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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

Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences Stars in Disney's "Tomorrowland"

08:00 - 23 May, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences Stars in Disney's "Tomorrowland", © Flickr CC User Tim Snell
© Flickr CC User Tim Snell

Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences has taken a starring role in Tomorrowland, Disney's latest blockbuster. Located in the former riverbed of the Turia in Valencia, Spain, the City of Arts and Sciences comprises a cinema (L'Hemisfèric), a landscaped walk and sculpture garden (L'Umbracle), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the largest aquarium in Europe (L'Oceanográfico), and the renowned Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. The complex was constructed in stages commencing in July 1996, and opened to the public in October 2005. Unique and strikingly futuristic, the iconic group of buildings caught the eye of Tomorrowland producer Jeffrey Chernov, who spoke effusively of the building at a recent press conference for the film.

"Calatrava's architecture is just phenomenal and inventive and exciting. It's very skeletal, like you're looking at the vertebrae of a dinosaur or prehistoric fish," said Chernov. "You walk into that place and you never want to leave. That's the vibe we wanted for Tomorrowland."

The Lantern / Fraher Architects

05:00 - 23 May, 2015
The Lantern / Fraher Architects, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse +17

Jaquet Droz Swiss Watch Manufactory / atelier oï

02:00 - 23 May, 2015
Jaquet Droz Swiss Watch Manufactory / atelier oï, © Yves Andre
© Yves Andre

© Yves Andre © Yves Andre © Yves Andre © Yves Andre +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Crêt-du-Locle, 2322 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
  • Area

    630.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Barozzi / Veiga

21:26 - 22 May, 2015

Earlier this month, during the award ceremony for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture-, we had the opportunity to speak with winners Barozzi / Veiga, who won for their Philharmonic Hall Szczecin. We asked Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga, founders of the eponymous, Barcelon-based firm, about their project and their office. 

The architects describe the process of incorporating and filtering many influences to arrive at the final design for the Philharmonic Hall, emphasizing that they strove to "create a quality" that transforms from day to night. Learn more about the project by watching the video above, and see what the jury had to say after the break. 

ONOMICHI U2 / Suppose Design Office

20:00 - 22 May, 2015
ONOMICHI U2 / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +9

Exhibition: Sketch to Structure

19:30 - 22 May, 2015
Exhibition: Sketch to Structure

Sketch to Structure unfolds the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape. With sketches, plans, blueprints, renderings, and models from the Heinz Architectural Center collection, this exhibition reveals that architectural design, from initial concept to client presentation, isn’t straightforward.

Napoleon Perdis Chapel / Studiobird

19:00 - 22 May, 2015
Napoleon Perdis Chapel / Studiobird, © Christine Francis
© Christine Francis

© Christine Francis  © Christine Francis  © Christine Francis  © Christine Francis  +16

El Coihue Building / Estudio Larrain

16:00 - 22 May, 2015
El Coihue Building / Estudio Larrain, Courtesy of Estudio Larrain
Courtesy of Estudio Larrain

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alonso de Córdova 3827, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Rodrigo Larrain Galvez, Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
  • Project Area

    6266.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Video: Universal Everything Turns Sydney Opera House into "Living Mural"

16:21 - 22 May, 2015

Universal Everything has transformed the Sydney Opera House into a "Living Mural," as part of Vivid Sydney. Drawing inspiration from the early pioneers of animation - Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Walt Disney - the global animation studio first began to design their mesmerizing lightshow with a simple drawing. See it in fruition in the video above. 

PELICANO House / Estudio Galera

15:00 - 22 May, 2015
PELICANO House  / Estudio Galera, © Diego Medina – dcfotografia
© Diego Medina – dcfotografia

© Diego Medina – dcfotografia © Diego Medina – dcfotografia © Diego Medina – dcfotografia © Diego Medina – dcfotografia +32

Win Tickets to the IDEAS CITY Conference Next Week in NYC

14:03 - 22 May, 2015
Win Tickets to the IDEAS CITY Conference Next Week in NYC, Courtesy of The New Museum
Courtesy of The New Museum

Next week, the New Museum in New York will kickstart the annual IDEAS CITY Festival on Thursday, May 28th. Themed after Italo Calvino's "The Invisible City," the three-day event will "explore questions of transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, participation and dissent, and the enduring quest for visibility in the city" through a number of platforms, such as panels discussions, poetry slams, mobile art installations, workshops, exhibitions and most notably the transformation of New York City's Bowery neighborhood into a "temporary city of ideas."

Interested in attending? Five of our readers have the chance to win tickets to the festival's opening conference. Enter the sweepstakes below for a chance to watch a screening of Mannahatta: Studies for an Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, listen to Bjarke Ingels discuss the relevance of literary speculation, and much more (the full conference schedule). 

All those who will be in New York City on May 28th are eligible to participate. Follow the instructions to enter below. 

60 Atlantic Avenue / Quadrangle Architects

13:00 - 22 May, 2015
60 Atlantic Avenue / Quadrangle Architects, © Ben Rahn, A-Frame
© Ben Rahn, A-Frame

© Ben Rahn, A-Frame © Ben Rahn, A-Frame © Ben Rahn, A-Frame © Ben Rahn, A-Frame +21

Mecca to Build the World's Largest Hotel

12:38 - 22 May, 2015
Mecca to Build the World's Largest Hotel, Abraj Kudai hotel . Image © Dar Al-Handasah via The Guardian
Abraj Kudai hotel . Image © Dar Al-Handasah via The Guardian

Mecca has unveiled plans to build the world's largest hotel by 2017. The 10,000-room Abraj Kudai hotel will be built in the Manafia district, just south of the Grand Mosque. It will be a city within a city, hosting 70 restaurants, food courts, a bus station, shopping mall, conference center, ballroom and five floors dedicated entirely to the Saudi royal family; all will be set within a cluster of 12 towers standing atop a 10-story podium and centered around a massive dome.

La Viña Suburban Dwelling / Juan Salassa, Santiago Tissot & Iván Castañeda

11:00 - 22 May, 2015
La Viña Suburban Dwelling / Juan Salassa, Santiago Tissot & Iván Castañeda, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +22

MVRDV's Winy Maas On Architecture Education And His Early Work In Africa

09:30 - 22 May, 2015
Balancing Barn / MVRDV. Image © Edmund Sumner
Balancing Barn / MVRDV. Image © Edmund Sumner

Winy Maas is one of architecture’s most aggressive researchers. Through his office MVRDV and affiliations with universities in Europe and America, Maas produces a seemingly unstoppable stream of insights into the environments in which architects now operate. As an advisor to the educational program of the Strelka Institute in Moscow, the architect is currently contributing to the production of eleven radical visions of the future, based on extrapolating trends that shape contemporary life, in Russia and around the world. Maas recently sat with writer, curator, and Strelka faculty member Brendan McGetrick to discuss his unusual educational trajectory, learning from the conservationist Richard Leakey, facing death in Sudan, and the beauty of architects experimenting with algae.

DNB Bank Headquarters / MVRDV. Image © Jiri Havran Glass Farm / MVRDV. Image © Jeroen Musch Rotterdam Markthal / MVRDV. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee WoZoCo / MVRDV. Image © Samuel Ludwig +23