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Whitney Studio / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

© Danny Bright
© Danny Bright
  • Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
  • Location: Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA
  • Design Team: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
  • Project Architect: Virginie Stolz
  • Area: 700.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Danny Bright

© Danny Bright © Danny Bright © Danny Bright © Danny Bright

New Synagogue Dresden / Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch

  • Architects: Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch
  • Location: Dresden, Germany
  • Design Team: Kuno Fontaine, Christoph Kratzsch, Dirk Lang, Lukas Petrikoff, Tobias Wagner
  • Plot Area: 2690.00 sqm
  • Covered Area: 1286.00 sqm
  • Project Year: 1997
  • Photographs: Norbert Miguletz

© Norbert Miguletz © Norbert Miguletz © Norbert Miguletz © Norbert Miguletz

The Indicator: On a Clear Day You can Almost See Beijing

© Jason Lee for Reuters via theatlantic.com
© Jason Lee for Reuters via theatlantic.com

I remember the smog in Beijing rendering the most beautiful skies. There was an innocence to the air pollution back then, before the engines of economic development really got going. 

It was just a pretty sunset, or a delicate brown haze that romantically softened the edges of things—while wrecking your lungs, of course. But, like the sand storms, pollution gave the city a different, rarified quality. 

Forum_Terra Nova / Lüderwaldt Architects

  • Architects: Lüderwaldt Architects
  • Location: Elsdorf, Germany
  • Project Team: Ulrich Bartelt, Felix Engelhardt, Irene Plachetka, Friedrich Bruncken
  • Project Manager: Dirk Lüderwaldt, Christina Enke
  • Landscape Designer: Dirk Melzer, Cologn
  • Structural Analysis Above: Stracke Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Cologn
  • Structural Analysis Undergound: Ingenieure Jung und Partner mbH, Gelsenkirchen
  • Area: 973.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Anja Schlamann

© Anja Schlamann © Anja Schlamann © Anja Schlamann © Anja Schlamann

3way House / Naf Architect & Design

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

CODA wins P.S.1 with Skateboard Scrap ‘Party Wall’

Courtesy of MoMA
Courtesy of MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has selected CODA’s (Caroline O’Donnell, Ithaca, NY) large-scale, self-supporting Party Wall, made from leftover shreds of skateboard material, as winner of the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP). Drawn from five finalists, the porous skin of CODA’s temporary urban landscape will shade visitors of the Warm Up Summer Music series with its reclaimed woven screen, while providing water in refreshing cooling stations and seating with its detachable wooden skin on the lower half of the linear structure.  

Iwan Baan: The Way We Live

The City and the Storm, 2012; © Iwan Baan, Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery
The City and the Storm, 2012; © Iwan Baan, Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Iwan Baan's name may ring a bell for all those following Hurricane Sandy's devastation across New York City and New Jersey's coast.  The photographer's iconic photograph made headlines when it was featured on New York magazine's front page days after the storm, showing lower Manhattan in complete darkness, set against its vibrant counterpart uptown, as the United States' east coast was recovering from the extensive damage left in Sandy's wake.  The image not only brings to mind the absolute helplessness that New York City faced during the storm, but also lends a hand in a social commentary that is notably pervasive in Baan's work.  The Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles  will feature the photographer's work in a two-month exhibition entitled The Way We Live, honing in on the images that encapsulate the world of architecture, urbanism and human engagement.

Treehouses Bebelallee / blauraum

  • Architects: blauraum
  • Location: Bebelallee 64, 22297 Hamburg, Germany
  • Client: Robert Vogel GmbH & Co.
  • Area: 8,800 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of blauraum

Courtesy of blauraum Courtesy of blauraum Courtesy of blauraum Courtesy of blauraum

2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

Earlier this week, we presented the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) top selection of architecture that best exemplifies excellence in the United States for the year of 2013. Now, we bring you this year’s recipients of the Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. Continue after the break to see who will be honored with this prestigious award at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.

TEX-FAB 4 APPLIED Research Through Fabrication Conference

Going back to where it all started, TEX-FAB will be holding their Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication Conference at the University of Texas Arlington School of Architecture from February 28 to March 3. The event will include their largest selection of workshops and a full day symposia, which will culminate in the exhibition opening of the APPLIED: Research Through Fabrication competition winner. Ranging from basic for beginners to advanced for the experienced user, a broad spectrum of cutting edge workshops will be offered for this year’s conference by industry leaders. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Video: Artek, Designer Profile

'In Dialogue With the World - Give More' Exhibition

Opening tomorrow, January 17, at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, the ‘In Dialogue with the World’ exhibition, which runs until March 10, will show how architects today engage far beyond aesthetics when designing buildings. schmidt hammer lassen architects, along with Henning Larsen Architects, and ADEPT will invite visitors to listen to their accounts of what it is like to work in the field of architecture in the 21st century. With the title Give more, the schmidt hammer lassen architects’ part of the exhibition uses eight selected projects as examples of how buildings, aside from being beautiful, give more. More information after the break.

Oceo Drive Tourist Resort Proposal / STAPL Architects

Designed by STAPL Architects at the popular diving hub of the Philippines, the Oceo Drive tourist resort is a beachfront property which has multiple dwelling options ranging from single studio rooms, suites, sky villas, bungalows and beach facing villas. With the intention to be on an axis which aligns all its rooms and public spaces towards the overwhelming view of the beach and sea beyond, the resort makes for a perfect summer getaway.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Interviews: Ma Yansong / MAD

While we were in Beijing, we had the opportunity to visit an architect who we have been following for quite some time: Ma Yansong, founder of MAD.

ArchDaily 2012 Building of the Year Awards

For the 4th consecutive year, we are proud to announce the Building of the Year Awards. During the past year we continued to grow, reaching over 280,000 daily visitors and close to 70 million page views per month. We also expanded our ever-growing network of architects on social media: 640,000 fans on Facebook, 105,000 followers on Twitter, 40,000 followers on Instagram and more than 100,000 photos contributed to our Flickr group.

But ArchDaily is more than numbers. The world faces fundamental problems, related to health, energy, climate, and more. And almost all these problems are related to the built environment.

We launched ArchDaily Mexico this year, which joins ArchDaily, ArchDaily Brasil and Plataforma Arquitectura in our mission to improve the quality of life for the 3 billion people who will live in cities in the next 40 years. How can we do this? By providing the inspiration, tools and knowledge to the architects who will face this challenge. By connecting the traditional hot-spots of architectural production with emerging economies (where a lot of innovation is happening). We believe that, in this way, the constant iteration of architecture will accelerate and result in better and faster solutions to the world’s issues.

That’s why the Building of the Year Awards are so important for us. It is a peer-based award process that identifies and recognizes projects with impact. It will be up to you, the architect, to nominate and choose the winners for each category. It will be up to you to be a part of a collective intelligence that will judge more than 2,700 projects – a scope we think is unprecedented in the world of architecture.

The task is up to you.

For the next 4 weeks, you’ll be in charge of nominating buildings for the shortlist, and then voting for the winners. We will give away iPad Minis and 4th Generation iPads for voters, and will include amazing plotters (courtesy of our friends from HP) for the firms behind the two projects with the most votes.

Rules at a glance: During the nominating stage, each registered user of the My ArchDaily platform will be able to nominate once per day for their favorite projects (published between Jan 1st 2012 and Dec 31st 2012), the counter resets at midnight EST. This stage starts on Jan 15th and ends on Jan 29th at 11:59PM.  After this, five projects per category will move into the voting stage, starting January 30th and ending on February 13th. The winner will be announced on February 14th. Start voting here.

You can review last year’s awarded projects in our free iPad App.

Detailed rules after the break:

Artist Antonio Pio Saracino & Salt ‘N Pepa to Unveil Arches of Hope Installation

Created and conceived by Patrick Duffy, the creative director of the OUT NYC, and designed by award-winning Italian designer and architect Antonio Pio Saracino, the Arches of Hope installation will be launched at its opening reception on Thursday, January 17, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the OUT NYC and be on display until January 24. In collaboration with Lifebeat: Music Fights HIV/AIDS and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, the stunning and inspiring interactive art installation will be unveiled on the eve of President Obama’s second inauguration as part of a multi-faceted campaign aimed at raising awareness of the rise of HIV and AIDS in young people. More images and information after the break.

Poona House / Rajiv Saini

  • Architects: Rajiv Saini
  • Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Architect In Charge: Rajiv Saini
  • Design Team: Suprio Bhattacharjee, Kalyani Kale, Neeraj Singh, Ruchi Sharma
  • Area: 12,000 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Rajiv Saini

Courtesy of Rajiv Saini Courtesy of Rajiv Saini Courtesy of Rajiv Saini Courtesy of Rajiv Saini

INABA Completes Skylight

INABA has completed Skylight, a permanent installation for KORO Public Art Norway. The 6.6 m (22 ft) diameter, 11.5 m (38 ft) long structure hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall in Stavanger, Norway. It is visible from the adjacent public plaza, and surrounding neighborhood and harbor, serving as a light beacon for the complex. 

Responding to the region’s extreme atmospheric conditions, Skylight emits a range of pure color light patterns that contrast and complement the blended luminous tones of the dawn and twilight Nordic sky. Conceived of as an inverted chandelier, Skylight’s light fixtures are mounted to face inward and illuminate the structure’s interior surface. Its programmable LED system is animated to change in brightness and hue, and produce distinct patterns during arrival, theater calls, intermission, departure, and after hours.

Video, images and more information on Skylight after the break.