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Foster + Partners Wins Competition for Landmark Tower in Sydney's Circular Quay

12:00 - 19 June, 2017
Foster + Partners Wins Competition for Landmark Tower in Sydney's Circular Quay, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new office tower for Sydney’s Circular Quay, steps away from the city’s harbor and iconic Opera House. Located between George and Pitt streets, the tower will serve as a centerpiece of the urban district’s reinvigorated masterplan, featuring a scheme characterized by its array of pedestrian pathways that cross through the site at multiple levels. Injecting life into the area, the laneways will be lined with retail shops, cafes and bars, helping Sydney maintain its identity as a unique cultural destination.

New’R / Hamonic + Masson & Associés

11:00 - 19 June, 2017
New’R / Hamonic + Masson & Associés, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    22 Mail Pablo Picasso, 22, Mail Pablo Picasso, 44000 Nantes, France
  • Lead Architects

    Gaëlle Hamonic, Jean-Christophe Masson, Marie-Agnès de Bailliencourt, Arnaud Grenié (project manager)
  • Area

    10350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

9 Incredibly Famous Architects Who Didn't Possess an Architecture Degree

09:30 - 19 June, 2017

Had the worst jury ever? Failed your exams? Worry not! Before you fall on your bed and cry yourself to sleep—after posting a cute, frantic-looking selfie on Instagram, of course (hashtag so dead)—take a look at this list of nine celebrated architects, all of whom share a common trait. You might think that a shiny architecture degree is a requirement to be a successful architect; why else would you put yourself through so many years of architecture school? Well, while the title of "architect" may be protected in many countries, that doesn't mean you can't design amazing architecture—as demonstrated by these nine architects, who threw convention to the wind and took the road less traveled to architectural fame.

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten Reveal OMA’s Design for Australia's MPavilion 2017

09:00 - 19 June, 2017
Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten Reveal OMA’s Design for Australia's MPavilion 2017, © OMA
© OMA

The Naomi Milhave Foundation have released OMA‘s first renders and drawings for their upcoming MPavilion which is set to take shape this fall in Melbourne, Austrailia. The counterpart to the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, the MPavilion is now in its fourth year. Comprising static and dynamic elements, OMA’s proposal allows for multiple configurations that can generate unexpected programming, echoing the ideals of the typology of the amphitheater. Following the idea of the traditional amphitheater, OMA’s design will be “itself built to perform” as a space for public debate, design workshops, music and arts events. 

© OMA © OMA © OMA © OMA +7

House of Music / Mario Cucinella Architects

08:00 - 19 June, 2017
House of Music / Mario Cucinella Architects, © Moreno Maggi
© Moreno Maggi

© Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi +16

30 Graphs and Charts to Boost Your Visual Presentations

06:00 - 19 June, 2017
30 Graphs and Charts to Boost Your Visual Presentations, VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS
VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS

Communicating ideas through imagery are central to the design process. In client presentations, site visits, or public exhibitions, we are required to represent important aspects clearly to the receiver, who is often not an architect. Furthermore, producing detailed architectural drawings can allow us to identify and modify certain aspects of the design. 

Diagrams and charts, because of their non-spatial characteristics, are often neglected until the last moments of the design process, however, they can be a useful tool for analysis and organization. Taking the time to think and articulate these elements yield positive results, from understanding and organizing a design process to providing an unexpected change of idea.

In an effort to enhance the graphics and diagrams in architectural representation, check out this series of case studies to help you boost the visual, analytical, organizational power of your work. 

Sattelkammer Heidelberg Castle / Max Dudler

05:00 - 19 June, 2017
Sattelkammer Heidelberg Castle / Max Dudler, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
  • Area

    190.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Fleinvær Refugium / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects

03:00 - 19 June, 2017
Fleinvær Refugium / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Pasi Aalto
© Pasi Aalto

© Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto +45

Valkenberg Estate / Ard de Vries Architecten

02:00 - 19 June, 2017
Valkenberg Estate / Ard de Vries Architecten, © Kim Zwarts
© Kim Zwarts

© Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts +14

Jixian Kindergarten / Atelier Y

20:00 - 18 June, 2017
Jixian Kindergarten / Atelier Y, © SouthArch.Liky
© SouthArch.Liky

© SouthArch.Liky © SouthArch.Liky © SouthArch.Liky © SouthArch.Liky +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tangjia Township, Hanyuan County, Ya’an City, Sichuan Province, China
  • Architects in Charge

    XIAO Yiqiang, ZOU Yanting, XIAO Yizhi
  • Design Team

    ZOU Yanting, XIAO Yizhi, LIN Hankun, HUANG Yongjia, YIN Shi, QIU Tian, YANG Yuanjing
  • Area

    2490.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Bamboo Bridge in Indonesia Demonstrates Sustainable Alternatives for Infrastructure

16:00 - 18 June, 2017
Bamboo Bridge in Indonesia Demonstrates Sustainable Alternatives for Infrastructure, © Andrea Fitrianto
© Andrea Fitrianto

As part of the second Bamboo Biennale held in October 2016, the city of Solo in Central Java received a public Bamboo Bridge courtesy of Indonesian Architects Without Borders (ASF-ID). Connecting the Pasar Gede market and colonial Dutch Vastenburg Fort, the 18-meter bamboo structure offers a revitalization of river life in the historic Indonesian city. Spanning across the Kali Pepe river, residents of Java can traverse the pedestrian bridge on its track that varies in width from 1.8 to 2.3 meters.

© Andrea Fitrianto © Andrea Fitrianto © Andrea Fitrianto © Andrea Fitrianto +32

Prix Versailles Celebrates 12 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture

14:00 - 18 June, 2017
Prix Versailles Celebrates 12 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture , Courtesy of Prix Versailles
Courtesy of Prix Versailles

The international Prix Versailles Committee has announced the recipients of its annual awards celebrating built commercial architecture. The awards were held at the UNESCO World Headquarters, with recipients hailing from 6 regions around the world. Chaired by the Mayor of Versailles François de Mazières, the international jury included architects Manuelle Gautrand, Toyo Ito, Wang Shu, and acclaimed chef Guy Laroche. 

The 12 World Titles are awarded in 4 top categories: stores, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. The winners were selected from a diverse range of 70 regional winners already present in the ceremony.

Check out the gallery of the 12 winners below:

Chanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands / MVRDV. Image © MVRDV Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc. Lideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTA Mar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe Fletcher +118

Maison sur le Lac / ACDF Architecture

13:00 - 18 June, 2017
Maison sur le Lac / ACDF Architecture, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lake Memphrémagog, Quebec, Canada
  • Lead Architects

    Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Martin Champagne, Christelle Montreuil Jeanpois, Clothilde Caillé-Lévesque, Maxime Boisselle, Maxime Boily
  • Area

    360.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Bamboo Showcases its Flexibility in Hyperbolic Pavillion

12:00 - 18 June, 2017
Bamboo Showcases its Flexibility in Hyperbolic Pavillion, Courtesy of Building Trust International
Courtesy of Building Trust International

A team of architects from Florence, Italy have won CAMBOO’s bamboo design competition showcasing the material for its strong and sustainable construction qualities. Held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the CAMBOO festival sought to find an innovative design for a landmark pavilion as a centerpiece during the event. Architects Roberto Bologna, Fernando Barth, Chiara Moretti and Denny Pagliai beat out 125 entries with their winning “Hyperbamboo” pavilion, which was chosen for its “intelligent and well thought out use of bamboo as a construction material.” 

© Lucas Veuve Courtesy of Building Trust International Courtesy of Building Trust International Courtesy of Building Trust International +20

Architects and Structural Engineers: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

09:30 - 18 June, 2017
Architects and Structural Engineers: Can’t We All Just Get Along?, Of the world's most famous architects, few have any formal training in engineering. Santiago Calatrava is perhaps the most well-known of the group. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Calatrava_Puente_del_Alamillo_Seville.jpg'>Wikimedia user Andrew Dunn</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Of the world's most famous architects, few have any formal training in engineering. Santiago Calatrava is perhaps the most well-known of the group. Image © Wikimedia user Andrew Dunn licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Charles Thornton, one of the world’s preeminent structural engineers, once said that the greatest challenge facing the profession of structural engineering is that “I don’t think we have enough self-esteem and enough confidence in ourselves to believe that what we do is so important... Architects are trained to present, to communicate, to sell, to promote themselves, to promote their industry, and to take credit for what they do.”

As a structural engineer with over a decade of experience, I agree with Mr. Thornton—to an extent.

House Paes / Marcos Franchini

09:00 - 18 June, 2017
House Paes / Marcos Franchini, © Gabriel Castro / Reverbo
© Gabriel Castro / Reverbo

© Gabriel Castro / Reverbo © Gabriel Castro / Reverbo © Gabriel Castro / Reverbo © Gabriel Castro / Reverbo +16

The Construction Details of ELEMENTAL's Incremental Housing

08:00 - 18 June, 2017
The Construction Details of ELEMENTAL's Incremental Housing, Quinta Monroy, Section © ELEMENTAL
Quinta Monroy, Section © ELEMENTAL

Good location, harmonious growth over time, concern for urban design, and the delivery of a structure that has "middle-class DNA" are the key points of the ABC of incremental housing, developed in detail by the Chilean architects ELEMENTAL. It's a question of ensuring a balance between "low-rise high-density, without overcrowding, with the possibility of expansion (from social housing to middle-class dwelling)."

Following this line of action, the office has released the drawings of four of the projects carried out under these principles, to serve as good examples of design which have already been implemented and proven in reality. However, despite making them available for free consultation and download, the architects emphasize that these designs must be adjusted to comply with the regulations and structural codes of each locality, using relevant building materials. 

Barnham Road / MOCT Studio

05:00 - 18 June, 2017
Barnham Road / MOCT Studio, © Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

© Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    17 Burnham Rd, London, United Kingdom
  • Area

    240.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs