South Place Hotel / Allies and Morrison

© Guy Montagu-Pollack

Architects: Allies and Morrison
Location: , UK
Interior Design: Conran + Partners
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Guy Montagu-Pollack

Video: 24 Hours in Moscow


Widely accepted as one of the most beautiful and architectural capitals in the world, is the heart of Mother , radiating Slavic grandeur and a sense of things to come. Here, TV presenter Martyn Andrews takes Crane.tv on a tour of the Red Square, which houses everything from St Basil’s Cathedral to Lenin’s Mausoleum.

UPDATE: World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built…In 210 Days

Chinese construction company has announced ambitious plans to construct the world’s tallest in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: via Gizmag)

When we brought you this story back in June, the title read “World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built….in 90 Days! ” 

Well, as any architect knows, first estimates are never accurate. Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), the design firm behind Sky City, soon to be the world’s tallest skyscraper, has professed that the building will now be built at the positively glacial pace of 210 days (7 months instead of 3).

As we explained last time, Sky City will shoot up to its 838-meter (2,750-ft/220-story) height thanks to its pre-fabricated assembly (up to 95% of the materials will be assembled in modular form before on-site construction even begins). BSB also claims that it will be sustainable and earthquake proof.  

According to a fascinating Wired interview with BSB’s founder and Chairman, Zhang Yue (check it out), the foundation is scheduled to be laid in November and should be complete by March 2013. 

Read on after the break for more of Sky City’s impressive record-breaking stats and sustainability chops…

Tianjin Grand Theater / gmp Architekten

© Christian Gahl

Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Tianjin,
Project Leaders: David Schenke, Xu Shan
Design Team: Tobias Keyl, Matthias Grünewald, Martin Gänsicke, Susan Schwarz, Verena Fischbach, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme, Duc Nguyen, Di Wu, Fang Xie
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Christian Gahl

MAS Summit 2012

The Municipal Art Society of is preparing for their third annual Summit which will feature nearly 100 talks pertaining to  architecture and urbanism.  Beginning October 18th, the two day event at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall will bring together elected officials, designers and innovators to share their thoughts on how can maintain its global-leadership position while remaining a livable environment for all its inhabitants.

More after the break. 

Social 01 / VMX Architects + i29 l interior architects

© Ronald Tilleman

Architects: VMX Architects + i29 l interior architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman, Courtesy of i29 l interior architects

Aichi Expo, Japan © Ceramica Cumella
Aichi Expo, Japan © Ceramica Cumella

Ceramica Cumella: Shaping Ideas

From September 29th to December 8th, the exhibition dedicated to the work of Toni Cumella will be open. His works in ceramic have been utilised by architects such as Enric Miralles, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, or Jean Nouvel. These collaborations made his material became…

Port House: Antwerp Headquarters / Zaha Hadid Architects

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In early September, Zaha Hadid gave the official order to begin construction work on Port House, the new headquarters for Port Authority on the Kattendijk dock. The new Port Authority headquarters will house approximately 500 staff in a single new location that comprises both a former fi re station and a new extension. Together, these two entities form an impressive new landmark as the headquarters of the Port Authority, overlooking both the city and the harbor. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pearl Valley 334 / SAOTA

© Adam Letch

Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: ,
Interior Architecture: Mark Rielly, Jon Case
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Letch

Langley Green Children’s Centre / Re-Format

© Nigel Rigden

Architects: Re-Format
Location: Crawley,
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Nigel Rigden

‘Harvest Wave’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Various Architects

Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho

Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, and Teresa Cacho were recently named as the second prize winner in the Sukkahville Design Competition in . Organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, five finalists were given the opportunity to build their designs for an exhibition with the challenge to design a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Representing many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, this proposal for an innovative Sukkah design delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, and temporary/permanent. More images can be viewed after the break.

New Theater Equilibre / Dürig AG

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Architects: Dürig AG
Location: , Switzerland
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Dürig AG

Holistic Housing: Concepts, Design Strategies and Processes / Hans Drexler + Sebastian El Khouli

Holistic Housing: Concepts, Design Strategies and Processes” is a fundamental reference work on housing construction. The book deals with the issue of sustainability in a planning context but also analyses a building’s usage and ageing over its ‘life cycle’. A system of criteria specially developed in an accompanying research project can be used to compare and evaluate buildings. It can also be used as a tool for optimising the sustainability of buildings in development during the planning process. By contrast, most existing sustainability systems are conceived not as design and planning tools, but as instruments for evaluating finished buildings and completed planning.

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia by TWBTA / © Michael Moran
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia by TWBTA / © Michael Moran

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien: ‘Head/Hand’ Lecture

Taking place Wednesday, October 24th, at Cooper Union in New York, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien… will be delivering their ‘Head/hand’ lecture highlighting their current work. Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union as

Reddy House / Khosla Associates

© Bharath Ramamrutham

Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: , Andhra Pradesh,
Design Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, Praveena A. and Aditi S
Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutham

DAGA Cafe / ///byn

© JIANG Yong

Architects: ///byn
Location: , China
Principals: Nicolas Salto del Giorgio & Bittor Sanchez-Monasterio
Collaborators: Audrius Liaugminas, Luke Webster, Yao Yi & Li Min
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: JIANG Yong

JA+U Interviews Japanese Architect Shinichi Ogawa

In this video, JA+U interviews minimalist Japanese architect of Shinichi Ogawa and Associates.  Ogawa describes the “austerity” and “organization” of minimalist design in regard to different projects.  In residences, where flexibility and options are important, he says that the minimalistic approach grants a wide range of possibilities, providing open and flexible spaces that connect with the site. Ogawa describes the a range of projects that use simple forms and expressions to interact with the environment and accentuate the surroundings.

Enjoy the interview and check out some of Shinichi Ogawa’s projects on ArchDaily: The Luminous House and The Minimalist House.

Boulevard Brewing Company Cellar 1 Expansion / el dorado

© Mike Sinclair

Architects: el dorado
Location: , Missouri,
Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
Senior Associate: Chris Burk, Steve Salzer, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair