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See 2015’s Best Public Toilets From Around the World

Now in its second year, DesignCurial has revealed the results of their annual “Top 10 Public Toilets” award, recognizing outstanding lavatory design across the world. The top 10 emerged as exemplars among over 1,000 public toilet designs, evaluated on “design, innovation and the relationship with surroundings”. “The aim of the list was to bring international design to the fore, especially unique architecture that may be overlooked due to the structure’s mundane stereotype,” said Katherine Houston, web editor at DesignCurial. “This list is well geographically spread, with distinctive designs emerging from Japan, Australia and the UK to name a few.” See the world’s best public toilets for 2015 after the break.

Trail Restroom. Image via DesignCurial Wembley WCs. Image via DesignCurial Tokinokura Lavatories Shimodate. Image via DesignCurial L'Uritonnoir. Image via DesignCurial

Peter Zumthor: “There’s Nothing I’m Not Interested In”

The Louisiana Channel recently made a trip to the hometown of Peter Zumthor for an extensive and rare video interview on the Swiss architect's life journey, passion for learning, and how "different kinds of silence" help him reach his potential. 

Florins Residence / Philipp Baumhauer Architects

  • Architects: Philipp Baumhauer Architects
  • Location: Tarasp, Scuol, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Philipp Baumhauer, Julian Sauer, Tomohiro Yanagisawa, Kevin Driscoll
  • Area: 524.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ruedi Walti, Ralph Feiner

© Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner © Ruedi Walti © Ralph Feiner

Residential Buiding in Sarnen / Durrer Architekten

© Martin Wittwer © Martin Wittwer © Martin Wittwer © Martin Wittwer

Swiss Students Design a Floating Pavilion on Lake Zurich for Manifesta 11

Manifesta—a nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art which "responds to the new social, cultural and political reality that developed in the aftermath of the Cold War"—emerged in the 1990s. For the eleventh incarnation of the event, which will take place in Zurich during the summer of 2016, Studio Tom Emerson have developed designs for a floating island which "will constitute a new temporary landmark in the city." Located on Lake Zurich and hosting an open-air cinema and integrated swimming pool, the Pavillon of Reflections will act as the central node for the 100-day festival. Designed and realised by a team of thirty students from ETH Zurich, the pavilion aims to offer a space for dialogue and reflection on the specific artworks created for the biennial.

Fernando Guerra Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image

Fernando Guerra's stunning image of Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés' EPFL Quartier Nord in Ecublens, Switzerland, has won the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award. Announced at the ongoing World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore, the image was selected by a panel of judges for its ability to "translate the sophistication of architecture into a readable and understandable two dimensions."

"The architecture itself is the focus and the image regarded only as the medium. The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award aims to put the focus onto the skill and creativity of the photographer," said the Award's organizers.

Each shortlisted image was judged on the merits of the photography for composition, sense of place, atmosphere and use of scale; Guerra had the highest scoring image overall. 

"The high level of photography has made it a very difficult the task to choose the winners. The most important thing for us has been the concept and atmosphere of the images. How they have been perceived and expressed through the creativity and inspiration of the photographer," said architects and jury members Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga.

The runners up included...

obha / RBA Architekten

© Mark Drotsky © Mark Drotsky © Mark Drotsky © Mark Drotsky

News from Nowhere: Zürich Laboratory

The Korean artists, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho have teamed up with the design collective, Urban-Think Tank, based at ETH Zürich, to launch the newest version of the ongoing project, “News from Nowhere.” Past versions have appeared in documenta (13) in Kassel and the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2013. The “News from Nowhere: Zürich Laboratory” establishes an interdisciplinary and participatory platform to discuss the urgent social, political and economic issues. Located in the Migros Museum for Gegenwartskunst, the “News from Nowhere” exhibition brings together artists, architects, designers, scientists, and documentarians in order to discuss issues facing contemporary society. 

Double Pre-School Facility / Singer Baenziger Architects

© Christian Senti © Christian Senti © Christian Senti © Christian Senti

House at the Lake of Constance / Tom Munz Architekt

  • Architects: Tom Munz Architekt
  • Location: Wilenstrasse 8, 9322 Egnach, Switzerland
  • Area: 856.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Katia Rudnicki

© Katia Rudnicki © Katia Rudnicki © Katia Rudnicki © Katia Rudnicki

Kindergarten and Crèche / Pierre-Alain Dupraz

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher

Rocksresort / Domenig Architekten

  • Architects: Domenig Architekten
  • Location: Laax, Switzerland
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Domenig Architekten

Courtesy of Domenig Architekten Courtesy of Domenig Architekten Courtesy of Domenig Architekten Courtesy of Domenig Architekten

Apartment House in Pregassona / Architetti Pedrozzi & Diaz Saravia

© Pino Brioschi © Pino Brioschi © Pino Brioschi © Pino Brioschi

Aires Mateus Wins Competition to Design New Pôle Muséal of Lausanne

A jury led by David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Pôle Muséal Support Foundation President Olivier Steimer has announced Aires Mateus & Associados winner of an international competition to design the new Pôle Muséal of Lausanne. The Portuguese architects, chosen over 20 other practices, were lauded by the jury for designing a proposal that was "coherent, simple and bright."

Their design, "One museum, two museums" is comprised as a single exterior shell made up of two parts: the Musée de l’Elysée (Museum of Photography) and mudac (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts). Both museums are connected by a shared entrance that "forms a natural extension to the public esplanade." By 2020, the design will be realized, transforming a former railroad site into a premier section of the city's art district. 

Zellwegerpark Uster / Herzog & de Meuron

  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: Uster, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger
  • Associate, Project Director: Michael Fischer
  • Associate, Project Managers: Alexander Franz
  • Project Manager: Salomé Gutscher
  • Project Team: Nathalie Birkhäuser, Alen Guberinic, Emmanuel Guilloux, Vasilis Kalisperakis, Beatus Kopp, Aron Lorincz, Christian Schmitt, Eric Stutz, André Vergueiro, Miriam Waltz, Christoph Wassmann, Romy Weber
  • Area: 6400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Erica Overmeer

© Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer

Residential and Commercial Building Messer / ssm architekten

© Alexander Gempeler © Alexander Gempeler © Alexander Gempeler © Alexander Gempeler