Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce Headquarters Winning Proposal / BC Architects

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Courtesy of BC Architects, ABBA architects, and Adey Tadess
Courtesy of BC Architects, ABBA architects, and Adey Tadess

BC Architects, in collaboration with ABBA architects and Adey Tadesse, won the competition for the Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Ethiopia with their approach towards a "glocaldesign". With the goal of sensibly involving local materials in this mid-high-rise building, this resulted in a local nature stone façade system inspired by a 'Netela' (threaded Ethiopian textile which so nicely shows the threads of cotton and which has a character of both shadow and transparency). More images and architects' description after the break.

MoMA Selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as Architect of the Folk Art Museum

00:00 - 9 May, 2013
© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) to design its controversial expansion that will overtake the former American Folk Art Museum in New York. This news comes after an intense backlash from prominent architects, preservationists and critics worldwide pressured MoMA to reconsider its decision to raze the iconic, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-design museum in order to make way for its new expansion. 

In response, DS+R has requested that MoMA gives them the “time and latitude to carefully consider the entirety of the site, including the former American Folk Art Museum building, in devising an architectural solution to the inherent challenges of the project,” as stated by Glenn D. Lowry, MoMA’s director, in a memo sent on Thursday to his trustees and staff. He added, “We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results.” 

More on the DS+R’s commission and the fate of the Folk Museum after the break...

Origo Coffee Shop / Lama Arhitectura

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
© Radu Malasincu
© Radu Malasincu

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Lenbachhaus Museum / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Luisenstraße 33, 80333 München, Germany
  • Design Team

    Norman Foster, David Nelson, Stefan Behling, Christian Hallmann, Ulrich Hamann, Klaus Heldwein, Florian Boxberg, Leonhard Weil, Judith Kernt, Henriette Hahnloser, Eike Danz, Diana Krumbein, Simon Weismaier, Christopher Von Der Howen, Inge Tummers, Jörg Grabfelder, Katrin Hass, Tillmann Lenz
  • Area

    12328.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners +20

House in Monasterios / Ramon Esteve

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
© Mayte Piera
© Mayte Piera
  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Monasterios, Valencia, Spain
  • Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Mayte Piera

© Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera +19

New Central Library in Berlin Winning Proposal / Envés Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
© 24studio
© 24studio

Designed by Envés Arquitectos, their proposal for the New Central Library in Berlin was named as one of the winners of the competition, which is conceived as an open, public, free and comfortable meeting place; summing up, an urban lobby. This flexible place is able to interact with a changing user (from a kid to an ancient), but simultaneously ensures the area’s accessibility and right usage. The library also aims to become an activity catalyst, a landmark to be perceived from far away. More images and architects' description after the break.

Artis Headquarters / Roswag Architekten

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
© Daniela Friebel
© Daniela Friebel

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Kemuri Shanghai Restaurant / Prism Design

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN
Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Tomohiro Katsuki, Masanori Kobayashi, Reiji Kobayashi
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN, Nacasa & Partners Inc.”(Eiichi Kano)

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Cultural Landscape Path / Archiplan Studio

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
© Martina Mambrin
© Martina Mambrin

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Bavarian History Museum Competition Entry / X+UN Architecture

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Courtesy of X+UN Architecture
Courtesy of X+UN Architecture

The design of the Bavarian history museum by X+UN Architecture takes into account the impact of the most important landmarks surrounding the site. Located in Regensburg, it is placed on the bank of the Donau River, which acts as a visual promenade that makes the building visible from a long distance and channels an important flow of people into the site. The shape of the museum is generated from a series of stripes parallel to the river. More images and architects' description after the break.

Casas Reais / Concheiro de Montard

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
© Luis Díaz Díaz
© Luis Díaz Díaz
  • Architects

    Concheiro de Montard
  • Location

    Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Isabel Concheiro, Raphaël de Montard
  • Area

    89.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz +14

Council Approves Cornell’s Net-Zero Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island

00:00 - 9 May, 2013
© Kilograph
© Kilograph

City Council has approved Cornell’s two-million-square-foot tech campus planned to break ground in 2014 on New York’s Roosevelt Island. Masterplanned by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), the ambitious carbon positive campus will offer housing for 2,000 full-time graduate students, world-class education facilities, a hotel, a corporate co-location building, and more than an acre of public open space. Construction will commence with the first, state-of-the-art academic building that will be designed by Thom Mayne, founder ofMorphosis, who will incorporate the latest environmental advances, such as geothermal and solar power, to achieve net-zero energy for the landmark structure.

Libeskind Selected to Design Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial

15:04 - 8 May, 2013
via The Columbus Dispatch
via The Columbus Dispatch

Daniel Libeskind has been selected among two other renowned artists to design the Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial in Columbus. The 18-foot tall memorial brushed stainless-steel memorial will be punctuated by the six-pointed Star of David and accompanied by a 40-foot walkway with words etched in limestone.

Beton Restaurant / Yunakov architects

01:00 - 8 May, 2013
© Oleg Stelmah / Electraua
© Oleg Stelmah / Electraua

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Films & Architecture: "24 City"

00:00 - 8 May, 2013

By the acclaimed director Jia Zhangke, 24 City cannot be considered a documentary, since actors perform in most of the scenes; however, this Chinese film realistically shows the dissociation between the rapid urban development and a population that seems to be victimized by globalisation.

The film is focused on the workers at Factory 420, a complex designed and deployed by the government for military purposes and used as a factory for producing and repairing mechanical elements for the army. This whole area became a city in itself, housing generations of factory workers. When the space is converted to 24 City, a complex to accomodate hundreds of luxury apartments, the entire site is demolished. 24 City tells the workers' stories in the midst of this transformation.

How should we consider these kinds of mono-functional cities and what could/should be their futures? Let us know in the comments below.

Landmark Preservation Versus Ownership

00:00 - 8 May, 2013
Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi; © Maria Buszek
Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi; © Maria Buszek

After years of disconcerting reports that the historic David and Gladys Wright House by Frank Lloyd Wright was under threat of demolition by developers, we announced that a generous benefactor saved it from its fate by providing funds to buy back the property. It seems that this particular story is not unique.  An article on ArchRecord by Frank A. Bernstein lists several other modern architecture treasures that may soon fall under the same threat as they hit the real estate market.

Find out more after the break.

Corrugated Cardboard Pavillion / Miguel Arraiz + David Moreno

01:00 - 8 May, 2013
© Noel Arraiz
© Noel Arraiz

Built for the annual traditional festival called “Fallas” held in Valencia in March, the corrugated cardboard temporary pavilion was made out with 3.000 purposefully made corrugated hexagonal boxes as the only structural material. The main challenge for the project by architect Miguel Arraiz and sculptor David Moreno was the wind and the rain, because the structure should be at the urban space during at least 5 days. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Eau Building / HMP Architects

01:00 - 8 May, 2013
© Mario Wibowo
© Mario Wibowo

© Mario Wibowo © Mario Wibowo © Mario Wibowo © Mario Wibowo +28