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Affordable Housing at the Edge of the City / Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design

01:00 - 12 December, 2014
Affordable Housing at the Edge of the City / Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design, Courtesy of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design
Courtesy of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design

Courtesy of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design Courtesy of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design Courtesy of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design Courtesy of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rijeka, Croatia
  • Architects in Charge

    Dorothea Schulz, Vuki Backonja, Kate Casey, Fred Grier, Adi Kohn, Blake Smith, Agata Siemionov
  • Area

    7161.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

MAD's First European Project Wins Planning in Rome

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
MAD's First European Project Wins Planning in Rome, View from Street. Image © MAD Architects
View from Street. Image © MAD Architects

Four years after winning a competition to rebuild 71 Via Boncompagni in the heart of Rome, MAD Architects has been awarded approval and will now enter the implementation phase of their first European project. This approval will allow the Chinese practice to transform an incongruous 1970s commercial courtyard building into a 145-unit residential complex that reutilizes the building’s “bookshelf” structure by stripping away its facade and inserting new living quarters, giving it an entirely new look and function.

View from Street. Image © MAD Architects © MAD Architects Interior. Image © MAD Architects Interior. Image © MAD Architects +19

Songpa Micro Housing / SsD

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Songpa Micro Housing / SsD, Courtesy of SsD
Courtesy of SsD

Courtesy of SsD Courtesy of SsD Courtesy of SsD Courtesy of SsD +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Architects in Charge

    Jinhee Park AIA, John Hong, SsD

Rehabilitation of an Apartment / CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Rehabilitation of an Apartment / CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos, © Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves +35

Adidas Selects COBE to Design "Rhombus-Shaped" Flagship Building in Germany

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Adidas Selects COBE to Design "Rhombus-Shaped" Flagship Building in Germany, © COBE
© COBE

Danish architects COBE have won an international competition to design the Adidas Group’s “Meet & Eat” flagship building at their “World of Sports” headquarters in Herzogenaurach. The 11,000-square-meter “rhombus-shaped” structure is envisioned as a “distinctive landmark” that will provide the campus with a “flexible and user-friendly” public conference center, employee restaurant and showroom. 

“The adidas brand has always been known for technique and functionality, and we have designed a building that reflects and encapsulates these values,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director at COBE. “Adidas Meet & Eat will house many functions, both internal and public, and therefore we have created a design that above all is multifunctional and flexible. A design that allows for the building to change and adjust to the different social contexts that the building will house.”

© COBE © COBE © COBE © COBE +18

DO Architects Develop “Rolling Homes” Prototype for Lithuania

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
DO Architects Develop “Rolling Homes” Prototype for Lithuania , Courtesy of DO Architects
Courtesy of DO Architects

According to DO Architects, cylindrical housing is the way of the future. Proposed for a seaside site near the Baltic Sea in Svencelė, the Lithuanian practice has developed an experimental neighborhood of 12 single family “rolling homes” that promise seclusion, an uninterrupted connection to nature and three stories of efficiently laid out modern interiors. 

Courtesy of DO Architects Courtesy of DO Architects Courtesy of DO Architects Courtesy of DO Architects +10

New Photographs Released Of London's New Subterranean Infrastructure Network

00:00 - 11 December, 2014
New Photographs Released Of London's New Subterranean Infrastructure Network, Platform tunnels at the new Bond Street Station. Image © Crossrail
Platform tunnels at the new Bond Street Station. Image © Crossrail

Crossrail, “the largest infrastructure project in Europe (costing more than the 2012 London Olympics) has been slowly winding it’s way beneath London's streets for years. Now, as the tunneling efforts begin to draw to a close, Crossrail have released a series of photographs demonstrating just how large and complex this latest London subterranean labyrinth really is. There are currently more than 10,000 people working directly on Crossrail at around forty separate construction sites, who have now completed 90% of the total tunneling. This brings the entire project to two thirds complete.

See the complete set of photographs after the break.

Platform tunnels at Tottenham Court Road. Image © Crossrail Tunnelling machine Elizabeth at Whitechapel Station. Image © Crossrail Machinery in the new platform tunnels for Liverpool Street Sstation. Image © Crossrail Several hundred tunnellers have been working 24/7 for the past two years constructing the platform tunnels. Image © Crossrail +10

London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Takes Stand Against Super-Basements

00:00 - 11 December, 2014
London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Takes Stand Against Super-Basements, Section of a proposed basement extension in Knightsbridge, London. Image via The Daily Mail
Section of a proposed basement extension in Knightsbridge, London. Image via The Daily Mail

The London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is set to pass new legislation aimed at curbing the spate of large basement extensions in the area. The trend for these "mega-basements" is a result of the strict planning guidelines applied to the borough's many historic buildings, forcing the area's wealthy and space-hungry residents to extend downwards instead of upwards or outwards. However, with a ten-fold increase in the number of basement extension plans since 2001, work on these complex underground projects was becoming a nuisance, causing Kensington and Chelsea Council to freeze the planning applications of 220 basement proposals while it sought a resolution.

Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale, Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale Architect
Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale Architect

Recently, lots of controversial "Jumbos" have been erected on mainland China, leading most of their creators, architects from Western countries, to be placed at the centre of public discussion. Furthermore, China’s President Xi Jinping's recent comment about "no more weird buildings" has led the Chinese central government into this whirlpool. What can western landmark makers learn from all of this?

We met Joseph di Pasquale, architect of the Guangzhou Circle, in Milan some days after “weirdness” became the most used word in Chinese architecture. In the following edited talk with interviewer Yifan Zhang, the architect of the latest landmark in South China's largest city discusses his new project, the real circumstances in China, and the future for foreign architects.

Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront

00:00 - 11 December, 2014
Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront, Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom
Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom

Russian practice Project Meganom has been announced as the winner in a competition to drastically transform the Moscow riverfront. Their masterplan proposal aims to create a series of linear green spaces, while also incorporating new cultural and education spaces along the waterfront and improving the surrounding public transport. Announced at the IV annual Moscow Urban Forum which opened earlier today, the goal of the competition was to return the Moscow river from a "barrier" into a "link" in the city, restoring its historical status as the city's heart and most important transportation route.

Read on after the break for more details of Project Meganom's masterplan

Parliament Gardens Port © Courtesy of Project Meganom Parliament Gardens © Courtesy of Project Meganom Future ports, birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom Green Channel birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom +18

Campo Belo Building / RoccoVidal Perkins+Will

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Campo Belo Building / RoccoVidal Perkins+Will, © Daniel Ducci
© Daniel Ducci

© Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    RoccoVidal Perkins+Will, Agres
  • Interiors

    RoccoVidal Perkins+Will
  • Area

    8400.0 sqm
  • Photographs

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

01:00 - 11 December, 2014

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LI Daode
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP +44

Renovation of Car Park Building / Olivier Vitry of CLAISSE ARCHITECTURE

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
© Maxime Delvaux
© Maxime Delvaux
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fleurus, Belgium
  • Contractors

    Serra Mario Construct, AGEM&C, C&C Menuiserie.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Maxime Delvaux Courtesy of Olivier Vitry © Maxime Delvaux © Maxime Delvaux +13

15 Finalists Nominated for the Art of Building Photographer of the Year Award

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
15 Finalists Nominated for the Art of Building Photographer of the Year Award, Bird’s Nest Puzzle Close-Up. Image © Mario Bejagan Cardenas
Bird’s Nest Puzzle Close-Up. Image © Mario Bejagan Cardenas

Fifteen images ranging from a close-up of Herzog & de Meuron’s Beijing National Stadium to a portrait of a graveyard-turned home in the Philippines, have been selected as the finalists of the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) 2014 Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition. The public will now decide who will take home the title and a £3,000 cash prize. 

“There is a cornucopia of styles and stories in this year’s final,” said Saul Townsend, CIOB spokesman in a press release. “In a world full of high definition colour technology, black and white photography still inspires a host of photographers.  Voters are in for a visual treat and will hopefully be inspired to look at the built environment in a new way and to take part themselves next year.”

The fifteen finalists were selected by panel of judges that included photography critic and editor Sue Steward, award-winning photographer Matt Wain and the editor of Construction Manager magazine, Elaine Knutt.

Take a look at the 15 finalists after the break and don’t forget to vote for your favorite before January 11, 2015 on CIOB's Art of Building website. The winner will be announced February 5. 

Inception. Image © Patrick Mouzawak Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Image © Hoang Long Ly Concrete Arteries. Image © Richard Pennington Up. Image © Pierre Cuony +15

Ehrlich Architects Win 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award

00:00 - 11 December, 2014
Ehrlich Architects Win 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award, Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication / Ehrlich Architects © Bill Timmerman
Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication / Ehrlich Architects © Bill Timmerman

Ehrlich Architects, a Los Angeles-based practice dedicated to the philosophy of Multicultural Modernism, has been selected to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The award celebrates Ehrlich Architects' 35 years of practice, which, as the AIA notes, has become renowned for “fluidly melding classic California Modernist style with multicultural and vernacular design elements by including marginalized design languages and traditions.”

The firm, originally founded by Steven Ehrlich in 1979 after working with the Peace Corps in Africa, is now led by four diverse partners: Ehrlich, alongside Takashi Yanai, Patricia Rhee, and Mathew Chaney. You can preview some of their most notable projects and watch an interview with Ehrlich, after the break.

Kindergarten in Ribnica / ARHI-TURA d.o.o

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Kindergarten in Ribnica  / ARHI-TURA d.o.o, © Jorg Ceglar
© Jorg Ceglar

© Jorg Ceglar © Jorg Ceglar © Jorg Ceglar © Jorg Ceglar +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Majnikova ulica 3, 1310 Ribnica, Slovenia
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Olive House / LOG-URBIS

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Olive House / LOG-URBIS, © Robert Leš
© Robert Leš

© Robert Leš © Robert Leš © Robert Leš © Robert Leš +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Croatia
  • Architects in Charge

    Tea Horvat, Radovan Šobat
  • Area

    560.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Bibliothèque du Boisé / Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
The Bibliothèque du Boisé / Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes, © Yien Chao
© Yien Chao

© Yien Chao © Yien Chao © Yien Chao © Yien Chao +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Architects

    Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes
  • Presented by

    Lemay
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs