Jean Nouvel Named as Winner of National Art Museum of China Competition

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
Jean Nouvel Named as Winner of National Art Museum of China Competition, Jean Nouvel's Winning NAMOC Proposal
Jean Nouvel's Winning NAMOC Proposal

The rumors are true: Jean Nouvel has been selected as the official winner of the highly acclaimed National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) competition in Beijing. According to Dezeen, the news has been confirmed by Nouvel’s adviser, Oliver Schmitt. Though little has been released about the winning design, earlier reports have described it as a “vast structure” based on the simplicity of a single line - “a single brush stroke.” 

In an interview with Financial Times, Nouvel quoted the Chinese artist Shi Tao (1642-1707): “A single line is the source of everything in existence. [...] We started with calligraphy. [...] Pupils used to spend half a year just on that first line with a brush. That first line contains all of Chinese culture – painting, writing and the energy of Chi.” 

White Collage / Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and Associates

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
© Koji Sakai
© Koji Sakai

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Kindergarden between Palms in Los Alcazares / Cor & Asociados

00:00 - 25 July, 2013
Kindergarden between Palms in Los Alcazares / Cor & Asociados, © David Frutos
© David Frutos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Alcázares, Murcia, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Miguel Rodenas, Jesús Olivares
  • Client

    Ayuntamiento de Los Alcázares
  • Area

    811 sqm
  • Photographs

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +42

Shining Deep Well / MOVEDESIGN

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
Shining Deep Well / MOVEDESIGN, © Yousuke Harigane
© Yousuke Harigane

© Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane +30

Telefónica Móviles Building / Pich-Aguilera Architects

00:00 - 25 July, 2013
© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez
© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. del Río Tajo, 45007 Toledo, Toledo, Spain
  • Team

    Felipe Pich-Aguilera, Teresa Batlle
  • Project Area

    6504.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photography

    Eduardo Sanchez Lopez

© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez © Eduardo Sanchez Lopez © Eduardo Sanchez Lopez © Eduardo Sanchez Lopez +20

Primary School in Karlsruhe / wulf architekten

00:00 - 25 July, 2013
Primary School in Karlsruhe / wulf architekten, © Brigida González
© Brigida González
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sengestraße, 76187 Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Colleagues

    Ingmar Menzer (PL), Oliver Hasselbach, Larissa Schuster, Christopher Velz
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Brigida González © Brigida González © Brigida González © Brigida González +11

DC House / Geza

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
DC House / Geza, © Massimo Crivellari
© Massimo Crivellari
  • Architects

  • Location

    Udine, Italia
  • Design Team

    Fabio Fulchir, Lodovico Lorenzini, Alessandro Zuccolo
  • Structure

    Andrea Craighero, Fabio Fulchir
  • Landscape

    Enrico Sello, Paolo Roiatti
  • Area

    290.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari +19

Panguipulli Hotel / G Arquitectos

00:00 - 25 July, 2013
Panguipulli Hotel / G Arquitectos, © Tomás García de la Huerta
© Tomás García de la Huerta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Panguipulli, Panguipulli, Los Ríos Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Tomás García de la Huerta y Xaviera Gleixner
  • Participating Architect

    Sergio Briceño
  • Collaborator

    Matías Richeda
  • Construction

    Sergio Vásquez
  • Structures

    Alex Popp
  • Lighting

    Francisco Izquierdo
  • Materials

    Wood, concrete, and steel
  • Project Area

    700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Sebastián Sepúlveda, Tomás García de la Huerta

© Tomás García de la Huerta © Tomás García de la Huerta © Tomás García de la Huerta © Tomás García de la Huerta +39

Architecture's First Full-Fledged Experiment in DeafSpace Design

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
The new residence hall on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., was designed by LTL Architects, in collaboration with Quinn Evans Architects and Sigal Construction. Image courtesy of Prakash Patel
The new residence hall on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., was designed by LTL Architects, in collaboration with Quinn Evans Architects and Sigal Construction. Image courtesy of Prakash Patel

This article, by Linda Hales, originally appeared on Metropolis Mag as "Clear Line of Sight"

The new dormitory at Gallaudet University exudes raw energy. Rough wood planks, exposed steel, polished concrete, and gleaming bamboo unite to provide architectural muscle. But the real power comes from a barely detectable dynamic. That energy doesn’t come from how the structure looks on its historic Washington D.C. campus, but how the building functions for the people inside. “It’s about how buildings structure and frame human interaction,” says David J. Lewis of LTL Architects. “The basic conditions of architecture were brought to the fore.”

The glass entry door slides open with a soft whoosh. Students ignore it as they crowd through the gap in a jumbled dance of elbows, hands, arms, and animated faces. Gallaudet is the preeminent liberal arts institution for youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, and most of its 1,821 students communicate with the expansive gestures and expressions of American Sign Language (ASL). That the students can make their way into the building without using their hands to open the door—thus halting the flow of the conversation—is cause for celebration. Here, at least, architecture has gotten out of their way.

Historic Toledo Museum of Art Goes Off Grid

00:00 - 25 July, 2013
Historic Toledo Museum of Art Goes Off Grid, Toledo Museum of Art; Courtesy of Flickr User Kevin Marsh, Licensed via Creative Commons
Toledo Museum of Art; Courtesy of Flickr User Kevin Marsh, Licensed via Creative Commons

The 101-year old historic building that houses the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio has gone off grid, reports Candace Pearson of Architectural Record. Through a series of upgrades that began in the early ‘90s,  including covering 60% of the roof with solar panels, the Toledo Museum has gone from purchasing 700,000 kW of electricity a month to returning energy back to the grid - making it an exemplar of adaptability and sustainability in century-old public buildings. Find out how they did it at Architectural Record.

20 Social Housing in Paris / h2o architectes

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011 Paris, France
  • Engineering

    Louis Choulet
  • Area

    1850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +24

RD 3 / BY Architects

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
Courtesy of BY Architects
Courtesy of BY Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kolovraty, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Markéta Zdebská
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of BY Architects

Courtesy of BY Architects Courtesy of BY Architects Courtesy of BY Architects Courtesy of BY Architects +15

Why Bankruptcy May Be the Best Thing for Detroit

00:00 - 25 July, 2013
Why Bankruptcy May Be the Best Thing for Detroit, M@dison Building, a tech hub in Detroit. Image via Inc.com
M@dison Building, a tech hub in Detroit. Image via Inc.com

While the rest of the world scoffs at Detroit’s recent announcement of bankruptcy (using it as an opportunity to bemoan how far the city - and the country - has fallen since its golden Motown days), many Detroiters themselves are embracing the move as a long overdue turning point.

Like Las Vegas, undergoing an urban patronage from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Detroit has similarly been the focus of its own CEO: native-Detroiter and Quicken founder Dan Gilbert. By channeling over $1 billion dollars into the city, and inspiring others to follow suit, Gilbert is helping Detroit attract young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs. Throw in the lure of cheap land/rental rates, and it’s no wonder the city’s is host to a burgeoning tech scene.  

The only thing that’s been getting in these techies' way - is the city itself. Which is why many are hopeful that Detroit’s bankruptcy is just the beginning. 

More after the break...

GBN House / Lucio Muniain et al

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
GBN House / Lucio Muniain et al, © Alfonso de Béjar
© Alfonso de Béjar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico
  • Collaborators

    Mario Hernández, Jorge Arrollo, Luis Valdéz
  • Structures

    Felipe Guillén
  • Facilities

    CIESA Eduardo Robles
  • Text

    Adela Rangel Fediuk
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar +27

Happy Birthday Glenn Murcutt!

00:00 - 25 July, 2013
Happy Birthday Glenn Murcutt!, Marika-Alderton House, Northern Territory, Australia, 1994 © Glenn Murcutt, Courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee
Marika-Alderton House, Northern Territory, Australia, 1994 © Glenn Murcutt, Courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee

“Layering and changeability: this is the key, the combination that is worked into most of my buildings. Occupying one of these buildings is like sailing a yacht; you modify and manipulate its form and skin according to seasonal conditions and natural elements, and work with these to maximize the performance of the building.” - Glenn Murcutt, 1996

Today, on the 77th birthday of Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the lasting impact Murcutt’s career has left on the profession of architecture. Since establishing his practice in 1979, Murcutt has steadily developed a series of small, yet exemplary projects that have become the touchstone of sustainable architecture. 

A selection of his work, after the break...

Kanpur Riverfront Development Proposal / Studio Symbiosis

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Kanpur Riverfront Development Proposal / Studio Symbiosis, Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis
Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

Designed as a sustainable master plan, the concept of water, waste, and energy management are integral to the concept of the Kanpur Riverfront Development project. Proposed by Studio Symbiosis, conservation of energy on the basis of transport management has been designed as an active design element in the master plan, which is a part of an overall scheme for rehabilitation of the Ganga river and the Ganga riverfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Finalists Announced for FAR ROC Competition for Resilient Rockaways

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
© McGregor Coxall
© McGregor Coxall

The FAR ROC Competition, released shortly after Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard, called for a thoughtfully considered proposal for an 80-acre, 11-mile long peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean in the Rockaways (Queens, NY). The RFP expressed the need to explore a comprehensive solution to developing Averne East, a FEMA designated Hazard Area Zone that experienced extensive storm surge damage and continues to be a vulnerable site for future natural disasters.  While the competition focused on this particular site, the full intention is to develop strategies that could be appropriated to low-lying and vulnerable regions all over the world.

The first phase of the competition was completed earlier this month: four finalists and six honorable mentions were announced.  The four finalists - Ennead Architects of NYC, USA; Lateral Office of Toronto, Canada; Seeding Office of London, UK; and White Arkitekter of Stockholm, Sweden - will continue on to Phase Two with a $30,000 stipend, due in early October.

Join us after the break for more details on the finalists and honorable mentions.

The Gherkin Receives CTBUH’s Inaugural 10 Year Award

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
The Gherkin Receives CTBUH’s Inaugural 10 Year Award, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

Norman Foster’s Swiss Re Headquarters, a.k.a. “The Gherkin,” has been selected as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) first 10 Year Award recipient. The uniquely-shaped skyscraper, as described by CTBUH, “cleared the way for a new generation of tall buildings in London and beyond. Ten years on, its tapering form and diagonal bracing structure afford numerous benefits: programmatic flexibility, naturally ventilated internal social spaces that provide user comfort while reducing energy demand, and ample, protected public space at the ground level.”

© Nigel Young © Nigel Young © Foster + Partners © Nigel Young +5