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Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Matti Sanaksenaho,Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Jari Mänttäri, Maria Isotupa, Tommi Terästö, Jaana Hellinen
  • Structural Engineering

    Tero Aaltonen +local engineers
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners

00:00 - 1 December, 2014
Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners, Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

A “blind” jury has announced the 2015 winners of the international Warming Huts competition. Selected from 100 entries, two winning “shelter” designs and one “installation” design were awarded. Each winning proposal will be constructed in January alongside the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world: the Red River Mutual Rivertrail in Winnipeg, Canada. More about the winning designs, and four other highlighted proposals, after the break.

Lublin City Stadium / Estudio Lamela

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Lublin City Stadium  / Estudio Lamela, © Bartosz Makowski
© Bartosz Makowski

© Maja Checinska © Bartosz Makowski © Bartosz Makowski © Bartosz Makowski +24

Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities”

00:00 - 1 December, 2014
Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities” , One WTC. Image © James Ewing OTTO
One WTC. Image © James Ewing OTTO

Nearly a month since the official (and somewhat mundane) opening of New York’s One World Trade Center, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has published a scathing review of the SOM-designed tower, claiming it to be a “flawed” emblem of the city’s “upside-down priorities.”

Bellevue Terrace Extension / Philip Stejskal Architecture

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Bellevue Terrace Extension / Philip Stejskal Architecture, © Bo Wong
© Bo Wong

© Bo Wong © Bo Wong © Bo Wong © Bo Wong +21

Woody15 / Marianne Borge

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Woody15  / Marianne Borge, © Jonas Adolfsen
© Jonas Adolfsen

© Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen +26

Groenlândia / Triptyque Architecture

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Groenlândia / Triptyque Architecture, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Groenlândia, 1157 - Jardim América, São Paulo - SP, 01434-100, Brazil
  • Coordinator General

    Luiz Trindade
  • Project Leader

    Pedro de Mattos Ferraz , Paulo Adolfo Martins
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Library IDEA Commons / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Library IDEA Commons / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects, © Christopher Barrett
© Christopher Barrett

© Christopher Barrett © Andy Tinucci © Christopher Barrett © Christopher Barrett +14

EFFEKT Wins Contest to Redevelop Abandoned Train Shed in Esbjerg with Streetmekka

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
EFFEKT Wins Contest to Redevelop Abandoned Train Shed in Esbjerg with Streetmekka, Courtesy of EFFEKT
Courtesy of EFFEKT

EFFEKT has been awarded first prize in a competition to transform a disused train shed in Esbjerg, Denmark with their proposal to transform the roundhouse-style industrial structure into a home for skating and a host of other street culture activities. Entitled Streetmekka, the design restores the industrial shed's original circular geometry, incorporating indoor facilities for transition and bowl skating, basketball courts, a street dance area, workshop areas for DJ-schools and street art as well as meeting rooms, administration offices, a cafe, kitchen, changing rooms and a large social area and reception. In the heart of the circular compound, the design features an enclosed street sport plaza and large outdoor social space.

Courtesy of EFFEKT Courtesy of EFFEKT Courtesy of EFFEKT Courtesy of EFFEKT +26

Pushed Slab / MVRDV

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Pushed Slab / MVRDV, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Design Team

    Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Frans de Witte, Bertrand Schippan, Catherine Drieux, Victor Perez, Delphine Borg, Billy Guidoni
  • Co-Architect

    North by North West, Paris, FR
  • Area

    19000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cicerón 406 / JVC Arq

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cicerón 406, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architectural Design

    José Vigil Carvallo, Juan Carlos Pérez Zamora
  • Structural Design

    Octavio Barón Luna
  • Construction

    Marco Vigil Carvallo
  • Facade Screens Design

    Ariel Rojo
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +45

Will Shimizu Corporation's Futuristic Deep-Sea City Concept Sink or Swim?

00:00 - 1 December, 2014
Will Shimizu Corporation's Futuristic Deep-Sea City Concept Sink or Swim?, Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation
Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation

"Now is the time for us to create a new interface with the deep sea, the earth’s final frontier," says a brochure from Japanese development company Shimizu Corporation, presenting their outlandish proposal for the Ocean Spiral: a deep sea colony that can supposedly provide for up to 5,000 people in its 500m wide tethered sphere.

The proposal describes the Ocean Spiral as "safer and more comfortable" than existing land-based cities, thanks to the near constant temperature enabled by the ocean, the fact that it will be unaffected by typhoons or earthquakes, and the hope that the city's methods of oxygen generation will enable higher concentrations of oxygen then are found in the Earth's atmosphere.

Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation +14

Aranguren & Gallegos to Design Museum for ICA Miami

00:00 - 1 December, 2014
Aranguren & Gallegos to Design Museum for ICA Miami, Preliminary Design. Image © Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos
Preliminary Design. Image © Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

Madrid-based Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos has been tapped to design their first US project, a permanent museum building for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). The 37,500-square-foot building, planned to open in time for Art Basel 2016 on Northeast 41st Street in Miami’s Design District, will feature three stories of exhibition space and a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden. Final designs will be released in early 2015. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in the summer 2015.

SPARK Proposes Vertical Farming Hybrid to House Singapore's Aging Population

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
SPARK Proposes Vertical Farming Hybrid to House Singapore's Aging Population, Deck Level. Image © SPARK
Deck Level. Image © SPARK

To address issues surrounding Asia’s aging population and food scarcity, SPARK has unveiled a conceptual project the blends affordable retirement housing with urban farming. The proposal, titled "Home Farm," integrates vertical aquaponic farming and rooftop soil planting with high-density housing designed for seniors that provides residents with a desirable garden environment and opportunities for post-retirement employment. 

"We designed this concept for Singapore," says SPARK Director Stephen Pimbley, "but there is the potential for it to be applied in any location that would support the growth of leafy green vegetables on building facades and rooftops." He continues, "We are keen to see this project materialise at some point in the future. The concept is a realizable solution to real and pressing problems faced by many of the world’s growing cities."

Read on to learn more about the concept.

Entrance. Image © SPARK © SPARK 4th Floor. Image © SPARK Section. Image © SPARK +14

OH! House / Takeru Shoji Architects

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
OH! House / Takeru Shoji Architects, © Koichi Satake
© Koichi Satake

© Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake +17

3xkb / TDA

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
3xkb / TDA, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Architects in Charge

    Sergio Fanego, Larissa Rojas, Mieguel Duarte, Adriana Moreno, Carlos Lara, Nestor Robelli
  • Project Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Six 'Cathedrals of Culture' Tell Their Stories in New 3D Film

00:00 - 30 November, 2014

If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? Cathedrals of Culture, a six part collection of films recently premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, "offers six startling responses to this question". The project, filmed entirely in 3D, allows "six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure". 

Utopia Arkitekter's "Jewel" Selected in Uppsala Travel Centre Contest

01:00 - 30 November, 2014
Utopia Arkitekter's "Jewel" Selected in Uppsala Travel Centre Contest, Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter
Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter

Stockholm-based practice Utopia Arkitekter has been selected to design a new travel centre in Uppsala after their "sculptural, eye-catching jewel of a building" won the municipal design contest. Featuring a travel centre, fitness centre and restaurant on the lower floors and offices in the floors above, the building aims for LEED Platinum certification. The design revolves around the incorporation of bicycles, providing commuters with extensive bicycle parking facilities as well as changing room and shower facilities for a convenient transfer from bicycle to train.

More on the design after the break

Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter Section. Image Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter +12