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Barack Obama Presidential Center Selects Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

13:26 - 30 June, 2016
Barack Obama Presidential Center Selects Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Previous work by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architecture. Images © Michael Moran, Norman McGrath and Tom Rossiter
Previous work by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architecture. Images © Michael Moran, Norman McGrath and Tom Rossiter

The Obama Foundation has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) with partner Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) to lead the design of the Obama Presidential Center for Chicago's South Side. Chosen from a shortlist including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, SHoP Architects, Snøhetta and Adjaye Associates, TWBTA stood out for their “commitment to explore the best ways of creating an innovative center for action that inspires communities and individuals to take on our biggest challenges.”

SRAM HQ / Perkins+Will

13:00 - 30 June, 2016
SRAM HQ  / Perkins+Will

Kean University to Acquire Michael Graves Residence After Rejection by Princeton

12:00 - 30 June, 2016
Kean University to Acquire Michael Graves Residence After Rejection by Princeton, Michael Graves designed building for Graves School of Architecture's satellite campus in  Wenzhou, China. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture
Michael Graves designed building for Graves School of Architecture's satellite campus in Wenzhou, China. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture

The residence belonging to famed Postmodernist architect Michael Graves will be sold to Kean University, home to the new Michael Graves College for architecture and design, after receiving approval from its board of trustees. Following Graves’s death last year, the architect’s will stipulated that the residence, his studio, another property were to be donated to Princeton University, Graves’s neighbor and longtime employer. But Princeton University felt the buildings would be better served in another capacity and rejected the gift, allowing Kean to step in.

Laman Residence / A Gruppo Architects

11:00 - 30 June, 2016
Laman Residence  / A Gruppo Architects, © Dror Baldinger
© Dror Baldinger

© Dror Baldinger © Mark Menjivar        © Dror Baldinger © Dror Baldinger +30

Rising from the Ashes: Krakow University Student Creates Vision for the Volcanic Island of Fogo

10:30 - 30 June, 2016
Rising from the Ashes: Krakow University Student Creates Vision for the Volcanic Island of Fogo, © Adrian Kasperski
© Adrian Kasperski

The 2016 Venice Biennale has highlighted that dealing with natural disasters may become one of the main preoccupations of architecture in the future. But nature has its destructive ways, and volcanic eruptions are among the most extreme case in point. On the Island of Fogo (Cape Verde), the Natural Park Venue designed by OTO – and elected Best Building of the Year 2015 by Archdaily readers – was destroyed by molten lava flow only one year after its opening in 2013. The building, which combined a cultural center and administrative activities, helped to activate the economy in the island’s most remote area. Following the disaster, Adrian Kasperski, a student at Krakow University, devoted his master’s thesis to the redevelopment of this area, by proposing the expansion of the existing roads and hiking trails and designing facilities to improve alternative tourism offerings.

MLA House / Jacobsen Arquitetura

09:00 - 30 June, 2016
MLA House / Jacobsen Arquitetura, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Author

    Paulo Jacobsen, Bernardo Jacobsen
  • Team

    Edgar Murata, Christian Rojas, Rafael Henrique de Oliveira, Luiz Guilherme Martinelli, Maya Leal.
  • Area

    1490.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Constructing The Floating Piers: How the Last Great Work of Christo and Jean-Claude was Built

08:00 - 30 June, 2016
Constructing The Floating Piers: How the Last Great Work of Christo and Jean-Claude was Built, © Wolfgang Volz
© Wolfgang Volz

Until July 3rd, you can experience the latest and last work of artist duo Christo and Jean-Claude. Called The Floating Piers, the floating dock extends over the water of Italy's Lake Iseo.

The work consists of a three kilometer walkway wrapped in 100,000 square meters of yellow cloth, which is supported by a floating dock system composed of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes. These elements naturally undulate with the movement of the waves at Lake Iseo, which is located 100 kilometers east of Milan and 200 kilometers west of Venice. The floating yellow roads extend from the pedestrian streets of Sulzano, connecting the islands of San Paolo and Monte Isola.

The Floating Piers is the first large-scale work of Christo for more than a decade after making The Gates in 2005 with Jeanne-Claude, who passed away four years later. Due to the importance of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work and the inspiration they have given to many architects, we wanted to investigate the process of building this spectacular project, which makes the dream of walking on water a reality.

February 2016: At geo – die Luftwerker, 75,000 square meters of yellow fabric are sewn into panels. (Lübeck, Germany) Image © Wolfgang Volz June 2016: Final installation of the docks, and covering with the yellow fabric. Image © Wolfgang Volz Noviembre 2015: Christo in his studio working on a preparatory drawing for The Floating Piers. Image © Wolfgang Volz May 2016: Workers install the felt that will cover the floating cubes before the yellow fabric is installed Image © Wolfgang Volz +31

Georges Batzios Architects Propose Cultural Center Made Entirely of Straw

06:00 - 30 June, 2016
Georges Batzios Architects Propose Cultural Center Made Entirely of Straw , Courtesy of Georges Batzios Architects
Courtesy of Georges Batzios Architects

A proposal from George Batzios Architects for the Konaki Averof Cultural Center in Greece uses a cutting edge, sustainable approach to revive a deeply historical site. The design intertwines elements of architecture and agriculture to refit an existing structure with reference to the Thessalian plains on which it lies. The new architecture recreates the existing envelopes with straw cladding, regenerating the "golden environment" which defined the place in the late 19th century.

Origami / group8

05:00 - 30 June, 2016
Origami / group8, © Régis Golay
© Régis Golay

© Régis Golay © Régis Golay © Régis Golay © Régis Golay +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Parish of the Holy Sacrifice / Leandro V. Locsin

04:00 - 30 June, 2016
AD Classics: Parish of the Holy Sacrifice / Leandro V. Locsin, Courtesy of Wikimedia user Allan Jay Quesada
Courtesy of Wikimedia user Allan Jay Quesada

Once dubbed a “flying saucer,” the Parish (Church) of the Holy Sacrifice is a Modernist expression which embodies the complex colonial history of the Philippines. Located on a university campus in Quezon City (formerly the capital of the nation, now a part of the Metro Manila National Capital Region), the domed concrete church was the product of Filipino architect Leandro Locsin, and of three other national artists who contributed to the building’s interior.[1] Locsin’s design, which combines elements of traditional Filipino architecture with postwar International aesthetics, is a potent symbol of a newly-independent nation following centuries of imperial control.

Courtesy of Wikimedia user Ramon FVelasquez Courtesy of Wikimedia user Ramon FVelasquez Courtesy of Wikimedia user Ramon FVelasquez Courtesy of Wikimedia user Ramon FVelasquez +7

A Prototype of a Family House / a69 Architekti

03:00 - 30 June, 2016
A Prototype of a Family House / a69 Architekti, © Tomáš Rasl
© Tomáš Rasl

© Tomáš Rasl © Tomáš Rasl © Tomáš Rasl © Tomáš Rasl +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Redčenkov, Prokop Tomášek, Jaroslav Wertig
  • Design Team

    Michal Nohejl
  • Area

    235.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Löyly / Avanto Architects

02:00 - 30 June, 2016
Löyly / Avanto Architects, © kuvio.com
© kuvio.com

© kuvio.com © kuvio.com © kuvio.com © kuvio.com +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hernesaarenranta 4, 00150 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen, Architects SAFA
  • Client

    Antero Vartia and Jasper Pääkkönen, Kidvekkeli Oy
  • Operator

    Royal Restaurants
  • Area

    1071.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

W House / SLOW office

22:00 - 29 June, 2016
W House / SLOW office, © Zhiwei Fei
© Zhiwei Fei

© Zhiwei Fei © Zhiwei Fei © Zhiwei Fei © Zhiwei Fei +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Area

    285.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

DeeRoemah / Wahana Architects

20:00 - 29 June, 2016
DeeRoemah / Wahana Architects, © Fernando Gomulya
© Fernando Gomulya

© Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    South Jakarta, South Jakarta City, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Principal Architect

    Gerard Tambunan
  • Area

    196.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Violet Stream Villa Sales Center / Wutopia Lab

19:00 - 29 June, 2016
Violet Stream Villa Sales Center / Wutopia Lab, © Shao Feng
© Shao Feng

© Shao Feng © Shao Feng © Shao Feng © Shao Feng +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects in Charge

    YU Ting, HUANG He
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

What Will Become of America's Big Box Stores?

16:00 - 29 June, 2016
© flickr user walmartmovie. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
© flickr user walmartmovie. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Walmart Supercenter is generally considered one of the great antagonists of architecture around the world – the hulking behemoth who sold its integrity for the consumer convenience of having everything in one place. Though the first Walmart Supercenter didn’t open until 1988, big box stores have existed in some form since the 1960s, luring in shoppers with low prices and curbside loading lanes. For all the user psychology design that goes into them, the original designs of these buildings rarely pay much mind to their architectural or urban consequences, excluding a few notable exceptions.

Regardless, for the past 20 years big box stores have continued to prosper, prompting tenants to leave their homes and move on to even larger structures, leaving behind giant, open frameworks – for sale on the cheap. In a recent essay for 99% Invisible entitled Ghost Boxes: Reusing Abandoned Big-Box Superstores Across America, author Kurt Kohlstedt explores the architectural potential of these megastructures, drawing inspiration from the architects and communities that have successfully converted them into valuable assets.

Atrium Tower Lobby / Tomer Gelfand LTD

15:00 - 29 June, 2016
Atrium Tower Lobby  / Tomer Gelfand LTD, © Itay Sikolski (NUMSIX)
© Itay Sikolski (NUMSIX)

© Itay Sikolski (NUMSIX) © Itay Sikolski (NUMSIX) © Itay Sikolski (NUMSIX) © Itay Sikolski (NUMSIX) +24

Cool Capital: Inside South Africa's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

14:00 - 29 June, 2016
Cool Capital: Inside South Africa's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
© Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

In line with creative director  Alejandro Aravena's theme for the 15th La Biennale di Venezia "Reporting from the Front", the 2016 South African pavilion at building D in the Sale d'Armi presents successful physical outcomes and practical solutions to urban challenges, conceived and implemented by citizens for the citizens of the administrative capital city of South Africa under the umbrella organization of "Cool Capital".

Curated by architect Pieter J. Mathews of Mathews & Associates Architects, this year’s South African Pavilion is called “The Capital of Uncurated Design Citizenship”, and showcases a selection of projects from Cool Capital – an urban experiment and labour of love for Mathews and a small team of dedicated architects, artists and designers that began in 2012, coincidentally at the 2012 Biennale Architettura.

© Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia +6