65 Rooms for Student Housing / Jacques Ripault Architecture

© Patrick Müller , Hervé Abbadie

Architects: Jacques Ripault Architecture
Location: Porte de Vanves, 75014 , France
Area: 2227.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick Müller , Hervé Abbadie

House for a Violinist / OAM

© Jesús Granada

Architects: OAM
Location: Málaga, Málaga,
Architect In Charge: Iñaki Pérez de la Fuente, Cristina García Baeza
Area: 82.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jesús Granada

Autobahn Church Siegerland / Schneider+Schumacher

© Helen Schiffer

Architects: Schneider+Schumacher
Location: , Germany
Architects In Charge: Michael Schumacher, Hans Eschmann
Area: 240.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Helen Schiffer

Sala Ayutthaya / Onion

© Wison Tungthunya

Architects: Onion
Location: , District, , Thailand
Architects In Charge: Siriyot Chaiamnuay & Arisara Chaktranon
Interior Designer: , Siriyot Chaiamnuay & Arisara Chaktranon
Area: 3500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

Villa Escargot / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Takeshi Hirobe
Area: 116.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Faber Terrace / HYLA Architects

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: HYLA Architects
Principal Architect: Mr. Han Loke Kwang
Assistant Architects: Domenic Daniel, Charissa Chan
Area: 374.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

“Classic Japan” Episode 2: Sachio Otani’s Kyoto International Conference Center

The second episode in “Classic ” features the 1966 Kyoto International Conference Center by Sachio Otani. The site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Otani’s waterfront conference center unfurls onto nearby Lake Takaragaike via a series of concrete pathways that offset the centre’s Brutalist weight. Filmed and edited by Vincent Hecht, a French architect and film maker currently living in Tokyo, the series focuses on Japanese architecture from the 1950s to the 80s.

Before working on the conference center, Otani had previously worked in the office of Kenzo Tange, whose Yoyogi National Gymnasium was featured in the first episode of the “Classic Japan” series.

New Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital / Lyons + Conrad Gargett

Courtesy of Lyons, Conrad Gargett

Architects: Lyons, Conrad Gargett
Location: South Bank 3, Clem Jones Promenade, QLD 4101,
Area: 115000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Lyons, Conrad Gargett

RAIC Honors Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal

Cliff House / . Image © Greg Richardson

Nova Scotia architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2015 Gold Medal. The RAIC’s highest honor, the Gold Medal is awarded annually to architects who have had a “significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.”

“His work is universally recognized as pure, dignified, poetic and beautiful,” said the jury. “His work comes from an intimate connection with his communities.”

Auerbach Halevy Wins Competition to Design Jewish Sports Museum in Ramat Gan


Auerbach Halevy Architects have been announced as winner of a competition to design a museum to display the history and future of Jewish sports in the heart of the Maccabiah Village – a 22 acre sports complex at the outskirts of Ramat Gan, Israel. With over 700,000 business travelers and tourists entering its gates each year, the complex plans to join the museum with a 350-seat auditorium, three-star hotel and education spaces to maximize its appeal and use. The building will also include the Maccabi House archives – the world’s largest repository and collection of documents and objects related to the living heritage of Jewish sports.

Island Dwelling / O’Neill Architecture

© Philip Lauterbach

Architects: O’Neill Architecture
Location: Inis Oirr Primary Care Centre, Airport (INQ), , Co. Galway,
Architect In Charge: Patti O’Neill
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philip Lauterbach

Manhattan High School / Gould Evans

© Mike Sinclair

Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 2301 Poyntz Avenue, , KS 66502, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair, Aaron Dougherty

Report Ranks Best BIM and Building Design Platforms for 2015

Courtesy of G2 Crowd

The first Grid℠ winter report from G2 Crowd has been released, placing DataCAD as the CAD software delivering the highest overall levels of customer satisfaction.

Using over 180 reviews from industry professionals, the Grid℠ plots software satisfaction levels against market presence (determined by vendor size, market share, and social impact), categorizing products as a “Leader,” “High Performer,” “Contender,” or “Niche.” G2 Crowd’s review platform encompasses all software widely used within architecture and construction, ranging from BIM to tools and libraries for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and architectural design and construction.

Nieto House / ARP Arquitectos

© Gonzalo Viramonte

Architects: ARP Arquitectos
Location: , Córdoba, Argentina
Project Architects: Pablo González, Nahuel Villagra
Project Area: 233.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

Through the Lens: When Hollywood Designs Prisons

The Sky Cell in Game of Thrones uses dizzying height to trap its prisoners, with the added “benefit” of providing psychological punishment. Image © Home Box Office

The architecture of containment is a fascinating area. The spartan utilitarian spaces of prisons are among the most highly considered, sophisticated and expensive there are. It’s unusual for designers to create spaces for people who experience it against their will (well, mostly) and it is a tricky balance between creating sensitive, positive places for rehabilitation and community expectations about what punishment should look like. There are different approaches around the world: the US take a particular stance; the Norwegians have another. Hollywood, of course, has its own interpretation. And it is not concerned by such trivialities as the Geneva Convention.

Bolton Residence / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams

Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Bolton-Est, QC J0E,
Area: 1480.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams, David Dworkind

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 2, Climbing the Stairs of Porto

ArchDaily has teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “Arquitectura à Moda do Porto,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ first episode about Porto’s shimmering lights, and now we present Episode 2 – Stairs. Read the producers’ description of Episode 2 after the break.

© Gunner Holmstad
© Gunner Holmstad

The Extreme Architecture of the Arctic Regions

In the cities of the Arctic Circle, dramatic change is afoot. The region faces challenges most obviously from environmental change, but economic and cultural challenges also lie ahead, thanks to factors such as the decline of the mining and fishing industries that supported many of the Arctic’s settlements, and the rapid modernization among Northern indigenous communities. In an interesting article for Metropolis Magazine, Samuel Medina takes a long look at the architects and urbanists who are making a difference in a context where “Architecture can’t really survive” – from the SALT Festival which celebrates the culture of the Arctic communities, to the plan to move the entire city of Kiruna two miles to the East, the article is a fascinating look at the extreme architecture of this hostile region. Read the article in full here.