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Renzo Piano and G124 to Transform Italian Suburbs with Shipping Containers

00:00 - 6 February, 2015
Renzo Piano and G124 to Transform Italian Suburbs with Shipping Containers, Courtesy of Renzo Piano and G124
Courtesy of Renzo Piano and G124

A group of six young architects under the leadership of Renzo Piano have been hard at work transforming unused spaces within Italy's suburban framework. The team, known as G124, focuses its efforts on injecting life back into overlooked and forgotten areas of its built environment and stimulating the local economy through design. This most recently entailed transforming a long abandoned area under a viaduct in northeast Rome into a bustling cultural hot-spot. 

Secret Operation 610 / Studio Frank Havermans + RAAAF

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
Secret Operation 610  / Studio Frank Havermans  + RAAAF, © Michiel de Cleene
© Michiel de Cleene

© Michiel de Cleene © Michiel de Cleene © René de Wit. © Michiel de Cleene + 17

Marly-le-Roi Market / Ameller Dubois & Associés

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
Marly-le-Roi Market / Ameller Dubois & Associés , Courtesy of Ameller Dubois & Associés
Courtesy of Ameller Dubois & Associés

Courtesy of Ameller Dubois & Associés Courtesy of Ameller Dubois & Associés Courtesy of Ameller Dubois & Associés Courtesy of Ameller Dubois & Associés + 26

La Mancha House / Carlos Campo, Miguel Jareño

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
La Mancha  House / Carlos Campo, Miguel Jareño, © Avixual
© Avixual

© Avixual © Avixual © Avixual © Avixual + 22

Automotive Showroom in Herning / KRADS

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
Automotive Showroom in Herning / KRADS, © Tina Stephansen - Studio 55
© Tina Stephansen - Studio 55

© Tina Stephansen - Studio 55 © Tina Stephansen - Studio 55 © Tina Stephansen - Studio 55 © Tina Stephansen - Studio 55 + 16

3 Vaults / R3architetti

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
3 Vaults / R3architetti, © Jacopo Gallitto
© Jacopo Gallitto

© Jacopo Gallitto © Jacopo Gallitto © Jacopo Gallitto © Jacopo Gallitto + 14

Morphosis Chosen to Design New Luxury Hotel in Vals

00:00 - 6 February, 2015
Morphosis Chosen to Design New Luxury Hotel in Vals, Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image © CC Flickr User Richard Tucker
Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor. Image © CC Flickr User Richard Tucker

Morphosis Architects has been chosen ahead of Steven Holl, 6a Architects and four others in an international competition to design a new “7132 Hotel” in Vals, Switzerland. The 100-suite luxury hotel, planned to be built adjacent to Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa, is expected to be unveiled this Spring.

Rebuilding Sandy Hook: How Svigals + Partners' Design Offers Safety and Solace

00:00 - 6 February, 2015
Rebuilding Sandy Hook: How Svigals + Partners' Design Offers Safety and Solace, Courtesy of Svigals + Partners
Courtesy of Svigals + Partners

Just over two years have passed since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Thanks to an 89% vote by Sandy Hook's residents in favor of demolishing the old building the site now sits empty - awaiting the construction of Svigals + Partners' design for a replacement building which is not only tasked with being a high level teaching facility, but also with sensitively addressing the collective trauma which inevitably remains a part of the site's history.

With such a challenging history to the site, how is it possible to balance the emotional needs of a community with the functional needs of an educational institution? We spoke to Jay Brotman AIA, a partner at Svigals, to find out.

Courtesy of Svigals + Partners Courtesy of Svigals + Partners Courtesy of Svigals + Partners Courtesy of Svigals + Partners + 8

Tsabikos Petras Wins First Prize for Greek Archaeology Museum Proposal

00:00 - 6 February, 2015
Tsabikos Petras Wins First Prize for Greek Archaeology Museum Proposal, View from main atrium. Image Courtesy of  Tsabikos Petras Architectural Studio
View from main atrium. Image Courtesy of Tsabikos Petras Architectural Studio

The first prize winner of a Greek design competition in Greece, which challenged participants to redesign an existing structure into an archaeological museum, this proposal by Tsabikos Petras Architectural Studio examines both the reintroduction of green areas into the city and relationship among city, sea, and coast. The scheme follows the lead of a north-south and east-west axis which present a pedestrian connection between the museum and a public square, and an archaeological site with a second public square, respectively.

Main entrance. Image Courtesy of  Tsabikos Petras Architectural Studio View toward the cultural coast. Image Courtesy of  Tsabikos Petras Architectural Studio View from interior atrium. Image Courtesy of  Tsabikos Petras Architectural Studio View from exhibition area. Image Courtesy of  Tsabikos Petras Architectural Studio + 12

Holiday House / BKK Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Holiday House / BKK Architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Australia
  • Design Team

    Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Tim Black, George Huon, Jane Caught, Stephanie Bullock, Madeleine Beech, David Sacher, Julian Faelli, Phil Moloughney, Simon Linardi
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

London Underline: Gensler Envisions Subterranean Transportation Network for London

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
London Underline: Gensler Envisions Subterranean Transportation Network for London, Bicycle Tunnel. Image Courtesy of Gensler
Bicycle Tunnel. Image Courtesy of Gensler

Last night, international design firm Gensler received the London Planning Award for Best Conceptual Project for its latest vision: London Underline. The proposal explores the potential of an underground bicycle and pedestrian park beneath the streets of London. Not only does this public interest design utilize existing abandoned space, but also generates the electricity to support itself simply by being used. 

Harvard GSD To Host Exhibition Exploring The Architecture And Symbolism Of National Libraries

00:00 - 5 February, 2015

National libraries, often monumental in scale and "dominated by nationalistic ambitions and overwhelming architectural details," will be the subject of a new exhibition opening later this month at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Icons of Knowledge: Architecture and Symbolism in National Libraries seeks to examine why national libraries are amongst the most symbolic icons of modern day countries. In the global milieu of the "rapid digitisation of print," this exhibition aims to shed light on why nations are "vehemently investing resources in the construction of buildings that will project their cultural legacy and house the most precious treasures of their written history."

Live Oak Bank Headquarters / LS3P Associates

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Live Oak Bank Headquarters / LS3P Associates, © Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth + 31

Clifton 2A / SAOTA

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Clifton 2A / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Tamaryn Fourie, Thaabe Ramabina
  • Interior Design

    Janine Lazard Interiors
  • Area

    1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House CM Sint-Truiden / MASS Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
House CM Sint-Truiden / MASS Architects, © Philippe Van Gelooven
© Philippe Van Gelooven

© Philippe Van Gelooven © Philippe Van Gelooven © Philippe Van Gelooven © Philippe Van Gelooven + 28

Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects, © Aidan Monaghan Photography
© Aidan Monaghan Photography

© Aidan Monaghan Photography © Aidan Monaghan Photography © Aidan Monaghan Photography © Aidan Monaghan Photography + 26

Office Building / blocher partners

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Office Building / blocher partners, Courtesy of blocher partners
Courtesy of blocher partners

Courtesy of blocher partners Courtesy of blocher partners Courtesy of blocher partners Courtesy of blocher partners + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Herdweg 19, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Area

    3300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

When One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking the Open Office

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
When One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking the Open Office, Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Michel Denancé
Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Michel Denancé

Workplace design has undergone a radical transformation in the last several decades, with approximately seventy percent of today’s modern offices now converted to open plans. However, despite growing concerns over decreases in worker productivity and employee satisfaction, the open office revolution shows no sign of slowing down. The open office model has proliferated without regard for natural differences in workplace culture, leading to disastrous results when employees are forced into an office that works against their own interests. If we are to make offices more effective, we must acknowledge that ultimately, design comes out of adapting individual needs for a specific purpose and at best, can create inviting spaces that reflect a company’s own ethos.