Important Places


What are the important places, the places that define who you are?

In 1969, when my father was at war overseas, my mother and I were on the front porch of our 1910 Bungalow in Kansas. The wind pushed my toys over the edge and into the grass. My mother was leaning on the railing, talking quietly to our neighbor. I crawled across the painted wood and reached through the rail and felt the soft tops of the wheat-colored grass.

In 1970, I walked into a dark bedroom and stood at the foot of my Grandfather’s bed. I reached through the rail to touch the top of the quilt my Great Grandmother had made. I watched the quilt rise and fall with his breathing.

In 1971, I placed my hands and feet on opposite sides of the door casing at my Grandmother’s house. As soon as the “grown-ups” were paying attention, I climbed to the top of the frame and reached up to touch the ceiling.

more places from coffee with an architect after the break

Lebbeke Apartment Building / Weysen & De Baere Architects

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Weysen & De Baere Architects shared with us their design for an apartment building in Flanders, which includes four units and an office on the ground floor. The construction site exists of two parcels, lying back to back, each with its own entrance from the street. More images and architects’ description after the break.

PANalytical / DHV architects

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Architects: DHV architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Principal Architect: Robert Collignon
Client: PANalytical
Contractor: Ballast Nedam (Civil), Burgers Ergon (Utilities)
Project Area: 5.800 sqm 
Project Year: 2011
Photos: René de Wit

Hiroshi Senju Museum / Ryue Nishizawa

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Iwan Baan, who has photographed many well-known architectural works, many which have been featured on ArchDaily, recently shot the Hiroshi Senju Museum, designed by Tokyo based architect Ryue Nishizawa who won the Pritzker Prize in 2010 and is known for his works of various scales throughout .. The museum opened in October 2011 and possesses around 100 works by Hiroshi, a Japanese painter known for his large scale waterfall paintings. More photos of the museum can be viewed after the break and the complete photoset in Iwan’s website.

Update: National Mall Phase Three / Weiss/Manfredi + OLIN

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As we have shared previously on AD, ’s National Mall – America’s most visited national park with over 25 million visitors a year- is undergoing a total restoration.  The $700 million project will be the first major renovation in over 35 years, and will focus on three sites of the Mall: Union Square, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and the Constitution Gardens.  During an intensive three part competition, the jury first evaluated scores of portfolios to select up to eight designers per site; conducted team interviews to narrow the site designers to five; and finally, during Phase Three, the jury will hold a design competition for each site.  We have just been notified by Weiss/Manfredi and OLIN that their team has been chosen to develop two of the three sites; no small feat for a competition that began with over 1,2000 designers.   The multidisciplinary team of architecture, landscape and planning designers will develop proposals for both the Monument Grounds and the Constitution Gardens.  We are excited to see what the team will develop, and we will keep you updated on the other Phase Three finalists and their proposals as we hear more.

Multifunctional Building / BDG Architects


Architect: BDG Architecten
Location: Nunspeet,
Client: LMN Bouwbeheer cv
Completion year: 2009
Photographs: BDG Architecten

Green Solution House / 3XN

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Danish practice 3XN is the architect behind ‘Green Solution House’, a new experimental conference center and hotel, where everything is adapted to the circulation of nature and where guests will get an idea of how it feels to live in a world without waste. Located on the Danish island of , it is designed and developed in accordance with the principles of Cradle 2 Cradle®. This means that all materials used in the building are either fully recyclable or biodegradable. Hence, the building design takes on the ambition to eliminate the concept of waste. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bookshop And Coffee Bar / Plural, Totalstudio

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Architects: Plural, Martin Jančok, Totalstudio, AlešŠedivec
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Graphicdesign: Marcel Benčík
Client: Ladon, s.r.o.
Structural engineering: Geostat
Carpenter: Treeman
Project Area: 170 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Plural , Totalstudio

Refuge En Terre / Thibault Marcilly


Architect: Thibault Marcilly
Location: Aube (department),
Construction: Thibault Marcilly, Jeanne Ader, Amandine Marcilly, Claude Marcilly, Marithé Marcilly, Jean Luc Marcilly, Baptiste Marcilly, Brigitte Marcilly
Size: 4 sqm, 2m/2m wide, 3,80m height
Project Year: September 2011
Photographs: Thibault Marcilly

Tea Houses / Swatt | Miers Architects

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Architect: Swatt Miers Architects
Location: Silicon Valley,
Project Team: Robert Swatt FAIA, Steven Stept AIA, Ivan Olds, Connie Wong (interiors), Jeanie Fan, Hiromi Ogawa
Structural Engineering: Yu Strandberg Engineering
Contractor: Neto Construction
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Architectural Dialogues / Sasha Waltz

Architectural Dialogues is a film by Sasha Waltz shot in the unconventional setting of three museums and cultural centers:  Neues Museum in Berlin designed by David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian HarrapMAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid and the Jewish Museum in Berlin designed by Daniel Libeskind.

More on the film with trailers after the break!

Parkview Wheller Gardens / Fulton Trotter Architects

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Architect: Fulton Trotter Architects
Location: Parkview, Wheller Gardens, 930 Gympie Road, QLD 4032, Australia
Client: Wesley Mission Brisbane
Project Team: Mark Trotter, Hayley Crofts, Neil Roberts, Ryan Loveday, John Ward, Tanya Roth, Joanne Tenorio, Sam Weiler, Angela Barbeler, Lionel KettlerProject Builder: Evans Harch
Cost: $34M
Photographs: John Mills


Hans Klotz / monovolume architecture + design

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Architecture: monovolume architecture + design (Arch. Patrik Pedó_Arch. Juri Pobitzer)
Location: Linkes Etschufer 12, 39100 Bozen (BZ),
Architectural staff: Arch. Simon Constantini / Arch. Heidi Morandell
Client: limited company
Structural Engineers: PlanPunkt GmbH
Realisation: 2010/11
Volume: 1,200 m³
Project Area: 280 sqm
Photographs: Urlich Egger

Mirror House / MLRP

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Architects: MLRP
Location: Fælledparken (Central Park), Corner of Blegdamsvej/Frederik V vej, Copenhagen,
Engineers: Grontmij A/S
Landscape: GHB Landscape A/S
Contractor: A.F.Hansen
Client: City of Copenhagen (CAU)
Project Area: 140 sqm
Photographs: Laura Stamer

Diller Scofidio + Renfro selected to transform the center of Aberdeen

View from Rosemount Viaduct - Rendering provided by the submission boards

City Garden Trust has announced Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) as winner of the international design competition that will transform the center of Aberdeen. The New York City based firm will be working with the Scottish practice Keppie Design and Philadelphia landscape architects OLIN. The “rich and varied” shortlist included Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, Gustafson Porter, Mecanoo, Snøhetta & Hoskins and West 8. After an extended run-off between DS+R and Foster + Partners, the Aberdeen City Garden competition will be DS+R’s first major win in a European design competition.

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ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 / ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

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Architects: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
Location: Stuttgart,
Project Team: Institute for Computational Design – Prof. AA Dipl.(Hons) Achim Menges Achim Menges, Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, Competence Network Biomimetics Baden-Württemberg
Planning and Realisation: Peter Brachat, Benjamin Busch, Solmaz Fahimian, Christin Gegenheimer, Nicola Haberbosch, Elias Kästle, Oliver David Krieg, Yong Sung Kwon, Boyan Mihaylov, Hongmei Zhai
Concept and Project Development: Oliver David Krieg, Boyan Mihaylov
Scientific Development: Markus Gabler (project management), Riccardo La Magna (structural design), Steffen Reichert (detailing), Tobias Schwinn (project management), Frédéric Waimer (structural design)
Surface: 72 sqm
Volume: 200m³
Material: 275 sqm Birch plywood 6,5mm Sheet thickness
Project Year: August 2011
Photographs: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

SOM Chicago wins competition to design the Wujiang Greenland Tower


The Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has announced their victory in an international competition to design the Greenland Group Suzhou Center in Wujiang, . The 358-meter tower’s efficient split-core configuration demands a double-take, as the “curved, tapered form unifies the office, hotel and residential uses within a single volume.”

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House C:Z / SAMI-arquitectos

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Architect: SAMI-arquitectos – Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Location: São Roque do Pico, Ilha do Pico, Açores,
Team: João do Vale Martins, Inês Martins, Daniel Mentech
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: FG + SG architectural photography