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: ,
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: New Taipei City,
Development: Dahin Development
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,067 sqm
Photographs: Dahin Development

Alejo’s House / Ida Pilar Silva Mondselewsky

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Architects:
Location: Peñalolén, Santiago,
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: St. Helena, ,
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: Murcia,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 114,369 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of CASA sólo arquitectos

Te Puni Village / Architectus

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Architects: Architectus
Location: Wellington,
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Paul McCredie

OMA collaborates with Prada and the Hermitage at the Venice Biennale

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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, , 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

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

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2011 Pritzker Prize Ceremony: Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Barack Obama

Last night we had the honor of attending the 2011 Pritzker Prize Ceremony in , where Portuguese architect received this important recognition.

This was the third time we attended the event (after 2009 in Buenos Aires and 2010 in New York) and it was a special evening, not only because of the renowned architects attending the event, but also for the presenting speech by President Barack Obama. Obama, a friend of the Pritzker family, delivered a short but interesting speech to Souto de Moura and the architects. Obama’s interest in architecture goes way back as we’ve heard him state that he thought he could be an architect, but as he said at the speech “I expected to be more creative than I turned out, so I had to go into politics instead”.

It’s worth mentioning that Obama referred to the Pritzker Prize as the Nobel of architecture, a common comparison that puts the importance of this recognition in context.

After several mentions to architecture, his hometown Chicago, Mies (his campaign HQ was in a Mies building), Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Jefferson’s Monticello, he mentioned that architecture is about “creating buildings and spaces that inspire us, that help us do our jobs, that bring us together, and that become, at their best, works of art that we can move through and live in. And in the end, that’s why architecture can be considered the most democratic of art forms.

Eduardo Souto de Moura and Renzo Piano

About Souto de Moura’s work he mentioned that it was “effortless and beautiful”, and he highlighted the fact that the Braga Stadium was a democratic building, as he not only served the audience but people on the outside.

After Obama and Lord Palumbo (chairman of the Pritzker jury) Eduardo Souto de Moura accepted his recognition, and said something very interesting that made me understand contemporary Portuguese architecture. He developed his work during the 1974 revolution in Portugal, after which the country required to give housing to millions of people. At that time post modernism was starting strong in the country, but that wasn´t the way to do housing (with columns and arches), which led to a late modernism that we see on his works, which in my opinion became a legacy to the new generation of Portuguese architects. More photos after the break:

Sculptural Playground / ANNABAU

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Architects: ANNABAU
Location: Wiesbaden,
Project year: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: ANNABAU

Apartment Building In Brünnen / kit

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kit architects recently finished the design for an apartment building in Brünnen, the city of Bern in with a very unique master plan scheme resembling a honeycomb structure.

Bogota Tourist Information Spots / Juan Melo, Camilo Delgadillo

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Architects: Juan Melo, Camilo Delgadillo
Location: Bogota,
Client: Instituto Distrital de Turismo Bogotá + ETB
Construction: Consorcio Inmetsa
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Gustav Arvidsson

Leviathan-Monumenta

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Photographer Franck Bohbot recently shared his photos of Anish Kapoor’s Leviathan-Monumenta with ArchDaily. Organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, MONUMENTA annually invites an internationally renowned artist to transform the 13,5000 sqm of the Grand Palais Nave with an artwork especially created for the event. Leviathan-Monumenta will be on display until June 23rd.

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AD Round Up: Industrial Architecture Part VII

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A whole variety of insdustrial projects for our seventh selection of previously featured posts. Check them all after the break.

Kangan Batman Institute / Lyons
The new Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Melbourne’s Docklands accommodates a dedicated training and showcase facility for Australia’s automotive trades and manufacturing. It consists of high-bay workshop spaces, specialist workrooms, classrooms and office accommodation (read more…)

High Park / Rojkind Arquitectos

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-based Rojkind Arquitectos shared with us their project ‘High Park’, a 13,000 sqm mixed use building in Monterrey, Mexico. More images, a video, and the architect’s description after the break.