Snow Hotel / 1990 uao + Archigroup MA

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Architects: 1990 uao, Archigroup MA
Location: Banpo-daero 14-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Architect In Charge:
Area: 3771.0 sqm
Photographs: Sun Namgoong, MTO

Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize
Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize

2015 Wheelwright Prize

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the third edition of the Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that awards $100,000 to a talented early-career architect to support travel-based research. The 2015 Wheelwright Prize will begin accepting applications online on January 5; the deadline for submissions is January 30. This annual prize is dedicated to fostering new forms of architectural research informed by cross-cultural engagement. Read on for more information. 

ABDM and RAU Win Competition to Design College Campus in Kortrijk

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Belgian architects ABDM and Dutch architects RAU have been selected over eight teams to design the new Howest College Campus in Kortrijk. A collaboration with Delva Landscape Architects, the school will act as the campus’ main building, open to all 24/7.

Courtesy of The Z Axis
Courtesy of The Z Axis

The Z Axis International Conference to Explore “Great City, Terrible Place” in India

Curated by the Charles Correa Foundation, the Z Axis is an annual conference bringing together pioneers, thought leaders, influencers, professionals, and students in the fields of architecture and urban design to create an intellectual community focused on issues related to the context of India and the developing world. Fifteen speakers will gather from across the globe to explore the theme of Great City…Terrible Place, including David Adjaye, Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank, Spain’s “guerrilla architect” Santiago Cirugeda, Simone Sfriso of Studio TAM Associati and more. Continue reading for all the details. 

Grotto Sauna / Partisans

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Architects: Partisans
Location: Bernyk Island, , ON, Canada
Photographs: Jonathan Friedman

TED Talk: How Painting Can Transform Communities / Haas&Hahn

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First inspired with a grand vision to transform Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious slum into a community united by color, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn of Haas&Hahn have found an ingenious and stunning way to empower some of the world’s most impoverished communities through .

Most of you by now have heard of their initiative, Favela Painting. Using the same improvised logic of growth as the slums themselves, Favela Painting has become a community-driven artistic intervention that has transformed slums and neglected neighborhoods, from Haiti to , into prideful works of art. And, just as Haas&Hahn describe in their TED Talk above, these transformations are impossible without the support of the community. Therefore at the start of each project, the two artists host a neighborhood barbecue, as they have learned that food is the best (and quickest) way to any community’s heart. Watch the TED Talk above to learn just how Haas&Hahn made the seemingly impossible, possible.

Cybertopia: The Digital Future of Analog Architectural Space

2. Cybertopia. Death of analogous . Image © Egor Orlov

“Cyberspace, filled with bugs and glitches – the components of its natural habitat – will form a completely new and previously unknown location when released into a real city  – Cybertopia,” says Egor Orlov, a current student at the Strelka Institute in Moscow. According to Orlov, the physical world is on the brink of a major technological breakthrough that will revolutionize the way architects conceive of space – closing the gap between analog and digital.

Cybertopia - completed while he was a student at the Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering under tutors Akhtiamov I.I. and Akhtiamova R.H. and nominated for the Archiprix Madrid 2015 - exists as another dimension for Orlov, where fairy tales come to life and science harmonizes with engineering and architectural design. “Future of an Architecture Space. Cybertopia. Death of Analogous Cities,” delves into a fantasy world where the “possibility to fly or walk from one planet to another” becomes an illustrated reality using a combination of drafting-based techniques and a wild imagination.

Enter the hybrid technological-analog world of Cybertopia after the break

Kayak Club / Gril Kikelj Arhitekti

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Architects: Gril Kikelj Arhitekti
Location: Celje,
Architect In Charge: Matjaž Gril, Klavdij Kikelj
Site Area: 1700 M2
Area: 580.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Boštjan Kikelj, Klavdij Kikelj

UK Start-Up Hopes to Manufacture World’s First Intelligent All-Glass Living Suite

A proposal for the Photon House, a large scale variation of the Photon Space for permanent living. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project

UK start-up company The Photon Project has announced its plan to launch the Photon Space, the world’s first intelligent all- living unit. Motivated by the major positive benefits that natural light can have on our energy levels, sleep pattern and overall health, the goal of the Photon Space is to create a dwelling that allows its occupants a maximum connection to the outside world.

Posited as an ideal addition to hotels, spas, health retreats, medical centres, and other resorts, the skin of the Photon Space is made of smart glass supported by curving glass beams, switching from transparent to opaque in seconds with the help of an iPhone app.

Dressing Room for a Garden with a Pond / Clara Nubiola

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Interior Designers: Clara Nubiola
Location: 43143 El Milà, Tarragona,
Project Design:
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Regent Road / architecture:m

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Architects: architecture:m
Location: Location House, 109 Tonge Moor Road, , BL2 2DL,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of architecture:m

House IM / Miyahara Architect Office

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Architects: Miyahara Architect Office
Location: Gunma, Japan
Architect In Charge: Teruo Miyahara, Naoko Taniguchi
Area: 92.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

AIA National Award Winner: Prahran Hotel / Techne Architects. Image © Peter Clarke
AIA National Award Winner: Prahran Hotel / Techne Architects. Image © Peter Clarke

Open Call: 2015 Australian Architect in Residence Program

Applications have opened for the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2015 Droga Architect in Residence program. The Droga residency, one of only a few architectural residencies worldwide, offers successful applicants the opportunity to engage with the Australian architecture community over a 12 week period. Submissions are invited from practitioners based outside Australia for residencies available between June and December 2015. More information, after the break.

Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments

Street View of Exterior. Image © Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kjellander + Sjöberg has won first place in a land transfer competition for Uppsala Municipality. Tasked with the transformation of a city block next to Uppsala’s central square, the architects created an inviting complex of timber apartments surrounding a communal courtyard. Designed to foster a sense of community among residents, the Rosendal complex is, as the project’s architects state, “full of character and unlike anything else.”

Competition Entry: Saucier + Perrotte Designs Glass Pavilion for Montreal Botanical Garden

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Conceived as a natural extension of the existing pathways at ’s Botanical Garden, Saucier + Perrotte architectes’ proposal for the “Espace Pour la Vie Pavilion” competition was envisioned as an immersive shelter “eroded” within a lush landscape. The architects, who were also responsible for designing the garden’s 2001 First Nation Garden Pavilion, were among the competition finalists. You can learn more about their proposal, after the break. 

Astor Hellas HQ / MALVI

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Architects: MALVI
Location: , Greece
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Giorgio Papadopoulos

KILO Pitches Woven Tent Outside of Jean Novel’s Arab World Institute


In conjunction with the Contemporary Morocco exhibit (Le Maroc Contemporain) at the Jean Nouvel-designed Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, a giant tent has been constructed on the plaza in front of the building. Designed by and Linna Choi of KILO, the tent harmonizes contemporary design and technical innovation with traditional fabrication methods. Constructed from more than 650-square-meters of camel and goat wool woven by female cooperatives in the Saharan desert, the tent serves as an urban landmark and a symbol for the Contemporary Morocco exhibit. The rhythm and scale of the tent’s silhouette renders a topographic dimension to the structure which pays homage to the nomadic traditions of southern Morocco.

Excerpt: Edwin Abbott’s ‘Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions’

Published in London in 1884, Edwin Abbot’s amusing short novel Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a biting critique of Victorian social hierarchies and a canonical work of scientific and theological commentary. It is also a remarkable spatial allegory, challenging conceptions of visual reality and postulating on the existence of unfamiliar dimensions that are obscured by the learned limits of our own knowledge. The book’s narrator, A Square, lives in a two-dimensional planar world inhabited by geometric shapes that are stratified into social classes based on the number of their sides. Polygons constitute the highest classes, while the laboring isosceles triangles exist only above the women, straight lines condemned to tirelessly wiggle back and forth to make themselves visible. One day, A Square receives a strange visitor—a Sphere—from a three-dimensional place called Spaceland, who reveals to him the limits of his conceived reality. Posing enduring questions of knowledge, reason, and faith, this deeply architectural novel is simultaneously among the most entertaining articulations of a phenomenological approach to our sensory understanding of space.

The first three sections of the book are excerpted below.