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House 0405 / Simpraxis Architects

  • Architects: Simpraxis Architects
  • Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Architect in Charge: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
  • Design Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou, Stelios Zenieris, Stella Parpa
  • Construction: Nicodemou & Gavrias
  • Structural Engineer: Platonas Stylianou
  • Mechanical Engineer: Kikis Hadjifrangiskou
  • Electrical Engineer: Loukianos Raftis
  • Lighting Consultant: Dakis Sevastides
  • Area: 1,456 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects

Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects

Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects Courtesy of Simpraxis Architects

The Heritage School / Madhav Joshi and Associates

  • Architects: Madhav Joshi and Associates
  • Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Architect in Charge: Madhav Joshi
  • Design Team: Ketan Kulkarni, Amit Pimple, Alok Sabne, Neha Khaire
  • Area: 6200.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates

Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates Courtesy of Madhav Joshi and Associates

Duplex House / L3P Architects

  • Architects: L3P Architects
  • Location: Ennetbaden, Switzerland
  • Project Leader: Boris Eglidipl. Architect FH REG A SIA, Martin Reusser dipl. Architect FH REG A SIA
  • Building Engineer: Tantanini + Partner AG, Bülach
  • Structural Engineer: WichserAkustik&Bauphysik AG, Zürich
  • Area: 637.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sabrina Scheja, Courtesy of L3P Architects

© Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja

The Courtyard House / Hiren Patel Architects

  • Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
  • Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Area: 245.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah

Z House / nred arquitectos

  • Architects: nred arquitectos
  • Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: José Antonio Sosa
  • Collaborators: Alejandra Vera, Ramón Cruz
  • Structure: Reveriego y Asociados
  • Rigger: María Sánchez Prada
  • Installations: Gimeno Ingenieros
  • Delineation: Miguel Suárez
  • Area: 850.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Cortesia de nred arquitectos

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Multi-Purpose Building For Central Termosolar Astexol-2 / Sáenz De Oiza Arquitectos

  • Architects: Sáenz De Oiza Arquitectos
  • Location: Badajoz, Spain
  • Design Team: Marisa Sáenz Guerra, Alberto Arroyo Antón , Adrián Romero Uriz
  • Client: elecnor.es
  • Budget: € 700,000
  • Area: 768.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: © Carlos Arriaga, Cortesia de Sáenz De Oiza Arquitectos

© Carlos Arriaga © Carlos Arriaga © Carlos Arriaga © Carlos Arriaga

modeLab Webinar: Subdivision Modeling with Grasshopper + Weaverbird

Taking place tomorrow, November 9th from 2:00-4:30pm EST, the Subdivision Modeling with Grasshopper + Weaverbird webinar put on by modeLab offers us a fluid way to create and control complex, continuous forms from simple shapes. Beginning with a presentation on the main principles of working with Meshes and Subdivisions, this webinar will incrementally unpack a diverse set of Tessellation techniques through a series of “live” exercises with Grasshopper and Weaverbird. The event will last 2.5 hours including a 30 minute Q & A session. To register and for more information, please visit here.

2013 P.S.1 Shortlist

Wendy, 2012 Winner of YAP at MoMA P.S.1 © ArchDaily
Wendy, 2012 Winner of YAP at MoMA P.S.1 © ArchDaily

MoMA P.S.1 has announced five finalists to compete in the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP). Now in it’s 13th edition, the competition will challenge a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series. This year’s finalists are CODA from Ithaca, New York; Leong Leong Architects and Moorhead & Moorhead both from New York City; TempAgency from Charlottesville, Virginia and Brooklyn; and French 2D, based in Boston and Syracuse, New York. Over the years, the YAP competition has inspired a vast amount of innovative proposals. Just check out last year’s winner, Wendy! This blue nylon beauty, designed by New York-based HWKN, graced the P.S.1 courtyard with her smog-eating, titania nanoparticle coated spikes. Learn more about the 2012 YAP award winner here. Best of luck to the 2013 finalists! via The Architect’s Newspaper, MoMA P.S.1

AD Round Up: Urban Projects Part I

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Wolf D. Prix on Lebbeus Woods

Lebbeus Woods' only permanent structure, The Light Pavilion, built in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, in the Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, by Steven Holl Architects.
Lebbeus Woods' only permanent structure, The Light Pavilion, built in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, in the Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, by Steven Holl Architects.

