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MCHAP Recognizes OMA, Holl, HdM as Finalists for Most Outstanding Projects in the Americas

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
MCHAP Recognizes OMA, Holl, HdM as Finalists for Most Outstanding Projects in the Americas

The  (MCHAP) has just announced the seven finalists - drawn from a shortlist of 36 projects - at an event in Santiago, Chile.

To determine the finalists, the five jury members - Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, and Kenneth Frampton - spent the last twelve days visiting projects, speaking with the architects, users and owners of the spaces, and entering into intense debate among each other. 

As jury member Dominique Perrault noted, “There’s a lot of means by which to evaluate projects - models, drawings, images - but we took all opportunities to test the quality of the architecture. In the end, only by visiting can you sense the ‘touch of god’ - the presence of the building itself in the context.”

The resulting finalists show tremendous variety - in terms of scale, place, typology, program, materials, etc. - making the task of choosing a winner all the more challenging. See all seven finalists, as well as a video of Kenneth Frampton discussing the selection process, after the break.

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Modified Tokyo National Stadium Designs

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Modified Tokyo National Stadium Designs, The updated design for the Tokyo National Stadium. Image © Japan Sport Council
The updated design for the Tokyo National Stadium. Image © Japan Sport Council

Update: The Japan Sport Council has now unveiled images of ZHA's redesigned Tokyo National Stadium, which Zaha Hadid Architects say will make "make the stadium even more efficient, user-focussed, adaptable and sustainable." The capacity of the stadium will remain at 80,000 seats.

After sustained protest from Japanese architects and citizens alike, Zaha Hadid Architects have confessed that they are modifying their designs for Tokyo's National Stadium, the centerpiece for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After repeated criticism, including a petition launched by Pritzker laureates Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki, the Japanese Government had already announced a plan to reduce the cost from its original budget of $3 billion to a more manageable $1.7 billion.

Now, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added fuel to the fire by saying that it would support a scaled-back plan for the entire event: "We want to see more existing venues, we want to see the use of more temporary grandstands," said Committee vice president John Coates.

More on Tokyo's plan to dial down its Olympics after the break

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Under Consideration as UNESCO Heritage Site

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Under Consideration as UNESCO Heritage Site, © http://www.flickr.com/photos/32224170@N03/3352894744/. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
© http://www.flickr.com/photos/32224170@N03/3352894744/. Used under Creative Commons

By 2016, Frank Lloyd Wright's finest creations may be considered as monumental as the Taj Mahal or the Great Pyramids. The eleven structures, including the Robie House and the Guggenheim Museum, have been collectively nominated as a single UNESCO World Heritage Site. To learn a bit more about the nomination process and why they are being considered, check out this article on the Wisconsin Rapids Tribute

Aloe Ridge House / Metropole Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Aloe Ridge House / Metropole Architects, © Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

© Grant Pitcher © Grant Pitcher © Grant Pitcher © Grant Pitcher +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pennington, South Africa
  • Design Architect

    Nigel Tarboton
  • Project Architect

    David Louis
  • Project Technician

    Simon Wayne
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Aedas Announces Demerger Into Two Separate Companies

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Aedas Announces Demerger Into Two Separate Companies, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building. Image Courtesy of Aedas

As of this week Aedas, which was recently ranked as the 5th largest and influential practice in the UK by the Architects' Journal, has demerged into two separate practices. The thirteen offices in China, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the US, will continue to operate under the Aedas brand whilst the eight UK offices and the offices in Russia, Poland and Kazakhstan will operate under a new name: AHR. According to the outgoing board, the demerger "will allow both companies to focus on their respective strengths and will enable them to grow the businesses in different directions." The intention is that both groups will continue to work together on projects in the future.

Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone, Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © Matthew Simmonds
Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in Italy, has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from stone. Having worked on a number of restoration projects in the UK - from Westminster Abbey to Ely Cathedral - his skills have been transferred into work of a much smaller, if not more intricate, scale. Hewn from large stone blocks (some of marble), the level of intricacy Simmonds has achieved in the architectural detailing is almost incredible. Capitals, vaults and surfaces all distort and reflect light in a very beguiling way.

Fragment. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Passage. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Stone. Image © Matthew Simmonds Stone Study. Image © Matthew Simmonds +12

The POD / Whiting Architects

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
The POD / Whiting Architects, © Sharyn Cairns
© Sharyn Cairns

© Sharyn Cairns © Sharyn Cairns © Sharyn Cairns © Sharyn Cairns +11

Hover House / Bower Architecture

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Hover House / Bower Architecture, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +15

Foster + Partners Unveils New Images of 425 Park Avenue

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Foster + Partners Unveils New Images of 425 Park Avenue, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released new images of 425 Park Avenue in New York, the project which turned heads in 2012 when videos of the four competing architects presenting their proposals were released to Youtube. The new images show a slightly altered design for the glazed entrance, where a mezzanine on either side replaces what was originally a double height space in the entire lobby. The new images also give a glimpse into the building's interiors, where curtain glass walls make the most of spectacular views across Manhattan and Central Park. Read on after the break for all the images.

via Visualhouse via Visualhouse New Render showing mezzanine floors on either side of the entrance lobby. Image via Visualhouse via Visualhouse +7

The Power of Paint: Three Case Studies on Colour in Architecture

00:00 - 10 July, 2014

Based at the Architectural Association school of Architecture and linked to the Phd research program at UIAV, Saturated Space takes a comprehensive look at the “grammar” and history of colour in architecture, the perceptual and phenomenological principles of colour in relation to the human subject, and the socio-political aspects of colour as a culturally active agent. This article, written by architect and CLOG editor Jacob Reidel, originally appeared as “Powerful Colours” on Saturated Space‘s website, a forum for the sharing, exploration, and celebration of colour in Architecture.

Let’s admit it, architects are suspicious—if not a little scared—of colour. How else to explain the default contemporary architect’s preference for exposed finishes such as concrete, brick, COR-TEN steel, stone, and wood? Perhaps this is because an architect’s choice of applied colour may often seem one of the most subjective—and hence least defensible—decisions to be made over the course of a project.* Indeed, applied colour seldom performs from a technical standpoint, and it is the architect’s taste, pure and simple, which is often on the line whenever a specific colour is proposed to the client. Or perhaps architects’ mistrust of applied colour owes something to the profession’s well-known controlling tendencies and the fact that colour is one of the most mutable aspects of a building; better, we architects are instructed, to focus on “important” and “architectural” decisions such as form, space, materials, program, and organization. Indeed, it is far easier for a future owner to repaint a wall than it is to move it.

Tahan Villa / BLANKPAGE Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Tahan Villa / BLANKPAGE Architects, © Ieva Saudargaitė
© Ieva Saudargaitė

© Ieva Saudargaitė © Ieva Saudargaitė © Ieva Saudargaitė © Ieva Saudargaitė +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kfour, Lebanon
  • Architect in Charge

    Karim Nader, Patrick Mezher, Walid Ghantous, Romy Lahoud
  • Area

    865.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Eskisehir Hotel and Spa / GAD Architecture

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Eskisehir Hotel and Spa / GAD Architecture, © Altkat Architectural Photography
© Altkat Architectural Photography

© Altkat Architectural Photography © Altkat Architectural Photography © Altkat Architectural Photography © Altkat Architectural Photography +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Eskişehir/Eskisehir, Turkey
  • Project Coordinator

    Nesime Önel
  • Design Team

    Ertugrul Morcol,Carlos Valderama, Gizem Kiroglu,Omer Karaer,Durak Arıkan, Ayşegül Altuğ,Derya Arpac,Mehmet Baykara, Asli Genc,Muge Tan
  • Area

    45000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

House LB Piura / Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
House LB Piura  / Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos, © Fernando Barranzuela
© Fernando Barranzuela

© Fernando Barranzuela © Fernando Barranzuela © Fernando Barranzuela © Fernando Barranzuela +23

Zacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie Studio

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Zacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie Studio, © John Sinal
© John Sinal

© John Sinal © John Sinal © John Sinal © John Sinal +11

Humanitarium / group8

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Humanitarium / group8, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue de la Paix 17 – 19, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Adrien Besson, Christophe Pidoux, Julien Potignat and Blaise Fontaine.
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Green Box Design Studio / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
© Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Patrick McGinley, Claire Faulkner
  • Main Contractror

    Tony Ringland, Glenwood Systems
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh +17

Terence Gower: SuperPuesto

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Terence Gower: SuperPuesto, Rendering by architect Yoandy Rizo Fiallo, 2014
Rendering by architect Yoandy Rizo Fiallo, 2014

SuperPuesto is a temporary pavilion by Terence Gower commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in collaboration with the Andrew Freedman Home for Beyond the Supersquare, the first U.S. museum exhibition to examine the complicated legacies of modernist architecture in Latin America and the Caribbean through the perspectives of 30 contemporary artists. With the goal of providing an immersive space for visitors to experience the exhibition’s artistic and architectural themes, SuperPuesto also serves as an annex for educational and public programs related to Beyond the Supersquare.

Framestore LA / DHD Architecture + Interior Design + RAC Design Build

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Framestore LA / DHD Architecture + Interior Design + RAC Design Build, © Art Gray
© Art Gray

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray +33