AD Recommends: Best of the Week

You didn’t check ArchDaily last week? You may have missed an incredible horizontal skyscraper, an opera house by Zaha Hadid, a pavilion for La Biennale, a fantastic house in Spain and my own personal dream vacation house. Check them all after the break.

Paraty House / Marcio Kogan There is a legend which says that the region of the colonial city of Paraty and Angra dos Reis (between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) has 365 islands, one for each day of the year. Two boxes of reinforced concrete, rest fixed connected on the mountainside of one of these islands; two modern prisms between the large colossal stones of the Brazilian coast (read more…)

Horizontal Skyscraper / Steven Holl / Matthias Wolff In June, we featured Steven Holl’s latest Horizontal Skyscraper which hovers above a landscaped park in Shenzhen, China. Matthias Wolff, an ArchDaily reader and also a contributor to our Flickr roundups, shared some of his photographs of Holl’s building with us. Wolff, aka d.teil, shot these images at the complex’s opening this past December (read more…)

Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid 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 (read more…)

Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Based on the idea of Mirage, described at the wikipedia as a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky, the team that designed the Croatian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale decided to create a floating pavilion to present arts and architecture of Croatia at the Venice Biennale (read more…)

Atrium House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos A House in a urban area parts of the desire to maximize the feeling of spaciousness. Two strategies are used. The principal is to release the largest possible in the middle of the site allowing you to enjoy a private space with a height and volume incalculable. It enhances the perimeter of contact with the outside housing, land and housing understood as a continuum. On the other hand uses the existing slope to the ravine next to illuminate the basement, which enables you to host the program (read more…)

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "AD Recommends: Best of the Week" 30 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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