Russia's Historic Mariinsky Theatre to Celebrate Grand Opening of Mariinsky II

00:00 - 2 April, 2013
Russia's Historic Mariinsky Theatre to Celebrate Grand Opening of Mariinsky II, Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects
Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

On May 2, Russia’s preeminent Mariinsky Theatre will celebrate the grand opening of a new, 851,575 square foot addition on a neighboring site, just west of the company’s original 1860 theatre and 2006 concert hall, in the heart St. Petersburg. Designed by Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects, Mariinsky II will be one of the largest theatre and concert venues in the world, providing a 2000-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art production facilities, and naturally lit rehearsal rooms, along with a rooftop amphitheatre and terrace. 

YAP IM-Debris Competition Entry / Yalin Architectural Design

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
YAP IM-Debris Competition Entry / Yalin Architectural Design, Courtesy of Yalin Architectural Design
Courtesy of Yalin Architectural Design

Chosen as one of the five finalists in MOMA’s Young Architectural Program (YAP), Yalin Architectural Design’s proposal ‘IM-Debris’ focuses on how Istanbul and all the other cities in the world have to come up with local solutions to their own problems in global standards. The main purpose of this design is to be within the rubble which we are usually used to observe from a distance, to form a place with every possible material that is left from a construction and to have the visitors re-discover where it came from, in a place designed by it in the first place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron, Courtesy of Benchmark
Courtesy of Benchmark

Beirut Terraces rethinks the concept of the skyscraper, creating a vertical village composed of thin, elegant platforms layered in a playful formation. By offering lavish outdoor spaces, breathtaking views, and meticulously composed lofts, architects Herzog & DeMeuron bring an unprecedented way of living to crowded and dense Beirut.

More on these contemporary living spaces after the break...

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Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University Design Competition Results

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University Design Competition Results, first prize / Courtesy of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto and SPEECH
first prize / Courtesy of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto and SPEECH

Organized by the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation, the team of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto (Italy) and SPEECH (Russia) was recently announced the winner of Architectural Concepts Competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The challenge was to create a museum and educational center for demonstrating most recent scientific and technological discoveries using state-of-the-art multimedia technologies for accommodating multiple displays and exhibitions as well as for conducting scientific educational programs. More images and information on the winning team and finalists after the break.

Cassell Street House / b.e architecture

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Cassell Street House  / b.e architecture, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Team

    Andrew Piva, Broderick Ely, Jon Boucher, Kris Keen
  • Construction Team

    Bayside Construct
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +35

4 Lessons the UK Should Take from Denmark

00:00 - 2 April, 2013
4 Lessons the UK Should Take from Denmark, Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan
Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan

Last week the UK's Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced that he was commissioning a review of the country's architecture policy, to be led by Sir Terry Farrell along with a number of high profile advisors, including Thomas HeatherwickAlison Brooks and Alain de Botton. According to Vaizey, the review, expected to be complete by the end of the year, "will be a rallying point for the profession."

In his article in The Guardian, Olly Wainwright rather hopefully questioned: "might this year-long study result in an innovative new piece of legislative guidance – perhaps along the lines of Denmark's architecture policy, introduced in 2007?" While Wainwright somewhat flatly concludes, "somehow, that seems unlikely," there's no doubt that the UK could only stand to gain from learning from Denmark's innovative policy. 

So what lessons could the UK (and the world) learn from the Danes? Read on after the break...

108 VPO Dwellings in Borinbizkara / Patxi Cortazar

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
108 VPO Dwellings in Borinbizkara / Patxi Cortazar, © César San Millán
© César San Millán
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida de los Huetos 1-3-5. Borinbizkarra. Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Project Architects

    Patxi Cortazar y José Manuel Simón
  • Technical Architects

    Juan Manuel Galera Carrillo, Vicente Luis Mozo, Mikel Valderrama Ibáñez
  • Client and Construction

    NASIPA S.L.
  • Area

    21345.0 m2
  • Year

    2010
  • Photography

    César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán +21

Buenos Mares House / RDR Arquitectos

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
  • Architects

  • Location

    José Ignacio, Uruguay
  • Team

    Ignacio Dahl Rocha, Bruno Emmer, Susana Barra, Nicolas Adrien, Ovidio Lagos
  • Area

    900.0 m2
  • Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma +23

Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre Proposal / A+ Architecture

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre Proposal / A+ Architecture, Courtesy of A+ Architecture
Courtesy of A+ Architecture

The renowned Montpellier architecture firm A+ Architecture has been entrusted with the project of building a new site at the domaine d’O, the Jean-Claude Carrière theatre. A unique and environmentally friendly project, the project is based on a global environmental approach aiming for general energy efficiency and for environmental quality standards. Other than the slab that supports it, the entire structure could be dismantled and rebuilt on a different site. The unique design is enhanced by a light wooden lozenge structure recovering the entire building. More images and architects' description after the break.

Miguel De Eguía De Estella Technological Center / MRM Arquitectos

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
© José Manuel Cutillas
© José Manuel Cutillas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Estella, Navarra, Spain
  • Project Architect

    Miguel Alonso Flamarique, Roberto Erviti Machain y Mamen Escorihuela Vitales
  • Collaborators

    Josep Agustí de Ciurana,
  • Construction Company

    Construcciones Elcarte s.l., Construcciones Ecay Andueza s.l.
  • Client

    Ayuntamiento de Estella
  • Area

    469931.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

    José Manuel Cutillas, Larrión y Pimoulier

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas +15

Panamá Bank Tower / Herreros Arquitectos

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Panamá Bank Tower / Herreros Arquitectos, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    Costa del Este, Panama
  • Project Architects

    Herreros Arquitectos + Mallol y Mallol
  • Project Managers

    Jens Richter (HA), Ignacio Mallol (M&M)
  • Project Team

    Gonzalo Rivas Zinno, Carmen Antón, Joanna Socha (HA), Ruben Taboada (M&M)
  • Sustainability

    CENER
  • Facade Consultant

    Gruppo Entesa
  • Client

    Banco de Panamá
  • Area

    35395.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +22

Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren't Smart

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren't Smart, Visualization of Masdar City © Foster + Partners
Visualization of Masdar City © Foster + Partners

Arguably the biggest buzzword in urbanism right now is the 'Smart City'. The idea, although certainly inclusive of eco-friendly practices, has even replaced “sustainability” as the major intent of cities planning for positive future development. Smart City thinking has been used successfully in countries as diverse as Brazil, the US, the UAE, South Korea, and Scotland (Glasgow just won a £24million grant to pioneer new schemes throughout the city).

But what exactly are Smart Cities? What benefit do they bring us? And, more importantly, how can we best implement them to secure our future?

The answer, in my opinion, lies in the hands of architects.

More on the potential of Smart Cities after the break...

Equipetrol Houses / Sommet & Asociados

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking
© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking +16

MIPIM Awards Winners 2013

00:00 - 2 April, 2013
MIPIM Awards Winners 2013, Best Shopping Center Award: Marmara Park by ECE Projektmanagement
Best Shopping Center Award: Marmara Park by ECE Projektmanagement

Each year, the prestigious MIPIM Awards recognizes excellence and innovation in the international real estate sector.After a record number of submissions (over 175 projects from 46 countries!), 36 finalists were selected by the jury to compete in an onsite vote during MIPIM. The 23rd MIPIM Awards took place on March 14th where the final results were announced at a ceremony held in the main auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.

Giveaway Winner: Signed copy of ‘Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide’

00:00 - 1 April, 2013
Giveaway Winner: Signed copy of ‘Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide’

Last week, thanks to the courtesy of Populous we gave you the chance to win a signed copy of: ‘‘Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide". To participate, we asked you to answer the following question:

Why Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design

00:00 - 1 April, 2013
Why Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design, Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre / Woods Bagot. Image © Peter Bennetts
Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre / Woods Bagot. Image © Peter Bennetts

This article, which originally appeared on GreenBiz, is by Lance Hosey, the chief sustainability officer of the global design leader RTKL

Sustainability leader Hunter Lovins once called the building industry "dynamically conservative — it works hard to stay in the same place."

But old habits cannot fully address new challenges. According to 350.org, fossil fuel corporations currently have in their reserves five times the amount of carbon that, if burned too quickly, may raise atmospheric temperatures to a catastrophic level where Hurricane Sandy-scale storms could become the norm. Quicker, deeper progress is imperative.

Architecture is an essential arena for sustainable innovation. Buildings represent about half the annual energy and emissions in the U.S. and three-quarters of its electricity. With the built environment growing — the U.S. building stock increases by about 3 billion square feet every year — architects have a historic opportunity to transform its impact for the better.

Keep reading to find out the 6 Steps architects can take to transform the profession, after the break...

Villa Lokaator / Kavakava Architects

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
Villa Lokaator / Kavakava Architects, © Paul Riddle
© Paul Riddle
  • Architects

  • Location

    Paldiski, Estonia
  • Architect in Charge

    Indrek Peil, Siiri Vallner
  • Structural Engineer

    Maari Idnurm, Juhan Idnurm EEB
  • Area

    197.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Paul Riddle, Martin Siplane, Courtesy of Kavakava Architects

© Martin Siplane © Paul Riddle © Paul Riddle © Paul Riddle +16

Stacked Cabin / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
Stacked Cabin / Johnsen Schmaling Architects, © John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay

© John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay +18