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Kaufman & Broad Office Building Winning Proposal / Studioninedots


Studioninedots, in collaboration with Atelier 115 Architectes, recently won the limited competition for the design of a 9200m2 office building for Kaufman & Broad in Paris. Their highly legible, iconic office building, called Ya, holds its own among the high-rise structures on the park-side of Avenue Pierre Lefaucheux. The application of horizontal articulation also connects the project to the more small-scale residential developments in the vicinity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hangar 16 / Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

  • Architects: Iñaqui Carnicero, Ignacio Vila, Alejandro Viseda
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Area: 5200.0 sqm
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Cortesia de Iñaqui Carnicero Arquitectura

Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Spain Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Spain Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Spain Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Spain

N4+ Gluebam House / Advanced Architecture Lab[AaL]

© Li Xiao © Li Xiao © Li Xiao © Li Xiao

Oscar Niemeyer Takes A Turn For the Worse

After being hospitalized, recovering, being hospitalized again, and then making a near-full recovery (even working from his hospital bed), famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has now taken a sharp turn for the worst. 

Summit Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

Courtesy of Lab Modus
Courtesy of Lab Modus
  • Architects: Lab Modus
  • Location: Hsinchu County, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Kevin Chang (Principal), Jay Lin, Will Hsieh, Ivy Lin
  • Area: 660.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Lab Modus

Palais des sports de Rouen / Dominique Perrault Architecture

  • Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Location: rue Lillebonne, 76000, Rouen, France
  • Structure: Khephren Engeniering
  • Fluids: Alto Ingénierie
  • Economist: RPO
  • Acoustic and Lighting: Jean-Paul Lamoureux
  • Client: La Crea
  • Site Area: 31 500 sqm
  • Area: 17,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Georges Fessy, Final Cad, Dominique Perrault Architecture

The Indicator: Two Degrees of Separation

© NASA Goddard Photo and Video
© NASA Goddard Photo and Video

“…clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World

Hurricane Sandy painfully clarified the deadly implications of climate change. In fact, the superstorm was so forceful as a reminder of just what climate change means in real terms that it played a decisive role in the presidential election. 

Here in the US, the issue defines political divides. A recent Pew Research Center survey  shows 85% of Democrats believe climate change is a scientific fact, while only 48% of Republicans believe so. Another poll  shows 68% of Americans believing climate change is a serious problem and 38% believing it is a very serious problem. 

The impact of Sandy may have played a role in bumping these numbers up but there is still no slam dunk on the issue when roughly 30% of the population still believes climate change is not real. For those of you outside the US this is your cue to roll your eyes and say, Stupid Americans. 

Continue reading The Indicator after the break

Video: CANCHA - Chilean Soilscapes by Cristobal Palma

After opening in August, the 13th Venice Biennale will end this Sunday (November 25th). This video is a recording made ​​by Cristobal Palma of the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 entitled CANCHA - Chilean Soilscapes (see our coverage of the exhibit here).

UK Dethrones US As Greatest Global Influencer

According to the global affairs magazine Monocle, Britain's cultural cache is at an all-time high.

Urban Day Care Center for Alzheimer Patients / Cid + Santos

  • Architects: Jose Jorge Santos Ogando, Angel Cid Carballo
  • Location: Pontevedra, Spain
  • Collaborators: Jose Carlos Mera Rodriguez, Ledicia Fraga Domínguez, Paula Mª Casal Vázquez
  • Area: 497.0 m2
  • Year: 2006
  • Photography: Santos-Díez | BISimages

© Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages

Videos: New Flea Market in Barcelona / Prompt

Just a couple months ago, we featured a video by Prompt for the new flea market for the IMMB Institut Municipal de Mercats de Barcelona. The project will play a key role in the economy and urban identity of the city. Featured in this post are two more videos which highlight its progress as it goes up in the city. More information and the next video can be viewed after the break.

Shortlist announced for Kent State's New Architecture Building

The final four, seen below, will present their proposals, along with sustainability data and a cost estimate, in January of 2013 to a selection community and the public. Bialosky + Partners Architects (NY and Cleveland), in association with Architecture Research Office (NY) Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. (Cleveland), in association with Weiss/Manfredi (NY) The Collaborative Inc. (Toledo, Ohio), in association with the Miller Hull Partnership (Seattle) Westlake Reed Leskosky (Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington, NY and LA) “This design competition has been an exciting process, and the anticipation only grows as we prepare for the final steps,” said Douglas Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State. “We perceive this as a building that will focus on the future, be a building that sets a new standard for collaboration between constituencies and reflects a high level of respect for the built environment while respecting the natural systems of our planet. This building will serve future students, faculty and the community with vitality for decades.” While the sustainability data is analyzed and the cost estimate will be reviewed by independent sources, the presentation materials will be further evaluated by the jury to determine the winning design scheme. The winner of the competition is expected to be announced in February 2013. “The location along the Kent State University Esplanade extension allows the new architecture building to be a physical reminder of the process used by designers to take an idea and translate it into a practical, tangible construction that benefits society,” Steidl said. “This will be the link between Kent State and the Kent community, both physically and metaphorically.”

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo
Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo

Architect:  COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner Location: Lyon, France Client: Département du Rhône / Represented by SERL Landscape Design: EGIS aménagement Site Area: 20,975 m² Net Floor Area: 26,700 m² Gross Floor Area: 46,476 m² Building Costs: EUR 150 Mio Scheduled Completion: 2014

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Markus Pillhofer Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

EPFL Campus Competition Entry / HHF + AWP

HHF and AWP shared with us their proposal for the EPFL Campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. The three pavilions, with a surface area of over 3’000 m2, or about one third of place Cosandey, which is the main open space, have very different potentials of interaction with their surroundings. A vertical organization of the three programs not only minimizes the use of the limited campus surface, but makes use of the specific way that each pavilion interacts with the campus. More images and architects’ description after the break.