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Wooden frame house / a + samuel delmas

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Wooden frame house / a + samuel delmas , Courtesy of a+samueldelmas
Courtesy of a+samueldelmas

Courtesy of Frédéric Gémonet Courtesy of Frédéric Gémonet Courtesy of Frédéric Gémonet Courtesy of Frédéric Gémonet +16

Z. House in Mantova / Vittorio Longheu

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Z. House in Mantova / Vittorio Longheu, © Federica Bottoli
© Federica Bottoli

MICROTOPIA to Stream Free on ArchDaily for 24 Hours

00:00 - 13 February, 2014

An awesome documentary that somehow didn't fall on our radar in time to be included in our "40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014," MICROTOPIA is an in-depth look at fascinating, provocative micro-dwellings and the people who design/live in them.

MICROTOPIA is usually available to rent for $3.99 from Vimeo, BUT ArchDaily readers are receiving an exclusive offer to stream the documentary - absolutely free - for 24 hours only. So make sure to tune in from 6pm EST on February 14th to 5:59PM EST February 15th for this one-time opportunity.

For more about MICROTOPIA, check out the awesome trailer above, and read more information on the doc, after the break.

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Optique Potts Point / Smart Design Studio

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Optique Potts Point / Smart Design Studio, Courtesy of Smart Design Studio
Courtesy of Smart Design Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Potts Point, Sydney, Australia
  • Design Team

    William Smart, Victoria Judge, Marie Burgess
  • Builder

    Nu-Vision Projects
  • Lighting Consultant

    Architectural Lighting Design
  • Graphic Designer

    Harcus Design
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Smart Design Studio

Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio +7

University of Oregon Hatfield-Dowlin Complex / ZGF Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
University of Oregon Hatfield-Dowlin Complex / ZGF Architects, © Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Oregon, 1585 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
  • Interior Designer

    firm151
  • Construction

    Hoffman Construction Company
  • Landscape

    PLACE Studio
  • Structural & Civil

    KPFF
  • Mechanical

    Integral Group
  • Electrical

    Sparling
  • Area

    145000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jeremy Bittermann © Marco Kessler © Eckert & Eckert © Jeremy Bittermann +41

20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon , Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors. Image © Jason Flakes/U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon
Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors. Image © Jason Flakes/U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at Irvine, California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period. View the full list of competitors, after the break. 

Nordial Center / MJARC Architects Associated

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Nordial Center / MJARC Architects Associated, © Joao Ferrand
© Joao Ferrand

© Joao Ferrand © Joao Ferrand © Joao Ferrand © Joao Ferrand +61

AD Classics: 2 Columbus Circle / Edward Durell Stone & Associates

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
AD Classics: 2 Columbus Circle  / Edward Durell Stone & Associates, North Facade. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto
North Facade. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto

Located on a small and irregular shaped island at Columbus Circle, one of the busiest intersections in Manhattan, lies 2 Columbus Circle, formerly known as the Gallery of Modern Art. Famously described as a “die-cut Venetian palazzo on lollipops” by Ada Louise Huxtable, the New York Times architecture critic at the time, the 10-story poured concrete structure has been a source of consistent controversy and public response since the 1960s.  Designed by Edward Durell Stone, an early proponent of American modern architecture, 2 Columbus Circle represents a turning point in his career.  Uncharacteristic of Stone’s prior work, his use of ornament on an otherwise modern structure can be seen as an important precedent of the development of the soon-to-emerge Postmodern movement.

Facade Detail. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto 4th Floor Gallery. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto North/East Facade. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto Permanent Collection. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto +14

Mjölk House / Studio Junction

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Mjölk House / Studio Junction , © Joe Lin / Studio Junction
© Joe Lin / Studio Junction

© Joe Lin / Studio Junction © Joe Lin / Studio Junction © Joe Lin / Studio Junction © Joe Lin / Studio Junction +12

Gudou Plaza / Andrey Ukolov + Ekaterina Osipova

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Gudou Plaza  / Andrey Ukolov + Ekaterina Osipova, Courtesy of Andrey Ukolov
Courtesy of Andrey Ukolov

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VIDEO: Watch Two Men Scale the World's 2nd Tallest Tower

00:00 - 13 February, 2014

"We prepared carefully and picked an appropriate date, the Chinese New Year day. At that time the security was less watchful, workers were on vacations, and cranes did not work. We got to the crane at around midnight. [...] The result you can see in our new video."

