Bridge of Sighs / Mei architecten

© Jeroen Musch Photography

Architects: Mei architecten
Location: Lange Nieuwstraat 101, 3111 AE , Netherlands
Design Team: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Sander Geurtsen, Robert Platje, Pepijn Berghout, Karl Oscarson, Serkar Jaff, Michiel van Loon
Area: 8.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeroen Musch Photography

Carsten Höller’s Giant Slides Return to London

Image via BBC

German artist Carsten Höller is returning to London with plans for two new giant slides to be built at the this Summer. As part of his exhibition “Decision,” Holler will provide visitors with a two-slide exit option that will (hopefully) induce an “emotional state that is a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness.”

“[Holler] is “one of the world’s most thought-provoking and profoundly playful artists, with a sharp and mischievous intelligence bent on turning our ‘normal’ view of things upside-down,” says Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery. Decision, he continued, “will ask visitors to make choices, but also, more importantly, to embrace a kind of double vision that takes in competing points of view, and embodies what Holler calls a state of ‘active uncertainty’ – a frame of mind conducive to entertaining new possibilities.”

Rehabilitation of Two Houses in Largo do Trovador / Pitagoras Arquitectos

© José Campos Architectural Photography

Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos
Location: Guimaraes,
Design Team: Arq. Fernando Seara de Sá, Arq. Raul Roque Figueiredo, Arq. Alexandre Coelho Lima, Arq. Manuel Luís Vilhena Roque
Collaborators: Arq. André Malheiro, Arq. Carla , Arq. Fernando Torres, Des. Hélio Pinto
Year: 2015
Photographs: José Campos Architectural Photography

Buddy’s House / Sergey Makhno

© Andrey Avdeenko

Architects: Sergey Makhno
Location: , Kyivs’ka oblast,
Area: 235.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

Colors / CUBO Design Architect

© Yasuno Sakata

Architects: CUBO Design Architect
Location: , Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Architects In Charge: Hitoshi Saruta, Suguru Fujiyama, Tomonori Takauchi
Area: 226.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yasuno Sakata

Holiday House in Vilapol / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

© Jose Hevia

Architects: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos
Location: , Lugo, Spain
Architects In Charge: Francisco José Padilla, Juan Manuel Nicás Caballero
Area: 225.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jose Hevia

Revitalization of Spikeri Square and Daugava Waterfront Promenade / Arplan + A plus Architects

© Aivars Silins

Architects: Arplan, A plus Architects
Location: Maskavas iela 6, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050,
Team Leader, Main Architect, Member Of The Board, Head Of The Office: ” – Rolands Bruzgulis and “A+” – Dace Kalvāne
Area: 57582.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aivars Silins, Ilze Denisova

New Images Released of Mecanoo’s Plan to Modernize Mies’ D.C. Library

© Mecanoo, Martinez + Johnson Architecture

Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture has released their completed preliminary designs for the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – the only library and Washington D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The team’s competition-winning scheme aims to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.”

“While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District,” says the D.C. Public Library. Updated images and more information about the design, after the break.

Cascina Merlata Residential Development / Mario Cucinella Architects

© Guido Maria Isolabella

Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Marco Dell’Agli, Luca Stramigioli, Giuliana Maggio, Yuri Costantini
Area: 14000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Guido Maria Isolabella, Euromilano

Harvard GSD Shortlists 3 Architects for 2015 Wheelwright Prize

Finalists

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced three architects shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 grant, which is awarded annually to a single architect to support travel-based architectural research, is “intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect’s professional career” and “foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement.” 

Similarly to previous years, the shortlisted applicants were chosen from nearly 200 submitters spanning 51 countries. Each finalist will be invited to speak at Harvard GSD on April 16 (starting at noon) to present their work and research proposals. The event will be free and open to the public. A winner will be announced at the end of April.

“The strength and diversity of the applications are growing each year, making the jury’s job increasingly difficult,” said K. Michael Hays, Wheelwright Prize organizing committee member and 2015 jury chair. “It’s gratifying to see so many young architects approach their work as part of larger intellectual projects.”

The shortlisted architects are…

Fitzrovia House / West Architecture

© Peter Cook

Architects: West Architecture
Location: ,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Peter Cook

Video: Sou Fujimoto’s Polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion Opens in Japan

Tokyo-based French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has captured the opening of Sou Fujimoto’s polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion on the Kagawa shoreline in Japan. The inhabitable, seven-meter, white stainless steel structure is part of the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. Watch the video above for a closer look.

Silletas Park / Juan Felipe Uribe de Bedout

© Juan Ricardo Ramírez P

Architects: Juan Felipe Uribe de Bedout
Location: Santa Elena, Antioquia,
Coordinator: Gerardo Olave Triana
Design Team: Gerardo Olave Triana, Álvaro Criollo López, Andrés Castro Amaya
Project Area: 92600.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Juan Ricardo Ramírez P

UNStudio’s StandTable Designed to Inspire Collaboration and Increase Productivity

© PROOFF / Pim Top

A team from UNStudio, led by Ben van Berkel, has launched an interactive new work station inspired by the health advantages associated with standing while working. Dubbed the StandTable, the innovative office furniture is designed to support numerous working positions and fosters interaction and collaboration within the work place.

G House / Ariel Furman + Daniela Garcia-Huidobro

© Nico Saieh

Architects: Ariel Furman, Daniela Garcia-Huidobro
Location: , , Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Area: 208.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Playing with Balance and the Balance of Play: Hello Wood’s 2014 Camp

Cornwalk / Ákos Juhász + Dániel Eke. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

A shortened version of this article by ArchDaily’s Managing Editor Rory Stott appears in HW 1-5, a book by the organizers of Hello Wood about the camp’s first five years.

Arriving at Budapest’s international airport on a warm Saturday in July, I confess to being unprepared for my week ahead at Hello Wood 2014. Hungary was the third country and the fourth city I had been in in 72 hours, and thanks to this (uncharacteristically) chaotic week, I hadn’t had the chance to research anything about the camp. All I knew was what could be learned from the photos of the 2013 camp which I had published almost a year earlier: that is, that the camp is held in an idyllic rural setting, presumably a significant distance from Budapest; and that the quality of work seems unusually high for a week-long architecture workshop, presumably indicating a serious, focused atmosphere at the camp.

The first of these assumptions was absolutely right. But the second could hardly be more wrong. In fact the atmosphere at the camp was so far from being serious that by Tuesday, Gábor Betegh – a friend of the organizers and coincidentally Cambridge University’s new Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy - told me how fascinating it was to compare the “centripetal madness” of the philosophers he knows to the “very centrifugal madness” of the architects at the camp. This remark was made in response to one of the team leaders screeching like a monkey from the top of his team’s half-completed tower.

Córdoba Cultural Center / Castañeda, Cohen, Nanzer, Saal, Salassa, Tissot

Architects: Iván Castañeda, , Cristián Nanzer, Inés Saal, Juan Salassa,
Location: Sarmiento Park, Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Architecture Director: Andrés Caparroz
General Architectural And Landscape Project: Iván Castañeda, Alejandro Cohen, Cristián Nanzer, Inés Saal, Juan Salassa, Santiago Tissot
Project Area: 15000 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

How Charles and Ray Eames’ “Shell Chair” is Constructed in 12 GIFS

Courtesy of Herman Miller

“The role of the architect, or the designer, is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests – those who enter the building and use the objects in it.” Charles Eames

Herman Miller is a furniture design and manufacturing company, which in addition to producing contemporary designs also continues manufacturing classic pieces, including those originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames. The company’s relationship with the designer duo goes back to the 1940s, when they worked together to develop the Eames’ Molded Plywood and the classic Chaise Lounge.

Following a long investigation into the curvature of plywood and the construction of organic forms using new technologies and materials, the pair of architects developed their Shell Chair, an iconic design that is still manufactured today. Learn more about the development of the Shell Chair and see how it is constructed, after the break.