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Living Levels / nps tchoban voss

  • Architects: nps tchoban voss
  • Location: Mühlenstraße 60, 10243 Berlin, Germany
  • Chief Project Architect: Philipp Bauer; Karsten Waldschmidt (Project Management, building application)
  • Architects: Christoph Heimermann, Kenan Ozan, Anja Schroth, Stephan Luda-Scharping
  • Area: 8700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Roland Halbe

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Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

Pritzker prize-winning architect, fashion designer and artist Zaha Hadid (born 31 October 1950) has become one of the most recognizable faces of our field. Revered and denounced with equal aplomb for the sensuous curved forms for which she has become known, Hadid rose to prominence not solely through parametricism but by designing spaces to occupy geometries in new ways. Today, her work continues to push boundaries both creative and technological, and her fearless media presence has cemented her place in society as a woman who needs just one name: Zaha.

Pandemos Agora / Klab Architecture

  • Architects: Klab Architecture
  • Location: Luxembourg
  • Architect in Charge: Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
  • Design Team: Veronika Vasileiou, Diamantis Tengelidids
  • Area: 40.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Roland Halbe

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Spotlight: Richard Meier

Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal winning architect, is well known for his abstracted, often white, buildings and unrelenting personal design philosophy. Citing Bernini and Borromini as influences as well as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Meier received his Bachelor in Architecture from Cornell University in 1957 and took jobs with Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Marcel Breuer soon after his graduation. He began his own private practice in New York in 1963 and rocketed to architectural fame in the early 1970s, after being named as one of the "New York Five."

Interview with Ensamble Studio: "The New Generation Will Not Accept Standard Solutions. We Need an Entirely Different City"

Founded in 2000 by Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa, Ensamble Studio represents that rare and highly sought-after ideal of 21st century architecture: a firm whose work is as intellectually rigorous as it is visceral and viral, with work that is equally at home in both the 2010 Venice Biennale and on the popular website Viralnova. In this interview - the first installment in his column for ArchDaily "City of Ideas" - Vladimir Belogolovsky visits the studio's founders at their unconventional home, the Hemeroscopium House in Madrid, to talk about their experimental approach to design and their conception of the city of the future.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: Let’s start with a question that you would want to ask yourselves.

Antón García-Abril: What moves you?

Débora Mesa: What is architecture for you?

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Málaga Museum / Pardo Tapia Arquitectos

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Copagri Pavilion ‘Love IT’ / EMBT

The pavilion designed for Copagri called ‘Love IT’ is located in the south-east part of the Lake Arena – a large circular pool of water at the end of the Cardo, one of the main axes of the Expo Milano 2015 masterplan – and surrounded by the European Union Pavilion and the Vanke Pavilion.

177 Social Dwellings in Valdebebas / Francisco Mangado

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Location: Camino Arroyo de Valdebebas, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Area: 34930.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Roland Halbe

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Barceló Market, Library and Sports Hall / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

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Russia Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / SPEECH

Located on the EXPO’s main street Decumano, the Russian pavilion is a 3,260 square meter building. The structure virtually repeats the given plot of land with an elongated and rather narrow parallelepiped configuration, thrusting forward a dynamic cantilever over the main entrance to the pavilion.

The Flow / atelier d’architecture King Kong

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Upcoming Montreal Lecture: Brendan MacFarlane

This year's second installment of Index Design's Master Classe series will feature architect Brendan MacFarlane on March 24, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00PM in Montreal. MacFarlane, co-founder of the internationally-acclaimed design firm Jakob + MacFarlane, will discuss his iconic and award-winning work, and his pursuit of creating architecture that "leaves nobody indifferent." To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

Bernex City Hall / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

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5 Finalists Selected for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture- Mies van der Rohe Award

Five projects have been selected as finalists of the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture- Mies van der Rohe Award. The finalists were selected from a shortlist of 40 projects, and over the next couple of months the jury members will visit each of the finalist projects to evaluate the buildings firsthand and gather information from the people who use them. On May 7, the architects will present their projects to the jury. The winner will be announced the following day at a ceremony at Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

Boston Society of Architects Announce 2014 Design Award Winners

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced the 2014 winners of its Design Awards. The BSA Design Awards are allocated annually at the BSA Design Awards Gala, and concentrate on design excellence throughout New England. Each award recognizes projects that excel both aesthetically and technically, making a positive impact in the field of architecture. 

Read on after the break to see the honor award winners in each category.

Peter Rose + Partners / East House. Image © Matthew Snyder Peter Rose + Partners / Island Residence. Image © Peter Vanderwarker; Matthew Snyder Interface Studio Architects / Highland. Image © Sam Oberter Photography; ISA; Urbanica Matt Burgernaster / The Void. Image © Matt Burgermaster

The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño

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