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Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2017

07:00 - 29 December, 2016

Following our favorite Architecture Documentaries to Watch in 2015, our top 40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014, and our choice 30 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2013, we're looking ahead to 2017! Our latest round up presents a collection of the most critically acclaimed, popular and often under-represented films and documentaries that provoke, intrigue, inform and beguile. From biopics of Eero Saarinen, Frei Otto and Laurie Baker, to presentations of Chinese "palaces" and the architecture of Africa, Cambodia and India, these are our top picks.

Oak House High School Building / Trasbordo Arquitectura

05:00 - 29 December, 2016
Oak House High School Building / Trasbordo Arquitectura, © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca
© Enrique Cabeza de Vaca

© Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca +24

Cabin Geilo / Lund Hagem Architects

03:00 - 29 December, 2016
Cabin Geilo / Lund Hagem Architects, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© Marc Goodwin               © Marc Goodwin               © Marc Goodwin               © Marc Goodwin               +24

Transformation Potato Barn / Houben & Van Mierlo

02:00 - 29 December, 2016
Transformation Potato Barn  / Houben & Van Mierlo, © Scheltens & Abbenes
© Scheltens & Abbenes

© Scheltens & Abbenes © Scheltens & Abbenes © Scheltens & Abbenes © Scheltens & Abbenes +16

The Inverted Truss / B+P Architects

22:00 - 28 December, 2016
The Inverted Truss / B+P Architects, © Hey! Cheese
© Hey! Cheese
  • Architects

  • Architect in Charge

    Chia-Hao Tsai, Tze-Chun Wei
  • Design Team

    Tzu-Li Lin, Chien-Tung Chen
  • Area

    735.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Dogok Maximum / Moon Hoon

20:00 - 28 December, 2016
Dogok Maximum / Moon Hoon, © Namgoong Sun
© Namgoong Sun

© Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dogok-dong, gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Kim jaekwan, Kim sookhee, Kim haeree, Shin Jinseok , Jade Narrido, Jason Houliston
  • Area

    40.76 m2
  • Photographs

Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum / IAPA Design Consultants

19:00 - 28 December, 2016
Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum / IAPA Design Consultants, © ZENG Zhe
© ZENG Zhe

© ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Paul Bo Peng, Yang, Yen Hu, Stoney Yu
  • Area

    2500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

MullenLowe / TPG Architecture

17:00 - 28 December, 2016
MullenLowe / TPG Architecture, © Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel

© Eric Laignel    © Eric Laignel    © Eric Laignel    © Eric Laignel    +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Winston-Salem, NC, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Larry Berger, RA
  • Lead Designer

    Carly Jacobson, LEED AP
  • Area

    37500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

How the Crystal Cathedral Is Adapting for a New Life Out of the Spotlight

16:00 - 28 December, 2016
How the Crystal Cathedral Is Adapting for a New Life Out of the Spotlight, The interior of the Crystal Cathedral in 2005. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CrystalCathedral.jpg'>Wikimedia user Nepenthes</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
The interior of the Crystal Cathedral in 2005. Image © Wikimedia user Nepenthes licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

When the Crystal Cathedral was constructed near Los Angeles in 1980, its design was pure Hollywood: designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee for televangelist star Robert Schuller, the design combined traditional elements of church design with features that made it suitable for television broadcasts. However, when Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in 2010, the building was passed to a very different tenant, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, who then commissioned Los Angeles-based firm Johnson Fain to adapt the building to be a better fit for the Catholic Church.

A recent article by Mimi Zeiger for Architect Magazine investigates how Johnson Fain are converting the 1980 classic into something more suitable for its new life out of the spotlight—including modulating the light within the vast all-glass structure and rearranging the seating.

House in Piedra Roja / 332 Arquitectos

15:00 - 28 December, 2016
House in Piedra Roja  / 332 Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Colina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Paola Adrovez, Rafael Bas y Daniel Díaz
  • Area

    364.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

New York Times Names Alejandro Aravena Among 28 "Creative Geniuses" of 2016

14:00 - 28 December, 2016
New York Times Names Alejandro Aravena Among 28 "Creative Geniuses" of 2016, Alejandro Aravena at TEDGlobal 2014. Image © TED Conference (Flickr) licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Alejandro Aravena at TEDGlobal 2014. Image © TED Conference (Flickr) licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Chilean architect Alejandro has been selected as one of "28 creative geniuses who defined culture in 2016" by the New York Times, in a list that includes personalities such as First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, singer Lady Gaga, photographer William Eggleston and designer Junya Watanabe.

Aravena achieved spectacular success this year, being awarded the Pritzker Prize in January and acting as director of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale which opened in May. Through his work, he directed a discussion about the role of architects and their impact on society.

Agora / Brenac + Gonzalez et associés

13:00 - 28 December, 2016
Agora / Brenac + Gonzalez et associés, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia              © Stefan Tuchila © Sergio Grazia              © Sergio Grazia              +35

The Totora Cube Investigates the Techniques of Incan-Era Craftsmanship

12:00 - 28 December, 2016
The Totora Cube Investigates the Techniques of Incan-Era Craftsmanship, Courtesy of Archquid / Federico Lerner
Courtesy of Archquid / Federico Lerner

Developed by the architects of the "think-act tank" Archquid, in connection with the indigenous community and other institutions of the parish of San Rafael de la Laguna (Otavalo, Ecuador), this project revolves around the material research of the totora plant, a subspecies of the giant bulrush sedge. The Totora Cube project deepens the understanding of the art and craft with which these fibers have been used since pre-Inca times.

Courtesy of Archquid / Federico Lerner Courtesy of Archquid / Federico Lerner Courtesy of Archquid / Federico Lerner Courtesy of Archquid / Federico Lerner +25

GS House / MWS arquitectura

11:00 - 28 December, 2016
GS House / MWS arquitectura, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +55

University College North / ADEPT

09:00 - 28 December, 2016
University College North / ADEPT, © Jakob Lerche
© Jakob Lerche

© Jakob Lerche © Jakob Lerche © Jakob Lerche © Jakob Lerche +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aalborg, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge

    Anders Lonka
  • Other Participants

    Friis & Moltke, Grontmij
  • Area

    26000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Jakob Lerche, Courtesy of ADEPT

30 Plans, Sections and Details for Sustainable Projects

08:00 - 28 December, 2016
30 Plans, Sections and Details for Sustainable Projects

The dramatic improvement in recent decades in our understanding of sustainable design has shown that designing sustainably doesn't have to be a compromise—it can instead be a benefit. When done correctly, sustainable design results in higher-performing, healthier buildings which contribute to their inhabitants' physical and mental well-being.

The benefits of incorporating vegetation in façades and in roofs, as well as materials and construction systems that take energy use and pollution into account, demonstrate that sustainable design has the potential to create buildings that improve living conditions and respect the natural environment.

Below we have compiled 30 plans, sections and construction details of projects that stand out for their approach to sustainability.

Architecture on Instagram: The Best Shots of 2016

06:00 - 28 December, 2016

Instagram and architecture go together like milk and cookies—an irresistible combination in which one brings out the best of the other. As Instagram continues to add features to its globally appealing platform, we take a look back on the year's most-liked photos posted to our ArchDaily account.

We posted 235 'grams that racked up over 2 million likes. Thank you for following. :) 

Neue Direktion Köln / kadawittfeldarchitektur

05:00 - 28 December, 2016
Neue Direktion Köln / kadawittfeldarchitektur, © Jens Kirchner
© Jens Kirchner

© Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner +15