AD Classics: The Pagoda / Miguel Fisac

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Laboratorios Jorba is commonly referred to as the Pagoda because its rotating floors create a shape reminiscent of tiered eaves found in traditional pagodas. Built by Spanish architect , the tower stood on the outskirts of between 1968 and 1999. The Pagoda was a strong example of Fisac’s playfulness and skill as an architect, and a master of concrete.  More after the break.

AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger

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The Trellick Tower is an iconic structure located in west London, England. It has gone through numerous phases of public perception, most notably its notorious nickname as the “Tower of Terror.” Designed as social housing for the local council, it features numerous unconventional design elements. Architect Erno Goldfinger, drew inspiration from the modernist principles of Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation for the tower’s dwelling units.  More details after the break.

Nettleton 195 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA
Location: Cape Town,
Mechanical Engineers: Spoormaker & Partners
Electrical Engineers: MAC Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,005 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of SOATA

TRADIBOM Administrative Building / LBM Studio

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Architects: LBM Studio / Leandro Matsuda
Location: Mogi Mirim,
Project Area: 358 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of LBM Studio

Guest House Tokyo / KINO Architects

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Architects: KINO Architects /  Masahiro Kinoshita
Location: Tokyo,
Collaborator : SAK Architects / Yu Sakuma
Structural Engineer: Yasushi Moribe
Project Area:  45.72 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

Boaçava House / MMBB Arquitetos

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Architects: MMBB Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Project Year: 2006
Project team: Marina Sabino, Márcia Terazaki, Thiago Rolemberg, Ana Carina Costa, Marina Acayaba, Marcelo Maia Rosa
Project Area: 344 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Fyrstikkalleén School / GASA Architects

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Architects: GASA Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 14,500 sqm
Photographs: Jiri Havran

Split Bathhouse / BaO Architects

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Architects: BaO Architects / Benjamin Beller
Location: Gansu,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: BaO Architects

AD Classics: Robin Hood Gardens / Alison and Peter Smithson

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Robin Hood Gardens is a social housing complex in East in the residential area of Poplar. It was designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson and completed in 1972. The Brutalist buildings stand as an example of the Smithsons’ theories in practice. Practices that today face an uncertain future.  More information after the break.

Golden High School / NAC Architecture

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Architect: NAC Architecture
Location: , Colorado,
Consultants: Martin Martin Consulting Engineers, V3 Consultants, The RMH Group, M-E Engineers, David L. Adams Associates, Inc., Wenk Associates, Ricca Newmark Design
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Frank Ooms

Golden High School has been in existence in name since 1873. The current building is designed by architecture firm  NAC Architecture and is the fourth incarnation in Golden, Colorado. Completed in 2008, the new building by NAC Architecture takes advantage of the outdoors to create a positive environment for the students inside and out.

Falsified Concrete Testing on Major New York Projects

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Back in 2008, a rash of falsified testing reports on major projects in New York including the Yankee Stadium and the Second Avenue subway station had construction executives scrambling to find replacements. American Standard Testing and Consulting Laboratories were selected as the replacement company. However, the owner and five other employees have currently been arraigned on charges stemming from exactly the same things they were hired to rectify.

AD Classics: Rusakov Workers’ Club / Konstantin Melnikov

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The collapse of the old regime in Russia that took place with the Revolution of 1917 was followed by an artistic period of powerful activity in formal experimentation directed at the establishment of a creative language capable of expressing the new ideals and aspirations of Soviet Society. ’sRusakov Workers’ Club in shows an intense fascination with dramatic structure, in this case through bold cantilevered seating constructed of reinforced concrete. More on Rusakov Workers’ Club after the break.

AD Classics: Sangath / Balkrishna Doshi

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‘s own studio, Sangath, features a series of sunken vaults sheathed in mosaic as well as a small grassy terraced amphitheater and flowing water details. Having been considered the building that fully describes himself, Sangath is a complete combination of Doshi‘s architectural themes from his previous work including complex interiors and structures, ambiguous edges, vaults and terraces. More about Sangath after the break.

AD Classics: Kanchanjunga Apartments / Charles Correa

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By developing climatic solutions for different sites and programs, Indian architect Charles Correa designed the Kanchanjunga Apartments. Located in , the U.S. equivalent of New York City in terms of population and diversity, the 32 luxury apartments are located south-west of downtown in an upscale suburban setting embodying the characteristics of the upper echelon of society within the community. The Kanchanjunga Apartments are a direct response to the present culture, the escalating urbanization, and the climatic conditions for the region. They pay homage to the vernacular architecture that once stood on the site before the development in a number of ways. More on Kanchanjunga Apartments after the break.

Recycling+Building Materials

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In today’s world “going green” has become a top priority in our society, and sustainable buildings and design are at the forefront of this green revolution. While many designers are focusing on passive and active energy systems, the reuse of is beginning to stand out as an innovative, highly effective, and artistic expression of sustainable design. Reusing materials from existing on site and nearby site elements such as trees, structures, and paving is becoming a trend in the built environment, however more unorthodox materials such as soda cans and are being discovered as recyclable building materials. Materials and projects featured after the break.

AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Alvaro Siza

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Since its completion in 1966 the Leça Swimming Pool complex, by Portuguese architect , has been an internationally recognized building. Still almost half a century later, it has gracefully retained its architectural integrity and remained a popular retreat. The Leça Swimming Pools has established itself as one of Siza’s greatest early works, and as an example of his careful reconciliation between nature and his design.

3M House / destilat

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Architects: destilat
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of destilat

Shelter in the Swiss Alps / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architectes

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Architects: Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architectes
Location: Eison,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects