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In OMA's De Rotterdam, Furniture Transforms 60-meters into Multi-Functional, Versatile Space

00:00 - 3 March, 2014

OMA's De Rotterdam, a project 15 years in the making, is designed to maximize the number of functions possible in 44 floors. In addition to shops, hotels and office space, this "vertical city" also contains apartments that use transformable furniture to pack a variety of uses into small spaces. Chairs double as wall art and sofas flip into beds, showing that a 60 square meter apartment is more versatile than we think. 

Developer Wim De Lathauwer explains, "Why would we only think in quantity of bedrooms and square meters, while many of these spaces are used only sporadically?...In The Netherlands we are simply not used to this way of thinking. De Rotterdam is the ideal project when it comes to maximizing the joy of every square meter. We deal with an audience who understands this and yearns for this extra quality. Even in the large apartments the office, wardrobe- and guest room are combined in one space. Actually, it is very logical.” You can see the dynamic furniture, designed by Clei Italia, in the video below. 

Read more about The Netherlands' largest building here

Three Finalists Announced for Moscow's Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Three Finalists Announced for Moscow's Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition, ABD Architects. Image Courtesy of Entryway <<Ukraina>> Hotel Competition
ABD Architects. Image Courtesy of Entryway > Hotel Competition

The Ukraina Hotel, with the support of the non-state educational institution Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, have announced the finalists for the Ukraina Hotel Entryway competition. Designs from ABD Architects (Russia) in cooperation with Werner Sobek Moskwa (Russia), TPO Lesosplaw (Russia) in cooperation with Malishev Wilson Engineers (UK), and Studio 44 (Russia) have been chosen from a total of ten competing proposals, one of which will now be implemented by the client. Offering the chance to design a new entrance to one of Moscow's foremost landmarks, the winning scheme will provide a rare opportunity to work with an unique example of Stalinist architectural heritage.

Rebirth of The York Theatre / Henriquez Partners Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Rebirth of The York Theatre / Henriquez Partners Architects, © Ed White
© Ed White

© Ed White © Ed White © Ed White © Ed White +15

7x18 House / AHL architects associates

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
7x18 House / AHL architects associates, © Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

© Hung Dao © Hung Dao © Hung Dao © Hung Dao +50

Architecture Archive / Hugh Strange Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Architecture Archive / Hugh Strange Architects , © David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge +27

4 Views / AR Design Studio

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
4 Views  / AR Design Studio, Courtesy of AR Design Studio
Courtesy of AR Design Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Winchester, Hampshire, UK
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of AR Design Studio

Courtesy of AR Design Studio Courtesy of AR Design Studio Courtesy of AR Design Studio Courtesy of AR Design Studio +22

The Six / fikrr architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
The Six  / fikrr architects, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +25

11 Social Housing Units / Zoomfactor Architectes

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
11 Social Housing Units / Zoomfactor Architectes, © Sa2t Grand-Angle-Photographie
© Sa2t Grand-Angle-Photographie

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Inside the Homes of Eight Famous Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Inside the Homes of Eight Famous Architects, Shigeru Ban's Tokyo house. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai
Shigeru Ban's Tokyo house. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai

Originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "Inside the Homes and Workspaces of 8 Great Architects", this article shows the spaces occupied by some of the best-known architects in the world. Documented for an exhibition that will be featured at the Milan Design Week 2014, the images give a glimpse inside the private worlds of some of our favorite designers.

It's a cliche that architects have messy workspaces. From chaos comes creation, so the phrase goes. But an upcoming exhibition at this year's Salone del Mobile intends to dispel the myth. Where Architects Live will present glimpses into the personal spaces of eight significant architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.

Curator Francesca Molteni interviewed each of the designers in their private homes and came away with one finding: architects are actually quite tidy. The studios are all pristinely ordered; books are neatly stowed away, figurines and objets astutely displayed, and table tops swept clean. The photographs below are part of the exhibition materials, produced with the help of scenographer Davide Pizzigoni, which faithfully document the physical environments in images, video, and audio. These will be used to recreate the architects' "rooms" at Salone del Mobile in April.

Where Architects Live is not limited to satisfying our curiosity about what these architects’ homes look like. Richard Rogers’ affirmation that “a room is the beginning of a city” resonates with the project’s aim in trying to articulate its subjects’ personal tastes and obsessions, and how those are reflected in their architectural work.

Read on to see more images of the inside of architects' homes and studios

© Davide Pizzigoni © Davide Pizzigoni © Romulo Fialdini © Davide Pizzigoni +17

Proposals for Statoil's Norway HQ from OMA, Foster + Partners, Snøhetta and More

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Proposals for Statoil's Norway HQ from OMA, Foster + Partners, Snøhetta and More, © Harald Pettersen / Statoil
© Harald Pettersen / Statoil

Norwegian energy corporation Statoil has revealed proposals for a new corporate headquarters from the five architecture firms that were shortlisted last October: OMA, Foster + Partners with Space Group, Snøhetta, Wingårdhs, and Helen & Hard with SAAHA. The competition--announced in September of 2013--called for a project that would "take into consideration a number of new measures in the region regarding public transport, parking, roads and other types of infrastructure." The winner will be announced in April/May. 

Statoil hasn't disclosed which project belongs to which firm, but the ArchDaily editors have had some fun trying to put a name to each model. What do you think? Let us know your guesses in the comments!

LAN Chosen to Revamp Paris' Grand Palais

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
LAN Chosen to Revamp Paris' Grand Palais, © LAN
© LAN

After a nine-month long competition, LAN Architecture has been commissioned to restructure and extend the historic Grand Palais in Paris. With the intent to “restore the building’s original coherence and sense of transparency,” LAN plans to revamp the 1900 World’s Fair building by resorting its unity and circulation, as well as the volume of its galleries around the Grand Nave and the addition of a new entrance court.

Review the plan in more detail, after the break...

Lemur Exhibit / Snowdon Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Lemur Exhibit  / Snowdon Architects, © Drew Echberg
© Drew Echberg
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
  • Area

    135.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Drew Echberg © Drew Echberg © Drew Echberg © Drew Echberg +17

Baulinder Haus / Hufft Projects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Baulinder Haus / Hufft Projects, © Andrew Fabin
© Andrew Fabin

© Andrew Fabin © Andrew Fabin © Andrew Fabin © Andrew Fabin +18

Krampon House / Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Krampon House / Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates, © Yutaka Kinumaki
© Yutaka Kinumaki

© Yutaka Kinumaki © Yutaka Kinumaki © Yutaka Kinumaki © Yutaka Kinumaki +17

Cavendish Heights Residence / AFFECT-T

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
Cavendish Heights Residence / AFFECT-T , © Luke James Hayes
© Luke James Hayes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mannings - Jardine's Lookout, 5 Perkins Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Luke Hayes
  • Area

    178.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Luke James Hayes © Luke James Hayes © Luke James Hayes © Luke James Hayes +18

Water Sports Centre / Oliver Mang Architekten

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
Water Sports Centre / Oliver Mang Architekten, © Kai Bienert
© Kai Bienert

© Kai Bienert © Kai Bienert © Thomas Birk Courtesy of Oliver Mang +19

TEMPO / Parasite Studio

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
TEMPO / Parasite Studio, © Attila Wenczel
© Attila Wenczel
  • Architects

  • Location

    Timișoara, Romania
  • Design Team

    Claudiu Toma , Zeno Ardelean , Norbert Ianko
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel +15

House M / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
House M / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo, © Sadao Hotta
© Sadao Hotta

© Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta +13