Community Green Station / Hong Kong Architectural Services Department

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Architects: Hong Kong Architectural Services Department
Location: Sha Tin,
Project Team: Alice Yeung, Thomas Wan, Jacqueline Lee, Edward Wong
Area: 780.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Architectural Services Department

AD Interviews: Elizabeth Chu Richter / 2015 AIA President

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In the midst of the American Institute of Architects’ () 2015 National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, we had the chance to sit down with Elizabeth Chu Richter, CEO of Richter Architects and the AIA President for 2015 to discuss some of the important issues facing the architecture profession today.

Checkered House / Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office

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Architects: Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office
Location: ,
Area: 118.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Six Young Practices Selected As Winners Of The Architectural League Prize 2015

Besler & Sons, The Entire Situation. Image © Joshua White

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of its 2015 Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Launched in 1981 and organized by a committee comprising League Programs Director Anne Rieselbach and a selection of winners from last year, Prize is one of the United States’ most prestigious awards for young architects, recognizing provocative work and offering a platform for the winners to disseminate their ideas. This year’s theme, “Authenticity,” asked designers how technological changes in computation, visualization, material intelligence, and fabrication technologies are altering our perception of design and the role of the architect.

The jury for the prize consisted of Keller Easterling, Sanford Kwinter, Michael Meredith, Lyn Rice, and Billie Tsien, as well as previous winners Carrie Norman, John Rhett Russo, and Jenny Sabin. As part of their prize, in June the six winning practices will present a series of lectures, and their work will be on display in an exhibition during the summer.

Read on for the complete list of winners.

Gran Fierro / Formafatal

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Architects: Formafatal
Location: Voršilská 138/14, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1,
Architects In Charge: Dagmar Štěpánová, Katarína Varsová
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice , Jakub Skokan / BoysPlayNice

The World’s Longest (and Scariest) Glass Skywalk Opens in China

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The world’s longest glass skywalk has been inaugurated in China, jutting off the edge of a 718-meter tall cliff in the Longgang National Geological Park in Chongqing, reports CCTV. Aptly named Yuanduan, which means “at the end of the clouds,” the horseshoe-shaped walkway offers visitors stunning (and a bit terrifying) views of the surrounding mountains and canyon below. Extending for more than 26 meters off the cliff’s edge, the is five meters longer than the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Only 30 tourists will be allowed on the at a time. View a gallery of photos at The Daily Mail.

Casa Patios / Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos

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Architects: Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos
Location: , Peru
Architect In Charge: Roberto Riofrio Navarro, Micaela Rodrigo Graña
Area: 548.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos

Zaha Hadid Unveils Community-Oriented Housing Project In Monterrey

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Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their first project in Mexico, a residential development in Monterrey. The country’s third-largest city, is a rapidly growing and increasingly important manufacturing and technology center. The project, named “Esfera City Center,” is located to the southwest of in the Huajuco Canyon, where it will provide crucial homes in a rapidly expanding part of the city.

Consisting of 981 units from single-person lofts to four-bedroom apartments totaling 137,000 square meters, the design rejects the original brief from the client which called for 12 residential towers, instead opting for a series of long, low-rise blocks which surround a public park, bringing a community focus to the design.

More images and information about the Esfera City Center project after the break.

Hazelton Residence 1 / Batay-Csorba Architects

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Architects: Batay-Csorba Architects
Location: , ON,
Design Team: Jodi Batay-Csorba, Andrew Batay-Csorba
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Doublespace Photography

Taking Daylight to the Next Level: How Daylighting Analysis is Changing Design

10 DESIGN’s Ashjar at Al Barari residential project. Image Courtesy of 10 DESIGN

Until recently, renderings were the architect’s primary tool for understanding in their designs—renderings, and a healthy dose of intuition. But a new generation of daylighting analysis tools, which is emerging alongside a new generation of daylighting metrics, are enabling architects to look at daylight in new ways—with important implications for design.

Business as usual, when it comes to daylight, is to use rules of thumb to design, then use renderings to check the design and communicate the intent. Rendering has fast become an art form: the creation of exquisite, evocative, often atmospheric imagery that communicates the mood, the experience, the visceral feel of the design. This is no accident: daylighting is a magic ingredient in architecture, bringing dynamism to static structure, imbuing buildings with a sense of time, and renderings are a powerful way to capture and communicate these ideas—a necessary complement to the hard line plans and sections that comprise much of the architect’s lexicon. Renderings have expanded our ability to communicate designs. They have also expanded our ability to conceptualize designs—and especially to conceptualize the daylight in our designs.

But there’s something missing: there are important daylight-related questions that renderings simply can’t answer. Even if they can be made reasonably accurate, they’re still incomplete: depicting a moment in time, but not providing an indication of whether that moment is unique or typical.

Collector’s Pavilion / Vetter Denk Architects

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Architects: Vetter Denk Architects
Location: , WI, USA
Design Team: Josh Ehr, Nairn Olker, Nick Carnahan
Design Architect: John Vetter, AIA
Area: 8000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ryan Hainey, Alloy Photography, John Vetter

Gottlieb Paludan Architects Design a Forest-Inspired Biomass Unit for Copenhagen

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Gottlieb Paludan Architects have been selected as the winners of an anonymous two-stage competition to design a new biomass unit at the Amagerværket power plant in Denmark. The combined heat and power unit (CHP), dubbed BIO4, will power the facility with biofuel, upholding local efforts to make Copenhagen the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025.

AD Round-Up: A History Of World Architecture Festival Winners

A History Of World Architecture Festival Winners

Deemed “the biggest architectural awards programme in the world,” the World Architecture Festival (WAF) annually awards and recognizes inspiring and innovative built projects from around the globe. The awards have been held over the past seven years, honoring buildings across 30 categories and ultimately selecting the World Building of the Year. From Grafton Architects‘ School of Economics at the Universita Luigi Bocconi — the first Building of the Year awarded in 2008 — to A21 Studio’s The Chapelthe most recent winner — the awarded projects have included everything from a chapel to an art gallery and even a public garden, spanning the world from South Africa to Vietnam, and Spain.

This year WAF will be held from November 4-6, featuring three days of conferences, exhibitions and lectures in addition to the awards ceremony. As the 2015 award ceremony nears closer we look back at the World Building of the Year winners from the past seven years. See who has taken home the award after the break and learn how to submit your project here. Projects can be submitted for consideration until May 22nd. Use the code ARCHDAILY10 to receive a discount.

Italy Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / Nemesi

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Architects: Nemesi
Location: Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 ,
Architect In Charge: Alessandro Belilli, Claudio Cortese, Kai Felix Dorl, Daniele Durante, Enrico Falchetti, Alessandro Franceschini, Davide Giambelli, Alessandra, Giannone, Paolo Greco, Sebastiano Maccarrone, Paolo Maselli, Matteo Pavese, Mariarosaria Meloni, Fabio Rebolini, Giuseppe Zaccaria
Design Team: Nemesi & Partners Srl, Arch. Michele Molè and Arch. Susanna Tradati
Design Partners: PROGER /BMS Progetti, Engineering and Cost Management, Livio De Santoli, sustainability energy
Area: 27000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Nemesi

Chipperfield Unveils Plans To Reimagine London’s Royal Academy of Arts

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David Chipperfield Architects have revealed plans to connect the two Grade II*-listed London bases of London’s – the 17th century Burlington House and the 19th century 6 Burlington Gardens – as part of a £50million ($80million) masterplan of “subtle interventions.” According to the Architects’ Journal, the two structures will be linked by a concrete bridge which will span fifteen metres across a service area and courtyard, and will see the creation of a number of new exhibition spaces, a lecture theatre, and a new space for the Royal Academy’s world-renowned schools of art and architecture. A series of roof extensions and terraces will allow for new views over central London.

Fitzjames Teaching and Learning Centre / Feilden Fowles

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Architects: Feilden Fowles
Location: Yeovil, BA22 7JA, UK
Area: 658.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Grandorge, Michael Blyth

Algard Church / Link Arkitektur

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Architects: Link Arkitektur
Location: Rettedalen 7, 4330 Ålgård,
Area: 1980.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Hundven Clements Photography

JR Onagawa Station / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: Station, Onagawahama, , Oshika District, Miyagi Prefecture 986-2261, Japan
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai