Serpentine Gallery Reveals SelgasCano’s Colorful Design for 2015 Pavilion

Serpentine designed by SelgasCano 2015, day view. Image © Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano

The Serpentine Gallery has unveiled SelgasCano‘s designs for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion in London, revealing a brightly-colored “chrysalis” structure created from a double skin of ETFE membrane wrapped in webbing. The Madrid-based duo were announced as the project’s designers in December, joining the prestigious list of past pavilion designers which includes SANAA (2009)Jean Nouvel (2010)Peter Zumthor (2011)Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012)Sou Fujimoto (2013), and last year’s designer Smiljan Radić, among many others.

More on the pavilion, and SelgasCano’s statement after the break.

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Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements Launches in Bangladesh

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At the Bengal Foundation’s conference, EngageDhaka 2015, ArchDaily learned of the newly launched Bengal Architecture and Design Institute.  With a focus on the pursuit of innovation in the lived environment with a focus on human interactions, the forum will enable open dialogue on improving our environments through the lens of architecture, landscape, and settlement for better livability. Bringing together local and international professionals and educators, the Institute will provide a series of lectures, discussions, workshops, and exhibitions to better understand the possibilities within these areas, especially when unified.

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The Surreal Architectural Collages Of Matthias Jung

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Matthias Jung’s fascination for the medium of collage began in his father’s photolab. And so, “with scissors and glue, the first fantastic buildings were made.” In early 2015 Jung, a German artist and graphic designer, created seven images as part of a series which he entitled ’Houses’, of which many of this selection originate. Uniquely, every piece of each collage originates from one of Jung’s original photographs which are collected and then reassembled. The majority of these photographs were taken during trips in northeastern .

See a selection of Jung’s fantastical architectural collages after the break.

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5 Proposals Reimagine Toronto Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Park

Harbour Landing / KBMP Architects, West 8, Greenburg Consultants. Image Courtesy of WATERFRONToronto

Waterfront Toronto has unveiled five proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park design competition. The finalists were tasked with transforming Toronto’s waterfront by revitalizing the existing ferry terminal and park through an extensive gradually-implemented masterplan. See all five proposals, including designs by nARCHITECTS and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after the break.

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Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

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“Three floors in a day is ’s new normal,” says a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper that was built in just 19 days. Known as the “Mini Sky City” tower in Changsha, the 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record speed with , “LEGO-like” blocks. The process also claimed to have required less materials and significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites.

A time-lapse of the construction process, after the break.

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Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Pavilion Relocates to Bruton

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Chilean architect Smiljan Radić’s shell-shaped Serpentine Pavilion has been relocated from Hyde Park to the gardens of Hauser & Wirth Somerset in . Just under three hours from London, the new site positions the translucent fiberglass structure in short proximity to a main gallery complex designed by Paris-based Argentine architect Luis Laplace and within an lush garden designed by Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf.

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French Artist Levalet Inks Imaginary Scenes onto Parisian Buildings

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A curved street grate becomes an umbrella for a shepherd and his sheep, and a construction site is transformed into a fortress for mop-wielding guards in the interactive of French artist Charles Leval, better known as Levalet. Seeking inspiration from the Parisian streets, Levalet is known for his site-specific, India ink drawings that playfully interact with their surrounding architecture. “Topography is very important for me, this is why I always check a place out before I work on it,” Levalet said in an interview with Underground Paris. “I try to mix the world of representation with the real world by playing on the physical cohesion of the situations I put up. Architecture supports my work. Then I work on staging the artwork with photographs.”

See a selection of Levalet’s work after the break and check out his personal website and Facebook page to learn more about him.

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Milan Expo 2015: Photographic Updates Of The Pavilions In Progress

Pavilion of Vanke. Image Courtesy of / Archilovers

This tour – made possible through the Expo’s account – gives us fresh insight into the development of projects like Daniel Libeskind’s pavilion for Vanke, which is clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalised tile, to Nemesi’s ‘smog-eating pavilion’ for Italy. With the opening of the 2015 Universal Exposition set to take place in a little over one month’s time Milan, for a six month period, will become a global showcase for the thematic study of food. With over 140 participating nations tackling the question of “how to be able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium,” new innovations in architecture, engineering and material design will be central to the exhibitions.

See snapshots of the pavilions under construction after the break.

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Kengo Kuma Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris

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Kengo Kuma and Associates has won an international competition to design the new Saint-Denis Pleyel in France. Like Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue and Elizabeth de Portzamparc, Kengo Kuma will design one of four stations that will be built as part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express (GPE) project which seeks to modernize the existing transport network and create an automatic metro that will connect new neighborhoods to Paris.

The winning project aims to serve as a multi-level extension of public space that will connect two districts currently separated by the large railway network of the Parisian North station.

Read on to learn more about Kengo Kuma’s winning proposal. 

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SOM Masterplans Egypt’s New Capital City

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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) has released a conceptual masterplan for Egypt’s new capital city following its unveiling at the Egyptian Economic Development Conference. The 700-square-kilometer “” hopes stimulate ’s ailing economy and alleviate Cairo’s rising population density, while adhering to the cultural and climatic conditions of its site.

All the details, after the break.

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ARCHIZOO: Illustrated Architectural “Animals” from Federico Babina

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An architectural “Paraidolia,” Federico Babina has uncaged the ARCHIZOO. Recalling images from his childhood, Babina has imagined a creative series of zoo animals rendered in familiar architectural forms.

“When I was a child I wanted to be an architect and now that I’m an architect I would like sometimes go back to my childhood,” says Babina. “Our mind is capable of collecting, record and store millions of images. One thing that always interests me is the association that we can do between these images.”

View the ARCHIZOO, after the break. 

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Call for Ideas: Food & Wellness Club

 (YAC) is launching an open architectural competition to design a Food & Wellness Club for the upcoming F.I.CO.® (Fabbrica Italiana Contadina) theme park in Bologna. In 2016, F.I.CO. will become the world’s  biggest theme park dedicated to food farming and food culture, with nine million tourists expected to visit this structure each year. Such a project will trigger a redevelopment of the surrounding area in order to provide visitors with services. The Food & Wellness Club aims to offer a wellness area for those visitors willing to discover both nutrition and body care, offering comfort and care in a multi-sensory and exclusive space. The question of the competition becomes: how to create an architectural space that combines the elements of food, relaxation, wellness and seasonality?

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ThinkParametric Offers Free Online Classes

Among the courses offered by ThinkParametric is one in which users learn to create “challenging designs” such as MAD Architects’ Absolute Towers. Image © Iwan Baan

Launched in May of 2014, ThinkParametric is an online platform for learning the tools of the digital architecture trade. Gaining access to their video tutorials and the benefit of their online community would usually set you back $29 per month, or $269 for an entire year. However, to celebrate a successful first year, on March 12th they announced an “Open Class Season,” a full month for people to enjoy their courses for free.

The courses offered include:

Those who haven’t already signed up for a ThinkParametric account need to act fast, however – the deadline to be able to access the courses for free is this Thursday, the 26th March. Find out more information here.

Open Call: Concordia Lighthouse Competition

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On January 13 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia struck an underwater reef and capsized off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, resulting in 32 deaths. In response to the disaster, matterbetter has announced the Concordia Lighthouse Competition, which invites teams of architects, students, engineers, and designers to “redefine a contemporary lighthouse typology.”

The project is sited in the small peninsula north of the Giglio Porto village, and is to fulfil criteria including “aesthetics and originality”, “clarity and comprehensibility”, “sustainability”, and “translation of the metaphorical power of the lighthouse archetype into the architectural design.” Registrations close on May 17, with project submissions due on May 24. The winning team will be announced on June 30, and receive 3000 EUR in prize money. Read more about the competition here.

Perkins+Will’s “Sleek” Manhattan Tower to Feature Five Open-Air Gardens

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Conceptual plans of Perkins+Will’s East 37th Street Residential Tower in New York City have been unveiled. Debuted in Cannes, France, during MIPIM, where the high-rise received a “Future Projects Award,” the 700-foot-tall tower boasts a “shimmering, angled curtain wall” organized by five clusters of shared amenities and open-air gardens.

More about the 65-story, 150,000-square-foot condominium tower, after the break. 

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Izaskun Chinchilla Turns to Kickstarter to Realize “Organic Growth” Pavilion

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A few months ago, we announced that Izaskun Chinchilla Architects emerged as one of two winners of FIGMENT’s international “City of Dreams” pavilion competition in New York. Their proposal entitled “Organic Growth” is slated for assembly on Governors Island this summer, but they need your help! Due to the split funding of selecting two winners and FIGMENT’s non-profit status, the design team has launched a campaign to make their proposal a reality through public contributions.

Learn more about how you can get involved, after the break.

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nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner Design Recreation Center for Nauen

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This first-prize competition winning proposal by nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner gives new life to the municipal outdoor pool facility in Nauen, Germany. Commissioned for future construction, the recreation center brings a multi-functional layout to the complex, activating the space year round and providing the public with a recreational hub.

Read on after the break for more on the proposal.

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“Urban Platform” Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition

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Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium’s  Open Room competition for their project “Urban Platform”.

One of 67 teams to enter the competition’s “Young Architects” category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of “[providing] a more flexible space” for the city’s urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.

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