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Sardine_ Community Center / Gayet-Roger Architects

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Sardine_ Community Center  / Gayet-Roger Architects, © Julien Fernandez
© Julien Fernandez

© Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez +14

Town Hall in Montigny-le-Tilleul / V+

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Town Hall in Montigny-le-Tilleul  / V+, © Maxime Delvaux, 354 Photographers
© Maxime Delvaux, 354 Photographers

© Maxime Delvaux, 354 Photographers © Maxime Delvaux, 354 Photographers © Maxime Delvaux, 354 Photographers © Maxime Delvaux, 354 Photographers +22

RIAS Announces this Year's 13 Best Scottish Buildings

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
RIAS Announces this Year's 13 Best Scottish Buildings, The Inn at John O’Groats / GLM. Image © Pip Rustage
The Inn at John O’Groats / GLM. Image © Pip Rustage

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) have announced the winners of the 2014 RIAS Awards. Selected from the 83 entries, these buildings represent the best in Scottish architecture from the past year. This year Glasgow buildings make up significant number of the 13 winners, demonstrating the positive results of the city gearing up to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games later this summer.

The RIAS Awards are held in parallel with the RIBA National Awards, with submitted projects eligible for both. This year, 4 RIAS Award winners were also RIBA National Award winners. See the full list of winners after the break.

Clydebank East Workshops / Elder & Cannon Architects. Image © Cadzow Pelosi The SSE Hydro / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young House No. 7 / Denizen Works Ltd. Image © David Barbour Scottish Water – The Bridge / Reiach & Hall Architects. Image © Andrew Lee +13

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Bag Victory in Contest for Estonia's Arvo Pärt Centre

00:00 - 20 June, 2014
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Bag Victory in Contest for Estonia's Arvo Pärt Centre, 1st Place: Tabula / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects
1st Place: Tabula / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects

Today the President of Estonia announced the Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos as the winner in an international competition to design a new Cultural Centre in Estonia. The Arvo Pärt Centre is dedicated to the Estonian composer and will house an archive of his work, making it available to researchers and enthusiasts at the new site in Laulasmaa.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos came first from a shortlist of 20 architects, including names such as Zaha Hadid Architects and COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. Second and third prize went to US practice Allied Works Architecture and Kavakava Architects of Estonia respectively. See images of the top three projects after the break.

2nd Place: Between Stone and Sky / Allied Works Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 2nd Place: Between Stone and Sky / Allied Works Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 3rd Place: Väike Sekund (Small Second) / Kavakava OÜ. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 3rd Place: Väike Sekund (Small Second) / Kavakava OÜ. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects +7

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Sponsors New Danish Library Award

00:00 - 19 June, 2014
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Sponsors New Danish Library Award, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects have been involved in a number of Library designs themselves, including the New Library at the University of Aberdeen. Image © Adam Mørk
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects have been involved in a number of Library designs themselves, including the New Library at the University of Aberdeen. Image © Adam Mørk

The Danish Agency for Culture has unveiled a new award for Library architecture as part of its Model Programme for Public Libraries project, a programme in association with Realdania which aims to generate new ideas about how the design of public libraries can change to meet the changing needs of today's society.

The award, which will be announced at the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Lyon, France, is sponsored by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and has a prize of DKK 25,000.

More on the award, and how to enter, after the break

Lonberg-Holm: The Forgotten Architect, Remembered

00:00 - 19 June, 2014
Lonberg-Holm: The Forgotten Architect, Remembered, Radio Broadcasting Station, Detroit by Knud Lonberg-Holm. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
Radio Broadcasting Station, Detroit by Knud Lonberg-Holm. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

In one of his final interviews, Knud Lonberg-Holm quipped, "I've always been annoyed by rummaging through the past; the future interests me much more." Not one to promote himself, the modernist architect all but disappeared after retirement, seemingly taking his contributions to architecture with him. After years of neglect, investigative research has finally unearthed just how influential Lonberg-Holm was. To learn about how he shaped information design (among many other things), continue reading Paul Makovsky's exclusive article on Metropolis Magazine.

Into the Light Hotel / A31

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
Into the Light Hotel / A31, © Christos Drazos
© Christos Drazos

© Christos Drazos © Christos Drazos © Christos Drazos © Christos Drazos +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Greece
  • Architectural Design

    Praxitelis Kondylis
  • Design Team

    Praxitelis Kondylis, Stephanos Nasopoulos, Christos Spetseris
  • Photographs

Wieden+Kennedy NY / WORKac

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
Wieden+Kennedy NY  / WORKac, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, United States
  • Architects in Charge

    Amale Andraos, Dan Wood, Sam Dufaux
  • Area

    50000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Bruce Damonte, Raymond Adams, Courtesy of WORKac

A Biennale of "Bold Reminders"

00:00 - 19 June, 2014

For CNN's George Webster, this year's Biennale is a "bold reminder that architecture is - or at least should be - about a great deal more than blueprints, digital renderings and scale models." Taking the British Pavilion as a case in point, Webster argues that Koolhaas' original thematic provocation has paid off, succeeding "because it places people - our history, culture and even our bodies - at the very heart of its thinking." Travelling through the pavilions of Romania, Germany, the Dominican Republic, and Russia, you can read the article in full here.

RIBA Announces 2014 National Award Winners

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
RIBA Announces 2014 National Award Winners, King’s Cross Station / John McAslan + Partners. Image © Hufton+Crow
King’s Cross Station / John McAslan + Partners. Image © Hufton+Crow

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 44 buildings in the UK and 12 EU projects to win 2014 RIBA National Awards. The list includes instantly recognizable projects such as The Shard by Renzo Piano and Mecanoo's Library of Birmingham, but also rewards plenty of well-crafted smaller projects, for example Lens House by Alison Brooks Architects.

From this list of National winners, the RIBA will select the shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, which will be revealed next month. See the full list of winners after the break.

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters Tate Britain Renovation / Caruso St. John. Image © Helene Binet Manchester School of Art / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Image © Hufton+Crow Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj +21

SIEC / MPH Architects

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
SIEC / MPH Architects, © David Sievers
© David Sievers

© David Sievers © David Sievers © David Sievers © David Sievers +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    TAFE SA Tonsley Campus, 1284 South Road, Clovelly Park SA 5042, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Tony Materne
  • Project Leader

    Peter Hoare
  • Design Team

    Thomas Hansen, Vicki Jacobs, Carlo Pennino, Tonia Mudie, Sally Bostock, Matt Spinaze, Daniel Pike, James Jones, Maureen Fry, Diana Thompson
  • Area

    43000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

"Inhabiting the Desert" Since 1914: Morocco at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 19 June, 2014
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

Morocco was heavily influenced by European modernism due to its strategic position in Northern Africa. It was governed as a European protectorate for much of the 20th century, and it was in this region that the modern movement found a place for experimentation; a place where modernist ideals met such particular climate conditions that they evolved a unique regional expression.

The Morocco Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale—their first presence at the event—acknowledges this particular expression aligned with the theme of Absorbing Modernity under the title of Fundamental(ism)s. Curator Tarik Oualalou erected it over a ground of desert sand to create a setting for Morocco’s architecture in the past, entitled Living in the City, and the future, Inhabiting the Desert.

Rehabilitación de Inmueble en C_Galera 43 / CREUSeCARRASCO

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
Rehabilitación de Inmueble en C_Galera 43 / CREUSeCARRASCO, © Héctor Santos-Díez
© Héctor Santos-Díez

© Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez +25

Tadao Ando Designs Luxury Residential Building in New York

00:00 - 19 June, 2014
Tadao Ando Designs Luxury Residential Building in New York, Rendering of 152 Elizabeth Street, developed by Sumaida + Khurana. Image © Tadao Ando
Rendering of 152 Elizabeth Street, developed by Sumaida + Khurana. Image © Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando has unveiled designs of his latest project, a 7 story luxury residential project in Manhattan. The building at 152 Elizabeth Street is Ando's first in New York, and includes his signature design features of simple cubic forms, polished in-situ concrete and curtain glass.

More on 152 Elizabeth Street after the break

Office NETE / architectenbureau Wil-Ma

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
Office NETE / architectenbureau Wil-Ma, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Westerlo, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    a. W. Allen Zimmerman, Marie Wastiau,
  • Collaborators

    Wastiau & Co Architectenbureau / Guy Wastiau
  • Area

    215.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

May ABI Shows Return to Growth in US Market

00:00 - 19 June, 2014
May ABI Shows Return to Growth in US Market, May 2014 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
May 2014 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index showed a significant improvement in May, jumping to a score of 52.6 and showing some growth after two consecutive months of contraction. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, its two new measures of growth also showed positive results: the Project Inquiries Index rose to 63.2; and the Design Contracts Index - despite dropping slightly from last month's 54.6 - still showed growth at 52.5 points.

"Volatility continues to be the watchword in the design and construction markets, with firms in some regions of the country, and serving some sectors of the industry, reporting strong growth, while others are indicating continued weakness," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "However, overall, it appears that activity has recovered from the winter slump, and design professions should see more positive than negative numbers in the coming months."

A breakdown of regional and sector highlights, after the break

The EU Mies van der Rohe Architecture Award and The Future of European Architecture

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
The EU Mies van der Rohe Architecture Award and The Future of European Architecture, © Pepo Segura – Fundació Mies van der Rohe
© Pepo Segura – Fundació Mies van der Rohe

ArchDaily is pleased to announce our partnership with the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. The following is an essay from Constructing Europe by Pedro Gadanho, member of the 2013 Prize jury. 

When one wants to consider the future of any form of activity, one is tempted to extrapolate trends from current conditions. One translates signs from the present onto the shape of things to come. The conditions of a given moment, however, may be too circumstantial, and one should be particularly aware of their transient nature. This is the dilemma one obviously faces when considering ‘the future of European architecture’.

At the time the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award commemorates its 25th anniversary, the European project from which this Prize emanates – and to which it owes its symbolic meaning and promoting purpose – is itself at a crossroads.

In between austerity measures, the South and North divide, growing unemployment, a feeling of impoverishment and insecurity, and the apparent unsustainability of the Welfare State model, which had given the region prosperity after World War II, Europe itself seems to be facing a pivotal, if transient moment.

Medialab-Prado / Langarita Navarro Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 June, 2014
Medialab-Prado / Langarita Navarro Arquitectos, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +25