Lacaton & Vassal’s Glass Pavilion Earns Top Spot in Montréal’s Space for Life Competition

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The Space for Life International Architectural Competition of Montréal has recently announced its three winners. The competition prompted designers to rekindle an interest in the natural world through an architectural intervention at a pre-appointed venue. Located in the city’s Botanical Gardens, this winning proposal by Lacaton & VassalFrédéric DruotFABG, and SNC Lavalin does so in a simple, elegant way, with a glass pavilion for the Gardens that serves a variety of purposes. Learn more, after the break.

430 House / D’Arcy Jones Architecture

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Architects: D’Arcy Jones Architecture
Location: , BC,
Area: 2450.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sama Jim Canzian

Feast Your Eyes On These Stunning Kitchens

Lucky Shophouse / CHANG Architects © Invy & Eric Ng

As many of our U.S. readers prepare for their Thanksgiving feast, we’ve decided to share with you one of the things we are most thankful for: stunning and the architects behind them. Continue reading after the break to view a compilation of we wouldn’t mind spending our day cooking (and eating) in. 

Quintana 4598 / intile&rogers arquitectura

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Architects: intile&rogers arquitectura
Location: Quintana 4598, ,
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Federico Cairoli

Ruin Porn: An Internet Trend That is Older than You Think

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The internet has been good to fans of “ruin porn,” providing them with a platform for sharing images and even coining the phrase, courtesy of a well-known Detroit blogger in 2009. However, the phenomenon isn’t actually as new as most people believe. In this article, originally published on 6sqft as “Before There was ‘Ruin Porn’ There was ‘Ruin Value’” Diane Pham expands on the idea of the connection between and architectural value (recently discussed on ArchDaily in an article by Shayari de Silva), delving into the concept’s surprising history.

In the hierarchy of “things the internet likes”, we’d argue that ruin porn sits wedged somewhere between Buzzfeed quizzes and cats. Images of decaying architecture conjure up unsettling feelings of tragedy and loss, but somehow manage to grip us with its intangible beauty. Whatever the cause for this may be, the thrill and enjoyment we get from looking ruin porn is palpable.

The term ‘ruin porn’ is said to have been coined by blogger James Griffioen during a 2009 interview with Vice magazine in which he criticized photographers who scouted down-trodden Detroit for provocative photos. While ruin porn is the trend at hand, decades before its arrival there was something called ‘ruin value’.

GCP House / Bernardes Arquitetura

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Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura
Location: – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Team: Thiago Bernardes, Jaime Cunha, Carolina Penna, Raquel Pereira Alves, Daniel Vannucchi
Project Area: 910.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

An Homage to London Brutalism by Thomas Danthony & Michael Abrahamson

National Theatre by Thomas Danthony. Image Courtesy of Black Dragon Press

Black Dragon Press has shared a set of prints and a booklet on Brutalist architecture in London with illustrations by Thomas Danthony, complemented by text from ”Fuck Yeah Brutalism” curator Michael Abrahamson. See Abrahamson’s intro to the booklet reprinted below. 

Brutalism is an unusually evocative word. Like the architecture for which it’s used as a descriptor, it can elicit a powerful, bodily discomfort or psychological repulsion. Standard dictionary definitions itemise the materials (exposed concrete, but also brick and block) and describe the physical character (forceful, unadorned, imposing) of this type of building, and would likely also mention the time frame during which it was the dominant tendency in architecture (from the late 1950s to the early 1970s).

Rogers Stirk Harbour’s Geneva Airport Design Receives Planning Permission

External view of East Wing at dusk. Image Courtesy of RBI-T consortium

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) design for the Geneva airport’s East Wing has received planning permission from the Federal Authorities in Switzerland. The 520 meter-long facility will connect to the airport’s existing terminal and includes additional Departures and Arrivals halls, contact stands and gate lounge seating as well as first class airlines lounges and technical basements, according to a press release.

Zac Boucicaut In Paris / Ameller, Dubois & Associés Architectes

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Architects: Ameller, Dubois & Associés Architectes
Location: , France
Area: 7700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura, Frederic Allinne

Cause Of Glasgow’s Mackintosh School Of Art Fire Revealed

Scottish Fire and Rescue in the aftermath of the fire. Image © Stewart Attwood

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) have revealed the unfortunate series of events that led to the school’s iconic Mackintosh library, alongside a large collection of student work and archives, devastated in a fire in May of this year. According to BDOnline, who have spoken with Tom Inns (Director of the GSA), “final-year students were setting up their degree show projects in the basement and holes in some pre-built foam panels were being filled with the spray foam.”

The flammable gas used as a propellant in the canister was sucked into [a nearby] projector’s cooling fan, setting it alight. A foam panel directly behind the projector then quickly also caught light. “The flames quickly spread to timber panelling and through voids around the basement studio and then into the library two floors above and up through the rest of Mackintosh’s 1909 masterpiece.” To add insult to injury, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) reported that “a fire suppression system was in the latter stages of installation at the time of the fire but was not operational.”

Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel , MDW Architecture
Location: Boulevard Pierre Mayence, 6000 Charleroi,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Lida Guan

Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects

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Architects: TAKA Architects
Location: 4 Anglesea Road, Dublin 4,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alice Clancy

SUMIYOSHIDO kampo lounge / id inc.

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Architects: id inc.
Location: Aichi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Seiji Oguri, Yohei Oki
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of © id inc.

Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten

© Jan Siefke

Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten
Location: Changxing, Huzhou, Zhejiang,
Architect In Charge: Peter Ruge, Kayoko Uchiyama, Matthias Matschewski, Jan Müllender, Alejandra Pérez Siller, Duan Fu
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jan Siefke

White Hut and Tilia Japonica / Takahashi Maki and Associates

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Architects: Takahashi Maki and Associates
Location: Saitama, Saitama Prefecture,
Architects In Charge: Takahashi Maki, Shiokami Daisuke
Area: 20.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc

Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton / Images by Danica O. Kus

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Architecture photographer Danica O. Kus has shared with us images of Frank Gehry‘s recently completed Fondation Louis Vuitton. Labeled as a “late-career triumph” by Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Hawthorne, the sailed glass structure teeters on the edge of a Parisian water garden in Jardin d’Acclimatation. For a closer look at the building’s much-discussed structure, check out all of Kus’ images after the break.

Pop-up Café / PYE

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Architects: PYE
Location: , Thailand
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of PYE

Yoshio Taniguchi to be Honored with Isamu Noguchi Award

AD Classics: The Museum of Modern Art. Image © Timothy Hursley

Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi and English designer Jasper Morrison have been selected to receive the second annual Isamu Noguchi Award. Presented by The Noguchi Museum, the award recognizes “kindred spirits in innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange.”

“We are thrilled to present the second annual Isamu Noguchi Award to Jasper Morrison and , whose visionary work and extraordinary contributions in the fields of design and architecture exemplify Noguchi’s lifelong commitment to world citizenship and the practice of art with a social purpose,” stated Jenny Dixon, Director of The Noguchi Museum.

More on Taniguchi’s selection, after the break.