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Zuidkas project / Paul de Ruiter

12:30 - 28 May, 2009

The Zuidkas, an experimental project commissioned by the Government Building Agency, challenges architects with an imaginary office building of over 11,000 square meters in Amsterdam that demands innovative solutions. The main objective of the Zuidkas project is to achieve the highest possible score with regard to the fulfillment of environmental objectives.

Architect Paul de Ruiter and his team focused on nine aspects of sustainability, ranging from carbon reduction to energy savings. With these elements in mind, de Ruiter created a kind of miniature city that works as one building.

More about de Ruiter’s design after the break.

Moodwall / Studio Klink and Urban Alliance

07:30 - 28 May, 2009

Media architecture collective Urban Alliance has recently finished the Moodwall: a 24 meter long interactive light installation in Amsterdam.

AD Interviews: Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity (Part I)

15:40 - 27 May, 2009

During the AIA Convention we had the chance to visit Architecture for Humanity (now on their 10th anniversary) and talk with Cameron Sinclair, the Co-founder and Eternal Optimist of AFH.

Top 100 US Architecture Firms according to Architect Magazine

13:00 - 27 May, 2009

Some of this practice have been featured on ArchDaily like Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Perkins Eastman & SHoP Architects.

Take a look at the complete ranking after the break.

Imagining Recovery announces Winners

12:30 - 27 May, 2009

A few months ago, the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University organized an open international design ideas competition. The competition, Imagining Recovery, which coincided with Obama’s first 100 days of presidency, asked participants to imagine what recovery could look like and supplement the maps, charts and graphs of with images of lived experiences, as announced earlier on AD.

Submissions were received from 25 different countries and on May 13, the distinguished jury selected ten projects for recognition and of these, only three to be the prize winners.

Project winners after the break.

Children's Hospital Prototype / Visiondivision

21:00 - 26 May, 2009

Visiondivision, an international young practice, shared with us their competition entry for a children’s hospital prototype for Rwanda. The competition, entitled “Design for the Children”, asks architects and designers to develop a sustainable, culturally responsive, pediatric clinic model for East Africa.

More images and further project description after the break.

AD Round Up: Pool Houses Part I

18:30 - 26 May, 2009
AD Round Up: Pool Houses Part I

I guess there’s nothing better to sit back and relax after a long week than a pool. Fun and refreshing, pool houses are just great. So now, we bring you our Round Up of previously featured pool houses on ArchDaily.

UNStudio wins Grand Hyatt Design

12:30 - 26 May, 2009

Six projects were presented for the competition of a Grand Hyatt Hotel for Frankfurt, Germany. The jury’s chairperson, Johann Eisele, chose UNStudio’s proposal to proceed with further development. “All the proposals were of an exceptionally high standard. The award-winning design by UNStudio is particularly outstanding as it presents a type of high-rise which does not yet exist in this form in Frankfurt. The contribution by UNStudio demonstrates how harmony can be created between extensive functional demands and the high requirements of exterior and interior design,” commented Eisele.

More images and further description after the break.

Planetarium de Montreal / Saucier + Perrotte

09:03 - 26 May, 2009

Canadian architects Saucier + Perrotte shared with us their finalist proposal for the Planetarium de Monteral competition, a black mantle connecting the different programatic pieces.

Architect’s description, credits and more images after the break:

Erdos Museum / MAD

00:00 - 26 May, 2009

Architects: MAD Location: Erdos, Inner Mongolia Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun Design team: Shang Li, Andrew C. Bryant, Howard Jiho Kim, Matthias Helmreich , Zheng Tao, Qin Lichao, Yang Lin, Sun Jieming Yin Zhao , Du Zhijian Collaborators: China Institute of Building Standard Design and Research, The Institute of Shanxi Architectural Design and Research Site Area: 27,760 sqm Constructed Area: 41,227 sqm Status: Under Construction Client: Erdos Municipal Government Images: MAD

Open House New York Fundraiser

21:00 - 25 May, 2009

Over the next few weeks, a series of fundraising benefits dedicated to educating the public about New York City’s architecture is being hosted by Private Spaces/Private Access. Openhousenewyork (OHNY) will host five cocktail receptions in an effort to promote awareness about design to all who participate.

More information after the break.

