UTEC University Campus / XTe a+d

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In addition to solving the functional interrelationships of classrooms, workshops, laboratories, cultural center, administrative center, graduate school, parking and service areas, the proposal for the UTEC University Campus by XTe a+d offers an appropriate corporate image to the institution of national and international prominence. Their design will host and give identity to: the most important private organization in the country engaged in higher technological education, being “avant-garde” and “sustainability” two of the essential concepts to be considered in a 3-phase development process to reach its maximum expansion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alma Hotel Residence / Coz Polidura Volante Arquitectos

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This is the second finalist of the international competition for the Alma Hotel Residence for ESO. The competition was won by Kouvo & Partanen.

The main idea of the proposal for the Alma Hotel Residence by Coz Polidura Volante Architects takes us back to archaic structural typologies inherent to the culture, easily distinguishable in areas like Turi ruins, Lasana or Pucara de Quitor in San Pedro de . The layout of the building takes advantage of the program modules of rooms, repeating this form of modular design of fullness and emptiness, which means an operation sensible to light and shadow, as occurs at the site between streams and mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Polikatoikea’ / Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

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Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the open ideas competition organized by Origami Competitions. The competition focused on an empty plot in , , where they were asked to develop a fresh and contemporary residential proposal that could be spread through the city. ‘Polikatoikea’ does just that in seeking a compromise between a greek rule (polikatoika) and a swedish philosophy (ikea). More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Cyclone Shelter / Lindsay Bremner and Jeremy Voorhees

The proposal for the international competition for a cyclone shelter in Bangladesh by Lindsay Bremner and Jeremy Voorhees… is conceptualized as a boat-building, referencing two local typologies – the boat and the landing ghat. Located in Ranggabali, a small village

Seaside House / A2 Architects

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Architect: A2 Architects 
Location: East Coast of
Project Area: 150 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of A2 Architetcs

New York Apartment Remodelation / INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH

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Architect: INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH
Location: 459 West 18th Street, 10011, ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Schauer

Revitalization Of The Crucifix Bastion / MCA atelier

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Architects: MCA atelier
Location: Horská ulice, ,
Cooperation: Mgr. art. Peter Buš, Ing. Pavel Košťálek
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,870 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of MCA atelier

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LVIII

Photo by Piotr Krajewski - http://www..com/photos/piotrkrajewski/

ArchDaily’s Flickr Pool has now over 68,000 photos, and this week’s Round Up has 5 great selections including a wonderful photo of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue National Gallery. 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 Piotr Krajewski in Hamburg, Germany. Check the other four after the break.

Pavapuri Guest House / Matharoo Associates

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Architects: Matharoo Associates
Location: , , India
Principal in Charge: Gurjit Singh Matharoo
Project Team: Ramesh Patel (Architect), Janmay Mehta (Trainee)
Clients: K.P Sangvi charitable trust, Shri pavapuri tirth dham jeev maitri dham
Structural Engineer: Matharoo associates – R.S Matharoo, Ritesh Chauhan
Mechanical Engineer: Jhaveri Associates
Interior Designer: Matharoo Associates
Landscape Architect: Vagish Naganur
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3100 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Matharoo Associates

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Video: David Chipperfield and Paolo Baratta discuss the Venice Biennale 2012

This video reveals the first statement by director David Chipperfield and president Paolo Baratta regarding the 13th International Biennale. With “Common Ground” as the underlying theme, Chipperfield encourages participants not to promote themselves, as if in a theater, but rather promote a dialogue that will begin the “chemical process” that will ultimately lead to finding connections between “things, people and influences”. Chipperfield highlights that the Venice Biennale is about “what is not private, but what is common.”

The architecture exhibition will open to the public August 29th, 2012.

St-Hyacinthe Aquatic Centre / ACDF*

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Architects: ACDF*
Location: Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec,
Client: Ville de Saint-Hyacinthe
Consultant: Inneauve
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3600 sqm
Photographs: James Brittain,

Basic House / Martín Azúa

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Barcelona designer Martín Azúa questions the idea of the private home with the Basic House – an inhabitable volume that is “foldable, inflatable and reversible”. The experimental prototype challenges the idea of homeownership, offering an alternative to the materialistic reality of today. Made from metalized polyester, the Basic House is a shelter small enough to fit in your pocket, allowing you to break away from the imprisonment of material ties.

Continue reading for more.

New Kyoto Town House / Alphaville Architects

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Architect: Alphaville Architects – Kentaro Takeguchi + Asako Yamamoto
Location: , Japan
Project Team: Tomohisa Koike(Associate Architect), Kazuo Takeguchi(Structural Engineer)
General contractor: Craftman Ship Kawana
Project Area: 78.68 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Alphaville Architects

Trump Tower Manila / Century City Development Corporation

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Century City Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Century Properties Group Inc. focused on mixed-use developments with high-rise condominiums, recently revealed their architectural design for the Trump Tower in , . The tower is going to be prominent on the Manila skyline for years to come. It’s a beautiful glass building – very architecturally significant with an incredible spire. Its architecture will be truly iconic. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parametric Fragment / Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates


Architect: Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates
Location: Matsusaka, Mie, Japan
Contractor: Sanyo Construction Corporation
Site Area: 667.84 sqm
Architectural Area: 189.15 sqm
Total Floor Area: 293.19 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates 

Video: Chapel of Notre du Haut

Special thanks to our readers Danielle Bakkes, Tjeerd Hermsen, Rudi Koster, Viet Le, Wouter Rooijackers and Kor Zijnstra  from the Academy of Architecture Arnhem for sharing their funky video on the Chapel with us.  The short film was compiled after the students completed a workshop at the Chapel back in 2007.  What do you think of the video’s mystical spin?

Alma Hotel Residence Winning Proposal / Kouvo & Partanen

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Kouvo & Partanen was recently announced as the winners of design competition for the Alma Hotel Residence in the Atacama Observatory and Research Center in the desert of northern . The aim of the competition was to find the best solution on a fixed design fee and construction price for the building that offers the astronomers, engineers, and other staff working at the observatory accommodation, restaurant and office services and recreational spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Linnaeusborg, Centre for Life Sciences / Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau

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Architect: Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau bv
Location: Nijenborg 7, Groningen,
Client: Property and Investment Projects, University of Groningen
Contractor: Sternike Partnership (Strukton, Voortman, GTI)
Project Area: 36,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg