PLAYscapes Competition Results Announced

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
© Winning Student Team, Lusiada University of Lisbon
© Winning Student Team, Lusiada University of Lisbon

"People tend to forget that play is serious." - David Hockney

PLAYscapes, an international design competition launched earlier this year asking people to "submit a plan or proposal to turn a neglected forgotten part of your city into a playscape," has announced their winning entries. Set up by Building Trust International, the competition called for "professional and student architects and designers from cities around the world to propose ideas which encouraged public interaction and turned redundant city spaces into fun creative places."

Find out more about the winning professional entry from the City of Cape Town, entitled Cape Town Gardens Skatepark, along with the winning student entry from the Lusiada University of Lisbon, entitled Bring a Pal and Have Fun, after the break...

The Marseille History Museum / Carta Associés

00:00 - 13 October, 2013
© Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal - photo Serge Demailly
© Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal - photo Serge Demailly
  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Rue Henri Barbusse, 13001 Marseille, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Roland Carta
  • Museography

    Studio Adeline Rispal
  • Contractor

    Léon Grosse
  • Area

    6300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal - photo Serge Demailly

© Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal - photo Serge Demailly © Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal - photo Serge Demailly © Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal - photo Serge Demailly © Carta Associés / Studio Adeline Rispal - photo Serge Demailly +17

Dolls’ House Designs for KIDS Unveiled

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
Adjaye Associates. Image Courtesy of A Dolls' House
Adjaye Associates. Image Courtesy of A Dolls' House

Inspired by the dolls’ house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition in 1922, twenty British practices are each designing a contemporary dolls’ house in aid of the disabled childrens’ charity KIDS. Each version will sit on a 750mm square plinth to be auctioned at Bonham's on the 11th November and contains one feature which would make life easier for a disabled child. Among the participating practices is Zaha Hadid Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersFAT will also be working with Turner Prize recipient Grayson Perry CBE, and Studio Egret West with artist Andrew Logan.

See all the entries after the break...

AD Classics: College Life Insurance Company Headquarters / Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
© KRJDA
© KRJDA

In response to a growing company's request for office space, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates developed a master plan that would allow the incremental addition of floor space over time. The initial design included nine identical buildings arranged in a parallelogram, totaling 1.2 million square feet. Only three of the buildings were constructed in the initial phase, and the expansion plan was never fulfilled. The trio is known as "The Pyramids" for their simple geometry and slanting glass facades.

© KRJDA © KRJDA © KRJDA © KRJDA +17

Zafra-Uceda House / NO.MAD

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Miguel de Guzmán © Roland Halbe +16

MRQT Boutique / ROK

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
© Daniel Stauch
© Daniel Stauch

© Daniel Stauch © Daniel Stauch © Daniel Stauch © Daniel Stauch +11

"The Hug" / MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
Courtesy of MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella
Courtesy of MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella

MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella just released their entry for the Alvar Aalto University Otaniemi Campus Competition in Helsinki. Their proposal focuses on the creation of an energy-efficient learning environment that rethinks the traditional courtyard typology. It uses different levels and heights to create a variety of public and private spaces open to both students and inhabitants of the city, all while framing the main Alvar Aalto building.

The architects' description after the break. 

Light Stage House / Future Studio

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +17

Bubble Building / 3GATTI Architecture Studio

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
Skyline View. Image Courtesy of 3GATTI
Skyline View. Image Courtesy of 3GATTI

The Bubble Building, a "renovation of a common, old and unattractive building" in the centre of Shanghai, is a simple design containing complex environmental qualities. Unlike a conventional retrofit or renovation, 3GATTI's proposal places inflatables made of white antibacterial technical outdoor nylon, in front of the windows on the existing building. Their concept was to "create an icon-building, a kind of landmark very easy to recognize, a kind of sculpture with a strong character able to detach itself from the boring cityscape" with the ultimate aim to attract customers to rent both the office and commercial spaces.

ISSUES? Concerning the projects of Peter Eisenman

00:00 - 12 October, 2013

The conference will focus on Peter Eisenman's long and outstanding oeuvre.Thematization of almost 50 years of his theoretical and educational work and almost 25 years of his full-time architectural practice is seen here as vital to the understanding of both the past and the presence of contemporary architecture. From the questions related to Renaissance heritage to the problems associated with disciplinary autonomy and the digital, the conference aims to provide a space for a critical debate among architects and theorists.

Nursing Home / Gärtner+Neururer

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
© Pia Odorizzi
© Pia Odorizzi

© Klaus Costadedoi © Pia Odorizzi © Klaus Costadedoi © Pia Odorizzi +15

Stoaninger Mühlviertel Destillation / HPSA

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
© Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +12

Zaha Hadid Designs New Office Building and Hotel for Dubai

00:00 - 11 October, 2013

Scheduled to open its doors in 2016, the new office building and hotel designed by Zaha Hadid for Dubai is already under construction. Dubbed "Opus," the new tower will be the first mixed-use building to be developed in the city as two individual structures and conceived as a single cube formed by a conventional slabs stacked vertically and served by a circulation core.

Elvira House / Pepa Díaz

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
© David Frutos Ruiz
© David Frutos Ruiz

© David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz +27

Awards Competition Boosts Momentum of Sustainable Construction

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
As part of an extensive urban integration project in a huge informal settlement in Medellín, Colombia, the recently-constructed system of escalators with public squares and balconies addresses serious problems regarding connectivity, security and coexistence.
As part of an extensive urban integration project in a huge informal settlement in Medellín, Colombia, the recently-constructed system of escalators with public squares and balconies addresses serious problems regarding connectivity, security and coexistence.

Since 2005 more than 150 projects advancing sustainability of the built environment haven been celebrated in the Holcim Awards as outstanding, innovative and inspiring examples of sustainable construction. Winning a prize in this international competition has sign-posted professional success for the project teams; highlighted sustainability on the public agenda; accelerated tangible change for urban poor; and secured funding for environmental recovery and research. Beyond holding a trophy aloft, the momentum of sustainable construction has continued for the architects behind projects in locations as diverse as Burkina Faso, Spain, India, and Canada.

More after the break.

IE Master in Works Space Design Introduces: The Invisible Workplace / Design for how we work (and think)

00:00 - 11 October, 2013

Virtual Master Class lead by Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander of Studio O+A
Tuesday, October 15th, 19:00 Local Madrid Time

Musikprobelokal Schützenheim Natters / Gsottbauer architektur.werkstatt

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
© Birgit Köll
© Birgit Köll

© Birgit Köll © Birgit Köll © Birgit Köll © Birgit Köll +16

Watney Market Idea Store / Bisset Adams

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker
  • Architects

  • Location

    A13, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Paulo Ribeiro and Neil Hughes
  • Landscape Architect

    Mott Macdonald
  • Main Contractor

    Geoffrey Osborne
  • Interior Design

    Bisset Adams
  • Structural Engineer

    Mott Macdonald
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker +18