MVRDV to Construct Twisting “Hourglass-Shaped” Tower Near Vienna’s Famous Gasometers


MVRDV has been announced as winner of a two-stage, BAI-backed competition for a new “spatially-flexible” tower with a twisting “hourglass figure” near Vienna’s world famous Gasometers. The 110-meter “Turm mit Taille” (Tower with Waist) was shaped to minimize the effect of the building’s shadow cast onto neighboring buildings and an adjacent metro station.


AJ’s Shortlisted Women Architects of the Year Share Advice for Aspiring Females

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Architects’ Journal has released the shortlist of their annual Women in Architecture , naming 17 established and emerging practitioners who have raised the profile of women architects “in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination.” In honor of their selection, the nominees have shared their advice for aspiring female architects. 

See who was shortlisted and find out what they believe takes for women to succeed in the profession of architecture, after the break. 


Nominate Now: 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards

2014 was a great year at ArchDaily. As we grow to over 350,000 daily readers, our global network is leveling access to architectural knowledge, fostering an ongoing exchange between professionals from diverse locations and backgrounds. We are now able to see a new regionalism appearing, giving identity to emerging countries, and becoming a source of fresh ideas and innovations in the world of architecture.

For the 6th consecutive year it will be your task to recognize and reward the projects that are making an impact on the profession. By voting, you are part of an unbiased, distributed network of jurors and peers that has elevated the most relevant projects over the past five years. During the next three weeks this collective intelligence formed by ArchDaily’s readership will filter the 3,000 projects up for nomination– choosing the ones that stand out due to their spatial, material, social, and technical innovations.

Our partners HP will generously give the three most-voted practices the latest HP Designjet ePrinters - wirelessly connected plotters that give you the freedom to print from anywhere. See rules below more details.

Now it is your chance to reward the architecture you love by nominating your favorite for the 2015 Building of the Year Awards (plus, you’ll have a chance to win an iPad).

Full rules below:

The Process

During the next 3 weeks, you’ll be in charge of nominating buildings (in fourteen categories) for the shortlist, and then voting for the winners of each category. We will guide you through these stages accordingly.

During the nominating stage, each registered user of the My ArchDaily platform will have the chance to nominate one project (published between Jan 1st 2014 and Dec 31st 2014) per category. This stage starts on Jan 20th and ends on Jan 27th at 11:59PM EST. After this, five projects per category will move into the voting stage, starting January 28th and ending on February 4th at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be announced on February 5th, 2015.

The Prizes

We will give away two iPad Air 2 and two iPad Mini 2 (16GB WiFi, Space Grey, White, or Gold) to four lucky MyArchDaily users who participate in the nominating/voting process. Each nomination/vote will give you a chance in the draw – plus, you’ll get more chances if you invite people to vote (using the link that we will give you after you vote). One iPad Air and one iPad Mini will be given during the nomination stage, and the rest during the final stage.

Thanks to our friends at HP, the firm behind the project that receives the most votes overall will win an HP T520 Designjet T520 ePrinter, and the second and third most voted practices will receive an HP T120 Designjet ePrinter.

Selected Projects

- All buildings published between Jan 1st 2014 and Dec 31st 2014 under the following categories are eligible for this award: Houses, Housing, Healthcare Architecture, Industrial Architecture, Educational Architecture, Sports Architecture, Cultural Architecture, Hospitality Architecture, Refurbishment, Offices, Interiors Architecture, Commercial Architecture, Public Architecture, and Religious Architecture.
- By submitting their works to ArchDaily for publication, offices agree to enter this competition and to be present on the promotional material.
- Authorship and copyright of each project belong to the offices and architects mentioned on each project’s page.
- The nomination process starts on January 20th and ends January 27th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.
- The voting round starts on January 28th and ends February 4th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.
- The winners will be announced on February 5th, 2015.
- Only registered users of the My ArchDaily platform can nominate/vote.
- Anyone can register on the My ArchDaily platform to nominate/vote. To do so, you must follow the registration link and complete the required steps to become a registered user (or use your existing My ArchDaily account).
- To register you must use a valid email address. Votes coming from users without a valid email address will be removed.
- You can only nominate/vote for one building per category.
- Offices and architects are encouraged to promote their works for voting, but no monetary or virtual gift compensation should be offered. You can use the following links:

First stage: Nominations

- Starting January 20th, 2015, registered users will be able to nominate their favorite project for each of the 14 categories included in the . One nomination per category.
- Nomination ends on January 27th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.
- The five projects with the most nominations for each category will move on to the voting round.

Second stage: Voting

- On January 28th, 2015, we will update the platform with the shortlisted projects and registered users will be able to vote for their favorite project among the finalists.
- Users can vote for one project per category.
- The voting round will end February 4th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.
- Winners of each category will be announced on ArchDaily’s home page on February 5th, 2015.
- Winners of each category will receive a physical award from ArchDaily, delivered to their offices.
- Of all the 14 winners (one per category), the firm behind the overall most voted project will receive an HP T520 Designjet T520 ePrinter, and the second and third most voted practices will receive an HP T120 Designjet ePrinter. HP will contact the winners after the announcement to coordinate the delivery.
- The 5 finalists and the winners of each category can use the respective title for their own purposes. ArchDaily will provide promotional material.

You could win an iPad

- We will give away two iPad Air 2 and two iPad Mini 3, one each during each stage of the award (16GB, WiFi). Winners can choose color (Space Grey, White, or Gold).
- Every registered user who votes in the first stage of nominations will automatically enter for a chance to win one of the iPad Air 2 or one of the iPad Mini 3; every registered user who votes in the second stage of voting will automatically enter for a chance to win one of the iPad Air 2 or one of the iPad Mini 3.
- If you participated in the first stage, and were the winner of an iPad, you are still eligible to participate in the Second Stage with the possibility of winning another iPad.
- Each time someone uses the share link obtained after your vote, you will get an additional chance to participate in the draw.
- The winners of each iPad will be announced after each round.
- ArchDaily will be responsible for notifying the winners, confirm the color, and shipping the prize to the winners, but won’t cover any additional costs related to local taxes, customs, etc.

Important notes

- All data the data of registered users will be kept private and will not be shared with 3rd parties.
- After each stage, all nominations/votes will be checked. Votes submitted by fake/invalid registrations will be remove. All attempts to abuse the system, such as creating dummy accounts, suspicious behavior from individual IPs addresses or any other techniques to generate nominations/votes in automated ways will be logged and reviewed for removal.
- ArchDaily reserves the right to analyze the data during every stage of the Awards in order to ensure a fair process.
- All questions should be sent to David Basulto, director of the awards, through our contact form.

Call for Submissions: Archonic Magazine #2 “Disassemble”

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Sydney-based collective Project Archonic is currently accepting submissions for Archonic Magazine, a quarterly publication exploring the nexus between architecture, art, and design. Themed “Disassemble” and prompting creatives to deconstruct, re-evaluate, and reconfigure their surroundings, the marks the second issue compiled by Project Archonic, and is expected to launch in March 2015. Learn more about the and view spreads from the previous issue after the break.


360 Architecture Tops New Atlanta Stadium with Retractable “Roof Petals”

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A fly-through over the new Atlanta Falcons’ stadium has been released, revealing an unprecedented retractable roof designed by 360 Architecture (recently acquired by ). According to the stadium’s official website, the Pantheon-inspired stadium’s “eight unique roof petals” can rotate open in less than eight minutes, much like a “camera lens.” It will also be clad in a translucent ETFE fabric that, when closed, will allow natural light to pass into its interior.

The video, after the break.


Microsoft Reveals Holographic Features for Windows 10

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At their Windows 10 Event today in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft unveiled features for its forthcoming operating system that it feels could revolutionize computing, particularly for people who want to design, make or fix something in the real world: holographics. The company revealed both the Windows Holographic features that will be built into Windows 10 and HoloLens, an in-house designed headset that will be capable of placing holographic elements into the world around you – think of it as a combination of the flat augmented reality overlay in Google Glass, and the immersive yet virtual-only presentation of Oculus Rift.

The video trailer above shows the far-reaching implications for a variety of designers, both professional and amateur (including a nod to the architecture profession at the 50-second mark), with TechCrunch explaining how the “offers a way for architects to survey and present their designs alongside clients even when separated by great distances.”


LAMP Awards 2015: Rewarding the Best in Lighting

Last call for entries! Solutions is inviting lighting designers, architects, urban planners, interior designers, engineers, landscapers and students to submit their projects for the 2015 LAMP . The LAMP recognize projects that have successfully met the architectural lighting needs of an indoor or outdoor space, having created a positive synergy between architecture, interior design, landscaping and lighting. The value the creativity, innovation and sustainability of lighting projects, regardless of the manufacturer or the brand of lights used in the project. January 31st is the last day to submit projects.

Last year, 608 projects from 52 countries were submitted as part of the LAMP Awards, and this year the jury will be comprised of Mark Major, Kai Piippo, Douglas Leonard, Anne Bureau, Emma Cogswell, Anupama Kundoo, Juan Carlos Sancho and Ignasi Bonjoch.


Call for Papers: STUDIO Magazine Investigates “Urban Pause”

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STUDIO Architecture and Urban Magazine is calling for submissions for its ISSUE#8 publication: Pause. As the title suggests, the issue will look at the modern city’s propensity for change and movement by focusing on “the crystallization of a moment, a temporary stop out of time and space, where you can listen to the sound of silence.” The magazine is looking for a variety of different submissions, from essays to infographics, relating to any field of design. Interested contributors must send a 200-word abstract (in English) explaining their proposal. The deadline for this is February 25th. Final pieces chosen for the issue are to be submitted by March 20th, with an expected publication date in April. For full submission requirements, click here!

AIA Says December ABI Closed 2014 on “Solid Footing”

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Rising from a score of 50.9 to 52.2 in December, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) closed 2014 on “solid footing.” As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), design services continued to increase throughout the majority of last year and all regions, except the Northeast, experienced favorable conditions.

“Business conditions continue to be the strongest at architecture firms in the South and the Western regions,” said Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. , PhD. “Particularly encouraging is the continued solid upturn in design activity at institutional firms, since public sector facilities were the last nonresidential building project type to recover from the downturn.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.


IaaC Students Develop a Passive Cooling System from Hydrogel and Ceramic

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Students at the Digital Matter Intelligent Constructions studio at Barcelona‘s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia have created a composite facade material of clay and hydrogel, which is capable of cooling building interiors by up to 6 degrees centigrade. Entitled Hydroceramic, the material utilizes the ability of hydrogel to absorb up to 500 times its own weight in water to create a building system that “becomes a living thing as part of nature and not outside of it.”

Read on after the break for more on how Hydroceramic works.


Six Public-Interest Design Projects Honored with 2015 SEED Awards

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The 2015 winners of the annual Social Economic Environment Design (SEED) for Excellence in have been announced. The international competition celebrates designs which excel in these realms, and strive to create manageable sustainable impacts. The winning projects, selected by a jury, will receive $1000, as well as attendance to the annual Structures for Inclusion conference in Detroit, Michigan in April.

The six winning projects each encompass the ideals of community outreach, socio-economic improvement, and environmental awareness in the context of their unique locations. Though the designs are distinct, the values they embody are universal.

Read more about the winning designs after the break.


RSHP Reveals Plans for the “Ladywell Pop-Up Village” in Lewisham

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Addressing increasing housing demands in the London Borough of Lewisham, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled their plans for the “Ladywell Pop-Up Village,” which is to become one of the UK’s first temporary housing villages.

The short term housing will provide accommodation for 24 families, alongside community and commercial spaces at street level. Drawing its name from the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre upon which it is to be located, the Ladywell Pop-Up Village is fully demountable, thanks to its volumetric construction technology. It is envisioned that the housing units will remain at the Ladywell site for up to four years, after which point they can be relocated throughout the Borough as needed.


Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee Budget “Blown By 70%”

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When Kengo Kuma’s concept for the new Victoria and Albert Museum of Design (V&A) in Dundee, Scotland, was unanimously chosen as the winning design in late 2012, the jurors had stated that the proposal has been “subject to exhaustive scrutiny, including having external assessors do a detailed examination of projected costs.” They stated that they “did not have to exclude any of the submissions on grounds of affordability.” It is now reported, a little over two years later, that the original £45million budget has now exceeded £80million in spite of the fact that the building has already been ‘redesigned’ once in order to try to reign in soaring costs.


NL Architects Propose Striking Chain of Amethyst-Inspired Hotels

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Cultures around the world attribute magical properties to the amethyst gem. The lustrous purple quartz is said to bring good fortune, heal illness, and calm the mind. It makes sense, then, that NL Architects have modeled their latest hotel chain proposal after an amethyst geode. Designed based on the original hotel layouts of John Portman, this visually striking tower series aims to serve as a symbol of hospitality and well-being for visitors around the world.


George Lucas May Reconsider Los Angeles as Potential Home of Self-Titled Museum

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Concerns regarding the environmental sensitivity of George Lucas’ proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago has caused the project to halt, and may even prevent it from being realized. According to a suit filed against the museum by the Friends of the Parks, environmentalists believe that the “mountainous” lakefront proposal, designed by MAD Architects, will disrupt the site’s ecosystem.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Lucas’ hasn’t given up on yet. However, considering that Lucas wants to see the museum built within his lifetime, the 70-year-old Star Wars director is starting to reconsider a University of Southern California (USC) campus site in Los Angeles.


Prada Launches FW2015 Menswear in OMA/AMO’s “Infinite Palace”

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On Sunday, Prada ditched the classic runway to kickoff their 2015 Fall/Winter menswear line in a “disorienting landscape” designed by OMA’s research counterpart AMO. The partitioned catwalk transformed an exiting room inside the Fondazione Prada at Via Fogazzaro 36 in Milan into an intimate series of interconnected spaces affectionately referred to as “The Infinite Palace.”

“The existing room is disguised into a classic enfilade of rooms, gradually changing proportions as in an abstract mannerist perspective. As opposed to a single stage, the new sequence of spaces multiplies and fragments the show into a series of intimate moments,” described .


Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto’s Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost

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Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily “pulled the plug” on Sou Fujimoto’s ambitious Taiwan Tower, saying he would rather pay a penalty for breaking the contract than spend an estimated NT$15 billion to realize the “problematic” project.

The Banyan tree-inspired tower was hoped to become the “Taiwanese version of the Eiffel Tower,” as well as a model for sustainable architecture by achieving LEED Gold with its energy producing features. Its steel superstructure, which proposed to hoist a triangular section of the Gateway Park’s greenbelt 300-meters into the air, intentionally had “no obvious form” and was to be perceived as a natural phenomenon.


The Architect’s Time Machine

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a time machine – to skip ahead into a future when has solved all of our problems, or perhaps to go back to a simpler time when we didn’t have to deal with the complications that modern brings? However, in the wise words of Archibald, the animated architect: “Architecture is not a final destination in time; it is a journey through life.”  As architects and builders, we are constantly imagining and designing for the future, while attempting to deal with reality as it exists in the present.

Deciding when and how to modernize your business is potentially a make-or-break decision.  We know from working with engineers, architects, and construction professionals, that the move to digital interaction increases efficiency and is a desirable strategic goal.  However, there are also those who are comfortable with hard copy plans and trips to their local reprographer.  No matter where your business falls on the technology continuum, is your design/build time machine – transporting you into the technological future without out any new grey hairs.