AD Round Up: The Photography of Iwan Baan

Torre David in Caracas, Venezuela. Image © Iwan Baan, Image courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

After reading this great profile in the Wall Street Journal, we thought now would be a great time to round-up the iconic shots of “the Indiana Jones of Architecture Photography“, Iwan Baan. From his first commission, documenting the of OMA‘s CCTV Headquarters, to projects such as Herzog & de Meuron‘s VitraHaus, he has brought us some of the most enduring images in contemporary architecture. But he is also known for certain trademarks: taking time for lesser-known humanitarian projects, such as MASS Design Group‘s Butaro Doctors’ Housing; focusing on human interaction with buildings, as seen in his photographs of the Torre David in Caracas for the Venice Biennale in 2012; and his penchant for helicopter shots – which resulted in the stunning photo of Manhattan in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (read the story behind the shot here).

JG House / Speziale Linares Arquitectos

Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos

Architects: Speziale Linares Arquitectos
Location: , Entre Rios,
Design Team: Javier Speziale, Patricia Linares, Matías Quintela, Guillermo Gauna, Agustina Acosta
Project Area: 220 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos

Richard Serra First Artist to Win Architectural League President’s Medal

“Inside Out” (2013) / . Image © Flickr CC User Trevor Patt

Richard Serra has been announced as the first artist to win the Architectural League of New York President’s Medal. Serra, an American sculptor known for his large-scale sheet metal installations, was honored for “contributions his work makes to the way we think about space, viewer and object, site, and materiality, concerns relevant to both architects and the artist.”

Portrait, 2011.. Image © Alexandra Pawloff
Portrait, 2011.. Image © Alexandra Pawloff

Austrian Pritzker Prize Laureate Hans Hollein Passes Away

Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein has passed away twenty five days after he celebrated his eightieth birthday. Hollein, particularly known for his museum design, including Vienna’s Haas House (1990) and Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art, was once described by Richard Meier as an architect whose “groundbreaking ideas” have “had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects.” See a selection of Hollein’s work, from architecture to furniture, jewelry to glasses, to a high-rise in China, after the break…

UNStudio’s Responsive Facade to Transform Seoul Office Tower


UNStudio has won a competition to remodel the Hanwha headquarters in Seoul. With an aim to transform a building into a symbol of the leading environmental technology company’s values, UNStudio’s winning scheme will replace the skyscraper’s opaque panelling and single layer of dark glass with an animated facade designed to reduce solar gain, increase natural light, generate energy, and interact with its surrounding. 

Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten

© Karl Heinz Putz

Architects: Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten
Location: , Austria
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Karl Heinz Putz

Temporary Dormitories / a.gor.a Architects

Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects

Architects: a.gor.a Architects
Location: ,
Area: 72 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects

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Rodrigo Nino: In Defense of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding

The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of

As both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding gather momentum in the architecture world, they also gather criticism. The crowdsourcing design website Arcbazar, for example, has recently attracted critics who label it as “the worst thing to happen to architecture since the internet started.” A few months ago, I myself strongly criticized the 17John apartment-hotel in New York for stretching the definition of “” to the point where it lost validity, essentially becoming a meaningless buzzword.

In response to this criticism, I spoke to Rodrigo Nino, the founder of Prodigy Network, the company behind 17 John, who offered to counter my argument. Read on after the break for his take on the benefits of tapping into the ‘wisdom of crowds.’

Cliff Top House / Luigi Roselli

© Edward Birch

Architects: Luigi Roselli
Location: , NSW, Australia
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli, Naoko Nishizu
Project Architect: Luigi Rosselli, Carl Rutherfoord
Area: 295 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Edward Birch, Justin Alexander

Places such as Manhattan are seeing an increase in ever-taller residential buildings. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects
Places such as Manhattan are seeing an increase in ever-taller residential buildings. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects

Is There a ‘Perfect’ Density for Cities?

In a compelling opinion piece on the Guardian, Lloyd Alter argues that our current obsession with increasing the density of our cities – mostly by building ever-taller skyscrapers - might be severely misguided. Alter believes that, without tall buildings, cities can achieve a “Goldilocks Density” – just dense enough to support lively streets, but not so dense that they become inhabitable. You can read the full article here.

Z House / Jose Antonio Sosa

Courtesy of Jose Antonio Sosa

Architects: Jose Antonio Sosa
Location: , Las Palmas, Spain
Design Team: Alejandra Vera, Ramón Cruz
Area: 850 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Jose Antonio Sosa

Pontivy Media Library / Opus 5 architectes

© Luc Boegly

Architects: Opus 5 architectes
Location: ,
Area: 2700.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Bruno Decaris

Framebench: The Online Tool Making Instant “Visual Collaboration” Seamless

Courtesy of Framebench

Framebench, an online tool for visual , seeks to alleviate the digital sharing problems architects and designers commonly face in practice. Aiming to do away with file storage systems, FTP clients and kinds of complex software, this web application allows for teams and individuals to share, discuss and annotate drawings in real time. Framebench suggest that “this could be the online space where you can organize all your drafts and finals, get feedback and approve the work that’s finished” – in realtime.

Learn more about Framebench – and your chance to get a 50% discount – after the break!

© Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger
© Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger

Exhibition: 2D:3D Barkow Leibinger

Only 5 more days on the exhibition 2D:3D, an installation by Barkow Leibinger at the BDA Berlin Gallery. Covering the wall surfaces of the small gallery space with “tapete” or wallpaper the façade of the storefront gallery frames what Leon…

Modsim / Yazgan Design Architecture

© Yunus Özkazanç

Architects: Yazgan Design Architecture
Location: Ankara/Ankara Province,
Architect In Charge: Kerem Yazgan, Burak Turgutoğlu
Area: 4100.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Yunus Özkazanç

Raheen Library at Australian Catholic University / Woods Bagot

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: 115 Victoria Street, , Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

City-County Building Plaza Design Competition

City-County Building Plaza Design Competition

The City-County Building Plaza Design Competition is seeking a final conceptual design that would be implemented on an existing 1.94 acre open space on the City-County Building Property also known as the City-County Building Plaza (CCB Plaza).