SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest’s New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum

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SANAA and Snøhetta have been jointly awarded first prize in a restricted competition to build a “New National Gallery – Ludwig Museum” in Budapest‘s 200-year-old Városliget (City Park). Lauded for their “equally outstanding” proposals, the winning teams will now meet with the jury to be judged “on professional and financial considerations.” 

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and the joint proposal of Balázs Mihály’s Architect Studio and the Faculty of Architecture of Budapest University of Technology and Economics were awarded second prize. 

The competition is part of a larger cultural project that aims to renew the city’s Városliget by 2018 with five new museum buildings built inside the expanded park area.

A closer look at the winning schemes, after the break. 

RSHP's Leadenhall Building (the "Cheesegrater") in London. Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties
RSHP's Leadenhall Building (the "Cheesegrater") in London. Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties

Richard Rogers Restructures Practice Prior To Relocation

The Architects’ Journal have reported that London based practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), headed by Richard Rogers, has refined its in-house structure “as the practice continues to implement its long-term succession plan.” The practice, who will move into their new home on level fourteen of the Leadenhall Building following its completion last year, will operate one studio led by Richard Rogers alongside partner Simon Smithson; another by Graham Stirk with partner Richard Paul; and a third headed by Ivan Harbour.

House B in B / Matti Schmalohr

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Architects: Matti Schmalohr
Location: Drosselweg 8, 31675 ,
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Klaus Dieter Weiss

Neker Enfants Malades Hospital / Philippe Gazeau

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Philippe Gazeau
Location: 149 Rue de Sèvres, 75015 Paris,
Commissioned Architect:
Project Director: Jacques Forté
Work Director: Michel Delamotte
Area: 60000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Viola Communications Office / M+N Architecture

© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography

Architects: M+N Architecture
Location: E 10 –
Design Team: Lorenzo Zoli, Alessandra Barilaro, Giulio Asso, Marco Barazzuoli
Area: 1463.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography

Care Implant Dentistry / Pedra Silva Architects

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Architects: Pedra Silva Architects
Location: NSW 2067, Australia
Architects: André Góis, Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Hugo Ferreira, Maria Rita Pais e Ricardo Sousa
Area: 402.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Cozy House / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

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Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga Prefecture,
Area: 92.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Yoshihiro Asada

Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower


Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. “A departure from conventional towers,” as the practice describes, the “Hanking Center Tower” merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building’s core. 

Pumphouse Point / Cumulus Studio

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Architects: Cumulus Studio
Location: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Lake St Clair Road, TAS 7140,
Architect In Charge: Chris Roberts, Liz Walsh, Peter Walker, Todd Henderson
Area: 1035.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stuart Gibson, Adam Gibson, Sharyn Cairns

3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition

© The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

After deliberating over eight shortlisted proposals to reimagine the St. Petersburg Pier, the Pier Selection Committee has narrowed the competition down to three designs. Though the proposals vary widely in aesthetics, the finalists all approached the project as an opportunity to express the past while embracing modern forms and incorporating strong public programs.

Next on the agenda, the Pier Selection Committee will conduct an initial public meeting on April 23 in which finalists will present clarifications on their designs, followed later that day with a second meeting to announce the teams’ rankings. Based on these proceedings, one design will be chosen for further development, in collaboration with the city. Check out the three finalists, after the break.

Novopie Podiatric Clinic / Estudio de Arquitectura Antonio Jurado

Architects: Estudio de Arquitectura Antonio Jurado
Location: Urbanización Centro Internacional, 29770 Torrox, Málaga,
Architect In Charge: Antonio Jurado
Area: 18 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Antonio Jurado

Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2015 Participants

Biennial to feature photo series by Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan

A 60-strong list of international studios has named the official participants of the first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial - the “largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America.” Chosen by Biennial Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda – who are supported by an advisory council comprising David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman - each participating practice will convene in Chicago to discuss “The State of the Art of Architecture” and showcase their work from October 3 to January 3, 2016.

“The city of Chicago has left an indelible mark on the field of architecture, from the world’s first modern skyscraper to revolutionary urban designs,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “That’s why there’s no better host city than Chicago for this rare global event. The offers an unprecedented chance to celebrate the architectural, cultural, and design advancements that have collectively shaped our world.”

A complete list of participants, after the break. 

Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture

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Architects: ,
Location: Santa Monica, CA 90403, USA
Landscape Architect: Janis Tidwell
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shawn Bishop

Studio Gang Goes Public with Chicago’s Newest Tower: Wanda Vista


Studio Gang Architects has gone public with what will be Chicago‘s third tallest tower, Wanda Vista. The massive mixed-use development, planned to open adjacent to the River in the city’s Lake Shore East community by 2019, will reach 1100 feet (335 meters) and encompass more than 1.8 million-square-feet of residential and hotel space.

Defined by three vertical elements, the tower is shaped to maximize resident views of the city and river below.

Cordoba-ReUrbano Housing Building / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

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Architects: Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Location: City, Federal District,
Architects In Charge: Eduardo Cadaval, Clara Solà-Morales.
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River

Courtesy of Anthony Acciavatti

Few geographies in the world nurture such a rich and complex imaginary as the Ganges River Valley. The heart of Indian Culture, and home to over one quarter of India’s population, the Ganges is one of the most fertile and infrastructure-heavy river valleys in the planet. Its many physical, historical and spiritual natures defy a single interpretation: always in flux, source of life and destruction, and venerated as a Hindu Deity, the Ganges fully embodies the complexities and excesses of the Indian Civilization.

In “Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River,” Anthony Acciavatti orchestrates a magnificent portrait of the Ganges River Basin, and its continuous reinvention as a test-bed for infrastructural innovation. Through the hybrid genre of the Atlas-Almanac-Travelogue, the book unfolds the many nested spatial and temporal scales that characterize this highly contested territory. Those captivated with the planetary of will find in this book a timely and relevant volume of encyclopedic ambition and exquisite design.

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum / Teeple Architects

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Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: , AB T0H,
Area: 42000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tom Arban

Winner of Yeats2015 “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” Announced

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Yong ho Shin and John Randle of shindesignworks have been announced as the winners of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” a design competition held earlier this year as part of the Yeats2015 festival. Based in London and Daegu, South Korea, the pair of architects proposed “Square Moon,” a light-based installation for the Irish Island about which Yeats wrote his eponymous1892 poem, and from which the competition took its name.