Five Projects Awarded Prizes at the 2014 Media Architecture Biennale

The 2014 Media Architecture Biennale has drawn to a close in Aarhus, Denmark, and with it five projects have been awarded for “outstanding accomplishments in the intersection between architecture and technology.” Representing five different categories (Animated Architecture, Spatial Media Art, Money Architecture, Participatory Architecture, and Trends & Prototypes), these five projects are the ones that most represent the Media Architecture Biennale’s goal to advance the understanding and capabilities of .

The winners include a power plant with a shimmering chimney tower, an installation that creates “phantoms” with light, an interactive facade, a crowdsourced mapping system for transit in the developing world, and a kinetic “selfie facade.” See videos of all five winners after the break.

Råå Day Care Center / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

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Architects: Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
Location: Kustgatan 1, 252 70 Råå,
Area: 525.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Sam Jacob On The “Post-Digital Phase”

Eco Ruburb, a community hybrid of the rural and the urban (with Hawkins\Brown). Image © Studio

In an interview with Core77 Sam Jacob, formerly of FAT and now principal at Sam Jacob Studio, has “always pursued an idea of design practice as a combination of criticism, research and speculation that all feed directly into the design studio.” This approach has allowed his ideas to “cross-fertilize, find connections and directions that make the practice stronger, more agile and able to respond intelligently to the problem at hand.” Jacob, who is also a Visiting Professor at Yale and the University of Illinois at Chicago whilst simultaneously director of the Night School at London’s Architectural Association, recently saw one of FAT’s final projects to completion: the curation of the British Pavilion (alongside Dutch architect and academic Wouter Vanstiphout). In the UK, former partner Charles Holland is bringing a collaborative project with artist Grayson Perry to completion in Essex.

Read more and see some of Jacob’s drawings after the break.

Zauia House / Mário Martins Atelier

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Architects: Mário Martins Atelier
Location: Vale da Lama, 8600 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Mario Martins
Design Team: Rui Duarte; Sónia Fialho; José Furtado; Rita Rocha
Technical Projects: Nuno Grave, Engenharia, Lda
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Community House of Lorient / Jean de Giacinto Architecture + Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture

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Architects: Jean de Giacinto Architecture, Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 9435.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Cuisset, Philippe Amoros, Stéphane Chalmeau

Vanke Sales Center Façade Renovation / Shenzhen Upright &Pure Architectural Design

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Architects: Shenzhen Upright, Pure Architectural Design
Location: Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Area: 4600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Shenzhen Upright & Pure Architectural Design

Unforgettable-House in Pohang / Studio GAON

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Architects: Studio GAON
Location: Imjung-ri, Janggi-myeon, Nam-gu, , Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Architects In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh in
Area: 198.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Young-chae Park, Courtesy of Studio GAON

The Adventure of the Light / House Design

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Architects: House Design
Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Area: 220.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hey! Cheese, Courtesy of

The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Image © Craig Auckland
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Image © Craig Auckland

Can Well-Designed Hospitals Shorten Recovery Times?

Comparing Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care to a Scandinavian spa, Gizmodo author Lucy Maddox considers the healing potential of well-designed hospitals as she recounts one woman’s postpartum experience following the birth of premature twins. Natural light, calming materials and colors, a thoughtful layout and clever use of technology have all contributed to making patient recoveries in the new center outperform those in the old hospital’s corridors. “Essentially we want the building to be a great big nurse. A really good nurse,” says clinical psychologist Dr Mike Osborn. Read the complete article, here

Tanaka Clinic / Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates

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Architects: Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates
Location: , Shizuoka,
Area: 498.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daici Ano

Qatar Unveils Designs for Third World Cup Stadium

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The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has released images of the third 2022 World Cup Stadium planned for . Revamping an existing 40-year-old stadium at Gulf Cup in Riyadh, the Khalifa International Stadium will be expanded to accommodate 40,000 spectators and equipped with an “innovative cooling technology” that will allow players to compete at a comfortable 26 degrees Celsius.

Read on after the break for more on the design.

Tyne Cot Cemetery Entrance / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects

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Architects: Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects
Location: Tyne Cot Cemetery, 8980 , Belgium
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Van de Velde

International Commerce Centre / KPF. Image © KPF
International Commerce Centre / KPF. Image © KPF

KPF President Paul Katz Dies at 57

Paul Katz, president and managing principal of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), has died at the age of 57. The “mastermind” behind some of the world’s tallest mixed-use buildings, such as the Shanghai World Financial Center and International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, Katz was praised by colleagues for his attention to detail and ability to foresee a building’s impact on the larger urban scale. “For Paul, it was the entire assemblage, not triumphant individual pieces, that gave the project its urban value,” said KPF design director James von Klemperer, who will succeed Katz as president.

Other notable projects influenced by Katz include Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills, London’s Canary Wharf redevelopment, and the masterplan of New York’s Hudson Yards. You can read his complete obituary here on the New York Times.

Peloton / Bernheimer Architecture

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Architects: Bernheimer Architecture
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Photographs: Naho Kubota , Eric Hwang

Skanska and Foster + Partners Collaborate on World’s First 3D Concrete Printing Robot

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Global construction company Skanska is teaming up with Foster + Partners and the engineers at Loughborough University (LU) to create the world’s first commercial 3D printing robot. The company has signed an agreement with LU, who has been working on the project since 2007, to partake in an 18-month initiative with a consortium of partners focused on developing a robot capable of printing complex structural components with .

A video about LU’s research on 3D concrete printing and Foster + Partner’s involvement, after the break.

Casa de las Ideas Library / CROstudio


Project Architects: CROstudio
Location: Popocatépetl, Camino Verde, 22190 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Project Architects: Adriana Cuellar, Marcel Sánchez
Collaborators: Gabriela Bendeck, Arturo González, Joseph Ruiz Tapia
Structural Engineering: Fernando Arroyo
Construction: Grupo LARC Walter López Arce, Berta Sánchez Rabago
Project Area: 220.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: CROstudio

AD Classics: Montreal Biosphere / Buckminster Fuller

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Architects have never enjoyed a position of such supreme prominence as they did in the worldview of Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller. To him, architects alone were capable of understanding and navigating the complex interrelationships of society, technology, and environment as viewed through the comprehensive paradigm of systems theory. Architecture, in this model, was intended to exist in close contact with both mankind and nature, playing civilization’s most critical role in elevating the state of humanity and promoting its responsible stewardship of the environment. Emerging from the ethical positivity of postwar modernism, this melioristic perspective marks perhaps the zenith of optimism’s ascent in mid-twentieth century thought, and gave Fuller a uniquely moral blueprint for his revolutionary designs.

ML House / Bernardes Jacobsen

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Architects: Bernardes Jacobsen
Location: – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Architects: Thiago Bernardes, Paulo Jacobsen e Bernardo Jacobsen
Project Team: Jaime Cunha Júnior, Christian Rojas, Daniel Vanucchi, Edgar Murata, Gabriel Bocchile e Ricardo Luna
Project Area: 918.0 m2
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti