‘Olympicopolis’ Design Contest Officially Open

The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to ’s Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds

The competition to design a cultural complex at London‘s new ‘Olympicopolis’ site formally opened today, seeking to attract “an exceptional team” of architects, masterplanners, engineers and landscape designers to transform the site next to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Organizers Malcolm Reading Associates say that the competition has already registered over 960 expressions of interest from firms worldwide before the details were even announced, thanks to their early announcement seeking interested parties in July.

The complex will house outposts for the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, Sadler’s Wells and University of the Arts London. The designs for the complex will also respond to proposals for a new campus for University College London which is planned for an adjacent site, making it “one of the most exciting international developments in arts and culture,” according to Director of the V&A Martin Roth.

Read on after the break for more details of the competition

Zaha Hadid Architects' designs for three towers in Brisbane were recently unveiled. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects' designs for three towers in Brisbane were recently unveiled. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Says She “Would Love To Do a Tower in London”

Despite her position as one of the world’s most prominent and successful architects, Zaha Hadid yesterday revealed that there is one thing she feels is missing from her portfolio: a skyscraper in London. Speaking to BD at the announcement of her Science Museum competition win, Hadid said ”I’d love to do a tower in London but it hasn’t arrived.” More of Hadid’s comments after the break.

BCN Re.Set – Identity Pavilion / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: Plaça Nova, 08002 Barcelona, Barcelona,
Design School: La Salle
Design Director: Xiaodu Liu,Yan Meng
Project Director: Bernat Riera
Year: 2014
Photographs: Renze Hu, Marcela Grassi, Eugeni Bach _ Albert Cabrer, Runze Hu _ Jaime Font

A Hidden London Will Be Revealed For Open House 2014

Lloyds of / RSHP. Image Courtesy of Open House

Open House 2014, a concept developed in London twenty two years ago which has now spread to cities across the world, will throw open the doors to some of the capital’s most inspiring spaces and interiors this month. “Revealing”, the theme of this year’s Open House, intends to “shed light on issues that are relevant to local communities.” In this way, the scheme hopes to examine how the built environment is evolving. Exploring the role of architects, engineers and contemporary design in revitalising places and spaces, the festival hopes to show above all “how good design can make London a more livable, vibrant and enjoyable city.”

The Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Location: 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4QT,
Partners In Charge: Andrew Morris, Graham Stirk, Richard Rogers
Client: The British Land Company plc and Oxford
Area: 84424.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties, Lee Mawdsley, Paul Raftery

Mola Structural Kit: A New Way to Learn About Structures

With the aim of visually demonstrating the behavior of architectural structures, the Mola model simulates real structures, allowing users to assemble, visualize and feel the structures themselves.

The idea for the interactive model began when Brazilian architect Márcio Sequeira de Oliveira was overseeing a postgraduate course and became concerned with the abstract approach given to topics related to structure.

Academy Of Art Crafts (ESMA) / LCR Architectes

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Architects: LCR Architectes
Location: 50 Route de Narbonne, 31320 ,
Area: 78792.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

T-house / ASOstyle

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Architects: ASOstyle
Location: Gifu,
Architect In Charge: Tatsushi Shibata,Toru Watabe
Area: 723.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aquarius

Bagrecha Residence / Cadence

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Architects: Cadence
Location: , Karnataka, India
Architect In Charge: Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekar
Project Architects: Smitha Lukose, Komal Bhulani, Sangeetha Patrick, Aishani Nath
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Anand Jaju

South Harbor. Image © City of Helsinki
South Harbor. Image © City of Helsinki

Artists Seek Alternatives to Proposed Guggenheim Helsinki

As the first phase of the Guggenheim Helsinki design competition concludes, a group of independent arts organizations have launched a search for “alternative” proposals: The Next Helsinki. The counter-competition calls on architects, urbanists, landscape architects, artists, and “all others who love cities to suggest ways in which Helsinki and its South Harbor can be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city.” More information, after the break.

DAf Offices / Albert Tidy

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Architects: Albert Tidy
Location: Los Navegantes 1955, Providencia, Metropolitan Region,
Collaborators: Melisa Ortíz, Sebastián Cruz
Project Area: 343.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

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’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form.

Kocka Bar / MINUSPLUS

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Architects: MINUSPLUS
Location: , Kazinczy Street 48, 1075 Hungary
Architect In Charge: Zsolt Alexa, Donát Rabb, Ákos Schreck, Ferenc Kis, Tímea Molnár, Szabina Pap, Balázs Turai
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky, Bertalan Soós

VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels on “Promiscuous Hybrids” and “Worldcraft”

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Referring to his work as “promiscuous hybrids,” Bjarke Ingels details his vision of “worldcraft” where architecture harnesses the desires, knowledge and of its people to transform surreal dreams into reality.

Les Marais / Alain Carle Architecte

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Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: , QC J0T,
Area: 6505.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrien Williams

IaaC Students Develop Material System with Responsive Structural Joints

Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati

Despite architecture’s continued evolution over the course of history, our use of structural has remained largely the same since the advent of modern building . This reality may be changing thanks to the development of new seeking the same kinds of adaptability often found in nature.

Adaptable architecture is becoming an increasingly viable endeavor as a result of recent developments in building technologies and materials. Masters research students Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta and Ramin Shambayati at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia were interested in “architecture of transition” and have developed a new material system that utilizes a thermally responsive polymer as structural joints with their project, “Translated Geometries.” Read on after the break to learn about how this new material system was developed and its potential for applications in architecture.

The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building / Westlake Reed Leskosky. Image © Nic Lehoux
The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building / Westlake Reed Leskosky. Image © Nic Lehoux

Architect Magazine’s Top 50 US Architecture Firms

Architect Magazine has released its list of the 50 best architecture firms in the US, with Westlake Reed LeskoskyWilliam Rawn Associates and Gensler taking home the top three slots in the overall ranking. The ranking is based on three key factors: business, design and sustainability. Westlake Reed Leskosky also ranked number 1 in the Best in Business category, along with HDR and Spector Group in second and third place, respectively. NADAAABehnisch Architekten and Payette were the top three firms in the Best in Design category, while EYP Architecture & Engineering, William Rawn Associates and Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects were ranked as the top three in the Best in Sustainability category. For the full list visit Architect Magazine

Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: 637 East Hyman Avenue, , CO 81611, USA
Area: 33000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Moran / OTTO, Derek Skalko