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Fernanda Castro

Chilean architect from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Projects Managing Editor for ArchDaily.

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One @ Tokyo / Kengo Kuma & Associates

00:00 - 8 August, 2017
One @ Tokyo / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo
© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo

© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo +12

8 Urban Elevators That Bring Connectivity and Continuity to Cities

16:00 - 29 July, 2017
8 Urban Elevators That Bring Connectivity and Continuity to Cities

When working in an urban area with a complex topography, one of the biggest challenges is urban integration. Worldwide, many socially deprived neighborhoods are situated in complicated geographical locations surrounded by steep slopes. Such areas complicate mobility for pedestrians, cyclists, and the elderly, with a lack of accessibility often excluding them from taking part in city life effectively.

In this context, urban elevators can be a novel solution which combine elements of both functional connectivity and sculpture. With some rising up to 30 meters in height, they become urban and touristic landmarks, creating new viewpoints and walkways. Additionally, in many cases, they can help to uphold the historic legacy of the city.

Below we have collected some interesting examples of urban elevators that have been key in the spatial planning of the urban environment.

The Pavilion / Norman Foster Foundation

03:00 - 13 July, 2017
The Pavilion / Norman Foster Foundation, © Luis Asín
© Luis Asín

© Luis Asín © Luis Asín © Luis Asín © Luis Asín +29

Centro Botín / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

13:00 - 5 July, 2017
Centro Botín / Renzo Piano Building Workshop , © Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

© Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano +22

In Progress: Amatrice Refectory / Stefano Boeri Architetti

06:00 - 5 July, 2017
In Progress: Amatrice Refectory  / Stefano Boeri Architetti, © Francesco Mattuzzi
© Francesco Mattuzzi

© Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi +26

Let Light in: 17 Projects Using Polycarbonate

08:00 - 3 July, 2017

© Spaceshift Studio © José Hévia © Yuta Oseto © Akira Nakamura +19

Thanks to its strength, lightness, and easy installation, polycarbonate is fast becoming our generation's everyman material. Used to let light in with its translucent properties, buildings built with polycarbonate can appear permeable by day and glow from within by night. Its inherently prefab -nature makes it a strong contender in both small and large projects. Through its use in schools, offices, libraries and even museums, the man-made polymer has earned its place by being as efficient as it is expressive.

Check out 17 of our favorite polycarbonate projects below:

Clubhouse Mongkok Skypark / concrete

20:00 - 29 June, 2017
Clubhouse Mongkok Skypark / concrete, Courtesy of concrete
Courtesy of concrete

Courtesy of concrete Courtesy of concrete Courtesy of concrete Courtesy of concrete +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    17 Nelson St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
  • Area

    687.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

13 Reasons Why We Love Millennial Pink

08:00 - 13 June, 2017

Millennial Pink has broken into the design consciousness of more than its named generation. Though hugely successful in fashion and pop-culture (and Instagram), the playful color has established a presence across design products and the built environment like never before. Colour is a fundamental tool in our perception of architecture, with architects like Ricardo Bofill and Luis Barragan having baptized pink into a high-impact contributor through their works. With that in mind, check out these 13 projects showing why pink is here to stay: 

Son Yang Won Memorial Museum / Lee Eunseok + KOMA

23:00 - 8 June, 2017
Son Yang Won Memorial Museum  / Lee Eunseok  + KOMA, © Joonhwan Yoon
© Joonhwan Yoon

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon +23

Napoli Afragola Station - Phase 1 / Zaha Hadid Architects

12:00 - 7 June, 2017
Napoli Afragola Station - Phase 1 / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Jacopo Splimbergo
© Jacopo Splimbergo

© Jacopo Splimbergo © Jacopo Splimbergo © Jacopo Splimbergo © Jacopo Splimbergo +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    80026 Casoria, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
  • Design

    Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher
  • Area

    30000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Photographed: Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' Solar-Powered Seine Musicale

08:00 - 5 June, 2017
© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia
© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia

Photographer duo Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia have released a new photo series capturing the Seine Musicale, which recently opened its doors. Designed as a partnership itself between architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, the mixed-use music and cultural center is located in Paris’ western Boulogne-Billancourt suburb. The project is the latest feature in the site’s Island Master Plan designed by Jean Nouvel. Features include a multi-purpose concert hall seating 4,000, a classical music call seating 1,150, rehearsal and recording rooms and an outdoor park area for visitors and practicing musicians. 

© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia +54

Bałtyk / MVRDV

11:00 - 4 June, 2017
Bałtyk / MVRDV, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Poznań, Poland
  • Design Team

    Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Fokke Moerel, Roy Sieljes, Anton Wubben, Jaap Baselmans, Doris Goldstein, Maciej Grelewicz, Brygida Zawadzka, Irena Nowacka
  • Client

    Garvest & Vox Group
  • Area

    25000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Lit Up: 16 Projects Illuminated by Skylights

06:00 - 30 May, 2017
Lit Up: 16 Projects Illuminated by Skylights, Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO
Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO

North light, south light, warm light and cool light – the diversity of skylights mean they can illuminate any space. Both a window and a ceiling, the hybrid nature of a skylight enables it to be a key element used in architectural spaces. The cool light of a north skylight is instrumental in creating a space to focus and work, while its south-facing counterpart lights up a space with that golden glow. Through its flexibility also come opportunities for expression, from its shape to its angle. Is a skylight a ribbon weaving through a roof panel? Or is it a series of dotted openings creating a mosaic of daylight on the floor? Check out these 16 examples of contemporary spaces lit by this key element below:

Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects

20:00 - 28 May, 2017
Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects, © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian
© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian

© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing Rd, Chunan Xian, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Tongji Architectural Design Group
  • Area

    3600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Bamboo House / VTN Architects

02:30 - 16 May, 2017
Bamboo House / VTN Architects, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Bamboo House / VTN Architects © Hiroyuki Oki Bamboo House / VTN Architects © Hiroyuki Oki +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vietnam
  • Principal Architect

    Vo Trong Nghia
  • Associate Architect

    Kuniko Onishi
  • Area

    217.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

12 Dynamic Buildings in South Korea Pushing the Brick Envelope

08:00 - 30 April, 2017

Bricks are as old as the hills. An enduring element of architectural construction, brick has been a material of choice as far back as 7000BC. Through the centuries, bricks have built ancient empires in Turkey, Egypt, Rome and Greece. Exposed stock brick came to define the Georgian era, with thousands of red brick terraces still lining the streets of cities such as London, Edinburgh and Dublin.

Today, brick is experiencing a Renaissance. Architectural landmarks across the world such as Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building in Sydney and the Tate Modern Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron are pushing the proverbial brick envelope, redefining how the material can be used and perceived.

South Korea presents an interesting case for the changing face of brick, with a preference for dark, grey masonry striking a heavy, brutalist, yet playful tone. Like many countries, South Korean brick architecture has questioned conformity, experimenting with stepped, perforated, permeable facades, and dynamic, curved, flowing walls. Below, we have rounded up 12 of their most interesting results.

18 Cool Examples of Architecture for Kids

06:00 - 19 April, 2017

Designing for kids is certainly not child’s play. Whilst the design process is undertaken by adults, the end users are often children, such is the case in kindergarten, schools, and parks. Architects have a responsibility, therefore, to ensure that the built environment offers children the chance to play, explore, and learn in physical space, even in a digital age. With that in mind, here are 18 cool spaces designed especially for children – environments which may perhaps inspire the Fosters, Hadids, and Le Corbusiers of tomorrow.

ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

11:00 - 18 April, 2017
ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Courtesy of ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart © Burggraf / Reichert © Laurian Ghinitoiu Courtesy of ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart +37