Beaty Biodiversity Centre – Aquatic Ecosystems Research Labor​atory / Patkau Architects

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Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: , British Columbia,
Project Team: Greg Boothroyd, Michael Cunningham, Joanne Gates, Samantha Hayes, Maureen Kwong, Thomas Lee, Davis Marques, Patrick O’Sullivan, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone
Model Makers: Oliver Birett, Anike Duffner, Gregory Graemiger, Julianne Heinrich, Craig Simms, Christian Schulte, Jan Rasche, Tokimi Ota
Photographs: James Dow 


Damier / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architecture: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Completion: December 2009
Structure: RC
Site Area: 32.16m2
Total Floor Area: 114.55m2
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Photography: Masao Nishikawa


AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Probably the most important news last week, was the fact that we have only 8 days left for you to nominate your favorite projects for our Building of the Years Awards. Besides that, we featured amazing projects that you may have missed.

Our main image belongs to a beautiful office building in Sao Paulo designed by Isay Weinfeld. Don’t forget to check this great winery in Portugal, Yoritaka Hayashi Architects’ latest house in Tokyo, the recently announced winning proposal for the PS1 in and a Center for the Arts in Spain whose design began 10 years ago. Enjoy!

ArchDaily 2011 Building of the Year Awards

The year 2011 was a great one for ArchDaily, and all thanks to you. In terms of web traffic, in our network we grew to more than 200,000 daily readers who viewed 350 million pages during 2011. Our social media reach has grown to nearly 500,000 Facebook fans, more than 60,000 followers on Twitter and an ever growing presence on Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest, all connecting with architects around our passion: Architecture.

ArchDaily is more than big numbers. It is recognized as the ultimate source of inspiration for thousands of architects around the world, who are covering new ground in architectural discussion, and generating new opportunities by being part of the world’s largest architecture network. During 2011, we participated in important events, such as the Pritzker Prize ceremony in DC, the AIA National Convention in New Orleans, among others, and visiting architects all across the US, in the UK, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, and Argentina. We’ve had the chance to interview renowned architects such as Steven Holl, Renzo Piano, Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman, and a long list of people who are advancing this profession. We spoke at the AIA Arkansas Convention, Harvard GSD, along with other events and schools. We launched our first local version, ArchDaily Brasil (more to come during this year!) and introduced our first tool to help architects collect and order information: My ArchDaily. We will continue to work very hard during 2012, with all our passion, to keep you connected to everything that is happening in the architecture world and help you with tools, as you will be the responsible of the noble task to shape our built environment.

Since 2009 we have held the Awards, an instance in which all of you make your voice heard by nominating and voting for the best projects featured on ArchDaily during the year. This is a peer based award that recognizes firms of all sizes, trajectories and locations. You can check the results of the previous editions here: 2009 and 2010.

Once again we have partnered with HP to present the 2011 Building of the Year Awards, starting today Feb 7th, 2012 at the following link:

The nomination stage will run for 2 weeks until Feb 21st, 2011. All buildings featured under the available categories during 2011 are elegible for this round. You can nominate one building (in one category) per day.

Like last year, we will authenticate the votes with the My ArchDaily platform, so we can assure that the nominating and voting processes are conducted by the community. You can nominate once per day, so you can propose your favorite projects from Feb 7th to Feb 21st, after which 5 buildings per category will continue to the voting round, between Feb 22nd and Mar 6th. The winners will be announced on Mar 7th, 2012.

Given that you are in charge of the selection process, we have decided to give away 2 custom engraved iPads 2 during the nominating/voting stages (more details on the rules below). Also, the most voted firm will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer (MSRP US$8,000).

Once again I’d like to thank all our readers for your support in 2011, and rest assure that we are working on new ways to improve ArchDaily in 2012. Our inbox is always open, so feel free to leave your feedback, recommendations and support on the contact page.


Rules after the break:

Jinan High-Tech Science and Technology Culture Center and Square / RTA-Office

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The High-tech science and technology cultural center, designed by RTA-Office, is strategically located Jinan, a city supported with a good transportation hub, making it a site with a lot of potential advantages and opportunities for development. They believe that these buildings need to reflect the cultural flavor of Jinan in eastern and local specialties; this is a place of modern technology and the software language used is able to describe the soul of the location. So they made a unique exclusive design, showing all its modern character. The result is a strong contrast between the organic approach in the genesis of the soften edges of the new buildings and hardness of the surrounding buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Amelia Street / Tim Stewart Architects

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Architect: Tim Stewart Architects
Location: Amelia Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006 Australia
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

Transparency in the Building Industry – Nutrition Labels for Building Materials

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In material safety article for the Times, Fred A. Bernstein conducts an interview with architect Peter Syrett and interior designer Chris Youseff of Perkins + Will that highlights their endeavor to create a database of common building materials and the potential dangers associated with their composition. The database, simply and appropriately referred to as Transparency Lists, is a resource of precautionary measures which breaks down into four categories: Precautionary List, Asthma Triggers + Asthmagens, Flame Retardants, and News, Media + Additional Research.

Read on for more after the break.

Ocean Guest House / Stelle Architects

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Architect: Stelle Architects
Location: Bridgehampton, NY,
Design Team: Frederick Stelle, Viola Rouhani, Greg Tietjen, Esra Unaldi, Jonathan Subject
Interior Design: Eleanor Donnelly,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Carbone

In Progress: Amsterdam Tower / JSª

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Architect: JSª
Location: Av. Insurgentes 301-303, , Mexico
Total Area: 132,504 sq ft
Date of the project: 2011, In progress
Photographer: Romeilia Hernandez

Typecasting, or the Void After Starchitecture

Exhibition Rien ne va Plus

The following text comes from Powerhouse Company‘s book Ouvertures. We found this excerpt to be particularly engaging and they graciously gave us permission to share this short piece with you in its entirety. Enjoy!

Our exhibition Rien ne va plus researched and discussed the impact of the 2008 economic crisis on architecture.[1] The simple question that led to this research was the question why, after bankers, architects were the first to be fired en masse as the crisis hit? How had we architects become so entangled with the money market?

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Reconstruction of Former Police Station to Apartment Building / NRJA

NRJA… shared with us their proposal for the reconstruction of a former police station to an apartment building in Riga, Latvia. Their design concept respects the architectural heritage, partly renovating the existing volume and adding a new modern architecture. Reinhold

Video: Water Cathedral, GUN Architects

An extended view of Water Cathedral, the selected project by GUN Arq for the 2011 YaP installation in Santiago, Chile, shot by photographer Cristobal Palma.

The Water Cathedral is a large, horizontal urban nave for public use. The structure is made up of numerous slender, vertical components, which hang or rise like stalactites and stalagmites in a cave, varying in height and concentration. The project incorporates water dripping at different pulses and speeds from these hanging elements, fed by a hydraulic irrigation network. When filled with small amounts of water, the stalactite components act as interfaces out of which water droplets gradually flow and cool visitors below. The stalagmites topography provides elements of shade, along with plants and water that collect under the Water Cathedral’s canopy.

Last week, the and the PS1 announced HWKN as the winner for the 2012 YAP in NY.

More videos by Cristobal Palma at ArchDaily:

Parents House In Ajmer / Matharoo Associates

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Architects: Matharoo Associates
Location: , Rajasthan,
Completion: 2009
Principal in charge: Gurjit Singh Matharoo
Project Team: Prof. MC Gajjar, Architectural Advisor: Sujith GS, Trainee: Mahalaxmi B, Trainee: Rashmi Sinha, Trainee
Client: Mr & Mrs Rajendra Singh Matharoo
Site Area: 167 sqm
Building Area: 143 sqm
Total Floor Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Matharoo Associates

Sabadell Housing Renovation / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

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Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos 
Location: Sabadell, ,
Years: 2005-2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos


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Peter Eisenman and Jeffrey Kipnis Lectures at SCI-Arc

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will be hosting the lectures of well-renowned architect, Peter Eisenman and architectural theorist, Jeffrey Kipnis… at their W.M. Keck Lecture Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Eisenman’s lecture will take place Monday, March 5th at

Forest View House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architect: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: ,
Structural System: Reinforced concrete
Site Area: 3,306.14 sqm
Building Area: 188.74 sqm
Total Floor Space: 362.19 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

‘REACH: The Architecture of The Freelon Group’ Exhibition

's Anacostia Library / © Mark Herboth

The Institute of Technology School of Architecture + Planning will showcase the architecture of The Freelon Group in an art exhibition opening February 15th at the Wolk Gallery at MIT. The exhibit, which runs through April 13th, includes ten projects designed by the Freelon Group, plus a table from the furniture collection designed by founder Philip Freelon. Featured projects include museums, university buildings, libraries and an airport parking structure (we’ve published a few you can see here. And don’t miss our interview with Philip Freelon). More information on the event after the break.