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ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (Part I)

15:01 - 10 December, 2015
ArchDaily Architect's Holiday Gift Guide 2015. Image
ArchDaily Architect's Holiday Gift Guide 2015. Image

Still searching for the perfect gift for that hard to please architect in your life? No need to look any further, we've compiled a list of items any architect would love to receive. Read on to see ArchDaily’s top 16 gifts for architects! 

4 Shortlisted to Revamp Palace of Westminster

12:00 - 10 December, 2015
4 Shortlisted to Revamp Palace of Westminster, Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament). Image © David Hunt
Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament). Image © David Hunt

Foster + Partners, HOK, BDP and Allies and Morrison have been shortlisted in a bid to "restore and renew" London's Palace of Westminster. As BD reports, the massive project is estimated to cost at least £3.5 billion and last more than six years (possibly up to 32 years). A team will be selected next year. Work will begin in 2020. 

Santiago Calatrava Designs 3 New Bridges for Huashan

12:00 - 9 December, 2015
Santiago Calatrava Designs 3 New Bridges for Huashan , View of the canal. Image © Santiago Calatrava LLC
View of the canal. Image © Santiago Calatrava LLC

Santiago Calatrava has been commissioned to design a trio of bridges in the Chinese city of Huashan, east of Wuhan. The three steel bridges - Xihu, Xianbi and Lincong - will span 1.5 kilometers of the city's new Yangtze River canal, providing access to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. 

“Architecture is one of the art forms best able to improve and revitalize cities both artistically and functionally,” said Calatrava. “The Huashan project is a clear example of how an urban element, key to the successful growth of the city, can at the same time improve the quality of life for its citizens, thanks to an integration of all three bridges and the creation of boulevards on the banks of the canal.”

Christian Kerez to Contribute to Swiss Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 9 December, 2015
Christian Kerez to Contribute to Swiss Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale , Kerez's House with One Wall Project. Image © Walter Mair
Kerez's House with One Wall Project. Image © Walter Mair

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has nominated Christian Kerez, a Venezuela-born, Swiss architect, to represent Switzerland at the 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice in 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Swiss art historian Sandra Oehy, and will be on display at the Biennial from May 28 to November 27, 2016. Switzerland will also be represented by <<Salon Suisse>>, a platform for discussion and debate on contemporary art and architecture.

A Vision for Future London Underground Stations

04:00 - 9 December, 2015
A Vision for Future London Underground Stations, © Studio Egret West
© Studio Egret West

London-based practice Studio Egret West have developed designs for future London Underground stations which centre on a holistic approach to infrastructure design. The so-called 'Station Design Idiom' is, according to the designers, "deliberately wide-ranging." As a manifesto, it "covers small interventions, like repainting, through to full station refurbishments and new builds" and "complements existing London Underground standards and guidance and is the first port of call for all design decision-making on the network."

FR-EE Installation Explores Man's Relationship with Sun at Design Miami/

16:00 - 8 December, 2015
FR-EE Installation Explores Man's Relationship with Sun at Design Miami/, © Robin Hill
© Robin Hill

Swarovski commissioned FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE to design an installation for Design Miami/ that "explores man's relationship with the sun." One billion times smaller than the sun, the installation - El Sol - is a spherical geodesic dome made from 2880 Swarovski crystals that "augment light emitted from its core" to "evoke the sun's gaseous, moving terrain."

"The project has allowed me to explore mathematics in relation to nature and my Mexican ancestry, which is very important and personal to my practice," said Fernando Romero.  

Hadid and Safdie Among 6 Competing to Design Traffic Control Tower at Istanbul New Airport

14:10 - 8 December, 2015
Hadid and Safdie Among 6 Competing to Design Traffic Control Tower at Istanbul New Airport, Proposed designs for Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower. Image © iGA
Proposed designs for Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower. Image © iGA

iGA has shared a glimpse of 6 proposed designs competing to be the Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower. With designs by Zaha Hadid, Moshe Safdie, Grimsaw-Nordic, Massimiliano Fuksas, Pininfarina-Aecom, and RMJM Architects, the competition seeks to chose an innovative tower that is "inspired by the authentic symbols of Turkey."

“We are developing a unique project inspired by the local architecture. That is why we have organized this contest, hoping that Airport Traffic Control Tower design would symbolically contribute great deal to Istanbul New Airport and also will be the most important figure of Istanbul. We particularly asked contestants to get inspired from icons of Turkey. Currently we are evaluating the submitted projects and will be announcing the results as soon as possible,” said Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of İGA.

schmidt hammer lassen Wins Competition to Masterplan Skøyen in Central Oslo

12:00 - 8 December, 2015
schmidt hammer lassen Wins Competition to Masterplan Skøyen in Central Oslo, Subway. Image © schmidt hammer lassen
Subway. Image © schmidt hammer lassen

schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an international competition to masterplan a 87,000-square-meter area of Skøyen in central Oslo, dubbed Eureka Kvarteret. The multi-phased plan aims to unify the area's connection to the Oslo fjord, nearby transportation hubs and its main street, Hoff, while generating a versatile new skyline that compliments its context. 

“We have proposed a framework that builds upon a basic idea about the space between the buildings," explains Senior Partner Kristian Lars Ahlmark.

Assemble Awarded the 2015 Turner Prize for Granby Four Streets

04:50 - 8 December, 2015
 Assemble Awarded the 2015 Turner Prize for Granby Four Streets, Design for a winter garden in a derelict home in Granby Four Streets. Image Courtesy of Assemble
Design for a winter garden in a derelict home in Granby Four Streets. Image Courtesy of Assemble

Assemble, a London-based collective who "work across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them," have been announced as the winners of the 2015 Turner Prize – Europe’s most prestigious contemporary visual art award. Their nomination was a surprise to many, not least because an architect (or architecture collective, in this case) has not been shortlisted before. Previous winners—some of whose work has intersected with the world of architecture—include Gilbert & GeorgeAnish Kapoor (known for the Orbit at the 2012 London Olympic Games), Antony GormleyDamien HirstGillian Wearing and Grayson Perry (a collaborator on FAT's final built work).

The Cineroleum / Assemble. Image Courtesy of Assemble Yardhouse / Assemble. Image Courtesy of Assemble Items produced by the Granby Workshop to raise regeneration funds. Image Courtesy of Assemble Items produced by the Granby Workshop to raise regeneration funds. Image Courtesy of Assemble +11

How Painter Ben Johnson Takes Architectural Representation to Incredible Levels of Realism

04:00 - 8 December, 2015
How Painter Ben Johnson Takes Architectural Representation to Incredible Levels of Realism, 'Approaching the Mirador' (2013, acrylic on canvas, 89 x 59in / 225 x 150cm). Image © Ben Johnson
'Approaching the Mirador' (2013, acrylic on canvas, 89 x 59in / 225 x 150cm). Image © Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is a painter preoccupied by realism – especially when it comes to the two-dimensional representation of architectural space. A British artist practicing in London, Johnson has been working professionally since the mid-1960s. In that time his extensive œuvre has encompassed painted cityscapes and prints to depictions of rooms designed—among others—by Norman Foster, John Pawson, I. M. Pei, and David Chipperfield.

'Room of the Niobids II' (2011, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 99in / 180 x 252cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Fatherland Room' (2014, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 93in / 180 x 237cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Roman Room' (2014, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 93in / 180 x 237cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Room of the Niobids' (2011, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 99in / 180 x 252cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson +19

AMBS Proposes World's Tallest Tower in Iraq

16:00 - 7 December, 2015
AMBS Proposes World's Tallest Tower in Iraq, © AMBS via Slate
© AMBS via Slate

An 1152-meter super tall tower is being proposed for the Iraqi city of Basra as part of a government-backed masterplan that aims to expand the city's capacity by 2025. As reported by Slate, the "Bride of the Gulf" was designed by AMBS Architects as a cluster of four net-zero towers interconnected by sky gardens and independent of the city grid. Together, they would add nearly 17-million-square-feet of usable space to the city's growing business center. Parks, "sky-squares," schools, hotels, clinics, commercial centers, offices and much more would provide all the amenities needed for a self-sustaining vertical city.

Deutsches Architekturmuseum to Curate German Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

14:16 - 7 December, 2015
Deutsches Architekturmuseum to Curate German Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, DAM team Architecture Biennale 2016 (v.l.n.r.): Oliver Elser, Peter Cachola Schmal, Anna Scheuermann. Image © Kirsten Bucher
DAM team Architecture Biennale 2016 (v.l.n.r.): Oliver Elser, Peter Cachola Schmal, Anna Scheuermann. Image © Kirsten Bucher

Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) has been chosen to represent Germany at Venice Biennale 2016 with the exhibition Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country. The DAM team - including general commissioner and director Peter Cachola Schmal, curator Oliver Elser, and project coordinator Anna Scheuermann - has already begun to collect examples of buildings that are being transformed for refugees and migrants - from large reception centers to refugee-led bicycle workshops. All work will be presented to the public in early 2016 as "an information pool for planners and policy-makers."

David Chipperfield Selected as Mentor for Rolex Arts Initiative

12:00 - 7 December, 2015
David Chipperfield Selected as Mentor for Rolex Arts Initiative, David Chipperfield's "radical" English country house - winner of 2015 AR House Awards. Image © Rik Nys
David Chipperfield's "radical" English country house - winner of 2015 AR House Awards. Image © Rik Nys

Succeeding Peter ZumthorDavid Chipperfield has been selected as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's new architecture mentor. The British architect will join six other "master artists" - Mia Couto (literature), Alfonso Cuarón (film), Philip Glass (music), Joan Jonas (visual arts), Robert Lepage (theatre) and Ohad Naharin (dance) - in selecting their own protégé from a pool of finalists this coming spring; mentoring will begin mid-2016.

PARALX Designs New Residential Tower in Beirut

06:00 - 7 December, 2015
PARALX Designs New Residential Tower in Beirut, © PARALX
© PARALX

Lebanese architecture practice PARALX has won the AIA in Los Angeles' Merit Design Award for its T3 high-rise tower in Beirut. The tower is a part of a larger development scheme in the burgeoning Beirut Digital District (BDD) that will include 12 buildings and over 150,000 square meters of office spaces, apartments, hotels, shops, and entertainment facilities.

T3 will host cafes and restaurants on the ground level, with residential apartments located throughout the upper floors, all targeted towards the creative class that is moving into the area labeled as “Lebanon’s Silicon Valley.”

Eric Parry Architects Unveil 73-Storey Tower for London's Financial District

04:00 - 7 December, 2015
Eric Parry Architects Unveil 73-Storey Tower for London's Financial District, 1 Undershaft / Eric Parry Architects. Image © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects
1 Undershaft / Eric Parry Architects. Image © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects

London-based Eric Parry Architects have unveiled a design proposal for a 73-storey office tower in the heart of London's financial district. Named '1 Undershaft', after its street address, the building will be one of the tallest in the city (standing at 294.6m) competing only with Piano's Shard (306m). Having been commissioned by Aroland Holdings (Singapore), the tower will contain 90,000sqm of internal space and feature "a new public square at its base" and "the capital's tallest free public viewing gallery at the top," according to Parry. It will stand in place of the existing 'Aviva Tower'.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Announces 2015 Product Innovator Award Recipients

16:00 - 6 December, 2015
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Announces 2015 Product Innovator Award Recipients, Accoya Wood. Image Courtesy of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Accoya Wood. Image Courtesy of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

The Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute (C2CPII) has announced the winners of its 2015 Product Innovator Awards. Focusing on leaders in industries that are designing with upcycling and closed-circuit lifespans in mind, the award recognizes innovation in the practice of sustainable, circular-economy design. See the winners after the break.

Create Your Own Holiday Scenes With Rich McCor's Paper Cutouts

08:00 - 6 December, 2015
Create Your Own Holiday Scenes With Rich McCor's Paper Cutouts, © Rich McCor
© Rich McCor

After reimagining famous landmarks with paper cutouts, photographer Rich McCor is back, this time with holiday-themed scenes based in London’s Covent Garden.

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Constructs Self-Supporting Perforated Pavilion at Miami Art Basel

16:00 - 5 December, 2015
Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Constructs Self-Supporting Perforated Pavilion at Miami Art Basel , Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY
Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

In light of the recent kickoff of Art Basel Miami, Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY has shared its Labrys Frisae Pavilion, which was installed at Art Basel Miami from 2011 to 2014. Constructed from aluminum less than one millimeter thick, the installation sought to blur the distinction between edge and space through “an immersive, multisensorial experience.”

“The structure’s interior leads a visitor to lose their time as they peruse the curves and try to understand the space,” which changes as viewers move throughout, especially at night, when shadows emerge through the shell’s intricate perforation.

Detail. Image Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY Top view. Image Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY Exploded axonometric view. Image Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY Curves and paths. Image Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY +13

Archiposters Feature Minimalist Representations of Contemporary Architecture

14:00 - 5 December, 2015
Archiposters Feature Minimalist Representations of Contemporary Architecture, © Francesco Ravasio
© Francesco Ravasio

Bergamo, Italy-based architect and artist Francesco Ravasio has launched Archiposters, a series of minimalist architecture posters, on Kickstarter.

Drawn from his own point of view and style, Ravasio has utilized graphic design to represent architecture from 1931 through 2013, featuring buildings like I.M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid and Zaha Hadid's Riverside Museum

The Archiposters project is not only comprised of A2 sized posters, but also includes A5 sized postcards. 12 buildings are featured on the designs:

Tadao Ando Wins 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award

14:00 - 4 December, 2015
Tadao Ando Wins 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award, Tadao Ando. Image © Christopher Schriner / CC BY 2.0
Tadao Ando. Image © Christopher Schriner / CC BY 2.0

The Noguchi Museum has selected Tadao Ando, alongside artist Elyn Zimmerman, as recipient of the third annual Isamu Noguchi Award, "given to recognize individuals who share Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and East-West exchange." Complimenting Ando's "minimalist approach, sensitivity to light, and incorporation of natural elements," the judges believe the self-taught Japanese architect's "unparalleled work with concrete" embodies many of the principles embraced by Noguchi. 

"Like Noguchi’s sculpture, which gave equal importance to the object and the space it inhabited, Ando’s work harmoniously integrates edifice and environment, while interior and exterior are intimately connected through his incorporation of water, light, wind, sky, and landscape into his building designs," the museum described in a press release.

AIA Awards 3 for Impact on US Architecture and Education

12:00 - 4 December, 2015
AIA Awards 3 for Impact on US Architecture and Education, © AIA
© AIA

Alongside the release of this year's Gold Medal and firm award winners, the American Institute of Architects has named recipients of three other national awards: Edward C. Kemper Award, Topaz Medallion, and Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.

Honored for being a "tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within architecture," R. Steven Lewis, AIA, has been selected to receive the 2016 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. "Steve enlightened a generation of architects on the importance of knowing the history of those who came before them. He built bridges that they crossed," Purnell wrote in support of Lewis's nomination for the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. "He has mentored minority architects through his brilliant leadership by example.”

ArchDaily's Chrome Extension: Inspiration in Every New Tab

07:01 - 4 December, 2015
ArchDaily's Chrome Extension: Inspiration in Every New Tab

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2015 RIBA President's Medals Winners Announced

07:00 - 4 December, 2015
2015 RIBA President's Medals Winners Announced, 'The Heteroglossic City' (RIBA Silver Medal: Finn Wilkie, Mackintosh School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA
'The Heteroglossic City' (RIBA Silver Medal: Finn Wilkie, Mackintosh School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the President’s Medals Student Awards at a special event yesterday in London. The awards, recognised as the world’s most prestigious in architectural education, were inaugurated in 1836 (making them, including the RIBA Gold Medal, the institute's oldest award). Three medals in particular – the Bronze for a Part I student (Bachelor level), the Silver for a Part II student (Master level), and the Dissertation Medal – are awarded to “promote excellence in the study of architecture [and] to reward talent and to encourage architectural debate worldwide.” In addition to these, the winners of the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing and the inaugural RIBA Research Medal alongside a rostra of commendations have also been announced.

See the winning projects and a full list of commendations after the break.

3. Serjeant Award (Part 2): Benjamin Ferns (Bartlett School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA 1. RIBA Bronze Medal: Boon Yik Chung (Bartlett School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA RIBA Dissertation Medal: Marie Price (University of Westminster). Image Courtesy of RIBA 4. Serjeant Award (Part 1): Andrew Chard (Oxford Brookes). Image Courtesy of RIBA +43

Skene Catling De La Pena's Rothschild Project Named UK's Best New House

14:10 - 3 December, 2015
Skene Catling De La Pena's Rothschild Project Named UK's Best New House, © James Morris
© James Morris

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Skene Catling De La Pena's Flint House the winner of its annual "House of the Year" award. A "marvel of geological evolution and construction," the home was formed within the "flint-layered fields" of Rothschild’s estate at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. As the judges say, the home's clever use of a locally prevalent materials and intelligent layering of space "delivers a stunning piece of livable, provoking, modern architecture that marries into the earthly yet beautiful countryside."