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Innocean Headquarters Europe / Ippolito Fleitz Group

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Innocean Headquarters Europe / Ippolito Fleitz Group, © Robert Hoernig
© Robert Hoernig

© Robert Hoernig © Robert Hoernig © Robert Hoernig © Robert Hoernig +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Frankfurt, Germany
  • Design Team

    Andrew Bardzik, Anke Stern
, David Schwarz
, Frank Peisert, Sebastian Tiedemann, Yuliya Lytyuk, Gunter Fleitz, Peter Ippolito, Daniela Schröder, Tim Lessmann
  • Area

    2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec, Aerial. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie
Aerial. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie

© OMA / Luxigon View from Grand-Allée. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie Exterior Stair. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie Atrium Stair: View from B1. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham, 835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC G1R 5H8, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Shohei Shigematsu
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Rafting Bridge / Arhitektura d.o.o.

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Rafting Bridge / Arhitektura d.o.o., © Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Celje, Slovenia
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Gabrijelčič
  • Architect

    Denis Rovan, Navor d.o.o.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Camber of Commerce Building in Chapinero / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

00:00 - 19 December, 2014
Camber of Commerce Building in Chapinero / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos, © Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Sergio Gómez © Juan Silva © Juan Silva +29

King George III, an Aspiring Architect

00:00 - 19 December, 2014
King George III, an Aspiring Architect, George III, Sketch of a palace floor plan, 1785-9. British Library Maps 7.TAB.17. Image Courtesy of British Library
George III, Sketch of a palace floor plan, 1785-9. British Library Maps 7.TAB.17. Image Courtesy of British Library

Not sure if “manic” can be classified as an architectural style, but that is what some are choosing to describe the newly discovered, hand-drawn floor plans of a grand place envisioned by King George III. According to the British Library, the King was “passionately interested” about architecture and drew plans for a future living quarters in Kew - now a district in West London - during a time when he was suffering from severe mental illness in the late 1780s. Learn more about the King’s vision for a grand palace, here

Extension of a House in Bořislav / 3+1 architekti

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Extension of a House in Bořislav / 3+1 architekti, © Pavel Plánička
© Pavel Plánička

© Pavel Plánička © Pavel Plánička © Pavel Plánička © Pavel Plánička +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bořislav 89, 415 01 Bořislav, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Plánička, Panenka, Páral
  • Area

    75.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Hair Salon / CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Hair Salon / CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos, © Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves +35

Alessandro Mendini Awarded the European Prize for Architecture

00:00 - 19 December, 2014
Alessandro Mendini Awarded the European Prize for Architecture, Museo del Casalingo -Forum Megna, 1996. Image Courtesy of Chicago Athenaeum Newsletter
Museo del Casalingo -Forum Megna, 1996. Image Courtesy of Chicago Athenaeum Newsletter

Italian architect, philosopher, architectural theorist, visionary and design practitioner, Alessandro Mendini, has been selected to receive the 2014 European Prize for Architecture. Awarded annually by the European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the European Prize for Architecture aims to recognize “influential architects that have changed and challenged the direction of contemporary architecture today and who have blazoned a more humane and intellectual approach to architecture.”

“Not since Frank Lloyd Wright has the world seen a more theory-driven and profound-thinking architect than Mendini,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Museum President of the Chicago Athenaeum, in a press release.

32 "Discarded" Helsinki Guggenheim Proposals You Should Know About

01:00 - 19 December, 2014

The search for a design for Helsinki’s new Guggenheim Museum is well under way. Over a thousand entrants submitted anonymous proposals for the harbor-side museum, and though six finalists have now been chosen, the incredible wealth of talent and effort present in the submissions is hard to ignore. We celebrate that talent here, showcasing 32 great designs-that-could-have-been for the Helsinki Guggenheim. Learn more about all of them, after the break!

Garden Bridge Gains Final Approval From Mayor of London

00:00 - 19 December, 2014
Garden Bridge Gains Final Approval From Mayor of London, Courtesy of Arup
Courtesy of Arup

London Mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge. The approval from the mayor is the third and final green light for the bridge, having previously been accepted by both Lambeth and Westminster councils. The project is now likely to begin construction within a year - in line with a self-imposed deadline by the Garden Bridge Trust that will allow them to complete the project before works on the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel cause disruption on the site.

Open Call: Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Open Call: Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition, Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces the Lakefront Kiosk Competition, organized in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago. In keeping with the mission of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Lakefront Kiosk Competition is an opportunity to support innovative architectural work and to use the city—more specifically, the iconic shoreline of Lake Michigan—as a laboratory for architectural experimentation.

Army Rowing Node / KSA Architects

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Army Rowing Node / KSA Architects, © Nemish Shah
© Nemish Shah

© Nemish Shah © Nemish Shah © Nemish Shah © Nemish Shah +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Nemish Shah, Kumarpal Kothari
  • Design Team

    Pierre Michael, Mili Parekh
  • Area

    8000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Maison l'Estelle / François Primault architecte

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Maison l'Estelle / François Primault architecte, Courtesy of François Primault architecte
Courtesy of François Primault architecte

Courtesy of François Primault architecte Courtesy of François Primault architecte Courtesy of François Primault architecte Courtesy of François Primault architecte +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moirax, France
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of François Primault architecte

Baldridge Architects Office / Baldridge Architects

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Baldridge Architects Office / Baldridge Architects, © Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

© Casey Dunn © Casey Dunn © Casey Dunn © Casey Dunn +16

London Calling: On Fondness

09:30 - 18 December, 2014
London Calling: On Fondness, After the local council announced their plans to demolish the iconic Preston Bus Station in favour of a new building elsewhere, it took a national backlash before the building was eventually saved, being listed in September 2013. Image © Wikimedia Commons
After the local council announced their plans to demolish the iconic Preston Bus Station in favour of a new building elsewhere, it took a national backlash before the building was eventually saved, being listed in September 2013. Image © Wikimedia Commons

In the UK, the commissioning of buildings is in crisis. The government and the industry as a whole is short-sighted, putting too much emphasis on function and too little thought into what makes for a long-lasting, and in that respect sustainable, building.

What is it that prompts a person to own a classic car or a family to continue to use old silver when both involve so much hard work? Why not buy a new car or use stainless steel cutlery? By convention these possessions have reached the end of their natural life, they require careful maintenance and in many cases they don’t function as well they might - they are obsolete. Their continued use requires a conscious commitment - time and money - on the part of their owner. But then, in time, this responsibility stops being a burden and instead becomes a cause for satisfaction and enjoyment.

It is a question that could be asked of those who commission and use buildings.

Expansion of the American School of the Hague / Kraaijvanger

01:00 - 18 December, 2014
Expansion of the American School of the Hague / Kraaijvanger, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

© Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wassenaar, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Kraaijvanger, Rotterdam
  • Team

    Hans Goverde, Annemiek Bleumink, Laurence Meulman, Patrick Keijzer, Nol van den Boer
  • Area

    3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Mirror Houses / Peter Pichler Architecture

01:00 - 18 December, 2014
The Mirror Houses / Peter Pichler Architecture, © Oskar Da Riz
© Oskar Da Riz

© Oskar Da Riz © Oskar Da Riz © Oskar Da Riz © Oskar Da Riz +27

Video: Alison And Peter Smithson On Housing

00:00 - 18 December, 2014

In 1970 the BBC followed architects Alison and Peter Smithson through the construction of their seminal housing project, Robin Hood Gardens (London). The impact of their architecture continues to resonate well into the 21st century, most recently in the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Robin Hood Gardens was demolished in 2013, bringing an end to the Smithson's utopian vision. Listen to Alison Smithson explain the European Housing Condition (as the vision stood in 1970), the state of British infrastructure as it was, and hear Peter Smithson discuss the impetus for their most famous collective housing project.