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Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta Named 2017 Pritzker Prize Laureates

10:00 - 1 March, 2017
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta Named 2017 Pritzker Prize Laureates

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta have been named as the laureates of the 2017 Pritzker Prize. Their projects emphasize materiality and craft – considered use of color, transparency (and thereby light) define an oeuvre which ranges from public buildings to houses, a kindergarten and a winery.

The three architects—all of whom are Spanish Catalan and originate from Olot, Girona (where they are all presently based)—have worked collaboratively together as RCR Arquitectes since 1988; they simultaneously graduated in Architecture from ETSAV, the School of Architecture in Valles (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura del Vallès) a year prior. This 39th incarnation of the Prize represents the first instance in which three architects have been recognized at once, and only the second time—following Rafael Moneo in 1996—that Spanish practitioners have been honored.

House ML+M+R / Caprioglio Associati Architects

15:00 - 1 March, 2017
House ML+M+R / Caprioglio Associati Architects, © Paolo Belvedere
© Paolo Belvedere

© Paolo Belvedere © Paolo Belvedere © Paolo Belvedere © Paolo Belvedere +46

New Renderings Revealed of Google's Mountain View Campus

14:00 - 1 March, 2017
New Renderings Revealed of Google's Mountain View Campus, Courtesy of City of Mountain View
Courtesy of City of Mountain View

New images of BIG and Heatherwick Studio’s proposed Google campus in Mountain View California have been revealed in planning documents presented to the city last month. Initially announced in 2015, the project has seen several revisions after first running into difficulty with the city planning board, and then after swapping sites with fellow tech giant LinkedIn. The latest iteration, the 18.6-acre Charleston East campus, features a 2-story, 595,000-square-foot building topped with a flowing, tent-like canopy.

Courtesy of City of Mountain View Courtesy of City of Mountain View Courtesy of City of Mountain View Courtesy of City of Mountain View +14

Mill Valley Guesthouse / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

13:00 - 1 March, 2017
Mill Valley Guesthouse / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, © David Wakely
© David Wakely

© David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely +11

Jean Nouvel, Foster + Partners Among 7 Architects to Design Towers for Paris' La Défense District

12:00 - 1 March, 2017
Jean Nouvel, Foster + Partners Among 7 Architects to Design Towers for Paris' La Défense District, Courtesy of Paris La Défense
Courtesy of Paris La Défense

The La Défense district of Paris has announced the proposal of seven new skyscrapers by top architects including Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Foster + Partners and Christian de Portzamparc in an attempt to lure business to the city during a time of economic upheaval in the European markets.

All planned for completion no later than 2022, the new buildings would target international businessmen and researchers, especially those displaced following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium / RCR Arquitectes

10:55 - 1 March, 2017
Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium / RCR Arquitectes, © Simon Garcia
© Simon Garcia

© Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia © Hisao Suzuki © Simon Garcia +51

Who Are RCR Arquitectes? 9 Things to Know About the New Pritzker Prize Winners

10:00 - 1 March, 2017
Who Are RCR Arquitectes? 9 Things to Know About the New Pritzker Prize Winners, Soulages Museum (2014). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize
Soulages Museum (2014). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize

Today, the Pritzker announced Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, the three founders of Catalan firm RCR Arquitectes, as the recipients of the 2017 Pritzker Prize. As designers of an architecture that is both stylistically and physically local—RCR Arquitectes’ work is mostly found in Catalonia, although recent projects have taken them to France and Belgium—the firm has established a strong profile in north-eastern Spain and a cult following among academic circles around the world. However, other members of the architectural community might find themselves forced to reach for the nearest search engine. For those people, the following 9 facts will provide the information you need to understand architecture’s newest Pritzker Prize laureates.

La Lira Theater Public Open Space (2011). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize Soulages Museum (2014). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize Bell–Lloc Winery (2007). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize Barberí Laboratory (2008). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize +11

Walnut Tree, House and Terrace / PRO-S

09:00 - 1 March, 2017
Walnut Tree, House and Terrace  / PRO-S, © Jure Živković
© Jure Živković

© Jure Živković © Jure Živković © Jure Živković © Jure Živković +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ogulin, Croatia
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomislav Soldo
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Denver Art Museum Receives $12 Million to Revitalize Ponti North Building

08:00 - 1 March, 2017
Denver Art Museum Receives $12 Million to Revitalize Ponti North Building, Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building at dusk. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti
Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building at dusk. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has announced that a $12 million gift from Anna and John J. Sie will support the construction of a new welcome center at the museum’s Gio Ponti-designed North Building.

Paying homage to the shapes and volumes of the existing building, the new construction—by Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects—aims to enhance the museum campus’ connection to the Golden Triangle neighborhood, as well as to improve visitor navigation and amenities.

Denver Art Museum North Building entryway and welcome desk. 1971. Image © Wayne Thom Denver Art Museum North Building constructed by Italian architect Gio Ponti. 1971. Image © Wayne Thom Proposed North Building Project Model 2016. Jason A. Knowles. Image © Fentress Architects Proposed architectural rendering of North Building from the Cultural Center Complex Garage. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti +25

The Story of the 1960s Mass-Produced Modular Design That Actually Went into Production

07:00 - 1 March, 2017
The Story of the 1960s Mass-Produced Modular Design That Actually Went into Production, Slovenian designer Saša J. Mächtig conceived the concept for the Kiosk K67 project half a century ago, but its ideas of indeterminacy and open-endedness remain relevant. Image Courtesy of Museum of Architecture & Design, Ljubljana
Slovenian designer Saša J. Mächtig conceived the concept for the Kiosk K67 project half a century ago, but its ideas of indeterminacy and open-endedness remain relevant. Image Courtesy of Museum of Architecture & Design, Ljubljana

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The Enduring Lives of Saša Machtig's Modular Creations."

Even in relative old age, the Kiosk K67—a shape-shifting system of modular fiberglass structures—keeps active. A kiosk in Kromberk, Slovenia, in the former Yugoslavia has become a beehive. Another, used by a Bosnia and Herzegovina food vendor, has received a masonry addition. In Ljubljana, a kiosk that formerly sheltered parking lot attendants now supports an automated ticket machine.

These may not have been adaptations the Slovenian designer Saša J. Mächtig had in mind when he first conceived the K67 50 years ago. But accounting for all of them would have been impossible. In theory, the system permitted unlimited configurations and variations. By the time production stopped in 1999, around 7,500 units of the K67 had been manufactured. While most remained in Yugoslavia, some were exported abroad—among other places, to Poland, Japan, New Zealand, Kenya, Iraq, the former Soviet Union, and the United States. Around the world, they were adapted to uses ranging from border patrol stations and ski lift ticket booths to retail and fast-food stands. No one is really sure how many are still in use today, or what other kinds of folksy, improvised alterations have been made to them, but among the greatest pleasures of the kiosks is their endless capacity to surprise. The K67, a recent retrospective of Mächtig’s work at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana managed to restore its original brilliance. And it did so without suppressing the deviations. As the show’s curator Maja Vardjan writes in her catalogue essay, what distinguishes the K67 is “its position between architecture and industrial design, embeddedness in the framework of a modern city and society, the rituals of daily life, and, last but not least, its persistent capacity to reinvent itself.” While the visionary architectural schemes of the 1960s and 1970s may inspire wistful longing (What could have been!), the K67 kiosks, even as they disappear from view, provoke a question: Why have they persisted for so long?

3 Success Stories Show How to Apply Road Safety Through Public Health Plans

06:00 - 1 March, 2017
3 Success Stories Show How to Apply Road Safety Through Public Health Plans, © Flickr User: NYCDOT. Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
© Flickr User: NYCDOT. Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Vision Zero is an initiative that started in Sweden in 1997 when the country began implementing a series of road safety measures to reach their goal of zero deaths from traffic accidents. As a result, the country managed to reduce the number of deaths to 3 people per 100 thousand inhabitants.

Since then the plan has been adopted by different cities and has inspired the creation of various organizations that are looking to make our streets a safer places. One of them being the Vision Zero Network that brings together traffic engineers, health professionals, local leaders, and policy makers.

Castelvecchio Museum – The East Wing / Filippo Bricolo & Bricolo Falsarella Associates

05:00 - 1 March, 2017
Castelvecchio Museum – The East Wing / Filippo Bricolo  & Bricolo Falsarella Associates, © Nicolò Galeazzi
© Nicolò Galeazzi

© Nicolò Galeazzi © Nicolò Galeazzi © Nicolò Galeazzi © Nicolò Galeazzi +65

Clock House Gardens / Stockwool

03:00 - 1 March, 2017
Clock House Gardens / Stockwool, © Morley von Sternberg
© Morley von Sternberg

© Morley von Sternberg © Morley von Sternberg © Morley von Sternberg © Morley von Sternberg +14

Architecture Campus / SCHMELZLE+PARTNER

02:00 - 1 March, 2017
Architecture Campus / SCHMELZLE+PARTNER, © Steffen Schrägle
© Steffen Schrägle

© Steffen Schrägle © Steffen Schrägle © Steffen Schrägle © Steffen Schrägle +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    D-72280 Hallwangen, Black Forest, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Siegfried Schmelzle
  • Area

    1970.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

ArchDaily China's 2017 Building of the Year Finalists

23:00 - 28 February, 2017
ArchDaily China's 2017 Building of the Year Finalists

This year, for the first time, the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards have come to China. In tandem with our global search for the best projects published in the past year, our readers are currently voting to select the best Chinese projects over on our sister site ArchDaily China. So far, after 2 weeks of nominations and over 5,000 votes, the readers of ArchDaily China have narrowed down more than 300 projects from mainland China and Hong Kong to just 10 finalists. Read on to see the projects competing for the top prize, and make sure to vote for your favorites up until March 6th!

Fiverr Israel Offices / Setter Architects

22:00 - 28 February, 2017
Fiverr Israel Offices / Setter Architects, © Amit Gosher
© Amit Gosher

© Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher +30

Calm Paang / Full Scale Studio

20:00 - 28 February, 2017
Calm Paang  / Full Scale Studio, © Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu
© Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu

© Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu © Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu © Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu © Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Architect in Charge

    Attasit Kongmongkol
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The Turn House / Architecton

19:00 - 28 February, 2017
The Turn House  / Architecton, © Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Nick Lukas
  • Area

    750.0 m2
  • Photographs