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Cortes House / WMR Arquitectos

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Cortes House / WMR Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Arco, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu, Macarena Rabat
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Green Renovation / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Green Renovation / Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa, Tran Thi Hang
  • Project Architects

    Ngo Thuy Duong, An Viet Dung
  • Contractor

    Wind and Water House JSC
  • Area

    387.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Hiroyuki Oki

Damien Hirst Receives Planning Permission for "Hirst-on-Sea"

00:00 - 5 August, 2014
Damien Hirst Receives Planning Permission for "Hirst-on-Sea", Proposed Rendering. Image Courtesy of NextCity
Proposed Rendering. Image Courtesy of NextCity

According to Will Doig of NextCity, world renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst has received planning permission to build a town from scratch on the British coastline. Working alongside Rundell Associates the project, which has been dubbed "Hirst-on-Sea" near the town of Ilfracombe, will consist of 75 affordable homes built over the next ten to fifteen years. Most famous for his 2007 diamond-studded skull entitled For the Love of God and, more ubiquitously, glass cases containing sharks and cows preserved in formaldehyde, Doig wonders that, "given Hirst’s history, it’s hard to imagine he’s not trying to make some sort of statement." Time will tell as to what that might be.

Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK, © Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK © Hertha Hurnaus Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ernst-Melchior-Gasse 3, 1020 Vienna, Austria
  • Area

    4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK

I-House / Architecture Show

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
I-House / Architecture Show, © Toshihisa Ishii
© Toshihisa Ishii

© Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masahiko Sato
  • Area

    129.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

The Yellow Building / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
The Yellow Building / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, © Timothy Soar
© Timothy Soar

© Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar +15

Lightbox / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Lightbox / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates, © Kuo-Min Lee
© Kuo-Min Lee

© Kuo-Min Lee © Kuo-Min Lee © Kuo-Min Lee © Kuo-Min Lee +27

Renzo Piano Explains How To Design the Perfect Museum

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Renzo Piano Explains How To Design the Perfect Museum, The new Whitney Museum building, seen from the West Side Highway in July. Image © Paul Clemence
The new Whitney Museum building, seen from the West Side Highway in July. Image © Paul Clemence

In the following article, originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Q&A: Renzo Piano", Paul Clemence talks with the Italian master of museum design about the design process and philosophies that have brought him such tremendous success in the field - from sketching, to behaving with civility, to buildings that 'fly', Piano explains what makes the perfect museum.

There's a reason why Renzo Piano is known as the master of museum design. The architect has designed 25 of them, 14 in the US alone. Few architects understand as well as Piano—along with his practice, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)—what board directors, curators, and even the visiting public needs and wants in a cultural institution like a museum. When I spoke with Donna de Salvo, chief curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, whose new downtown digs were authored by RPBW she remarked on the how the curators' input was often incorporated into the final building design. “Our curators and the architects had an ongoing dialogue throughout the design of this building," de Salvo says. "The physical needs of the art were a priority for Renzo and his team, down to the most seemingly minute detail. Our curatorial voice was central to the discussion and has given us a terrifically dynamic building, a uniquely responsive array of spaces for art.”

But what often goes unmentioned is how well Piano's buildings, particularly his museums, connect to their surroundings. The buildings not only perform well, but they integrate themselves into the life of the city, as if they have always been there. From Beaubourg to The New York Times Building, they fully embrace the space and energy of their urban contexts. Now, as two of his newest and very high-profile museum projects near completion—the renovation and expansion of the Harvard Art Museums (due to open this Fall) and the Whitney Museum of Art (expected to be in use by Spring 2015)—I had a chance to meet with Piano at his Meatpacking District office to talk about the creative process, criticisms, contemporary architecture, and “flying” buildings.

Hello Wood 2014 Invites Student Teams to 'Play With Balance'

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Hello Wood 2014 Invites Student Teams to 'Play With Balance', © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

Set in the bucolic fields of Csórompuszta in the Hungarian countryside, the annual Hello Wood camp was recently back for its fifth year. Every year, students have one week to create wooden installations under the instruction of specially selected tutors, each of whom provide an outline idea of a project in response to a theme. This time around the challenge from the organizers was to "play with balance," which generated ideas that investigated the balance between opposing concepts - but also generated a whole lot of play, too. See all 14 of the weird and wonderful results after the break.

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky +41

Heydar Aliyev International Airport Baku / Autoban

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Heydar Aliyev International Airport Baku  /  Autoban, © Kerem Sanliman
© Kerem Sanliman

© Kerem Sanliman © Kerem Sanliman © Kerem Sanliman © Kerem Sanliman +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Collaborators

    Arup + Woods Bagot
  • Area

    65000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

New Images Released of Krumbach, Austria's Famous Bus Stops

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
New Images Released of Krumbach, Austria's Famous Bus Stops, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

What happens when seven internationally acclaimed architects are invited to design sculptural bus stops for a tiny Austrian village of 1000 inhabitants? Collaborating with local architects and utilizing local materials to design the pavilions, Alexander Brodsky, Rintala Eggertsson, Ensamble Studio, Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Smiljan Radic, Sou Fujimoto, and Wang Shu's Amateur Architecture Studio worked with Austria's Verein Kultur Krumbach to carry out the BUS:STOP project and usher in a unique new facet of culture to Krumbach. We brought you images of the design proposals earlier, and now we have photos of the incredible results: Hufton + Crow has just released a stunning new set of images showcasing the completed bus stops. 

Hufton + Crow's brilliant photography captures the inimitable originality and sensational quality of the uniquely crafted pavilions embedded within the Austrian landscape. Immerse yourself in Krumbach and check out the latest images after the break.

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow +31

Westgarth House / Kennedy Nolan Architects

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Westgarth House / Kennedy Nolan Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +10

LV House / A-Cero

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
LV House / A-Cero, © Plasmalia
© Plasmalia

© Plasmalia © Plasmalia © Plasmalia © Plasmalia +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Joaquín Torres & Rafael Llamazares
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Competition Results: "Faith! A Place of Worship in London"

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Competition Results: "Faith! A Place of Worship in London", You Are Here / Felicity Barbur and Edward Crooks. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
You Are Here / Felicity Barbur and Edward Crooks. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Faith!, the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to design a place of worship in London. In spite of the beguiling simplicity of the title, coupled with a typically open brief, the placed winners and three honourable mentions exhibit a diverse, exciting collection of conceptual drawings and visuals. With an interesting balance of playful interpretations and more grounded proposals, all start to address relevant socio-political issues - such as the mutual acceptance and peaceful co-existence of different religions - in some way. The competition asked participants first and foremost to seek to merge two concepts: religion and knowledge.

4 Nurseries / Schemaa

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
4 Nurseries / Schemaa, © Sébastien Andréi
© Sébastien Andréi

© Sébastien Andréi © Sébastien Andréi © Sébastien Andréi © Sébastien Andréi +18

AIA Announces Winners of National Healthcare Design Awards

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
AIA Announces Winners of National Healthcare Design Awards, Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower / Perkins+Will. Image © James Steinkamp
Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower / Perkins+Will. Image © James Steinkamp

The AIA has announced 8 projects as winners of their annual National Healthcare Design Awards, rewarding the best in medical architecture from built projects to research excellence. The 8 projects were selected in four categories: built (less than $25 million); built (more than $25 million); Unbuilt; and Innovations in Planning and Design Research.

The awarded projects come from locations throughout the US, as well as one project constructed for Haiti. Read on after the break to see all the winners.

Mount Sinai Hess Center for Science and Medicine / SOM. Image ©  Eduard Huebrer | Archphoto GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) / MASS Design Group. Image © AIA Lancaster General Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute / Ballinger. Image © Peter Aaron / ESTO Legacy ER – Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative. Image © Michael Moran/OTTO +16

WAF Unveils 2014 Festival Program

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
WAF Unveils 2014 Festival Program

With the World Architecture Festival (WAF) just around the corner, the festival's full program has been unveiled, featuring three days of fascinating talks, an impressive list of key-note speakers and networking opportunities. 

"Architects and the City" is the overarching theme for this year’s main conference sessions, and the talks will focus on the contributions architects can make to cities and how they affect – and are affected by – politics, infrastructure, planning communities and technology. Conference talks include “Greening the urban landscape: strategies for environmental urbanism,” “Question time- is ‘iconic’ architecture out of control?" and “Connecting the city; regenerating communities.”

The festival also features an impressive line-up of key note speakers, including Rocco Yim of Rocco Design Associates who will speak on his involvement in the West Kowloon Cultural District, the largest arts and cultural project in Hong Kong to date, and Richard Rogers who will speak candidly about his life as one of the most influential global figures in architecture and his future agenda. Moshe Safdie will close the Festival, looking back over his extensive career to talk exclusively about the defining moments that shaped its path.

More WAF program highlights after the break...

Top 300 US Architecture Firms

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
Top 300 US Architecture Firms, This project from top-ranked firm Gensler (in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium) will double the size of Korea's Incheon Airport. The project broke ground in 2013. Image Courtesy of Gensler
This project from top-ranked firm Gensler (in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium) will double the size of Korea's Incheon Airport. The project broke ground in 2013. Image Courtesy of Gensler

Architectural Record has released its annual list of the “Top 300 Architecture Firms” in the United States, based on architectural revenue from 2013. Gensler was the number one firm earning $883 million, with recent projects including Terminal 2 of Korea’s Incheon International Airport and the Shanghai Tower, which is set to be the world’s second tallest skyscraper.  CH2M Hill and AECOM Technology Corp came in second and third, respectively, switching places from the previous year.

See the top 50 firms after the break...