Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid

© Sharwe

Our chinese reader Sharwe shared with us some actual photographs of the construction process of this 70,000 sqm Opera House designed by Zaha Hadid in , . With this building, which includes 1,800 seats in the Grand theatre, entrance lobby & lounge, Multifunction hall, other auxiliary facilities & support premises, Zaha is trying to confirm this city as one of Asia’s cultural centres.

More images after the break.

IVY House / SPEAC

© Takeshi Yamagishi

Architect: Hiroyuki Miyabe / SPEAC, inc.
Location: Toshima-ku, Tokyo,
Producer: Hiroya Yoshizato (, inc.)
Architect in Charge: Tomoko Kawai (SPEAC, inc.)
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

Artreehoose / Della Valle Bernheimer

© Richard Barnes

Architects: Della Valle Bernheimer
Location: Lake Candlewood, New Fairfield, CT,
Partner in Charge: Andrew Bernheimer
Project Manager: Erik Helgen
Project Team: Jared Della Valle, Brian Butterfield, Adam Ruedig, Suzanne Stefan
Contractor: Hammersmith Inc.
Project Area: 5,400 sq ft
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Richard Barnes

Hoeve Nooitgedacht / Architectenbureau di’t

© Architectenbureau di’t, G.J. van Leer

Architect: Architectenbureau di’t
Location: Gravenweg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Project architect: G.J. van Leer
Structural engineer: Adviesbureau Versteeg
Design: 2008
Realization Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Architectenbureau di’t, G.J. van Leer

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library / Davis Brody Bond

© Paúl Rivera - archphoto

Architects: Davis Brody Bond Aedas
Location: Washington DC,
Co-Lead Designers: Peter Cook, J. Max Bond
Project Team: Christiane DeJong, AIA, LEED AP, Nathan Hoyt, FAIA, Cody McNeal, LEED AP, Scott Phillips (no longer with firm), Kelly Powell (no longer with firm), Semaj Tucker (no longer with firm)
Contractor: Forrester Construction Company
Structural & Civil Engineering: Delon Hampton
Lighting Consultant: MCLA
Landscape Architects: Lee and Associates
Project Area: 22,800 sq ft
Budget: $12,000,000
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paúl Rivera & Aedas

Villa A / Najjar-Najjar Architects

© Manfred Seidl

Architects: Najjar-Najjar Architects
Location: Pöstlingberg, Linz,
Design Team: Julia Martin, Ali Reza Milaninia, Sebastian Brandter
Structural Engineers: Dipl: Ing Karl Födermayr
Garden design: Topolis landscape architecture
M&E Consultant: Techplan – Franz Mack
Electronic: Patrias Ing. Rudolf Patrias
Main contractor: Auboeck Bau Gmbh
Project Area: 420 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Manfred Seidl

Warrnambool Campus / Lyons

© Dianna Snape Photography

Architects: Lyons
Location: Victoria,
Structural & Civil Consultant: Barry Gale Engineers
Services Consultant: Umow Lai
Landscape Architects: Rush Wright Associates
Surveyor: PLP Building Surveyors & Consultants
Project Area: 2,870 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Dianna Snape Photography

House in Showa-cho / Fujiwarramuro Architects

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects / Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Location: Abeno, Osaka,
Site area: 70.44 sqm
Building area: 42.61sqm
Total floor area: 108.35 sqm
Design year: 2006-2007
Construction year: 2008
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

World’s Tallest Steel Buildings

Willis Tower: Tallest Building - © Flickr skydeckchicago

Did you know that the Sears Tower (now renamed as the Willis Tower) is currently the tallest steel building in the world?

Tall steel buildings are possible thanks to Fazlur Khan, SOM engineer behind several innovations in terms of structural design. On Construction Week Online we found this list of the ten tallest steel buildings in the world, with Kahn’s buildings on the 1st, 5th and 10th place.

Ranking ten tallest steel building
Courtesy of Construction Week Online

All the buildings after the break:

Juranda House / Apiacás Arquitetos

© Pregnolato & Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

Architects: Apiacás Arquitetos
Location: Vila Beatriz, ,
Project Architects: Anderson Freitas, Juliana de Araujo Antunes
Collaborators: Acácia Furuya, Bibiana Ferreira, Pedro Mauger
Structural Engineering: Eng. Maria de Lourdes Mesquita
Project Area: 150 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Pregnolato & Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

Strom Spa Nordique / Chevalier Morales Architectes

© Marc Cramer

Architects: Chevalier Morales Architectes
Location: Montréal, Québec,
Project managers: Sergio Morales, Stephan Chevalier
Project team: Sergio Morales, Stephan Chevalier, Karine Dieujuste, Christine Giguère, Samantha Hayes, Neil Melendez
Client: Anne Joyal, Guillaume Lemoine
Engineers: Les Consultants Gemec, Génivar
General contractor: Pomerleau
Built area: 1,000 sqm
Budget: 3.6 M
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Natura House / Epigram + Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos

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Architects: Epigram + Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos
Location: Santo André, SP,
Directors in Charge: Marcelo Bicudo, Daniel Lifschitz, Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Collaborators: Tatiana Machado, Ana Paula Barbosa (coordination); Naya Adam, Juliana Nohara, Paola Bianchi (architects); Flavio Faggion, Alexandre Martins (trainee)
Construction: BR Construções
Project Area: 350 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Fran Parente

Terrace Villa / Solid Space Atelier

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Architects: Solid Space Atelier
Location: Baoshan Township, Hsinzhu county,
Project Area: 308 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Su Yon & Stone Shih

In Progress: Multi-functional Sports Hall / SADAR + VUGA

© Ziga Cebasek

Architect: SADAR + VUGA
Location: Ljubljana,
Consultant: KSS – London
Structural engineers: Atelier One – London, Gradis, Elea iC
Mechanical engineers: Lenassi, Jelen & Završnik
Electrical services: Elprojekt, Utris, Genera
Fire engineers: EKOsystem
Traffic & Site engineers: LUZ
Building area: 14,100 sqm
Total floor area: 35,500 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ziga Cebasek, Barbara Jakse Jersic

Haus Ungar / Hoffmann Architekt

© Hermann Rupp

Architects: Hoffmann Architekt
Location: Wiggensbach,
Architects in Charge: Rainer Hoffmann, Peter Fakler
Sponsor: Dietmar and Lorella Ungar
Structural design: Florian Diepolder, Kempten
Electrical design: Rainer Babl, Regensburg
Heating, ventilation, sanitation planning: Sebastian Wegmann Rettenbach
Gross Floor Area: 191 sqm
Budget: 240,000 €
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Hermann Rupp

Poolhouse / Philipp Baumhauer

© Julien Lanoo

Architects: Philipp Baumhauer
Location: Munich,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Iseami House / Robles Arquitectos

© Courtesy of Juan Robles

Architects: Robles Arquitectos
Location: Playa Carate, Peninsula de Osa,
Project Team: Juan Robles, Emilio Quirós, Andrea Solano, Erick Guevara, Rodolfo Schlager, Isabel Bello, Adriana Serrano, Walter Mora, Allan Calvo, José A. Ruiz
Contractor: CPS S.A.
Project Area: 482 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Juan Robles

Ecole Professionnelle Viège / Bonnard Woeffray Architectes

© Hannes Henz

Architects: Bonnard Woeffray architectes
Location: Visp,
Collaborator: Jean-Pierre Williner
Client: Etat du Valais
Project Area: 4,100 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Hannes Henz & BW Architectes