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, Richard Neutra has been on the forefront of residential architecture.  After moving to the United States from , Austria 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: , Israel
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: 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: Saint Petersburg,
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, ,
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


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: , Austria
Project area: 7,990 sqm
Project year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Rupert Steiner

Plaza Residences / Migdal Arquitectos


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 , 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 glass 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: Paris,
Client: GEREC
Project Area: 8,500 sqm
Project Year: 2003-2009
Photographs: Patrycja Ogonowska

Fishers Island House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: Fishers Island, , USA
Managing Partner: Thomas Phifer AIA
Project Partner: Donald Cox AIA
Project Architect: Andrew Mazor
Collaborators: Adam Ruffin, Eric Richey, Jonathan Benner, Lisa Tilney, Rebecca Emmons
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Mechanical Engineers: Ambrisino, DePinto&Schmieder
Lighting Designer: Office for Visual Interaction
Metal Canopy: Allen Architectural Metals
General Contractor: BD Remodeling & Restoration
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Scott Frances

Black House / Bakers Architecten

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Architects: Bakers Architecten
Location: Utrecht,
Project Team: Jan Bakers, Martijn Boer, Erik Feenstra, Noor van de Loo, Remko Verkaar
Structural Engineering: CIHR bv, Delft
Lighting: Maikel van Burik
Contractor: Bouwonderneming Van Bekkum Houten, Houten
Project Area: 1,100 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Maarten Noordijk, Frank Stahl

House 53 / Marcio Kogan

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Architect: Marcio Kogan
Location: Sao Paulo,
Co-Author: Suzana Glogowski
Interior Design: Diana Radomysler, Mariana Simas
Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo
Landscape Architect: Renata Tilli
General Contractor: Fairbanks & Pilnik
Structural Engineering: Leão e Associados
Site Area: 330 sqm
Project Area: 350 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Rômulo Fialdini