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Sotogrande's Sailing School / Héctor Fernández Elorza + Carlos García Fernández

00:00 - 22 February, 2015
Sotogrande's Sailing School / Héctor Fernández Elorza + Carlos García Fernández, © Montse Zamorano
© Montse Zamorano

© Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano +22

Gerrit Rietveld College / atelier PRO

01:00 - 22 February, 2015
Gerrit Rietveld College / atelier PRO, © John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall

© John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Eykmanlaan 1200, 3571 KH Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Project Leader

    Eelko Bemener
  • Project Architect

    Dorte Kristensen, Lisette Plouvier, Evelien van Beek
  • Project Collaborators

    Allard de Goeij, André van Veen, Constanze Knüpling
  • Area

    9860.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Student Housing from República Portátil to Foster Stronger Community Ties

17:00 - 21 February, 2015
Student Housing from República Portátil to Foster Stronger Community Ties, Courtesy of República Portátil
Courtesy of República Portátil

Chilean architects República Portátil have revealed their proposal for temporary multi-residential housing in Concepción, Chile.  Responding to sites left vacant in the wake of the 2010 Chile Earthquake, the Vertical Student Housing project would accommodate students and members of the general public alike.

Driven by a desire to "promote interaction and relationships among strangers," República Portátil frame the housing project as a counterpoint to "standardized real estate projects" which, in their view, encourage "social segregation of the city."

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of República Portátil Courtesy of República Portátil Courtesy of República Portátil Courtesy of República Portátil +16

RTA-Office's Mountainous "Cultural Container" Wins First Prize

14:00 - 21 February, 2015
RTA-Office's Mountainous "Cultural Container" Wins First Prize, Courtesy of RTA-Office
Courtesy of RTA-Office

RTA-Office has released its first-prize winning proposal for the Wuhu Urban Planning Exhibition, Office, and Archive. The design stems from the idea of an “urban cultural container,” holding both knowledge and space, and extracts its sculptural form from the surrounding mountainous landscape.

Pushing for the Exhibition Hall to be a recognizable landmark, the design is largely driven by its surrounding context. The building as a whole derives its shape from the rocky faces of the nearby Yashan Mountain, giving it a strong sense of place. Similarly, the structure is divided into three distinct sections all grounded by a central public space, each informed by the same rocky inspiration. The cracks in the rocks’ surfaces are mirrored in the irregular entrances and windows carved into the building’s volumes.

Courtesy of RTA-Office Courtesy of RTA-Office Courtesy of RTA-Office Courtesy of RTA-Office +11

Boston Society of Architects Announce 2014 Design Award Winners

13:00 - 21 February, 2015
Boston Society of Architects Announce 2014 Design Award Winners, Peter Rose + Partners / Island Residence. Image © Peter Vanderwarker; Matthew Snyder
Peter Rose + Partners / Island Residence. Image © Peter Vanderwarker; Matthew Snyder

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced the 2014 winners of its Design Awards. The BSA Design Awards are allocated annually at the BSA Design Awards Gala, and concentrate on design excellence throughout New England. Each award recognizes projects that excel both aesthetically and technically, making a positive impact in the field of architecture. 

Read on after the break to see the honor award winners in each category.

Peter Rose + Partners / East House. Image © Matthew Snyder Peter Rose + Partners / Island Residence. Image © Peter Vanderwarker; Matthew Snyder Interface Studio Architects / Highland. Image © Sam Oberter Photography; ISA; Urbanica Matt Burgernaster / The Void. Image © Matt Burgermaster +19

Mediating Mies: Dirk Lohan's Langham Hotel Lobby at the IBM Building

10:30 - 21 February, 2015
Mediating Mies: Dirk Lohan's Langham Hotel Lobby at the IBM Building, The former IBM Building in Chicago. Image Courtesy of DesignCurial
The former IBM Building in Chicago. Image Courtesy of DesignCurial

In 2013 the former IBM Building in Chicago, Mies van der Rohe's last completed skyscraper, underwent a significant renovation as a part of the tower was converted into a hotel. In this article, originally published in Blueprint issue #338 as "Lobbying for Mies van der Rohe," Anthea Gerrie catches up with Dirk Lohan - the Chicago architect who helped his grandfather design the building nearly 50 years ago, and who was called back in to design the new hotel's entrance lobby.

"It's not very Mies," says Dirk Lohan dubiously, in one of the great understatements of the year. We are standing in the double-height reception hall of the Langham Chicago hotel with what looks like dozens of multicoloured glass balloons swimming above us and a mirror-glass frieze adding to a cacophony of glitz and dazzle.

It is indeed the very antithesis of the aesthetic of the architect known for the phrase "less is more". But then the audacious idea of converting an office building by the most functionalist of architects into a five-star hotel was always going to be problematic.

The entrance canopy to the Langham Chicago at the former IBM Building. Image Courtesy of DesignCurial Dirk Lohan, sitting in his lobby for the Langham Hotel in the renovated IBM Building. Image © Matt Haas Courtesy of DesignCurial Other spaces throughout the building, such as the reception lobby pictured here, are "not very Mies," says Lohan. Image Courtesy of DesignCurial A young Dirk Lohan follows his grandfather Mies van der Rohe into a meeting. Image Courtesy of DesignCurial +12

HHF Architects Transform Existing Parking Structure into Public Destination

09:00 - 21 February, 2015
HHF Architects Transform Existing Parking Structure into Public Destination, Courtesy of HHF
Courtesy of HHF

Swiss firm HHF Architects have released images and drawings for "Parking & More," a mixed-use structure and public facility for Basel's Dreispitz quarter.

An addition to an existing steel parking complex, "Parking & More" combines a parking lot with eateries, sport facilities, and shops, "creating a vibrant and lively street and a partially covered urban plaza." The project is adjacent to BIG's Transitlager ad Herzog & de Meuron's 312 Helsinki Dreispitz, forming a triumvirate of new developments that reflect the area's rapid rates of densification and urbanisation. Read more about "Parking & More" and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of HHF Courtesy of HHF Courtesy of HHF Courtesy of HHF +15

Cabin Laksvatn / Hamran/Johansen Arkitekter

01:00 - 21 February, 2015
Cabin Laksvatn / Hamran/Johansen Arkitekter, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © André Severin Johansen © Ivan Brodey +27

Montmatre Mixed Use / Babin+Renaud

01:00 - 21 February, 2015
Montmatre Mixed Use  / Babin+Renaud, © Cecile Septet
© Cecile Septet

© Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet © Cecile Septet +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    24 Avenue de la Porte de Montmartre, 75018 Paris, France
  • Area

    10296.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Kinematix / LIKEarchitects

01:00 - 21 February, 2015
Kinematix / LIKEarchitects, © Dinis Sottomayor Photography
© Dinis Sottomayor Photography

© Dinis Sottomayor Photography © Dinis Sottomayor Photography © Dinis Sottomayor Photography © Dinis Sottomayor Photography +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Tània Costa Coll, Álvaro Vila Iturbe
  • Client

    Kinematix
  • Project Year

    2014

Municipal Indoor Pool in Constantina / Suárez Corchete

01:00 - 21 February, 2015
Municipal Indoor Pool in Constantina / Suárez Corchete , © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Andalucía, S/N, 41450 Constantina, Sevilla, España
  • Architect in charge

    Fernando Suárez Corchete, Lorenzo Muro Álvarez
  • Project Area

    727.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Hillside House / TOOB STUDIO

01:00 - 21 February, 2015
Hillside House  / TOOB STUDIO, © Lê Anh Đức – Vũ Ngọc Hà
© Lê Anh Đức – Vũ Ngọc Hà

© Lê Anh Đức – Vũ Ngọc Hà © Lê Anh Đức – Vũ Ngọc Hà © Lê Anh Đức – Vũ Ngọc Hà © Lê Anh Đức – Vũ Ngọc Hà +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    tt. Kỳ Sơn, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Nguyễn Hồng Quang
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Satellite Records World’s Largest Urban Art GIF in Rio de Janeiro

16:00 - 20 February, 2015

The Flamengo landfill in Rio de Janeiro was recently host the world's largest urban art GIF. Created by anonymous artist INSA, the work consisted of a huge floor painting that underwent minor changes recorded by the satellite 430 miles above the earth. 

