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The Room at Technicolor Postworks / Rafi Segal Architecture

01:00 - 5 December, 2014
The Room at Technicolor Postworks / Rafi Segal Architecture, © Kate Joyce
© Kate Joyce

© Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce +6

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, United States
  • Design Team

    Rafi Segal A+U , Sara Segal
  • Project Manager

    Bill Topazio (PostWorks)
  • Area

    1400.0 ft2
  • Photographs

Ca s'Ametller / XLMS

01:00 - 5 December, 2014
Ca s'Ametller / XLMS, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Laia martínez Sitjà, Xavi Lozano Segarra
  • Area

    140.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

M Castedo Architects Unveils 30-Story Silver Pearl Hotel For Qatar 2022 World Cup

00:00 - 5 December, 2014
M Castedo Architects Unveils 30-Story Silver Pearl Hotel For Qatar 2022 World Cup, © M Castedo Architects
© M Castedo Architects

New York-based firm M Castedo Architects have unveiled their designs for the "Silver Pearl Hotel", a 1000-room luxury resort and conference facility for the Qatar 2022 World Cup located 1.5 kilometers off the Doha coastline. The $1.6 billion design consists of two 30-story semicircular towers connected by a full height, transparent climate controlled atrium, with unimpeded views of the sea beyond. Access to the hotel will be provided by a four lane elevated causeway over the sea - or alternatively by private yacht or helicopter, say the architects.

© M Castedo Architects Structural Section. Image © M Castedo Architects Floor Plan. Image © M Castedo Architects © M Castedo Architects +8

Professionals Roar in Norway: Unique Architecture Under Threat from Government

01:00 - 5 December, 2014
Professionals Roar in Norway: Unique Architecture Under Threat from Government, The Y-block with "The Fishermen". Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg
The Y-block with "The Fishermen". Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg

Architecture institutions and architects are outraged by the Norwegian Government plans to demolish a unique part of Norwegian and international architectural history. Called the Y-block for its Y-shaped plan, the building in the Government Quarter in the centre of the Norwegian capital of Oslo was designed by the Norwegian architect and pioneer inventor Erling Viksjø in the 1950s together with the “H-block” or Highrise (1959) and was completed in 1969. The building is internationally well known for the extraordinary craftsmanship of its sandblasted concrete and the famous Pablo Picasso murals, “The Fishermen” and “The Seagull”.

The Y-block in Oslo, exterior. Foundation and facade. Image © Einar Bjarki Malmquist The skylight in the stairway. Daylight falling as a wall-washer along the colorful riverbed stones revealed on the surface of the wall. Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg From the Y-block. "The Seagull" a mural by Pablo Picasso. Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg The Y-block in Oslo. Detail of exterior with Picasso's "The Fishermen", sandblast by sculptor Carl Nesjar. Image © Einar Bjarki Malmquist +12

Dwell Partners with Turkel Design for Modern Prefab House Series

00:00 - 5 December, 2014
Dwell Partners with Turkel Design for Modern Prefab House Series, Courtesy of Dwell Media
Courtesy of Dwell Media

The common prefabricated home has a distinct appearance. A long rectangular body, a pitched roof, easy to transport by truck bed when split in half—these characteristics are almost universal when it comes to prefab design. Dwell, in partnership with Turkel Design, is changing that. The two firms have recently released their “Axiom Series,” a line of modern houses that combine sleek modern design with all the benefits of prefabricated construction.

Laguna Street Residence / Michael Hennessey Architecture

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Laguna Street Residence / Michael Hennessey Architecture, © Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher +20

2014 RIBA President's Medals Winners Announced

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
2014 RIBA President's Medals Winners Announced, Winner of the RIBA Silver Medal: Nick Elias of the Bartlett School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Winner of the RIBA Silver Medal: Nick Elias of the Bartlett School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced the President’s Medals Student Awards at a special event today in London. The awards, recognised as the world’s most prestigious set of awards in architectural education, were inaugurated in 1836 (making them the institutes oldest award, including the RIBA Gold Medal). Three medals in particular – the Bronze for a Part I student, the Silver for a Part II student, and the Dissertation Medal – are awarded to “promote excellence in the study of architecture [and] to reward talent and to encourage architectural debate worldwide.” In addition to these, the winners of the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing and the SOM Foundation Fellowships are also announced.

317 schools of architecture from over 61 countries were invited to nominate design projects and dissertations by their students. This year saw the majority of winners come from London schools, including the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), Kingston University, the University of Westminster, London Metropolitan University (the CASS), the Royal College of Art, the University of East London, and the University of Greenwich. University College Dublin (Ireland) and the University of Brighton (UK) also saw their students commended, alongside the University of Sydney (two students) and the University of Hong Kong (one student).

See drawings from all the winning and commended students after the break.

RIBA Silver Medal: Nick Elias (Bartlett School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA RIBA Bronze Medal: Simon Dean (Kingston University). Image Courtesy of RIBA Silver Medal High Commendation: Justin Cawley (University of Sydney). Image Courtesy of RIBA Silver Medal Commendation: Yannis Halkiopoulos (University of Westminster). Image Courtesy of RIBA Bronze Medal Commendation: Emily Priest (Bartlett School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA Bronze Medal Commendation: Ho Yeung (Howell) Tsang (University of Hong Kong). Image Courtesy of RIBA Bronze Medal Commendation: Samuel Little (London Metropolitan University). Image Courtesy of RIBA Sergeant Award (Part Two Student): Adam Bell (University of Greenwich). Image Courtesy of RIBA +81

SelgasCano to Design 2015 Serpentine Pavilion

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
SelgasCano to Design 2015 Serpentine Pavilion , Selgas Cano Architecture Office. Image © Iwan Baan
Selgas Cano Architecture Office. Image © Iwan Baan

Spanish architects SelgasCano have been selected to design the 2015 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which has become one of the top-ten most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world. The Pavilion will stand in Kensington Gardens during the summer and serving as a multi-purpose social space.

The award-winning studio is led by José Selgas and Lucía Cano and will be the first Spanish architecture practice to design a Serpentine Pavilion, with AECOM once again providing the engineering and technical design services. Although designs will not be revealed until February 2015, SelgasCano had this to say about designing the pavilion:

"This is an amazing and unique opportunity to work in a Royal Garden in the centre of London. Both aspects, ‘Garden’ and ‘London’, are very important for us in the development of this project. We are in the middle of a garden, a ‘Royal’ garden indeed, once divided in two and separated by a Serpentine. That garden clings in the middle of London. Garden and London (which best defines London?) will be the elements to show and develop in the Pavilion. For that we are going to use only one material as a canvas for both: the Transparency. That ‘material’ has to be explored in all its structural possibilities, avoiding any other secondary material that supports it, and the most advanced technologies will be needed to be employed to accomplish that transparency. A good definition for the pavilion can be taken from J. M. Barrie: it aims to be as a ‘Betwixt-and-Between’."

Images Released of Cummins' Deborah Berke-Designed Headquarters in Indianapolis

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Images Released of Cummins' Deborah Berke-Designed Headquarters in Indianapolis, Courtesy of Cummins
Courtesy of Cummins

Cummins has released preliminary renderings of their new $30 million Indianapolis headquarters designed by New York-based Deborah Berke Partners. The news comes shortly after the diesel engine manufacture had announced plans to transform a four-acre downtown site in the heart of the Market East cultural district into a 10-story office building and public park. 

Five Cities Elevated by UNESCO “City of Design” Status

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Five Cities Elevated by UNESCO “City of Design” Status, V&A Museum of Design planned for Dundee (click image for more). Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates
V&A Museum of Design planned for Dundee (click image for more). Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin are often considered the cultural epicenters of their respected countries. Therefore it is no surprise that these five metropolises are the latest to achieve UNESCO’s City of Design status. Joining a list of 12 other cities, the newest City of Design selections are being recognized for the international influence on design. By awarding them “City of Design” status, UNESCO hopes to help further the development of creative industries and encourage cross-city cultural exchange in each selected metropolis. 

Miaoli Station / Bio-architecture Formosana

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Miaoli Station / Bio-architecture Formosana, Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana
Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    No.1, Weigong Rd., Miaoli City, Miaoli County 360, Taiwan
  • Area

    2756.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

House and Studio YC / Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
House and Studio YC / Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office, © Lorenzo Vecchia
© Lorenzo Vecchia

© Lorenzo Vecchia © Lorenzo Vecchia © Lorenzo Vecchia © Lorenzo Vecchia +17

Rockefeller Foundation Announces the Next 35 Cities to Join Its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Rockefeller Foundation Announces the Next 35 Cities to Join Its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge , BIG’s winning design for the Rebuild by Design competition, the BIG “U”. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org
BIG’s winning design for the Rebuild by Design competition, the BIG “U”. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the next group of cities that will be part of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which aims to help prepare cities from around the world for the social, economic and physical challenges of the 21st century. After reviewing close to 350 applications from 90 countries across six continents, the Rockefeller Foundation selected 35 cities to join the 32 cities that were announced last year. The cities selected are addressing numerous challenges, ranging from flooding and extreme weather events to economic stress and strains on infrastructure and health systems, according to a press release.

“When you think about what makes a resilient city, you have to think in holistic terms. The reality is that resilience building is a multi-sector, multi-level kind of enterprise,” President of 100 Resilient Cities, Michael Berkowitz, told us earlier this year at the start of the inaugural Chief Resilience Officer summit in New Orleans.

Each city selected receives funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer and assistance in developing and implementing a resilience strategy. Read on after the break to see which 35 cities were selected. 

Vice President Joe Biden to Break Ground on Steven Holl's Kennedy Center Expansion Today

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden to Break Ground on Steven Holl's Kennedy Center Expansion Today, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Almost 50 years to the day after President Lyndon B Johnson broke ground on Edward Durell Stone's design for the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, today Vice President Joe Biden will do the same for Steven Holl Architects' design of the Kennedy Center Expansion, a largely below-ground addition that will add an extra 60,000 square feet to the Center.

SCAPE and Rogers Partners Design New Public Gateway for Mississippi River Waterfall

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
SCAPE and Rogers Partners Design New Public Gateway for Mississippi River Waterfall, © SCAPE / Landscape Architecture + Rogers Partners
© SCAPE / Landscape Architecture + Rogers Partners

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture and Rogers Partners have envisioned a new public gateway for the Mississippi River’s “one true waterfall” - St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis. Named after being the city’s original site for its 19th-century water supply and fire-fighting pumping stations, “Water Works” is designed to “weave” together heritage ruins, local ecology, and recreational systems into a “coherent civic space” on four-acres of Central Riverfront. 

ESCALA83 Apartments / GRUPODEARQUITECTURA

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
ESCALA83 Apartments / GRUPODEARQUITECTURA, © GARCÍA+BETANCOURT
© GARCÍA+BETANCOURT

© GARCÍA+BETANCOURT © GARCÍA+BETANCOURT © GARCÍA+BETANCOURT © GARCÍA+BETANCOURT +16

Espriss Café / Hooba Design Group

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Espriss Café / Hooba Design Group, © Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Architect in Charge

    Hooman Balazadeh
  • Project Manager

    Elham Seyfi azad
  • Design Team

    Niloofar Al-taha, Noushin Atrvash
  • Area

    28.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Reconstruction Multifunctional Building in Jena / wurm + wurm

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Reconstruction Multifunctional Building in Jena / wurm + wurm, © Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

© Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jena, Germany
  • Support structure planning

    wurm + wurm architekten ingenieure GmbH, Bühl
  • Area

    3400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Ester Havlová, Courtesy of wurm + wurm