See All 1,715 Entries to the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition Online

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The competition for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki closed last month, becoming the most popular architectural competition in history with 1,715 entries. Now, competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants have made every single one available to view online, with each anonymous proposal presented in a series of two images, and a short description fro the architects. “Since its inception, this competition has been organized to be welcoming, inclusive, and transparent, and the gallery presents a singular opportunity for the public to explore and consider the broad expanse of entries,” says Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Museum and Foundation.

Competition organizer Malcolm Reading added: “For anyone interested in design, the gallery is a tremendous resource that offers rare insight into the design process and further illustrates how the vision for a … [has] captured the imagination of architects around the world.”

And indeed, the website does provide a tremendous tool: with such a huge volume of entries, the database and its associated tagging system offer an interesting way to probe the architectural zeitgeist: for example, it seems ‘curved’ buildings are almost twice as popular as ‘straight’ buildings; and ‘opaque’ buildings are still unpopular, being outpaced by ‘transparent’ buildings by almost five to one, despite the traditionally opaque museum typology.

But when it comes to architectural quality, where do you even begin with 1,715 proposals? The competition’s website has that covered too, with a favorites button, a six-building shortlist tool and a search-by-registration tool. ArchDaily is here to help too: after the break, we’ve hand-picked 50 of the most exciting, unusual, interesting and simply absurd proposals for you to start talking about.

Pe no Monte – Rural Tourism / [i]da arquitectos

© Joao Morgado

Architects: [i]da arquitectos
Location: 7630-174 , Portugal
Architects In Charge: Ivan de Sousa, Ines Antunes
Project Leader: Ivan de Sousa
Area: 820.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joao Morgado

OS31 Designs Pop-Up Restaurant on a Frozen River

Courtesy of OS31

UK architects OS31 have recently won a competition to design RAW:almond, “the first ever outdoor dining restaurant on a frozen body of water.” The temporary restaurant has set up for business in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the last two years, and for 2015 the organizers held an international open competition for the winning design. This year’s design establishes itself as an expressive frame that appears to float across the ice like a frozen jetty. Learn more about the winning proposal after the break.

Architecture & Water: Exploring Radical Ideas To Unlock The Potential of Urban Waterways

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In the first part of their new micro documentary series on architecture and water, Ellis Woodman and a team at the Architectural Review (AR) have collaborated with architects, developers, urbanists and thinkers to examine the latent connections between and our built environment. Taking a journey by narrowboat through , discussing a raft of radical ideas which may offer the keys to unlocking the potential of the river along the way, the films discuss how we might begin to shape the contemporary city’s relationship with its urban waterways. Can ”floating parks, amphibious houses, floodable public squares, new wetlands or brand new canals foster a more meaningful relationship between the citizen and the city’s waters?”

StreetDome / CEBRA + Glifberg + Lykke

© Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

Architects: CEBRA , Glifberg + Lykke
Location: 6100 , Denmark
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK’s Confidence Remains High

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for September showed that, for yet another month, confidence is high among UK architects, with the workload index up fractionally to +29 from +28 in August. Again, this positive figure was spread right across the country, with the most optimistic reports coming from Northern Ireland and the North of England, reporting workload index figures of +80 and +46 respectively – promising figures considering that these two areas were “slowest to show signs of recovery” after the recession, according to the RIBA.

Histria Aromatica Homestead / MVA

© Ivan Dorotić

Architects: MVA
Location: Bale,
Area: 972.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ivan Dorotić

University Library / a02 Atelier

© Vladimir Yurkovic

Architects: a02 Atelier
Location: Fakulta riadenia a informatiky Žilinskej univerzity v Ružomberku, Katolícka univerzita v Ružomberku, Hrabovská cesta, 034 01 -Ružomberok, Slovakia
Area: 2066.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Vladimir Yurkovic

Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road Win Inaugural MCHAP Award

The winners of the inaugural Award, recognizing outstanding projects in the Americas: Álvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road. Photographs © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG – últimas reportagens and © Hufton + Crow

Álvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida have just been announced as the winners of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).

MCHAP was established by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago to recognize the best built works in the Americas. As Kenneth Frampton noted when the finalists were announced in Santiago, Chile, the MCHAP Awards are the first time that an architectural prize has been approached, not in a trans-atlantic, horizontal manner, but rather vertically across the Americas.

Although initially the jury intended to select one work to be honored for the 2000-2013 period, they felt that both projects represented “an uncommon expressive display of structure,” and divided the 13-year period into two parts. Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation was selected as the 2000-2008 winner, while Herzog & de Meuron’s mixed-use parking garage was selected for the 2009-2013 period. The two winning projects were selected from a total of seven finalists by jury members Jorge Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, and Kenneth Frampton.

Learn more about the winning projects after the break.

K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio

© Aviad Bar Ness

Architects: Arbejazz Architecture Studio
Location: ,
Interior Design: Adi Wainberg (Arbejazz architecture studio).
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aviad Bar Ness, Adi Wainberg

Leaning House / PRAUD

© Kyungsub Shin

Architects: PRAUD
Location: 중평저수지, Maryeong-myeon,
Architects In Charge: Dongwoo Yim, Rafael Luna
Area: 127.0 sqm
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Rabbit’s Tale / t!dtangstudio

© Ketsiree Wongwan

Architects: t!dtangstudio
Location: 20th floor, Piya Place, Phloen Chit, , , 10330
Design Team: Pattakorn Thanasanaksorn, Pornplom Krasaeyarn
Main Contractor: Saran Navaraj
Area: 260.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ketsiree Wongwan

La Brea Affordable Housing / Patrick Tighe + John V. Mutlow

© Architecture / Bran Arifin

Architects: Patrick Tighe, John V. Mutlow
Location: West Hollywood, CA, USA
Area: 50000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick Tighe Architecture / Bran Arifin, Art Gray Photography

Studio Gang Breaks Ground on Chicago Writers’ Theatre

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Studio Gang has broke ground on the new home for ’s beloved Writers’ Theatre. Situated on the sloped Tudor Court site of the Glencoe Woman’s Library Club, the glass encased timber structure will be a theatrical spectacle, as the main performance space’s second story catwalk is designed to peer through the transparent facade.

“Our process has been built around the creative team dialogue with Writers Theatre, its audiences, and the community, and we could not be more excited to celebrate this milestone today while looking forward to the ideas that will soon become a built reality in 2016,” said Jeanne Gang. “The design of Writers Theatre’s first purpose-built theatre reinforces their important mission and vision to maximize the feeling of intimacy between actors and audience within the park-like setting of downtown Glencoe.”

New renderings and more information from the architect, after the break.

Svencelė Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Centre / DO architects + Aketuri Architektai

Courtesy of Architects: + Aketuri Architektai

Architects: DO architects, Aketuri Architektai
Location: Svencelė 96241,
Design Team: Andrė Baldišiūtė, Lukas Rekevičius, Milda Rekevičienė, Ignas Uogintas, Algimantas Neniškis
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Architects: DO architects + Aketuri Architektai

David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Renzo Piano Among 12 Shortlisted for Sydney Art Gallery Expansion

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Twelve local and international practices have been invited to participate in a two-stage competition for the “ Modern Project,” a $450 million of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW). Five practices from the shortlist, which also includes SANAA, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Herzog & de Meuron, will move on to produce conceptual designs in the competition’s final round.

“The Sydney Modern vision for expansion and transformation is much more than just a building project,” stated gallery director Dr. Michael Brand. “Through this invited competition the Gallery is seeking ideas that will create an architecturally ambitious, intelligent, sensitive, sustainable and highly functional design. Our site overlooking Sydney Harbor will inspire each of the invited architectural practices, all of whom have extraordinary design skills.”

The invited architectural practices are…

September ABI Indicates Robust Conditions for US

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The American Institute of Architecture () has indicated a “heightened level of demand for design services” throughout the US. As the latest Architecture Billings Index () reports, all regions and project sectors have shown positive conditions and the September score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. The new projects inquiry index was 64.8, following a mark of 62.6 the previous month.

“Strong demand for apartment buildings and condominiums has been one of the main drivers in helping to keep the design and construction market afloat in recent years,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There continues to be a healthy market for those types of design projects, but the recently resurgent Institutional sector is leading to broader growth for the entire construction industry.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Prairie Logic / el dorado

© Mike Sinclair

Architects: el dorado
Location: Kansas City, MO,
Architect In Charge: Dan Maginn, FAIA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair, Videtech, Courtesy of el dorado