Cityscape Architectural Awards in Emerging Markets 2011

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Winners of the Cityscape Awards for Architecture in Emerging Markets were recently announced at a glamorous gala dinner held at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

The Awards rewarded excellence in architecture and design from the emerging regions of the Gulf States, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia (excluding Japan, New Zealand and Australia) and recognized architects and their projects that have shown outstanding designs, performance, vision and achievement in key areas of architecture. More information on the winners after the break.

AD Classics: Balfron Tower / Erno Goldfinger

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The Balfron Tower by architect is an iconic Brutalist residential high rise located in London’s eastside Poplar borough. Designed in 1963 for the London County Council and completed in 1967 by the Greater London Council, this social housing estate broke the traditions of typical residential architecture. Conceived as a solution to sprawling suburbia, Goldfinger embraced verticality as the cure. More details after the break.

Leazar Hall Renovation + Additions / Cannon Architects

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Architects: Cannon Architects
Location: Raleigh, , USA
Structural Engineer: Kaydous-Daniels Engineers, PLLC
PME/FP/Civil Engineer: Edmondson Engineers, PA
Landscape Architect: OBS Landscape Architects
General Contractor: Riley Contracting Group, Inc.
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 62,000 sqf
Photographs: JWest Productions, LLC

Fashion Pavilion / John Lewis & Grimshaw Architects

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Architect: John Lewis with Grimshaw Architects
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Lim/Grimshaw

Santa Julia House / Josep Ferrando

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Architects: Josep Ferrando
Location: Santa Julià, ,
Structural Engineer: Begoña Cazorla
Construction Arch.: Alfonso Villarreal
Collaborators: Guillem Aloy, Ekain Olaizola, Ferran Laguna
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Richard Meier 2011 President’s Award Recipient

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The AIA New York Chapter has chosen has the 2011 President Award recipient, past award winners include Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei, and Henry Cobb.  Recognizing Meier’s contribution and influence to the city of New York, he will be honored at the upcoming Heritage Ball on October 27th, which is part New York City’s Archtober, the month long celebration of architecture and design.

Flashback: Sony Center Berlin / Murphy/Jahn

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Flashback: One of Archdaily’s goals is to bring you up to date information about projects that are being designed and constructed around the world. We’ve created a new category to cover inspiring projects that were constructed between the 1990′s and the early 2000′s.

Architect: Murphy Jahn
Location: Berlin,
Project Team: Helmut Jahn, Sam Scaccia, Philip Castillo, Dieter Zabel, Susan Pratt, Scott Pratt, Peter Hayes, Yorgo Lykourgiotis, Tony Pelipada, Andre Piraro, Carl D’Silva, Steffen Duemler, Andreas Hell, Oliver Henninger, Matthias Lassen, Sabine Robel, Bärbel Rudloff, Steven Nilles, Vincent Marani
Landscape Architect: Peter Walker & Partners
Text: Murphy Jahn
Project Area: 1,670,000 sqf
Project Year: 2000
Photographs: Rainer Viertlbock

WOHA receives 2011 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

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The Met in Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA has scooped the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of international architecture by a member of the RIBA.

A residential skyscraper incorporating outdoor spaces, balconies and gardens, The Met is a 66 storey perforate tower which uses the power of nature to cool the apartments. Wind speeds at that height are considerable, so by punching holes through the building and drawing air up vertical voids in the structure, the architects have been able to introduce natural ventilation to flats at all levels. Some of these floors are kept open to provide communal spaces, which include a garden, a gym, a 50 metre swimming pool and other leisure facilities, such as barbecue and seating areas. More information on the award after the break.

The Hodoš Centre for the Elderly / Ravnikar Potokar

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Architect: Ravnikar Potokar
Location: Hodoš,
Project Area: 2473 sqm
Project Year 2010
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Archtober – New York City Architecture and Design Month

In its inaugural year, Archtober, is a month long festival focused on architecture exhibitions and activities in New York City. After holding eight years of successful architecture weeks typically held in October, that included openhousenewyork (OHNY), and exhibition at the Center for Architecture, AIA NY’s Heritage Ball, and last year Architecture & Design Film Festival’s first NYC event, New York City has created a month long celebration of exciting events for the general public, visitors and architecture aficionados to enjoy.

Among the numerous events each day in October will feature a new building or public space highlighting a Building of the Day.  Entrance to the Center for Architecture Archtober lounge and exhibitions is free and open to the public.  Head to Archtober’s webpage to download a full guide and for entrance fees to some of the other events.


ROCKmagneten / MVRDV & COBE

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The MVRDV and COBE scheme for the transformation of a former concrete factory into a multifunctional creative hub was chosen as the winner of an international design competition. The masterplan proposes an informal transformation of the 45.000m2 site into a dense neighborhood, incl. 8.000m2 existing factory halls, organized around a plaza for events. Three new volumes will be added on top of the halls: The 11.000m2 ROCKmagneten consists of The Danish Rock Museum, The Festival Folkschool incl. student housing, and the headquarters of the famous Rock Festival. They share program in a public creative communal house. The museum with a total of 3.000m2 will be completed as the first phase in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Hospital in Jutland / CuraVita

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In an elimination that began with 14 participants in the starting line-up, CuraVita won the competition for their design of a new 133,730 m2 hospital just outside Herning, known as the New Hospital in the West. With this honoring selection, they have taken a big step toward the construction of their professionally ambitious and attractive hospital to ensure a hospital of international standard. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House Morran / Johannes Norlander Arkitektur

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Architecture: Johannes Norlander Arkitektur
Location: , Sweden
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 80 sqm
Photographs: Rasmus Norlander

De Borneohof / Peter Geusebroek

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Architect: Peter Geusebroek
Location: ,
Client: De Alliantie
Text: Provided by Peter Geusebroek
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

BOFFO Building Fashion / Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau Architects

Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemeneceau Architects Photograher: Evan Joseph

From the beginning of September until mid-December, BOFFO Building Fashion will feature five amazing collaborative expressions of fashion and architecture just south of Canal Street in Tribeca.  BOFFO, a non-profit arts and culture organization based in New York, has organized these temporary gallery exhibitions as a way to introduce art and design to the public realm while creating opportunities for artists and designers to explore a subject matter that educates and informs the public.   The first installation of Nicola Formichetti and Gage/Clemenceau Architects manifests Formichetti’s futuristic eye for fashion into a faceted, almost robotic, entity for showing his collection.

More about the exhibit after the break.

Jeju World Natural Heritage Center / poly.m.ur


is an island formed by volcanic activities and celebration of its distinctive geological features was one of the main objectives of the brief. The design started from answering the brief which explicitly requested that the scheme to symbolise the volcanic landscape of consists of caves and mounds. poly.m.ur viewed these two geological feature in terms of their morphological forma-tions – one as constructive space (volcanic mounds) and the other one as subtractive space (volcanic caves), and were repre-sented in the formation of the massing of our scheme.

Palmaret-Alboraya Train Station / Rstudio

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Architects: Rstudio
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2010
Engineering Management: Seg_Ineco
Landscape Architecture: Alfonso Peris
Photographs: David Frutos

Home Office Space / architecten | en | en

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Architect: architecten|en|en
Location: Eindhoven,
Client: Hugo de Ruiter Design
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Post & Van Leeuwen Photographers