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ArchDaily China's 2017 Building of the Year Finalists

23:00 - 28 February, 2017
ArchDaily China's 2017 Building of the Year Finalists

This year, for the first time, the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards have come to China. In tandem with our global search for the best projects published in the past year, our readers are currently voting to select the best Chinese projects over on our sister site ArchDaily China. So far, after 2 weeks of nominations and over 5,000 votes, the readers of ArchDaily China have narrowed down more than 300 projects from mainland China and Hong Kong to just 10 finalists. Read on to see the projects competing for the top prize, and make sure to vote for your favorites up until March 6th!

This Complex Concrete Column Was Made Using 3D-Printed Formwork

08:00 - 28 February, 2017
This Complex Concrete Column Was Made Using 3D-Printed Formwork, © Lisa Ricciotti
© Lisa Ricciotti

While large-scale 3D printing for architecture continues to be a busy area of research, France-based company XtreeE has been using 3D printed concrete in projects since 2015. Their latest creation is an organic truss-style support structure for a preschool playground in Aix-en-Provence.

Courtesy of XtreeE Courtesy of XtreeE Courtesy of XtreeE Courtesy of XtreeE +11

2017 Pritzker Prize To Be Announced March 1st

07:45 - 28 February, 2017
2017 Pritzker Prize To Be Announced March 1st, © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize
© The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize

The 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize will be announced on Wednesday, March 1st at 10am EST. Past Laureates include a rostra of architecture's most influential names, including Philip JohnsonZaha HadidRem KoolhaasOscar NiemeyerNorman Foster, Peter ZumthorToyo Ito and, most recently, Alejandro Aravena (full list).

Spotlight: Frank Gehry

06:00 - 28 February, 2017
Spotlight: Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

Internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry (born 28 February 1929) has been headlining architectural news platforms since he established his Los Angeles practice in 1962 and remodeled his home in Santa Monica. Notorious for his expressive use of form (and its sometimes inflationary effect on project budgets), Gehry is best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which fellow architect Philip Johnson once dubbed “the greatest building of our time.”

New Images of Studio Gang's Solar Carve Tower Revealed as Project Gets Underway

16:10 - 27 February, 2017
© Neoscape. Courtesy Studio Gang
© Neoscape. Courtesy Studio Gang

New renderings have been revealed of Studio Gang’s Solar Carve Tower, located at 40 10th Avenue along the High Line in New York City, as the project gets set to begin construction. Initially conceived by the architects in 2012, the tower was presented to New York’s Board of Standards and Appeals on four occasions before finally receiving planning approval in November 2015. In the new images, the building’s interiors and roof terrace are seen for the first time, as well as its relationship to the nearby Pier 55, the proposed park along the Hudson Waterfront designed by Heatherwick Studio.

© Neoscape. Courtesy Studio Gang The Solar Carve Tower, with Pier 55 in the foreground. Image © Neoscape. Courtesy Studio Gang © Neoscape. Courtesy Studio Gang © Neoscape. Courtesy Studio Gang +6

8 Architectural Winter Stations Brighten Up Toronto's Beaches

14:05 - 27 February, 2017
8 Architectural Winter Stations Brighten Up Toronto's Beaches, The Beacon / Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva. Image © Khristel Stecher
The Beacon / Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva. Image © Khristel Stecher

Eight “Winter Stations” have been installed along Toronto’s beachfront, injecting new life into the shoreline during the Canadian city’s winter months. Completed as a result of the annual Winter Stations design competition, the eight projects responded to this year’s theme of “Catalyst,” which sought installations that “open up the waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors” while considering how materials may be repurposed or reused for future iterations.

Renzo Piano Designs 36-Story Hotel and Apartment Tower in San Francisco

12:00 - 27 February, 2017
Renzo Piano Designs 36-Story Hotel and Apartment Tower in San Francisco, © Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department
© Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department

Plans for 555 Howard, a mixed-use hotel and residential tower to be located in San Francisco’s Transbay neighborhood, have been revealed by the city’s Planning Department. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop for developer Pacific Eagle, the 36-story tower would house 69 residential units and 255 hotel rooms, as well as a publicly-accessible open-air rooftop terrace. The project represents Piano’s second project in the city, following 2008’s California Academy of Sciences.

© Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department © Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department © Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department © Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department +8

Spotlight: Lúcio Costa

11:30 - 27 February, 2017
Spotlight: Lúcio Costa, The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monumental_axis.jpg'>Wikimedia user Limongi</a> Licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a>
The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © Wikimedia user Limongi Licensed under CC BY 3.0

Brazilian planner, preservationist and modernist thinker Lúcio Costa  (27 Feburary 1902 – 13 June 1998) is best known for his 1957 plan of Brasília that shaped the Brazilian capital into a monument to utopian modernism. A resolute and often controversial figure in the Brazilian establishment, Costa’s contributions to Brazilian architecture helped to shape the distinctive modernism that was practically Brazil’s official style until the 1980s.

The original pilot plan. Image Courtesy of O Espaço Lúcio Costa © Imagens AMB The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monumental_axis.jpg'>Wikimedia user Limongi</a> Licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a> The Asa Sul district of Brasília. Image Courtesy of Portal da Copa +8

Farrells Unveils Design for High-Speed Railway Terminus in Singapore

08:00 - 27 February, 2017
Farrells Unveils Design for High-Speed Railway Terminus in Singapore, © Farrells
© Farrells

Architecture and urban design firm, Farrells, in collaboration with AECOM, have won the competitive tender to design the Singapore terminus of the new Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail.

Sited in Singapore’s “futuristic second Central Business District” of Jurong Lake, the design was conceived as a new civic landmark and a part of the district’s new master plan currently in development by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and a team of consultants led by KCAP Architects & Planners.

While the railway station’s platforms are located below ground, the design aims to create an above-ground focal point that will mark the station as a new international gateway to Singapore.

National Flower, Global Ambition - DeciBel Unveils the Hanoi Lotus Centre

16:00 - 26 February, 2017
National Flower, Global Ambition - DeciBel Unveils the Hanoi Lotus Centre, The Hanoi Lotus draws inspiration from Vietnam's national flower. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab
The Hanoi Lotus draws inspiration from Vietnam's national flower. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab

Australian firm deciBel(Architecture))) has released images of their proposed multi-purpose theater and cultural center in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. The Hanoi Lotus draws inspiration from Vietnam’s national flower, creating a city-defining piece of public architecture to place Hanoi and Vietnam on the global stage

The center emerges from a 19Ha stormwater lake. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab The mixed-use center contains a 2000-seat auditorium. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab The center emerges from a 19ha stormwater lake. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab The ceiling draws inspiration from the underside of a lotus leaf. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab +14

Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality Competition Winners Announced

14:00 - 26 February, 2017
Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality Competition Winners Announced, First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has announced the winners of its Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality competition, which asked participants to design a virtual exhibition gallery to showcase future Bee Breeders competition winners. In this virtual gallery, visitors would be able to “walk” around and explore the work of selected winners and guest contributors.

The three winners of Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality are:

First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: On the Bottom of the Top / Alžbeta Krbylová and Juraj Horňák; Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: The Infinite Gallery / Paolo Antonio Zurk Castillo; Universidad de los Andes. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: On the Bottom of the Top / Alžbeta Krbylová and Juraj Horňák; Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +44

Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne Unveil Proposal for Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center

12:00 - 26 February, 2017
Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne Unveil Proposal for Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center, © Urban Agency
© Urban Agency

Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne have unveiled a proposal for the expansion of the MCH Messecenter in HerningDenmark’s largest exhibition center. According to the architects, the intent was “to create a strategy that will make the complex a more attractive and coherent structure with a new focal point.”

To achieve this, the design converges two circulation routes at the building’s new point of entry, further complimented by usable art displays and foliage, including green walls. The circular form of the roof defines the event square, with ramps serving as outdoor seating and shelter from inclement weather.

© Urban Agency © Urban Agency © Urban Agency © Urban Agency +26

Designing the Year's Best Motion Pictures: 5 Floor Plans from Oscar-Nominated Films

09:30 - 26 February, 2017
Designing the Year's Best Motion Pictures: 5 Floor Plans from Oscar-Nominated Films, © Boryana Ilieva
© Boryana Ilieva

You’ve seen the floor plans from Hit TV Shows brought to you by Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, Homes.com, and Drawbotics. Now, with the Academy Awards just around the corner, we're bringing you a series of floor plans from Oscar-nominated films, all painted in watercolor by Boryana Ilieva (who previously brought us the floor plans of Stranger Things). With movies such as La La Land, Fences, Elle, 20th Century Women and Toni Erdmann depicted in meticulous details, Ilieva’s watercolors not only provide us with a new perspective of the familiar spaces, but also highlight the important architectural features that help construct these captivating storylines.

Woods Bagot Mixed-Use Project Named One of Shenzhen's Most Important of 2016

16:00 - 25 February, 2017
Woods Bagot Mixed-Use Project Named One of Shenzhen's Most Important of 2016, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot’s Shenzhen Hazens Longgang Longteng Mixed-Use project has been rated by the Shenzhen Government as one of the city’s most important projects of 2016. Located in Shenzhen’s Longgang District, the 393,000 square meter site will feature 1,500,000 square meters of gross floor area subdivided into office space, retail space, a shopping mall, residential communities and facilities, and over 90,000 square meters of green and public space.

As a part of the design, the development will rejuvenate a river park area running through the existing site, with the northern bank becoming a commercial and leisure focal point, and the southern bank featuring a community of residential towers connected by retail podiums and green spaces.

Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot +6

Arquitectonica’s Undulating Hotel Tower to Be Nashville’s Lastest Landmark

12:00 - 25 February, 2017
Arquitectonica’s Undulating Hotel Tower to Be Nashville’s Lastest Landmark, © Arquitectonica
© Arquitectonica

Nashville is set to receive its newest and tallest luxury landmark, in the form of the JW Marriott Hotel, designed by esteemed Miami firm Arquitectonica to be completed in 2018. Situated in the center of downtown, the 33-storey undulating tower will offer expansive views of the surrounding cityscape from a height of 386 feet; one of highest points in the city.

© Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica +4

WE Architecture’s Winning Proposal Combines Green Space with Social Housing in Aarhus

08:00 - 25 February, 2017
WE Architecture’s Winning Proposal Combines Green Space with Social Housing in Aarhus, © WE Architecture
© WE Architecture

A competition for a new social housing complex in Aarhus, Denmark, has been won by WE Architecture, in collaboration with local practice JWH Arkitekter and commissioned by Ringgaarden, a Danish housing organization.

Titled “Saltholmsgade”, the winning proposal is a reinterpretation of Aarhus’ historical housing typologies along Hjortensgade, creating modern and green communal spaces. The complex consists of 38 individual apartments, offering tenants views of the city through the inclusion of rooftop gardens.

© WE Architecture © WE Architecture © WE Architecture © WE Architecture +14

Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee in This New Video

16:10 - 24 February, 2017

Construction on Kengo Kuma’s V&A Museum Dundee is well underway, with the structure’s inclined concrete walls already beginning to take shape. This new video produced by the V&A Museum shows the latest progress of the building, with commentary from several figures working on the project, including Kuma himself.

Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee in This New Video © Ross Fraser McLean - Studio RoRo © V&A Dundee/Kengo Kuma Associates © V&A Dundee/Kengo Kuma Associates +4

The Next Hyper-Efficient Data Centers May Be Located Underwater

14:10 - 24 February, 2017
The Next Hyper-Efficient Data Centers May Be Located Underwater, The Data Center being lowered into the water. A shot of the underwater data center. Screenshot via Microsoft
The Data Center being lowered into the water. A shot of the underwater data center. Screenshot via Microsoft

From giant squids to sunken treasure, the ocean has a way of hiding secrets better than any other place on Earth – so why not hide your personal information down there too?

That scenario may soon be our reality, as Microsoft has unveiled that, for the past year and a half, they have been testing a prototype data center that is completely submerged underwater. Devised by Microsoft engineer Sean James, the theory argues that placing the massive server farms underwater could dramatically reduce both construction and cooling costs, as well as provide a reliable source of renewable energy and even improve their performance.

SHoP Unveils Plans for Detroit’s Tallest Tower on Historic Downtown Site

11:20 - 24 February, 2017
© SHoP Architects PC
© SHoP Architects PC

For nearly 100 years, the JL Hudson's Department Store in downtown Detroit stood as a mecca of shopping – the 25-story structure at one point holding the record for world’s tallest retail building. Then in 1983, following a downturn of the Detroit economy, the department store was closed. Its implosion followed in 1998. In the years since, the important site has laid mainly vacant, save for an underground parking structure inserted into the store’s former underground retail levels. But now, plans have been revealed to return the site to its former glory.

Announced yesterday by Detroit-based development group Bedrock, the site is set to receive a brand new 1.2 million-square-foot development designed by SHoP Architects and consisting of a nine-story retail podium and a 52-story, 734-foot tower that would claim the title of Detroit’s tallest building.

© SHoP Architects PC © SHoP Architects PC © SHoP Architects PC © SHoP Architects PC +8

Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models"

09:30 - 24 February, 2017
Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models"

We are pleased to announce a new content partnership between ArchDaily and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York City.

GSAPP Conversations is a podcast series designed to offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice. Each episode pivots around discussions on current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests at Columbia, from both emerging and well-established practices. Usually hosted by the Dean of the GSAPP, Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the school’s influential faculty and alumni and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

Schauman & Nordgren Architects’ Winning Masterplan Envisages New Harbour Front Identity

06:00 - 24 February, 2017
Schauman & Nordgren Architects’ Winning Masterplan Envisages New Harbour Front Identity , © Schauman & Nordgren Architects
© Schauman & Nordgren Architects

Envisioning the harbor front as an extension of the city center, “Pargas Maritime Limestone Landscape” designed by the young Danish practice Schauman & Nordgren Architects has been named the winning entry of a waterfront masterplan competition by the City of Pargas, Finland.

The proposal was selected for its “thorough analysis of the city, its history, structure, character, potentials and challenge”, in response to the area’s development as a new residential hub and functional harbor. The competition introduced the notion of maintaining Pargas’ dominant maritime identity, while simultaneously strengthening the city’s character with various urban elements, such as hotels, a beach, saunas, and offices.

© Schauman & Nordgren Architects © Schauman & Nordgren Architects © Schauman & Nordgren Architects © Schauman & Nordgren Architects +9

Herzog & de Meuron to Complete $2 Billion Development in Los Angeles' Arts District

16:15 - 23 February, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron to Complete $2 Billion Development in Los Angeles' Arts District, View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning

The Los Angeles Department of City planning has released a new study surrounding Herzog & de Meuron’s 6AM mixed-use development planned for LA’s Arts District. Originally revealed last fall, the estimated $2 billion complex would constitute the Swiss firm’s first project in the Southern California city, and could play a major role in the revitalization of the downtown area.

Skyline view. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View of one of the project's retail areas. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View of one of the project's retail areas. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning +12

Frank Gehry to Teach Online Course on Architecture & Design

12:00 - 23 February, 2017

Frank Gehry has been selected by online education platform MasterClass to lead an interactive architecture and design course on his creative process. The course will include 15 video lessons, and critique from the architect himself on select student work.

At a cost of $90, the lessons will cover Gehry’s career and architectural philosophy, illustrated with sketches and models from Gehry’s private model archive. Each lesson will offer a downloadable workbook with notes and assignments for the week. Students will then be able to upload videos for the opportunity to get feedback from the class and Frank himself.

Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza

06:00 - 23 February, 2017
Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza, Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook
Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook

The 2017 Portuguese Commemorative Coins were unveiled this week in the Casa da Moeda, where the themes, authors and designs for the commemorative, chain and collector's coins to be issued throughout the year were shown. 

Among the novelties, a new series dedicated to Portuguese Architecture stands out, which includes a coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura, two great names in Portuguese architecture.