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Images Released of Beyer Blinder Belle-Designed U.S. Diplomacy Center

The Washington Post has published renderings of the new U.S. Diplomacy Center currently under construction at the State Department in Washington DC. "A shimmering pavilion," as architecture critic Philip Kennicott describes, the new center will serve as a welcoming public entrance to the Department of State's headquarters and be the nation's first museum and education center devoted entirely to the "history, practice and challenges of US Diplomacy. 

Designed by architect Hany Hassan of Beyer Blinder Belle, the glass pavilion will house a museum and an underground cafe, bookstore and event space, providing a new destination just two blocks from the National Mall. 

Coffee Bar Kearny / jones | haydu

  • Architects: jones | haydu
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Art Gray

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray

50 Projects Shortlisted for World Interior of the Year 2015

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors has announced the 50 nominees being considered for the World Interior of the Year 2015 award. Running concurrently with the World Architecture Festival, INSIDE comprises of the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months. 

Nominations have poured in from 16 countries that span four continents across the nine diverse categories that make up the awards. Among those competing are two dentistries, a music arena, two cinemas and a global TV studio. All nominees will compete in the form of live presentations and debates to a distinguished jury during the festival in November. Read on for a complete list of the shortlisted projects.

Shepherd's Bush Pavilion Hotel; London / Flanagan Lawrence. Image Courtesy of INSIDE New Rock World Ktv; X / Inspiration Group. Image Courtesy of INSIDE Uralchem Headquarters; Moscow / Luis Pedra Silva - Pedra Silva Architects. Image Courtesy of INSIDE Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne; Melbourne / John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration. Image Courtesy of INSIDE

Gino Valle Square / Valle Architetti Associati

© Giuseppe Dall'Arche (courtesy Valle Architetti Associati) © Hanns Joostens (courtesy Topotek 1) © Giuseppe Dall'Arche (courtesy Valle Architetti Associati) Courtesy of Valle Architetti Associati

David Chipperfield's "Radical" English Country House Considered "World's Best"

The Architectural Review (AR) has crowned David Chipperfield's Fayland House winner of the 2015 AR House Awards, deeming it the world's best new house. Celebrating excellence and innovation in the design of a one-off house, the award highlights the Chipperfield-designed home for being a "radical new take on the English country house."

"To make a luxury home that isn’t pompous or a projection of the vanity of its inhabitants is a really difficult thing," said judge Adam Caruso of Caruso St John. "Fayland House places a very large house in a special landscape without disappearing. The domestic outdoor spaces, which have always been an issue in English country houses, are in courtyards, which is an innovation."

MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 - COSMO / Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

  • Architects: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation
  • Location: 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
  • Architects In Charge: Andrés Jaque, Patrick Craine, Jocelyn Froimovich, Roberto González García
  • Design Team: Laura Mora, Sebastian Bech-Ravn, Yannan Chen, Ilgaz Kayaalp, Nicolò Lawanski, Jorge López Conde, Senne Meesters, Jorge Noguera Facuseh, James Quick, Jarča Slamova
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

4.1.4 House / AS/D Asociación de Diseño

  • Architects: AS/D Asociación de Diseño
  • Location: Jurica, Santiago de Querétaro, Qro., Mexico
  • Design Team: Santiago García de Letona, Adela Rochmann, Eduardo Palomino, Piergianna Mazzoca, Fernando Polidura
  • Architectural Design: AS/D Asociación de Diseño – Paola Morales Orantes + Fernando Velasco RiveraTorres
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

Light Matters: A Flash Back to the Glittering Age of Las Vegas at the Neon Museum

Thanks to the increasing availability of giant LED screens, the Golden Age of Neon has quietly faded in Las Vegas. For decades casinos defined their visual identity with colorful neon signs and competed for the most innovative signage. But with casinos closing, being refurbished and the arrival of new lighting technology a lot of neon signs were replaced, and for many years the Young Electric Sign Company kept the old neon signs in their "boneyard" for storage and recycling. Fortunately historic preservation groups rescued these signs. With support of the arts council The Neon Museum was born to save neon treasures and to educate the public.

Read on to explore Las Vegas' luminous landmarks and The Neon Museum.

Neon Museum featuring more than 150 unrestored signs, Las Vegas. Image © Neon Museum, www.neonmuseum.org Front exterior of the Mint Hotel, Las Vegas / Nevada, circa 1957. Image © University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries. Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) Collection. Colour-changing neon sign on the façade of the Stardust Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, 1969. Image © University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries. Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) Collection. La Concha Motel lobby building, designed in 1961, was rescued from demolition and moved to its current location in 2007 to serve as the Neon Museum’s visitors’ center. Architect: Paul Williams. Las Vegas. Image © Neon Museum, www.neonmuseum.org

The Dillon / Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects

Courtesy of Henry Smith-Miller © Razmmedia © Michael Moran © Michael Moran

Izaskun Chinchilla Architects’ Organic Growth Pavilion Opens on Governors Island

Izaskun Chinchilla Architects have made their recycled, upcycled, and bicycled “Organic Growth Pavilion” a reality on New York’s Governors Island. One of two winners of the “City of Dreams” pavilion competition (hosted by AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee and the Structural Engineers Association of New York), Izaskun Chinchilla Architects carried out a kickstarter campaign to fund the pavilion’s construction.

Organic Growth Pavilion. Image © Sergio Reyes Collaborative Construction of Organic Growth Pavilion. Image © Sergio Reyes Organic Growth Pavilion. Image © Sergio Reyes Organic Growth Pavilion. Image © Sergio Reyes

Open Call: Represent Estonia at the 2016 Venice Biennale

The Estonian Centre of Architecture has launched its two-stage public international curator competition to decide Estonia’s project at the next Venice Biennale. The first stage of the competition will close August 31, 2015, with three proposals moving onto a second stage and the winner being announced on November 10, 2015. Proposals are open to art theorists, art historians, architects, designers, interior designers, historians or curators of fields related to architecture. Entries must be in either Estonian or English and international entries are expected to include team members familiar with Estonian architecture. Although the general theme of the 15th Venice Biennale has not been revealed yet the proposal should reflect current global issues and important aspects of the ideas and practice of modern Estonian architecture.

Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal Wins Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

Moreau Kusunoki, based in Paris, have been announced as the winners of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition following a year of shortlisting, refining and deliberation. Their proposal—entitled Art in the City—"sums up the qualities the jury admired in the design" noted Mark Wigley, chair of the jury. He continued: "the waterfront, park, and nearby urban area all have a dialogue with the loose cluster of pavilions, with people and activities flowing between them. The design is imbued with a sense of community and animation that matches the ambitions of the brief to honor both the people of Finland and the creation of a more responsive museum of the future."

The announcement was made this morning in Helsinki by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. Also present was Professor Mark Wigley, chair of the jury and Dean Emeritus of Columbia GSAPP, Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of Helsinki, Ari Lahti, chairman of the Guggenheim Helsinki Supporting Foundation, and the architect team.

Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

Villa Melana / Valia Foufa + Panagiotis Papassotiriou

© Erieta Attali © Pygmalion Karatzas © Pygmalion Karatzas © Pygmalion Karatzas

Kurve 7 / Stu/D/O Architects

  • Architects: Stu/D/O Architects
  • Location: Krungthep Kreetha 7 road, Huamak, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240. Thailand.
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan

Family Box / Crossboundaries

  • Architects: Crossboundaries
  • Location: Si Ping Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect In Charge: Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Project Designers: Anne-Charlotte Wiklander, Irene Solà, Gao Yang
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Crossboundaries

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