The young architectural studio Urbanplunger was recently awarded third prize in the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of Hong Kong. Their proposal consists of a uniquely suspended building structure described as an “architectural parasite” that leans on neighboring buildings in order to elevate itself above ground. Read on for more.
Architect: LOOK Architects
Location: 5 Bishan Place, Singapore
Site Area: 1400.30 sqm
Client: National Library Board, Singapore
Structural Engineer: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Mechanicalme &Electrical Engineer: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Quantity surveyor: BEC Consultants
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall, Tim Nolan
Architect: María Isabel Bennasar Félix
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Client: Consorcid’Educació de Barcelona, PlaçaUrquinaona 6, 08010 Barcelona, tel. 935511000
Area: 1,080 sqm
Budget: 2,791,094 euros
Collaborators: Nursery School In Barcelona / Maria Isabel Bennasar Felix CorinaDindareanu.
Construction company: Construccions DECO S.A.
Photographs: Filippo Poli
Endangered Monuments Update: Preservation Efforts for the 510 Fifth Avenue Manufactures Trust Company Bank Branch
ArchDaily previously ran an article about the Manufacturers Trust Company Bank Branch at 510 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and interior designer Eleanor H. Le Maire, a building designated as protected under the Landmarks Preservation Commission with first the exterior in 1997 and later the interior in early 2011. But as recently as October 2011, the building was already listed under the 2012 World Monuments Fund in the 2012 World Monuments Watch as the current owners, Vornado Realty Trust, began compromising the landmarked conditions of the interior of the building as it was being adapted for reuse. With preservationists in an uproar, support for the protection of the building was enough to bring Vornado Realty Trust to New York State Supreme Court where a settlement was reached.
Read on for more details on the settlement and continuing efforts to protect endangered monuments.
After two weeks and more than 30,000 nominations, we are proud to announce the finalists for the 2011 Building of the Year Award, a selection of the best projects made by our readers.
The shortlist for the awards includes 70 projects in 14 categories, a selection that shows the diversity of projects featured at ArchDaily during the past year. From small interiors to large scale buildings, designed by renowned practices and young architects, in different locations around the world.
I’d like to thank everyone who participated during the nominations round, as the finalists are outstanding.
You can vote for your favorite projects starting today and until March 6th at midnight EST (all the rules here):
Your votes will give you the chance to win an iPad, same as Annie Wang who just won one for voting during the nominations round.
Remember: the office of the project with most votes during the final round will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer.
During the process we worked very hard to log and flag every attempt to abuse the voting system, removing fake accounts and automated votes, and we wil continue to do so during this stage.
And the finalists are:
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has selected the internationally acclaimed Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger as the Royal Gold Medalist of 2012. Hertzberger established his firm Architectuurstudio HH in 1958 and since has made significant contributions to the world of modern architecture. He is not only an architect, but a teacher and published writer. Hertzberger has won a great many competitions, has been made an honorary member of several cultural bodies and has been awarded international architecture prizes, both for individual projects and for his oeuvre as a whole. Continue reading for more information on Hermam Hertzberger and the video above.
The [design machine group] at the University of Washington is a cross-disciplinary group from the College of Built Environments and the Department of Architecture. It’s directive is to explore and develop ideas “that will shape the future of design and information technology.”
Their research projects range from fabrication tools to new ways of rendering large-scale models. Amongst the most exciting is the SPOT tool. First of all, this tool is free, so anyone, anywhere in the world can use it. And because it was developed for architects, its features have the needs of architects in mind.
Map 13… shared with us their project, Infrastructural Archeaology. Landfills are areas of great potential which are but a mere evidence of the uncontrolled cosumerism of this extreme society. They understand that waste should be buried and isolated, and not
Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: Keppel Bay, Singapore
Building Size: 2,000,000 sqm; 1,129 units
Client: Keppel Land International
Architect of Record: DCA Architects PTE LTD
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Beca Carter Hollings&Ferner (S.E.Asia) Pte Ltd
Civil Engineer: T.Y. LIN International
Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates + Sitetectonix
Photographs: Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd-a, SDL, VMW Obilia
Are you an avid lover of the High Line? If you’ve been keeping up with our coverage of the project by James Corner Field Operations and DS+R, then you have been following the development of the High Line’s different sections – such as the early stages for a the design of the Gansevoort entrance and elevated street ampitheater of Stage One, and the picture frame and tree fly over of Stage Two. And, yet the amazing public space is still developing further. Friends of the High Line are presenting initial design concepts for the rail yards section of the High Line, which requires new zoning that would preserve the entire rail yards section, including the Spur, as public open space. At a community input meeting on Monday, March 12, the High Line design team will share their visions and answer questions about the soon-to-be newest part of the project.
More information about the meeting after the break.
Architect: BNKR Arquitectura
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Design Team: Esteban Suarez and Sebastian Suarez
Project Leader: Adrian Aguilar
Project Team: Adrian Aguilar & Diego Jasso
Collaborators: Julio Amezcua & Erik Ramírez
Carpentry: La Invencible / Alejandro Tapia
Completion: November 2011
Photography: Jaime Navarro
The finalists of the international competition to transform the Carlsberg Brewhouse into an exciting, must-see Brand and Experience Center, was recently revealed. The competition sought to find proposals that would create a world-class attraction with a broad appeal to visitors who wish to be challenged, engaged and entertained by one of the world’s strongest brands. The main focus is on the transformation on the Brewhouse and the Elephant Gate but should also describe how Carlsberg Group can re-enforce, strengthen and further develop its presence in the Carlsberg site. More images and information on the finalists’ proposal after the break.
Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte + Ipas Architectes
Location: Rue Charles-Knapp 30, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
General management: andrea pelati architecte
Design: ipas architectes sa
Execution: andrea pelati architecte
Author: Eric Ott, ipas architects sa
Co-author: Andrea Pelati
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Eric Ott, Gilles Batista, Jean-Claude Prêtre
Project Consultants: Mauler SA – Ccivil Engineers
Client: Habitat Concept Sàrl
Project Area: 1,950 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2011
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher, Gérald Sciboz
Launched just last week, the UrbanCollective… Modular Building Design Challenge 2012, open to all architects, engineers, designers and students – individually or in groups, challenges participants to design a contemporary modular home. throughout the world. The competition aims to further
Location: Avilés, Spain
Developer: ArcelorMittal, AGP [Actividades Generales Portuarias]
Collaborators: Estudios y Proyectos
Builder: Conrado Antuña, Arcelor Construcción
Budget: 1,212,275.70 euros
Surface area: 3,220 sqm
Photographer: Mariela Apollonio, Angel Sanchís