212 House / Alfonso Reina

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
212 House / Alfonso Reina, © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Camí la Vileta, 212, 07011 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Technical Architect

    Antoni Riera
  • Project Area

    449.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +14

HALO: Swedish Students' Solar Decathlon Entry

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
HALO: Swedish Students' Solar Decathlon Entry, Courtesy of Team Sweden
Courtesy of Team Sweden

Designed and built by 25 students from Chalmers University in Sweden, HALO is a socially sustainable home for four students, running on renewable energy from the sun. HALO was designed using one underlying concept: shared space is double space.  

Courtesy of Team Sweden Courtesy of Team Sweden Courtesy of Team Sweden Courtesy of Team Sweden +23

Exhibition: OFIS_open_files

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
Exhibition: OFIS_open_files, Izola Social Housing / © Tomaz Gregoric
Izola Social Housing / © Tomaz Gregoric

From October 5, visitors to the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery can look forward to the new exhibition called OFIS_open_files which will introduce the creations of the architectural office from Slovenia.

American Architects Win International Competition for "Cultural Mall" in China

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
American Architects Win International Competition for "Cultural Mall" in China, Courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect
Courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect

A looping mixture of culture and commerce has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in China, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG).

Their 80,000 square meter winning proposal for the new Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall divides a large urban block into four 'cultural cores,' each five stories high and respectively housing a theater, fitness club, education center, and exhibition halls. The podium, which sits upon the glass-clad cores, spirals the length of the perimeter (comprised of stores, restaurants and cafes) and ultimately plateaus at an open park where the public and Phoenix employees would share a common space. 

Duchess Park Secondary School / HCMA

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
Duchess Park Secondary School / HCMA, Courtesy of HCMA
Courtesy of HCMA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
  • Area

    11040.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Courtesy of HCMA Courtesy of HCMA Courtesy of HCMA Courtesy of HCMA +24

House at Akatsuka / atelier HAKO architects

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
House at Akatsuka / atelier HAKO architects, © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts

© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts +21

Sant Pere Sacarrera Footbridge / Xavier Font

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
Sant Pere Sacarrera Footbridge / Xavier Font, © Xavier Font
© Xavier Font
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Xavier Font
  • Main Contractor

    Excavaciones y Construcciones Benjumea, S.A
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Xavier Font © Xavier Font © Xavier Font © Xavier Font +20

Verstas Architects Selected for New Core of Aalto University in Finland

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
Verstas Architects Selected for New Core of Aalto University in Finland, Courtesy of Verstas Architects Ltd
Courtesy of Verstas Architects Ltd

Helsinki-based Verstas Architects have recently been announced as the winners of a competition to design a new central campus for the Aalto University in EspooFinland. The new core of the university will sit alongside the campus's original Main Building and Library designed by Alvar Aalto.

Courtesy of Verstas Architects Ltd Courtesy of Verstas Architects Ltd Courtesy of Verstas Architects Ltd Courtesy of Verstas Architects Ltd +12

Working in Brazil: The Pros & Cons

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Working in Brazil: The Pros & Cons, View of Rio De Janeiro. Image ©  SCIENTIFANTASTIC
View of Rio De Janeiro. Image © SCIENTIFANTASTIC

In this article, which originally appeared on the AIArchitectSara Fernández Cendón discusses the opportunities and challenges for US architects who are taking advantage of Brazil's infrastructure development boom, particularly in the wake of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Until Brazil was selected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016, only three countries had hosted both events back-to-back. Successful bids for either event are usually equal parts proof that the country already has what it takes and a promise that it will do whatever else necessary to make things run smoothly.

In Brazil’s case, the “promise” part has generated a handful of projects for architectural firms around the world; Populous is responsible for conceptual design a stadium in the city of Natal, for example. And some observers believe that World Cup building delays could generate a rush of last-minute opportunities for foreign construction professionals. But even if these two headline-grabbing events haven’t been fully planned and designed by foreigners new to Brazil, the country is evolving into an emerging market for American architects, built on its intense thirst for upgraded commercial and transit infrastructure. 

Women’s Opportunity Center / Sharon Davis Design

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Women’s Opportunity Center / Sharon Davis Design, © Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

© Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella +44

Night Photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia Win at the 2013 International Photography Awards

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
Night Photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia Win at the 2013 International Photography Awards, © Andrew Prokos
© Andrew Prokos

Night photographs of the Brazilian capital created by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos are among this year’s winners at the International Photography Awards competition. Entitled “Niemeyer’s Brasilia” the series of photographs capture the surreal architecture of Oscar Niemeyer, who shaped the Brazilian capital for over 50 years.

More fantastic photographs and information on the awards after the break.

© Andrew Prokos © Andrew Prokos © Andrew Prokos © Andrew Prokos +7

Holl, Aravena Among Shortlist for Moscow's New Contemporary Art Center

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
Holl, Aravena Among Shortlist for Moscow's New Contemporary Art Center, National Centre for Contemporary Arts. Image Courtesy of Calvert Journal
National Centre for Contemporary Arts. Image Courtesy of Calvert Journal

The Russian Ministry of Culture has announced the shortlist of 10 architecture firms who will compete to design the museum and exhibition complex of Moscow's new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The NCCA, currently housed in a former factory in central Moscow, will be moved to Khoydynskoye Pole, a former airfield in northeast Moscow, as part of a larger urban planning project to develop the area. 

Ten firms were selected to advance to the second stage of the competition: five on the merit of their experience and portfolio; five on the merit of the preliminary architecture concepts submitted to the jury. See the shortlist, after the break...

Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013

The first two days of the World Architecture Festival 2013 have been intense. Keynotes by Charles Jencks and Dietmer Eberle, and several other lectures, have filled the auditorium and the festival hall stage, while hundreds of architects watch the live "crits," where firms present their projects in front of the jury and the audience. As a jury for the Health and Future Education categories, I've seen architects from firms from all ranges, sizes and trajectories present their shortlisted projects, a very strong selection of buildings. 

After these two days the winners of each category have been announced, and today the super jury will choose the World Building of the Year, followed by a lecture by Sou Fujimoto. Stay tuned for updates via Twitter!

"From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival’s venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award" - Paul Finch, Director of the WAF.

Check out the full list of winners, highly commended entries and the jury's comments:

Sports complex in Châtenay-Malabry / aEa - agence Engasser + associés

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Mathieu Ducros
© Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros +34

Taihu New Town Primary School / MINAX

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Lu Zhigang
© Lu Zhigang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuxi, China
  • Area

    32830.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang +24

C&C House / Arias Recalde Taller de arquitectura

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    18192 Dúdar, Granada, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Gonzalo Arias Recalde
  • Design Team

    Cristian Eugen Boz, Juan Miguel Quirosa García, Daniel Moreno García, Abaco ingenieros
  • Area

    257.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Fernando Alda , Courtesy of Arias Recalde Taller de arquitectura

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +16

Fuentes House / DMP Arquitectura

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Fuentes House / DMP Arquitectura, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque
  • Architects

  • Location

    Naucalpan, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Carlos Díaz Delgado, Carlos Díaz San Pedro
  • Builders

    Carlos Díaz Delgado, Carlos Díaz San Pedro
  • Collaborators

    Manuel Bernal, Jose Luis Ponce, Alfonso Malagón, Julio Cruz
  • Structural Engineering

    Grupo SAI
  • Area

    695.0 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +21

Box House / Zouk Architects

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Box House / Zouk Architects, © 3.2.1 Photography
© 3.2.1 Photography

© 3.2.1 Photography © 3.2.1 Photography © 3.2.1 Photography © 3.2.1 Photography +23