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Happy Holidays from the Architects (2015 Edition)

12:20 - 24 December, 2015
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Over the past few days we've received dozens of holiday and New Year's cards from our network of architects around the world. See them all after the break (or check out our reader-submitted cards). Happy Holidays from the editors of ArchDaily! 

Where Housing is Headed in 2016 (According to RIBA)

06:00 - 24 December, 2015
Where Housing is Headed in 2016 (According to RIBA), White on White by Gianni Botsford Architects. Image Courtesy of RIBA
White on White by Gianni Botsford Architects. Image Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) has released a report forecasting the greatest design trends in housing in the UK for 2016, based off a survey of 250 RIBA charted practices that are currently active in the housing design market. Noticeable trends include an increase in sustainable, energy conservation measures such as sustainable materials, improved insulation and water conservation/recycling; large extensions and bigger homes; housing designed for aging relatives/occupants; and flexible open-plans for family gathering.

This Innovative Concrete Slab System Uses up to 55% Less Concrete

16:00 - 23 December, 2015
This Innovative Concrete Slab System Uses up to 55% Less Concrete, Courtesy of Holedeck
Courtesy of Holedeck

One of the defining images of the 2014 Venice Biennale came from Rem Koolhaas' "Elements of Architecture" exhibition, where a section of a suspended false ceiling, replete with ducts and wiring, was dramatically juxtaposed with the soaring domed ceiling of the Giardini's central pavilion. The gesture was intended as a criticism of architecture's reduction to mere surface treatment - but to the makers of Holedeck, a structural system which recently won CTBUH's 2015 Tall Building Innovation Award, the sins of the typical concrete slab and suspended ceiling are much more far-reaching.

Holedeck's concrete slab system claims to use 55% less concrete than a standard concrete slab, making it significantly more environmentally friendly than standard concrete structures, while reducing the thickness of floor plates to allow a greater number of floors in tall buildings.

Holedeck with mechanical and electrical systems installed. Image Courtesy of Holedeck One available configuration of Holedeck. Image Courtesy of Holedeck Courtesy of Holedeck Courtesy of Holedeck +16

The Best Submissions to ArchDaily's 2015 Holiday Card Contest

14:00 - 23 December, 2015

From Gehry, Mies and Corbusier puns to trees made of scales, rulers and buildings, we were overwhelmed by the depths of our readers’ creativity! Out of the 450 submitted cards, these are 52 of our favorites. 

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team!

Zaha Hadid's First Tower in Melbourne Described as a Series of "Stacked Vases"

12:11 - 23 December, 2015
Zaha Hadid's First Tower in Melbourne Described as a Series of "Stacked Vases", 582-606 Collins Street. Image © ZHA
582-606 Collins Street. Image © ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects has teamed up with Plus Architecture to design their first tower in Melbourne. The 54-story mixed use skyscraper is designed as a series of "stacked vases" supported by an "elegant colonnade of sculptural, curved columns" that "embody and emulate the finest examples of historic architecture" in the area. If approved, the proposal will add a mix of retail, commercial and residential programs to its site at 582-606 Collins Street.

SHoP Reveals Plans to Build 50 New Schools in Nepal

06:00 - 23 December, 2015
SHoP Reveals Plans to Build 50 New Schools in Nepal, © SHoP Architects PC
© SHoP Architects PC

In wake of the April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal, SHoP has partnered with Kids of Kathmandu and Asia Friendship Network (AFN) to help rebuild 50 public schools in the hardest hit areas. The project will not only replace damaged schools, but also will raise the standard for public education in remote regions of Nepal.

In the hopes of providing a future model for non-governmental organizations, the design is a flexible system that is adaptable to different site conditions and available resources, and can be easily assembled.

