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Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Richtistrasse 1, 8304 Wallisellen, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Wiel Arets, Felix Thies, Maik Ilmer
  • Area

    72000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter +49

MVRDV Begins Work on Cheung Fai Conversion in Hong Kong

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
MVRDV Begins Work on Cheung Fai Conversion in Hong Kong, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV has begun construction on an adaptive reuse project that will transform a former warehouse in Hong Kong’s newly designated business area of East Kowloon - the Kwun Tong district - into a “luxurious loft style working environment” for creative companies. The 14-story structure will be stripped down to its raw concrete bones and reconstructed with glass and stainless steel to provide up to 37 naturally lit, affordable office units.

AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects, © Stephen O'Raw
© Stephen O'Raw

© Stephen O'Raw © Stephen O'Raw © Stephen O'Raw © Stephen O'Raw +16

Fire Station Doetinchem / Bekkering Adams architects

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
Fire Station Doetinchem  / Bekkering Adams architects, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stokhorstweg 1, 7006 GA Doetinchem, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Monica Adams, Juliette Bekkering, Perry Klootwijk, Esther Vlasveld, Frank Venhorst, Zuzana Kuldova, Pia Fischer, Stefania Masuino, Gerard Heerink, Magda Strak
  • Area

    3600.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +9

Lines Drawn: UK Architecture Students Network Discuss the Future of Architectural Education

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
Lines Drawn: UK Architecture Students Network Discuss the Future of Architectural Education, Delegates discussing. Image © Vinesh Pomal / Zlatina Spasova
Delegates discussing. Image © Vinesh Pomal / Zlatina Spasova

Lines Drawn, the latest gathering of student delegates by the Architecture Students Network (ASN), recently met at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) to discuss the future of architectural education. Seventy RIBA Part 1, 2 and 3 students (including those on their placement years) from across twenty two schools of architecture gathered together to address and unify their voice in calling for improvements to the current pedagogy of UK’s architectural education to reflect a changing society.

The weekend conference provoked questions surrounding the merits and pitfalls of the Part 1, 2 and 3 British route to qualification, raising aspirations of a more flexible education system. Sparked by the latest directive from the European Union (EU), which seeks to "establish more uniformity across Europe by aligning the time it takes to qualify" and by making mutual recognition of the architect's title easier between countries, the discussions centred around how architecture students' opinions can be harnessed at this critical moment of change to have voices heard.

Continue reading for ArchDaily's exclusive pre-coverage of the ASN's report.

Palmovka Jihlava / Mjölk Architekti

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
Palmovka Jihlava / Mjölk Architekti, © Alexander Dobrovodský
© Alexander Dobrovodský

© Alexander Dobrovodský © Alexander Dobrovodský © Alexander Dobrovodský © Roman Dobeš +27

Train Stop Varnsdorf – Pivovar Kocour / Domyjinak

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
Train Stop Varnsdorf – Pivovar Kocour / Domyjinak, Courtesy of Domyjinak
Courtesy of Domyjinak

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Robert A.M. Stern Tops NYC Tower with $100 Million Penthouse

00:00 - 26 March, 2014
Robert A.M. Stern Tops NYC Tower with $100 Million Penthouse, © Zeckendorf Development LLC and Seventh Art; Courtesy of Curbed NY
© Zeckendorf Development LLC and Seventh Art; Courtesy of Curbed NY

Robert A.M. Stern’s luxury 520 Park Avenue condominium tower, which is set to take its place on Manhattan skyline by 2017, will be topped with a 12,400 square foot triplex priced at $100 million - the city’s priciest unit. The penthouse will be one of 31 expansive residences offered in the limestone-clad building which, according to the a recent press release, will be “evocative of the great New York apartment buildings of the 1920's and 1930's.”  Developers William and Arthur Zeckendorf gained approval for the 51-story skyscraper by purchasing $30.4 million in air rights from the neighboring Christ Church. 

Zaha Hadid to Present BBC Documentary on Kazimir Malevich

00:00 - 26 March, 2014
Zaha Hadid to Present BBC Documentary on Kazimir Malevich, Malevich’s Tektonik. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Malevich’s Tektonik. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The BBC’s Tony Hall has announced that Zaha Hadid will be presenting a 60-minute Secret Knowledge film based on Kazimir Malevich. The Russian painter and theoretician, who founded the Suprematist movement, inspired Hadid’s AA graduation thesis which transformed Malevich’s 1923 Arkitekton model into a 14-story hotel that stretched across London’s Hungerford Bridge. Hadid will be one of many influential art leaders enlisted to participate in the program, which intends to place the arts on “center-stage.”

