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Clubhouse in Braga, Portugal by Topos – Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Topos – Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda.

On the site, a extremely inclined wall of schist, a staircase and a ruin overrun by vegetation… In the distance, an old farmhouse overlooking the valley of Lima River, between Mount Madalena and the town of Ponte de Lima. Around, a golf course under construction.

Club House


Gyesan Church in Incheon, South Korea by iArc Architects (designed with Rhino and AutoCAD)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: iArc Architects

The site of the Gyesan Church, located in close proximity to an expressway interchange, is positioned at the center of the local transportation network. As the site extends along the expressway in a curved line, the positioning of the building was planned in accordance with the configuration of the site. In order to show the symbolism of a church, a tower was erected alongside the church, facing the expressway, and acting as a local landmark. In consideration for future expansion, the levels above ground were developed in a limited manner, while the educational and service facilities and a parking space were situated on the two basement levels. Above ground, a parking lot and an outdoor square are located, providing a place where buildings will be constructed in the future expansion. It is planned that during expansion, educational facilities will be relocated and the space will be changed into a parking space.

Night View (Images Courtesy Youngchae Park)

  • Architect: YooKer – iArc Architects
  • Name of Project: Gyesan Church
  • Location: Incheon, South Korea
  • Project team: Seowon Oh, SeongYumi, Hun Lee, YeongminMok, Jingu Kim
  • Project Area: 16,042 ㎡(Total Floor), 10,360㎡(Site)
  • Project Year: Completed 2005
  • Materials: R.C., Steel, Kalwall, Panel
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino


The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science completes a computer science complex on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. The building houses four departments of the School of Computer Science providing offices, conference rooms, open collaborative spaces, closed project rooms and a reading room for more than 120 faculty, 350 graduate students, 100 researchers or postdoctoral fellows and 50 administrative staff members along with a more public component of 10 university classrooms, a 250 seat auditorium, a cafe and 2 university computer clusters.

Images Courtesy © Timothy Hursley and © Nic Lehoux

  • Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
  • Name of Project: The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Owner: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Associate Architect: Gensler
  • Local Architect: EDGE Studio
  • Photo Credit: © Timothy Hursley, © Nic Lehoux


Family House in Kraluv Dvur, Czech Republic by ov-a

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: ov-a


A newly developed sloping plot at the edge of the town


A single-story house for a family of five, with an unfenced garden and a layout with bedrooms in close proximity to the common living area

Images Courtesy Tomas Soucek

  • Architect: ov-a
  • Name of Project: Family House In Kraluv Dvur
  • Location: Kraluv Dvur, Czech Republic
  • Head Architects: Jiri Opocensky, Stepan Valouch
  • Photographs: Tomas Soucek


Auditorium and multifunctional building in Muskiz, Spain by Virai Arquitectos

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Virai Arquitectos

This project proposed a mixed-use building for the municipality of Muskiz with public functions (a small auditorium and a youth centre) and private functions (offices, bars and retail), organized by means of a public square with a covered gallery. The municipality of Muskiz is dominated by the presence of a big refinery, visible from the motorway from Bilbao to Santander. The public square is opened towards the south, the views and the sun; it is closed towards the north, to protect itself from the dominant winds and severe rainfalls and to conceal the ever-present view on the refinery and its chimneys.

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Virai Arquitectos
  • Project: Auditorium and multifunctional building
  • Location: calle de Cendeja 21, Muskiz, Vizcaya, Spain.
  • First prize competition: October 2001
  • Working project: 2002
  • Working period: 2002-2003
  • Client: Municipality of Muskiz
  • Software used: Brick Cad and Tricalc


Bridgestone Pavilion in Bangkok, Thailand by Architectkidd

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Architectkidd

The BOI (Board of Investment) Fair is a major event that aims to demonstrate Thailand’s rebuilding efforts among public and private sectors after last year’s floods. The objective of the Bridgestone Pavilion is to communicate the company’s commitment to the country in manufacturing, research and investment. With an emphasis on showcasing emerging technologies, Architectkidd had the opportunity to implement design approaches and features that are relatively unique among current standard construction practices in Thailand.

Bridgestone pavilion (Image Courtesy Luke Yeung)

  • Architects: Architectkidd
  • Project: Bridgestone Pavilion
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Design Team: Luke Yeung, Phuttipan Aswakool, Pailin Paijitsattaya, Vichayuth Meenaphant
  • Exhibition Design: DesignLAB
  • Project Area: 500 sqm
  • Completion date: January 2012
  • Project Coordinator: Dentsu Thailand
  • Structural Design: Montree Sayabovorn
  • Contractor: Pico Thailand


41 Cooper Square in New York City by Morphosis Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Morphosis Architects

41 Cooper Square, the new academic building for The Cooper Union in New York City, aspires to manifest the character, culture, and vibrancy of both the 150 year-old institution and of the city in which it was founded. The institution remains committed to Peter Cooper’s radically optimistic intention to provide an education “as free as water and air” and has subsequently grown to become a renowned intellectual and cultural center for the City of New York.

Image Courtesy Iwan Baan

  • Architects: Morphosis Architects
  • Project: 41 Cooper Square
  • Location: New York City
  • Owner: The Cooper Union
  • Associate Architect: Gruzen Samton, LLP
  • Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
  • Landscape Architects: Signe Nielsen
  • Acoustics: Newson Brown Acoustic, LLC
  • Project Contributors: Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC ; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc; John A. Martin Associates, Inc.; Goldstein Associates, PLLC; IBE Consulting Engineers; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc; Steve Rosenstein Associates, Inc; Pentagram Design Abbott Miller; Auerbach Pollock Friedlander; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc; Barnes Wentworth; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; Arup Fire; Berzak Schoen Consultants, Ltd; Van Deusen & Associates; Gordon H. Smith Corporation; Henshell & Buccellato; Atelier Ten; Synergy Engineering; Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin, Inc



Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Steven Holl Architects


Profession’s highest honor goes to architect known for humanist approach to formal experimentation

Washington, D.C., December 9, 2011 – The Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted today to award the 2012 AIA Gold Medal to Steven Holl, FAIA. The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is considered to be the profession’s highest honor that an individual can receive. The Gold Medal honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Holl will be honored at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Holl and his firm, Steven Holl Architects have completed projects that tackle the urban-scale planning and development conundrums that define success in the built environment throughout the world. He’s able to work with diverse clients to get his projects executed, all while being a tenured professor at Columbia University. His explorations have served as an inspiration to his colleagues.

Higgins Hall

Holl completed two projects located in China in 2009 that are emblematic of his approach to architecture and his innovative method of design inquiry. His Linked Hybrid, in Beijing, is a series of circularly arranged towers, filled with 700 apartments and enough ancillary programming (hotels, schools, restaurants, park spaces) to form its own micro-urban community. The towers are linked by a system of 20th floor skywalks that trace a ring of public programs. In contrast to the mega-block street walls typically erected by Chinese developers, the Hybrid invites the city in with green space, public programs, and playfully varied porous massing.

The Vanke Center in Shenzhen is quite literally a horizontal skyscraper: a long rectilinear mass tipped on its side with arms and branches reaching out from its main stem. Holl’s building hovers above garden and park spaces on eight legs, creating a shaded micro-climate and quality public outdoor space that’s sorely lacking in developing-world cities. Making the building co-exist with the green space below necessitated that this developing nation take a fundamental symbol of its burgeoning prosperity–a new shimmering high rise tower–and tip it on its side. Such depth of inquiry and lack of presupposition in Holl’s work makes this kind of audacious gambit almost common in his buildings.

Knut Hamsun Center

In addition to China, Holl’s work can be seen across the United States and Europe. Examples of his work include:

  • The Nelson Atkins Museum Bloch Building in Kansas City, Mo., a subterranean art museum expansion that pierces the ground plane with five translucent boxes that materialize light like blocks of ice.
  • MIT’s Simmons Hall in Cambridge, Mass., a dormitory that Holl used to develop his ideas about urban porosity, later seen in his Chinese projects. Based around the conceptual motif of a sponge, the building features irregular volumetric gaps and transparencies, as well as vertical, funnel-shaped incisions that act as light and air chimneys.
  • The Knut Hamsun Center in Norway, a historical museum honoring the Norwegian writer that takes cues from Hamsun’s work to create a wooded vernacular-referenced façade pierced by walkways and glass observation decks, literary symbols of hidden impulses.
  • NYU’s Department of Philosophy in New York City, which redesigns the interior of a historic masonry building and inserts an open six-story light shaft, taking formal and conceptual guidance from the work of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
  • Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall Insertion, an addition to Pratt’s architecture school, in New York City, that join two red brick buildings with a glowing bar-shaped volume of varying transparency and opacity.

Linked Hybrid

“What, in my view, especially commends him as a candidate for the Gold Medal,” wrote Harry Cobb, FAIA, of Pei Cobb Freed, in a recommendation letter, “is his brilliantly demonstrated capacity to join his refined design sensibility to a rigorously exploratory theoretical project.”

Holl is the 68th AIA Gold Medalist. He joins the ranks of such visionaries as Thomas Jefferson (1993), Frank Lloyd Wright (1949), Louis Sullivan (1944), LeCorbusier (1961), Louis Kahn (1971), I.M. Pei (1979), Santiago Calatrava (2005), Glenn Murcutt (2009, and Fumihiko Maki (2011)). In recognition of his legacy to architecture, his name will be chiseled into the granite Wall of Honor in the lobby of the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C.


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Green Solution House in Strandvejen, Denmark by 3XN and GXN

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: 3XN and GXN

Danish practice 3XN is the architect behind a new experimental conference center and hotel where everything is adapted to the circulation of nature and where guests will get an idea of how it feels to live in a world without waste.

Green Solution House

  • Architects: 3XN and GXN (design and project management)
  • Project: Green Solution House
  • Location: Strandvejen, Denmark
  • Client: Hotel Ryttergården
  • Size: 4.500m2
  • Completion: 2013
  • Budget: 65 mio. DKK
  • Partner Architects: William McDonough + Partners (cradle to cradle)
  • Engineers: Esbensen Consulting Engineers (climate and energy)


Yalumba Winery – Signature Cellars in Tanunda, Australia by Grieve Gillett

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Grieve Gillett

Yalumba – Signature – Cellar and Tanks 11 & 12 – Grieve Gillett

“Grieve Gillett have considered and applied Yalumba’s ethos of tradition and innovation with a considered retention and a celebration of existing heritage qualities. The master touch of an experienced design hand can be felt with a celebratory juxtaposition between the sophistication of the new and the industrial feel of the old.” Jury Citation.

Interior View

  • Architect: Grieve Gillett
  • Name of Project: Yalumba Winery – Signature Cellars
  • Location: Tanunda, South Australia
  • Year: Completed 2009
  • Client: Yalumba Winery
  • Project Value: $4M
  • Awards: The Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture


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