VIDEO: Elegance in Motion at Calatrava's Liège-Guillemins Railway Station in Belgium

00:00 - 15 February, 2014

We present you with a compelling video depicting the sublime interaction of light and space at Santiago Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins railway station in Belgium. Inspired by Eadwards Muybridge’s 1886 short-film "Horse in Motion," architectural photographer Yannick Wegner uses time lapse photography to uniquely portray the experience within and around this bustling building.

“Time lapse as a stylistic device offers new opportunities in acknowledging remarkable architecture,” describes Wegner. “The appearance of time through motion gives the impression of vitality and emphasizes the architecture."

Playa Vida Residence / Casis Architects

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +20

Carlos Marín and José Muñoz-Villers Claim First Prize in Mexico City Urban Planning Competition

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Plaza. Image Courtesy of José Muñoz Villers Arquitectos + lab07
Plaza. Image Courtesy of José Muñoz Villers Arquitectos + lab07

A design team led by Carlos Marín and José Muñoz-Villers has claimed first prize in Mexico City’s "La Merced" competition for their masterplan proposal to re-conceive the popular marketplace, Plaza Central La Merced. The team’s design, which beat out about 100 other entries, proposed the realization of a new public square to centralize pedestrian activity and to anchor strategies for urban revitalization, such as the reclamation of local heritage sites, the careful manipulation of natural elements, and the installation of urban furniture as a means for placemaking.

Polyvalent Theater / Lacaton & Vassal

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lille, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal
  • Project Team

    Emmanuelle Delage chief project, Vincent Ducatez construction supervision
  • Area

    3791.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +32

House in Shichiku / Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
© shinkenchiku-sha
© shinkenchiku-sha

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Southern Highlands House / Benn & Penna Architects

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
© Tom Ferguson
© Tom Ferguson

© Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson +14

Competition Entry: Moscow's National Centre for Contemporary Arts / UNK Project Architects

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Courtesy of UNK Project Architects
Courtesy of UNK Project Architects

UNK Project Architects' entry for the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation's National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) competition centres around the interplay between art and architecture: "It’s what touches our soul and motivates us to pursue radical new ideas." Reaching the second stage of the international competition, which has been won by Heneghan Peng Architects, UNK Project Architect's proposal offers an intriguing, "almost airtight" space veiled by a monolithic façade facing landscaped urban space in the centre of Russia's capital.

Juice Architects Propose Offshore Visitor Centre for Swansea Bay

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Courtesy of Juice Architects
Courtesy of Juice Architects

London based practice Juice Architects has unveiled designs for an offshore visitor centre as part of the proposed tidal lagoon for Swansea Bay, Wales. A series of overlapping shells are sculpted to form a bowl like structure, providing shelter from the wind and waves of the Welsh coast. Sat on a manmade island platform at the end of a collection of land piers, the building will act as a cultural and educational base housing public galleries, a café, a lecture theatre and exhibition space with working turbine propellors visible through the the ground floor gallery. As an entirely self sufficient building all energy will be captured from renewable sources.

How 5 California Colleges Approach Campus Design

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Geisel Library at UC San Diego, designed by William Pereira. Image © Darren Bradley
Geisel Library at UC San Diego, designed by William Pereira. Image © Darren Bradley

In this article, originally published in 2 parts on Metropolis Magazine as "Building a University: How 5 California Schools Approach Campus Design" (Part 1 & Part 2), Sherin Wing investigates how different Californian universities utilize the design of their campus to express and enable their differing missions.

A school is more than just the sum of its intellectual records. Its legacy is very much tied to a physical place: its campus. More than a mascot or a symbol, the design of a campus and the buildings that form it greatly contribute to a university's lasting identity.

The key, then, is how a school’s material identity advances its intellectual mission. For example, academic buildings often physically symbolize the type of scholarly exploration and research that takes place therein. Administrative centers, on the other hand, anchor the more idealistic work taking place in the lecture and science wings. At the same time, individual buildings can function collectively as didactic forums for the public, demonstrating such principles as energy and water-use efficiencies. Lastly, the circulation between the buildings themselves is important. Open green space, for instance, can accommodate crowds, lectures, and even protests, providing a counterpoint to the more stately, processional routes that crisscross a campus.

Clearly these are different, and at times conflicting, agendas. How are they ranked and pursued by individual universities? Five campus architects at different California universities reveal how similar factors work in concert to produce very different visions and results. For some the initial plan of a school continues to wield influence over future developments, while in other cases a commitment to architectural movements and types gives rise to an eclectic, flexible approach to campus design.

Find out how these 5 California Universities approach their architecture after the break

Minimod / MAPA

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Maquiné - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
  • Authors

    MAPA Architects
  • Project Team

    Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Rochelle Castro, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado, Camilla Pereira, Jaqueline Lessa, Alexis Arbelo, Pamela Davyt, Emiliano Etchegaray, Camila Thiesen, Pablo Courreges, Diego Morera, Isabella Madureira, Aldo Lanzi, Emiliano Lago.
  • Área

    27.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +11

ARCHISET: An Illustrated Tribute to the Interiors of Classic Cinema

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina has surprised us several times with his artistic work, from his "pixelated" versions of iconic characters (Parts 1 and 2) of architecture to his illustrations of architectural landmarks in the history of cinema. This time, the architect and illustrator delights us again with a new series entitled ARCHISET, which presents the sets of some of the most memorable scenes from classic films.

The series consists of 17 illustrations, cross-sections presenting the interior design and characters in films such as "A Clockwork Orange" by Stanley Kubrick, "All About My Mother" by Spanish Director Pedro Almodovar, and "Vertigo" by the master, Hitchcock.

Check out the full series, after the break.

C-32 Social dwelling / Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
© Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +19

Architect Valentines 2014

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Courtesy of Jody Brown, Coffee with an Architect
Courtesy of Jody Brown, Coffee with an Architect

Thanks to the popularity of last year's Architect Valentines, Jody Brown has come up with a whole new batch for you to enjoy in 2014. This article originally appeared in Coffee with an Architect.

Architects are a romantic bunch. But, we tend to be busy. We know we should stop working on this design for a while and go buy some flowers or chocolate or something. We know that. But, we have a deadline. Maybe we can pick up a card from the internet on the way home.

Here you go.

You’re welcome:

House for 3 dwellings / Paul Basañez, Ibon Basañez, Alvaro Albaizar

01:00 - 14 February, 2014

Barn and Dwelling G / Aeby Aumann Emery architectes

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
© Corinne Cuendet
© Corinne Cuendet

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Corinne Cuendet +15

Emerging Visions Portfolio Competition 2014

01:00 - 14 February, 2014

The Chicago Architectural Club, with the support of AIA Chicago and the Graham Foundation, today announced the launch of the 2014 Emerging Visions portfolio competition. This competition seeks to provide a forum for young designers to be recognized and to share their visions, inventions and ideas. The award promotes significant architectural endeavors by young architects, designers and new practices yet to be acknowledged. 

12 dwellings in Jaen / bRijUNi Architects

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
© Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Llana de San Juan, 41, 23004 Jaén, Jaén, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Beatriz Villanueva Cajide and Francisco Javier Casas Cobo
  • Project Area

    1100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +20

Surrounded House / 2.8x arquitectos

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
© Javier Florez
© Javier Florez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lima, Peru
  • Architects in Charge

    Nikolás Briceño, Jaime Sarmiento
  • Collaborators

    Caroline Ore, Erick Bergelund
  • Area

    410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Javier Florez

© Javier Florez © Javier Florez © Javier Florez © Javier Florez +29