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Call for registrations to 24H's bigData competition to imagine something "immeasurable"

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 192

Call for registrations to 24H's bigData competition to imagine something

24H, a competition branch of ideasforward, is calling for new ideas about its themed-based international competition, titled "bigData" in its 23rd edition. The competition will explore a big thing, space, structure, information or data, completely leaving to the imagination of the participants for "an immeasurable" thing on earth with its size or variation.

Ideasforward wants to give young creative people from around the world the opportunity to express their views on the future of societies through their innovative and visionary proposals. 24H is an experimental platform seeking progressive ideas that reflect on emerging themes. The eco design, sustainable architecture, new materials, concepts and technologies are compelling issues (...)

OMA unveils plans for Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery with different characterisation of interior spaces

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 156

OMA unveils plans for Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery with different characterisation of interior spaces

OMA / Rem Koolhaas has unveiled plans to transform Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val, which is the largest museum in Russia with an extensive and important collection of Russian art, including seminal work from Malevich, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Soviet artists such as Aleksandr Deyneka and Vera Mukhina.OMA's design scheme is based on the compartmentalisation of interior spaces linked through the internal pathways and new rotations within the building. The newly-released images show that each interior module will be revived with coloured-stairs, monolithic columns, transparent performance spaces and wooden public halls, which are conceived as different segments of architectural identities.

The original design, which was (...)

Domestic Pools exhibition explores architecture of private pools as modern devises at Villa Noailles

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 206

Domestic Pools exhibition explores architecture of private pools as modern devises at Villa Noailles

The Villa Noailles, an early modernist house built by architect Robert Mallet-Stevens for art patrons Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, between 1923 and 1927, has opened its new exhibition in Hyères, France to unfold cultural architectures specific to spaces intended for entertainment.The new exhibition, called Domestic Pools, is a continuation of architecture exhibition series of the house, following the "Landskating"and "La Boîte de Nuit" exhibitions presented in previous years. The exhibition has been opened on February 11, 2018 and will be on view until March 18, 2018 at this modernist house in Hyères.

Y House by MVRDV. Image © MVRDV The Domestic Pools exhibition presents the works of Alvar Aalto, the (...)

Plans released for world's tallest timber tower in Tokyo

WA Contents • Feb 20, 2018 • 375

Plans released for world's tallest timber tower in Tokyo

Japanese developer Sumitomo Forestry Group has unveiled plans for the world's highest timber tower in Tokyo, a 350-meter-tall wooden high-rise building is expected to be completed in 2041. The 70-storey building will also be the highest development that will be built in the centre of Tokyo.

Called W350, the project is designed to mark the 350th year since foundation of the business in 1691, the multi-disciplinary firm specializes on the management, utilisation and sales of timber in Japan.

Aiming to create an environmentally-friendly and timber-utilising cities, the project will be developed with Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei - the team will utilise a 185,000 m3 amount of timber on this project.

This con (...)

TAGO Architects creates urban industrial effect in Boutique Maya Residence

WA Contents • Feb 19, 2018 • 428

TAGO Architects creates urban industrial effect in Boutique Maya Residence

Istanbul-based architecture studio Tago Architects has completed a new mid-rise residential block in the heart of Istanbul, emphasizing the industrial background of the city with wide windows, high ceilings, calm colors and use of steel on the entrance canopy, while providing an aesthetical living space for its inhabitants.

Named Maya Residence, the eight-story building includes ground-level retail space, seven levels of condominiums, two underground parking levels, and a sightfull rooftop garden.

The 2,500-square-metre building provides a smooth transition within an existing city fabric in which considered as an urban infill project set in Istanbul, Turkey ever-changing Erenkoy neighborhood.

The project, led by award- (...)

Czech Sustainable Houses 2018 Architectural Student Competition

Elis Mutlu • Feb 19, 2018 • 343

Czech Sustainable Houses 2018 Architectural Student Competition

Czech Sustainable Houses (Český ostrovní dům) 2018 architectural student competition is searching for the buildings of the new generation! The project took off in 2016, and since then it's been pursuing new approaches, which provide “fully functional, progressive and smart solutions into beautiful, self-sustaining and highly economic buildings of the new generation."

How to build a house which helps make a breakthrough in building and housing industry?

What are the possibilities of the next evolutionary step of our homes and buildings?

Are there better ways, whether off-grid, hybrid or active, to keep modern life standards more responsive to the ecological issues?Czech Sustainable Houses project (...)

