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Jurors Deny Support of Morphosis’ Vals Hotel Appointment

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
Jurors Deny Support of Morphosis’ Vals Hotel Appointment , Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image © CC Flickr User Richard Tucker
Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image © CC Flickr User Richard Tucker

A group of five high-profile jurors, lead by Louisa Hutton of Berlin-based Sauerbruch Hutton, have issued a statement through the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) denying any support of Morphosis’ appointment to design the 7132 Hotel in Vals, Switzerland. According to reports, the jury had “significant question marks” regarding the chosen design, ultimately leading to the high-profile competition’s termination when the jury failed to recommend a winner. This seems to be a result of the client and jury’s inability to find common ground. 

Go.mir Guest House / Moon Hoon

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Go.mir Guest House / Moon Hoon, © Nam Goong Sun
© Nam Goong Sun

© Kim Jae Kwan © Kim Jae Kwan © Kim Jae Kwan © Nam Goong Sun + 44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yongdam-ro 7-gil, Jeju-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    4, Yongdam-ro 7-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Korea
  • Project Year

    2014

Bus Stop Kressbad / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Bus Stop Kressbad / Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin + 23

Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI , © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy + 16

SJA I House / CDM Arquitectos

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
SJA I House / CDM Arquitectos, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Marcos García © Marcos García Cortesía de CDM Arquitectos Cortesía de CDM Arquitectos + 35

The 14 Stories Behind the 2015 Building of the Year Award Winners

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
The 14 Stories Behind the 2015 Building of the Year Award Winners

With our annual Building of the Year Awards, over 30,000 readers narrowed down over 3,000 projects, selecting just 14 as the best examples of architecture that ArchDaily has published in the past year. The results have been celebrated and widely shared, of course, usually in the form of images of each project. But what is often forgotten in this flurry of image sharing is that every one of these 14 projects has a backstory of significance which adds to our understanding of their architectural quality.

Some of these projects are intelligent responses to pressing social issues, others are twists on a well-established typology. Others still are simply supreme examples of architectural dexterity. In order that we don't forget the tremendous amount of effort that goes into creating each of these architectural masterpieces, continue reading after the break for the 14 stories that defined this year's Building of the Year Awards.

The Redevelopment Of The Whitworth / MUMA

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
The Redevelopment Of The Whitworth / MUMA, Courtesy of MUMA
Courtesy of MUMA

Courtesy of MUMA Courtesy of MUMA Courtesy of MUMA Courtesy of MUMA + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester, Manchester, Manchester M13 9NR, United Kingdom
  • Project Management - University

    Drivers Jonas Deloitte
  • Project Management - Gallery

    Cragg Management Services
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm

Villeroy & Boch Announces North American Designer Bathroom Challenge Winner

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
Villeroy & Boch Announces North American Designer Bathroom Challenge Winner, Saoli Chu, Home Retreat
Saoli Chu, Home Retreat

Villeroy & Boch has chosen the winner of its first-ever North American Designer Bathroom Challenge. Saoli Chu of BuiltIn Studio in Manhattan was selected by an expert panel of judges for her innovative and luxurious Home Retreat design, which featured Villeroy & Boch’s Memento washbasins, Aveo bathtub and Subway wall-mounted toilet.  

Carmody Groarke To Design UK Pavilion For Mexico's 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
Carmody Groarke To Design UK Pavilion For Mexico's 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair, Conceptual Design. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke
Conceptual Design. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke

The British Council recently announced that London-based practice Carmody Groarke have been selected to design the UK pavilion at the 2015 Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico. The organisers of the international event, which is the largest literary festival in the Spanish speaking world, have chosen the UK to be this year's "Guest of Honour" as part of a bilateral initiative launched to "build, strengthen and celebrate the growing connections" between the two countries.

George Michael Residence / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
George Michael Residence / Vardastudio Architects & Designers, © Creative Photo Room
© Creative Photo Room

© Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room + 16

Harvard GSD Talk and Exhibition "Housing in Extreme Environments: Alpine Shelter" Opens Tomorrow

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
Harvard GSD Talk and Exhibition "Housing in Extreme Environments: Alpine Shelter" Opens Tomorrow, © Harvard GSD, photography courtesy Justin Knight
© Harvard GSD, photography courtesy Justin Knight

The extreme climatic conditions of the North introduce a design paradox for architects. The fragile environmental conditions require incisive designs that respond to irregular loading from strong winds, heavy snowfalls, avalanche risk zones, and extreme cold. The studio investigated a prototypical design: a unit with sleeping and cooking space for up to eight people, on a mountain site in Slovenia. The talk (on Friday, February 13th) serves as an opening for the exhibition on this project, curated by Spela Videcnik, John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development, with Rok Oman, featuring the work of her Fall 2014 studio, displayed on the Experiments Wall (in Gund Hall). Construction of the shelter is planned for summer 2015. 

Infographic: ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2015

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
Infographic: ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2015

Selected by votes from over 31,000 architects and architecture enthusiasts around the world, the winners of the 2015 Building of the Year Awards represent the best architecture of the past year. By using the intelligence of the crowd to judge over 3,000 entrants the awards provide a refreshing antidote to the decisions of expert juries. As a result the winners include Pritzker Prize winners such as Álvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and Shigeru Ban, but also up-and-coming practices such as OTO, sporaarchitects and EFFEKT, and even dynamic collaborations such as the housing complex designed by a team of CEBRA, JDS, SeARCH and Louis Paillard Architects.

With 14 winners, designed by a total of 18 practices and built in 12 countries across 5 continents, the process of recognizing these stunning buildings was truly a global effort. Learn more about the 2015 BOTY Awards and this year’s winners by checking out our AD original , presented by ArchDaily and our partners at HP, after the break.

Maison Des Danses / ADH

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Courtesy of ADH
Courtesy of ADH
  • Architects

    ADH
  • Location

    Bordeaux, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Benoîte Doazan, Nicolas Novello, Stéphane Hirschberger
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH + 23

SO-IL's Vision for a Shrink-Wrapped Manhattan

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
SO-IL's Vision for a Shrink-Wrapped Manhattan, Courtesy of SO-IL
Courtesy of SO-IL

Steven Holl and Vito Acconci’s Storefront for Art and Architecture has hosted its share of installations, but its newest intervention envisioned by SO-IL as part of the Blueprint exhibition is a whole new concept: covering the entire facade with shrink-wrap. The seamless outcome is deceptively simple, however, as the installation involved some careful calculations, a massive frame, and a dedicated team with an acute attention to detail. Read more about the project, see the finished product, and watch the process, here.

Bulka Cafe and Bakery / Crosby Studios

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Bulka Cafe and Bakery / Crosby Studios, © Evgeny Evgrafov
© Evgeny Evgrafov

© Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gorky Institute, Moscow, Russia, 123104
  • Chief Architect

    Harry Nuriev
  • Landscape Architect

    Anna Andreeva
  • Area

    228.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Kids Museum Of Glass / Coordination Asia

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Kids Museum Of Glass  / Coordination Asia , Courtesy of Coordination Asia
Courtesy of Coordination Asia

Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    G+ Park, 685 Changjiang West Road, Baoshan, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tilman Thürmer
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Archiculture Interviews: Phil Bernstein

00:00 - 12 February, 2015

"Our industry moves really, really slowly, and it's generational." This latest interview from Arbuckle Industries' groundbreaking documentary Archiculture features a discussion with architect, Autodesk vice president, and Yale professor Phil Bernstein. In the interview, Bernstein focuses on the technological aspects that have shifted the methodology and possibilities of architecture today, and how Autodesk is contributing to its advancement through educational interventions. Additionally, he addresses the cultural issues that have arisen as bi-products of technology, as a disconnect between teachers and students has developed due to their different media focuses.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Unveils Janet Echelman's Latest Work: "Impatient Optimist” in Seattle

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Unveils Janet Echelman's Latest Work: "Impatient Optimist” in Seattle, Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter
Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter

A new aerial sculpture by renowned artist Janet Echelman has been installed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle. Entitled "Impatient Optimist," the sculpture consists of a custom net structure suspended above the courtyard, resulting in an ethereal floating surface which seems to defy gravity. The award-winning artist's piece hovers above the city as a symbol of connectivity and stands as a testament to the impact an individual can have on a broader scale. 

Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter + 7