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New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 375,000 Images for Unrestricted Use

14:15 - 15 February, 2017
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 375,000 Images for Unrestricted Use, © Wikimedia CC user Fcb981. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
© Wikimedia CC user Fcb981. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Looking to add a beautiful piece of art to your render to really sell your project? Look no further.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its new Open Access policy, which releases over 375,000 images of artworks from their expansive collection for free download, with absolutely no restrictions under copyright law – meaning you are completely free to copy, remix, or distribute any image for any use, including commercial.

Richard Meier & Partners' Teachers Village Looks to Revitalize Downtown Newark Through Education

13:30 - 15 February, 2017
Richard Meier & Partners' Teachers Village Looks to Revitalize Downtown Newark Through Education, © Tekten
© Tekten

Richard Meier & Partners has completed 3 new mixed-use buildings as part of their “Teachers Village” master plan in downtown Newark, New Jersey. The development, led by RBH Group, centers around two Charter Schools completed by Meier & Partners in 2013, to provide a variety of retail spaces and 123 residential units marketed specifically at teachers.

© Scott Frances © Scott Frances © Scott Frances © Scott Frances +31

5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

08:15 - 15 February, 2017
5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

Five European projects have been selected as finalists for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from a shortlist of 40 projects, the five finalists were lauded by the jury for their ability to “respond to the concerns of today’s European society.”

“Our instincts could be summed up by the words of Peter Smithson: ‘things need to be ordinary and heroic at the same time,’” said Jury Chairman Stephen Bates. “We were looking for an ordinariness whose understated lyricism is full of potential’.”

Through April, the jury members will visit each finalist project to evaluate the buildings firsthand and to see how they are used by the public. The Prize Winner will be announced in Brussels on May 16.

The five finalists are:

BIG Selected to Design San Pellegrino Factory and Headquarters in Northern Italy

08:10 - 15 February, 2017
BIG Selected to Design San Pellegrino Factory and Headquarters in Northern Italy, © BIG
© BIG

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have been revealed as the winners of a competition to conceptualize and design a new headquarters and bottling plant for San Pellegrino, located in the terme of the same name in the Alps of northern Italy. Finalists included MVRDV, Snøhetta, and aMDL, each of whom presented their proposals in October last year.

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +49

Norbert Juhász's Portrait of Moroccan Berber Settlements

16:00 - 14 February, 2017
Norbert Juhász's Portrait of Moroccan Berber Settlements, © Norbert Juhász
© Norbert Juhász

In this photo-essay, Norbert Juhász—a Hungarian photographer based in Budapest—presents a study of the Moroccan Berber villages (around Imlil and the surrounding valleys). Located in the High Atlas Mountains, these remote settlements are increasingly connected to the "outside world." In the words of Juhász, "many are now connected to the electrical grid and have some sort of road access." That said, "mules are still a popular form of transport."

© Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász +10

Thom Mayne, Ando, Kuma & Zumthor Contribute Rooms for "House of Architects" Hotel in Vals

12:00 - 14 February, 2017
Thom Mayne, Ando, Kuma & Zumthor Contribute Rooms for "House of Architects" Hotel in Vals, Morphosis' Stone Room 1. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals
Morphosis' Stone Room 1. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals

Four top architects – Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma and Peter Zumthor – have been tapped to contribute designs for the new “House of Architects” at the 7132 Hotel in Vals Switzerland. The latest addition to the hotel, The House of Architects features a lobby and entrance also designed by Morphosis Architects, and 7 room designs centered around a single material.

Morphosis' Wood Room 1. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals Morphosis' Wood Room 1. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals The new entrance pavilion, designed by Morphosis Architects. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals The 7132 Hotel, with Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals +16

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Tipped to Extend London's Iconic British Library Complex

08:05 - 14 February, 2017
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Tipped to Extend London's Iconic British Library Complex, Courtesy of British Library
Courtesy of British Library

As reported by the Architects' Journal, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP)—the London-based practice led by Richard Rogers—have been selected, "following a developer-led competition," to expand the iconic British Library complex in London – designed by Colin St. John Wilson in 1962 and eventually completed in 1997. The national library is widely considered to be the largest public building ever constructed in the United Kingdom over the course of the 20th Century. In 2015, the buildings were awarded the highest level of Listed (protection) status.

New Survey Confirms Architecture as Most Time Consuming Major

12:10 - 13 February, 2017
New Survey Confirms Architecture as Most Time Consuming Major, Yale Art + Architecture Building / Paul Rudolph + Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. Image Courtesy of gwathmey siegel & associates architects
Yale Art + Architecture Building / Paul Rudolph + Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. Image Courtesy of gwathmey siegel & associates architects

Architecture students have long groaned (or bragged) about the long hours and all-night work sessions demanded by their chosen major. Surely, we’ve all thought, no other major must be working this hard – right?

Now, thanks to the results of Indiana University's National 2016 Study of Student Engagement (NSSE), those assertions have been backed up with some numbers: architecture students were found to work an average of 22.2 hours per week, more than 2.5 hours more than any other major.

Built by Associative Data Draws Inspiration from Jackson Pollock

08:00 - 13 February, 2017
Built by Associative Data Draws Inspiration from Jackson Pollock, Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data
Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data

BAD. Built by Associative Data, in collaboration with MARZ Studio, has released the plans for its newest project, No. 5, a mixed-use space in the heart of Jonah in Beirut City, Lebanon. Designed with parametric studies in mind, the project takes into account view orientations, solar radiation, wind infiltration, and program through its various levels of massing.

Sited next to the prominent Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium on one of the busiest corners in the area, the building is “very present and visible from the street level, hence the proposal’s pixelated massing.”

Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data +10

105 Valentines for Architects (And Architecture Lovers)

07:00 - 13 February, 2017

If there was ever a time when the world needed a bit of extra love, that time is now. And even though Valentine's Day is a celebration of romantic love, we know these uplifting messages of affection will resonate with peers, friends, and family members, alike. 

ArchDaily's mission is to improve the quality of life of the world's inhabitants by publishing content for architects, designers, and decision-makers. We also realize how important tolerance, acceptance, and love are to the process of building a better world. So, from us to you, and from your fellow readers to the world, may you feel a wealth of love on this Valentine's Day.

Gif submitted by Vilma Picari

Tip-Box Balances Vertigo and Nature in Montpellier’s Mountains

06:00 - 13 February, 2017
Tip-Box Balances Vertigo and Nature in Montpellier’s Mountains , © Christophe Benichou
© Christophe Benichou

Have you ever felt yourself teetering on the edge of insanity? Or how about being this close to your tipping point? No? Well, it seems that architect Christophe Benichou has, and the result is a cubic small scale structure balancing upon the precipice of Pic-Saint-Loup.

Aptly named Tip-Box, the fictional project was originally conceived for a soon-to-be 30-year-old friend of Benichou’s. Perhaps realizing that presents should be restricted to more traditional boxes, the space is intended to serve as an outpost for contemplation and rest for hikers in the mountains of Montpellier.

© Christophe Benichou © Christophe Benichou © Christophe Benichou © Christophe Benichou +9

Projects by Alejandro Aravena and Carrilho da Graça Announced in Lisbon

18:00 - 12 February, 2017
Projects by Alejandro Aravena and Carrilho da Graça Announced in Lisbon, via Sede EDP / Aires Mateus
via Sede EDP / Aires Mateus

Público published a report today that Chilean architect and 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate Alejandro Aravena has been invited to design a project for the EDP (Energias de Portugal), complementing the Aires Mateus-designed Sede da EDP (EDP Headquarters) in Lisbon.

At the end of 2016 Portuguese architect João Luis Carrilho da Graça was invited to design a hotel to support the EDP's new facilities and refurbishment of its existing spaces. Carrilho da Graça is also responsible for the urban plan of the area in which the projects will be developed and built--the Zona da Boavista Nascente, between Santos and the Cais do Sodré

Bates Smart Unveils Plans for Tallest Engineered Timber Building in Australia

16:00 - 12 February, 2017
Bates Smart Unveils Plans for Tallest Engineered Timber Building in Australia, Courtesy of Bates Smart
Courtesy of Bates Smart

Australia-based Bates Smart has released the plans for 5 King, a high-performance commercial space and the tallest engineered timber building in Australia. At 52 meters tall, the building will additionally feature the largest gross floor area (GFA) for an engineered timber office building worldwide.

Based on the concepts of connecting with nature and preserving the environment, 5 King will utilize a combination of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (Glulam) to achieve “the structural strength of concrete and steel with a low carbon footprint.”

Courtesy of Bates Smart Courtesy of Bates Smart Courtesy of Bates Smart Courtesy of Bates Smart +4

Schiattarella Associati Unveils Riyadh Stadium Plans

14:00 - 12 February, 2017
Schiattarella Associati Unveils Riyadh Stadium Plans, Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati
Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati

Rome-based Schiattarella Associati has unveiled its designs for the King Fahd International Stadium, a refurbishment project that will modify the existing structure, located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to accommodate almost 50,000 spectators.

In order to link the ground level with the concourse level of the structure, the design focuses on creating an artificial hill at the base of the stadium.

Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati +15

Stacked Residential Tower to Become One of Newcastle's Tallest Buildings

12:00 - 12 February, 2017
Stacked Residential Tower to Become One of Newcastle's Tallest Buildings, © FaulknerBrowns Architects
© FaulknerBrowns Architects

Planning approval has been granted to British firm FaulknerBrowns Architects, for the construction of a new residential tower on the site of a dilapidated warehouse building, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

“We have worked extremely hard to design a building of the highest quality and we believe this development will create a positive landmark for the city, representative of its ambitious and forward thinking outlook,” said Paul Rigby, partner at FaulknerBrowns.

© FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects +11

AART Architects Transforms Danish Hospital Into University

08:00 - 12 February, 2017
AART Architects Transforms Danish Hospital Into University, Courtesy of AART architects
Courtesy of AART architects

AART Architects have won the competition to transform the Aarhus Municipal Hospital into a new campus for Aarhus University in Denmark.

In an effort to renew and enhance the original qualities of the site—like its red tile façades and consistent compositions of public space—as well as to support academic and urban life of the future, the project will uphold “the site’s historical potential by paving the way for new prospects to create a forward-looking transformation of this unique spot.”

Courtesy of AART architects Courtesy of AART architects Courtesy of AART architects Courtesy of AART architects +5

Watch Rem Koolhaas Present S,M,L,XL at the AA in 1995

17:00 - 11 February, 2017

Posted on the OMA website with the description, "Presentation on how S, M, L, XL intends to both undermine and simultaneously reinforce architecture," this lecture delivered by a then-51-year-old Rem Koolhaas delves into the "intentions" behind the 1400-page behemoth monograph. The Dutch architect laments that he must spoil the experience of the book's nuanced relationships and surprises, stating "I'm exposing connections now that I would have preferred to remain hidden for you to discover or ignore."

An Eco-Village for Orphaned Kenyan Children - Competition Winners Announced

16:00 - 11 February, 2017
An Eco-Village for Orphaned Kenyan Children - Competition Winners Announced , Orphanage Home Courtyard. Image Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke
Orphanage Home Courtyard. Image Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke

The One Heart Foundation has announced the winners of the Children’s Eco-Village Design Competition. Attracting 45 submissions from 21 countries, the brief asked participants to propose an environmentally-friendly campus for orphaned and abandoned children, to be built in Soy, Kenya.

School Courtyard. Image Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Approaching the school drop-off. Image Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Entrance from the main road. Image Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Income-generating eco-farm. Image Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke +23

Winning Proposal to Define Jurong Lake District as Singapore’s Newest Business Hub

14:00 - 11 February, 2017
Winning Proposal to Define Jurong Lake District as Singapore’s Newest Business Hub, © KCAP, SAA, Arup, S333, Lekker
© KCAP, SAA, Arup, S333, Lekker

The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has selected KCAP Architects&Planners as the primary consultant to develop Singapore’s Jurong Lake District, leading a varied design team that includes SAA Architects, Arup, S333, and Lekker.

Submitting a dense, commercial mixed-use concept masterplan centered around a new high-speed rail (HSR) terminal in Singapore, the team’s intention was to facilitate the Jurong Lake District’s progress as a ‘district of the future’, as well as creating the country’s second Central Business District. Waterways and a variety of landscaped green spaces were also key components of the proposal, giving the area a striking identity.

© KCAP, SAA, Arup, S333, Lekker © KCAP, SAA, Arup, S333, Lekker © KCAP, SAA, Arup, S333, Lekker © KCAP, SAA, Arup, S333, Lekker +5

Eleven Practices to Complete $2 Billion Waterfront Development in Washington D.C.

12:00 - 11 February, 2017
Eleven Practices to Complete $2 Billion Waterfront Development in Washington D.C., via Wharf DC Facebook
via Wharf DC Facebook

Eleven of the United States’ most prestigious architects have been selected by developers Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW), to commence Phase 2 of The Wharf, a $2 billion neighborhood situated on the southwest waterfront of Washington D.C. The development is adjacent to the National Mall, spanning 24 acres of land and 50 acres of water.

“We have selected a diverse group of locally, nationally, and internationally renowned designers, knowing they will bring their talent and expertise to The Wharf, building a waterfront neighborhood that is an integral part of the city,” said Shawn Seaman, principal and Senior VP of Development at PN Hoffman.

Ode to Pioneers - A Vision For The 'House of Delft' Mixed-Use Hub

08:00 - 11 February, 2017
Ode to Pioneers - A Vision For The 'House of Delft' Mixed-Use Hub, Three tall facades take inspiration from famous historic Delft dwellings. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners
Three tall facades take inspiration from famous historic Delft dwellings. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners

Van Dongen–Kuschuch Architects and Planners has released images for its ‘House of Delft’ mixed-use hub in the Netherlands. Located beside Delft Central Train Station, the scheme will act as a gateway to both the historic city center and the renowned University of Technology. The architectural intent behind the proposal is to celebrate the artistic, scientific and innovative achievements which came from the city throughout its history. As visitors step off the train, it will be both an introduction to the city, and an indicator of what it has to offer.

The facades are to act as display windows to future innovation in Delft. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners The House of Delft acts as an introduction to the city. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners House of Delft will be constructed of high-quality durable materials. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners House of Delft will offer a range of rented and market studios. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners +8

8 International & 178 American Architects Named to AIA College of Fellows

16:15 - 10 February, 2017
One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named 178 AIA members to be elevated to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made “a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.”

8 Projects Announced as Winners of 2017 Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards

13:05 - 10 February, 2017
8 Projects Announced as Winners of 2017 Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards, Courtesy of Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards 2017
Courtesy of Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards 2017

After announcing its 23 finalists in November 2016, the Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards 2017 have selected 8 winning projects, which were announced on Friday, February 10 at the CEPT University Campus in Ahmedabad, India. Now in its 9th edition, Archiprix International is a biennial event which showcases the best graduation projects of students from all over the globe in Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. 

Coming from Australia, Austria, Chile, the United States, New Zealand, Poland and Singapore, the winners are:

Humanity and Art Entwined - How NADAAA's Exhibit Became Blankets for Syrian Refugees

08:00 - 10 February, 2017
Humanity and Art Entwined - How NADAAA's Exhibit Became Blankets for Syrian Refugees, The exhibit was hung from the roof of the Electric Hanger exhibition hall. Image © Roland Halbe
The exhibit was hung from the roof of the Electric Hanger exhibition hall. Image © Roland Halbe

Jordanian artist Raya Kassisieh, with the support of American firm NADAAA, has repurposed her exhibit from the Amman Design Week in Jordan to create blankets for Syrian refugees and Jordanian families. The Entrelac exhibit, created by Kassisieh and NADAAA, consists of 300kg of hand-knit, un-dyed wool which was later cut and stitched to create blankets for those fleeing the Syrian Civil War, now approaching its sixth year.

The exhibit was displayed at the Amman Design Festival in September 2016. Image © Roland Halbe The exhibit was stitched into blankets to aid Syrian refugees. Image Courtesy of Amman Design Week The exhibit was stitched into blankets to aid Syrian refugees. Image Courtesy of Amman Design Week The exhibit is made of hand-knit, un-dyed wool. Image Courtesy of Amman Design Week +11