:output International Student Award

Works carried out by students usually disappear into drawers after presentation to a relatively small college audience. There the work remains invisible.

The International Student Award wants to change that. Every year more than 1.000 students from more than 30 different countries submit their best projects to the competition. A jury of international renowned designers and professors makes a selection which is published in . Send your best projects until February 15, 2010 and get published in the yearbook.

The best project of all submissions is honoured with the :output Grand Prix which includes also a scholarship worth 3,000 Euro. For more information on submission and conditions, go to the competition’s official website.

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Villa N / Audrius Ambrasas Architects

Architects: Audrius Ambrasas Architects
Location: Vilnius,
Design team: Audrius Ambrasas, Rasa Ambrasiene
Project Year: 2005
Construction Year: 2006
Project Area: 460 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of

Schloss Lackenbach / AllesWirdGut Architektur

© Rupert Steiner

Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur
Location: Lackenbach,
Collaborators: Alexandra Seip, Daniel Payer, Maria Magina, Paula Groß, Viktoria Volozhynska
Client: Esterházy Betriebe GmbH, Domänen Privatstiftung
Project Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007
Photographs: Rupert Steiner

Kolelinia / Martin Angelov

Martin Angelov shared his funky concept for a new urban way of transportation dubbed “Kolelinia” with us .  Kolelinia proposes that we ride our bicycles on a wire as a new type of bicycle lane.  The idea was awarded first for the international “Line of Site” competition.

More about Kolelinia after the break.

eVolo Magazine #1

A few months ago I attended the launch of eVolo Magazine at the Storefront Gallery, where I had the chance to talk with editor-in-chief Carlo Aiello about the magazine.

I already knew about as a foundation to promote forward thinking on architecture, through a series of thematic skyscraper competitions over the last few years, while serving as a platform for young architects.

The magazine (published twice per year) is similar, with thematic issues divided in two parts: Opinion and Depth. The first includes on going or completed buildings by renowned practices, analyzed by a group of experts and other articles. The second part includes experiments projects by young architects around the theme of the issue.

On the first edition “Housing for the 21st century” we find projects by OMA, Herzog & de Meuron, Alejandro Aravena, BIG, Steven Hall and Asymptote, articles by Neri Oxman and several experimental projects on housing by a group of young architects.

More details after the break:


Architects: decaARCHITECTURE
Location: Antiparos,
Project Team: Alexandros Vaitsos, Carlos Loperena, Elena Zabeli, Kyle Gudsell, Katerina Chryssanthopoulou
Owner: Oliaros AE (Antiparos Design Projects)
Structural Engineers: KYMA / Manos Kyriazis
Mechanical Engineers: TEKEM / George Kavoulakos
Contractor: Kataskevastiki Topometriki Parou ABETE / Nikos Kaggelis
Landscape Designers: Doxiadis+ / Thomas Doxiadis
Project Area: 237 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Erieta Attali, Ed Reeve,

Alexis Rochas, I/O: Still Robot

The Southern California Institute of Architecture announces the first exhibition of 2010: Still Robot by , I/O, on view at the Gallery from January 22 through March 7. Still Robot is a 1,000 square-foot case study introducing the OCTA.BOT system, the proprietary technology of I/O, which is comprised of eight swivel joints, and introduces the unique universal building system of freely rotating elements that expands on space-frame technology.

A member of SCI-Arc’s faculty, Rochas is well-known for his recent SYNTHe project, an adaptable synthetic environment managing air pollution and storm water runoff that was recognized as one of the first large-scale rooftop vegetable gardens in Los Angeles. I/O’s practice focuses on the development of dynamic architectural methodologies integrating design, technology and advanced fabrication techniques.

On February 5, an exhibition discussion will be held with Alexis Rochas and Eric Owen Moss. We’ve interviewed both on ArchDaily, so be sure to check them out! (Alexis Rochas here, Eric Owen Moss here).

For more information on the exhibition, click here.

Dove of Peace / Sunlay Design

Beijing Sunlay Design Office designed a Protestant Church in Inner Mongolia that takes its inspiration from the land’s topography.  Set on top of a hill of Ordos, the scheme, entitled “” gives its metaphor and poetry to the church by re-interpreting a contemporary and abstract silhouette of the bird carrying an olive branch.  Made of and with the facades finished in white crepi,  the church’s form follows the adjacent curved road that crosses the site. “The dialogue between the outside and the inside space is emphasized by the play of shadows and light that creates complexity and depth in the reading of the space.”  Delicate streams of light reflect harmony and tranquility, providing the perfect atmosphere for prayer and contemplation.

More images after the break.

San Lucas School / Francisco Izquierdo & Maria Jose Varas

© Cristobal Palma

Architect: Francisco Izquierdo & Maria Jose Varas
Location: Lo Espejo, Santiago,
Collaborators: Claudio Tapia, Francisca Lorenzini, Andrés Alvear
Client: Fundacion El Camino
Structural Engineer: Ingevsa Ltda. Eduardo Valenzuela
Contractor: Valencia y Gonzales. Marcial Gonzales
Built Area: First phase 2,790 sqm
Project year: 2007
Construction year: 2008
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

House KvD / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

© Rene de Wit

Architects: Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten
Location: Teteringen,
Client: Private
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Rene de Wit

Lucien Rose Complex / Atelier du Pont

© Luc Boegly

Architects: Atelier du Pont (Member of PLAN01)
Location: Rennes,
Project Team: Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier -Stéphane Pertusier
Project Leader: Aquilino Torrao
Client: Archipel habitat and City of Rennes (library)
Landscaping: Ronand Desorneaux & Cabinet Lengyel Architectes
Project Area: 7,300 sqm
Budget: 9.2M Euros
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Luc Boegly

USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition

The Salvation Army joins the U.S. Green Building Council this year in hosting USGBC‘s 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition. Entrants will design an affordable, 800 square foot green home for an elderly client in the Broadmoor, New Orleans neighborhood. Winners will be announced after the top four entries have been constructed, inhabited and evaluated.

Through its EnviRenew initiative, The is kicking off a large-scale residential green building campaign in five neighborhoods in New Orleans, facilitating the construction of 125 new homes and the renovation of 125 existing homes over the next three years through the provision of grant financing to homebuyers and homeowners.

For complete schedule, requirements and submission go to the competition’s official website.

Residance O / Andrea Tognon architecture

© Andrea Tognon

Architects: Andrea Tognon architecture
Location: Teolo,
Collaborator: Roberta Cazzaniga
Design Year: 2008-2009
Construction Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Andrea Tognon

Umur Printing / Nevzat Sayin

Architects: Nevzat Sayin
Location: Istanbul,
Project Team: Ebru Tabak, Onur Eroguz, Bahar Unlu, Ibrahim Eyup
Structural Engineer: Gokhan Dedeoglu () / Hudaı Kaya (Steel) / Alper Ilkı (Academic Advısor) / Nahıt Kumbasar (Academic Advısor)
Electrical Engineer: Cedetas / İpekler Elektrik
Mechanical Engineer: Serper Gıray / Kipas
Client: Umur Inc.
Project Area: 43,000 sqm
Project Year: 2003-2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Nevzat Sayin

Spontaneous Architecture Mini-competitions

The Spontaneous Architecture mini-competitions are a series of twelve monthly competitions to last throughout 2010. The entries are single images, and the entry fee is $5 per entry. The competition winners will be decided by fellow competition entrants (although no entrant may vote for their own proposal).

This collective voting will harness the group’s intelligence and interests and hopefully catalyze a discussion within the participating group which will be formally continued in a live event in New York City. The event will be held in collaboration with Columbia University’s Studio-X in downtown Manhattan and will coincide with the announcement of the competition winner(s).

They have recently launched the first one. Details, after the break.

Upside-Down House / Hutchison & Maul Architecture

Architecture: Hutchison & Maul Architecture
Location: Seattle, ,
Structural Engineer: Perbix Bykonen
Contractor: Raven DB
Project Area: 242 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Hutchison & Maul Architecture

Kindergarten Barbapapà / ccd studio

© Fabio Mantovani

Architects: ccd studio
Location: Comune de Vignola, MO,
Architects in Charge: Luca Ciaffoni, Michele Ciutti, Antonio Di Marcantonio
Project Team: Alessandro Di Remigio, Dario Di Francesco, Fabiana Petrella, Marta Gaudieri, Nicole Balassone
Artistic advice: Aldo Benedetti
Structural Engineering: Umberto Cianci, Marcello Di Domenicantonio
Site Area: 5,600 sqm
Project Area: 1,158 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Fabio Mantovani

AD Round Up: Shanghai Pavillions Part III

Shanghai World Expo will take place this year in China, with several countries designing and building their own pavilions. We’ve featured many of them, and we still have a few left. Check our first and second part if you missed some of them, and enjoy our third part to end this week’s Round Up.

Luxembourg Pavillion
The idea “forest and fortress” comes from the literal meaning of the Chinese term for Luxembourg. The pavilion, built from steel, and , will be an open fortress around with greenery. The 15-meter-high main structure will resemble an ancient castle with large openings surrounded by medieval towers (read more…)

Switzerland Pavillion
The design by Buchner Bründler Architects, chosen out of the 104 candidates through a world-wide competition, focuses on the sustainable development as well as harmony and balance, which coincide with the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang. “This piece of work best shows the characteristics of modern Switzerland (read more…)

Spain Pavillion
The Spain Pavilion will have a steel structure and a wicker cover. Spanish handcrafters will weave out different patterns by using different colors of wicker, said Benedetta Tagliabue, designer of the pavilion. The wicker will be covered by a special material that is water-proof. It will also keep the pavilion at a comfortable temperature (read more…)

British Pavillion
The Pavilion of Ideas, designed by Heatherwick Studio, beat five other short-listed designs, including plans put forward by the creators of the London Eye – the largest Ferris wheel in the world – to becomes the winner. The pavilion looks like a box with thousands of spines that hover without visible support above a public square (read more…)

Belgian Pavillion
Conix Architects in collaboration with JV Realys have won the competition to design the Belgian Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010. The structure of a brain cell is the dominant conceptual image for the pavilion. It aims to evokes the artistic and scientific richness of Belgium and the country’s central position within Europe (read more…)