Kuopio City Theatre / ALA Architects

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Architects: ALA Architects
Location: , Finland
Client: City of Kuopio
Area: 11500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo

Majunga Tower / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

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Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Location: La Défense,
Area: 69500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

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Architects: Atelier Deshaus
Location: Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, , , 200231
Architect In Charge: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
Area: 33007.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

Transparent Landscape / UnSangDong Architects

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Architects: UnSangDong Architects
Location: , South Korea
Architects In Charge: Jang Yoon Gyoo, Kim Mi Jung
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image © Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Foundation Launches Architecture and Film Competition

The Henning Larsen Foundation is launching an international competition on architecture and film with the intent to “revitalize the use of architecture on film and foster new inspiration to architects and film professionals.” The theme of the competition is the experience of architectural space over time. The task is to create a film sequence of 1-5 minutes which animates architecture by embracing time as the primary dimension. Up to €18,000 in prizes will be awarded to entrants who inspire a new approach to architecture and the film media. Submissions are due by March 15, 2015. A winner will be announced on April 20, Henning Larsen’s birthday. More information can be found here

Jakarta Praise Community Church / Sidharta Architect

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Architects: Sidharta Architect
Location: , , Indonesia
Architects In Charge: Aryo Basuki , Melisa Fitri
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Gomulya

Snøhetta Designs New Banknotes for Norway

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Snøhetta’s pixilated concept for the Norwegian banknote has been selected by the Central Bank of to serve as the “foundation” for the backside of the new kroner notes. This news, announced yesterday in , also confirmed that the notes’ front will be based off The Metric System’s more “traditional” design featuring a images of sailing vessels.

Both Snøhetta and The Metric System were among seven designers invited to submit ideas under the nautical theme “The Sea,” in which Snøhetta chose to commemorate Norway’s coastal landmarks with a “visual language” of brightly colored, cubical patterns.

More on Snøhetta’s winning concept, after the break.

OAK Showroom / Anna & Eugeni Bach

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Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
Location: , ,
Collaborator: Albert Cabrer
Area: 244.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eugeni Bach

Competition Entry: Atelier 8000 Designs Cuboidal Mountain Hut for Slovakia’s High Tatras

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Atelier 8000 has design a sustainable mountain hut for ’s High Tatras as part of the Kežmarská Chata (Kežmarská Hut) international competition. Seated on one of its vertices, the simple cube “evokes an erratic block left behind by the retreating glacier,” while it’s “sharp edges” blend into the mountain backdrop.

New Fordham Law School / Pei Cobb Freed

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Architects: Pei Cobb Freed
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 468000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Warchol

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© RCC

Architects Envision Buoyant “Thames Deckway” for London Cyclists

On the heels of Mayor Boris Johnson’s announced plan to construct an 18-mile protected bike lane by March 2016, architect David Nixon and artist Anna Hill have released their vision for relieving London’s congested streets with a floating “Thames Deckway” for cyclists. The proposal, though just in its preliminary design phase, claims the river Thames is currently a missed opportunity that could serve as a major travel artery for cyclists. If constructed, the £600 million project would run east-west for seven miles along the river’s southern bank, from Battersea to Canary Wharf, and harness it’s own energy through solar, tidal and wind power. Nixon and Hill have founded the River Cycleway Consortium in support of the project, which includes Arup and Hugh Broughton Architects.

A House for the Best Years / Biro Gašperič

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Architects: Biro Gašperič
Location: 4207 Velesovo,
Architect In Charge: Matej Gašperič
Area: 192.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Virginia Vrecl

AD Interviews: Benton Johnson / SOM

Inside the Pavilion at this year’s AIA Convention, we had the chance to chat with Benton Johnson of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) about SOM’s research on using wood for highrise buildings. Although wood is a sustainable and efficient material, it hasn’t entered the world of skyscraper construction yet. However, through their Timber Tower Research Project, SOM has come up with a structural system for skyscrapers that uses mass timber as the main structural material and consequently minimizes the building’s carbon footprint.

“Architects should focus on using wood for these types of structures because we do think of it as the way of the future. Energy and resources are just going to become more and more important going forward, and mass timber technology has no way to go but up,” Johnson explains.

A Better Way for Sydney than the Bilbao Effect

In , a recent discussion about “Cultural Precinct Planning” hosted by the City Government has raised important questions about how the city can compete in the global cultural arms race. However, Sara Anne Best thinks it raised all the wrong questions. Originally posted on Australian Design Review as “Cultural Ribbon or Coastal Connections” this article argues that Sydney, with a culture and tourism industry so focused on outdoor leisure, could find a more unique way of attracting attention which includes the wider metropolitan area more than the usual city centre cultural hub, asking: “With three of the city’s iconic beaches currently undergoing renewal, what is the role of the seaside CBD in the context of Sydney’s cultural identity?” Find out the answer after the break.

Discovery Centre for the Mont-Tremblant National Park / Smith Vigeant Architects

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Architects: Smith Vigeant Architects
Location: Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, 3824 Chemin du Lac Supérieur, , QC J0T 1P0, Canada
Architect In Charge: Daniel Smith
Design Team: Daniel Smith, Anik Malderis, Julien Gouin-Charbonneau, Karine Renaud, Cindy Neveu, Stéphan Vigeant
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Brugger

Sean Godsell Unveils Melbourne’s Inaugural “MPavilion”

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On Monday, Sean Godsell unveiled the inaugural MPavilion in Melbourne‘s Queen Victoria Gardens. Intended as an Australian counterpart to London‘s wildly successful Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the Pavilion will be open until February 1st, hosting a series of events throughout its four-month stay including talks, workshops, film screenings and art interventions.

Funded primarily by the recently established Naomi Milgrom Foundation, with assistance and support from the Serpentine Gallery itself, the pavilion is the first step in the Naomi Milgrom Foundation’s goal to position Melbourne as “Asia-Pacific’s hub of design and architecture.” The first instalment by Godsell features a simple frame covered with automated aluminium panels, which open and close in response to the sunlight.

Courtesy of Places Journal
Courtesy of Places Journal

Places Journal Relaunches With a Fresh Commitment to Accessible Architecture Scholarship

After a five-year stint as part of the Design Observer Group, Places Journal has now struck out on their own with a fresh, modern website and a renewed commitment to their editorial goal of publishing “rigorous and lively public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism.” As explained by Places Journal’s editor and executive director Nancy Levinson, “what drives our editorial enterprise is the publication of excellent work that combines the narrative power of serious journalism with the precision and depth of scholarship — work that advances the cause of equitable cities and sustainable landscapes.” Read more about the new Places Journal after the break.

Forfatterhuset Kindergarten / COBE

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Architects: COBE
Location: Copenhagen,
Area: 1927.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adam Mørk, Rasmus Hjortshøj