Valletta City Gate / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location: , Malta
Partners In Charge: A.Belvedere, B. Plattner
Year: 2015
Photographs: Michel Denancé

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Friends House / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: , UK
Design Team: John McAslan + Partners, Max Fordham, Walsh Group, Stephen Cuddy, Anne Minors Performance Consultants, Westco Partnership
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

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AD Classics: Limoges Concert Hall / Bernard Tschumi Architects

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For those familiar with the more canonical work of Bernard Tschumi, the Concert Hall may seem a puzzlingly conventional departure from the radical, intensively theoretical projects that introduced the world to the Swiss architect. In one sense, the visual clarity of the design doesn’t provoke the same complex discourses on architectural violence and eroticism that guided his early-career pursuits, and it is certainly a more functional evolution of his polemic on non-programmatic space that was famously exhibited at Parc de la Villete. In another sense, the concept and form of Limoges aren’t anything novel, either, emerging almost in its entirety from a concert hall prototype Tschumi developed in the late 1990s for a similar venue at Rouen. But Limoges is important for other reasons: in addition to its thoughtful material and spatial choices, it is one of the more articulate illustrations of Tschumi’s explorations of movement and enclosure—“vectors and envelopes”—that inform much of his recent work.

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City in the City / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Location: 211 18 Malmö,
Area: 54000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Adam Mørk

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Hattiloo Theatre / archimania

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Architects: archimania
Location: 37 Cooper Street, , TN 38103, USA
Area: 11041.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hank Mardukas Photography

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Ciputra Artpreneur / Benoy

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Architects: Benoy
Location: Ciputra World, Jalan Professor Doktor Satrio, , Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12940,
Area: 14000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Benoy

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The Flow / atelier d’architecture King Kong

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Architects: atelier d’architecture King Kong
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Frédéric Neau
Project Manager: Nicolas Broussous
Area: 4050.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe

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Yotoco Music School / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

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Architects: Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos
Location: , Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Project Architects: Aldo Marcelo Hurtado, Carlos Hernan Betancourt
Project Area: 750.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Santiago Robayo – Ministry of Culture

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Atelier Thomas Pucher’s European Music Center to Open in 2020

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The winning design of an international competition in 2010 to house the world-renowned Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Austrian firm Atelier Thomas Pucher’s Sinfonia Varsovia European Music Center has been approved to begin construction. As part of a larger campaign to revive Warsaw’s historic character and inspire exchange, the Music Center has ranked high on the priority list of the Renewal Program, and is slated to open in 2020.

Read on after the break for a closer look at the Music Center.

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RENOVA Store & Theatre / Phyd Arquitectura

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Architects: Phyd Arquitectura
Location: Almonda, 2350, Portugal
Architect In Charge: Paulo Henrique Durão
Area: 374.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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KHVatec Headquarter / THE_SYSTEM LAB

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Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
Location: 1451-39 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South
Architect In Charge: Chanjoong Kim
Design Team: Younghwan Kim, Chungryul Lee, Sanghyun Park, Jinman Choi, Jinchul Choi
Area: 462.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

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MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 Runner-up: Roof Deck / Erin Besler

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Despite Andrés Jaque of Office of Political Innovation emerging as the winner of the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP), his competitors put up quite a fight. One of this year’s five shortlisted proposals, Erin Besler’s Roof Deck breathes life into arguably the most overlooked aspect of architecture – the roof – by injecting it with an active public program and making it a vessel for summer celebration. 

Read on after the break for more on Besler’s proposal.

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WIPO Conference Hall / Behnisch Architekten

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Architects: Behnisch Architekten
Location: Geneva,
Area: 7700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Matthiessen

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Kino – Rye / Jonathan Dunn Architects

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Architects: Jonathan Dunn Architects
Location: Lion Street, , East Sussex TN31, UK
Area: 220.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Oliver Perrott

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Comedie de Bethune – National Drama Theater / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Location: 138 Rue du 11 Novembre, 62400 ,
Architect In Charge: Manuelle Gautrand
Area: 2082.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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Kulturzentrum Ischgl / Parc Architekten

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Architects: Parc Architekten
Location: Eggerweg 4, 6561 , Austria
Architect In Charge: Michael Fuchs, Barbara Poberschnigg, Di Dipl W-ing
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Schreyer, Karl Heinz, Courtesy of

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MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 Runner-up: Drones’ Beach / Brillhart Architecture

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One of five shortlisted finalists who competed for the Young Architects Program () in the recent 2015 MoMA PS1 competition, ultimately awarded to Andrés Jaque of Office of Political Innovation, Drones’ Beach by Brillhart Architecture explores the idea of a multi-sensory setting with a tropical theme as the basis for a performance and public space.

Read more about the proposal and watch the visionary video about Drones’ Beach after the break.

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Construction Begins on OPEN’s Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen

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The winning entry in a competition for Pingshan’s first theater, Beijing-based OPEN Architecture‘s Pingshan Performing Arts Center has broken ground in Shenzen. The 1350-capacity theatre is located in the city’s new urban district, and slated for completion by the end of 2015.

Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

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