BU Landmark Complex / Architects 49

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Architects: Architects 49
Location: Rangsit, Pathum Thani,
Client: Bangkok University
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 26,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Architects 49

ICRC Logistics Complex / group8


Architects: group8
Location: , Switzerland
Client: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Project Area: 11,500 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2011
Photographs: Régis Golay, FEDERAL STUDIO

Dunajski Kristall / APlan

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Architects: APlan
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Client: MABRA engineering
Design Team: Darko Lečnik team for the portion and Rafael Draksler with the ARHITEKA team for the residential portion
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 60,000 sqm
Photographs: Miran Kambič

AD Round Up: Retail Part VIII

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For our 8th selection of previously featured retail projects we have five great buildings from Europe, all published in 2009. Check them all after the break.

Esseker Center / Produkcija 004
In 2002 we won an urban architectural competition for one of the rare not built plots in the historical center of Osijek. Urban part has to give a solution that will connect the main city square and the promenade along Drava River. The building has to put together: public garage, shopping center, offices and the housing on one side and to fit into the existing urban tissue on the other side (read more…)

House Contrast / Key Operation

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Architect: Key Operation Inc / Architects
Location: , Tokyo
Lead Architect: Akira Koyama
Structural Engineer: Azusagawa Sekkei
Construction: Tokyo Gumi
Project Area: 74.92 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tokyo gumi, KOP

KERB 19 / Paradigms of Nature: Postnatural Futures

“So no, I don’t accept that the future is over-sold : it’s productised an as a result it’s over constrained by our current ways of thinking and immediate practices …”

- Rachel Armstrong, letter to ARUP

Have you ever wondered how a single cell can finally transform in a complex organism? And how the survival of this organism depends on the key relations set with its species and the environment. The same questions could be applied when talking about our cities. If we see humankind as the top of evolution, the obvious consequence is to see nature as a resource to achieve all of our goals. The adoption of “Sustainable Development” concept is just another way to name the same behaviour adding a green make-up.

But what if we perceive humankind and its manifestations as part of nature? In this case, natural and technological systems should coexist, and their survival depends on reaching an equilibrium in their exchanges of matter and energy. Some forward thinkers have been spreading this message. Now we can found compiled some of them in the new issue of KERB magazine: Paradigms of Nature. Post Natural Futures.

Video: Architecture and Business

Jenn Kennedy, author of Success by Design and AD collaborator, shared with us this interesting video in which she asked an influential group of architects about their direction. These testimonials by Dan Meis, Art Gensler, Lauren Rottet and Steven Ehrlich give us valuable insights on running a successful firm.

Kiti / mihadesign

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Architect: mihadesign
Location: , , Japan
Structural Engineer: Ejiri Structure Design Office
Project Area: site area:150.44 sqm building area: 60.17 sqm, floor area ratio: 133.12 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha

Balnarring House / Simon Couchman Architects

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Architects: Simon Couchman Architects / Simon Couchman
Location: Balnarring Beach, ,
Project Engineer: KH Engineering
Building Contractor: Nepean Houseworks
Landscape: Fiona Brockhoff
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: ~300 sqm
Photographs: Christine Francis

Sick Childcare Home Proposal / AVP_arhitekti

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Within the location from which the project for the sick childcare home is designed, considering the delicate topic, the basic concept of AVP_arhitekti‘s design is site. All other concepts (space, building, construction, physical production, form design) are subject to that basic concept and are obliged to support it. Attention is directed to the welfare of children. Spaces, materials, and organizational schemes are designed to support the general atmosphere of tranquility, security, comfort, safe internal communication, linked external and internal spaces and intimate courtyards.

The project thus possesses a modest significance of the preferred construction system, unusual geometry and coerced approach to plot which at the end are those (heavy, external) factors on which the concept is tested and detailed to a mathematical precision. More images and project description after the break.

Cabezo de la Almagra / Cerrejon Arquitectos

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Architect: Cerrejon Arquitectos
Location: University Campus of “El Carmen”, Huelva,
Lead Architect: Sebastián Cerrejón Hidalgo
Metal Structure: S. L. P., Joaquín Gracia Barberán
Foundation: José Sainz Sopeña
Agricultural Engineer: Carlos Enviz
Archaeologist: Juan Manuel Campos Carrasco
Facilities: Grupo JG
Sponsors: Municipal Management of Urbanism Town Hall of Huelva
Construction: Terracivíl, S.A., Vicente Cantalapiedra (Chief of Work)
Project Area: 21,489.68 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Update: ABI September

September via Calculated Risk

The AIA just reported September’s Architecture Billings Index measuring 46.9, a sharp drop since August’s 51.4.  Such a low index reflects a decrease in demand for design services, and the new projects inquiry index was 54.3, down from a reading of 56.9 the previous month.  “It appears that the positive conditions seen last month were more of an aberration,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The economy is weak enough at present that design activity is bouncing around more than usual; one strong month can be followed by a weak one. The economy needs to be stronger to generate sustained growth in design activity.”  Regional averages place the Midwest first with as score of 51.0, with the Northeast following at 50.8, South at 47.3 and West at 46.7.  As we’ve been seeing, the commercial/industrial sector is leading with 52.4.


Community Center / SO – IL

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Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL), the architectural practice of Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu in New York, was awarded the first prize in an open call by the Flemish Government Architect to design an 500 m2 community center for a small village in Flemish-speaking . Out of 5 designs, SO – IL’s solution was considered the most appropriate. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Corea Harbor House / Norelius Studio

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Architects: Norelius Studio
Location: , , USA
Structural Engineer: Albert Putnam, PE
Lighting Designer: Peter Knuppel Lighting Design
Builder: Kenneth Thibault
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 130 sqm
Photographs: Kelly Bellis


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Melbourne Architecture Annual: ‘Talking Homes’ Panel Discussion

Melbourne-based architectural practice Lyons… has brought together a panel of leading architects and designers to discuss the central theme of this year’s Melbourne Architecture Annual, What makes a home?
The panel discussion, “Talking Homes”, will take place at Lyons’ Bourke

Multi-Level Apartment / Peter Kostelov

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Architects: Peter Kostelov
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 348 sqm
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

AD Review: From the Archives

Our projects from the archives this week include a 15 meter cantilevered vernacular house, a bamboo sustainable campus, and two projects – a house and a cultural center – that both utilize perforated metal as an exterior facade. We couldn’t help but include the hundred foot house, a gallery with a rain skin of natural cedar, a guest house that was assembled in just one day, and a museum and house that both incorporate polycarbonate as a main material in the design.  Featured after the break are these projects and their highlights along with a link to their original project feature on ArchDaily.

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Pylon Design Competition Winner

Bystrup…’s innovative T-Pylon design has been unanimously agreed by the judging panel as the winner of the Pylon Design competition run by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, National Grid, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.