Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz International Competition 2nd Place / Triptyque

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz International Competition 2nd Place / Triptyque, Rendering by rsi-studio.com
Rendering by rsi-studio.com

Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura +5

Facing a scientific, technical, environmental, human, symbolic and geo-political challenge, a simple and efficient strategy that could respond to all needs and goals should be developed. It needed a principle that integrates security, flexibility and modularity and that could provide comfort, thermal or acoustic, but, above all, quality of life for users.

More information after the break.

The Braggs / BVN Architecture

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
The Braggs / BVN Architecture, © John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Client

    University of Adelaide
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +11

UNSW Alumni Park Competition Entry / ASPECT Studios

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
UNSW Alumni Park Competition Entry / ASPECT Studios, Courtesy of ASPECT Studios
Courtesy of ASPECT Studios

ASPECT Studios, in collaboration with Choi Ropiha Fighera, Barbara Flynn Grounds, ARUP, Deuce Design and People for Places and Spaces, was recently selected as one of five finalists by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in a design competition for Alumni Park. In an effort to reconnect the University’s spatial hierarchy and movement patterns, the architects provide clearly articulated wayfinding and circulation routes with the new 2ha ‘Social Spine’. More images and architects' description after the break.

Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki, © Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +36

Tunghai University Learning Commons / YD Architects

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
© Zhi-Tan Lin
© Zhi-Tan Lin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taichung, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    Chun-Yen Chen
  • Design Principal

    Jui-Ti Chen
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Zhi-Tan Lin © Zhi-Tan Lin © Zhi-Tan Lin © Zhi-Tan Lin +33

Five Crescent Drive / Robert A.M. Stern Architects

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Five Crescent Drive / Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
  • Architects

  • Location

    Crescent Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19112, USA
  • Area

    208000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Eric Laignel for Francis Cauffman Eric Laignel for Francis Cauffman Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP +11

House Tijl&Indra / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +31

Factory Building on the Vitra Campus / SANAA

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Factory Building on the Vitra Campus / SANAA, Photo by Christian Richters © Vitra
Photo by Christian Richters © Vitra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Weil am Rhein, Germany
  • Architectural Planning

    Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa
  • Architectural Execution

    Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA, Lörrach, Germany; in partnership with nkbak, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Project Team

    SANAA team: Takayuki Hasegawa, Marieke Kums (ex-staff); nkbak team: Nicole Kerstin Berganski, Andreas Krawczyk; Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA
  • Area

    20455.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Photo by Julien Lanoo © Vitra © Human Wu © Human Wu Photo by Nicole Berganski © Vitra +25

RIBA Campaigns For Space and Light Requirements in New Homes

00:00 - 23 April, 2013

In preparation for a ministerial review of housing standards by the UK government, the RIBA has launched their "Without Space + Light" campaign aimed at advocating minimum requirements for total space and natural lighting in order to improve quality in new built homes.

The campaign, supported by a survey titled "Housing Standards and Satisfaction: What the Public Wants", aims to combat the recent trend towards 'shoe-box homes', highlighting the dissatisfaction among owners of new homes when it comes to living standards and the fact that new homes are an average of 10% smaller than they used to be. 

Not only are the space standards in UK homes poor compared to past housing, they also lag behind standards set by other European countries: in Ireland, new homes are on average 15% larger, in the Netherlands they are 53% larger, and most strikingly in Denmark they are a full 80% larger.

Read more about the campaign after the break...

The Uncertain Future of Seoul, Korea's "Dream Hub"

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Block H; Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Block H; Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

According to Business Insider and a number of other real estate development outlets, the "Dream Hub" project in Seoul Korea that drew designs from internationally renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind -designer of the master plan - MVRDV, Dominique Perrault, BIG, REX, KPF and Tange Associates is on the verge of collapse.  The Yongsan Development Corporation reportedly defaulted on a major loan repayment, citing difficulties in raising funds due to the real estate slump since the 2008 global financial crisis.  The collapse of the project is still speculative, as it is unclear how the next round of loans that are to mature in June will fare.  

The $28 billion real estate "Dream Hub" project was to develop 56-acres in central Seoul into a modern business hub.  In its planning it included shopping malls, hotels, department store, apartment blocks, and mixed-use office towers.  Follow us after the break for a recap of the projects that were planned for this development.

AD Interviews: Alexander Mamut

01:00 - 23 April, 2013

The construction of the city is something that goes beyond architects and planners. It involves the government, the citizens and the private sector. For the ArchDaily Interview series we have interviewed many architects with very different backgrounds, and we have started to include people outside the field that have played an important role either for our profession or the city.

PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA, © Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore 058289, Singapore
  • Project Team

    Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Donovan Soon, Sim Choon Heok, Toh Hua Jack, Bernard Lee, Amber Dar Wagh, Mappaudang Ridwan Saleh, Evelyn Ng, John Paul Gonzalez, Josephine Isip, Goh Kai Shien, Luu Dieu Khanh, Tan Szue Hann, Alen Low, Pham Sing Yeong, Vanessa Ong, Novita Johana, Andre Kumar Alexander
  • Area

    29811.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall +33

The Benefits of Modern Design

00:00 - 23 April, 2013
The Benefits of Modern Design, Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds
Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds

To become an architect is to learn to fall in love with clean lines, pure functionality, and minimal simplicity. Which is why it’s so hard for us to understand why the majority of clients remain so tied to their “traditional” homes. You must understand that, for the typical home-buyer, a modern home seems “cold” and “austere” - even “clinical.” 

ZENSE: The Rebirth / Department of Architecture

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
© Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +14

Designers React to Folk Art Museum's Imminent Demolition

00:00 - 23 April, 2013
Designers React to Folk Art Museum's Imminent Demolition, Courtesy of FolkMOMA
Courtesy of FolkMOMA

As we reported yesterday, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced their plans to demolish the 12-year old American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams & Bille Tsien. The MoMA, which has planned a new expansion on either side of Williams & Tsien’s building, claims that the building will prevent the floors from lining up and thus must be demolished. Moreover, officials claim that the building's opaque facade isn’t in keeping with the MOMA’s glass aesthetic.

Designers and architects, outraged by the MoMA's decision to destroy such a young and architecturally important part of New York's urban fabric, are now challenging the validity of the MoMA's claim. Not only has a petition been started to prevent the demolition, but many are pleading with MoMa to consider how the Folk Art Museum could be integrated into the new expansion. In fact, a Tumblr - crowdsourcing ideas for potential re-designs - has even been set-up. 

See more designers' reactions & suggestions on how to save the American Folk Art Museum, after the break...

Office+Showroom for DK / Megabudka

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Courtesy of Megabudka
Courtesy of Megabudka
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • Сredits

    Kirill Gubernatorov, Andrey Samonaev, Artem Ukropov, Daria Listopad, Svetlana Tverdova
  • Constructor

    Igor Zavarov
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Megabudka

Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka +10

Light Matters: Louis Kahn and the Power of Shadow

00:00 - 23 April, 2013
Light Matters: Louis Kahn and the Power of Shadow,  Louis Kahn Looking at His Tetrahedral Ceiling in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1953. Gelatin silver print. Image © Lionel Freedman. Yale University Art Gallery Archives Transfer.
Louis Kahn Looking at His Tetrahedral Ceiling in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1953. Gelatin silver print. Image © Lionel Freedman. Yale University Art Gallery Archives Transfer.

Light matters, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural lighting, has published numerous articles and co-authored the book „Light Perspectives“. 

Does shadow have the power to give form to architecture? The increasing number of transparent buildings and LED installations would enforce the impression that light has eliminated the relevance of shadow. But to answer that question, let’s look back to a master of light whose architecture was shaped by shadow: Louis Kahn.

More Light Matters, after the break…

Community Pavilion at Jintao Village / Scenic Architecture

01:00 - 23 April, 2013