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AR School Awards Revealed

The Architectural Review has revealed the winners of its 2015 AR School Awards, which honor excellent educational design, ranging from kindergartens to universities. The awards seek to recognize “transformative, leading edge projects from around the world,” “challenging and inspiring architects to reflect more deeply on the purpose of architecture and its relationship to the wider world.”

The winners of the AR Schools Awards are:

Chetzeron Hotel / Actescollectifs Architectes

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

Zaha Hadid's Wangjing SOHO Wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

Wangjing SOHO; Beijing, China / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Feng Chang
Wangjing SOHO; Beijing, China / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Feng Chang

Zaha Hadid ArchitectsWangjing SOHO in Beijing has won the 2014 Emporis Skyscraper Award. Chosen by an international panel of experts from more than 300 skyscrapers, the three-tower 200-meter-tall development is the first skyscraper in China to ever win the award. The judges were impressed by its "excellent energy efficiency and its distinctive design, which gives the complex a harmonious and organic momentum."

Each year, the Emporis Award honors the world's best new building over 100-meters-tall. Read on to see the top 10 buildings honored this year.

Pavilion M / PPA architectures

  • Architects: PPA architectures
  • Location: Seilh, France
  • Partner: Olivier Companyo
  • Project Manager: Amandine Hernandez
  • Area: 275.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Sonnenhof Residential Complex / Fischer Architekten

© Michael Egloff © Michael Egloff © Michael Egloff © Michael Egloff

Hangzhou Xiaoshan Linjiang Local Council Service Centre / BAU

  • Architects: BAU
  • Location: Xiao Shan
  • Project Architect: James Brearley
  • Design Team: James Brearley, Zhang Yi, Lan Han, Xiao Ye, Cipher, Ye Guocong, Richard Tam
  • Landscape Team: Fang Qun, Huang Fang, Lu Yinghong, Wang Hao, Xiong Juan
  • Area: 13807.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: SHU He

© SHU He © SHU He © SHU He © SHU He

Exhibition: Glazing the Future: Sergei Tchoban’s Architectural Fantasies

The harmonial contrast is the harmony of the 21st century: polyphony is meant to be the new language of the contemporary architecture. For several years now, the architect and artist Sergei Tchoban masters this language at its best by reflecting the multiple layers and ambivalent soul of our cities in his architectural drawings. The historical fabric and the present urge towards a significant object-based architecture are melted in fantasy-like perceptions. His hybrid structures of ancient buildings and modern glass towers may also remind of Bach´s Inventions: in a piece with two, three or more parts each of them unfold equally.

Hotel KHAN / AIN Group

  • Architects: AIN Group
  • Location: Yeongdeungpo-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Area: 2995.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yoon Joonwhan, Ryoo Inkeun

© Ryoo Inkeun © Yoon Joonwhan © Yoon Joonwhan © Yoon Joonwhan

Middle Park House / Mitsuori Architects

© Michael Kai Photography © Michael Kai Photography © Michael Kai Photography © Michael Kai Photography

Call for Entries: LSE Launches Third Major Competition for £100m Facility

London School of Economics (LSE) has launched a call for expressions of interest for its next major building project; the redevelopment of 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields (44LIF), which will be known as the Paul Marshall Building. 

Following its redevelopment, the new building on the site of 44LIF will house a number of academic and research departments including the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship. Paul Marshall is a major benefactor of the School and the Marshall Institute will make its permanent home in the new building at 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields which will take his name.

Integra Building / UMWELT

  • Architects: UMWELT
  • Location: Osorno, Osorno, Los Lagos Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge: Arturo Scheidegger, Ignacio García Partarrieu
  • Area: 1108.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla

© Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla

Rafael Viñoly Proposes Twin Residential Towers for Chicago's South Loop

© Rafael Viñoly Architects
© Rafael Viñoly Architects

Rafael Viñoly Architects has presented plans for a two-tower residential project in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood. The phased Crescent Heights development hopes to be home to Chicago's 6th tallest building, rising 829-feet on the south end of Grant Park. If approved, the project would be completed in three phases; the first realizing a 76-story, 792-unit apartment building on the eastern portion of the site. 

AESOP / Paulo Mendes da Rocha + METRO Arquitetos

  • Architects: Paulo Mendes da Rocha, METRO Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team: PMR + METRO - Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Martin Corullon, Gustavo Cedroni, Helena Cavalheiro, Marina Ioshii, Rafael de Sousa, Marina Pereira, Isadora Schneider, Marina Cecchi.
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Kickstarter Campaign Launches to Fund the Forthcoming 'Real Review'

The Real Estate Architecture Laboratory (REAL) have today announced a Kickstarter campaign in preparation for the launch of their flagship publication, the Real Review. Produced by an independent team of editors and designers, this bi-monthly magazine intends to "revive the review as a writing form" to a general readership within the architectural sphere and its orbital subjects.

The Real Review will be "a printed object of exceptional quality, featuring engaging texts by leading international commentators," alongside providing "a highly visible platform for emerging writers." Confirmed authors at this time include, among others, Assemble, Pier Vittorio Aureli (Dogma, AA), Reinier de Graaf (OMA), Sam Jacob (Sam Jacob Studio), and a rostra of journalists including the Financial Times' architecture critic Edwin Heathcote.

Spotlight: Henry Hobson Richardson

Henry Hobson Richardson (29 September 1838  27 April 1886) was known across North America as the father of the Romanesque Revival. Although he only lived to age 48, Richardson is revered across the northeast United States for his appreciation of classic architecture and is the namesake for Richardsonian Romanesque, a movement he pioneered. Richardson studied engineering at Harvard University, a discipline he abandoned in favour of his interest in architecture.

What Happens When Light Starts to Create Brand Experiences?

Global companies often exploit architectural icons to transform physical form into their desired brand reputations. To help achieve this goal, after twilight, the natural qualities of buildings have often been supplemented by architectural lighting, as the facades call unmistakeably for attention with their colorful and dynamic illumination. Representation has become the leading motivation for upgrading the lighting at headquarters and retail outlets. But when the illumination evolves into spectacular gestures, the brand identity and architecture itself starts to fade. Hence, the struggle for individuality has revived the discussion about ornament – though ornament appears now as light.

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates. Image © Daici Ano © Diego Opazo Allianz Arena Munich by Herzog & de Meuron, Munich, Germany. Image © Allianz Arena/B. Ducke Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi by Asymptote, Abu Dhabi. Image © Viceroy Hotel Group