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PilMa House / Azootea

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
PilMa House / Azootea, © Paula Arroyo
© Paula Arroyo

© Paula Arroyo © Paula Arroyo © Paula Arroyo © Paula Arroyo +16

  • Architects

    Berta González Salinero, Alegría Zorrilla Miras
  • Location

    Valdilecha, Spain
  • Project Area

    236.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Roebourne Children and Family Centre / Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Roebourne Children and Family Centre / Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts Courtesy of Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects © Peter Bennetts +50

  • Architects

  • Location

    Roebourne WA 6718, Australia
  • Design Team

    Finn Pedersen, Adrian Iredale, Martyn Hook, Vincci Chow, Nikki Ross, Melissa Loong, Rebecca Angus, Khairani Khalifah, , Mary McAree, Drew Penhale, Matthew Fletcher
  • Photographs

The Cathedral / Petra Gipp Arkitektur

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
The Cathedral / Petra Gipp Arkitektur, © Björn Sandlund
© Björn Sandlund

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Björn Sandlund © Åke E:son Lindman +22

Norman Foster Revisits New York's Hearst Tower With Drones

00:00 - 16 January, 2015

To mark the 10th anniversary of the topping out of New York City's Hearst TowerLord Foster returned in order to narrate a short film shedding new light on the building with the aid of camera drones. The 46 storey building - which is integrated into a 6 storey base brick structure designed by Joseph Urban in 1928 - was "one of the most sustainable buildings of its time." Now, ten years later, this footage captures spectacular new views of the main atrium.

Light Matters: UN Celebrates The International Year of Light 2015

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Light Matters: UN Celebrates The International Year of Light 2015, Armani Fifth Avenue, New York. Architect: Fuksas Architects. Lighting design: Speirs + Major. Photo: Allan Toft. Image © Speirs + Major
Armani Fifth Avenue, New York. Architect: Fuksas Architects. Lighting design: Speirs + Major. Photo: Allan Toft. Image © Speirs + Major

Light is all around us, and it increasingly affects our daily lives. For example, we have started to carry personal light sources around with our smartphones, and in our homes many electrical machines now utilize light to display information and simply to appear more attractive. In a larger context, architecture and cities have also developed a new dimension with the advent of electrical lighting for work and entertainment.

Inspired by the central role of light for our culture and technology, the United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies” (IYL2015). With IYL2015 the UN wants to raise the awareness of the importance of light and optical technologies in our lives, our future and the development of society.

Read on after the break for more enlightenment around IYL2015.

"Over the Rainbow", Shanghai, 2013. First place in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest, www.spie.org. Image © Paul Reiffer Realities:united, NIX, simulation drawing, 2005. Exhibition: Lightopia, Gent. Image © realities:united Swing time. Boston, 2014. Image © Howeler + Yoon Architecture New York – The City and the Storm. Image © Iwan Baan for New York Magazine +12

"Narratives of History, Climate, Culture and Place" Abound in David Adjaye Retrospective

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
"Narratives of History, Climate, Culture and Place" Abound in David Adjaye Retrospective, Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Starting January 29th, Munich's Haus der Kunst will host "Form, Heft, Material," a major retrospective of the work of British architect David Adjaye. Co-curated by Okwui Enwezor and Zoe Ryan, the exhibition's broad catalogue reflects Adjaye's diverse career and portfolio, including architectural projects alongside material experiments, research, and furniture design. Through sketches, models, prints, drawings, 1:1 building fragments, film, and text, "Form, Heft, Material" foregrounds Adjaye's work against the rich geographical and social context that frames his design approach.

H71a / Studio Granda

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
H71a / Studio Granda, Courtesy of Studio Granda
Courtesy of Studio Granda

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson +31

Technological Park in Obidos / Jorge Mealha

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Technological Park in Obidos / Jorge Mealha, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +54

  • Architects

  • Location

    Óbidos Municipality, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Andreia Baptista, Carlos Paulo, Diogo Oliveira Rosa, Filipa Ferreira da Silva, Filipa Collot, Gonçalo Freitas Silva, Inês Novais
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Nhrv House / Filter Architecture

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Nhrv House / Filter Architecture, Courtesy of Filter Architecture
Courtesy of Filter Architecture

Courtesy of Filter Architecture Courtesy of Filter Architecture Courtesy of Filter Architecture Courtesy of Filter Architecture +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nahorevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +18

Sport and Fitness Center for Disabled People / Baldinger Architectural Studio

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Sport and Fitness Center for Disabled People / Baldinger Architectural Studio, © Raul Garcia
© Raul Garcia

© Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia +25

Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park, Aerial View of the Park. Image Courtesy of Project 120 Chicago
Aerial View of the Park. Image Courtesy of Project 120 Chicago

Chicago’s Jackson Park is expected to see some big changes in the coming years. Nonprofit organization Project 120 is working to revitalize the park, restoring many of the design aspects implemented by its landscape architect, the famous Frederick Law Olmsted. Alongside this restoration, the park will also receive a new Phoenix Pavilion, homage to Japan’s gift to the US for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. An outdoor performance space will be added to the park, as will an installation funded by musician and activist Yoko Ono. See the details, after the break.

Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Wins Competition for Railway Station in Pärnu

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Wins Competition for Railway Station in Pärnu, Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS
Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS

Estonian practice Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a new train station for Pärnu. Organized by the Union of Estonian Architects (UEA), the competition was inspired by the Rail Baltic project, a joint effort by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to connect the three Baltic countries with a single railway line. By selecting PLUSS as winners, the UEA hopes to not only secure the commission for the firm, but also engage them in the masterplan for the surrounding area.

Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Structural diagram. Image Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS +9

Snøhetta Chosen to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Snøhetta Chosen to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris, Courtesy of Snøhetta
Courtesy of Snøhetta

French media company Le Monde Group has chosen Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. Clad with a pixelated matrix of glass that offers varying degrees of transparency, the building’s distinct facade will be embedded with clusters of LEDs that project “abstracted levels of data,” symbolically representing the group’s continuous “flow of information.” 

“The intention is that the façade gives the building a homogenous character when viewed from distance, but at the same time reveals a greater level of complexity as the view approaches – like headlines and detailed content in a news story,” says Snøhetta. “The façade patterns are intended to represent the building as a complete volume, while the distorted pixel map creates a rich tapestry from inside and out.”

Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Reveals Expansion Plans with Buildings by Steven Holl and Lake|Flato

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Reveals Expansion Plans with Buildings by Steven Holl and Lake|Flato, The Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
The Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has released plans for an ambitious $450 million expansion that will transform it into one of the largest art campuses in the US. The 14-acre masterplan will include three new buildings - one by Texas-based Lake|Flato Architects and two others by museum aficionado Steven Holl Architects - connected by a pedestrianized landscape of reflecting pools and gardens. 

The first scheduled to break ground (this year) is the Steven Holl-designed, 80,000-square-foot new home for the Glassell School of Art. The L-shaped, pre-cast concrete structure will, as MFAH describes, pride itself as an extension of the campus landscape, featuring a stepped amphitheater that leads up to a walkable, trellised roof garden.

The Glassell School of Art. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects The Glassell School of Art. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. Image © Lake|Flato Architects The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +13

Archiculture Interviews: David Byrne

00:00 - 16 January, 2015

“Architecture affects how we see ourselves fitting into a city, and how we relate to one another.” In this latest video from Arbuckle Industries following its release of Archiculture, David Byrne, known for his music, writing, and art, provides his perspective on some of the issues facing architecture today. In the interview, he addresses the need to rethink design practice as an all-encompassing approach, and advocates the tailoring of designs for their specific purposes. Byrne also discusses the problem of the “starchitect” phenomenon, the relationship of people with the built environment, and the resulting atmospheric effects that spatial and acoustic qualities can impart.

Brise House / Gisele Taranto Arquitetura

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Brise House / Gisele Taranto Arquitetura, © MCA Estudio
© MCA Estudio

© MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio +43

Illkirch-Graffenstaden City Hall / Atelier Filippini

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Illkirch-Graffenstaden City Hall / Atelier Filippini, © Christian Creutz
© Christian Creutz

© Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz © Christian Creutz +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    181 Route de Lyon, 67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France
  • Agent Architect

    Renato Filippini architect
  • Engineering Consultant

    OTE Ingénierie
  • Environmental engineering Consultant

    OTELIO
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs