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Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced, Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / CoCo Architecture with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam
Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / CoCo Architecture with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam

Winners have been announced for the 2014 LEAF Awards. Spanning 14 categories, including best refurbishment of the year (pictured above), all winning projects “demonstrate buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural and design community.” 

See which project landed Jean Nouvel top honors, after the break.

Public Building of the Year: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre; London, UK / O'Donnell + Tuomey Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Mongkok Residence; Hong Kong / Aedas Commercial Building of the Year: cultura bookstore; São Paulo, Brazil / studio mk27 Best Sustainable Development of the Year: One Central Park; Sydney, Australia / Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects +17

LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, © Alex Bland
© Alex Bland

© Alex Bland © Alex Bland © Alex Bland © Dennis Gilbert +59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Houghton Street, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    John Tuomey, Sheila O’Donnell, Willie Carey, Geoff Brouder, Laura Harty, Kirstie Smeaton, Gary Watkin, Anne-Louise Duignan, Ciara Reddy, Jitka Leonard, Iseult O’Cleary, Henrik Wolterstorff, Mark Grehan, Monika Hinz
  • Area

    6101.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Olive Grove House / Team Green Architects

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Olive Grove House  / Team Green Architects, © Sam Hartnett
© Sam Hartnett

© Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cromwell, New Zealand
  • Architects in Charge

    Sian Taylor, Mark Read
  • Area

    156.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture, © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    31-1 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Executive Architect

    Dong-il Architecture
  • Area

    110300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell, © John Linden
© John Linden

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    2802 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
  • Area

    42263.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

BrandBase / Dedato

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
BrandBase / Dedato, © Between-Walls
© Between-Walls

© Between-Walls © Between-Walls © Between-Walls © Between-Walls +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Danzigerkade 2, 1013 AP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    420.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight'

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight', Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada
Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada

In an interview with Shaunacy Ferro for FastCo DesignDaniel Libeskind looks back over his built works and discusses the significant 'emotional weight' imbued in many of his projects, from the Jewish Museum in Berlin to his masterplan for Ground Zero in New York City. When asked why he continually returns to projects such as Holocaust memorials - with the Canadian National Holocaust Memorial currently underway in Ottawa - Libeskind stated: "It’s not something that I choose very lightly, because it’s very difficult, but I believe that it’s very important." For him, creating these monuments is part of the act of doing "something that moves us beyond just the darkness and gives us something positive. [...] Even when it comes to the memory, you can’t just dwell on the irreversibility of the tragedy. You have to have something hopeful."

Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier, Courtesy of Marc Mimram
Courtesy of Marc Mimram

Paris-based architecture and engineering firm Marc Mimram has been appointed to design a new TGV station in Montpellier, France. To be completed in late 2017, the station is intended to serve up to 3.5 million passengers a year by 2030, connecting with the existing Perpignan to Barcelona line, ultimately reducing the travel time between Paris and Barcelona.

The station's striking roof structure is composed of five 8 metre wide pleated shells, made from a fibre reinforced, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC). The high performance concrete combined with the pleated form allows the shells to be just 5-6 centimetres thick, with glass panes embedded directly into the concrete during casting.

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has revealed their first ever building in Taiwan, a 163-meter apartment building close to the center of Taichung. Offering 110 apartments with views over Taichung City Hall, the Opera House, and the Convention Center, the tower is composed of two towers connected by a central circulation core. The north tower is the taller section, with a geometric appearance that responds to the more built-up area to the north of the building. The south tower, which faces an area of smaller-scale residential buildings, features an expressive facade of translucent glass.

Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners +8

USC's ACADIA 2014 Conference to Focus on Design and Computation

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
USC's ACADIA 2014 Conference to Focus on Design and Computation, © USC School of Architecture
© USC School of Architecture

Thursday, October 23 will mark the opening of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2014 Design Agency conference at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Hosted by faculty Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez, and David Gerber, the conference will exhibit and share a broad spectrum of design and research that highlights innovation in architecture through a focus on design and computation. Headliners include Pritzker laureate Zaha Hadid, SimCity creator Will Wright and computational architect Mar Fornes. 

Preserving a Place for Protest in Paris

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
Preserving a Place for Protest in Paris, The "new" plaza now extends behind the historic statue that previously occupied its center. Image © Clement Guillaume
The "new" plaza now extends behind the historic statue that previously occupied its center. Image © Clement Guillaume

Following a three-year redesign, the Place de la République in Paris reopened this year, welcoming back the regular organized protests that make it one of the most important public spaces in Paris. For the designers of the space, TVK agency, it was important not to infringe on what many Parisians consider their inalienable right to protest - however a question remained over how the square could be more amenable to other uses at the same time. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Place for Protest," Veronique Vienne explores how TVK agency allowed Parisians to have their cake and let them eat it too.

In Paris, rituals of political discontent are traditionally celebrated on Place de la République. It is a favorite kick-off point for the countless marches that define democracy in the French capital. But before taking to the street in a slow-moving procession, crowds block traffic all around the esplanade, creating a gridlock that can cripple the city from Sacré Coeur to the Opéra. Meanwhile, citizens get to unfurl banners and shout slogans. It’s legal, good, clean fun.

Well, no more. 

Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos, © Sebastián Crespo
© Sebastián Crespo

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gonzalo Endara Crown, Quito EC170124, Ecuador
  • Design

    Esteban Najas Raad
  • Project Area

    7000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Zinsganshina House / Bailorull ADD+

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Zinsganshina  House / Bailorull ADD+, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
  • Authors

    Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertrán
  • Architect in Charge

    Josep Puigdemont Vinyals, Javier Jiménez Iniesta
  • Area

    289.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY Fill Storefront with Immersive, Ultra-Thin Shell Structure

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY Fill Storefront with Immersive, Ultra-Thin Shell Structure, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY has constructed a light-weight, ultra-thin self-supported shell structure augmented by artist Jana Winderen’s engineered sounds at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. Now on view through November 21, the “Situation Room” presents itself, as Storefront describes, "a vibrating sound experiment that that aims to transform architecture into animated sensible form."

“The overall form is an aggregate of twenty spheres of incremental diameters, combined to create an envelope of experiential tension, a sort of sublime dialogue between the comfort of the known and an uneasy interaction with the unknown,” described Fornes. “The resultant morphology resonates with a series of distributed transducers and lighting sources playing out through streams of porosity derived from structural stress flows across the elements.”

More images and information about the “Situation Room,” after the break.

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +15

MM House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
MM House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos , © Marcos García
© Marcos García

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García +16

Villa Krona / Helin & Co Architects

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Villa Krona / Helin & Co Architects, © Pekka Helin
© Pekka Helin

© Pekka Helin © Pekka Helin © Pekka Helin © Pekka Helin +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kimitoön, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Pekka Helin, Ritva Mannersuo
  • Area

    152.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +10

Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs