House F / URBANWASABI

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Architects: URBANWASABI
Location: Tainan City, Taiwan
Architect In Charge: Fang Wei
Design Team: Lee Yun-Chen , Weng Jo-Ting
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of URBANWASABI

GL Com Headquarters / jhyana

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Architects:
Location: Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Joo Heon, Yu
Design Team: Park, Sung-woo
Area: 323.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shin Kyung Sub

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© The Architectural League of New York

Open Call: 2015 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers: Authenticity

Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. Established in 1981 to recognize visionary work by young practitioners, the Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee. This year’s theme will be “Authenticity.” Continue reading to learn more about the competition, prizes and the esteemed jury. 

Mukawa House / Studio Aula

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Architects: Studio Aula
Location: , Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Mitsuru Yoshida,Kyoko Hoshina
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

AIA Honors Peter Eisenman with 2015 Topaz Medallion

AD Classics: Wexner Center for the Arts / . Image © Flickr user OZinOH

Following Moshe Safdie’s selection to be the next AIA Gold Medalist, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has announced Peter Eisenman, FAIA, as winner of the 2015 Topaz Medallion. Eisenman, known for a lifetime of scholarly work and his long associations with Princeton, Harvard, Cooper Union and Yale, will be honored for his global impact on architectural education after more than 60 years of teaching.

“There are probably very few schools of architecture where Peter is yet to have lectured,” wrote Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, in a recommendation letter.

SSENSE / Humà Design

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Architects: Humà Design
Location: Montreal, QC,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Brandywine House / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: Rock Creek Park, 3545 Williamsburg Lane Northwest, , DC 20008, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anice Hoachlander, Allen Russ

New Images Released of OMA’s Norra Tornen Towers in Stockholm

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UPDATE: has released new images of the Norra Tornen project (previously named “Tors Torn”), as the close to 300 apartments planned for the residential towers have been put on the market. The ground-breaking of the Stockholm towers is currently set for May 2015. 

OMA has won the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm, beating out four competing practices for the opportunity to build the third tallest twin skyscrapers in .

Existing urban guidelines call for a gateway to the new Hagastaden area of Stockholm, and OMA’s proposal accommodates a mixed-use program with a set of “rough-skinned” towers. The protrusions and inversions at different heights produce an alternating pattern of indoor living spaces and protruding outdoor spaces. OMA explains that their design “challenges the expected uniformity and homogenous façade treatment that is often assigned to tower structures. Instead, it extends the skin to expose the individuality of the separate living units in the two blocks – a true vertical, urban agglomeration.”

More on OMA’s winning proposal after the break…

Moshe Safdie Wins 2015 AIA Gold Medal

AD Classics: Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie. Image © Jade Doskow

The American Institute of Architects () has just announced that Moshe Safdie, FAIA, will be the 2015 AIA Gold Medal recipient. Honoring him for his “comprehensive and humane approach to designing public and cultural spaces across the world has touched millions of people and influenced generations of younger architects,” the AIA believes that Safdie’s work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

“Moshe Safdie has continued to practice architecture in the purest and most complete sense of the word, without regard for fashion, with a hunger to follow ideals and ideas across the globe in his teaching, writing, practice and research,” stated Boston Society of Architects president Mike Davis in his nomination letter.

Images Released of 3XN’s Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne

North View. Image © 3XN

3XN and the (IOC) have released images of a new headquarters planned for a 24,000-square-meter site on banks of Lake Geneva in the Swiss city of . Adjacent to the historic Château de Vidy, which has been the “iconic home” of the IOC, 3XN’s design is intended to respect both the château’s legacy and park setting, while making the transition from park to building as “soft” as possible. 

Vitacon Itaim Building / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Carolina Castroviejo

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Architects: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Carolina Castroviejo
Location: State of São Paulo,
Project Team : Carlos Costa, Fabiana Stucchi, Fernanda Palmieri, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
Studio Team : Beatriz Meyer, Diana Radomysler, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Eduardo Gurian, Elisa Friedmann, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Ruzante, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto , Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
Area: 3305.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

Roundup: 5 Recent Buildings Inspired by Wood

Maggie’s Oxford / Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Image © Wilkinson Eyre Architects

It may be the world’s second oldest construction material, but is still one of the most versatile and inspiring materials available to architects today, coveted as both a structural material and as a finish on walls, floors, ceilings and facades. In recent years it’s even seen a resurgence in popularity, thanks to its sustainability credentials and its increasingly popular “natural” feel. With all this in mind, ArchDaily Materials has rounded up five recent projects that prove innovation in wood is still alive and well in the architectural world: Wilkinson Eyre Architects’ Maggie’s Oxford; Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum; Pushed Slab by MVRDV; MARGEN-LAB’s Endesa World Fab Condenser; and finally a forthcoming building that is notable for its ambitious wooden design, the Sleuk Rith Institute by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Rem Koolhaas Asks: Are Smart Cities Condemned to Be Stupid?

The concept is linked to highly “liveable” cities such as Vancouver superseding more recognizable cities in our collective consciousness. Image Courtesy of SFU

Originally published by the European Commission as part of their “Digital Minds for a New Europe” series, this article is an edited transcript of a talk given by Rem Koolhaas at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014.

I had a sinking feeling as I was listening to the talks by these prominent figures in the field of smart cities because the city used to be the domain of the architect, and now, frankly, they have made it their domain. This transfer of authority has been achieved in a clever way by calling their city smart – and by calling it smart, our city is condemned to being stupid. Here are some thoughts on the smart city, some of which are critical; but in the end, it is clear that those in the digital realm and architects will have to work together.

Residential and Dental Practice Immler / ARSP

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Architects: ARSP
Location: Hard,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Avanti and NORD Selected to Revitalize St Peter’s Seminary in Scotland

Restored chapel visualisation. Image Courtesy of James Johnson

London-based Avanti Architects, along with Glasgow-based ERZ Landscape Architects and NORD Architects, have released the first image of their design to revitalize one of Scotland’s modern masterpieces: St Peter’s seminary. Designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in 1966, and built on the former Kilmahew estate, the Category-A listed Brutalist structure was voted as the best modern building in Scotland by readers of Prospect Magazine in 2005. However, the building has been abandoned for the past 25 years, leaving it dilapidated and facing numerous problems.

Public art charity NVA is leading a  £7.3 million initiative to rehabilitate the building and its surrounding landscape to create an art, heritage and educational site. The designs include a performing arts venue with a 600-person capacity, informal indoor and outdoor teaching spaces across the 144 acre site and over 4 kilometres of woodland paths. In addition, the site will contain a heritage exhibition and a locally-led productive garden.

Goldman & Salatsch Building. Image © Alexander Mayrhofer via Wikimedia Commons
Goldman & Salatsch Building. Image © Alexander Mayrhofer via Wikimedia Commons

Spotlight: Adolf Loos

Adolf Loos (December 10, 1870-August 23, 1933) was one of the most influential European architects of the late 19th century and is often noted for his literary discourse that foreshadowed the foundations of the entire modernist movement. As an architect, his influence is primarily limited to major works in his home country of Austria, but as a writer he had a major impact on the development of 20th century architecture, producing a series of controversial essays that elaborated on his own architectural style by decrying ornament and a range of social ills. Adolf Loos’s minimalist attitudes are reflected in the works of Le CorbusierMies van der Rohe, and many other modernists and led to a fundamental shift in the way architects perceived ornamentation.

Social and Cultural Center in Landsberg / Heintz-Kehr architectes

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Architects: Heintz-Kehr architectes
Location: Rue du Landsberg, 67100 Strasbourg,
Area: 742.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Curatorial Team Announced For The 2016 Oslo Triennale

OAT 2016 Winning Proposal. Image Courtesy of After Belonging Agency

The After Belonging Agency (ABA) have been announced as the curatorial team for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale for their proposal In-Residence, On Residence, and the Ways We Stay In-Transit.

Established in 2000, the 2016 Triennale will be the sixth of its kind. Following an open call for curators in September of this year, the Triennale invited four teams to interview: Rotterdam based Crimson Architectural Historians, London based Justin McGuirk, Canadian curator Dan Handel, and a team of five Spanish architects hailing from New York known as the After Belonging Agency. Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Minguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier’s proposal was chosen unanimously by a jury which included Hege Maria ErikssonNina Berre, and Gro Bonesmo (among others).