AD Recommends: Best of the Week

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Amazing projects from Europe and South Africa, and even a Herzog & de Meuron special you may have missed last week. Check them all after the break.

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre / Peter Rich Architects Last year, architectural photographer Iwan Baan took a trip to South Africa to visit the Mapungubwe Interpretation Center designed by Peter Rich Architects. The 1,500 sqm visitor’s center includes spaces to tell the stories of the place and house artifacts, along with tourist facilities and SANParks offices. The complex is a collection of stone cladded vaults balancing on the sloped site, against the backdrop of Sandstone formations and mopane woodlands (read more…)

Madan Park Building / PPST Arquitectura The building houses an incubator for technology based companies and is located at Monte da Caparica, Almada. The form of the building results from a process in which the built mass is moulded and subtracted in response to the irregularity of the plot and the different functional requirements. This dissolution of the volume blurs the limit between exterior and interior, rooting the construction to the soil (read more…)

In Progress: Blok K / NL Architects NL Architects‘ Blok K is part of a master plan for 500 dwellings in Amsterdam. The site’s triangular shape sits between the historic center and the recently redeveloped harbor area. The block measures 31 x 28 meters and is about 2.5 stories tall. According to the guidelines established in the master plan, it was obligatory to build the first two stories in alignment and the third story had to contain 50% roof terrace (read more…)

AD Special: Herzog & de Meuron by Duccio Malagamba In my opinion, Herzog & de Meuron has been one of the few practices pushing new forms on architecture. They always start with something vernacular, extracting its inner essence and materializing it into something new that you will immediately understand by looking at the building (or the renders). A dialog between art and the current state of our society, embodied on industrial facilities, residential projects, mixed use complexes (read more…)

Pilot Dwelling for the Groote Scheere / Bureau B+B Given the current economic climate, owners of country estates in the Netherlands are looking for new ways to sustain themselves. Forests cost money and agriculture is under pressure, yet it is necessary for owners to find new economic support for their country estates. The 800ha ‘Groote Scheere’ country estate in the north east of the Netherlands is one such example (read more…)

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "AD Recommends: Best of the Week" 26 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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