An Underwater Spot Lets You Meet in the Middle of a Lake

00:00 - 4 July, 2013
An Underwater Spot Lets You Meet in the Middle of a Lake, © Roland Barthofer
© Roland Barthofer

The visitor walks through the ramp, descending - water level is higher on both sides - and the visitor remains absolutely dry. This intervention, designed by  Westpol, allows people to meet in the middle of the lake without getting wet.

World Architecture Festival Awards 2013 shortlist announced

00:00 - 4 July, 2013
World Architecture Festival Awards 2013 shortlist announced

More than 300 projects from almost 50 countries have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2013 - the world's biggest architectural awards programme - taking place between October 2 - 4 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The WAF is the world's largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event. Projects designed by global architects such as Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, and Robert A.M. Stern will compete with smaller, local practices across 29 individual award categories.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: ‘Following such strong competition at last year’s awards, expectations were understandably high for the WAF Awards 2013, and the entries did not disappoint. From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival's venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award.”

You can see the complete shortlist after the break. For more information, please visit WAF's official website.

JC36 / IAD

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
JC36 / IAD, Courtesy of IAD
Courtesy of IAD
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Julián Camarillo, 36, 28037 Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    S.Cottrell, J.Michelangeli, R.Sá
  • IAD Collaborators

    [A.Gros, L.Martinez
  • Engineering

    VALLADARES Ingenieria S.L
  • Project Management

    COTEBA-ARGOS S.L
  • Developer

    CODIC PROMOTION ESPAGNE S.L
  • General Contractor

    PEYBER
  • Area

    6350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Courtesy of IAD Courtesy of IAD Courtesy of IAD Courtesy of IAD +24

Call for Entries: Re-Design Sites of Norway's 2011 Terror Attacks

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
Call for Entries: Re-Design Sites of Norway's 2011 Terror Attacks, Courtesy of Bureau N & Public Art Norway (KORO)
Courtesy of Bureau N & Public Art Norway (KORO)

The traumatizing terror attacks of July 22, 2011 in Norway - including the bombing in Oslo and the massacre on Utøya Island - resulted in 158 persons injured and 77 dead. Those behind the re-design of Utøya Island decided (somewhat controversially) that the island should, in order to "reduce the impact of the massacre," remain a vibrant summer camp rather than become a memorial.

CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2013

00:00 - 4 July, 2013
Winner: CCTV; Beijing, China / OMA © Philippe Ruault
Winner: CCTV; Beijing, China / OMA © Philippe Ruault

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named _ distinctive towers from Canada, China, the UK and UAE as the best tall buildings in the world for 2013. Each selected project, judged by a panel of industry executives, have been selected for their “extraordinary contribution in the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, as well as for achieving sustainability at the broadest level.”

“The winners and finalists include some of the most striking buildings on the global landscape,” said Jeanne Gang, awards jury chair and principal of Studio Gang Architects. “They represent resolutions to a huge range of contemporary issues, from energy consumption to integration with the urban realm on the ground.” 

The 2013 winners are...

BT House / Studio Guilherme Torres

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
BT House / Studio Guilherme Torres, © Denilson Machado
© Denilson Machado

© Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado +36

Plein Soleil / rh+ architecture

00:00 - 4 July, 2013
Plein Soleil / rh+ architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    15 Rue Riquet, 75019 Paris, France
  • High Environmental Quality

    RFR éléments
  • Structure

    EVP Ingénierie
  • Electricity / Ventilation / Economist

    TECH Ingénierie
  • Façade

    T/E/S/S atelier d’ingénierie
  • General contractor

    Capaldi Construction
  • Area

    2560.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +33

Shearers Quarters House / John Wardle Architects

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
Shearers Quarters House / John Wardle Architects, © Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    John Wardle
  • Project Team

    Andrew Wong (Architect), Chloe Lanser (Architect), Jeff Arnold (Interior Designer)
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein +19

Quality Hotel Expo / Haptic Architects

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
Quality Hotel Expo / Haptic Architects, © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fornebu, Norway
  • Design Team

    Nikki Butenschøn MNIL, Tomas Stokke MNAL RIBA, Scott Grady RIBA, Timo Haedrich RIBA
  • Project Manager

    AB Invest AS, Anders Buchardt
  • Main Contractor

    HENT
  • Graphic Design

    Bob Design
  • Area

    14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy © Trine Thorsen +28

Coo Hair ECLAT / atelier KUU

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
Coo Hair ECLAT / atelier KUU, © Takao Kato
© Takao Kato
  • Architects

  • Location

    Meito-ku Nagoya Aichi, Japan
  • Area

    125.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Takao Kato © Takao Kato © Takao Kato © Takao Kato +16

Duplex House in Küsnacht / Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
Duplex House in Küsnacht / Rossetti + Wyss Architekten, © Jürg Zimmermann
© Jürg Zimmermann

© Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann +11

Palafito del Mar Hotel / Eugenio Ortúzar + Tania Gebauer

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
Palafito del Mar Hotel / Eugenio Ortúzar + Tania Gebauer, © Eugenio Ortúzar
© Eugenio Ortúzar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pedro Montt 499, Castro, Castro, X Región, Chile
  • Collaborator

    María Teresa De La Fuente Castellón
  • Structures

    Eugenio Ortúzar
  • Site Management

    Eugenio Ortúzar, Francisco Valdes
  • Area

    380.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Eugenio Ortúzar, Alvaro Vidal, Tania Gebauer, Marco Polidura

© Alvaro Vidal © Alvaro Vidal © Eugenio Ortúzar © Eugenio Ortúzar +33

'Floating Plaza' Competition Entry / NC-Office

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
'Floating Plaza' Competition Entry / NC-Office, Courtesy of NC-Office
Courtesy of NC-Office

NC-Office shared with us their 'Floating Plaza' proposal for the competition that called for the urban concept and architectural design and development of Sveta Nedelya Square, in the city of Sofia. The main strategy for the project is to provide a clearly defined plaza for congregation in the heart of Sofia. To achieve this, the architects propose a plane which “peels” away from the north side of Sveta Nedelya Church and floats over Boulevard Vitosha. This ‘plane’ alludes to the historical use of that area of ancient Serdika. More images and architects' description after the break.

Could Goldiblox Get Girls Into Architecture?

00:00 - 4 July, 2013
Could Goldiblox Get Girls Into Architecture?

TechCrunch reported today that GoldieBlox, the startup that created “GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine," a girl-oriented alternative to LEGO, has struck its first nationwide distribution deal with Toys ‘R’ Us. Responding on twitter, the Harvard GSD (@HarvardGSDExecED) asked its followers: could GoldieBlox be one of the answers to encouraging women to enter the architecture and engineering professions? The response from Tabitha Ponte (@tcpg) became an interesting exchange - check it out, after the break...

Video: IKEA Foundation Design a Shelter for Refugees

00:00 - 4 July, 2013

To mark the occasion of World Refugee Day on June 20th, the IKEA Foundation announced an important new collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Refugee Housing Unit to design a new type of shelter which will replace the outdated tents currently in use in refugee camps worldwide.

As you'd expect from IKEA, the result is a flat-packed, modular design (ideal for cheaply transporting to refugee camps) that can be assembled in 4 hours. Though it is expected to cost about twice as much, it will last much longer than the tents, which must be replaced roughly every six months - a particularly important improvement, as the average family stays in a refugee camp for 12 years.

The design also carries a number of other advantages, such as increased space and privacy, better temperature control and enough solar energy to power a light in the evening. The design is currently being tested in Ethiopia before being deployed worldwide, however, this is not the end of IKEA's collaboration with UNHCR. These shelters are just the first part of a long-term collaboration which will hopefully provide healthcare and education - and ultimately a better quality of life for the world's refugees.

More coverage of architecture's involvement in refugee aid, after the break.

The Serpentine / Turner

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
The Serpentine / Turner, Courtesy of CABE
Courtesy of CABE
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bilgola, NSW, Australia
  • Client

    CABE Development
  • Site Area

    763 sqm
  • Gross Floor Area

    520 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of CABE

Courtesy of CABE Courtesy of CABE Courtesy of CABE Courtesy of CABE +11

Inspiration: Contemporary Design Methods in Architecture / Mark Muckenheim and Juliane Demel

01:00 - 3 July, 2013
Inspiration: Contemporary Design Methods in Architecture / Mark Muckenheim and Juliane Demel

From the Publisher. Inspiration: Contemporary Design Methods in Architecture is a comprehensive compilation of work samples and ideas on design and gestalt, illustrations and graphic configurations, textures and structures, as well as form and spatial development. This book features more than 800 examples of abstract compositions that relate to architectural design methods and principles. These methodologies find their ground in the work of contemporary architectural design practice, while still being highly applicable to other related creative fields. Inspiration showcases hundreds of examples, models, sketches, and renderings of abstract architectural design applications. In addition to this substantial body of visual work, the book also documents and details the generative process and production of these design creations.

CAP-CSM SARRIÁ / Sulkin Marchissio

01:00 - 3 July, 2013
CAP-CSM SARRIÁ / Sulkin Marchissio, Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio
Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio

Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio +13