Digital Fabrication / SketchChair

SketchChair, Process Diagram

has been a popular discussion among architecture and design professionals. Students are digitally fabricating their models and building their own personalized 3D printers. What was impossible to build by hand is quickly assembled through digital fabrication. As the technology rapidly evolves, larger objects are being fabricated at more affordable prices. Today we may be digitally fabricating furniture and tomorrow we might be 3D printing our house. Architects and designers are jumping on board and exploring the capabilities of this game changing technology.

Diatom Studio is currently working on releasing SketchChair. This program offers easy to use, open-source software that allows you to design your own personalized digital furniture. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can view your masterpiece and digitally occupy it in order to test its comfort level and structural capabilities. Options range from personalized ready-made designs to more advanced features that allow you to design your chair from scratch.

Satisfied with your design? Perfect. The SketchChair allows you to export your masterpiece to any digital-fabrication service instantly. In a matter of days, you will receive your customized CNC-milled plywood parts for quick hand construction. Digital fabrication is changing the world of design and becoming available to the masses.

Sarreguemines Nursery / Michel Grasso + Paul Le Quernec

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Architects: Michel Grasso & Paul Le Quernec
Location: ,
Client: Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences
Project Area: 1,350 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Michel Grasso + Paul Le Quernec

Grand Stade de Casablanca / NBBJ & Yassir Khalil Studio

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NBBJ & Yassir Khalil Studio shared with us their vision for the new Grand Stade de . Their goal for the project is to create a center for sports and assembly events which is keenly in tune with the natural environment, geography, and history of the nation of . The sports center will signify to the world the unique character and vision of the city, while taking advantage of the natural environment to reduce energy consumption and create a dramatic human experience. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Richmond House 01 / Rachcoff Vella Architecture

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Architect: Rachcoff Vella Architecture
Location: Melbourne,
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

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2012 Pritzker Prize Ceremony to be held in China

Guo Jinlong, the Mayor of Beijing, and Thomas J. Pritzker, Chairman of the Hyatt, revealed the location of the 34th Ceremony. The prestigious event will be held in Beijing, China on May 25th, 2012.

The specific building to be used for the ceremony is still under consideration. Past locations included buildings of historical significance. In 2011, Washington D.C. hosted the event at the classic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. In 2010, the ceremony took place on the historic Ellis Island in New York. And in 2009, Argentina’s historic Palacio San Martin hosted the event in Buenos Aires.

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International VELUX Award 2012

The International VELUX Award 2012 for students of architecture wants to encourage and challenge students of architecture to explore the theme of daylight in its widest sense – and to create a deeper understanding of this specific and ever-relevant source…

Vergilio Ferreira High School / Atelier Central

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Location: , Portugal
Electrical Installations: Lmsa | Eng.º Pedro Gonçalves, Eng.ª Sílvie Cruz, Eng.º João Branco, Eng.º Luis Frazão
Integrated Security: Lmsa | Eng.º Joaquim Pereira
Hvac: Lmsa | Eng.ª Gabriela Ferreira
Photographs: João Morgado

Hippodrome de Longchamp Proposal / Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTW

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Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTW, in collaboration with Tilke & Partners, shared with us their third prize winning design for the Longchamp racetrack in , France. One of the main aspects of their design is to understand each new structure as a solitary sculpture within the park to respect the landscape and nature of the Bois de Boulogne. Therefore it was very important to conserve as much of the spectacular mature trees as possible. In that sense, the design is aimed to maximize clear open moving space within that park. Consequently, the ground floor of the Grandstand was designed to be as open as possible to aids the visitors between the track and the betting halls, and also to achieve logical circulation between all functions within the site. More images and project description after the break.

House in Praia Verde / Nelson Resende Arquitecto

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Architects: Nelson Resende Arquitecto
Location: , Portugal
Collaborators: Ricardo Serra Leite, Architect
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 371 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

AD Review: From the Archives

Among the ArchDaily archives for this week are BIG’s impressive 8 House, a haystack house in , the tortoise shell inspired pavilion in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, a rammed earth winery in , and a nature center in Bangladesh.  Follow the break to read highlights of the archives and links to their original project features.

d3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition Winners

1st prize - Entropic Industries/Jared Winchester, USA

d3 is pleased to announce the winners of the Natural Systems competition for 2011. The program, developed by co-directors Gregory Marinic and Ji Young Kim, promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies. The competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential for analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based, sustainable influences in urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

The competition awarded three top prizes and seven special mentions, with the first prize captured by Entropic Industries/Jared Winchester from the United States. More information on the remaining winners after the break.

On the Brewery / LEVS Architecten

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Architects: LEVS Architecten
Location: Enschede,
Client: ING Real Estate Development
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 16,000 sqm
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg – primabeeld

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama / BFLS

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Architects: BFLS
Location: , Wales
Client: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
BFLS Team: Jason Flanagan, Paul Bavister, Jason Sandy, Anne Heucke, Kibwe Tavares, Armando Elias
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of BFLS

Designing for Autism: Spatial Considerations

section of Sunfield’s Rowan and Oak House / Courtesy of GA Architects

Last week we looked at the different sensory sensitive approaches to lighting design for autism.  We saw how contradictory recommendations have arisen from a lack of reliable research specific to and lighting. Conflicting recommendations are not limited to lighting. They can be found among nearly every aspect of design, including but not limited to acoustics, tactile and olfactory design. Today we will look at spatial considerations before we turn to the “neuro-typical” approach that contradicts the altogether.

Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus drives towards “Net-Zero Energy” / SOM


Cornell University’s proposed New York City Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island plans to become a sustainable landmark. Oriented by the sun, the 10-acre campus encompasses the largest solar array in New York City, four acres of geothermal wells, and 500,000 square-feet of open green space dedicated to the public. If built today, the campus’s 150,000 square-foot main academic building would be the largest net-zero energy building in the eastern United States.

The proposed campus is designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM). Landscape will be designed by . Cornell teamed up with alumnus and managing director of Distributed Sun, Jeff Weiss, to help build a comprehensive energy solution. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also participated in the conceptualization of the proposed renewable energy and energy efficient aspects.

Continue reading for more images and detailed information.


The CG House / Rethink Studio

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Architect: Rethink Studio
Location: ,
Project Team: Nitish Chummun, Michael Leclezio, Yannick Goldsmith
Engineers: Dawn Engineering Ltd.
Project Year: 2010
Project area: 190 sqm
Photographs: Gordon Mackenzie-Kennedy

Zaha Hadid Designs Chanel Runway

YouTube Preview ImageParis week launched the 2012 Chanel runway, designed by Zaha Hadid. Karl Lagerfeld enlisted the architect to enhance the nautical concept and transform the Grand Palais for the Spring/Summer women’s collection. An ocean of models strutted through a purified landscape of white occupied by oversized sea creatures and coral. The dramatic scene was enhanced by iridescent drapes enclosing the performance. and Karl Lagerfeld have teamed up before. In 2008, Hadid designed a dynamic mobile art pavilion for Chanel, inspired by Chanel’s signature quilted bag.

More images after the break.

Water Point Aquatic Center / AD11

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Architects: AD11
Location: , Jalisco, Mexico
Project Team: Francisco Gutierrez Peregrina, Salvador Macias, Lorena Rojas, Magui Peredo Arenas
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of AD11