocle, written by Nelly Gocheva, the late Canadian architect Ron Thom is remembered for just this reason. To learn more about Thom's architectural approach and works, including his masterplan for Trent University, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, read the article here.

Mega-Tall Skyscrapers Herald Economic Depression, Says Barclays

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
Mega-Tall Skyscrapers Herald Economic Depression, Says Barclays, Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The world economy has endured a series of crises over the past century, and architecture has recently been recognized as a harbinger of these crises. Two years ago, British finance group Barclays released an index of skyscraper construction projects that correlate with the occurrence of economic downturns since 1873. Many of the tallest buildings in the world have been built at times of severe economic struggle, the most recent being Dubai's Burj Khalifa, built during the Great Recession of 2007 through 2010. According to Barclays, "the world’s tallest buildings are simply the edifice of a broader skyscraper building boom, reflecting a widespread misallocation of capital and an impending economic correction."

All the major financial crises in the past century, and the buildings that predicted them after the break...

Renovated Parisian flat / JKLN

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Renovated Parisian flat / JKLN, Courtesy of JKLN
Courtesy of JKLN

Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN Courtesy of JKLN +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Jasmine Kenniche Le Nouëne Feat. Gaël Le Nouëne
  • Construction

    ASI
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of JKLN

AD Interviews: Jesús Robles / DUST

01:00 - 5 May, 2014

We were excited to have the chance to speak with DUST when we lectured at U of Arizona a few months ago. The project for a villa in Tucson that DUST shared with ArchDaily in 2009 gained a lot of attention before it was even built--particularly for its use of a traditional construction system (rammed earth) and a bold material palette. The large walls act as thermal masses but are, most importantly, part of a system that is deeply connected to the site. 

School of Economics and Business Diego Portales University / Rafael Hevia + Rodrigo Duque Motta + Gabriela Manzi

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
School of Economics and Business Diego Portales University / Rafael Hevia + Rodrigo Duque Motta + Gabriela Manzi, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +54

Ace Hotel Downtown LA / Commune Design

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Ace Hotel Downtown LA / Commune Design, © Spencer Lowell
© Spencer Lowell

© Spencer Lowell © Spencer Lowell © Spencer Lowell © Spencer Lowell +32