Emerging New York Architects Competition Proposal / PRAUD

The Emerging New York Architects Competition proposal, ‘The Greenhouse Transformer’, which received an honorable mention, is a typology for urban farming with the purpose of creating environments for learning year round within the community of West Harlem. PRAUD…‘s main

112 Flats Building / Basilio Tobías

© Pedro Pegenaute

Architect: Basilio Tobías
Location: Avenida de Ranillas, , Spain
Collaborators: Javier Prieto, Isabel Gómez, Daniel Fuertes, Enrique Morales, Susan Valdivia , Carlos Jaén. BOMA S.L. (structure), JG Ingenieros (installations)
Builder: Estructuras Aragón S.A
Completion: April 2008
Budget: 6,152,500 €
Floor area: 18,085 sqm
Photographer: Pedro Pegenaute


Houses Over The Ria De Aveiro / RVDM


Architects: RVDM
Location: Agras do Norte, ,
Design Team: Rui Rei, Ricardo Senos, Jorge Brito, Catarina Simões and Nuno Marques
Engineering: Da Vinci Lda
Construction Area: 2 x 270 sqm
Project Year: 2003
Construction: 2007
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

House Bernheimbeuk / architecten de vylder vinck taillieu

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu
Location: GB.,
Design Team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Lauren Dierickx, Gosia Olchowska
Structural Engineering: UTIL Structuurstudiescvba, Brussel
Area: 99 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Ultralight Centrifugal Pavilion / Clavel Arquitectos

© Cristóbal Palma

Architects: Clavel Arquitectos – Manuel Clavel Rojo
Location: Shenzhen,
Collaborators: Ricardo Carcelén González, Diego Victoria García, Robin Harloff, Rafael de Giles González, David Hernández Conesa
Client: 2011 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture
Completion: December 2011
Total area: 150 sqm
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

‘THE BLUE LINE’ Dnieper Pearls Competition Winning Proposal / Wolf House Productions & Gabriel Pascariu

summer aerial view

Wolf House Productions and shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the ‘Dnieper Pearls’ international urban planning competition in . THE BLUE LINE aims at providing a sustainable development framework for the islands as well as an infrastructural backbone for the future urban development of the entire metropolis. Their design suggests a paradigm shift: from large scale urban and infrastructure projects (specific to Ukrainian urban planning) to a more fluid and efficient place-making driven urbanism. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Urbanus

© Wu Qiwei

Architects: Urbanus
Location: Yanshan Road, Shekou, Nanshan District, , China
Project Designers, Design Director: Meng Yan, Zhu Jialin
Architecture Design: Zheng Ying, Huang Zhiyi, Yao Xiaowei, Zuo Lei, Liu Xiaoqiang, Yie Peijun, Li Da, Shen Yandan, Ji Yuyu, Zhang Zhen, Liu Liu, Liu Zirong, Xia Miao, Yuan Yi, Guo Donghai
Landscape Design: Xing Guo, Wei Zhijiao, Ding Yu, Cedric Yu, Li Jing, Huang Yihong, Liao Zhixiong
Client: China Merchants Real Estate Co. Ltd.
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 13,198 sqm
Floor Area: 21,540 sqm
Photographs: Wu Qiwei

SuZhou 133: BaiTang One Kindergarten Project / CPG Advisory

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Integrated within the overall residential development of SuZhou 133: Baitang One, the aim of the kindergarten design by CPG Advisory is to provide a high quality, inspiring environment for early age education in the new CBD of SuZhou, . The design concept is based on the famous children classic: Jack and Beanstalk. By using vines, leaves and beans as the architectural and landscape design elements, a kindergarten associated with the “Magic World” in the story of Jack and Beanstalk is created. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Elevated Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong / Urbanplunger

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The young architectural studio Urbanplunger was recently awarded third prize in the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of . Their proposal consists of a uniquely suspended building structure described as an “architectural parasite” that leans on neighboring buildings in order to elevate itself above ground. Read on for more.

Bishan Public Library / LOOK Architects

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Architect: LOOK Architects 
Location: 5 , Singapore
Site Area: 1400.30 sqm
Client: National Library Board, Singapore
Structural Engineer: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Mechanicalme &Electrical Engineer: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Quantity surveyor: BEC Consultants
Completion: 2006
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall, Tim Nolan


Fire Station Russelsheim Bauschheim / Schoyerer Architekten BDA

© Stefan Klomfass

Architects: Schoyerer Architekten BDA
Location: Bauschheim, Rüsselsheim,
Client: Stadt Rüsselsheim, Gebäudewirtschaft Rüsselheim
Structural Engineer: GREBNER – Ingenieure GmbH
Electric Services: Gerhard Hörbert
Photographs: Stefan Klomfass

Nursery School In Barcelona / Maria Isabel Bennasar Felix

© Filippo Poli

Architect: María Isabel Bennasar Félix
Location: ,
Client: Consorcid’Educació de Barcelona, PlaçaUrquinaona 6, 08010 Barcelona, tel. 935511000
Area: 1,080 sqm
Budget: 2,791,094 euros
Collaborators: Nursery School In Barcelona / Maria Isabel Bennasar Felix CorinaDindareanu.
Completion: 2011
Construction company: Construccions DECO S.A.
Photographs: Filippo Poli

Endangered Monuments Update: Preservation Efforts for the 510 Fifth Avenue Manufactures Trust Company Bank Branch

Manufacturers Trust Company by SOM © Landmarks Preservation Commission

ArchDaily previously ran an article about the Manufacturers Trust Company Bank Branch at 510 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan designed by of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and interior designer Eleanor H. Le Maire, a building designated as protected under the Landmarks Preservation Commission with first the exterior in 1997 and later the interior in early 2011.  But as recently as October 2011, the building was already listed under the 2012 World Monuments Fund  in the 2012 World Monuments Watch as the current owners, Vornado Realty Trust, began compromising the landmarked conditions of the interior of the building as it was being adapted for reuse.  With preservationists in an uproar, support for the protection of the building was enough to bring Vornado Realty Trust to State Supreme Court where a settlement was reached.

Read on for more details on the settlement and continuing efforts to protect endangered monuments.

Hauptschule Rattenberg / Daniel Fügenschuh

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Architect: Daniel Fügenschuh
Location: , Österreich, Austria
Client: Rattenberger Immobilien GmbH
Project Year: 2011
Floor Space: 250 sqm
Photographs: Christian Flatscher

ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2011: The Finalists

After two weeks and more than 30,000 nominations, we are proud to announce the finalists for the 2011 Building of the Year Award, a selection of the best projects made by our readers.

The shortlist for the awards includes 70 projects in 14 categories, a selection that shows the diversity of projects featured at ArchDaily during the past year. From small interiors to large scale buildings, designed by renowned practices and young architects, in different locations around the world.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated during the nominations round, as the finalists are outstanding.

You can vote for your favorite projects starting today and until March 6th at midnight EST (all the rules here):

Your votes will give you the chance to win an iPad, same as Annie Wang who just won one for voting during the nominations round.

Remember: the office of the project with most votes during the final round will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer.

During the process we worked very hard to log and flag every attempt to abuse the voting system, removing fake accounts and automated votes, and we wil continue to do so during this stage.

And the finalists are:

Herman Hertzberger awarded the 2012 RIBA Gold Medal

The Royal Institute of British Architects () has selected the internationally acclaimed Dutch architect as the Royal Gold Medalist of 2012. Hertzberger established his firm Architectuurstudio HH in 1958 and since has made significant contributions to the world of modern architecture. He is not only an architect, but a teacher and published writer. Hertzberger has won a great many competitions, has been made an honorary member of several cultural bodies and has been awarded international architecture prizes, both for individual projects and for his oeuvre as a whole. Continue reading for more information on Hermam Hertzberger and the video above. 

Techne – See Spot Measure Daylight: Architecture Tools

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The [design machine group] at the University of Washington is a cross-disciplinary group from the College of Built Environments and the Department of Architecture. It’s directive is to explore and develop ideas “that will shape the future of design and information technology.”

Their research projects range from fabrication tools to new ways of rendering large-scale models. Amongst the most exciting is the SPOT tool. First of all, this tool is free, so anyone, anywhere in the world can use it. And because it was developed for architects, its features have the needs of architects in mind.

La Cros Old Factories / Diaz y Diaz Architects

Courtesy of Xoan Pinon

Architects: Díaz y Díaz Architects – Lucas Díaz and Gustavo Díaz
Location: ,
Client: Culleredo Town Hall
Surveyor: RamoÅLnRodilla Marcos
Area: 9,000 sqm
Date of Construction: 2011 (phase I)
Photography: Courtesy of Xoan Pinon