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LOISIR / Nordic Bros. Design Community

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
LOISIR / Nordic Bros. Design Community, Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community
Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community

Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    7 Itaewon-ro 55na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Yong-hwan Shin
  • Constructor

    Nordic Bros. Design Community / Seong-Won Park
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community

New Details Released of Norman Foster and Fernando Romero's Designs for Mexico City's New Airport

00:00 - 4 September, 2014

Yesterday, a consortium led by Foster + Partners and Fernando Romero of FR-EE were announced as the winners of the competition for the design of Mexico City's new international airport. Designed in conjunction with a masterplan developed by Arup, the airport will initially include three runways, but is designed to expand to up to six runways by 2062, all served by the single terminal building.

One of the world's largest airport terminals at 555,000 square meters, the building is enclosed by a single, continuous lightweight gridshell, the largest of this type of structure ever built with spans reaching up to 170 meters.

By utilizing a single airport terminal, passengers will not need to travel on internal train services or underground tunnels, and the design of the building ensures shorter walking distances and few changes of level, all making for a more relaxing experience for users.

The building is designed to be the world's most sustainable airport, with the single lightweight shell using far less material than a cluster of buildings, and cooling and ventilation strategies that require little to no mechanical assistance for most of the year.

RIBA Selects Six Houses for 2014 Manser Medal Shortlist

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
RIBA Selects Six Houses for 2014 Manser Medal Shortlist, Stormy Castle / Loyn & Co Architects. Image © Charles Hosea
Stormy Castle / Loyn & Co Architects. Image © Charles Hosea

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for this year's Manser Medal, the award given for Britain's best new house. With a shortlist comprising a mixture of two London townhouses, a seaside getaway and three remote getaways in Scotland and Wales, the winner of this year's Manser medal will be announced at the RIBA's awards ceremony on October 16th.

RIBA President Steven Hodder said of the shortlisted schemes: "With each of the projects, the architects have added real value to the homeowner’s happiness and wellbeing. The originality, ingenuity and innovation on show in this shortlist should be an inspiration for anyone planning to build or make improvements to their own home. I encourage the UK’s volume house builders to look at the shortlisted schemes – we all deserve to live in homes that comfort and delight us."

Read on after the break for all six shortlisted projects

Cliff House / Dualchas Architects. Image © Alistair Nicholls Luker House / Jamie Fobart Architects. Image © Oliver Hess The Kench / Meloy Architects. Image © Jim Stephenson House no 7 / Denizen Works. Image © David Barbour +34

New Details Released of Norman Foster and Fernando Romero's Designs for Mexico City's New Airport

00:00 - 4 September, 2014
New Details Released of Norman Foster and Fernando Romero's Designs for Mexico City's New Airport, Image Captured from video via Foster + Partners
Image Captured from video via Foster + Partners

Yesterday, a consortium led by Foster + Partners and Fernando Romero of FR-EE were announced as the winners of the competition for the design of Mexico City's new international airport. Designed in conjunction with a masterplan developed by Arup, the airport will initially include three runways, but is designed to expand to up to six runways by 2062, all served by the single terminal building.

One of the world's largest airport terminals at 555,000 square meters, the building is enclosed by a single, continuous lightweight gridshell, the largest of this type of structure ever built with spans reaching up to 170 meters. By utilizing a single airport terminal, passengers will not need to travel on internal train services or underground tunnels, and the design of the building ensures shorter walking distances and few changes of level, all making for a more relaxing experience for users.

The building is designed to be the world's most sustainable airport, with the single lightweight shell using far less material than a cluster of buildings, and cooling and ventilation strategies that require little to no mechanical assistance for most of the year.

More details of the design after the break

From Friends to Frasier: 13 Famous TV Shows Rendered in Plan

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Floorplan of the apartments from "Friends". Image © Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde
Floorplan of the apartments from "Friends". Image © Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde

Have you ever wanted to see the apartments and houses of your favorite TV shows brought to life? To go on a virtual walk-through of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment? Or see the layout of the Simpson’s house in Springfield? Four years ago Spanish interior designer Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde had the same desire, and so he set out to create a floorplan for one of his favorite TV shows, Frasier.  Following interest from his friends for floorplans of their favorite shows, Aliste began to make renderings for them as well. Now, the designer has created floorplans for over 20 shows and movies, ranging from the apartments in Friends to the house in UP!. “Many people have told me that thanks to my drawings, they recall the good times spent with the series or movie…. Even people not used to technical layouts are able to understand my drawings and dive into them,” he said.

