StreetDome / CEBRA + Glifberg + Lykke

© Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

Architects: CEBRA , Glifberg + Lykke
Location: 6100 , Denmark
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK’s Confidence Remains High

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for September showed that, for yet another month, confidence is high among UK architects, with the workload index up fractionally to +29 from +28 in August. Again, this positive figure was spread right across the country, with the most optimistic reports coming from Northern Ireland and the North of England, reporting workload index figures of +80 and +46 respectively – promising figures considering that these two areas were “slowest to show signs of recovery” after the recession, according to the RIBA.

Histria Aromatica Homestead / VMA

© Ivan Dorotić

Architects: VMA
Location: Istria, 52207, ,
Area: 972.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ivan Dorotić

University Library / a02 Atelier

© Vladimir Yurkovic

Architects: a02 Atelier
Location: Fakulta riadenia a informatiky Žilinskej univerzity v Ružomberku, Katolícka univerzita v Ružomberku, Hrabovská cesta, 034 01 -Ružomberok,
Area: 2066.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Vladimir Yurkovic

Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road Win Inaugural MCHAP Award

The winners of the inaugural MCHAP Award, recognizing outstanding projects in the Americas: Álvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road. Photographs © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG – últimas reportagens and © Hufton + Crow

Álvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida have just been announced as the winners of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).

MCHAP was established by the Institute of Technology (IIT) in to recognize the best built works in the Americas. As Kenneth Frampton noted when the finalists were announced in Santiago, Chile, the MCHAP Awards are the first time that an architectural prize has been approached, not in a trans-atlantic, horizontal manner, but rather vertically across the Americas.

Although initially the jury intended to select one work to be honored for the 2000-2013 period, they felt that both projects represented “an uncommon expressive display of structure,” and divided the 13-year period into two parts. Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation was selected as the 2000-2008 winner, while Herzog & de Meuron’s mixed-use parking garage was selected for the 2009-2013 period. The two winning projects were selected from a total of seven finalists by jury members Jorge Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, and Kenneth Frampton.

Learn more about the winning projects after the break.

K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio

© Aviad Bar Ness

Architects: Arbejazz Architecture Studio
Location: , Israel
Interior Design: Adi Wainberg ().
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aviad Bar Ness, Adi Wainberg

Leaning House / PRAUD

© Kyungsub Shin

Architects: PRAUD
Location: 중평저수지, Maryeong-myeon,
Architects In Charge: Dongwoo Yim, Rafael Luna
Area: 127.0 sqm
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Rabbit’s Tale / t!dtangstudio

© Ketsiree Wongwan

Architects: t!dtangstudio
Location: Phon Piya Alley, Bang Sue, Bang Sue, Bangkok 10800,
Design Team: Pattakorn Thanasanaksorn, Pornplom Krasaeyarn
Main Contractor: Saran Navaraj
Area: 260.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ketsiree Wongwan

La Brea Affordable Housing / Patrick Tighe + John V. Mutlow

© Architecture / Bran Arifin

Architects: Patrick Tighe, John V. Mutlow
Location: West Hollywood, CA,
Area: 50000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick Tighe Architecture / Bran Arifin, Art Gray Photography

Studio Gang Breaks Ground on Chicago Writers’ Theatre

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Studio Gang has broke ground on the new home for ’s beloved Writers’ Theatre. Situated on the sloped Tudor Court site of the Glencoe Woman’s Library Club, the glass encased timber structure will be a theatrical spectacle, as the main performance space’s second story catwalk is designed to peer through the transparent facade.

“Our process has been built around the creative team dialogue with Writers Theatre, its audiences, and the community, and we could not be more excited to celebrate this milestone today while looking forward to the ideas that will soon become a built reality in 2016,” said Jeanne Gang. “The design of Writers Theatre’s first purpose-built theatre reinforces their important mission and vision to maximize the feeling of intimacy between actors and audience within the park-like setting of downtown Glencoe.”

New renderings and more information from the architect, after the break.

