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© Cheng Zhou

Zero Mile House / Yianna Bouyioukou

Located on an urban corner lot in the city of Vancouver, the Zero Mile House establishes a relationship between the size of the lot and the size of the construction it supports. Designed by Yianna Bouyioukou…, the architectural strategy

iQuarter / Cartwright Pickard Architects

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Architects: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Location: Sheffield,
Year: 2009
Area: 94,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Cartwright Pickard Architects


Riethüsli Primary School / MPP Architekten

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Located on top of a plateau, which is abruptly ended by a sloped edge, the strong topographical element of the Riethüsli Primary School leads to a severe breaking point between the site and its surrounding context. Designed by MPP Architekten, the aim of the concept is to let the school act as an urban communicator. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Office Solvas / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten
Location: , Belgium
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Roymans

Eco Modern Flats / Modus Studio

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Architects: Modus Studio
Location: , , USA
Completion: 2011
Thermal Area: 62,400 SF
Building: $3,810,900 | $61 per SF
Architectural Team: Chris M. Baribeau, AIA [principal architect], Austin Chatelain, Assoc. AIA [project manager], Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA, Jason Wright, Assoc. AIA, Chris M. Lankford, David McElyea, Assoc. AIA.
Structural Engineer: MyersBeatty Engineers
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Adaptive Creative 


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Courtesy of Onat Öktem

Ödemis New City Center Proposal / Onat Öktem + Okan Can

The main objective of the project for the Ödemis New City Center by Onat Öktem… is to integrate urban functions to ensure the continuity of the pedestrian and green axis while creating a new structure. In this context, defined and undefined

NOMA Lab / GXN (Innovation Unit of 3XN)

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Architects: GXN (Innovation Unit of 3XN)
Location: Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen,
Project team: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, André van Leth, Lila Held, Morten Norman Lund, Lars-Erik Eriksson, Pedram Seddighzadeh, Matthew Scarlett, Bjørk Christensen, Kyle Baumgardner, Elliot Mistur, Tore Banke, Simon McKenzie and Jacob Hilmer
Project Area: 200 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Restaurant NOMA
Photographs: Adam Mørk

10 Logements Paris / RMDM Architectes

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Architects: RMDM Architectes 
Location: 5,9 Impasse Dupuy, , France
Project Team: Alexandre de Muizon, Philippe Maillols, Eric Dolent
Project Area: 780 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of RMDM Architectes

Top Firms Shortlisted for European Research Centre

An artist’s interpretation of the vision for the whole ESS, MAXIV, Science Village area around 2020 © ESS

Five international consortia of architecture and landscape firms have been shortlisted in a competition to design the future research centre of the European Spallation Source (ESS)- a Partnership of 17 European Nations committed to the goal of collectively building and operating the world’s leading facility for research using neutrons by the second quarter of the 21st Century. The 21st century, large-scale science centre will focus on sustainability, creating an attractive working environment and integrating well into its surroundings. It will be built in southern and is planned to open in 2019.

Continue after the break to view the complete shortlist.

AD Round Up: Kindergarten Part VIII

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It’s time for our 8th round up of previously featured Kindegartens. It’s possible you missed Fagerborg Kindergarden by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, which is a contemporary wood building contrastingly placed in the middle of a 1950′s residential neighborhood. This round up also features Murgles Playhouse, a lovely interior design project for child development and a Kindergarten in Raïmat by BmesR29 Arquitectes. Check out Kindergarten 8Units, an interesting project where circles inspire growing minds. Finally, you must see Daycare Center La Mercè, a building that blurs the line between inside and outside, while contributing to urban space.

Update: Botín Center / Renzo Piano


A week ago we told you about the Botín Center, Renzo Piano’s first major project in . We also featured some preliminar models of the project and more information on this building, which will have the largest private foundation in invest over 150 million USD. We now have more official images, including some drawings and sketches. Check them out after the break.

Logements Rue Riquet / François Noël Architectes

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Architects: François Noël Architectes
Location: Rue Riquet, , France
Project Area: 4,925 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

Take the Mayors Challenge and Improve American City Life

New York Mayor Michael is searching for bold ideas that can “make government work better, solve a serious problem, or improve city life” in the . The Mayors Challenge encourages local architects and professionals to team up with their city officials and propose an innovative local solution that could be applied to a national problem.

Each city of 30,000 or more residents can submit one innovative idea under the direction of the mayor. As Architectural Record points out, there is nothing preventing architects from proposing a concept to their city leaders and working out a deal with them to prepare a submission. They can even negotiate some type of bonus if that idea wins! Those details will be left completely up to you.

However, the goal of the competition is to identify a need, solve a problem and share your knowledge so that other cities and citizens may benefit. Five boldest ideas with the greatest potential for impact will win funding as well as national and local recognition. The winning city will receive a $5,000,000 grand prize and four other cities will receive $1,000,000 to help implement their ideas.

Submit your RSVP by July 16th, 2012 and apply by September 14th, 2012. Find more information on mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org.

Films & Architecture: “The International”

Not that many films can have the amount of high-end architecture as location for their scenes. In “The International” the characters goes to a secondary position – through architects’ eyes - since the movie is a showroom of well known buildings and cities.

The mythic Guggenheim Museum in New York by Frank Lloyd Wright serves as the space for one of the main scenes, jumping to the Phaeno Science Center by Zaha Hadid in Wolfsburg, Germany. Cities where the movie was filmed include Istanbul, Berlin, Lyon, Milan, and New York, showing us an impressive catalogue of “international” architecture.

Let us know your thoughts about the movie and international architecture. What does this concept mean today? Or was it only an utopian modern movement?

AD Interviews: Kevin Alter, Alter Studio Architects

Here is our interview with , founder of Austin-based firm Alter Studio architects. Not only is the Harvard graduate an internationally recognized architect, but he has also been a visiting critic, reviewer, lecturer and visiting professor for a number of institutions worldwide.

In addition to running his award winning practice, Alter is the Academic Director of Architecture Programs, Associate Dean for Graduated Programs, Sid. W. Richardson Centennial Professor of Architecture, Director of the Summer Academy in Architecture, and Associate Director of the Center for American Architecture and Design at The University of Texas in Austin, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design, construction and theory.

Projects from at ArchDaily:

Ferrari Operational Headquarters and Research Centre / Studio Fuksas

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Architects: Studio Fuksas - Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Interior Design: Fuksas Design
Location: Maranello, , Italy
Client: Ferrari SpA
Area: 17,000 sq. m.
Project Year: 2001-2004
Photographs: Maurizio Marcato

Harvest Medical College / Shogo Iwata

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Architects: Shogo Iwata
Location: Hyogo,
Site Area: 1,494.48 sqm
Total Floor Area: 3,802.50 sqm
Building Area: 794.82 sqm
Photographs: Yoshihisa Araki


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Courtesy of Lisbon Architecture Triennale

‘CRITICAL: Lisbon’ Workshop

Taking place at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale headquarters from July 16-21, the ‘CRITICAL: Lisbon’ workshop is dedicated to talking, writing, and publishing critically about architecture. Coordinated by Lev Bratishenko, Frederico Duarte and Becky Quintal (included in the Critical Distance program…