National Heart Center in Singapore / Broadway Malyan

12:30 - 25 May, 2009

Broadway Malyan, an international firm with offices in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia, recently presented their design for the National Heart Center in Singapore. This hospital is a part of a larger master plan that will redevelop the country’s General Hospital Outram Campus in a more technologically advanced and environmentally friendly way.

Project description and more images after break.

Air Forest / Mass Studies

00:00 - 25 May, 2009
Sungpil Won
Sungpil Won

Architects: Mass Studies - Minsuk Cho + Kisu Park Location: City Park, Denver, Colorado, USA Design team: Joungwon Lee,Bumhyun Chun, Kyungmin Kwon, Sungpil Won Structure: Pneumatic Construction: ABR Finishing: Nylon fabric with silver dot printing Gross floor Area: 673 sqm Design year: 2004-2008 Construction year: 2008 Photographs: Sungpil Won / Mass Studies

Mecanoo's Master Plan for Shenzhen

12:30 - 24 May, 2009


Dutch architects Mecanoo recently revealed their vision for transforming Longgang, a district of Shenzhen, China, into a thriving economic center. Their master plan calls for the growing city to be redesigned to include 8,000 residences and over 4.3 million square feet for commercial functions.

Project description and more images after the break.

JH House / Bernardes + Jacobsen

18:00 - 23 May, 2009
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Bernardes Jacobsen Architecture Location: São Paulo, Brazil Partners in Charge: Thiago Bernardes and Paulo Jacobsen Collaborators: Jaime Cunha Junior, Paula Tega, Henrique de Carvalho, Paulo Poch and Andrés Galvez Interior Design: Bernardes Jacobsen Architecture – Eza Viegas Design year: 2007 Setting up: 2008 Landscape: Isabel Duprat Paisagismo Vertical Garden: Gica Mesiara – Quadro Vivo Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Dragonfly Vertical Farm concept by Vincent Callebaut

12:00 - 23 May, 2009

Amidst financial buildings and high-rise apartments, Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has redefined the conventional skyscraper. His 132 story complex for the south edge of Roosevelt Island addresses the pressing need for environmental and ecological sustainability. This conceptual design focuses on creating a completely self-sustaining organism that not only utilizes solar, wind, and water energies, but also addresses the pending food shortage problem.

More after the break.

Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim: From Within Outward

21:00 - 22 May, 2009

This year, we not only commemorate the 50 years of Frank Lloyd Wright’s death, but also the 50 years of the opening of one of his masterpieces: The Guggenheim Museum.

AD Round Up: Latin American Houses Part I

18:30 - 22 May, 2009
AD Round Up: Latin American Houses Part I

Last week we featured a Round Up of houses from the United States. So for you to start comparing different architecture at different places, we bring you our first Round Up of previously featured houses from Latin America.

NBBJ presents design for UCLA's Pauley Pavilion

12:00 - 22 May, 2009

NBBJ just revealed their latest design for UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, slated to begin February 2010 and be completed just in time for the 2012-2013 basketball season. Upon UCLA’s decision to renovate the existing Pavilion due to its strong sentimental value, NBBJ’s design includes new lobby and concourse space, as well as new facilities for the athletes and additional seating for fans.

Project description and more images after the break.

Al Rostamini Headquarters / MAD

07:30 - 22 May, 2009

Architects: MAD Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun Site Area: 4,392 sqm Constructed Area: 50,000 sqm Program: Office Headquarters Client: Al Rostamini Group Ltd Images: MAD

Lord Foster receives the Prince of Asturias award

18:30 - 21 May, 2009

This is the second fourth time an architect receives this award, previously given to Oscar Niemeyer in 1989, Santiago Calatrava in 1999 and Franciscco Javier Sáenz de Oíza in 1993.

ORDOS 100 #40: Slade Architecture

14:00 - 21 May, 2009
perspective 02
perspective 02

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Slade Architecture Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

LEGO Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

13:08 - 21 May, 2009

Just in time to commemorate the 50 years of the death of Frank Lloyd Wright, LEGO released two of his master pieces on their architecture series: the Guggenheim Museum (who opened 50 years ago) and the Falling Water House.

Vice Magazine interviews Oscar Niemeyer

12:00 - 21 May, 2009

Vice Magazine