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SEEDoc: Maria Auxiliadora School

On August 15th, 2007 a powerful earthquake hit the region of Ica, Perú, destroying the small Maria Auxiliadora School. The first responders left after a matter of months, but the damage remained. Resources were shuffled to the big cities, and the small school waited, for years, for the authorities to take on the reconstruction. They never did.

And so, with help from Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow, Diego Collazo, and with funding from the Happy Hearts Fund and the SURA Group, the community decided to take the school’s - and their children’s - future into their own hands. This SEEDoc, the latest installment of inspirational mini-documentaries from the Design Corps and SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design), tells their story.

More after the break...

Poona House / Rajiv Saini

  • Architects: Rajiv Saini
  • Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Architect in Charge: Rajiv Saini
  • Design Team: Suprio Bhattacharjee, Kalyani Kale, Neeraj Singh, Ruchi Sharma
  • Area: 12,000 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Rajiv Saini

Courtesy of Rajiv Saini Courtesy of Rajiv Saini Courtesy of Rajiv Saini Courtesy of Rajiv Saini

INABA Completes Skylight

INABA has completed Skylight, a permanent installation for KORO Public Art Norway. The 6.6 m (22 ft) diameter, 11.5 m (38 ft) long structure hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall in Stavanger, Norway. It is visible from the adjacent public plaza, and surrounding neighborhood and harbor, serving as a light beacon for the complex. 

Responding to the region’s extreme atmospheric conditions, Skylight emits a range of pure color light patterns that contrast and complement the blended luminous tones of the dawn and twilight Nordic sky. Conceived of as an inverted chandelier, Skylight’s light fixtures are mounted to face inward and illuminate the structure’s interior surface. Its programmable LED system is animated to change in brightness and hue, and produce distinct patterns during arrival, theater calls, intermission, departure, and after hours.

Video, images and more information on Skylight after the break.

House of January / Studio-Gaon

  • Architects: Studio-Gaon
  • Location: Jeonju-si, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
  • Project Team: Sangwoo Yi, Minjung Choi, Sungpil Lee, Seongwon Son, Miso Kim, Haelee Jung
  • Site Area : 747.00 sqm
  • Gross Floor Area : 194.59 sqm
  • Area: 126.26 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

Steven Holl Architects' complete Sun-shaped Micro-City in Chengdu

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects’ have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of Chengdu, China. Located at the intersection of the first Ring Road and Ren Ming Nam Road, visitors are able to access the three million square foot complex without using private transport means as it is directly connected to Chengdu’s public transportation system. Stimulating a micro urbanism, the five towers offer offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the Sliced Porosity Block identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions. 

More on Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

The Menil Collection selected to receive AIA Twenty-five Year Award

© Paul Hester
© Paul Hester

The Menil Collection Houston, designed by architect Renzo Piano, has been selected for the 2013 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, the Twenty-five Year Award is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence. Projects must demonstrate excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original program, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards. The award will be presented this June at the AIA National Convention in Denver.

More on The Menil Collection after the break.

In Niemeyer and Costa Masks, Architects Protest the City of Brasilia

Wearing masks with the faces of Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa, architects and urban planners swarmed the 50th Annual IAB (Institute of Architects of Brazil) Awards in Rio de Janeiro this week. The architects were protesting a contract the city government of Brasilia struck with a Singaporean firm to create an urban masterplan outlining the next 50 years of Brasilia's future.

Clottu Villa / Andrea Pelati Architecte

  • Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte
  • Location: Cornaux, Switzerland
  • Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Raphaël Fromaigeat, Anna Popek-Schmalstieg, Sandy Erlebach
  • Project Consultants: GVH SA – civil engineers
  • Area: 219.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher

Villa S2 / MARC architects

  • Architects: MARC architects
  • Location: IJburg, 1087 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Marc van Driest, Taco van Iersel
  • Structural Engineer: BREED Integrated Design
  • Building Physics: Nieman
  • Photographs: Raphael Drent

© Raphael Drent © Raphael Drent © Raphael Drent © Raphael Drent

Cahier d'Exercices / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Gilles Saucier © Marc Cramer

Crystal Bridges Museum Store / Marlon Blackwell Architect

  • Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architect
  • Location: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712, USA
  • Design Team: Marlon Blackwell, Meryati Johari Blackwell, Michael Pope, Bradford Payne, Jonathan Boelkins, Stephen Reyenga, William Burks, Angela Carpenter, Casey Worrell
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex Honored by AIA

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

At almost a mile long Superkilen wedges through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark creating a truly unique urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale. The park is divided into three zones: the red square, the black market and the green park and is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice - a collection of global everyday objects from the 60+ home countries of the local inhabitants. Initiated by the City of Copenhagen and Realdania Foundation, the project started construction in 2009 and opened to the public in June 2012. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Superkilen as one of the winners of the 2013 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. 

Family House in Černošice / Studio Pha

© Filip Šlapal
© Filip Šlapal
  • Architects: Studio Pha
  • Location: Černošice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge: Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
  • Area: 136.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Filip Šlapal

© Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal

7 Units Housing Building / Metaform Architecture

© Steve Troes © Steve Troes © Steve Troes © Steve Troes

BANKMED Headquarters Winning Proposal / John Robertson Architects

Courtesy of John Robertson Architects
Courtesy of John Robertson Architects

John Robertson Architects (JRA) just won an international competition to design a new 16,400m2 headquarters for BANKMED in Beirut, Lebanon. Located at the center of the Mina El Hosn district and near to central Beirut, will become a landmark in Beirut and provide an innovative, stimulating and practical environment for employees, executives and the bank’s customers. Their proposal includes three interconnected office pavilions, which step up in height from 9 to 19 storeys. More images and architects’ description after the break.