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Light Matters: Smart Flying Pixels Create a Floating Glow

00:00 - 10 October, 2014

Imagine luminaires that could fly and visualise new buildings or individually guide you through space. What would happen if you could even interact with these flying pixels? These concepts could be realised in the near future as the first prototypes and experiments are being introduced. Software-driven LED pixels combined with drone swarm technology provide extraordinary possibilities for inducing new forms of spatial experience. These luminous pixel clouds emerge as digital patterns, but at the same time they emanate a romantic quality with their unique star formations twinkling in the night sky. The first projects have shared a playful note, but laboratories such as MIT's SENSEable City Lab, ARES Lab and Ars Electronica Futurelab have shown an intriguing future in urban design for guidance systems or envisioning real estate developments, as advances in battery technology and wireless control have opened new perspectives for a life with smart flying pixels.

House T / Haro Architects

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
House T / Haro Architects, © Stefan Zauner
© Stefan Zauner

© Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Salzburg, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Bernd Haslauer, Roberto Rodríguez Paraja
  • Collaborators

    Angel Muñoz, Christina Golser
  • Area

    385.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects, © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel
© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Petra Rainer © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel +17

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced, Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea
Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea

The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global awards.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break...

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea Public Condenser: Low-cost public university building - Paris, France. Image Courtesy of Muoto Architects Public Condenser: Low-cost public university building - Paris, France. Image Courtesy of Muoto Architects The Commons: Participatory urban neighborhood - Vienna, Austria. Image Courtesy of Arenas Basabe Palacios Arquitectos +28

House with Showroom / ao-architekten + Markus Innauer

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
House with Showroom / ao-architekten + Markus Innauer, © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +9

Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten, Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten
Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Schulgasse 40, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
  • Area

    997.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Residential Building DMT / [tp3] architekten

01:00 - 13 September, 2014
Residential Building DMT / [tp3] architekten, © Mark Sengstbratl
© Mark Sengstbratl

© Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl +16

Roman Villa / Marte.Marte Architekten

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Roman Villa / Marte.Marte Architekten, © Marc Lins
© Marc Lins

© Marc Lins © Marc Lins © Marc Lins © Marc Lins +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    6830 Brederis, Austria
  • Architects in Charge

    Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
  • Area

    42.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Fresach Diocesan Museum / Marte.Marte Architekten

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Fresach Diocesan Museum / Marte.Marte Architekten, © Marc Lins Photography
© Marc Lins Photography

© Marc Lins Photography © Marc Lins Photography © Marc Lins Photography © Marc Lins Photography +13

Office Off / heri&salli

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Office Off  / heri&salli, © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Burgenland, Austria
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House by the Lake / marte.marte Architekten

19:00 - 12 August, 2014
House by the Lake / marte.marte Architekten, Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten
Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Am Brand, 6900 Bregenz, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    DI Bernhard Marte, DI Stefan Marte
  • Area

    277.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Residential building AATN / tp3 architekten

01:00 - 11 August, 2014
Residential building AATN / tp3 architekten, © Mark Sengstbratl
© Mark Sengstbratl

© Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl +11

Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK, © Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK © Hertha Hurnaus Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ernst-Melchior-Gasse 3, 1020 Vienna, Austria
  • Area

    4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK

Inside "Places of Power": Austria's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
Inside "Places of Power": Austria's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless other conflicts. In some ways, "modernity" could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of "Absorbing Modernity" set for the national pavilions at this year's Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian pavilion chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator's take on the pavilion after the break

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +11

CJ5 House / Caramel Architekten

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
© Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus Courtesy of Caramel Architekten +17

Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Model. Image  © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Roland Halbe +83

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Partners in Charge

    Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect

    Cornelius Schlotthauer
  • Construction Project Team

    Enrico Kleinke, Markus Planteu, Vincenco Cocomero, Peter Irmscher, Katharina Jacobi, Constanze Stinnes, Peter Hornung, Frédéric Beaupère, Mirjam Matthiessen, Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Tom Finke,Kristoph Nowak, Susanne Lettau, Jahann Shah Beyzavi, Florian Goscheff, Daniela Nenadic, Judith Wahle, Rassul Wassa, Julian Breinersdorfer, Nastasja Schlaf, Muhammed Patat, Elisabeth Dirnbacher
  • Competition Project Team

    Cornelius Schlotthauer, Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Enrico Kleinke, Kristoph Nowak, Stefan Rinnebach, Romy Heiland, Richard Baumgartner
  • Area

    28000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Ragnitzstraße Housing / LOVE architecture and urbanism

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Ragnitzstraße Housing / LOVE architecture and urbanism, © Jasmin Schuller
© Jasmin Schuller

© Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller +22

Exhibition: Europe's Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Exhibition: Europe's Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013, Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

The Mies van der Rohe Award, today one of the most important and prestigious prizes for architecture within the European competition, was first set up in 1987 by the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona. This prize which involves a total sum of 80.000 EUR is organised and awarded every two years.