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Clifton 2A / SAOTA

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Clifton 2A / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Tamaryn Fourie, Thaabe Ramabina
  • Interior Design

    Janine Lazard Interiors
  • Area

    1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

When One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking the Open Office

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
When One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking the Open Office, Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Michel Denancé
Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Michel Denancé

Workplace design has undergone a radical transformation in the last several decades, with approximately seventy percent of today’s modern offices now converted to open plans. However, despite growing concerns over decreases in worker productivity and employee satisfaction, the open office revolution shows no sign of slowing down. The open office model has proliferated without regard for natural differences in workplace culture, leading to disastrous results when employees are forced into an office that works against their own interests. If we are to make offices more effective, we must acknowledge that ultimately, design comes out of adapting individual needs for a specific purpose and at best, can create inviting spaces that reflect a company’s own ethos.

Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects, © Aidan Monaghan Photography
© Aidan Monaghan Photography

© Aidan Monaghan Photography © Aidan Monaghan Photography © Aidan Monaghan Photography © Aidan Monaghan Photography +26

House CM Sint-Truiden / MASS Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
House CM Sint-Truiden / MASS Architects, © Philippe Van Gelooven
© Philippe Van Gelooven

© Philippe Van Gelooven © Philippe Van Gelooven © Philippe Van Gelooven © Philippe Van Gelooven +28

Office Mindmatters / PARAT

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Office Mindmatters  / PARAT, © Andreas Meichsner
© Andreas Meichsner

© Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner +11

House Passage of Landscape / ihrmk

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
House Passage of Landscape / ihrmk, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masaki Ihara
  • Area

    99.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

OMA Opens New Office in Dubai

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
OMA Opens New Office in Dubai, © Flickr CC User Éole Wind
© Flickr CC User Éole Wind

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has opened a Dubai office to design and oversee projects in the Middle East-Africa region. Together with headquarters in Rotterdam and offices in New York, Hong Kong, Beijing and Doha, OMA Dubai aims to “strengthen the practice’s presence in the Middle East, and also provide a connection point for future work in Africa and India.” The office is located in Al Warsan Tower in TECOM.

Colgate University Agrees to Fund David Adjaye’s $21 Million Arts Center

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Colgate University Agrees to Fund David Adjaye’s $21 Million Arts Center , © Adjaye Associates, Courtesy of Colgate University
© Adjaye Associates, Courtesy of Colgate University

Colgate University has agreed to fund Adjaye Associates’ proposed $21 million Center for Art and Culture planned for its campus in Hamilton, New York. The project, initially unveiled last March, will be comprised of three interlocking volumes of flexible art galleries alongside a parcel-long sculpture courtyard that cuts through the site. 

© Adjaye Associates, Courtesy of Colgate University © Adjaye Associates, Courtesy of Colgate University © Adjaye Associates, Courtesy of Colgate University © Adjaye Associates, Courtesy of Colgate University +8

Andrés Jaque Named 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) Winner

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
Andrés Jaque Named 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) Winner, © Cosmo / Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation
© Cosmo / Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation’s project COSMO has been selected by the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 as winner of Young Architects Program’s (YAP) 16th edition in New York. Scheduled to open in late June, just in time for MoMA PS1’s 2015 Warm Up summer music, COSMO will serve as a “moveable artifact” with a mission to provide clean water for the world’s population. 

“This year’s proposal takes one of the Young Architects Program’s essential requirements - providing a water feature for leisure and fun - and highlights water itself as a scarce resource,” said Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. “Relying on off-the-shelf components from agro-industrial origin, an exuberant mobile architecture celebrates water-purification processes and turns their intricate visualization into an unusual backdrop for the Warm Up sessions.”

East Van House / Splyce Design

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
East Van House / Splyce Design, © Ivan Hunter
© Ivan Hunter

© Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter +23

The Observatories: Micro Artist Residence Officially Opens in the UK

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
The Observatories: Micro Artist Residence Officially Opens in the UK, © Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
© Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Nearly eight months ago, a team of four design students won a competition to design an artist’s residence in the south-western countryside of the UK. Now, Charlotte Knight, Mina Gospavic, Ross Galtress, and Lauren Shevills (in collaboration with artist Edward Crumpton) have seen their design, “The Observatories,” realized. Conceived as two rotating structures that house a studio and living quarters, The Observatories will be moved to four different sites over the course of two years. During this time, they’ll take in twelve artists, each for two-month residencies.

