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J. Mayer H. Wins Competition to Design Berlin "Experience Center"

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
J. Mayer H. Wins Competition to Design Berlin "Experience Center", © J. Mayer H.
© J. Mayer H.

J. Mayer H. has won an invited competition to design “Volt Berlin,” a new “shopping and urban experience” center near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. The winning scheme offers a variety of experiential offerings, including multi-brand shopping, an indoor skydiving and event space, and a 7,500 square meter hotel, all within a single cubed complex whose organization is based off an uneven grid. 

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alexanderplatz, 10178 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Jürgen Mayer H.
  • Competition Team

    Christoph Emenlauer, Simon Kassner, Bart van den Hoven, Mehrdad Mashaie, Mael Kang, Paul Angelier, Julien Sarale
  • Area

    29500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Grafting Architecture: Catalonia at Venice

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
Grafting Architecture: Catalonia at Venice, Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes. Image © Jordi Surroca; Courtesy of Institut Ramon Llull
Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes. Image © Jordi Surroca; Courtesy of Institut Ramon Llull

Catalonia is returning for the second time to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale with the Collateral Event Arquitectures Empeltades / Grafting Architecture. Referencing the botanical process of grafting, the proposal seeks to elucidate the changes taking place in contemporary Catalan architecture by highlighting processes in which “living traditions” are being updated as new. 

More on "Grafting Architecture" after the break...

Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten, © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk
© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk

© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk +20

Centro Deportivo en Alcazar de San Juan / Rojo/Fernandez-Shaw

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Centro Deportivo en Alcazar de San Juan / Rojo/Fernandez-Shaw , Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw
Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw

Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    13600 Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Begoña Fernández-Shaw Zulueta, Luis Rojo de Castro
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw

Single-Family Home in Las Encinas / Vicens + Ramos

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Single-Family Home in Las Encinas  / Vicens + Ramos, Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos
Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos

© Eugeni Pons Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos +10

Gilmosery / Kim in-cheurl+ARCHIUM

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Gilmosery / Kim in-cheurl+ARCHIUM, © Wansoon Park
© Wansoon Park

© Wansoon Park © Wansoon Park © Wansoon Park © Wansoon Park +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    42 Seocho-daero 46-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo joonyoung
  • Area

    1029.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

A+U 524: New Landscapes of Wooden Architecture

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
A+U 524: New Landscapes of Wooden Architecture

From the publisher. May 2014 issue of a+u is focused on wooden architecture from around the world that creates new landscapes.

In addition to nine built works, the issue features two competitions foreseeing the timber-nization of cities and three essays. The essays discuss different aspects of wood technology: adaptive timber structure of ultra-light shell by University of Stuttgart, harmonizing the joints of prefabricated wooden elements by collaboration of Finland's timber industry, university and government, and tall wood building technology in Canada and other countries. When these technologies become practical and realized as architecture, we will witness a completely new landscape.

Twenty Years Later, What Rural Studio Continues to Teach Us About Good Design

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
Twenty Years Later, What Rural Studio Continues to Teach Us About Good Design, Lions Park Scout Hut. Image © Rennie Jones
Lions Park Scout Hut. Image © Rennie Jones

Hale County, Alabama is a place full of architects, and often high profile ones. The likes of Todd Williams and Billie Tsien have ventured there, as have Peter Gluck and Xavier Vendrell, all to converge upon Auburn University’s Rural Studio. Despite the influx of designers, it is a place where an ensemble of all black will mark you as an outsider. I learned this during my year as an Outreach student there, and was reminded recently when I ventured south for the Studio’s 20th Anniversary celebration. While the most recent graduates took the stage, I watched the ceremony from the bed of a pick-up truck, indulging in corn-coated, deep-fried catfish, and reflected on what the organization represents to the architecture world.

Since its founding in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee, the Studio has built more than 150 projects and educated over 600 students. Those first years evoke images of stacked tires coated with concrete and car windshields pinned up like shingles over a modest chapel. In the past two decades, leadership has passed from Mockbee and Ruth to the current director, Andrew Freear, and the palette has evolved to feature more conventional materials, but the Studio remains faithful to its founding principal: all people deserve good design. Now that it is officially a twenty-something, what can Rural Studio teach us about good design?

Outrial House / Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Outrial House / Robert Konieczny KWK Promes, Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes
Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Książenice, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Robert Konieczny
  • Collaborators

    Marcin Jojko, Jarosław Kamiński
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Awarded to Student Investigating Climate Change

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Awarded to Student Investigating Climate Change, Buffer Landscapes 2060. Image © Joe Paxton; Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Buffer Landscapes 2060. Image © Joe Paxton; Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Joe Paxton of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, was awarded the 2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship for his proposal “Buffer Landscapes 2060.” The £6,000 travel grant will enable him to study the impact of climate change in a number of locations, ultimately to propose some measures that might mitigate the threat of floods, droughts, melting glaciers and rising temperatures. A comment from Foster, after the break...

Concerns Over Privacy as Shard's Hotel Offers Guests Unexpected Views

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
Concerns Over Privacy as Shard's Hotel Offers Guests Unexpected Views, © Flickr CC User Patrick Collins
© Flickr CC User Patrick Collins

Since opening to the public last week, guests at the Shard's Shangri-La Hotel have been discovering that the building offers crystal clear views of more than just London. At night, the glass panels which extend beyond the edge of the floor plates and give the building its characteristic crystalline appearance act as mirrors, offering views into neighboring rooms. The Financial Times reports that when they visited, "guests in the neighbouring room were clearly visible as they prepared for bed." You can read more on the story (and see proof of the effect) on the Financial Times.

Atlas house / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Atlas house  / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +19

Bahnhofplatz Winterthur / Stutz Bolt Partner

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Bahnhofplatz Winterthur / Stutz Bolt Partner, © Michael Haug
© Michael Haug

© Michael Haug © Michael Haug © Michael Haug © Michael Haug +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bahnhofplatz, 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Structural Engineer

    Dr. Schwartz Consulting, Zug
  • Steel Construction, Glazing and Facades

    Tuchschmid, Frauenfeld
  • Client

    City of Winterthur, Construction Department
  • Cost

    15 Mio. SFR (10 Mio. GBP, 12 Mio. Euro)
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua

Repurposing antiquated buildings is on the rise in China, and this proposal by Tianhua Architecture Design Company serves as a prime example. Planned for a site in the Hexi district of Tianjin, the Shanghai-based practice will soon transform a 1917 textile mill into a contemporary art gallery and private museum. 

The architects, who have adapted their design to emphasize the gridded layout and high ceilings of the existing structure, plan to insert a garden courtyard deep into the building’s core. This will not only counterpoint the structure’s industrialized aesthetic, but will provide natural light deep into the interior while preserving the exiting cruciform layout. 

Burkhardt Leitner constructiv exhibition / Ippolito Fleitz Group

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Burkhardt Leitner constructiv exhibition  / Ippolito Fleitz Group , © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +23

De Candido Express Supermarket / NMD l NOMADAS

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
De Candido Express Supermarket / NMD l NOMADAS, © Luis Ontiveros
© Luis Ontiveros

© Luis Ontiveros © Luis Ontiveros © Luis Ontiveros © Luis Ontiveros +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 73, Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Design Team

    Farid Chacón, Francisco Mustieles, Claudia Urdaneta, Janeth Boza, Vanessa Rincón y Nicole De Candido
  • Project Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Photography

Monditalia Tweets First Peek of Venice Biennale Exhibition

00:00 - 13 May, 2014

The Monditalia team has treated us to a sneak preview of what one can expect to see in the Arsenale when the Venice Biennale launches early next month. The Monditalia exhibition forms one of the three main parts of this year's Rem Koolhaas-led Biennale. To keep you up-to-date on all the latest Biennale coverage, we're holding a #CountdownVenice2014 - so be sure to follow ArchDaily on Twitter!

HR Giger, Swiss Architect & Visual Mind Behind "Alien," Dies

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
HR Giger, Swiss Architect & Visual Mind Behind "Alien," Dies, MUSEUM HR GIGER BAR in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland. Image © Richard McMullen / flickr user johnleespider
MUSEUM HR GIGER BAR in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland. Image © Richard McMullen / flickr user johnleespider

HR Giger, the Swiss artist and designer who inspired and helped craft the visuals for the Ridley Scott film Alien, has died at the age of 74, The Guardian reports. Although he studied architecture and industrial design in Zurich, Giger never entered the profession, but used his spatial know-how to help design dark interiors in both the real and cinematic worlds.