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Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre, Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes
Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes

Nestled into the coastal landscape of Calais on the northern coast of France, Arte Charpentier Architectes have unveiled their design for the Calais Congress Centre, a hub for cultural and social activity in the bustling city. Located along the English Channel, the centre will provide remarkable views of the water and ships entering the city's commercial port. The curvilinear centre will mimic the lush green landscape while echoing the energy of the city with an asymmetrical, ethereal design which includes flexible public space, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and two hotels all shrouded by an elegant curtain of glass.

Enter the Calais Cultural Centre with images and info after the break

The centre will feature panoramic coastal views. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior public spaces. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior cafe. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes +10

Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture, © Gregoire Auger
© Gregoire Auger

© Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger +21

Video: Mini-Documentary Profiles Artists Who Are Shunning China's Urban Explosion

00:00 - 23 December, 2014

In 2011, China had more people living in urban areas than rural areas for the first time in its history, and recent government statistics show that around 300 villages disappear per day in China. Yet in the face of rapid urbanization, a “back to land movement” is now also emerging. A new mini-documentary by Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson, Down to the Countryside, looks at urban residents who, fed up with city life, are looking to revitalize the countryside, while preserving local tradition. The documentary follows Ou Ning, an artist and curator, who moved from Beijing to the village of Bishan, in Anhui province, in 2013. Ning considers himself part of China’s “new rural reconstruction movement,” and the documentary shows his quest to develop the rural economy and bring arts and culture to the countryside.

Learn more about the film on China File and check out an interview with the directors on CityLab.

Sou Fujimoto Chosen to Design Liget Budapest's House of Hungarian Music

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Sou Fujimoto Chosen to Design Liget Budapest's House of Hungarian Music, © Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest
© Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest

Sou Fujimoto Architects has been announced as one of three practices chosen to design buildings for the Liget Budapest project, one of Europe’s largest museum developments. Selected through an anonymous competition process, the Japanese firm will realize an undulating House of Hungarian Music that was “inspired by sound waves.” Its distinctive perforated “smart roof” will float on top an airy glass-walled interior illuminated by the canopy’s lightwells. 

French practice Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes was also chosen to construct a striated Museum of Ethnography, while Hungarian firm Középülettervező Zrt will realize the cuboidal PhotoMuseum Budapest and Museum of Hungarian Architecture

All three projects will be built in Városliget, the city’s largest park, by 2018. Continue after break to view images of each. 

© Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Középülettervező Zrt., Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes, Courtesy of Liget Budapest +26

Frank Gehry Tells the Story Behind Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

00:00 - 23 December, 2014
Frank Gehry Tells the Story Behind Guggenheim Abu Dhabi , Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Image © Gehry Partners
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Image © Gehry Partners

In just three short years, Frank Gehry’s 450,000-square-foot Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open. More than 12 times the size of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim New York, the expansive $800 million museum will showcase 1960s art from around the world within an asymmetrical mountain of plaster blocks and self-cooling translucent cones. Anticipating its completion, the New York Times sat down with Gehry to hear the story behind the building’s design. Watch the full interview with Gehry, here

Golden Lane / Amin Taha Architects

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Golden Lane / Amin Taha Architects, © Tim Soar
© Tim Soar

© Tim Soar © Tim Soar © Tim Soar © Tim Soar +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer

    Webb Yates Engineers
  • Area

    186.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Los Morros House / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Los Morros House / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos , © Midas / Pablo Blanco
© Midas / Pablo Blanco

© Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco +21

St-Sulpice / FHV Architectes

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
St-Sulpice / FHV Architectes, Courtesy of FHV Architectes
Courtesy of FHV Architectes

Courtesy of FHV Architectes Courtesy of FHV Architectes Courtesy of FHV Architectes Courtesy of FHV Architectes +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Sulpice, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Claudius Fruehauf, Guillaume Henry, Carlos Viladoms, Francesca Fraschini, Alberto Sols
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of FHV Architectes

UK Housing Review Panel "Needs To Be More Balanced," Admits Terry Farrell

00:00 - 23 December, 2014
UK Housing Review Panel "Needs To Be More Balanced," Admits Terry Farrell, © Agnese Sanvito, via Farrells Facebook Page
© Agnese Sanvito, via Farrells Facebook Page

Last week the UK Government appointed a new housing design panel, intended to "ensure that new homes are not only lower-cost but also high-quality and well-designed." The panel will be led by Terry Farrell, classical architect Quinlan Terry and aesthetics philosopher Roger Scruton, as well as representatives from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the UK Design Council and lobby group Create Streets. However, the profession was quick to criticize the selection of the three lead members of the panel.

