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Smiljan Radic Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Santiago

00:00 - 16 February, 2014
Smiljan Radic Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Santiago, First Place Proposal: Smiljan Radic + Gabriela Medrano + Ricardo Serpell. Image
First Place Proposal: Smiljan Radic + Gabriela Medrano + Ricardo Serpell. Image

Smiljan Radic has been announced as the winner of the competition to design a landmark on San Cristobal Hill, in the heart of Santiago, Chile, that consolidates the hill's numerous antennas into a single infrastructure.

According to the Contest Director, Luis Eduardo L. Bresciani, the purpose of this competition was to generate an innovative structure of iconic character, an architectural work of outstanding quality that would differ from other towers in other cities and give an identity not just to the hill, but to the city of Santiago. The jury also took into account the landscape of the site, particularly the care with which the park would be treated, as well as the tower's relationship with the statue of the Virgin and the hilltop in general. Finally, the functionality of the infrastructure, which should act as both a telecommunications tower as well as a public space with panoramic views, was considered. See the six shortlisted proposals, after the break.

Mención Honrosa: Soza_Atanacio + Aguirre_Castro Arquitectos. Image  Mención Honrosa: GmasP + Saez Joannon Arquitectos. Image Courtesy of Minvu Tercer Lugar: Architects of Invention. Image  Segundo Lugar: Tomás Folch y equipo. Image  +12

Cube Houses / Aleph Zero + Studio Juliano Monteiro

01:00 - 16 February, 2014
Cube Houses / Aleph Zero + Studio Juliano Monteiro, © Felipe Gomes
© Felipe Gomes

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FRAC Bretagne Museum / Studio Odile Decq

01:00 - 16 February, 2014
FRAC Bretagne Museum / Studio Odile Decq, © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe
© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe

© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe +11

Capricorn House Medienhafen Düsseldorf / Gatermann + Schossig

01:00 - 16 February, 2014
Capricorn House Medienhafen Düsseldorf / Gatermann + Schossig, © Rainer Rehfeld
© Rainer Rehfeld

© HG Esch © Markus Boeker © Markus Boeker Courtesy of Gatermann + Schossig +15

Dream Hotel / Studio Puisto Architects

01:00 - 16 February, 2014
Dream Hotel / Studio Puisto Architects, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© Patrik Rastenberger © Patrik Rastenberger © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin +14

Arper Relaunches Lina Bo Bardi's Signature Bowl Chair

00:00 - 16 February, 2014
Arper Relaunches Lina Bo Bardi's Signature Bowl Chair, © Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi
© Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi

The Italian furniture brand Arper recently reissued Lina Bo Bardi's signature Bowl Chair. The pioneering project of the Brazilian-Italian architect presents a more relaxed approach to "sitting" - one that was fairly radical when it was originally released in 1951. The reissue of the chair - presented at the Salone del Mobile 2013 - is a testament to the forward-thinking vision of the architect.

Arper, who worked in partnership with the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi to produce the Bowl Chair, based the design on the original prototype drawings. The genius of the chair is in its simple execution: consisting of two loose parts - an upholstered shell on a metal structure - the seat remains free to move in all directions. It is a chair for living, not just for sitting, and (as with all of Bo Bardi's works) places the human at the center of the design. 

Desenhos. Image © Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi Courtesy of Arper Exposição . Image Courtesy of Arper Exposição . Image Courtesy of Arper +24

VIDEO: Elegance in Motion at Calatrava's Liège-Guillemins Railway Station in Belgium

00:00 - 15 February, 2014

We present you with a compelling video depicting the sublime interaction of light and space at Santiago Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins railway station in Belgium. Inspired by Eadwards Muybridge’s 1886 short-film "Horse in Motion," architectural photographer Yannick Wegner uses time lapse photography to uniquely portray the experience within and around this bustling building.

“Time lapse as a stylistic device offers new opportunities in acknowledging remarkable architecture,” describes Wegner. “The appearance of time through motion gives the impression of vitality and emphasizes the architecture."

Playa Vida Residence / Casis Architects

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Playa Vida Residence / Casis Architects, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    Coronado, Panama
  • Architect in Charge

    Gonzalo Casis
  • Design Team

    Iván Casís M, Ivan Casis Jr. and Juan Jose Casis
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +20

Carlos Marín and José Muñoz-Villers Claim First Prize in Mexico City Urban Planning Competition

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Carlos Marín and José Muñoz-Villers Claim First Prize in Mexico City Urban Planning Competition, Plaza. Image Courtesy of José Muñoz Villers Arquitectos + lab07
Plaza. Image Courtesy of José Muñoz Villers Arquitectos + lab07

A design team led by Carlos Marín and José Muñoz-Villers has claimed first prize in Mexico City’s "La Merced" competition for their masterplan proposal to re-conceive the popular marketplace, Plaza Central La Merced. The team’s design, which beat out about 100 other entries, proposed the realization of a new public square to centralize pedestrian activity and to anchor strategies for urban revitalization, such as the reclamation of local heritage sites, the careful manipulation of natural elements, and the installation of urban furniture as a means for placemaking.

