RT Residence / Jacobsen Arquitetura

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Architects: Jacobsen Arquitetura
Location: – RJ, Brasil
Project Architects: Paulo Jacobsen, Bernardo Jacobsen
Project Team: Edgar Murata, Jaime Cunha Jr, Christian Rojas, Veridiana Ruzzante
Project Area: 470.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Avery Associates Reveals Design for 270-Metre Tower Next to London’s Cheesegrater

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London practice Avery Associates Architects has unveiled their designs for No.1 Undershaft, a 270-metre tall office tower directly adjacent to Rogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersCheesegrater in the City of London’s central skyscraper cluster. The building is currently planned to be the tallest in this cluster and the second-tallest in London (after the Shard) – notwithstanding an as-yet-unrevealed plan for the site of the scrapped Pinnacle project which could potentially supersede it.

Sergei Tchoban on the Importance of Drawing and Details in Architecture

Berlin Art Link recently sat down with Russian-born, German architect Sergei Tchoban. In the interview above, he discusses his career, including working on the design for the Vostok Tower, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, and the recent opening of the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing. This building houses his extensive personal works, as well as exhibitions by other artists.  “What is very important for me is the quality of all details, so you create a building from outline, from the silhouette, to the door lever. This building brings out a lot of our and my personal ideas about architecture and about details in architecture,” Tchoban said regarding his design for the Museum for Architectural Drawing. The exterior of the building expresses Tchoban’s devotion to draftsmanship– the facade of the building is etched with a graphic pattern based on sketches from artists Angelo Toseli and Pietro di Gottardo Gonzaga. “I’m very active in drawings, as a draftsman myself.  Drawing is a result of our thinking process and our thinking process is not only a thinking process with the head, with the mind, but also the process where you think with the whole body.” 

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Tartu Nature House / KARISMA Architects

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Architects: KARISMA Architects
Location: Tartu,
Architect In Charge: Martin Kinks, Risto Parve, Kai Süda, Margit Valma, Diana Taalfeld
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jaan Sokk, Taevakaamera OÜ, Courtesy of

The 'Pearl of the North' (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of Atkins
The 'Pearl of the North' (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of Atkins

Examining China’s “Edifice Complex”

In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Dinny McMahon and Yang Jie visit Shenyang – a “chilly industrial town” in north eastern China which was once the country’s capital (circa 1600). The city will soon be home to what’s being dubbed the ’Pearl of the North’, “a 111-floor office tower that will, briefly, be the seventh-largest in the world, dwarfing One World Trade Center.” The tower, designed by Atkins, is “symptomatic of China’s edifice complex,” McMahon notes – and the city is ”just getting started.” 

House in Póvoa / Luis Peixoto

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Location: Póvoa do Varzim, 4490-520 , Portugal
Project Area: 650.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Armenio Texeira

LAAFI Nursery School / Albert Faus

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Architects: Albert Faus
Location: , Burkina Faso
Project Area: 300.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Albert Faus

Leo Burnett Moscow / Nefa Architects

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Architects: Nefa Architects
Location: , Russia
Chief Architect: Dmitry Ovcharov
Authors Team: Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Yasko
Architects In Charge: Victor Kolupaev, Olga Ivleva

Area: 8800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

Box House I / Massive Order

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Architects: Massive Order
Architect In Charge: Muhannad Albaqshi
Design Team: Reem Al-Jalal and Eman M Kassem
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Children’s Nursing Home “Tsukuba-Aiji-en” / K+S Architects

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Architects: K+S Architects
Location: , Ibaraki Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Nobuya Kashima, Aya Sato
Area: 1440.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada

Five Firms Selected for Final Stage of Sydney Art Gallery Expansion

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Five practices have been selected to move on to the second stage of the Sydney Modern Project, a $450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW). Of the twelve firms invited to participate in the competition, the five that will advance are: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA; Kengo Kuma & Associates; Kerry Hill Architects; RMA Architects (Rahul Mehrotra Architects); and Sean Godsell Architects.

Palissandro / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: QLD,
Project Architects: Shaun Lockyer, Neva Wetherald
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Burrows Photography

Call for Entries: AZ AWARDS 2015

AZURE Magazine is inviting architects, designers, students, clients and manufacturers to submit to the fifth annual AZ AWARDS competition (#azawards15) and get their exceptional work the recognition it deserves. Established in 2011, the AZ Awards is an international competition celebrating design excellence. The winners and finalists of the AZ Awards greatly benefit from the exposure offered by this widely recognized competition.

Entries are juried by a panel of international design experts at the forefront of their professions. Finalists and winners will be published in the 2015 AZ Awards Annual and recognized at the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto on June 19, 2015.

The competition is open to architects and designers from all disciplines, as well as students, manufacturers and clients for work completed by December 31, 2014.

All-Year-Round Sports and Leisure Center / Dżus GK Architekci

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Architects: Dżus GK Architekci
Location: Jeziorna, 11-041 , Poland
Design Team: Grzegorz Dżus, Katarzyna Orzechowska-Dżus, Małgorzata Sender, Agnieszka Adamczyk, Tamara Zawadzka
Area: 2930.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci

Work on 432 Park Avenue Ceases Briefly Due to Falling Construction Debris

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As uncovered by Curbed, construction workers at Rafael Viñoly‘s 1,396 foot (426 meter) tall 432 Park Avenue were served with a full stop work order last week by the New York City Department of Buildings, after an 8 foot (2.4 meter) long section of steel pipework was dropped from a construction hoist on the building’s 81st floor.

Sol 25 / Proyecto Cafeína

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Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
Location: Cholula, 72760 , Puebla, Mexico
Project Area: 160.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

Further Delays Predicted for Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee as Costs Rise

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The latest obstacle in a tumultuous project history, figures released by Dundee City Council predict that Kengo Kuma and Associates’ V&A museum in Dundee will cost an extra £31 million. Since unanimous selection by a competition jury in 2010, the project has been plagued by budget concerns, prompting a relocation from the original waterfront on the River Tay to a site further inland in 2012. Described by the V&A as “much more than just a building,” Kuma’s V&A Dundee is now slated to welcome the public in 2018, three years later than originally planned. Learn more about the delays after the break.

Incubo House / María José Trejos

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Architects: María José Trejos
Location: Escazu,
Project Area: 400.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Pucci , Courtesy of