Diamond Arena / Atelier 11

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Architects: Atelier 11
Location: Beijing,
Design Director: Xu Lei
Design Team: Ding Liqun, Gao Qinglei, Liu Heng, An Peng
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 51,199 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier 11

AD Classics: Torre Blancas / Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza

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The Torre Blancas is an architectural icon of the Spanish Organicism movement. Designed by and completed in 1969, this exposed concrete tower rises 71 meters above the skyline. It also stands as one the most complicated and innovative reinforced concrete structures of the era, absent of the typical rectilinear qualities associated with cast-in-place concrete. More details after the break.

AD Classics: Puerta de Europa / Philip Johnson & John Burgee

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The twin office towers known as I and II located in , Spain defy the typical conventions of skyscraper construction. Designed by American architects Philip Johnson & John Burgee and commissioned by the Kuwait Investment Office (KIO), these structural expressionistic towers straddle one of Madrid’s most important boulevards – the Paseo de la Castellana. More details after the break.

Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

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Architects: Alvaro Leite Siza
Client: Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
Location: Lugar das Carvalhinhas – Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
Site Area: 1000 sqm
Constructed Area: 180 sqm
Contractor: Óscar Gouveia
Landscape: Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
Materials:
Services: GOP
Project Start: 2000
Project Complete: 2005
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

New Film Theatre of Catalonia / Mateo Arquitectura

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Architects:  Mateo Arquitetura / Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: ,
Client: ICIC (Institut Català de les Indústries Culturals)
Structural Engineering: BOMA, Agustí Obiol
Installations Engineering: Grupo JG
Project Area: 7,515 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Garden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

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Architects: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
Location:
Client: Private
Project year: 2008
Constructed area: 237 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)

House in Kohoku / Torafu

 

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Architects: Torafu
Location: , Japan
Design year: 2007
Construction year: 2008
Structure: RC
Building Site: Yokohama Kanagawa
Site Area: 230 sqm
Constructed Area: 67.35 sqm
Photographer: Daici Ano

Rishikesh House / Rajiv Saini

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Architects: Mr. Rajiv Saini
Location: , India
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 640 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Hemeroscopium House / Ensamble Studio

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Architects: Ensamble Studio
Location: Las Rozas, , Spain
Principal in Charge: Antón García- Abril
Collaborators: Elena Pérez, Débora Mesa, Jorge Consuegra, Marina Otero, Ricardo Sanz
Technical Architect: Javier Cuesta
Promotor: Hemeroscopium
Contractor: Materia Inorgánica
Project year: 2005-2008
Constructed Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: Ensamble Studio

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Summer House / LASC Studio

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Architects: LASC Studio
Location: Österlen,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 105 sqm
Photographs: Stamers Kontor

EG House / Marcelo Alvarenga

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Architects: Play – Marcelo Alvarenga
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 823.00 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary / Fentress Architects

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Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado has added a new dome to their campus. The expanding congregation commissioned Fentress Architects to create a new Sanctuary to accommodate their growing needs for space. The design is a contemplative space with attentive consideration for the church’s needs and the campus history influencing the design.

Architect: Fentress Architects
Location: Lakewood, Colorado,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jerry Butts, Ben Tremper Photography, Mile Hi Church

AD Classics: Pearl Bank Apartments / Tan Cheng Siong

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At the time of its completion in 1976, the Pearl Bank Apartment complex was the highest-density and tallest residential structure in at 38 stories.  The total height of the horseshoe-shaped complex exceeded 430’ tall and was home for over 1,500 inhabitants.  Designed by of Archurban Architects & Planners, Pearl Bank served as a beacon of contemporary residential design and acted as precedent to the subsequent high-density urban development in Singapore and throughout southeast Asia.

AD Classics: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation / Ruy Jervis d’Athouguia, Pedro Cid and Alberto Pessoa

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The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum is one of the less well known architectural gems in Portugal. The buildings are part of their own isolated campus in Palhavã, in the center of Lisbon. Architects Ruy Jervis d’Athouguia, and designed the campus and the buildings in memory of the foundation’s namesake, and both the foundation and the buildings have only grown more respected over the decades.  More on the buildings after the break.

Box House / Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato

 

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Architects: Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato
Location: Ilhabela, Sao Paulo,
Project year: 2008
Site area: 8,000 sqm
Constructed area: 36 sqm
Photographs: Djan Chu

House N / Sou Fujimoto

Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Oita,
Project Team: Yumiko Nogiri
Structural Consultant: Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Design Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Site Area: 236,57 sqm
Constructed Area: 150,57 sqm
Photographer: Iwan Baan

AD Classics: Bagsværd Church / Jørn Utzon

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The Church by Jørn Utzon was completed in 1976. Though not his most famous work, the church is an example of the architect’s inventive work at a different scale. Utzon designed the church with an unassuming exterior that merely hints at the stirring forms he created inside.

Slice House / Procter-Rihl Architects

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Architects: Procter-Rihl Architects
Location: ,
Collaborators: Dirk Anderson, James Backwell, Johannes Lobbert
Structural Engineer: Glass and Steel: Michael Baigent MBOK
Structural Engineer: Concrete: Antonio Pasquali
Foundation Engineer: Vitor Pasin
Services Engineer: Flavio Mainardi
Site Architect: Arq. Mauro Medeiros
Project Area: 210 sqm
Photographs: Sue Barr, Marcelo Nunes