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G-Tower / HAEAHN Architecture + Designcamp Moonpark dmp + Gyung Sung Architects + TCMC Architects & Engineers

© Young-chae Park
Architects: HAEAHN Architecture, Designcamp Moonpark dmp, Gyung Sung Architects, TCMC Architects & Engineers
Location: Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, , South Korea
Area: 86165.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Young-chae Park

Bottle Sail / 1+1>2 International Architecture JSC

© Vu Xuan Son
Architects: 1+1>2 International Architecture JSC
Location: , Haiphong, Vietnam
Design Team: Hoang Thuc Hao , Nguyen Duy Thanh, Vu Xuan Son
Collaborators: Tran Hong Nam, Local farmers, Students
Area: 16.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Vu Xuan Son

Science Hills Komatsu / Mari Ito + UAO

© Daici Ano
Architects: Mari Ito, UAO
Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa,
Area: 6063.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daici Ano
Michael Rotondi

Michael Rotondi to Receive Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence

Michael Rotondi, principle of Los Angeles-based RoTo Architecture and former student of Cal Poly Pomona, has been selected to receive the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence from the College of Environmental Design at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Co-founder of SCI-Arc and long-time architectural educator at Arizona State University, Rotondi was selected for his “commitment to architectural education, for the concern he shows in his work for society and the environment, and for the inventiveness of his architecture,” says Cal Poly Pomona professor Sarah Lorenzen. More about Rotondi and the award after the break. You can read an interview with Rotondi here on ArchDaily. 

We’re Teaming Up With CEMEX To Cover the XXIII CEMEX Building Award

CEMEX’s annual Building recognize the best in architecture and construction both within Mexico as well as internationally, highlighting innovative design and building and construction techniques across nine different categories. International finalist projects this year range from Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama to Plan B Arquitectos’ Click Clack Hotel in Bogotá, Colombia.
As a media partner of the XXIII Building Award, we will be providing live coverage of the ceremony on November 5th via social media (#CEMEXBuildingAward) as well as in-depth coverage and analysis of the finalist projects and award winners. Make sure you check out our CEMEX Building Award page for the latest updates and project information.

Lune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI

© Brett Boardman
Architects: CHROFI
Location: Northern Tablelands, NSW,
Project Director : John Choi
Project Leader : Toby Breakspear
Project Team : Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch
Area: 1320.0 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Sou Fujimoto Constructs Inhabitable Nomadic Structure for Parisian Art Fair

© Marc Domage
Over the weekend, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto exhibited an inhabitable sculpture of stacked and suspended aluminum cubes as part of the FIAC art fair in the Parisian Jardins des Tuileries’ gardens. The installation, “Many Small Cubes” is his first project in and was commissioned by the Philippe Gravier art gallery as an exploration of nomadic structures and Sou Fujimoto’s concept of bringing architecture closer to nature.
“The floating masses of Many Small Cubes creates a new experience of space, a rhythm of flickering shadows and lights like the sun filtering through leafy trees,” described Sou Fujimoto.

Cossette V7 / Teeple Architects

© Scott Norsworthy
Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: 32 Atlantic Avenue, , ON M6K 1X8,
Area: 45000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Norsworthy , Evan Dion

DESIGN SHAPES LIFE: Villeroy & Boch Launches Bathroom Design Challenge

Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch
Villeroy & Boch have kicked off their first North American Designer Bathroom Challenge, inviting architects and licensed designers to develop a concept for a contemporary and multisensory bathroom design for the chance to win a trip to Germany.
Bathrooms are an essential part of daily life from the moment you jump into the shower in the morning to brushing your teeth before hopping into bed at night. While well-designed bath and wellness products that are easy to use and maintain are essential for functionality, when they are enhanced with complementing textures, sounds, scents and lighting, the functional bathroom space is transformed into a true multisensory experience. Villeroy & Boch is challenging architects and designers to incorporate both of these elements into their design, creating a functional and a multisensory space.
Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands In Singapore / Safdie Architects. Image © MBS Digital Media

Safdie Architects to Design Medal of Honor Museum in South Carolina

Following a national search, the National Medal of Honor Foundation has selected Safdie Architects to design its new museum and education center at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Safdie was selected for their “extensive experience with cultural projects and national monuments across the U.S. and abroad.” The National Medal of Honor Museum will bring the stories of the Medal of Honor recipients to life for visitors. 
The Medal of Honor was created in 1861 and is the nation’s highest military honor. It is awarded by the President of the United States on behalf of the United States Congress for valor in combat. The Museum is the first part of a multi-phase development of the site on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor and will become an iconic destination in the region.

A Home in the City / Romero Silva Arquitectos

© Bruno Giliberto
Architects: Romero Silva Arquitectos
Location: , Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Diego Romero, Ernesto Silva
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bruno Giliberto

Güemes Building / Gerardo Caballero Maite Fernandez Arquitectos

© Gustavo Frittegotto
Architects: Gerardo Caballero Maite Fernandez Arquitectos
Location: Güemes 2969, , Santa Fe Province,
Architect In Charge: Gerardo Caballero, Maite Fernández, Orlando Alloatti
Area: 286.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto

Invisible Cities and the Curtain Wall: The Last Remnant of Modernism

The National September 11 Memorial entry pavilion appears camouflaged against the backdrop of neighbouring glass curtain walls. Image © Joe Woolhead
Few of the architectural principles developed in the 20th century have been as widely accepted as the curtain wall, with the technology going from an implied feature of Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture to the go-to facade treatment of architects worldwide. In this article, originally published on Australian Design Review as “Invisible Cities – The Last Remnant of Modernism,” Annabel Koeck argues that the curtain wall, initially prized for its glassy transparency, is now making buildings and even entire cities invisible thanks to its sheer ubiquity – at the expense of architectural expression.
Norwegian architects Snøhetta, based between Oslo and New York, designed the glass structure for the The National September 11 Memorial entry pavilion, which appears camouflaged against the backdrop of neighbouring glass curtain walls that define the New York skyline. Admittedly, Snøhetta’s pavilion was conceived by a very different brief, one defined by timidity and subtlety; yet paradoxically it was the curtain wall that facilitated this. Looking over the South Pool towards an array of glazed elevations that dominate the skyline it is ironic that a Modernist technique – the curtain wall – could now spell the end for architectural diversity in cities.

Red Rock House / Anmahian Winton Architects

© Jane Messinger
Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: , NY 12060, USA
Design Team: Nick Winton, AIA, Alex Anmahian, AIA, Makoto Abe, Project Architect; Sydney Thiel, LEED AP, Mazen Sakr
Landscape: Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture
Area: 6400.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jane Messinger
Courtesy of the AIA

AIA Report Finds Increasing Acceptance of Carbon Reduction Targets

The 2030 Progress Report for the American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s 2030 Commitment - a voluntary program for architects who want to commit their practice to advancing the AIA’s goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030 – has found a significant increase in the number of projects that meet its current targets for a 60% reduction in carbon emissions, with over 400 buildings in the program meeting the goal. “There is some very encouraging data in this report that shows how architects are making measurable progress towards reducing the carbon emissions in their design projects,” said AIA Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy, FAIA. Read on after the break for more results of the report.

Piuarch Designs New Headquarters For IDF Habitat in Champigny-sur-Marne

Courtesy of Piuarch
Italian firm Piuarch has won an international design contest to design the new headquarters of the French housing company IDF Habitat in Champigny-sur-Marne. Designed in collaboration with Stefano Sbarbati, the new building is described as “linear and efficient,” but it also acts as a defining building in a new public square, offering “an example of how architecture can contribute to defining empty spaces, transforming them into social areas,” according to the architects.

Puig Tower / Rafael Moneo + Antonio Puig, Josep Riu GCA Architects + Lucho Marcial

© Rafael Vargas
Architects: Rafael Moneo, Antonio Puig, Josep Riu Architects, Lucho Marcial
Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Architect In Charge: Roser Huguet (GCA), Josep Puig (GCA), Juan Velasco (GCA), Cristian Naudin
Photographs: Rafael Vargas

Cruz y Ortiz Completes Renovation of the Rijksmuseum’s Philips Wing

The Philips Wing. Image © / Tilleman
Cruz y Ortis, who famously spent ten years redesigning and renovating Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, have recently completed a comprehensive restoration of the adjacent Philips Wing. As an addition to the extensive exhibition spaces of the Dutch national museum, which was brought to completion in 2013, the Philips Wing will be dedicated to showcasing high-profile exhibitions from its own collection and on loan from international and national collections. Cruz y Ortiz’s work has consisted of reorienting the entrance, accommodating diverse new functions and preparing the exhibition rooms for the temporary expositions starting next month. Several twentieth century interventions have been set back and corrected, whilst other areas have been appropriated for a new destination.
See drawings and photographs of the new wing, including a description from the architects, after the break.
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