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Mervau / Tetrarc Architects

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects: Tetrarc Architects
  • Location: Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, France
  • Project Director: Josselin Bourneuf
  • Project Manager: Claude Jolly
  • Structural Engineer: BET Structure_ E2C - BET Fluides_ TUALS - OPC_SETEB - ECONOMIST_SETEB
  • Client: VENDEE HABITAT
  • Area: 2757.5 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

New Crematorium in the Hörnli Cemetary Competition Entry / Josep Ferrando, David Recio, Rafael Aliende

The proposal by Josep Ferrando, David Recio, and Rafael Aliende for the new crematorium in the Hörnli cemetery respects the identity of the protected existing building while establishing a void between it and the upper street level, an “entrance space”. This “empty-built” space between the two buildings, the existing one and the new one, becomes the entry square because of their connection in the underground level. This way, the new building appears as a visually independent and representative piece, isolated among the trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Anonymous Benefactor Saves the David and Gladys Wright House

Christmas has come early for the international community of architects and preservationists, as an anonymous benefactor has saved the endangered David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, Arizona. Culminating a six month saga, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is proud to announce that it has facilitated the purchase of the historic property through an LLC owned by an anonymous benefactor. The transaction closed today, December 20, and is no longer a demolition threat. The Wright home will now be transferred to the hands of an Arizona not-for-profit organization responsible for the restoration, maintenance and operation of the structure. The change in ownership guarantees the house will survive and be preserved. Landmark status is expected to follow shortly. More information on the David Wright House after the break…

AD Round Up: Wood Architecture Part II

Iwan Baan
Iwan Baan

NYC Developers Race to the Top

© Adam Jackson
© Adam Jackson

It’s a race to the top as developers are reaching higher and higher with impressive glass skyscrapers that house exclusive apartments and panoramic views across Manhattan, level with some of the city’s tallest buildings.  Gary Barnett of Extell Development Co. is the man behind the 1,005 foot high One57 tower in Midtown Manhattan.  He announced last month that he would be developing the tallest residential building in New York City (without the help of a spire).  Adrian Smith, chosen as the architect for the job, is best known for his work on the Burj Dubai.  The new building, still in its early stages of design planning and financing, will tower over the Empire State Building at a planned 1600 feet, that’s just 176 feet shy of World Trade One, the tallest building in Manhattan.

Foster's Design for the New York Public Library Unveiled

The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.
The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has unveiled the details of their controversial plan to renovate the 20th century, Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” on 5th Avenue. Designed Foster + Partners, the $300 million dollar proposal is a response to the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, as the library has experienced a 41% decrease in the use of collections over the last 15 years. Sensitive to concerned critics, the renovation promises to preserve the building’s legacy as it integrates a new, state-of-the-art Circulating Library into its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street. Foster’s “library within a library” will transform seven floors of stacks, currently occupying the back of the building, into an aesthetically, technologically and environmentally advanced public space that meets the needs of our 21st century society. “We need to be respectful of the beloved, iconic building and to create a new inspiring space,” Anthony W. Marx, the library’s president, said in an interview with the New York Times. “At a time when people wonder about the future of libraries, we’re going to create the greatest library the world has ever seen.” Learn all the details and see the renderings after the break…

Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition

The University of Manitoba’s Visionary (re)Generation competition is inviting some of the world’s most accomplished urban thinkers to re-imagine the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus. Focused on innovative and sustainable design, the two phase competition is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform their university into a place like no other that enriches the daily lives of all who learn here, work here, play here or call it home. Submissions for the first phase are due March 11. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Drayton Green Church Proposal / Piercy & Company

Award-winning London based architecture practice Piercy & Company recently revealed their proposal for Drayton Green Church in Ealing, London, a new building for the International Presbyterian Church (IPC). Their scheme retains an existing Grade ll listed chapel – originally built as an annex to the previously adjacent St Helena’s Home for ‘fallen women’ – and encloses it within a larger scheme. This new design includes an entrance hall, administrative and meeting spaces, and a worship space for up to 200 people. They are anticipating to start construction in the summer of 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Detroit River Front Competition Entry / AMA

The main objective for the Detroit River Front proposal is to create a new image of the city, an exclusive and unique landmark that glances to a future Detroit involved in its nature that it forgot for a long time. Designed by Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA), the project for the redevelopment of Hart Plaza is divided in major guide lines: water, nature, history. They provide a new landscape system, where water enters inside the plaza by canals that redesign the cost line, as the river comes closer to the downtown. More images and architects’ description after the break.

105 V House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

  • Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
  • Location: New Farm, Queensland, Australia
  • Project Team: Shaun Lockyer – Design Principal; Neva Wethereld – Project Architect; Corinne Bolton ‐ Interiors
  • Structural Engineer: Westera Partners
  • General Contractor: Origin Builders
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Scott Burrows

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows

AV House / BAK Architects

  • Architects: BAK Architects
  • Location: Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk
  • Collaborators: Arq. Nuria Jover, Enzo Vitali
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Chapel In The Woods / Studio Zermani e Associati

  • Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
  • Location: Parma, Province of Parma, Italy
  • Architect in Charge: Paolo Zermani
  • Design Team: Eugenio Tessoni
  • Collaborator: Emanuele Ghisi
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mauro Davoli

© Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli

Indoor Rock Climbing / W. Meraner - M. Mutschlechner

© G.R. Wett © G.R. Wett © G.R. Wett © G.R. Wett

Jarmund / Vigsnæs Arkitekter

Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL  was established in 1996 by Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs. Alessandra Kosberg became partner in 2004. The firm is located in Oslo, Norway. JVA works in a wide architectural range with commissions mainly in Norway, but also in other European countries. The majority of their finished work are public buildings and housing projects. JVA also are involved in urban planning and building interiors; aiming to cover all corners of the architectural field. They focus on the independent concept for every single project, avoiding general stylistic approaches. Priority is given to early participation in creative programming and an attentive relation towards the surroundings.  

Rabanua / DX Arquitectos

  • Architects Office: DX Arquitectos
  • Location: Huentaleuquen, Canela, Coquimbo Region, Chile
  • Architects: Juan Luzoro, Federico Novoa, Diego Pitters
  • Contractor: Germán Alzerreca
  • Calculist: Jorge Díaz
  • Area: 280 sqm
  • Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Cortesia de Sur-press Agency

Courtesy of Sur-press Agency Courtesy of Sur-press Agency Courtesy of Sur-press Agency Courtesy of Sur-press Agency

Phoenix Observation Tower / BIG

  • Architects: BIG
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Architects in Charge: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Iannis Kandyliaris
  • Project Team: Thomas Fagan, Aaron Hales, Ola Hariri, Dennis Harvey, Beat Schenk
  • Collaborators: MKA (structure), Atelier10 (sustainability), Gensler (local architect), TenEyck (landscape)
  • Client: Novawest
  • Area: 70,000 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BIG Architects

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The Indicator: Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

© Thomson Correctional Center, Thomoson, Ill. Rex Arbogast/AP via NPR.org
© Thomson Correctional Center, Thomoson, Ill. Rex Arbogast/AP via NPR.org

While doing a search for architects doing politically-engaged work, or work that encompasses a political or ethical agenda, I stumbled upon Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. The group, as it turns out, has been around for thirty years. Despite their long history I got the sense that many people in architecture, as well as in mainstream culture, don’t know anything about them.