the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions

ArchDaily on Facebook (and Twitter, Flickr)

13:33 - 18 January, 2009

One of the reasons why we started ArchDaily is to empower architectural debate by connecting architects around the world. We think that our ArchDaily Facebook group can help us achieve this through its social layer, and you are kindly invited to join.

Economical Crisis and the Bilbao Effect

17:13 - 16 January, 2009

Guggenheim Bilbao, photo by envisionpublicidad

ORDOS 100 #10: Johnston Marklee & Associates

15:00 - 15 January, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Johnston Marklee & Associates Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Pincipals in charge: Sharon Johnston AIA, Mark Lee Project Architect: Anton Schneider Project team: Owen Merrick, Midori Mizuhara, Jonathan Raz Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China

Nothing is higher than an architect (according to George Constanza)

14:18 - 15 January, 2009

GEORGE: Besides, Steven Koren has the highest of aspirations. He wants to be… an architect!

Genesis House, "Palais de Justice" / PLANDA

13:43 - 14 January, 2009

Paris / NY based architects PLANDA designed this house based on the  cover of Cross, the album by the french band Justice, by inserting a residential program on the iconic shape of the Cross. The Cross is placed on a cliff at Santa Catalina island, California.

More after the break.

ORDOS 100 #9: Sou Fujimoto

15:00 - 12 January, 2009
model
model

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #8: R&Sie(n)

14:00 - 8 January, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: R&Sie(n) Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Architects in Charge: Francois Roche, Stephanie Lavaux, Toshikatsu Kiuchi Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #7: MOS Architects

13:50 - 5 January, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: MOSMichael Meredith, Hilary Sample Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design team: Lasha Brown, James Tate, Lorenzo Marasso, Heather Bizon, Shu- Chang, Vivian Chin (translation) Structural Engineering: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger- Paul Kassabian Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox Images: MOS

ORDOS 100 #7: MOS Architects ORDOS 100 #7: MOS Architects ORDOS 100 #7: MOS Architects ORDOS 100 #7: MOS Architects + 33

In progress: Ocaña de España / Manuel Ocaña

13:27 - 4 January, 2009

Residential buildings have always been an issue among architects. From on side, you have a developer who wants the best out of his money, usually leaving behind what we think matters – which sometimes does, but most of the times doesn´t… out of several -complex- variables which at the end have to make a project feasible.

It´s not that i´m a  pesimist. Actually, there are great residential buildings, on which architects have dealt with this complex variables resulting in projects on which “architecture” is an added value.

On this panorama, which happens on every country, I´d like to share with you a residential project being built by Manuel Ocaña, a spanish architect we have previously featured on ArchDaily with some interesting works (Yaya House, Rota House).

This project for 53 dwellings between party walls can be described through its tectonic (Roca Port Aventura in the stereotomic plinth of the two first floors of housing, plus buildings that, resting on the former, are rounded off with canvas roofs with silkscreen-printed tiles), or through its virtues of “non-extrusion” and “non-metaphor”. But the best way to explain this bizarre, unbridled, dislocated and autistic project is with a generous text by Roberto González García:

ORDOS 100 #6: Rocker-Lange

10:00 - 3 January, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Rocker-Lange Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project leaders: Ingeborg M. Rocker & Christian J. Lange Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm

ORDOS 100 #6: Rocker-Lange ORDOS 100 #6: Rocker-Lange ORDOS 100 #6: Rocker-Lange ORDOS 100 #6: Rocker-Lange + 19

ORDOS 100 #5: HHF

16:00 - 29 December, 2008

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: HHF Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER with Nicole Baron, Daichi Takano, Kohsuke Uesugi and Christian Weyell Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Site Area: 1,521 sqm Constructed Area: 925 sqm

Merry Christmas!

12:53 - 26 December, 2008

Corrections after the break…

Mark Magazine #17

11:52 - 26 December, 2008

The December-January edition of Mark Magazine features a new design, more clear and simple, but with the same quality content. A a very classy black and white composition with the skylights of Torafu´s House in Kohoku is featured on the over.

Now, lets head to the contents of this issue.

ORDOS 100 #4: Rafi Segal

10:00 - 25 December, 2008

Architect Rafi Segal sent us his villa, located in plot ORDOS 100 project.

Some images, plans and the architect’s description after the break.

Volume #17: Content Management

11:37 - 24 December, 2008

When we interviewed Jeffrey Inaba at the C-LAB, we had a great conversation as they were working on this issue, “Content Management”, something we are very into at ArchDaily – so we had the chance to discuss the implications of new media, globalization and architecture.

But back to this edition. It follows the tradition of Volume with a great editorial, this time by Inaba himself:

“At the close of this era of expansion and surplus C-Lab speculates on one of the period´s emblematic inventions: Content Management, or the collecting, organizing and sharing of digital information. Our retrospective appraisal of recent developments in the managing of information offers insight into the ability of Content Management to serve the current realities of digital abundance and material shortage, and to protect both vast and extremely limited quantities.

