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Kjellgren Kaminsky reveals its preschool building with durable facade in harsh Icelandic environment

WA Contents • May 28, 2020 • 32

Kjellgren Kaminsky reveals its preschool building with durable facade in harsh Icelandic environment

Swedish architecture studio Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects has unveiled its design proposal for a new preschool building that features a durable facade against harsh Icelandic environment.

Called Reykjavik Kindergarten, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects' proposal was rewarded with a Honourable Mention in a competition.

The dual nature of architecture as both refuge and work of art strongly defined the project Skjól. Aiming to provide the community of Seltjarnarnes with a safe, functional and yet aesthetically pleasing shelter.

The building articulation defines three distinct outdoor areas and a patio. The latter offers a safe outdoor space, sheltered from the harsh coastal wind. While providing children with a sp (...)

Architektur3 designs slim church tower made of acetylated wood in Bleibach

WA Contents • May 28, 2020 • 90

Architektur3 designs slim church tower made of acetylated wood in Bleibach

German architecture studio Architektur3 has built a slim tower and viewpoint that complements a gothic and modern church ensemble in the centre of three Black Forest valleys in Bleibach, Germany.

Named Church Tower, the triangular structure was added as the final piece of the church tent from the 1970s, which serves as the nave and spans the Gothic choir from 1514.

The 23-square-metre tower consists of steep roof pitch, triangular basic form and materiality, which are all derived from the church inventory.

"The result is a building that bundles so many of the influences found that it could not stand in any other place," said Architektur3.

"The basic shape of the church tower is based on an equilateral triangle (...)

3XN to design office building with wavy structure and earth-toned palette in Stockholm

WA Contents • May 28, 2020 • 109

3XN to design office building with wavy structure and earth-toned palette in Stockholm

Danish architecture studio 3XN has won a design competition to develop a new office building in Östra Hagastaden, Stockholm, Sweden.

The new office building will feature an elevated pathway for pedestrians and cyclists that links the old "quarry" to the public Hagaparken park and lake Brunnsviken.

In addition, the new building, named Kvarter 15, will become a catalyst for revitalization in the area through the incorporation of carefully incorporated site lines, cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Kvarter 15 will be a modern, flexible office building that will provide a new connection to Stockholm's northern city gate between the motorway, the city and the public park, Hagaparken.

Featuring a fresh take on c (...)

WA Awards 34th Cycle Shortlist Announced And Ready For Your Rates & Votes

WA Contents • May 28, 2020 • 355

WA Awards 34th Cycle Shortlist Announced And Ready For Your Rates & Votes

World Architecture Community has announced the strong shortlist for the World Architecture Community Awards 10+5+X 34th Cycle, including a wide range of innovative and striking projects submitted from 41 different countries across the world in Architecture, Interior Design and Student sections.

These countries include Turkey, Mali, China, UAE, India, Vietnam, Denmark, Georgia, Iran, Kuwait, Argentina, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Rwanda, South Korea, France, Mexico, Italy, Cambodia, Taiwan, Albania, USA, Finland, Netherlands, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Togo, Canada, Burkina Faso, Germany, Switzerland, Burma, Egypt, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Spain. A great mix and global coverage, to say the least!

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(ma!ca)-designed tiny terracotta brick extension gives a new life to an existing house in Montpellier

WA Contents • May 27, 2020 • 1430

(ma!ca)-designed tiny terracotta brick extension gives a new life to an existing house in Montpellier

Montpellier-based architecture studio (ma!ca) has completed a tiny extension to an existing white-coloured house in Montpellier, South of France.

Called MON house & brick extension, the 2,200-square-feet (204-square-metre) house follows the existing window layout of the old house, but the new arch windows provide more airy and light space towards the outside pool in the garden.

The house, with its large north-facing garden, had very little natural light and the living space on the ground floor was segmented into too many sections with low ceilings. Load-bearing walls and partitions have been removed in order to create a homogeneous and airy place.

The new choreographed sequence of the spaces results from the regular (...)