Architectural Journalism Competition Announces Winning Stories For Series 3 In India

PAPPAL SUNEJA • Feb 19, 2018 • 320

Architectural Journalism Competition Announces Winning Stories For Series 3 In India

Architectural Journalism Competition, India: Series 3, was themed as “Discuss the need for Architectural Journalism as a Serious Curriculum in Architectural Colleges of India.”

Concept brief was described in the competition as Architectural journalism is also reflective. We can understand our mistakes and hence, learn not to repeat them in the future; and we can grasp the advantages and the positives so that they can be replicated ahead, keeping in mind the conceptual and contextual details. In fact, it can arouse the interest of the readers in architecture at another level, which would certainly boost this field beside publicizing architects. Especially in India, this is a not-so-much-trodden path in spite of its importa (...)

Albania declares 100 Villages for The Integrated Rural Development Program

Eneida Berisha • Feb 17, 2018 • 5149

Albania declares 100 Villages for The Integrated Rural Development Program

The Albanian Government has declared the list of the 100 villages, part of the Integrated Rural Development Program - a four year long initiative of providing financial support for economical, infrastructural and sustainable tourism development. This joint program of the 4 Ministries: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry lf Energy and Infrastructure, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism and Environment was presented on the 3rd of February by Minister Niko Peleshi, and Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Minister Peleshi stated that the cooperation between the four ministries introduces a new unity between the human and financial sources, directed towards a fast and proportional development for new village models in Alb (...)

Entry Deadline Extended To The World Architecture Community Awards 27th Cycle

WA Contents • Feb 16, 2018 • 1412

Entry Deadline Extended To The World Architecture Community Awards 27th Cycle

For those of you who need a little extra time, the entry deadline for the WA 10+5+X Awards 27th Cycle has been extended until Wednesday February 28th, 2018.

We have given you extra time to submit your entries to the WA 10+5+X Awards 27th Cycle - all entries must now be submitted by Wednesday February 28th, 2018. This gives you an extra more than one week to send your submissions and get the recognition it deserves!

Important reminders about the WA Awards

There are 3 categories in which you can compete: Realised and Designed, both open for our Associate members (participation fees apply - $100 for Designed and $200 for Realised) and Professional members (free as part of the Professional membership benefits - $180 annual (...)

MVRDV's urban integration and rooftop extension for 1970s shopping centre breaks ground in Paris

WA Contents • Feb 16, 2018 • 760

MVRDV's urban integration and rooftop extension for 1970s shopping centre breaks ground in Paris

Construction work has started on MVRDV's new urban integration and a rooftop extension of 1970s shopping centre in Paris in which the project is called Gaité Montparnasse.

The 108,000-square-metre mixed-use transformation will add a new program on the large roof of the Unibail-Rodamco owned shopping centre Les Ateliers Gaité to include a hotel, offices, 62 social housing units and a 350m2 kindergarten.

Program elements for the transformation

Built in the 1970s, the original Vandamme Nord building located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris will be transformed by world-renowned Dutch firm MVRDV and restructure to integrate it better to its urban context, with a new façade, improved accessibility (...)

Flexibility and tactility of sound sit at the core of discussion in RESONATE Conference

WA Contents • Feb 16, 2018 • 1156

Flexibility and tactility of sound sit at the core of discussion in RESONATE Conference

reSITE, in collaboration with MAAT, has completed its one-of-a-kind satellite event at Amanda Levete-designed MAAT Museum on February 12, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Called RESONATE, the one-day event, powered by MAAT and reSITE in collaboration with Meyer Sound, has welcomed over 320 visitors to rethink the notion of Sound and Space, a first ever conference focused exclusively on the intersection of Architecture and Sound.

The day began with Bill Fontana who led a tour of his Shadow Soundings installation that brought to the inner oval space of the museum a choreographed fugue of the distant sounds of the 25th of April bridge and the depth of the Tagus river.

After Barry's opening the event, Barry and Pedro Gadanho, (...)

Studio Saxe’s steel-framed villas provide fabulous view towards the untouched nature of Costa Rica

WA Contents • Feb 16, 2018 • 3837

Studio Saxe’s steel-framed villas provide fabulous view towards the untouched nature of Costa Rica

Costa Rica-based architecture firm Studio Saxe has completed a pair of villas in the rainforest of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, reflecting themselves as bursting structural elements within this natural environment, while providing fabulous view towards the untouched nature of the town of Santa Teresa.

BriBri villa

Named Joya Villas (separately named BriBri and Maleku), two modern homes are situated on a hilltop, with its main terrace directly overlooking one of the best surfing breaks in the region.

The exoskeletons of the villas are the key part of the construction and of their overall look, as the studio is commonly known for its blending technological innovation with handcrafted techniques to form truly sustainable des (...)

Álvaro Siza Completes His First Church In France with white coloured interlocking concrete volumes

WA Contents • Feb 15, 2018 • 866

Álvaro Siza Completes His First Church In France with white coloured interlocking concrete volumes

Pritzker-prize winning Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira has completed his first church in France’s Brittany region, which strongly shows his sculptural design approach to this modern building. Opened to the public on February 11, 2018, the building has been captured by Portugal-based architectural photographer Joao Morgado.

Called Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, the church is designed to be a unique ceremonial space with the play of light and all-white concrete volumes that are gently folds into the neighbourhood building in the south of Rennes, a residential area with five-story housing blocks.

Siza Vieira, 84, is generally known for his sculptural buildings in which are presented as "a poetic approach", featu (...)

4-Day Architectural Extravaganza Held In Chandigarh

SARBJIT BAHGA • Feb 15, 2018 • 1902

4-Day Architectural Extravaganza Held In Chandigarh

Chandigarh hosted a 4-day Architectural Extravaganza from February 2 to 5, 2018. The multi-activity show was organized jointly by the Indian Institute of Architects, Punjab Chapter, and Udan Media & Communications Pvt. Ltd. The Extravaganza included an "INT-EXT EXPO" - The Interior Exterior and Building Material show, a seminar on "Recent Trends in Architecture," a panel discussion on "Liabilities of Architects," award ceremony besides interaction between architects and press. More than 150 architects from the northern states of India like Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, New Delhi and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, participated in the festival.

The "INT-EXT EXPO" showcased more than 200 exhibitors who presented the late (...)

UNStudio designs Gothenburg's Cable Car system with slender and sculptural towers

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2018 • 1056

UNStudio designs Gothenburg's Cable Car system with slender and sculptural towers

Dutch firm UNStudio has won an international competition to design the Swedish city Gothenburg's cable car system, which will connect areas north of the river with the old city to the south.

Beating top architecture firms in the competition, including BIG, WilkensonEyre, White Arkitekter with Diller Scofidio+Renfro, UNStudio will design one cable car line with four stations and six towers, featuring innovative, light, open and geometrically-designed sculptural form.

The new cable car system is developed as one of a number of projects undertaken by the City of Gothenburg to mark its 400th anniversary in 2021. UNStudio's cable car system will provide fast and efficient aerial transport across the city, as well as being (...)

Call for registrations to arch out loud's RESIDE competition on mixed housing in Mumbai

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2018 • 472

Call for registrations to arch out loud's RESIDE competition on mixed housing in Mumbai

Rapid urban growth and growing inequality has created a global crisis in housing that increasingly segregates the rich from the poor. Though not fully understood, there is a clear and parallel relationship between the size of a city and its level of socio-economic disparity: the larger the city, the less equal it tends to be. Physical and social segregation, which both reflects and perpetuates socio-economic disparity within a city, is a growing concern in cities worldwide - including Mumbai. The long-term success of a city depends on the collective well-being of all its inhabitants. To what extent can architecture support social inclusion and break down spatial segregation within the megacity?

arch out loud challenges competition en (...)

Rui Vieira Oliveira Built Multifaceted House placed atop Ancient Grape Mill In Portugal's village

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2018 • 1167

Rui Vieira Oliveira Built Multifaceted House placed atop Ancient Grape Mill In Portugal's village

Portugal-based Rui Vieira Oliveira Arquitecto has completed the renovation of a private residence in Taíde village of Portugal, which creates a poetic effect with its smoothly-shifted and multifaceted volume placed atop an ancient grape mill.

Named Taíde House, the renovation of this modern house is carefully designed to adapt to the low-scale houses in existing neighbourhood and follow the traces of the past.

Covering a total of 200-square-metre area, the all-white coloured upper volume is elegantly placed on ancient granite walls in the ground floor which serves as base for the whole proposal.

Following the demands of the client carefully, the architect said: "originally the client had showed the will (...)

META-Project's monolithic viewing platform raised above concrete base to lookout Chinese landscape

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2018 • 775

META-Project's monolithic viewing platform raised above concrete base to lookout Chinese landscape

A triangular-shaped monolithic viewing platform raised above the ground is not just designed to look-out Chinese undulating landspace, but also provide a flexible public space for ski-lovers and travellers situated at Songhua Lake Resort in Ji Lin, China.

Named Stage Of Forest, the 277-square-metre space designed by Beijing-based studio META-Project acts more than a viewing platform, is actually designed as a mega "stage" for public events on that region.

Image © Su Shengliang, courtesy of META-Project

Situated on a hillside between the forest and the slope, the site is surrounded by luscious greenery in summer and covered by an overwhelming white snow in winter, stated the studio. "As is a delicate site for a &ldq (...)

"Time flows, and so should the architect" says Kengo Kuma in PLANE-SITE's new video

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2018 • 1141

PLANE-SITE, Berlin-based global agency working at the interface of urban form, cultural space, and social life, has presented a new video of acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who is one of Japan’s most significant living architects, thanks to his sophisticated integrations of traditional architecture with up-to-the-minute technologies.

"Unusually sensitive to materiality and technique, Kuma’s designs are irresistibly tactile, often resembling hand-woven fabrics or an ornate beehive, stated PLANE-SITE.

"Kuma draws us into his world, meditating on the ebb and flow of being an architect, and how a financial crash became an opportunity for learning."PLANE—SITE travelled to the Tokyo offices of Kengo Kuma & (...)

Asif Khan completes super-black pavilion at Winter Olympics in South Korea

WA Contents • Feb 14, 2018 • 1031

Asif Khan completes super-black pavilion at Winter Olympics in South Korea

London-based architecture practice Asif Khan has completed "the world's darkest pavilion" at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea. A super-black pavilion is entirely coated in Vantablack VBx2 - a large scale spray application implemented on the surfaces to illuminate light as much as possible on a large scale.

Named Hyundai Pavilion, described as the "darkest building on earth", is illuminated by a field of stars that appear to float in mid-air. Commissioned by Hyundai Motor, the one-story building was designed as part of its art global mobility initiative. The pavilion opened on February 9, 2018 at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which will continue until February 25, 2018.

Reaching at 10-metre-high with (...)

Send your entries to WA Awards 27th Cycle until February 15, 2018

WA Contents • Feb 13, 2018 • 6230

Send your entries to WA Awards 27th Cycle until February 15, 2018

World Architecture Community has opened the WA Awards 27th Cycle to accept innovative projects from all around to be judged by a panel of star jury, including world-renowned architects, high-profiled academics and top design leaders. All architects and students can send their entries until February 15, 2018.

Since 2006 and for over 25 Cycles, World Architecture Community organises the prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards 10+5+X. The aim of the WA Community Awards is to highlight and recognise remarkable projects that might otherwise remain unnoticed by the international public, yet have the potential to inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse.

Bornova Children's World in Turkey by FREA & (...)

Award-winning Spanish architect Carme Pinós named to design MPavilion 2018

WA Contents • Feb 13, 2018 • 839

Award-winning Spanish architect Carme Pinós named to design MPavilion 2018

Award-winning Spanish architect and educator Carme Pinós has been named as the designer of this year's MPavilion for its fifth edition, an initiative project is developed by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation - an organisation established by businesswoman and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom.

Carme Pinós, founder of Estudio Carme Pinós in Barcelona, will be the first female architect who undertakes this public commission in Australia to design the 2018 MPavilion.

MPavilion is a temporary structure designed by outstanding architects every year, which is commissioned by he Naomi Milgrom Foundation - the pavilion is built in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts P (...)

CRA & BIG's Singapore tower exposes greenery with dynamic interplay of orthogonal lines

WA Contents • Feb 13, 2018 • 1237

CRA & BIG's Singapore tower exposes greenery with dynamic interplay of orthogonal lines

BIG and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati have collaborated to design a new tech-integrated and verdurous skyscraper in the bustling Central Business District of Singapore.

The team's new Singapore tower fuses tropical nature and modern architecture as a new urban landmark, which will be one of tallest buildings in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.

The 51-story tower, will blend urban life with tropical nature, redefining and elevating workplace and living standards for its users while adding an elegant new landmark to the Singapore skyline.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, the new 93,000-square-metre, tech-integrated and verdurous skyscraper which includes the 'offi (...)

“Floating” tower proposal by DFA Studio addresses affordable housing and resiliency to flooding

Elif Merve Unsal • Feb 13, 2018 • 733

“Floating” tower proposal by DFA Studio addresses affordable housing and resiliency to flooding

"New York City’s sea level is expected to rise 11-30 inches by 2050 and between 50 to 75 inches by 2100, with the majority of current buildings not designed to accommodate such inevitable changes," emphasized DFA Design and Architectural Studio based in New York City. The studio has envisioned a conceptual proposal of floating towers to address affordable housing and rising sea levels at Manhattan’s Pier 40.

"We see so many projects going up in New York that are quick, chart-driven responses to serious problems," added DFA founding principle Laith Sayigh.

"These short-term resolutions will not safeguard the city from rapid changes in the environment or protect future generations of people."

The proposal in (...)