Løgstør Sports Hall / CEBRA

© Mikkel Frost

Architects: CEBRA
Location: 9670 ,
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost

Cullinan’s RMC Headquarters Saved by Grade II* Listing

© Richard Learoyd

English Heritage has announced that the RMC headquarters building designed by Edward Cullinan Architects in 1990 has been listed at grade II*, preventing a plan to demolish the building and replace it with a terraced scheme. The listing comes after a campaign to protect the building which was orchestrated by Cullinan Studio and the 20th Century Society, and supported by a a number of high profile architects including Nicholas Grimshaw, Richard Rogers, Peter Clegg (Feilden Clegg Bradley) and Sunand Prasad (Penoyre & Prasad).

Read more about the building and the listing decision after the break

Vive la France: A Round-Up of French AD Classics

© Flavio Bragaia

In honor of Bastille Day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite AD Classics built in France. From Bernard Tschumi‘s Parc de la Villette to our most popular classic project, Le Corbusier‘s Villa Savoye, take a moment to revisit these renowned works.

MAPFRE Complex / TSM Asociados

© Gonzalo Cáceres

Architects: TSM Asociados
Location: Independencia,
Architect In Charge: Alvaro Grimaldo Tremolada, Roberto Borda Sboto
Area: 2,880 sqm
Photographs: Gonzalo Cáceres

Dutch Architects Transform Rotterdam House Into Terraced “Urban Paradise”

© Thomas Mayer

Two Dutch designers, collectively known as HUNK-design, have transformed their 19th century top floor apartment into a “unique city paradise.” Architect Bart Cardinaal and artist Nadine Roos, who have lived in parts of the house in central Rotterdam since their student years, have created a large outdoor terraced space amid the rooflines of a built up area. By demolishing the existing pitched roof, they have constructed what they describe as their “Cabrio apartment.”

La Fromagerie / Vincent Coste

© Toulon Azur

Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: , France
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toulon Azur

AD Round Up: Happy Bastille Day!

Nova Green / Agence Bernard Bühler. Image © Vincent Monthiers

The fourteenth of July is Bastille Day, a day that commemorates the start of the French Revolution.  Named for the fortress prison that was stormed by revolutionaries on July 14th, 1789, Bastille Day is celebrated globally both by France and her former colonies, as well as many in the US.  In honor of this historic date, we’ve compiled some of our favorite French projects from the past few years.  In this round up you’ll find classics such as the Villa dall’Ava by OMA, as well as fantastic works like Nova Green by Agence Bernard Bühler, Pontivy Media Library and Louviers Music school by Opus 5 architectes, Platform Architecture’s Aquitanis Headquarters, L’Atoll Angers by Antonio Virga Architecte and AAVP Architecture, a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion by Jean-Luc Fugier, Kengo Kuma’s Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music, and Origami by Manuelle Gautrand ArchitectureJoyeux quatorze juillet!

Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

© Shu He

Architects: BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Location: Yushanwan Garden, Furong Avenue Side Road, Jiangyin, , Jiangsu, China
Area: 56000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shu He

The Factory / Pepe Gascón

© José Hevia

Architects: Pepe Gascón
Location: , Barcelona, Spain
Area: 593 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: José Hevia

Julia Morgan is the eighth posthumous winner of the Gold Medal, which has been issued since 1907. Image Courtesy of The Chronicle
Julia Morgan is the eighth posthumous winner of the Gold Medal, which has been issued since 1907. Image Courtesy of The Chronicle

Why We Can Thank Gehry, Graves, and Scott Brown for Julia Morgan’s AIA Gold Medal Win

Considering Julia Morgan was overlooked for over 100 years and has been dead for over 50, naysayers may consider her recent accolade as the first woman to receive the AIA Gold Medal something of an empty gesture. However, the prestigious group of supporters who compiled her nomination package – among them Michael GravesFrank Gehry, and Denise Scott Brown - would beg to differ. To find out how and why the trio championed Morgan’s case, check out this article on SFGate.

AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen. Image © MWAA

If there is a universal truth, it is that nobody likes spending time in an airport. This article from the Financial Times corroborates this fact, pointing out that, no matter how well-designed a terminal is, people make every effort to leave it as soon as possible. While the novelty of air travel has worn off since its inception in the 20th century, the work devoted to designing airports has only increased. We’ve collected some of our favorite terminals we’d actually love to get stuck in, including works by Eero Sarinen, SOM, Fentress, J. Mayer H., KCAP, Paul Andreu, bblur architecture and 3DReid, Corgan Associates, De Bever, and Studio Fuksas. Enjoy!

The sun sets over a golf course in The Villages. Image © Scott Kublin via Flickr
The sun sets over a golf course in The Villages. Image © Scott Kublin via Flickr

Retirement Community Is Fastest Growing Metropolitan Area in U.S.

While other cities in the United States are shrinking, the world’s largest retirement community – The Villages - is booming. Completely devoid of crime, traffic, pollution, as well as children, the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country raises serious questions about the concentrated demographic’s future infrastructural needs. After all, by 2050, the over-60 set is expected to almost triple to 2 billion. To learn more, check out this fascinating article on Bloomberg.

Eagle Ridge Residence / Gary Gladwish Architecture

© Will Austin

Architects: Gary Gladwish Architecture
Location: Orcas Island, Washington,
Area: 167.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Will Austin

Courtesy of Aprilli Design Studio
Courtesy of Aprilli Design Studio

Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level

Urban farming is nothing new, but Aprilli Design Studio‘s proposal for a completely open-air skyscraper does put a novel spin on the sustainable ideal. Instead of tacking greenery onto roofs and balconies, they incorporate agriculture into cities by dedicating entire buildings to the cause. To learn more about the tree-like design, check out Fast Company’s article here.

Community Centre for Evangelical Reformed Church in Würenlos / Menzi Bürgler Architekten

© Rasmus Norlander

Architects: Menzi Bürgler Architekten
Location: Würenlos,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rasmus Norlander

Kerferd / Whiting Architects

© Sharyn Cairns

Architects: Whiting Architects
Location: Albert Park VIC 3206, Australia
Area: 240.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sharyn Cairns

Zacatitos 02 / Campos Leckie Studio

© John Sinal

Architects: Campos Leckie Studio
Location: Baja Sur,
Area: 1,600 sqft
Year: 20211
Photographs: John Sinal

Housing at the Old City Wall Berlin / Sohrab Zafari

© Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar

Architects: Sohrab Zafari
Location: Waisenstraße 30, ,
Collaborators: Thomas Zeissig, Daniel Behnke, Roger Mandel
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar