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Colors / CUBO Design Architect

  • Architects: CUBO Design Architect
  • Location: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects In Charge: Hitoshi Saruta, Suguru Fujiyama, Tomonori Takauchi
  • Area: 226.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yasuno Sakata

© Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata

Holiday House in Vilapol / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

  • Architects: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos
  • Location: Vilapol, Lugo, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Francisco José Padilla, Juan Manuel Nicás Caballero
  • Area: 225.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jose Hevia

© Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia

Revitalization of Spikeri Square and Daugava Waterfront Promenade / Arplan + A plus Architects

  • Architects: Arplan, A plus Architects
  • Location: Maskavas iela 6, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
  • Team Leader, Main Architect, Member Of The Board, Head Of The Office: "ARplan" - Rolands Bruzgulis and "A+" - Dace Kalvāne
  • Area: 57582.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Aivars Silins, Ilze Denisova

© Ilze Denisova © Aivars Silins © Ilze Denisova © Aivars Silins

New Images Released of Mecanoo's Plan to Modernize Mies' D.C. Library

Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture has released their completed preliminary designs for the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - the only library and Washington D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The team’s competition-winning scheme aims to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.”

“While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District,” says the D.C. Public Library. Updated images and more information about the design, after the break.

Cascina Merlata Residential Development / Mario Cucinella Architects

  • Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Design Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Marco Dell’Agli, Luca Stramigioli, Giuliana Maggio, Yuri Costantini
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Guido Maria Isolabella, Euromilano

© Guido Maria Isolabella © Guido Maria Isolabella © Euromilano © Euromilano

Harvard GSD Shortlists 3 Architects for 2015 Wheelwright Prize

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced three architects shortlisted for this year's prestigious Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 grant, which is awarded annually to a single architect to support travel-based architectural research, is “intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect’s professional career” and “foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement.” 

Similarly to previous years, the shortlisted applicants were chosen from nearly 200 submitters spanning 51 countries. Each finalist will be invited to speak at Harvard GSD on April 16 (starting at noon) to present their work and research proposals. The event will be free and open to the public. A winner will be announced at the end of April.

“The strength and diversity of the applications are growing each year, making the jury’s job increasingly difficult,” said K. Michael Hays, Wheelwright Prize organizing committee member and 2015 jury chair. “It’s gratifying to see so many young architects approach their work as part of larger intellectual projects.”

The shortlisted architects are...

Fitzrovia House / West Architecture

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook

Video: Sou Fujimoto's Polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion Opens in Japan

Tokyo-based French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has captured the opening of Sou Fujimoto’s polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion on the Kagawa shoreline in Japan. The inhabitable, seven-meter, white stainless steel structure is part of the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. Watch the video above for a closer look.

UNStudio's StandTable Designed to Inspire Collaboration and Increase Productivity

A team from UNStudio, led by Ben van Berkel, has launched an interactive new work station inspired by the health advantages associated with standing while working. Dubbed the StandTable, the innovative office furniture is designed to support numerous working positions and fosters interaction and collaboration within the work place.

Playing with Balance and the Balance of Play: Hello Wood's 2014 Camp

A shortened version of this article by ArchDaily's Managing Editor Rory Stott appears in HW 1-5, a book by the organizers of Hello Wood about the camp's first five years.

Arriving at Budapest’s international airport on a warm Saturday in July, I confess to being unprepared for my week ahead at Hello Wood 2014. Hungary was the third country and Budapest the fourth city I had been in in 72 hours, and thanks to this (uncharacteristically) chaotic week, I hadn’t had the chance to research anything about the camp. All I knew was what could be learned from the photos of the 2013 camp which I had published almost a year earlier: that is, that the camp is held in an idyllic rural setting, presumably a significant distance from Budapest; and that the quality of work seems unusually high for a week-long architecture workshop, presumably indicating a serious, focused atmosphere at the camp.

The first of these assumptions was absolutely right. But the second could hardly be more wrong. In fact the atmosphere at the camp was so far from being serious that by Tuesday, Gábor Betegh - a friend of the organizers and coincidentally Cambridge University’s new Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy - told me how fascinating it was to compare the “centripetal madness” of the philosophers he knows to the “very centrifugal madness” of the architects at the camp. This remark was made in response to one of the team leaders screeching like a monkey from the top of his team’s half-completed tower.

© Géza Talabér © Anna Vághy Playground / Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop. Image © Géza Talabér © Géza Talabér

Córdoba Cultural Center / Castañeda, Cohen, Nanzer, Saal, Salassa, Tissot

  • Architects: Iván Castañeda, Alejandro Cohen, Cristián Nanzer, Inés Saal, Juan Salassa, Santiago Tissot
  • Location: Sarmiento Park, Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
  • Architecture Director: Andrés Caparroz
  • General Architectural And Landscape Project: Iván Castañeda, Alejandro Cohen, Cristián Nanzer, Inés Saal, Juan Salassa, Santiago Tissot
  • Project Area: 15000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte

How Charles and Ray Eames' “Shell Chair” is Constructed in 12 GIFS

"The role of the architect, or the designer, is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests – those who enter the building and use the objects in it." Charles Eames

Herman Miller is a furniture design and manufacturing company, which in addition to producing contemporary designs also continues manufacturing classic pieces, including those originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames. The company’s relationship with the designer duo goes back to the 1940s, when they worked together to develop the Eames' Molded Plywood chairs and the classic Chaise Lounge.

Following a long investigation into the curvature of plywood and the construction of organic forms using new technologies and materials, the pair of architects developed their Shell Chair, an iconic design that is still manufactured today. Learn more about the development of the Shell Chair and see how it is constructed, after the break. 

32 Winners of Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge Announced

Thirty-two projects have been announced as the winners of the Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge, sharing in a prize pool of $USD5 million. An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge received an overwhelming number of entries, with winners selected from a pool of over 7000 submissions. Each of the projects proposed strategies for the civic and economic development of one of the 26 cities in which the Knight Foundation invests, including Detroit, Akron Ohio, San Jose California, Lexington Kentucky, and Biloxi Mississippi.

The winning proposals each addressed one or more of the Knight Foundation’s “three drivers of city success”: (1) Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep the best and brightest, (2) Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects and break down divides, (3) Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.

Turnmill / Piercy&Company

  • Architects: Piercy&Company
  • Location: 63 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5NP, UK
  • Area: 9032.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Hufton Crow

© Hufton Crow © Hufton Crow © Hufton Crow © Hufton Crow

The Life Of Dalibor Vesely: Teacher, Philosopher, Acclaimed Academic

Dalibor Vesely, a celebrated architectural historian, philosopher and teacher, died this week in London aged 79. Over the course of his teaching career, which spanned five decades, he tutored a number of the world’s leading architects and thinkers from Daniel Libeskind, Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Robin Evans, to Mohsen Mostafavi and David Leatherbarrow.

Vesely was born in Prague in 1934, five years before the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Following World War II, he studied engineering, architecture, art history and philosophy in Prague, Munich, Paris and Heidelberg. He was awarded his doctorate from Charles University (Prague) having been taught and supervised by Josef Havlicek, Karel Honzik, and Jaroslav Fragner. Although later he would be tutored by James Stirling, it was the philosopher of phenomenology Jan Patočka who, in his own words, “contributed more than anyone else to [his] overall intellectual orientation and to the articulation of some of the critical topics” explored in his seminal book, Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation, published in 2004.

House M / SoNo Arhitekti

  • Architects: SoNo Arhitekti
  • Location: Slovenia
  • Architects In Charge: Edvard Blažko, Marko Volk, Nina Tešanović
  • Area: 290.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Žiga Lovšin

© Žiga Lovšin © Žiga Lovšin © Žiga Lovšin © Žiga Lovšin