Shijiazhuang Convention Center / Woods Bagot


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Recently awarded first prize, Woods Bagot’s vision for the will be manifested in a sleek faceted glass tower that rises from smaller geometric exhibition halls.   The master plan is designed to uplift the city’s coastal area, which is currently underdeveloped, by attracting tourists and locals to the entire complex for different programmatic activities.

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Times Square Reconstruction Project / Snøhetta


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We just found exciting news from Bustler that the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta recently won the in New York City. Times Square is the epitome of a chaotic New York block, with signs, noise and tons of people and taxis.  The area currently has a public space which was deemed traffic free, yet now the city is looking to make the space more permanent and will be heading the project.

More about the project after the break. (more…)

The Calls / P+HS Architects

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P+HS Architects yellow geometric commercial building was one of six designs short-listed for the international “36 The Calls” Design Competition.  The competition, which is overseen by the Architects Journal with developer Citu, challenged participants to design “an inspirational landmark” building on the north bank of the River Aire in , England, in a narrow slot where a parking lot currently sits.  Since this site is one of the very few waterfront properties left, it is imperative that the chosen design adhere to the competition’s requests for an iconic, creative and sustainable entity.

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Garscube Landscae Link / 7N Architects + RankinFraser Landscape Architecture

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Awarded ‘Best Future Building’ at the 2010 Scottish Design Awards, 7N Architects + RankinFraser Landscape Architecture’s Garscube Landscape Link re-joins the city’s severed connection with a pedestrian friendly solution.  The project is the first step in the area’s larger revitalization plan to link the canal network and Glasgow’s City Center.

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Periscope / Matter Design

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For the Young Architects Forum ’s 10UP! National Architectue Competition, participants were challenged to create a temporary installation for Atlanta. The winning 45 ft tower, , designed by Brandon Clifford and Wes Mcgee of Matter Design Studio, is an “inhabitable installation with iconic implications to advocate bold architecture for the Atlanta community and young designers across the globe.”  The designers felt the tower would create a strong marker for the city, “Through vertical expansion via the omission of a vertical restriction, this tower will engage a broader audience, inviting them to the event similar to search lights in the night sky.”

More about the tower, including lots of images and a video, after the break. (more…)

Lacoste + Stevenson wins UTS Podium Competition

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Australian architects Lacoste + Stevenson (in association with DJRD and 6degrees) shared with us their project oUTStanding, for which they won first prize in the UTS Podium Competition in Sydney.

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Dingbat 2.0 Competition Winners

Professional Winners / First Place

The winning and honorable mention entries from the Dingbat 2.0 Competition were announced at the LA Forum’s Exhibition opening on Saturday, June 19th, at LA Forum Events at Woodbury Hollywood. There were eight professional winners and five student winners selected from over 80 entries from 18 countries (number of ‘winners’ includes honorable mentions in both categories). The work of the thirteen winners is being exhibited at the Exhibition through July 24th.

All the winners and honorable mentions after the break. For complete descriptions of each project, click here. (more…)

Silencio / Space Group + Brisac Gonzalez

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A few days ago, we shared C. F. Møller Architects‘ winning entry for the Opera and Culture Center entitled Kulturkvartalet.  This project shares its joint first place prize with Oslo based architecture and design office Space Group + London based Brisac Gonzalez.  The team of Space Group and Brisac Gonzales have designed a 15, 000 m2 opera and cultural house with a 600-seat auditorium, library, cultural facilities, restaurants and a youth center.  ”Our strategy is threefold: a full refurbishment of the building skin, an upgrading of the structure, and an extension of the top floor with roof terrace. The ground floor is conceived as a living room, with spaces for music, newspapers, studying, playing. The café opens graciously to Kongensplass – an urban garden,” explained the team.

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Library and auditorium for the University of Amiens / Serero Architects

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Serero Architects’ winning design for a library and auditorium for the incorporates a wooden “smart skin” that controls the internal space ambiance and frames views.  Resting in the middle of the campus, the new building will “constitute a central place for exchanges and meeting around technologies as well as the catalyst of an intense campus social life” explained the architect.

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4D LIFE | Space and Time / Laura Alvarez Architecture

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Not only did Laura Alvarez Architecture place in Europe’s top 40 architects under 40, but the young firm also just received a unanimous first prize standing from the jury of the Customize Me! competition sponsored by the Heijmans Vastgoed & Woningbouw.  Asked to provide a new vision for contemporary housing, Laura Alvarez responded with a housing model that can be aadjusted for different kinds of families and if a person suddenly changes his way of living.  Entitled 4D LIFE | Space and Time – four dimensions of living, space and time are linked entities so that how the space is used directly correlates to time.  ”We want to offer a house that fits all moments of life and to all kinds of standards of living.  We want to offer space for personal input, for all kinds of people, independently from their origin, social status or age.” explained the architect.

