Silverwood Lake / Touraine Richmond Architects

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Architects: Touraine Richmond Architects 
Location: California,
Date: 2011
Photographs: Undine Pröhl 


A Historical Masterpiece reopens to the Public: Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe

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Today, one of the leading exemplars of classic Modern architecture reopens after a two year hiatus. The freshly renovated Villa Tugendhat underwent a monumental restoration and rehabilitation, starting in January 2010, with the aim of preserving and conserving the original building substance and layout, including the construction details, materials and technical system. Renewal work also included the lavish interiors and lush garden. Continue after for the break to learn more about ’s renewed masterpiece.

Sunken House / Adjaye Assocates

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Architect: Adjaye Assocates
Location: ,
Year: 2007
Photographs: Ed Reeve

eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition Winners Revealed

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eVolo is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. This is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. The award seeks to discover young talent, whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

Continue reading to view the 2012 winners and honorable mentions!

Loft Apartments Alte Sagi Innerberg / Gwjarchitektur

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Architect: Gwjarchitektur
Location: , Switzerland
Client: U.C. Buchschacher AG
Project Architect: Bernhard Schori
Completion: 2011
Total Costs: 7.9 Mio
Photographs: Courtesy of Gwjarchitektur

Postcards from the Architect


I just returned from a whirlwind tour of some architecturally significant places. This time, I remembered to send some postcards. I thought I’d scan a few and share them. Please enjoy.

more postcards from COFFEE WITH AN ARCHITECT after the break


TAO Office Tower / Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects

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The TAO Office Tower, designed by Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects, has been designed as a high-rise building so as to play a symbolic figure in the Financial Center Project where it is located. Located on a sloped land on the northwest side of Atasehir Financial Center area in , TAO Office Tower has many determining features to be a part of a mega finance district in the context of location, topography and urbanism. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Administrative Headquarters From Groupe E / Ipas Architectes

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Architects: Ipas Architectes
Location: ,
Completion: 2011
Design Team: Salvatore Chillari, Michel Egger, Eric Ott, Gilles Batista, Delphine Jeanneret-Gris, Michael Desaules, Alfio Fantini, David Lombard, Melissa Strummiello, Sabrina Pais, Pauline Chevrier, Céline Lachelin.
Collaborators: Planification Générale Serge Charrière, MGI Partenaires Ingénieurs Conseils SA, Enerconom AG, Arteco SA , Sacao SA, Hautle Anderegg & Partenaires SA.
Photographs: Gérald Sciboz, Thomas Jantscher

Video: Piada Cafe / Fieldlines Architecture / Great Spaces

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We have been sharing short clips from Great Spaces that offer a new spin on reviewing contemporary spaces ranging from SANAA’s latest art museum in the Bowery to UNStudio’s New Amsterdam Pavilion by South Ferry.  This clip features the review of Piada Cafe, an Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan at the base of the Citigroup Building.  Designed by Fieldlines Architecture, the 900 sqf cafe situated on the corner of 53rd and Lex offers a sleek setting for its customers with a handsome curving central counter and a community table that shapes the main circulation path.  Have you had the chance to snack on some delicious Italian food and enjoy the architectural ambiance? Let us know in the comments below.


sg2012 Material Intensities Conference

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Taking place at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in , , the sg2012 Materials Intensities Conference will be in two parts, a four day Workshop 19-22 March, and a public conference beginning with Talkshop 23 March, followed by a Symposium 24 March. The event follows the format of the highly successful preceding events at sg2010 Barcelona and sg2011 Copenhagen.

The Talkshop (March 23) is an opportunity to share perspectives, open debates, pose questions, challenge orthodoxies and propose new ideas in informal and open discussions while the symposium (March 24) will showcase major projects that explore the range of ways materiality informs design. More information on the event after the break.

Le Coeur / StudioGreenBlue


Architects: StudioGreen Blue
Location: Ashikaga, Tochigi,
Design Team: Mitsuharu Kojima, Wataru Kobayashi
Structure: Wood
Photographs: StudioGreenBlue


Video: Collage House / Bosch Capdeferro

Studio Banana TV features the Collage House with explanations by its author, Bosch Capdeferro, ASCER Interiorismo award 2011 and emerging architect special mention of the European Union prize for contemporary Architecture award 2011. The interview was realized with the sponsorship of ASCER.

Isis Australian Offices / KANNFINCH

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Architects: KANNFINCH
Location: ,
Area: 2,340 sqm
Project Years: 2008 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of KANNFINCH 


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Call for Submissions: BOFFO Show House

BOFFO… is currently accepting submissions through March 26th for art & design furniture, products and more to arrange at their Show House open May 1 – 24, 2012. The BOFFO Show House exhibition will bridge art and design through installation

Gwanggyo Jeil Church / Oh jong sang + Lee eunseok

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Architect: Oh jong sang + Lee eunseok
Location: , South Korea
Photographs: Park youngchae


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‘Thomas B. Thrigesgade’ City Design / entasis

entasis… shared with us their proposal for a 51,000 square-foot area of road that will become a dense and visionary city that will arise and provide the dense frame for a lively and vibrant city life. The project’s title, Thomas

House Colunata / Mario Martins


Architect: Mario Martins
Location: , Algarve, Portugal
Project Years: 2007-2011
Design Team: Ana Rocha, Filipa Santos, Fernanda Pereira, Rui Saavedra
Technical projects: Palma & Franco, Lda
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Hollywood Hills House / Francois Perrin

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Architect: Francois Perrin
Location: , California,
Collaborator: Yves Lefay, Designer/Builder (Eliosolar)
Site Area: 9,000 sqm
Building: 3,000 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photography: Michael Wells