RIBA Manser Medal 2012 Shortlist

Private house East Sussex / Duggan Morris Architects © James Brittain

The Royal Institute of British Architects () has announced the 2012 shortlist for the UK’s pre-eminent private housing design award, the Manser Medal. These five houses, chosen from winners of RIBA Awards and RIBA regional awards, are competing for the UK’s “best new house”.

The 2012 Manser Medal shortlist includes:

  • The Dune House in Thorpeness, Suffolk / Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects
  • Private house in Gloucestershire / Found Associates
  • Private house in East Sussex / Duggan Morris Architects
  • Two Passive Solar Gain Houses, Porthadown, Cornwall / Simon Conder Associates
  • Maison L, Ile de France / Christian Pottgiesser – Architecture Possibles

The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize dinner October 13, 2012 in Manchester. This year’s judges include Michael Manser CBE, architect; Lady Jill Ritblat; and Tony Chapman, Hon FRIBA, RIBA Head of Awards.

Learn more about each project after the break.

AD Interviews: Renzo Piano – Part III

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We continue with the last part of our exclusive interview with .

Since first achieving international fame in 1978 with the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Renzo Piano has become known as a prolific, Italian architect capable of achieving a masterful balance between art, architecture and engineering. His intellectual curiosity and problem-solving techniques have led him to develop a wide-ranging portfolio that successfully merges high technology with humane and comfortable environments.

Sophisticated, refined and elegant, the presence of ’s work is internationally celebrated. Originally born into a family of Italian builders, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect now leads a staff of 150 at his practice, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, from three locations – Genoa, Paris and New York.

Part III to be aired on Tuesday Sept 18th.

House 77 / dIONISO LAB

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Architects: dIONISO LAB
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: José Cadilhe, Emanuel Fontoura
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of dIONISO LAB

Video: Baroque Court Apartments / OFIS Architects

Video: Baroque Court Apartments / OFIS Architects

Created by Carniolus, the video above very elegantly gives you a pretty good description of the Baroque Court Apartments, designed by OFIS Architects…. A residential block in the historic city center of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the project is positioned to

Shantih / Omar Gandhi Architect

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Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
Location: Hunts Point, Nova Scotia, Canada
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Greg Richardson Photography

© 2012 RIBA Competitions
© 2012 RIBA Competitions

RIBA International Design Competition to Influence the Future of York’s Historic Guildhall

The City of York Council recently launched a competition seeking nationally and internationally renowned architects to submit their design proposals which clearly demonstrate potential future uses for York’s historic Guildhall and riverside complex. Registered architects are invited to develop their…

Beijing South Station / TFP Farrells

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Architects: TFP Farrells
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Zhou Ruogu, Fu Xing, Oak Taylor Smith

Courtesy of Basic City A+U
Courtesy of Basic City A+U

Nowa Huta of the Future Proposal / Basic City A+U

The design for the Nowa Huta of the Future focused on the exploitation of the close relation to the nature and the nearby river landscape, fresh food supply from the local agriculture production fields, and a variety of recreational activities…

Simplon A / T2.a Architects

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Architects: T2.a Architects
Location: Budapest,
Architects: Gábor Turányi, Bence Turányi
Project Team: Éva Pinczés, Levente Skultéti, László Nyitray
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Zsolt Batár

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Venice Biennale 2012: Ruta del Peregrino

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Each year, two million Mexican residents take part in the Ruta del Peregrino (Pilgrim’s Route) – a 117 kilometer pilgrimage through the mountains range of Jalisco that is centered around the adoration to the Virgin of Talpa. This religious voyage has been taking place since the 17th century and represents the pilgrim’s act of faith carried to penitence. In an effort to provide the  route with better conditions, nine architecture firms collaborated  to build seven architectural landmarks that provide shelter, services and outlook points for the pilgrims.

The Master Plan, designed by Tatiana Bilbao, Derek Dellekamp and Rozana Montiel, was presented in a special exhibition  to resonate with the theme “Common Ground”.

The nine practices involved since the start of the project are Ai Weiwei (Fake Design), Luis Aldrete Arquitectos, Tatiana Bilbao, Christ & Gantenbein, Dellekamp Arquitectos, Alejandro Aravena (Elemental), Godoylab, HHF Architects, and Rozana Montiel (Periférica).

Read more about the route of the pilgrim and see more pictures after the break. 

House in Okusawa / Schemata Architects

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Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: Okusawa Setagaya
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 136.46 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Holly Tree Farm / Cykel Architecture

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Architects: Cykel Architecture
Location: Castle Forbes Bay, Tasmania,
Architect In Charge: Stephen Geason
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jonathan Wherrett

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Venice Biennale 2012: Feel the Ground. Wall House: One to One / Anupama Kundoo

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ArchDaily is proud to present images from the 2012 Venice Biennale featuring the reconstruction of ’s Wall House. The installation is an opportunity for the architect to reassess intial strategies and continue to explore the experiments of the original construction in Auroville, India. The replica was built by Indian craftspeople and Italian builders. The original design for the house aimed to respond to the environment and culture in which it is situated, taking into consideration construction techniques, material applications, and site strategies. The reconstruction, though absent from a landscape, displays spatial innovation and a collaborative use of materials that evokes an excitement about the integration of culture and structural techniques.

Join us after the break for images from the 2012 Venice Biennale.

Mita Residence / YJP Architecture

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Architects: YJP Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: 45g Photography

AD Interviews: Renzo Piano – Part II

Part I – Part II – Part III

We continue with the second part of our exclusive interview with .

Since first achieving international fame in 1978 with the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Renzo Piano has become known as a prolific, Italian architect capable of achieving a masterful balance between art, architecture and engineering. His intellectual curiosity and problem-solving techniques have led him to develop a wide-ranging portfolio that successfully merges high technology with humane and comfortable environments.

Sophisticated, refined and elegant, the presence of Renzo Piano’s work is internationally celebrated. Originally born into a family of Italian builders, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect now leads a staff of 150 at his practice, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, from three locations – Genoa, Paris and New York.

Watch Part III.

Typology: Rome, New York, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires. Review No. 2 / Emanuel Christ & Christoph Gantenbein

Typology, volume 2 of the new series Christ & Gantenbein Review, presents more than 150 buildings located in Rome, New York, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires that have been analyzed by the chair of Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. This selective and subjective inventory of metropolitan and essentially anonymous 20th century building production provides a basis for urban project creation.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Finalists

Natural Systems 2012 First Prize: Young Bum Kim, Hung Kit Yuen; Courtesy of

The winners of d3′s annual Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition for 2012 have been revealed!  With three top prizes and ten special mentions, the results of the includes a variety of proposals in response to the prompt which promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies.  The competitions invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to explore the potential of nature-based analysis and documentation in architectural and design applications in urbanism, architecture, interiors and designed objects.  The jury included a panel of architects and designers engaged in sustainable  practices and computational explorations.

Join us after the break to view the winning projects.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Switzerland Pavilion

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After being nominated to represent at the 2012 architecture biennale in Venice, architect and university professor Miroslav Šik decided to join forces with two other swiss firms -Knapkiewicz + Fickert from Zurich and Miller & Maranta from Basel- with whom he has been working together for many years. They have created what they call “an ensemble and atmosphere approach to urban architecture”, and decided to illustrate these concepts by putting together images of their own buildings and projects to create a collage-style exhibition.

See more pictures and read the architect’s description of the pavilion after the break: