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EU Pavilion / Senat Haliti

Designed for the ‘Culture for All’ competition, an EU-funded project managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo and implemented by ARS Progetti SPA, Senat Haliti’s pavilion is a response to the need for an artwork that would transform a public space to revive it. By making a structure somebody could enter into, and be surrounded by, the project becomes an “EU HOME” for Kosovans, a space to give them the chance to ‘get in EU’ every day. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Richtistrasse 1, Wallisellen, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Wiel Arets, Felix Thies, Maik Ilmer
  • Collaborators: Flavio Loretz, Jörg Lüthke, Ruth Val Garijo, Virginia Angell, Anira Niso, Angela Tsang, Mikal Switalsky, Jacques van Eyck, Maron Vondeling, Christina Lotzemer Jentges, Joost Körver, Ilze Paklone, Alexandra Dobrowowolska, Boris van Eijsden, Joris Lens, Thomas Misik, Lucia Miglio, Hannes Scheutz, Dunia Nedjar, Francois Steul, Alexis Bikos, Athanasia Karaioannoglou, Victor Hidajat, Aline Amore, Birgit Schwarz, Tieme Zwartbol, Boris Wolf, Chris Frodsham, Alessandra Ferrari
  • Area: 72000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled an ambitious cultural mega center, which began to take shape in October after the project broke ground in the heart of Changsha, China. In true Hadid-fashion, the Changsha Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Center defines itself by extreme sinuous curves that radiate from each of the three independent structures and links them by a pedestrianized landscape that offers a “strong urban experience”, forming what they hope to be a global destination for performance art. 

More on the cultural and arts center after the break...

Video: House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

House T, designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, is a unique two person house and office located in TokyoJapan. The house is only accessible by a narrow alley and is surrounded on all sides by other buildings, so space was a major challenge for this design. The interior of House T is surprisingly airy and open thanks to having only one central column supporting catwalk floors that frame the limited space instead of occupying it. Each floor can be navigated using 4.6 foot tall openings and floors are connected by a stair or ladder, one of which leads to a roof terrace. Take a look at this video by JA+U and our earlier article for a better understanding of this novel space!

Seaside Resort Development Competition Entry / John Thompson & Partners + Alan Dunlop Architects + Gillespies

Designed by the multi-disciplinary design team featuring John Thompson and Partners (JTP), Alan Dunlop Architects, and Gillespies, their proposal for the international tourist destination and ecological seaside resort on the Dapeng Peninsula made the final shortlist in the competition. Their design concept draws inspiration from the beauty, tranquillity and characteristics of the siteand learning lessons from examples and exemplars both in China and internationally. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jabi Lake Masterplan Proposal / Studio Seilern Architects

Studio Seilern Architects shared with us their recently commissioned design for a 31 hectare waterfront masterplan for Duval Properties Ltd in Abuja, Nigeria. Situated on Jabi Lake, the project aims to create a new destination for the city; a place to live, work, shop, be entertained and above all, to enjoy. With the loose arrangement of these building clusters, this results in the possibility of a flexible plan that generates multiple aspect residential units. More images and architects’ description after the break.

TEDx: The Design Genius of Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames, the husband and wife duo, left an indelible mark on furniture design and modern architecture.  Their work has been highly regarded for its invention and regard for the principles of modernism.  This TEDx Talk, delivered by their grandson Eames Demetrios, humanizes these idolized designers - bringing family, and their early struggles as designers to the forefront of the conversation.With a collection of rarely seen footage, the TEDx Talk reveals Charles and Ray's relationship and life prior to designing the famous Eames Chair.

More after the break.

Amparo Museum / TEN Arquitectos

  • Architects: TEN Arquitectos
  • Location: Puebla, México
  • Architect in Charge: Enrique Norten
  • Project Team: Enrique Norten, Salvador Arroyo, Carlos Salas, Alejandro Solis, Marisol Moreno, Daniel Hernández, Omar Barcenas, Luis Farfán, Farid Hernandez
  • Client: Fundación Amparo
  • Area: 12000.0 m2
  • Proyect Year: 2013
  • Photography: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

Bloomberg Breaks Ground at Post-Sandy Housing Development in Long Island City, Queens

Hunter's Point South Housing Development © nycmayorsoffice
Hunter's Point South Housing Development © nycmayorsoffice

Despite NYC's recent bout with nature, Mayor Bloomberg is undeterred from developing housing along NYC's long stretch of waterfront, taking into account that proper measures are taken for storm and flooding mitigation.  The latest in large scale developments comes to Hunter's Point South in the neighborhood of Long Island City in Queens.  The first of such a scale since the 1970s development of Co-Op City in the Bronx, plans will include two phases of design and construction. The first phase, designed by SHoP Architects with Ismael Leyva Architects will bring two residential towers with 925 permanently affordable apartments, 17,000 square feet of retail space, infrastructural installations, a five-acre waterfront park, and a 1,100-seat school.

Join us after the break for more on this large scale development in Long Island City.

Transition Centre of 24 housing in Rambouillet / Benjamin Fleury

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Weaving In-Tension (WIT) Pavilion: Operalab Competition Entry / Meta- Studio

The Weaving In-Tension (WIT) Pavilion is a multi-functional temporary pavilion designed by Meta- Studio for the Operalab Competition. The modular project concentrates on customizable space with the aim of not only to create various purposes of space, but to reflect the theatre performing motion and spirit to the pavilion. Inspired by the dancing or performance motion captured in time, the project’s facade represents the abstract act and movement of the performance of the theatre. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Alphabeta' Creative Workspace / Studio RHE

In an effort to transform the Finsbury Square landmark building, the 'Alphabeta' Creative Workspace by Studio RHE is set to become the new center for London’s most progressive and challenging companies.The development, set over nine storeys, will provide a dynamic shared atrium space, communal roof-terrace, ‘ride-in’ cycle ramp direct from Worship Street. The building’s original period features are to be restored and celebrated but the fabric and services are to be fully updated throughout with exposed wall finishes and ducting to ensure high ceiling levels. More images and architects' description after the break.

Escenario Santander / Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos
  • Location: Parque de las Llamas, santander
  • Architect in Charge: Jose V. Vallejo Lobete
  • Execution Direction: JDR CONSULTORES
  • Contractor: OHL
  • Construction Manager: Luis Velasco
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos

Courtesy of Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos Courtesy of Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos Courtesy of Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos Courtesy of Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos

TreeHouse / FMD Architects

© Shannon MacGrath
© Shannon MacGrath
  • Architects: FMD Architects
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Shannon MacGrath

© Shannon MacGrath © Shannon MacGrath © Shannon MacGrath © Shannon MacGrath

'Water for Thought: Life-Changing Design' Exhibition

Focusing on water and sustainability, the Roca London Gallery will be hosting for the We Are Water Foundation. Their program, which going on now until March 23rd, includes the exhibition 'Water for Thought: Life-Changing Design' and exciting events during the month including Water as a Source of Inspiration, with Zaha Hadid Architects, on Thursday, March 14th and World Water Day, which will help Roca raise £2,500, on Friday, March 22nd. The exhibition aims to generate awareness of global water problems through a mixture of design, technology and video. Demonstrating how people can use their creativity to create awareness and provide solutions to water-related problems, some of the World’s most innovative product designs for accessing, transporting or purifying water in developing countries will be on show. For  more information, please visit here.

Patterns and Layering: Japanese Spatial Culture, Nature and Architecture

According to renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, "this book aims to establish the interrelation between patterns and layering within architecture. These two previously detached notions can now be integrated into one methodology mediated by structural concepts. Patterns and Layering is the first book to introduce this new interrelationship, which has the potential to begin a new architectural and design revolution.” More information + full content after the break.