Live Webinar on “Architectural Journalism” by Rupa Raje, Pappal Suneja & Sangeet Sharma

Pappal Suneja • May 27, 2020 • 386

Live Webinar on “Architectural Journalism” by Rupa Raje, Pappal Suneja & Sangeet Sharma

An Online Live Webinar is scheduled for an interactive discussion on “Architectural Journalism” coming Saturday : May 30, 2020, 5 pm IST/1:30 pm CEST. The webinar is fourth in the Series organized by the ArchiStudent portal. ArchiStudent tends to impart knowledge to aspiring architects, students, and designers. It is an online portal for architecture and design facts, information related to books, and competitions for students in India & abroad.

The session is hosted via Zoom and will stream live through YouTube. The initiative is to connect the enthusiasts and answer their queries on the subject matter. The programs are designed for 30 minutes of discussion and post that, 15 minutes of Q/A Session.

Brief of th (...)

12-foot-tall weathered steel wall ensures privacy and noise-free house in India by Abin Design Studio

WA Contents • May 27, 2020 • 419

12-foot-tall weathered steel wall ensures privacy and noise-free house in India by Abin Design Studio

Kolkata-based architecture practice Abin Design Studio has completed a private residence in Bansberia, West Bengal, India with a 12-foot-tall boundary wall to ensure privacy and create a noise-free house requested by the client.

Abin Design Studio was founded in Kolkata and it is directed under the leadership of Abin Chaudhuri, Chaudhuri was WAC's first guest architect speaking in the WAC's Video Interviews series.

Named Wall House, the 640-square-metre house is located at a busy intersection in Bansberia were three adjacent plots that one gentleman had procured over time.

Visiting the Pool House and House of Sweeping Shadows (both previous residential projects handled by Abin Design Studio in the same localit (...)

COA announces suggestive amendments to the Architect's Act,1972

Bineeta Ghoshal • May 27, 2020 • 164

COA announces suggestive amendments to the Architect's Act,1972

The Architects Act, 1972 India was brought into action to designate the registration of Architects and formulate an assigning body for the same, termed as the Council of Architecture. In the last 50 years, numerous incidents and requirements of the architects' fraternity has led to the proposition of a few amendments to this law, namely in 2010 and then in 2018 as ‘Architects Amendment Bill’. However, most of these have been disapproved by the Government as it did not seek to look after ‘the greater good of the society’.The recent Supreme Court judgment, ruled on 17th March 2020, negated the need of a professional degree for the practice of Architectural Activities; thus provoking a new stream of thought for Arch (...)

MEAL* launches new Virtual Design Learning Program "Live Academy"

WA Contents • May 27, 2020 • 478

MEAL* launches new Virtual Design Learning Program

MEAL*, a sister online initiative of MEAN*, has launched "Live Academy" - a Virtual Design Learning Program, to bring together the brightest minds in architecture and design from around the world, to meet and exchange their ideas of the future.

Developed by Dubai-based architect, entrepreneur and researcher Riyad Joucka, Founder of MEAN*, Live Academy is an online project, focusing on emerging trends in technology and design, both in academia and in practice.

Gilles Retsin will deliver a public lecture on May 31, 2020.

Aimed at democratizing the use of technology in design, MEAL* (Middle East Architecture Laboratory) is a research repository of emergent technologies in design and was established as an open- source noma (...)

"Design is more than what you think it is" says Design Indaba's Ravi Naidoo in reSITE Conference

WA Contents • May 27, 2020 • 395

"All the time, with the experimentation what we are saying in the public domain is; design is more than what you think it is and it is very very important," says Ravi Naidoo, founder of South African design event Design Indaba, at the reSITE REGENERATE Conference.

"With Design Indaba, what we're wanting to do with design is to give it a higher purpose," adds Naidoo in his talk.

In our new video lecture, Ravi Naidoo's talk is released from reSITE's REGENERATE Conference, which was held at the Forum Karlin in Prague in September 2019.

In his 30-minute talk, Naidoo discusses the importance and power of design, as well as the mission of Design Indaba festival which is annually held in Cape Town to drive a bette (...)