Like Content Management systems, Architecture arranges information and objects into a navigable environment using technology to configure the environment´s spaces and circulation routes. It embodies the values of the presentedd content, setting the tone for the visitor´s experience through the design of the public interface. Architecture is a structure of experiences involving interaction with numerous forms of content, introducing choice, connections, updates, human encounter and surprise, and in this respect is the precursor and operating blueprint of Content Management As you will see, some of the essays and interviews describe how architecture continues to inform the thinking behind Content Management, for better and worse“.

It presents an interesting reflection on the current state of globalization, on which we have infinite amounts of information available at the tip of our fingers, while facing massive shortfalls (energy, natural resources).

At some point it compares the created necessity of Content Management as a result of the amounts of information we publish, with the early architects of Koolhaas´Manhattan who legitimized the necessity of their profession by causing the irreversible  state of congestion which they then took as their mission to solve.

On this issue:

Augmented reality on your desktop, thanks to Sketchup

13:40 - 23 December, 2008

Augmented Reality is a new technology that is starting to spread. Basically, it consists on mixing 3D model with live footage in real time. This concept has been applied to futuristic interfaces, and it can be very helpful for architects as it allows you to take 3D Models a step further, placed on the real world and show it to your clients.

Thanks to the AR-media Plugin for Sketchup, you can start playing with Augmented Reality. This plugin allows you to place the 3D Model over live video from your webcam, and move it around as you can see on the above video. The plugin calculates the planes on the live footage thanks to a sheet you need to print out, which allows the software to calculate the distance and inclination.

So, all you need is Google Sketchup (free), a webcam, then download the trial version of the AR-Media Sketchup plugin (limited to 30 seconds), print the sheet and you can start playing with your models.

We just did it at the office with Aravena´s ORDOS 100 model, and it´s very impressive. Try to use a small model to start, since the 30 sec countdown starts running when the software launches and it can take a while to start completly, depending on the model.

Another video after the break.

ORDOS 100 #3: nArchitects

17:00 - 22 December, 2008

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: nArchitects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang; Dominique Gonfard, Hubert Pelletier, Alice Wong (Project Manager), Adam Vana Engineers: Ove Arup NY; MEP (Mahadev Raman), Structures (Markus Schulte, Thomas Claassen) Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm

H&M Store in Barcelona / Estudio Mariscal

12:58 - 22 December, 2008

Edtudio Mariscal did a complete work for H&M in Barcelona: Architecture, lighting, furniture, graphics… even the shopping bags.

Client: H&M Architecture, interiors and graphic design: Estudio Mariscal Location: c/ Portal de l’Àngel 22, Barcelona, Spain Area: 1.720 m2 Year: 2008 Contractor: Dula Bau Furniture and commercial equipment: Dula Ibérica Structural engineering: nb35

PUMA City, Shipping Container Store / LOT-EK

15:39 - 20 December, 2008

Our green friends over Inhabitat just tipped us on a  new project by NYC/Napoli based office LOT-EK, a practice that has been doing an interesting job by reusing containers.

24 containers are put together to create a 3 storey store with over 11,000 sqf, including a bar/lounge area and 2 decks.

The store is currently at the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, and it´s transported to each location (Alicante, Boston, Stockholm) and assembled quickly.

More pictures details after the jump.

A new jury for the Pritzker

18:31 - 19 December, 2008

Past laureates include Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Ghery, Zaha Hadid, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Thom Mayne, Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, Alvaro Siza… and a long list of prominent architects that you might already know.

The Pilgrim Route / Mexico

23:11 - 17 December, 2008

Every year, over 2,000 people go on a 100 km pilgrimage path near Guadalajara, Mexico during Holy Week. Municipalities along the route decided to give the pilgrims some service areas along this route, so the Secreaty of Turism of Jalisco comissioned these projects to a group of both mexican and international architects: Ai Wei Wei (FAKE Design), Luis Aldrete, Christ & Gantenbein, Dellekamp Arquitectos (featured on AD),  Elemental (featured on AD), Godoylab, HHF, Periférica and Tatiana Bilbao mxa.

By looking at the projects, you can tell they wanted this to remain simple, as structures that will remain abandoned most of the year and will age becoming part of the landscape.

Green Void / LAVA

10:30 - 16 December, 2008

Architects: LAVA – Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck Location: Sydney, Australia Project year: 2008 Project Team: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck Collaborators: Jarrod Lamshed, Esan Rahmani, Kim Ngoc Nguyen, Anh Dao Trinh, Erik Escalante Mendoza, Pascal Tures, Mi Jin Chun, Andrea Dorici Materials: Specially treated high-tech Nylon and light Area: 300 sqm Volume: 3,000 sqm Fabrication and installation: Mak Max Photographs: LAVA

Green Void / LAVA Green Void / LAVA Green Void / LAVA Green Void / LAVA + 26

FARO wins sustainable design competition with residencial tower

15:00 - 15 December, 2008

FARO architecten bv just shared with us their latest project, the winning entry for a sustainable residential tower design competition.

Text from the architects and more images after the break.

ORDOS 100 #2: Luca Selva Architects

10:00 - 15 December, 2008

We continue with our ORDOS 100 series, this time with swiss architects Luca Selva.

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Luca Selva Architects – David Gschwind, Sonja Christen Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Site Area: 2,015 sqm Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm