Video: Niemeyer Center / Oscar Niemeyer

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Duosegno Visual Design, a project of architecture photos and videos, shared with us one of their videos for the Niemeyer Center designed by . In collaboration with the cultural center, they are shooting the interiors for the second part of the project.


Marmelo Mill / Ricardo Bak Gordon

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Architects: Ricardo Bak Gordon
Location: , Portugal
Client: Elaia Lagar
Collaborators: Luís Pedro Pinto, Nuno Velhinho, Pedro Serrazina, Sónia Silva, Vera Higino, Walter Perdigão
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 47,723 sqm
Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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CDB Tower & Minsheng Financial Tower Competition Proposal / Saraiva + Associados

For the International Conceptual Design Competition of The Two Towers – CDB Tower & Minsheng Financial Tower, Saraiva + Associados… focused on a unique and harmonious force, along with a modern and innovative approach to create a building of intense

Astral Media / Lemay Associés

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Architects: Lemay Associés
Location: ,
Client: Astral Media
General Contractor: Patella inc.
Engineers: Planifitech Inc. (electro-mechanical engineering) and Nicolet Chartrand Knoll limitée (structural/civil engineering)
Project Area: 6,000 sqm
Photographs: Claude-Simon Langlois

In the spring of 2010, Astral Media relocated approximately 350 employees to four floors in the heart of the action in downtown Montreal. The goals of this large-scale project included elaborating new furniture standards, fitting up flexible meeting spaces and optimizing employee interconnectivity in a contemporary, energetic and versatile working environment.

Video: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream / WORKac

Sam Dufaux presents WORKac’s vision for the transformation of Salem-Keizer, Oregon. The project integrates elements of the city and nature across an existing 200 acre big box retail site. is one of five interdisciplinary teams participating in MoMA’s Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.”  Each team is challenged to re-imagine struggling American cities and , seeing the current economic crisis as an opportunity to evolve.

The video is provided by The Museum of Modern Art and was filmed by J6 Media Works.

AD Round Up: Health Architecture Part VIII

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Three projects from , one from and one from Australia for our 8th selection of previously featured health architecture. Check them all after the break.

St. Anthony Hospital / ZGF Architects LLP
Prior to the completion of the new St. Anthony Hospital, the South Sound Region represented one of the largest population centers in the State of Washington without a central community hospital. As a result more than 3,500 emergencies and 4,000 patients requiring overnight care had to travel well outside of the area for treatment annually (read more…)

Les Terrasses Cap-á-l’aigle: Where Architecture and Nature Connect / MU Architecture

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Architects: MU Architecture
Location: Charlevoix Region, Quebec,
Client’s Name: Florent Moser
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard

The residential development project Les Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle was born from a passion for the great open spaces and natural beauty of the Charlevoix region in 2009. Florent Moser and Alain Rajotte, both entrepreneurs as well as ardent lovers of the region, have created a unique residential development project that unites nature and architecture to provide a haven of peace and rejuvenation for its future owners and tenants.

Bonaire House / Silberstein Architect

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Architects: Silberstein Architect
Location: ,
Date completed: 3/2011
Photography: Robin Hill Photography

Tucson-based Architects Line and Space Wins 2011 AIA-Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year Award

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Architecture firm Line and Space, has been selected as the 2011 Architectural Firm of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award recognizes a firm that has produced distinguished architecture for over ten years, has made significant contributions to the profession and the community, and has transcended local boundaries in making these contributions. Awarded by an out of state jury comprised of architects, the honor was given to Line and Space at the Institute’s Celebrate Architecture Awards Gala held in on October 22.

Ropemaker / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: Ropemaker Place,
Client: Macquarie Group Ltd
Executive Architect: Pringle Brandon
Area: 217,500 SF (20,207 SM)
Inception: March 2010
Completion: March 2011
Photograph: Courtesy of Clive Wilkinson Architects

2012 P.S.1 Shortlist

Photo: Steve and Sara via Flickr
Photo: Steve and Sara via Flickr

The Museum of Modern Art and PS1 has announced the 2012 finalists competing in the 12th annual under the Young Architects Program. Each year a group of emerging architects compete for the opportunity to design and construct a summer installation within MoMA PS1’s courtyard.

The 2012 shortlist includes AEDS Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio (Paris and New Orleans), Hollwich Kushner (NY), IK Studio (Cambridge), UrbanLab (Chicago) and Cameron Wu of Harvard University (Cambridge). The winners will be announced in February. Previous winners included Interboro Partners (Holding Pattern), Work AC (Public Farm 1), MOS (Afterparty) and SO-IL (Pole Dance).

Reference: The Architects Newspaper, MoMA PS1

Lido Mar Clubhouse / Studio RHE

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Architects: Studio RHE
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Structural Engineer: Glanville Consultants
Photographs: Manuel Vazquez

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Guangfa Securities Headquarters / Jaeger and Partner Architects

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The Guangfa Securities Headquarter, designed by Jaeger and Partner Architects, is a 308-meter tall class-A high-rise office building that will serve as the new landmark for the eastern portion of ’s new CBD. Its orientation is rotated slightly from the dominating orthogonal grid of the surrounding area to mark the site as a transformational pivot point of the urban fabric. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Grödians / Richard Gibson Architects

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Grödians, [a Special Mention for the RIAS/Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2011], is a new-build social housing development comprising a mix of 1, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings in flatted, semi detached and detached housing. It is the most recent of a staged housing development in the outskirts of .

Architect: Richard Gibson Architects Ltd
Location: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland
Client: Hjaltland Housing Association Ltd
Contractor: E&H Building Contractors Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: John Duguid Partnership
Structural Engineer: Mott Macdonald Ltd
CDM Coordinator: Michael Thomson Surveyor
Photographs: Phatsheep Photography and Richard Gibson Architects

Update: Construction Stopped on Elbe Philharmonic / Herzog and de Meuron

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When we spotted the news on ArchRecord of a major delay for the , our hearts sank a little. We’ve been covering the building extensively during its construction period and have anxiously been awaiting its completion (a date that was pushed from 2010 to 2012, and, now, is uncertain).  Yet, technical difficulties pertaining to the saddle roof structure are creating a tangle between the German contractor Hochtief and the Elbe Philharmonic, leading Hochtief to stop work on the glass facade, the steel roof support structure, the 82m-long escalator and the building services.

More about the halted construction after the break.  

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‘Remixing the City’ International Conference

The 17th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia, hosted by CORP is part of their annual events which has been taking place since 1996 and are Europe’s major congresses on Urban Planning, Regional Development…

In Lima Hotel & Spa / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

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Architects: Topos Atelier de Arquitectura / Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Location: ,
Collaborators: Sofia Lima, Michael Ferreira, Luís Peixoto
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2562 sqm
Photographs: Xavier Antunes