LEGO Bridge by MEGX.

LEGOs Hack Bridge in Germany

Architects love LEGOs, this is a well-known fact. So what could be better than a real-life bridge made out of the colorful toys themselves?
Unfortunately, of course, the LEGOs are actually an optical illusion designed by street artist Martin Heuwold…

Sunwell Muse Kitasando / Takato Tamagami and Tsutomu Hasegawa

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Architects: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design and Tsutomu Hasegawa
Location: Sendagaya, , Tokyo,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura

Health Centre and Houses for Elderly People / IPOSTUDIO Architects

© Pietro Savorelli

Architects: IPOSTUDIO Architects
Location: Province of Prato,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 3,660 sqm
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli, Jacopo Carli, IPOSTUDIO Architects

Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Center / Tony Fretton Architects

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The design for a new 7,500 sqm Town Hall & Administrative Center, designed by Tony Fretton Architects, sets the administrative accommodation in a 5-storey reconfigurable loft building and the council chamber as a projecting double height room, with the public entrance foyer below. Commissioned by the City of Deinze following an international competition held in 2009, the building accommodates Deinze’s municipal departments, offices for the mayor and aldermen together with a new council chamber. The project is set to begin construction in early 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Maison L / christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles

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Architects: Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles
Location: ,
Project Team: Christian Pottgiesser, Pascale Thomas Pottgiesser
Completion: 2011
Area: 870 sqm house; 4,850 sqm garden
Photographs: George Dupin


Video: Exhale Pavilion, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Rachely Rotem and Phu Hoang joined forces to create an award-winning temporary installation, Exhale: Seven miles of reflective and phosphorescent rope, influenced by bioluminescent algae found amongst the sea life, which they designed for the Oceanfront Pavilion at Art Basel Beach 2010.

2010 Prize Winner Zonnestraal Sanatorium, Hilversum, the Netherlands
2010 Prize Winner Zonnestraal Sanatorium, Hilversum, the Netherlands

2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is inviting nominations for the 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. The prize will be awarded to a design professional or firm in recognition of innovative design solutions that preserved or saved a modern landmark at…

House in Rokko / Tato Architects

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Architects: Tato Architects
Location: , Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Principal Designer: Yo shimada
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 94.5 sqm
Photographs: Kenichi Suzuki

The Indicator: Too Heavy to Fall


The various feelings of enjoyment or of displeasure rest not so much upon the nature of the external things that arouse them as upon each person’s own disposition to be moved by these to pleasure or pain.

Immanuel Kant, Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime (1764)

Levitated Mass, Michael Heizer’s new installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is a complicated piece for being what it is: a rock. It’s a very large rock. A megalith, to be precise.

To me, “megalith” conjures something prehistoric, the specter of dinosaurs and the great extinction event that swept them off the Earth. Flowing lava. Desolate pre-human landscapes. Those opening scenes from Stanley Kubric’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. These are things Mr. Heizer, the darling artist of the architecture world, is master of with his land art.

But, there is something wrong with this rock.

Southbank Centre Shortlist Announced!

Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery © Morley von Sternberg

The UK’s largest arts centre, occupying an 21-acre site that sits in the midst of ’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames, has announced the shortlist of architects competing to head the refurbishment and renewal of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex. According to a statement released by the , the project plans to bring the performance spaces and galleries in the complex up to the standard of the recently transformed Royal Festival Hall and will address current urgent problems including poor access to and the upgrading of the stages and galleries; sub-standard back stage areas; and worn out services.

The eight shortlisted practices are:

NOI Hotel / Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

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Architects: Jorge Figueroa + Asociados
Location: Vitacura, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nicolas Caceres + Paula Marchant, Jorge Fiqueroa + Asociados

MVRDV presents “Welcome to the Vertical Village” in Seoul

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“Welcome to the Vertical Village” is a new exhibition now open until October 7th at Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea.  The show is orchestrated by MVRDV and The Why Factory and is on its second run since opening in Taipei.  Each city has experience a different design of the exhibit, which allows visitors to walk through a giant model of a possible Vertical Village and experience the spatial richness and three dimensionality.  The exhibit explores “a city under rapid transformation” and the alternative to the “block attack” to find the ideal built environment.  The show features films, outdoor sculpture and a giant vertical village composed of more than 700 objects.
More on the exhibition after the break.

Brandeis Mandel Center / Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects

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Architects: Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts,
Lead Design Architects: Michael McKinnell and Martin Dermady
Completion: 2010
Total Area: 36,600 gsf
Construction Cost: $18,700,000
Photographs: Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics


Courtesy of Indian Institute of Architects, Thrissur Center and The Architects Club, Thrissur

‘residence NEXT’ International Design Workshop

The architectural scene in Kerala, India is in its volatile best and hence the right time to breed path breaking design concepts in new age residential design. In this directionless period, the ‘residence NEXT’ workshop, put on by Indian Institute…

Smolenka “Oak Tube’’ Apartment / Peter Kostelov


Architect: Kostelov Peter
Location: , Russia
Project Area: 110 sqm
Photographs: Zinon Razutdinov

Video: Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

After WWII, the East End of played host to a variety of architectural styles.  From modernism, through post-modernism, and deconstructionism,  architects experimented with social ideas and aesthetic expressions which culminated in “small” houses scattered about the Island’s natural backdrop.  Now, with the advent of the mega-mansion and the desire for “bigger”, it is becoming increasingly difficult to preserve such iconic and progressive architectural projects.

More about the film after the break. 

DJ House / [i]da arquitectos

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Architects: [i]da arquitectos
Location: Carcavelos, ,
Design Team: Ivan de Sousa, Inês Antunes
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 283.81 sqm
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Videos: London Olympics 2012 Time Lapse

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This post features time lapses of the construction of various venues that will be hosting the 2012 London Olympics. With the opening ceremony Friday, July 27, these construction time lapses give you an inside look to all of the effort put into the games. If you get a chance to watch the games, you will now have a new found appreciation for the amount of work it takes to hold a major event such as this. More videos after the break.