The 20 most popular projects in 2012

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about the 20 most popular projects in 2012


Apartment in Duque de Alba

The Project transforms a small, 28sq-m office in the historic centre of Madrid into a private apartment. The basic aim of the project was to provide, despite the small surface available, all the necessary elements for a comfortable everyday use, avoiding shared-use solutions such as convertible bed-sofas, usual in these projects but fastidious due to their necessary daily transformation. The solution takes advantage of the generous (3,5m) ceiling height available, insufficient however for standard mezzanines, through a system of split levels, each offering 2m or 1,5m according to the needs. Thus, bathroom, kitchen corner and access, 2m high, free over them a sleeping space of 1,5m; beside it, a 2m-high dressing space stands above a st... More

Project • By ARX Portugal ArquitectosPrivate Houses

House in Possanco

The cultural meeting point joining the house owners and the architects was based on their common interest: an undoubtedly contemporary architecture, but one whose nature and final expression would also be the outcome of a research of the paradigms of the traditional architecture of the region, the Alentejo. The implantation terrain of this small house, located in the village of Possanco, sets the transition area between the new urban strip and the protected agriculture zone. An extensive northbound plain ends far away at the Arrabida mountain ridge. Sparse water spots of the river Sado spreading, and the Atlantic Ocean defining the horizon complete this scenario of a bold pictorial expression. The owners wanted a small vacation house that... More

Project • By Barclay & Crousse ArchitecturePrivate Houses

House O3

Located on a flat terrain, in the middle of an extensive beach, the building establishes strategies to preserve intimacy in relation to the current emptiness of the desert landscape and the density of future condominiums. An enclosure is established as the “founding act” of the house, occupying the total length and width of the lot with the maximum permitted height, thus establishing a prism which is then excavated to create the living space, a large horizontal area for everyday life. Without the need for cover or protection, open air spaces permitted by our climate free the architecture and allow opacity and transparency to create the impression of a space that is larger than it actually is. This “special dilatation” preserves the in... More

Project • By William O’Brien JrPrivate Houses

Twins: Houses in Five Parts

This design proposal for two vacation homes for two brothers and their families on one plot of land in upstate New York represents an examination of a curious part to whole relationship. The mathematical principle of “dissection” states that any two regular polygons with equal areas can be divided into sets of similar shapes; “minimal dissection” is the pursuit of the fewest number of subdivisions in each polygon. This scheme appropriates this principle as a solution to (1) general similarities in the programmatic requirements, and (2) distinctions in the desired relationships to the site, voiced by the two brothers for each of their homes. A regular six-sided polygon and a regular four-sided polygon contain the same five shapes—each are... More

Project • By BIG - Bjarke Ingels GroupMasterplans


GENERAL DESCRIPTION Superkilen is a half a mile long urban space wedging through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark. It has one overarching idea that it is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice – a sort of collection of global found objects that come from 60 different nationalities of the people inhabiting the area surrounding it. Ranging from exercise gear from muscle beach LA to sewage drains from Israel, palm trees from China and neon signs from Qatar and Russia. Each object is accompanied by a small stainless plate inlaid in the ground describing the object, what it is and where it is from – in Danish and in the language(s) of its origin. A sort of surrealist collection... More

Project • By The DHaus Company LimitedIndividual Buildings

The D*Haus Dynamic

Conceived for the harsh, climatic extremes from ‘Lapland to Cape Horn and Aleutians to Auckland’ The D*Haus concept can respond dynamically to its environment by controlled adaptation to seasonal, meteorological and astronomical conditions. Based on Henry Dudney’s discovery that allows a square to transform itself into an equilateral triangle, D*Dynamic can ‘metamorphosize’ and transform itself into 8 Configurations. The flexibility of the D*Haus allows adaptation from winter to summer, and day to night by literally moving inside itself. The thick heavy external walls unfold into internal walls allowing glass internal walls to become facades. Doors become windows and vice versa. The layout consists of 2 bedrooms, open plan living room an... More

Project • By Skidmore, Owings & MerrillPassenger Terminals

Grand Central Terminal

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) presented its vision for “Grand Central’s Next 100” yesterday at the Municipal Art Society of New York’s third annual Summit for New York City. Led by partners Roger Duffy, FAIA, and T.J. Gottesdiener, FAIA, SOM’s design transforms the public spaces around Grand Central Terminal, creating new pedestrian corridors for increased circulation and visualizing innovative options for new public amenities. The Municipal Art Society (MAS) challenged SOM to re-think the public spaces in and around Grand Central Terminal in celebration of the landmark’s centennial. The design challenge coincides with a rezoning proposal from the New York City Department of City Planning, which, if approved, would allow the devel... More
Modern House

Project • By Merêces Arch-Viz StudioOffices

Modern House

This Project was for a Client In Angola for a Modern House with offices, meeting room, private spaces,etc More

Project • By SIMON WOODROFFEHousing

YO! Home at 100% Design

YO! Home, the pioneering and intuitive living space set to revolutionise contemporary homes, has launched in London at 100% Design, where YOTEL was launched seven years ago. Conceived and developed by Simon Woodroffe, the man responsible for YO! Sushi and YOTEL, this aims to transform the way we live. Woodroffe comments: “I think homes help shape our lives. They are our refuge, and our rock. Since the invention of the city centre apartment, we’ve never really re-invented it. YO! Home is that new invention. Twelve moving parts drawing on the mechanics of stage scenery allow the transformation of an eighty square metre space (the size of a one bedroom apartment) into a much bigger home.” YO! Home was developed by a team more used to des... More

Project • By LEVEL ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Skate Park House

The owners of this house, a young married couple, made a special request in regards to the design of their house, located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Shibuya ward. They wanted both a skateboard park and a piano rehearsal room to reflect their own individual interests. There was no need for a car park on the site, so to take advantage of space a private entrance courtyard was designed. The sliding glass panels of the first floor open up onto this enclosed area and allows for the workshop and studio to expand outwards. The studio has a skateboard bowl imbedded into the floor with multiple angles for plenty of different interaction. The piano room, located at the back of the studio, is raised about 2 feet from the ground to h... More

Project • By U-R-A | United Riga ArchitectsCommercial Landscape

STRETCHED EGG - First stage winnning proposal for ISOVER 2012

First stage winning proposal for Isover Multi-Comfort House Contest 2012, an international two-stage competition. The aim of the competition is to create regeneration and community development in Trent Basin, Nottingham, UK, which meet passive house requirements. Under the current economic pressure, cities are no longer able to develop the way they used to, especially in the regeneration of unused industrial areas, which have become increasingly in demand due to lack of housing and infrastructure. Although nearby, they represent disconnected areas from the city centers. Considering that city expansion and large regeneration schemes remain as unrealized masterplans due to shortage of public funds and lack of incentive to private initi... More

Project • By R-ZERO | ArquitectosPrivate Houses

Widescreen house

Located at the Golf Club of San Gaspar in Jiutepec de Morelos, over 1600 square meters on a hill; WIDESCREEN is conceived to offer a versatile program on a single level. Today it is a getaway house only, but eventually will turn into the clients permanent residence where he will be able to enjoy his retirement. The house itself has been created based only on two volumes which have been joined together by a granite vertical element, separating the private areas from the common ones. On the longer volume you will find four different . The master bedroom, two secondary and the guest room as well. The kitchen; the dining & living area, bonded by a terrace and at the far end of the house you are able to find the service area; all of these... More

Project • By John Dwyer, ArchitectPrivate Houses


The objective was to create a home with the highest possible performance in environmental and economic measure. Specifically, it was designed to be buildable at an appraisable value, even in the modern housing and lending climate, while having as little maintenance and utility costs as possible. The approach was to design an envelope-centric building that could easily weave itself into an established neighborhood. This allowed for the home to reach Passiv Haus standards for energy efficiency and take advantage of distressed properties in the wake of the great recession. Finishes were selected for affordability and durability, featuring dark stained pine, steel, concrete and gypsum. Walls, stairs and the upper floor are urethaned const... More

Project • By TescoShops

Tesco opens worlds first virtual store

Tesco Homeplus in South Korea is opening the world’s first virtual store today in the Seoul subway to help time-pressed commuters shop on the go using their smartphones. The walls of the Seonreung subway station in downtown Seoul came to life today with virtual displays of over 500 of the most popular products with barcodes which customers can scan using the Homeplus app on their smartphones and get delivered right to their doorstep. The beauty of the idea is that busy commuters can scan their groceries on their way to work in the morning and, as long as their order is placed before 13.00, their items will be delivered home that same evening, creating even greater speed and convenience in the whole shopping experience. DW Seol, Exe... More

Project • By Metall-FXSculptures

The Panopticon

Atom, a Panopticon for Pendle On the Haworth Road Car Park, overlooking the picturesque village of Wycoller is Atom, a unique, egg-shaped sculpture, designed by Peter Meacock with Katarina Novomestska and Architects WCW. The Metall-FX bronze coated Atom provides both a striking contemporary viewing point and an intriguing and beautiful object which can be viewed from afar. More