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Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto's firm Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop, in collaboration with Joe Shih Architects, has won the Taoyuan Museum of Art competition with its sloped green roof that features protruding white cubic volumes, aiming to display artworks and outside theatre.
Video by Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop
The building, which will act as a symbolic gateway and cultural hub in the heart of the city, is designed by using surprising schemes and zig-zagging roads where every lead turns into a new discovery and experience.
Called The Hill, the building is mainly comprised of three main spaces: the mega cube, situated under the green roof, will house permanent exhibition and collections, the "in-between (...)
Mark Lee, a principal and founding partner of the Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee, has been announced as the new Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Lee's role will be effective starting from July 1, 2018.
Lee has taught at Harvard GSD since 2013 and was recently named Professor in Practice of Architecture. Lee is running his company with his partner Sharon Johnston since 1998. Lee succeeds K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who has taught at Harvard GSD since 1988 and served as Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture since 2016.
Vault House, Oxnard, California, 2013. (...)
Zaha Hadid Architects has completed its first project in New York City and it has been photographed by architectural photographers Hufton+Crow, exposing all sinuous details of the building with its distinctive language in the context.
Called 520 West 28th, the 11-storey residence includes 39 residences designed with 11-foot coffered ceilings, tailored interiors that incorporate Boffi kitchens by Zaha Hadid Design, and integrated technologies including automated valet parking and storage.
Designed as a powerful urban dynamic between the streets of New York and the High Line, the building acts as a "talking" but "mysterious" architectural element within a layered civic realm that has developed over generations and in many itera (...)
Dutch architectural practice UNStudio has launched a new startup and innovation platform for built environment, the new initiative will operate an independent sister company of UNStudio, which has been announced by Ben van Berkel, Principal of UNStudio.
Named UNSense, the new company is located at the Freedom Lab Campus in Amsterdam and led by Roger Tan. UNSense will focus on new technologies and smart solutions that can be applied for the future of cities. Building upon 30 years of architectural practice and expertise, UNSense will explore and develop new integrated tech solutions specifically designed for cities, buildings and indoor environments.
"We are living in the age of the iPhone, yet the architecture and construction (...)
Kuwait and Portugal-based AAP Associated Architects Partnership has completed five low-rise residences with white clear-cut volumes in Sabah Alahmed Alsabah Maritime City in the southern part of Kuwait.
Named Areia, the five villas features a series of internal courtyards, private swimming pools, proportionally-arranged open terraces and balconies that create a harmonious variations in their plan layouts.
Developed to expand the length of available shoreline, the development brings the sea into the desert to create a series of canals that are anchored by several docks and marinas and activated by many other recreational activities. The five plots of the five residences sit on one of the inner canals overlooking the sea.
Yang Jun Design Office in China designed "Line Park", an integrated platform of home life and art fashion located in “Dongxin He Chuang Yuan” in Hangzhou, China. The design takes inspiration from line application of Superkilen Park designed by Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex in Copenhagen. As a place that gathers classical furniture and pioneering artworks from top designers in Europe, it not only functions as a public park, but also an art gallery for exhibitions.
According to the design office, the building belongs to an old factory’s dormitory building of the 80’s. In the transformation of architectural functions, the handling of light, moving lines, structure, space and color tried to reflect a diff (...)
MVRDV has unveiled its proposal for the Taoyuan Museum of Art competition in Taiwan, turning the city into a large "cherry room" with pink-coloured flower-like volumes. MVRDV has been awarded the 3rd prize with their proposal in the competition in which Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto won the first prize. MVRDV has collaborated with JJP Architects and Planners and TOPOTEK1 from Berlin for the landscape design of the project.
Video by MVRDV
Encompassing a total of 29,000-square-metre area, MVRDV's new museum and cultural institution is located in the heart of Taoyuan, which the city has grown enormously in recent years due to its proximity to the national airport, the capital and ocean. The studio's proposal is aimin (...)
Portugese architect Manuel Aires Mateus, who runs his office Aires Mateus in Lisbon, is the winner of the Person Award (literally known as The Pessoa Award in Portugal), announced earlier in March by the President of the jury, Francisco Pinto Balsemão, at the Seteais Palace in Sintra.
"The Pessoa Award is a prize awarded annually to the person of Portuguese nationality who during that period - and following an earlier activity - has been the protagonist of a particularly relevant and innovative intervention in the artistic, literary or scientific life of the country."
EDP Headquarters in Lisbon designed by Manuel Aires Mateus. Image © Gerardo Santos / Global Imagens
The jury of the "Prémio Pessoa 201 (...)
