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Lamp Lighting Solutions 2013 Awards Finalists

This year, the Lamp Lighting Solutions 2013 celebrated its 5th version. The awards are organized by LAMP, an architectural technical lighting company, specialized in, advising on and designing efficient solutions adaptable to any project by way of innovative and competitive products and services. 

Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards 2013 closed its registration period with record on all the previous editions, with a total of 608 projects submitted from 52 countries and 61% internationalization. 

More details on the winners after the break.

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One World Trade Center Will Soon Top Out at 1,776 Feet

After weather conditions refused to cooperate on Monday, the final two sections of Freedom Tower have been lifted to the summit of the One World Trade CenterConstruction of the gargantuan 758-ton, 408-foot spire - a joint Canadian-U.S. venture - began in December 2012, when 18 separate pieces were shipped to Manhattan from Canada and New JerseyThis final addition, including a steel beacon, means that the height of the building will soon rise from 1,368 feet to a more patriotic 1,776 feet once the segments are permanently installed within the next few weeks. However, it's not yet certain that the building will officially be the tallest in the U.S.

Read more after the break...

'Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders' Winners Announced

Aiming to bring attention to the spaces along the borders of the 10 ASEAN nations, the 'Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders' sought proposals that focused on local border sites, where specific cultural, social and ecological issues can be addressed while engaging in larger spatial and institutional scales. Sponsored by the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA), and with the goal of demonstrating how architecture can re-define the future of ASEAN borders, the winning entries were recently announced with the proposal titled, 'Floating Border Project' by Hélène Grialou and Sebastien Gafari announced as the competition's overall winner. More images and the description of the winning entries after the break.

The Indicator: Cooper Union, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

Beginning in 2014 The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (known more commonly as Cooper Union), the famed New York City college, will start charging tuition.

For more than 100 years, Cooper Union, which includes a prestigious architecture school, has been “free” (full-tuition support to all students). As such it has always stood apart, charting its own path and following its own independent mission. That Cooper Union is now dead.

For Cooper Union to have survived it would have had to remain simpleminded. And I mean this in the most flattering way.

GV-17 House / SANGRAD + AVP Arhitekti

  • Architects: SANGRAD, AVP Arhitekti
  • Location: Sv. Martin na Muri, Croatia
  • Project Architects: Aleksandra Duka and Vedran Pedišić
  • Budget: 100,000 Euro
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sandro Lendler

© Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Tarh O Amayesh

Designed by Tarh O Amayesh, their proposal for the Central Mosque of Pristina, the fundamental principal of the project comes from the definition of Mosque, which is a place for praying and going from body to soul. The prayer is someone who connects the earth to the sky, while the mosque is a space for the becoming. Becoming is a symbol of movement and movement is the source of the mosque (the house of god). This plan is shaped in this framework as the mosque is a symbol of ascending sprit from soil to the sky, from city to the Kiblah. More images and architects' description after the break.

House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects

© Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rahul Mehrotra © Rajesh Vora

Can Cantó Housing / Castell-Pons Arquitectes

  • Architects: Castell-Pons Arquitectes
  • Location: Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Project Architects: Antoni Castell Salvà, A. Christian Pons Piris
  • Area: 1755.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: José Hevia

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

J4 Houses / Vertice Arquitectos

Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos
Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos

Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vertice Arquitectos

TJAD New Office Building / TJAD

Courtesy of TJAD
Courtesy of TJAD
  • Architects: TJAD
  • Location: 1230 Siping Road, Shanghai, China
  • Project Director: Ding Jiemin
  • Head of Design: Zeng Qun
  • Project Architects: Zeng Qun, Wen Xiaoqin, Wu Min, Sun Ye, Chen Kangquan, Zhang Yan, Wang Xiang
  • Area: 64522.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TJAD

Courtesy of TJAD Courtesy of TJAD Courtesy of TJAD Courtesy of TJAD

One Yonge / Hariri Pontarini Architects

Located where the longest street in North America, Yonge Street, meets Lake Ontario, One Yonge will be a truly mixed-use development, re- defining the typical ratio between residential, commercial and retail space within a single city block. This landmark development will comprise six new buildings of varying height with a total of approximately 6.3 million square feet of accommodation including a 40-storey office tower, a 70-storey tower with a hotel and branded residence, and four residential towers surrounding a courtyard with a woonerf-style access. 

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Truro / Hammer Architects

© Bill Lyons
© Bill Lyons
  • Architects: Hammer Architects
  • Location: MA, USA
  • Area: 2250.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Bill Lyons, Peter Vanderwarker, Rick Grossman, Mark Hammer

© Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker © Bill Lyons © Bill Lyons

Housing in the Historic District of Cadiz / Cano Lasso

© Pablo Diaz-Fierros
© Pablo Diaz-Fierros
  • Architects: Cano Lasso
  • Location: Cádiz
  • Project Architects: Diego Cano Pintos, Gonzalo Cano Pintos, Alfonso Cano Pintos
  • Collaborators: Luis Pancorbo Crespo, Belén Sanz Montoya, Estela Rodríguez Cadenas, Cristina Monjas López, Inés María Martín Robles, Sara Arroyo Conde
  • Area: 1195 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Pablo Diaz-Fierros

© Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros © Pablo Diaz-Fierros

Casa MS / ODA-Oficina de Arquitectura

© Tomas Opitz
© Tomas Opitz
  • Architects: ODA - Oficina de Arquitectura
  • Location: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Architect in Charge: Juan A. Machado, Eric C. Brewer
  • Area: 764.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Tomas Opitz

© Tomas Opitz © Tomas Opitz © Tomas Opitz © Tomas Opitz

Xixi Artist Clubhouse / AZL Architects

  • Architects: AZL Architects
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge: Zhang Lei
  • Project Team: Zhang Lei, Qi wei, Zhong Guanqiu, Zhang Guangwei, Guo Donghai
  • Collaborator: Architectural Design Institute, ZJIU
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li

House in Gokiso / Kazuki Moroe Architects

  • Architects: Kazuki Moroe Architects
  • Location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • Structural Engineering: Katsuo Nakata, Takashi Takamizawa / K.Nakata & Associates
  • General Contractor: Ohmura Giken co., ltd
  • Site Area: 134.6 sqm
  • Area: 198.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda

Center for the Mentally Handicapped in Alcolea / Taller de Arquitectura Rico+Roa

  • Architects: Taller de Arquitectura Rico+Roa
  • Location: Córdoba, Spain
  • Construction Supervision: José Carlos Rico Córdoba, Jorge Roa Fernández y Antonio J. Robles Ramírez
  • Area: 2827.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Fernando Alda

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

'The Fenland Beacon': Great Fen Visitor Center Competition Entry / Nicholas Hare Architects

Titled, 'The Fenland Beacon', this proposal for the Great Fen Visitor Center is rooted in the landscape; responding to the inherent qualities of the Great Fen. Designed by Nicholas Hare Architects, the expansive sweep of the timber façade that ventures out and dissolve into the landscape is punctuated by the tower dramatically rising above the Fenland horizon, anchoring the visitor centre within the wider context; an orientating beacon within the expanse of the Great Fen. More images and architects' description after the break. Visitors are invited to embark upon a journey, aiming to elevate their understanding and deepen their relationship with the Great Fen. The linear sequence of experiences through the site, pavilion and tower distil the beauty of the environment into their elements whilst silencing the others, allowing the appreciation of each individual aspect that makes up the whole. Culminating in the ascent of the tower, the visitor is rewarded with a unique 360-degree panorama of the Great Fen.