Courtesy of Cino Zucchi Architetti

Building Tirana’s Green Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project / Cino Zucchi Architetti

The center of Tirana is marked by a clear urban layout, but its recent growth filled up a large area around it without any order, structure, adequate services or meaningful public spaces. In this proposal by Cino Zucchi Architetti…,

Mini-Loft Apartment in Prague / Dalibor Hlavacek

© Filip Slapal

Architects: Dalibor Hlavacek
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Filip Slapal


Memorial of the Victims of Communism in Estonia / Armin Valter + Joel Kopli

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Armin Valter and Joel Kopli shared with us their competition winning proposal for the Memorial of Victims of Communism in Estonia. Situated on/in northern coastal limestone cliff near town , which was a closed military nuclear submarine base in soviet times, their design attempts to revitalize the place and bring more awareness to people of the region. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ROC Mondriaan Laak II / LIAG

© Vulkers Fotografie

Architects: LIAG
Address: ,
Client: NS Poort Ontwikkeling
Scope: Approx. 11,000 sqm
Completion: 2011
Team: Erik Schotte, Carina Norregaard, Maja Frackowiak, Peter Donkers, Martin Pasman, Arie Aalbers and Hong Siem
Photographs: Vulkers Fotografie


Chapel of St. Lawrence. Anu PUUSTINEN & Ville HARA, Avanto Achitect / © Tuomas Uusheimo

12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium: ‘Crafted’ – The Ingredients of Architecture

The 12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium will be held in Jyväskylä Finland from August 10-12, 2012. With the theme of ‘Crafted’ – The Ingredients of Architecture’, the question arises: How does architecture rise above the ordinary? Organised by the Alvar…

© Eman Ali

Bar Al Bahrain Pavillion / Noura Al Sayeh & Leopold Banchini

Architects: Noura Al Sayeh & Leopold Banchini
Location: Bab al Bahrain square, Bahrain
Organizer: Manama Capital of Arab Culture 2012, Ministry of Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain
Exhibition Design: Noura Al Sayeh & Leopold Banchini
Construction: Syed M. Ahmed, Masy Int; …

Francis Bell House / Parsonson Architects

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Architect: Parsonson Architects
Location: Lowry Bay, Eastbourne, ,
Completed: 2011
Design Team: Gerald Parsonson, Nigel Case
Structural Engineers: Clendon Burns and Park
Builder: Windey Construction Ltd
Photographer: Courtesy of Parsonson Architects


The Best of YOU: Our Top 3 Comments of the Month

We at ArchDaily are used to picking the best buildings for you, dear readers, but we felt it was time to turn the tables a bit. The following is the best of you. You didn’t always agree with us, but you opined intelligently, and for that we salute you.

The Top 3 Comments in March 2012

3. From Community-Oriented Architecture in Schools: How ‘Extroverted’ Design Can Impact Learning and Change the World, about the potential of architecture to transform the lives of students in low-income communities.

 ”Imagine if we designed all public space as if we lived in a democracy. Imagine if we treated participation as a right. Imagine if this was part of the core curriculum in architecture schools.”

– Graeme Bristol

Our Number 1 Comment, after the break…

The Invasion of Architectural LOLCats

Le Kittenusier'

We hope these architectural LOLCats will help you through your Monday. They have been appearing all over the internet and invading all of our favorite architectural icons, courtesy of the students at UC Berkeley. Follow us after the break to view a few of our favorites. 

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Main image es from Kengo Kuma’s Xinjin Zhi Museum in China. Another amazing museum comes from , courtesy of Mecanoo, check it out! You can’t miss this fabulous institutional project in Sweden from Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, or this mixed use project from 3XN. Last, a cool bar in Vietnam, designed by Vo Trong Nghia. Enjoy!

Branched Offices / Projectiles

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Architects: Projectiles – Reza Azard, Hervé Bouttet, Daniel Mészáros
Location: Epone,
Project area: 450 sqm
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Projectiles

Albertina Passage / Sohne & Partner Architekten

© Severin Wurnig

Architects: Söhne & Partner Architekten
Location: Albertina Passage, ,
Photographs: Severin Wurnig

BORÉAL / TETRARC Architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: TETRARC architectes
Location: Nantes,
Client: Habitat44
Engineering: HAYS fluides, SETEB économie, IBA structure
Surface: 2,880 sqm SHON
Cost: 3,64 M€ HT
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau


Refurbishment of Deusto University / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz / Courtesy ACXT

Architects: ACXT
Location: , Vizcaya, Vizcaya,
Architect In Charge: Diego Rodríguez Segura
Project Manager: Pilar Mateo Martínez
Project Architects: Helena Sá Marques, Marina Ajubita
Area: 1012709.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz / Courtesy ACXT

Celebrate National Architecture Week with the AIA

Via the American Institute of Architects

From April 8th through the 14th, the American Institute of Architects () will be hosting National Architecture Week in an effort to increase public awareness on the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. With a theme of “Design Connects”, the AIA encourages you to join in an online national conversation. Continue reading to learn more on how you can participate.

A di Alcantara® / Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati

Stefano Trovati © SGP

Architect: Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati
Location: Fortezza Da Basso, Firenze,
Client:  Alcantara®
Design Team: Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto
Date: January 2012
Photographs: Stefano Trovati © SGP


Global Holcim Award 2012 Winners Announced

GOLD: Gando secondary school © Holcim Foundation

A secondary school project in Gando, Burkina Faso, a community center project in São Paulo, Brazil, and an urban renewal plan in Berlin, Germany are the winners of the Global Holcim Awards for 2012. These leading sustainable construction projects were selected from 15 finalist submissions by a jury of independent experts led by Enrique Norten. The finalists were the regional 2011 winning projects that had been selected from more than 6,000 entries in 146 countries.

All 53 prize-winning projects at the regional level also competed for further prizes based on their contributions to sustainable construction through innovative building materials and construction technologies. The Global Holcim Innovation prizes conferred by a jury of materials and industry experts led by Harry Gugger went to projects in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Continue after the break to view the winning proposals!

Diamante House / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

© Jorge Marsino & Y Mariaines Buzzoni

Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P, María Inés Buzzoni G, Claudio Santander L.
Location: Diamante, , Argentina
Site Area: 8 hás.
Floor Plan Area: 254 sq.m indoors + 99 sq.m outdoors = 303.5 sq.m
Budget: $ 61.680.000 clp / u$ 120.000
Client: Jorge Marsino and Cecilia Prado
Structural Engineer: Luis Gaitan
Contractor: Horacio Kapp
Architect (signing the project in Argentina): Raúl Brunatti
Photographers: Jorge Marsino, Y Mariaines Buzzoni