Material Masters: Glass is More with Mies van der Rohe

To celebrate the first anniversary of our US Materials Catalog, this week ArchDaily is presenting a three-part series on “Material Masters,” showing how certain have helped to inspire some of the world’s greatest architects.

Mies van der Rohe, famous for his saying “less is more,” was one of the preeminent modernist architects, well known for pioneering the extensive use of glass in buildings. His works introduced a new level of simplicity and transparency, and his buildings were often referred to as “skin-and-bones” architecture for their emphasis on steel structure and glass enclosure. In addition to , glass was a major influence for many architects of the modernist movement and reshaped the way we think about and define space. Today, glass has become one of the most used building materials, but its early architectural expression is perhaps best exemplified in the works of Mies.

AD Interviews: Kunlé Adeyemi / NLÉ

“The architects of the future will begin to be seen more as agents of change,” Kunlé Adeyemi told us outside the 2014 Pritzker Prize Award ceremony in Amsterdam. One of the five international jury members for the 2014 Venice Biennale, Adeyemi is the founder of NLÉ, an architecture and urbanism practice focused on developing cities and known for projects like the Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria.

“There are many lessons learned from the floating school project, starting from engagement with the community…,” Adeyemi said. “The innovation of Makoko Floating School came not only from us, but largely from the community itself. We were simply agents to compose those ideas into a new form or an improvement of what’s already existing.”

Adeyemi was born and raised in Nigeria where he studied architecture at the University of Lagos.  In 2002 he joined OMA where he worked closely with Rem Koolhaas for nearly a decade, playing an important role in OMA’s research on the urbanization of Lagos.

See what else Adeyemi had to say about the Makoko Floating School, what it’s like to lead an architecture firm and the role of architects in society in the full video above.

House Architecture Rifa G’07 / Villalba, Rudolph, Vila, López, Canén, Apolant, Martinez

© Nicolás Rudolph

Architects: , Nicolás Rudolph, Omar Vila, Joaquín López, Pablo Canén, Patrick Apolant,
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Area: 168.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolás Rudolph, Courtesy of Pablo Canén y Joaquín López

Infographic: The World’s Most Expensive Skyscrapers

Courtesy of Emporis

It may or may not be the tallest building in North America, but one thing’s for sure: when it comes to costs, no other skyscraper comes close to New York‘s One World Trade Center. This is the conclusion of Emporis, whose list of the world’s top ten most expensive buildings puts 1WTC way out in front at $3.9 billion. Originally estimated at just half that cost, this sets a trend in the top ten list, with many of the featured buildings suffering staggering overruns. The second-place Shard, for example, overshot it’s original £350 million ($550 million) budget nearly four times over (although this is to be expected in London).

Towering Folly: As Qatar’s Death Toll Rises, So Does This Monument

Courtesy of 1week1project

On one of Qatar‘s many World Cup construction sites, another Nepalese worker dies. The worker is not named; their death does not make the news, and work resumes on the site as soon as possible in order to make the 2022 construction deadline. But, in the desert outside Doha, a crane driver solemnly prepares to add one more concrete module to what has rapidly, and tragically, become one of ’s tallest towers.

This is the vision presented by Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux, of the Paris and Santiago-based practice 1week1project, with their “Qatar World Cup Memorial.” Designed as one of their week-long “spontaneous architecture” projects, the monument memorializes each deceased worker in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup.

Westminster Council Approves Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge Plans

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Update: Today Westminster Council approved the Garden Bridge proposals - the second of three required approvals - with councillors voting 3-1 in favour of the bridge. Though  Mayor Boris Johnson still has to officially rule on the plans, it is almost certain that he will ultimately give the go-ahead to the project as he has previously voiced his support for the idea. The following article was originally published on November 13th, after Lambeth Council granted the bridge its first approval.

Sparrenburg Visitor Centre / Max Dudler

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Architects: Max Dudler
Location: ,
Project Manager: Simone Boldrin
Area: 135.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Swimming Pool Extension in Bagneux / Dominique Coulon & associés

© David Romero-Uzeda

Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés
Location: 1 Avenue de Stalingrad, 92220 ,
Architect In Charge: Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi, Architects, Arnaud Eloudyi, Sarah Brebbia, Gautier Duthoit, Architects assistants
Area: 3431.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda, Clément Guillaume, Courtesy of Dominique Coulon Architecture

House Ricardo Pinto / CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos

© Luis Ferreira Alves

Architects: CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos
Location: Avenida da Boavista, Porto,
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves

Ecotone Hotel In Biwako – Sound Of Wind / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects

© Kaori Ichikawa

Architects: Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects
Location: Mizuhocho, , Shiga Prefecture,
Area: 1348.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kaori Ichikawa

Urbaan Home Building Renovation / MUN Architects

© Chaovarith Poonphol

Location: , Thailand
Project Team: Charunwat Mauleekulprairoj, Witchawat Boonprasong, Podjanarit Nimitkul
Year: 2013
Photographs: Chaovarith Poonphol

Tsukiji Room H / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

© Katsumi Hirabayashi

Architects: Yuichi Yoshida & associates
Location: Tokyo,
Architects In Charge: Yuichi Yoshida, Satoru Ando
Produce: Suma-Saga-Fudosan Inc. 
Area: 47.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Katsumi Hirabayashi

Screenshot. Image © Bedel Saget/The New York Times
Screenshot. Image © Bedel Saget/The New York Times

New York’s $4 Billion Train Station Takes Shape

Santiago Calatrava’s head-turning World Trade Center Transportation Hub has assumed its full form, nearly a decade after its design was revealed. In light of this, the New York Times has taken a critical look at just how the winged station’s budget soared. “Its colossal avian presence may yet guarantee the hub a place in the pantheon of civic design in New York. But it cannot escape another, more ignominious distinction as one of the most expensive and most delayed train stations ever built.” The complete report, here

Mrs. Pound / NC Design & Architecture

© Dennis Lo

Architects: NC Design & Architecture
Location: 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan,
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dennis Lo

C.F.Møller and TRANSFORM Selected to Expand Copenhagen Business School Campus

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C.F. Møller and TRANSFORM has won an international competition to design a new campus extension for the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), ’s principle business university. A collaboration with C.F. Møller Landscape, Transform and Moe, the project aims to become the “world’s best city-integrated campus.” The masterplan, organized around four new public parks, will transform a significant, 31000-square-meter site in the city’s Frederiksberg district on top a nexus of old and new metro lines. 

University Campus and Science-Technology Park / CANVAS Arquitectos

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Architects: CANVAS Arquitectos
Location: 23700 , Jaén,
Project Architects: Juan Vicente y Pablo Núñez, Eduardo Duro
Project Area: 14627.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of CANVAS Arquitectos

Courtesy of WIAfund
Courtesy of WIAfund

Open Call for 2015 Women in Architecture Fund Award

Are you currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program or other degree-granting institution? You may qualify for the 2015 WIA (Women in Architecture) Fund‘s Emerging Professional Inspiration Award, now open to all US-based and international applicants. Working to inspire emerging professionals, one woman at a time, the WIA Fund will award one national and one international professional with a cash grant to help further their career. Depending on the quality and quantity of entries, other awards may also be given. Entries will be shortlisted and winners will be selected by both a committee and the public via the WIA Fund Facebook page. Submissions are due January 10, 2015. For more details, visit their page, here.

Madison Park Tree House / First Lamp

© Tim Bies Photography

Architects: First Lamp
Location: Madison Park, , WA 98112, USA
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Bies Photography