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Kengo Kuma creates silent yoga and meditation space made from twigs within a forest in Germany

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2019 • 581

Kengo Kuma creates silent yoga and meditation space made from twigs within a forest in Germany

This small wooden building will provide a silent space for yoga and meditation facilities with full of transparency overlooking the mesmerizing forest in Krun, Germany.

Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the one-story building is partially closed by using twigs to give a sense of privacy and to be abel to be perceived from far away with its jagged façade.

Named Wood/Pile, the 141-square-metre building serves a facility for meditation in a forest on the outskirts of Munich, not too far from Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein castle. "Das Kranzbach is known worldwide as a mecca for spa goers and here in this cabin the hotel guests can practice yoga and meditation," said Kengo Kuma & Associates.

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Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2019 • 665

Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been named as the 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy's annual award honors over 70 composers, artists, architects, and writers with awards and prizes ranging from $5000 to $100,000.

Started in 1955, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize was the inauguration of the awards and expanded to include four Arts and Letters Awards.

The Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize is given to an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art, with a $20,000 cash prize.

This year’s winners were chosen from a group of 33 individuals and practices nominated by the members of the (...)

Carol Burton Architecture renovates small historic flat with warm interior space in Buenos Aires

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2019 • 635

Carol Burton Architecture renovates small historic flat with warm interior space in Buenos Aires

Argentinean architecture firm Carol Burton Architecture has renovated a flat within a historic apartment with warm interior space and pastel-toned color palette in the residential area of Palermo neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Named Seguí Studio Apartment, the architect reflected the picturesque architecture of the apartment's times in each part of the building, from the exterior volumes to the organization of the functional program. Originally built in the 1940s, the client wanted to renovate this flat with warm textures and colors, with more functional and innovative way.

The architects created a smooth interior reflecting the apartment's time spirit. "Before the intervention, the apartment, of only (...)

Jeanne Gang Named As World’s Most Influential Architect By TIME Magazine

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2019 • 846

Jeanne Gang Named As World’s Most Influential Architect By TIME Magazine

American architect Jeanne Gang has been named as the world's most influential architect by the TIME Magazine, the magazine releases its "best 100" list each year recognizing people who have made stunning achievements in their own field.

This year Jeanne Gang has been listed in TIME Magazine's list of 100 most influential people among other world renowned icons, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, golf player Tiger Woods, American singer, songwriter and actress Lady Gaga, the former first Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

Jeanne Gang is the only architect who female architect listed among the most influential people under the "titans" category, which also includes Tiger Woods, Bob Iger, Vera Jourova, Marilly (...)

BIG creates entrance with accordion-like pillars for Business Innovation Hub at Massachusetts

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2019 • 749

BIG creates entrance with accordion-like pillars for Business Innovation Hub at Massachusetts

BIG has extended the Isenberg School of Management building with copper clad pillars that gradually slope downward, creating a distinguished appearance for the entrance of the building.

Situated at the heart of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, BIG and Boston-based firm Goody Clancy have expanded the school’s current space to accommodate Isenberg’s growth in the last decade, while introducing new facilities for more than 150 staff and 5,000 students in undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. programs.

Image © Laurian GhinitoiouBIG and Goody Clancy were commissioned in 2015 to design a flexible space that inspires and facilitates collaboration for every Isenberg student.

Called Isenberg School (...)

World Architecture Community opened WA Awards 31st Cycle for entries until May 31, 2019

WA Contents • Apr 18, 2019 • 2747

World Architecture Community opened WA Awards 31st Cycle for entries until May 31, 2019

World Architecture Community has opened the WA Awards 10+5+X 31st 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 and World Architecture Community Members. All architects and students can send their entries until May 31, 2019, start your registrations from here.

In previous Cycle, Zaha Hadid Architects, Ian Ritchie Architects, Sanjay Puri, Gianni Ranaulo Design, Group GSA, Jinman Jo hit the WA Awards with innovative projects varied in size, scale and function regardless of their geography.

Now in its 31st Cycle, WAC is accepting new innovative and contemporary projects from all around - from architect (...)

Anarchitect nestles this earth color hotel and spa building into the prehistoric of UAE

WA Contents • Apr 16, 2019 • 980

Anarchitect nestles this earth color hotel and spa building into the prehistoric of UAE

Dubai and London-based architecture practice Anarchitect has transformed the two single-story, stone-built buildings from the 1960s, into a new hotel and spa, nestled into the UAE’s prehistoric crimson desert landscape.

Set at the foot of Mount Alvaah, the building, called Al Faya Lodge & Spa, is designed as a new addition to the Sharjah Collection - a group of distinctive boutique hotels and eco-retreats purposefully located in key locations throughout the Sharjah Emirate.

The buildings, previously occupied as a clinic and grocery store, have been re-imagined as a contemporary boutique lodge and restaurant. While interpreting the program, the architects used some strong interior interventions contrasting the origina (...)

SOM releases its concept for Moon Village, the first full-time human habitat on the lunar surface

WA Contents • Apr 16, 2019 • 874

SOM releases its concept for Moon Village, the first full-time human habitat on the lunar surface

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has released its conceptual design for the "first full-time human habitat" on the lunar surface. Developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the new community project, named Mon Village, intends to create a permanent space on the moon.

The Moon Village concept was presented by ESA Director General Jan Woerner for the first full-time human habitat on the lunar surface. ESA and MIT, SOM will be developing all master planning, designing, and engineering the settlement phases throughout the project.

The new masterplan will try to solve the problems of permanent habitation on the moon which requires a cross-disciplinary (...)

David Chipperfield Architects to design elliptical university campus in Padua

WA Contents • Apr 16, 2019 • 805

David Chipperfield Architects to design elliptical university campus in Padua

David Chipperfield Architects' Milan office, in collaboration with the engineering company Steam, has won an international design competition to design the new campus of Social and Economic Sciences, PiaveFutura.

The studio has beaten other top architecture offices in the competition, including Bak Gordon, Barozzi Veiga, Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, Foster + Partners and Sauerbruch Hutton.

The competition called for the recovery of the former Caserma Piave complex to accomodate the new campus. These former barracks comprise approximately 50,000 square meters of land in the south-west of Padua’s historic centre and between the two city walls.

The existing structure also includes buildings of the former Sant&rsqu (...)

3GATTI designs "green spaceship" for a new municipal library in Madrid's Villaverde

WA Contents • Apr 16, 2019 • 1035

3GATTI designs

Rome, Shanghai and London-based architecture firm 3GATTI has proposed a new municipal library that looks like "a green spaceship" with its exploded green cladding. Named as "The Green Spaceship", the building aims to be a new landmark with bulky and planted skin which will make the structure easy recognizable in the district.

The new building will attract visitors' attention with its iconic presence, as the lush vegetation will make the building unique to identify. The elongated structure is a two-storey library building, the architects design the ground floor completely transparent and open to the public.

The ground floor will accommodate the "noisy" and all public aspects of the program, while the first floor is present (...)