Lebbeus Woods was an architect’s architect. Artistically uncompromising, unapologetically theoretical, and, in his own way, marvelously optimistic, Lebbeus’ death last month deeply saddened the architectural community. In a world where computers are making architecture an increasingly technical profession, Lebbeus provoked architects to consider – what is architecture’s purpose? And, more importantly, what is it’s potential? As Woods’ friend Thom Mayne told The Los Angeles Times, “Architecture wasn’t what he did. It’s who he was. There is no other Lebbeus.” Today, Wolf D. Prix, the oft-controversial figure, published his own eulogy to Woods, an architect and friend he held in high-esteem. Unlike the “Lady-Gaga-aesthetics,” that prevail in architecture today, Prix says, Woods’ forms were always new, profound, and impactive. Prix claims that Woods’ unique drawings”conquered the drawing boards of innumerable students and architects and put the question about the contents of a future architecture into the foreground.” “Lebbeus was the living proof of Derrida’s theory that often a small sketch can have more influence on the world than a large building.” You can read all of Wolf D. Prix’s “For Lebbeus Woods” after the break…

Richard Meier x Massimo Vignelli: On the Edge of Modernism

Our friends at NOWNESS have shared with us this mesmeric film by Johnnie Shand Kydd that captures the illustrious modernist Richard Meier and multi-disciplinary creator Massimo Vignelli as they reflect on their respective crafts, city life, and enduring friendship. Filmed inside the minimalist offices of Richard Meier & Partners on 10th Avenue and West 36th Street in New York City, the two powerhouses discuss their collaboration on the firm’s forthcoming monograph, Richard Meier, Architect Volume 6, chronicling the stark, white, rationalist buildings that define the firm’s aesthetic. Enjoy!

Continue after the break to browse through iconic works by Richard Meier & Partners.

New Paracelsus Spa and Pools in Salzburg Winning Proposal / HMGB Architects

© HMGB Architects
© HMGB Architects

HMGB Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the competition to design the new Paracelsus Spa and Pools in Salzburg, Austria. Located at the northern edge of the Mirabellgarten Park, the project will replace the existing Paracelsus Spa and Pool from the 1950s to include a spa with 7 different pools (6 internal and 1 external pool), sauna and therapy spaces, as well as offices for various city departments. The design defines the northwestern park edge through the building’s clear volumetric mass and is divided into a southern part including all pools and a northern part including therapy and office spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

First Commercial Vertical Farm opens in Singapore

It is projected that by the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. With fears of overcrowding and land scarcity, the need to evolve our agriculture is one of the primary challenges we face in the 21st century.

A solution? Vertical farming. The innovative concept, which was first pioneered by Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier, is a promising solution that many of the world’s most populated cities are starting to consider. As of now, the land-scarce Republic of Singapore is leading the way with the opening of the world’s first commercial vertical farm, featuring 3.65-hectares of stacked vegetables in the northwestern district of Lim Chu Kang.

Continue reading to learn more…

Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Club Winning Proposal / COBE + NORD Architects

Aimed at being a city for kids, the Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Club Winning Proposal by COBE + NORD Architects, in collaboration with PK3 and Grontmij, will be the largest daycare center in all of Denmark. It also presents a big challenge – how to avoid creating a daycare factory when building an institution for so many users. Their design is not just one huge building, but rather a cluster of many small and varied buildings, grouped around two central streets that connect to the surrounding city structure. Like Copenhagen, it has different neighborhoods, different houses, different public spaces, squares and parks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Skidome Denmark / CEBRA

 Our friends from CEBRA just shared the news of their next endeavor for designing a skidome in Randers, Denmark.  Serving as more than a series of complex slopes for those to enjoy, the project will become the largest skidome in the world.  When viewed in isolation, the massing’s gentle curves and minimalistic exterior treatment read as a subtle strategy to incorporate the slopes; yet, only when seen at the city scale does the project’s 1,000,000+ sqf  (including a hotel, restaurant and shops) allow the viewer to understand the project’s potential urban presence. More after the break. 

Venice Biennale 2012: Panavision / Uruguay Pavilion

Panavision, the Uruguay exhibit for the 13th Venice Biennale, features the works of the new generation of Uruguayan architects, using their Pavilions as a common ground, a place rather than an exhibit, where the focuses, approaches, tools, worries, emphasis and strategies of these practices converge. More details from the curators after the break:

DQZ Cultural Center Proposal / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and AI have been invited to create a proposal for the city of Daqiuzhuang in northern China. Sited in a newly developed part of the city, the new cultural building takes its form from the traditional Chinese courtyard square. By lifting the square in the diagonal corners, dual entry points to the building are created which leads visitors and locals through the building’s ground level public programs to the mid- and upper- level exhibition spaces while extending the existing North- South axis of the surrounding city. More images and architects’ description after the break.