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The Cubes House / Néstor Sandbank

01:00 - 6 July, 2014
The Cubes House  / Néstor Sandbank , © Itai Sikolsky
© Itai Sikolsky

© Itai Sikolsky © Itai Sikolsky © Itai Sikolsky © Itai Sikolsky +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ramot HaShavim, Israel
  • Project Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Itai Sikolsky

Organic London Skyscraper Grows as Residents Recycle

01:00 - 6 July, 2014
Organic London Skyscraper Grows as Residents Recycle, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes

Inspired by vegetative growth and the bamboo scaffolding of Asia, Thomas Corbasson and VS-A have proposed a conceptual project for an organic skyscraper for London that will incorporate waste produced by its occupants. The building will rise vertically as more and more of the glass and paper needed for construction is discarded by building residents. It is estimated that enough recycled material for the building’s façade could be produced within a year. The project earned a special mention in a recent Skyscapers and SuperSkyscapers Competition.

Artist Lucy William's Remarkable Illustrations of 20th Century Modernism

00:00 - 5 July, 2014
Artist Lucy William's Remarkable Illustrations of 20th Century Modernism, Great Arthur House, 2014. Plexiglas, paper, cork, corrugated polystyrene, balsa wood, birch and walnut veneers, bronze colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery
Great Arthur House, 2014. Plexiglas, paper, cork, corrugated polystyrene, balsa wood, birch and walnut veneers, bronze colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery

Neither photographs nor renders, all of the images in this post are actually the intricately handcrafted creations of British artist Lucy Williams, a skilled paper-cutter with an incredible amount of patience. Luckily for us architecture fiends, the stars of Williams’ mixed-media works are her 20th century modernist designs. Check out more of her amazing work after the break.

Bricket Wood, 2013. Plexiglas, cork, balsa wood, paper, card, walnut veneer, silver colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery Bousfield School, 2013. Paper, card, Plexiglas, cork, gravel effect scenic mat, silver colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery 66 Frognal, 2014. Miniature red house bricks, Plexiglas, paper, card, cork, balsa wood, piano wire, scenic polyester voile, grass effect scenic mat, silver colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery Howard House, 2014. Plexiglas, paper, cork, obeche strip wood and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery +5

Ferreries 16 / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura

01:00 - 5 July, 2014
Ferreries 16 / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura  , © Nani Pujol
© Nani Pujol

© Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol +13

Stock Coffee / Arhitektura Budjevac

01:00 - 5 July, 2014
Stock Coffee / Arhitektura Budjevac, © Andreja Budjevac
© Andreja Budjevac

© Andreja Budjevac © Andreja Budjevac © Andreja Budjevac © Andreja Budjevac +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Trg Kralja Aleksandra Ujedinitelja, Niš, Serbia
  • Design Team

    Andreja Budjevac, Saša Budjevac, Miljana Ignjatović
  • Wall Art

    Jelena Ilić
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Exhibition: The Mound of Vendôme

00:00 - 5 July, 2014
Exhibition: The Mound of Vendôme, Courtesy of CCA
Courtesy of CCA

On view at the CCA from 19 June to 14 September 2014 and curated by architectural historian David Gissen, The Mound of Vendôme revisits one key episode of French history when the Commune de Paris in 1871 voted to demolish the Vendôme Column, abolishing all allusions to the Napoleonic era. To protect the surrounding architecture during demolition, a radical landscape was erected on Place Vendôme. Informed by the methods of experimental history, Gissen’s ongoing research project and installation at the CCA traces the provocative history of the column and mound, while arguing for its historicisation and reconstruction. 

A Provocative Possible Future for Moscow's Failing Business District

00:00 - 5 July, 2014

What can you do with a business district that has an office vacancy rate of 40%, is completely separated from its surroundings and is facing increasing competition from business centers emerging throughout the city? These are questions that are increasingly being asked about Moscow's International Business District, the symbol of capitalism that was planned in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union, yet is still under construction today.

Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva, founders of METASITU and researchers at the Strelka Institute, have proposed a provocative idea in response to this dilemma: envisaging the business district's future in 2041, they imagine a scenario where the district is linked by underground metro to Sheremetyevo And Domodedovo airports in the North and South - forming the world's first mega-airport, and the first one where it is possible to live in the terminal building without ever leaving.

Read on after the break for more explanation of idea

Diagram showing the locations of Stop Over City and the two existing airports. Image Courtesy of Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva In many ways, Stop Over City is more closely related to the global airports it is connected to than to the city outside its doors. Image Courtesy of Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva An underground tunnel connecting buildings in Stop Over City. Image Courtesy of Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva The entrance hall in Stop Over City. Image Courtesy of Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva +7

Unfolding House / Jae Heon Jeong

01:00 - 5 July, 2014
Unfolding House / Jae Heon Jeong, © Youngchea PARK
© Youngchea PARK

© Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Moonhui LEE
  • Area

    253.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Light Matters: Creating Walls of Light

00:00 - 5 July, 2014
Light Matters: Creating Walls of Light, Uniform wallwashing at 171 Collins Street, Melbourne. Architects: Bates Smart Architects. Lighting design: Electrolight, www.electrolight.com.au. Image © Dean Bradley
Uniform wallwashing at 171 Collins Street, Melbourne. Architects: Bates Smart Architects. Lighting design: Electrolight, www.electrolight.com.au. Image © Dean Bradley

Modernism induced a shift in lighting away from luminaires and towards invisible light sources that render spaces in a purer (forgive the pun) light. For the first time, lit walls were used to define rooms and to structure architecture. Today I’d like to explore early prototypes - including Philip Johnson’s Brick House and the Seagram Building - and discuss how their lighting techniques continue to influence architecture today. 

Grazing light at Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul. Architects: Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer Wallwashing at British Museum, London. Architecture: Foster & Partners. Lighting design: Claude Engle, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Photo: Dennis Gilbert / View. Image © ERCO, www.erco.com Wallwashing at Nordrhein-Westfalen House, Germany. Architeture: John Pawson. Photo: Werner Huthmacher. Image © ERCO, www.erco.com Cove lighting at private spa. Designer: Carmody Groarke. Lighting design: Lighting Design International. Image © Christian Richter +8

Sarah Sze's 2013 U.S. Venice Biennale Installation Coming Home

00:00 - 5 July, 2014
Sarah Sze's 2013 U.S. Venice Biennale Installation Coming Home, Wood, steel, plastic, stone, string, fans, overhead projectors, photograph of rock printed on Tyvek, mixed media at Triple Point (Planetarium), 2013. Image courtesy of Sarah Sze, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging
Wood, steel, plastic, stone, string, fans, overhead projectors, photograph of rock printed on Tyvek, mixed media at Triple Point (Planetarium), 2013. Image courtesy of Sarah Sze, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging

Is that rock inside or outside? Wait, is it even a rock? If not, then what is it? As bizarre as these questions may seem, they are the exact ones Sarah Sze wanted people to ask themselves when visiting her Triple Point (Planetarium) exhibit in the United States Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Sze, whose work tends to distort the viewer's perception of reality, "transformed the U.S. Pavilion into a chain of immersive experiences through a series of interrelated installations."

Although the project was specifically designed to engage the Neoclassical Pavilion, part of it will be on display at the Bronx Museum of the Arts from July 3rd through August 24th of this year. For more on the artist and the exhibit, keep reading after the break.

Freudenau Mill / Furrer Jud Architekten

01:00 - 5 July, 2014
Freudenau Mill / Furrer Jud Architekten, © Benedikt Redmann
© Benedikt Redmann

© Benedikt Redmann © Benedikt Redmann © Benedikt Redmann © Benedikt Redmann +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wil, Switzerland
  • Architects in Charge

    Patric Furrer, Andreas Jud, Frédéric Muller, Christophe Besson
  • Area

    2014.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Mario Botta

01:00 - 5 July, 2014
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Mario Botta, © Joel Lassiter
© Joel Lassiter

© Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
  • Partner Architect

    Wagner Murray Architects PA, Charlotte
  • Area

    2490.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

University Cancer Institute Toulouse Oncopole / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Javier Ortega © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +29

Maison H3 / Vincent Coste

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
Maison H3 / Vincent Coste, © Florent Joliot
© Florent Joliot

© Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Tropez, France
  • Project Designer

    Estelle Hondier
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Pre-School Building / Miguel Montor

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
Pre-School Building / Miguel Montor, © Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

© Moritz Bernoully © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +27

Team Led by ONZ Architects + MDesign Wins Second Place In Gallipoli National Park Contest

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
Team Led by ONZ Architects + MDesign Wins Second Place In Gallipoli National Park Contest, Kabatepe Conkbayiri. Image © ONZ Architects & MDesign
Kabatepe Conkbayiri. Image © ONZ Architects & MDesign

The Gallipoli Peninsula, at the Western end of Turkey, holds a particular significance for the country as the site of a major World War One battle in which the declining Ottoman Empire repelled an attempted invasion by British forces. Today, it is seen as one of the defining moments that contributed to the formation of modern day , and the site of the battle is commemorated by a national park which includes a series of monuments and memorials at the southern tip of the peninsula.

Aiming to consolidate these sites in to a more coherent whole, the Çanakkale government launched a competition to redesign the area. Today we bring you the second place entry, by ONZ Architects + MDesign + Lola + 24H Architecture. Read on after the break for more on their design.

© ONZ Architects & MDesign Abīde/Morto Koyu. Image © ONZ Architects & MDesign Abīde/Morto Koyu. Image © ONZ Architects & MDesign Şahindere War Cemetary. Image © ONZ Architects & MDesign +41

Four Freedoms Park: Louis Kahn's "Ancient Temple Precinct" in NYC

00:00 - 4 July, 2014
Four Freedoms Park: Louis Kahn's "Ancient Temple Precinct" in NYC, Aerial Rendering Prior to Completion. Image Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, LLC
Aerial Rendering Prior to Completion. Image Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, LLC

Built four decades after Louis Kahn's death, New York City's Four Freedoms Park - the architect's posthumous memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his policies - is becoming one of the architect's most popular urban spaces. In a recent article for the GuardianOliver Wainwright investigates what he describes as perhaps Kahn's "best project". Wainwright's spatial description of the monument is interweaved by fragments of Kahn's personal history, building up a picture of a space with "the feel of an ancient temple precinct" and "a finely nuanced landscape". Although Gina Pollara, who ultimately realised the plans in 2005, argues that Four Freedoms Park "stands as a memorial not only to FDR and the New Deal, but to Kahn himself", can a posthumous project ever be considered as an architect's best? Read the article in full here.

Shortlist Announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards 2014

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
Shortlist Announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards 2014

The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist for its 2014 awards, with almost 300 projects competing in the world's largest architectural awards program.

The shortlist includes the likes of Zaha Hadid ArchitectsOMAFoster + PartnersBIGWoods BagotKPFFarrellsPerkins + Will and Aedas, alongside many other smaller practices. Although the shortlist practices from over 50 countries, this year there is a noticable increase in entries from Asia – with the number of projects in ChinaMalaysia and Vietnam up by 87%, 71% and 140% respectively over last year.

The shortlisted projects will be presented live by the architects to international judging panels. After this, the winning projects in each of the 27 categories will go on for the World Building or Future Project of the Year award, judged by the festival's 'super-jury': Richard RogersRocco YimJulie EizenbergEnric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

This year's festival, hosted once again at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, will take place from the 1st - 3rd of October, when the winning projects will be announced. You can book your festival pass here - and read on after the break for the full shortlist.

Oxley / LAUD Architects Inc. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival Danish Maritime Museum / BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters  Jockey Club Innovation Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Doublespace +22