Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal


Opened in 1937, the Palais de Tokyo has suffered from decades of neglect and subsequent deterioration. Housing modern art in its early stages of life, it soon was relegated to the sidelines upon completion of the Centre Pompidou in late 70’s, which took over the role of hosting modern art exhibitions. Sitting dormant and unused for latter part of the 20th century, it has since been reinvigorated by architects Lacaton & Vassal, opening back up to the public in 2002. The stripped down structure that exposes and embraces raw materials has recently received a new expansion by the architects who breathed new life into it. More details after the break.

Community Center in Abfaltersbach / Machné Architekten

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Architects: Machné Architekten
Location: , Austria
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Machné Architekten

Steven Holl reveals Design Concept for Maggie’s Barts

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As we announced earlier, Steven Holl Architects has been selected to design the Maggie’s Center at St. Bartholomew’s (Barts) Hospital in London. Situated at the periphery of the square, Maggie’s Barts will replace an existing 1960s block that was once used for offices. An average of 3,100 new cancer patients is expected to use the facility each year.

said: “It is a great honor to design a Maggie’s Centre and a very special challenge to be given such an important central site in London. The hospital has been at the forefront of medical understanding for centuries. We are inspired by the deep history of the area, and particularly the nearby St. Bartholomew the Great church which has been in continuous use with marvelous music since 1143. Our proposal is like a vessel within a vessel within a vessel. In the spirit of music, architecture can be a vessel of transcendence.”

Continue after the break to learn more.

Ants’ House / Espegel – Fisac

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Architects: Espegel – Fisac
Location: 28400 ,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Joaquín Mosquera

New York by Gehry / © David Assael - Arch Daily
New York by Gehry / © David Assael - Arch Daily

2012 MASterworks Awards

The Municipal Art Society of New York recently announced the Six provocative and innovative architecture and urban design projects that received the 2012 MASterworks Awards. New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street (Gehry & Partners for Forest City Ratner) has…

Krea Arts Centre / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

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Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura
Location: Portal de Betoño, , Spain
Design Team: Roberto Ercilla, Miguel Angel Campo
Proyect Year: 2007
Project Area: 9,899 sqm
Photographs: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Wendy Opens at MoMA PS1 / HWKN

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 Yesterday afternoon, inside the playground of PS 1, we met Wendy - HWKN’s temporary summer installation for the 2012 Young Architects Program.  As an experiment in pushing the boundaries of what architecture can do in an urban environment, Wendy certainly makes an impression.   Her blue spiky arms shoot passed the confines of PS 1′s courtyard walls, immediately attracting the attention and piquing the curiosity of those meandering along Jackson Street.   Conceptualized as a storm, Wendy intends to challenge the public’s notion of what architecture should be, as the structure’s ecological function will actually clean the air.  ”Wendy does not play the typical architecture game of ecological apology – instead she is pro-active,” explained HWKN.

More about Wendy after the break.

Glazed Apartment / Sergi Pons

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Architect: Sergi Pons
Location: ,
Builder: GdR (Reforms Group)
Project Area: 70 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrià Goula 

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Courtesy of Enric Miralles Foundation

Enric Miralles Foundation Exhibition

The Enric Miralles Foundation opened up a double exhibition in Barcelona this past week, with the participation of Mr. Rafael Moneo and Mr. Oriol Bohigas, honorable members of the Foundation and Mr. Mohsen Mostafavi currently the the Dean of the…

Daycare in Zsámbék / Földes & Co. Architects Ltd.

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Architects: Földes Co. Architects Ltd.
Location: ,
Project Team: László Földes, Csaba BaloghLevente Sirokai, János Sarusi-Kis, Péter Sónicz, Kati Fábry, Ágnes Deigner
Project Area: 631.0 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tibor Zsitva, Máté Tóth

Leith Walk ‘Green Bridge’ / biomorphis

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The ‘Green Bridge’ design by biomorphis in Leith Walk, one of the key thoroughfares in Edinburgh, , aims at bringing a lightweight structure with low embodied energy. Construction materials based on plant products represent the way forward in terms of diminishing our dependence on hydrocarbons. Leith Walk, which unfortunately acts as a major divider, needs a bridge which would link the East cycle paths to the West of the city. It would redirect the ever-growing flows of bikes and pedestrians and also become a landmark for the community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Offices for Bührmann & Partners / Wasserfall Munting Architects

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Architects: Wasserfall Munting Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Marcus Weiss – Studio One

Paradox House / The XSS

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Architects: The XSS
Location: , Thailand
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of The XSS

Courtesy of TEX-FAB
Courtesy of TEX-FAB

APPLIED Research Through Fabrication Competition Finalists Announced

TEX-FAB recently announced that the APPLIED Research Through Fabrication competition completed its first round at the beginning of the week. A total of 68 entries from 13 countries on 4 Continents in the Continuing and Speculative Research categories with roughly…

House Van Colen at Wingene / Compagnie O Architects

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Architects: Compagnie O Architects
Location: , Belgium
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 370 sqm
Photographs: Frederik Vercruysse

In Progress: Faculty of Law and Political Sci​es of Turin / Foster and Partners

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Architects: Foster and Partners
Location: ,
Design Group: MAIRE Engineering (agent), Foster and Partners, Ltd. ICIS, Giugiaro, Arch CAMERANA Benedict, Studio Ass Mellano, Buonomo Vigil Studio, Studio Ass CO.PA.CO, Prof. G. Garzino, Studio A. Lazzerini, M. Arch Luciani, Prof. Ing Ossola, POLIEDRA S.P.A. and TEKSYSTEM
New building gross area: 36,232 sqm.
Photographs: Courtesy of comunicarch


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Venice Biennale 2012: U.S. Pavilion Announces Designers and Participants

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Organized by the Institute for Urban Design, the American Pavilion for the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale is devoted to the theme Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good. The installation will feature 124 urban interventions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists, and everyday citizens that bring positive change to their neighborhoods and cities. The selection was narrowed down after a nationwide open call for projects, which yielded over 450 submissions.

Designed by the Brooklyn creative studio Freecell, the space will feature a lively system of banners that will frame an archive of the urban interventions. Collaborating with Sausalito-based communication design studio M-A-D, the installation will also feature a supergraphic that serves as a bold counterpoint to the banners and act as an installation in and of itself. This will all be presented in an enveloping environment to put Spontaneous Interventions into a broader historical and cultural context. Continuing into the courtyard, a NYC-based studio Interboro (winner of the 2011 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program) designed “outdoor living room” will serve as the pavilion’s hang-out and workshop space during the three months of the Biennale.

Continue after the break to review the selected projects and participants.

Elderly Residence Mas Piteu / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

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Architects: Estudi PSP Arquitectura
Location: ,
Client: Aditnalta promocions, SL.
General contractor: Construccions Sather
Gross FloorArea: 5161,00 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Francisco Urrutia