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In Progress: PGGM Headquarters / Mateo Arquitectura

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo / Mateo Arquitectura Location: Zeist, Utrecht, The Netherlands Project Leaders: Markus Lauber, Till von Mackensen Project Area: 25,000 sqm offices, 25,000 sqm car park Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Adrià Goula

AD Classics: Fondation Cartier / Jean Nouvel

© Paris Architecture- website
© Paris Architecture- website

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.

Brittlebush / Simon De Aguero

Courtesy of Simon De Aguero
Courtesy of Simon De Aguero

Brittlebush was developed as a design-build experience for Simón De Agüero, graduate student, designer, and project manager. The design is an experimental desert dwelling for winter residents at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Simón envisioned the design to be an open-air living space with protective roof and walls for the sleeping area. Approximately 90% of the steel in the project was salvaged from the school scrap yard; 100% of the rammed earth for the walls was from the school property; 100% of the wood used for the formwork was salvaged from onsite renovation waste. Follow the break for more images and information about Brittlebush. Architect: Simon De Aguero Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States Assistant Project Manager: Erik Krautbauer Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Simon de Aguero & Saskia Jorda

Courtesy of Simon De Aguero Courtesy of Simon De Aguero Courtesy of Simon De Aguero Courtesy of Simon De Aguero

Maple Leaf Square Canopy / United Visual Artists

© James Medcraft, United Visual Artists, 2010
© James Medcraft, United Visual Artists, 2010

Authors: United Visual Artists Location: Toronto, Canada Commissioners: Cadillac Fairview, Lanterra Developments, Maple Leaf Sports Public Art Consultants: Public Art Management – Karen Mills and Justin Ridgeway Dimensions: 90 metres x 3 metres Project Year: 2010 Photographs: James Medcraft, United Visual Artists, 2010

North Carolina Museum of Art / Thomas Phifer and Partners

© Scott Frances
© Scott Frances

Architect: Thomas Phifer Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Partner in Charge: Thomas Phifer AIA Project Partner: Greg Reaves AIA LEED AP Project Architect: Gabriel Smith AIA LEED AP Project Team: Adam Ruffin, Katie Bennett, Jonathan Benner, Eric Richey, Daniel Taft, Kerim Demirkan, Len Lopate, ChristophTimm, Joseph Sevene Local Architects: Pierce Brinkley Cease + Lee, Raleigh, NC Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, IL Mechanical Engineer: AltieriSeborWieber LLC, Norwalk, CT Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener, PA, Durham, N.C. Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone, New York, NY General Contractor: Barnhill, Raleigh NC Project Area: 136,000 sf Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Scott Frances

© Scott Frances © Scott Frances © Scott Frances © Scott Frances

Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid

© Sharwe
© 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 Guangzhou, China. 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.

World's Tallest Steel Buildings

Willis Tower: Tallest Steel Building - © Flickr skydeckchicago
Willis Tower: Tallest Steel 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.

Courtesy of Construction Week Online
Courtesy of Construction Week Online

All the buildings after the break:

Update: Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop / Junya Ishigami

© Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

A few days ago, we introduced Junya Ishigami’s Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, a lightweight studio space with an interesting interior due to 305 slender columns. Our friend, Brandon Shigeta, shared his photos with us that illustrate Ishigami’s technique of using column distribution as a space generator.  Although the slender columns appear randomly distributed, the architects’ seemingly scattered order has created defined zones that subdivide the large studio workspace. More images and more about the columns after the break.

M.H. de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum by Herzog & de Meuron is a remarkable revival of a building that no longer exists. The original museum, which opened in 1895, was an outgrowth of a fair modeled on the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition the previous year known as the California Midwinter Internation Exposition of 1894. Located in the sunny San Francisco, California, the museum was formerly named for one of the city’s newspapermen M.H. de Young. The old museum was a bulky structure decorated with concrete ornaments, which began falling off the building and became hazardous, leading to their removal in 1949. The building was completely destroyed, however, in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake. More on the museum after the break.

Eco Energy Plant / Urban Design

© Courtesy of Urban Design
© Courtesy of Urban Design

Architects: Urban Design Location: Donetsk, Ukraine Client: Eco Energy Project Manager: Erik Jarlöv, Helena Glanz Project Year: 2011 Images: Courtesy of Urban Design

Greenwich Street Project / Archi-tectonics

© Archi-tectonics
© Archi-tectonics

Completed in 2004, the Greenwich Street Project by Archi-tectonics is a 64,000 square foot multi-unit residential building in New York just a few blocks from where the Hudson River meets the city. With the West Village to its north, SoHo, the heart of style to its West, and TriBeCa, where entrenpreneurship has transformed industry into lofts to its south, the Greenwich Street Project is the meeting point of three of downtown’s major cultural districts. Ironically enough, its design also involved the merging of an old renovated warehouse with a completely new structure, combining both to create appropriate live-work spaces that served its context. More on Archi-tectonics Greenwich Street Project after the break.

Australia St infants School COLA / Scale Architecture

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Architects: Scale Architecture Location: Sydney, Australia Project Team: Matthew Chan, Bernard Cheng (Principal Australia St Infants School) Client: Australia St Infants School Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Brett Boardman

Myongji University Bangmok Library / Gansam Architects & Associates

© Gansam Architects & Associates
© Gansam Architects & Associates

Architect: Gansam Architects & Associates Location: Seoul, Korea Project Architect: Taijip Kim Design team: Kiyoung Han, Mijung Kim, Myunghee Jang, Sun A Park, Kyungsu Jeong Project Year: 2007-2010 Photographs: Gansam Architects & Associates

© Gansam Architects & Associates © Gansam Architects & Associates © Gansam Architects & Associates © Gansam Architects & Associates

In Progress: Xidayinggang Twin Bridge / CA-DESIGN

© Montse Zamorano
© Montse Zamorano

Architects: CA-DESIGN / Architecture and Urban Planning Location: Qingpu, Shanghai, China Director in charge: Pedro Pablo Arroyo Alba Project year: 2010 Photographs: Montse Zamorano & CA-Group

© Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano