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De La Isla Hotel / Estudio Larrain

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
De La Isla Hotel / Estudio Larrain, Courtesy of Estudio Larrain
Courtesy of Estudio Larrain

Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Panamericana Sur 2053, Castro, Los Lagos, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodrigo Larrain Galvez, Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
  • Collaborators

    Pedro Leyton, Alonso De Orbegoso, Sebastian Suzuki
  • Constructor

    Constructora Tecsa S.A.
  • Area

    14179.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Estudio Larrain

Coupdeville Architects Design Zero Carbon House in London

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Coupdeville Architects Design Zero Carbon House in London, Courtesy of Coupdeville Architects
Courtesy of Coupdeville Architects

Coupdeville Architects has proposed designs for an environmentally responsible, carbon zero building in London. The earth sheltered structure is set into an existing slope on the site where it is arranged into three zones: an adult's area and a children's area both connected through larger living spaces. Following a requirement that the design provide areas "that allow the buildings occupants to be immersed on all sides by the site," all spaces are connected directly to the gardens. Not only has this allowed for optimal levels of sunlight into the rooms, but has allowed for excellent views from within and of the building.

Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale, © Tuomo Tammenpää
© Tuomo Tammenpää

As part of the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, Finnish practice Lassila Hirvilammi Architects entered into a collaboration with Chinese architect Gigi Leung to explore the themes of copying, authenticity and knowledge transfer between cultures. Working with master craftsmen, they created two versions of the same space (each influenced by their respective cultures), intentionally blurring the line between copying and taking inspiration.

Read on for more on this lesson in sharing differing architectural understandings

© Tuomo Tammenpää © Pekka Turunen © Tuomo Tammenpää © Tuomo Tammenpää +20

Le St-Jude / Thomas Balaban Architect

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Le St-Jude / Thomas Balaban Architect, Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect
Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect

Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Denis Street, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Thomas Balaban, Justin Boulanger, Naomi Frangos, Maxime Lefebvre, Julia Manaças, Elliott Sturtevant, Jennifer Thorogood
  • Area

    1570.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect

Developer Seeks to Revive Calatrava's “Chicago Spire”

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Developer Seeks to Revive Calatrava's “Chicago Spire”, Chicago Spire. Image © Santiago Calatrava
Chicago Spire. Image © Santiago Calatrava

Cloaked in financial woes, what was intended to be the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere has remained a stagnate hole in the Chicago cityscape since the height of the crisis. However, the fate of the Santiago Calatrava-designed luxury condominium may be about to change, as developer Garrett Kelleher is actively seeking court approval to reinstate the project with a $135 million investment from Atlas Apartment Holdings LLC. More on Chicago's 2,000-foot “twisting" spire latest update here on the Chicago Tribune.   

Should You Become a Global Architect?

00:00 - 7 February, 2014
Should You Become a Global Architect?, From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons. Used under Creative Commons

Globalization has brought with it many things: the ability to travel, to recognize familiarity in any city, and, most importantly for us, to create trans-continental opportunity in design. It has created a platform for young professionals that no other generation has been fortunate enough to encounter at this scale. If you want to be a Global architect, to chase the award-winning projects, to work side by side with inspiring people, to learn from them and be amongst those at the top of their game, you have to be proactive and seek these people out; in essence, you have to be willing to be mobile.

Relocating for a career is not for everyone and not without risks (those will be covered later); however, having the opportunity to travel to a new city and learn a new skill set is an amazing experience we were both fortunate and proactive enough to capitalize upon. If that’s the kind of experience you seek, then maybe being a Global architect is right for you. Read on to know for sure.

Francine Houben Named AJ's Woman Architect of the Year 2014

00:00 - 7 February, 2014

Architects’ Journal has just announced that Mecanoo's Francine Houben has been chosen from an impressive shortlist of women architects as the winner of the Women in Architecture Awards.

In response to the honor, Francine Houben stated:“I feel privileged to be a woman, to be a mother and to bean architect, which was not always an easy combination. [...]I strongly believe that architecture is about teamwork, about being visionary and supportive at the same time. Women are especially good at that.”

More on Francine Houben, after the break...

Architectural League Announces 2014 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

00:00 - 7 February, 2014
Architectural League Announces 2014 Winners of Emerging Voices Award, Mud Box (Terry Mowers Residence) / Rael San Fratello | Photo: Rael San Fratello
Mud Box (Terry Mowers Residence) / Rael San Fratello | Photo: Rael San Fratello

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of their 32nd annual Emerging Voices awards. The coveted recognition program spotlights eight emerging practitioners in North America whose “distinct design voices” have shown the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.

“The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment,” described the League.  “This year, in particular, saw firms entrepreneurial in spirit, pursuing alternate forms of practice, often writing their own programs or serving as their own clients.”

This year’s eight Emerging Voices are...

BOBST Headquarters / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
© Yves André
© Yves André

© Yves André © Yves André © Yves André © Yves André +20

House in Utsunomiya2 / Soeda and associates Architects

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
House in Utsunomiya2 / Soeda and associates Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Takayuki Soeda
  • Structural Engineer

    Masaki Yoshida/YSE
  • Constructor

    Seijo Kensetsu
  • Area

    96.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Özyeğin University Student Center / ARK-itecture

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Özyeğin University Student Center / ARK-itecture, © Koral Oral
© Koral Oral

© Koral Oral © Koral Oral © Koral Oral © Koral Oral +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    34794 Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Interior Design

    B-Design
  • Local Architect

    B-Design
  • Design Team

    Roger L. Klein AIA (Project Designer), Bulent Ergin Gungor (Architect of Record), Can Dagarslani (Project Architect), Baris Basat, Emre Gursoy, Nuran Erdogan, Ergun Kutluturk, Ece Seref, Turkan Dogan, Greg Taylor
  • Area

    22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Emirates Old Trafford / BDP

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Emirates Old Trafford / BDP , ©  Daniel Hopkinson
© Daniel Hopkinson

©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson +6

  • Architects

  • Location

    Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Main Contractor

    Morgan Sindall
  • Area

    32.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House on the Hill / Jose Orrego

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lima, Peru
  • Collaborator

    Anahí Bastian
  • Area

    950.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +25

Raimund Abraham's Last Project Realized at Former NATO Missile Base

00:00 - 7 February, 2014
Raimund Abraham's Last Project Realized at Former NATO Missile Base, © Tomas Riehle / Arturimages
© Tomas Riehle / Arturimages

Raimund Abraham's last project, a "stunning" design for a building atop an unused NATO missile base in Hombroich, has been realized four years after the architect's death. At the time of his passing, Abraham was working on this project as part of a unique outdoor art complex close to Düsseldorf, Germany. A competition has now been announced to determine the future for the space which has become an "an integral part of Hombroich's cultural sphere."

Archivo: Zeller & Moye's Cultural "Exoskeleton" Planned for Mexico City

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Archivo: Zeller & Moye's Cultural "Exoskeleton" Planned for Mexico City, Courtesy of Zeller & Moye
Courtesy of Zeller & Moye

To be completed in 2016, 'Archivo' is an open space designed by Zeller & Moye in collaboration with FR-EE that will house a vibrant mix of cultural/design activities, with each floor given a different function. Designed as an "exoskeleton" that opens to its context, 'Archivo' aims to enrich the cultural and social life of Mexico City.

More on the project after the jump.

Moray College / Jmarchitects

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Moray College / Jmarchitects, © Andrew Lee
© Andrew Lee

© Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Elgin, Moray IV30, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Rod Duncan, Steven Milford, Claire Ford
  • Project Manager

    Mace
  • Area

    2775.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Black Desert House / Oller & Pejic Architecture

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Black Desert House / Oller & Pejic Architecture, © Marc Angeles
© Marc Angeles

© Marc Angeles  © Marc Angeles  © Marc Angeles  © Marc Angeles  +46

The Stadiums of Sochi

00:00 - 7 February, 2014
The Stadiums of Sochi, Fisht Olympic Stadium / Populous. Image © 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games
Fisht Olympic Stadium / Populous. Image © 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games

The 2014 Winter Olympics has commenced in Sochi within the shell of Populous’ Fabergé egg-inspired stadium. Built solely to host the opening and closing ceremonies, the Fisht Olympic Stadium's translucent polycarbonate roof bears a slight resemblance to the nearby, snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. Once the Games are complete, the stadium’s 40,000-seat capacity will be expanded to accommodate the 2018 FIFA World Cup, before retiring as a scaled-down, 25,000-seat home venue for the local football team. 

Populous’ stadium is just one of eleven purpose-built venues within the “Coastal Cluster” Olympic park. Check out a few others that caught our eye, after the break...