K House / D.I.G Architects

© Tomohiro Sakashita

Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: Nagoya City,
Design Team: Akinori Yoshimura, Maki Yoshimura
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

Gero Restaurant / Isay Weinfeld

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: , Brazil
Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Team: Fausto Natsui, Tomás Gioia Brunoro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

2012 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards Announced

© Benjamin Benschneider. Bertschi School Living Science Building, by KMD Architects, a Recipient of a Merit Award in Educational Facility Design by the CAE.

The American Institute of Architects’ () Committee on Architecture for (CAE) has selected 15 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The 15 winners represent the best of emerging trends and ideas, “honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities,” according to the AIA’s press release.

See the complete list of winners, after the break…

In Progress: Lotte World Tower / KPF

image by dbox branding & creative for

Construction of the in Seoul, South Korea designed by high-rise architectural firm KPF is well underway. Won via an international design competition, this new tower will rise up to a pinnacle height of 555 meters. Organized around a mixed-use program including retail, office, hotel and an observation deck at the peak, the tower pulls inspiration from historical Korean arts of ceramics, porcelain, and calligraphy. More details after the break.

 

Komedianten Cultural Center / Nyréns Arkitektkontor

© Max Plunger

Architects: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Location: Varberg,
Project Team: Lars Gauffin, Mariano Tellechea, Johan Nicklasson, Andreas Wallin, Anders Rosell, Eva Nygren, Oscar Pyk, Mårten Setterblad
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 4,800 sqm
Photographs: Max Plunger

AD Round Up: Architecture in South Korea

© Youngchae Park

   

For today’s AD Round Up we have five great projects from . The main image belongs to iArc’s Incheon Tri-bowl, an amazing pavilion completed in 2010. Check out,  Z-House designed by Hohyun Park+Hyunjoo Kim or Pan Gyo Housing by MACK Architect(s), a low-density and sustainable community near Seoul. Revisit AnL studio’s Oceanscope, a public observatory deck made of recycled materials. Finally, you can’t miss the retail project, Galleria Centercity designed by UNstudio.

Refugio La Parva / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados

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Architects: elton+léniz arquitectos asociados
Location: Lo Barnechea, , Chile
Design Team: Mirene Elton, Mauricio Leniz
Architect Office: Cristobal Teixido
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Natalia Vial

Amtrak and HOK unveils design for new Washington Union Station

View from H Street – Courtesy of

A national landmark and one of the busiest multimodal transportation hubs in the country, Washington Union Station, designed by Daniel Burnham, is about to undergo some significant changes. The 1907 station is currently operating beyond capacity, serving 100,000 passenger trips per day on Amtrak and commuter trains, Metrorail and buses. Over the next 15 to 20 years, passengers are expected to triple and the number of trains will double, so change is necessary in order to accommodate this growth.

HOK, in collaboration with Amtrak and Parsons Brinckerhoff, have unveiled a plan to revitalize the station and bring it up to 21st century standards. Continue after the break for more.

Son Ferriol Kindergarten / Duch-Piza Arquitectos

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Architects: Duch-Piza Arquitectos
Location: City,
Technical Architects: Oscar Menendez Vinent
Partner Architect: C. Hernández
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

The relationship between social dynamics and architecture has always been intimate.  It is a constant dialogue between social norms and politics, stylistic trends and aesthetic choices, individual preferences and the collective good.  The Modernist Period was a time when architecture took on the challenge of many social problems.  In all the arts –  architecture, design, music and film – the period was highly politicized and the choices often gave way to a utilitarian ideal that was a hybrid of efficiency, simplicity and comfort.  ’s new film Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island, supported by Design Onscreen, is a message of preservation that takes us through the history of the modernist housing boom that took place on Long Island, NY in the period between the Great Depression and the 1970s.

On August 14th, Cook+Fox Architects hosted a private film screening at their office on 641 Ave of the Americas, presenting the treasures along the island’s shore that have fallen between the cracks of history.  The film looks at works from Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, , Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski and many others.

Follow us after the break to catch up on the history of the development of these houses on Long Island.

J. J. Pan and Partners

Founded 30 years’ ago by one of Taiwan’s most respected architects, J. J. Pan & Partners has been steadfastly pursuing its vision of creating lasting, beautiful architecture that is appropriate to its role, harmonious with its time and place, and that best expresses the cultural, social and technological environment. A must have companion to the original J.J. Pan and Partners title, this publication is fully illustrated with photographs and plans of J.J. Pan’s most interesting projects.

3rd Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design – Call for Submissions

3rd Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design – Call for Submissions

Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design® (SEED) Network, and their 2013 partner, the University of Minnesota College of Design, are pleased to announce the Third Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design.
The Awards seek out projects of “exceptional social, economic, …

Giveaway: Three copies of ‘Draw Me a House’

Thanks to the courtesy of Cicada Books, we are giving you the chance to win this amazing and entertaining book: (see our review here). We have 3 copies of the book and all you have to do to participate is become a registered user (if you’re not one already) and answer the following question in our comments:

When did you first know that you wanted to become an architect and why?

You have until Thursday 23 to submit your answer. Winners will be announced and contacted next Friday 24. Good luck!

Robinson Road / Steve Domoney Architecture

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Architects: Steve Domoney Architecture
Location: Hawthorn, Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Steve Domoney
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

The Tallest Ferris Wheel

An artist’s rendering of the proposed 600 ft Ferris Wheel on .

Staten Island, arguably ’s most often forgotten borough, may finally be getting its moment in the spotlight.  Talks are in the works of creating a giant 600 ft Ferris wheel near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to generate activity for the waterfront.   To put 600 feet in perspective, think bigger than the Singapore Flyer at 451 feet and the London Eye’s 450 ft marker, and much bigger than Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel at 150 feet.   While millions enjoy the free trip across the harbor on the ferry every year, few venture far from the boat.  The Ferris Wheel is intended to capitalize on the Island’s amazing views of Manhattan and build up the Island’s visitor flow.  “It’s the greatest thing that has been proposed for Staten Island, especially on the waterfront.  This could landmark us. We have 2 million tourists a year on the ferry, so we have a built-in audience to use it, and it’s a different audience every day. Once you can attract them off that boat, you got them here,” James Molinaro, the borough president, stated.

More after the break. 

The Granary / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

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Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Location: Abbey Road, , UK
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: PTE Architects

Riviera Seaside Art Gallery / Derman Verbakel Architecture

©Yuval Tebol

A project funded by the city of , the abandoned Riviera nightclub on the beach of , south of Tel-Aviv, has been turned into a seaside art gallery and artist colony. Designed by Derman Verbakel Architecture, the 1,200 square meter grid of concrete columns and beams, which had been the décor for a lively night scene in 1950s and 60s, was reconverted within only a few weeks last summer. This project then became a space for artists to live and create on-site art inside and outside the gallery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

HouseT / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

© Hiroyasu Sakaguchi

Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: ,
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Sinei Ltd
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyasu Sakaguchi