The RainShine House / Robert M. Cain

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Architects: Robert M. Cain
Location: , Georgia, USA
Area: 2,800 sq. ft.
Date: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Robert M. Cain


In Progress: One Ocean / soma


Construction on soma‘s “One Ocean” thematic pavilion is currently well underway and scheduled for completion in May 2012.  Selected as the first prize winner of an open international competition in Yeosu, , the thematic pavilion was designed to embody the Expo’s theme “The Living Ocean and Coast” and transform it into a three-dimensional “multi-layered” architectural experience. The goal of the Expo is to portray the responsible use of natural materials, which has been embedded into the sustainable climate design and the biomimetic aspects of the facade of “One Ocean”.

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Spring 2012 AIAS West Quad Regional Conference

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter at Washington State University will proudly host the Spring 2012 West Quad Regional Conference in Spokane at the end of March 2012. The conference will take place March 29th – April 1st…

Duikklok / Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten

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Architect: Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten
Location: Tilburg,
Client: Interfour B.V., Berkel-Enschot
Project Architect: Jacq. de Brouwer
Project Team: Ingeborg Dankers, Marco Oggel, Kees Paulussen
Structural Advisor: Adviesbureau S. v. Boxtel – Tilburg
Contractor: Aannemersbedrijf Riebouw B.V.
Project Area: 576m2
Gross Volume: 1853m3
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tim van de Velde

Sports Complex and Urban Re-design / gmp Architekten

bird‘s eye view from the north

In association with Jean-Baptiste Ferrari et Associes SA, gmp Architekten recently won the competition for a sports complex and urban re-design in , . The design manages to create an urban link between the diverse structure of the neighboring quarters, the new proposed residential quarter and the shores of Lake Geneva. Situated on a triangular lot, the site is defined in the south by the motorway and in the west and north by large arterial roads. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House Rot Ellen Berg / architecten de vylder vinck taillieu

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Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu
Location: O.,
Design Team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Sebastian Skovsted, Olivier Goethals
Structural Engineering: Arthur De Roover structureel ontwerp, Gent
Area: 182 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Courtesy of the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana

23rd Biennial of Design Competition

The Museum of Architecture and Design is proud to announce the international Call for Entries for the 23rd Biennial of Design – the international exhibition and BIO Design Awards competition. Through its selection of well-designed works and emphasis on quality,…

Single House In Bescano / Josep Ferrando Bramona

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Architects: Josep Ferrando Bramona
Location: ,
Collaborators: Jordi Queralt + Marc Nadal
Area: 400 sqm
Budget: 720,000 €
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

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Europan 11 Proposal: Science Park / YanKang Wang, ShuYan Wang, Yuan Lin, JingRong Zhong

The Europan 11 proposal for the science park in Ingolstadt, Germany received an honorable mention in the competition. Dominated by technology and science, the intent of YanKang Wang, ShuYan Wang, Yuan Lin, and JingRong Zhon…g is to create a

Strategy and Tactics / a+t

We are super excited about receiving the next magazine in the a+t strategy series. The series as a whole “analyzes the strategies undertaken in the projects of urban landscaping in order to achieve the set objectives.” This issue specifically deals with Tactical Urbanism. The topic takes on how to address the conflict and fog created in many of the occupy protests, making the issue relevant to the larger discussion taking place among society all over the world. Many of the ideas trend toward an open-ended approach of what Rem Koolhaas might have called, “specific indeterminacy.” The common denominators of the eight collectives this issue covers are “the criticism of the consumerism present in modern society, the instigation of individual participation in collective and spontaneous projects to transform the city, non-recognition of intellectual property, the inclination towards libertarian and hedonistic projects, the struggle against alienating work and in particular merging daily activity, leisure and fun into one workload with the aim that each person might construct their own life differently and according to their desires and personal preferences.”

apbcOffices / Asylum

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Architects: Asylum
Location: The Pavilion Tower, ,
Creative Director: Chris Lee
Design Director: Cara Ang
Interior Designer: Dymitr Malcew
Area: 10,473 square feet
Year of completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of apbcOffices

CTBUH Debuts their Skyscraper Resource Site

SOM | © Pawel Sulima

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ( ) has launched The Skyscraper Center – a comprehensive resource for data and information on all buildings taller than 200 meters, whether they are completed or currently being developed. Detailed profiles and images reveal each towers global and regional size-ranking, as well as the projects latest updates and data. For example, recently completed Al Hamra Firdous Tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill ranks first in its city and national ranking, second in its regional ranking and is the thirteenth tallest building in the world.

“The new site builds on our database compiled through 40 years of research and adds valuable new functions, new information and extensive assets for both professionals and non-professionals exploring the world of skyscrapers,” said Timothy Johnson, chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

House At The Edge Of A Forest / Hilberink Bosch Architects

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Architect: Hilberink Bosch Architects
Location: ,
Project team: Annemariken Hilberink, Geert Bosch, Rolf van Boxmeer, Jaap Janssen
Size: 300 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: René de Wit, Paul Kozlowski


Finn House / WoodWoodWard Architecture

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Architects: WoodWoodWard Architecture  – Monique Brady-Ward, Scott Woodward and Jen Wood
Location: Silverleaves, , Australia
Photographs: John Gollings


Deck Over A Roman Site / Amann-Canovas-Mauri

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Architects: Amann-Canovas-Mauri  – Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri.
Location: Parque Del Monlinete, Cartagena, Murcia,
Completion: 2011
Design Team: Nacho Álvarez-Monteserín, Javier Gutiérrez, Ana López, Pablo Sigüenza, José López
Client: Cartagena Puerto de Culturas
Budget: 977.719€
Photographs: David Frutos 


LivingHomes C6: Affordable, Sustainable and Prefabricated

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LivingHomes has just announced the launch of their first well-designed, affordable and sustainable prefabricated home known as C6. Starting at $179,000, the home is nearly half the cost of most other LivingHomes models and includes 34 tons of carbon offsets. It is the first to achieve LEED® Platinum and feature Cradle-to-Cradle inspired materials.

C6 was designed by the architects of LivingHomes in collaboration with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and renowned architect William McDonough to build 150 Cradle to Cradle inspired LEED Platinum homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. A portion of the proceeds from each C6 will help support the efforts of Make It Right. Continue reading for more.

De Beers LA / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

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Architects: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners
Location: ,
Client: De Beers
Year: 2005
Area: 350 sqm
Purpose: Jewellery Store
Photographs: Simone Barberis

Exclusive Interview: Plasma Studio on Xi’an International Horticultural Expo


In conjunction with our recent coverage of the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo, we would like to share Aidan Flaherty’s with Holger Kehne, co-principle of Plasma Studio and GroundLabPlasma Studio, GroundLab and LAUR Studio worked together to win this international competition with a 37-hectare master plan for the International Horticultural Expo, a 5,000SM Exhibition Hall, a 4,000SM Greenhouse, and a 3,500SM Gate Building. The project initiated the re-development of a large area between the airport and the center of the ancient city of Xi’an – known as the home of the Terracotta Army of the Qin Dynasty.

The Expo opened in the spring of 2011 and welcomed more than 16 million visitors before it closed in the fall of 2011. The Expo park will remain as a new contemporary addition to the Xi’an region. The particularities of this legacy plan are currently underway. Holger Kehne discusses his firms’ unique design methodologies and multidisciplinary approach while working on this large-scale project. Read the interview after the break.