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Click here to view the embedded video. Watch RNT Architects discuss The Quad, their new Business, Arts & Humanities building for San Diego City College in this short video from Breadtruck Films. The result of seven years of “doing the drawings…watching the construction… building the volumes and the spaces,” The Quad brings together two faculties that are “different in purpose and function differently” to create a “place for learning and social inte

Architects: Z_Lab Location: 황락저수지, Haemi-myeon, Seosan-si Architect In Charge: Lee Sang-muk , Noh Kyung-rok , Park Jung-hyun Area: 422.0 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Kim Jae-kyeong, Woo Jong-deok Funiture Design: Kaareklint Funiture Design: furnigram Construction: Zinyong Construction Site Area: 459.15㎡ Building To Land Ratio: 91.97% Floor Area Ratio: 37.39% From the architect. Established as a famous local attraction more than twenty years, ‘Zero Garden(Local restaurant)’ has been ca

Dutch designer Gert-Jan Soepenberg designed a concrete vase inspired by Oscar Niemeyer’s Palácio da Alvorada, the official residence of the President of Brazil. The vase, which is #1 in a new series of architecture-inspired vases, is made of rotation molded concrete. Normally, rotation molding is used for plastics, but Soepenberg built a custom machine that allowed him to create incredibly thin concave shapes for his vases. He coats each of the vases with an acrylic resin to m

Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture has released their completed preliminary designs for the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – the only library and Washington D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The team’s competition-winning scheme aims to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.” “While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innova

Architects: Arplan, A plus Architects Location: Rīga, Latvia Area: 57582.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Aivars Silins General Contractor: Merks, Ltd, Saldus Celinieks, Ltd Technical Architect: Ksenija Semjonova, Valters Bruzgulis, Salvis Stafeckis, Rihards Millers Landscape Architect: Laura Birstina, Kristine Svalbe Furniture: Normunds Berzins Lighting: Juris Cekulins Access: Elmars Danisevskis, Anda Melkersone Structural Engineering: Janis Razna, Andris Razgalis, Andris Zvirbulis, Aleksan

Estelle Vincent Architecture was hired with the daunting task of designing the new headquarters of Ekimetrics within a classic Haussmann building on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The building comes with historical significance and traditional charm, while Ekimetrics is a marketing company that’s dynamic and artistic. The challenge was to merge the two to create a cohesive office space fit for the young brand within 1000 square meters (10,763 square feet). To help break up the la

      This is one of the most humble house living space design that I ever seen. Inspired from Middle East, this modern Moroccan house design will be suitable for those who want to have a simplicity living space combine with modern application. Those simplicity and modern style will embrace along the house and spark almost in the whole side space of this house. There is some modern furniture that we can see in this house. That entire modern furniture is the balance system from t

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year’s best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, the AIA believes these six award recipients elevate the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs. See the winning designs after

Architects: Studio Toggle Location: Salmiya, Kuwait Design Team: Gijo Paul George, Hend Almatrouk Area: 25000.0 ft2 Year: 2014 Photographs: Gijo Paul George From the architect. The ‘Edges Apartments’; with its articulated brick cladded façade; lights up one of the back-streets of the predominantly expat neighborhood of Salmiya, in Kuwait. A simple rhythmic twist, achieved by transposition of the vertices on either side of a finite axis imparts dynamism and drama to the façade. A very res

Where there was once a post-war bungalow, now sits a brand-new, environmentally-friendly home built with timber frame construction. Designed by Nick Leith-Smith, the Berkshire, UK residence is also a multi-level design that’s raised up since the house sits within a designated flood zone. There’s a split in the design between the garage at the ground level and the rest of the entrance level which allowed the master bedroom to be on its own level with a private roof terrace

Ever since last year, in response to the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the hot topic in the field of economics has been inequality. Piketty’s book, which argues that if left unchecked wealth will be increasingly concentrated into the already wealthy end of society, many saw the book as evidence for progressive taxes on the wealthiest members of a society. However, according to The Economist a new critique of Piketty’s work is making wave

Architects: MM++ architects Location: Nhà Bè, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Architect In Charge: Mỹ An Pham Thi Area: 280.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki From the architect. The house is built on a 10m wide and 20m deep plot in a residential suburb district of Saigon. The raised ground floor with the kitchen, the dining and the platform area, is one single space, fully open on three sides from the front yard, the garden to the pool in the back. High fence walls provide privacy,

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