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

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Architects: Salto AB
Location: Kreutzwaldi 3, ,
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: Tel Aviv,
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: Gardabaer,
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, Richard Neutra has been on the forefront of modern residential architecture.  After moving to the United States from , 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: Tel Aviv,
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, ,
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: Krakow,
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: ,
Client: Artem Shakhnazarov – Galaxy.LLC
Project area: 20,000 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2010
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna

University of Arizona Student Recreation Center Expansion / Sasaki

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Architects: Sasaki
Location: Tucson, , USA
Cost: $22.7 million
Project area: 54,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Timmerman Photography Inc.

AD Classics: Le Grande Louvre / I.M. Pei

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In 1981, the newly elected French president, Francois Mitterrand, launched a campaign to renovate cultural institutions throughout France.  One of the most advantageous of those projects was the renovation and reorganization of the Louvre.  In 1983 after touring Europe and the United States, President Mitterrand commissioned the Chinese American architect, I.M. Pei.  It was the first time that a foreign architect was enlisted to work on the Louvre museum.

Completed in 1989, ’s renovation redesigned Cour Napoleon, the main court of the Louvre, in order to alleviate the congestion from the thousands of daily visitors.  A new grand entrance provided a convenient, central lobby space separate from the galleries, which provided focal point for the cyclical process of one’s experience through the museum.   In addition to providing a new entrance to the Louvre, Pei’s design featured a new underground system of galleries, storage, and preservation laboratories, as well as a connection between the wings of the museum.  The addition and relocation of the supporting spaces of the museum allowed for the Louvre to expand its collection and place more work on exhibit.

Infrax West Offices / Crepain Binst Architecture

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Architects: Crepain Binst Architecture
Location: Torhout,
Project Coach: Jan Geerts
Project Architect: Veerle Scarniet
Collaborator: Evi van Schooneveld
Interior Architect: An Steylaerts
Engineering: VK Engineering
Acoustic Advice: Avitech Acoustics
General Contractor: Van Laere nv
Site Area: 41,352 sqm
Project Area: 10,327 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Crepain Binst Architecture

School of Nursing in the Kaiser Franz Joseph Hospital / lichtblau.wagner architekten

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Architects: lichblau.wagner architekten
Location: ,
Project area: 7,990 sqm
Project year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Rupert Steiner

Plaza Residences / Migdal Arquitectos

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Architects: Migdal Arquitectos / Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta
Location: , Mexico
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Migdal Arquitectos

AD Classics: Fondation Cartier / Jean Nouvel

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Radical among the architects of today, Jean Nouvel continually amazes practicing architects and unstudied passerby alike with his brilliant manipulation of form, patterns, materials and colors. Currently discussed for his vibrant Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London and the recently built luxurious Chelsea apartments in New York, Nouvel has a history of creating the most striking and innovative buildings.

One of his earlier buildings, the Fondation Cartier in Paris 1994, employs the same dedication to transparency and rigor of the surface as the more recently designed structures of Nouvel. As a public space that houses contemporary art and graffiti exhibitions, the play between inside and out is very fitting as it creates an openness which invites people to experience the building from both up close and afar.

More on the Fondation Cartier after the break.

AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig


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The Case Study House Program produced some of the most iconic architectural projects of the 20th Century, but none more iconic than or as famous as the Stahl House, also known as Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig.  The residence overlooks Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills. It was completed in 1959 for Buck Stahl and his family. Buck Stahl had envisioned a modernist and steel constructed house that offered panoramic views of Los Angeles when he originally purchased the land for the house in 1954 for $13,500.  Stahl had originally begun to excavate and take on the duties of architect and contractor; it was not until 1957 when Stahl hired Pierre Koenig to take over the design of the family’s residence.

Renaissance Marriot Hotel in Paris / Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

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Architect: Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
Location: ,
Client: GEREC
Project Area: 8,500 sqm
Project Year: 2003-2009
Photographs: Patrycja Ogonowska