Brooklyn Row House / Office of Architecture

© Ben Anderson Photo

Architects: Office of Architecture
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Anderson Photo, Courtesy of

Synthesis Design + Architecture Utilizes Gradient 3-D Printing in “Durotaxis Chair”

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Los Angeles-based practice Synthesis Design + Architecture has created a 3-D printed chair which uses the latest gradient technology to apply different material properties to different parts of the chair. Originally asked by leading company Stratasys to design a piece that would not be possible without utilizing , chose to go one better, designing a chair that would not be possible without the Stratasys Objet 500 Connex3, which is capable of combining a range of material properties into a single print run.

View All 1,070 Entries for UNESCO’s Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition Online

Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of

Last month the UNESCO office in Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, announced the winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center. An Argentina-based team, led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero, was selected from 1,070 design entries from teams in 117 different countries. Now, all of these submissions will be posted in an online gallery on the Bamiyan Culture Centre website for the next three months. “The competition achieved beyond expectation and contributed to portray a new and positive image of the culture sector in Afghanistan. This exhibition aims to showcase the extraordinary effort that the architectural community and each and every applicant put into this competition,” writes UNESCO.

With generous financial aid from the Republic of Korea, the culture center will be built on land adjacent to the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan World property. The center aims to promote art, history, music and community interaction. When evaluating the submissions the seven-member jury focused on “design principles emphasizing innovation, community needs, environmental consciousness, sustainability, and connection to the natural and cultural landscape of the Bamiyan Valley.”

Read on after the break for a round-up of images from some of the most interesting, unusual and unique proposals. You can search by ID number, Team Leader or Country to view the full project board with descriptions, renders and plans on the online gallery.

Tunga Gallery / Rizoma Arquitetura

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Rizoma Arquitetura
Location: – MG, Brasil
Project Architects: Thomaz Regatos e Maria Paz
Collaborators: Sara Fagundes e Inácio Luiz
Project Area: 2194.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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Frei Otto and the Importance of Experimentation in Architecture

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In their notes on the selection of Frei Otto as the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate, the jury described him as an architect that took his work beyond the boundaries of the discipline, as an architect who was also a “researcher, inventor, form-finder, engineer, builder, teacher, collaborator, environmentalist, [and] humanist.”

To learn more about Otto’s multidisciplinary approach to architecture as well as his emphasis on experimentation, we turned to an interview he did with in 2004, published in the book A Conversation with Frei Otto. In the interview, Otto discusses numerous topics of interest and relevance to architecture in the 21st century, and in particular the importance of experimentation and research, declaring: “Productive research must be brave!”

Texugueira House / Contaminar Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: Contaminar Arquitectos
Location: Leiria,
Design Team: arch. Joel Esperança, arch. Ruben Vaz, designer Romeu Sousa
Collaborators: Frederico Louçano, Margarida Carrilho, Hugo Rainho
Area: 233.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

AD Interviews: Richard Francis-Jones / FJMT

At the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore we had the chance to speak with , the Design Director of Australian-based practice FJMT. has a strong focus on public buildings and community work, and their Aukland Art Gallery was selected as WAF’s 2013 World Building of the Year, after winning the Culture Category. “The role of the architect in society is an evolving question. I think in a way we reflect and represent the values of a society, the values of the culture that we’re part of,” he told us. “I think what an architect should do is perform that reflection in a very thoughtful and potentially critical way so that in a sense we’re mirroring the society, its values and its challenges, but at the same time providing a kind of potential insight into the way things could go, a kind of a promise of how things could evolve.”

FJMT’s Darling Quarter was also the winner of WAF’s Office Category in 2012 and as was their Liberty Place project in 2014. Watch the full interview above to see what else Francis-Jones has to say about the role of the architect in society, what it’s like to run your own practice and their Aukland Art Gallery design. And find out how to participate in this year’s WAF awards here.

4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition

First Place: “EMPTY” / Zigeng Wang. Image ©

The 2015 Fairy Tales competition, hosted by Blank Space, has drawn to a close with four winners and 11 honorable mentions emerging victorious. Now in its second year, the competition attracted over 1,200 entries from 65 countries and challenged participants in a number of fields to design architectural projects inspired and accompanied by fictional stories.

Check out the winning designs after the break.

Dublin Dental Hospital / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

© Christian Richters

Architects: Mccullough Mulvin Architects
Location: 4 Leinster Road, Louis Lane, Dublin 6,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters

Gekko / Moke Architecten

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Architects: Moke Architecten
Location: ,
Area: 2380.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Thijs Wolzak

Fresh Bid To Save Robin Hood Gardens From Demolition

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It has been reported that London’s Robin Hood Gardens  estate, which was thought to be finally condemned in March 2012, has re-entered a state of flux due to governmental indecision. The former UK Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, gave the housing scheme an immunity from listing certificate in 2009, meaning that no concerned party could bid for it to gain protected status under British law. This certificate, designed to ensure that the buildings would be swiftly demolished, has now expired. This has led the Twentieth Century Society (C20) to launch a new bid for the estate to be both saved and protected.

Casa SG / Tuttiarchitetti

Architects: Tuttiarchitetti
Location: CT, Italy
Architect In Charge: Daniela Finocchiaro, arch. Vincenzo Giusti, arch. Luigi Pellegrino
Year: 2014
Photographs: Salvatore Gozzo

Hannam-Dong HANDS Corporation Headquarters / THE_SYSTEM LAB

© Yongkwan Kim

Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
Location: 104 Hannam-daero, Yongsan-gu, , South
Design Team: Choonglyeol Lee, Sanghyun Park, Jongkil Kim, Jinchul Choi
Design: Chanjoong Kim
Area: 433.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

Dragonfly Park / V-architecture

© Oki Hiroyuki

Architects: V-architecture
Location: tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Oki Hiroyuki

Re-Toyosaki / Coil Kazuteru Matumura Architects

© Yoshiro Masuda

Architects: Coil Kazuteru Matumura Architects
Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Construction: kimuko corp
Area: 33.0 sqm
Photographs: Yoshiro Masuda

Woljam-ri House / JMY architects

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Architects: JMY architects
Location: 453-1 , Dong-eup, Uichang-gu, Gyeongsangnam-do, South
Architect In Charge: Jaemin Yoon
Design Team: Jinsoo Kim, Hyukhyu Shin(Team Manager) Kwangjae Ryu, Minji Kim, Seongmin Lee
Area: 220.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joonhwan Yoon

David Adjaye Unveils Major Residential Development Planned for Johannesburg

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Adjaye Associates has announced plans to transform a 17-floor post-modernist structure in Johannesburg’s central business district into a luxury mixed-use building that will be known as the “Hallmark House.” Scheduled for completion mid-2016, the project aims to “combine an African aesthetic with a contemporary vision” and form a new typology for urban living.

“The transformation of Hallmark House is an opportunity to apply fresh thinking to urban community and to address changing lifestyles with a more fluid approach to the way we inhabit cities,” says David Adjaye.

Korokoro House / Parsonson Architects

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Architects: Parsonson Architects
Location: Wellington,
Architects In Charge: Gerald Parsonson. LBP: Andreas Cherry
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul McCredie