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National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Konior Studio

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Konior Studio, © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Daniel Rumiancew +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Katowice, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomasz Konior
  • Design Team

    Aleksander Nowacki, Łukasz Homan, Magdalena Tokarska, Adam Skrzypczyk, Dominik Koroś, Andrzej Witkowski, Zbigniew Gierczak, Anna Jabłońska-Lisińska, Marcin Sikora, Piotr Zowada, Marcin Jurkiewicz, Maciej Niewiadomski, Dominik Czajkowski, Łukasz Bonar, Szymon Jawor, Bartłomiej Pochopień, Michał Lipiec, Marcin Piotrowski, Paweł Barczyk, Katarzyna Leśniok, Paweł Gruszka, Przemysław Tabor, Ewa Nowacka, Jakub Świerzawski, Henryk Struski, Anna Jaszkaniec, Mariusz Wronowski
  • Area

    7874.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

ArchDaily's 2014 Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Submitted by Patrick Grime
Submitted by Patrick Grime

After receiving close to 150 holiday card submissions – including a "Bjarke, the Herald Ingels" singing, and several angry Gehry-Clauses – we’ve selected three winners! Take a look at the winning submissions as well as some of our favorite cards after the break, and get ready to celebrate the holidays the architect’s way.

ArchDaily's 2014 Holiday Card Contest has been generously sponsored by Mosa.

M-House / TOFU

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
M-House / TOFU, © Stirling Elmendorf
© Stirling Elmendorf

© Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ashiya, Japan
  • Site Area

    95.98sqm
  • Area

    158.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Tsubomi House / FLAT HOUSE

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Tsubomi House / FLAT HOUSE, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoshinori Sakano
  • Area

    77.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

Humorous Short Stories About Austin's Madcap Growth

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Humorous Short Stories About Austin's Madcap Growth, Courtesy of davidheymannauthor.com
Courtesy of davidheymannauthor.com

Award-winning architect, writer, and professor David Heymann has just released his first work of fiction: My Beautiful City Austin. Composed of seven humorous tales, the stories document the misadventures of a young architect in Austin and his accidental involvement in the slow decimation of his city’s charms. Unable to deter his clients from their poor choices, the well-intentioned designer finds himself complicit. Using fiction, Heymann paints a sharply dynamic picture of the architectural consequences of Austin’s rapid growth and “rediscovered allure.” Check out the book, here.

Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air, The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images
The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

In an article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright steps "inside Beijing's apocalypse": the poisonous, polluted atmosphere that often clings to the Chinese capital. He explores ways in which those who live in this metropolis have started to redefine the spaces they frequent and the ways in which they live. Schools, he notes, are now building inflatable domes over play areas in order to "simulate a normal environment." The dangers were made clear when "this year’s Beijing marathon [...] saw many drop out when their face-mask filters turned a shade of grey after just a few kilometres." Now, in an attempt to improve the living conditions in the city, ecologists and environmental scientists are proposing new methods to filter the air en masse. Read about some of the methods here.

Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa's Tallest Tower

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa's Tallest Tower, © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr
© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr

Valode & Pistre is set to break ground on Africa’s tallest tower next June. More than doubling the height of Johannesburg’s 223-meter Carlton Center, which has been the continent’s tallest building since 1973, the Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) will most likely rise 540-meters on a 25-hectare site in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. 

It’s program will center around business, providing accommodations with a 200-suite luxury hotel, a trading platform, conference hall and large art gallery, as well as an astonishing 100-meter-tall atrium that hollows the tower’s base.  

© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr © Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr +12

AR Vinhos / Paulo Martins Arq&Design

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
AR Vinhos / Paulo Martins Arq&Design, © Ana Tavares
© Ana Tavares

© Ana Tavares © Ana Tavares © Ana Tavares © Ana Tavares +16

Burke Gilman House / Stettler Design

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Burke Gilman House / Stettler Design, © Dale Lang
© Dale Lang

© Dale Lang © Dale Lang © Dale Lang © Dale Lang +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, United States
  • Design Team

    Daniel Stettler, Will Payne
  • Collaborators

    Paul Michael Davis Design
  • Area

    2300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects, © Christopher Frederick-Jones
© Christopher Frederick-Jones

© Christopher Frederick-Jones © Christopher Frederick-Jones © Christopher Frederick-Jones © Christopher Frederick-Jones +23

Biomes and Biodiversity Feature in Azerbaijan's Pavilion for Milan 2015

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Biomes and Biodiversity Feature in Azerbaijan's Pavilion for Milan 2015, Courtesy of Simmetrico Network
Courtesy of Simmetrico Network

Azerbaijan has recently unveiled the design of “Treasure of Biodiversity,” its dedicated pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, marking the first time the country has participated at a Universal Exposition. Designed by Italian firm Simmetrico Network, the pavilion aims to reflect the unique cultures and landscapes of Azerbaijan while acting as a model of sustainable design. Complete with biospheres and undulating walls, the pavilion’s unique form takes cues from the central Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and hopes to engage visitors with the values of protected biodiversity. 

Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network +18

UNSTABLE's AMAZE Installation Takes Visitors on a Vivid Multisensory Journey

00:00 - 16 December, 2014
Courtesy of UNSTABLE
Courtesy of UNSTABLE

Colorful lights dance across translucent panels, illuminating the backdrop of Toronto’s glowing downtown high-rises. In their three-dimensional interactive installation entitled AMAZE, design and research laboratory UNSTABLE has created a multisensory experience like no other. Complex branching passageways challenge visitors to find their own path through the ever-changing structure, as if wandering through a vivid psychedelic dream. Becoming an integral part of the installation, visitors are met with dynamic shadows of the crowd and the urban landscape beyond before finding their way out of the maze.

Courtesy of UNSTABLE Courtesy of UNSTABLE Courtesy of UNSTABLE Courtesy of UNSTABLE +18

The Restoration of Chartres Cathedral is a "Scandalous Desecration"

00:00 - 16 December, 2014
The Restoration of Chartres Cathedral is a "Scandalous Desecration", On the left, an as-yet unrestored section of the cathedral can be compared to a restored section, right. Image © Flickr CC User Lawrence OP
On the left, an as-yet unrestored section of the cathedral can be compared to a restored section, right. Image © Flickr CC User Lawrence OP

Throughout its eight-century-long history, Chartres Cathedral has been consistently cited as one of the world's greatest religious spaces, charming countless architects thanks to its dramatic interior combining brooding stone vaults and delicate stained glass windows. But this legacy is severely threatened, argues Martin Filler for the New York Review of Books, by a "foolhardy" restoration in its zeal for recapturing the past "makes authentic artifacts look fake."

© Flickr CC User Lawrence OP The stark difference between the original and the restored sections. Image © Flickr CC User Sarah Karlson © Flickr CC User Connie Ma A gilded boss at the top of a vault. Image © Flickr CC User Klaus Wagensonner +6

Save Japan’s Modern Architecture

00:00 - 16 December, 2014

As preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics escalate, so do concerns regarding the preservation of the city’s heritage; and more specifically, according to Tomas Maier, Japan’s modernist architecture. The Bottega Venneta creative director recently embarked on an “urgent visit” to Japan in an effort to evaluate the city’s risk of loosing its modernist icons. With special consideration for the overlooked and threatened Hotel Okura, Maier believes that this Yoshiro Taniguchi-designed landmark is just one of many structures at risk of falling to "progress.”

Watch the video above and learn more about how you can help preserve the Hotel Okura, here

BIG, MVRDV and Snøhetta Among 6 Shortlisted for Oslo Goverment Quarter

00:00 - 16 December, 2014
BIG, MVRDV and Snøhetta Among 6 Shortlisted for Oslo Goverment Quarter, Oslo Opera House / Snøhetta. Image © CC Flickr User Howard Ignatius
Oslo Opera House / Snøhetta. Image © CC Flickr User Howard Ignatius

Statsbygg has shortlisted six teams to develop proposals for a new government quarter in Oslo. Selected from 24 submissions, the chosen teams will now have until March 2015 to prepare their ideas. The unconventional competition, which requires the inclusion of students from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, will not culminate with a single winner. Rather, ideas from all the shortlisted proposals will be extracted and used in an eventual masterplan. 

The six shortlisted teams are…

Foundation for Polish Science Headquarters / FAAB Architektura

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
Foundation for Polish Science Headquarters / FAAB Architektura, © Bartłomiej Senkowski
© Bartłomiej Senkowski

© Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figurski, Maria Messina
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Villa Musu / Sanaksenaho Architects

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
Villa Musu / Sanaksenaho Architects, © Jussi Tiainen
© Jussi Tiainen

© Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen +10

Eiffel Tower’s First Floor Refurbishment / Agence Moatti-Rivière

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
Eiffel Tower’s First Floor Refurbishment / Agence Moatti-Rivière, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé +28