Satu House / Chrystalline Artchitect

© William Sebastian

Architect: Chrystalline Artchitect
Location: Jakarta,
Design principal: Christophorus Jauhari
Design team: Febrian Adhitya , Suryo Adi , Dwi Utomo , Marita Satyawati, Nelly Candra, Margareth
Structure consultant: Hadi Jahja & Associates
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 330 sqm
Photographs: William Sebastian

House of Trough / Jun Igarashi Architects


Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: Hokkaido,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 98.44 sqm
Photographs: Jun Igarashi Architects

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LI

Photo by Wojtek Gurak -

Just over 53,000 photos in our Flickr Pool! As always, 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 Wojtek Gurak in Madrid, . Check the other four after the break.

Mac OSX Lion and CAD software

Mac OSX Lion screen capture

Yesterday released the latest version of their operative system: Mac OS X Lion. I started using it yesterday and it works like a charm on my Macbook. At a first glance, there’s a lot of focus on handling all  your applications thanks to features like Mission Control (an improved view of everything running on your computer) and Launchpad (a new way to organize your apps). Other interesting feature is Airdrop, which will allow you to easily share files with your co-workers. There is also a lot of focus on security, back up, system recovery and versions of files, that I know will be very useful for architects.

But what about the software we architects use on a daily basis? A word of advice before you upgrade:

Disclaimer: Graphisoft is the sponsor of our Software section.

The Indicator: Terra Vague

Sustainable Cenotaph for Isaac Newton – Boullée, 1784. Courtesy Star Strategies+Architecture as cited in The Architect’s Newspaper, AN Blog

Sustainability and Form have dominated architectural discourse, trapping the discipline between utopian play-acting—promising what it cannot deliver—and computerized “gaming” of design extremism.”

– Mark Jarzombek, “ECO-Pop” in Cornell Journal of Architecture 8:RE, January 2011.

In what he calls ECO-POP, Mark Jarzombek, associate dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT (i.e. someone with credentials), draws attention to how sustainability is deployed as an ideology and visual trope more than as a repertoire of achievable, well-thought-out strategies. This is my unabashedly biased interpretation of his manifesto-like article—in fact, let’s just call it a manifesto.

Sunset Vine Tower / Kanner Architects

© Nicolas O.S. Marques

Neighbor to the Hollywood landmark Cinerama Dome, Sunset Vine Tower is a conversion of a 22-story office building into a 63-unit apartment building. This adaptive reuse project stands atop street-level retail. As the tallest building in Hollywood, Sunset Vine Tower’s Modernist design creates a dynamic exclamation point in the mostly traditional fabric of the Hollywood residential renaissance.

Architect: Kanner Architects
Location: Los Angeles, ,
Project Area: 110,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nicolas O.S. Marques

Quarter Cultural Center / Mikolai Adamus

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Mikolai Adamus shared with us his design for the Quarter Cultural Center located in , Poland. The main idea was to supplement the empty square with tissue which surrounds the site for a more intimate and open expression. More images on the project after the break.

Dakar Sow House / SAOTA


Architects: SAOTA / Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen & Juliet Kavishe
Location: , Senegal
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,402 sqm
Photographs: SAOTA

Work Environments / DETAIL

We recently got to preview the newest addition to ’s typological series, Work Environments: Spatial concepts, Usage strategies, Communications. It will be available next month (August 2011), and it is great for anyone who is interested in improving a user’s working conditions beyond the basic ergonomic and safety requirements. The first third of this volume deals with spatial organization, acoustics, lighting, and user satisfaction. The rest of the volume features projects from which the various concepts developed in the first third can be used to analyze them. I, personally, enjoyed the section on user satisfaction and how to measure it. After reading this section I speculated how researchers would control for the various confounding factors that exist in the uniqueness of each building presented in the rest of the book. This would not be an easy task by any means, but the necessity of such research is made clear throughout this volume.

Read more after the break.

House in Bohumilec / mimosa architekti

© Lucie Mlynarova

Architects: mimosa architekti
Location: Bohumilec,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Lucie Mlynarova

Herzog & de Meuron Preferred Bidder for the ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’

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VINCI-FAYAT consortium has been selected as preferred bidder for the ‘Grand Stade de ’ which includes designs by Herzog & de Meuron and landscape design by . Slated for completion in 2015 the ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’ will be located within the city’s existing green belt district.  The design provides a natural sense of fluidity, with easy approachability beginning with the multiple staircases at all points of the stadium.  Never loosing site of the stadiums location a large focus of the concept incorporates the surrounding environment blending with the building, as reflected in the concave roof which is supported by a series of spindly white columns, appearing like a forest of birch trees.  Home field to the FC Girondins de Bordeaux, the ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’ will also host a variety of cultural events.

Additional renderings and a video can be found following the break. Be sure to take a look.

Designing from the Inside Out Competition

Competition Site

This open ideas competition invites practicing architects, architecture students and designers to design an Academic Interchange for the University of Bremen, . The Academic Interchange is envisioned as an incubator for interdisciplinary collaborations and international relations for academics at the university.

Entrants are encouraged to pay particular attention to the immersive experience of a visitor or visiting resident of the Academic Interchange with respect to their experience/understanding of the building and movement/flow through it. The design concept should originate from the perspective of the building user and be designed from the bottom up.

For more information, including awards, submissions and timeline please go to the competition’s official website.

NEEDS-Architecture in Developing Countries / Young Architects in Florence

Courtesy of GGAF and Salvatore Spataro

NEEDS-Architecture in Developing Countries, edited by Salvatore Spataro with GGAF (Young Architects of Florence).  The book points out the real NEEDS of users, particularly the necessity to make structures which could satisfy them, facing up to lack of economic and technological resources. The sixteen works collected in this volume express a clear idea about the developing project of that belongs within the community within which it is situated. Each project is a reflection of architecture that does not impose organizing models extraneous to the local culture and does not flatten itself on the existent reality.

Scroll through images from the exhibition after the break!

Loft in Poble Nou / YLAB arquitectos

© Raúl Candales

Architects: YLAB arquitectos
Location: ,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 100 sqm (interior), 100 sqm (terrace)
Photographs: Raúl Candales

Block 24E / KPMB Architects

© Tom Arban

Block 24E combines residential building forms of different heights with street-related retail bases to activate the southern portion of Spadina Avenue, one of ’s most important north-south arterials. It anchors the CityPlace development as it transitions from east to west and forms a gateway on Spadina to create a more inviting pedestrian experience. Beyond activating the precinct, its formal silhouette will make a significant statement in support of the Mayor’s and the City of ’s agenda to create a City Beautiful.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 662,734 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tom Arban

Adobe for Women / blaanc borderless architecture and CaeiroCapurso

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Two young architecture firms have joined forces to create the non-profit association Adobe for Women. The goal of the association it to both recover and teach vernacular construction skills while simultaneously providing aide to women in need.

Inspired by the work of Mexican architect Juan José Santibañez, who twenty years ago helped twenty women in difficult living conditions to build their homes, two decades later blaanc borderless architecture and CaeiroCapurso have planned to construct twenty sustainable houses in the indigenous village of , in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The construction of the first house began in March of this year, enthusiastically lifting the women’s hopes for this project. With their commitment and determination they have produced more than 40.000 adobe bricks using earth from the surrounding areas. The houses are energy efficient and built with local materials such as adobe and bamboo. Each house costs only 3 830,84€ (the price of half a square meter in Paris or Amsterdam or a square meter in the Baltic capitals). For these twenty women with limited financial resources, having a home represents the dream of a lifetime.

Dinesh Mills Bungalow / atelier dnD

© Sebastian Zachariah

Architects: atelier dnD
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 6,000 sqf
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Barbican Foodhall and Lounge / SHH

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SHH’s redesigns of the Barbican’s restaurants have won three major design awards in the space of just two weeks. Barbican Foodhall the new ground floor restaurant and deli and Barbican Lounge the first floor bar and restaurant were both named as winners in at the 2011 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, held last week at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, whilst the Barbican Lounge won a further award at the end of June in Monte Carlo at the 2011 International Hotel & Property Awards.

Architects: SHH
Location: London,
Photographs: Courtesy of SHH