House in Shichiku / Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
House in Shichiku / Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office, © shinkenchiku-sha
© shinkenchiku-sha

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Southern Highlands House / Benn & Penna Architects

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Southern Highlands House / Benn & Penna Architects, © Tom Ferguson
© Tom Ferguson
  • Architects

  • Location

    New South Wales, Australia
  • Design Team

    Andrew Benn (principal), Alice Benn, Thomas Benn
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson +14

Competition Entry: Moscow's National Centre for Contemporary Arts / UNK Project Architects

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Courtesy of UNK Project Architects
Courtesy of UNK Project Architects

UNK Project Architects' entry for the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation's National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) competition centres around the interplay between art and architecture: "It’s what touches our soul and motivates us to pursue radical new ideas." Reaching the second stage of the international competition, which has been won by Heneghan Peng Architects, UNK Project Architect's proposal offers an intriguing, "almost airtight" space veiled by a monolithic façade facing landscaped urban space in the centre of Russia's capital.

Polyvalent Theater / Lacaton & Vassal

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Polyvalent Theater / Lacaton & Vassal, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lille, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal
  • Project Team

    Emmanuelle Delage chief project, Vincent Ducatez construction supervision
  • Area

    3791.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +32

How 5 California Colleges Approach Campus Design

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
How 5 California Colleges Approach Campus Design, Geisel Library at UC San Diego, designed by William Pereira. Image © Darren Bradley
Geisel Library at UC San Diego, designed by William Pereira. Image © Darren Bradley

In this article, originally published in 2 parts on Metropolis Magazine as "Building a University: How 5 California Schools Approach Campus Design" (Part 1 & Part 2), Sherin Wing investigates how different Californian universities utilize the design of their campus to express and enable their differing missions.

A school is more than just the sum of its intellectual records. Its legacy is very much tied to a physical place: its campus. More than a mascot or a symbol, the design of a campus and the buildings that form it greatly contribute to a university's lasting identity.

The key, then, is how a school’s material identity advances its intellectual mission. For example, academic buildings often physically symbolize the type of scholarly exploration and research that takes place therein. Administrative centers, on the other hand, anchor the more idealistic work taking place in the lecture and science wings. At the same time, individual buildings can function collectively as didactic forums for the public, demonstrating such principles as energy and water-use efficiencies. Lastly, the circulation between the buildings themselves is important. Open green space, for instance, can accommodate crowds, lectures, and even protests, providing a counterpoint to the more stately, processional routes that crisscross a campus.

Clearly these are different, and at times conflicting, agendas. How are they ranked and pursued by individual universities? Five campus architects at different California universities reveal how similar factors work in concert to produce very different visions and results. For some the initial plan of a school continues to wield influence over future developments, while in other cases a commitment to architectural movements and types gives rise to an eclectic, flexible approach to campus design.

Find out how these 5 California Universities approach their architecture after the break

Juice Architects Propose Offshore Visitor Centre for Swansea Bay

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Juice Architects Propose Offshore Visitor Centre for Swansea Bay, Courtesy of Juice Architects
Courtesy of Juice Architects

London based practice Juice Architects has unveiled designs for an offshore visitor centre as part of the proposed tidal lagoon for Swansea Bay, Wales. A series of overlapping shells are sculpted to form a bowl like structure, providing shelter from the wind and waves of the Welsh coast. Sat on a manmade island platform at the end of a collection of land piers, the building will act as a cultural and educational base housing public galleries, a café, a lecture theatre and exhibition space with working turbine propellors visible through the the ground floor gallery. As an entirely self sufficient building all energy will be captured from renewable sources.

Minimod / MAPA

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Minimod / MAPA, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Maquiné, Maquiné - RS, Brasil
  • Authors

    LuLuciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Rochelle Castro, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López and Silvio Machado
  • Project Team

    Camilla Pereira, Alexis Arbelo, Pablo Courreges, Emiliano Lago,Aldo Lanzi, Isabella Madureira, Diego Morera, Jaqueline Lessa, Pamela Davyt, Emiliano Ecthegaray
  • Área

    27.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

ARCHISET: An Illustrated Tribute to the Interiors of Classic Cinema

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
ARCHISET: An Illustrated Tribute to the Interiors of Classic Cinema, Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina has surprised us several times with his artistic work, from his "pixelated" versions of iconic characters (Parts 1 and 2) of architecture to his illustrations of architectural landmarks in the history of cinema. This time, the architect and illustrator delights us again with a new series entitled ARCHISET, which presents the sets of some of the most memorable scenes from classic films.

The series consists of 17 illustrations, cross-sections presenting the interior design and characters in films such as "A Clockwork Orange" by Stanley Kubrick, "All About My Mother" by Spanish Director Pedro Almodovar, and "Vertigo" by the master, Hitchcock.

Check out the full series, after the break.

C-32 Social dwelling / Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
C-32 Social dwelling / Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +19