Psychiko House / Divercity Architects

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Architects: Divercity Architects
Location: ,
Project Architect: Nikolas Travasaros
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Erieta Attali

Guangzhou International Finance Centre wins 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

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Now in it’s sixth year, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ () 2012 Lubetkin Prize has been awarded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for their Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China. This annual award is presented to the “best new building outside the European Union”.

RIBA President and judge, Angela Brady commented: “With exceptional vision and skill, Wilkinson Eyre Architects have given their clients and the city of Guangzhou an outstanding new 103 storey landmark. The tower’s diamond shaped structure, exposed throughout the offices, atrium and hotel, looks simple but is the hugely complex key to the success of this building. It not only allows the dramatic tapering atrium and raked floors but brings environmental benefits by using 20% less steel than similar buildings. Guangzhou International Finance Centre is a worthy winner of this important prize.”

E House / D.I.G Architects

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Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: , Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Design: Akinori Yoshimura+Maki Yoshimura/D.I.G Architects
Photographs: Courtesy of D.I.G Architects

AD College Guide: Centre for Architecture and Human Rights / King Mongkut’s University of Technology

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Intervention in Human Rights has, until now, had very few models in the architecture profession. There are the non-profit organizations and NGO’s. They often focus on structures and spaces that have been decimated by natural disasters or military conflict. Then there is the Forensic Architecture approach which seeks to document exactly what people have undergone in those circumstances. Most architecture activists, however, fall into the first category, focusing on building or re-building.

While these models are very useful, they contain some inherent problems. One is that many of these organizations have predetermined agendas that dictate their intervention. Part of this is driven by the funding cycle: donors are not always inspired by the thought of funding a pig farm, but the idea of a new school designed by a famous architect makes an attractive selling point for new and continuing donors. Too often, however, that results in projects that are disconnected from the actual needs of local populations. Unneeded buildings are a waste of resources, time, money, and labor.

Continue reading the school profile after the break

Brutalist architect Ulrich Franzen dies at 91

Brutalist architect Ulrich Franzen dies at 91

German-born, New York-based architect Ulrich Franzen… (1921-2012) was one of the most creative American architects in the second half of the twentieth century. As reported by the New York Times, Franzen died in his Sante Fe, New Mexico, home on

South Place Hotel / Allies and Morrison

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Architects: Allies and Morrison
Location: , UK
Interior Design: Conran + Partners
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Guy Montagu-Pollack

Video: 24 Hours in Moscow


Widely accepted as one of the most beautiful and architectural capitals in the world, is the heart of Mother Russia, radiating Slavic grandeur and a sense of things to come. Here, TV presenter Martyn Andrews takes Crane.tv on a tour of the Red Square, which houses everything from St Basil’s Cathedral to Lenin’s Mausoleum.

UPDATE: World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built…In 210 Days

Chinese construction company has announced ambitious plans to construct the world’s tallest in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: via Gizmag)

When we brought you this story back in June, the title read “World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built….in 90 Days! ” 

Well, as any architect knows, first estimates are never accurate. Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), the design firm behind Sky City, soon to be the world’s tallest skyscraper, has professed that the building will now be built at the positively glacial pace of 210 days (7 months instead of 3).

As we explained last time, Sky City will shoot up to its 838-meter (2,750-ft/220-story) height thanks to its pre-fabricated assembly (up to 95% of the materials will be assembled in modular form before on-site construction even begins). BSB also claims that it will be sustainable and earthquake proof.  

According to a fascinating Wired interview with BSB’s founder and Chairman, Zhang Yue (check it out), the foundation is scheduled to be laid in November and should be complete by March 2013. 

Read on after the break for more of Sky City’s impressive record-breaking stats and sustainability chops…

Tianjin Grand Theater / gmp Architekten

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Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: ,
Project Leaders: David Schenke, Xu Shan
Design Team: Tobias Keyl, Matthias Grünewald, Martin Gänsicke, Susan Schwarz, Verena Fischbach, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme, Duc Nguyen, Di Wu, Fang Xie
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Christian Gahl

MAS Summit 2012

The Municipal Art Society of is preparing for their third annual Summit which will feature nearly 100 talks pertaining to  architecture and urbanism.  Beginning October 18th, the two day event at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall will bring together elected officials, designers and innovators to share their thoughts on how can maintain its global-leadership position while remaining a livable environment for all its inhabitants.

More after the break. 

Social 01 / VMX Architects + i29 l interior architects

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Architects: VMX Architects + i29 l interior architects
Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman, Courtesy of

Aichi Expo, Japan © Ceramica Cumella
Aichi Expo, Japan © Ceramica Cumella

Ceramica Cumella: Shaping Ideas

From September 29th to December 8th, the exhibition dedicated to the work of Toni Cumella will be open. His works in ceramic have been utilised by architects such as Enric Miralles, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, or Jean Nouvel. These collaborations made his material became…

Port House: Antwerp Headquarters / Zaha Hadid Architects

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In early September, Zaha Hadid gave the official order to begin construction work on Port House, the new headquarters for Port Authority on the Kattendijk dock. The new Port Authority headquarters will house approximately 500 staff in a single new location that comprises both a former fi re station and a new extension. Together, these two entities form an impressive new landmark as the headquarters of the Port Authority, overlooking both the city and the harbor. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pearl Valley 334 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: , South Africa
Interior Architecture: Mark Rielly, Jon Case
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Letch

Langley Green Children’s Centre / Re-Format

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Architects: Re-Format
Location: Crawley,
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Nigel Rigden

‘Harvest Wave’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Various Architects

Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho

Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, and Teresa Cacho were recently named as the second prize winner in the Sukkahville Design Competition in . Organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, five finalists were given the opportunity to build their designs for an exhibition with the challenge to design a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Representing many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, this proposal for an innovative Sukkah design delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, and temporary/permanent. More images can be viewed after the break.

New Theater Equilibre / Dürig AG

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Architects: Dürig AG
Location: Fribourg,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Dürig AG

Holistic Housing: Concepts, Design Strategies and Processes / Hans Drexler + Sebastian El Khouli

Holistic Housing: Concepts, Design Strategies and Processes” is a fundamental reference work on housing construction. The book deals with the issue of sustainability in a planning context but also analyses a building’s usage and ageing over its ‘life cycle’. A system of criteria specially developed in an accompanying research project can be used to compare and evaluate buildings. It can also be used as a tool for optimising the sustainability of buildings in development during the planning process. By contrast, most existing sustainability systems are conceived not as design and planning tools, but as instruments for evaluating finished buildings and completed planning.