House in Melides / Pedro Reis

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architect: Pedro Reis
Location: , Grândola,
Collaborators: Isabel Silvestre, Tiago Tomás
Landscape: Global2 – Inês Norton
Structure: ARA – Alves Rodrigues & Associados, Lda
HVAC: ACRIBIA – Projectos e Desenho Técnico, Lda
Electricity, telecommunications and security: ACRIBIA: Projectos e Desenho Técnico, Lda
Hydraulic: ACRIBIA – Projectos e Desenho Técnico, Lda
Project Area: 344 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Help us with our Architecture City Guide: London

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Aurelien Guichard

Next week we will be taking our Architecture City Guide to London and we need your help. To make the City Guides more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to an image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. (The image must be from a site that has a Create Common License cache like Flickr or Wikimedia. We cannot use images that are copyrighted unless they are yours and you give us permission.) From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single- residences for obvious reasons. Additionally, we try to only show completed projects.

This week we are headed to London, .


Swiss Re Building / Foster & Partners
30 St Mary Axe, City of London,United Kingdom

Fashion & Art Graduate School in Tel Aviv/ Chyutin Architects

Courtesy Chyutin Architects

Israeli designers, Chyutin Architects have shared with their proposal for a fashion and art graduate school in . The proposal was created for a open architectural competition for the project, in which Chyutin Architects were a noted finalist. Additional images of their work and a description from the architects can be seen after the break.

Practice 2.0: We’re Not Ready… Yet

Brute Force Collaborative (with data from Architecture 2030/US EIA)

by Steve Sanderson

A lot has happened in the world of sustainable design since my last post, all the way back in April. I had the pleasure of attending my first AIA National Convention, in my second favorite city in the US, New Orleans. In between my time sampling the local culture with the Davids (don’t let the prep school attire fool you, these guys know how to throw down), I managed to attend a number of sessions, all of which strongly adhered to the theme of Regional Design Revolution: Ecology Matters. One of the unexpected threads that emerged in nearly all of the sessions that I attended was the role that architects can, and should, play in energy conservation by more accurately predicting and measuring building energy performance. As a topic that has enjoyed scant attention outside a relative fringe audience since I’ve been alive (I came on the scene just in time for the second oil crisis), it was pretty exciting to see it so prominently featured. It appears the relentless efforts of organizations such as Architecture 2030, USGBC and the AIA, are finally beginning to pay off, with many architects becoming aware of their role in averting (or contributing to) greenhouse gas emissions. Politicians (from both sides!), are even beginning to pay attention. Without a doubt, this confirms it… the Mayans were right. The world will end in 2012.

House in Kitabatake / NRM-Architects Office

© Eiji Tomita

Architects: NRM-Architects Office -  Shunichiro Ninomiya + Tomoko Morodome
Location: , Japan
Project area: 170 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Eiji Tomita

Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . This is our first stop in Europe, and admittedly the selection was not completely unbiased. While studying at the Danish Building Research Institute a few years ago I couldn’t help but fall in love with ’s architecture. The Danish attention to detail is absolutely stunning. Besides the wonderful historic architecture, is filled with contemporary architecture of the highest quality. Remarkably, you rarely find the new clashing with the old. More often than not, the contemporary architecture in actually heightens the experience of the historic buildings and streets. Last week our readers suggested so many great buildings I decided to double the usual number of buildings to 24. This still did not come close to including all the suggestions or even some of my favorites, so we will be looking to expand on this list in the near future. Once again thanks to all our readers for your help. As the list is incomplete please add your favorites in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen list and corresponding map after the break.

+ Pool / Family and PlayLab in collaboration with Arup

© Family, PlayLab

A 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the continued development of + Pool is underway. From the creative minds at Family and PlayLab, + Pool is a collaboration to design a floating riverwater pool for everyone in the rivers of New York City. Beginning the next phase of the project, material testing and design, the online fundraising campaign hopefully will raise the initial $25,000 needed to begin physically testing the filtration membranes providing results to determine the best filtration membranes and methods to provide clean and safe riverwater for the public to swim in.  A preliminary engineering feasibility report was initially conducted by New York, which assessed the water quality, filtration, structural, mechanical and energy systems of + Pool.

Family and PlayLab launched a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign this month with the ultimate goal of generating enough support to prototype the filtration system by building a full-scale working mockup of the one section of + Pool. Research, design, testing and development will continue through the year in conjunction with permitting, approvals and building partnerships with community, municipal, commercial and environmental organizations.

Donation levels for the campaign range from $1 to $10,000 with the hope that everyone interested in cleaner public waterways can get involved. Donors can choose from a variety of incentives and gear up for a day at the pool.  For more information about the project and the campaign or to donate click here.  Or write to

Follow the break for more details about this project and the history of floating pools in New York City, which date back to the early 19th century.

Tampere Glass Pavillion / ALA Architects

© Courtesy of ALA Architects

ALA Architects has proposed to plant a Magnolia tree for . An intelligent dome will provide this tree with a more southern climate, complete with ventilation, shading and lighting. The air exhaust of the parking garage will provide additional heating during the cold, dark months. This dome will have its own microclimate fine-tuned using the technical abilities provided by its glazed surface. The Magnolia will be nurtured to burst into a magnificent bright pink blossom by the first of May annually. Its strong perfumed scent will fill the pavilion, on some spring days the scent might even flow down to the parking garage.

MBIArch post-professional degree open for applications

The Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch) is currently receiving applications to the second edition of the MBIArch post-professional degree program, with classes beginning in September.

With a master’s degree awarded together with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the is supported by an outstanding international faculty with the 2011-2012 academic year set to include design seminars and studios with Pier Vittorio Aureli, Philippe Rahm, Cecilia Puga, Iñaki Ábalos, Philip Ursprung and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto among others.

Students from five different continents took part in the 2010-2011 inaugural MBIArch program, with some notable aspects including lectures with Enrique Walker and Riken Yamamoto, and architectural design studios led by David Adjaye, Stan Allen and Ábalos.

Through both the MBIArch curriculum and the Institute’s ongoing Open Lectures & Events aims to provide its students with a platform to develop the skills needed in exploring the analytical and operative capacities of projects to allow for a richer, more stable professional perspective.

Requiring one year of full-time study and offered entirely in English, the MBIArch consists of 60 ECTS credits and is open to candidates holding a professional degree in architecture.

BIArch will be accepting applications to next year’s program until July 15th.

For details on the application process and requirements visit or contact admissions at

Interiors Construction Manual

The Interiors Construction Manual supports planners in their daily work as a practical planning aid and reference work with the relevant standards, guidelines, reference details and constructional solutions, all illustrated by built example projects. It brings together the crucial facts on all aspects of interior construction and presents the key fundamentals of building physics, fire pro-tection, interior construction systems and openings. In addition, it offers tips on integrated planning approaches, energy and sustainability issues, materials used in interior construction, hazardous substances and dealing with building services and light planning.

More information and photos after the break.

Team KCAP-Arup-Fakton presents vision redevelopment of Heysel Plateau Brussels

Park form the south / © KCAP

KCAP Architects & Planners present their vision today for NEO Brussels, the redevelopment of the Heysel plateau, , to the political arena, the press and the public. The team, KCAP working together with advisors Arup and Fakton, won the international design competition in September 2010. The area is one of the most strategic locations in the Brussels Metropole Region. The design for NEO Brussels aims to strengthen the significance of the Heysel, and to qualify it within a framework for sustainable development. More images and complete press release after the break.

KKL Luzern Acoustic Upgrade / WSDG

KKL Exterior
KKL Luzern, one of the world’s premium halls, has selected WSDG for its Electro Acoustic Upgrade. The ongoing project to update the systems of the concert hall should be completed in 2012. Read more about the KKL Luzern and the acoustic upgrade being performed by the architectural acoustics team WSDG after the break.

Library Information Centre / Juraj Koban, Karol Gregor, Štefan Pacák

© Ľubo Stacho

Architects: Juraj Koban, , Štefan Pacák
Location: , Slovakia
Client: Technical University Košice
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 1,935 sqm
Photographs: Ľubo Stacho, Štefan Pacák

Owari Orthodontic Office / Akinari Tanaka

© Yuko Tada

Architects: Akinari Tanaka
Location: ,
Project area: 483 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Yuko Tada

XL+ Office Space / Great City & Architecture

© Wenjie HU

Architects: Great City & Architecture
Location: , China
Project area: 250 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Wenjie HU

House A / Moure Rivera Arquitectos

© Courtesy of

Architects: Moure Rivera Arquitectos / Francisco Moure, Fernando Dominguez
Location: , Chile
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: : 187 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Moure Rivera Arquitectos

AD Round Up: Refurbishment Part VII

© John J. Macaulay

All projects from mid-2009 for our seventh selection of previously featured refurbishment buildings. Check them all after the break.

Palomar Welcome Center / Johnsen Schmaling Architects
As the harbinger of a large-scale development slated for LEED certification, the Palomar Welcome Center utilizes an abandoned one-story warehouse building on the edge of Milwaukee’s Park East redevelopment corridor. The area, an urban desert formerly occupied by an underused freeway spur, is slated to be transformed into the Palomar District, a series of mixed-use projects that will connect downtown to the adjacent neighborhoods (read more…)

Villa Amanzi / Original Vision

© Helicam Asia Aerial Photography

Design team: Original Vision Ltd
Project architects: Adrian McCarroll, Waiman Cheung, Jamie Jamieson
Location: Kamala beach, , Thailand
Project area: 2,644 sqm, 800 sqm of internal area
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Marc Gerritsen. Helicam Asia Aerial Photography