Red Architecture Wins Top New Zealand Prize for “Innovative Black Barn”

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Red Architecture’s “innovative black barn” has been awarded the ADNZ‘s (Architectural Designers ) 2014 Supreme National Design Award for its “subtle, economical and clever design.” Located in the beautiful rural landscape of Whatawhata in the Waikato, the project houses a private residence and garage within two “crisp barn-like forms” clad in vertical run steel and recycled bricks taken from the devastation caused by the Christchurch earthquakes.

In addition to the Supreme Award winner, eight designs from across the country were presented Resene Architectural Design Awards at the ceremony. View a glimpse of each awarded project, after the break.

63 Compton / Doone Silver Architects

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Architects: Doone Silver Architects
Location: London, UK
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matt Bargery, Hurford Salvi Carr

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World’s Megacities

Tokyo remains the world’s largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world’s other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled “The Age of Megacities” and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

Kleinerdrei / PARAT

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Architects: PARAT
Location: Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 Hamburg,
Corporate Identity: Carolin Rauen
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: mfruscella & dmanduzio

Rue Losserand / atelier 100architecture

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Architects: atelier 100architecture
Location: 42 Rue Losserand, 37100 , France
Area: 61.0 sqm
Photographs: Brice Desrez

Trendyol Headquarters / Habif Architecture

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Architects: Habif Architecture
Location: 34200 /Istanbul Province,
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

Ebisu Town House / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

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Architects: Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates
Location: Shibuya, Tokyo,
Area: 525.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

Competition Entry: Pedro Livni + Fernando De Rossa’s Proposal for Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium

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Pedro Livni and Fernando De Rossa have shared with us their proposal for the Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium open ideas competition, which was awarded honorable mention. As part of the district’s centennial anniversary, the competition aimed to replace an existing, outdated sports hall with a new gymnasium complex for the local residents of Hyeonpung-myeon neighborhood within the district of Dalseong-gun.

drozdov&partners were ultimately crowned as winners of the competition, however you can review Pedro Livni and Fernando De Rossa after the break.

Reforma Diana Corporate Building / Arditti + RDT arquitectos

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Architects: Arditti + RDT arquitectos
Location: Paseo de la Reforma, , Federal District, Mexico
Area: 33800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos

What Is Missing? / Maya Lin
What Is Missing? / Maya Lin

Maya Lin Wins $300,000 Gish Prize

Maya Lin has been selected to receive the 21st Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a $300,000 award presented annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” 

The artist and architect, who first rose to fame with her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, was chosen from 100 nominees spanning across all fields of the arts. She was lauded for her “last memorial” - What Is Missing? - in which she has been developing for the past seven years in hopes to raise awareness about the degradation of our planet and rapid extinction of the world’s animals and plants. More information, after the break.

NYC Parks / Garrison Architects

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Architects: Garrison Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Rugge / archphoto

Steven Holl Granted Approval for Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis

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Steven Holl Architects’ schematic design for the ChinPaoSan Necropolis has been approved. The scheme, planned for an oceanfront property just 40 minutes from Taipei, will provide a new arrival hall to serve the complex’s 10,000 existing burial sites and an oceanic pavilion for an additional 150,000 ashbox sites.

More than 30 schemes were considered, however Holl’s watercolor explorations lead to the approved idea of intersecting spheres which, as the practice described, “yielded amazing overlapping perspectives that created an astonishing spatial energy.”

More about the 54,000 square meter Necropolis of ChinPaoSan, after the break. 

LaSalle Waterworks Building / Affleck de la Riva architects

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Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Location: Avenue de l’Esplanade, , QC,
Project Manager : Gavin Affleck
Design Architect : Gavin Affleck
Project Team : Steven Leather, Brigitte Boudreau, Alexandre Cassiani, Federico Carbajal, Serge Gascon and Melanie Morris
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Alexandre Chabot, Affleck de la Riva

Zaha Hadid Designs Five Wooden Towers to House Cambodian Genocide Institute

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Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their design for the Sleuk Rith Institute in Phnom Penh. The highly-anticipated project, commissioned by the Documentation Center of Cambodia’s (DC-Cam), will serve as Cambodia’s go-to archive for Khmer Rouge history and a leading center for genocide studies in Asia.

Five wooden towers, inspired by ancient Angkorian architecture, will house the institute’s “cross-section of pursuits,” including a genocide research center, graduate school, museum, document archives and research library. As the towers rise, the structures will interweave and link, connecting various departments above the ground level and uniting the institution as a singular whole.

A virtual tour through the institute, after the break.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Studio Pali Fekete architects

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Architects: Studio Pali Fekete architects
Location: 9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Area: 60000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Edward Linden Photography

What is Evidence Based Design Journal?

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Performative spaces must now be designed to evolve as rapidly as the needs of those that occupy them. This new publication provides detailed design strategies, case studies and the latest advances in the use of new technologies to illustrate the ways in which evidence can be integrated into the design process. 

Driven by enormous advances in ICT, the world is experiencing a period of unprecedented social change—one that has placed extraordinary demands on our built environments, and on our understanding about how they work for the people that actively occupy them. The impact of social interaction on our health and sense of wellbeing is now also recognised as a significant driver in the design of new environments and the need for ongoing research.

Light Matters: Smart Flying Pixels Create a Floating Glow

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Imagine luminaires that could fly and visualise new buildings or individually guide you through space. What would happen if you could even interact with these flying pixels? These concepts could be realised in the near future as the first prototypes and experiments are being introduced. Software-driven LED pixels combined with drone swarm provide extraordinary possibilities for inducing new forms of spatial experience. These luminous pixel clouds emerge as digital patterns, but at the same time they emanate a romantic quality with their unique star formations twinkling in the night sky. The first projects have shared a playful note, but laboratories such as MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, ARES Lab and Ars Electronica Futurelab have shown an intriguing future in urban design for guidance systems or envisioning real estate developments, as advances in battery technology and wireless control have opened new perspectives for a life with smart flying pixels.

Attic Loft Reconstruction / B² Architecture

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Architects: B² Architecture
Location: 6,
Architect In Charge: Barbara Bencova
Area: 220.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alexandra Timpau