Serramar Parque Shopping / Aflalo and Gasperini Arquitects

© Daniel Ducci

Architects: Aflalo and Gasperini Arquitects
Location: São Paulo
Principal Architects: Roberto Aflalo, Felipe Aflalo e Giancarlo Gasperini; co-author/coordinator: Grazzieli Gomes, Carlos Alberto, Eduardo Crafig; collaborators: Eduardo Mizuka, Reginaldo Okusako, André Navarro, Daniela Mungai, Mario de Bem, Marcio Henrique Guarnieri, Anelise Bertolini Guarnieri
Built Area: 30,303.25 sqm
Site Size: 119,000 sqm
Scope: Schematic Design / Construction Documents
Project Construction: 2011
Photographs: Daniel Ducci

Flashback: Hearst Tower / Foster and Partners

© Chuck Choi

Architect: Foster and Partners
Location: Midtown Manhattan, City, , USA
Project Design: Norman Foster
Structural Engineer: WSP Cantour Seinuk
Construction: Turner Construction
Project Area: 46 stories; 860,000 sq ft 
Project Year: 2003-2006
Photographs: Chuck Choi

Storrs Road / Tim Stewart Architects

© Christopher Frederick Jones

Architect: Tim Stewart Architects
Location: Peachester, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones – Architectural Photographer

Museum of Handcraft Paper / TAO

© Shu He

Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: , Tengchong, Xinzhuang Village,
Floor Area: 361 sqm.
Lot size: 300 sqm
Completion: 2010
Client: Committee of Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper
Design team: HUA Li, Huang Tianju, Li Guofa, Jiang Nan, Sun Yuanxia, Xu Yinjun, Yang Hefeng
Photographs: Shu He


AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LIX

Photo by Anna Mayrah Gregorczyk -

A house, a library, an art gallery, a housing project and Gehry. All part of our new Flickr Round Up. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Anna Mayrah Gregorczyk in Auroville, India. Check the other four after the break.

Theresia Bastion / ARCHAEUS

© Stefan Tuchila

Architects: ARCHAEUS
Locations: ,
Architecture Team: Marius Miclăuş, Bogdan Raţ, Zsolt Varday, Brindusa Havasi, Cristian Blidariu, Vasile Oprisan, Beatrice Lucaci, Nicolae Olteanu
Client: Consiliul Judetean Timis si Primaria Municipiului Timisoara
Cost: 9,7 M €
Total Surface: 13,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Stefan Tuchila

KKC Family House / No.555

© Torimura Koichi

Architect: No.555 - Tsuchida Takuya
Location: Fukushima, Japan
Completion: 2009
Site Area: 365.88
Building Area: 198.25
Floor Area: 340.67
Photographer: Torimura Koichi 


Foster & Partners Profits Soar

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BDOnline’s recent report Foster & Partners sees profits soars reveals that the firm has “posted a major rise in profits for the year ended April 30, 2011, with pre-tax profits of £10.9 million, up from £1.6 million.” Most of the firms work is said to come from Asia and , as turnover at the practice is up to £159 million from £134 million.

“In its annual accounts posted at Companies House, Foster’s said 26% of its order book was for work in the Far East, compared to 16% in the Middle East. North America accounts for 24% of the work, while only 8% is in the with a turnover of £11.5 million.” The chief’s executive statement also reported that the firm is “exploring opportunities in South Africa, Japan and further projects in Australia.”

Salaries of Foster & Partners totaled £4.7 million, with the highest paid director, believed to be Foster, receiving £1.8 million. The average staff salary was reported to be close to £50,000.

Reference: BDOnline

Weekend House / Pokorny Architekti

© Dano Veselsky

Architects: Pokorny Architekti – Pavol Pokorny
Location: , Slovakia
Engineering: Studio B52
Cooperation: Maria Smilnakova, Martin Bujna
Interior designers: Pavol Pokorny, Maria Smilnakova |
Built up area: 130 sqm
Construction Year: 2011
Photographs: Dano Veselsky

Zaha Hadid Architects and Central Bank of Iraq sign agreement for new Headquarters

H.E. Dr Sinan Al-Shabibi, Governor of the Central Bank of , Zaha Hadid, H.E. Dr Muhielddin Hussein Abdullah, Charges d’Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy - Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid joined H.E. Dr Sinan Al-Shabibi, Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI), at a ceremony to sign the agreement between CBI and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the design stages of the new CBI Headquarters building. The ceremony was hosted at the Victoria & Albert Museum by H.E. Dr Muhielddin Hussein Abdullah, Charges d’Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy.

ZHA have already completed the client’s Brief Development and will immediately begin the design process that will focus on developing a national symbol for the new spirit of Iraq on the shores of the Tigris River in . ZHA will lead the international team of specialist consultants including: Adams Kara Taylor, Max Fordham, Newtecnic, DEGW, Gross Max, Davis Langdon, Arup, Warringtonfire, Winton Nightingale and A2 Project Managers.

Dr Sinan Al-Shabibi said: “The new building shall be a symbol of the Bank’s role in the economic development of Iraq and a reflection of the determination to rebuild the country.”

Zaha Hadid said: “I am deeply touched that I have been asked to design the new headquarters for the Central Bank of Iraq. I was born in Iraq and I still feel very close to it. I feel very privileged to be working in Iraq on a design of such national importance.”

Continue after the break for more images of the ceremony. 

Yellow Hotel / PLAN Associated Architects

© Alexandre da Luz Mendes & Ricardo Cabeços

Architects: PLAN Associated Architects
Location: Meia Praia, Lagos, Algarve,
Project:  Yellow Hotel Meia Praia  – 5 star hotel
Building Area: 22 298,28 sqm
Design Team: Armando Daniel Dos Reis (Principal Architect), Jenny da Costa Marcos, Ricardo Galego Silva, Quirio Ramalhinho, Liliana de Sousa, Luis Caetano, Hugo Fonseca, Joana Fernandes, Inês Martins, José Martins, Ana Paula Costa, Filipa Monteiro, Matias dos Reis
Client: Iberotel Group
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexandre da Luz Mendes, Ricardo Cabeços, Hugo Fonseca

Courtesy of Active City Transformation (ACT)

Shifting Fields / Active City Transformation (ACT)

Active City Transformation (ACT)… recently designed a public space using flooding as a productive phenomenon, both as an active and attractive element. The intent of Shifting Fields is to create a more experience-rich site, which underlines the relationships to the

EFH Haus Cracau / AI.STUDIO

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Architect: AI.STUDIO – A r c h i t e k t e n + I n g e n i e u r e
Location: Wahlitzer Weg 4a / 39114 ,
Start of construction: June 2010
Completion: March 2011
Property size: 1065.0 sqm
Client: Private
Living space: 204.0 sqm
Enclosed space: 605.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of AI.STUDIO


Holl to design MFAH

Nelson-Atkins Museum /

Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the leading cultural institution of the region, has recently selected Steven Holl Architects to design a new museum building to support its collections, exhibitions, and various educational programs.  After a comprehensive international competition, asked Steven Holl, Snøhetta, and Morphosis to develop site-specific concepts for the planned expansion.  The jury unanimously chose Holl as his strong portfolio of built museums, such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the recently finished Cité de l’Océan et du Surf, display a sense of elegance and clarity much desired by the MFAH.

 More about the museum after the break.

Hawkesbury Residence / Marmol Radziner

© Emily Andrews

Architect: Marmol Radziner
Location: Mt Barker, ,
Executive Architect: Herriot + Melhuish (Architecture)
Project Team (MR): Ron Radziner (Design Principal), Leo Marmol (Managing Principal), Stephanie Hobbs (Design Associate), (HMA): Max Herriot (Project Director), Karl Wipatene (Project Architect), Kylie Adamson (Project Team)
Interior Designer: White Interiors
Landscape Architect: Baxter Design Group Ltd
Square Footage: 2150, (200 sqm), (3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths)
Project Date: December 2007
Photographs: Emily Andrews

Courtesy of LRA

Calamari Union / LRA

Located in the Finnish city of Turku, the Calamari Union project by LRA (Lapo Ruffi Architetto)… is designed around the theme, “European urbanity | Resonance between territories and ways of life. What architectures for sustainable cities?”. The project responds to

Bishop’s Square / Matthew Lloyd Architects

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Architect: Matthew Lloyd Architects 
Location: ,
Clients: Hammerson UK and Native Land Ltd
Contract Value: £2m (Twenty Bishops Square apartments)
Completion: 2008
PhotographsMikael Schilling


Australia House Proposal / Andrew Burns Architect

view from the north

Andrew Burns Architect recently won the competition for a gallery-atelier in rural House. The competition was judged by Tadao Ando and open internationally. Their design is scheduled to be completed in July 2012 and will be a key part of the Echigo Tsumari Art Trienale 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.