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Ooze Architects Unveil A Natural Bathing Pond In London's King's Cross

04:00 - 25 May, 2015
Ooze Architects Unveil A Natural Bathing Pond In London's King's Cross, via CityMetric
via CityMetric

A new pool has just opened in the heart of London's King's Cross. In the centre of one of the city's largest mixed-use development projects Ooze Architects, in collaboration with artist Marjetica Potrc, have developed and realised "the UK's first man-made fresh water public bathing pond" as a piece of and art. The oblong pool is forty metres long, built two metres above ground level, and is surrounded by "pioneer plants, wild flowers grasses, and bushes so that the environment evolves as the seasons change." It will be purified through "a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and sustain clean and clear water."

Casa Lela / Oficina d'Arquitectura

03:00 - 25 May, 2015
Casa Lela / Oficina d'Arquitectura, Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura
Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura

Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Cruz do Bispo, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    arch. Florêncio da Costa, arch. José Pinho
  • Project Year

    2015

Kahrizak Residential Project / CAAT Studio

01:00 - 25 May, 2015
Kahrizak Residential Project / CAAT Studio, © Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kahrizak, Tehran, Iran
  • Architect in Charge

    Mahdi Kamboozia
  • Design Collaborator

    Helena Ghanbari
  • Assistant

    Alireza Movahedi
  • Area

    1660.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Cubo House / PHOOEY Architects

20:00 - 24 May, 2015
Cubo House / PHOOEY Architects, © Peter Bennetts Photographer
© Peter Bennetts Photographer

© Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Design Team

    Emma Young, Peter Ho , Adam Gordon, Jessie Cook, Rob Chittleborough, Helen Duong, Anne-Claire Deville & Lucinda Arundel.
  • Area

    410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Rem Koolhaas On Preservation, The Fondazione Prada, And Tearing Down Part Of Paris

16:00 - 24 May, 2015
Rem Koolhaas On Preservation, The Fondazione Prada, And Tearing Down Part Of Paris, © Bas Princen – Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen – Fondazione Prada

With the opening of their Fondazione Prada building in Milan at the start of this month, OMA got the chance to show off a skill that they don't get the chance to use very often: preservation. In this interview with Kultur Spiegel, Rem Koolhaas talks at length on the topic, explaining that he believes "we have to preserve history," not just architecture, and arguing that the rise in popularity of reusing old buildings comes from a shift toward comfort, security and sustainability over the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. "The dimensions and repertoire of what is worthy of preserving have expanded dramatically," he says, meaning that "we shouldn't tear down buildings that are still usable." Still, he says, that doesn't mean we shouldn't tear down and start again in some cases - an entire Parisian district beyond La Défense, for example. Read the full interview here.

12 Projects Win North American Copper in Architecture Awards

14:00 - 24 May, 2015
12 Projects Win North American Copper in Architecture Awards, University Center – New School / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © SOM
University Center – New School / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © SOM

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has announced its selections for the 2015 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (NACIA), now in their eighth year. The awards celebrate stellar projects that incorporate copper in their designs. The 12 award-winning works span three categories and include educational, residential and healthcare buildings in addition to historic landmarks.

Winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals based on their overall design, incorporation and treatment of copper, and distinction in either innovation or historic restoration. 

Kansas Statehouse Inner Dome Copper Restoration / Treanor Architects. Image © Treanor Architects Massachusetts General Hospital Paul S. Russell, MD / Leers Weinzapfel Associates. Image  Orchard Willow Residence / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing Harvard University Tozzer Library / Kennedy & Violich Architecture. Image © John Horner +13

City View Garage in the Miami Design District / IwamotoScott

13:00 - 24 May, 2015
City View Garage in the Miami Design District / IwamotoScott, © Robin Hill
© Robin Hill

© Daniel Balean © Robin Hill © Craig Scott © Craig Scott +40

AIA Signs Cooperative Agreement with Africa Union of Architects

12:00 - 24 May, 2015
AIA Signs Cooperative Agreement with Africa Union of Architects, Butaro Hospital / MASS Design Group. Image ©  Iwan Baan
Butaro Hospital / MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Africa Union of Architects (AUA) has signed a cooperative agreement to "share practice tools and resources, creating a framework for American and African architects to work collaboratively in achieving development and infrastructure goals in Africa." The agreement articulates their mutual interests to advance the “Africa Sustainability Campaign” in spirit of the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to reinvigorate and formalize the AIA's relationship with our colleagues in Africa,” said AIA 2015 President, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. “We look forward to increased knowledge sharing on topics such as health and resilience which are critical to the sustainable future of our planet."

Archiculture Interviews: Thom Mayne

09:30 - 24 May, 2015

"It's amazing how resilient our society is, and that resiliency includes architecture. It's resilient in terms of the society, it's resilient economically, and that's a really good thing."

