Update: St. Petersburg Pier Design Competition Finalists Present to Public


The three finalists of the St. Petersburg Pier competition presented their proposals to a panel of jurors and nearly 200 people, as the presentation was open to the public. BIG started the day off with the Wave and was followed by Michael Maltzan Architecture’s presentation of the Lens. The day concluded with West 8’s proposal, the People’s Pier. Concerns of cost and shade dominated the conversation, as well as materiality, permitting, storm ratings and boating. According to the Tampa Bay online report, the Lens and the Wave generated the most positive attention, stating the People’s Pier received “a more restrained response.” The panel will announce their decision on January 20th.

Click here to check out the final three design proposals featured on ArchDaily.

Watch the presentations online and provide your feedback here on the official city website of St. Petersburg.

Incubadora Social ITESM-BANCOMER / Shine Architecture

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Architects: SHINE Architecture
Location: Leon,
Project Credits: Minche Mena, Michael Smith, Ruben Vazquez, Jose Zermeno
Developed by: SHINE Architecture

Typology: Social-Education
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SHINE Architecture

Michael Graves on Hospital Room Design

Architect Michael Graves, recipient of the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize, recently gave a talk at TEDMED 2011 about his experience with a debilitating illness and his inspiration for designing improved healthcare designs that are much more suitable for individuals with limited mobility. His observations illustrated the need for a much more sensitive approach, “they didn’t make mistakes…they just made the most frustrating mistakes you could ever imagine and made your cure more difficult. Your room should make it easier for the doctors and the aides and the patient. But instead it does just the opposite.” Armed with sketches of improved designs for furniture, rooms, and buildings, Graves collaborated with hospital furnishing company Stryker to release improved products for hospital rooms. Check out an introduction to his talk in the video above.

Reference: TEDMED, CNN

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy / SHW Group

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Architects: SHW Group
Location: Dallas, TX
Date of Completion: August 2011
Building area (total gross square feet): 110,000
Principal-in-Charge: Terry Hoyle, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Project Manager: Vandana Nayak, AIA, LEED AP, Mike Elmore, AIA LEED AP
Principal Designer: Konrad Judd, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Programmer/Planner: Roz Keck
Project Architect: Jennifer Deng AIA, Amy King AIA
Photographs: Luis Ayala

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MASS Design Group is encourage everyone to help, in any way, in their efforts to design, build, and advocate for buildings that improve health and strengthen communities. Architects have a unique ability to affect change by producing Well-Built Environments, those…

How We Work / Architecture For Humanity

With the New Year approaching, how will you give thanks for a great 2011?  We are supporters of Cameron Sinclair’s   and we hope this video will inspire you to join their efforts in some way in 2012.   In the past few years, we have experienced serious natural disasters and Architecture for Humanity constantly provides a sense of stability, offering immediate help and a future plan for those most severely affected.   In the past 12 years, the organization has built over 2250 structures in 44 countries  - an amazing accomplishment that has impacted millions of people.   How many more millions can we help in 2012?  Check out Architecture for Humanity to join their team, and make this a resolution you will keep.

Noor-e-Mobin Sports Hall / FEA Studio

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Architects : FEA STUDIO - Arash Nasiri , Ensieh Khamseh
Location: Bastam, , Iran
Project team: Pirooz Parsazadeh, Masoumeh Molaee, Mohammad Hosein Azimi, Amir Nasiry
Structural design: Payman Khatibi
M&E design: Babak Koolivand, Ahmad Rahmati
Project manager & Contractor: Hossein Farzinnia , Alireza Tahmouresi
Client: NOOR-e-MOBIN charity organization , Mr. Hossein Farzinnia
Project area: 1,400 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Behrooz Khamseh, Arash Nasiri

Hangzhou Waves / JDS


JDS has just been awarded first prize for their Hangzhou Waves scheme – a competition entry that called for the design of not one, but two buildings for the financial district of Hangzhou Xintiandi of Hangzhou, .    The two sloping volumes offer different exterior expressions and hold different programmatic entities (a hotel and an office building); yet, the forms are guided by similar attitudes regarding sunlight, green roofs, an active ground plane, etc, which immediately creates a strong relationship between the pair.

More about the winning competition entry after the break.

Netanya City Hall Building / Yaniv Pardo Architects

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Through an innovative redesign by Yaniv Pardo Architects, the city center will be turned into a vibrant and exciting location, befitting a large metropolis. The municipality building will act as the city’s iconic landmark, an architectural milestone supporting the city’s unique urban landscape. The concept leans heavily on the residents of the city who will be using the space for a wide range of activities and services – cultural, social, leisure, commercial etc. Their movement across the space throughout the day will create a bustling urban center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Szamalk Educational Center / DOBAI János DLA

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Architect:  Dobai János DLA 
Location: , Hungary
Architect collaborators: Vizdák Janka
Client: Számalk-Holding Co.  Kenessey Andrásné
General constructor: Meto Co.  Csereklye László, Jenel József, Méhész Csaba
Total floor area: 9.024,10 sqm
Photographs: Bujnovszky Tamás


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Statens Museum for Kunst / Karres en Brands Landschapsarchitecten + Polyform Arkitekter

Karres en Brands Landschapsarchitecten + Polyform Arkitekter… recently won the international competition for redesigning the Museum Garden of the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, with their entry ‘SMK tilbage i Parken’ (‘SMK back in the park’). The project will

In Progress: Mediterraneo House / Manuel Ocaña


Architect: Manuel Ocaña del Valle
Location: Benalúa Railway Station, Alicante,
Developer: Casa Mediterráneo
Collaborators: Miguel Molins Jiménez, Karolina Kurzak, Adriana Cepeda, Paloma Montoro, María Ortiz-Muyo, BeDV Arquitectos
Project Management: INECO
Project Director: Marisa Guillamot Bernardo
Built surface: 3,500 sqm
Budget: 5,900,000 euros
Photographs: Manuel Ocaña

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‘Migrating Landscapes’ at 2012 Venice Biennale / 5468796 Architecture + Jae-Sung Chon

‘Migrating Landscapes’ has been selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The project will examine how Canadians express their diverse cultural memories in the way they live and build. ‘Migrating Landscapes’ will be presented by 5468796 …

Salt Building / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc
Location: , British Columbia
Size: 14,000 square feet
Completion: 2009
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The Round Tower / De Matos Ryan

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Architects: De Matos Ryan
Location: Glouchestershire,
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Main Contractor: GL50 Properties
Concrete Contractor: Stallard Construction
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

Lloyd’s building joins Grade I Elite

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The futuristic Lloyd’s of London building has become one of the few postmodern buildings to be granted Grade I listed status, elevating the building to the top 2.5% of all listed buildings. Following and Renzo Piano’s success with the great Pompidou Center in Paris (1977), Rogers designed the Lloyd’s building to replace the insurance company’s original headquarters in ’s medieval financial district. The building was completed in 1986 after eight years of construction, requiring 33,510 cubic meters of concrete, 30,000 square meters of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square meters of glass to construct.

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Yalumba Winery – Signature Cellars / Grieve Gillett

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Architect: Grieve Gillett
Location: ,
Client: Yalumba Winery
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Grieve Gillett


Maison de la Petite Enfance à Clichy sous Bois / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: Ville de Clichy sous Bois (93) et AMO: DDE 93,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie