The Legson Kayira Community Center & Primary School / Architecture for a Change

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Architects: Architecture for a Change
Location: Chimpamba,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Architecture for a Change

Grimshaw Releases New Images of World’s Largest Airport Terminal in Istanbul

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New images have been released of Istanbul‘s new airport, designed by Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, assisted by local Turkish Partners GMW Mimarlik and Tekeli Sisa. Projected to be the world’s largest airport terminal under a single roof at almost one million square metres, the new airport is expected to serve 90 million passengers a year on the opening of the first phase, rising to 150 million a year after completion in 2018.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel / João Mendes Ribeiro

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Architects: João Mendes Ribeiro
Location: 7450 , Portugal
Design Team: Luísa Bebiano (in the Wine Cellar and Cottar House buildings)
Year: 2014
Photographs: do mal o menos – Eduardo Nascimento e João Fôja

Grenswerk Poppodium / van Dongen-Koschuch

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Architects: van Dongen-Koschuch
Location: Peperstraat 10, 5911 HA , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Frits van Dongen, Patrick Koschuch
Design Team: H.Fekry, Henk de Haas, Jeroen Kreijne, Raul Forsoni, Gianna Bottema
Constructor: ABT, Delft
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Allard van der Hoek

Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge / Diba Tensile Architecture

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Architects: Diba Tensile Architecture
Location: , Iran
Architect In Charge: Leila Araghian
Design Team: Alireza Behzadi, Sahar Yasaei, Homa Soleimani, Mina Nikoukalam
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sina Ahmadi, Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh

House AA / Moca Architects

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Architects: Moca Architects
Location: , ,
Architect In Charge: Kanako Momma, Shinya Furukawa
Structural Design: Manabu Ueda
Area: 63.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Frankfurt's proposed redeveloped downtown with Porsche Design Tower site marked. Image © Tjie Emptyform, Aurelis via Bustler
Frankfurt's proposed redeveloped downtown with Porsche Design Tower site marked. Image © Tjie Emptyform, Aurelis via Bustler

MAD and 3XN Among Six Competing for “Porsche Design Tower” in Frankfurt

Porsche Design has narrowed down a list of 20 participating teams to six shortlisted firms for an invited competition to design a new luxury residential tower in Frankfurt, Germany. The project, which will be Porsche Design’s debut in European real estate, will include up to 200 apartments, ranging from “Porsche Design suites” to two-story townhouses and luxury penthouses. The teams moving on to the competition’s second round, include: 3XN (Copenhagen), Stefano Boeri Architetti (Italy), MAD (China), Delugan Meissl (Austria), Neutelings Riedijk (Rotterdam) and Neil M. Denari (Los Angeles). 

Winners will be chosen based of the most “fitting” concept and connection to outdoor space. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016; completion is scheduled for 2018. 

Jury / Biasol: Design Studio

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Architects: Biasol: Design Studio
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Area: 475.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Martina Gemmola

Damian Rogers Proposes Surf Park for Melbourne’s Docklands

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Damian Rogers Architecture is hoping to “bring surf to the city” by proposing a $8 million AUD artificial beach and wave pool for the Harbor in Melbourne. Capable of simulating “surfable” 1.5-meter-high waves, the heated salt-water pool is envisioned as an extension of Central Pier in the Docklands. If built, the pool would be complimented by a beach, encompassing boardwalk, and grass-covered recreation and retail facility. 

Pedreira Do Campo Urban Planning / M – Arquitectos

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Architects: M – Arquitectos
Location: EN1-2A, 9580 ,
Architect In Charge: Arch. Fernando Monteiro
Design Team: Arch. Marco Resendes, Arch. Miguel Sousa, Arch. Diana Policarpo, Arch. Carolina Oliveira, Arch. Pedro Furtado, Arch. Maria Bento
Area: 500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Artur Silva

Paris’ City Council Rejects Herzog & de Meuron’s 180-Meter “Triangle Tower”

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Widening the debate on whether or not should preserve its 19-century skyline or “embrace innovation,” Parisian city council members have rejected the controversial, 180-meter “Triangle Tower” designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Despite the 83-78 vote, the fight carries on; Mayor Anne Hidalgo has declared the veto to be invalid and hopes a new round of balloting will rule in favor of the tower. Though, in a city that fears of loosing its “existing urban fabric to skyscrapers,” it seems unlikely that the tower will be built. 

The Groove / Synthesis Design + Architecture

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Architects: Synthesis Design + Architecture
Location: Bangkok,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Synthesis Design + Architecture

ZX FLUX Adidas Gallery / Arquitectos Asociados.lo

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Architects: Arquitectos Asociados.lo
Location: , Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Labra B., Diego Ortuzar F.
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Francisco Ibañez

Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million “Pier 55″ Park Off Manhattan’s Hudson River Shoreline

Pier 55 from the esplanade looking west. Image © Pier55, Inc. and

Billionaire Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp and former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, has commissioned Thomas Heatherwick to design a $170 million “futuristic park” on Manhattan’s lower west side. Replacing the deteriorated Pier 54, the new “Pier55” will be a lush undulating landscape, raised atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns placed 186 feet off of the Hudson River shoreline, that will host outdoor performances, act as a marine sanctuary for striped bass and guard the city against storms.

Heatherwick will be collaborating with landscape architect Mathews Nielson. Read on to learn more about the project.

Koolhaas’ Career in Film: 1,2,3 Group

1,2,3 Group: Samuel Meyering, Rem Kolhaas, Frans Bromet, , . Image courtesy of Rene Daalder. Via The Architecture Foundation

Before studying architecture at the Architectural Association in London, Rem Koolhaas embarked on a short but fruitful career in film as a member of 1,2,3 Group, a youthful band of five who shared different roles in front of and behind the camera in a kind of anti-auteur cinema.

The first film produced by the group came from the longtime friendship between Rem and scriptwriter and director Rene Daalder, who along with Jan de Bont, Frans Bromet and Samuel Meyering produced 1,2,3 Rhapsody (1965), a short film which featured Koolhaas as an actor in some scenes and a cameraman in others.

UNESCO Launches Design Competition for Bamiyan Cultural Centre in Afghanistan

As Afghanistan begins its second decade of democratic governance after nearly 30 years of political instability, through the funding from the Republic of Korea, has teamed up with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, to build a Cultural Center close to the boundaries of the Bamiyan World Heritage property. With the realisation of the Bamiyan Cultural Centre, Afghans have the opportunity to recapture their heritage, to create a new impact on a historical site and to foster a positive relationship between their struggles and their hopes.

“This new architectural programme can challenge cultural barriers, reaffirm Afghanistan’s remarkable ancient history and enforce culture as a foundational component to Afghan national identity and peace-building,” states UNESCO.

Hardesty Arts Center / Selser Schaefer Architects

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Architects: Selser Schaefer Architects
Location: , OK, USA
Area: 43000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ralph Cole Photography

13 Things You Didn’t Know About Rem Koolhaas

A still from the film 1,2,3 Rhapsody (1965), in which served as both cameraman and actor. . Image Courtesy of

1. When he was young he collaborated with the director Jan de Bont, whose credits would later include Speed and Twister.

2. Koolhaas dates his desire to become an architect to a speech he delivered to a group of architects at the University of Delft when he was 24. 

3. The drawings from his final project at the AA are the most requested items from MoMA’s Architecture and Design collection. (Smithsonian Magazine)