The Mashrabiya House / Senan Abdelqader

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

Colin Powell Middle School / Legat Architects, Inc.

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Architect: Legat Architects, Inc.
Location: Matteson, Illinois
Construction Manager: Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
/Audio-visual/Security/Geothermal Feasibility Consultant: KJWW Engineering Consultants
MEP/Structural/Civil Engineer: Globetrotters
PhotographsJames Steinkamp

Designed by Legat Architects, Inc. of , Illinois, the 122,000sf Colin Powell Middle School is an academic facility that serves grades 6-8 for Illinois School District 159.  According to the architect, “The design of Colin Powell Middle School responds to the client’s desire to provide a progressive symbol of education to its students and community.  Energy efficiency, environmental conscientiousness, and openness were all driving factors in the design.”  More images and description after the break.

Palmaret-Alboraya Train Station / Rstudio

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Architects: Rstudio
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2010
Engineering Management: Seg_Ineco
Landscape Architecture: Alfonso Peris
Photographs: David Frutos

Biscay Statutory Library / IMB Arquitectos

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Architects: IMB Arquitectos / Gloria Iriarte, Eduardo Múgica, Agustín de la Brena
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2007
Client: Diputación Foral de Bizkaia, Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia
Project Staff: Pedro Múgica, David Salvador, Mariano Ortega, Josu Iriarte, Gorka Apraiz, Iñigo Barberena, José Luis Olaeta, Felix Aguiriano, Diego Poza, Iban González
Project Consultants: Ingeniería INARGEST (Structure), Javier Mendieta (Air Conditioning)
Main Contractor: UTE Balzola Urazca
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

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Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of , .  More images and architect’s description after the break.

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

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The twin office towers known as Puerta de Europa I and II located in Madrid, Spain defy the typical conventions of skyscraper construction. Designed by American architects & 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.

Dundee House / Reiach and Hall Architects

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Architects: Reiach and Hall Architects
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 12,500 sqm (Gross Internal Floor Area)
Photographs: Dave Morris, Paul Zane, Reiach and Hall Architects

37signals / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architect: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: Chicago,
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Christopher Barrett 

The 37signals project is a 10,000sf commercial build-out for a software company in Chicago, Illinois.  The build-out was designed by  of Chicago, Illinois and was completed with full occupancy in March 2010.  More images and architect’s description after the break.

School Complex at Le Bourget / Hubert & Roy Architectes

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Architects: Hubert & Roy Architectes
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2800 sqm
Photographs: Hérvé Habbadie

Zenith / DeStefano Partners

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Otherwise known as Doosan Haeundae U-Dong (or “We’ve the Zenith”), the Zenith complex is a residential condominium development in the Haeundae region of Busan, .  The complex was designed by DeStefano Partners of Chicago, Illinois and is slated for substantial completion in November of 2011 and full occupancy in the summer of 2012.  More images and architect’s description after the break.

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.,)

Garden 5 Tool / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano PartnersSamoo Architects & Engineers 
Location: , South Korea
Project Year: 2o11
Photographs: Samoo Architects & Engineers 

Originally called the Dongnam Distribution Center (DDC), the recently renamed Garden 5 Tool complex is a mega-shopping center in Seoul, South Korea.  The structure was designed by DeStefano Partners of , Illinois in conjunction with Samoo Architects & Engineers as the associate architect.

1100 First Street / Krueck & Sexton Architects

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Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects
Location: , D.C.,
Client: Tishman Speyer
MEP Engineer: Flack + Kurtz
Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates, Inc.
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 355,000 sqf
Photographs: Prakash Patel

College of DuPage Technology Education Center / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano Partners
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Project Year: 2o10
Photographs: Barbara Karant / Karant + Associates, Inc.

The Crystal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Location: ,
Client: Nykredit
Landscape Architect: SLA
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 6,850 sqm
Photographs: Adam Mørk

C.P.C Headquarters / Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

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Architects: Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
Location: Yoqneam,
Client: CPC Israel
Project Team: Gaby Schwartz, Julia Grinkrug, Abraham Rotal, Gilad Ulman
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

Glazing Advancements

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has always been employed in architecture to convey and complement aesthetics. Its use exemplifies spaces, transitions between indoor and outdoor volumes, and modulates the amount of light penetration. With this in mind, manufacturers are continually innovating new products to resolve the ever increasing demands imposed by designers. Whether it is curvilinear, textured, colored, laminated, etc., the increasing variety available is growing at an increasing rate.

Research & Sports Hall of Humboldt University / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten

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Architects: Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3,580 sqm
Photographs: Rainer Gollmer