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In Progress: Lotte World Tower / KPF

19:00 - 16 August, 2012
image by dbox branding & creative for KPF
image by dbox branding & creative for KPF

Construction of the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea designed by high-rise architectural firm KPF is well underway. Won via an international design competition, this new tower will rise up to a pinnacle height of 555 meters. Organized around a mixed-use program including retail, office, hotel and an observation deck at the peak, the tower pulls inspiration from historical Korean arts of ceramics, porcelain, and calligraphy. More details after the break.

image by dbox branding & creative for KPF © KPF image by dbox branding & creative for KPF © KPF +24

Son Ferriol Kindergarten / Duch-Piza Arquitectos

14:15 - 16 August, 2012
© Jaime Sicilia
© Jaime Sicilia

Architects: Duch-Piza Arquitectos Location: Mexico City, Mexico Technical Architects: Oscar Menendez Vinent Partner Architect: C. Hernández Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

© Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia +8

G House / Paz Gersh Architects

12:00 - 15 August, 2012
© Amit Giron
© Amit Giron

Architects: Paz Gersh Architects Location: Ramat hasharon, Israel Architect: Paz Gersh Project Year: 2011 Project Area: 250 sqm Photographs: Amit Giron

© Amit Giron © Amit Giron © Amit Giron © Amit Giron +24

Power Street / Steve Domoney Architecture

14:00 - 13 August, 2012
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Steve Domoney Location: Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Architect In Charge: Steve Domoney Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +12

Diamond House / Abis Arquitectura

16:00 - 9 August, 2012
© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar

Architects: Abis Arquitectura Location: Sierra Dorada, Benidorm, Alicante, Spain Architects: Ángel Benigno González Avilés, Mª Isabel Pérez Millán Design Team: Emilio Cortés Saura Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Toni Elvar, Vicente Martinez

© Toni Elvar © Toni Elvar © Toni Elvar © Toni Elvar +20

Ping An Finance Center / KPF

15:00 - 8 August, 2012

Soon to be Shenzhen’s tallest tower at 660 meters, the Ping An Finance Center by KPF will anchor the city’s new Central Business District. Positioned at the southwest corner of the intersection of Yi Tian Road and Fu Hua Road in the Futian District, the tower will connect with neighboring properties in addition to Shenzhen Line 1 Gou Wu Gong Yuan metro station. More details after the break.

Hotel Gent / Tazu Rous

18:00 - 7 August, 2012
© Dirk Pauwels
© Dirk Pauwels

Architects: Tazu Rous Location: Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein, Gent, Belgium Photographs: Dirk Pauwels

© Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels +32

Redcliffs House / MAP Architects

12:00 - 3 August, 2012
© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane

Architects: MAP Architects Location: Redcliffs, Christchurch, New Zealand Design Team: Andrew Watson, Mark Bennetts Project Year: 2010 Project Area: 200 sqm Photographs: Lisa Gane

© Lisa Gane © Lisa Gane © Lisa Gane © Lisa Gane +23

Miura Hotel / Labor 13

10:00 - 3 August, 2012
© Soucek - Vomastek - Straka
© Soucek - Vomastek - Straka

Architects: Labor 13 Location: Čeladná, Czech Republic Design Team: Martin Vomastek, Albert prazák, Jiri Bardodej Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Soucek – Vomastek – Straka

© Soucek - Vomastek - Straka © Soucek - Vomastek - Straka © Soucek - Vomastek - Straka © Soucek - Vomastek - Straka +37

Swimming Pool / Pich-Aguilera Architects

06:00 - 3 August, 2012
© Simón García
© Simón García

Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects Location: Ametlla de Mar, Spain Architects: Felipe Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle Pagés Project Team: Angel Sendarrubias, Xavier Milanés, Pau Casaldaliga Project Manager: Iván Acevedo Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Simón García

© Simón García © Simón García © Simón García © Simón García +14

House RA / Pablo Anzilutti

02:01 - 3 August, 2012
© Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

Architects: Pablo Anzilutti Location: Santa Fe, Santa Fe Province, Argentina Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +21

Holiday Home at Aluksnes Lake / AB3D Ltd.

16:00 - 3 July, 2012
© Edgars Gribusts
© Edgars Gribusts

Architects: AB3D Ltd. Location: Alūksne District, Latvia Project Year: 2011 Project Area: 386 sqm Photographs: Māris Lapiņš, Edgars Gribusts, AB3D

Courtesy of AB3D © Māris Lapiņš © Māris Lapiņš © Māris Lapiņš +24

ASM International World Headquarters Renovation / The Chesler Group and Dimit Architects

15:00 - 7 March, 2012
© Jeff Goldberg ESTO
© Jeff Goldberg ESTO

The ASM International World Headquarters, originally constructed in 1959, is an architectural composition by two influential designers during the mid-twentieth century: John Terence Kelly, who studied under Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius, and R. Buckminster Fuller, well known for his geodesic domes, environmentally-conscious designs and the dymaxion car.  The complex includes the building, dome and garden on the 45-acre site known as Materials Park.  The renovation, led by The Chesler Group and Dimit Architectsbrings new life to Kelly’s building.  According to Architectural Record, (Snapshot, Laura Raskin), Michael Chesler of The Chesler Group, campaigned to salvage the architectural marvel, giving it a place in the National Register of Historic Places and using tax credits to fund the renovation.

Pictures and details of the renovation after the break.

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

15:00 - 21 February, 2012
© Guillermo Hevia García
© Guillermo Hevia García

In an article originally published on Plataforma Arquitectura, Guillermo Hevia Garcia describes his experience when visiting the Unité d’ Habitation in Marseille, France, 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.

© Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García +13

Wimmer Medien Business Center and Urban Development / Atelier Thomas Pucher

04:00 - 10 January, 2012

The proposal for the Wimmer Medien Business Center and Urban Development in Linz, Austria by Atelier Thomas Pucher recently won the third prize in the international invited competition. Their main concept is the creation of a 33,600 m2 gross floor area central public space that recovers the mystical feeling of the Italian piazzas, offering flexibility to host the most variety of events and activities, like ice-skating, Christmas market or outdoors cinema. This piazza is also a central point for the social life of the building, providing outdoors spaces for the offices, significant synergies for the commercial area and a feeling of the life of the city to the apartments. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Taltal Public Library

15:00 - 2 December, 2011

Take a tour through the newly built Taltal Public Library, designed by Santiago 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.

UK Monument Preston Bus Station at Risk

13:00 - 11 November, 2011

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is calling for international attention to the 1969 Preston Bus Station. Once the world’s largest bus station, the brutalist monument is scheduled for demolition as part of the city center’s redevelopment plan. The building is one of thirty UK “at risk” sites featured by WMF.

Video: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn

13:01 - 8 November, 2011

This short film by Pablo Casals-Aguirre captures the formal perfection and daily life within Louis Kahn’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.