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8 Projects Selected to Transform Toronto's Beachfront in the 2017 Winter Stations Design Competition

14:30 - 2 February, 2017
8 Projects Selected to Transform Toronto's Beachfront in the 2017 Winter Stations Design Competition, 8 installations will open up the Toronto waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors
8 installations will open up the Toronto waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors

The Toronto Winter Stations design competition has selected the five professional and three student teams that will add sculptures to the Toronto beachfront this winter for the third edition of the annual event. Under the theme of “Catalyst,” the jury 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.

I See You Ashiyu / Asuka Kono and Rachel Salmela North / studio PERCH Collective Memory / Mario García and Andrea Govi BuoyBuoyBuoy / Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani and Julie Forand +9

Snøhetta Wins Competition for Ice-Inspired Hotel on Helsinki's Waterfront

12:00 - 2 February, 2017
Snøhetta Wins Competition for Ice-Inspired Hotel on Helsinki's Waterfront, © Snøhetta
© Snøhetta

Snøhetta has been selected as the winners of an invited competition for the design of a new hotel to be located on the Hakaniemi waterfront in Helsinki, Finland. Aimed at becoming a “new beacon of Helsinki,” Hilbert’s Hotel will provide new public space for the city while increasing accommodation for visitors.

Santiago Calatrava Reveals £1 Billion Mixed-Use Project in London

09:00 - 2 February, 2017
Santiago Calatrava Reveals £1 Billion Mixed-Use Project in London, © Uniform
© Uniform

Santiago Calatrava has unveiled designs for a £1-billion mixed-use project in Greenwich Peninsula, East London. Named Peninsula Place, the 1.4-million-square-foot (130,000-square-meter) project will be located adjacent to the Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed O2 Arena (formerly known as the Millennium Dome). It will include a new tube and bus station, a theater, cinema and performance venue, bars, shops and a wellbeing hub on the lower levels, with three towers rising above featuring offices, hotels, and apartments. The scheme will also be served by a new land bridge, also designed by Calatrava.

The "Galleria" will offer a promenade full of shops, restaurants and cafes. Image © Uniform The new footbridge will connect Peninsula Place to the rest of the Greenwich Peninsula. Image © Uniform The "winter garden" at the center of the design will welcome arrivals from the London Underground. Image © Uniform © Uniform +6

Nikolay Polissky Unveils Latest Handcrafted Wood Structure

08:00 - 2 February, 2017
Nikolay Polissky Unveils Latest Handcrafted Wood Structure, Courtesy of Ivan Polissky
Courtesy of Ivan Polissky

Russian artist Nikolay Polissky has unveiled his latest project, a large tower for the upcoming traditional holiday of Maslenitsa, a coming of spring celebration that ceremonially burns a symbol of winter.

Currently in the construction phase, the project is made from recycled wood pallets and the tops of logs, which typically are only used as cheap firewood. Additionally, the tower will be covered with hay rolls that cannot be used as animal feed, before being burned at a ceremony on February 25.

Courtesy of Ivan Polissky Courtesy of Ivan Polissky Courtesy of Ivan Polissky Courtesy of Ivan Polissky +12

Statue of Liberty Museum Proposal Points to Social Injustice Through Tweets

06:00 - 2 February, 2017
Statue of Liberty Museum Proposal Points to Social Injustice Through Tweets, © Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee)
© Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee)

Jungwoo Ji (of EUS+ Architects), Bosuk Hur (of Folio:), and Suk Lee (a fourth-year student at Iowa State University) have won the Liberty Museum / New York competition with their speculative design for a museum at the site of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City.

Inspired by the concept of civil candlelight marches against social injustice in Korea—the designers’ home country—the proposal is designed to be an architectural device that reflects human rights and social justice disparity in real time. When visitors send messages, namely tweets, about dire events in their cities to the museum with their phones, each unit of the proposal receives electronic signals and changes its position to point towards the region in question.

© Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee) © Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee) © Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee) © Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee) +8

Palermo Named Italian Capital of Culture for 2018

16:00 - 1 February, 2017
Palermo Named Italian Capital of Culture for 2018, Palermo. Image © Flickr user madeva71. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Palermo. Image © Flickr user madeva71. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The city of Palermo has been named the “Italian Capital of Culture” for 2018 by Italy’s Ministry of Culture, following the city’s selection of host for “Manifesta 12”, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, this past November. With the decision, Palermo will receive a million euro award for promotion and public investment, which will likely result in a surge of tourism in the next year.

RIBA Awards 2017 Royal Gold Medal to Paulo Mendes da Rocha

15:00 - 1 February, 2017
RIBA Awards 2017 Royal Gold Medal to Paulo Mendes da Rocha, © Morley von Sternberg
© Morley von Sternberg

Update: Paulo Mendes da Rocha was today awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal at a ceremony at the RIBA headquarters in London. The article below was originally published when the award was announced on September 29, 2016.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded its 2017 Royal Gold Medal to Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The 87-year-old is among Brazil's most celebrated architects, known for his special brand of Brazilian Brutalism which has had a dramatic effect in his home country, particularly in the city of São Paulo. The award continues a spectacularly successful year for Mendes da Rocha, who won the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale in May, and was announced the 2016 Premium Imperiale Laureate just weeks ago. Mendes da Rocha has also previously received the Pritzker Prize in 2006 and the Mies van der Rohe Prize for his Pinacoteca de São Paulo project in 2000.

Mendes da Rocha becomes the second Brazilian to win the RIBA's Gold Medal, after Oscar Niemeyer received the award in 1998. He joins other luminaries such as Zaha Hadid (2016), Frank Gehry (2000), Norman Foster (1983), and Frank Lloyd Wright (1941).

Winning Times Square Valentine's Day Installation Will Celebrate NYC's Immigrants

14:00 - 1 February, 2017
Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research
Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research

The Office for Creative Research has been announced as the winners of the 2017 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. Their winning design, titled We Were Strangers Once Too, is a public data sculpture in the shape of a heart that “highlight[s] the role that immigrants have played in the founding, development, and continued vibrancy of New York City.”

Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research +4

Adjaye, Chipperfield Among 6 Shortlisted in Competition for Edinburgh Concert Hall

12:00 - 1 February, 2017
Adjaye, Chipperfield Among 6 Shortlisted in Competition for Edinburgh Concert Hall, The new building will be located behind the existing Royal Bank of Scotland / Dundas House, a category A listed building built in the 18th century. Image © Flickr user kaysgeog. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
The new building will be located behind the existing Royal Bank of Scotland / Dundas House, a category A listed building built in the 18th century. Image © Flickr user kaysgeog. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust Scotland (IMPACT Scotland) has announced a shortlist of 6 teams in the running to design a new concert hall and arts center in the heart of the Edinburgh New Town World Heritage Site. The building, estimated to cost up to £45 million ($57 million USD), will house a 1,000 seat auditorium that will become the new home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

From 69 expressions of interest in the competition, six teams have been selected by IMPACT Scotland’s judging panel as finalists for the commission. The firms are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Future Architecture Platform Reveals 2017 Laureates

10:15 - 1 February, 2017
Future Architecture Platform Reveals 2017 Laureates, Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform
Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform

Following a second call for ideas from the Future Architecture Platform (MAO), a total of 337 ideas by 594 authors from 56 countries were submitted and distributed for public vote. 14,381 valid votes were logged by the organisation, and Assembling Narratives by Danai Toursoglou Papalexandridou (Greece) was chosen the favorite. She is one of a further 24 selected creatives who will be invited to participate at the Matchmaking Conference in late February at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in Ljubljana.

2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced

06:00 - 1 February, 2017
2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards

The 2016 winning submissions of Wood Design & Building magazine’s annual Wood Design Awards have been announced, each project demonstrates innovative approaches to and excellence in wood construction within architecture and design.

“For architecture to truly be successful, it must transcend buildings and fulfill the structural, functional and aesthetic needs of a community,” said Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council, Etienne Lalonde. “The Wood Design Awards program is an opportunity for design teams to showcase applications of wood/wood products that ultimately lead to safe, strong and sophisticated buildings and that inspire others to use wood in construction.”

Of the approximately 200 submissions, 22 projects were selected as award recipients across seven categories, selected by an esteemed jury consisting of Peter Bohlin, Patricia Patkau and Brian Court. Special awards were also presented by the Canadian Wood Council.

