Student Residence in Paris / LAN Architecture

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Architect: LAN Architecture
Location: , France
Project leaders: Sebastian Niemann, Venezia Ferret
Project Area: 3,950 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of LAN Architecture

Children’s Clinic Wildermeth / bauzeit architekten

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Architect: bauzeit architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Client: Stiftung Kinderspital Wildermeth
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,845 sqm
Photographs: Yves André

Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Tokiwadai Branch / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

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Architects: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
Location: Tokyo,
Project area: 656 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

In Progress: Interboro Partners’ “Holding Pattern” P.S.1 Installation Underway

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The community based winning design for the 2011 Young Architects Program at the P.S.1, “Holding Pattern” by Interboro Partners, shared photographs of the installations canopy raising which took place last Thursday at MoMA.  The New York firm, formed by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, were able to creatively accomplish the design within the Young Architects Program’s budget and program requirements, stretching the funds to essentially serve two purposes; as the materials will be recycled, donating the objects such as ping pong tables, benches, and flood lights, to the community at the end of the installation.  ”Holding Pattern” will welcome visitors beginning June 19th.

In Progress: Student Apartment Studios in Paris / OFIS

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The Student Apartment Studios in Paris by OFIS involves designing a dormitory with 180 studios on the site of the Stade de Ladoumègue in Paris’s 19th district. Currently in construction phase the dormitory is part of an urban development done by Reichen & Robert architects.  Scheduled for completion for the end of 2011 the Student Apartment Studio in Paris will coordinate with the Paris tram which will open in early 2012.

Architects: OFIS arhitekti
Location: Rue des Petits Ponts, 19th district, Paris,
Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, katja Aljaz, Andrej Gregoric, Javier Carrera, Janez Martincic
Client: Competition Sponsor and Patron, Regie Immobiliere de la Ville de Paris
Project Area: 931 sqm
Project Year: 2008 – 2011

USGBC Multifamily Midrise Design Competition

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The USGBC Multifamily Midrise Design Competition, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council, is designed to provide innovative industry leading architects a unique opportunity to present their solutions to sustainable multifamily midrise design.

This competition calls upon applicants to design a new 4-6 story residential mixed-use building in combination with the gut-rehab renovation of an existing building on a specific site in the City of New Orleans.

For more information you can go to the competition’s official website.

The Indicator: Death of a Critic

When a major architecture critic heads for the exit, does anyone care? One would suspect most architects would hold the door open and wave him on through. Critics, after all, can be quite nasty and make one’s life work look like so much poop.

So, it depends. When Herbert Muschamp died in 2007 the collective tissue boxes of the architectural profession were emptied as architects of all stripes, especially those he championed, shed rivers of tears. Mr. Muschamp, it seems, was a critic of consequence. People listened to him. What then of his protégé, Nicolai Ouroussoff? (Hereafter, simplified to N.O.) Will be N.O. missed?

More after the break.

Mezzo / Will Bruder Architects

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Approached from its north façade along Whitton Avenue, owners, neighbors and visitors are welcomed to Mezzo through a native desert garden. Site benches and weathered welded wire mesh fences enhance this natural environment and define the exterior spaces of the project. Sandblasted pale green masonry site walls work within this composition to further delineate shared and private areas.

Architect: Will Bruder Architects
Location: 3438 North 12th Street, Phoenix, Arizona,
Project Area: 17,250 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Buckminster Fuller, a design and green pioneer, believed we could make the world work for all humanity while maintaining good stewardship of it.  His eponymous Institute each year recognizes people who are fulfilling that mission. The 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge asks designers to provide workable solutions to the world’s most significant challenges and rewards integrated, whole-systems approaches to solving the world’s sustainability crises.  This year’s finalists and winner celebration events will be held in New York City June 8-10, where the winners will be revealed.  The four finalists include solutions for problems spanning ocean restoration in Madagascar, protecting indigenous knowledge in the Congo Basin, combating women’s illiteracy in India, and technologically connecting the remote developing world to the communication grid.

More information on these projects and the scheduled events after the break.

180 Queen West / KPMB Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects

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One Eighty Queen West is a commercial property located on a site at the northwest edge of downtown Toronto’s financial district area and adjacent to the city’s “legal district” to the east (Osgoode Hall, the Ontario Courts Building, Old and New City Halls). The site also stands immediately adjacent to a historic legal monument: Campbell House, originally the home of William Campbell, first chief justice of Ontario and at the threshold to the Queen Street West retail strip and the residential neighbourhoods to the north. The land is part of the Life lands. Along with an environmental agenda, the project design was driven in the first instance by its obligation to address this confluence of distinct urban conditions.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects
Location: 180 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 270,809 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Tom Arban, Eduard Hueber

Office and Service Building / Donaire Arquitectos

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Architects: Donaire Arquitectos / Juan Pedro Donaire Barbero
Location: ,
Client: E.P.P.A. y Consejería de Obras Públicas de la Junta de Andalucía
Collaboration: Ignacio Núñez Bootello, Carmela Domínguez Asencio, Tibisay Cañas Fuentes, Beatriz Hacar Hernández, Juan Vega Espinar, Delia Pacheco Donaire, Jesús Núñez Bootello
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 504 sqm
Photographs: Fernanado Alda, Enrique Bejines M

Vienna Way / Marmol Radziner

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The Vienna Way residence, designed for a young family, is located on a large, extensively landscaped lot in Venice, CA. Floor to ceiling glazing and outdoor living spaces fully integrate the home within the native landscape.

Architect: Marmol Radziner
Location: Venice, California, USA
Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, General Contractor:
Structural Engineer: C.W. Howe and Partners Inc.
Project Area: 4,554 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography

Pickard Chilton will design ExxonMobil’s New Office Complex in Houston

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New Haven, CT-based, Pickard Chilton said yesterday it planned and designed ExxonMobil’s new office campus that will be developed in north , Texas. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Beton Hala Waterfront proposal / Architektur Studio

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Egyptian architects, Architektur Studio have submitted to ArchDaily their recent submission for the Beton Hala Waterfront project in central , . Additional images of the proposal as well as a description of the work from the architects can be found after the break.

Operation Center Burgergemeinde / bauzeit architekten

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Architects: bauzeit architekten / Roberto Pascual, Peter Bergmann, Yves Baumann
Location: ,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Photographs: Yves Andre

Architecture for Society of Knowledge: ASK the BOX

Architecture for Society of Knowledge is an international Master’s Degree Program conducted in English. It was introduced at the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology in 2010. The program focuses on social and cultural issues, taking advantage of new technologies. Students explore the modern ways of design, as well as innovative methods of communication and fabrication that are the foundation of the XXI century architectural practice.

Recent Project | ASK the BOX
Experimental design courses are specific ASK activities. Workshop studios, team work, and individual projects focus on research aspects of architectural education.

Experimental Design 2, led by PhD Jan Slyk, from 4.04 to 15.04.2011 aimed to create and develop interactive space. A 1:1 scale installation was built to allow real-scale shaping, using spatial and programming tools.

The designed pavilion is digitally recording and interpreting the presence and movement of people, who are inside, and processes the effects to acoustics signals. The entire project was implemented with the involvement of minimum technical and financial resources, which was one of the challenges posed to the students.

More about this program, after the break.

Four Sport Scenarios / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (Plan:b)

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Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (Plan:b)
Location: Medellín,
Constructor: Coninsa-Ramón H
Structural Engineering: Nicolás Parra y Daniel Lozano – CNI Ingenieros
Electrical Engineering: EBINGEL
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Update: National Library of France / Dominique Perrault

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Previously featured here on ArchDaily as one of our AD Classics, the National Library of by was built in hopes to be the most modern library in the world. The competition of 1989 that included projects from 244 internationally renowned architects was won by Dominique Perrault, who was only 36 years old. Photographer Franck Bohbot recently shared with us an extremely rare glimpse of the National Library, with a completely empty interior.