Sponsored by Scotch whiskey brand Ballantine, the painting - 619,000-square-feet of yellow and pink hearts - was produced by a 20-person team over the course of four days. With each new picture, the team altered the illustration so that, by the end of the process, the recorded images created an animated GIF (as seen above).

Win a BIG Trip to Copenhagen

14:46 - 20 February, 2015

Daydreaming about a trip to Copenhagen? Now is your chance to go. As part of BIG’s HOT TO COLD exhibition on view at the National Building Museum, Visit Denmark is hosting a sweepstakes for two to see the architectural and cultural sights of Denmark’s capital. All you need to do is watch the video above, find out which seaside museum Bjarke Ingels believes to be one of the world’s greatest (hint: take a look after the break), and enter your answer here (click "Win a trip to Copenhagen!"). Only US residents are eligible. 

Defensive Architecture Creates Unlivable Cities

14:22 - 20 February, 2015
Defensive Architecture Creates Unlivable Cities, "Anti-homeless" spikes installed in Manchester. Image © Christopher Thomond via the Guardian
"Anti-homeless" spikes installed in Manchester. Image © Christopher Thomond via the Guardian

To many, the harsh turns the modern city has taken are not apparent. We see benches and bus stops that masquerade as shelters, but Guardian writer Alex Andreou's sudden plunge into homelessness opened his eyes to the hostile realities of these and other structures. In "Anti-Homeless spikes: 'Sleeping rough opened my eyes to the city's barbed cruelty'," he sheds some light on misconceptions about homelessness and explains the unfortunate trend of designing unlivable architecture to deter those affected.

Nouvel, Gehry and Elemental Among 15 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2015”

13:09 - 20 February, 2015
Nouvel, Gehry and Elemental Among 15 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2015” , One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Murray Fredericks
One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel © Murray Fredericks

London’s Design Museum has released 15 shortlisted projects that are being considered for the prestigious “Design of the Year” award. From Wendell Burnette’s Desert Courtyard House to Jean Nouvel’s One Central Park skyscraper, the wide-ranging list spans all scales, showcasing some of the best newly completed projects from across the globe. 

The award, now in its eighth year, “celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.” 76 nominees over six categories have been selected. The jury, chaired by artist Anish Kapoor and includes architect Farshid Moussavi, will choose category winners on May 4. An overall winner will be revealed June 4. 

Last year, Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Centre in Azerbaijan was the first building in the award’s history to win the overall prize. 

View all the shortlisted buildings, after the break. 

AA Visiting School Athens: Symmetry Sentience

11:30 - 20 February, 2015
AA Visiting School Athens: Symmetry Sentience

This year the AA Athens Visiting School aims to challenge the phenomenon of perceptual constancy through the design of architectural prototypical families. In line with the basic Gestalt principles, a variety of models of different shapes and sizes will be designed through means of digital computation. Various morphologies will be derived through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. To bridge the gap between the digital and physical aspect of the design iterations, AA Athens will make use of digital fabricating machines to produce architectural prototypes and add mechanics to amplify their communicative characteristics. A complete 1:1 scale structure will be constructed, enabling interaction via sight, hearing and touch as a result of a series of initial testing models. These proposals will be formulated through the combination of different design software.

L-House / CCM2 Architectes

12:00 - 20 February, 2015
L-House / CCM2 Architectes, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stephanie de la Ronde © Stephanie de la Ronde © Stéphane Groleau +14