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JC36 / IAD

  • Architects: IAD
  • Location: Calle Julián Camarillo, 36, 28037 Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: S.Cottrell, J.Michelangeli, R.Sá
  • IAD Collaborators: [A.Gros, L.Martinez
  • Engineering: VALLADARES Ingenieria S.L
  • Project Management: COTEBA-ARGOS S.L
  • General Contractor: PEYBER
  • Area: 6350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of IAD

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Call for Entries: Re-Design Sites of Norway's 2011 Terror Attacks

The traumatizing terror attacks of July 22, 2011 in Norway - including the bombing in Oslo and the massacre on Utøya Island - resulted in 158 persons injured and 77 dead. Those behind the re-design of Utøya Island decided (somewhat controversially) that the island should, in order to "reduce the impact of the massacre," remain a vibrant summer camp rather than become a memorial.

World Architecture Festival Awards 2013 shortlist announced

More than 300 projects from almost 50 countries have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2013 - the world's biggest architectural awards programme - taking place between October 2 - 4 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The WAF is the world's largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event. Projects designed by global architects such as Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, and Robert A.M. Stern will compete with smaller, local practices across 29 individual award categories.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: ‘Following such strong competition at last year’s awards, expectations were understandably high for the WAF Awards 2013, and the entries did not disappoint. From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival's venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award.”

You can see the complete shortlist after the break. For more information, please visit WAF's official website.

CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2013

Winner: CCTV; Beijing, China / OMA © Philippe Ruault
Winner: CCTV; Beijing, China / OMA © Philippe Ruault

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named _ distinctive towers from Canada, China, the UK and UAE as the best tall buildings in the world for 2013. Each selected project, judged by a panel of industry executives, have been selected for their “extraordinary contribution in the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, as well as for achieving sustainability at the broadest level.”

“The winners and finalists include some of the most striking buildings on the global landscape,” said Jeanne Gang, awards jury chair and principal of Studio Gang Architects. “They represent resolutions to a huge range of contemporary issues, from energy consumption to integration with the urban realm on the ground.” 

The 2013 winners are...

Plein Soleil / rh+ architecture

  • Architects: rh+ architecture
  • Location: 15 Rue Riquet, 75019 Paris, France
  • High Environmental Quality: RFR éléments
  • Structure: EVP Ingénierie
  • Electricity / Ventilation / Economist: TECH Ingénierie
  • Façade: T/E/S/S atelier d’ingénierie
  • General contractor: Capaldi Construction
  • Area: 2560.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Coo Hair ECLAT / atelier KUU

  • Architects: atelier KUU
  • Location: Meito-ku Nagoya Aichi, Japan
  • Area: 125.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Takao Kato

© Takao Kato © Takao Kato © Takao Kato © Takao Kato

Quality Hotel Expo / Haptic Architects

  • Architects: Haptic Architects
  • Location: Fornebu, Norway
  • Design Team: Nikki Butenschøn MNIL, Tomas Stokke MNAL RIBA, Scott Grady RIBA, Timo Haedrich RIBA
  • Project Manager: AB Invest AS, Anders Buchardt
  • Main Contractor: HENT
  • Graphic Design: Bob Design
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Simon Kennedy, Trine Thorsen

© Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy © Trine Thorsen

Duplex House in Küsnacht / Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

© Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann

Palafito del Mar Hotel / Eugenio Ortúzar + Tania Gebauer

  • Architects: Eugenio Ortúzar + Tania Gebauer
  • Location: Pedro Montt 499, Castro, Castro, X Región, Chile
  • Collaborator: María Teresa De La Fuente Castellón
  • Structures: Eugenio Ortúzar
  • Site Management: Eugenio Ortúzar, Francisco Valdes
  • Area: 380.0 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Photography: Eugenio Ortúzar, Alvaro Vidal, Tania Gebauer, Marco Polidura

© Alvaro Vidal © Alvaro Vidal © Eugenio Ortúzar © Eugenio Ortúzar

Video: IKEA Foundation Design a Shelter for Refugees

To mark the occasion of World Refugee Day on June 20th, the IKEA Foundation announced an important new collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Refugee Housing Unit to design a new type of shelter which will replace the outdated tents currently in use in refugee camps worldwide.

As you'd expect from IKEA, the result is a flat-packed, modular design (ideal for cheaply transporting to refugee camps) that can be assembled in 4 hours. Though it is expected to cost about twice as much, it will last much longer than the tents, which must be replaced roughly every six months - a particularly important improvement, as the average family stays in a refugee camp for 12 years.

The design also carries a number of other advantages, such as increased space and privacy, better temperature control and enough solar energy to power a light in the evening. The design is currently being tested in Ethiopia before being deployed worldwide, however, this is not the end of IKEA's collaboration with UNHCR. These shelters are just the first part of a long-term collaboration which will hopefully provide healthcare and education - and ultimately a better quality of life for the world's refugees.

More coverage of architecture's involvement in refugee aid, after the break.

The Serpentine / Turner

  • Architects: Turner
  • Location: Bilgola, NSW, Australia
  • Client: CABE Development
  • Site Area: 763 sqm
  • Gross Floor Area: 520 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CABE

Courtesy of CABE Courtesy of CABE Courtesy of CABE Courtesy of CABE

'Floating Plaza' Competition Entry / NC-Office

NC-Office shared with us their 'Floating Plaza' proposal for the competition that called for the urban concept and architectural design and development of Sveta Nedelya Square, in the city of Sofia. The main strategy for the project is to provide a clearly defined plaza for congregation in the heart of Sofia. To achieve this, the architects propose a plane which “peels” away from the north side of Sveta Nedelya Church and floats over Boulevard Vitosha. This ‘plane’ alludes to the historical use of that area of ancient Serdika. More images and architects' description after the break.

Could Goldiblox Get Girls Into Architecture?

TechCrunch reported today that GoldieBlox, the startup that created “GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine," a girl-oriented alternative to LEGO, has struck its first nationwide distribution deal with Toys ‘R’ Us. Responding on twitter, the Harvard GSD (@HarvardGSDExecED) asked its followers: could GoldieBlox be one of the answers to encouraging women to enter the architecture and engineering professions? The response from Tabitha Ponte (@tcpg) became an interesting exchange - check it out, after the break...

AMADIP Center / Juan Alba + Ester Morro

  • Architects: Juan Alba, Ester Morro
  • Location: Carrer Miquel Santos Oliver, 9, 07181 Calvià, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Area: 1135.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photographs: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Sorg Architects

In response to the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas, ‘The Water Dyke’ proposal, which was one of the selected entries, focused not only on rebuilding the boardwalk, but on creating the boardwalk as a community gathering place and a functional infrastructure to protect the shoreline. Designed by Sorg Architects, their concept of the Water Dyke is to harness water itself to retain a storm surge and thereby the shoreline from damaging floods.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sou Fujimoto Awarded Marcus Prize

As the youngest architect ever to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, it is no surprise that 41-year-old Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has been selected as winner of the $100,000 Marcus Prize. Awarded by the Milwaukee-based Marcus Corporation Foundation, the biennial prize is dedicated to honoring emerging designers by requiring only a decade of exceptional leadership in their field.

This award doesn’t come with responsibility, as Fujimoto will be required to visit the graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning a handful of times through the next year, in addition to skyping with a class as often as once per week.