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Extension Terminal 2, Riga Airport, Latvia

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The project’s architectural effects are based on three distinct surface qualities (clad solids, screened semi solids, and exposed trusses) which are composed over a geometric system with a strong tectonic expression. The consequence is a tension of simultaneous perception of surface figures juxtaposed with geometric volumes. The architecture becomes an esthetical experience of oscillating volumetric readings throughout the spaces of the building.

Riga Airport Terminal 2 Rendering

  • Architectural Design: Stefan Ritter,
  • Location: Riga Airport, Latvia
  • PhotographsL Reiner Zettl
  • Awards: Studio project winter 2011 – studio Greg Lynn, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria


The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2011 presented to Eduardo Souto de Moura

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Update on June 3rd:

Here is Obama’s speech at the Pritzker Prize Ceremony:

YouTube : President Obama's Speech at the Prizker Prize Ceremony



Original post on March 29th

Los Angeles, CA—Eduardo Souto de Moura, a 58 year old architect from Portugal, is the jury’s choice for the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize, it was announced today by Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize. The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be in one of Washington, D.C.’s finest classical buildings, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. In announcing the jury’s choice, Pritzker elaborated, “This marks the second time in the history of the prize that a Portuguese architect has been chosen. The first was in 1992 when Alvaro Siza was so honored.”

Eduardo Souto de Moura - Photo by Augusto Brázio


GREEN VOID in Sydney, Australia by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


A digital design, derived from nature, realized in lightweight fabric, using the latest digital fabrication and engineering techniques, creating more with less. 3,000 cubic meters of space are connected with a minimal surface of 300 square meters and only 40 kilograms of material…

Customs House Green Void Laser

  • Architect: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
  • Name of Project: GREEN VOID SYDNEY
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Team members: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, Jarrod Lamshed, Esan Rahmani, Kim Nguyen Ngoc, Anh, Dao Trinh, Erick Escalante, Pascal Tures, Mi Jin Chun, Andrea Dorici
  • Client: Customs house
  • Manufacturer: Mak max
  • Building Materials: Specially treated high-tech Nylon and light
  • Dimensions: approx. 21x8x12m
  • Surface Area:300 m2
  • Volume/space: 3000 m3
  • Weight: 40 kg
  • Construction/manufacturing time: 5 weeks


Giant digital origami tigers launch Chinese New Year in Sydney by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Two giant digital origami tigers playfully celebrate Chinese New Year on the forecourt of Customs House, Sydney from 11 February –14 March 2010.

Front View


“Minimal Complexity” by Vlad Tenu

Monday, March 21st, 2011

‘Minimal Complexity is the product of an architectural research focused on both the form-finding and the fabrication of minimal surface structures. The process was defined by an alternative algorithmic method based on the computational simulation of virtual soap films. The question that emerged was how the translation from the computational space to the build artifact could be embodied into this dual process.

"Minimal Complexity" by Vlad Tenu

Architect: Vlad Tenu
DipArch. MArch. Msc.
Architectural Assistant,
Surface Architects, London, UK
Teaching Assistant,
Bartlett School of Architecture,
University College London, UK


M4 FŐVÁM TÉR STATION in Budapest, Hungary by sporaarchitects

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The new metro line planned in Budapest is to connect South-Buda with the city center. 10 stations will be constructed in the first step. St. Gellért tér and Fővám tér stations are on the left and right banks of the river Danube.

Automatic Stairs


  • Architect: sporaarchitects
  • Project name: M4 FŐVÁM TÉR STATION
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Station designer: sporaarchitects – Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
  • General architect of the M4 metro line: Palatium Stúdió Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó
  • Engineering, installation: consortium of Főmterv, Uvaterv, Mott-Macdonald
  • Design period: 2005-2011
  • Construction period: 2006-2012
  • Site area (floor area): 7100m2
  • Construction area: 3000m2
  • Photographer: Tamás Bujnovszky


Laposa winery in Badacsonytomaj, Hungary by Péter Kis and Bea Molnár

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The wines of the Laposa-Cellar following the millennium became well known amongst Hungarian wine drinkers under the brand name “Bazaltbor” or Basalt wine. Their growing regions are only on the basalt hills – in Badacsony, Somló, on Szentgyörgy-hill and Csobánc – which is the reason for the characteristic mineral aromas of the wines that mirror their terroir. The cellar today harvest from over 20 hectares local and international varieties, amongst others Szürkebarát, Juhfark, Olasz- and Rajnai Riesling or Kéknyelű. The market entry and dynamic growth of the cellar has also resulted in the expansion of the technological and tourism areas. During the development, besides increasing the scale, the aim on both an architectural and viticultural level was to modernise and maintain the making and presentation of the basalt wine.

Side View

  • Architects: Kis Péter Építészműterme –Péter Kis, Bea Molnár
  • Location: Badacsonytomaj, Hungary
  • Project: Laposa winery
  • Client: Bazaltbor-Badacsony Kft.
  • Planning: 2008.
  • Construction: 2009. january – 2010. April
  • Plot area: 6956 m2
  • Plot percentage: 1,69 % / 2,82%
  • Net basic area: 195,86 m2
  • Total square meter: 419,66 m2
  • Total number of parking places: 12 db
  • Main contractor: Bazaltbor Badacsony Kft.
  • Operator: Spányi és Jakab Mérnökiroda Kft.
  • Constructor: MarketÉpítő Zrt.
  • Partners: Zoltán Bun, Róbert Erdélyi,
  • Strucure: MtM Mérnökiroda – Péter Markovits
  • Garden design: Zsuzsa Bogner
  • Static: mTm Mérnökiroda – Péter Markovits
  • Mechanist: Art- tax Szolgáltató Szövetkezet – András Oltvai, Zsolt Lengyel
  • Electronics engineer: Hochplan Kft. – Dezső Sax, Karola Kárpáti
  • Public services: László Kádár
  • Lift: Schindler Kft. – Gábor Balogh
  • Transport: Balázs Kiss
  • Fire protection: György Báder
  • Key material: artificial stone – Ornamentika Kft.
  • Photographs: Zsolt Batar


Film and Production Offices in Madrid by Madland Studio

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011


The assignment was to relocate the new head offices of a film and TV production company (recording, editing, dubbing and audiovisual production). The program of functions can be classified in four parts: management and administrative area (offices and meeting rooms), technical rooms (audio, image, set and backstage), common public area (multifunctional space, toilets and cafeteria) and installation area (machine and storage rooms).

Photographs by Elena Almagro

  • Architecture office: Madland Estudio
  • Project Team: Cristina Navas Perona, Myriam López Rodero y Javier García-Rivera de la Plaza.
  • Structural Engineering: Javier Cort.
  • Owner: Viva Visión
  • Contractor: Cal y Canto S.L
  • Contractor specialized in wood construction: Canexel S.L
  • Built area: 550m2.
  • Location: Madrid, Spain.
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Elena Almagro


‘QuaDror’, a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Design studio Dror unveiled the design discovery of ‘QuaDror’ at the DESIGN INDABA conference from February 23-25 in Cape Town, South Africa. ‘QuaDror’ is a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit, that utilizes unparalleled structural efficiency and introduces manifold design initiatives.

QuaDror Bridge


The hidden depth in Seoul by thegroundstudio

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This project is located near by the entrance of the Seoul National University’s main gate , OMA’s SNU Museum and MT.Gwanak in Seoul. This design aims to be ‘the hidden depth (gradation wall)’ which is to show the value of a natural landscape throughout architectural wall-frame. The hidden depth means architecture as the background and perceptual tool.

The Hidden Depth - Perspective

The Hidden Depth - Perspective

  • Architects: thegroundstudio / Choi, Soon-Yong
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Expected Completion: February 2011


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