The Paleisbrug / Benthem Crouwel Architects

09:00 - 24 May, 2015
The Paleisbrug / Benthem Crouwel Architects, © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Mels Crouwel, Job Schroën, Marleen van Driel, Moon Brader, Carel Weber, Volker Krenz, Sergio Bostdorp, Ronno Stegeman
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Please Touch the Art: Jeppe Heine's "Labyrinth NY" Installed in Brooklyn

08:00 - 24 May, 2015
Please Touch the Art: Jeppe Heine's "Labyrinth NY" Installed in Brooklyn, "Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches
"Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches

For the next year, visitors at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park will have the chance to interact with "Please Touch the Art", an exhibition of works by Danish artist Jeppe Hein. Playful, inventive, and immediately striking, Hein's work engages audiences as "active participants," inviting spontaneity and user interaction. Curated by Nicholas Baume, the exhibition contains three bodies of work by Hein: the soaring water jets of Appearing Rooms, the sixteen bright red benches of Modified Social Benches, and the reflective vertical planks of Mirror Labyrinth NY.

The exhibition is a project of New York City's Public Art Fund, a non-profit organization responsible for numerous free exhibitions offering "powerful experiences with art and the urban environment".

Learn more about the Mirror Labyrinth NY installation and view selected images after the break.

"Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches "Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches "Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches "Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches +4

Quarter of Nations / Gerber Architekten

05:00 - 24 May, 2015
Quarter of Nations / Gerber Architekten, © HG Esch
© HG Esch

© HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch +19

High School Monserrate / Marques Franco Arquitectos

02:00 - 24 May, 2015
High School Monserrate / Marques Franco Arquitectos, © José Campos Architectural Photography
© José Campos Architectural Photography

© José Campos Architectural Photography © José Campos Architectural Photography © José Campos Architectural Photography © José Campos Architectural Photography +21

The Capers / RT+Q Architects

20:00 - 23 May, 2015
The Capers / RT+Q Architects, Courtesy of RT+Q Architects
Courtesy of RT+Q Architects

Courtesy of RT+Q Architects Courtesy of RT+Q Architects Courtesy of RT+Q Architects Courtesy of RT+Q Architects +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Project Year

    2015

Elastic / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

13:00 - 23 May, 2015
Elastic / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design, © Joe Fletcher Photography
© Joe Fletcher Photography

© Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography +11

PLACE By Design Wins Cool School Design Competition

12:00 - 23 May, 2015
PLACE By Design Wins Cool School Design Competition, Courtesy of Building Trust International
Courtesy of Building Trust International

A team from Bristol-based firm PLACE By Design has been selected as the winner of Building Trust International’s Cool School Design Competition, beating out 475 other entrants. Located in Khovd, Mongolia, the project presents an innovative educational space that integrates existing facilities and is capable of withstanding the region’s extreme weather patterns.

Inspired to update the substandard conditions of an existing school at the base of the Mongol Altai Mountains, the team was faced with several challenges. The current Tsast Altai School is the oldest in the region, serving 500 children in eight dark, confined, and decaying classrooms. To counter these issues and create an environment more suitable for learning, the competition challenged participants to not only consider the building's durability in the harsh weather, but also “lighting, ventilation, materials, space, comfort, accessibility, adaptability and aesthetics.”

Interior of learning hub. Image Courtesy of Building Trust International Internal corridor. Image Courtesy of Building Trust International Exterior view of classrooms. Image Courtesy of Building Trust International Classroom interior. Image Courtesy of Building Trust International +8

A Country Of Converted Oil Rigs: Is This How To Save The Maldives?

09:30 - 23 May, 2015
A Country Of Converted Oil Rigs: Is This How To Save The Maldives?, A cutaway section of the proposed oil rig structure. Image © Mayank Thammalla
A cutaway section of the proposed oil rig structure. Image © Mayank Thammalla

If you want to see the future of urban adaptation, head to the Maldives. That’s the message and warning behind Mayank Thammalla’s master's thesis from the Unitec School of Architecture in Auckland, New Zealand. Under even the most conservative IPCC forecasts, the low-lying Republic of Maldives will become almost uninhabitable as sea levels rise, while any further rise could leave many of the 200 inhabited islands underwater. It’s an existential threat like no other - in as little as ten year's time, the Maldivian government could be faced with the impossible situation of deciding how to deal with over 400,000 refugees leaving the area where their country used to be. Instead of attempting to rebuild the Maldives elsewhere or mount a series of defences against the oncoming sea, Thammalla’s research project has the difficult goal of realistically preserving Maldivian life in the same geographical location as it is now. His solution? Semi-submersible oil rigs.

A proposed system of transportation between public levels. Image © Mayank Thammalla An exploded view of the structure. Image © Mayank Thammalla A rendering of the proposed structure during a storm. Image © Mayank Thammalla A rendered view from a mosque. Image © Mayank Thammalla +12

Mazarin / Arboreal Architecture

09:00 - 23 May, 2015
Mazarin / Arboreal Architecture, Courtesy of Arboreal Architecture
Courtesy of Arboreal Architecture

Courtesy of Arboreal Architecture Courtesy of Arboreal Architecture Courtesy of Arboreal Architecture Courtesy of Arboreal Architecture +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Woodford, Greater London, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Tom Raymont, Harry Paticas, Benedetta Gargiulo Morelli, Eva Palacios
  • Area

    605.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014