700 Palms Residence / Ehrlich Architects

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Ehrlich Architects’ objective for this eco-friendly residence in Venice, was to: design a high-performance home that dissolves the barriers between indoors and outdoors; utilize raw, honest materials appropriate to the bohemian grittiness of the surrounding community; and have the smallest carbon footprint in balance with lifestyle.  This project received a 2009 AIA National Housing Award.

Project description and images after the break.

Architect: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Venice, California,
Photographs: Erhard Pfeiffer, Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai, and Grey Crawford

Venice City Vision Competition

City Vision announce the ideas competition about the city of “Venice City Vision Competition”. Venice City Vision Competition is the second edition of the international competition series promoted by City Vision Mag. The purpose of Venice’s competition was to give the opportunity to architects, designers and students to activate their creativity to stimulate the contemporary potential of the city and besides wanting to enhance the historic texture of the city, sees on the aquatic identity of the lagoon a fundamental starting point to create new visions about a possible development of this component.

The imagination of the participants, the use of parametric software and eco technology will be the main driver of Venice’s visions and the proposals will shown how to create new digital landscape for a city so connected to classicism and tradition.

The Venice ideas will be judged by an international jury which will have as president Bjarke Ingels, founder of the Danish office BIG and Neri Oxman, Elena Manferdini, Maria Ludovica Tramontin and Bostjan Vuga, all of whom are distinguished by the large experimentation willingness in their work.

For complete information, visit the competition’s official website.

Glass Townhomes / Sander Architects

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The building is divided vertically down the middle to create a pair of three-story condominiums that use many of the eco strategies and materials that have become Sander Architects signatures. Playful architectural details include double-height translucent walls, exposed steel structure, cutouts in interior walls, and plywood railings and ceiling finishes.  More about this project following the break.

Architects: Sander Architects, LLC
Location: , , USA
Client: Marc and Heather Venegas
Contractor: Icaza Construction and Bugsy Everett
Photographs: Courtesy of Sander Architects

Polish Pavilion: Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 / Agnieszka Kurant & Aleksandra Wasilkowska

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The installation of Emergency Exit, the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Architecture Biennale, by artist Agnieszka Kurant and architect , seeks to go beyond the logic of urban reality through the creation of ‘urban portable holes’: in-between spaces, places of uncertainty and doubt, of time-space discontinuity, such as abandoned or unfinished buildings, sites of catastrophe or accidents, illegal markets, rooftops and tunnels. The title refers ironically to the health and safety regulations in buildings and urban space that seek to plan, control risk and eliminate the accidental and unexpected. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Solar Umbrella / Brooks + Scarpa

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Inspired by Paul Rudolph’s Umbrella House of 1953, the Solar Umbrella provides a contemporary reinvention of the solar canopy—a strategy that provides thermal protection in climates with intense exposures.  Nestled amidst a neighborhood of single story bungalows the residence establishes a precedent for the next generation of modernist architecture. Located on a 41’ wide x 100’-0” long through lot, the new addition transforms the architects’ existing 650 square foot bungalow into a total 1,900 square foot residence equipped for responsible living in the twenty-first century.

More photographs, drawings, and project description after the break.

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
Location: Venice, California, USA
Principals-in-Charge: Angela Brooks, AIA and Lawrence Scarpa, AIA
Project Architect: Ching Luk
Project Design Team: Peter Borrego, Angela Brooks, Anne Burke, Michael Hannah, Vanessa Hardy, Anne Marie Kaufman Brunner, Fredrik Niilsen, Tim Peterson, Gwynne Pugh, Bill Sarnecky, Lawrence Scarpa
Interior Design: Lawrence Scarpa and Angela Brooks
Landscape Consultant: SQLA, Inc
Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Consultant: Dr. John Ingersoll
General Contractor: Above Board Construction
Structural Engineering: Gwynne Pugh
Renderings: Fredrik Nilssen, Ching Luk, Lawrence Scarpa
Clients: Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa
Project Area: 1,250 sqf (new) 650 sqf (remodeled)
Photographers: Marvin Rand

Video: 12th International Architecture Biennale of Venice 2010

In the last week of the largest architectural event in the world (running through Sunday, November 21st), here is a video compilation of the 12th International Architecture Biennale of 2010. Featuring such prominent architects as Dominique Perrault (DPA), Bjarke Ingels (), Tony Fretton (TFA), and Christian Kerez, this video is definetly worth a look.

With the title People mee in architecture, Biennale director Kazuyo Sejima believes that, “the 2010 Architecture Biennale should be a reflection on architecture. The twenty-first century has just started. Many radical changes are taking place. In such a rapid-changing context, can architecture clarify new values and a new lifestyle for the present? Hopefully, this show will be a chance to experience the manifold possibilities of architecture, as well as to account for its plurality of approaches, each one of them being a different way of living”. ”In the end, we would be happy if, thanks to this exhibition, we could feel where our society might be going, what dreams the future might hold for us.” ”The idea is to help people relate to architecture, to help architecture relate to people, and to help people relate to themselves”

We have many previously published articles about the Biennale of Venice, and you can start by look here.

Video: Studio Banana TV

Egyptian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale

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Architects Ahmed Mito, Kamel Loqman, Hisham Alaa and artists Ayman Lotfy, Ahmed Refat, Niveen Farghaly, and Amer Abdelhakemrecently took part of the prestigious La Biennale di Venezia where they presented their work for the Egyptian Pavilion. Images and the architects description after the break.

Sauerbruch Hutton wins the M9 International Architectural Competition


The Anglo-German practice Sauerbruch Hutton was declared the winner of the M9 International Architectural Competition at M9 / A New Museum for a New City, an exhibition on the competition designs arranged in the premises of the future cultural pole in Mestre. Six firms participated in the competition: Agence Pierre-Louis Faloci, Carmassi Studio di Architettura, David Chipperfield Architects, Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos, Sauerbruch Hutton and Souto Moura Arquitectos.

The winning design and those by the other international firms that entered the design competition are being shown in the M9 – A New Museum for a New City exhibition, a fringe event of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale, and open to the public with free admission from 28 August to 21 November. For more information, click here.

Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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The Austrian Exhibition at the Pavilion for the Biennale di Venezia 2010 is designed and curated by Eric Owen Moss. More images after the break.

Romanian Pavilion at Venice Biennale

1:1 es the exhibition space for the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The project was designed by architects Romina Grillo, Ciprian Răşoiu, Liviu Vasiu, Matei Vlăsceanu and Tudor Vlăsceanu. Images and architect’s description after the break.

More photos from the Venice Biennale


A couple of weeks ago we showed you some photos of the Biennale by Marco Zanta. Today, photographer Patricia Parinejad sent us more pictures from different installations at the Biennale. Check them after the break.

Territorial Dissonances / NOVAE Architecture

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NOVAE Architecture has been recently selected as one of the 10 Young Italian Architects under 35 at the “Architects Meet at Fuori Biennale”, for the Biennale. For the event, they presented their project “Teritorial Dissonances”. More images and architect’s description after the break.

4am by dePaor Architects at Venice Biennale

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dePaor Architects present a folly in pleated linen and lavendered softwood, called “4am”, in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Giardini of . The project constructs a liminal space, between two bespoke subject objects, as a domestic shadowplay.


We’re so happy to share this video BIG passed along to us highlighting their contribution to the 2010 Venice Biennale.  Entitled the LOOP City, the exhibition focuses on a new Metro loop that become the catalyst for development for the cross border region as different programs grow around the new stations.  The loop will connect areas around the Øresund Strait in a sustainable spine of public transport, energy exchange and electric car infrastructure.   The design introduces a new “vein of true urbanity” that will weave it was through the suburbs.  This new loop will create a new realm by uniting specific points, yet activating each interstitial segment.

More about the project after the break.

Luma Park / Frank O. Gehry


Photographer Patricia Parinejad sent us great pictures of Frank O. Gehry’s building for LUMA at the Parc des Ateliers, which was presented by The Luma Foundation at the Venice Biennale.  The project will be located in the centre of Arles, France. See many more images after the break.

French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale


Photographer Patricia Parinejad shared with us some photos of the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture. You can see more images after the break.

Update from the Venice Biennale by Marco Zanta

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Italian photographer Marco Zanta shared with us some great photographs of the exhibitions currently showed at the .

Update: 12th International Architecture Exhibition Venice

Designed by Junya Ishigami + Associates © designboom

Continuing our coverage of Kazuyo Sejima’s exciting 2010 Venice Biennale, the International Jury of the exhibition has recently awarded a Golden Lion for the best project of the ‘People Meet in Architecture’ Exhibit to Junya Ishigami+ Associates, a Golden Lion for the best National Participation to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and a Silver Lion for a promising young participant to OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen + Bas Princen.  We’ve featured Ishigami + Associates’ work previously on AD, and his exhibit explores similar ideas about transparency and structure evident in his elegantly simplistic Kanagawa Institute of Technology.

More about the project, including a video from Domus about Ishigami’s project and beliefs.