OMA Tops BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren to Design Axel Springer Campus in Berlin

00:00 - 26 March, 2014
OMA Tops BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren to Design Axel Springer Campus in Berlin, OMA's winning proposal for the Axel Springer Campus in Berlin. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE
OMA's winning proposal for the Axel Springer Campus in Berlin. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE

After deliberating over the stellar proposals of three renowned firmsBIG, Büro Ole Scheeren, and OMA, Berlin-based media company AXEL SPRINGER SE has just announced that Rem Koolhaas' design is the winning proposal for their new office building.

The task of the competition was to create additional space for the media company, particularly its digital offers, and thus design a workplace fit for the future of online media. Koolhaas' design, which features a large 30-meter high atrium or "open valley" with interconnected terraces and public workspaces for both individual, collaborative, and mobile work, won favor with the jury for its forward-thinking concept. As Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer SE, commented: “[Koolhaas] presented the conceptually and esthetically most radical model. The fundamental innovation of working environments will support the cultural transformation towards a digital publishing house."

For his part, Koolhaas had this to say: “It is a wonderful occasion to build in Berlin again, on this historical site of all places, for a client who has mobilized architecture to help perform a radical change…a workplace in all its dimensions.”

See more of OMA's winning proposal, after the break...

The Naked House / Marc Gerritsen

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
The Naked House / Marc Gerritsen, Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen
Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ko Samui, Thailand
  • Area

    587.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen

Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen +34

Call for Projects: London Festival of Architecture

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Call for Projects: London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture will be taking place from June 1 to June 30. Now in its 10th year, the Festival is initiated by The Architecture Foundation, British Council, New London Architecture and RIBA London to celebrate London as a global hub of architectural practice, discussion and debate. 

MQ Project / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya + Rosa Aguirre

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
MQ Project  / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya  + Rosa Aguirre, © Frederick Cooper
© Frederick Cooper

© Frederick Cooper © Frederick Cooper © Frederick Cooper © Frederick Cooper +22

Infographic: The Pritzker Prize 1979 - 2015

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Infographic: The Pritzker Prize 1979 - 2015

Last week, Frei Otto was announced as the 40th recipient of the Pritzker Prize, the latest in a long line of talented architects (as well as the first architect to ever receive the Prize posthumously). Learn more about the Prize and its winners after the break! 

EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yixian Unit (Qingshi Road), Wujiaochang, Baoshan, Shanghai, China
  • Area

    537.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Pritzker Juror Alejandro Aravena on Shigeru Ban: Virtuousity in Service of Our Most Urgent Challenges

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Pritzker Juror Alejandro Aravena on Shigeru Ban: Virtuousity in Service of Our Most Urgent Challenges

The following is Alejandro Aravena's response to the Shigeru Ban's Pritzker winAravena is the executive director of the firm ELEMENTAL S.A and a member of the Pritzker Jury who selected Ban as this year's Pritzker Laureate.

Shigeru Ban has expanded the field of architecture in unexpected ways. He has proved that the inspired artist and the skilled designer is not inevitably condemned to work for a privileged elite, but that innovation can take place while working for the majority, particularly those historically underserved, forgotten or neglected. In order to do that, he redefined the approach to deal with difficult, urgent and relevant challenges, replacing professional charity by professional quality. Ban has shown that no matter how tough the circumstances or scarce the means, good design far from being an extra cost carries the added value of sharp efficiency, power of synthesis and an uplifting feeling.

Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Research Tower to Be Restored

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Research Tower to Be Restored, SCJ Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © SC Johnson
SCJ Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © SC Johnson

Partially credited to the spotlight cast by MoMA’s "Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal" exhibition, SC Johnson (SCJ) has agreed to restore their 15-story Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower as a museum and corporate office in Racine, Wisconsin. Wright’s only constructed taproot-core, the 1950s tower is “an inspiring example of cantilever construction with an inner core extending 50 feet into the ground that provides support for the 16 million pound structure,” described SCJ. “The taproot core bears a strong resemblance to the lily pad-like columns seen throughout SC Johnson’s Administration Building, another Wright-designed facility.” 

Park Passive House / NK Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Park Passive House / NK Architects, © Aaron Leitz
© Aaron Leitz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Madison Park, Seattle, WA 98112, United States
  • Area

    2710.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz +17