The Free Universal Construction Kit

Via Free Art and Technology [F.A.T.
Whether you would like to admit it or not, most of us share a similar fetish for Legos, Tinkertoys and any other awesome “childrens” toy that most likely helped us create our first “masterpiece”. Well, you will pleased to know that F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have created the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of connections between otherwise closed systems – enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests.

The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between ®, Duplo®, Fischertechnik®, Gears! Gears! Gears!®, K’Nex®, Krinkles®, Bristle Blocks®, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoys®, Zome®, ZomeTool® and Zoob®. Adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).

While we are at it, don’t forget to try and win Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House from LEGO® Architecture! The giveaway closes Sunday, March 25th at 11:59 EST.

Suspensions Of Space / htmn

© Daici Ano

Architects: htmnHiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata
Location: Nerima-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Completion: 2010
Contractor: Minaduki Kousan Ltd.
Total Floor Area: 222.79 m
Photographs: Daici Ano

   

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New Church in Våler Proposal / Studio DMTW

Compared to the design of a secular building, where the focus primarily lies on the programmatically and functional aspects, Studio DMTW… believes a church has additive characteristics which need to be considered. Their design combines both the history of the

Energy Center, Woodchips Energy Plant / LÜPS

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The proposal by LÜPS for the Energy Center, Woodchips Energy Plant at the the convent of arch abbey St. Ottilien aims to stand out from the existing, architecturally less appealing buildings. Above a massive concrete architrave block, a transparent facade arises, made from frame-less polycarbonate sheets, allowing a view onto the wooden branch-like structure inside the building. Lying in the north of the convent grounds, between agriculture and hen-houses, the energetic project finds its importance represented by the impression one gets of the newly constructed building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Call for CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards 2012

Nominations are now being accepted for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 11th Annual Awards program. They are asking all interested candidates to submit your tall building projects for consideration for one of the Council’s Best Tall…

Menis / menis arquitectos


A short time ago we received a monograph of ’ work. We are big fans of ’ work and have featured some of his projects (see here).  The photography in this book from photographers like Kim Yong-Kwan and Roland Halbe really pull you into Menis’ work. The work has a great textural quality about it. You find yourself touching the page wishing you could experience the actual project. As noted in the book, “Fernando Menis’ works combine physical grip with mental freedom, tactile attachment to constructive matter and the visual imagery of his compositional language, close ties with the mineral landscape of the Canary Islands and the rich catalogue of their frond references.”

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Hotel / Mecanoo

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Hilton Worldwide and Schiphol Real Estate, Schiphol Group’s real estate subsidiary, have today signed an agreement to introduce a new landmark 433 guest room Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel to Airport Schiphol, to be designed by prominent Dutch architects, Mecanoo. The new cube-shaped building, which will feature rounded edges and a diamond-shaped façade with diagonal lines, has been designed with a view to it becoming an airport landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Apartment Building of 42 Units / Roldán + Berengué, arqts.

© Jordi Surroca

Architects: Roldán + Berengué, arqts. - José Miguel Roldán, Mercè Berengué
Location: Montcada i Reixac, , Spain
Collaborators: Vicenç Sanz ,Isis Campos, Zana Bosnic, Alfredo Garza, Núria Monfort
Built up Area: 3,314.35 sqm
Budget: 3,136,220.99 €
Completion: 2009
Photographer: Jordi Surroca

   

Aesthetic Theory: Essential Texts for Architecture and Design / Mark Foster Gage

Mark Foster Gage, from the Yale University School of Architecture and Gage Clemenceau, has put together a wonderful collection of text that together shed light on the various ideas about beauty through history. Gage’s added commentary helps relate each of the text to contemporary thinking on architecture and design. The text range from Plato, Aristotle, Vitruvius to Nehamas and Zangwill. (I, personally, found the last piece by David Freedberg and Vittorio Gallese very intriguing. It bridges many of the theoretical positions with advancements in cognitive science.) If you are interested in the theoretical side of architecture but don’t where to start or you prefer the practical side over the theoretical this book is a good one to have under your belt. It gives you the basics from which you can expand upon, if you are so inclined.

You can see an ArchDaily interview with Gage here, and some of his work here.

Merlin Park Hospital / MOB

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Architects: MOB – Moloney O’Beirne Architects
Location: Taylor Hill,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of MOB

Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour

Yesterday, we announced the WTTW premier of the new 30-minute documentary, Architect : A Grand Tour. If you missed it, there is no need to worry. You can watch the documentary right here on ArchDaily! Host Geoffrey Baer takes you on a fascinating tour through Graves’ life and legacy, with in-depth tours inside some his famous works and commentary from many of his good friends, such as Peter Eisenman and Denise Scott Brown. Learn about the influences that shaped each chapter of Graves’ life, from the boy who aspired to be an artist, to modernism and The New York Five, then onto post modernism, product design and his most recent focus on health care.

Want more? You can watch exclusive web clips here. Enjoy!

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Stine-Gybels House / Pierre Hebbelinck

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Architects: Pierre Hebbelinck
Location: 590 Avenue Dolez, 1180 Uccle, ,
Photographs: Courtesy of Pierre Hebbelinck

Vidre Negre Office Building / Damilano Studio Architects

© Andrea Martiradonna

Architect: Damilano Studio Architects
Location: Cuneo, ,
Client: Porta Rossa s.p.a.
Leading Architect: Arch. Duilio Damilano
Surface area: 6,960 sqm
Surface building: 1,400 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Andrea Martiradonna

   

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXIV

Photo by +seeAN - http://www..com/photos/mymorningsean/

We are nearly at 75,000 photos from our fantastic Flickr Pool, so keep submitting yours… maybe you’ll make our selection next week! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by +seeAN. Check the other four after the break.

Acill Atem House / Broissin Architects

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Architecture: Broissin Architects
Location: , México
Design Team: Gerardo Broissin, Rodrigo Jiménez, Alejandro Rocha, Mauricio Cristobal, Fernando Puga, Alfonso Vargas, Laura Ortiz
Furniture: BAUHAUS
Photographer: Broissin Architects, Paul Rivera

   

Winners announced for the New Bauhaus Museum in Weimar

Second Place: , Landau

The International jury, chaired by Prof. Jörg Friedrich (Hamburg), has awarded two second-place and two third-place prizes in the worldwide, open architectural design competition for the New Bauhaus Museum in Weimar. The purpose of the competition is to find an architecturally innovative, sustainable, energy-efficient and museologically sound solution for a new museum that takes full advantage of the urban-planning potential of the Weimarhallenpark. The announcement of the winners officially concludes the architectural design competition, in which 536 architectural offices around the world participated.

The two second-place prizes went to Johann Bierkandt (Landau) and the Architekten HKR (Klaus Krauss and Rolf Kursawe, Cologne). These prizes are worth 40,000 euros each. The two third-place prizes went to Prof. Heike Hanada with Benedikt Tonnon (Berlin) and Bube/Daniela Bergmann (Rotterdam). Each third prize comes with 30,000 euros in prize money. Three honorable mentions, worth 9,666 euros each, were awarded to the proposals by Karl Hufnagel Architekten (Berlin), hks Hestermann Rommel Architekten + Gesamtplaner GmbH (Erfurt), and menomenopiu architectures/Alessandro Balducci (Rome).

Continue after the break for more information and project descriptions.

 

Rieteiland House / Hans van Heeswijk Architects

Courtesy of Imre Csany/Csany Studio

Architects: Hans van Heeswijk Architects
Location: ,
Photographs: Imre Csany/Csany Studio

Origin / United Visual Artists

James Medcraft © United Visual Artists 2011

Designer: United Visual Artists
Score: Scanner
Client: The Creators Project
Location: (2011) and San Francisco (2012)
Additional Audio Programming: Henrik Ekeus and Dave Meckin
Producer: Keri Elmsly
Photographer: James Medcraft