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Kelčský Javorník Observatory / Mimosa Architekti. The second prize winning design proposal for the observatory on the top of Kelcsky Javornik takes advantage of its unique location in a hilly area located north of Zlin, Czech Republic.

Kelčský Javorník Observatory / Mimosa Architekti

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. The Sancak Mosque, designed by Emre Arolat Architects, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space.

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

Located in Buyuk Cekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of Istanbul, the high walls surrounding the park on the upper courtyard of the mosque depict a clear boundary between the chaotic outer world and the serene atmosphere of the public park. More images and architects’ description after the break. The project site is located in a prairie landscape that is separated from the surrounding suburban gated communities by a busy highway. Cineteca Matadero by Churtichaga+Quadra-Salcedo. Slideshow: Huge glowing baskets surround the staircases of this former slaughterhouse in Madrid that Spanish architects Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo have converted into a cinema.

Cineteca Matadero by Churtichaga+Quadra-Salcedo

First constructed at the start of the twentieth century, the Cineteca Matadero was used as an abattoir and livestock market for around 85 years, but is now renovated to accomodate two cinema screens, a film studio, an archive and a terrace for outdoor screenings. The illuminated orange structures dominate the three floors of the film archive, which are otherwise dimly lit and lined with dark grey-painted wood. Woven walls also surround the two auditoriums but are painted black so as not to detract from the screens. In the studio areas, the existing brick walls of the hundred-year-old building are mostly left exposed, although some are partially covered with wooden panels. We've published a few unusual conversion projects from Spain recently. Photography is by Fernando Guerra. Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-park Area / Mecanoo.

Mecanoo architecten, in cooperation with local partner Cafer Bozkurt Architecture, shared with us their proposal, one of the competition’s three winning proposals, in an international design competition for Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area in Istanbul, Turkey.

Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-park Area / Mecanoo

Yenikapı, ‘New Gate’, consists in a railroad and maritime transfer centre that connects Europe with Asia, as well as the inner city with the surrounding megapolis and the rest of the country. More images and architects’ description after the break. The new gateway of 52,000 m² will be a vital strategic intersection point handling 1.7 million people on a daily basis. Sitting on top of excavations that have changed the known history of Ancient Istanbul as an urban center, Yenikapı will also host an Archaeo-Park with a museum and city archive of 36,000 m². The total area of the site is 27.7 ha and includes public space and several parks. Binh Duong School / Vo Trong Nghia + Shunri Nishizawa + Daisuke Sanuki.

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Shunri Nishizawa, Daisuke Sanuki (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.)

Binh Duong School / Vo Trong Nghia + Shunri Nishizawa + Daisuke Sanuki

Location: Binh Dương City, Vietnam Area: 5,300 sqm Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki Binh Duong, a new city which is 30 minutes away from Ho Chi Minh City, has a typical tropical climate all year round. 18 Kowloon East. The project Description From the Architect: The project is a 28-storey mixed-use building housing offices, retail spaces and a carpark.

18 Kowloon East

A design with efficient office floor plates and a rational box were requested by the client. Kowloon Bay, once dependent on manufacturing, is undergoing transformation of rejuvenation. With the building located in a community with dense industrial blocks, instead of providing another office tower entirely wrapped in a coolly glazed skin, the design investigates the possibility of providing an environmentally sustainable design in such an industrial area.

The target is to contribute a greening effect to the neighbourhood and enhance the quality of life for users in the building as well as the pedestrians on the street level. Family Houses in Popovicky / Jan Stempel. Architects: Jan Stempel Location: Popovicky, Czech Republic Landscaping: Lucie Vogelova / Terra florida Project area: 150 sqm + 149 sqm Completion: 2010 Photographs: Ivan Nemec / CFA New family houses for different private clients are situated in a small village close to Prague. This location is very popular with young families with children. The parents work in Prague, but live in the country in a family house with a garden. This strong trend in the Czech Republic represents mainly standardized houses from catalogues. Those two presented houses – designed as an archetypal form of a house in central Europe – stand out of this mass production.

Badel Block Complex Proposal / SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti. The design proposal by SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti for the Badel Block Complex, a mixed-use project within the city center of Zagreb, Croatia, consists of enclosing the continuity of the existing block and positioning the vertical into its center.

Badel Block Complex Proposal / SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti

Following the instinct of creating a free, public space as large as possible, and yet also in keeping with the proposed program, with uniform treatment of the existing urban archaeology, represents the main guidelines of this concept. More images and architects’ description after the break. The proposed site consists of a large urban block, entirely defined by Vlaška Street and Kvaternik Square, and partly defined by Šubićeva and Derenčinova streets. School and Student Residence / Chartier Dalix Architectes. Chartier Dalix Architectes recently won a competition for a primary school and student residence located in Ivry, Framce, just outside of Paris.

School and Student Residence / Chartier Dalix Architectes

The school is organized in the form of a terraced landscape welcoming successive vegetation and its general implantation, facing south, offers maximum sunlight to the playgrounds, corridors, and classrooms that take full advantage of this landscape in height. More images and architects’ description after the break. The plan offers flexibility of multiple orientations, as well as views on the playground and heart block. The student housing is very compact (9 stories) and arranged so as not to shade on the playground. Also all the units are oriented east and west and extended by a small outdoor space decorated with perforated metal panels, fixed and sliding.

Office Building in Los Militares Street / Mobil Arquitectos + ​Cruz & Browne Arquitectos detail 01 – ArchDaily. Building Expo 2008 / Basilio Tobías. Architect: Basilio Tobías Location: Avenida de Ranillas, 101, Zaragoza, Spain Collaborators: Isabel Gómez, Javier Prieto, Francisco Corbalán, Carlos Jaén.

Building Expo 2008 / Basilio Tobías

BOMA S.L. (structure), JG Ingenieros (installations) Site Management: TYPSA. Twin Trees Pavilion / Atelier Archmixing. Architects: Atelier Archmixing Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China Gross Floor Area: 56 sqm Completion: 2012 Client: Zhang Hong Design Team: Zhuang Shen, Tian Danni Main Contractor: Wang Zikui Photographs: Tang Yu Shanghai based Atelier Archmixing has recently changed a former pigpen into a cozy pavilion in a small traditional town located in Yangtze Delta area.

Twin Trees Pavilion / Atelier Archmixing

It is a supplement for two traditional style residences, providing an extra place for meeting and recreation, just nearby a hill planted with orange trees. Two big trees, a 20-year-old neem and a 15-year-old orange dominate the site and lend inspiration to the design as well as the name. Hybrid structure is employed in this project. All bricks from the dismantled pigpen are recycled to build the new walls in various laying patterns. This is an open pavilion with a mixing artificial and natural atmosphere. . * Location to be used only as a reference. Downtown LA Hotel / XTEN Architecture. XTEN Architecture is planning a new, 65,000-square-foot hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California. The monolithic concrete structure will be carved by a system of slots and slices that bring light, air and views deep into the building. Equipped with a performance-based lobby, two subterranean bars, restaurant and a rooftop terrace featuring an infinity edge pool, this mid-rise hotel will surely attract some attention.

Continue after the break to learn more! Located on a 50×150 foot infill parcel in downtown Los Angeles, the freestanding concrete structure will be surrounded by alleys and streets. This will allow for slots to contrast with and dematerialize the otherwise monolithic quality of the building. The lobby is an abstract, multi-use gallery and performance space resting on a floor clad in bricks salvaged from the parcel’s existing building.

Accessible Ribadeo / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos. Architects: Abalo Alonso Arquitectos – Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso Location: Galicia, Spain Collaboration: Carlos Bóveda, Juan A. Pérez Valcárcel Completion: 2010 Photographs: Santos Diez / Bisimages Ribadeo is located in the north-west of Galicia, at the border with Asturias and edging the estuary which bears its very same name. It has some nine thousand inhabitants, most of them working at the services sector. It has a protected historical quarter, a marina and a commercial port, which is strategically located in the Cantabrian coast. Within the municipality of Ribadeo lies the Catedrales beach, whose surrounding area is the second most visited place in Galicia, following Santiago de Compostela’s Cathedral.

Chapel of St.Lawrence / Avanto Architects, Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen. Architects: Avanto Architects, Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen Location: Vantaa, Finland Project area: 1,879 sqm Project year: 2010 Photographs: Kuvio, Minna Hopia, Tuomas Uusheimo The Vantaa Parish Union held an open architectural competition in the spring of 2003 for the design of a new chapel in the vicinity of the historic Church of St. Lawrence. The area has been classified as a nationally important cultural environment. Lo mejor de Flickr en Plataforma Arquitectura / Mayo 2012. Arte y Arquitectura: Arquitectura para la diversión.

© Monstrum. House Like a Museum / Edward Suzuki Associates. Museum of Contemporary Art in Milan / Daniel Libeskind. Architectural Membrane for New York when Sea Level Rises. City of Pain – Purgatory Architecture / Jovile Porvaneckaite. Mar do Oriente / Aires Mateus. New office building for Nordea Bank / Henning Larsen Architects. Henning Larsen Architects and a team consisting of Signal Architects and SLA Landscape Architects have won the competition for Nordea Bank’s new office building of 40,000 m2 in Ørestad North, Copenhagen, next to the premises of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Concert Hall – Koncerthuset. Gusano de Arena / Marco Casagrande. © Nikita Wu. Head Offices Of CMT / Batlle & Roig Architects.

Siamese Towers / Alejandro Aravena. Albi Major Theatre / Dominique Perrault Architecture. Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture. Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture Location: Seoul, Korea Partners: Baum Architects, Seoul Engineering: Perrault Projets, Paris (Architectural Engineers); VP&Green Ingenerie, Paris (Structural Engineers); HL-PP Consult, Munich (Building Services); Jean-Paul Lamoureux, Paris (Acoustic), Rache-Willms, Aix-la-Chapelle (Facades) Consultant: Jeon and Lee Partners, Seoul (Structural Engineer), HIMEC, Seoul (Mechanical Engineer), CG E&C, Seoul (Civil Engineer), CnK Associates, Seoul (Landscape) Built Area: 70,000 sqm Completion: 2008 Photographs: André Morin.

wNw Cafe / Vo Trong Nghia. Ribera del Duero Headquarters / Estudio Barozzi Veiga. Modern House Insight. ECA – OAI Office Building / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architectes. Souffle / HOLDUP. Hanamidori Cultural Center / Atelier Bow-Wow. Circa Gallery / studioMAS. Sauna in Ranco / Panorama. Asmacati Shopping Center / Tabanlioglu Architects. Ann Hamilton Tower / Jensen Architects/ Jensen & Macy Architects.

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wNw Bar / Vo Trong Nghia. Le 49 / APOLLO Architects & Associates. Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia. Beach House I-5 / Vértice Arquitectos. Ignacia Apartments / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani. Maxim Kaluzhak. Madrid RIO. Roombeek the Brook by Buro Sant en Co Landscape Architecture. Casal de la Ciudad de Balaguer / Domingo Ferré. Galería Espiral I / Atelier Deshaus. Edificio 112 / ACXT Arquitectos. EDO / Stanisic Associates.

Hotel Portago Urban / Estudio IlmioDesign. Concurs. Puente Peatonal sobre “Ribeira da Carpinteira” / João Luís Carrilho da Graça & AFAconsult. Propuesta Estación de Metro Sofia / ShaGa Studio. Hotel del Golf / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura. Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre / REX. Day Center / FLEXO Arquitectura. City of Justice Barcelona & L’Hospitalet de Llobregat / David Chipperfield + b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos.

‘THE BLUE LINE’ Dnieper Pearls Competition Winning Proposal / Wolf House Productions & Gabriel Pascariu. Cluj Arena / Dico si Tiganas. Estate In Extremadura / Ábaton Architects. SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City. St Edward’s University New Residence and Dining Hall / Alejandro Aravena. Station Hyllie / Metro Arkitekter. Malmö Central Station / Metro Arkitekter. USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 Architects with Youssef Tohmé. Santa Teresa Retirement Home / BmesR29 Arquitectes. San Telmo Museum / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Urban Paradox / MADe. Ecotourism Center In France / Inca Architectes.

Mantle / Daniel Andersson & Christiane Flügel. Room For Prayer: Mosque and Cultural Center / Studio Ö. The Gown / Archipelontwerpers. Luminous House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. Capilla de Aire / Rodrigo Pereira. AD Classics: Lever House / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. AD Classics: USAFA Cadet Chapel / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. AD Classics: John Hancock Center / SOM. Solid 11 / Tony Fretton Architects. Espacio T / Steven Holl Architects. Marks Barfield propone el Centro de Ciencias hecho de bambú en pleno Amazonas. Memorial to the Ancestors / Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design. Scholzberg Tower Architecture Made of Wood Structure and with Control Stairs. José Cruz Ovalle Receives the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award. Timber Pavilion at the Hakone Museum / Tezuka Architects. Janus / mlzd. Museo Hiroshi Senju / Ryue Nishizawa. Drawing on World Issues: These Make You Think. Matei Apostolescu - Work (higher resolution images)

Momentary City / Vector Architects.