Humanities Gateway / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: , California, USA
Client: University of California, Irvine
Design-builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Completion: 2009
Cost: $29 million
Size: 76,000 sq. ft.
Photos: Heliphoto, Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing, Fentress Architects

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Playhouses by SmartPlayhouse

The SmartPlayhouse children`s houses are authentic pieces of design work inspired by contemporary architecture. A modern and comfortable space that provides the children with their own private and safe place to play, developing their creativity and ability to share. Built…

Cranbrook Art Museum / SmithGroup JJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: , , USA
Contractor: Frank Rewold & Son, Inc.
Project Size: Collections Addition – 31,200 GSF
Construction Completion: November 2011
Project Design: Paul Urbanek, AIA, LEED AP, ice president and project designer
Project Team: Paul Urbanek, AIA, LEED AP – project designer; Kevin Shultis, AIA, LEED AP – project manager; Ryan Smith, AIA, LEED AP – project architect; Darin Daguanno, AIA, LEED AP; Terry Guitar, AIA, LEED AP; Frank Muehlenbein; Frank Weber, AIA; Mark Goyette; Ben Motyl; Tom O’Connor, FAIA; Jared Lawrence, AIA, CDT; Andrew Dunlap, AIA, CDT, LEED AP; Meredith Steckling, AIA, CDT, LEED Green Associate; Jerry Carter
Photographs: Jim Haefner, Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Coleman Oval Skate Park Proposal / Holm Architecture Office + VM Studio

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Holm Architecture Office (HAO), in collaboration with VM Studio, recently received first place in a competition for the re-design of the Coleman Oval Skate Park in Manhattan. Nine New York design firms were invited to participate in the competition, which was sponsored by Architecture for Humanity and a Gamechangers grant from Nike, a campaign encouraging community organizations to empower youth through sports programs that spur social and economic development. The project is being developed with the Parks & Recreation Department’s Adopt-a-Park program. More images and project description after the break.

Toda House / Office of Kimihiko Okada

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Architects: Office of Kimihiko Okada
Location: ,
Building area: 90.21 sqm
Total floor area: 114.26 sqm
Structural Engineer: Structured Environment
Mechanical Engineer: System Design Laboratory
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

São Caetano Do Sul Teachers Center For Professional Development / Carolina Penna Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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Architects: Carolina Penna Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo,
Project Team: Ana Carolina Penna, Gabriela Antunes, Eveline Crajoinas
Completion: 2011
Site: 6,085 sqm
Gross Area: 5,000 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Video: Skyline / Melissa Godoy Nieto

Melissa Godoy Nieto transforms this interior space with a series of city skylines installations made from hand-dyed yarn. This first installation represents the City skyline. Melissa Godoy Nieto is currently based in Brooklyn, . She has a BA in Industrial Design from Pratt Institued and is co-founder of The Poetry Club Art Space.

OTIO / Sebastian Nagy Architects

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Architects: Sebastian Nagy Architects, s.r.o
Location: Dražovce, ,
Investor: Roman Catholic Church, Nitra – Drážovce parish
Internal Floor Area: 130 sqm / 1,400 sqft
Completion: 2010
Total Investment: 150,000 EUR
Photographs: Paťo Safko


Care Housing / Oliver Chapman Architects

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Architect: Oliver Chapman Architects
Location: Duns, Berwickshire,
Date of completion:  2010
Gross internal floor area (sqm): 14 no. units at 70 sqm
Total cost: £1,400,000.00
Structural engineers: David Narro Associates
Photographs: Angus Bremner, Paul Zanre

Exit 45 / Chiasmus Partners

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Architect: Chiasmus Partners
Location: Danwon-gu, ,
Year: 2010-2011
Collaboration Artist: Sang Cho
Materials/products used: Steel Structure, Painted, Glass Curtain wall w/ Aluminum louver
Photographs: Youngchae Park

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


The three finalists of the 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 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, ,
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 Waves scheme – a competition entry that called for the design of not one, but two buildings for the financial district of Xintiandi of , .    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.