Deakin Trade Training Centre / Y2 Architecture

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Deakin Trade Training Centre / Y2 Architecture, © Zachary Couyant
© Zachary Couyant

© Zachary Couyant © Zachary Couyant © Zachary Couyant © Zachary Couyant +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mildura VIC 3500, Australia
  • Collaborators

    Matthew Dwyer, Peter Tonkin, Felicity Brown, Damien Ferlazzo, Stuart Redmond
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Closse Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Closse Residence /  NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +21

Pavilion at Architect’s Residence / Kythreotis Architects

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Pavilion at Architect’s Residence / Kythreotis Architects, © Stelios Kallinikou
© Stelios Kallinikou

© Stelios Kallinikou © Stelios Kallinikou © Stelios Kallinikou © Stelios Kallinikou +22

Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine / LOOK Architects

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine / LOOK Architects, Courtesy of LOOK Architects
Courtesy of LOOK Architects

Courtesy of LOOK Architects Courtesy of LOOK Architects Courtesy of LOOK Architects Courtesy of LOOK Architects +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    11 Mandalay Road, Singapore
  • Area

    3985.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of LOOK Architects

Galeria Babilônia 1500 / Rua Arquitetos

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
Galeria Babilônia 1500  / Rua Arquitetos, © Damien Jacob
© Damien Jacob

© Damien Jacob © Damien Jacob © Damien Jacob © Damien Jacob +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Babilônia , Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20511-150, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Pedro Évora
  • Co-author

    Pedro Rivera
  • Staff

    Carina Batista, Mariana Albuquerque
  • Area

    230.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

TailorCrete Seeks to Revolutionize Concrete Fabrication

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
TailorCrete Seeks to Revolutionize Concrete Fabrication, © STAMER KONTOR
© STAMER KONTOR

Concrete construction has been an important part of architectural practice since the Roman Empire. Extremely malleable, fluid concrete is capable of being poured into almost any conceivable form. In theory, this makes it an ideal building material. In practice, however, creating complex forms out of concrete is extremely inefficient. Pouring on sight requires formwork that is painstakingly made by hand, and precast concrete is usually limited by orthogonal molds. Concrete has become restricted to a few simple forms that are easy and cheap to produce when, in many cases, a building would benefit from concrete casting that is optimized for its structural and economical needs. How do we make such optimization feasible? This is the question that the EU sponsored TailorCrete has attempted to answer. A research consortium lasting for four years, TailorCrete is exploring new technologies that could make non-standard concrete structures commonplace.

Four Presidential Libraries for Obama to Consider

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Four Presidential Libraries for Obama to Consider , University of Illinois at Chicago. Image Courtesy of UIC
University of Illinois at Chicago. Image Courtesy of UIC

Of the four locations that are under consideration to host the future Barack Obama presidential library, two have released visions of what could be if their sites were selected - the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of Hawaii at Honolulu (UH). UH, who’s offering a stunning oceanside site on Waikiki Beach, paired Snøhetta, MOS, and Allied Works Architecture with local architects to draw up proposals, all of which share a deep connection to nature. UIC, on the other hand, has proposed an idea that reinterprets the library as a systemized network of public infrastructure focused on revitalization. 

View all four proposals, after the break.

University of Illinois at Chicago. Image Courtesy of UIC Snøhetta and WCIT Architecture at UH. Image Courtesy of UIC Allied Works Architecture at UH. Image Courtesy of UIC MOS and Workshop-HI at UH. Image Courtesy of UIC +18

Samsung Commissions Choon-Soo Ryu to Design Vietnamese Community Center

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
Samsung Commissions Choon-Soo Ryu to Design Vietnamese Community Center, Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics is spearheading a village development project in ThuyHoa, Vietnam, as part of a new social contribution program named “the Nanum Village.” The Nanum Village is a project where the local government cooperates with residents of a village who are willing to develop their neighborhood, improving the public infrastructure and supporting local people’s initiatives for sustainable development of the village. This new community center by Korean architect Choon-Soo Ryu will be built in 2015 as a result of that initiative.

Balint House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Balint House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, © Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo +29