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MVRDV's Tainan Axis Starts Construction in Taiwan

16:00 - 1 July, 2017
MVRDV's Tainan Axis Starts Construction in Taiwan, Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG
Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG

This week a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Tainan Axis, a project by MVRDV, and local architects The Urbanist Collaborative and LLJ Architects that is set to offer the Taiwanese city a revitalized plaza and green corridor. William Lai, the Mayor of Tainan, joined the Urban Development Bureau of Tainan City and the local architects to mark the beginning of construction.

Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG +9

"Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding" by Julien Lanoo

14:00 - 1 July, 2017

Architectural photographer Julien Lanoo is known for his storytelling. His documentary-style photographs of the built environment range from Adjaye Associates' Aishti Foundation, OMA’s CCTV and the Oslo Architecture Triennale to name a few. Now the photographer has released a short film: introducing Canadian-Ghanaian architect Akwasi McLaren as he tells the story behind building his eco-lodge in the Cape 3 Points region of Ghana. Broken down into 3 chapters, “Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding” follows McLaren’s journey from designing his parents’ hotel in Ghana as a student to building his beloved lodge on the beach, to his hopes of sharing the valuable skills of ecological building and craftsmanship to cities.

Chicago’s New Apple Store Installs Giant MacBook Roof

08:00 - 1 July, 2017

Taking a page from its own products, Chicago’s new flagship Apple Store will have what appears to be a MacBook-inspired roof topping its entrance. Videos from the Chicago Tribune and Twitter surfaced earlier last week detailing its roof installation complete with a white apple logo. The Foster + Partners design will offer unobstructed views towards the Chicago river as a tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style homes outside the city.

Jenny Sabin Studio's Light-Capturing "Lumen" Installation Debuts at MoMA PS1

15:15 - 30 June, 2017
Jenny Sabin Studio's Light-Capturing "Lumen" Installation Debuts at MoMA PS1, Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017, on view at MoMA PS1 from June 29 to September 4, 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.
Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017, on view at MoMA PS1 from June 29 to September 4, 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.

Update: We've added a 360 rendering of "Lumen" to the post, after the break (courtesy Jenny Sabin)! 

Jenny Sabin Studio’s “Lumen,” winner of the Museum of Modern Art’s 2017 Young Architects Program, has made its debut in the MoMA PS1 Courtyard in New York City, where it will play host to the 20th season of Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series. Constructed from more than 1,000,000 yards of “digitally knitted and robotically woven fiber,” this year’s structure features 250 hanging tubular structures designed to capture and display the ever-changing color of sunlight over the course of the day.

Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017, on view at MoMA PS1 from June 29 to September 4, 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez. Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017, on view at MoMA PS1 from June 29 to September 4, 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez. Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017, on view at MoMA PS1 from June 29 to September 4, 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez. Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017, on view at MoMA PS1 from June 29 to September 4, 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez. +15

The Year's Best Architectural iPhone Photos Win 2017 IPPAWARDS

14:10 - 30 June, 2017
The Year's Best Architectural iPhone Photos Win 2017 IPPAWARDS, Courtesy of IPPAWARDS
Courtesy of IPPAWARDS

The year's best architectural photos have been announced as winners of 2017 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS). Founded in 2007 – the same year as the release of the first iPhone – IPPAWARDS is the first and longest running iPhone photography competition. Now in its 10th year, the awards continue to select the best images taken by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from a variety of categories including Landscape, Animals, People, Still Life and Architecture.

This year’s architecture category was won by Paddy Chao for his photo of Chand Baori, one of the deepest stepwells in India. Second prize was awarded to Naian Feng for his shot of the red walls of Beijing's Forbidden City.

Continue after the break to see the winning and honorable mention photos.

1st Place - Architecture © Paddy Chao. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS 2nd Place - Architecture © Naian Feng. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS © Masoud Farhang. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS © Charles Hu. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS +53

Lendager Group Unveils Plans for Permaculture Farming and Cabin Escape in Swedish Wilderness

08:00 - 30 June, 2017
Lendager Group Unveils Plans for Permaculture Farming and Cabin Escape in Swedish Wilderness , Courtesy of Lendager Group
Courtesy of Lendager Group

Lendager Group have released drawings and renderings of Stedsans in the Woods, a farming development currently in progress in the deep Swedish wilderness. A collaboration with restaurant owners Mette Helbæk and Flemming Hansen, the project will feature a permaculture farm, restaurant, and lodging. A focus on sustainability and living off the landscape drives both the architecture and the Stedsans brand, who stress the idea of ‘giving more than we take.’ Located in Bohult, Sweden, the development offers visitors an escape from the city with opportunities for fresh dining and connecting with nature.

Courtesy of Lendager Group Courtesy of Lendager Group Courtesy of Lendager Group Axonometric of Third Space +16

See Jože Plečnik's Unrealized "Cathedral of Freedom" Animated For The Very First Time

07:00 - 30 June, 2017

Jože Plečnik is often described as Slovenia's greatest architect despite his passing over seven decades ago. The trace of his hand, which was trained in Vienna under Otto Wagner, can be seen across the country – and especially so in Ljubljana. Although Plečnik is often most keenly remembered for his restorative work and renovation of Prague Castle in the 1920s, the impact he left on the Slovenian capital is unmistakable.

Today, the city is dominated by a medieval castle, sat definatly atop a hill. It was for here, on this particularly charged site, that Plečnik proposed a radical intervention in the mid-20th Century. He wanted to build a new Slovene Parliament – a structure of State to house the legislature of the People's Republic of Slovenia within the second Yugoslavia. With this plan rejected by the authorities, Plečnik proposed a second design—known colloquially as the "Cathedral of Freedom"—here rebuilt and animated for the first time by Kristijan Tavcar.

Jože Plečnik's unrealised second proposal for the Slovenian Parliament. Image © Kristijan Tavcar Jože Plečnik's unrealised second proposal for the Slovenian Parliament. Image © Kristijan Tavcar Jože Plečnik's unrealised second proposal for the Slovenian Parliament. Image © Kristijan Tavcar Jože Plečnik's unrealised second proposal for the Slovenian Parliament. Image © Kristijan Tavcar +12

Eco Bridge Design Winner Creates an Undulating Mountainside Infrastructure in Seoul

06:00 - 30 June, 2017
Eco Bridge Design Winner Creates an Undulating Mountainside Infrastructure in Seoul, Courtesy of KILD
Courtesy of KILD

In response to the Yangjaegogae Eco Bridge Design Competition commissioned by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, SLOPEWALK is a mountain-inspired bridge designed by a Lithuanian team, KILD, proposing a structure evoking the “pictorial passage through the southern slopes of the two discontinued mountain peaks of Mt. Umyeon and Maljukgeori Parks.” Seeing a current infrastructural void, the project aims to unite the two neighboring mountain parks over the Gyeongbu Expressway, as a continuation of the sloped landscape.

Courtesy of KILD Courtesy of KILD Courtesy of KILD Courtesy of KILD +12

Announcing Our Partnership with SentioVR to Inspire Architects with Virtual Reality

16:00 - 29 June, 2017
Courtesy of Sentio VR
Courtesy of Sentio VR

At ArchDaily, we work diligently to bring you the most useful insights and best stories about architecture from around the world. Virtual Reality is quickly developing into an unprecedented tool for architects to share their designs in unparalleled ways—enhancing architects' ability to communicate spatial ideas to clients and enabling more informed decision-making. To build on our coverage of successful case studies of virtual reality in architecture, we have partnered with SentioVR to create the ArchDaily 360 experience—an in-app feature that transports you to a collection of architectural sites that can be viewed in 360 degrees using Samsung's Gear VR platform.

C.F. Møller to Lead Design of Project Replacing Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens

14:45 - 29 June, 2017
C.F. Møller to Lead Design of Project Replacing Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects

The Swan Housing Association has announced the appointment of Danish firm C.F. Møller to join Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop in designing housing projects for the Blackwall Reach regeneration plan, a £300 million redevelopment effort which will replace Alison and Peter Smithson’s Brutalist east London estate, Robin Hood Gardens.

As leaders of Phase 3 of the plan, C.F. Møller will design housing for the eastern portion of the site. A total of 330 one- to five-bedroom residential units, half of which have been designated as affordable, will be located within a courtyard block complex at the edge of an existing garden mound – one of the few elements of the original estate that will be retained. The garden is planned to be replanted and renamed the “Millennium Green.” 

MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Approved by LA City Council

12:25 - 29 June, 2017
MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Approved by LA City Council, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to approve the construction of the long-awaited Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in LA’s Exposition Park, all but ensuring that the museum has finally found its permanent home after three years of searching.

Shelter Global Announces Winners of 2017 Dencity Competition

08:00 - 29 June, 2017
Shelter Global Announces Winners of 2017 Dencity Competition

International architecture non-profit Shelter Global has just announced the winners of its third annual Dencity Competition, highlighting innovative solutions that will improve living conditions for over 1 billion slum dwellers worldwide. The goal of the competition is to foster new ideas on how to spread awareness and handle the growing density of unplanned cities .

Courtesy of Shelter Global Shelter Global Announces Winners of 2017 Dencity Competition Courtesy of Shelter Global Courtesy of Shelter Global +10

Blank Architects Win Competition to Design Moscow Metro Station

06:00 - 29 June, 2017
Blank Architects Win Competition to Design Moscow Metro Station, Courtesy of BLANK Architects
Courtesy of BLANK Architects

Russian architecture office Blank Architects have won a competition to design the Rzhevskaya Metro Station in Moscow, Russia. The open international competition searched for proposals to design three stations along the capital’s new metro line: "Rzhevskaya," "Sheremetyevskaya," and "Stromynka." Blank Architects is one of three architecture offices winning proposals for each station, with AI Architects chosen to design "Sheremetyevskaya" station and Map Architects winning "Stromynka." Designed as a sequence of arches and topped with a transparent pavilion, the proposal creates a dialogue between monumental and light elements - a modern addition to the city’s architectural identity.

Courtesy of BLANK Architects Courtesy of BLANK Architects Courtesy of BLANK Architects Courtesy of BLANK Architects +7

New Drone Footage Captures Finishing Touches Being Applied to Apple's "Steve Jobs Theater"

04:00 - 29 June, 2017

New footage from drone videographer Duncan Sinfield reveals that finishing touches are being applied to one of the Apple Campus's more important outward-facing buildings, and perhaps its most 'public' – the "Steve Jobs Theater". Designed and constructed using similar elements to the nearby office 'ring'—including large convex glazed panels and precise, rounded cladding panels—the theater's main function will be to host the company's world-renowned keynote addresses, in which they present new products.

Tadao Ando to Design Art Museum Inside Historic Domed Structure in Paris

16:15 - 28 June, 2017
Tadao Ando to Design Art Museum Inside Historic Domed Structure in Paris, Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris
Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris

Renowned art collector François Pinault has revealed plans for a “completely circular museum” that will be located within a 19th century, domed structure that once housed the Parisian Stock Exchange. To accomplish this, Pinault has enlisted the services of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, whose design calls for the construction of a giant concrete cylinder located directly below the building’s soaring rotunda.

Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris +5

See Inside AL_A's Now-Open London V&A Museum Addition

14:10 - 28 June, 2017

I really believe that the role of the museum is to go beyond the boundaries of the building and to engage in contemporary life, so by creating a new public outdoor space – a new courtyard, a new place – we’ve renegotiated the relationship between street and museum

In this video from CNN Style, director Matthew Donaldson takes us inside the just completed courtyard entrance and extension of London’s V&A Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design. Designed by AL_A, the newly completed space features 11,840 square feet of flexible gallery space and the world’s first public courtyard constructed entirely of porcelain, paved with 11,000 tiles in 15 different patterns handcrafted by Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, the Netherlands' oldest registered company.

Featuring narration by Amanda Levete, founder of AL_A, the video offers an intimate look at the project’s above- and below-ground spaces, including the entry pavilion, sleek new stair and skylight-lit galleries.

The Sackler Courtyard and Cafe, V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. Image © Hufton + Crow V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. Image © Hufton + Crow Descending staircase, the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. Image © Hufton + Crow The Sainsbury Gallery, The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. Image © Hufton + Crow +13

Richard and Su Rogers's Wimbledon House Photographed by Iwan Baan

10:15 - 28 June, 2017
Richard and Su Rogers's Wimbledon House Photographed by Iwan Baan, Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan
Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan

Following extensive renovations led by Philip Gumuchdjian and landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, 'Wimbledon House'—formerly known as the Rogers House or '22 Parkside'—has reopened as the Harvard GSD's primary residence and London venue for the Richard Rogers Fellowship.

Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan +16

ThyssenKrupp Brings Sideways-Moving Elevator Innovation To Reality

08:00 - 28 June, 2017

In their latest press release, elevator manufacturer ThyssenKrupp announced new information about their cable-free system that rethinks the movement of the 1853 invention. Allowing for both horizontal and vertical transportation, “MULTI” has the capacity to innovate tall building design through its elimination of architectural constraints such as vertical alignment and elevator shaft dimensions. First unveiled as a concept in 2014, MULTI reported this month that the elevator has been installed into a test building and is soon to be implemented publicly into new developments.

Diamond Schmitt’s Mixed-Use Tower Will Be the Largest Urban Development in Canada

06:00 - 28 June, 2017
Diamond Schmitt’s Mixed-Use Tower Will Be the Largest Urban Development in Canada, Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects
Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

Ground has been broken on a key component of Canada’s largest urban development undertaking, in the form of a 236,000 square foot mixed-use tower in the City of Vaughan, designed by Toronto-based firm Diamond Schmitt Architects. Situated at the core of SmartCentres Place with easy access to nearby retail and commercial spots, the tower will serve as the new home of PwC Canada, in combination with a 100,000-square-foot YMCA, a 20,000-square-foot public library, 10,000-square-foot community space and 3000 square feet of retail.

The PwC-YMCA Tower further illustrates the architectural quality and urban design excellence that is a hallmark of this smart, pedestrian-friendly precinct, explained Donald Schmitt, principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Diamond Schmitt’s Mixed-Use Tower Will Be the Largest Urban Development in Canada Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects +5

Kai-Uwe Bergmann on How BIG is Changing to Keep Up with Their Meteoric Growth

16:30 - 27 June, 2017
VIΛ 57 West, New York City. Image © Nic Lehoux
VIΛ 57 West, New York City. Image © Nic Lehoux

BIG is getting even bigger.

The firm’s ever expanding project load – since just last fall, 6 projects have been completed with 7 more under construction – has prompted some major changes and expansions, including the establishment of an in-house engineering department in March and the continued development of the think tank research group, BIG IDEAS.

In this profile for Building Design in Construction Network, BIG Managing Partner and Head of Global Business Development Kai-Uwe Bergmann discusses the upcoming move of the firm’s New York office into their new 52,000-square-foot offices in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo – a space more than double their current location in lower Manhattan – and the shifting role of the practice’s founder and charismatic front man, Bjarke Ingels.

SHoP Selected to Design Campus for Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City

14:15 - 27 June, 2017
SHoP Selected to Design Campus for Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, where FUV's second campus will be located. Image © Pixabay user dMz. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain
Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, where FUV's second campus will be located. Image © Pixabay user dMz. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

SHoP Architects has been selected as lead master planners and designers of the campus for Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) to be located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The new university, announced in 2016 by President Obama on his visit to the country, is Vietnam’s first independent, non-profit institution of higher education. The university was established with the goal of offering innovative teaching programs and impactful research that will serve the country’s continued development and finding solutions to the large problems facing Vietnam and the world.

3XN to Helm Design of World's Largest Fish Market in Sydney

12:15 - 27 June, 2017
3XN to Helm Design of World's Largest Fish Market in Sydney, © 3XN
© 3XN

Danish practice 3XN Architects has revealed design plans for what will be the world’s largest fish market in Sydney, Australia. Selected from a submission pool of more than 60 international design studios, 3XN’s design will relocate the existing Syndey Fish Market from its location in Pyrmont to a nearby wharf in Blackwattle Bay on Bridge Road in Glebe, creating a new food and dining destination on the Sydney inner harbor.

“Sydney Fish Market is a beloved institution among Sydneysiders, Australians and international visitors,” said Sydney Fish Market General Manager Bryan Skepper. “Therefore, it was integral to select a design team that will modernise and improve the site whilst recognising its longstanding heritage and retaining the authentic experience that attracts customers and visitors."

SANAA Reveals New Images of Design for Art Gallery of New South Wales

16:25 - 26 June, 2017
SANAA Reveals New Images of Design for Art Gallery of New South Wales, In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, view from north-east as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017
In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, view from north-east as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017

New images have been revealed of SANAA’s design for the expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, as the project has received a $244 million AUD ($186 million USD) commitment from the NSW Government, more than two-thirds of the project’s total estimated budget. A supplemental campaign will be launched later this year for the remaining $100 million, $70 million of which has already been pledged.

In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, view from north-east as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017 © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017 © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017 © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017 +6

Los Angeles' New Tallest Skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand, Opens to the Public

12:30 - 26 June, 2017
Los Angeles' New Tallest Skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand, Opens to the Public, Via constructdtla
Via constructdtla

Los Angeles’ newest skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand Center, opened to the public this weekend, earning the crown of the United States’ tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Topping out at 1,100 feet, the building eclipses the nearby U.S. Bank Tower by about 82 feet, thanks to its glass crown and decorative spire that rise from above the 73rd floor.

Designed by AC Martin Partners, the structure also represents a major change in Los Angeles tall building design as the first skyscraper completed since the city’s 2014 decision to remove the stipulation that all buildings over 75 feet must feature a flat roof to serve as a helipad.