Skycourt House / Keiji Ashizawa Design

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design / Keiji Ashizawa, Rie Honjo
Location: Tokyo,
Structure Engineer: ASA asociates: Akira Suzuki
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Takumi Ota

New Taipei City Museum of Art Competition Winners

1st place winner - Peter Boronski and Jean-Loup Baldacci

Recently announced were the winners of the New Taipei City Museum of Art competition. The main objective of this competition was to build a world-class museum of art through a conceptual design. It was to be creative and its visionary schemes are sought in order to give the New Museum of Art a fresh look and versatile art exhibition space. The design teams from all over the world were invited to challenge their imagination, pursue new possibilities for modern art museums and help New create an artistic icon for the new century! The team of Peter Boronski and Jean-Loup Baldacci was named the first prize winners while  Kengo Kuma & Associatesand Federico Soriano Pelaez followed with the second and third place awards. More information on the award winning designs after the break.

Lisbon Stone Block / Alberto de Souza Oliveira

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Architects: Alberto de Souza Oliveira
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Collaborators: Inês Cordovil, Sílvia Fernandes, Sérgio Godinho, Ana Cravinho, Sofia Pinto Basto
Engineer: BETAR estudos e projectos de estabilidade lda.
Construtor: Ramos Catarino, S.A.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,672 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Adequacy of Archaeological Site Structure / a3gm


Architects: a3gm
Location: Clunia, , Spain
Project Architects: Jesús Alba Elías, Laura García Juárez, Jesús García Vivar, Smara Gonçalves Diez, Carlos Miranda Barroso
Collaborators: Ignacio Martínez Fernández
Contractors: Sopsa-Construcciones Peña Bravo
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 668 sqm
Photographs: a3gm

AD Round Up: Green Roof Part VIII

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Five amazing projects from earlier this year. Check them all after the break.

Sky Garden House / Guz Architects
This house is located on a new housing estate on the island of Sentosa adjacent to . The plots are not large and neighbouring buildings are built close to the sides of each house. Thus our strategy was to build a solid wall to each side neighbor to provide privacy where possible, while creating a central light and stair well which would funnel the sea breeze through the centre of the building (read more…)

LegacyER / 5Gstudio

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Architect: 5G Studio Collaborative, llc
Location: 9205 Legacy Drive, Frisco, , USA
Project Team: Yen Ong, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Principal Architect); Hoang Dang, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Design Principal); James Warton, Associate AIA, LEED AP (Project Designer); Alesha Calvert, ASID (Interior Designer); Warren Lieu (Technical Designer)
Structural Consultant: Armstrong-Douglass Partners, LLC
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Consultant: Telios, PC
General Contractor: Huffman Builders
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Charles Davis Smith-AIA, Michael Hemme

Front to Back Infill / Colizza Bruni Architecture

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Architect: Colizza Bruni Architecture Inc. / James Colizza & Anthony Bruni
Location: , Ontario,
Project Area: 111 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Fritz

Center for Life Science | Boston / Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

© Ed Wonsek

Architect: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
Location: , , USA
Project Size: 777,600 square feet
Project Year: 2008
Photographers: Jeffrey Totaro, Ed Wonsek

Pampulha Square / Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: – Arquitetos Associados / Alexandre Brasil, André Luiz Prado, Bruno Santa Cecília, Carlos Alberto Maciel
Location: , MG, Brasil
Collaboration: Enara Paiva, Michelle Andrade, Henrique Boabaid
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 19,000 sqm
Photographs: Eduardo Eckenfels, Leonardo Finotti

Architects still need a good slogan

Quality may be as much about perception as it is about reality. It could be that the idea behind the design is less important than the public’s opinion of the design. If you’re trying to appeal to a wide market; if you’re trying to reach an affluent demographic; If you want your work to catch-on; to scale; to go viral? Well, It’s all about how you pitch the idea, right? It’s not just about the elegance of the work, it’s about the strength of the perception. And, it all starts with a good slogan. Architect’s still need a good slogan.

*lights dim and powerpoint presentation begins*

Marthagården Day Care Centre competition winner / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter + LETH & GORI

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A team consisting of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Leth & Gori Architects, Marianne Levinsen Landscape with Henrik Larsen and Jørgen Nielsen engineers have won the competition for Marthagården day care centre in Frederiksberg, .

The project includes the renovation and transformation of two existing buildings and an extension facilitating groups of children and workshops. Furthermore the project offers a remodeling of the exterior landscape and playground. More information and complete architect’s description after the break.

Urban Lofts / Charis Gkikas & Evaggelia Filtsou

© Vangelis Paterakis

Architect: Charis Gkikas & Evaggelia Filtsou
Location: , , Greece
Developer: Alpha Land Developers 
Construction: Alpha Land Developers
Project Team: George Stamatakis , Charis Gkikas
Interior Designer: Theano Potamianou-Ravazoula
Project Area: 1.200 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Vangelis Paterakis

Update: Elbe Philharmonic Hall / Herzog and de Meuron

© Jose Campos

Slowly, but surely, ’s beautiful  is nearing completion (according to the Philharmonic’s construction website, the roof construction that seals the large concert hall has just been completed!).  We shared some photos of the concert hall’s innovative and iconic skin system when we visited Hamburg earlier this year, and recently, Jose Campos shared his latest set with us.

Check out Campos’ photos and learn more about the completed ceiling construction after the break.

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Terme Olimia Wellness Spa / Enota

The project proposal for the new Terme Olimia wellness spa, designed by Enota…, is located in the very center of a well-known ski resort, Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. With rethinking the local building characteristics completely, the new spa building

Chimney House / Marcio Kogan

© Reinaldo Coser + Gabriel Arantes

Architects: Studio MK27 / Marcio Kogan
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Co-Author: Diana Radomysler, Oswaldo Pessano
Interior Design Co-Authors: Diana Radomysler, Carolina Castroviejo
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: Reinaldo Coser + Gabriel Arantes

The Arbor / Kerimov + Prishin Architects

© Ilya Ivanov

The arbor, designed by Kerimov + Prishin Architects, is a living space project meant to accommodate a family of about 15 people. The design’s floor plan consists of a semantic differentiation on three zones which they conditionally named “kitchen-furnace”, “dining room-drawing room” and “terrace-scene”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and Concert Hall / Provencher Roy + Associés Architects

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Architects: Provencher Roy + Associés Architects
Location: Montreal, Canada
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 59,000 sqf
Photographs: Tom Arban

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010, is pleased to announce that its new 59,000-gsf. Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and Bourgie Concert Hall will open to the public on October 14, 2011. Increasing the MMFA’s total space by 20%, the new Pavilion features 18,953 nsf. of gallery space, which doubles the previous display area dedicated for the presentation of the Museum’s collection of historical and contemporary Quebec and Canadian art.

Installation for California Design Exhibition / Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture

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On view until Marcg 25th and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the installation for California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” Exhibition is created by the Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture Studio, which is also responsible for a number of Los Angeles landmarks, including the renovated Hollywood Bowl and Egyptian Theater. The design for the is inspired by California’s unique style, with lithe, sensuous lines carried throughout the installation, including the display cases and a helical construction that soars through the center of the space. Hodgetts + Fung also collaborated with curators Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman to bring the re-creation of the Eames living room to life. More information on the design and after the break.