Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine / LOOK Architects

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Architects: LOOK Architects
Location: 11 Mandalay Road,
Area: 3985.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of LOOK Architects

INABA Frames Empire State Building with Animated “New York Light” Installation

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From the architect.

This holiday season, wedged between two City icons – the Flatiron and Empire State building – stands the #NewYorkLight public art installation by Brooklyn-based INABA. A magnificent place to experience the Manhattan grid, the installation frames a unique and uninterrupted view of the skyline due to the clearing of Madison Square Park.

Four Presidential Libraries for Obama to Consider

University of at Chicago. Image Courtesy of UIC

Of the four locations that are under consideration to host the future presidential library, two have released visions of what could be if their sites were selected – the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of Hawaii at Honolulu (UH). UH, who’s offering a stunning oceanside site on Waikiki Beach, paired Snøhetta, MOS, and Allied Works Architecture with local architects to draw up proposals, all of which share a deep connection to nature. UIC, on the other hand, has proposed an idea that reinterprets the library as a systemized network of public infrastructure focused on revitalization.

View all four proposals, after the break.

Apartment H+M / destilat

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Architects: destilat
Location: Mariahilfer Straße, Wien,
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Monika Nguyen

Link / The Ranch Mine

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Architects: The Ranch Mine
Location: West Camelback Road & North 7th Avenue, , AZ 85013, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jason + Anna Photography

TailorCrete Seeks to Revolutionize Concrete Fabrication

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Concrete construction has been an important part of architectural practice since the Roman Empire. Extremely malleable, fluid concrete is capable of being poured into almost any conceivable form. In theory, this makes it an ideal building material. In practice, however, creating complex forms out of concrete is extremely inefficient. Pouring on sight requires formwork that is painstakingly made by hand, and precast concrete is usually limited by orthogonal molds. Concrete has become restricted to a few simple forms that are easy and cheap to produce when, in many cases, a building would benefit from concrete casting that is optimized for its structural and economical needs. How do we make such optimization feasible? This is the question that the EU sponsored TailorCrete has attempted to answer. A consortium lasting for four years, is exploring new technologies that could make non-standard concrete structures commonplace.

Convento House / Enrique Mora Alvarado

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Architects: Enrique Mora Alvarado
Location: Chone, Ecuador
Project Director: Enrique Mora Alvarado
Area: 125.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Enrique Mora Alvarado

Inclusivity as Architectural Program: A Reflection on Vancouver’s Woodward’s Redevelopment Five Years On

The need for “body heat” to reactivate the abandoned site led to a high density, and ultimately to the development’s 43 and 32 storey towers. Image © Bob Matheson

Officially opened in 2010, the Woodward’s Redevelopment project designed by Vancouver based Henriquez Partners Architects and situated in the city’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), was a contentious proposal from the time of its inception, and has continued to be so in the almost five years since its completion. Yet as the large-scale mixed-use complex, and its role in the community, nears the first of many milestone anniversaries, it offers us a chance for critical reflection and allows for perceptions and understandings to be gathered and assessed.

What has made Woodward’s an interesting case study, however, is the project’s attempt to act as a model for responsible development with respect to the regeneration of its surrounding urban and community context. Yet there has also been much criticism, with fears over rapid gentrification and claims that it has displaced some of the community’s most at-risk residents. For managing partner Gregory Henriquez, however, it was seen as an opportunity to introduce a place of inclusivity into the neighbourhood and as a chance to “share a portion of the wealth created in real estate development to support the greater good.”

Galeria Babilônia 1500 / Rua Arquitetos

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Architects: Rua Arquitetos
Location: Avenida Babilônia, Santa Rita do Araguaia – GO, 75840-000,
Architect In Charge: Pedro Évora
Co Author: Pedro Rivera
Staff: Carina Batista, Mariana Albuquerque
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Damien Jacob

Grimshaw Receives Planning Approval for Phase Two of Belfast’s City Quays Masterplan

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Grimshaw Architects have received full planning approval for City Quays 2, the second building planned as part of their City Quays masterplan for Belfast Harbour’s Clarendon Dock. To be built on a former ferry terminal site, City Quays 2 will stretch nine stories high and provide over 95,000 square feet of flexible work space.

Pavilion at Architect’s Residence / Kythreotis Architects

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Architects: Kythreotis Architects
Location: Nicosia
Architect In Charge: Charilaos Kythreotis
Area: 210.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stelios Kallinikou

Charles Correa, Indian architect and recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal (1984). Image © Charles Correa Associates
Charles Correa, Indian architect and recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal (1984). Image © Charles Correa Associates

RIBA To Open Chapter In India

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced that they will open a chapter in India in 2015 in order to offer “enhanced membership support, networking opportunities and a forum for local activities and CPD.” It will also allow the RIBA to work “collaboratively with the Indian Institute for Architects (IIA) for the enhancement of the profession.” The launch of this branch of the institute follows the opening of chapters in the USA, Hong Kong and the Gulf in recent years. According to Chloe Sadler, RIBA Head of International Chapters, the RIBA currently has “just under 100 members in India who are working tirelessly to uphold the principles of the [institute] and share the importance of good design.” “This new Chapter will cement the RIBA’s commitment to support our members in India through knowledge exchange and the celebration of architecture.”

Balint House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: 46117 Bétera, Valencia,
Architect In Charge: Fran Silvestre
Area: 772.0 sqm
Photographs: Diego Opazo

Multicultural Centre in Isbergues / Dominique Coulon & Associés

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Architects: Dominique Coulon & Associés
Location: Rue Léon Blum, 62330 ,
Architects In Charge: Dominique Coulon, Steve Letho Duclos
Project Assistant: Gautier Duthoit
Area: 3928.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda, Guillaume Wittmann

S HOUSE 3 / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: , Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Architects In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
Architect: So Adachi
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 31.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Aedas’ Huasha Plaza Set to Complete Next Year

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Aedas has unveiled designs for a mixed-use development in , . Planned for a scenic reserve area between Yunlong Mountain and Lake, “Huasha Plaza” hopes to minimize its footprint by acting as an extension to the surrounding landscape. Once complete in 2015, the project will be comprised of a hotel, residential, office and retail. Read on for more details.

WE Shares First Prize for Danish Psychiatric Hospital


WE Architecture has been selected as one of three winners in the first phase for a new psychiatric hospital in . “Reminiscent of a small village,” the prize-winning scheme steps away from the typical hospital typology to propose a dense cluster of gabled structures connected by therapeutic green space.

“The proposal fits the extension subtly and respectfully into the existing context… It adds a gable motif that opens the communal spaces towards the surrounding park and landscape and at the same time frames terraces and balconies. The committee finds that this simple move adds a subtle, non-institutional appearance with strong positive references to low-dense housing projects of very high quality,” stated the jury. Read on to learn more.

Iwan Baan: No Filter

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Frank Gehry. Image ©

Cultured, one of the leading art, architecture and design magazines, has shared with us part of the 16-page photo essay “No Filter” by Iwan Baan that is being featured in its Winter Issue, on stands now. Enjoy! 

If you pore endlessly over images of architecture the way we do, chances are you’ve been drooling over work captured by Iwan Baan. Though he’s adamant that he not be referred to as an “architectural photographer,” Baan has probably captured more buildings, pavilions, residences and just about every other structure in between than any other single lensman. Yet it is Baan’s background in documentary photography that most influences his work. “I choose my projects not so much for the architecture, but for its relationship with the city around it and how people respond to it,” says Baan. “I’m trying to tell the story of the built environment—the places where we live.” Here, Baan tells the story behind 11 projects completed this year, and two others that he has a personal connection to.

“I love great architecture that is very specific for its site and client, it’s for an architect always a dance between him, a site and a client. Here, Gehry was given complete freedom to design every detail, every nook and cranny of a building for Bernard Arnault to house his art collection.”

Read on for more quotes and images by the renowned Iwan Baan.