Cathedral Plaza / Westfourth Architecture

© Silviu Chiţu

Architects: Westfourth Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Vlad Arsene, Onar Gerelioglu, Lucia Stoll, Cristiana Ştefan, Mihaela Vasilescu, Daniel Bilan
Envelope Consultant: Aludesign
Structural Engineer: Popp şi Asociaţii
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 26,000 sqm
Photographs: Andrei Mărgulescu, Silviu Chiţu

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition, 3rd / Nasrine Seraji + ASAA + Mehdi Bakhshizadeh + Tadbir Omran lranian


Designed by Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associés, in collaboration with Mehdi Bakhshizadeh and Tadbir Omran lranian, their questioning started with the debate on what is the most distinguishable aspect of Persian Architecture in trade, bank and stock exchange buildings? The other urgent question was regarding the main difference between western and Persian thought in contemporary cultural debates.

They came to the conclusion that one of the main differences is the description and perception of the idea of complexity and its structure in our culture. The result is a new public space through this new building in through building an innovative structure that sits intelligently with the site and proves the capacity of Persian engineering. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Aron R&D Center / Osamu Morishita

© Tamotsu Kurumada

Architects: Osamu Morishita
Location: Shinpou, Toukai,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tamotsu Kurumada, Courtesy of

Balna Budapest / ONL

Courtesy of

Architects: ONL
Location: Közraktárak Budapest
Design Team: Kas Oosterhuis, Ilona Lénárd, Gijs Joosen, Owen Slootweg, Bas Wijnbeld, Anna Nagy, Bujdosó Attila, Márku Judit, Romvári Péter, Tom Krzempek, Rafael Seemann, Paulina Gurak, Michael Gorczynski, Lidia Badarnah, Jan Gasparik, Petr Vokal
Project Manager: Bèla Káli
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of ONL, Romeodesign

Exhibition: “Open City: London, 1500-1700

Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Hand-colored engraving, 1574. Folger Shakespeare Library.
“Open City: London, 1500-1700″, an exhibit running at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, explores the two hundred year period in which was transformed from a medieval capital to an early modern metropolis.  During this period the city suffered a series of traumatic events including plagues, religious disputes, civil wars, the Great Fire, political instability and economic upheaval.  This exhibit allows the audience to witness that despite these drawbacks in its history, came out on top as the capital of a global empire.  Looking at the city as places of gathering: churches, theaters and markets, “Open City” explores ways in which citizens dealt with the changes in their political, economic and social systems.  The exhibit is curated by Kathleen Lynch and will be running through September 30th.

More after the break.

Karakida Community Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

© Taisuke Ogawa

Architects: Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
Location: Tama city, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Chiaki Arai
Design Team: Chiaki Arai, Ryoichi Yoshizaki, Tomonori Niimi, Chiaki Hamamatsu
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Taisuke Ogawa

Villa Sonnehaert / Hollandse Nieuwe

© Gerard van Beek

Architects: Hollandse Nieuwe
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Photographs: Gerard van Beek

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale 2012: Archipelago Cinema / Ole Scheeren

Courtesy of

German-born and Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren will reconstruct the wooden Archipelago Cinema within the old harbor basin Darsena Grande of the Arsenale, Venice’s historic shipyard, as an official collateral event for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition. This unique, floating architectural experience became wildly popular when it was first conceived for the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi festival in Thailand.

Serving as a mobile stage for public events, the modular outdoor theater will feature a world premiere of the film Against All Rules. Continue after the break to learn more.

Multi-Sport Complex in Antony / Archi5

© Thomas Jorio

Architects: Archi5
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3,989 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Jorio

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale 2012: Mexico Pavilion restores Venetian Church

Church of San Lorenzo

One of the main idea’s behind the 2012 Venice Biennale’s “Common Ground” theme, as stated by director David Chipperfield, is “to reinforce our understanding of architectural culture, and to emphasize the philosophical and practical continuities that define it”. With the exhibition “Culture Under Construction | The Collectivity of Cultural Space”, aims to develop an understanding of the distinct contribution that architecture can make to define the collectivity of cultural spaces while strengthening the connection between existing buildings and emerging architecture.

Mexico will exhibit thirteen projects that reveal the significance of contemporary Mexican culture of architecture in one of the most emblematic buildings in Venice, the Church of San Lorenzo, which they will restore as a contribution to Venice’s built heritage.

Continue reading to learn more.

Poroscape / Younghan Chung + Studio Archiholic

© Kim Jae kyeong

Architects: + Studio Archiholic
Location: Jongrogu, , Korea
Architect In Charge: Younghan Chung
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 191.12 sqm
Photographs: Kim Jae kyeong, Park Jong min

Manhattan Loft Gardens / SOM I © Hayes Davidson
Manhattan Loft Gardens / SOM I © Hayes Davidson

SOM Foundation Announces 2012 Prize Recipients

Pavlo Kryvozub…, a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, was just announced by the SOM Foundation as the winner of the 2012 SOM Prize. He will use the $50,000 award to facilitate travel in Europe and Asia pursuing

S.A Residence / Shatotto

© Daniele Domenicali

Architects: Shatotto
Location: Dhaka,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 20,667 sq ft
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

MenScience Flagship Store / HWKN

© Michael Moran/OTTO

Architect: HWKN (Hollwich Kushner); Partner in Charge: Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner
Team: Egbert Chu, Tim Aarsen
Location:  City
Builder: Grant Davis Thompson Inc
Client: MenScience
Photographs: Courtesy of

Seal Rocks House 4 / Bourne Blue Architecture

© Brett Boardman

Architects: Bourne Blue Architecture
Location: Seal Rocks, NSW
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Richard Birch, Shane Blue

Courtesy of BudCud + Centrala + ARUP
Courtesy of BudCud + Centrala + ARUP

Nowa Huta of the Future Proposal / BudCud + Centrala + ARUP

Nowa Huta of The Future, designed by BudCud, Centrala, and ARUP…, is aimed at being a brand new direction of touristic experiences and a recreational map of Krakow. Their strategy has a potential of engaging new groups

Casa O / 01Arq

© Mauricio Fuertes

Architects: 01Arq
Location: Colina,
Design Team: Cristian Winckler, Pablo Saric, Felipe Fritz
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, Mauricio Fuertes

The New SEED Field Guide – Call for Projects

The New SEED Field Guide – Call for Projects

The Social Economic Environmental Design® (SEED) Network, which just announced its 3rd annual Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design, is offering yet another exciting opportunity for Public Interest Designers.
SEED is looking for design projects (whether Architecture, Communication Design, Industrial Design,…