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Arkitema Architects Selected to Design New Offices for Danish Government Agency

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
Arkitema Architects Selected to Design New Offices for Danish Government Agency, Courtesy of Arkitema Architects
Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

The Danish Building & Property Agency has selected Arkitema Architects to design a new office building to house four government agencies: Banedanmark, The Danish Transport Authority, The Danish Road Directorate and the Danish Energy Agency. The 43,000 square metre office building is named "Nexus," a word which "comes from Latin and means linkage, centre and connection," according to Glenn Elmbæk, partner at Arkitema Architects. "And that is exactly what we want to create for The Danish Building & Property Agency - a connection between people in their work lives, between knowledge and between the four government agencies."

More on the design after the break

Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects +7

Fentress Releases Final Design for Miami Beach Convention Center

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
Fentress Releases Final Design for Miami Beach Convention Center , © Fentress Architects
© Fentress Architects

Fentress Architects has released plans for the $500 million redesign of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The news follows the City of Miami’s controversial decision to nix plans provided by OMA, who was originally awarded the commission after a high profile competition against BIG. 

Fentress will be working with Arquitectonica and West 8 on a significantly scaled-down masterplan that will include the renovation of the 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall and 200,000-square-feet of existing meeting space, as well as a new 80,000-square-foot ballroom and outdoor event space.

SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan, © SCAPE
© SCAPE

"Don't fight forces, use them." - R. Buckminster Fuller

SCAPE’s comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project, Living Breakwaters has been announced as winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge, “socially responsible design’s highest award.” Announced by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), the proposal was selected over seven shortlisted humanitarian initiatives and will receive a $100,000 prize for their innovative solution to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems. 

"Living Breakwaters is about dissipating and working with natural energy rather than fighting it. It is on the one hand an engineering and infrastructure-related intervention, but it also has a unique biological function as well. The project team understand that you cannot keep back coastal flooding in the context of climate change, but what you can do is ameliorate the force and impact of 100 and 500 year storm surges to diminish the damage through ecological interventions, while simultaneously catalyzing dialog to nurture future stewards of the built environment," said Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, a 2014 senior advisor and jury member.

More on Living Breakwaters, after the break.

Architect Develops the World's First Hoverboard

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
Architect Develops the World's First Hoverboard , © Hendo via Kickstarter
© Hendo via Kickstarter

Architects can do far more than design buildings. In fact, some of history’s most acclaimed innovators were not only architects, but also inventors. Leonardo da Vinci himself, the epitome of the Renaissance man, sketched buildings alongside ideas for flying machines. Buckminster Fuller was the ultimate futurist and invented the geodesic dome in addition to his Dymaxion Car, an automobile that was far ahead of its time. Now, an architect has developed “the world’s first hoverboard,” and the technology has far-reaching implications for not only transportation, but also buildings themselves. Read on after to break to learn more about what this technology could mean for the future.

These Collapsible Paper Models Help Museum-Goers Navigate the Rijksmuseum

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
These Collapsible Paper Models Help Museum-Goers Navigate the Rijksmuseum, Paper Pathfinder. Image © MVO&
Paper Pathfinder. Image © MVO&

Marijin van Oosten of MVO& has revolutionized the way visitors navigate museums: The Dutch graphic designer has designed a collapsible, 3D paper model of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to help ease visitor confusion through the 19th century museum's 100 rooms. Dubbed the “Paper Pathfinder,” the innovative concept was awarded a Dutch Design Award this week. 

An image of the Paper Pathfinder collapsed, after the break.

ODA Aims to Bring “Qualities of Private House” to Multi-Family Housing in Brooklyn

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
ODA Aims to Bring “Qualities of Private House” to Multi-Family Housing in Brooklyn, © ODA Architecture
© ODA Architecture

ODA Architecture has shared with us “510 Driggs,” a multi-family residential project that aims to provide residents with the “qualities of a private house” within Brooklyn’s dense urban landscape. Each of the six-story building’s 100 units will be equipped with a large, functional outdoor space and at least two exposures to maximize light and air. 

Budapest Underground Line M4 - Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
Budapest Underground Line M4 - Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky
  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Kálvin tér, 1092 Hungary
  • Architects in Charge

    Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Dóra Brückner, Zsolt Kosztolányi, Máté Antal
  • Area

    6900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky +20

Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International, © Fang Jian
© Fang Jian
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yun Du
  • Additional manufacturer

    Kesheng Liu, Wang Ning
  • Area

    192000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fang Jian © Fang Jian © Fang Jian © Fang Jian +33

Detached Floor House / Jun Yashiki & Associates

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Detached Floor House / Jun Yashiki & Associates, © Makoto Yoshida / Nikkei Architecture
© Makoto Yoshida / Nikkei Architecture

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Makoto Yoshida / Nikkei Architecture © Makoto Yoshida / Nikkei Architecture +10

Histria Aromatica Homestead / MVA

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Histria Aromatica Homestead  / MVA, © Ivan Dorotić
© Ivan Dorotić
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bale, Croatia
  • Area

    972.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ivan Dorotić © Ivan Dorotić © Ivan Dorotić © Ivan Dorotić +32

Family as a Community / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Family as a Community / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects, © Yoav Gurin
© Yoav Gurin

© Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin +21

See All 1,715 Entries to the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition Online

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
GH-7128234610. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
GH-7128234610. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

The competition for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki closed last month, becoming the most popular architectural competition in history with 1,715 entries. Now, competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants have made every single one available to view online, with each anonymous proposal presented in a series of two images, and a short description fro the architects. "Since its inception, this competition has been organized to be welcoming, inclusive, and transparent, and the gallery presents a singular opportunity for the public to explore and consider the broad expanse of entries," says Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

Competition organizer Malcolm Reading added: "For anyone interested in design, the gallery is a tremendous resource that offers rare insight into the design process and further illustrates how the vision for a Guggenheim Helsinki... [has] captured the imagination of architects around the world."

And indeed, the website does provide a tremendous tool: with such a huge volume of entries, the database and its associated tagging system offer an interesting way to probe the architectural zeitgeist: for example, it seems 'curved' buildings are almost twice as popular as 'straight' buildings; and 'opaque' buildings are still unpopular, being outpaced by 'transparent' buildings by almost five to one, despite the traditionally opaque museum typology.

But when it comes to architectural quality, where do you even begin with 1,715 proposals? The competition's website has that covered too, with a favorites button, a six-building shortlist tool and a search-by-registration tool. ArchDaily is here to help too: after the break, we've hand-picked 50 of the most exciting, unusual, interesting and simply absurd proposals for you to start talking about.

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Gastro-Architecture: Nicholas Blechman Illustrates Architecture as Food

00:00 - 23 October, 2014
Gastro-Architecture: Nicholas Blechman Illustrates Architecture as Food , © Nicholas Blechman
© Nicholas Blechman

Have you ever had the urge to squeeze a lemon on the dome of St. Peters Basilica? Or perhaps, crack a beer with Kohn Pedersen Fox’s “bottle opener”? New York-based designer Nicholas Blechman has put into illustration what we’ve all been thinking, landmark architecture as the food-related items they resemble. Check out Blechman’s “Gastro-Architecture” series here on the New York Times and preview a couple of our favorites, after the break. 

Miami Design District Tower / Studio Gang

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects
Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang Architects has released designs for a 14-story residential tower in the Miami Design District. Anchored by ground floor retail and topped with a resident lounge and swimming pool, the tower will, as the architects describe, “demonstrate Studio Gang’s principle of exo-spatial high-rise design in which the inside extends to the outside in a dynamic spatial arrangement.”

Each of the building’s 76 residential units will frame panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and surrounding Buena Vista neighborhood with Studio Gang’s contemporary reinterpretation of a “Florida Room.”

University Library / a02 Atelier

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
University Library  / a02 Atelier, © Vladimir Yurkovic
© Vladimir Yurkovic
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fakulta riadenia a informatiky Žilinskej univerzity v Ružomberku, Katolícka univerzita v Ružomberku, Hrabovská cesta, 034 01 Ruzomberok-Ružomberok, Slovakia
  • Area

    2066.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Vladimir Yurkovic © Vladimir Yurkovic © Vladimir Yurkovic © Vladimir Yurkovic +33

Dental Clinic in Onomichi / OISHI Masayuki & Associates

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Dental Clinic in Onomichi / OISHI Masayuki & Associates, © Toshinori Tanaka
© Toshinori Tanaka

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Toshinori Tanaka +10

Pe no Monte - Rural Tourism / [i]da arquitectos

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Pe no Monte - Rural Tourism / [i]da arquitectos, © Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado
  • Architects

  • Location

    7630-174 Odemira, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Ivan de Sousa, Ines Antunes
  • Project Leader

    Ivan de Sousa
  • Area

    820.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado +63

Port Hope House / Teeple Architects

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Port Hope House  / Teeple Architects, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy +22