‘Zaha Hadid – World Architecture Exhibition’

The small teaser above is a glimpse into the Zaha Hadid – World Architecture exhibition, which opens today, June 28, in . Together, the Danish Architecture Centre and have created an exhibition experience beyond the ordinary. The viewer will experience a world of towers, floating shells, selected projects and design objects all within a “borderless landscape” that reveals how Hadid’s work arises in an advanced digital and geometric universe.

Vivazz, Mieres Social Housing / Zigzag Arquitectura

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Zigzag Arquitectura
Location: ,
Architects: Bernardo Angelini, David Casino
Technical Architect: Alberto López Díez
Area: 17,840 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Roland Halbe

United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily
United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily

Help Stop the 2030 Repeal

In a few weeks the Senate will likely vote on an amendment that would remove the 2030 sustainability targets for federal buildings that many architects and US citizens fought to put into motion six years ago. The AIA has requested for your help to prevent this and coordinate visits with Senators while they are back home during the Independence holiday recess next week. Please visit the AIA website here to see how you can help protect federal sustainability targets. 

Herzog & de Meuron Win Competition to Design Hong Kong Museum

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has appointed Herzog & de Meuron and to design a new museum for visual culture on the edge of a reclaimed, 14-hectare park in ’s Victoria Harbour. Focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image, M+ will be one of the first projects to be completed in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and a key venue in creating interdisciplinary exchange between the visual arts and the performing arts in Asia. 

Promenade House / FORM/Kouichi Kimura Arcitects

© Takumi Ota

Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Arcitects
Location: Shiga, Japan
Area: 124.3 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Takumi Ota, Kei Nakajim

Clegg's own project, The Hive, has won a RIBA award this year © Hufton + Crow
Clegg's own project, The Hive, has won a RIBA award this year © Hufton + Crow

RIBA Considers ‘Test of Time’ Award

On Wednesday Peter Clegg, senior partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Chair of the RIBA Awards jury, announced that the Institute is currently holding discussions about introducing a ‘test of time’ award, reports the Architects’ Journal.

Though the details are yet to be finalized, buildings would be eligible for the award 10 years after their original completion, and would be judged upon “sustainability performance in-use, the robustness of materials, and how users inhabit the building”. This is a welcome change, as current sustainability awards rely heavily on predicted performances, which are often unreliable indicators of a building’s true performance.

Public Library in Ceuta / Paredes Pedrosa

© Fernando Alda

Architects: Paredes Pedrosa
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio Pedrosa
Area: 6,159 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Alda, Manuel García de Paredes

© Dominik Gigler
© Dominik Gigler

Rem Koolhaas Will Design New Building for State Hermitage Museum in Russia

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas will design a new project for the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. RIA Novosti and The Calvert Journal report that the new building will be “located in the museum’s storage facility in Staraya Derevnya in the north of the city” and that it “will house the Hermitage Library, the Costume Museum, the gallery’s publishing arm, and a public event space.” This projects marks Koolhaas’ continued presence in Russia; he has been collaborating and teaching at the Strelka Institute and is currently working on the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow’s Gorky Park.

India’s Forgotten Stepwells

Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi. Image © Victoria S. Lautman

It’s hard to imagine an entire category of architecture slipping off history’s grid, and yet that seems to be the case with ’s incomparable stepwells. Never heard of ‘em? Don’t fret, you’re not alone: millions of tourists – and any number of locals – lured to the subcontinent’s palaces, forts, tombs, and temples are oblivious to these centuries-old water-structures that can even be found hiding-in-plain-sight close to thronged destinations like Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi or Agra’s Taj Mahal.

But now, India’s burgeoning water crisis might lead to redemption for at least some of these subterranean edifices, which are being re-evaluated for their ability to collect and store water. With any luck, tourist itineraries will also start incorporating what are otherwise an “endangered species” of the architecture world.

Learn more about these stepwells’ curious histories, after the break…

UWA Business School / Woods Bagot

© Adrian Lambert, Acorn Photo Agency

Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Ross Donaldson, Michael Michelides, Georgia Singleton, John Liddiard, Kae Woei Lim, Cian Davis, Zenifa Bunic, Sandy Franco
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Adrian Lambert, Acorn Photo Agency

New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture © Eric de Broche des Combes from Luxigon
New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture © Eric de Broche des Combes from Luxigon

CLOG Presents ‘New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture’

As a continuation to their in-depth review on the render, CLOG has selected 60 images from an international group of architects and design studios – including Zaha Hadid Architects, BIG, Mansilla+Tuñón Architects, and visualhouse – to serve as case studies in the exhibition New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture. Now on view at the Art Institute of Chicago through January 5th, 2014, New Views will explore the diversity of rendering types being produced today and their effect on contemporary architecture. More information can be found here.

Jackrabbit Wash / Aaron D’Innocenzo

Courtesy of Aaron D’Innocenzo

Architects: Aaron D’Innocenzo
Location: Joshua Tree, California, USA
Area: 148 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aaron D’Innocenzo

Courtesy of HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek
Courtesy of HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek

Toender City Hall Extension Competition Entry / HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek

Located in Toender, a city in southern Denmark, close to the Danish and German border, the new City hall extension by HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek… is designed to optimize interior flexible space while taking full advantage of

Brigham Building for the Future Proposal / NBBJ

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital just broke ground last week on the Brigham Building for the Future, a 620,000 square-foot translational research and clinical facility designed by NBBJ. Located on the hospital’s Longwood campus, the 11-story project will house eight floors of research laboratories, three floors of clinics, a state-of-the-art imaging facility, social spaces, and a 400-car garage, along with associated site improvements. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Fethard Residence / Aughey O’Flaherty Architects

© Marie-Louise Halpenny

Architects: Aughey O’Flaherty Architects
Location: , Ireland
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marie-Louise Halpenny

Courtesy of Michael Sorkin Studio
Courtesy of Michael Sorkin Studio

28+: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Michael Sorkin Studio

Taking its name from the elevation above which the city is safe from floods, The ’28+’ proposal by Michael Sorkin Studio… for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas is a habitable levee. Not simply does it allow the protection – and

30 Houses Building / Rahola Vidal

© Juny Brullet

Architects: Rahola Vidal
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: Víctor Rahola Aguadé, Jorge Vidal Tomás
Area: 5,869 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Juny Brullet

Courtesy of AIA San Francisco
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco

Constructed Realities Design Awards Program

Open to all architects and designers nation-wide, Constructed Realities is a biennial awards program established at the behest of the Small Firms Committee of AIA San Francisco. Recognizing exemplary performance in a broad range of architectural work, the program aims…