Glasgow-based Page/ Park Architects has converted the St. Cecilia’s Hall, located at 50 Niddry Street in Edinburgh, into a Concert and Music Museum.
The context for this project was the desire by the University of Edinburgh to improve awareness, function and amenity of St. Cecilia’s Hall, as an appropriate home for their world-class collection of musical instruments, as explained by the architects.
The redevelopment project involved the conservation and repair of the existing building; the bringing together of the musical instrument collections of the University of Edinburgh under one roof; and the full refurbishment and expansion of the existing gallery spaces and Concert Room. This included the reconfiguration of (...)
Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye's firm Adjaye Associates has unveiled plans for a new National Cathedral for his home country Ghana - the National Cathedral of Ghana will be built in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The new Cathedral will be the first major project of Adjaye Associates in Accra, where the firm previously worked on some residential projects.
Earlier this month, the new plans were released in a ceremony marking Ghana’s 61st year as an independent nation by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Adjaye's new cathedral also features a new ceremonial route and landscape that will also be gifted to the Nation - linking the Cathedral site to Ghana’s prominent, celebratory landmarks - Independence Sq (...)
YAC – Young Architects Competitions – and the Municipality of Favignana, in cooperation with the Italian Government, launch “Art Prison”, an architectural competition to refurbish a breathtaking fortress on a scattered island in southern Sicily. A cash prize of € 20,000 will be awarded to the winners selected by an internationally-renowned featuring Daniel Libeskind (Studio Libeskind), Manuel Aires Mateus (Aires Mateus), Felix Perasso (Snøhetta), João Luís Carrilho da Graça (Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos).
Solitude has always been highly fascinating for human beings. Hermitages, fortresses, shelters. Since the dawn of time, human beings have been looking for a solitary c (...)
YAC – Young Architects Competitions announces the winners of Italian Fashion Hub, an ideas competition that was launched last October and aimed to the design of the biggest fashion citadel of the international scenario.
The jury that assessed the submissions was noteworth: Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects’ DIrector), Aurélien Coulanges (Ateliers Jean Nouvel), Benjamin Gilmartin (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), among the others, featured on this international panel. There was a total cash prize of € 20,000 to reward the winning projects: the 1st prize – € 10,000 – was awarded to the Italian team “GAGAMAMA”, the 2nd prize - € 4,000 – to the Italian team “DDA Studi (...)
The Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) and Sotheby’s have severed ties with Richard Meier, following the allegations of sexual harassment by 5 women, which was reported in a story by The New York Times on March 13, 2018. In the wake of allegations, Kent Kleinman, chair of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, has declared a statement, condemning the behaviour of Meier and expressing it "unacceptable."
Earlier in February, the Cornell AAP had endowed the name of Richard Meier to the Chair of the Department of Architecture but following the claims, the school declined the architect's new gift to name the chair of the Department of Architecture and they cancelle (...)
FENELEC, the National Federation of Electricity, Electronics and Renewable Energies in Morocco announces its support to the second edition of The Big 5 Construct North Africa.
The new partnership between the international exhibition and FENELEC is expected to enhance best practices and provide state-of-the-art solutions to the broader construction community in Morocco, including electricity, electronic and renewable energy professionals.
Khalil El Guermaï, General Director of FENELEC, says: “The show highlights innovations in construction with a particular focus on products, which are clustered in dedicated product sectors.”
Taking place from 10 to 12 April 2018 at the Parc Des Expositions de l’Of (...)
Light + Building architectural design and technology biennial trade fair is currently underway at the Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main, from 18th to 23rd March 2018 to over 2,600 exhibitors and 2,10,000 visitors. One of the biggest platforms of its kind in the world focused on the fields of lighting, electrical engineering, building automation, and civil-engineering software is showcasing a spectrum of exhibits including designer luminaires in a variety of styles, technical luminaires, and lamps in various forms and for all kinds of uses.
One of the highlights of this year’s event is SOGANI, a signature brand of lights and light installations to unveil three new collections of light Installations, each of which is bespoke & (...)
Steven Holl Architects, together with French real estate investor Compagine de Phalsbourg, has won an international design competition for the new Angers Collectors Museum / Le Musée des Collectionneurs and an adjacent hotel in the center of Angers, France. The cloud-shaped museum is inspired by the historic Chateau d’Angers and will become a new cultural gateway for the city.
The new museum's site is located in the center of the city, on the east bank of the Maine river and across from the Chateau d’Angers, built by King Louis IX between 1228 and 1238 on the foundations of a 9th century fortress.
Museum entrance. Image © Steven Holl Architects, Compagnie de Phalsbourg and XO3D
The new Angers (...)
