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University Psychiatric Centre / Stéphane Beel Architect

15:00 - 31 January, 2017
University Psychiatric Centre / Stéphane Beel Architect, © Luca Beel
© Luca Beel

© Luca Beel        © Luca Beel        © Luca Beel        © Luca Beel        +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • Architects in Charge

    Stéphane Beel, Inge Buyse, Arunas Arlauskas, Karolien Noyez, Lando De Keyzer, Alexis Lagae, Sophie Deheegher, Tom Cortoos, Wout Vandriessche
  • Area

    9374.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

MARTaK Passive House / Baosol

13:00 - 31 January, 2017
MARTaK Passive House / Baosol, © Andrew Michler
© Andrew Michler

© Andrew Michler    © Andrew Michler    © Andrew Michler    © Andrew Michler    +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Masonville, CO 80538, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Andrew Michler
  • Other participants

    Parr Custom Builders
  • Area

    130.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Soar Through MVRDV's Competition-Winning Zaanstad Cultural Center Design

12:00 - 31 January, 2017
Soar Through MVRDV's Competition-Winning Zaanstad Cultural Center Design, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV has released new renderings and a flythrough of their competition-winning design for a new cultural center in the city of Zaanstad in the Netherlands. Borrowing architectural motifs from the historic Zaan House, the design flips the traditional form inside out to create a new living room for the city. Inside, the building will become the new home of a film house, a library, a performing and visual arts centre, a pop music centre, a music school, a centre for design and a local radio station.

Check out the video below.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV +4

2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

11:19 - 31 January, 2017
2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

Following an exciting week of nominations, ArchDaily’s readers have evaluated over 3,000 projects and selected 5 finalists in each category of the Building of the Year Award.

Over 30,000 architects and enthusiasts participated in the nomination process, choosing projects that exemplify what it means to push architecture forward. These finalists are the buildings that have most inspired ArchDaily readers.

This diverse group of projects hail from all corners of the globe and from firms of different sizes and style. This year's selection includes some Building of the Year stalwarts alongside a healthy selection of lesser-known and emerging practices - but most importantly, they all capture architecture's capacity to spark positive change in the environment.

4 Chinese Vernacular Dwellings You Should Know About (Before They Disappear)

09:30 - 31 January, 2017
4 Chinese Vernacular Dwellings You Should Know About (Before They Disappear), © <a href=‘https://www.flickr.com/photos/justaslice/3051644043'>Flickr user Slices of Light</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Slices of Light licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Vernacular architecture refers to designs which find their primary influence in local conditions: in climate, in materials, and in tradition. In a country as diverse as China, with 55 state-recognized ethnic minority groups and widely varying climates and topographies, many different vernacular dwelling styles have evolved as pragmatic solutions that accommodate the unique needs and limitations of their sites.

Rapid urbanization in China has favored high-rise apartment towers over traditional housing because of their ease of construction and the population density they enable, making vernacular dwellings increasingly rare throughout the country. Some firms, like MVRDV and Ben Wood’s Studio Shanghai, have taken note of the many benefits that vernacular dwellings provide, and have created projects that attempt to reconcile tradition with urbanization. Even if you aren't planning on building in China any time soon, the following housing styles have much to teach about what it means to live in a particular time and place. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does encompass the main types of vernacular dwellings seen throughout China.

TinkerBox / Studio MM Architect

09:00 - 31 January, 2017
TinkerBox / Studio MM Architect, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf         © Brad Feinknopf         © Brad Feinknopf         © Brad Feinknopf         +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kerhonkson, NY 12446, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Marica McKeel, AIA
  • Area

    1260.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Most Beautiful Visual Compositions From The Simpsons

08:00 - 31 January, 2017

Una foto publicada por Scenic Simpsons (@scenic_simpsons) el

If you’re a true Simpsons fan, you know there is a Golden Age in which every single episode does not only parody our society, but is filled with film tributes and sexual innuendos that we remember to this day.

From a faith-versus-science conflict (Lisa the Skeptic, 09x08) to the impact of online fake news (The Computer Wore Menace Shoes, 12x06); from Populism in Urban Policy (Marge vs the Monorail, 04x12) to its well-known predictions like the rise of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States (Bart to the Future, 11x17), the show has a knack for providing the social commentary we didn't know we needed.

We had yet to notice, however, just how beautiful some of the visual compositions delivered by the show’s best episodes truly are: Springfield’s ever-changing skyline; the axonometric views that reflect the loneliness experienced by the characters; or the point-perfect generic recreational facilities that every city has.

How did we discover this? Through an Instagram account, Scenic Simpsons, which is dedicated to “showcasing the most beautiful scenes, colors, sets and abstract compositions from Springfield.” We've pulled some of our favorite images to check out below. Can you recognize which episode these scenes are from?

Explore Budapest's Art Deco and Bauhaus Staircases Through This Photo Series

06:00 - 31 January, 2017

Fine arts and commercial photographer Balint Alovits has released Time Machine, his latest photo series documenting Art Deco and Bauhaus staircases throughout Budapest, Hungary.

Shown from the same central perspective, the photographs “create a new dimension by splitting space and time, staying within the visual limits of the project’s concept, while the perception of the architectural details evokes the idea of infinity.”

“I have always liked Art Deco and Bauhaus buildings,” said Alovits. “Whenever I step into one of these caracoles, I feel a certain pulling energy looking up from the bottom or down from the top. I wanted to collect and showcase all the different shapes and colors that these stairways feature.”

© Balint Alovits © Balint Alovits © Balint Alovits © Balint Alovits +16

Oslo Skatehall / Dark Arkitekter

05:00 - 31 January, 2017
Oslo Skatehall / Dark Arkitekter, © Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF
© Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF

© Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF © Lars Gartå © Finn Ståle Felberg/Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF © Lars Gartå +49

A Tilting Horizon: Reflecting on 50 Issues of VOLUME and What's Yet to Come

04:00 - 31 January, 2017

A photo posted by Volume (@archisvolume) on

In this editorial from VOLUME's milestone 50th issue, Arjen Oosterman—the magazine's Editor-in-Chief—reflects on over ten years of cultural production and discourse and outlines what is to come. ArchDaily will be sharing a selection of the articles from this issue over the coming weeks.

Moving forward implies looking back. When we started this research engine called VOLUME in 2005, economic, political, and social conditions were very different to how they are today. The intention to rethink the agency of ‘beyond’ as driver for change inevitably means historicizing the trajectory of the VOLUME project so far. That said, we really didn’t want to turn VOLUME itself into the subject of reflection. So we’ll instead talk about the present and, in so doing, find history creeping its way in whether we like it or not.

B14 / Studio Granda

03:00 - 31 January, 2017
B14 / Studio Granda, © Sigurgeir Sigurgeirsson
© Sigurgeir Sigurgeirsson

© Sigurgeir Sigurgeirsson        © Sigurgeir Sigurgeirsson        © Sigurgeir Sigurgeirsson        © Sigurgeir Sigurgeirsson        +25

Kannikegården / Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

02:00 - 31 January, 2017
Kannikegården / Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, © Anders Sune Berg
© Anders Sune Berg

© Anders Sune Berg © Anders Sune Berg © Anders Sune Berg © Anders Sune Berg +13

Lee&Tee House / Block Architects

22:00 - 30 January, 2017
Lee&Tee House / Block Architects, © Quang Dam
© Quang Dam

© Quang Dam   © Quang Dam   © Quang Dam   © Quang Dam   +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Dang Duc Hoa
  • Area

    261.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Chadstone Shopping Centre / CallisonRTKL + The Buchan Group

20:00 - 30 January, 2017
Chadstone Shopping Centre / CallisonRTKL + The Buchan Group, © CallisonRTKL
© CallisonRTKL

© Seele © CallisonRTKL © Seele © CallisonRTKL +27

House Jodai / Kenta Eto atelier

19:00 - 30 January, 2017
House Jodai  / Kenta Eto atelier, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +34

Blue Barn Theatre & Boxcar 10 / Min | Day

17:00 - 30 January, 2017
© Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby

© Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Omaha, NE, United States
  • Area

    23000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Foster + Partners' Cascading Complex Wins Competition for New Hotel in Mecca

16:00 - 30 January, 2017
Foster + Partners' Cascading Complex Wins Competition for New Hotel in Mecca, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has won an international competition for a new luxury hotel and apartment complex located just outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Borrowing from traditional Arab architecture and the area’s mountainous terrain, the mixed-use development will take the form of a cluster of vertical building clusters, arranged in a stepped topography.

Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners +4

Pinar del Faro House / Carolina Pedroni + Delfina Riverti + Miguel Rossi

15:00 - 30 January, 2017
Pinar del Faro House / Carolina Pedroni + Delfina Riverti + Miguel Rossi, © Roberto Riverti
© Roberto Riverti

© Roberto Riverti © Roberto Riverti © Roberto Riverti © Roberto Riverti +21