Those are the rather unassuming words of Vitaliy Raskalov, a Ukrainian "roof-hacker, urban-explorer, blogger" who has just pulled off an extraordinary, jaw-dropping stunt (way more incredible than his humble words would suggest). 

Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Mahora broke into and climbed the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower, soon to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper at 632 meters (2,074 feet) high. Although the tower will eventually boast the world's fastest elevators (reaching 40mph), the pair had to climb the 120 flights of stairs by foot (taking them about two hours); they then spent another 18 hours sleeping and waiting for the weather to clear. The staggering resulting images show not just the dizzying heights, but also fantastic views of the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center (together, the trio of buildings that are re-defining the Shanghai skyline). 

Check out the incredible images, after the break.

View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com +14

Ranquist Development Group Office / Vladimir Radutny Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Ranquist Development Group Office / Vladimir Radutny Architects , © Mike Schwartz Photography
© Mike Schwartz Photography

© Mike Schwartz Photography © Mike Schwartz Photography © Mike Schwartz Photography © Mike Schwartz Photography +16

Maison de la Batellerie / Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture

22:00 - 12 February, 2014
Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture
Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Centre Port-Royal René Cassin, 17 Rue Saint-Hippolyte, 75000 Paris, France
  • Area

    2535.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture, Lucien Hérve

Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre Architecture +33

What the Guggenheim Should Consider Before Building in Helsinki

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
What the Guggenheim Should Consider Before Building in Helsinki , The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Flickr User: Iker Merodio
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Flickr User: Iker Merodio

The Guggenheim is planning a new museum in Helsinki. The site is in the heart of the city, next door to the late 19th Century market hall and open-air market place, two minutes from Helsinki Cathedral. The project, therefore, has great landmark potential for the city. And many Finns are lured by this very potential, wanting to increase tourism and put their capital city more evidently on the world map. There has also been discussion in the country’s main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat about how Finns should welcome a more joyous and fun architecture.

Destination-creation and architecture as entertainment are certainly strong themes of our times.  They were treated with great artistry by Frank Gehry with the Bilbao Guggenheim, opened in 1997. However, it’s important to remember that the Bilbao Guggenheim might best be considered a spectacular one-off. Mayors, politicians and world leaders have since sought, in perhaps too facile a way, to rebrand their cities and countries with iconic landmarks. There has been much talk of making cities “world class” through such architectural gestures, and yet much of this marketer’s fodder is wholly out of touch with what makes great architecture great.

Haffenden House / PARA

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Haffenden House / PARA, © Nathan Rader
© Nathan Rader

Process © Nathan Rader © Nathan Rader © Nathan Rader +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Syracuse, NY, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Jon Lott
  • Project Team

    Jon Lott, Hilary Pinnington, Paul Kneeply
  • Area

    1125.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Winning Submissions Envision Gateway for Abandoned Railway in Queens

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
Winning Submissions Envision Gateway for Abandoned Railway in Queens, 3rd Prize ($1000): Make It! Grow It! / Song Deng and René Biberstein of Toronto, Canada
3rd Prize ($1000): Make It! Grow It! / Song Deng and René Biberstein of Toronto, Canada

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter has announced the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. In an effort to imagine the ways in which The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the Queensway could transform an abandoned railway in Central Queens into a vibrant urban greenway, entrants were challenged to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5 mile stretch along the rail. 

Of the 120 submitted proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the following winners to represent the diverse array of ideas generated:

House in the Woods / Claim

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
House in the Woods / Claim, © claim and G.Jankowski
© claim and G.Jankowski
  • Architects

  • Location

    Groß Glienicke, Potsdam, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Olga Skaba & Hartmut Flothmann
  • Area

    162.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© claim and G.Jankowski © claim and G.Jankowski © claim and G.Jankowski © claim and G.Jankowski +23

FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dunkirk, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal
  • Design Team

    Florian de Pous, chief project, Camille Gravellier, construction supervision, Yuko Ohashi
  • Area

    11129.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Forum Expo. Image © Philippe Ruault Hall. Image © Philippe Ruault Stairs. Image © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +47