S House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: , Long An Province, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

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…

JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport

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Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, chief designer and president of JAHN, has shared with us his net-zero design proposal for the new International Airport competition. Similar to the Norman Foster and Fernando Romero’s winning design, JAHN’s proposal is a symbiotic blend of sensitive cultural meaning and powerful energy efficiency. As per competition requirements to pair an international firm with a Mexican firm, the project was the result of a collaboration with local architects Francisco Lopez-Guerra of LOGUER and Alonso de Garay of ADG.

Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

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Architects: Massimo Galeotti Architetto
Location: Treviso,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Francesco Castagna

open hatch. Image Courtesy of goCstudio
open hatch. Image Courtesy of goCstudio

goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle

Seattle based firm goCstudio have designed a wood-fired floating sauna, a project resonant with the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Aiming to begin construction in spring of 2015 and open in summer, the firm has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the building of their first model. Easily transportable and accessible by kayak, the floating sauna fits within the dimensions of a standard size trailer. Providing a space of refuge and revitalization, along with a uniquely interactive way to experience the landscape of Seattle, the project, named “wa_sauna“, requires $43,000 to become a reality. Learn more about the project and how you can help at the firm’s Kickstarter page, here. More images after the break.

Diébédo Francis Kéré and Architectural Energy in Burkina Faso

“Architecture is much more than art. And it is by far more than just building buildings” says award winning Burkina Faso architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. In the latest video from Louisiana Channel, Berlin-based Francis Kéré deliberates on the purpose of architecture in a changing society and the influence exerted by his home nation, . For Kéré, context and medium are key: ”I try to use local material: mostly clay and wood, to create buildings that are modern,” he says. Kéré’s clay modernism represents a new Burkina Faso, using natural and renewable materials as shown in School Library Gando. ”If we build with clay we will have a better future, because we will use the resources we have,” he adds.

“My people are proud, and that can deliver a lot of energy,” says Kéré, optimistic for the future of architecture in Burkina Faso. Watch the video above to find out more about Kéré’s approach to his European-based African practice, and read on after the break for ArchDaily’s own Interview with Kéré from July.

Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners

© Dror Baldinger, AIA

Architects: Overland Partners
Location: 203 East Jones Avenue, , TX 78215, USA
Principal In Charge: Jim Shelton, AIA, LEED AP
Project Team: Patrick Winn, James Beyer, John Burleson, Bess Swantner, Fernando Ortega
Area: 22800.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dror Baldinger, AIA, Scott Adams, AIA

“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition

Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

Cloud Citizen, a proposal for a new high-rise typology by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design, in collaboration with a team of experts at Chalmers Technical University, has been jointly awarded the highest prize in the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan . Their futuristic design features a singular mega building complex that aims to create a hyper dense urban center that gives back to the environment. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposal.

Get Swinging in Boston on these Glowing LED Hoops

Courtesy of Howeler + Yoon Architecture

In Boston, playgrounds are no longer just for kids. Twenty LED-lit circular swings have been installed outdoors as a part of “Swing Time,” ’s first interactive installation. The hanging, glowing orbs are a twist on traditional rubber-and-rope swings, dangling from a minimal steel structure similar to those used in conventional playgrounds. LED lights embedded in the swings activate and change color as each swing moves, returning to a dim white light when static. The piece is designed to blend Boston’s design community with its expanding technology sector while playfully engaging residents.

Take a seat in “Swing Time” with more photos and info after the break.

The North Rhine-Westphalia Contribution–Floriade 2012 / RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten

© Thomas Mayer

Architects: RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten
Location: , The
Architect In Charge: Johannes Czerniejewski, Katharina Thoma, Jean Müller, Joachim Evers
Design Team: Architekturbüro Rhunau, jangled nerves gmbh, Schraps & Vogel Garten- und Landschaftsbau GmbH, Grote Bedachungen, Lohmann GmbH, Reko Automatiktüren GmbH
Cooperation: Rhunau Architekten
Area: 2450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer, Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten

Rheinfelden Office Building / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

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Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: Schönenbergerstraße 10, 79618 ,
Client: Energiedienst Rheinfelden AG
Area: 8250.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

Harcourt / Steve Domoney Architecture

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Architects: Steve Domoney
Location: VIC 3123,
Area: 383.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

OMA’s vision for New York’s Hoboken Waterfront - one of six winning proposals of Rebuild by Design (Click image to learn more). Image © OMA
OMA’s vision for New York’s Hoboken Waterfront - one of six winning proposals of Rebuild by Design (Click image to learn more). Image © OMA

US Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

Building on the model set forth by Rebuild by Design, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Rockefeller Foundation have announced a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. The two-phase competition invites communities affected by natural disasters to compete for funds that will help them recover from prior disasters and improve their ability to withstand future threats. See if your community complies with the competition rules here.

Olson Kundig’s First Retrospective Opens in Nebraska

Sol Duc Cabin, Olympic Peninsula, WA © Benjamin Benschneider

Today, Olson Kundig Architects’ first-ever retrospective Anthology opened its doors at ’s KANEKO. Spanning five decades of Olson Kundig work, the site-specific will focus on the Seattle-based firm’s unique creative process, showcasing the many influences and design explorations that have shaped the practice over the years. Follow us after the break for more information and a sampling of the firms work. 

Courtesy of Narrowminded + BOM Architects
Courtesy of Narrowminded + BOM Architects

Narrowminded + BOM Propose New Central Bus Station for Marrakech

As part of an international competition, Narrowminded Architects teamed up with BOM Architects to identify and solve central functional deficiencies in a proposal for a new Marrakech Central Bus Terminal. Together, the architects found that obsolete infrastructure, unclear orientation, hazardous traffic density, rampant pollution, and confusing overlaps between vehicular and pedestrian flow were all contributing factors in the inefficiencies and hindered advancement of the terminal. Thus, with the intent to create a timeless environment that could flourish in Marrakech’s future morphological developments, the proposal adopted a strategy to thoroughly address each individual issue. More on the proposal, after the break…

Sayres House & Hanging Gardens / Maziar Behrooz Architecture

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Architects: Maziar Behrooz Architecture
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Maziar Behrooz AIA, Frederic Debackere, Marybeth Finegan, Paul Duplessis
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Maziar Behrooz Architecture, Matthew Carbone, Mark Roskams

Berke-designed 48 Bond Street in Manhattan. Image © Deborah Berke Partners
Berke-designed 48 Bond Street in Manhattan. Image © Deborah Berke Partners

Deborah Berke Tapped to Design Cummins’ Indianapolis Headquarters

New York-based Deborah Berke Partners has been selected to design a $30 million headquarters for Indiana-based diesel engine manufacture Cummins. Planned for downtown Indianapolis on the former four-acre site of Market Square Arena, the project will provide office space for up to 400 employees, as well as ground-floor retail, parking and public green space. Berke was chosen over SHoP Architects and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. 

The Slow Death of the Corporate Architecture of Exclusion

Though still admired, Mies van der Rohe’s signature are clear symbols of the ‘Mad-Men’ era. Image © Samuel Ludwig

Of all the changes in architectural typologies in recent years, one of the most dramatic – and the most documented – is the transition from corporate to more casual, ‘fun’ office buildings. This change has infiltrated companies from tiny 5-person start-ups to Silicon Valley giants, and while it has been pioneered by tech and media companies it has certainly not been limited to them.

Most analysis of this change focuses on work patterns created by new technology or the demands of the ‘millennial’ worker, but this post originally published on Means the World - the blog of NBBJ - examines the shift away from the corporate office as a product of not just what these building are but what they represent about us as a society, arguing that “when today’s workers look at the midcentury office, they see a symbol of exclusion.”