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Mobile Hospital / Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco

12:02 - 1 April, 2010

A new hospital typology has been designed by the team of Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco that eliminates the need for a standard hospital.  In their design, 58 trailers provide a fully operational, fully mobile 48-bed hospital.   The trailers include every aspect of a hospital – from waiting gift shops, to surgical suites with 4 O.R.s, pharmacies and labs.   The design is the future of how westernized health care will travel abroad.  It is a system that effectively transforms health care for entire regions and countries over time, letting the hospital and care come to the patient.

More about the mobile idea after the break.

To Become an Architect (a guide, mostly for women)

17:00 - 31 March, 2010

“In the profession of Architecture today women currently make up about 50% of Graduate students. However, in the profession itself, licensed women practitioners make up only about 15%. Why do you think we see such drastic percentage drops? Why don’t we, women, make it to the end?”

Rising Currents at MoMA

11:57 - 25 March, 2010

Organized by MoMA and PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, the Rising Currents exhibit cannot be missed by architects, ecologists, or green enthusiasts…let alone any New Yorker.   The exhibit is a cohesive showcase of five projects which tackle the lingering truth that within a few years, the waterfront of the New York harbor will drastically change.  Dealing with large scale issues of climate change, the architects delve into a specific scale that we can recognize and relate to.  The projects are not meant to be viewed as a master plan, but rather each individual zone serves as a test site for the team to experiment.   The projects demonstrate the architects’ abilities to look passed the idea of climate change as a problem, and move on to see the opportunities it presents.  Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA,  explained, “Your mission is to come up with images that are so compelling they can’t be forgotten and so realistic that they can’t be dismissed.”

More about each zone after the break.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010: Jean Nouvel

13:38 - 23 March, 2010
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

French architect Jean Nouvel has been selected to design this years Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

Since 2010, the Serpentine Gallery has commissioned world’s most renowned architects to design a temporary structure to host summer events. The list includes Zaha Hadid, Frank Ghery, Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito, Daniel Libeskind, Oscar Niemeyer, Alvaro Siza + Souto de Moura, SANAA (previously featured at AD), danish artist Olafur Eliasson, and several collaborations with Cecil Balmond and ARUP.

Nouvel proposes a vivid red metal structure, which trough the reflection of its materials (steel, glass, fabric, polycarbonate) remind of classic british icons, such as the phone box or the London buses, while contrasting with the green of the park. A free standing 12m tall wall marks the presence of the pavilion.

More images after the break.

Altis Belém Hotel / RISCO Architects

18:40 - 22 March, 2010

RISCO Architects‘ new 5-star Altis Belém Hotel contains 50 rooms and a number of facilities intended to support water sports.  The hotel is designed in a way as to not constitute a visual obstacle along the axis between the Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.  The hotel is a very narrow structure composed of a rectangular platform and “pockets” that hold different entities, such as a restaurant, to provide privacy.  Above this platform, a larger green space opens for the guests to enjoy.  On the exterior of the hotel, what appears to be an elaborate surface is actually a system of shutters that guests can open or close to reveal their larger balconies.

Cave Home / The Sleepers

10:16 - 22 March, 2010
Lars Tunbjork
Lars Tunbjork

In an interesting article from the New York Times this week, different families completed not so typical renovations.  A few years ago, the Sleeper family moved from their crowded Missouri ranch house when they saw an eBay offering for three acres with an empty sandstone cave in Festus, Missouri.   The initial idea to build a larger home on the land was soon abandoned as the family realized the potential the former quarry offered.  With 15,000 feet of naturally insulated space, the Sleeper family took up a new residence – inside the cave.   The older family members helped add more “home” touches to the cave and since the cave’s bare walls shed sand, the Sleepers placed interior roofs or umbrellas over areas like the kitchen that need to stay sand-free.   Other than that, the family truly enjoys the natural feel of the space and have created a comfortable home.  “The inside of the house feels like you’re outdoors without the discomfort of hot or cold,” Mrs. Sleeper states.

More images after the break.

Dutch Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

12:30 - 20 March, 2010

The Dutch submission to the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is an exceptional one. This time around, it will not be the classic pavilion with long lines of visitors waiting outside and a presentation inside. The Netherlands is making its appearance at China’s world exposition along an entire street. The submission, entitled “Happy Street”, is the response by designer John Kormeling to the Chinese Expo theme “Better City, Better Life” and the sub-themes:

- Urban cultural diversity - Urban economic growth and prosperity - Innovation in science and technology in urban contexts - Remodelling urban communities - Interaction between urban and rural areas.

Find out more about Holland’s pavilion right here. More images and a video after the break.

ArtsQuest Center / Spillman Farmer Architects

23:42 - 17 March, 2010

Land used by the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Pennsylvania is now being transformed into a dynamic arts, culture and education campus known as SteelStacks.  Anchoring the 4.5 acres campus will be Spillman Farmer Architects’ ArtsQuest Center, a four-storey glass and steel structure with 68,000 sq ft of distinctive venues to showcase the arts.

More about the ArtsQuest Center after the break.

AD Recommends: Frank O. Gehry by Franco Raggi, 1981

14:37 - 15 March, 2010

Our friends from Abitare recently published their 500 issue!

MONU Magazine New Issue: Real Urbanism

12:30 - 13 March, 2010

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

Each issue collects essays, projects and photographs from contributors from all over the world to a given topic. Thus MONU examines topics that are important to the future of our cities and urban regions from a variety of perspectives.

They have just released their latest issue on the topic of “Real Urbanism”. You can see more about the articles on their official website. Also, you can browse the entire issue YouTube (video after the break).

Contemplating the Void Artwork Auction

17:00 - 11 March, 2010

During 2009 the Guggenheim Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary. The museum commissioned nearly 200 artists, architects and designers to imagine their dream interventions on the most significative space of Frank Lloyd Wright’s building, the central void.

Cannes-Mandelieu Airport / Comte Vollenweider Architects

17:31 - 7 March, 2010

Comte Vollenweider Architects shared their winning design for the extension of Cannes airport with us.  The airport’s elegant construction focused on the functional side of improving the services offers concerning business aircraft, for both welcoming the crews and performances concerning plane’s maintenance.  The structure is an open volume, allowing the space to be maximized, which offers complete freedom to the planes and their to maneuver.

Noodle Shop / ISSHO Architects

09:45 - 5 March, 2010

Our friends from Abitare shared this cool noodle shop designed by ISSHO Architects with us. Located in central Tokyo, the ‘soba’ noodle shop has Machiya-style wooden louvers, invoking a traditional Japanese townhouse.  The varying depth of each louver creates a textured sensation across the facade.  Regionally different patterns of light spill through the façade from the interior, allowing a gradual change of character at dawn, especially as viewed from the main street.  The facade aesthetic is modified on the interior’s ceiling as white curved panels contrast the concrete and wood dinning areas to soften the space.  A minimalistic residential apartment for the owner sits above the noodle shop.

More images after the break.

Architecture for Humanity helping Chile

17:50 - 2 March, 2010
© REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
© REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

As we reported earlier, an 8.8 earthquake hit Chile last Saturday.

Tokinokura Lavatories Shimodate / Shuichiro Yoshida Architects

22:09 - 1 March, 2010

Here’s  a kind of project we don’t frequently see a lot of…a public bathroom facility.   Shuichiro Yoshida, a Tokyo based architect, designed lavatories housed on less than 9m2 of ground space in Chikusei City.   The site is a historic storage building, (one of the few still standing after the WWII), and a volunteer group obtained the ownership of  the building to use as their activity base for “discovering the region-specific historical and cultural heritages.”  Yoshia was asked to add lavatories for visitors and staff (as there are none within the building).   Faced with such a small area of land to provide facilities for both men and women, the bathrooms are, in fact, an elegant addition to the main building.  Due to the small footprint, the bathrooms maintain an open feeling because they are open to a high ceiling with exposed timber supports.   The lavatories are seen as a way to not only preserve the region-specific landscape but also to create new landscape for the future.   The exterior is clad in elastic plasterer finish while the interior walls are finished in a white material known as “Shikkui” which has humid conditioning and fire prevention.

More images after the break.

WORKac: 49 Cities, Second Edition

17:00 - 26 February, 2010

You can now pre-order 49 Cities, by WORKac. For this second edition, the book includes a new interview with Michael Webb (Archigram) and an essay by Sam Jacob (FAT).

City Hall / Frédéric Haesevoets

19:16 - 20 February, 2010

Frédéric Haesevoets, a Beligan architect, recently won a competition for his design of a new city hall for Herstal.    The international competition asked participants to design a new city hall to accommodate office spaces for central administration, archives and mixed use areas.   The project is divided into two major forms that bookend a public open courtyard.  Connected by a bright red bridge, the two arms house the major program areas and open to a landscaped area for the public to enjoy.   The geometric form offers a break from the surrounding structures, emphasizing the importance of this communal structure.   The faceted facade fuses the natural and the synthetic as sections of greenery are scattered among sections of glass.  Inside, bright warm colors greet workers, a drastic change from the typical office color palette.

More images after the break.

Taiyuan Museum / Preston Scott Cohen

21:00 - 17 February, 2010

© Preston Scott Cohen
© Preston Scott Cohen

We recently featured Preston Scott Cohen‘s Nanjing Performing Arts Center and, now, we share his winning competition proposal for the Taiyuan Museum of Art.   Currently under construction, the building’s strong dynamic form is a geometric spin on the agricultural landscapes native to the Shanxi Province.   The tessellated surfaces respond to contemporary technologies for controlling natural and artificial light, in addition to producing unexpected spatial conditions as the user circulates through and around the building.

© Preston Scott Cohen
© Preston Scott Cohen

More images and more about the project after the break.

Update: High res version of the drawings have been added.

Shanghai High-Rise / EXH Design

22:53 - 16 February, 2010

EXH Design was hired to redesign the façades of high-rises in one of the most active urban areas in Shanghai.   With the plans of the buildings already halfway through government approval, EXH was allowed little leeway in trying to change the existing plans.   Instead, EXH turned their attention to “sculpting” the building’s surface.  Taking a geometrical approach, the new façade aims to create a dynamic effect that will become a strong architectural expression for the surrounding areas.

More about the facades after the break.

Pylons of the future: Dancing with Nature / HDA

10:54 - 12 February, 2010

HDA’s construction technologies used for the arch of the Turin Olympic Footbridge (previously featured on AD), have been further refined for their most recent award winning competition proposal, entitled Pylons of the future: Dancing with Nature.  The competition, held by Terna, a private national electricity provider, asked participants to design pylons of the highest technical and aesthetic quality with a minimal impact on the environment.  HDA’s design response was based on transforming the current ‘industrial soldier’ image of today’s pylons into an elegant shape whose form was inspired by nature.

More images and more about the pylons after the break.

Tower Skin / Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

20:00 - 10 February, 2010

An interesting concept for retrofitting buildings in Sydney has been shared with us thanks to Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA).  This innovative plan, which is sustainable and cost effective, is known as “re-skinning”, and can easily be applied to other aging icons around the world.  LAVA developed a simple skin for the University of Technology Broadway Tower that promises to transform it into a sustainable and stunning building.   “The speculative project, ‘Tower Skin’, offers a unique opportunity to transform the identity, sustainability and interior comfort of the once state-of-the-art building,” said Chris Bosse, Australian director of LAVA.

More about the project, including a video, after the break.

Ordos Hotel / EXH Design

07:07 - 9 February, 2010

Our friends at EXH Design shared their design of a hotel in Ordos, which is scheduled to be completed within a few months, with us.  Taking inspiration from the yurt, the circular tent-like dwelling of Mongolian peoples,  the team transformed the traditional scheme to meet the demands of modern life.   The design “makes an accommodation experience in Ordos different from anywhere else and arouses a local cultural interest,” explained the architects.

More about the hotel and more images after the break.

"Eurovisions", an exhibition by Fantastic Norway

12:30 - 7 February, 2010

The exhibition ”Eurovisions”, designed by Fantastic Norway, features the winners of Europan 10.  It recently opened at the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture in Oslo.

“Eurovisions” consists of a vast number of hovering cityscape profiles, portraying the three current Europan sites. Together the silhouettes create a vast graphical landscape, creating a pseudo-3D or “two-and-a-half-dimensional” effect as you walking through it. This technique was widely used in early Disney movies (as well as in classic theatre scenography) to create the sensation of depth and movement through 2 dimensional drawings.

Runner up – and winner projects were exposed at the back of these silhouettes. In addition to this the exhibition features an educational area where information, facts and models of the Europan cities are exposed. Projected onto the walls, fake TV-news clips (set in a not to distant future) reports a variety of stories portraying possible futures for the cities at hand.

More images after the break.

Sports Centre Zuidrand / UR Architects

10:54 - 7 February, 2010

UR Architects were awarded first prize for their design of a sports center in Antwerp.  The center, which is intended for non-competition sports, is aligned with the existing sports hall along the main street of the new master plan development.  The building attempts “to communicate” on all sides as the sports hall, dance hall and rental depot are positioned on the edge, interconnected by a T-shaped service area.  This extroverted model opens the building to the community and the architecture reflects the modernism of the surrounding buildings.  The roof is designed as a fifth facade to relate to the nearby housing blocks of Renaat Braem while the facades of the halls are made of multi-layered polycarbonate. Partly translucent, partly transparent, this material combines the dynamic spectacle of changing light and shade, with diffuse daylight admission and a high insulation value, resulting in a low energy building.

More images of the sports center after the break.