Malkit Shoshan to Curate Dutch Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 23 December, 2015
Malkit Shoshan to Curate Dutch Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, Malkit Shoshan (2010). Image via Mediamatic
Malkit Shoshan (2010). Image via Mediamatic

Malkit Shoshan, shortlisted earlier this year for the Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize, has been selected by Het Nieuwe Instituut to curate the Dutch Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Founder of the Amsterdam-based architectural think tank FAST (Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory), Shoshan has been fellow of the Institute for the past two years having previously authored the award-winning book Atlas of Conflict: Israel-Palestine (2010). Her current work, entitled Drones and Honeycombs, is a study of the architecture and landscape of war and peace and examines "public space as war zone." It is this research, under the title 'Blue', which will be presented as a new series of narratives for architecture in conflict areas.

Washington Fajardo to Curate Brazilian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

14:20 - 22 December, 2015
Washington Fajardo to Curate Brazilian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, Washington Fajardo. Image © Pool Communications
Washington Fajardo. Image © Pool Communications

Rio de Janeiro architect and urban planner Washington Fajardo has been named by the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation as curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2016. Fajardo is president of the Rio World Heritage Institute (Instituto Rio Patrimônio da Humanidade) and the Municipal Council of Cultural Heritage Protection (Conselho Municipal de Proteção do Patrimônio), as well as special advisor to Mayor Eduardo Paes on urban planning issues.

Heatherwick-Designed Shanghai Development Conceived as Two "Tree-Covered Mountains"

11:30 - 22 December, 2015
Heatherwick-Designed Shanghai Development Conceived as Two "Tree-Covered Mountains", © Heatherwick Studio
© Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick Studio has designed a mountainous mixed use plan for Shanghai's main arts district. Named M50, the 300,000-square-meter project was conceived as "a piece of topography" that takes the shape of "two tree-covered mountains" populated by "400 terraces" and "1000 structural columns." 

“Normally, the large-scale projects that we are quite used to seeing have big boxes, and the role of the designer is figuring out what pattern of architectural wrapping paper to put on these boxes,” said Thomas Heatherwick, according to Architectural Digest. “We wondered if there was a way to make better working spaces by also making access to outdoors.” 

Kengo Kuma Selected to Design New Tokyo National Stadium

08:01 - 22 December, 2015
Kengo Kuma Selected to Design New Tokyo National Stadium, © Japan Sport Council via Curbed
© Japan Sport Council via Curbed

Kengo Kuma & Associates have been selected to replace Zaha Hadid Architects to design the new Tokyo National Stadium, the central venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Kuma's design was revealed alongside one other, a design by Toyo Ito, last week, after the original design by Zaha Hadid Architects was scrapped earlier this year. As reported by The Japan TimesKuma's design narrowly won out against Ito's based on nine selection criteria by the Japan Sport Council, being awarded 610 total points compared to Ito's 602. Responding to concerns about the size and cost of Hadid's design, the new design will be under 50 meters tall and cost an estimated ¥153 billion, compared with the 70 meters and ¥252 billion of Hadid's controversial plans.

Madrid Rejects Current Renovation Plans for Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

08:00 - 22 December, 2015
Madrid Rejects Current Renovation Plans for Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Winning proposal for the Bernabéu Stadium. Image
Winning proposal for the Bernabéu Stadium. Image

At the beginning of 2014, gmp was selected through a competition to redesign Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium, as part of a larger project being implemented by Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez. In addition to expanding the capacity of the stadium and covering it with a metallic, retractable roof, the project consisted of constructing a 12,250 square meter retail center and hotel, and an underground parking lot for up to 600 cars. 

Now, however, the Madrid City Council has rejected the current renovation plan for the stadium. Speaking with local media, Chief of Sustainable Urban Development, José Manuel Calvo, explained that the current authorities will only support projects that are “consistent with public interest, [that] don’t involve new uses of public land and that are confined exclusively to the area currently occupied by the stadium’s facilities.”

Dean of 'The Cass' in London Resigns Over Proposed Relocation Plans

04:00 - 22 December, 2015
Dean of 'The Cass' in London Resigns Over Proposed Relocation Plans, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Image © David Grandorge
Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Image © David Grandorge

Robert Mull, former Dean of London Metropolitan University's Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design—also known as 'The Cass'—has resigned over a dispute about proposed relocation plans for the school's campus in Aldgate, East London. As reported in The Independentcampaigners argue that the move, which was first announced in October 2015 by the university's Vice Chancellor John Raftery, would cause courses and jobs to be unnecessarily cut. The university's vision, named 'One Campus, One Community', aims to invest £125million ($185million) to create "a new, single campus in Islington, north London, bringing all of the [university's] faculties together on one site for the first time in the institution’s 170-year history."

4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park

16:00 - 21 December, 2015
4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park, AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta

Four teams have been chosen to move on to the second stage of the Pershing Square Renew competition. Aiming to transform downtown Los Angeles' oldest park, the finalists will now refine their schematic proposals in preparation of a second review in March 2016. The winning scheme will potentially be the five-acre park's sixth iteration, replacing Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect Laurie Olin current design that first opened in 1994. 

The four teams and their preliminary ideas, include: 

Adjaye Among 7 Asked to Submit Proposals for Barack Obama Presidential Center

12:00 - 21 December, 2015
Adjaye Among 7 Asked to Submit Proposals for Barack Obama Presidential Center, © OPLSouthSide.org
© OPLSouthSide.org

Confirming the speculation, Adjaye Associates has been asked alongside six others to submit design proposals for the Barack Obama Presidential Center planned for Chicago's South Side. Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, SHoP Architects, Snøhetta and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects complete the list; all are expected to provide designs for both considered sites - Jackson Park and Washington Park. 

“These finalists offer a variety of backgrounds and styles, and any one of them would be an excellent choice,” Obama Foundation chairman Martin Nesbitt, according to CBS Chicago. “We are excited to see this process moving forward because the Obama Presidential Center will be so much more than a library – this facility will seek to inspire citizens across the globe to better their communities, their countries, and their world.”

Vo Trong Nghia Architects Unveil Fugitive Structures Pavilion for Australia

08:00 - 21 December, 2015
Vo Trong Nghia Architects Unveil Fugitive Structures Pavilion for Australia, Courtesy of  The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)
Courtesy of The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)

The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) has announced the fourth iteration of its annual pavilion series Fugitive Structures. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the pavilion centers around “the innovative use of bamboo, and [the architect’s] passion and self-imposed duty to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”

Steven Holl Architects Unveil Proposal for Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

06:00 - 21 December, 2015
Steven Holl Architects Unveil Proposal for Shenzhen Art Museum and Library, © Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has unveiled their design for a new public library and museum in a developing area of Shenzhen, China. With the goal of creating a public space with two buildings connected below the plaza level, the massing concept is based on a three-part removal. While the design did win the most votes from the jury in the overall competition, city officials chose a different scheme to continue with.

© Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects +22

Hello Wood Creates Three Christmas Trees in Budapest, London and Manchester

04:00 - 21 December, 2015
Hello Wood Creates Three Christmas Trees in Budapest, London and Manchester, Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry
Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry

For the third consecutive year, Hello Wood—an international educational platform of design and architecture based in Hungary—have "rethought the Christmas Tree." Their three festive installations, in London, Manchester and Budapest, have been designed to live beyond the holiday season and will be recycled into new structures to help different causes in the New Year. "The role of architecture has changed a lot in the last few years," says Peter Pozsar, co-founder of Hello Wood. "Hello Wood represents this socially responsive architecture."

View the three projects after the break.

3 Architects Win President’s Designer of the Year Award in Singapore

14:00 - 20 December, 2015
3 Architects Win President’s Designer of the Year Award in Singapore, MKPL Architects Recent Winning Proposal for the Singapore Rail Corridor Revitalization. Image Courtesy of Norm Li for MKPL Architects
MKPL Architects Recent Winning Proposal for the Singapore Rail Corridor Revitalization. Image Courtesy of Norm Li for MKPL Architects

The President's Design Award, which honours Singapore designs and designers, has named its three Designers of the Year for 2015. Dr. Colin K. Okashimo (sculptor and landscape architect), Mr. Franklin Po (Principal of landscape architecture practice Tierra Design) and Mr. Siew Man Kok (co-founder of MKPL Architects) were selected from 111 nominations by a 14-member panel, which included British architect Richard Rogers.

Félix Guyon's Sails Benches are Anchored in Montreal

12:00 - 20 December, 2015
Félix Guyon's Sails Benches are Anchored in Montreal	, © Félix Guyon, via v2com newswire
© Félix Guyon, via v2com newswire

Designed by Félix Guyon of Les Ateliers Guyon in Verchères, Quebec, "Sails Benches" is a monument to the original founding families of Verchères, commissioned by the municipality. Having worked in Montreal for many years, Guyon returned to his native village for this personal project, which was selected as the winning design of the Furniture Category at the World Interiors Awards 2015 in London, "charming" the judges with the personal narrative and sensitivity of his Sail Benches, according to a press release. Read more about the project after the break.

Images Released of Forward Slash ( / ) ARCHITEKTUR's Performa 15 Hub in NYC

16:00 - 19 December, 2015
Images Released of Forward Slash ( / ) ARCHITEKTUR's Performa 15 Hub in NYC, Courtesy of Performa
Courtesy of Performa

Images have been released of Forward Slash ( / ) ARCHITEKTUR’s Performa 15 Hub, which served as the headquarters for New York-based Performa’s 2015 Biennial, an event dedicated to live performances across artistic disciplines. The Hub offered a venue for performances, screenings, panel discussions and seminars; and a lounge, shop and visitor information centre. View more images of the venue after the break.

Courtesy of Performa Courtesy of Performa Courtesy of Performa Courtesy of Performa +11

AIA Releases Interactive Infographic of Latest Home Design Trends

14:00 - 19 December, 2015
AIA Releases Interactive Infographic of Latest Home Design Trends, Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released an interactive infographic of its Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2015, focusing on community and neighborhood design.

According to the findings, walkability, higher density and infill development, as well as access to public transportation, are all on the rise, with homeowners “seeking community amenities that allow them to remain connected to people and commerce” throughout the nation’s growing metro areas.

The New Yorker Releases Stunning Portfolio of the Works of Freddy Mamani

12:00 - 19 December, 2015
The New Yorker Releases Stunning Portfolio of the Works of Freddy Mamani, Mamani's Work is typified by its futuristic facades. Image © Peter Granser
Mamani's Work is typified by its futuristic facades. Image © Peter Granser

Despite not having an office, using a computer or drawing on paper, Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre and his firm have completed over 60 projects in El Alto, the highest city in the world. Like most of his clients and fellow citizens, Mamani is an Aymara and his work is typified by its highly detailed, colourful facades, inspired by Aymara dress. In light of his visually exciting, daring work, The New Yorker has released a stunning photo portfolio by Peter Granser, with an introduction by Judith Thurmanshowcasing some of Mamani's colourful projects.

Hamburg Hybrid Housing Competition Announces Winners

08:00 - 19 December, 2015
Hamburg Hybrid Housing Competition Announces Winners, “We are here to stay” by Gabriele Filippi from Genova, Italy. Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space
“We are here to stay” by Gabriele Filippi from Genova, Italy. Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space

Ctrl+Space has announced the winners of their Hamburg Hybrid Housing Competition, which prompted participants to design a mixed-use residential building in the St. Pauli neighbourhood of Hamburg, Germany. Entries were expected to reflect on the typology of the mixed-use building, exploring the set of relationships present with the city, the public, the time of day and the different programmatic areas. See the three winners after the break.

Heatherwick to Transform Historic Coal Drop Buildings into New King's Cross Shopping Area

14:00 - 18 December, 2015
Heatherwick to Transform Historic Coal Drop Buildings into New King's Cross Shopping Area, © ForbesMassie
© ForbesMassie

Heatherwick Studio has received approval to realize a new shopping area at King's Cross in London. By 2018, the practice will transform the city's 1850 historic Coal Drops Yard buildings into an "eclectic mix" of 65 boutique and destination shops and restaurants.

"Over a two-year restoration and build process, Londoners will see the existing Victorian buildings – the East and West Coal Drops and Wharf Road Arches – refurbished and re-purposed in a way that creates a stunning new upper level and improves connectivity, whilst allowing the original forms and functions to be read," says the architects.