GUji OSAKA Select Shop / ninkipen!

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Architects: ninkipen!
Location: ,
Project Area: 85 sqm
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

Shibuya – Newtown Townhomes / Tony Owen Partners

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Tony Owen, namesake of Tony Owen Architects has shared with us his firm’s latest project, a pair of townhomes in the in the suburb of . Additional images of the residences and a description of their relationship to contemporary urban Japanese architecture after the break.

AD Classics: Villa Roche / Le Corbusier

Villa Roche
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Designed 1923-1925 as a residence for Swiss banker Raoul La Roche, Villa Roche is the quintessence of ’s modern approach to housing. The Villa acted as an exhibition space for Mr. Roche’s collection of avant-garde artwork, and is a pure assemblage of spatial volumes that interlocks the dual programs of domicile and gallery.

More on Villa Roche after the break.

Video: Robert Venturi

In this two part video film maker John Thornton, a.k.a Rusty Scupperton, reconsiders what post- is all about, as made popular by .  Through a series of interview of Venturi’s colleagues and excerpts from the architect himself, Thornton gets a better understanding of the architect’s influence and sense of humor in regards to architecture.

Catch part two after the break!

Design + Build: Marriage


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Funny I should say marriage. But to some degree, the relationship between the client and the master builder is a marriage of sorts. It also has an analogy to becoming pregnant. But I will save that for another post. I am married. For almost 20 years… and yes, to the same person. 4 awesome, yet exhausting little offspring, add even more chaos to the mix. Back to the point. The homeowner and team, whether a DESIGN / BUILD team or an architect and accomplice needs to be anchored in trust, communication, and equal vision.

Just like a marriage. My guess is, the more the merrier, adds inherent conflict, and will probably not work out. Less is more. Trying to decide to go to the movies is never simple in my family. The easy solution is ask them if they would like to join us for a family movie or would you rather mommy and I go to movies and you guys get a babysitter? The choice is simple and clear-cut.

Oaxaca House and Studio / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha

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The House and Studio, built for a plastic artist, is composed of two equal-sized volumes. The client’s desire for a terrace for the upper floor studio inspired us to create two staggered volumes, one atop the other, where the roof of the lower volume would become the terrace of the second floor. The interior stair becomes the link and pivot between the two volumes.

Architect: Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha
Location: Oaxaca,
Project Team: Mauricio Rocha, Gabriela Carrillo, Esterlina Campuzano, Francisco Ortiz, Francisco Lopez, Juan Santillán
Construction: Francisco López
Industrial Design: Yurik Kifuri – Renzo
Structural: Grupo Sai
Instalations: Tomás Rodríguez
Project Area: 180 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

The Golden Box / K2Ld Architects

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The intention of the house’s design is to define and blur the visual threshold between the public and private areas of the house. The transparency of the house decreases in ascending order as per their functional requirements. Their surfaces clearly express their openness of the daily living habits and rituals.

Architect: K2Ld Architects
Location: ,
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Solo House Casa Pezo / Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

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Solo House Casa Pezo is part of the Solo Houses concept, series of eight to ten vacation homes designed by some of the talented young international designers. Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects, Mos Office, Didier Faustino and his studio Mésarchitectures, Sou Fujimoto, Studio Mumbai, and TNATakei-Nabeshima-Architects are among the architects designing the 200 sqm size homes, with the first collection to be set in the countryside of Matarraña.

Solo Houses is a similar concept to Living Architecture. Set up as a new social enterprise to revolutionise both architecture and UK holiday rentals, Living Architecture commissioned Peter Zumthor, Michael & Patty Hopkins, NORD, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects & MVRDV to each design homes. Many of these have been featured on ArchDaily including MVRDV’s unforgettable Balancing Barn.

Follow the break for drawings and renderings of Solo House Casa Pezo by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects.

Architects: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects
Location: Polygon 13, Parcel 245, , Teruel Province, Spain
Architects: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Associated Architects: Alberto Haering, Gonzalo Urbizu
Collaborators: Diogo Porto, Bernhard Maurer Valeria Farfan, Eleonora Bassi, Ana Franzisca Freese
Client: Christian Bourdais
Project Area: 313 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2011

SoHo Synagogue / Dror

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© John Hall

Architects: Dror
Location: City, , USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: John Hall

The SoHo Synagogue is the community’s first ever synagogue and represents a fresh vision that translates the inspiration of Judaism to a new generation. With a forward thinking approach, Rabbi Dovi Scheiner along with his wife Esty, founders of SoHo Synagogue,built a religious platform that invites the community to fully integrate their religion within their modern lifestyle. Mindful of the open mindset of lower Manhattan’s Jewish population, The SoHo Synagogue seeks to reinvent the synagogue as a comfortable and enjoyable setting for personal growth and communal connection.

South Song Museum Heritage Park / IAPA


The Australian architecture firm IAPA recently won the South Song Museum Heritage Park competition and has wished to share their winning design with out readers here at ArchDaily. Follow after the break for an accompanying description and images from the architects.

In Progress: E Tower / Wiel Arets Architects


The E Tower is a high rise residence that will serve as a landmark within its newly built urban environment while seeking to bring the amenities of a world class hotel to tower’s residents The E Tower is located in an area of Eindhoven whose urban plan was drawn up by the Dutch landscape firm West 8. The original brief for the area includes the E Tower, the E Block and a slender end piece of the adjacent Block J, which are all apartment buildings in this emerging district. A gap between the E Tower and Block J will shape the area’s entrance while simultaneously providing an outdoor space. Each building in this emerging district has been named after one of the world’s cities with the E Tower taking the title of ‘New York’, aptly reflecting its prominent stance within the cluster.

Architect: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Eindhoven,

U.S. Invests in Brazil’s Infrastructure Upgrades

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Although has been growing quickly as a nation, its economic growth has been stinted by the country’s lack of investment in infrastructure. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expected to spend over one trillion dollars from the Brazilian government and as much as $34 billion from private investors. The money will go toward numerous construction projects designed to increase and improve upon Brazil’s roads, railways, stadiums, hotels and airports. More information after the break.

College Sports Hall / archi5

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Architect: archi5
Location: , France
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,192 sqm
Photographs: Fabien Terreaux

Co-housing Project / Karawitz Architecture

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Karawitz Architecture recently announced the design for their passive co-housing project in . Their principle of a self-governed independent residential initiative with 14 apartments (R+7), commercial premises, gardens (ground floor and roof area), car parks and communal areas (community house, laundry, bike shed and other areas) aims to reflect a new construction trend: private individual buyers joining together to form a cooperative to fulfil their own property and future housing project, in partnership with the SEMAVIP ( Site Manager) and City and to share spaces and equipment.

Wuxi Elementary School Re-Design / Atelier XÜK


Collaborating with Tongji Architecture Design & research Institute , Atelier XÜK has won a design competition for a renovation project of a historical elementary school in . Additional images of XÜK’s winning design after the jump.

Social Housing for Mine Workers / Zon-e Arquitectos

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Architects: Zon-e Arquitectos / Nacho Ruiz Allén, José Antonio Ruiz Esquiroz
Location: Asturias,
Project Area: 2,385 sqm
Photographs: Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz

House in Palmela / Pedro Rogado & Catarina Almada

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Architects: Pedro Rogado, Catarina Almada
Location: Palmela,
Client: Dr.º Francisco Miranda
Collaboration: Hugo Formiga,  Maria Marques, Liliana Esperança, Maria Pais de Sousa, Anna Leipolz
Structural Engineering: ARA – Eng.º Fernando Rodrigues
Infrastructural Engineering: Geberit, S.A – Eng.º Manuel Motta, Eng.º Rui Machado
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Thorsten Humpel

This single-family detached house is located in an agrarian plain near Palmela. Two factors have conditioned its design: the willingness to favor the relationship with external spaces, in which rural landscape and aesthetic components abound, and the desire to create a contemporary approach that leverages the strong regional architectural traditions.

Ujpalota Main Square / HMS-Plan


HMS-Plan has presented ArchDaily with their plans for the 2011 architectural competition of the main square of Ujpalota, in . Images of their proposal and a narrative from the architects after the break.