So You Want to Own Your Own Architecture Firm…

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By Andrew Hawkins

Following the popular post, Work/Life/Work by Andrew Maynard, about the realities of the corporate architecture profession and the necessity of working for yourself, we bring you this blog post by Andrew Hawkins from his blog Hawkins Architecture, which explains what it’s like to own your own firm. 

So you want to own your own firm. Well by all means, no time like today. Get the branding started. But there are hundreds of issues that you must be willing to address. I want to speak about a few today from my perspective as an operator of a small firm for going on 6 years. These are just topics to consider and your thoughts on them will surely be different. But they are worth the discussion. So…

Sant Antoni Sunday Market / Ravetllat Ribas Architects

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Architects: Ravetllat Ribas Architects
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Project Area: 1,917.95 sqm
Project Team: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas, Olga Schmid
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Via Verde Officially Opens

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Via Verde, Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects‘ sustainable housing development for the South Bronx, is officially open. At the ribbon cutting ceremony in front of 700 Brook Avenue and East 156th Street, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, along with the leaders of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, largely praised the team’s commitment to revitalize a once blighted South Bronx neighborhood.  ”No one would have predicted that today there would one day be one of the most innovative, exciting, environmentally sustainable affordable housing developments in the nation – if not the world. The change that has swept through the South Bronx in the last decade challenges the very notions of what is and isn’t possible in urban revival. And investment in high-quality affordable housing – made possible by partnerships like the one behind – has been the catalyst,” explained the Mayor.  Located on a formerly contaminated industrial site, the eco-friendly housing development will provide hundreds with a healthy haven to enjoy fresh air and sunlight, natural food production, and outdoor play.

More about Via Verde’s opening after the break. 

S-AR Workshop / S-AR stacion-ARquitectura

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Architects: S-AR stación-ARquitectura
Location: Monterrey,
Project Team: César Augusto Guerrero Rodríguez, Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal, María Sevilla Gómez, Carlos Raúl Flores Leal
Client: S-AR
Project Area: 100 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal 

 

‘Quattro Punti per una Torre’ Installation / Massimo Iosa Ghini

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The idea of the Quattro Punti per una Torre installation, designed by Massimo Iosa Ghini for FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, is to use the primordial monolith, the whole massive block of stone material. In collaboration with Iguzzini, Tecnovision, and Faraonea, the project at the University of represents produced architecture and sculptures from time immemorial, repeated through the use of the large-sized ceramic slab with a finish that draws inspiration from the quarry stone. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Our House / DAR612

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Architects: DAR612 d.o.o.
Location: Zagreb,
Authors: Andrea Donatović Poljičak, d.i.a. Morana Lepur Donatović, d.i.a. Jakov Poljičak, d.i.a.
Site area: 1,000 sqm
Bruto area: 400 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Robert Leš

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© Simon Kennedy

ToyBox / Studio Gil

The concept for the ToyBox, a portable installation by Studio Gil ,… focuses on being a giant toy box for children. A 1500mmX750mm box frame supports three “landscapes” at different heights. These “landscapes” act as a surface and support frame for

Oct Design Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu

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Architects: Studio Pei-Zhu
Location: Shenzhen,
Principal Architect: Pei Zhu
Design Team: Xiaoming Zeng, Fan He, Jun Ke, Chongxia Jiao, Xiao Yin, Si Li
Structure Consultant: Xueyi Fu
Completion: 2011
Area: 5,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

  

Eden Bio / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: Paris, 
Project Area: 7,700 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

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Courtesy of Group8

Klaksvik City Center / Group8

The proposal for the new city center of Klaksvik by Group 8… aims to become a model of design that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable; a place synonymous with modern ideals for living, working, being. The design is inspired

71 council and private flats in Sète / CFA

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Architects: CFA – Colboc Franzen & associés
Location: , France
Project Team: Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud Sachet
Project Area: 3,913 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Client: Pragma
Photographs: Cécile Septet

Fig Tree Pocket House 2 / Shane Plazibat Architects

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Architects: Shane Plazibat Architects
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Project Team: Shane Plazibat, Daniel Sturton, Jindrich Hozak, Vincent TeoProject Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

Baltyk Tower, Poznań / MVRDV

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Located in the city of Poznań, this 25.000 m² office building will be MVRDV’s first project in . Sculpted by the restrictions of the site, the glass tower’s figure completely changes shape depending on the direction it is being viewed. Besides the large amount of office space, Baltyk Tower will feature retail space, a panorama restaurant and a proposed one room hotel. Completion is scheduled for 2014.

Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

House in the Mountains / GEZA

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Architects: GEZA
Location: , Austria
Photographs: Courtesy of Geza

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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If for some reason you missed ArchDaily’s featured projects last week , don’t worry, we’ve brought together the best of the week here. You can’t miss Kengo Kuma’s Green Cast, a mix-use building with a unique green façade or the Timmelsjoch Experience, a museum that pays tribute to the pioneers of the High Alpine Road. Are you looking for house designs? You must check out House in Tarussa by Bureau Alexander Brodsky and House G-S, an interesting refurbishment in Belgium by GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten. Finally last week, as part of our AD Classics, we featured the 1920’s Russian avant-garde with Melnikov House by architect Konstantin Melnikov.

Great Barrier House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan
Location: Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
Project Area: 170 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Dame Zaha Hadid

Photo by Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid has been awarded the title Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to architecture in the Queen’s building honors announced this weekend.

Dame Zaha Hadid said: “It is a tremendous honor for me to receive this award. I would like to thank all my colleagues and clients for their hard work and support. I am delighted that architecture has been recognized in this way. My father went to the School of Economics in the 1930s, and everything he learned at the time is why I have always leaned towards the UK.”

(ZHA) projects in the UK include Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Kirkcaldy (2006), Evelyn Grace Academy in London (2010), Riverside Museum in Glasgow (2011) and London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games. The MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ highest accolade – the Stirling Prize – in 2010. ZHA’s Evelyn Grace Academy won the Stirling Prize in 2011.

Ecletica Music Center / 0E1 Arquitetos

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Architects: 0E1 Arquitetos
Location: Nova Prata,
Project Team: Ana Cristina Castagna, Anna Carolina Manfroi, Gabriel Giambastiani, Mário Guidoux, Pablo Resende
Project Area: 62 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Ecletica Music Center
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi