AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XLIX

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One more and that’s 50 Flickr Round Up! Almost 250 of the best architecture photography out there. 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 p r k b k r in Okayama, . Check the other four after the break.

The Indicator: Made in China

19th Century Confectionary factory, via

“Made in .” For so many in Western nations, this phrase conjures up a plethora of horrific images. There is the Human Rights argument: low wages, inhumane working conditions, and so forth. Then there is the issue of quality, as in, there is none.

First let’s talk about human rights in terms of manufacturing. The favored discourse is that Chinese factories exploit their employees and hence the resultant quality of the goods is far inferior. Sensational stories that support this conclusion always seem to cross international lines. Moreover, there are basic protestations of Human Rights’ violations and then the specter of Tibet is raised.

In Progress: Sky Courts / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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Sky Courts is a 20,000 sqf corporate club house that incorporate short-term housing, office space, and entertainment facilities utilizing the logics of the courtyard and sloped roof. The project packs several courtyards into a defined perimeter and utilizes the sloped roof to accommodate program in the wedge between courtyards, allowing the project to read as 100% courtyard from above. The complex lacks a single center; instead it is a network with multiple centers, and multiple paths, edges and liners. The sequence through these precincts creates a series of layered spaces that line exterior spaces, and views from one courtyard might look through perimeter spaces and into other courtyards.

Tree Hotel / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

© Åke E:son Lindman

Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Location: , Sweden
Chief Architects: Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham
Collaborators: Andreas Helgesson, Julia Gudiel Urbano, Mia Nygren
Client: Tree Hotel / Brittas Pensionat, Britta Lindvall and Kent Lindvall
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Young Architects Forum’s 2011 Ideas Competition Results


The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Young Architects Forum (YAF) and Committee on Design (COD) have selected the recipients of the second annual YAF/COD Ideas Competition, sponsored by TOTO. Results in addition to images of the awarded projects with brief narratives from the designers can be found after the break.

Gartenweg / feld72

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: feld72
Location: Kaltern,
Client: Arche KVM, Bolzano
Project area: 2,500 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

De La Costa / Fuse Architecture

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This 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home encompasses the feel of an ideal family beach retreat. The main concern when designing this home was that the clients wanted to fill the home with as much natural light as possible. The previously standing home was demolished in order to build a completely new design because the previously standing home was dilapidated and in need of significant repair.

Architect: Fuse Architecture
Location: , USA
Contractor: Ekers Construction
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Fuse Architecture

Yandex Moscow Office / za bor architects

© Peter Zaytsev

Yandex is the biggest and leading internet company in , CIS and Russian-speaking countries. The Yandex office in is the 2nd office by za bor architects designed for this company. The office occupies all seven floors in one of two wings in the newly constructed business center «Krasnaya Roza» (eng: Red Rose) in Moscow. The wing is close to rectangle in section and consequently the office space is concentrated around the technical core with riser pipes. This construction peculiarity made it necessary to create sanitary facilities and other premises that demand water use — such as kitchens and coffee points — around them.

Architect: za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev
Location: Moscow, Russia
Project Area: 7000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

WHATAMI, winner of the 2011 Young Architects Program at MAXXI / stARTT

© Courtesy of stARTT

A few days ago we featured, in progress, the WHATAMI project, winner of the 2011 Young Architect Program at the MAXXI. We are excited to announce that we have just received material from the finished project.

Architect: stARTT / Simone Capra, Claudio Castaldo, Francesco Colangeli, Andrea Valentini
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Client: MAXXI Foundation and MOMA
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of stARTT

This pavilion will be open to public from June 23rd to October 16th, housing some events you can check in MAXXI foundation’s website.

Video: NETWORK_LA transit

Network_LA Transit is a conceptual design response by Gensler to an open invitation by Sci-Arc, The Architect’s Newspaper and LA Metro to shift people from their cars to public transit.

More after the break.

Ideas on Edge Parramatta/ Tyrrell Studio

courtesy of Mark Tyrrell Studio &

Sydney based Tyrrell Studio has collaborated with Daniel Griffin to create a first prize winning entry to the 2011 international design competition Ideas on Edge . The competition received over 150 entries, 40% international and the remainder from around Australia. There were 3 equal winners. Images of the winning entry and a narrative from the architects after the break.

Video: PGGM Headquarter / Mateo Arquitectura

Mateo Arquitectura just sent us a of the PGGM Headquarter building we recently featured. If offers some splendid imagery of the design. Check it out.

Medical Centre in Milagro / Doblee

© Josema Cutillas

Architects: Urbanismo y Arquitectura Doblee – Silvia Echeverria () y Borja Izaguirre Larrañaga (), Cristina Arregui y Beatriz Gil
Location: Navarra,
Project area: 653 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Josema Cutillas

Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City

Little Design Week: Future City (LTDW) celebrates the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology emerging from Japan and its intersection with current trends materializing in . The four day festival open to the public, July 14th to July 17th, will present a series of programs that integrate Little Tokyo’s Big Three cultural institutions (Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, community partners, retailers, and restaurants and will engage local and international designers, artists, architects, filmmakers, corporations, and students from the Southern California region to explore possible scenarios for a ‘New Urban Lifestyle.’ LTDW is produced in collaboration with Community Arts Resources (CARS). More information can be found  here.

Hilltop House / Openbox Company

© Pruk Dejkhamheang

Located on the edge of ’s largest national park, Kaoyai National Park, the design for the Hilltop House revolved around the rocky and forested landscape. Hilltop House is a small house in a big plot of land; the total site area is approximately 8,000 sqm. The first requirement from the client was simply to design a 350 sqm house, and find the best spot for it. The remote end of the land was adjacent to Kaoyai Nation Park, and is home to a pile of 40 years old abandoned chunks of rocks, and couple of magnificent full-grown Ficus tree.

Architect: Openbox Company, ltd
Location: , Thailand
Project Team: Ratiwat Suwannatrai,Jirasart Pinjai,Akechai Jumnoun, Wannaporn Suwannatrai
Structural Engineer: Openbox Company, ltd
M&E Engineer: Openbox Company, ltd
Lighting Designer: FOS lighting studio: Thaneeya Yuktadatta
Contractor: Tweemongkol Construction 2000
Project area: 300 sqm
Project year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Pruk Dejkhamheang

Welingergasse / Mladen Jadric Architects

© Pez Hejduk Architekturfotografie

Architects: Mladen Jadric Architects
Location: , Austria
Project team: Max Krankl (PA), Oliver Krieger, Wilhelm Schnabl, Thomas Galos, Zuzana Nagelova, Polina Petrova, Daniel Marin Romero, Mitra Pourazim, Jacobus Schlager
Client: GPA WBV
Landscaping: Mladen Jadric Architects
Project area: 1,235 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2008
Photographs: Pez Hejduk Architekturfotografie

Honda Big Wing / VaSLab Architecture

Spaceshift Studio

Architects: VaSLab Architecture
Location: , Thailand
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio

JustK House / Martenson and Nagel Theissen Architecture

© Brigida González

Architects: Martenson and Nagel Theissen Architecture
Location: Tübingen,
Client: Katrin Martenson and Dominik Bless-Martenson
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 278 sqm
Photographs: Brigida González