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Second Second City in Chicago, Illinois by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer of Design

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Article source: Stewart Hicks

This project contends with the competing and overlaid desires for the site of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago by creating a new tourist destination and scenario-planning infrastructure from the existing architecture. On the roof, a 1:25 miniature replica of Chicago is constructed. A clear mound protects the model, provides space for artificial weather equipment and creates unexpected visual connections between both Chicagos. Within the mound, the model acts as a simulator for various future scenarios.

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  • Architects: Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer of Design
  • Project: Second Second City
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Team: Stewart Hicks, Allison Nemwmeyer w/ Min Chen


Mezzo in Phoenix, Arizona by Will Bruder Architects

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Article source: Will Bruder Architects

Approached from its north façade along Whitton Avenue, owners, neighbors and visitors are welcomed to Mezzo through a native desert garden. Site benches and weathered welded wire mesh fences enhance this natural environment and define the exterior spaces of the project. Sandblasted concrete pale green masonry site walls work within this composition to further delineate shared and private areas.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Bill Timmerman)

  • Architects: Will Bruder Architects
  • Project: Mezzo
  • Location: 3438 North 12th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85041
  • Design start: 03/07/2006
  • Construction start & end: 05/31/2007-07/15/2008
  • Client: O’Companies
  • Program: 10 townhouses


Gold Street House in Brunswick, Australia by Kavellaris Urban Design

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Article source: Kavellaris Urban Design

The Gold Street House responds to the rear lane way like character which consists of garage doors, timber back yard fences and at times neglected left over spaces from the terrace houses that front the opposing street. We felt that these homes (like many terrace typologies) abandoned the rear of their Terraces fronting Gold Street and in doing so over the years cultivated a language of gable/hipped roof building forms and utilitarian lean to structures constructed of light weight material such as compressed sheet; a very low tech economically driven decision.

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2 Houses in Tokyo, Japan by Cheungvogl

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Article source: Cheungvogl

Looking out, seeing people come and go while trees are standing still, witnessing the change of scenery season after season. Street poles spanning across the narrowest allies, providing mysterious connections between houses. Window view becomes an extension to the outside world. It measures time quietly.

Exterior View

  • Architects: Cheungvogl
  • Project: 2 Houses
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Use: Housing
  • Site Area: 310 ㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 310 ㎡


Pond House in Cave Creek, Arizona by Will Bruder Architects

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: Will Bruder Architects

Imbedded in a dramatic rock outcrop overlooking a natural, year-round, swimming hole, the Pond House is a bridge to two unique and disparate ecosystems: the Sonoran Desert and its local riparian microcosm. As a modestly scaled 165 square meter weekend retreat, the Pond House also bridges the metropolitan intensity of Phoenix, thirty miles south, with an idyllic oasis of desert calm and contemplation.

Pond House

  • Architects: Will Bruder Architects
  • Project: Pond House
  • Location: Cave Creek, Arizona
  • Clients: Steve Betts & Diane Haller
  • Design: Rob Gaspard
  • Project Architect: Greg Packham, Dominique Price


New Cultural Centre in Madrid, Spain by FÜNDC

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: FÜNDC

FÜNDC, Spanish architecture and urban planning office, just finalized the largest urban intervention of the last decades made on Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid: The New Cultural Center (NCC) and the new pedestrian area on and around Padre Vallet square. It establishes itself as the origin of the new network of pedestrian spaces.

South facade (Image Courtesy César Gª Guerra)

  • Architects: FÜNDC (César García Guerra & Paz Martín Rodriguez, architects)
  • Project: New Cultural Centre
  • Location: Padre Vallet square and surroundings, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain
  • Client: Pozuelo de Alarcón Municipality
  • Construction: Ploder-Uicesa SA
  • Use: New Cultural Center (NCC), new pedestrian square and streets, 2 level underground parking, underground bus station, underground traffic tunnels.


Nicolaas Beetsplein in Dordrecht, The Netherlands by NL Architects and DS Landschapsarchitecten

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: NL Architects and DS Landschapsarchitecten

Garden City

Oud Krispijn is a neighborhood in the city of Dordrecht. It was planned by Van der Peck in 1932 as a Garden City for the working class: a warped grid, small housing blocks, sweet little houses with front and back gardens, refined ‘corner solutions’, alleys and several ‘green’ axis and some modest squares. And a lot of hedges.

Nicolaas Beetsplein

  • Architect: NL Architects – Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse and DS Landschapsarchitecten – Jana Crepon
  • Name of the Project: Nicolaas Beetsplein
  • Location: Oud Krispijn, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
  • Use: Neighborhood Square
  • Client: Gemeente Dordrecht and CBK Dordrecht
  • Team NL: Kirsten Huesig with Beatriz Ruiz and Maurice Martell
  • Technical Support and Structural Engineering: Ingenieursbureau Dordrecht
  • Design: Design Phase May 2003 – June 2005
  • Completion: April 2006
  • Total area: 9400m2


Landsbyhuset in Gyrstinge, Denmark by Cebra Architect

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: Cebra Architect

The landsbyhuset in Gyrstinge is an attractor in a small community – a magnet for sports and social activity. Since it is a facility for the whole village, it is intended as a visual symbol that can be a part of a common consciousness. Thus the building should be a kind of magnet – a center that sucks up activity and functions from the surroundings to become a lively hot spot for the village.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Vivian_Leisner)

  • Architect: Cebra Architect
  • Project: Landsbyhuset – Common facility house
  • Location: Gyrstinge Bygade, Gyrstinge, Denmark
  • År: Opført 2010
  • Størrelse: 600 m2
  • Budget: DKK. 17 mio. kr. ekskl. moms


Concrete House in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Vanguarda Architects

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: Vanguarda Architects

The main feeling that the home conveys is a sense of defiance of gravity and space. With its large spans of glass that take advantage of the house’s relationship to the environment, the space seems almost larger than life.

Night view

  • Architect: Vanguarda Architects
  • Name of Project: Concrete House in Buenos Aires
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Style: Current Rationalist
  • Year: 2011
  • Surface: 502 m2
  • Info: 2 floors, 9 rooms, 1 suite


Hangzhou Gateway in People’s Republic of China by JDS Architects

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: JDS Architects

The concept of the building is to create a gateway that is neither closing-off or dividing the city. The 15-story tower features offices, restaurants, post office, a terraced roof garden and a sunken passage that leads through a shopping center. The rooftop terraces offer generous views to the distant nature while the stone louvers provide a sustainable solution to the office conditions. The building will become the gateway for the Gongshu District and an icon for the urban transformation of the old industrial neighborhood.

Night View (Images Courtesy JDS Architects)

  • Architect: JDS Architects
  • Name of Project: Hangzhou Gateway
  • Location: Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China
  • Size: 23 619 m2
  • Budget: 22 Million EUR
  • Images Credit : JDS Architects


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