AD Classics: Kunsthaus Bregenz / Peter Zumthor

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A year after the completion of Therme Vals [1996], renowned minimalist architect, completed the design of Kunsthaus Bregenz [1997].  The Kunsthaus museum in Bregenz, is always in a constant state of flux always changing its exhibition spaces to accommodate international contemporary art.  Zumthor’s minimalist design adapts its spaces to the art that is showcased in its exhibits creating a coexisting and redefining relationship between art and architecture.

The Kunsthaus Bregenz has two main principles to their permanent collection: archives of art architecture and a collection of Contemporary art, which complements the changing exhibition spaces.  The museum strives to be the intersection of art and architecture that opens itself to culture and international influence.

More on the Kunsthaus Bregenz after the break.

Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives / TEK Architects

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Architects: TEK Architects
Location: ,
Project team: Charles Thanhauser – principal in charge, Andrew Ojamaa – project director, Carolina Meller, Kotting Luo, Hsing Yuan Chen
Structural: Dunne and Markis, PE
Contractor: Summit Construction
Client: DASNY / CUNY/ QCC
Engineers: DLB Consulting, MEP
Photographs: Brian Rose Photography

AD Classics: Maison Bordeaux / OMA

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With the ability to make even the simplest and straightforward programs spatially dynamic and in a constant state of redefinition, Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA have redefined the term that “a house is a machine for living” in their design of Maison .  Completed in 1998, Maison sits on a small cape-like hill overlooking the city of .

The house was designed for a couple and their family, but before Koolhaas and OMA were commissioned for the project in 1994 the husband of the family was in a life threatening car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.  Two years after his accident, the couple approached Koolhaas to design them a new home outside of Bordeaux.  Despite having been paralyzed, the man did not want t straightforward house rather he wanted a complex design, stating: “Contrary to what you would expect. I want a complex house because the house will define my world.”

More on the Bordeaux House after the break.

Neo Solar Power Corporation / J. J. Pan & Partners

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Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners (JJPP)
Location: Science Park,
Project team: Joshua J. Pan, Chung Tsai Huang, Yi Tai Lin, Shun Lang Wu, Mallet Y.L. Chang, K. J. Lin, I-Fen Chang, Shu Chiao Hsu
Project area: 27,000 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of JJPP

Biotechnology Industry / Marlene Imirzian & Associates

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Architects: Marlene Imirzian & Associates Llc, Architects
Location: Paradise Valley Community College, Arizona,
Construction Manager at Risk: Barton Malow
Lab Consultant: Design for Science
Structural: Paragon Structural Design
MEP: ESD – Energy Systems Design
Landscape: The Moore/Swick Partnership
Civil: Kland Huval Engineers
Audio Visual: Convergent Technologies
Cost: Rider Levett Bucknall
Client: Maricopa Community College District
Project area: 35,400 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography Inc

AD Classics: Petronas Towers / Cesar Pelli

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Once considered the tallest building[s] in the world from 1998 to 2004, the Petronas Towers designed by Cesar Pelli stand as a cultural and architectural icon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Completed in 1998, the Petronas Towers are a reflection and homage to the dominant Islamic culture of Malaysia.

More on the Petronas Towers after the break.

VALEO – VEC / GCP Arquitetos

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Architects: GCP Arquitetos – Sergio Coelho and Mauricio Reverendo
Location: tatiba, SP –
Architectural team: Adriana Oliveira; Daniel Mariano; Daniela Vaz; Edgar Pompeu; Lucas Verroni; Izabella Queiroz; Ricardo Segantini; Silvio Diarte; Thais Ramaglia; Ubirajara Jarbas; Agnaldo Amaral and Renata Bernardino
Overall coordination and sustainability: Alessandra Araújo
Architectural coordination: Mauricio Reverendo
Site supervision: Ubirajara Jarbas; Silvio Diarte
Project area: 18,200 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2010
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Housing For Residétapes / Barré Lambot Architectes

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Architects: Barré Lambot Architectes + J. Béranger and S. Vincent
Location: Rue André Tardieu, 44200 , France
Collaborators: Florence MARTY, AREST, ISOCRATE
Project area: 4,400 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Sports Hall Of The Estonian University Of Life Sciences / Salto AB

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Architects: Salto AB
Location: Kreutzwaldi 3, Tartu,
Credits: Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke
Interior designer: Katrin Kaevats, Jaan Port
Structural design: OÜ Pikoprojekt
Project area: 4,600 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Kaido Haagen, Reio Avaste & Karli Luik

House SNR / TheHeder Partnership

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Architects: TheHeder Partnership / Hanan Pomagrin, Brad Pinchuck, Boubi Luxembourg
Location: , Israel
Project area: 400 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Amit Geron

Palace of Aiete / isuuru arquitectos

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Architects: isuuru arquitectos – Aitzpea Lazkano Orbegozo y Carlos Abadías Banzo
Location: San Sebastian,
Project area: 1,990 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs:  Jesús Martín Ruiz

Icelandic Institute of Natural History / ARKÍS architects

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Architects: ARKÍS architects
Location: ,
Project area: 3,500 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: ARKÍS architects, Vigfus Birgisson

AD Classics: Kaufmann House / Richard Neutra

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One of the most important architects of the 20th Century, yet often overlooked, has been on the forefront of modern residential architecture.  After moving to the United States from Vienna, in 1923, Neutra worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf Schindler until 1930 when he started his own practice.  One of Neutra’s several iconic projects is the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California.  Completed between 1946-1947, the Kaufmann House was a vacation home for Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. and his family to escape the harsh winters of the northeast.

More on the Kaufmann House after the break.

eHouse / Axelrod Architects

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Architects: Axelrod Architects
Location: ,
Design team architects: Irit Axelrod, Orit Tsabari
Project area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Amit Geron

Louisiana State Museum / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

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Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: Baton Rouge, , USA
Project area: 69,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2006
Photographs: Timothy Hurlsey, Chris Rodriguez

Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow / Claudio Nardi Architetto

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Architects: Claudio Nardi Architetto, Leonardo Maria Proli
Location: ,
Project team: Inga Olszanska, Adam Kozak, Anna Krezolek, Malgorzata Zbroinska
Investor: Municipality of Krakow
Project area: 5,467 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2010
Photographs: Adam Kozak

House With Glass Louvers / StudioGreenBlue

Architects: StudioGreenBlue
Team: Mitsuharu Kojima, Wataru Kobayashi
Location: Ota, Gunma, Japan
Project area: 111,79 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographer: StudioGreenBlue

Quattro Corti Business Centre / Piuarch

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Architects: Piuarch
Location: , Russia
Client: Artem Shakhnazarov – Galaxy.LLC
Project area: 20,000 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2010
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna