House in Águeda / nu.ma

© Ivo Tavares Studio

Architects: nu.ma
Location: Casal, 3750,
Architect In Charge: Nuno Silva
Area: 306.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ivo Tavares Studio

Wanderers Lodge / Garcia German Arquitectos

© Jorge López Conde

Architects: Garcia German Arquitectos
Location: Santander, Cantabria,
Architect In Charge: Jacobo García-Germán
Design Team: Marta García Jiménez, Manuel del Río, Rebeka Záhonyi, Andrea Gutierrez, Olga González, Álvaro Sáez
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jorge López Conde

N – House / Tsushima Design Studio

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: Tokyo,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

River Spree in Berlin. Image © Flickr CC User caribb
River Spree in Berlin. Image © Flickr CC User caribb

OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2015

The OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition is an international ideas competition, aimed at students and emerging practitioners, which is organized every four years by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects). The theme of the 2015 competition will be the design of a floating theatre to be moored at a particular location on the river Spree in Berlin, Germany, but capable of being moved to other sites on the river. More information after the break.

Competition Entry: Fundamental Envisions “House of Hungarian Music” for Budapest

©

Fundamental has shared with us their vision for the House of Hungarian Music, as part of the Liget Budapest Competition. Inspired by the Neo-Baroque and Neo-Gothic spires of the park’s monuments which surrounding it, the modest house features a folded, white canopy rooftop which illuminates its surroundings and provides natural light deep into its interiors.

More on Fundamental’s proposal, after the break.

A House Named Fred / in situ studio

© Richard Leo Johnson

Architects: in situ studio
Location: , NC, USA
Area: 2369.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson

The Windows of New York and São Paulo

New York City-based graphic designer José Guizar’s captures the city’s eclectic array of windows through his weekly illustrations. Image Courtesy of José Guizar

A little over a year ago, New York City-based graphic designer José Guizar started illustrating an obsession of his that had quickly grown since moving into the city: New York’s varied and eclectic windows. “A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city,” Guizar writes on his website. “This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.”

Others have since been inspired by Guizar’s colorful and captivating homage to the windows of NYC, and earlier this year São Paulo-based Nara Rosetto began her own weekly illustrations of windows in South America’s largest city.

Ranging from Victorian and porthole windows to windows with security bars, planting boxes and the occasional cat, the windows are as varied as the cities and buildings they occupy.

Read on after the break for a journey through the windows of New York and São Paulo.

Tulane Students Upcycle Traffic Signs into Shade Canopy

© David Armentor

Tulane City Center and a team of Tulane architecture students worked together with the Lousiana Outdoor Outreach Program to design a shade structure made from traffic yield signs for a challenge course in City Park. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding tree canopy and the structure of the ropes course, the design team crafted a faceted, curving aluminum canopy suspended by steel cables with an earthen berm for seating below. More about the pavilion, after the break.

Emerging Voices: Joyce Hwang of Ants of the Prairie

Joyce Hwang founded Buffalo-based firm Ants of the Prairie in 2004 as an architecture and research practice “dedicated to developing creative approaches in confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies,” according to the Architectural League. In her lecture as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, Hwang explains her fascination with the conflicted perceptions of urban wildlife, and discusses a series of projects that aim to incorporate diverse animal habitats into the built environment.

St John Bosco Art College / BDP

© David Barbour

Architects: BDP
Location: Croxteth, , , Merseyside L11, UK
Architect And Landscape Architect:
Area: 11000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Barbour

US Department of Agriculture Launches $2 Million Tall Wood Building Prize Competition

Limnologen in Växjö, Sweden. Image Courtesy of Midroc Property Development

Among the changes in material technology that are constantly altering the architectural landscape, one of the most popular – and most dramatic – is the idea of the skyscraper. And with vocal advocates like Benton Johnson of SOM and Michael Green leading the discussion with projects like the Timber Tower Research Project, the wooden highrise is on the verge of becoming a mainstream approach.

To further the conversation in the USA, the US Department of Agriculture, working in partnership with Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), has recently launched the Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, an ideas competition with a $2 million prize. To find out more about tall wood buildings, we caught up with Oscar Faoro, Project Manager of the competition. Read on after the Break for our interview and more details on how to enter.

Scandinavian Design Group and Ctrl+N Create an Undulating Interactive Installation for Lundin Norway

Waves of golden light appear to shimmer and float from the ceiling in “Breaking the Surface” a new interactive from Scandinavian Design Groupctrl+n, Abida, Pivot Product Design and Intek. The kinetic sculpture is composed of an array of acrylic plastic tubes extending through the floor of a two-story mechanized matrix, gracefully moving above and below the surface to evoke abstract images of the undersea geography. Read more about the interactive installation after the break.

Old House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

© Romain Blanchi

Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
Location: 74140 ,
Architects In Charge: Eric Frei, Kaveh Rezakhanlou
Project Management: Michel Desvallées
Year: 2013
Photographs: Romain Blanchi

Filiput Sporthall / Waltritsch a+u

© Marco Covi

Architects: Waltritsch a+u
Location: Ronchi dei Legionari Gorizia,
Architect In Charge: Dimitri Waltritsch Trieste
Area: 1600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marco Covi

Arzum Headquarters / Habif Architecture

© Gürkan Akay

Architects: Habif Architecture
Location: Eyüp, 34250 /Istanbul Province, Turkey
Area: 1750.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

© Jeremy San

Architects: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Location: , ,
Area: 160.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeremy San

AM3′s Prize-Winning Boarding School to Open Onto Mount Stelvio in Malles

© UpLab; Courtesy of

AM3 Architetti Associati has been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new boarding school in Malles (Bozen, ). The proposed building takes full advantage of the landscape, opening onto views towards Mount Stelvio and the Mustair Valley. Drawing inspiration from this unique context, AM3 crafts a design that integrates opportunities for active participation between building and land, and student with nature.

Door19 / ArtKvartal

Courtesy of

Architects: ArtKvartal
Location: , Russia
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ArtKvartal