Here are the 2016 award recipients…

The Smile. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Samuel Beckett Civic Campus. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards +20

Soar Through MVRDV's Competition-Winning Zaanstad Cultural Center Design

12:00 - 31 January, 2017
Soar Through MVRDV's Competition-Winning Zaanstad Cultural Center Design, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV has released new renderings and a flythrough of their competition-winning design for a new cultural center in the city of Zaanstad in the Netherlands. Borrowing architectural motifs from the historic Zaan House, the design flips the traditional form inside out to create a new living room for the city. Inside, the building will become the new home of a film house, a library, a performing and visual arts centre, a pop music centre, a music school, a centre for design and a local radio station.

Check out the video below.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV +4

2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

11:19 - 31 January, 2017
2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

Following an exciting week of nominations, ArchDaily’s readers have evaluated over 3,000 projects and selected 5 finalists in each category of the Building of the Year Award.

Over 30,000 architects and enthusiasts participated in the nomination process, choosing projects that exemplify what it means to push architecture forward. These finalists are the buildings that have most inspired ArchDaily readers.

This diverse group of projects hail from all corners of the globe and from firms of different sizes and style. This year's selection includes some Building of the Year stalwarts alongside a healthy selection of lesser-known and emerging practices - but most importantly, they all capture architecture's capacity to spark positive change in the environment.

Explore Budapest's Art Deco and Bauhaus Staircases Through This Photo Series

06:00 - 31 January, 2017

Fine arts and commercial photographer Balint Alovits has released Time Machine, his latest photo series documenting Art Deco and Bauhaus staircases throughout Budapest, Hungary.

Shown from the same central perspective, the photographs “create a new dimension by splitting space and time, staying within the visual limits of the project’s concept, while the perception of the architectural details evokes the idea of infinity.”

“I have always liked Art Deco and Bauhaus buildings,” said Alovits. “Whenever I step into one of these caracoles, I feel a certain pulling energy looking up from the bottom or down from the top. I wanted to collect and showcase all the different shapes and colors that these stairways feature.”

© Balint Alovits © Balint Alovits © Balint Alovits © Balint Alovits +16

Foster + Partners' Cascading Complex Wins Competition for New Hotel in Mecca

16:00 - 30 January, 2017
Foster + Partners' Cascading Complex Wins Competition for New Hotel in Mecca, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has won an international competition for a new luxury hotel and apartment complex located just outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Borrowing from traditional Arab architecture and the area’s mountainous terrain, the mixed-use development will take the form of a cluster of vertical building clusters, arranged in a stepped topography.

Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners +4

CORE’s Undulating Tower Will Be Mississauga's Tallest Building

14:00 - 30 January, 2017
CORE’s Undulating Tower Will Be Mississauga's Tallest Building, © Brick VIsual
© Brick VIsual

CORE Architects has revealed designs for a 60-story tower in Mississauga, Ontario, that when completed, will become the tallest building in Canada’s 6th largest city. The first of an eventual 10 towers that will make up the $1.5 billion, master-planned community of M City, the building features an undulating facade that was conceived as a continuation of the design mentality established by MAD Architects’ nearby Absolute Towers.

© Brick VIsual © Norm Li © Norm Li © Norm Li +5

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award

07:40 - 30 January, 2017
40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award, Courtesy of EUmiesAward17
Courtesy of EUmiesAward17

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The jury has chosen from 355 nominated works and the shortlist highlights the opportunities and the trends of today’s European territory: cities, housing, heritage, and memory. The five finalists will be announced in mid-February and the winner and the Emerging Architect in mid-May. 

Henley Halebrown Releases New Images of Mixed Use School in London

06:00 - 30 January, 2017
Henley Halebrown Releases New Images of Mixed Use School in London, Looking east along Downham Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown
Looking east along Downham Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown

Henley Halebrown has released updates for their proposed mixed-use scheme in Hackney, London. 333 Kingland Road, previously occupied by a fire station, will soon be home to the Hackney New Primary School, commercial units, and dual aspect apartments. The scheme aims to address a need for school places and homes in London and to maintain a connection between learning and living in a dense urban environment.

The central school courtyard. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown Model of school entrance. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown Looking east along Downham Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown Looking south along Kingsland Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown +15

Public Park Promotes Native Biodiversity in Hong Kong

16:00 - 29 January, 2017
Public Park Promotes Native Biodiversity in Hong Kong, © Gustafson Porter + Bowman
© Gustafson Porter + Bowman

Gustafson Porter + Bowman has unveiled plans for Taikoo Place, a new public space for Hong Kong that will include lush native vegetation and sculptural water features. Encompassing 69,000 square feet, the landscape project will feature a variety of spaces, from small, intimate areas for conversation, to larger open areas suitable for special events like concerts and outdoor markets.

© Gustafson Porter + Bowman © Gustafson Porter + Bowman © Gustafson Porter + Bowman © Kathryn Gustafson for Gustafson Porter + Bowman +8

Brooks + Scarpa Reveal Alternate Proposal for New $12 Million Park in Downtown Los Angeles

14:00 - 29 January, 2017
Brooks + Scarpa Reveal Alternate Proposal for New $12 Million Park in Downtown Los Angeles, © Brooks + Scarpa
© Brooks + Scarpa

Los Angeles-based practice Brooks + Scarpa has revealed their proposed design for the FAB Park competition, which sought schemes for a new $12 million public park situated at First and Broadway in Downtown LA. 

The FAB (First and Broadway) Civic Center Park aims to capitalize on the city’s diverse character and encourages strong communal activity among members of the public, through the inclusion of unique spaces for food, art and socializing.

© Brooks + Scarpa © Brooks + Scarpa © Brooks + Scarpa © Brooks + Scarpa +28

Learn How This Portuguese Project Was Inspired by Strong Winds and a Striking Landscape

12:00 - 29 January, 2017
Learn How This Portuguese Project Was Inspired by Strong Winds and a Striking Landscape, © Damião Santos
© Damião Santos

This article is part of our new series "Material in Focus", where we ask architects to share with us their creative process through the choice of materials that define important parts of the construction of their buildings.

This station and command post located in the Serra do Alvão, Portugal functions as a technical building supporting the wind farm. Surrounded by a unique landscape with beautiful views of the valley, the place is known for being isolated and home to a rather hostile climate, exposed to strong winds and extreme temperatures. We talked with architects Ricardo and Sofia Senos of the M2.SENOS studio to learn more about their material choices and the challenges of the project.

© Damião Santos © Damião Santos © Damião Santos © Damião Santos +17

How Rebuilding Britain’s Houses of Parliament Helped Create Clean Air Laws

08:00 - 29 January, 2017
How Rebuilding Britain’s Houses of Parliament Helped Create Clean Air Laws, The British Houses of Parliament. Image © Flickr user megantrace. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
The British Houses of Parliament. Image © Flickr user megantrace. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

MIT has published new research revealing how the reconstruction of the British Houses of Parliament paved the way for legislation to tackle air pollution in Victorian London. Through original archival work into the 1840-1870 reconstruction, MIT architectural historian Timothy Hyde has revealed that work on the Parliament building was so hindered by air pollution that the British government ordered an inquiry into the effects of the atmosphere on new buildings.

The British Houses of Parliament. Image © Flickr user megantrace. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0  © Flickr user daveograve. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Image New limestone corroded while the building was still being constructed. Image © Flickr user pahudson. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 Westminster Bridge, 1903. Image © Flickr user nedgusnod2. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 +5

AIA Announces 2017 Thomas Jefferson Award and Collaborative Achievement Award Winners

16:00 - 28 January, 2017
AIA Announces 2017 Thomas Jefferson Award and Collaborative Achievement Award Winners, Cherokee Studios; Los Angeles / Brooks + Scarpa. Image Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa
Cherokee Studios; Los Angeles / Brooks + Scarpa. Image Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Award for service to public architecture, and the 2017 Collaborative Achievement Award for distinguished achievements of those who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2017

12:00 - 28 January, 2017
The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2017, ReUrbano / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Miguel de Guzmán
ReUrbano / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Miguel de Guzmán

Each year, The Architectural League of New York awards its prestigious Emerging Voices award to eight practices across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, whose work “represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment."

This is Emerging Voices' 35th year running, with the competition organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach and reviewed by an esteemed jury.

"The 2017 Voices personify the versatility of contemporary practice. Many firms take on multiple roles of designer, developer, and/or builder to address pressing issues in housing, institutional design, and the public realm. They embrace material experimentation, challenging sites, and an economy of means within budgetary constraints to create exemplary architecture," said Rieselbach.

This year’s recipients are…

La Tellera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Whistler Cabin / Scott and Scott Architects. Image © Scott and Scott Architects MA House / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Sandra Pereznieto Treehouse / LEVER Architecture. Image © Lara Swimmer +9