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Green Houses / Sander Architects

© Sharon Risedorph
© Sharon Risedorph

Architects: Sander Architects Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA  Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Sharon Risedorph

© Sharon Risedorph
© Sharon Risedorph
© Sharon Risedorph
© Sharon Risedorph
© Sharon Risedorph
© Sharon Risedorph
© Sharon Risedorph
© Sharon Risedorph

In Progress: MUSE Museum of Science / Renzo Piano

© RPBW - Stefano Goldberg
© RPBW - Stefano Goldberg

Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop Location: Trento, Italy Architect: Renzo Piano Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of RPBW, RPBW – Stefano Goldberg, RPBW – Paolo Pelanda, Colombo Costruzioni – Alessandro Gadutti, RPBW – Cristiano Zaccaria

© RPBW - Stefano Goldberg
© RPBW - Stefano Goldberg
© RPBW - Stefano Goldberg
© RPBW - Stefano Goldberg
© RPBW - Paolo Pelanda
© RPBW - Paolo Pelanda
© Colombo Costruzioni - Alessandro Gadutti
© Colombo Costruzioni - Alessandro Gadutti

Ping An Finance Center / KPF

© KPF
© KPF

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.

U.S. Commercial Port of Entry & Border Station / Robert Siegel Architects

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

Architects: Robert Siegel Architects Location: Calais, ME, USA Project Team: Robert Siegel, Eduardo Ramos, Richard Tobias, Brad Burns, Julien Leyssene, Wayne Walker, Holly Williams, Heather Pfister, Eva Hermoso, Justin Huang, Fatmir Hodzic, Scott Schwarzwalder, Tomonori Tsujita, Kelsey Yates, Rita Afonso Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 100,000 sq ft Photographs: Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

Asma Bahçeleri Houses Office / Metin Kılıç & Dürrin Süer

© Erdal Gümüş
© Erdal Gümüş

  Architects: Metin Kılıç & Dürrin Süer Location: Narlıdere, Izmir, Turkey Architects: Metin Kılıç, Dürrin Süer Design Team: Damla Duru, Merih Feza Yıldırım, Serdar Uslubaş, Ali Can Helvacıoğlu, Burak Bakö Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 134 sqm Photographs: Erdal Gümüş

© Erdal Gümüş
© Erdal Gümüş
© Erdal Gümüş
© Erdal Gümüş
© Erdal Gümüş
© Erdal Gümüş
© Erdal Gümüş
© Erdal Gümüş

Terra Nova House / Isay Weinfeld

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Isay Weinfeld Location: São Paulo, Brazil Design Team: Juliana Scalizi, Flávia Oide, Leandro Garcia, Gustavo Benthien Project Manager: Monica Cappa Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Redcliffs House / MAP Architects

© 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
© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane

Swimming Pool / Pich-Aguilera Architects

© 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
© Simón García
© Simón García
© Simón García
© Simón García

Winning Proposal for Koivusaari, Helsinki

© Arto Ollila
© Arto Ollila

The Helsinki planning office and steel product company Ruukki organized a student competition – Western Gateway – amongst all the architecture schools in Finland in 2011. The call for proposals was to design a landmark building in the newly developing western portion of the city – Koivusaari – utilizing steel in an innovative manner. Representing Aalto University, Arto Ollila’s submission entitled “Fokka” was selected as the winning proposal. More details after the break.

© Arto Ollila © Arto Ollila © Arto Ollila © Arto Ollila

Busan Lotte Town Tower / SOM

© SOM
© SOM

Currently under construction, SOM’s Busan Lotte Town Tower  in Busan, South Korea stands over its adjacent waterfront as the new gateway to East Asia. Rising 510 meters, this mixed-use tower will add 6.3 million square feet to this bustling port city. A unique setback language defines its massing that is derived from numerous influences including the compact site, complex program, and optimization of views. The tower will incorporate numerous sustainable features and an efficient concrete structural system that maximizes the efficiency of the 107 floors. More details after the break.

© SOM © SOM © SOM © SOM

Holiday Home at Aluksnes Lake / AB3D Ltd.

© 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
Courtesy of AB3D
© Māris Lapiņš
© Māris Lapiņš
© Māris Lapiņš
© Māris Lapiņš
© Māris Lapiņš
© Māris Lapiņš

Dallas's Disputed "Hot Spot"

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas designed by Renzo Piano and the neighboring 42-story Museum Tower are embroiled in a dispute revolving around the adverse effects of glare reflecting into the Nasher’s interior gallery and garden. Currently in mediation over possible solutions, the topic certainly brings to light the implications involved in highly glazed high-rise construction and the surrounding buildings. More details after the break.

MyZeil Shopping Mall / Studio Fuksas

© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn

Architects: Studio Fuksas - Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Interior Design: Fuksas Design Location: Frankfurt, Germany Address: Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse 10-14 Period: 2002-2009  Client: PalaisQuartier GmBH & CO., KG Surface:  Built Surface – 77,000 sq.m., Facade – 8,500 sq.m., Cover – 13,000 sq.m. Engineering:  Structures – Knippers-Helbig Beratende Ingenieure, Stuttgart; Krebs und Kiefer Beratende Ingenieure für das Bauwesen GmbH, Darmstadt | Realization of the façade and covering – Waagner Biro Stahlbau AG, Wien

© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn

Diagonal Tower / SOM

© SOM / Crystal CG
© SOM / Crystal CG

SOM’s new 64-storey Diagonal Tower to be located in the developing commercial and mixed-use Yongsan International Business District in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, exudes a modern take on structural expressionism.  The tower progressively addresses the critical issues associated with skyscraper design in an iconic and refined manner. From structural and energy efficiency to reduced construction costs that the tower must meet, SOM have strove to integrate these aspects holistically into the overall aesthetics. More details after the break.

© SOM / Crystal CG © SOM / Crystal CG © SOM © SOM

Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932–1947 at Rooms for Glass / Selldorf Architects

Corroded, 1973 by Carlo Scarpa | via Selldorf Architects
Corroded, 1973 by Carlo Scarpa | via Selldorf Architects

The new exhibition space Rooms for Glass (Le Stanze del Vetro) in Italy, designed by Selldorf Architects, will open this summer in August 2012.  The first exhibit to inaugurate the space will be Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932–1947, a collection of over 300 glassworks by architect Carlo Scarpa. The exhibit will run until November 29, 2012, after which Rooms for Glass will continue showcasing the art of Venetian glassmaking in the 20th century with other exhibits. Read on for more after the break.

Aerial View of Rooms for Glass in Venice, Italy via Selldorf Architects Rooms for Glass Interior, Courtesy of Selldorf Architects Roman Murrine, 1936 by Carlo Scarpa | via Selldorf Architects Carlo Scarpa, circa 1970 via Selldorf Architects

Crossroad Offices Extension / OFIS Arhitekti

Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti
Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti

The new extension for the Crossroad Offices by OFIS Arhitekti acts as a crossroad regulator between the existing villa and its approach from the street on the south side and the underground parking on the east side. The actual form derives from the main logical directions on the site to the main destinations as the new volume is positioned behind the existing villa with individual cut outs, ‘green bays’, in function of the extended external park coming into the pavilion. Inside they form divisions between internal spaces and create dynamic, light and calming atmosphere. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bright Future / Pratt Manhattan Gallery

 Courtesy of Aron Losonczi
Courtesy of Aron Losonczi

Pratt Manhattan Gallery has unveiled their exhibition “Bright Future: New Designs in Glass featuring innovative and mesmerizing uses for the centuries-old material.  The exhibit, which features furniture, tableware, architectural elements and lighting designs, will be on display until May 5th, 2012.  The artists and firms featured here displays a refined use of glass in conjunction with metal, concrete and pigment to evoke its qualities of flexibility and transparency.  In conjunction with this exhibit, Pratt will be hosting a free panel discussion: “Glass, Light and Public Space” on April 5th at 6pm in Lecture Hall 213 of Pratt’s Manhattan Campus at 144 West 14th Street, Second Floor. Read on after the break to see previews of the exhibit and for more on the panel discussion.