Hangzhou Waves / JDS


JDS has just been awarded first prize for their Waves scheme – a competition entry that called for the design of not one, but two buildings for the financial district of Xintiandi of , China.    The two sloping volumes offer different exterior expressions and hold different programmatic entities (a hotel and an office building); yet, the forms are guided by similar attitudes regarding sunlight, green roofs, an active ground plane, etc, which immediately creates a strong relationship between the pair.

More about the winning competition entry after the break.

Netanya City Hall Building / Yaniv Pardo Architects

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Through an innovative redesign by Yaniv Pardo Architects, the city center will be turned into a vibrant and exciting location, befitting a large metropolis. The municipality building will act as the city’s iconic landmark, an architectural milestone supporting the city’s unique urban landscape. The concept leans heavily on the residents of the city who will be using the space for a wide range of activities and services – cultural, social, leisure, commercial etc. Their movement across the space throughout the day will create a bustling urban center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Szamalk Educational Center / DOBAI János DLA

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Architect:  Dobai János DLA 
Location: , Hungary
Architect collaborators: Vizdák Janka
Client: Számalk-Holding Co.  Kenessey Andrásné
General constructor: Meto Co.  Csereklye László, Jenel József, Méhész Csaba
Total floor area: 9.024,10 sqm
Photographs: Bujnovszky Tamás


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Statens Museum for Kunst / Karres en Brands Landschapsarchitecten + Polyform Arkitekter

Karres en Brands Landschapsarchitecten + Polyform Arkitekter… recently won the international competition for redesigning the Museum Garden of the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, with their entry ‘SMK tilbage i Parken’ (‘SMK back in the park’). The project will

In Progress: Mediterraneo House / Manuel Ocaña


Architect: Manuel Ocaña del Valle
Location: Benalúa Railway Station, Alicante,
Developer: Casa Mediterráneo
Collaborators: Miguel Molins Jiménez, Karolina Kurzak, Adriana Cepeda, Paloma Montoro, María Ortiz-Muyo, BeDV Arquitectos
Project Management: INECO
Project Director: Marisa Guillamot Bernardo
Built surface: 3,500 sqm
Budget: 5,900,000 euros
Photographs: Manuel Ocaña

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‘Migrating Landscapes’ at 2012 Venice Biennale / 5468796 Architecture + Jae-Sung Chon

‘Migrating Landscapes’ has been selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The project will examine how Canadians express their diverse cultural memories in the way they live and build. ‘Migrating Landscapes’ will be presented by 5468796 …

Salt Building / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc
Location: , British Columbia
Size: 14,000 square feet
Completion: 2009
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The Round Tower / De Matos Ryan

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Architects: De Matos Ryan
Location: Glouchestershire, England
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Main Contractor: GL50 Properties
Concrete Contractor: Stallard Construction
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

Lloyd’s building joins Grade I Elite

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The futuristic Lloyd’s of London building has become one of the few postmodern buildings to be granted Grade I listed status, elevating the building to the top 2.5% of all listed buildings. Following and Renzo Piano’s success with the great Pompidou Center in Paris (1977), Rogers designed the Lloyd’s building to replace the insurance company’s original headquarters in ’s medieval financial district. The building was completed in 1986 after eight years of construction, requiring 33,510 cubic meters of concrete, 30,000 square meters of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square meters of glass to construct.

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Yalumba Winery – Signature Cellars / Grieve Gillett

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Architect: Grieve Gillett
Location: Tanunda,
Client: Yalumba Winery
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Grieve Gillett


Maison de la Petite Enfance à Clichy sous Bois / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: Ville de (93) et AMO: DDE 93, France
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Auditorium And Multifunctional Building / Virai Arquitectos


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Architects: Virai Arquitectos
Location: Calle de Cendeja 21, Muskiz, Vizcaya, Spain
Design Team: Marta Parra, Juan Manuel Herranz y Laila Arias Hoffman
Assistant: Pepa Jiménez, Rodrigo Álvarez Llano, Jorge Garrudo Álamo, José Luis Remesal, Christian Álvarez Gómez (architetcs)
Client: Municipality of Muskiz
Area: 3,572 sqm
Cost: 2,400,500 euros
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

AIA 2012 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

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The AIA recently awarded CultureNOW and Rice Design Alliance the 2012 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. The award, which recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a positive impact on or advanced the profession, will be presented at the 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. More details after the break.

Louver House / LSS

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Architects: Leroy Street Studio
Location: , NY
Completion: 2007
Size: 7,400 sf House, 1,900 sf Wood Shop and Garage
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Design for Homeless Shelter in San Luis Obispo Awarded

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Gwynne Pugh Urban Design Studio, in conjunction with garcia architecture + designwas recently selected from a pool of sixteen firms to design the new CAPSLO Homeless Services Center located in San Luis Obispo, California. Since 1997, there have been two shelters providing services to the homeless community. However, when the county offered a site, it was determined that a consolidated center would be able to operate much more efficiently, 24 hours a day. More details after the break.

Kangaroo Hotel / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architecture: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLOArchitects & Associates
Location: Nihondutumi Taito, ,
Completion: 2009
Structure: RC
Site Area: 87.49 sqm
Total Floor Area: 260.91 sqm (83.49 sqm/1F, 36.05 sqm/2F, 86.05 sqm/3F, 5.32 sqm/PH)
Structure Engineers: Kenta Masaki
Facility Engineers: Kazuyoshi Takei
Construction: Maekawa Constructions
Photography: Masao Nishikawa

Kindergarten, Housing and Community Hall Complex / (se)arch Architekten

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Stuttgart, based architecture firm, (se)arch Architekten, shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the ongoing project selected within the framework of a competitive multiple commission. Forming part of Allmendäcker housing district, which consists of horizontal, linear-formed housing blocks, the building tries to respond to its urban context. Two linear-like volumes are implemented; the northern one, together with the ground floor level plan, accommodating kindergarten and the southern – accommodating housing. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

An Architectural Christmas

Vitra, Ginger bread Vitra Haus

During these days we have received close to a thousand seasonal greetings from architects, photographers and editorials around the world. We are very grateful to have collaborated with an amazing group of professionals, who mixed creativity and humor on their e-cards.

Enjoy a selection of these e-cards, including this nice Ginger Bread Vitra Haus, along with Snøhetta, SOM, Richard Meier, BIG, CEBRA, and more!