Quality Hotel Friends / Karolina Keyzer + Wingårdhs

© Tord-Rickard Söderström

Architects: Karolina Keyzer, Wingårdhs
Location: Råsta Strandväg, , Sweden
Area: 21935.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tord-Rickard Söderström, Filip Mesko

B House / i.House Architecture and Construction

© Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha

Architects: i.House Architecture and Construction
Location: , Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Design Team: Le Canh Van, Dang Huy Cuong, Chu Ngoc Anh
Area: 82.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha

Unbuilt Visions 2013 Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)
Unbuilt Visions 2013 Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)

Open for Submissions: Unbuilt Visions 2014

Unbuilt Visions promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. This annual competition provides an opportunity to engage with architecture, urbanism, interiors, and designed objects at the conceptual stage by recognizing work that offers a critical contribution to worldwide architectural discourse. More information, after the break.

FORA Chosen to Revitalize Plovdiv’s Central Square

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FORA has been announced as winner of a competition for revitalization and renovation of the central square in , ’s second largest city, built upon the remains of the ancient roman Forum of Philippopolis. The intervention spans an area of 57,000 square meters and exposes the intersection of several architectural and historical layers, from antiquity until the Socialist State.

Courtesy of Bauwelt
Courtesy of Bauwelt

Final Call for 2015 Bauwelt Award Applicants

Final Call! All entries for the 2015 Bauwelt Award must be submitted by September 30th. The award (consisting of 5 awards at 5000 Euros each) is applicable for all architects and landscape architects’ “First Works” projects – any work realized by independent responsibility and completed after September 30, 2011. In addition to the prize, award-winners will be published in an exhibition at the BAU 2015 on the Munich fairgrounds starting January. An Advancement Award grant is also available, prized at 5,000 Euros, to fund an interdisciplinary research, exhibition or installation project that has yet to be completed. Visit the official website to learn more about the competition and how to apply.

House in the Mountains / Wolff Architects

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Architects: Wolff Architects
Location: Cederberg, West Coast DC,
Architect In Charge: Heinrich Wolff
Year: 2013
Photographs: James Puttick , Courtesy of Heinrich Wolff

Tour a Building a Day Throughout Archtober

The Barbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects © Michael Moran

If you live in or plan to visit New York City during the month of October, we suggest you set aside some time to participate in one of ’s many . What is ? Archtober is New York’s official Architecture and Design Month. Hosted by the Center for Architecture and the AIA New York Chapter, the annual festival organizes a plethora of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions to take place throughout city during the month of October. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role design plays in the city, celebrate the richness of New York’s built environment, and simply enjoy some great architecture.

Archtober highlights include the Architecture & Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas; the Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City, featuring over 100 speakers gathered “to debate the future of our city and spark conversations about planning, design, infrastructure, preservation, culture, and development;” the Pratt Institute’s “City by Numbers: Big Data and the Urban Future” symposium; and 31 architect-led “Building of the Day” tours.

Preview a selection of building’s on tour after the break and find out how to reserve tickets.

AD Interviews: Peter Cook / CRAB Studio

Having taught architecture for almost fifty years, Sir Peter Cook has seen generations of architects go from student to high-profile practitioner. In almost half a century, though, architecture education has not particularly moved on: “I don’t see the general situation as being any more progressive than it was when I was a student,” he says.

Cook tells ArchDaily that instead of focusing on curriculum, structure and countless  preoccupations of many schools, “my experience is that doesn’t matter, it depends who’s teaching and how enthusiastic they are and whether they understand people,” adding that “a really good architecture school is like a village,” with tutors who simply don’t go home because they are enjoying it so much (or perhaps for , less innocent reasons).

In addition, Cook also explains that there is potential for a radical shift in the understanding of , so that we think of it not only as a route into an architectural career, but rather as a route into a whole host of other jobs. ”I know people who have science degrees but they actually organize railways,” he says. “There’s a role for a wing of architectural education at a certain point to take off and say, ‘that person is never going to design buildings, but a certain form of architectural education can enable them to look at the world in more depth.’”

Loft ESN / Ippolito Fleitz Group

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Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Location: Esslingen,
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City’s Slender Residential Tower

Frontal View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

Nestled in São Paulo‘s bustling Vila Madalena neighbourhood in Brazil, the slim silhouette of AIR Madalena soars skyward from the street below. The elegant tower will be home to six lofts varying from 100 to 140 square metres, each with an open-air terrace and ample windows to maximize the panoramic views of . Designed and built by  and Paris-based firm Triptyque and realized by the firm’s high-end real estate wing IV, the slender building is promised to be completed within 24 months. 

Step inside AIR Madalena’s elegant lofts after the break

Plans Revealed for Denmark’s Delta District in Vinge

Courtesy of SLA and the Municipality of Frederikssund

Located close to Copenhagen, Vinge is Denmark’s newest sustainable city. The first neighborhood for the city, designed by Danish architects SLA for the Municipality of Frederikssund is aptly named the Delta District. The plan takes advantage of man-made landscape features to create a unique residential community closely tied to nature. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposed plan.

Antonio Derka School / Obranegra Arquitectos

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Architects: Obranegra Arquitectos
Location: Medellín, Antioquia,
Area: 7500.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Isaac Ramírez, Sergio Gómez, Alejandro Arango, Alfonso Posada, Carlos Pardo, Luis Adriano Ramírez

Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Beijing, Beijing,
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
Project Architect: Phi Wenhui Lu
Desing Team: Andrew Ng, Chris Taeubert
Area: 87800.0 sqm
Photographs: ShuHe

First Prize: Aboveground Anomaly / Tiffany Szeto (Hong Kong). Image © d3 Housing Tomorrow 2014
First Prize: Aboveground Anomaly / Tiffany Szeto (Hong Kong). Image © d3 Housing Tomorrow 2014

d3 Housing Tomorrow 2015

Exploration of contextual, cultural, and life cycle flows offers a critical lens for visualizing new housing strategies for living in the future. The d3 Housing Tomorrow competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore, document, analyze, transform, and deploy innovative approaches to residential urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects. More about the competition, after the break.

Sergey Makhno Office and Showroom / Sergey Makhno + Illya Tovstonog

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Architects: Sergey Makhno , Illya Tovstonog
Location: Ukraine
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

adjkm’s Releases Final Design for Caracas Symphony

CASMSB - View from Boulevard. Image ©

In 2011, adjkm won an international competition to design the Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action through Music (CASMSB - Complejo de Acción Social por la Música Simón Bolívar) in . Now, almost four years later, the Venezuelan practice has released their updated design for the “ Symphony” in preparation for its groundbreaking at the end of this year. 

The building is being constructed for the El Sistema project, an internationally distinguished program based on the premise that musical training can create great musicians and completely alter the expected life paths of children born into extremely impoverished circumstance. 

Bringing Dance to New Heights: A “Waltz on the Walls” of Oakland’s City Hall

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The walls of ’s City Hall transcended their usual purpose during the city’s 2014 Art+Soul festival, becoming the stage for a beautifully choreographed dance by aerial dance company Bandaloop. Filmed with a GoPro, “Waltz on The Walls of City Hall” captures Bandaloop dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber as they take dancing to new heights (literally).

Founded in 1991, the Bandaloop dance company is known for their vertical choreography and they have performed on skyscrapers, in atriums and in locations as diverse as Seattle’s Space Needle and the wall of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. Watch the video above as the dancers gracefully twirl, jump and glide on the side of the 320-foot City Hall building. Visit the Bandaloop website for more information on the dance team.

Lopez House / Martin Fenlon Architecture

© Eric Staudenmaier

Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture
Location: Eagle Rock, , CA, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier