Junya Ishigami + Associates Win Competition to Design World Peace Pavilion in Copenhagen

Exterior. Image ©

Svendborg Architects and junya.ishigami+associates have won first place in the HOPE foundation’s House of Peace Competition. The competition brief calls for a monumental architectural installation to be built in the city harbor of Copenhagen, one that will endure as a lasting symbolic form devoted to world peace. The firms’ winning entry is a floating, cloud-like structure that seems almost to hover over the harbor’s horizon.

House in Tomigusuku / Rhythmdesign

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Rhythmdesign
Location: Tomigusuku, Okinawa Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kenichiro Ide
Team: Kenichiro Ide, Yuta Kinai
Area: 64 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Gymnasium Plabennec / Bohuon Bertic Architectes

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Architects: Bohuon Bertic Architectes
Location: Rue Joseph Bleunven, 29860 , France
Area: 2980.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Zaha Hadid on Russian Artist Kazimir Malevich

Zaha Hadid RA, The Peak Blue Slabs, 1982-83. Image © Zaha Hadid / Royal Academy of Arts

In an article for London’s Royal Academy of Arts Magazine entitled Plane Sailing, Zaha Hadid discusses the influence of Russian Suprematist painter Kazimir Malevich on her own design work. In Hadid’s early work, such as The Peak Blue Slabs (1982/83), the visual connections to Malevich’s strict, regular shapes and lines are evident.

Bridge Over the Rhone / Meier + Associés Architectes

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Architects: Meier + Associés Architectes
Location: Les Evouettes, ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yves André

Álvaro Siza Decides The Fate of His Archives

Portrait of Álvaro Siza. Image © Teresa Siza

Update: releases statement from Siza.

Earlier this week we announced that Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza was considering donating his archive to institutions outside of his home country of Portugal. Finally, after much discussion and speculation, Siza has arrived at a decision.

Introducing “Potty-Girl,” The Architect of the Future?

Julia King

“I look for inspiration (or opportunities) from people and places rather than looking for people and places to host my ideas.” — Julia King

Regardless of whether or not Shigeru Ban deserved to be awarded the profession’s highest prize this year (there are vociferous opinions on both sides of the issue), there is one thing that is certain: architecture is going through some serious growing pains. And perhaps no one encapsulates architecture’s shifting direction better than Julia King, AJ’s Emerging Woman Architect of the Year.

Pursuing a PhD-by-practice via the Architecture for Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR) in the slums of India, Ms. King realized very quickly that the last thing these communities needed was architecture – or rather, what is traditionally considered “architecture.” After all, community-members were already experts in constructing homes and buildings all on their own. Instead, she put her architectural know-how towards designing and implementing what was truly needed: sewage systems. And so – quite by accident, she assured me - the title “Potty-Girl” was born.

In the following interview, conducted via email, I chatted with Ms. King about her fascinating work, the new paradigm it represents for  architecture, the need to forego dividing the “urban and rural” (she prefers ”connected and disconnected”), the serious limitations of architecture , and the future of architecture itself. Read more, after the break.

Building MAKRO / Enrique Bardají & Asociados

© Jesús Granada

Architects: Enrique Bardají & Asociados
Location: Paseo Imperial, , Spain
Architect In Charge: José Luis Olalla Merlo
Team: Enrique Bardají Álvarez,Carlos Santi Merayo
Area: 17,751 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jesús Granada, Miguel Angel García

Christchurch Launches Competition to Design Earthquake Memorial

Christchurch Cathedral, after being destroyed by the 2011 earthquake. Image © NZPA / David Wethey

After years of rebuilding from the devastating earthquake that hit the city in February 2011, the city of Christchurch in New Zealand has announced an open competition to a memorial to the 185 people that lost their lives in the tragedy. The $3.5 million memorial will be situated in the city center on the banks of the Ōtākaro-Avon River, and is expected to be “a thoughtfully designed space where small groups or individuals can pay respect to those who died,” but will also “comfortably fit a crowd of around 2,000 people” to host an annual memorial gathering, as well as other events.

More details after the break

Tokyo’s Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Talk about Modernist Japanese architecture, and you can hardly fail to bring up Tokyo‘s Hotel Okura. Built in 1962 under the direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been a landmark not only for the city, but for Japan. Now, however, the hotel’s owners have decided that the main building for the hotel will be demolished in September of 2015, with a new hotel taking its place. To learn more – including how to sign the petition for preservation – keep reading after the break.

Arena da Amazônia / gmp architekten

© Marcus Bredt

Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Brazil
Architect In Charge: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Martin Glass
Director Of Gmp Do Brazil: Ralf Amann
Project Management: Martin Glass, Maike Carlsen
Project Management In Brazil: Burkhard Pick, Sander-Christiaan Troost
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope

Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope

Biotope, a three-strong Norwegian practice based in the Arctic town of Varanger, have designed bird hides since 2009. For them, architecture is “a tool to protect and promote birds, wildlife and ” – an approach reflected in their carefully crafted, environmentally integrated fragments of the ‘invisible’: small shelters that must blend into and be absorbed by their surroundings. Their diligent work has seen become established as one of the best birding destinations in Northern Europe and their unique design solutions are now being sought across Scandinavia.

House 02, Hyde Park / Daffonchio & Associates Architects

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Architects: Daffonchio & Associates Architects
Location: Hyde Park, , South Africa
Architect In Charge: Enrico Daffonchio
Project Team: Frances Joynt
Photographs: Adam Letch

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale

Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting

Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale looks at the country’s architecture through the lens of  “grafting,” or the transferring of new ideas onto preexisting realities and structures.

Architect and Pavilion curator Cino Zucchi associates grafting with “the great capacity to interpret and incorporate preceding states through continuous metamorphoses.” He opens and closes the Italian Pavilion with two physical grafts: a large rusted arch and a bench sculpture. The first room of the exhibit begins with a study of modernization in Milan, followed by series of collages of contemporary projects in . A video of Italian urban environments concludes the exhibit.

See images of the Pavilion and read a description from the curator after the break.

St Kilda East House / Clare Cousins Architects

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: Clare Cousins Architects
Location: St Kilda VIC,
Project Architect: Tara Ward, Michael McManus
Area: 263 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

2014 ANFA Conference

2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in La Jolla, California. 

The ANFA Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.  The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Alfred Street Residence / studiofour

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: studiofour
Location: VIC,
Project Team : Annabelle Berryman, Sarah Henry
Landscape Designer: 3/2 Jackson Street
 Toorak
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre / Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design

© Ema Peter

Architects: Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design
Location: 14601 20 Avenue, , BC V4A 8P7, Canada
Area: 2124.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ema Peter