Venice Biennale 2016: Collateral Events Announced

10:15 - 15 April, 2016
Venice Biennale 2016: Collateral Events Announced

The Venice Biennale has released a list of 19 Collateral Events that will take place alongside the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Reporting from the Front, curated by Alejandro Aravena and chaired by Paolo Baratta. Previews of the main event begin May 26th and 27th, and it is open to the public from May 28th to November 27th 2016.

Schematic Design of St. Petersburg Pier Wins City Council Approval

08:00 - 15 April, 2016
Schematic Design of St. Petersburg Pier Wins City Council Approval, Courtesy of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers
Courtesy of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

The St. Petersburg City Council has approved the schematic design for the new St. Pete Pier. First awarded in a competition in 2015, the new site was designed by a team composed of three firms: Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers (lead designer); ASD (executive architect); and WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect (landscape architect). Although the final design was updated based on city and public requests, the core programming of the original scheme was maintained.

Stone Sculptures Reveal Monumental Architecture at a Micro Scale

04:00 - 15 April, 2016
Stone Sculptures Reveal Monumental Architecture at a Micro Scale, One of Simmonds' miniature spaces carved from stone (Corona). Image © Matthew Simmonds
One of Simmonds' miniature spaces carved from stone (Corona). Image © Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in Copenhagen, is known as the creator of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces hewn from stone – a number of which have been previously featured on ArchDaily. Drawing on the formal language and philosophy of architecture, his work "explores themes of positive and negative form, the significance of light and darkness and the relationship between nature and human endeavour." Here he shares four recent projects: Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall), Corona (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 30cm tall), Ararat: Study II (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 20cm tall), and Tetraconch (Limestone, 2015, 31cm tall).

Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ararat: Study II (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 20cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds +16

Heatherwick's Pier 55 Green-Lighted by New York Supreme Court

17:01 - 14 April, 2016
Heatherwick's Pier 55 Green-Lighted by New York Supreme Court , Pier 55.. Image ©  Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Pier 55.. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

Pier 55, the floating park designed by Heatherwick Studio and landscape architecture firm, Signe Nielsen, received a green-light from the New York Supreme Court this past Friday, April 8, according to a report by the Architect’s Newspaper. Floating above the Hudson River on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, the park is anchored by an aggregation of enormous petal-like stilts that are submerged in the water below. The park is being funded by the philanthropy of Diane von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller.

Pier 55’s legal troubles began last spring when the non-profit, City Club of New York filed a lawsuit against Pier55 Inc. and Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) to stop the project.

Herzog & de Meuron Share New Images of the National Library of Israel

13:20 - 14 April, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron Share New Images of the National Library of Israel, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron have released new images of their design for National Library of Israel. Located on a prominent site in West Jerusalem, the National Library is at the base of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and adjacent to the Israel Museum, Science Museum and Hebrew University.

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron +10

Rafael Moneo Reveals Design of His First Condo Tower in Miami

12:05 - 14 April, 2016
Rafael Moneo Reveals Design of His First Condo Tower in Miami, Courtesy of Apeiron Miami
Courtesy of Apeiron Miami

Rafael Moneo has unveiled the design of his first Miami project, a luxury high-rise at the north end of the city. Known as Apeiron at The Jockey Club, or simply Apeiron, the condo project features a pair of towers to be completed in separate stages and will include 240 serviced residential units, a 90-key boutique hotel, a deep-water marina, health and wellness facilities, and outdoor pools. With Apeiron, The Jockey Club hopes to hearken back to its 1970s heydey, when it was a center of Miami’s vibrant social and nightlife scenes. Apeiron, a Greek work meaning ‘limitless’, is at 11111 Biscayne Boulevard, a location with expansive views of the water and surrounding landscape.

Spotlight: Peter Behrens

11:35 - 14 April, 2016
Spotlight: Peter Behrens, The AEG Turbine Factory. Image © Flickr user josepha licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The AEG Turbine Factory. Image © Flickr user josepha licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

If asked to name buildings by German architect and designer Peter Behrens (14 April 1868 - 27 February 1940), few people would be able to answer with anything other than his AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin. His style was not one that lends itself easily to canonization; indeed, even the Turbine Factory itself is difficult to appreciate without an understanding of its historical context. Despite this, Behrens' achievements are not to be underestimated, and his importance to the development of architecture might best be understood by looking at three young architects who worked in his studio around 1910: Le CorbusierMies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

MVRDV Partners with Traumhaus to Reinvent Affordable Living in the Suburbs

09:00 - 14 April, 2016
MVRDV Partners with Traumhaus to Reinvent Affordable Living in the Suburbs, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV and Traumhaus, a producer of low-cost, high-quality homes based on standardized elements, have teamed up to develop a 27,000 square meter project redeveloping former US Army barracks in Mannheim, Germany.

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV +16

LEAF International Honors Santiago Calatrava with Lifetime Achievement Award

08:00 - 14 April, 2016
LEAF International Honors Santiago Calatrava with Lifetime Achievement Award, © Michael Muraz, Bernard Lessa, Alan Karchmer and Flickr user: crazyegg95 licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. Image via ArchDaily
© Michael Muraz, Bernard Lessa, Alan Karchmer and Flickr user: crazyegg95 licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. Image via ArchDaily

LEAF International (Leading European Architecture Forum) has announced Santiago Calatrava as the recipient of its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Recognized by a panel of industry experts around the world, he has been selected for his “unique vision and ability to transform cities through impactful design" as well as the breadth of his work, which includes projects like the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (New York City), Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Florida Polytechnic Building (Lakeland, Florida) and the Turning Torso Tower (Malmö, Sweden).

GRAFT Wins Competition to Design the Rose Square in Georgia

06:00 - 14 April, 2016
GRAFT Wins Competition to Design the Rose Square in Georgia, © GRAFT
© GRAFT

Architecture firm GRAFT has won first place in the competition to design the new Rose Square in Tbisili, Georgia.

Located in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel, which GRAFT renovated in 2009, the site will be transformed into a leisure area with various seating options, and a parking lot underneath.

RAAAF Propose to "Reclaim" Venice's Giardini by Shrouding National Pavilions with Fabric

04:00 - 14 April, 2016
RAAAF Propose to "Reclaim" Venice's Giardini by Shrouding National Pavilions with Fabric, Cloaked: Italian (Central) Pavilion. Image © RAAAF
Cloaked: Italian (Central) Pavilion. Image © RAAAF

Few have ever considered what the Giardini—the park of national pavilions for the Art and Architecture Biennales in Venice—is like during the winter months. In light of the fact that, during their "off-season," the gardens are often left in a state of disrepair, RAAAF—a Dutch multidisciplinary studio based in Amsterdam, alongside architect Marcel Moonen—have proposed a series of installations in an attempt to "reclaim valuable public space" which sits at the heart of an often overcrowded city.

Win a FREE Full Pass to the 2016 AIA National Convention from reThink Wood

16:00 - 13 April, 2016

Next month, the AIA National Convention is heading to Philadelphia! As the premier architecture and design conference of the year, this is a can’t-miss event for those involved with the industry. If you haven’t yet purchased your pass, we’re offering a chance to attend free of charge! 

reThink Wood is offering a full pre-paid pass to the 2016 AIA National Convention ($1,050 value) to one lucky ArchDaily reader. The winner will have the chance to meet with architects, engineers, academics and developers that are passionate about innovative design with wood. 

To win, just answer the following question in the comments section before Friday, April 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET: Which mass timber building in the U.S. has most inspired you? 

OMA Reveals Design for Mixed-Use Tower in Tokyo

12:00 - 13 April, 2016
OMA Reveals Design for Mixed-Use Tower in Tokyo, View from Bridge Looking up to Sky Box and Upper Atrium. Image Courtesy of OMA
View from Bridge Looking up to Sky Box and Upper Atrium. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA has revealed the design for its first skyscraper in Tokyo. A tower with a torqued front-facade, the building incorporates an elevated park and access to a new Hibiya Line subway station in a project that mixes hotel, office, and retail components.

Sou Fujimoto Installs a "Forest of Light" for COS at 2016 Salone del Mobile

10:00 - 13 April, 2016
Sou Fujimoto Installs a "Forest of Light" for COS at 2016 Salone del Mobile, COS × SOU FUJIMOTO. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
COS × SOU FUJIMOTO. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has captured the collaboration of the Swedish fashion retailer COS and Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto for this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan.

"In this installation for COS, I envisage to make a forest of light," said Fujimoto. "A forest which consists of countless light cones made from spotlights above. These lights pulsate and constantly undergo transience of state and flow. People meander through this forest, as if lured by the charm of the light. Light and people interact with one another, its existence defining the transition of the other."

COS × SOU FUJIMOTO. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu COS × SOU FUJIMOTO. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu COS × SOU FUJIMOTO. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu COS × SOU FUJIMOTO. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +31

Details Revealed About the Content of the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 13 April, 2016
Details Revealed About the Content of the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

The curators of the Spanish Pavilion have revealed the selected material which will be exhibited at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The content is a response to Alejandro Aravena's thematic directive for the Biennale, entitled "Reporting from the Front," in which he invites each country to share experiences and moments of crisis that architecture has experienced in recent years.

MAD Unveils "Invisible Border" Installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile

16:00 - 12 April, 2016
MAD Unveils "Invisible Border" Installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile, Courtesy of MAD Architects
Courtesy of MAD Architects

Created for the 2016 Milan Design Week, MAD Architects’ “Invisible Borders” installation is part of the “Open Borders” exhibition curated by Italian magazine Interni. Taking place in the traditional Cortile d’Onore courtyard of Università degli Studi di Milano, the installation is a canopy made from ribbons of ETFE in gradient colors, which has a lightness and flexibility that allows it to rustle in the wind and generate a subtle whistling sound. According to MAD, “The installation reflects the hues of the sky during the day, leaving glimpses of the columns and loggias. In the evening it becomes a luminous surface that brings the courtyard to live with new colors.”

Courtesy of MAD Architects Courtesy of MAD Architects Courtesy of MAD Architects Courtesy of MAD Architects +12

Daniel Libeskind Unveils Design for The Kurdistan Museum in Erbil, Iraq

12:00 - 12 April, 2016
Daniel Libeskind Unveils Design for The Kurdistan Museum in Erbil, Iraq, Courtesy of Hayes Davidson
Courtesy of Hayes Davidson

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled plans for The Kurdistan Museum in Erbil, Iraq. With the building, Studio Libeskind seeks to create “the first major center in the Kurdistan Region for the history and culture of the Kurdish people.” The project was developed as a collaboration between the Kurdistan Regional Government (the KRG) and client representative RWF World. The 150,000 square-foot museum will feature exhibition spaces for both permanent and temporary exhibitions, a lecture theatre, state-of-the-art multimedia educational resources, an extensive digital archive of Kurdish historical assets, as well as community center and landscaped outdoor spaces for public use.

Courtesy of Hayes Davidson Courtesy of Studio Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Libeskind Courtesy of Crystal +11

Eduardo Souto de Moura Wins the Ibero-American Award for Architecture and Urbanism

09:08 - 12 April, 2016
Eduardo Souto de Moura Wins the Ibero-American Award for Architecture and Urbanism, ©  Yusuke Suzuki
© Yusuke Suzuki

On April 2nd, the jury of the 10th Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial DESPLAZAMIENTOS / DESLOCAMIENTOS met in Madrid to select the winner of the Ibero-American Award for Architecture and Urbanism.