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Video: Overlapped House / Chika Kijima Architect's Office + O.F.D.A.

Chika Kijima Architect’s Office + O.F.D.A. transformed a cluster of three existing homes into this work/live haven for a pair of musicians. The naturally lit interiors of the single-story Overlapped House features a studio, kitchen, hall, ample amounts of storage and a well-buffered sleeping quarters.

The Dynamism of Zaha's Eli and Edythe Broad Museum

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© Paul Warchol

Rio de Janeiro-based writer Robert Landon has shared with us his experience exploring Zaha Hadid’s newly completed Eli and Edythe Broad Museum in Michigan. As you approach Zaha Hadid’s new Eli and Edythe Broad Museum in East Lansing, Michigan, it is the complex, light-catching carapace that first reels in the eye — a fine shock after the brick, neo-Gothic buildings that define the rest of the Michigan State University campus. Draw closer and its undulating fins, opening and closing in rhythmic asymmetries, begin to seduce the mind. In some places scrunched up into sharp angles and in others allowed to breathe for longer stretches across the low-slung facade, the fins seem to be the expression of some higher, grid-bending equation. In a half-conscious attempt to solve the math, you begin to circle the building. At certain points, the fins spread wide enough for generous glimpses inside, but as you move keep moving, the inner secrets vanish again behind the metal lattice. In the same way, the relentlessly kinetic carapace tantalizes with, but ultimately eludes, any logical or definitive summing up. What is certain, though, is that, by the time you’ve come full circle, you’ll have grown quite curious to see what is going on inside. More after the break…

Proposal for an Urban Itinerary / Comac Architects

The proposal for an urban itinerary, designed by Comac Architects, presents an urban path to extend “Marseilles 2013″ European Capital of Culture throughout the entire city. A total of 13 key-districts will be connected by the path and interspersed with urban pavilions, each focused on a famous artist from Marseilles. Each unit will offer a certain perspective of Marseilles, and will offer tourists a new way to discover our city and its emblematic districts. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Masterplan for Hudson Square Streetscape Improvements / Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects shared with us their design for the streetscape masterplan for Hudson Square in Manhattan, New York. Designed to transform the district’s public realm into a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighborhood, the project will serve area workers and, eventually, residents. The masterplan creates a pedestrian-focused district accessible from all directions and adjacent neighborhoods—including SoHo, TriBeCa, and Greenwich Village—that coordinates the needs of the Holland Tunnel, a regional transportation facility, with those of the re-imagined neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Durham College Centre for Food / Gow Hastings Architects

Expected to be completed in September 2013, the  Durham College Centre for Food will distinguish itself in the highly competitive field of culinary education by taking advantage of its rural setting on a large suburban campus in Whitby Ontario to narrate a story about the process of making a meal from “field to fork”. Designed by Gow Hastings Architects, students and visitors will journey through the inner workings of the school, showcasing food distribution rooms, a 150-seat lecture theatre, change rooms, faculty offices, classrooms and an array of hospitality and culinary labs that will circle a central atrium. More images and architects’ description after the break.

JRB House / Reims Architecture

  • Architects: Eduardo Reims, Jorge Reims
  • Location: El Campanario, Querétaro, México
  • Construction: Reims Architecture
  • Structure: IEESA Morelia
  • Interiors: Reims Architecture, Axel Duhart
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Ricardo Janet

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Call Center Querétaro / Studio Lamela Architects

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Upcycling Pavilion / BNKR Arquitectura

  • Architects: BNKR Arquitectura
  • Location: Expo CIHAC, México DF, México
  • Design Team: Esteban Suárez, Emelio Barjau, Sebastián Suárez, Marcell Ibarrola, Christian Morales, Montserrat Escobar, Jorge Alcántara
  • Collaborators: Fermín Espinosa
  • Environmental Advisor: Juan Casillas
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Photography: Sebastián Suárez

© Sebastián Suárez © Sebastián Suárez © Sebastián Suárez © Sebastián Suárez

Rebuilding of Macson Former Textil / Franconi González Architects

  • Architects: Cristiano Franconi, Rodrigo González, Alessandro Scarnato
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Collaborators: Arnau Boix, Caterina Dominioni, Gonzalo Fernández, Mirko Usai
  • Area: 5085.0 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Cortesia de La Fotográfica

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Boaçava House / Una Arquitetos

  • Architects: Una Arquitetos
  • Location: sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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New Museum for Realistic Art for Hans Melchers / Hans van Heeswijk Architects

Located in the heart of Gorssel, in the east of the Netherlands, the new Museum for Realistic Art for Hans Melchers by Hans van Heeswijk Architects will be housed in the former town hall of Gorssel. The museum will be a pavilion-like building of two floors with strategic vistas to the park-like environment in which it is located. Besides exhibiting the permanent collection, the building will also house temporary exhibitions. Construction will start in the spring of 2013 and the museum is expected to open in the spring of 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Glass House: "Conversations in Context"

The Glass House just concluded their second annual Conversations in Context, which presents visitors with the opportunity to join in a weekly evening tour and intimate conversation with industry leaders, including Robert A.M. Stern, Michael Graves, and more.

Since the 1940s, The Glass House has served as a place of inspiration, education and conversation across creative disciplines. Its 49-acre landscape, 14 architectural structures and world-class art collection continue to draw members of an international creative community to participate in its rich story. Conversations in Context continues Philip Johnson’s legacy of using the Glass House as a place to conduct ongoing seminars with architecture students and present emerging and established architects the opportunity to discuss the current state of the industry.

The video above features Architect, critic, and historian Kenneth Frampton, along with Dean Mark Wigley from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Follow us after the break for a few of our favorite conversations from this year’s series.

Japan National Stadium Competition Entry / Jackson Architecture

Designed by Jackson Architecture, their proposal for the Japan National Stadium is a new stadium in a park, where nature is apparent and can be integrated. Car parking, buses, community and service facilities exist below the park: neighborhood recreation and health areas contribute to the excitement and atmosphere, inhabited every day. The first impression is of a large park, within which a large “ellipsoidal object is placed. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sustainable Market Square Second Prize Winning Proposal / PMG Architects

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Courtesy of PMG Architects

Designed by PMG Architects, their second prize winning proposal for the sustainable market square competition in Casablanca lets itself be admired, but only reveals itself partially and gradually in using a variety of different architectural elements. Beneath the immense arched galleries, as airy as they are luminous, the architects try to grasp the thousands of riches of this place, so many vibrant fragrances and unknown colors, enticing flavors, and colorful spices. From one arc to another, from one vendor to his counterpart, from one ambiance to its contrary. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bukit Panjang Hawker Center International Competition Entry / Materium

The Bukit Panjang Hawker Center proposal by Materium, which was announced as one of the finalists in the international competition, manifests and promotes the food culture of Singapore. Composed of a unique program, the project is a humble social and communal space despite the cosmopolitan nature of the society. Its unassuming nature allows people from all walks of life to enjoy their meal in their most relaxed and comfortable state. Simple, casual and informal: being relaxed allows one to be social. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Municipal Healthcare Centres San Blas + Usera + Villaverde / Estudio Entresitio

  • Architects: Estudio Entresitio
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: María Hurtado, César Jiménez, José María Hurtado
  • Design Team: Jorge Martínez, Laura Frutos, Vincent Rodriguez, Fabrice Quemeneur, Filipe Minderico, Clara Rodríguez, Marco Plazzogna, Miguel Crespo, Alvar Ruiz
  • Cliente: Ayuntamiento de Madrid
  • CMS of San Blas: 1989,22 m2
  • CMS of Villaverde: 1989,22 m2
  • CMS of Usera: 1452,38 m2
  • Area: 5430.82 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Roland Halbe, Raúl Belinchón, Cortesia de Estudio Entresitio

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Kiarong House / Moh Hack & Partners

  • Architects: Moh Hack & Partners
  • Location: Kiarong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
  • Area: 348.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Marc Tey

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