Public Art Installations from Numen / For Use Design Collective

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The Croatian/Austrian Design Collaborative Numen/For Use blends architecture and public installation art.  The sculpture-like pieces are large in scale and take over whole public spaces while also reinventing them, changing the way in which they can be occupied and changing the experience of the interactions between participants.  Numen/For Use has shared with us three of their recent works.  Tape, which was actualized in Florence, Italy and , Australia; Tuft Pula, a more permanent version of Tape installed in the middle of the former church in Pula; and Net, built in Z33 high spaces.  Tape and NET take a material that is ephemeral and non architectural and turn it into one that has architectural capacity.  Join us after the break to read more about these projects!

Savonnerie Heymans / MDW Architecture

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Architect: MDW Architecture – Xavier De Wil, Marie Moignot, Gilles Debrun
Location: , Belgium
Project Manager & QS: FORUM
Technical Control: SECO
Contractors: CFE, M&M Sitty
Photographs: Filip Dujardin,


Infographic: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe

Happy 126th birthday Mies van der Rohe!

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Today we celebrate the 126th birthday anniversary of Mies van der Rohe! The German-born American architect and educator convinced us all with his glass-and-steel buildings that “less is more“. Mies helped defined modern architecture and is known as one of the 20th century’s greatest architects.

To celebrate we have changed our logo to a Mies doodle, inspired by the Google doodle which is also honoring Mies today.

ArchDaily logo, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive © ArchDaily
Mies Google Doodle, Crown Hall © Google

In honor of Mies, revisit his work at ArchDaily:

For more information you can also visit the Mies Society website.

You can also check this great infographic on his work.

river view / © Theodoros Giannopoulos

Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Proposal / PLUSRchitecture – IoannisKarrasArchitectureStudio

PLUSRchitecture – IoannisKarrasArchitectureStudio… shared with us their proposal for the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition, put on by [AC-CA]. Their concept consists of one single architectural object which, through its morphological simplicity will create a new urban dialogue between man

Extension of the Polski Theater / trabendo. + Arpa

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Architects: trabendo.+ Arpa
Location: , Poland
Interior design: trabendo.
Design Team: Jerzy Gurawski (Arpa), Lukasz Nowak (trabendo.), KatarzynaStawarz-Nowak (trabendo.)
Client: Polski Theatre in Poznan, Poland
Project Area: 250 sqm
Completion Year: 2011
Photographer: Jeremi Buczkowski


Cresta / Jonathan Segal / Breadtruck Films

Jonathan Segal, an architect and developer from San Diego, California, is nearing completion on his latest project, the Cresta.  Our friends from Breadtruck films have compiled this short construction video as a teaser until the final project is fully finished.  Check out the clip, and we’ll keep you updated on the project.


California Dreaming / Bild Architecture

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Architects: Bild Architecture
Location: Launceston, Tasmania,
Project Team: Ben Milbourne, Haslet Grounds, Alison Stout
Builder: Max Newman Building
Area: 235 sqm
Completed: 2011
Photographer: Tanja Milbourne

Ada Street / Amin Taha Architects

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Located off Broadway Market, south of Fields in one of the poorer, but upcoming east-end areas, Ada Street accommodates six apartments above two small retail units in an area with the largest number of different languages spoken in the city with the largest population of artist per square kilometer in Europe. With creative shops, bars and clubs to reflect the Local Authority’s more relaxed approach to design aesthetics, Amin Taha Architects formed a structure asymmetrical in appearance with subtly battered and sloping walls and floor plates and a gentle scattering of window openings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

IJburg College / LIAG

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Architects: LIAG
Location: Pampuslaan 1, ,
Client: Hevo BV, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Area: 11.430 sqm (school), 3.000 sqm (sport), 3.000 sqm (Parking) and 23 apartments
Completion: 2011
Team: Erik Schotte, Pivo Wirfler, Carel van Kuijk, Harmen Landman, Martin Pasman and Thomas Witteman
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Thomas Schlijper, Vulkers Fotografie


Nantong Sports Center Winning Proposal / Henn

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Henn architects recently won the first prize in the invited international competition to design a new sports center in , , which is in close proximity to Shanghai. The Nantong Sports Center establishes a hybrid of landscape, public space and athletic functions. As the epicenter of the complex, the 50,000sqm stadium features a 400 m track and seating for 10,000 spectators. Smaller independent sports halls surround the central stadium, interconnected by a diagrid path network which seamlessly links all functions throughout the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia
Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, province,
Completion Year: 2010
Construction Area: 1,600 sqm
Photo credit (construction): Vo TrongNghia Co., Ltd.
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Glass Farm / MVRDV

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Rembrand developers, the town of and MVRDV recently started construction on the Glass Farm, a multifunctional building in the village square of the small Brabant town of Schijndel. The building, with a total surface area of 1600m2, will contain shops, restaurants, offices and a wellness centre. The exterior is printed glass with the motive of a typical local farm. Construction will be completed in December 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ashburton House / Phooey Architects

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Architects: Phooey Architects
Location: ,
Site: 840 sqm
Floor Area: 240 sqm
Year Competed: 2009
Project Team: Peter Ho, Emma Young, Lucy Williams, Leigh de Longville, James Baradine & Alan Ting
Structural Engineer: Perrett Simpson Stantin
Landscape Design: Simon Ellis
Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Arbour House / Richard Kirk Architect

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Architects: Richard Kirk Architect
Location: New Farm, , Queensland, Australia
Completed: 2009
Structural Engineer: Bornhorst & Ward
Hydraulic Engineer: Cushway Blackford
Photographer: Scott Burrows


Robin Hood Gardens to be Demolished

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After many years spent fighting to preserve the famous Robin Hood Gardens social housing complex in East , the architecture community mourns another loss. Tower Hamlets Council and the Thames Gateway Development Corporations have approved the demolition of the 1960s Brutalist complex in an effort to make way for a new £500 million sustainable development comprised of energy efficient, mixed-tenure homes and an enlarged central park. The historic building was built by modernist architects and remains an important piece to Great Britain’s architectural history. Continue reading for more.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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It’s time for the best of last week. Like the new King’s Cross Station in , designed by John McAslan + Partners. Or this amazing beach house in Lima, Perú. You can’t miss our interview with Marlon Blackwell, whose projects you can check right here. What do you think about Dierendonck Blancke Architecten’s House 12k in ? Would you visit an exhibition and retail pavilion in a cave?

Sunset / Topos Design Studio

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Architects: Topos Design Studio – Alan Fan, Lim Hong Kian
Location: Bukit Timah,
Main Contractor: Millard Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Barton Associates Pte Ltd
Civil and Structural Engineer: First Engineer Consultants
Completion: 2007
Site: 950 sqm
Floor Area: 590 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell