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AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid

04:00 - 21 April, 2016
AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Although Zaha Hadid began her remarkable architectural career in the late 1970s, it would not be until the 1990s that her work would lift out her drawings and paintings  to be realized in physical form. The Vitra Fire Station, designed for the factory complex of the same name in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, was the among the first of Hadid’s design projects to be built. The building’s obliquely intersecting concrete planes, which serve to shape and define the street running through the complex, represent the earliest attempt to translate Hadid’s fantastical, powerful conceptual drawings into a functional architectural space.

© Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet +24

15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day

12:00 - 10 April, 2016
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day

From community meeting hubs to secluded refuges, places to learn and places to study, libraries can be so much more than just a place to a check out a book. With this in mind, we’ve rounded-up 15 awe-inspiring libraries, including a Canadian church that was converted into a library, the first library in Muyinga, Burundi – built using participatory design and local materials – and the largest academic library in Finland. See what makes each of the libraries unique after the break. 

Spotlight: David Chipperfield

06:00 - 18 December, 2015
Spotlight: David Chipperfield, Neues Museum. Image © Flickr user stijnnieuwendijk licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Neues Museum. Image © Flickr user stijnnieuwendijk licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

British architect David Chipperfield's (born 18 December 1953) career has spanned decades and continents as an architect, designer and professor. Since 1984, he has been at the helm of David Chipperfield Architects, an award winning firm with over 180 staff at offices in LondonBerlinMilan, and Shanghai. Chipperfield is an honourary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Germany's Bund Deutscher Architekten, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2004. In 2012, Chipperfield curated the Venice Biennale of Architecture under the theme Common Ground.

People, Place, Purpose: How Mecanoo's Architecture Aspires to More than Style

09:30 - 12 December, 2015
In 1996 Mecanoo transformed a former Lutheran church in the heart of Amsterdam into a theatre for De Trust. Image © Christian Richters
In 1996 Mecanoo transformed a former Lutheran church in the heart of Amsterdam into a theatre for De Trust. Image © Christian Richters

In "People, Place, Purpose," the latest monograph of her Delft-based firm Mecanoo, Francine Houben explores the unique work which has enabled the firm to take their place among the world-renowned pantheon of Dutch architects. In the following excerpt from the book, Herbert Wright presents an introduction to the monograph and the themes running through Mecanoo's work in general, breaking down an architecture that is defined not by style or ego but by three overarching responsibilities - and perhaps a dash of color.

On a computer screen, architects can move virtual walls around with just a few clicks, but surely only superheroes can shift an actual wall around physically with their bare hands? So it was quite a surprise, while standing in the Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel in Rotterdam, to see Francine Houben, founding partner of Mecanoo, do precisely that. After some gentle fussing and tidying around the lectern and candles where the priest conducts ceremonies, she walks to a wall, and puts her hands firmly to it. It recedes to let in the sound of tree branches swaying in the wind passing through the cemetery outside.

Oil on wood depicting the Mecanoo Headquarters on Oude Delft 203, 205 and 207 by Paulus Constantijn la Fargue, 1759 Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel, Rotterdam, 2001. Image © Christian Richters In 1996 Mecanoo transformed a former Lutheran church in the heart of Amsterdam into a theatre for De Trust. Image © Christian Richters Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, 2013. Image © Harry Cock +12

Is There a European Identity in Architecture?

09:30 - 7 October, 2015

“There is a certain tradition, history, and continuity that you can read in European architecture”
- Spela Videcnik, OFIS arhitekti

A product of context and history, Europe has influenced the architecture world in a way that perhaps no other continent has. The continent is the topic of the latest video from the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, produced in relation to their European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, in which prize-nominated architects from 16 European cities are interviewed on what they believe brings them together, and what makes them different.

As a US citizen who has previously lived in Europe for two years, I was struck by the essential question prompted by the video: “Is there a European identity in architecture?” And if so, what exactly is it? To try to answer this question, I sat down with ArchDaily’s managing editor Rory Stott - a Brit - to debate differing perspectives.

2015 Prize Winner - Philharmonic Hall Szczecin / Barozzi / Veiga. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Gym Hall TNW / NL Architects. Image © Luuk Kramer Metropol Parasol / J. Mayer H + Arup. Image © Javier Orive 2013 Prize Winner - Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects +6

The Versatility of Corian, from Countertops to Railings

10:30 - 23 September, 2015
The Versatility of Corian, from Countertops to Railings, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

If there was a most radical decade of the last century, few would come close to topping the 1960s. From the Bay of Pigs to the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe to the moon landing, there was rarely a dull moment. The world of materials was also involved, seeing the invention of a polymer surface of acrylic resin and natural minerals that was easy to clean, scratch resistant, seamless, and hygienic. Better known as Corian, the surface developed by DuPont chemist Donald Slocum in 1967 was a material that met the tough challenges of modern living.

5 Takeaways From The RIBA's Report on the Architect-Client Relationship

09:30 - 4 September, 2015
5 Takeaways From The RIBA's Report on the Architect-Client Relationship, The Manchester School of Art by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Winner of the 2014 RIBA Client of the Year Award. Image © Hufton + Crow
The Manchester School of Art by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Winner of the 2014 RIBA Client of the Year Award. Image © Hufton + Crow

Building projects are inherently complex: as projects progress, architects are joined by contractors, engineers, and myriad consultants. Architects, according to a recent report by RIBA, are considered the "spiritual leaders" of a building project. Cemented in this perception by a monopoly on design, architects continue to sit precariously atop project hierarchies despite a shifting landscape in building production. This begs the question: how can architects leverage this spiritual responsibility to translate into the best results for clients?

In their latest report Client & Architect: Developing the Essential Relationship, RIBA delves into the nuanced problem of connecting architecture to its owners, emphasizing the importance of a strong, functional and mutually educational relationship. Currently, architects have a tremendous opportunity to learn, improve and capitalize on understanding of clients, regardless of firm size, portfolio and established skills.

Read on to discover RIBA's findings from two years of client analysis

Train Control Centre Utrecht / ​de Jong Gortemaker Algra

03:00 - 5 June, 2015
Train Control Centre Utrecht / ​de Jong Gortemaker Algra, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

    ​Bielsstraat 1, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Project Team

    ​Maurits Algra, Tycho Saariste, Karen Glandrup, Franke van den Broek, Mike Zelke
  • Area

    4480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +26

Tomihiro Art Museum / aat + makoto yokomizo

23:00 - 18 May, 2015
Tomihiro Art Museum / aat + makoto yokomizo, © Shigeru Ohno
© Shigeru Ohno

© Makoto Yokomizo © Shigeru Ohno © Makoto Yokomizo © Shigeru Ohno +33

Dublin Dental Hospital / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

06:00 - 18 March, 2015
Dublin Dental Hospital / Mccullough Mulvin Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +18

AJ's 2015 Women in Architecture Survey Says “Pay Gap” is Slowly Closing

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
AJ's 2015 Women in Architecture Survey Says “Pay Gap” is Slowly Closing, Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo’s Francine Houben was named Architect Journal’s Woman Architect of the Year 2014. Image © Christian Richters
Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo’s Francine Houben was named Architect Journal’s Woman Architect of the Year 2014. Image © Christian Richters

Now in its fourth year, the Architects' Journal's Women in Architecture survey is firmly embedded into the discussion of gender roles within the architecture profession. Collected from an anonymous cross-section of practitioners, clients, consultants, engineers, developers, PRs, and academics, the 2015 survey focused on the UK alone, and saw the number of participants soar to an unprecedented high of 1,104 respondents, 20% of whom were male. 

Results from previous years' surveys have sparked discussion amidst the architectural and mainstream media alike, and have been cited by RIBA and the UK government. The survey covers four main topics -- pay, practice, education, and children -- commencing with broader questions about discrimination before narrowing its aperture to more specific issues.  View the results of the 2015 survey after the break.

Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt

01:00 - 1 November, 2014
Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Courtesy of Ingo Schrader © Christian Richters Courtesy of Ingo Schrader © Christian Richters +19

World Photo Day: Christian Richters by Francine Houben

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Christian Richters by Francine Houben, Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Francine Houben of Mecanoo writes on behalf of Christian Richters. 

Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Christian Richters Cite du Design / LIN Architects. Image © Christian Richters Block 16 / René van Zuuk Architekten. Image © Christian Richters Roosendaal Pavillion / René van Zuuk Architekten. Image © Christian Richters +5

Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image © Dennis Gilbert
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image © Dennis Gilbert

The Brick Development Association, representing the UK and Ireland, has unveiled its shortlist for the 2014 Brick Awards. The awards recognize excellence in design and construction using brick in 14 different categories.  Among the contenders are Zaha Hadid Architects' Serpentine Sackler Gallery , Universal Design Studio's Ace Hotel and Mecanoo's The Library of Birmingham. The winners will be announced on November 12.

See the full shortlist after the break:

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes 4 Views / AR Design Studio. Image Courtesy of AR Design Studio Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio. Image © Andrew Meredith +9

Critical Round-Up: The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

00:00 - 20 July, 2014
Critical Round-Up: The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist, Though O'Donnell + Tuomey's Building for the LSE is not the bookie's favourite, many critics feel it is most deserving of the Stirling Prize. Image © Dennis Gilbert
Though O'Donnell + Tuomey's Building for the LSE is not the bookie's favourite, many critics feel it is most deserving of the Stirling Prize. Image © Dennis Gilbert

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has now announced the six projects that form this year's Stirling Prize Shortlist, the award that is the ultimate prize for any British building. As the RIBA's most publicly prominent award, the Stirling Prize is often a prime demonstration of the tension between architecture that is widely appreciated by the general populace, and that which is lauded by architectural critics and practitioners.

This year is no exception, with perhaps the country's highest-profile project in years - the Shard - just part of the controversy. What did the critics make of the RIBA's selection? Find out after the break.

Schuurman Group / Bekkering Adams Architects

01:00 - 20 July, 2014
Schuurman Group / Bekkering Adams Architects , © Digi Daan
© Digi Daan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fluorietweg 29, Boekelermeer, 1812 RR Alkmaar, The Netherlands
  • Project Architect

    Juliette Bekkering, Monica Adams
  • Design Team

    Frank Venhorst, Vincent Hector, Lukas Heiniger, Michel Leunis, Paul Michielsen, Sander van Schaik, Albert-Jan Vermeulen, Manuel Aust
  • Client

    Schuurman Group
  • Area

    9105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Digi Daan © Digi Daan © Digi Daan +20

RIBA Announces 2014 Stirling Prize Shortlist

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
RIBA Announces 2014 Stirling Prize Shortlist

The RIBA has announced the six projects that will compete for the 2014 Stirling Prize, the award for the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The six nominees will now be judged head to head for British architecture's highest honour, based on "their design excellence and their significance in the evolution of architecture and the built environment," with a winner announced on October 16th. See the full shortlist after the break.

Shortlist Announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards 2014

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
Shortlist Announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards 2014

The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist for its 2014 awards, with almost 300 projects competing in the world's largest architectural awards program.

The shortlist includes the likes of Zaha Hadid ArchitectsOMAFoster + PartnersBIGWoods BagotKPFFarrellsPerkins + Will and Aedas, alongside many other smaller practices. Although the shortlist practices from over 50 countries, this year there is a noticable increase in entries from Asia – with the number of projects in ChinaMalaysia and Vietnam up by 87%, 71% and 140% respectively over last year.

The shortlisted projects will be presented live by the architects to international judging panels. After this, the winning projects in each of the 27 categories will go on for the World Building or Future Project of the Year award, judged by the festival's 'super-jury': Richard RogersRocco YimJulie EizenbergEnric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

This year's festival, hosted once again at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, will take place from the 1st - 3rd of October, when the winning projects will be announced. You can book your festival pass here - and read on after the break for the full shortlist.

Oxley / LAUD Architects Inc. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival Danish Maritime Museum / BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters  Jockey Club Innovation Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Doublespace +22