Gazebo for TV Show / za bor Architects

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Architects: za bor Architects / Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaytsev
Location: Region,
Engineering: za bor architects
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

AD Classics: Bac de Roda Bridge / Santiago Calatrava

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The Bac de Roda by Santiago Calatrava marks his first foray into bridge design. Part of a larger development plan in preparation for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the bridge functions as both a symbolic and physical connection to two previously disjointed districts; Sant Marti and Sant Andreu. More information after the .

11 Boxes / Keiji Ashizawa Design

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Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Location: ,
Project Architect: Keiji Ashizawa
Structural Engineer: Ejiri Engneer
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Daici Ano

Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

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Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of , China.  More images and architect’s description after the .

AD Classics: Puerta de Europa / Philip Johnson & John Burgee

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The twin office towers known as Puerta de Europa I and II located in Madrid, Spain defy the typical conventions of skyscraper construction. Designed by American architects & John Burgee and commissioned by the Kuwait Investment Office (KIO), these structural expressionistic towers straddle one of Madrid’s most important boulevards – the Paseo de la Castellana. More details after the .

37signals / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architect: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Christopher Barrett 

The 37signals project is a 10,000sf commercial build-out for a software company in Chicago, Illinois.  The build-out was designed by  of Chicago, Illinois and was completed with full occupancy in March 2010.  More images and architect’s description after the .

RAY House / Apollo Architects & Associates

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Architects: Apollo Architects & Associates / Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zennei Shimada
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 122.50 sqm
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Advanced Energy Center, Stony Brook University / Flad Architects

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Architect: Flad Architects
Location: , New York
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing

Garden 5 Tool / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano PartnersSamoo Architects & Engineers 
Location: Seoul,
Project Year: 2o11
Photographs: Samoo Architects & Engineers 

Originally called the Dongnam Distribution Center (DDC), the recently renamed Garden 5 Tool complex is a mega-shopping center in Seoul, South Korea.  The structure was designed by DeStefano Partners of , Illinois in conjunction with Samoo Architects & Engineers as the associate architect.

Hemeroscopium House / Ensamble Studio

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Architects: Ensamble Studio
Location: Las Rozas, ,
Principal in Charge: Antón García- Abril
Collaborators: Elena Pérez, Débora Mesa, Jorge Consuegra, Marina Otero, Ricardo Sanz
Technical Architect: Javier Cuesta
Promotor: Hemeroscopium
Contractor: Materia Inorgánica
Project year: 2005-2008
Constructed Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: Ensamble Studio

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College of DuPage Technology Education Center / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano Partners
Location: Glen Ellyn,
Project Year: 2o10
Photographs: Barbara Karant / Karant + Associates, Inc.

Villa DVT / boetzkeshelder

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Architects: boetzkes|helder
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Bartels Engineers
Facade Engineer: Metadecor
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 160 sqm
Photographs: Merel van Beukering

Slice House / Procter-Rihl Architects

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Architects: Procter-Rihl Architects
Location: , Brazil
Collaborators: Dirk Anderson, James Backwell, Johannes Lobbert
Structural Engineer: and Steel: Michael Baigent MBOK
Structural Engineer: Concrete: Antonio Pasquali
Foundation Engineer: Vitor Pasin
Services Engineer: Flavio Mainardi
Site Architect: Arq. Mauro Medeiros
Project Area: 210 sqm
Photographs: Sue Barr, Marcelo Nunes

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov

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Originally completed in 1953 as the Hotel Ukraina, the Royal Hotel was designed by and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky and stands as one of the “Seven Sisters” of (Mordvinov was acting as the Chairman of the Committee of Construction and Architecture at the time).  This five-star hotel complex was the tallest hotel in the world at its completion at 34 stories (650ft) and is sited on the banks of the Moskva River.  This unique site required considerable structural innovation during early construction, which will be discussed later in the feature.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, North Terminal / Gensler

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The 12th-busiest airport in the United States, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) serves as a global gateway to Metro Detroit. Opened as a model of post 9/11 terminal design, the airport’s new North Terminal is enhancing DTW’s status as one of the most modern and efficient airports in the world. Gensler designed the terminal to meet the dynamic needs of today’s travelers. The 26-gate, 824,000-square-foot terminal met stringent budget requirements, and establishes new benchmarks for value-conscious airport facilities. A tremendous time saver for travelers, the terminal’s linear design will also create a faster, more efficient path for taxiing aircraft that will save fuel and reduce environmental emissions. More images and information about DTW’s North Terminal after the break.

Architect: Gensler
Location: , , United States
Project Area: 850,000 gross square feet
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Gensler

Forest Pavilion / nArchitects

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On May 22nd, 2011, framed by green vaults, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou stood at a podium inside Forest Pavilion to inaugurate the Masadi Art Festival. Facing a crowd of celebrators, designers, and protesters, President Ma delivered his administration’s vision for a low carbon future.

nARCHITECTS’ Forest Pavilion - completed in May 2011 – serves as a shaded meeting and performance space for visitors to the Da Nong Da Fu Forest and Eco-park in Hualien province, . The project was conceived within the context of an art festival curated by Huichen Wu of Artfield, Taipei for ’s Forestry Bureau with the object of raising public awareness of a new growth forest that is being threatened by development. The pavilion is comprised of eleven vaults built with freshly cut green bamboo, a material first used by nARCHITECTS in the internationally acclaimed 2004 Canopy for MoMA P.S.1. As an extension of techniques developed in 2004’s Canopy for MoMA/P.S.1, the 60’ diameter and 22’ tall pavilion is built with green bamboo. Forest Pavilion was chosen to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the art festival, becoming a focal point for the park.

In Progress: Phoenix International Media Center / BIAD UFo

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Architects: BIAD UFo
Location: , China
Client: Phoenix Satellite Television
Project Year: 2009-2012
Project Area: 64973 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of BIAD UFo

Chicony Plaza / Goettsch Partners

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Architect: Goettsch Partners
Location: Chengdu,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: 1st Image

Chicony Plaza is a 37-story mixed-use complex that has just recently reached substantial completion in Chengdu, China.  Designed by Goettsch Partners of , IL, the massive complex occupies a complete city bock and, at present, serves the city of Chengdu as a department store with a 450-room hotel schedule to open in the fall of 2012.