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Building of the Year Awards: The making of

The votes have been closed, and the winners of the ArchDaily 2012 Building of the Year Awards will be announced today, February 14th, at noon EST.

Studio in an Agricultural Building / Charles Pictet Architecte

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher

A House / Estudio GMARQ

© Alejandro Peral
© Alejandro Peral
  • Architects: Adrian Govetto, Lucas Mansilla
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Area: 490.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Alejandro Peral

© Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral

Winners of the ArchDaily 2012 Building of the Year Awards

Over the last year ArchDaily has kept growing, reaching more than 280,000 daily readers and 70 million pageviews per month. But more important than these figures is our mission: to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools for the architects that will face the challenge of improving the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will live in cities in the next 40 years. 

Tudela Courts / Otxotorena

  • Architects: Juan M. Otxotorena, Mariano González Presencio, José Javier Esparza
  • Location: Tudela, Navarra, Spain
  • Collaborators: Miren Pérez, Maialen Avizanda
  • Area: 7465.2 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Rubén Pérez Bescós, José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas

Casa da Baixa / Rocha Leite Arquitectos Associados

  • Architects: Rocha Leite Arquitectos Associados
  • Location: Rua de Santa Teresa, 4-6, Porto, Portugal
  • Architects In Charge: António Rocha Leite + Carla Rocha Leite
  • Associates: Pedro Carvalho and Artur Soares, Architects
  • Clients: Joana Jervell and Nuno Freitas
  • Photographs: Marcos Oliveira

© Marcos Oliveira © Marcos Oliveira © Marcos Oliveira © Marcos Oliveira

Lebbeus Woods Tribute by Steven Holl and Sanford Kwinter // 32BNY Videopolemic Re-launch

32BNY is collaborating with Spirit of Space is relaunching a website in a corner of the internet structured as a videopolemic to explore architectural discourse in a revolutionary way.  The first video in the series is a tribute to Lebbeus Woods  who passed away late last year.  Woods was an aggressive philosophical thinker of architecture and space.  He launched worldy ideas into his architecture through imaginative leaps - exploring politics, society, ethics and the human condition as it pertained to architectural space in the form of vivid and dynamic drawings.  His work has inspired his contemporaries to think outside of the physical space of architecture.  Steven Holl and Sanford Kwinter discuss some of his ideas and philosophies through his quotes and inspirations.  The video serves as a reminder, and to some a guide, as to how to build upon the philosophy of architecture beyond the physical.

More on the video after the break.

Developing Adaptable Housing for the Elderly, Also a Path to Sustainability

In recent years there has been a lot of talk in the United States about our aging population in terms of social security funds and medicare.  We have asked how we should deal with the impending problem that our elderly will outnumber the population that can take of them.  While speculations for a solution have generally settled within the realm of the economy, urban planners and architects are asking a different set of questions and looking for solutions regarding how we design.  It is important to note, that while most of the discussion has been framed about the aging "baby-boomer" generation, Jack Rowe, speaking at the symposium for Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population in Washington, DC, pointed out that this concern is a conservative estimate of the bigger problem in our "demographic transformation".  In fact, the trend is far more expansive; medical advancements and a longer life expectancy mean that for the next few generations each aging population is expected to outlive its parents and will exceed the population of its children.  This makes the issue at hand a more over-arching concern, or as Rowe later states, an issue that all members of society must face.

This is why we must think about architecture and urban planning in terms of adaptability for the aging, as we have already starting thinking about it in terms of handicapped accessibility.  More after the break.

Grand Stade FFR (French Rugby Federation) Winning Proposal / Populous & Ateliers 2/3/4/

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) recently announced they will use the proposal by Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4/ for the design of the Grand Stade. After several months of discussions with three competing groups, the FFR has made its choice of designers and has issued the first computer-rendered images. The FFR Grand Stade will be much more than a stadium; the 82,000 capacity venue will become the ‘national stadium of rugby’. It will host all the French rugby home matches, and also accommodate conventions, shows and a broad range of sporting events thanks to its multi-purpose design. More images and architects’ description after the break.

POP-UP Office Installation / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Exploring the evolving way in which we work, the POP-UP Office is an installation by DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design that uses modular units that can be combined in different ways. The result is a workspace that is simultaneously bare bones and tailored to the individual. This design becomes a great response to the profound shift in the way we work; when all we need is a surface to work on and a place to plug in, the working environment is no longer static. More images and architects’ description after the break.

State Fire Brigade School Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

Upon winning the contract to design the new State Fire Brigade School in Wurzburg, gmp Architekten recently presented their design which involves a new practice hall on the site of the Fire Brigade School in order to meet the changed requirements of the training program. The site is in a very exposed location so that the new practice hall building will be visible from afar, and will clearly mark the position of the State Fire Brigade School within the Zellerau neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Ethiopian Parliament Building Complex Winning Proposal / Treurniet Architectuur + Michiel Clercx Architectuur + Addis Mebratu & S7 Architects PLC

A join venture between Treurniet Architectuur, Michiel Clercx Architectuur, Addis Mebratu and S7 Architects PLC recently won the international design competition for the new building complex for the Ethiopian Parliament. The project represents the wide variety of 85 million people living across a fascinating landscape of 1,000,000 km2. The new building is of significance for every individual, every ethnic group, its thoughts, its interests and its own way of living. By creating a recognizable shape whith a strong symbolic value, the architects make full use of the site located on the hill in the middle of Addis Abeba. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Haze' Pavilion Proposal / Salon2

Designed by Salon2, their ‘Haze’ Pavilion proposal aims to transform Istanbul Modern into a garden of stages while preparing an unexpected architectural condition for the distant relationship of İstanbul and the sea. Through an experiential design, the pavilion shifts the perception of a specific shore condition of the Tophane Pier and creates its own cool microclimate in the warmest days of the year it to accommodates various events. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The B-Side: The Zaha/Gaga Divide

Gem Barton, based in Brighton, England, is a writer, academic lecturer, curator and designer. As a regular contributor to journals and magazines such as Mark, Blueprint, Design Bureau and Inhabitat she explores and share her passion for architecture and design. Gem's column 'The B-Side' will look at the alternatives to architectural traditions and explore what it means to be knee-deep in the 21st century design world. Follow her @gem_shandy

Allow me to make an unlikely comparison of two powerhouses: Zaha Hadid (62) and, bear with me now, Lady Gaga (26). Both are breaking the mold with their unique aesthetics; both are at the top of their respective industries; both are commercial successes. However, there is one undeniable difference: it only took the world a few years to recognize Lady Gaga and for her to skyrocket to fame. It has taken Dame Hadid the better part of three decades to receive a comparative level of acclaim.  Is it fair to compare successful architects and super songstresses? In an architectural world where we are faced daily by terms such as ‘celebrity’ and ‘starchitect’ it may well be time to look deeper into the matter.  

Read more about what architecture could learn from the Music Industry, after the break... 

Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge / ipv Delft

  • Architects: ipv Delft
  • Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Dimensions: Height 70m, Diameter 72m
  • Client: Municipality of Eindhoven
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ipv Delft

Courtesy of ipv Delft Courtesy of ipv Delft Courtesy of ipv Delft Courtesy of ipv Delft

Endless / BLAUW architecten

  • Architects: BLAUW architecten
  • Location: Beekmansdalseweg, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Contractor: Jaap Fokker VOF
  • Budget: € 90.000
  • Area: 49.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Jan de Vries / Daph

© Jan de Vries / Daph © Jan de Vries / Daph © Jan de Vries / Daph © Jan de Vries / Daph