The Menil Collection selected to receive AIA Twenty-five Year Award

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The Menil Collection Houston, designed by architect Renzo Piano, has been selected for the 2013 . Recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, the is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence. Projects must demonstrate excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original program, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards. The award will be presented this June at the National Convention in Denver.

More on The Menil Collection after the break.

Bridge House / 123DV

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Architects: 123DV
Location: Rotterdam,
Area: 825 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Christiaan de Bruijne

Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex Honored by AIA

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At almost a mile long Superkilen wedges through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark creating a truly unique urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale. The park is divided into three zones: the red square, the black market and the green park and is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice – a collection of global everyday objects from the 60+ home countries of the local inhabitants. Initiated by the City of Copenhagen and Realdania Foundation, the project started construction in 2009 and opened to the public in June 2012. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Superkilen as one of the winners of the 2013 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.

7 Units Housing Building / Metaform Architecture

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Architects: Metaform Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Troes

Steven Holl Architects complete Sun-shaped Micro-City in Chengdu

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Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of , China. Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the three million square foot complex identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions. The five towers stimulate a micro urbanism by offering offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants.

More on Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

Clottu Villa / Andrea Pelati Architecte

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Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte
Location: Cornaux,
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Raphaël Fromaigeat, Anna Popek-Schmalstieg, Sandy Erlebach
Project Consultants: GVH SA – Civil Engineers
Area: 219 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

INABA Completes Skylight

© Ivan Brodey

INABA has completed Skylight, a permanent installation for KORO Public Art Norway. The 6.6 m (22 ft) diameter, 11.5 m (38 ft) long structure hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall in , Norway. It is visible from the adjacent public plaza, and surrounding neighborhood and harbor, serving as a light beacon for the complex.

Responding to the region’s extreme atmospheric conditions, Skylight emits a range of pure color light patterns that contrast and complement the blended luminous tones of the dawn and twilight Nordic sky. Conceived of as an inverted chandelier, Skylight’s light fixtures are mounted to face inward and illuminate the structure’s interior surface. Its programmable LED system is animated to change in brightness and hue, and produce distinct patterns during arrival, theater calls, intermission, departure, and after hours.

Video, images and more information on Skylight after the break.

Bacopari House / UNA Arquitetos

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Architects: UNA Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
Project Team: Ana Paula de Castro, Carolina Klocker, Eduardo Martorelli, Fabiana Cyon, Gabriela Gurgel, Enk te Winkel, Igor Cortinove, Marta Onofre, Miguel Muralha, Sílio Almeida
Project Area: 504 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Video: Artek, Designer Profile


To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Finnish design company Artek showcases its latest lighting project, “White,” devised by the company’s design director Ville Kokkonen. Since forming in 1935 by husband and wife team Aino and Alvar Aalto – the father of modern Scandinavian design – the company has stayed true to its original values of producing modern furniture that is humane and inspired by nature. Here, Kokkonen talks us through ’s collaboration with Comme des Garçons and tells us why their new Bright Light is actually good for your health.

Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects, Henning Larsen Architects, ADEPT
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects, Henning Larsen Architects, ADEPT

‘In Dialogue With the World – Give More’ Exhibition

Opening tomorrow, January 17, at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, the ‘In Dialogue with the World’ exhibition, which runs until March 10, will show how architects today engage far beyond aesthetics when designing buildings. schmidt hammer lassen …

SEEDoc: Maria Auxiliadora School

On August 15th, 2007 a powerful earthquake hit the region of Ica, Perú, destroying the small Maria Auxiliadora School. The first responders left after a matter of months, but the damage remained. Resources were shuffled to the cities, and the small school waited, for years, for the authorities to take on the reconstruction. They never did.

And so, with help from Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow, Diego Collazo, and with funding from the Happy Hearts Fund and the SURA Group, the community decided to take the school’s – and their children’s – future into their own hands. This SEEDoc, the latest installment of inspirational mini-documentaries from the Design Corps and SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design), tells their story.

More after the break…

Family House in Černošice / Studio Pha

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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

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Wearing masks with the faces of Oscar Niemeyer 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 ’s future.

House of January / Studio-Gaon

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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

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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 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.

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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 Mexico 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: