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Hard Werken / I.S.M.Architecten

© Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse

Bacardi Complex / Frank Gehry

Photo by Marc Averette
Photo by Marc Averette

Frank Gehry continues to amaze us – we recently shared the octagenarian’s vision for Zuckerberg’s expanding Facebook campus, and now the architect will tackle a master plan for Miami’s iconic Bacardi Tower and annex.   Designed by Enrique Gutierrez, a collaborator of Mies van der Rohe, with amazing tile work by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand, the Latin-infused modernist tower served as the Bacardi headquarters for nearly 50 years.  Just this morning, the National YoungArts Foundation announced that it is the proud new owner of the main 8-story tower, and the “Jewel-box” 1975 annex, designed by  Igancio Carrera-Justiz, with glass mosaic walls based on designs by German artist Johannes Dietz.    The organization acquired the property for a steal – the Miami Herald estimates the buildings’ $10 million price tag weighs in at less than half of its market value – and is excited to make a permanent home to expand their activities. Gehry work will not involve either of the buildings’ exteriors, which will be completely preserved, but rather, the project will include transforming the site’s parking lot into a park that will connect with a Gehry-designed performance hall just north of the existing buildings. More after the break. 

Beaumaris House / Maddison Architects

© Gerrard Warrener © Gerrard Warrener © Gerrard Warrener © Gerrard Warrener

International Airport of Nacala / Fernandes Arquitetos

Designed by Fernandes Arquitetos, the Nacala airport aims at better utilization of natural lighting and ventilation, reducing consumption of power associated with the use of artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation systems. It will have water intakes and sewage treatment for irrigation of green areas. The building proposed is basically on the ground floor, where the functional program that meets the operation and passengers is developed, like the check-in area and boarding and arrival rooms, which are located in the north and south wings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

BE OPEN Sound Portal / Arup

Located in Trafalgar Square in London, the BE OPEN Sound Portal focuses on an experience that would be all about the sound. Designed by Arup, they thought it would be great if people could really concentrate on sound in Trafalgar Square, which would take people away form hustle and bustle into a space where they can concentrate and immerse themselves in sound. The original idea was that they would be able to take people away from London to another place, to hear the sound of a melting glacier or an acoustic model of the big bang. The plan is effectively two concentric circles: the inner circle for the sound and the outer circle forms the entrances. Both pieces mask the background noise. They are shells to shield the noise. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Caring Cabin / TVA Architects, Inc.

  • Architects: TVA Architects, Inc.
  • Location: Pacific City, Oregon, United States
  • Project Team: John Heili, Tom Douville, Nick Williams
  • Lead Design: Bob Thompson – Design Principal
  • Consultants: ABHT Structural Engineers
  • General Contractor: Sunco Homes and Remodeling
  • Area: 3900.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Rich Strode, Stephen Cridland

© Rich Strode © Rich Strode © Stephen Cridland © Rich Strode

The Brick Loft / FARM Architect

  • Architects: FARM Architect
  • Location: Joo Chiat Ln, Singapore
  • Design Team: Torrance Goh, Peter Sim, Hong Weiming
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jeremy San TzerNing

© Jeremy San TzerNing © Jeremy San TzerNing © Jeremy San TzerNing © Jeremy San TzerNing

Oklahoma 93 / C Arquitectos

  • Architects: C Arquitectos
  • Location: México D.F.
  • Arquitecto A Cargo: René Caro
  • Colaboradores: Erika Loana River, Alonso Martínez, Jesús López
  • Consultores: Proyecto Estructural, Cafel Ingeniería
  • Construcción: Martín Glender D.
  • Area: 329.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque

20th Street Residence / SF-OSL

  • Architects: SF-OSL
  • Location: 1330 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Casper Mork Ulnes, Andreas Tingulstad, Grygoriy Ladigin
  • Landscape Architects: Flora Grubb
  • General Contractor: Natal Modica Construction, Inc.
  • Engineer: Double D Engineering
  • Metal Work: Defauw Design & Fabrication
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

Gate House / NL Architects

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

Architects: NL Architects Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Project Architects: Guus Peters and Bart Schoonderbeek (Schipper Bosch) Design Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse Team Members: Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolín, Jaewoo Chon Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

'House of Flags' Installation / AY Architects

Courtesy of AY Architects
Courtesy of AY Architects

Installed on Parliament Square, London, the ‘House of Flags’ is a flexible, demountable, and totally reconfigurable architectural intallation conceived as a gigantic ‘house of cards’ in the Eames’ spirit. The project was designed by AY Architects after an invited international design competition initiated by the Greater London Authority for the Mayor of London’s ‘Wonder Series of Incredible Installations’. 206 panels depict the flag icons of the nations and combined create a collaged image of the world. All together they make up a large building jigsaw, a united ‘house’ of symbols, shimmering colors and perforations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CAD SP / PAX.ARQ + Vazquez Junqueira Arquitetura

© PAX.ARQ
© PAX.ARQ

PAX.ARQ, in collaboration with Vazquez Junqueira Arquitetura, designed this concept for the CAD SP (Digital Arts Center of São Paulo) as a study for São Paulo’s secretary of culture. The transparent, prismatic cube arises from the concepts of inter-connectivity, transparency and respect to pre-existing architectural surroundings. Learn more after the break.

The New SimCity: A Beacon for Sustainable Design?

Since it launched 23 years ago (to the day, oddly enough), SimCity has been inspiring would-be urban planners to design, build (and, if the mood so calls for it, blow up) the cities of their dreams. The lasest edition of the game, coming out in February, is no exception – however, it does have a bit of a twist.

In the words of Fast Company reviewer Ariel Schwartz, the newest version ”retains most of the game’s previous elements (including its addictive quality) while bringing a whole new level of complexity to the tilt-shift inspired world. You might not even notice how Maxis is subtly teaching you about the pros and cons of renewable energy, preserving natural resources, and cooperating with neighboring cities. But it is.”

With over 180 million copies of Sim games sold worldwide, and players spanning ages, nationalities, and genders, SimCity could be a powerful way (and by far the funnest) to impart to the average citizen the simple fact that Urban Planners have known for years: Sustainable Design is the future.

Find out how SimCity makes Urban Planning and Sustainable Design fun, after the break…

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Foster + Partners to design Manhattan’s next 'Iconic' Building

425 Park Avenue; Image by dbox branding & creative for Foster + Partners
425 Park Avenue; Image by dbox branding & creative for Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners is about to break the mold of New York’s static Park Avenue skyline, as they have been announced as winner of the highly publicized competition to replace the aging tower of 425 Park Avenue with a new world-class, sustainable office tower. Lord Foster said: “I have a personal connection with New York, which has been a source of inspiration since my time at Yale, when the new towers on Park Avenue and its neighborhoods were a magnet for every young architect. Seeing first-hand the works of Mies van der Rohe, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson was tremendously exciting then – I am delighted to have this very special opportunity to design a contemporary tower to stand alongside them. Our aim is to create an exceptional building, both of its time and timeless, as well as being respectful of this context – a tower that is for the City and for the people that will work in it, setting a new standard for office design and providing an enduring landmark that befits its world-famous location.” Continue after the break to learn more about Foster’s winning proposal and to review the existing condition of 425 Park Ave.

City OKs design of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters

© NBBJ
© NBBJ

With a 3-2 vote, Seattle’s Downtown Design Review Board has voted in favor of Amazon’s plans for a three-block, high-rise complex in the Denny Triangle. The board voted after conducting five, comprehensive meetings over the last six months to review Amazon’s evolving NBBJ-designed proposal. Although this design review approval is simply a recommendation to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, it is still a milestone for the ambitious project. The five acre site, roughly located between Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue, is currently occupied by expansive parking lots, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Continue after the break to learn more.