House In Souto / Nelson Resende

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Architects: Nelson Resende
Location: Rua de Violetas, 125, Cabomonte, Souto, Santa Maria da Feira,
Completion: 2011
Structures: Miguel Pinho, Civil Engineer
Infrastructure: Miguel Pinho, Engineer
Electrical Infrastructures: António Amorim, Electrical Engineer
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

 

ASM International World Headquarters Renovation / The Chesler Group and Dimit Architects

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The ASM International World Headquarters, originally constructed in 1959, is an architectural composition by two influential designers during the mid-twentieth century: John Terence Kelly, who studied under Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius, and R. , well known for his geodesic domes, environmentally-conscious designs and the dymaxion car.  The complex includes the building, dome and garden on the 45-acre site known as Materials Park.  The renovation, led by The Chesler Group and Dimit Architectsbrings new life to Kelly’s building.  According to Architectural Record, (Snapshot, Laura Raskin), Michael Chesler of The Chesler Group, campaigned to salvage the architectural marvel, giving it a place in the National Register of Historic Places and using tax credits to fund the renovation.

Pictures and details of the renovation after the break.

Techne: The Eco-School

Fence constructed from onsite, reclaimed boards, image by author

There are a lot of different approaches to making buildings more efficient with finite resources, and some of them have been highlighted in this series. Strategies like green roofs, passive heating and cooling, as well as more advanced technologies like newer materials to fabricate solar panels, are all important developments. And as we have seen, different architects and designers have deployed these strategies successfully. Most often, however, these strategies are just applied to a single building. It’s rare that an entire campus will be built using multiple strategies that try to re-use, preserve, and even incorporate such approaches into the curriculum.

Enter Muse, located in Calabasas, California. The brainchild of actress Suzy Amis Cameron and rebuilt by Ecovations, a design/construction/consulting firm, the exemplifies a sustainable approach on a grander scale.

Forming Playscapes: What Schools Can Learn from Playgrounds

The Children Activity and Learning Centre by Architecture by 24H > architecture, a dome-like structure which offers different entertainment areas and semi-private, lofted spaces. © Kiattipong Panchee & Boris Zeisser

Let’s begin with the obvious: kids like to climb, and run, and get their hands on anything that could (and probably will) break. They like to explore and imagine, create and destroy and create again.

Thankfully, a movement in the world of Education has begun to account for this reality (see:Ken Robinson’s seminal 2007 TedTalk), to leave behind the antiquated schema that children are little adults, and to engage students’ creativity, energy, and need for expression – a task often complicated by the physical constraints of a traditional classroom.

When designing a classroom, architects are keenly aware of the importance of the physical conditions of a learning environment (temperature, crowding, even permeability to the community) on a child’s psyche. [1] However, as much as we depend upon studies to help us design the “correct” environment, what we ultimately need is a practical, playful perspective that understands what excites and engages children.

We need a source of inspiration. To look at spaces that welcome interaction with the environment and encourage the free reign of energy and imagination. We need the .

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy / JGMA

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Architects: JGMA 
Location: Chicago, , USA
Architect of Record: Ghafari Associates
Completion Date: September 2011
Owner: Instituto del Progreso Latino (IPL)
Design Team: Juan Gabriel Moreno, Cosmin Vrajitoru, Jason Nuttelman, John Rausch, David Ruffing, Linda Chavez, Michael Cady
Design Builder: McShane Construction
Project Area: 100,000 sf
Photographs: Courtesy of JGMA

   

ICEHOTEL / Art & Design Group

Photo: Leif Milling . Artists: Wilfred Stijger and Edith Van De Wetering

Located in the small village of Jukkasjärvi in northern 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, ICEHOTEL may be the epitomy of ephemeral and temporal architecture. The world’s first and largest hotel built out of snow and ice is an inhabitable work of art that takes on a new form each year. The existence of the ICEHOTEL is entirely reliant upon the climate and Torne River, from which the 4000 tonnes of ice are harvested each year between March and April. The architecture is a form of exhibition as well. Each year artists are handpicked to design and build the Art Suites within the ICEHOTEL. The whole process invoved about 100 people and is constructed between November and December.

GaW / Satoru Hirota Architects

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Architect: Satoru Hirota Architects – Satoru Hirota
Location: Tochigi,
Structural Design: Cremona Institute / Masahiro Shirasu
Machinery Design: Ymo / Hiroyuki Yamada
Contractor: Maruyama Kogyo / Hitoshi Akutsu + Katsuaki Ito
Interior Coordination: Ozone / Miki Sakamoto
Total Floor Area: 1,094.05 sqm
Year of Completion: 2010
Photographers: Atsushi Nakamichi, Satoru Hirota Architects

Cronton Colliery Competition Finalists

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RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) recently announced the finalists in their Cronton Colliery Competition. The challenge to design a pioneering new visitor destination on a former colliery has inspired creative teams across the world to push the boundaries of landscape and architecture. Hassell, Hawkins/Brown, Michael Lee Architects and Edward Architecture & Matthew Riley are the four of the most inventive schemes that have been invited to the final stage for the chance to see their vision become a reality. More images and information after the break.

Infographic: A Closer Look at the Young Architects Program (YAP)

Call for Submissions – CLOG: Rendering Issue

: Rendering Issue

 We have been following the rising popularity of CLOG, beginning with their inaugural thematic issue on BIG and, their second issue on Apple which highlighted Jobs’  Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino by .  This latest architectural publication seeks to slow the pace at which architectural information is distributed, allowing people to pause and absorb the projects and ideas presented and discuss the topics at hand.

For CLOG’s Apple issue, the publication included over 50 international multidisciplinary contributors and discussed topics from ranging an interview with one of Apple Computer’s original three founders, Ronald Wayne, to articles about the innovative glass engineering, and design critique of the project. After the large success of both issues, CLOG is gearing up for their next issue and calling for submissions about renderings.  For this addition, the team will address the persuasive power of renderings and their important, and perhaps dominant, role in project presentations.

More about CLOG after the break.

WarmWall

WarmWall

Designed by ExS Architects
Concept: Elina Karanastasi
Design team: Nikos Asimakis, Eri Badouva, Stathis Vlachiotis
Consultant: Maria Mandalaki
and Matthijs Moelee, Alexandros Vazakas
http://warmwall.blogspot.com/
The WarmWall house is a project of ExS Architects. It was designed for the Deventer Havenkwartier…

House in Santo Domingo / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

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Architects: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Project Manager: César Martín
Date: 2008-2011
Area: 471 sqm
Collaborator: Isabel Colino
Technical Architect: Jaime Santos
Structure: R7 consultores / Alejandro Bernabeu
Photographs: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

Netanya City Hall Proposal / Zarhy Architects

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In their design proposal for the City Hall, Zarhy Architects aimed to create an urban square that functions as a space which creates a direct connection between the public entities, the residents, and the rest of the city. Their approach was to refrain from building one tower which is indifferent to the street and instead, to introduce a “campus” of municipal buildings that provides an integral public space designed to serve the residents of the city of Netanya, as a generous and active urban square. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zac Claude Bernard Multifunctional Building / Atelier Zündel & Cristea

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Architects: Atelier Zündel & Cristea
Location: ,
Year: 2008-2011
Photographs:  Stephane Chalmeau

   

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“e_co_llectiva” Urban Design Project / Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou

The Greek urban design project “e_co_llectiva” by Athanasios Polyzoidis (Architect-Landscape Architect) and Katerina Petsiou… (Architect) was awarded with the Salon Grand Prix in the 4th Landscape Architecture Exhibition in Belgrade. In their design, the public space of the streets and

Shoreham Street / Project Orange

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Architect: Project Orange
Location: , England
Structural engineer: Project Design Associates
Project manager: J P Mooney Ltd
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Project Orange

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Planetarium and Science Center / Gillot + Givry

The planetarium and science center project by Gillot + Givry… is designed to be a strong image in the urban context of the city of Chalet-a-Gobet, Switzerland. Worth and deserving specific treatment, it is important to strike the right balance

Architecture City Guide: Singapore

Thanks to our readers’ help like, Jonathan Choe, we bring you an Architecture City Guide to . The city’s “recent prosperity and extremely dense urban situation has lead to a wealth of incredible architecture from architects around the world,” says Choe. Today we bring you only 12 buildings as a starting point. Please leave some of your favorites in the comment section below as we intend to expand it in the near future.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Singapore list and corresponding map after the break.