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Apartment in Arklių Street / DO Architects

01:00 - 24 December, 2014
Apartment in Arklių Street / DO Architects, Courtesy of DO Architects
Courtesy of DO Architects

Courtesy of DO Architects Courtesy of DO Architects Courtesy of DO Architects Courtesy of DO Architects +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Design Team

    Gilma Teodora Gylytė, Marija Steponavičiūtė
  • Area

    75.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Competition Results: "Hello Nature"

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Competition Results: "Hello Nature", Retreat/Shelter/Nest by András Dankházi. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Retreat/Shelter/Nest by András Dankházi. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Hello Nature, the most recent ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to design a structure that celebrates nature on an expansive site in northern Sweden at the foot of Omneberget mountain. Located in an area known as the High Coast (Höga Kusten), the site sits within an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designers were asked to "highlight the relationship between humanity and the rest of the planet" in putting forward proposals which "reconnect to nature." As a twist, entrants had to include both educational and recreational elements to their submissions. The entries, which range from a mountain of 'conservation drones' (with a control tower and charging station at its peak) to a collection of four extruded concrete plinths, all seek to explore our relationship with the wild when 50% of the world's population live in urban centres.

See the winning proposals and read the jury's comments after the break.

Honourable Mention: Back to the Future / Silvia Marcialis and Alessandra Mattacchioni. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Honourable Mention: Monument / Severino Iritano and Daniele Bonetti. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Third Prize: Inside Nature / Johan Meisel. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions First Prize: Dromneberget / Nicolay Boyadjiev and Don Toromanoff. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions +19

Redline / Pietri Architectes

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Redline / Pietri Architectes, Courtesy of Pietri Architectes
Courtesy of Pietri Architectes

Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes Courtesy of Pietri Architectes +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
  • Area

    4300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

House in Tourimachi / SNARK + OUVI

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
House in Tourimachi / SNARK + OUVI , © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Takasaki, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Sunao Koase, Naoki Mashiyama (SNARK), Shin Yokoo (Ouvi)
  • Area

    44.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Kleine Rittergasse 11 / Franken Architekten

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Kleine Rittergasse 11 / Franken Architekten, © Eibe Sînnecken
© Eibe Sînnecken

© Oliver Tamagnini © Axel Stephan © Eibe Sînnecken © Oliver Tamagnini +28

Dental Clinic / NAN Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Dental Clinic / NAN Arquitectos, © Iván Casal Nieto
© Iván Casal Nieto

© Iván Casal Nieto © Iván Casal Nieto © Iván Casal Nieto © Iván Casal Nieto +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paseo de Castelao, 25, 36940 Cangas, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Design Team

    Vicente Pillado, Wenceslao Lopez, Alberto F.Reiriz
  • Area

    49.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

US Architecture Schools Express Interest in Conferring Licensure to Graduates

00:00 - 23 December, 2014
US Architecture Schools Express Interest in Conferring Licensure to Graduates, © Wikimedia Commons user Kit
© Wikimedia Commons user Kit

Becoming licensed is no easy feat for the recently graduated architecture student. The combination of required internship hours and exam scores proves a daunting obstacle for most, often taking years of work after college to surpass. Now, however, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is testing the waters for an alternative system that could grant licensure to students immediately upon graduation.

Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre, Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes
Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes

Nestled into the coastal landscape of Calais on the northern coast of France, Arte Charpentier Architectes have unveiled their design for the Calais Congress Centre, a hub for cultural and social activity in the bustling city. Located along the English Channel, the centre will provide remarkable views of the water and ships entering the city's commercial port. The curvilinear centre will mimic the lush green landscape while echoing the energy of the city with an asymmetrical, ethereal design which includes flexible public space, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and two hotels all shrouded by an elegant curtain of glass.

Enter the Calais Cultural Centre with images and info after the break

The centre will feature panoramic coastal views. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior public spaces. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior cafe. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes +10

Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture, © Gregoire Auger
© Gregoire Auger

© Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger +21

Video: Mini-Documentary Profiles Artists Who Are Shunning China's Urban Explosion

00:00 - 23 December, 2014

In 2011, China had more people living in urban areas than rural areas for the first time in its history, and recent government statistics show that around 300 villages disappear per day in China. Yet in the face of rapid urbanization, a “back to land movement” is now also emerging. A new mini-documentary by Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson, Down to the Countryside, looks at urban residents who, fed up with city life, are looking to revitalize the countryside, while preserving local tradition. The documentary follows Ou Ning, an artist and curator, who moved from Beijing to the village of Bishan, in Anhui province, in 2013. Ning considers himself part of China’s “new rural reconstruction movement,” and the documentary shows his quest to develop the rural economy and bring arts and culture to the countryside.

Learn more about the film on China File and check out an interview with the directors on CityLab.

Sou Fujimoto Chosen to Design Liget Budapest's House of Hungarian Music

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Sou Fujimoto Chosen to Design Liget Budapest's House of Hungarian Music, © Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest
© Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest

Sou Fujimoto Architects has been announced as one of three practices chosen to design buildings for the Liget Budapest project, one of Europe’s largest museum developments. Selected through an anonymous competition process, the Japanese firm will realize an undulating House of Hungarian Music that was “inspired by sound waves.” Its distinctive perforated “smart roof” will float on top an airy glass-walled interior illuminated by the canopy’s lightwells. 

French practice Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes was also chosen to construct a striated Museum of Ethnography, while Hungarian firm Középülettervező Zrt will realize the cuboidal PhotoMuseum Budapest and Museum of Hungarian Architecture

All three projects will be built in Városliget, the city’s largest park, by 2018. Continue after break to view images of each. 

© Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Középülettervező Zrt., Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes, Courtesy of Liget Budapest +26

Frank Gehry Tells the Story Behind Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

00:00 - 23 December, 2014
Frank Gehry Tells the Story Behind Guggenheim Abu Dhabi , Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Image © Gehry Partners
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Image © Gehry Partners

In just three short years, Frank Gehry’s 450,000-square-foot Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open. More than 12 times the size of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim New York, the expansive $800 million museum will showcase 1960s art from around the world within an asymmetrical mountain of plaster blocks and self-cooling translucent cones. Anticipating its completion, the New York Times sat down with Gehry to hear the story behind the building’s design. Watch the full interview with Gehry, here

St-Sulpice / FHV Architectes

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
St-Sulpice / FHV Architectes, Courtesy of FHV Architectes
Courtesy of FHV Architectes

Courtesy of FHV Architectes Courtesy of FHV Architectes Courtesy of FHV Architectes Courtesy of FHV Architectes +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Sulpice, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Claudius Fruehauf, Guillaume Henry, Carlos Viladoms, Francesca Fraschini, Alberto Sols
  • Project Year

    2014

Golden Lane / Amin Taha Architects

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Golden Lane / Amin Taha Architects, © Tim Soar
© Tim Soar

© Tim Soar © Tim Soar © Tim Soar © Tim Soar +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer

    Webb Yates Engineers
  • Area

    186.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Los Morros House / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Los Morros House / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos , © Midas / Pablo Blanco
© Midas / Pablo Blanco

© Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco +21

UK Housing Review Panel "Needs To Be More Balanced," Admits Terry Farrell

00:00 - 23 December, 2014
UK Housing Review Panel "Needs To Be More Balanced," Admits Terry Farrell, © Agnese Sanvito, via Farrells Facebook Page
© Agnese Sanvito, via Farrells Facebook Page

Last week the UK Government appointed a new housing design panel, intended to "ensure that new homes are not only lower-cost but also high-quality and well-designed." The panel will be led by Terry Farrell, classical architect Quinlan Terry and aesthetics philosopher Roger Scruton, as well as representatives from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the UK Design Council and lobby group Create Streets. However, the profession was quick to criticize the selection of the three lead members of the panel.

Deakin Trade Training Centre / Y2 Architecture

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Deakin Trade Training Centre / Y2 Architecture, © Zachary Couyant
© Zachary Couyant

© Zachary Couyant © Zachary Couyant © Zachary Couyant © Zachary Couyant +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mildura VIC 3500, Australia
  • Collaborators

    Matthew Dwyer, Peter Tonkin, Felicity Brown, Damien Ferlazzo, Stuart Redmond
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Closse Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Closse Residence /  NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +21