Moreyra House Astrid y Gastón / 51-1 arquitectos

© PHOSS – Antonio Sorrentino & Iván Salinero

Architects: 51-1 arquitectos
Location: Avenida Paz Soldan 290, 15073,
Project Architects: César Becerra, Fernando Puente Arnao, Manuel de Rivero, Juan Pablo Corvalán
Project Area: 4701.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: PHOSS – Antonio Sorrentino & Iván Salinero, Courtesy of 51-1 arquitectos

Rogers Partners and ASD Chosen to Redesign St. Petersburg’s Pier

© The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

A consortium of Tampa-based ASD, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, and Ken Smith Landscape Architect has been announced as winners of the second Pier redesign competition. Chosen after the city failed to implement Michael Maltzen Architecture’s competition-winning proposal due to strong public opposition, the new winning scheme, “Pier Park” takes a more scaled down (and affordable) approach to redesigning the site’s landmark 1970s pier by focusing on public experience rather than architectural intervention.

Read on after the break for more on the $46 million Pier Park proposal.

ARCHIDESIGN: Design Histories By Federico Babina

Courtesy of Federico Babina

With his latest series of , Federico Babina offers us “a journey into the universe of design” through 28 illustrations which use a composition of frames to tell stories around iconic designs. “I like to think of the objects that inhabit our homes as a silent audience, but active in our lives,” explains Babina. “The objects themselves tell stories, not inanimate things but things that soak up the life that surrounds them.”

Through the combination of so-called “timeless” designs with clear references to the times and styles that produced them, Babina tells the history of these iconic objects that we may take for granted today (with the occasional saucy human story thrown in for good measure).

See the entire set of ARCHIDESIGN illustrations after the break – and if you missed them, make sure to check out Federico Babina’s previous illustration sets and his website.

Hattiloo Theatre / archimania

© Hank Mardukas Photography

Architects: archimania
Location: 37 Cooper Street, , TN 38103, USA
Area: 11041.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hank Mardukas Photography

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Watch Now: Jacques Herzog Lecture Livestream

Jacques Herzog’s first lecture in Denmark will be livestreamed on April 28, from 11:30 – 1:30 EST, during which the Swiss architect will discuss the New North Zealand Hospital projectHerzog & de Meuron, along with Danish firm Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, was selected to design the 124,000-square-meter facility during an international design competition last year. To be built near Hillerød, the hospital will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first project in Scandinavia. Learn more about the project and view the livestream of the lecture after the break.

Kumbh Mela: Designing the World’s Largest Gathering Of People

, January 2013: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City. A project by Harvard University. Published by Hatje Cantz. Image © Felipe Vera

As the location of the world’s largest single-purpose gathering of people, the 2013 Kumbh Mela obviously required a significant organizational effort from those charged with planning it – but what is less obvious is exactly how this need to plan can be squared with the nature of the Kumbh Mela itself. Located in the floodplain of the river Ganges, most of the 23.5-square-kilometer area of the festival (commonly referred to as the nagri) remains underwater until a few months before the festival, and organization is at every stage challenged by the uncertainty and ephemerality of the festival itself. In this excerpt from the recently published book, “Kumbh Mela, January 2013: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City,” Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard GSD, and Felipe Vera, Co-director of the Center for Ecology, Landscape and Urbanism at UAI DesignLab, explain how infrastructure and street grids are deployed in a way that not only enables the Kumbh Mela festival itself, but enhances its ephemeral and democratic spirit.

Deployment Process

Standing at the Kumbh Mela at night looking towards an endless functioning city where the construction of the nagri is fused with the city of Allahabad, there are two things that one cannot avoid asking: 1) How was this enormous city planned in terms of scale and complexity? 2) How is the city actually constructed? One of the most interesting elements about the construction process of the city is that unlike more static and permanent cities—where the whole is comprised of the aggregations of smaller parts, constructed in different moments that are tied together by pre-existing and connecting urban infrastructure—the city of the Kumbh Mela is planned and built all at once, as a unitary effort.

Rio Blanco Pavilion / Estudio Carme Pinós

© Jordi Bernadó

Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco,
Project Architect: Carme Pinós Desplat
Project Area: 75.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

7 Takeaways from Van Alen’s Survey on Architectural Competitions

One of 6 final designs unveiled for Guggenheim Helsinki – the world’s most popular open architectural competition. Image © GH-121371443

For years, competitions have powered the stream of architectural output, producing such icons as the Vietnam War Memorial, Sydney Opera House, Central Park, and Ground Zero memorial. One need only look to the buzz surrounding the Guggenheim Helsinki competition and ArchDaily’s own amply filled tag to see that competitions are part of the very lifeblood coursing through contemporary architecture. But what do architects really think about design competitions?

With 1414 responses from 65 countries, the Architectural Record/Van Alen Institute Competition is one of the most comprehensive investigations of this question to date. Speaking to the Architectural Record in February, Van Alen Institute competitions director Jerome Chou said that the survey hoped to identify the pros and cons of the competitions process, and offer suggestions for its improvement. “[W]e’re hoping to advance the dialogue about the future of competitions, develop new models, and reach new audience,” Chou said.

Launched in February this year, the survey sought responses from international design professionals who had participated in a competition during their career.

Read a summary of the survey’s key findings after the break.

Call for ArchDaily Interns: Summer 2015


 is in need of a select group of awesome, architecture-obsessed interns to join our team for Summer 2015 (June – August)! If you want to spend your days researching/writing about the best architecture around the globe – and find out what it takes to work for the world’s most visited architecture website – then read on after the break…

Disfrutar Restaurant / El Equipo Creativo

© Adrià Goula

Architects: El Equipo Creativo
Location: Carrer de Villarroel, 163, 08036 , ,
Project Area: 520.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Monocle’s Inaugural Conference In Lisbon Asks: What Is Quality Of Life?

Monoclea briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design, was founded by in 2007 by Tyler Brûlé, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper*. With over thirty correspondents working around the world, the magazine also has local bureaux in Tokyo, New York City, Hong Kong, Zürich, Toronto, Istanbul and Singapore. This month saw the publication host their inaugural international conference, centering on the enduring theme that has preoccupied the magazine since launch: Quality of Life.

Set against the backdrop of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, the event was hosted by Brûlé alongside editors Andrew Tuck, Robert Bound, Sophie Grove and Steve Bloomfield. The opinions of twenty-three internationally renowned speakers―including Martin Roth (Director of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum), Taco Dibbits (of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum) and Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, alongside the Mayors of Oslo and Porto―were keenly listened to by 160 delegates who had traveled from across the world. The points for discussion allowed for a breadth of discourse that spanned housing and urbanism, to explorations of the ‘high street’ and the significance of the museum in the contemporary city. The thematic scope of these conversations made them accessible, inspirational and, more importantly, both relevant and widely applicable.

Louise Michel and Louis Aragon High Schools / archi5

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: archi5
Location: Gisors,
Area: 6400.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Sauna Saltsjöbaden / Murman Arkitekter

© Åke E:son Lindman

Architects: Murman Arkitekter
Location: Saltsjöbaden,
Architect In Charge: Hans Murman och Ulla Alberts
Year: 2011
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Courtesy of Hans Murman

‘The Rock’ Sangsu-dong Office / designband YOAP architects

© Shin Do Keun

Architects: designband YOAP architects
Location: Mapo-gu, Seoul, South
Architects In Charge: Shin, Hyun Bo; Ryu, In Keun; Kim, Doran
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shin Do Keun

a+u 535: Christ & Gantenbein

From the publisher. April 2015 issue of a+u is a special issue on Basel-based architects . The edition features 19 works including Swiss National Museum and Kunstmuseum Basel which they won through competitions in 2002 and 2010, respectively.

The issue features essays by Philip Ursprung, professor at ETH Zurich, Sam Jacob of former FAT Architecture, and Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee. The issue also introduces the discussion between Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein, and their colleagues Diogo Lopes and Kersten Geers on how they use references in their works.

Hakusui Nursery School / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

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Architects: Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop
Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kentaro Yamazaki
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

Office PARK-NG / IROJE KHM Architects

© JongOh Kim

Architects: IROJE KHM Architects
Location: Yeouido, 3 Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Architect In Charge: HyoMan Kim
Design Team: Kyung Jin-Jung, SeungHee-Song, Su Kyung-Jang
Contractor: Jehyo
Area: 304.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: JongOh Kim

Nationalgalerie_Berlin. Image © Ingmar Kruth / Courtesy of Surface Magazine
Nationalgalerie_Berlin. Image © Ingmar Kruth / Courtesy of Surface Magazine

Surface Magazine Launches 15th Annual Avant Guardian Photography Contest

Surface Magazine has launched its 2015 Avant Guardian photography contest, now in its 15th year. Calling for submissions now through June 1, the competition provides emerging photographers the chance to be featured in Surface‘s October issue and their upcoming New York exhibition.

25 photographs will be shortlisted by Surface editors; ultimately 10 will advance to the competition’s final round. A winner will be selected by a well-respected judging panel that includes architectural photographers Ingmar Kurth and Hélène Binet, as well as Stephen Hilger (Pratt Institute), Roy Schwalbach (Jack Studios), and photographers Youssef Nabil and Delfino Sisto Legnani. For more information or to submit your work, visit