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Watch 'The Iceberg' in Aarhus Turn into a Penguin Paradise in This Fun Animation

16:20 - 12 June, 2017

In this animated clip from French film production studio 11h45, penguins have taken over ‘The Iceberg,’ winner of ArchDaily’s 2015 Building of the Year for Best Housing Project. Imagining the building as a literal iceberg, the filmmakers envisioned the designed by SeARCH + CEBRA + JDS + Louis Paillard Architects-designed complex as an antarctic wonderland where penguins could slip, slide and dive down the structure’s sharp rooflines. 

Does it Pay to Invest in Good Architecture? The Case of 'The Iceberg' in Aarhus, Denmark

07:00 - 27 February, 2017
Does it Pay to Invest in Good Architecture? The Case of 'The Iceberg' in Aarhus, Denmark, The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects. Image © José Tomás Franco
The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects. Image © José Tomás Franco

It is often said that architecture only makes projects more expensive. That architects only add a series of arbitrary and capricious complexities that could be avoided in order to lower their costs, and that the project could still work exactly the same without them. Is this true in all cases?

Although they are more profitable economically, human beings don't seem to be happy inhabiting cold concrete boxes without receiving sunlight or a breeze everynow and then, or in an unsafe neighborhood where there's no possibility to meet your friends and family outdoors. Quality in architecture is a value that sooner or later will deliver something in return. 

Balance is key, and a good design will never be complete if it's not economically efficient. How do we achieve this ideal? We reviewed the design process for 'The Iceberg' in Aarhus, Denmark. A project that managed to convince the authorities and investors when proposing a high-impact and tight-budget design, which in its form seeks to respond to the objective of guaranteeing the quality of life of its users and their neighbors. 

The Iceberg, Model. Image © José Tomás Franco Mikkel Frost, Founding Partner of CEBRA, explaining us 'The Iceberg' during the Press Tour of The Architecture Project. Image © José Tomás Franco The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects. Image © José Tomás Franco The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects. Image © José Tomás Franco +15

Skewed Stolp in the Beemster / SeARCH

02:00 - 13 April, 2016
Skewed Stolp in the Beemster / SeARCH , Courtesy of  SeARCH
Courtesy of SeARCH

Courtesy of  SeARCH Courtesy of  SeARCH Courtesy of  SeARCH Courtesy of  SeARCH +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jisp, The Netherlands
  • Area

    430.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Chalet Anzère / SeARCH

03:00 - 11 April, 2016
Chalet Anzère  / SeARCH , © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +14

SeARCH Wins Housing Block Competition in Paris

16:00 - 3 February, 2016
SeARCH Wins Housing Block Competition in Paris, © SeARCH
© SeARCH

Amsterdam-based SeARCH has won a competition in collaboration with Atelier Phileas and LA architectures to design a housing block in the new Paris Rive Gauche district. With each practice focused on one building, the project resulted in the combining of three interconnected high-rises united by a "green ribbon," "cut skyline" and a common expression of function projected onto the facades. Together, they offer 55 family apartments, 180 student flats, 75 middle income apartments, offices, a commercial area and underground public parking. 

Clouds AO and SEArch Win NASA's Mars Habitat Competition with 3D-Printed Ice House

13:10 - 2 October, 2015
Clouds AO and SEArch Win NASA's Mars Habitat Competition with 3D-Printed Ice House, ICE HOUSE. Image © Clouds AO and SEArch
ICE HOUSE. Image © Clouds AO and SEArch

NASA, who recently confirmed evidence of flowing water on Mars, has deemed SEArch (Space Exploration Architecture) and Clouds AO (Clouds Architecture Office) winners of the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge for Mars. Sponsored by NASA and America Makes, the teams were asked to use indigenous materials and 3D printing techniques to build a habitat for four astronauts on Mars. SEArch and Clouds AO's first prize proposal, ICE HOUSE was awarded $25,000, ahead of 30 other shortlisted practices

"Recognizing that water is the building block to life, the team used a ‘follow the water’ approach to conceptualize, site and construct their design," said SEArch and Clouds AO. "[Our] proposal stood out as one of the few entries not to bury the habitat beneath regolith, instead mining the anticipated abundance of subsurface ice in the northern regions to create a thin vertical ice shell capable of protecting the interior habitat from radiation while celebrating life above ground."

The 14 Stories Behind the 2015 Building of the Year Award Winners

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
The 14 Stories Behind the 2015 Building of the Year Award Winners

With our annual Building of the Year Awards, over 30,000 readers narrowed down over 3,000 projects, selecting just 14 as the best examples of architecture that ArchDaily has published in the past year. The results have been celebrated and widely shared, of course, usually in the form of images of each project. But what is often forgotten in this flurry of image sharing is that every one of these 14 projects has a backstory of significance which adds to our understanding of their architectural quality.

Some of these projects are intelligent responses to pressing social issues, others are twists on a well-established typology. Others still are simply supreme examples of architectural dexterity. In order that we don't forget the tremendous amount of effort that goes into creating each of these architectural masterpieces, continue reading after the break for the 14 stories that defined this year's Building of the Year Awards.

Winners of the 2015 Building of the Year Awards

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
Winners of the 2015 Building of the Year Awards

After two weeks of nominations and voting, we are pleased to present the winners of the 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, the results shown here represent the collective intelligence of 31,000 architects, filtering the best architecture from over 3,000 projects featured on ArchDaily during the past year.

The winning buildings represent a diverse group of architects, from Pritzker Prize winners such as Álvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and Shigeru Ban, to up-and-coming practices such as EFFEKT and Building which have so far been less widely covered by the media. In many cases their designs may be the most visually striking, but each also approaches its context and program in a unique way to solve social, environmental or economic challenges in communities around the world. By publishing them on ArchDaily, these buildings have helped us to impart inspiration and knowledge to architects around the world, furthering our mission. So to everyone who participated by either nominating or voting for a shortlisted project, thank you for being a part of this amazing process, where the voices of architects from all over the world unite to form one strong, intelligent, forward-thinking message.

Inside SeARCH's Utopian Hobbit Hole at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
Inside SeARCH's Utopian Hobbit Hole at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

Windowless, sparse, and connected to nature — this is how architecture and urban design firm SeARCH envisions the home of the future. In their new project "Yourtopia," they challenge stereotypical ideas about what a home should be and demonstrate an awareness about our relationship with our environment. This article originally published on Metropolis Magazine investigates the home's minimal design and construction process.

Our homes shield us from distractions so that we may cultivate our own interests and, in the process, sense of selves. Dutch architecture firm SeARCH has taken this idea to the extreme with “Yourtopia”, a temporary refuge that radically reconsiders what a home can be.

More on Yourtopia's radical living environment after the break

Kop van Kessel-Lo Leuven / SeARCH + AR-TE

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Kop van Kessel-Lo Leuven / SeARCH + AR-TE, © Hennie Raaymakers
© Hennie Raaymakers

© Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers +30

The Iceberg / SeARCH + CEBRA + JDS + Louis Paillard Architects

00:00 - 7 March, 2014
The Iceberg / SeARCH + CEBRA + JDS + Louis Paillard Architects, © Mikkel Frost
© Mikkel Frost

© Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost +140

SeARCH Wins Urban Renewal Competition in Stockholm

01:00 - 15 October, 2013
SeARCH Wins Urban Renewal Competition in Stockholm, Courtesy of SeARCH
Courtesy of SeARCH

SeARCH has won an invited, international competition for the urban renewal of Marievik. Their winning proposal, STA(CK)HOLM plans to transform an area along one of central Stockholm’s main access roads, opposite the island of Södermalm and facing a new bridge by Norman Foster, into a futuristic sustainable neighborhood. 

Synagogue / SeARCH

01:00 - 26 January, 2012
Synagogue / SeARCH, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ámsterdam, Países Bajos
  • Project Design

    Bjarne Mastenbroek & Uda Visser
  • Architectural Assistant

    Remco Wieringa, Ton Gilissen, Louis Toebosch, Stefano Tropea, Thomas van Schaick, Wesley Lanckriet, Marie Louise Mejlholm, Laura Álvarez Rodríguez, Pedro Carvalho dos Santos, Alexandra Schmitz
  • Client

    Liberaal Joodse Gemeente Amsterdam
  • Contractor

    Bouwbedrijf M.J. de Nijs & Zn. B.V
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

Wolzak / SeARCH

00:00 - 19 January, 2012
Wolzak / SeARCH, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zutphen, The Netherlands
  • Project Team

    Bjarne Mastenbroek, Ad Bogerman
  • Interior Design

    Kluster V.O.F., Purmerend, The Netherlands
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

Culture Cluster / SeARCH

01:00 - 10 January, 2012
Culture Cluster / SeARCH, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Noorderhagen 7, 7511 Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Project Team

    Bjarne Mastenbroek & Uda Visser
  • Interior Design

    Opera Ontwerpers (exhibition design)
  • Assistants

    Remco Wieringa, Ton Gilissen, Thomas van Schaick, Ad Bogerman, Wesley Lanckriet, Guus Peters, Alan Lam, Alexandra Schmitz, Fabian Wallmüller, Mónica Carriço, Nolly Vos w/ Frisly Colop, Michael Drobnik, Noëmi Vos, Bert van Diepen
  • Client

    Gemeente Enschede, DMO
  • Contractor

    Heijmans IBC Van den Belt VOF
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

In Progress: Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

09:00 - 23 August, 2011

We’ve been covering CEBRA +  JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard’s geometric harbor project for Arhus, Denmark.  The huge project, which measures over 21,000 sqm, will include mixed dwellings types and commercial space.  CEBRA has shared a few short video clips with us, highlighting the progress of the project.  This featured clip is shot from the bridge connecting the future harbor promenade across the nearby canal. The grey concrete wall shown is the beginning of the southern facade (the actual floor is on top of the wall) and behind the wall is where the parking is situated.

Another video, as well as a few construction photos, after the break.

Favrholm Conference Center / SeARCH

01:00 - 7 June, 2011
Favrholm Conference Center / SeARCH, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Olof Palmes Gade 6, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architects

    SeARCH bv
  • Design Team

    Bjarne Mastenbroek, Kathrin Hanf met Remco Wieringa en Paul Stavert, Geurt Holdijk, Laura Alvarez, Elke Demyttenaere, David Gianotten
  • Client

    Novo Nordisk
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Villa Vals / SeARCH + CMA

01:00 - 9 December, 2009
Villa Vals / SeARCH + CMA, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vals, Switzerland
  • Architects

    SeARCH & CMA
  • Design

    Bjarne Mastenbroek & Christian Müller
  • Interior Advises

    Christian Müller, Monica Ketting & Thomas Eyck
  • Structural Engineering

    Alex Kilchmann, Schluein, CH
  • Contractor Main Structure

    Kurt Schnyder Bauunternehmung, Vals, CH
  • Carpenter, Interior Finishing

    A. Gartmann AG, Vals, CH
  • Electrical Installations

    Comet GmbH, Vals, CH
  • Plumbing & Water Installations

    Oscar Caduff, Vals, CH
  • Mechanical Ventilation & Heating Regeneration

    Lippuner EMT AG, Grabs, CH
  • Avalanche Protection

    Geobrugg AG, Romanshorn, CH
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs