Bela Muxía Hostel Extension / CREUSeCARRASCO

© Hector Santos-Díez

Location: Rúa Encarnación, 15125 , A Coruña, Spain
Project Architects: Juan Creus, Covadonga Carrasco
Project Area: 553.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Hector Santos-Díez

Competition Results: ‘The Next Helsinki’ Call For Ideas

#76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki

The organisers behind The Next Helsinki, an ‘anti-competition’ masterminded by architect and critic Michael Sorkin, have highlighted a number of entries from 217 international submissions. Launched as an alternative to the controversial, “imperialised” Guggenheim Helsinki project, the call for ideas asked architects, urbanists, artists, and environmentalists to imagine how  and its South Harbour could be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city’s residents and visitors. It “sought to ask first if a massive foreign museum was the highest and best use for public resources, especially in an aspiration-focused egalitarian social democracy like .”

See a shortlist of eight entries that, according to the jury, “reflect the variety and depth of the submissions” after the break. “These entries are not to be viewed as refined and final proposals, but rather ideas.”

The Flow / atelier d’architecture King Kong

© Roland Halbe

Architects: atelier d’architecture King Kong
Location: Lille,
Architect In Charge: Frédéric Neau
Project Manager: Nicolas Broussous
Area: 4050.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe

OJALÁ / Andrés Jaque

© Miguel de Guzmán

Architects: Andrés Jaque
Location: Calle de San Andrés, 1, 28004 Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Design, Coordination: Sebastian Bech-Ravn, Ljubo Dragomirov, Roberto González García, Senne Meesters, William Mondejar, Jorge Noguera Facuseh, Silvia Rueda Cuellar, Jarča Slamova
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Zgharta House / platau

© Ieva Saudargaite

Architects: platau
Location: Zgharta,
Design Team: Boulos Douaihy, Sandra Frem, Romeo Chahine
Area: 400.0 sqm
Photographs: Ieva Saudargaite

Lattice House / Sameep Padora & Associates

© Edmund Sumner

Architects: Sameep Padora & Associates
Location: Sidhra,
Design Team: Sudarshan Venkatraman, Aparna Dhareshwar, Karan Bhatt
Area: 5000.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

HA-HA Apartment / ninkipen!

© Hiroki Kawata

Architects: ninkipen!
Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 65.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

Counterpoint House / Paul Raff Studio Architects

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. Steve Tsai

Architects: Paul Raff Studio Architects
Location: Toronto, ON,
Design Team: Paul Raff, Samantha Scroggie, Sean Solowski, Scott Barker, Ladan Sharifpour
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. Steve Tsai

Jean Nouvel Loses Court Case Over Philharmonie de Paris

© Flickr CC user Marko Erman

Jean Nouvel has lost a court battle aimed to remove his name from the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris. As The Telegraph reports, Nouvel claimed that the £280 million concert hall was inaugurated prematurely and parts of the building was “sabotaged” in doing so, thus believing it to be morally inapt from him be associated with the building.

“The architecture is martyred, the details sabotaged,” he said in a Le Monde editorial, “so taxpayers will have to pay, once again, to correct these aberrational decisions.”


Sign Up Now for Porto Academy 2015

Now for its third year, ‘s famed Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) will host ”Porto Academy“ - a week-long summer session of lectures, workshop studios and trips open to students internationally that provides the opportunity to work with the profession’s finest. Planned to take place from July 20th through the 27th, this year’s class will have the chance to work closely with the architects of Pezo von EllrichshausenMenos é Mais and many others. See a complete list of participating architects and find more details, after the break. 

The Covered Garden / Laboratorio Permanente

© Luca Santiago Mora

Architects: Laboratorio Permanente
Location: 42015 RE, Italy
Architects In Charge: Nicola Russi, Angelica Sylos Labini, Pietro Ferrario
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

Ball-Nogues Compostable “Pulp Pavilion” Brings Shade to Coachella

© Joshua White

To demonstrate the structural potential of “pulp,” Ball-Nogues Studio built an experimental reclaimed pavilion this year at Coachella. The lightweight, self-supported structure, known as the ”Pulp Pavilion,” was made from a low-cost blend of recycled paper, water and pigment sprayed onto lattices of organic rope. After its use as a place of refuge for festival goers, it will be either composted or recycled. See the pavilion illuminated at night, after the break.

Midrash / Isay Weinfeld

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: Rio de Janeiro – State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Design Team: Adriana Zampieri
Area: 395.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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That’s why we need you, the ArchDaily community, to show us what inspiring architecture means to you – whether that’s where you live or a place you have traveled to see. From the skyscrapers of well-known metropolises to the cottages of quaint villages, send us your and photos of the architecture that motivates you every day.

It’s easy to participate! On Instagram and/or Twitter, submit photos or videos of the architecture you encounter on a daily basis using the hashtag #YourArchDaily and mentioning @archdaily.

Houses 10 and 10 + 10 / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

© Nico Saieh

Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Tierras Blancas, , Valparaíso, Chile
Architect In Charge:
Constructor: Salvador Errázuriz
Year: 2015
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Lacaton & Vassal’s Lesson in Building Modestly

FRAC Dunkerque / . Image © Philippe Ruault

The French duo of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are known for their delicate interventions, repurposing neglected structures with apparent effortlessness. Originally published on the Harvard Gazette website entitled “They Build, But Modestly,” this article recounts the lessons which they offered students in a recent lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Around 1980, two young architects finished their training in Bordeaux, France, and moved to Nigeria. In that African nation’s remote regions, they were inspired by the simple structures they saw amid the stark, stunning desert landscapes. The houses were open to the air, had utilitarian thatched roofs, and were made with bits of local wood. Modesty prevailed in structures that also invited beauty.

The lessons of building in Africa stayed with Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal in their -based practice, Lacaton & Vassal: use what is there, stay simple, embrace open air, and honor light, freedom, and grace. They practice social architecture based on economy, modesty, and the found beauty of environments.

Casa Delta / Bernardes Arquitetura

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura
Location: Guarujá – SP,
Design Team: Thiago Bernardes, Dante Furlan, Camila Tariki, Bruno Milan, Daniel Vannucchi, Pérola Machado
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Competitions such as the RIBA Journal's "Eye Line" contest celebrate the importance of drawing. Image © Tom Noonan
Competitions such as the RIBA Journal's "Eye Line" contest celebrate the importance of drawing. Image © Tom Noonan

What Is The Role Of Hand Drawing In Today’s Architecture?

Historically, the ability to draw by hand – both to create precise technical drawings and expressive sketches – has been central to the architecture profession. But, with the release and subsequent popularization of Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs since the early 1980s, the prestige of hand drawing has been under siege. Today, with increasingly sophisticated design and presentation software, from Revit to Rhinoceros, gaining in popularity, the importance of hand drawing has become a topic of heated discussion. Even so, when we published the short article “Hand vs. Computer Drawing: A Student’s Opinion” last week, the number of people offering their thoughts in the comments was far beyond what we expected.