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St Kilda House / Jost Architects

18:00 - 1 April, 2015
St Kilda House / Jost Architects, © Andrew Wuttke & Project Client
© Andrew Wuttke & Project Client

© Andrew Wuttke & Project Client © Andrew Wuttke & Project Client © Andrew Wuttke & Project Client © Andrew Wuttke & Project Client + 23

Opposition Mounts Against David Chipperfield's Nobel Center in Stockholm

16:45 - 1 April, 2015
Opposition Mounts Against David Chipperfield's Nobel Center in Stockholm, Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

Stockholm’s City Museum (Stadsmuseet) has spoke out against David Chipperfield’s competition-winning Nobel Center, saying the design is good but not at its proposed location. The museum, whose mission is to “preserve the city’s cultural heritage,” does not believe the new center should be build along the city’s Blasieholmen, as its site is “one of the few parts of the city that still allows close interaction with the old port.” 

Furthermore, the City Museum strongly urged against the Nobel Foundation's plans to demolish the site’s three historic structures - an 1876 Axel Fredrik Nystrom-designed Customs House and the city’s last two remaining wooden harbor warehouses built in the early 1900s. Agreeing, the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) has also spoke up, saying the proposal is “too big” and does not take “sufficient” consideration of the cultural environment and cultural heritage. 

Video: A Fascinating Tour Through Brasilia with Reggie Watts

15:30 - 1 April, 2015

"An alternately factual documentary presented by nameless hosts Reggie Watts and Carolina Ravassa Brasilia takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the famed capital of Brazil. In topics ranging from architecture, religious ceremonial practices, and spiritual conscious alignment, Reggie and Carolina traverse some of the world's most impossibly futuristic human landscapes, extolling earnest advice about the culture, practices, and habits of the Brasilienese people. With a synthesizer soundtrack from the late 60/early 70s, Brasilia exposes the unknown truths of this exotic utopian city nestled in the cradle of South America." - Film description courtesy of Reggie Watts via Indiewire.

Antara I Corporate Building / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

16:00 - 1 April, 2015
Antara I Corporate Building / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, © Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera + 29

  • Arquitectos

  • Location

    Avenida Ejército Nacional, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Project Architect

    Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Project Area

    157000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House in Playa del Carmen / YUPANA Arquitectos

14:00 - 1 April, 2015
House in Playa del Carmen / YUPANA Arquitectos, Courtesy of Condominios F&F
Courtesy of Condominios F&F

Courtesy of Condominios F&F Courtesy of Condominios F&F Courtesy of Condominios F&F Courtesy of Condominios F&F + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chincha Alta, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Martín Montañez, Eduardo Acuña
  • Project Area

    256.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014

Venice Biennale 2016: 5 Proposals Shortlisted for Australian Pavilion

12:00 - 1 April, 2015
Venice Biennale 2016: 5 Proposals Shortlisted for Australian Pavilion,  The Pool / Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet  . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
The Pool / Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed the five proposals shortlisted for exhibition at the Australian Pavilion at Venice's 2016 Architecture Biennale. The announcement comes following a two-stage presentation and selection process judged by the Venice Biennale Commission, currently helmed by AIA Immediate Past President Paul Berkemeier. 

The 2016 Biennale will mark the inaugural exhibition within Australia's new pavilion at Venice, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and slated for a May 2015 opening.

Read more about the shortlisted projects after the break.

Parlour Live! / Justine Clark and Naomi Stead with Maryam Gusheh, Catherine Griffiths and Fiona Young . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Objects / Andrew Burns and Mark Gowing . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Wide Open / Ed Lippmann, Dr Anne Watson, Susan Freeman and Michael Hill . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects POST / John de Manincor, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and Misho Baranovic . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects + 6

Villa Além / Valerio Olgiati

12:00 - 1 April, 2015
Villa Além / Valerio Olgiati, © Archive Olgiati
© Archive Olgiati

© Archive Olgiati © Archive Olgiati © Archive Olgiati © Archive Olgiati + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portugal
  • Collaborators

    Patricia Da Silva (project manager office Olgiati), Daisuke Kokufuda, Liviu Vasiu
  • General Contractor

    Matriz Sociedade de Construções Lda.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Harvard's Material Processes and Systems Group Investigates Structural Ceramics

10:00 - 1 April, 2015
Harvard's Material Processes and Systems Group Investigates Structural Ceramics, © Martin Bechthold
© Martin Bechthold

With "Protoceramics," the Material Processes and Systems Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MaP+S) sought to investigate the architectural possibilities of a material that might often be overlooked: thin, large-format ceramic tiles designed to act as interior finishes or exterior cladding. Instead of accepting the tiles' designation as a surface finish, the team investigated three ways to use them as a self-supporting structural component as part of their ongoing experiment to produce "novel material formations with a special interest in tectonic performance." The three techniques employed focused on the acts of cutting, folding and bending.

© Martin Bechthold © Martin Bechthold © Martin Bechthold © Martin Bechthold + 17

Society for Atheistic Spirituality to Construct Etienne-Louis Boullée's Cenotaph for Newton

09:30 - 1 April, 2015
Society for Atheistic Spirituality to Construct Etienne-Louis Boullée's Cenotaph for Newton, Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Exterior view. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Exterior view. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Update: As many readers guessed, this story is of course a prank for April Fools' day. Thanks to everyone who played along, and a particular thanks to the seven readers (we won't name any names!) who were convinced enough to email their expressions of interest. Your optimism and ambition are admirable, and we're glad that you were able to take the joke in good humor. To anyone who dared to believe this story and had their heart broken: we're sorry!

Last week, a little-known charity known as the Society for Atheistic Spirituality (SAS) announced a proposal which is sure to put them very much on the map: they plan to build Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for a Cenotaph for Newton. The cenotaph, designed in the late 18th century as part of Boullée's Architecture, essai sur l’art, is a sublime homage to the enlightenment thinking of Sir Isaac Newton, making it a perfect fit for the Society for Atheistic Spirituality's mission to "endorse a rational understanding of our universe without abandoning the sense of wonder that makes life worth living."

Though the plans are very much in their early stages - and in spite of the fact that the cenotaph was never really designed to be built in real life - the society is serious about their proposal, having earmarked a $500 million donation from a single donor, and are working to establish a "world class" team to realize the design. To find out more about their plan, ArchDaily spoke exclusively to the society's director Zara Thustra, their construction projects leader Sidney Syfus, and their half-billion dollar donor, Dr Pang Luz. Read on after the break for the full interview.

Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Interior night effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Section, during the day with interior night effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Split plan showing interior and from above. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Section, at night with interior day effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France + 6

Silvina and Omar House / IR arquitectura

10:00 - 1 April, 2015
Silvina and Omar House / IR arquitectura, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Year

    2013

The Ultimate Guide To 21 Products You Need Now

09:00 - 1 April, 2015
The Ultimate Guide To 21 Products You Need Now

Let’s face it: architects are savvy, design-minded beings who usually approach their gadgets and gizmos with the same level of discretion and attention to detail that they approach their architecture. They settle for nothing less than pure, honest, functional products (and you can be sure that any of their devices or accessories look great, too). In the spirit of architects’ impeccable taste, ArchDaily has curated a list of exceptional products for you to add to your wishlist. 

8 Influential Art Deco Skyscrapers by Ralph Thomas Walker

06:00 - 1 April, 2015
8 Influential Art Deco Skyscrapers by Ralph Thomas Walker, The Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building (now the Verizon Building) in New York. Image © Flickr user Wally Gobetz
The Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building (now the Verizon Building) in New York. Image © Flickr user Wally Gobetz

No architect played a greater role in shaping the twentieth century Manhattan skyline than Ralph Thomas Walker, winner of the 1957 AIA Centennial Gold Medal and a man once dubbed “Architect of the Century” by the New York Times. [1] But a late-career ethics scandal involving allegations of stolen contracts by a member of his firm precipitated his retreat from the architecture establishment and his descent into relative obscurity. Only recently has his prolific career been popularly reexamined, spurred by a new monograph and a high-profile exhibit of his work at the eponymous Walker Tower in New York in 2012.

One Wall Street, formerly the Irving Trust Company building, occupies one of the most valuable plots of real estate in the world. Courtesy of Wikipedia. Image  The AT&T Long Distance Building in New York, NY, contains over 1.1 million square feet of office space. Image © Wikipedia user Jim Henderson 60 Hudson Street, formerly the Western Union building, has become one of the most important internet hubs in the eastern U.S. Image © Wikipedia user Beyond my Ken The aluminum-winged crown of the Times Square Building in Rochester, New York, is an icon of Art Deco architecture. Image © Wikipedia user Marduk + 12

Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA

06:00 - 1 April, 2015
Puukuokka Housing Block  / OOPEAA, © Mikko Auerniitty
© Mikko Auerniitty

© Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Anssi Lassila
  • Project Architects

    Juha Pakkala (construction stage), Iida Hedberg (design process stage)
  • Other Team Members

    Jussi-Pekka Vesala (master plan stage) Mia Salonen, Teemu Hirvilammi, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, Santtu Hyvärinen
  • Area

    18650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Review: 'All Of This Belongs To You' - Civic Urbanism At London's Victoria & Albert Museum

05:00 - 1 April, 2015
Review: 'All Of This Belongs To You' - Civic Urbanism At London's Victoria & Albert Museum, A neon sign in the V&A’s grand entrance introduces the 'All of This Belongs to You' exhibition. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum
A neon sign in the V&A’s grand entrance introduces the 'All of This Belongs to You' exhibition. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), named after the Queen and Her Consort, has its foundations in the Great Exhibition of 1851 amidst the wealth, innovation and squalor of the Industrial Revolution. Britain was flooded by prosperity which allowed for the development of major new institutions to collect and exhibit objects of cultural significance or artistic value. The institute’s first director, Henry Cole, declared that it should be “a schoolroom for everyone,” and a democratic approach to its relationship with public life has remained the cornerstone of the V&A. Not only has it always been free of charge but it was also the first to open late hours (made possible by gas lighting), allowing a more comprehensive demographic of visitor.

Their latest exhibition, which opens today, seeks to realign the museum’s vast collection and palatial exhibition spaces in South Kensington with these founding concepts. The interventions of All of This Belongs to You attempt to push the V&A’s position as an extension of London’s civic and cultural built environment to the fore, testing the museum’s ability to act as a 21st century public institution. To do this in London, a city where the notion of public and private is increasingly blurred, has resulted in a sequence of compelling installations which are tied together through their relevance either in subject matter, technique, or topicality.

The Ethics of Dust: Trajan’s Column by Jorge Oteros-Pailos. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum ‘AgBags’ installed on the V&A’s stone façade as part of a work by Natalie Jermijenko. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum Spike studs by Kent Stainless Ltd. that are intended 
to discourage people from occupying various spaces in the city. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum MacBook Air casing and components from a computer used by journalists to write editorial about the data leaked to The Guardian newspaper by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor. Image © The Guardian/ Victoria & Albert Museum + 9

Bakkerswinkel / Piet Hein Eek

04:00 - 1 April, 2015
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oostplein 223A, 3063 CE Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    435.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer + 25

b- Empordà Dwelling / B- Architecture

03:00 - 1 April, 2015
b- Empordà Dwelling /  B- Architecture, © Lourdes Jansana
© Lourdes Jansana

© Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Les Olives, Spain
  • Project Architects

    David Domínguez Fuster, Christian Sintes
  • Project Year

    2013

Architects' Reactions to Frei Otto's Pritzker Prize Win

23:00 - 31 March, 2015
Architects' Reactions to Frei Otto's Pritzker Prize Win, © Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf
© Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf

After news of Frei Otto winning the 2015 Pritzker Prize broke, the internet was filled with comments on his influence on the profession over the past half a century of architecture. Of course, with the news of the Pritzker sadly packaged with news of his death, the impulse for many to offer some words in remembrance heightened the outpouring of opinion.

In addition, Otto was especially popular among some of architecture's most established names; in a tweet, the New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman revealed that among the prominent advocates pushing for him to be awarded the prize were past laureates Renzo Piano and Shigeru Ban. With that in mind, we collected the thoughts and reactions of some of the leading architects today, revealing the respect held for Otto within the profession.

KAPSARC Mosque / HOK

23:00 - 31 March, 2015
KAPSARC Mosque / HOK, © Abdulrahman Alolyan
© Abdulrahman Alolyan

© Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan + 17