Family House in Černošice / Studio Pha

© Filip Šlapal

Architects: Studio Pha
Location: Černošice,
Architect In Charge: Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
Area: 136 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Filip Šlapal

In Niemeyer and Costa Masks, Architects Protest the City of Brasilia

© Danilo Verpa/Folhapress

Wearing masks with the faces of and , architects and urban planners swarmed the 50th Annual IAB (Institute of Architects of Brazil) Awards in Rio de Janeiro this week. The architects were protesting a contract the city government of Brasilia struck with a Singaporean firm to create an urban masterplan outlining the next 50 years of Brasilia’s future.

House of January / Studio-Gaon

© Youngchae Park

Architects: Studio-Gaon
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
Project Team: Sangwoo Yi, Minjung Choi, Sungpil Lee, Seongwon Son, Miso Kim, Haelee Jung
Site Area: 747.00 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 194.59 sqm
Area: 126.26 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Youngchae Park

Courtesy of STAPL Architects
Courtesy of STAPL Architects

Oceo Drive Tourist Resort Proposal / STAPL Architects

Designed by STAPL Architects… at the popular diving hub of the Philippines, the Oceo Drive tourist resort is a beachfront property which has multiple dwelling options ranging from single studio rooms, suites, sky villas, bungalows and beach facing villas. With

House 4249 / DGBK Architects

© Wade Comer

Architects: DGBK Architects
Location: , BC,
Area: 422.6 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Wade Comer

AD Interviews: Ma Yansong / MAD

While we were in Beijing, we had the opportunity to visit an architect who we have been following for quite some time: , founder of MAD.

Ma Yansong graduated from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and went to Yale thanks to the AIA Scholarship for Advanced Architecture Research, where he received his masters degree in Architecture in 2001. Afterwards, Ma Yansong worked at Zaha Hadid’s office in London, and started MAD in 2004.

His strong research background is mixed with a deeper understanding and interpretation of traditional Chinese architecture, inspired by urban typologies such as the hutong and the siheyua. This can be seen in projects such as the Hutong Bubble, the Wooden Sculpture Museum (under construction) and the recently opened Ordos Art & City Museum. MAD’s vision for Beijing 2050 is a bold proposal that opens up debate, challenging what the future of the CBD (Central Business District, an area populated by tall generic buildings) could be.

Another interesting project is his Absolute Towers in Canada (2006-2012). Not only did the project make Ma Yansong the first Chinese architect to build abroad, it also put his practice on the map.

 Ma Yansong represents a new generation of Chinese architects who have the important task of shaping a forward-looking architecture while at the same time understanding their rapidly growing country’s past. MAD also sponsors a travel scholarship.MAD’s office is located in a hutong neighbourhood in Beijing, where Ma Yansong works with principals Dang Qun and Yosuke Hayano.

Video available at Youku for our Chinese readers.

Projects by MADat ArchDaily:

ArchDaily 2012 Building of the Year Awards

For the 4th consecutive year, we are proud to announce the Awards. During the past year we continued to grow, reaching over 280,000 daily visitors and close to 70 million page views per month. We also expanded our ever-growing network of architects on social media: 640,000 fans on Facebook, 105,000 followers on Twitter, 40,000 followers on Instagram and more than 100,000 photos contributed to our Flickr group.

But ArchDaily is more than numbers. The world faces fundamental problems, related to health, energy, climate, and more. And almost all these problems are related to the built environment.

We launched ArchDaily this year, which joins ArchDaily, ArchDaily Brasil and Plataforma Arquitectura in our mission to improve the quality of life for the 3 billion people who will live in cities in the next 40 years. How can we do this? By providing the inspiration, tools and knowledge to the architects who will face this challenge. By connecting the traditional hot-spots of architectural production with emerging economies (where a lot of innovation is happening). We believe that, in this way, the constant iteration of architecture will accelerate and result in better and faster solutions to the world’s issues.

That’s why the Building of the Year Awards are so important for us. It is a peer-based award process that identifies and recognizes projects with impact. It will be up to you, the architect, to nominate and choose the winners for each category. It will be up to you to be a part of a collective intelligence that will judge more than 2,700 projects – a scope we think is unprecedented in the world of architecture.

The task is up to you.

For the next 4 weeks, you’ll be in charge of nominating buildings for the shortlist, and then voting for the winners. We will give away iPad Minis and 4th Generation iPads for voters, and will include amazing plotters (courtesy of our friends from HP) for the firms behind the two projects with the most votes.

Rules at a glance: During the nominating stage, each registered user of the My ArchDaily platform will be able to nominate once per day for their favorite projects (published between Jan 1st 2012 and Dec 31st 2012), the counter resets at midnight EST. This stage starts on Jan 15th and ends on Jan 29th at 11:59PM.  After this, five projects per category will move into the voting stage, starting January 30th and ending on February 13th. The winner will be announced on February 14th. Start voting here.

You can review last year’s awarded projects in our free iPad App.

Detailed rules after the break:

Courtesy of Lifebeat: Music Fights HIV/AIDS
Courtesy of Lifebeat: Music Fights HIV/AIDS

Artist Antonio Pio Saracino & Salt ‘N Pepa to Unveil Arches of Hope Installation

Created and conceived by Patrick Duffy, the creative director of the OUT NYC, and designed by award-winning Italian designer and architect Antonio Pio Saracino, the Arches of Hope installation will be launched at its opening reception on Thursday, January 17,…

Family House in Orava / A.LT architekti

© Tomas Rasl

Architects: A.LT architekti
Location: Orava,
Architect In Charge: Peter Lacko, Filip Tittelbach, Anna Eiseltova
Year: 2010
Photographs: Tomas Rasl

Erwin Building / QARTA Architektura

© Pavel Vítek

Architects: QARTA Architektura
Location: Prague,
Architect In Charge: David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák, Kateřina Immrová
Site Area: 1,330 sqm
Area: 5,265 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pavel Vítek

Courtesy of John Robertson Architects
Courtesy of John Robertson Architects

BANKMED Headquarters Winning Proposal / John Robertson Architects

 
John Robertson Architects (JRA)… just won an international competition to design a new 16,400m2 headquarters for BANKMED in Beirut, Lebanon. Located at the center of the Mina El Hosn district and near to central Beirut, will become a landmark

Búhos House / Ambrosi I Etchegaray

© Luis Gordoa

Architects Office: Ambrosi I Etchegaray
Location: Las Águilas, ,
Collaborators: Gabriel Ortiz
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photography: Luis Gordoa

House MP / Estudio GMARQ

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Architects: Estudio GMARQ
Location: Hudson, Tandil, Buenos Aires Province,
Architects In Charge: Adrian Govetto, Lucas Mansilla
Design Team: Matias Fernandez, Veronica Page
Structure: Donato Castelli
Construction: BCM Construcciones
Area: 370 sqm
Year: 2008
Fotografías: Courtesy of Estudio GMARQ

Campanules House / EXAR Architecture

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Architects: EXAR Architecture
Location: , Belgium
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Detiffe

Brooks + Scarpa designs Interfaith Chapel in Florida

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The highly acclaimed Los Angeles-based practice Brooks + Scarpa Architects, along with KZF Design Studio, have released plans for a new Interfaith Chapel at the . Drawing inspiration from a free-flowing wedding gown, its informally shaped footprint - reminiscent of an allegorical figure such as Justice, Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence and Fortitude – flows upward and culminates at the top with a large skylight whose light is diffused by a wooden lattice spire that is derived from the symbol of infinity.

The symbolic, 7000 square-foot structure will provide students with an intimate, spiritual space that may be used daily while also supporting a variety of diverse religious services, such as student ceremonies, weddings, lectures, meditative practices, musical performances and more.

Learn more about Brooks + Scarpa’s wooden chapel after the break.

Can Baró Library / Sierra Rozas Arquitectes

© Jordi Bernadó

Architects: Sierra Rozas Arquitectes
Location: Carrer Sant Salvador, , Barcelona,
Design Team: Antonio Sierra, Ana Belén Rozas
Structure: Manuel Arguijo
Installations: Lluis Duart
Promotor: Ayuntamiento de Corbera de Llobregat
Area: 1,542.60 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

Principe’s Box House / u+a arquitectura

© Héctor Santos-Díez

Architects: u+a arquitectura
Location: , Pontevedra, Spain
Architect In Charge: Gracia Amandi & Jorge de Uña
Area: 53 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Héctor Santos-Díez

FG Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Henrique Reinach e Maurício Mendonça
Project Team: Humberto Buso, Luciana Maki, Frederico Zara Chiarelli, Lucas Padovani, Tony Chen, Marcello Zahr, Maurício Metello, Ana Júlia Sprovieri, Flora Fuji, Maíra Cordeiro, Rúbia Moreira, Flávia Henriques, Natália Campos, Jéssica Lianza, Lucas Pohl, Lucas Ferreira, Natasha Vilaça
Project Area: 1,152 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon