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3XN Wins Approval for 200-Meter Tower in Sydney

Update: 3XN's Quay Quarter Sydney has received final approval. The article below was originally published September 25, 2014, after the practice won the commission. New interior images have been added to the gallery.

3XN has won an international competition to design the “50 Bridge Street” tower and masterplan for the Quay Quarter Sydney (QQS) precinct. Just west of Jørn Utzon’s Opera House, the new tower will feature five rotating glass volumes, each equipped with a multi-level atria and views of the Sydney harbour. 

Images Released of 3XN's Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne

3XN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have released images of a new headquarters planned for a 24,000-square-meter site on banks of Lake Geneva in the Swiss city of Lausanne. Adjacent to the historic Château de Vidy, which has been the “iconic home” of the IOC, 3XN’s design is intended to respect both the château’s legacy and park setting, while making the transition from park to building as “soft” as possible. 

3XN Designs Affordable Housing Tower in Denmark

© 3XN
© 3XN

The influx of students in Aarhus, Denmark is causing the city to rapidly expand. In response to the growing need for affordable housing close to the local university, 3XN teamed up with developer Jens Richard Pedersen to design a residential high-rise near the institution. The future tower has been dubbed La Tour as an ode to the building that currently occupies the site, Hotel La Tour. 

Newly released renders and model photographs depict the tower as a sweeping semi-circular form that rises in steps. The gradual elevation of the building will start at the street, defining the transition from the surrounding small-scale buildings to the urban high-rise typology. For more information and images, read on after the break.

Courtesy of Adam Mørk/3XN Courtesy of Adam Mørk/3XN Courtesy of Adam Mørk/3XN © 3XN

World Photo Day: Adam Mørk by Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN writes on behalf of Adam Mørk

UN City / 3XN. Image © Adam Mørk New Maritime Museum and Exploratorium / COBE Architects + Transform Architects. Image © Adam Mørk Green Lighthouse / Christensen & Co Architects. Image © Adam Mørk DTU Compute / Christensen & Co Architects. Image © Adam Mørk

3XN Chosen Over Windgardh, Arkitema to Design University Building in Sweden

3XN has won an architectural competition -- beating out WingårdhArkitema DotChristensen & CoJuul/Frost, and White -- to design a new educational building for Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna (southwest of Stockholm, Sweden). The project not only includes a new 18,250 square meter building, but also the renovation of a listed Modernist Public Bath Paul Hedquist. The new campus is planned to be ready in 2018. Read the architect's description of the winning project, after the break.

© 3XN © 3XN © 3XN © 3XN

Swedbank / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Location: Landsvägen, Sundbyberg, Sweden
  • Area: 45000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Adam Mõrk

© Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk

Construction Begins on 3XN’s “Grove Towers” in Mumbai

Street View. Image © 3XN
Street View. Image © 3XN

Construction has begun on 3XN’s first project in India. Aesthetically inspired by local foliage, the 136-meter “Grove Towers” are designed to interweave at their base, much like the roots of the native mangrove trees. These lower, “interwoven” floors will house retail establishments, while the upper floors will be given over to residential units. 

Four Teams Shortlisted to Design New Central Library in Calgary

Four shortlisted teams have been asked to design proposals for a new central library in the Canadian city of Calgary. Selected from 38 submissions, the competing teams of local and international architects will harness the power of platemaking to envision a 280,000 square-foot “landmark” for the East Village Calgary. 

University Building for Technical Faculty Winning Proposal / 3XN

3XN just won the first prize in the international competition for their design of the new building for the technical faculty of the German university Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). With their vision to create an open, inspiring and social learning environment, the building is to be a lighthouse project for academic learning - an innovative and productive learning environment in which students, teachers and industry representatives can meet. More images and architects' description after the break.

UN City / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Location: UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 København, Denmark
  • Area: 20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adam Mõrk

© Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk

Frederiksberg Courthouse / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Location: Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge: 3XN
  • Engineer: Lemming, Eriksson
  • Landscape : Schønherr
  • Contractor and Facade: Pihl & Son
  • Area: 5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Adam Mõrk

© Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk

Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Educational Center Competition Entry / 3XN

With the aim to be a meaningful building beyond its iconic form, the new Museum & Educational Center (MEC), designed by 3XN, is about connecting with people, while opening up the world of science, technology, innovation and Russia’s extraordinary achievements in these domains. Through both an internal and external architectural expression of flexibility, this proposal, which was a finalist in the international competition, recognizes that architecture shapes behavior. More images and architects' description after the break.

In Progress: The Blue Planet / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Location: Kajakvej, 2770 Kastrup, DK
  • Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
  • Client: Den Blå Planet
  • Area: 9,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adam Mõrk

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The Arch Cultural Center / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Location: Mandal, Norway
  • Client: Halse Property, Norway
  • Cost: 33.000.000 euros approx.
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0

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Designing for Autism: Lighting

New Struan Centre for Autism © Wardell Armstrong
New Struan Centre for Autism © Wardell Armstrong

What do we know about designing for individuals with autism? Those concerned with sensory issues are split on some issues. Some say we should limit daylight and exterior views, keep ceiling heights low and spatial volumes small, use restrained details, subdued colors, and reduce acoustical levels. Others advocate for high ceiling heights, large spatial volumes, and high levels of daylight with plenty of views to the outside.  Still others disagree with catering to sensory needs altogether. They point out that individuals with autism struggle generalizing skills, and designing sensory heavens can do more harm than good. Thus they argue for autism classrooms, schools, and homes that mimic all the colors, sounds, lighting, and spatial volumes of “neuro-typical” environments. So who is right?