BMW Motor Munich / EQUIP Xavier Claramunt

© Adrián Goula

Architects: EQUIP Xavier Claramunt
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2004
Project Area: 6,280 sqm
Photographs: Adrián Goula

Puma House / nendo

© Daici Ano

Architects: nendo
Location: Tokyo,
Construction: Loop Planning Studio
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Daici Ano

Lopez Island Residence / David Vandervort Architects

© Michael Shopenn Photography

This 1,800 sqf home is located on a heavily wooded, medium-bank waterfront property on , Washington. The house is carefully sited amidst the existing trees and the existing land form which slopes up to the bank and view. Connections to the outdoors and other features of the property informed the arrangement of space and form. The angle of the living wing corresponds to the bank and creates an embraced outdoor deck area. The house reaches out to the southeast path to the beach, to the gardens further to the east and most importantly to the west and northwest views of the water.

Architect: David Vandervort Architects
Location: Lopez Island, Washington,
Project Area: 1,800 sqf
Builder: Ascent Building Company
Photographs: Michael Shopenn Photography

Pylon Design Competition

The challenging target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, means substantial change in our energy infrastructure with electricity becoming an increasingly important part of our energy mix. In order to deliver that electricity to our homes, communities and businesses, the UK will see a significant increase in the number of pylons, together with underground cables.

This network of pylons and cables have the potential to transform our landscapes for good or bad, and for generations to come.

The competition aims to help initiate and inform this debate through the vehicle of design and to explore the potential for a new generation of pylon within our landscapes.

We are therefore seeking highly innovative and imaginative solutions that nevertheless respond to the exacting technical requirements and offer the potential for development into deliverable projects. Proposals should be both grounded in reality and be beautiful.

For more information please visit the competition’s official website.

Recreational Center / Olgga Architects

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We are featuring yet another competition entry from Olgga Architects this week, this time their second place proposal for a Recreational Center in ’ 20th arrondissement. Further images and a description from the architects after the break.

W London Leicester Square / Jestico + Whiles


Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: London,
Client: McAleer & Rushe Group
M&E Engineers: Caldwell Consulting
Building Contractor: McAleer & Rushe Group
Project Manager: McAleer & Rushe Group
QS/Cost Consultant: McAleer & Rushe Group
Structural Engineer: Ian Black Consulting
Façade Consultant: Billings Design Associates Ltd
Fire Engineer: Michael Slattery & Associates
Façade Artist: Jason Bruges Studio Ltd
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Jestico + Whiles

The Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

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This new museum houses a permanent collection as well as a continually rotating exhibit depicting the history of this area of Los Angeles County. The program includes a multi-purpose room and archival area, a curatorial office, and both interior and exterior exhibit spaces. Clerestory windows and focused views provide natural light to the galleries. Views of the nearby San Gabriel Mountains are incorporated into the exhibit as the historical is juxtaposed with the present. Relationships to the site and existing community center west of the museum are created through geometric and material references to the context.

Architects: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
Location: Arcadia, California, USA
Project Area: 4,000 sqf
Photographs: John Edward Linden, Deborah Bird,

Urban Sculpture / Rok Grdisa

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Architect: Rok Grdisa
Location: ,
Contractor: Trimo
Project Area: 25 sqm
Photograps: Peter Mihelic

El Secreto House / Pascal Arquitectos

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Architects: Pascal Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 624.42 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Pascal Arquitectos

Ocean Grand Residence / Dahin Development + T. D. Lee ARCHITECT

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Architects: Dahin Development /
Location: , Taiwan
Development: Dahin Development
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,067 sqm
Photographs: Dahin Development

Alejo’s House / Ida Pilar Silva Mondselewsky

© Aryeh Kornfeld

Location: Peñalolén, , Chile
Constructor: Luis Cuevas Tobar
Project area: 140 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

National Library of Austria Extension / Prechteck

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The design proposal for the extension to the National Library of by Prechteck is to be seen as an extension of the bordering park and takes off at its northwest end to cross over the drop-off lane on 4.5m with a twist. The design then arches back to the ground level to blend into the landscape. More images and description after the break.

Jackse Winery / Architectural Resources Group

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Architects: Architectural Resources Group
Location: , , USA
Client: Napa Valley Vintners
Civil: Degenkolb, The Engineering Partnership, Ray E. Slaughter, RGH
Consultants: Riechers & Spence
Landscape: Jonathan Plant & Associates
Furniture: Julie Drechsel with Workspace Solutions
Project area: 7,960 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: David Wakely

New Santa Lucía University General Hospital / CASA sólo arquitectos

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Architects: CASA sólo arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 114,369 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of CASA sólo arquitectos

Te Puni Village / Architectus

© Paul McCredie

Architects: Architectus
Location: , New Zealand
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Paul McCredie

OMA collaborates with Prada and the Hermitage at the Venice Biennale


Coinciding with the start of the Venice Biennale, OMA and Prada open an exhibition surveying recent collaborative works. The exhibition appears at Ca’ Corner della Regina, a former palazzo, alongside highlights from the Prada Fondazione collection. More images and information after the break.

Ataba & Opera Squares Competition Proposal / ZELLNERPLUS, OLIN, PACER, MR+E, and Nelson Nygaard

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Intended as a catalyst and model for the ongoing redevelopment of Cairo, Egypt, ZELLNERPLUS, OLIN, PACER, MR+E, and Nelson Nygaard proposed a scheme that seeks to bridge the gap between the medieval, or Islamic, and the axial, or European Cairene cities. They would do so through the evacuation of the competition zone of its current disconnected fabrics. In their place, they proposed a green urban archipelago made up of a new connective tissue that will weld together the competition site’s disparate functions, flows and neighboring fabrics. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Händelallee 47 House / dax_I

© Volker Renner

Architects: dax_I
Location: ,
Project Team: Manfred Daxenberger, Kai Bergmann
Project Year: 2008/09
Photographs: Volker Renner