The Hive / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Location: ,
Completion: February 2012
Client: University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council
Photographs: Hufton & Crow


Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles

Choy Residence © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)

Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980) at the Chinese American Museum (CAM) is an exhibition that focuses on four Chinese American architects that have transformed parts of Los Angeles with iconic buildings and distinct design styles.  The work will be on display until June 3rd 2012 and feature architects such as Eugene Choy, Gilbert Leong and Gin Wong.

Breaking Ground is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration created by Getty in which sixty cultural institutions will tell the story of the birth of LA art scene over the course of six months beginning October 2011.   Breaking Ground at CAM LA tells the story of the skyline and the changing built environment through the perspective the four prominent Chinese American Architects.

More after the break.

The Indicator: Moby, Part 2

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I once saw a video of David Hockney discussing a Chinese landscape scroll. A provocative little art-geek film (or so it seemed at the time) entitled, ”A Day on the Grand Canal With the Emperor of China (or Surface Is Illusion but So Is Depth)”.

On the surface, the film’s subject is a 17th-century Chinese scroll painting. The depths, however, are personal and make the film more about the artist himself, a target for his projection. So, if surface is illusion but so is depth, then what we have is an interesting problem.

In this sense, he wasn’t trying to lay down any absolute truth or theory about Chinese landscape painting, or even himself. But merely his understanding at that moment in time—a moving target exploring another moving target. What would Hockney say about the scroll now?

When I first noticed Moby blogging about architecture, this film, long-buried in my art history memory, was one of the first reference points that came to mind. Like Hockney with the scroll, Moby is seemingly unrolling and winding his way through it’s weird little buildings and spatial complexities. The hills–and one does not always associate hills with –are uncannily similar to the hills in the Chinese scroll.

Quinte West YMCA / Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson

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Architect: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson
Location: ,
Principal-in-Charge: Scott Robinson
Design Architect: Scott Robinson
Collaborators: Smith and Andersen Consulting Mechanical Engineers
Client: Ron Riddell General Manager
Completion: May 2009
Project Size: 49,920 sq.ft.
Final Cost: $ 11,000,000
Photographs: Shai Gil

Vertical Village / GRAFT Architects

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Designed by GRAFT Architects, Vertical Village is a residential, hotel and entertainment development in that harnesses the most powerful renewable energy source in the desert, the sun. Organized to reduce solar gain and maximize solar production, the buildings are massed as self-shading slabs at the north of the site on the east-west axis to reduce low-angle sun penetration. At the southern end of the site, a vast solar collector array optimally angles itself toward the sun and faces the main public strip as a potent gesture to the developments sustainable intent and minimum LEED Gold rated performance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Shaw House / Patkau Architects

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Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: , Canada
Architect Team: Michael Cunningham, , Patricia Patkau, Peter Suter
Structural Engineer: Fast +Epp Structural Engineers
General Contractor: Glover Co.
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Undine Prohl


Colorfoto Megastore / João Tiago Aguiar


Architects: João Tiago Aguiar
Location: Lisboa,
Project Years: 2009 – 2011
Client: Colorfoto
Architecture Collaboration: Renata Vieira, Ana Caracol, Sílvia Amaral
Builder: Gil Alves da Silva
Built Area: 600 sqm
Photography: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


Salt Tower / Enforma + AIM Studio

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The aim of Enforma and AIM Studio in their design of the Salt Tower, located in , Montenegro, was to carefully analyze the specific location and the possibilities that this place offers to the users. Inspired by the old town of , while integrating energy efficient strategies, their transformation from rectangular form to a tall crystal grain reflective structure on the Mediterranean coast justifies the project’s name. More images and architects’ description after the break.

FEN Building / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G. , Claudio Santander L.
Location: ,
Design Team: Francisca Valenzuela, Alfonso Kunstmannm., Fernando Tocornal, Oscar Leiva
Construction Year: 2009-2011
Site Surface: 3,670 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 8,404 sqm
Client: Universidad de Chile, Banco Del Estado
Structural Engineering: Enzo Valladares
Contractor: Bravo Eizquierdo ltda.
Technical Inspection: Asesorías Prigan ltda
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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Kyiv Urban Wildlife Park / Katya Larina, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Irina Klixbull, Roman Pomazan

The proposal for the Kyiv Urban Wildlife Park by Katya Larina, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Irina Klixbull, and Roman Pomazan… responds to what the place means for the thousands of people who cross the area which is nestled between

Five North American Architects / Kenneth Frampton

Five North American Architects brings together five architectural practices that, while all distinct, share a particular sensibility for the impact of craftsmanship and climate on the generation of form, as well as a concern for the expressive tactility of material and the effect of light on the articulation of structure.

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Osiedle Przyjaź University Campus / BudCud

The proposal by BudCud… for the Osiedle Przyjaźń 2.0 is an innovative university campus located in the center of Bemowo district in Warsaw. Founded in the1950s as a habitat of small wooden houses, filled with an abundance of green areas,

The University of the West of Scotland / RMJM

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Architects: RMJM
Location: ,
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Client: University of the West of Scotland
Size: 17,835 sqm GFA
Project Years: 2009 – 2011
Cost: £81 million
Photographer: Keith Hunter

Private House In Barcelos / Rui Grazina

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Architects: Rui Grazina
Location: Cambeses, , Portugal
Project Years: 2008 – 2011
Area: 300 sqm Total Area; 290 sqm Gross Building Area; 3300 sqm Total Plot Area
Construction: Engiaço Construções Técnicas, Braga
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Architectural Photography: Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo / Thomas Mayer

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From now until October 7th, the southeastern Netherlands city of will be hosting the Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo. Covering 66 hectares, the expo invite visitors to experience nature in a variety of ways through the creation of five unique themed worlds. Wandering through wooded areas, the visitors discover each world and all they have to offer.

Swiss architectural photographer Thomas Mayer has shared with us images of unique pavilions and structures found throughout the expo. Each innovative pavilion is meant to educate and inspire. Continue after the break to view the Floriade 2012 pavilions.

Kilden / ALA Architects


Architects: ALA Architects
Location: Kristiansand,
Completion: July 2011
Competition Team: ALA Architects ltd, Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston
Project Team: ALA Architects ltd / Helsinki, Kristians
In Collaboration With: SMS Arkitekter AS / Kristiansand
Client: Teater- og Konserthus for Sørlandet IKS
Photographs: Iwan Baan

La Grande Motte / N+B Architectes

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Architects: N+B Architectes - Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion
Location: La Grande Motte City, Montpellier,
Project Manager: Representative
Associated Architect: Julien Wafflart
Client: La ville de la Grande Motte
Site Area: 1,515 sqm
Building Scale: RDC
Cost: 835,000 € HT
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski


Jean Cocteau Museum / Rudy Ricciotti

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Architects: Rudy Ricciotti
Location: Menton,
Year: 2006
Area: 2,700 sqm
Photographs: Agence Rudy Ricciotti, Lisa Ricciotti, Olivier Amsellem