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Call for registrations for YAC's Kid's Factory refurbishment competition on Lake Maggiore

WA Contents • Oct 19, 2018 • 174

Call for registrations for YAC's Kid's Factory refurbishment competition on Lake Maggiore

YAC (Young Architects Competitions) has launched a new competition, titled "Kid's Factory", inviting creatives to refurbish the former pottery of Laveno Mombello into a modern and international kindergarten on the rivers of Lake Maggiore.

There will be a total amount of 20,000€ in prize money for the awarded proposals and the jury of the competition gathers outstanding international personalities like Ben van Berkel, Peter Wilson, Arne Emersn, Mario Cucinella, Stefano Boeri.

Barrie’s Peter Pan and Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince are two examples of the countless attempts to catch the shy handful of years that childhood comprises. Childhood is a time when reality is complementary to imagination. It is a crucial time that de (...)

PDG Architects designs monolithic green roof to cover local bazaar in Antalya

WA Contents • Oct 19, 2018 • 578

PDG Architects designs monolithic green roof to cover local bazaar in Antalya

Istanbul-based architecture firm PDG Architects, in collaboration with ANTEPE, has unveiled design for a new bazaar in Antalya, Turkey. Commissioned by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, the new bazaar will reinterrogate the concept of bazaar with its open streets, large public squares in which allow access from all corners.

"The project offers a new understanding of the market by collecting all this use under one roof," said PDG Architects, describing the project. The new bazaar will be the first to set an example for Turkey in the respect of promotion to organic products manufacturers and delivery of the products to people from first hand.

The monolithic roof cover, which is inspired by the natural structure of the regi (...)

Martin Mostböck's new apartment house creating "green skin" is rising in Vienna

WA Contents • Oct 19, 2018 • 385

Martin Mostböck's new apartment house creating

Wien-based architect Martin Mostböck's new residential and apartments house, including commercial use, is rising in the Aspern Seestadt, one of the largest urban development projects in Europe.

Named Living Garden, the 4,510-square-metre project is located in the north-eastern part of Vienna. This new district is very well connected to the railway stations, airports and historical centers of the Twin Cities Vienna and Bratislava.

Described as "a green and sustainable building", the aim of the project is to bring nature as deeply as possible into the city and offer inhabitants and residents a green lung.

In addition to the pleasant climate (oxygen, shading, wind protection), the building is also to be a green (...)

Call for registrations for Design that Educates Awards 2018

WA Contents • Oct 19, 2018 • 312

Call for registrations for Design that Educates Awards 2018

The Design that Educates Awards (DtEA) investigate the educational potential of architecture and design. The ability to communicate the implemented solutions and features is the main theme of the awards. Such an informational layer of design and architecture provides an important (yet not fully explored) opportunity for a dialog between the user and the designer. The result—a new type of learning environment—provides a space for the exploration of both the design itself and its relation to the vaster context. Each year, the esteemed panel of judges will select the most outstanding examples. The objective of the awards is to recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that educate.< (...)

World Architecture Festival announces winners of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2018

WA Contents • Oct 19, 2018 • 438

World Architecture Festival announces winners of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2018

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), with co-curators Make Architects and the Sir John Soane’s Museum, has announced the winners of the 2018 Architecture Drawing Prize. The prize, which is awarded at the annual World Architecture Festival, held this year in Amsterdam, "embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally produced renderings, while recognising the enduring importance of hand drawing."This year, Li Han, one of the founding partners of Drawing Architecture Studio in Beijing, has won the second annual Architecture Drawing Prize with his work entitled "The Samsara of Building No. 42 on Dirty Street".

Han's project comprises a chronological visual narrative of the development of a residential building in Be (...)

MVRDV completes shopping centre with shimmering facade in Beijing

WA Contents • Oct 19, 2018 • 587

MVRDV completes shopping centre with shimmering facade in Beijing

MVRDV wraps the facade of a new shopping centre with a pearlescent ceramic façade that changes color at different times, creating a subtle façade that does not need large LED screens to stand out and catch the attention of the passers-by.

Named KWG M Cube, the 40,000-square-metre shopping centre was designed to create "visual statement" for the client, and the building is composed of a multifaceted volume that responds to its surroundings with a pearlescent ceramic façade, which shimmers in a spectrum of colours under changing light conditions.

KWG M Cube is located just within Beijing’s innermost ring road, the building is prominently located next to the Beijing Railway Station and near to both the (...)

29th WA Awards Deadline Extended to October 24, 2018

WA Contents • Oct 19, 2018 • 635

29th WA Awards Deadline Extended to October 24, 2018

Due to popular demand and late comers, we have decided to extend the participation deadline for the World Architecture Community's WA Awards 10+5+X competition, all architects are expected to submit their entries until October 24, 2018 (at 23:59 GMT).

This will be the last extension to showcase your work on the well-reputed and acclaimed WA Awards 10+5+X.

WA Awards is accepting projects in 3 categories; Realized, Designed and Student. All participants should send their projects that meet these conditions: WA Designed Award: Projects that were not built, WA Realised Award: Projects that are actually built, WA Student Award: Projects designed by Students.

WA Awards is completely FREE for WAC Professional Members and (...)

"Architects can help cities build inclusivity" argues Jeanne Gang

berrin chatzi chousein • Oct 18, 2018 • 396

Architects can play a role in making cities more inclusive, in part by designing projects that bring together different levels of housing and encourage social connection using multiple strategies, according to Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal of Studio Gang.

Discussing in detail MIRA, her high-rise project in San Francisco, Jeanne Gang emphasizes the importance of providing a mix of housing to help create democratic cities that serve all.

MIRA tower designed by Studio Gang. Image © Binyan

MIRA differs from many traditional towers as it combines market rate and below-market rate units in one building. Especially focusing on the context of San Francisco in this exclusive interview, Gang explains how to design a buil (...)

BIG selected to design first phase of Luxembourg's Airport City with interlaced volumes

WA Contents • Oct 18, 2018 • 845

BIG selected to design first phase of Luxembourg's Airport City with interlaced volumes

Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG has unveiled plans for a new business center which will be built directly beside the terminal of Luxembourg Airport. Called Skypark Business Center South, the design scheme will be developed with Metaform and construction is set to start in 2019.

Expected to cover a 40,000-square-metre area in total, the first phase of the project will occupy between 10,000 – 15,000 square meters of office space, with expanded program - including shops, restaurants, childcare facilities, car rental centers, etc.

BIG will use timber construction methods to reduce the footprint of the whole development, as well as other tool to ensure the sustainability scheme of the project.

By using photovoltaic panel (...)

OMA Completes First Phase of Park Grove in Miami

WA Contents • Oct 18, 2018 • 666

OMA Completes First Phase of Park Grove in Miami

OMA's New York Parner Shohei Shigematsu has completed the first phase of Park Grove in Miami, Florida. Named the Club Residences and Two Park Grove, the first two towers are now move-in ready.OMA New York’s three residential projects across North America are nearing completion. 121 E 22nd Street in New York City and Transbay Block 8 in San Francisco to follow in the next years according to the firm.

Image © Robin Hill

Developed by the Related Group and Terra Group, the multi-tower residential development is designed by Partner-in-Charge Shohei Shigematsu. The firm won the design competition in 2013 with a scheme that would connect Coconut Grove’s community scale to the Biscayne Bay and honor the neighborh (...)