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Rem Koolhaas Will Design New Building for State Hermitage Museum in Russia

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas will design a new project for the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. RIA Novosti and The Calvert Journal report that the new building will be “located in the museum's storage facility in Staraya Derevnya in the north of the city” and that it “will house the Hermitage Library, the Costume Museum, the gallery's publishing arm, and a public event space.” This projects marks Koolhaas’ continued presence in Russia; he has been collaborating and teaching at the Strelka Institute and is currently working on the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow's Gorky Park.

Karmeliterhof / LOVE architecture and urbanism

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The Australian Garden / Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Paul Thompson

  • Architects: Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Paul Thompson
  • Location: Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia
  • Area: 40.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: John Gollings, Ben Wrigley, Peter Hyatt

© Ben Wrigley © Peter Hyatt © John Gollings © Ben Wrigley

Zaha Hadid - World Architecture Exhibition

Opening Friday, June 28, the Zaha Hadid - World Architecture exhibition will be the first solo show in Copenhagen, which runs until September 29. Iraqi-British architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Zaha Hadid is one of the most sought after, admired and discussed architects in the world, and has developed this extraordinary experience in collaboration with the Danish Architecture Centre. The pre-opening talk begins on opening day at 5:00pm with Patrik Schumacher (director and senior designer at Zaha Hadid Architects), and Kent Martinussen (CEO - Danish Architecture Centre). For more information, please visit here.

Young Architect's Competition: 'Post-Quake Visions'

YAC just launched their latest competition, titled 'Post-Quake Visions,' which aims to find out innovative ways to overcome the effects of a seismic catastrophe over a medieval Mediterranean town. Participants are encouraged to rethink and redesign the quake-inflicted gaps left inside ancient urban tissues. This endeavour hopes to revamp such scarred ecosystem under cultural and economical keys, with the goal of finding out urban perspectives and social possibilities once undisclosed or unconceivable. 'Early bird' registration ends September 1, and the deadline for submissions is November 11. More information after the break.

CLOG Presents 'New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture'

As a continuation to their in-depth review on the render, CLOG has selected 60 images from an international group of architects and design studios - including Zaha Hadid Architects, BIG, Mansilla+Tuñón Architects, and visualhouse - to serve as case studies in the exhibition New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture. Now on view at the Art Institute of Chicago through January 5th, 2014, New Views will explore the diversity of rendering types being produced today and their effect on contemporary architecture. More information can be found here

Fethard Residence / Aughey O'Flaherty Architects

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Promenade House / FORM_Kouichi Kimura Arcitects

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

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28+: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Michael Sorkin Studio

Taking its name from the elevation above which the city is safe from floods, The '28+' proposal by Michael Sorkin Studio for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas is a habitable levee. Not simply does it allow the protection – and selective replacement – of buildings otherwise at risk, it actually increases the stock of waterfront residences and commercial spaces and improves public transit connections to the rest of the city. More images and architects' description after the break.

India's Forgotten Stepwells

It’s hard to imagine an entire category of architecture slipping off history’s grid, and yet that seems to be the case with India’s incomparable stepwells. Never heard of ‘em? Don’t fret, you’re not alone: millions of tourists – and any number of locals - lured to the subcontinent’s palaces, forts, tombs, and temples are oblivious to these centuries-old water-structures that can even be found hiding-in-plain-sight close to thronged destinations like Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi or Agra’s Taj Mahal.

But now, India’s burgeoning water crisis might lead to redemption for at least some of these subterranean edifices, which are being re-evaluated for their ability to collect and store water. With any luck, tourist itineraries will also start incorporating what are otherwise an “endangered species” of the architecture world.

Learn more about these stepwells' curious histories, after the break...

Rudabai Vav, Adalaj. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Dada Harir Vav, Ahmedabad. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Neemrana Baoli, Neemrana, Rajasthan. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Mukundpura Baoli, Narnaul. Image © Victoria S. Lautman

Toender City Hall Extension Competition Entry / HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek

Located in Toender, a city in southern Denmark, close to the Danish and German border, the new City hall extension by HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek is designed to optimize interior flexible space while taking full advantage of the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. Integrating a high degree of spatial flexibility, this enables the building to programmatically change over time, and incorporates a number of informal work and meeting spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break. 

Brigham Building for the Future Proposal / NBBJ

Brigham and Women’s Hospital just broke ground last week on the Brigham Building for the Future, a 620,000 square-foot translational research and clinical facility designed by NBBJ. Located on the hospital’s Longwood campus, the 11-story project will house eight floors of research laboratories, three floors of clinics, a state-of-the-art imaging facility, social spaces, and a 400-car garage, along with associated site improvements. More images and architects' description after the break.

Herzog & de Meuron Win Competition to Hong Kong Museum

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has appointed Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells to design a new museum for visual culture on the edge of a reclaimed, 14-hectare park in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image, M+ will be one of the first projects to be completed in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and a key venue in creating interdisciplinary exchange between the visual arts and the performing arts in Asia. 

Jackrabbit Wash / Aaron D'Innocenzo

Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo
Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo
  • Architects: Aaron D'Innocenzo
  • Location: Joshua Tree, California, United States of America
  • Area: 148.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo

Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo

Public Library in Ceuta / Paredes Pedrosa

  • Architects: Paredes Pedrosa
  • Location: Calle Pepe Remigio, 51001 Ceuta, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio Pedrosa
  • Area: 6159.0 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda, Manuel García de Paredes

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Schwäbisch Media / Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Karlstraße 16, 88212 Ravensburg, Germany
  • Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier, Sjoerd Wilbers
  • Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bam- berg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin
  • Area: 13800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

28 Posti Restaurant / Francesco Faccin

© Filippo Romano
© Filippo Romano
  • Architects: Francesco Faccin
  • Location: Navigli Lombardi, Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 4, 20144 Milano, Italy
  • Architect in Charge: Francesco Faccin, Maria luisa Daglia, Gaetano Berni
  • Bollate LAB: Liveinslums, Francesco Faccin
  • Image Coordinator: Claude Marzotto
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Filippo Romano

© Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano

RIBA Considers 'Test of Time' Award

On Wednesday Peter Clegg, senior partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Chair of the RIBA Awards jury, announced that the Institute is currently holding discussions about introducing a 'test of time' award, reports the Architects' Journal.