Palapa / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

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Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
Location: , Mexico
Project Team: Tomás Villalón, Francisco Carrión, Guillermo Hevia García, Marcela Suazo
Client: Grupo KALOS
Contractor: Grupo KALOS
Project Area: 450 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Guillermo Hevia H.

Fire Update and Interior Tour of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’ Habitation in Marseille

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In an article originally published on Plataforma Arquitectura, Guillermo Hevia Garcia describes his experience when visiting the Unité d’ Habitation in Marseille, , also known as Cité Radieuse. On February 9th, the building was overcome by a large fire that was said to have been started due to a heating problem. The blaze took  hundreds of firefighters nearly a day and a half to put it out. Eight residential units and four hotel rooms were destroyed, and approximately 35 other units were severely damaged by smoke or action relief. Most residents have returned home to the Unité d’ Habitation, Le Corbusier‘s thesis on domestic life, as they continue to live the communal life that the renowned architect dreamt up.

Read on for more after the break.

AD Classics: Wall House 2 / John Hejduk

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With a history unlike any other, Wall House 2 redefines the limits of architectural design as a function of context in both time and culture. 28 years after the completion of the initial designs and one year after the death of architect , construction began in a completely different environment than where it was initially imagined.

The house is a study of the relationship between inside and outside and is reminiscent of Corbusian architecture, although a bit more eccentric.

More on the history of Wall House 2 after the break.

In Progress: Cervantes Theater / Ensamble Studio

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Architects: Ensamble Studio
Location: D.F,
Architect in Charge: Antón García- Abril
Associate Architect: Elena Pérez
Construction manager architect: Alba Cortés
Project Team: Débora Mesa, Joaquín Gallegos, Alba Beroiz, Jaime Alcayde, Cristina Moya, Juan Ruiz Antón, Tomaso Boano, Federico Letizia
Developer: SGAE – GRUPO CARSO
Project Management: INPROS
Construction Company: GRUPO PC
Structural Engineering: COLINAS DE BUEN
Project Area: 11,500 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Ensamble Studio

AD Classics: Esherick House / Louis Kahn

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An architect celebrated for his breathtaking studies of light and materiality in the creation of memorable architecture,  did not fail to maintain his rigor in the Esherick House of , Pennsylvania.

Admired for it’s spatial and luminous qualities, this is the first residence of its kind to convey the grand ideas of Kahn-style architecture. The two story dwelling, which is one of only nine private houses designed by Kahn to come into realization, rests on a lively six acre garden.

More information on the Esherick House after the break.

Costanera Lyon / Eugenio Simonetti + Renato Stewart

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Architects: + Renato Stewart
Location: Santiago, Chile
Design Team: Juan Santa Maria, Danilo Magni, Alvaro Romero
LEED certification (Silver): Energy ARQ
Lightning: Oriana Ponzini
Structure: Eduardo Spoerer
Client: Inmobiliaria Almahue S.A.
Year: Costanera Lyon 1, 2009-2011 (Completed), Costanera Lyon 2, 2011-2013 (Under construction)
Area: 42,000 sqm
Photographs: Nico Saieh, Guy Wenborne, Ana Maria Pincheira

Video: Taltal Public Library

Take a tour through the newly built Taltal Public Library, designed by based firm Murua-Valenzuela. The small town project is located opposite of the main square and close to the Alhambra Theater, which was also recently refurbished by the architects. Responding to a narrow site of 7 by 40 meters while being situated between mediators, the architects conducted a series of indoor spaces in order to “avoid the domestic condition.” The spaces of varying heights house the library activities and end with a reading room that is connected to an interior courtyard. Construction has been completed and the Taltal Public Library is already in use.

The author of the project stated, “We are delighted to see the library being used by the community. We hope that in future the building will become a meeting place.”

The video was completed by Nicolas Rupcich.

Architects: Benjamín Murúa, Rodrigo Valenzuela
Location: Taltal, – Region of Antofagasta
Development: Ximena Vallejos, Miguel Mallea
Project Year: 2008
Construction: 2009-2010

House R / Roger Christ

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Architects: Roger Christ
Location: ,
Assistants: Ronni Neuber, Julia Url
Structural Engineering: Schmitt + Thielmann und Partner
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 455 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Herrmann

Video: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn

This short film by Pablo Casals-Aguirre captures the formal perfection and daily life within ’s architectural masterpiece, the Salk Institute. Kahn was commissioned in 1959 to design the inspiring facility for scientific research. The iconic facility became a designated San Diego Historical Landmark in 1991 and continues to attract daily admirers from all corners of the earth.

Review detailed information, images and drawings at AD Classics: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn.

On the Corner / Eastern Design Office

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Architects: Eastern Design Office
Location: ,
Client: TOYO-KAIHATSU Co., ltd
Constructor: Okudakomuten Co., Ltd
Structure Planning: HOJO STRUCTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 261 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Stadium du Littoral / OLGGA Architects

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Architects: OLGGA Architects /  Alice Vaillant, Guillaume Grenu, Nicolas Le Meur
Location: , France
Client: City of Grande Synthe
Engineering: Sogeti ingénierie
Acoustic: Abe acoustique
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,433 sqm
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Upon its Grand Opening September 4, 2011, the Stadium du Littoral, constructed in Grande Synthe, is the first facility north of Paris integrating five athletic disciplines under one roof. Designed by OLGGA Architectes, this athletic complex includes stadium seating for 617, two club houses, locker rooms, a community recreation room and administrative offices.

Modern Villa / BBVH Architecten

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Architects: BBVH Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Constractor: BB-X
Developer: Willson Real Estate
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

Splice / Cadence

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Architects: Cadence
Location: Bangalore,
Project Team: Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekar, Rejin Karthik
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Claire Arni

Dune House / JVA

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Architects: Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL / Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli
Location: Thorpeness, Suffolk,
Client: Living Architecture
Collaborating Architect: Mole Architects Ltd.
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

Roncero House / ALT arquitectura

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Architects: ALT arquitectura / Ángel Luis Tendero, Bernardo Cummins
Location: Madrid,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Silvio Posada

The Mashrabiya House / Senan Abdelqader

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Architects: Senan Abdelqader
Location: Jerusalem,
Project Area: 1700 sqm
Photographs: Amit Giron

Cobogó House / Marcio Kogan

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Architects: Studio mk27 / Marcio Kogan
Location: São Paulo,
Co-Author: Carolina Castroviejo
Interior Design Co-Authors: Diana Radomysler, Carolina Castroviejo
Collaborator: Eduardo Chalabi
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1000 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Park Hill / Hawkins Brown with Studio Egret West

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Architects: Hawkins Brown with Studio Egret West
Location: , England
Landscape Architects: Grant Associates
Main Contractor: Urban Splash Build Ltd (North)
Structural Engineer: Stockley
Services Engineer: Ashmount Consulting Engineers Limited
Project Area: 130,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson, Keith Collie and Peter Bennett