Zaha Hadid and ADPI Unveil Plans for World’s Largest Passenger Terminal in Beijing

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
Zaha Hadid and ADPI Unveil Plans for World’s Largest Passenger Terminal in Beijing , © ZHA / Methanoia
© ZHA / Methanoia

ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI) and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled designs for what will be the world’s largest airport passenger terminal - the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building. The Daxing scheme, based off the bid-winning planning concept by ADPI, hopes to alleviate traffic from Beijing’s existing Capital Airport, which is operating beyond its planned capacity.

“Initially accommodating 45 million passengers per year, the new terminal will be adaptable and sustainable, operating in many different configurations dependent on varying aircraft and passenger traffic throughout each day,” stated ZHA in a press release. “With an integrated multi-modal transport centre featuring direct links to local and national rail services including the Gaotie high speed rail, the new Daxing airport will be a key hub within Beijing’s growing transport network and a catalyst for the region’s economic development, including the city of Tianjin and Hebei Province.”

Jane Priestman Wins Inaugural Ada Louise Huxtable Prize

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
Jane Priestman Wins Inaugural Ada Louise Huxtable Prize, Priestman worked with Foster + Partners on the Stansted Airport during her time at the British Airports Authority. Image © Foster + Partners
Priestman worked with Foster + Partners on the Stansted Airport during her time at the British Airports Authority. Image © Foster + Partners

Judges Patty Hopkins, Eva Jiricna and John McAslan have awarded Jane Priestman the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize. The 85-year-old British designer, lauded for being a “visionary” client, is the first to receive this lifetime achievement award, which honors non-architects which have significantly contributed to the architectural profession. 

“Her contribution to future generations is immeasurable,” said the judges. “Priestman had the belief that architecture could change people lives, and wanted to work with architects who could help her do it.”

Greenbank Park / HYLA Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Greenbank Park / HYLA Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Greenbank Park, Singapore
  • Principal Architect

    Mr. Han Loke Kwang
  • Assistant Architects

    Yuzhe, Nicholas Gomes
  • Area

    520.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Fittja Terraces / Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Fittja Terraces / Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects , © Johan Fowelin
© Johan Fowelin

© Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin +25

Wood Design & Building Magazine Announces Winners of its 2014 Wood Awards

00:00 - 4 February, 2015
Wood Design & Building Magazine Announces Winners of its 2014 Wood Awards, Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, CO) Shigeru Ban Architects. Image © Michael Moran/OTTO
Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, CO) Shigeru Ban Architects. Image © Michael Moran/OTTO

Wood Design and Building Magazine has announced the winners of its 2014 Wood Awards. Run in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council, this year the awards included for the first time an international awards category in addition to the North America awards. With 166 submissions, the 24 awarded projects were selected by a jury consisting of Larry McFarland (Principle, McFarland Marceau Architects), Brigitte Shim (Principle, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects) and Keith Boswell (Technical Partner, SOM).

"The Wood Design Awards showcases exceptional wood buildings that not only display the unique qualities of wood, but also serve to inspire other designers who may not initially think of wood as the material of choice," said Theresa Rogers, Editor of Wood Design & Building magazine. "The calibre of projects submitted displayed a mature sense of design that either paid homage to older building techniques or completely reinvented the conventional way of thinking about building envelope and design," added Etienne Lalonde, the Canadian Wood Council's Vice-President of Market Development.

See the full awards list after the break.

Timber Dentistry (Mino Osaka, Japan) / Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates. Image © Satoshi Shigeta Refuge on the Bay of Fundy (Red Bank Farm, Hants County, NS) / Dalhousie School of Architecture Free Lab Students, led by Talbot Sweetapple. Image © William Green Wood Innovation Design Centre (Prince George, BC) / Michael Green Architecture. Image © Ema Peter Vineyard Schmidt at the Lake of Constance (Hattnau 62, Germany) / Ludescher + Lutz | Architekten. Image © Elmar Ludescher +10

North Perth House / Jonathan Lake Architects

01:00 - 4 February, 2015
North Perth House / Jonathan Lake Architects, © Robert Frith
© Robert Frith

© Robert Frith © Robert Frith © Robert Frith © Robert Frith +22

Zoetrope Cinema / ADH

01:00 - 4 February, 2015
Zoetrope Cinema / ADH, © Hervé Abbadie
© Hervé Abbadie

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Blaye, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Benoîte Doazan, Elisabeth Salvado, Stéphane Hirschberger
  • Area

    1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs