Leyva 506 / APT arquitectura para todos

© Luis Gordoa

Architects: APT arquitectura para todos
Location: , Morelos, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Lilian Rebollo Uribe, Edgar Saúl Bahena Cruz
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Zaha Hadid’s Student Envisions an Antarctic Port For Tourism and Research

Courtesy of Sergiu-Radu Pop

Antarctic icebergs morph into a sprawling multi-functional hub for research, transport and accommodation in one of the latest projects to come out of Zaha Hadid’s Studio at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Designed by architecture student Sergiu-Radu Pop, the project hypothesizes a point of arrival for the world’s final frontier of development. The project employs biomimicry as a primary design tool, replicating the jagged asymmetrical edges of ice formations along the coast of the southern ocean.

Enter the Transformable Antarctic Research Facility with more photos and info after the break

El Carajo House / Obranegra Arquitectos

© Nicolás Mántaras

Architects: Obranegra Arquitectos
Location: El Retiro, Antioquia,
Collaborators: Carlos Andrés Holguín, Carolina Vélez Duque, Alejandro Ochoa, Juan Camilo Llano
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nicolás Mántaras, Isaac Ramírez, Alejandro Ochoa, Carlos Pardo

Thom Mayne, Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu among the RIBA’s 2015 Fellowships

Amateur Architecture Studio (Wang Shu + )’s Ningbo History Museum. Image © Lv Hengzhong, Courtesy of Amateur Architecture Studio

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced 13 Honorary Fellowships and 11 International Fellowships which it will award at an event on February 3rd, along with the recently announced RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Among others, the Honorary Fellowships include Director of Architecture at the British Design Council Vicky Richardson and academic Dalibor Vesely; the International Fellowships include Pritzker Prize Winners Thom Mayne and Wang Shu and his Partner Lu Wenyu. The Honorary and International Fellowships entitle winners to use the initials ‘Hon FRIBA’ and ‘Int FRIBA,’ respectively after their names.

Read on after the break for the full Fellowship lists

Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower to Open For Tours in October

© Flickr CC User Diamond Geezer

The UK‘s National Trust has announced the ‘pop-up’ opening of a property in Ernö Goldfinger‘s famous Balfron Tower in London, offering public access to Flat 130 of the brutalist icon from the 1st to the 12th of October. Completed in 1967, the Balfron Tower was the first of Goldfinger’s two distinctive London housing blocks (the being Trellick Tower), and in 1968 Goldfinger himself lived for two months in Flat 130, to demonstrate the desirability of high-rise living.

More on the tours after the break

Kindergarten Mavrica / Breda Bizjak (BB arhitekti), Lidija Dragišić (Studio 360), Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje

© Miran Kambič

Architects: Breda Bizjak (BB arhitekti), Lidija Dragišić (Studio 360), , Emir Jelkić,
Location: Šolska ulica 5, 8250 Brežice, Slovenia
Design Team: Breda Bizjak, Lidija Dragišić, Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje
Area: 3934.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Dome of the Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul. Image © ZF Design
Dome of the Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul. Image © ZF Design

The Woman Architect Who Specialises In Mosques

As part of CNN’s Leading Women series, Sheena McKenzie explores the work of Turkish architect Zeynep Fadillioglu - perhaps the first female architect to design a mosque, now on her third. In buildings where men and women are traditionally separated for worship, and women are often given a smaller space, Fadillioglu “purposely placed the women’s section in one of the most beautiful parts of the light-flooded dome” in Istanbul’s Sakirin Mosque. McKenzie concludes that although “Fadillioglu might have made a name for herself designing mosques, you don’t needn’t be religious to admire their beauty.”

Tourist Office and Landscaping of Quinta do Aido / CG+LSC

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Architects: CG+LSC
Location: 4690 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Carlos Guimarães, Luis Soares Carneiro
Year: 2010
Photographs: Pedro Lobo

Private Hospital Terra Quente / Pitagoras Arquitectos

© João Morgado

Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos
Location: 5370 ,
Architect In Charge: Fernando Seara de Sá, Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Luís Vilhena Roque
Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado

Naruse House / MDS

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: MDS
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Architects In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 95.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

The Urbane House / Hiren Patel Architects

© Sebastian Zachariah

Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
Location: , Gujarat,
Area: 394.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Groundlab + WOWHAUS Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Largest Park

© , WOWHAUS and , courtesy of Moscow Culture Department

Groundlab, WOWHAUS and Urbanica have been announced as winners of an international competition to redesign Sokolniki Park, Moscow’s largest park. Over the next 15 years, their 515 hectare masterplan, “Sokolniki. Nature’s embassy in Moscow,” will focus on preserving the 19th century park’s unique natural landscape as an extension of the Losiny Ostrov nature park by dividing it into three zones: Forest, Forest Park and Regular Park.

Images of the winning design, after the break.

Wood House / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architects: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: , IL, USA
Area: 734.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Barrett Photographer

Álvaro Siza Wins Fritz Höger’s Top Honors for Innovative Use of Brick

Winner Grand Prix: Álvaro Siza / Rudolf Finsterwalder, Stephanskirchen | Siza-Pavillon Insel Hombroich © Tomas Riehle

Álvaro Siza has won top honors in the “2014 Fritz Höger for Excellence in Brick Architecture.” The , now in their third edition, highlight projects that harness the creative potential of brick. Projects from New Delhi, Barcelona and Frankfurt have all been awarded gold and silver prizes. 

View all the winners, after the break.

DOMunder / JDdVarchitects

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Architects: JDdVarchitects
Location: Domplein, 3512 , The
Year: 2014
Photographs: Oliver Schuh

Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary’s New Central Library

© MIR and Snøhetta

Following two years of community engagement, Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in . Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

Marilia Project / SuperLimão Studio

© Maira Acayaba

Architects: SuperLimão Studio
Location: , Brasil
Architecture: – Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello, Sérgio Cabra
Project Area: 450.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Maira Acayaba

August ABI Remains Strong

August 2014. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Demand for design services in the US continue to increase, as momentum from July’s highest recorded strength since 2007 continues. The American Institute of Architects reported the August Architecture Billings Index () at 53.0, down from July’s mark of 55.8, and the new projects inquiry at 62.6.

“One of the key triggers for accelerating growth at architecture firms is that long-stalled construction projects are starting to come back to life in many areas across the country,” said Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. , PhD. “Long awaited access to credit from lending institutions and an increasing comfort level in the overall economy has helped revitalize the commercial real estate sector in recent months. Additionally, though, a crucial component to a broader industry-wide recovery is the emerging demand for new projects such as education facilities, government buildings and, in some cases, hospitals.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…