Karissa Rosenfield

Joyce Wang’s Hong Kong Restaurant Named World’s Best Interior of 2014

World Interior of the Year 2014: MOTT32 / Joyce Wang Studio. Image Courtesy of INSIDE

Joyce Wang Studio’s MOTT32 bar and restaurant in Hong Kong has been named the best interior space of 2014. The news was announced today in Singapore at the INSIDE , alongside the World Architecture Festival’s Building of the Year announcement

MOTT32, which initially took first in it’s category, was selected as the world’s best interior from 60 nominations and a shortlist of nine. The project was lauded for it’s “rich texture”, “theatrical environment” and “sophisticated” detail. 

More about the “world’s best interior,” after the break. 

Kent State Breaks Ground on WEISS/MANFREDI-Designed Center for Architecture

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Ohio’s Kent State is set to break ground tomorrow on its New Center for Architecture and Environmental Design. The $48 million building was designed by -based WEISS/MANFREDI following a collaboration with Richard L. Bowen & Associates which won first in the project’s national competition

The design, dubbed the “Kent State Design Loft,” transforms the notion of a continuous studio loft into a three-tiered structure that unites all the college’s programs, including construction management, under one roof. 

New images of the building, after the break.

matterbetter Launches Competition in Honor of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

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matterbetter has launched an international open-ideas competition for a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 () Memorial and Park in Amsterdam. was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down near the Ukraine–Russia border on July 17, 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

The competition, open to all architects and students, is initiated to remember and honor the victims of the MH17 tragedy. It is hoped that the memorial park could form a new public space, free from the political overtone, at the Marine Establissement site in the center of Amsterdam that could be used as a place for remembrance, ceremonies, recreation, and private gatherings The deadline for registration is December 10th, 2014. Learn more about how to participate here on the competition’s official website

COBE and Lundén Win Competition to Design Transport Hub in Tampere

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The Mayor of Tampere has announced Danish architects COBE and Finnish Lundén Architecture as winners of an international competition for the Tampere Travel and Service Centre. The winning scheme, “Reconnecting Tampere” will join two disparate districts in the heart of Finland’s second largest city and establish a “new urban living room” beneath an expansive steel canopy. 

”Tampere’s new Travel and Service Centre has not only the potential to become a gateway to Tampere and the rest of Finland, but also the potential of becoming a generator for the future development of the urban center of Tampere,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director of COBE. 

INSIDE Awards Name 2014’s Best Interiors (Round 2)

BEST of Offices: The Barbarian Group; New York, USA / Clive Wilkinson Architects. Image Courtesy of INSIDE

CRAB studio’s Abedian School of Architecture and Clive Wilkinson’s “endless” office table are two of four INSIDE Awards winners announced on day two of the in Singapore. The projects join a complete list of nine category winners, all of which will be considered for the “World Interior of the Year” title.

See what was considered the best creative re-use project, civic center, education and office building after the break.

RTA-Office Designs Service Center for China’s International Garden Expo

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RTA-Office has been selected to design and construct China’s 10th International Garden Expo Service Center in . The center will serve as the main entrance for pedestrian and public transportation visitors on the edge of the Fuhe River at the 214 hectare site’s north entrance. 

The Expo, which will commence in 2015, is one of the largest garden events in China. It will take place within the grounds of the Zhang Gongdi forest park and occupy a vast landfill area, making the Expo’s realization a major ecological restoration project.  

More from the architects, after the break.

Guggenheim Considers Competition for Second NYC Location

Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. , New York, 1956-59 (Click image to learn more). Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is planning to construct a second location in . As reported on the Art Newspaper, the expansion project, known as the “Collection Center,” aims to “consolidate its staff and art storage into one efficient, multi-use building with a dynamic public programming component.” The news broke with the release of a curatorial job position, seeking personnel to assist in the center’s planning and a possible architecture competition that will ensure the “Guggenheim’s reputation for being a visionary architectural patron” is preserved. Meanwhile, the Guggenheim is expected to narrow its selection to six for its new Helsinki location in November.

INSIDE Awards Name 2014’s Best Interiors (Round 1)

BEST of Retail: Cultura Bookstore; Sao Paulo, Brazil / . Image Courtesy of INSIDE

This Brazilian bookstore in São Paulo was name the best Retail Interior of 2014 as part of the first round of announced at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Winners have been revealed across five diverse categories, with an addition four category winners to be announced tomorrow evening. 

See what INSIDE deemed to be the best Bar & Restaurant, Hotel, and Residence of 2014 after the break.

First Look: MVRDV Completes Largest Covered Market in the Netherlands

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Rotterdam’s very own, MVRDV has completed the Netherlands’ first covered market: the Markthal Rotterdam. Unlike any other market in the world, the Markthal presents a new urban hybrid that unites a market hall with housing.

Within the hollow core of the 228-unit, “horseshoe-shaped” residential building is an expansive, 40-meter-tall public market, offering 96 fresh food stalls, 8 restaurants and supermarket. Colorful murals cover the arch’s vaulted interior, peering through the largest single glazed cable net facades in Europe, which enclose the market.

This sense of transparency and openness was key, as the Markthal is the driving force to the rejuvenation of the Laurenskwartier area and hopes to attract thousands of visitors each year.

A look inside, after the break.

Los Angeles Rids Itself of Helipad Requirement, Opens City to “Bolder” Skyline

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Helicopter landing pads will no longer be required atop new buildings in Los Angeles, California. The rule’s elimination, which was announced yesterday by the city’s mayor and fire chief, allows architects the freedom to break away from LA’s “boxy” skyline. “I want to see innovative design,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “I want to see good design, but we’re going to take the handcuffs off of you when we ask you to do that. I want neighborhoods to look good, and I want our buildings to look iconic.” You can read more about the change, here.

Finalists for 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced

Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Restoration Plan. Image Courtesy of BFI

Seven humanitarian initiatives have been nominated for “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award,” the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Presented by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the $100,000 prize is awarded each year to scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world using innovative solutions to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems.

Among this year’s finalists are a floating health clinic in Lake Tanganyika, a comprehensive coastal resiliency plan for the Northeastern Seaboard, and a waterfront regeneration plan for the Makoko/Iwaya community. 

The 2014 Finalists are…

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

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Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of ’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international competition, the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

Five Practices Compete to Design Los Angeles LGBT Center

Habitat 15 - a Hollywood project by competing practice Predock Frane Architects (Click image for more). Image © Predock Frane Architects

Michael Maltzan, Frederick Fisher, Predock Frane, MAD and Leong Leong have been shortlisted in a limited competition to design a new Los Angeles LGBT Center (formerly called LA Gay and Lesbian Center). Each have received a stipend of $20,000 to develop proposals for the new campus, which will include arts, and affordable housing programs on more than an entire city block in Hollywood. Once complete, the center hopes to serve LGBT community members of all ages by providing access to multigenerational affordable housing, healthcare, senior care and family services. You can learn more on KCRW here

The Parisian Hôtel Particulier in Drawings

Anonymous. Country house near to Caen. Section of the main building. Pen, black ink and Indian wash, yellow-orange, pink and green water colour, 190 x 250 mm. Image © bpk – Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte

Starting October 18th, the will be showing 65 art works of Hôtel particulier buildings – prestigious town houses, which were built in the first part of the 18th century and characterize Parisian architecture until today – in the exhibition “Lʼhôtel particulier à Paris.” After Sergei Tchoban, architect and founder of the Tchoban Foundation for Architectural Drawing, showed his collection of 24 drawings at the École des Beaux-Arts in 2011 with the exhibition “À la source de l’ Antique. La collection de Sergei Tchoban”, the two institutions now continue their collaboration, this time with a selection of works from that will be displayed in Berlin.

Madrid to Eliminate Cars from City Center

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Starting January, the City of Madrid will close off 190 hectares of its central core to traffic, expanding its restricted vehicular areas to 352 hectares. Vehicles not belonging to residents within the city’s four most central barrios will be restricted to large avenues. If a vehicle enters the car-less zone, and does not have access to one of the 13 official parking lots, the owner will be automatically ticketed €90 ($115 U.S). The new is part of a larger goal to completely pedestrianization central Madrid by 2020. 

FORA Chosen to Revitalize Plovdiv’s Central Square

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FORA has been announced as winner of a competition for revitalization and renovation of the central square in Plovdiv, ’s second largest city, built upon the remains of the ancient roman Forum of Philippopolis. The intervention spans an area of 57,000 square meters and exposes the intersection of several architectural and historical layers, from antiquity until the Socialist State.

Open for Submissions: Unbuilt Visions 2014

2013 Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)

Unbuilt Visions promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. This annual competition provides an opportunity to engage with architecture, urbanism, interiors, and designed objects at the conceptual stage by recognizing work that offers a critical contribution to worldwide architectural discourse.

Tour a Building a Day Throughout Archtober

The Barbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects © Michael Moran

If you live in or plan to visit during the month of October, we suggest you set aside some time to participate in one of Archtober’s many events. What is Archtober? Archtober is ’s official Architecture and Design Month. Hosted by the Center for Architecture and the AIA Chapter, the annual festival organizes a plethora of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions to take place throughout city during the month of October. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role design plays in the city, celebrate the richness of ’s built environment, and simply enjoy some great architecture.

Archtober highlights include the Architecture & Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas; the Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City, featuring over 100 speakers gathered “to debate the future of our city and spark conversations about planning, design, infrastructure, preservation, culture, and development;” the Pratt Institute’s “City by Numbers: Big Data and the Urban Future” symposium; and 31 architect-led “Building of the Day” tours.

Preview a selection of building’s on tour after the break and find out how to reserve tickets.