Maison De Gaspé / la SHED architecture

© Maxime Brouillet

Architects: la SHED architecture
Location: , QC,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Maxime Brouillet

Why Putin Likes Columns: 21st Century Russia Through the Lens of Architecture

Rendering of the proposed Lakhta Center in St Petersburg. Image Courtesy of

In August 1932, Stalin, holidaying in Sochi, sent a memo containing his thoughts on the entries for the competition to design the Palace of the Soviets, the never-to-be-built monument to Lenin and center of government. In this memo he selected his preferred design, the colossal wedding cake of a tower topped with a 260-foot (79-meter) high statue of Lenin, designed by Boris Iofan. Just over 80 years later, again hosted the architectural whims of a powerful Russian leader for the 2014 Winter Olympics. An oversimplification? Probably. But it’s got nice symmetry to it.

Bediff Exhibition Space / Estudio BRA arquitetura

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Architects: Estudio BRA arquitetura
Location: Vila Olímpia, São Paulo – State of São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: André di Gregorio, Rodrigo Maçonilio
Collaborators: Henrique Menezes, Felipe Checkley, Beatriz Rocha
Area: 104.0 sqm
Year: 20123
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Louisiana State Museum / Trahan Architects. Image © Timothy Hursly

Celebrating the most innovative spaces in the realm of interior design, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected this year’s recipients for the prestigious Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. These eight projects will be recognized for their exceptional design at the AIA 2015 National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta

Learn more about the winning designs after the break.

Wadi Kabir, Muscat. Image © Flickr User MOHAMMED RAFIQUE2011
Wadi Kabir, Muscat. Image © Flickr User MOHAMMED RAFIQUE2011

Allies and Morrison to Masterplan New City District in Oman

The competition to masterplan Muscat, Oman’s new district, Al-Irfan, is over. Organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), five teams were chosen to submit proposals for the development project. Of those five, international firm Allies and Morrison has been selected to oversee the design process. The firm will be working in with the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) to develop a site of over 7.4 million square meters into a thriving urban center that will provide business and residential opportunities for the people of Oman. Learn more, after the break.

LIANG XIN Oriental Therapy Center / Magén Arquitectos

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Architects: Magén Arquitectos
Location: , ,
Arquitectos A Cargo: Jaime Magén y Francisco J. Magén
Project Area: 382.0 m2
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Jean Nouvel Boycotts Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, Saying It Is “Not Finished”

The under construction. Image © Yves Chanoit

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s long awaited opening of the Philharmonie de  concert hall took place yesterday at a VIP event in which the French President, Francois Hollande, officiated the ceremony three years after it was scheduled to take place. Jean Nouvel, however, did not attend the event, instead writing an incendiary column for French Newspaper Le Monde, and releasing a statement saying he feels that the building has opened “too early” and it ”is not finished.” He argues that “there were no acoustic tests of the concert hall [as] the schedule did not allow the architectural and technical requirements to be respected, [...] despite all the warnings which I have been giving since 2013.”

Villa R / C.F. Møller Architects

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Architects: C.F. Møller Architects
Location: ,
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julian Weyer

IT HQ / Morpho Studio

© Hanna Długosz

Architects: Morpho Studio
Location: ,
Area: 800.0 sqm
Photographs: Hanna Długosz

Street House / Massive Order

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Architects: Massive Order
Location: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Sixth Ring Road, Al-Ardiya,
Principle Architect: Muhannad Albaqshi
Design Team: Reem Alhumaidan
Area: 400.0 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Dig In the Sky / Alphaville Architects

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Architects: Alphaville Architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kentaro Takeguchi, Asako Yamamoto
Design Team: Tomohisa Koike
Area: 152.0 sqm
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa

Youth Hotel of iD Town / O-office Architects

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Architects: O-office Architects
Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong,
Architect In Charge: Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
Design Team: Mincong Deng, Jingyu DONG, xiaolin CHEN
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Chaos.Z


On View in LA: “ZOOM” / Steven Christensen and Mads Christensen

Now on view until January 18 at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los AngelesZoom is an installation by the interdisciplinary collaborative NO RELATION, led by architect Steven Christensen and artist Mads Christensen. The project reflects upon the topic of scale, and the exuberant surface qualities one often observes in ordinary objects when magnified. The installation acts as a space multiplier, using form and light to produce an immersive and disorienting spatial experience at a scale seemingly larger than the project’s diminutive footprint. More images and information, after the break.

The Plinth House / Luke Stanley Architects

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Architects: Luke Stanley Architects
Location: VIC 3363,
Area: 140.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hilary Bradford Photography

Vincent Laforet’s Images of New York From Above Will Take Your Breath Away


Something he has “dreamed of capturing for decades,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has released a stunning set of images that captures his hometown of New York in a way that has never before been seen. Taken from a nauseating 7500-feet above the city, Laforet’s “Gotham 7.5K” series reveals the unrelenting, pulsating energy that radiates from the Big Apple’s city grid.

All the images and the making-of video, after the break. 

Hug Shaped House / Pedro Quintela

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Architects: Pedro Quintela
Location: Rua da Malveira 98, 2755 ,
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

New York’s “City of Dreams” Competition Selects Two Winners

© BanG Studio

Two winners have been announced for the fifth annual cycle of ’s “” competition: the “Billion Oyster Pavilion” by locally-based BanG Studio and “Organic Growth” by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects of Madrid and London. Pending approvals and fundraising, both pavilions will be assembled on Governors Island and open to the public for the summer 2015 season. The winning pavilions, after the break.

Walnut Residence / Modal Design

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Architects: Modal Design
Location: Venice, , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Daniel Monti
Area: 2727.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Benny Chan for Fotoworks