Enjoy the full interview with Iñaki as well as images of some of his favorite floorplans after the break…

Two Symposiums Will Help Determine Glasgow School of Art's Restoration

00:00 - 4 September, 2014
Two Symposiums Will Help Determine Glasgow School of Art's Restoration, Glasgow School of Art ablaze (unknown source)
Glasgow School of Art ablaze (unknown source)

The Glasgow School of Art have announced that they will hold two symposiums in order to discuss the restoration of the school's library which was devastated in a fire in May of this year. The first conference, to be held in Venice's Querini Stampalia, will act as a precursor to a second conference to be held in Glasgow in 2015. According to Professor Christopher Platt, head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the meetings will help to answer the question: "What should the plans be for bringing the Mackintosh building into full use once more and how should we approach the particular issue of the Macintosh library?" 

NT24 / Aflo Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
NT24 / Aflo Arquitectos, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Marcos Betanzos © Rafael Gamo © Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos +35

Albany Entertainment Centre / Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland + Roberts Gardiner

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Albany Entertainment Centre / Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland + Roberts Gardiner, © Alison Paine
© Alison Paine

© Alison Paine © Alison Paine © Alison Paine © Alison Paine +13

New Weiach Kindergarten / L3P Architekten

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
New Weiach Kindergarten / L3P Architekten, © Sabrina Scheja
© Sabrina Scheja

© Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja +34

OMA Creates 360-Degree Cinema at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 4 September, 2014
OMA Creates 360-Degree Cinema at the Venice Biennale , The movable module has been placed in the middle of Stage F, displaying one screen for each side. Image © Giorgio De Vecchi
The movable module has been placed in the middle of Stage F, displaying one screen for each side. Image © Giorgio De Vecchi

OMA has recently transformed the F stage of the Corderie at the Venice Biennale to become a four screen, 360-degree cinema hall. Complementing the exhibitions at the Biennale, full movies will be screened in the space on weekends from now until November.

More on the movie screenings after the break

Joinville House / UNA Arquitetos

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Joinville House / UNA Arquitetos, © Bebete Viégas
© Bebete Viégas

© Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Joinville - Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
  • Design Team

    Ana Paulo De Castro, José Carlos, Miguel Muralha, Jimmy Liendo, Sílio Almeida, Carolina Klocker, Marta Onofre
  • Area

    432.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Grand Synthe - Place Du Courghain / Philippe Dubus Architecte

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Grand Synthe - Place Du Courghain / Philippe Dubus Architecte, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +34

Chiloe Leisure Center / Jonas Retamal + Laura Houssin

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Chiloe Leisure Center / Jonas Retamal + Laura Houssin, © Pablo Casals-Aguirre
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre Courtesy of Jonas Retamal © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre +60

London Science Museum Selects Muf Architecture/Art to Design Interactive Gallery

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
London Science Museum Selects Muf Architecture/Art to Design Interactive Gallery , Courtesy of Flickr CC User Science Museum London
Courtesy of Flickr CC User Science Museum London

London’s Science Museum has selected muf architecture/art to design a new permanent interactive gallery. Set to open in 2016, the new gallery will be an expansion of the current Launchpad children’s gallery, creating a larger area to engage visitors in interactive math and science exhibits and live events.

“Muf architecture/art impressed us with their collaborative approach, strong design and bold vision for the new gallery. Above all, their scheme shows a keen awareness of the prime purpose of the gallery – fostering exploration and curiosity in science through intelligent and exciting design,” Karen Livingstone, Director of Masterplan at the Science Museum said.

City Block Center / Pablo Dellatorre

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
City Block Center / Pablo Dellatorre, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montevideo 951, Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Argentina, Argentina
  • Authors

    Mar Pattochi
  • Project Area

    42.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

01:00 - 3 September, 2014

After inaugurating his first building in China – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum - which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

ARCHIVE Global Sets Out to Build Healthier Homes in Bangladesh

00:00 - 3 September, 2014
ARCHIVE Global Sets Out to Build Healthier Homes in Bangladesh , A women in the village of in Savar, Bangladesh stands in front of her family’s new cement floor ARCHIVE, in partnership with ADESH, installed in February 2014. Image Courtesy of ARCHIVE Global
A women in the village of in Savar, Bangladesh stands in front of her family’s new cement floor ARCHIVE, in partnership with ADESH, installed in February 2014. Image Courtesy of ARCHIVE Global

Each year 6.5 million children around the world die from diseases directly related to substandard housing conditions. Dirt floors in particular are carriers of parasites, bacteria, and viruses contributing to many fatal diseases. In response to this and with the aim of dramatically reducing child mortality rates, New York-based non-profit Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE), has launched a new initiative to replace dirt flooring with concrete in Bangladesh.

Learn more about the initiative after the break. 

Maarten Hajer Appointed as Chief Curator of 2016 Rotterdam Biennale

00:00 - 3 September, 2014
Maarten Hajer Appointed as Chief Curator of 2016 Rotterdam Biennale, © Bob Bronshoff
© Bob Bronshoff

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) has announced Maarte Hajer as the Chief Curator of IABR-2016-. Hajer, a professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and Director General of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, was selected for his proposed theme, "The Next Economy." More on Hajer's appointment after the break.