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Brittle / Nicolas Fayad

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Recent Harvard graduate, Nicolas Fayad, was awarded the Boston Society of Architects’ James Templeton Kelley Prize, an honor recognizing the most successful graduating project.  Fayad’s “Brittle”, a School of Arts, is an exploration of responsive and adaptive form.  Fayad’s programmatic elements have been organized and molded in response to the changing typography of , China – making the design quite flexible as it can easily adapt to any change of land within the city.

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C. F. Møller Architects win Kristiansund Opera and Culture Center

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C.F. Møller Architects just won a shared first prize in the competition for the new Opera and Culture Center in , entitled Kulturkvartalet.  This new Opera Center will house the country’s oldest opera in Kristiansund, the capital of the region of Nordmøre.  The site proposes an interesting challenge as the new design must integrate two existing buildings with the proposed new urban center, and the most critical component becomes the shared urban space between the old and the new which will ultimately connect the Opera and Culture Center with  pedestrian streets and a nearby park.

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Erick van Egeraat wins Dynamo Stadium

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Erick van Egeraat’s 330,000 m2 proposal for the Dynamo Stadium in recently placed ahead of four international competitors.  Situated on a 116,000-m2 plot in Petrovsky Park, the competition site has been chosen by the Administration of the Stadium and VTB Bank to be developed in order to meet contemporary international requirements to support Russia’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Erick van Egeraat’s proposed “multifunctional urban regenerator” will feature a 45,000-seat Stadium Arena, a 10,000-seat Arena Hall, a Retail and Entertainment complex, restaurants, parking and other facilities.  With these various programmatic activities, the proposed design aims to provide a self sustaining model that will be activated continually throughout the day.

More about the awarded project and more images after the break.

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Niels Bohr Science Park for University of Copenhagen / Christensen & Co + Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

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Placing ahead of four other proposals, Christensen & Co + Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects were awarded first prize for their design of the Niels Bohr Science Park for the University of Copenhagen.  The project, a collaborative effort with  Ramboll DK + UK + SE, GHB Landscape Architects and Collin Gordon Associates, includes 45,000 m2 of laboratory and teaching facilities to house math, computer science, chemical and physical disciplines.  The building is a functional entity with dynamic student circulation among light filled spaces with access to large greens.

More about the winning proposal and more images after the break.

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Winners of Open Source Housing Competition

1st place 'Emerging Ghana'

The Open Source House Competition, an initiative of Enviu and architect Vincent van der Meulen, asked participants to provide well designed sustainable housing prototypes for low-income countries.  The competition entries were judged according to the following eight principles (listed on the competition’s website):  the design must be embedded in the local cultural context; it must address the whole life cycle of materials in terms of dis-assembly and reuse; the design must  use its climate to minimize energy consumption; it must adhere to local building standards; structurally, the load-bearing elements must be separated from the demountable building skin; all connections between the components and the structure are dry and demountable; a household organization must be flexible;  all designs and ideas will be published and shared on www.os-house.org to inspire others.  For the competition, more than 3100 architects participated and over 250 teams from 45 countries submitted their designs. After an intense jury procedure 10 designs where nominated which we will feature after the break.


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James Corner Field Operations to design Qianhai

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We’ve heard a lot about James Corner Field Operations particularly due to the High Line in .  But, now the firm is taking their talent across the world to China where they have just won the prestigious Urban Design Competition to design a new major city, .  The firm placed ahead OMA/Rem Koolhaas, BLAU Architecture and Urbanism, Bjarke Ingles Group, and SWA among dozens of others for the win. (more…)

Flattened Field / Konyk Architecture

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We are loving the fact that as Field Operations and DS+R’s High Line keeps developing, new residential and commercial entities are following suite, popping up adjacent to the tracks, over the tracks, and even under the tracks.  And now, Konyk Architecture will join in the urban renewal which is unfolding in the Meat-Packing District with their new event space that will rest underneath the High Line adjacent to Neil Denari’s HL23 Condominium (previously featured on AD).

More about the winning event space after the break.

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Give Me More / EPFL+ ECAL Lab

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The DMY International Design Festival Berlin Award annually highlights the most exceptional works in contemporary product design, with strong consideration of the teams’ approaches, rather than just their final results.  This year, a facet of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL + ECAL Lab – was named one of the winners for their exhibition ‘Give Me More’.  Eight installations depicted scenarios, combining analogue materials and digital applications to “turn technology into a new medium.”

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