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Happy Holidays from the Architects (2016 Edition)

09:30 - 24 December, 2016

'Tis the season for offices from around the world to send us a bit of holiday cheer! See our favorites below (or check out our reader-submitted cards).

Here’s to a wonderful, architecture-filled 2017!

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team! 

Fairy Tales and Architecture: Places Journal Explores the Narrative of the Fantastical

07:00 - 24 December, 2016
Fairy Tales and Architecture: Places Journal Explores the Narrative of the Fantastical, Courtesy of Places Journal
Courtesy of Places Journal

Narrative has a powerful place in architecture, and some of the most enduring narratives come in the form of fairy tales. A recent series by Places Journal brings the two directly together, exploring “the intimate relationship between the domestic structures of fairy tales and the imaginative realm of architecture.” The curation team reflects this duality, with the diverse collection put together by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer. Read on for a quick look at four new additions to the series released by Places Journal this week.

Best Submissions to 2016 Architecture Holiday Card Challenge

10:05 - 23 December, 2016

Architects and students of architecture stereotypically never stop making, and their creative talents continue to flow irrespective of the holiday season. Our annual challenge is an unashamed way to channel the inventiveness, originality and artistry of our readers from around the world into that most humble of gifts: the holiday card. Out of the 200 submissions, these are 43 of our favorites.  

Featured gif by Rebecca Lou

Conceptual Monument Reveals Truth of Denmark's National Identity

06:00 - 23 December, 2016
Conceptual Monument Reveals Truth of Denmark's National Identity, Courtesy of Søjlerne
Courtesy of Søjlerne

The Pillars is a new monument in the heart of Copenhagen dedicated to informing the public through a combination of national data and artistic beauty. Inspired by other nationally recognized works such as the 10,000 Year Clock in Texas; Mount Rushmore in South Dakota; and the Fühlometer (Feel-o-Meter) in Lindau, Germany, The Pillars encourages both citizens and leaders to understand the facts of their national development. 

Courtesy of Søjlerne Courtesy of Søjlerne Courtesy of Søjlerne Courtesy of Søjlerne +4

RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon Reveal a Monumental Tribute to the Dutch Delta Works in Waterloopbos

05:30 - 23 December, 2016
RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon Reveal a Monumental Tribute to the Dutch Delta Works in Waterloopbos, © RAAAF
© RAAAF

Amsterdam-based Rietveld-Architecture-Art-Affordances (RAAAF) and Atelier de Lyon have revealed designs to reimagine one of The Netherland's monumental "tribute[s] to the majesty, and seemingly indestructible power, of the Dutch Delta Works." The works themselves—a network of dams, sluices, locks, dykes, levees and storm surge barriers in South Holland—have collectively been described as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Deltawerk 1:1 is an intervention examining the practice of the preservation of cultural heritage by inserting a new structure within Waterloopbos, the former Dutch Hydrodynamics Laboratory.

© RAAAF © RAAAF © RAAAF © RAAAF +7

Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Expansion of the United States' Oldest Museum

16:00 - 22 December, 2016
Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Expansion of the United States' Oldest Museum, Street Plaza View. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Street Plaza View. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has broken ground on the construction of an addition to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, the country’s oldest continuously operating museum (since 1799).

The expansion project includes a new 40,000 square foot wing and 17,500 square feet of renovation to adjacent structures. Upon completion, total gallery space will be increased by 15% for a total of 100,000 square feet, making the Peabody Essex into one of the top 20 art museums in the country.

South Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Entrance. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects East Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Bridge. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects +6

355 Nominees Announced for 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van der Rohe Award

12:00 - 22 December, 2016
355 Nominees Announced for 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van der Rohe Award

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe has announced the 355 projects from 36 countries which have been nominated for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Among the countries included, France and Spain are represented the most among the selected projects, with each country featuring 28 times. Meanwhile, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine appear in the prize for the first time, with Georgia offering a commendable 7 listed projects.

Interactive Infographic Unveils AIA's 2016 Third Quarter Home Design Trends Survey

06:00 - 22 December, 2016
Interactive Infographic Unveils AIA's 2016 Third Quarter Home Design Trends Survey, Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released its Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2016, which focuses on community and neighborhood design. According to the Survey, homeowners are generally expressing more interest in community development, as indicated by the popularity of thoughtful community design with access to amenities. 

There is additionally, according to the Survey, a demand for walkable neighborhoods, access to public transportation, and multi-generational housing, as well as a demand for more and larger glass windows, driven by building technologies like smart glass windows.

Snøhetta-Designed Norwegian Banknotes to Go into Circulation in 2017

14:00 - 21 December, 2016
Back of the 100-krone note. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta
Back of the 100-krone note. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta

In 2014, Snøhetta was announced as one of two winners in a competition to design new banknotes for the Norwegian Bank. Now, after 2 years of development, the first bills have been produced and are nearly ready to begin full circulation.

To coincide with the occasion, Norges Bank has released a series of videos explaining the design and production process. Check them out below.

Studio Libeskind Reveals Plans for Holocaust Monument of Names in Amsterdam

12:00 - 21 December, 2016
Studio Libeskind Reveals Plans for Holocaust Monument of Names in Amsterdam, Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Libeskind

Studio Libeskind and the Dutch Auschwitz Committee have revealed plans for the Holocaust Monument of Names, to be located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Jewish Cultural District. Incorporating the letters of the Hebrew word לזכר (meaning “In Memory of”), the memorial will be the first to memorialize the names of all 102,000 Dutch victims of the Holocaust.

Courtesy of Studio Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Libeskind +7

OMGEVING Wins Design Competition to Restore Riverfront in Vietnam

06:00 - 21 December, 2016
OMGEVING Wins Design Competition to Restore Riverfront in Vietnam , Courtesy of OMGEVING
Courtesy of OMGEVING

‘Green corridor,' ‘green connections,' and a ‘green program’ are coming to Vietnam's third largest city, Da Nang. Antwerp-based design company OMGEVING was awarded a joint first place prize — out of 39 applicants —for the design competition for Da Nang's Han Riverfront master plan that has an estimated cost of 85 million euros.

Courtesy of OMGEVING Courtesy of OMGEVING Courtesy of OMGEVING Courtesy of OMGEVING +6

Build Your Own Subway System with This New Game

16:15 - 20 December, 2016

In New York City, as in many cities worldwide, residents rely on the subway system to get around. But despite its importance, there are still plenty of locations throughout the city so difficult to get to, it’ll leave you cursing, “Who designed this thing anyway!?”

Now thanks to a new game from engineer Jason Wright, you have a chance to correct the design flaws of the current system – virtually, anyway.

Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium

14:00 - 20 December, 2016
Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium, Courtesy of Cox Architecture
Courtesy of Cox Architecture

Cox Architecture has been selected as the winners of an invited competition for the new North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, Australia, beating out finalist proposals from BVN Architecture, Hassell and Populous. With a roof design inspired by the native Pandanus tree, the new stadium will provide seating for 25,000 spectators as the new home to the National Rugby League’s North Queensland Cowboys. 

Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture +4

Inside the Murphy House, RIBA's 2016 House of the Year

12:00 - 20 December, 2016

Last week, Richard Murphy Architects‘Murphy House’ in Edinburgh was named the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2016 RIBA House of the Year. Built into a hillside lot, the unusual site presented the architects with the opportunity to play, loading the house with an assortment of clever architectural details and mechanics, including a hidden bath in the master bedroom, folding walls, sliding bookshelf ladders and operable clerestory panels.

To capture all these moving parts in their full effect, the architect himself created a video walkthrough of the house. Check it out below.

Call for ArchDaily Interns: Spring 2017

10:00 - 20 December, 2016
Call for ArchDaily Interns: Spring 2017

UPDATE: Deadline extended to Wednesday, December 21st at 12:00 PM EST! 
 is looking for a motivated and highly-skilled architecture-lover to join our team of interns for 2017! An ArchDaily Content internship provides a unique opportunity to learn about our site and write engaging, witty and insightful posts.

Interested? Then check out the requirements below.

Land Lines: Trace an Infinite Path Around the Planet Using Maps

08:00 - 20 December, 2016

Land Lines, a new Chrome Experiment exploiting the satellite image data collated by Google Maps, allows anyone—cartographic aficionado or otherwise—to marvel at the contours of the world through gestures. Intelligently designed to detect dominant visual lines from a dataset of thousands of images, cut down from over 50,000 by using a combination of OpenCV Structured Forests and ImageJ’s Ridge Detection, users can simply "draw" or "drag" on a mobile browser or on a desktop to "create an infinite line of connected rivers, highways and coastlines."

Adidas' New World of Sports Campus is Star Themed

06:00 - 20 December, 2016
Adidas' New World of Sports Campus is Star Themed , Courtesy of LOLA
Courtesy of LOLA

LOLA Landscape Architects have won the Adidas Competition to design the sportswear corporation's "World of Sports" campus. While Adidas had already chosen a design architect prior to this competition, LOLA will be adding four star-shaped central spaces on the grounds of the campus. 

Courtesy of LOLA Courtesy of LOLA Courtesy of LOLA Courtesy of LOLA +8

15 Finalists Selected for the 2016 Art of Building Photographer of the Year Award

14:20 - 19 December, 2016
15 Finalists Selected for the 2016 Art of Building Photographer of the Year Award, "The Hive". Image © Marco Grassi
"The Hive". Image © Marco Grassi

Fifteen stunning images from top photographers around the world have been selected as finalists of Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) 2016 Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition.

With subjects ranging from the windswept wonderland of an empty New York City to a rapidly changing Tibetan hillside village to a dreamy shot of Foster + Partners’ Swiss Re Headquarters ( a.k.a. “The Gherkin”) this year’s entries constitute a “cornucopia of styles and stories,” says CIOB spokesman Saul Townsend.

Plans Revealed to Transform Pier 26 into New Park along the Hudson River in New York

12:15 - 19 December, 2016
Plans Revealed to Transform Pier 26 into New Park along the Hudson River in New York, Rendering by OLIN Studio, via Tribeca Citizen. ImagePier 26
Rendering by OLIN Studio, via Tribeca Citizen. ImagePier 26

The Hudson River Park Trust has revealed plans to transform the 800-foot-long Pier 26, located on the Hudson River in the New York neighborhood of TriBeCa. Currently vacant, the pier is set to receive a new park designed by landscape architects OLIN Studio and a maritime education center designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects.

This Time Lapse Perfectly Captures the Days Leading Up to Your Final Review

08:00 - 19 December, 2016

Pablo Pinares has created a video with which all past and current architecture students can identify: a time lapse of the final hours before a studio review. Whether your architecture school days are behind you or you still have juries to look forward to, read on to revel in your school experiences with us.

99% Invisible Explores the Strange Phenomenon of Rotary Jails

06:00 - 19 December, 2016
99% Invisible Explores the Strange Phenomenon of Rotary Jails, © Flickr cc use Martin Konopacki
© Flickr cc use Martin Konopacki

99% Invisible has recently published a review of rotary jails, a strange prison architecture system in which cell blocks turn to align with the position of a single door, in the attempt to create better security. Used around the early 20th century, this odd, carousel-like technology spread across the United States in mainly Midwestern towns.

99% Invisible Tackles McMansions and the Architecture of Evil

16:00 - 18 December, 2016
99% Invisible Tackles McMansions and the Architecture of Evil

Architecture critic Kate Wagner has collaborated with 99% invisible on a podcast and a guest column delving into the tragedies of McMansions and the representation of evil through architecture in film, respectively.

In the podcast, Wagner, who is the author of McMansion Hell, is interviewed by Roman Mars and explains how the McMansion typology evolved, as well as how it became so despised, delving into topics of architectural history and representations of wealth.

Through her article as a guest columnist, Wagner explores the real-world buildings used in film to depict the evil corporation archetype in movies like Robocop, Blade Runner, and The Matrix.

Thom Mayne Completes Research on Houston’s Urban Future

14:00 - 18 December, 2016
Thom Mayne Completes Research on Houston’s Urban Future, Courtesy of University of Houston
Courtesy of University of Houston

Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne has completed a three-semester–long study of Houston’s future, given its current sprawling urban conditions and rapid growth. The project, conducted alongside 21 University of Houston students and faculty members Matt Johnson, Peter Zweig, and Jason Logan, focused on ways of addressing the problems that arise from Houston’s historical lack of zoning in conjunction with the largely unregulated growth of industry and capitalism. These approaches include reinventing the current energy infrastructure, changing real estate and density, and leveraging the lack of zoning to generate new ideas.

Spotlight: David Chipperfield

08:00 - 18 December, 2016
Spotlight: David Chipperfield, The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. Image © Wojtek Gurak
The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. Image © Wojtek Gurak

The career of British architect David Chipperfield's (born 18 December 1953) has spanned decades and continents as an architect, designer and professor. Since 1984, he has been at the helm of David Chipperfield Architects, an award winning firm with over 180 staff at offices in LondonBerlinMilan, and Shanghai. Chipperfield is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Germany's Bund Deutscher Architekten, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2004. In 2012, Chipperfield curated the Venice Biennale of Architecture under the theme Common Ground.