House of Seven Gardens / Ikimono Architects

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Ikimono Architects‘ clients, with three small boys, pursued a protected house with privacy in a large vacant lot downtown. Ikimono Architects suggested a one-story house with inner courtyards. The end result is a house with a variety of 17 rooms (11:outside,6:inside).

Architect: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
General Contractors: Omnibus Inc.
Design: 2009.4 – 2010.7
Construction: 2010.7 – 2011.2
Structure: Timber frame construction
Site area: 516.70 square meters
Building area: 161.64 square meters
Floor Area: 159.40 square meters
Use: Residential
Roof: Galvalume steel plate roofing standing goby
Exterior: Galvalume steel plate
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

Dug by Topotek1

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For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Exposition, the -based landscape architecture office Topotek1 “dug” a hole to the other side of the world. From its edges visitors to this garden in can peer into a real or imagined world at the end of the tunnel. Whether these are the cows from the pampas of Argentinas, commuters rushing among transit through New York City, the maritime life of Stockholm, and layers of history so audible among the streets of Berlin. These soundtracks pique the imagination of the visitors, transferring them away from , away from the garden,” and into a far-off place.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena / Estudio Barozzi Veiga

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Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 10,200 sqm
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Ackling Cook Bothy / Reiach and Hall Architects

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Architects: Reiach And Hall Architects
Location: , Scottland
Main Contractor: Robert Reid Joinery and Building
Structural Engineer: SKM OneSixty
Mechanical Engineer: K J Tait
Photographs: Courtesy of Reiach And Hall Architects

Hard Rock Cafe Facade / Architectkidd

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Architects: Architectkidd / Udomsak Komonvilas, Jariyawadee Lekawatana, Luke Yeung
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Architectkidd

Wohnzimmer House / Caramel Architekten

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

Slant Garden Design Award 2011

This July SLANT is launching their second competition and this time it is open to all, and the challenge is to design a garden for a private residence. They want you to have as free a hand as possible when designing this project; therefore are keeping the brief and the entry requirements to a minimum. The house in question is not a real house, it has been designed specifically for this competition, and its location is not being specified. It is a generic house and garden which could be almost anywhere in the world, and you are free to choose the country in which you would like this imaginary house and garden to be located.

The “blanks” or “options” in the brief are deliberate, and the opportunity on offer to the entrants is that they can fill in the blanks in any way that they choose. For example you can decide the country, the climate and who the occupiers of this property are likely to be, along with what their needs and wishes for the garden might be. Some may see this as a home for a young family; others may see it as a home for adults only. You may want to make this a holiday home or something more permanent. Your imaginary clients may or may not be keen gardeners, they may or may not be big entertainers, but what you must assume is that whatever their preferences might be, they want to make the most of their garden. Making yourself the “virtual client” may be a way to go.

They hope that by adopting this approach that you will feel free to demonstrate to the judges not only your planning skills, but also, equally importantly, your creative talents. This is a project of the imagination, for the imagination. For more information, go to the competition’s official website.

VitraHaus / Herzog & de Meuron

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Over the years the Vitra Campus has become an architecture museum, featuring works by the most renowned architects:  Frank Ghery, Zaha Hadid, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Jean Pruvé, Nicholas Grimshaw, Buckminster Fuller and SANAA (under construction).

The latest addition to the complex is the VitraHaus building, a series of stacked pitched-roof boxed, designed by Herzog & de Meuron for Vitra’s Home Collection:

Vallehermoso Sports Centre / ABM Arquitectos

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Located in a central area of , in the district of Chamberí, the new Vallehermoso Sports Centre, designed my ABM Arquitectos, is taking the place of the old stadium complex built in the 1950’s. The former complex included the locally famous athletics stadium and a number of complementary sports facilities. Since closing to the public in 2007 and demolished in 2008, the Town Hall is planning the construction of a new Sports Center which is starting to become a reality after this project was selected as the design winner along with a new athletics stadium that will be developed later on. The construction of the new sports centre will start in 2012. It will be a gentle building in its architectural expression. It will embrace the city and interact with it creating a meeting point and an activity focus. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kindergarten in Chana / Elisa Valero Arquitectura

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Architects: Elisa Valero Arquitectura
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 880.90 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Flowing Lake Residence / David Vandervort Architects

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The small and narrow lot extends dramatically down a steep slope to beautiful Flowing Lake in County, . Giant fir trees occupy the western half; the eastern half was marred by the previous removal of a fire damaged cabin. David Vandervort Architects’ challenge was to create a home for an active, young couple which preserved the trees and the remaining native landscape while extending toward and maximizing views of and access to the lake.

Architect: David Vandervort Architects
Location: Snohomish, Washington, USA
Interior Design: Robin Chell Design
Builder: Dovetail
Project Area: 2,500 sqf
Photographs: Mark Woods Photography

Berlin’s Bunkers

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When one mentions the architecture of Germany during World War Two, the first ideas that come to mind are not the possibilities for new growth in the 21st century. But that is exactly what the Nazi bunkers that were built provide for us today. In , these bunkers are a monolithic and often oppressive reminder of the past, but are also ripe for intelligent thought about what they can be used for in the future. More information and images after the break.

Single Family House / ninkipen!

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Architect: ninkipen!
Location: Nara,
Project Area: 80.84 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

Help us with our Architecture City Guide: Amsterdam

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Next week we will be taking our Architecture City Guide to and we need your help. To make the City Guides more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12-24. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to an image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. (The image must be from a site that has a Creative Common License cache like Flickr or Wikimedia. We cannot use images that are copyrighted unless they are yours and you give us permission.) From that we will select the top 12-24 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons. Additionally, we try to only show completed projects.

This week we are headed to Amsterdam.

Example of the information we need for your suggestion:
NEMO Science Center /
Address: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Video: Consequences

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shared with us this video, part of his thesis project based on cities changing. The short movie, titled “Consequences”, raises an interesting question at the end. Watch the video and share your thoughts with us!

Holiday Park / Christian Müller Architects & Krill Architecture

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In collaboration with Christian Müller Architects, Krill Architecture and Archilos Plan Development, Basement project development, who commissioned the project, realized a sustainable holiday park in contrast to holiday parks that promise nature but deliver suburbs. The developers approached the architects to come up with a scheme that allows for contemporary and luxury living as part of the surrounding nature in the German , North Rhine-Westphalia. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Vilamoura / Pedro Rogado with Vasco Mendia

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Architect: Pedro Rogado,
Location: Algarve, Portugal
Client: Dr.ª Liliana Palhinha
Interior Architecture: Pedro Mariguesa
Collaboration: Hugo Formiga, Maria Marques, Liliana Esperança, Joana Fonseca, Ana Lobo Faria
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Houston Ballet Center for Dance / Gensler

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Architects: Gensler
Location: , Texas,
Project area: 115,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Gensler