NiNo House / Hérard & da Costa

© Michel Rigaud

Architects: Hérard & da Costa
Location: ,
Area: 385.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Michel Rigaud, Philippe Ruault

Maison P(c)ap(l)ill(ss)on / Guillaume Ramillien Architecture

© Eric Pouyet

Architects: Guillaume Ramillien Architecture
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Guillaume Ramillien
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eric Pouyet

Mr Big Stuff / Techne Architecture + Interior Design

© James Geer

Architects: Techne Architecture + Interior Design
Location: Meyer Street, VIC 3781, Australia
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: James Geer

Jean Nouvel’s Tower Verre Finally Ready to Break Ground

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Jean Nouvel‘s long-awaited 53 West 53rd Street, also known as the Tower Verre or the Tower, may finally be ready to move ahead with construction after the project’s developer Hines purchased $85.3 million worth of air rights from its neighbors MoMA and the St Thomas Episcopal Church and arranged the $860 million construction loan required for the project.

Originally proposed in 2007, the design has been plagued by problems, including significant delays due to the financial crisis and a difficult approval process which resulted in the building’s height being slashed from 1,250 feet to its current planned height of 1,050 feet. However, according to a statement from Hines groundbreaking on the project is now “imminent.”

House with Showroom / ao-architekten

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: ao-architekten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Markus Innauer
Area: 190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

The Living and BIG Among Winners of the 2015 Holcim Awards for North America

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The Holcim Foundation has announced the North American Winners of its 2015 Holcim Awards, the award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the winners are BIG and The Living, with designs which the jury stated showed “sophisticated and multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing the building and construction industry.”

The ten recognized projects share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global awards, to be selected in 2015.

Read on after the break for the full list of winners

University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building / Perkins+Will

© Robin Hill

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , FL, USA
Area: 120000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Robin Hill

The High Line’s Third (and Final) Section Opens this Weekend

Fantastic news: the High Line at the Rail Yards – the third and northernmost section of the park – will be opening to the public on Sunday, September 21! Read the full announcement: http://bit.ly/RailYardsOpening Photo of the Interim Walkway, one of the new design features in the Rail Yards, by Kathleen Fitzgerald | OCD

This Sunday (September 21), the third and final section of the City High Line will open at the Rail Yards. You can expect to see familiar benches morphed into picnic tables and seesaws amongst a lush, diverse and seemingly unkept landscape that is reminiscent of the “forgotten” tracks. As Piet Oudolf - the Dutch garden designer who worked with James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio & Renfro - described, the $75 million northernmost section will be an “introduction to the wild” that responds directly to the public’s desire to “walk on the original tracks.” Stay tuned for more images from the opening.

Public Middle School Of Labarthe-Sur-Lèze / LCR Architectes

© Sylvain Mille

Architects: LCR Architectes
Location: 1047 Route du Plantaurel, 31860 Labarthe-sur-Lèze,
Area: 7463.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sylvain Mille, David Aubert

Ten Top Designers Get the Products of Their Dreams With “The Wish List”

Tableware / Zaha Hadid + Gareth Neal. Image © Petr Krejčí

Terence Conran asked nine of his friends in the design world “What have you always wanted in your home, but have never been able to find?” The result is The Wish List, a set of ten projects dreamed up by big name designers such as Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers, but designed and crafted in collaboration with emerging designers.

Sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, the only restriction was that the product had to be made of wood, leading to designs ranging from Foster’s modest geometric pencil sharpeners to Paul Smith‘s dream garden shed.

As part of the 2014 London Design Festival, the resulting ten products will be on show at the V&A Museum until October 24th.

“Pitch Black” - Joint-winner in the AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture. Image © Hernan Diaz Alonso, Courtesy of SCI-Arc
“Pitch Black” - Joint-winner in the AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture. Image © Hernan Diaz Alonso, Courtesy of SCI-Arc

SCI-Arc Appoints Hernan Diaz Alonso as New Director

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has appointed Hernan Diaz Alonso as the Los Angeles architecture school’s new Director beginning September 2015. Alonso, principal of Xefirotarch and educator widely credited for spearheading the transition of SCI-Arc to digital technologies, will succeed architect Eric Owen Moss who has served as the school’s director since 2002. Continue after the break to watch Alonso’s “New Director Presentation” and preview a selection of his work.

Multifamily Building and Store / Risso+Carasatorre+Risso

© Florencia Della Vedova

Architects:
Location: , Argentina
Architects In Charge: Luis F. Risso, M. Cristina Carasatorre, Maria Elena Risso
Area: 707.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Florencia Della Vedova

AR Issues: A Biennale for Critical Times

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ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this post, we take you back to AR’s July 2014 issue, which focused on this year’s Venice Biennale. In her introduction, AR Editor Catherine Slessor argues that while previous Biennales have been hopelessly out of touch, this year has initiated a critical conversation at a crucial moment in time.

In its giddy, self-referential way, the Venice Architecture Biennale always seems blissfully detached from the real world. Set in the preposterous, decaying stage set that is modern Venice, the press vernissage is a frenzied bacchanal, as the global cognoscenti descend like locusts on a fragile urban eco-system already bludgeoned by battalions of tourists and hulking cruise ships.

Bridge House / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Courtesy of , ©Jeff Wolfram

Architects: Höweler + Yoon Architecture
Location: , VA, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram

10 Modernist Buildings Receive Conservation Grants from Getty Foundation

Luce Memorial Chapel, Taichung, Taiwan / I.M. Pei. Image © Anonymous Blogger

The has named the first 10 recipients of its philanthropic “Keeping It Modern” initiative, which aims to advance the understanding and preservation of 20th-century modern architecture. From Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute to Le Corbusier’s Parisian apartment, each recipient was chosen for their architectural significance and potential to advance practices related to modern architecture.

View all 10 projects, after the break…

Skaters Win Battle Against Southbank Centre

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London‘s  announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with skateboarding group Long Live Southbank, and is dropping plans to move the famous skatepark to a new site underneath Hungerford Bridge nearby. The decision, which is ensured by a binding planning agreement with Lambeth Council, brings a close to a dispute that has lasted almost a year and a half – ever since the Southbank Centre unveiled redevelopment plans by Feilden Clegg Bradley which included the removal of the skatepark in favour of retail space in the Southbank’s undercroft.

The agreement also involves both sides dropping a series of legal challenges initiated during the dispute, including the Southbank’s challenge over the registration of the skatepark as an ‘asset of community value,’ an attempt by Long Live Southbank to have the skatepark listed as a village green, and a judicial review of Lambeth Council’s decision to reject the village green application.

Gurten Pavilion (Gupa) / :mlzd

© Alexander Jaquemet

Architects: :mlzd
Location: Gurtenkulm, 3084 ,
Design Team: Roman Lehmann, Stefan Leiseifer, Claude Marbach, Pat Tanner, Daniele Di Giacinto, Julia Wurst, Johannes Weisser, Moritz Werner
Area: 760.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexander Jaquemet

Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence

Enric Miralles

Scotland have voted against independence.

Arguably there are only two architects in history that have become almost completely synonymous with one particular city – Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Glasgow and Antoní Gaudi for Barcelona. Indeed, a Catalonian architect, Enric Miralles, designed the Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood, . The fact that both of these cities are part of large enclaves who are seeking, or have sought, independence is perhaps just a coincidence. Architecture, often used as a symbol for the identity of nationhood, will certainly be part of a wider dialogue about the Union of the United Kingdom following yesterday’s referendum.