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Solar Decathlon Europe Announces Winners of its 2014 Contest

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Solar Decathlon Europe Announces Winners of its 2014 Contest, Rhome for Dencity / Rhome (Rome, Italy). Image © Solar Decathlon Europe / jflakes.com
Rhome for Dencity / Rhome (Rome, Italy). Image © Solar Decathlon Europe / jflakes.com

On Saturday night, the awards were announced in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, which is currently ongoing in the grounds of the Versailles Palace in France. The competition challenges university teams to build and run a full scale solar powered house, with awards being judged on a range of requirements including sustainability factors, architecture and comfort, with a different jury of three experts judging each requirement.

The overall winner, based on a combination of all the factors, was "Rhome for Dencity", by the team from Roma Tre University, with a proposal that seeks to "re-densify and re-qualify the boundaries of Rome" by applying principles of density and sustainability to this area where "housing, country, archaeology and illegal buildings are interwoven."

Read on after the break for images of all the winners

Blood Center / FAAB

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Blood Center / FAAB, © Bartłomiej Senkowski
© Bartłomiej Senkowski

© Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Henryka Sienkiewicza 3, 47-400 Raciborz, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figuski, Maria Messina
  • Area

    2771.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Kale Café / YAMO Design

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Kale Café / YAMO Design, Courtesy of YAMO Design
Courtesy of YAMO Design

Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Binjiang, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of YAMO Design

Zacatitos 04 / Campos Leckie Studio

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Zacatitos 04 / Campos Leckie Studio, © John Sinal
© John Sinal

© John Sinal © John Sinal © John Sinal © John Sinal +10

Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?, Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners
Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners

In a recent article for The Telegraph Jonathan Ruffer, a hedge fund manager turned campaigner for architectural heritage, discusses the significance of historic buildings in a time when they are "increasingly having to justify itself in the cold light of cost cuts." The notion of architectural "heritage" covers not only castles and stately homes but increasingly post-war and early contemporary structures. Speaking from a financier's point of view, Ruffler examines the "gulf" between public and private funding for restorative architectural schemes alongside the difficulty of mobilising large bodies to activate change. Arguing that "heritage has the power to change lives," the need for people to engage with their built heritage is more important than ever. Read the article in full here.

Through / Aleph Zero

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Through / Aleph Zero, Courtesy of Aleph Zero
Courtesy of Aleph Zero

Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oscar Niemeyer Museum - Centro Cívico, Matriz, Curitiba - Parana, 80530-230, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes
  • Design Team

    Ana Júlia Filipe, Bárbara Zandavali, Maguelonne Gorioux, Felipe Gomes, Severine Bogers.
  • Videos

    Felipe Gomes
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Aleph Zero

This Temporary Treetop Hotel Lets You Sleep "With the Birds"

01:00 - 16 July, 2014

Chinese architecture firm Penda, known for their ecologically sensitive designs, has redesigned the tent in a bold new way for the AIM "Legend Of The Tent" Competition. Their proposal, ”One With The Birds," is a flexible and sustainable structure that integrates sleeping pods into the forest canopy. Inspired by Native American Tipis, which are moveable and reusable, the structure, made from bamboo sticks latched together with rope, leaves no impact on the site nor causes any harm to the bamboo itself. 

A mock-up of the project will soon be installed as a temporary hotel. According to the architects, “after the temporary hotel is deconstructed, the materials can be reused as scaffolding on a construction site or reused as another temporary hotel on a different location.”

Learn more about this remarkable structure, after the break.

Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda +22

Casa En Los Conejos II / La Mirateca

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Casa En Los Conejos II / La Mirateca, © Patricia Forcen Scheu
© Patricia Forcen Scheu

© Patricia Forcen Scheu © Patricia Forcen Scheu © Patricia Forcen Scheu © Patricia Forcen Scheu +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Río Segura, 2, 30506 Molina, Murcia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Emilia Ruipérez Bastida, Raúl Latorre Luna
  • Technical Architect

    Antonio Ruiz Fernández
  • Area

    214.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

ABC - Art Basics for Children / HUB

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
ABC - Art Basics for Children / HUB, © Ilse Liekens
© Ilse Liekens

© Ilse Liekens © Ilse Liekens © Sarah Blee © Ilse Liekens +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gaucheretstraat 3, 1030 Schaerbeek, Belgium
  • Design Team

    BB, BAS, D'Hondt ingenieurs
  • Area

    1725.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Faculty of Education-Nijmegen / LIAG Architects

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Faculty of Education-Nijmegen / LIAG Architects, © Ben Vulkers
© Ben Vulkers

© Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Thomas Bögl, Erik Schotte, Bastiaan Bijloos, Harmen Landman, Jeroen Kaan, Arie Aalbers
  • Area

    36633.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Drone Captures OMA'S Taipei Performing Arts Center Under Construction

00:00 - 15 July, 2014

Construction is underway for OMA’s Taipei’s Performing Arts Center! The project, started back in 2012, has generated a buzz in the architecture community for its peculiar form. Conceived as a number of theaters intersecting as a group of three simple geometries, the Performing Arts Center will provide flexible stage space to host experimental theater and art performances. This video—filmed by a drone—shows some of the preliminary structure that has already been erected. The building is expected to be completed in 2015.

Nova Lima House / S+A Brazil

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Nova Lima House / S+A Brazil, © Rafael Carrieri
© Rafael Carrieri

© Rafael Carrieri © Rafael Carrieri © Rafael Carrieri © Rafael Carrieri +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nova Lima - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Interior Design

    Piantina Architecture
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Ferry Terminal / Marge Arkitekter

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Ferry Terminal / Marge Arkitekter, © Johan Fowelin
© Johan Fowelin

© Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Södra Blasieholmshamnen 9, 111 48 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area

    322.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Call for Entries: Ideas to Remember

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Call for Entries: Ideas to Remember

The series of earthquakes that began on 4 September 2010 altered the Canterbury landscape and had a huge impact on the people. Now it’s time to create a place to remember.

Workshop and LEGO Architecture Studio Launch: Villa Pennisi in Musica

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Workshop and LEGO Architecture Studio Launch: Villa Pennisi in Musica, Courtesy of LEGO
Courtesy of LEGO

LEGO® Architecture Studio, a new concept of the LEGO Architecture line, makes his appearance in Italy in an innovative context of architecture and music. The LEGO Group chose Italy and the prestigious setting of the Sicilian "Villa Pennisi in Musica" event for the launch of the new set of building blocks. 

Rem Koolhaas' "Elements": Uncovering Architecture's Origins, Assuring Its Future

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Rem Koolhaas' "Elements": Uncovering Architecture's Origins, Assuring Its Future, Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh
Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh

ArchDaily has been asking architects "What is Architecture?" for over 6 years. It's a question that few interviewees answer without hesitation or bristling. But after asking over 200 architects, we've noticed a pattern: even though many people start very similarly, the answers soon diverge in a way that demonstrates the promise of the profession. And no matter how architecture is defined, the strong majority of architects hold an underlying belief in its ability to influence. 

When the ArchDaily team visited the Venice Biennale and entered the Central Pavilion of the Giardini, home to the Elements exhibition, we saw it as a dynamic, immersive, exhaustive response to the question "What is Architecture?" Visitors to the Biennale are introduced to architecture through its elements--the pieces, parts and fundamentals that comprise built structures around the globe. 

When Koolhaas chose to focus on Elements, he produced a text (in both book and exhibition format) that gives us the tools to understand what architecture is and how is it has evolved (or stagnated). Even though he didn't invite people to show projects in the traditional sense, the AD editors saw a hopeful undertone to Elements -- it is a resource that can be revisited over and over again, one that will arm the current and future designers of our built world with the knowledge they'll need to address the issues they have yet to even confront.

After the break, see images of the exhibition and read Koolhaas' curatorial statement. 

Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh Library of Historial Elemental Studies of Architecture. Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh +58

Brick House / Clare Cousins Architects

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Brick House / Clare Cousins Architects, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +27

Escuela Tecnica Superior De Ingenieria (ETSE) / Francisco Candel + Luis Carratalá

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Escuela Tecnica Superior De Ingenieria (ETSE) / Francisco Candel + Luis Carratalá, © Arturo Ferrer
© Arturo Ferrer

© Arturo Ferrer © Arturo Ferrer © Paula Aparicio © Paula Aparicio +34