Dragon Skin Pavilion / Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

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Architects: , Pekka Tynkkynen, Kristof Crolla (LEAD) and Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD)
Location: Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
Collaborators: Gilles Retsin, EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Tampere University of Technology, UPM Kymmene
Built Area: 16 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pekka Tynkkynen, Emmi Keskisarja

AD Classics: Muuratsalo Experimental House / Alvar Aalto

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Soon after the passing of his wife in 1949, Alto began the design for a summer getaway for himself on the western shore of island , Finland. Through the process of designing the house, it became an experimental study of materiality, architecture construction and philosophies.

More on Alvar Aalto‘s Experimental House after the break.

 

AD Classics: Esherick House / Louis Kahn

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An architect celebrated for his breathtaking studies of light and materiality in the creation of memorable architecture,  did not fail to maintain his rigor in the Esherick House of , Pennsylvania.

Admired for it’s spatial and luminous qualities, this is the first residence of its kind to convey the grand ideas of Kahn-style architecture. The two story dwelling, which is one of only nine private houses designed by Kahn to come into realization, rests on a lively six acre garden.

More information on the Esherick House after the break.

Seeing the Building for the Trees by Sarah Williams Goldhagen

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This article, recently seen on The New York Times, was kindly shared with us by the author Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

A REVOLUTION in cognitive neuroscience is changing the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct, the kinds of questions economists ask and, increasingly, the ways that architects, landscape architects and urban designers shape our built environment.

This revolution reveals that thought is less transparent to the thinker than it appears and that the mind is less rational than we believe and more associative than we know. Many of the associations we make emerge from the fact that we live inside bodies, in a world, and we tend to think in metaphors grounded in that embodiment.

Glenhope House / JOH Architects

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Architects: JOH Architects 
Location: , Australia
Completion: 2009
Builder: David Tucker
Project Architect: Christian O’Halloran
Area: 355 sqm
Photographs: Dianna Snape 

  

Expandable Surface Pavilion / Pablo Esteban Zamorano, Nacho Martí and Jacob Bek

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Architects: Pablo Esteban Zamorano, Nacho Martí and Jacob Bek
Location: Cologne,
Project Team: Nacho Martí, Jacob Bek, Pablo Zamorano
Client: RESOL
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 16 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Pablo Esteban Zamorano

Domaine de la Rive / Nadau Lavergne Architects

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Architects: Nadau Lavergne Architects
Location: Biscarosse, , France
Structural Engineer: Simonin
Landscape: Lefebvre paysage
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: BRUEY
Project Area: 2000 sqm
Renderings: Pawel Podwojewski, studio MOTYW
Photographs: Philippe Caumes

Sneek Bridge / Achterbosch Architectuur with Onix

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Architects: Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Year: (First bridge) 2008; (Second bridge) 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix

The Poplar Garden House / Onix

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Architects: Onix
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Design: Haiko Meijer,
Project Area: 36 sqm
Photographs: Peter de Kan

Halle des Sports / atelier alassoeur architecture

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Architect: atelier alassoeur architecture(s) / Emmanuel Alassoeur
Location: Le Blanc, Indre,
Client: Ville de Le Blanc
Collaborating Architect: Ludovic Biaunier
Construction Architect: scpa Coutant Oliviero
Structural Engineer: Jean Michel Hemery
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 952 sqm
Photographs: Brice Desrez

Timber Fin House / Neil Dusheiko Architects

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Architect: Neil Dusheiko Architects
Location: , London,
Project Year: 2010
Contractor: RK Construction
Engineer: Momentum
Photography: Neil Dusheiko Architects

   

YETA / Lab Zero

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Architect: , Lab Zero
Location: Not determined
Project and Engineering: Flavio Galvagni,
Construction: Raffaelli Contract
Collaborators: Alessandro Gadotti, And / Anna Dematte’, Kumbe, Ing. Marco Gabardi, Visual System
Photographs: Alessandro Gadotti

   

Horse Stable / Duval + Vives Arquitectos

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Architects: Duval+Vives Arquitectos / Antonio Duval, Pablo Vives
Location: , VI Región,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 330 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Larrain Boetsch / Estudio RGB

Cadiz Temporary Pavilion / Breathnach Donnellan with EASA Participants

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Architects: Kieran Donnellan, Darragh Breathnach and EASA PArticipants
Location: Cadiz,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 35 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Avanzada Workshop Team

Mennonite Church / FARO Architecten

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Architects: FARO Architecten
Location: Elspeet,
Project Architect: Hugo de Clercq/Arjenne van Berkum
Project Team: Philip Sanders
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf van Ouwendorp, Elspeet
Interior Design: Van Dijk, Zutphen
Landscaping: bv BNA
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 155 sqm
Photographs: Hans Peter Föllmi

House with Futokoro / Mizuishi Architects Atelier

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Architects: Mizuishi Architects Atelier / Kota Mizuishi
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Kentaro Nagasaka
Lighting Designer: Yasuo Tsunoda
Contractor: Kraft Home
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 108.11 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Mizuishi Architects Atelier

Kirkwood Horticulture Building / OPN Architects

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Architect: OPN Architects
Location: Cedar Rapids,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

Designed by OPN Architects, the Kirkwood Horticulture Building at Kirkwood Community College is a 40,000sf facility that houses the burgeoning floral and horticultural program for its host school.  In addition to typical academic programs such as lecture halls, office space, student commons, and laboratory facilities, the complex also includes an 8,500sf greenhouse for production.  More images and architect description after the break.

House BFW / [tp3] architekten

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Architects: [tp3] architekten
Location: Haag am Hausruck ,
Contractor: Genböck Gmbh
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Ulrich Kehrer