Svencelė Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Centre / DO architects + Aketuri Architektai

Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai

Architects: DO architects, Aketuri Architektai
Location: 96241, Lithuania
Design Team: Andrė Baldišiūtė, Lukas Rekevičius, Milda Rekevičienė, Ignas Uogintas, Algimantas Neniškis
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai

David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Renzo Piano Among 12 Shortlisted for Sydney Art Gallery Expansion

Art Gallery of NSW. Image © Flickr CC User Jason Starr

Twelve local and international practices have been invited to participate in a two-stage competition for the “ Modern Project,” a $450 million of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW). Five practices from the shortlist, which also includes SANAA, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Herzog & de Meuron, will move on to produce conceptual designs in the competition’s final round.

“The Sydney Modern vision for expansion and transformation is much more than just a building project,” stated gallery director Dr. Michael Brand. “Through this invited competition the Gallery is seeking ideas that will create an architecturally ambitious, intelligent, sensitive, sustainable and highly functional design. Our site overlooking Sydney Harbor will inspire each of the invited architectural practices, all of whom have extraordinary design skills.”

The invited architectural practices are…

September ABI Indicates Robust Conditions for US

September 2014. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The American Institute of Architecture () has indicated a “heightened level of demand for design services” throughout the US. As the latest Architecture Billings Index () reports, all regions and project sectors have shown positive conditions and the September score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. The new projects inquiry index was 64.8, following a mark of 62.6 the previous month.

“Strong demand for apartment buildings and condominiums has been one of the main drivers in helping to keep the design and construction market afloat in recent years,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There continues to be a healthy market for those types of design projects, but the recently resurgent Institutional sector is leading to broader growth for the entire construction industry.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Prairie Logic / el dorado

© Mike Sinclair

Architects: el dorado
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Architect In Charge: Dan Maginn, FAIA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair, Videtech, Courtesy of el dorado

Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect’s Role

Ghost 7 / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © James Steeves

is the founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, a professor at Dalhousie University and the founder of Ghost Lab - the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011. While relentlessly local, Brian’s work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

On August 22nd, 2014 Brian hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and Marie Zawistowski, co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture. Here is an excerpt from their conversation, which was originally published on Inform:

Keith Zawistowski: Your contributions to the discipline of architecture have been both in practice and in education. In 1994, you founded Ghost, an international laboratory that influenced all generations of architects with its simplicity and this affirmation of timeless architectural values of place and craft. It was a pretty bold move and it seems for us like it was a direct reaction to your discontentment with academia and the way architects were being educated. Do you still feel that strongly about the state of architecture education and the profession?

El Blok / FUSTER + Architects

© Dianne Puliza

Architects:
Location: Vieques,
Design Team: Nataniel Fúster, George Stewart, Heather Crichfield, Sadie Winslow, Eric Barrios, Luis R. Albaladejo, Jose Pagán
Area: 2211.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dianne Puliza, Jaime Navarro, Simon Chaput, Nataniel Fuster

© Lawrence Blough via the Architect's Newsaper
© Lawrence Blough via the Architect's Newsaper

Pratt Institute Students Create Sinuous Screen Wall From Concrete Blocks

Students from the Pratt Institute have created a wall of concrete blockwork… but not like any you’ve seen before. Challenged by their tutors Lawrence Blough and Ezra Ardolino to produce something highly customized from something highly standardized – the 8-by-8-by-24-inch AAC brick – the students used Rhino software and a CNC miller to create a 96-block screen wall composed of 20 different block profiles. “The earlier stuff I’d done was trying to use as much off-the-shelf material as I could,” said Blough. “Here we decided to really push it, and to take on more of the ideas of mass customization.” Find out more about the project at the Architect’s Newspaper Fabrikator Blog.

Video: Emre Arolat’s Sancaklar Mosque From Start to Finish

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Earlier this year, Emre Arolat Architects completed their Sancaklar Mosque, “a simple cave like space” in Istanbul which through its humble exterior forms and emphasis on connection to nature, offers a “dramatic and awe inspiring place to pray and be alone with God.” Over a period of 24 months, SGMStudio (Sarraf | Galeyan | Mekanik) documented this work, as the elements of the mosque gradually emerged from its steel rebar framework. “While recording the progress of the construction throughout passing seasons, the film aims to portray the building’s existence within nature and its percept of space with the sensibility of the structure it purposes to narrate,” say SGMStudio. Set to dramatic backing music, “the film dwells on the tension between the technical and engineering-centric implementation and humble and tranquil art of building with its pacing.”