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N8-house / Masahiko Sato

  • Architects: Masahiko Sato
  • Location: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Toshihisa Ishii

© Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii

Yunnan Museum / Rocco Design Architects

  • Architects: Rocco Design Architects
  • Location: Yunnan Museum, 118 Wu Yi Lu, Wuhua Qu, Kunming Shi, Yunnan Sheng, China, 650021
  • Design Team: Rocco Yim, William Tam, Derrick Tsang, Martin Fung, Lucia Cheung, Gilles Chan, Benjamin Chan, Ricky Wang
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited

© WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited

Exhibition: ARCHI DEPOT TOKYO

The architectonic models of 41 Japanese architects are on display at the Triennale di Milano.

Pyrus House / ‘Snow AIDe

  • Architects: ‘Snow AIDe
  • Location: 30-4 Mosan-ri, Daedeok-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Hohyun Park
  • Architects Team: Hohyun Park/Hyunjoo Kim/Ilsub Song
  • Design Team: Suyoung Ko, Jinsung Joo, Jaehyun Bong
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jungmin Seok

© Jungmin Seok © Jungmin Seok © Jungmin Seok © Jungmin Seok

Doll's House / BKK Architects

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath

Beyonce's Curves Inspire Elenberg Fraser's Design for Melbourne Tower

Beyonce's Ghost has inspired plans for a curvaceous, 226-meter-tall in Melbourne. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the dubbed "Premier Tower" has received planning permission and will be built at 134 Spencer Street, adjacent to the Southern Cross station.

According to the architects, the mixed-use project's "complex form" was shaped by climatic restraints and after Beyonce's moving body seen in her recent music video Ghost. It is set to rise 68-stories on a stepped podium in the city's central business district. Once complete, it will house 660 apartments, a 160-room hotel, and retail space. 

© Elenberg Fraser © Elenberg Fraser © Elenberg Fraser © Elenberg Fraser

Punta Arenas Tourist Service Station / Colectivo Taller Independiente + Ruta 4 + Pico Estudio

  • Architects: Colectivo Taller Independiente, Ruta 4, Pico Estudio
  • Location: Punta Arenas, Venezuela
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Rafael Barragán, Veo Productores

© Rafael Barragán © Veo Productores © Veo Productores © Veo Productores

David Adjaye Unveils Plans for New Studio Museum in Harlem

British architect David Adjaye is set to submit plans for new Studio Museum in Harlem. Designed to replace the 47-year-old museum's existing facility on Manhattan's West 125th Street, the new $122 million proposal will more than double the museum's space, allowing it to become a premier center for contemporary artists of African descent. 

According to the New York Times, Adjaye was chosen to design the museum due to his sensitivity regarding the artists and surrounding neighborhood, which in turn inspired the project; the project's main space will feature a four-story, multi-use core marked by an "inverted stoop" that will act as an inviting "living room" and host for public programs. 

“I wanted to honor this idea of public rooms, which are soaring, celebratory and edifying — uplifting,” he told the New York Times. “Between the residential and the civic, we learned the lessons of public realms and tried to bring those two together.”

ODIN Bar & Café / Phaedrus Studio

  • Architects: Phaedrus Studio
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: David Grant-Rubash
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Designstor/Ryan Wong

© Designstor/Ryan Wong © Designstor/Ryan Wong © Designstor/Ryan Wong © Designstor/Ryan Wong

Pedro Gadanho Leaves MoMA to Direct MAAT in Lisbon

After serving as curator for the past three years at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Portuguese architect Pedro Gadanho will be leaving his position to become the first artist director of the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, the new MAAT museum will be responsible for the EDP Foundation's cultural program. 

"Pedro Gadanho’s profile and international experience are essential to our ambitions for MAAT, making it a distinctive space of contemporary culture in Portugal", says António Mexia, CEO of EDP. Pedro Gadanho adds that "MAAT will be a cultural institution of the quality and breadth seen in major European cities, offering an exciting contemporary program at the intersection of art, architecture and technology."

Second Home London Office / Selgascano

  • Architects: Selgascano
  • Location: 68-80 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL, UK
  • Partners: José Selgas, Lucia Cano
  • Project Area: 2400.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

From Mackintosh to Saint-Donatien, Can We Really Afford to Set History on Fire?

On 23 May 2014, a fire swept through the Glasgow School of Art, destroying its iconic library. The cause of the fire was reported to be a projector exploding in the basement of the building and catching a piece of foam, leading to a bigger fire that rapidly ascended the building. The fire was extinguished after four and a half hours thanks to the efforts of over sixty firefighters and thankfully no lives were endangered - however, considerable damage was made to an irreplaceable historic building.

The building was built between 1897 and 1909 and designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s influential architect who brought the art nouveau touch to 20th century Britain which influenced design across Europe. As such, the fire that ruined the Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art in was a reminder of our historical heritage and how crucial it is to preserve it and keep it safe from fire.

Las Trancas House / Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews

Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews

New York Hall of Science Reopens Great Hall with Renovations from Todd Schliemann

After renovations by Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects, the New York Hall of Science’s (NYSCI) Great Hall has reopened to the public, reclaiming its place as the centerpiece of the NYSCI. Originally designed by Harrison and Abramovitz Architects, the Great Hall was the main exhibit space of the Hall of Science during the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, encapsulating visitors in an illusion of deep space with its irregular plan surrounded by undulating glass and concrete walls. Still one of the most formally interesting buildings in Queens, the Great Hall is one of the original World’s Fair’s last surviving structures and a landmark of mid-century modernism.

Cobalt Dalle-de-Verre Panels. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto Renovations in Progress. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Concrete: A Cultural History

Concrete polarizes opinion. Used almost universally in modern construction today, it is a material capable of provoking intense loathing as well as stirring passions. Its development can be traced as far back as Roman times. However, it was in the twentieth century that its full capabilities became realised. Over the past 100 years architects and engineers have seized upon the possibilities of concrete enthusiastically. Its widespread use in almost all building types we experience has given it a significance and meaning that has - for better or worse - leapt beyond buildings into politics, film, literature and art.

Community Shelter / frundgallina

© Milo Keller © Milo Keller © Milo Keller © Milo Keller

Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)"

Filling Station(s), the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which sought to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Third Prize: Fill Up Here / Alex Cox. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions First Prize: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

De la Farola Marina WHARF ONE / L35

  • Architects: L35
  • Location: Málaga, Málaga, Spain
  • Area: 55700.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Nicolás Pinzón

© Nicolás Pinzón © Nicolás Pinzón © Nicolás Pinzón © Nicolás Pinzón