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG and Mosss (Making of Smart, Simple Spaces) have collaborated to launch a new series of subscription-based video workshops that provide access into the minds of the world’s leading creatives. Within the scope of these series, Bjarke Ingels designed a sculptural ceramic vase for Mosss' limited-edition products, which is presented in an online workshop - reaching 15 chapters in total.
Mosss’ debut workshops, featuring Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and Los Angeles-based interior designer Cliff Fong, offer unparalleled access into each designer’s creative process, from case studies to inspiration and influences.
Created for design enthusiasts without academic trai (...)
French designer Philippe Starck has unveiled detailed images of a new "phantasmagoric" hotel commissioned by the Hilton Group in the heart of Metz, France. Starck's new poetic hotel will carry the 18th century traditional Alsatian home on its roof referencing to the original roots of the city.
Named Maison Heler Metz, a unique 14-storey hotel will be operated under Curio Collection by Hilton - Curio Collection is a portfolio of nearly 50 remarkable, upper upscale hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character and personality. Maison Heler Metz joins more than 20 Curio Collection by Hilton hotels, trading or under construction in Europe.
Video by Starck Network
Image © Curio Collection by Hilton
The planet is nowadays confronted with major challenges, such as the escalating urbanization rates, the severe climate change impacts, the loss of biodiversity, the intensifying resource scarcity, the upsurge in migration movements, the endangered cultural resources of land and maritime European regions, etc. The Mediterranean region seems to constitute a hotspot in most of the above respects, with unpredicted repercussions with regards to future sustainability achievements. Undesirable trends and related risks call for trend-breaking endeavors that can steadily decrease ecological footprint of Mediterranean urban constellations, reverse current economic recession and ensure sustainable, resilient, liveable and prosperous MED localities for (...)
Chaoyang Future School in Beijing, designed by Crossboundariess, is the latest iteration of Peking University’s pedagogic model for China’s future creators. There are no fixed chairs and tables but user-controlled, modular furniture. There are no teacher-centric podiums and blackboards but stimulating, collaborative work and learning spaces. With a new way of thinking and unique design ideas, Crossboundaries gave a new life to this school which has a history of more than 30 years.
"Born of Confucius thinking the Chinese value system is centered on collectivism. Since China’s economic opening in the 1970s the nation's development has been nothing short of a race. Transforming its historically powerful workforce t (...)
British architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has secured the mandate to design the much-delayed Navi Mumbai international airport, being developed by the GVK group-led NMIAL.
The firm, which bagged the contract from Navi Mumbai International Airport Limited (NMIAL) after a 12-week design competition, will design the new airport's Terminal 1 and air traffic control (ATC) tower. This will be Zaha Hadid's first major project in the Indian sub-continent.
The work on the Rs 16,700-crore Navi Mumbai international airport kick started last month with Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation stone for the first phase of the project on February 18, after more than two decades of its being conceived.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier has decided to take a six-month leave of absence from his company Richard Meier & Partners Architects after accusations of sexual harassment made by five women, which was reported in a detailed story by The New York Times last week.
The allegations of five women are reported in the New York Times' story that explicitly details Meier's sexual abuses to his former employees, except one woman, in previous years, ranging from grabbing a woman's "underwear through her dress at a firm holiday party," to exposing himself to unwilling employees.
After these accusations, Meier announced from his company page that he will temporarily step down from the firm by leaving his ma (...)
Jasbir Sachdev (born in 1930) is a veteran Indian architect and founder Principal Architect of Sachdev Eggleston Associates, a New Delhi-based architectural practice established in 1970. Sachdev had the opportunity to work with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret on the Chandigarh project from 1952 to 1956. By virtue of his association with the Swiss-born French architects, his design ideology has its origin in the crystallized Corbusian school of thought.
A protagonist of the use of materials in their natural colour and texture, Jasbir Sachdev designed a number of buildings which exemplify his reverence for the masters. Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi is one such building he designed in exposed brick and concrete.
The sp (...)
Architectural Journalism Competition, India: Series 4, was themed to "Discuss the relevance of Travel in Architecture"
Concept brief was described in the competition as - To travel is to make a journey; but what would a journey be, if the traveler doesn’t grow through it?
Wouldn’t that equal just moving from one place to the other, without really gathering a thing?
It certainly would. And when we are talking about traveling to explore architecture, it becomes imperative that an architecture student must learn that traveling becomes analogous to growing in their world. So why it is necessary to travel if you are into architecture and how to make your travels count in the simplest of ways.
The organizat (...)