Sky Loft / KUBE architecture

© Greg Powers Photography

Architects: KUBE architecture
Location: Washington, DC 20008,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Greg Powers Photography

House in Komae / architect cafe

© Satoshi Asakawa

Architects: architect cafe
Location: Tokyo,
Area: 154.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Satoshi Asakawa

Winners Named for 2013-2014 Steel Design Student Competition: Border Crossing

Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

In Borders: A Very Short Introduction, Hagan Diener writes, “…every border has a story. Every line on a map, every maker in the landscape, was derived from some complex negation of power and culture.” It is this potency of meaning that makes the physical and conceptual border such a fascinating site. The 2013-2014 ACSA administered and sponsored Steel Design Student Competition challenged students to design a border crossing station addressing the complex factors of cross-border relationships, using structural as the primary material. Learn more about the competition and the winning projects after the break.

Capco and Bold Rocket offices / D+DS architecture office

Courtesy of D+DS architecture office

Architects: D+DS architecture office
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of D+DS architecture office

3XN Designs Affordable Housing Tower in Denmark

Courtesy of 3XN

The influx of students in Aarhus, Denmark is causing the city to rapidly expand. In response to the growing need for affordable housing close to the local university, 3XN teamed up with developer Jens Richard Pedersen to design a residential high-rise near the institution. The future tower has been dubbed La Tour as an ode to the building that currently occupies the site, Hotel La Tour.

Newly released renders and model photographs depict the tower as a sweeping semi-circular form that rises in steps. The gradual elevation of the building will start at the street, defining the transition from the surrounding small-scale buildings to the urban high-rise typology. For more information and images, read on after the break.

Widmi Building / am-architektur

© Michael Haug

Architects: am-architektur
Location: Lenzburg,
Area: 8200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Haug, Fréderic Giger

The Architect’s Guide to Writing

Illustration by Bob Gill. Image Courtesy of Images Publishing

The following is an excerpt from Bill Schmalz’s book The Architect’s Guide to Writing

The architecture, design, and construction professions are seen, by ourselves and by those outside the professions, as visual and tectonic fields. Architects and designers are trained as visual artists, using two- and three-dimensional means to depict buildings, spaces, and urban environments. We learn how to sketch; to build physical and digital models; and to draw plans, elevations, sections, and details. Similarly, contractors and construction managers are trained in scheduling, cost estimating, and the physical requirements of constructing buildings. These are valuable skills for us design and construction professionals at all stages in our careers. But for most of us, there comes a time when we need to write stuff, when written documents dominate our professional lives. Letters, proposals, reports, specifications, contracts, RFIs and RFI responses, meeting minutes, emails, and white papers are just some of the types of documents that we spend much of our time writing.

Unfortunately, we receive little training in our writing skills. True, our elementary school education may have given us the basics of English grammar and composition. In college, most of us had to fulfill liberal arts requirements that involved writing. But when we entered the profession, we were unprepared to deal with how much we would have to write, and how important it would be to our professional lives.

Room Factory / RoomConcept

© Ketsiree Wongwan

Architects: RoomConcept
Location: 10330,
Interior Designer: Pavin Supasri, Sirima Pliencharoen, Amanda Tonavanik , Surapak Intarakul, Kiattikhun Nimcharoenwan
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ketsiree Wongwan

Light Matters: Whiteness in Nordic Countries

Dybkær Church, Silkeborg, Denmark. Architecture: Regnbuen Arkitekter. Image © 2010

The Scandinavian countries have developed great buildings that resonate with both the scarce light in winter and the long summer days. Henry Plummer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has very carefully studied the various phenomena in the Nordic countries, with extensive photo journeys and brilliant writing that combines an analytical perspective with a poetic touch. His view of looks beyond the practical advantages of using reflective white spaces to facilitate bright rooms; the passionate photographer is much more interested in the light effects that play with the local beauty of nature and touch the human soul.

Read on for more about how Nordic light enters white spaces

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center / DesignGroup

© Brad Feinknopf

Architects: DesignGroup
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Drive, , OH 43119,
Designer: Michael Bongiorno
Project Architect, Sustainability Manager: William Keoni Fleming
Project Associate: Joseph Mayer
Area: 14000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Design Revealed for Norway’s New National Arts Museum

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The planning phase for the new National Arts Museum in Norway is coming to a close and the images of the winning design by architects Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten have been released. With its modernization and expansion, the museum aims to enhance the fields of art and design in and serve as a cultural hub for locals and tourists alike. Learn more about the project and see the proposed design after the break.

Number of Women Architects on the Rise in the UK

© Robert Venturi

The number of women becoming architects in the is increasing, according to the latest figures by the ’s Architects Registration Board (ARB). Now, 7,538 female architects are registered with the ARB, up nearly 74% from just 10 years ago, the Architects’ Journal (AJ) reports. Yet despite the overall increase, women still only make up 22% of the profession, and represented just 38% of the new registrants in 2013.

Read on after the break for comments from female architects…

Lions Park Scouts / Auburn University Rural Studio

© Timothy Hursley

Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
Location: Lions Park, Greensboro, AL 36744, USA
Student Design/Build Team: Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukkhayes, Benjamin Pendergraft, Elizabeth Whitlock
Architect Of Record: David Hinson, FAIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

The 6th Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival Returns to New York City

“Who Dares Wins: Zaha Hadid”. Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival

The 6th Annual Architecture and Design Film Festival is set to return to City on October 15th for five days of premieres and showings. With a special themed focus on Women in Architecture, the US’s largest architecture-related film festival will present over twenty five feature-length and short films in a programme curated by Kyle Bergman and Laura Cardello. Designed to provide “rare glimpses and intimate portrayals of seminal figures and growing movements in the fields of architecture, design, urbanism and fashion,” this year’s festival will also feature a 3D film series exploring six iconic structures from filmmakers such as Wim Wenders and Robert Redford.

Explore the highlights and find out more about the festival after the break.

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Architects: Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira
Location: Huai’an, Jiangsu,
Architects In Charge: Álvaro Siza e
Local Partner: United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
Project Management: Stephen Want & Richard Wang
Client: Por-Shih, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial Jiangsu Co., Ltd.
Project Area: 11000 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Kínder Monte Sinaí / LBR + A

© Alfonso Merchand

Architects:
Location: Loma de la Palma 133, Lomas de Vista Hermosa, 05100 City, Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Julieta Boy, Aby Helfon, José Luis Martin, Mariana Mercado
Area: 3755.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alfonso Merchand

Chinese Boxes / thescape

© SungKyung Choi

Architects: thescape
Location: Gangnam-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: KyungHwan Chun (jaeminahyo.com)
Area: 237.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: SungKyung Choi

Rain Shelter House / y+M

© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Architects: y+M
Location: , 〒683-0805 Tottori Prefecture, , Nishifukubara, 6 Chome−2−45 SANロイヤル
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya