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Are These "The World's Best Graduation Projects" of 2017?

07:30 - 7 April, 2017
Are These "The World's Best Graduation Projects" of 2017?, Award-winning ‘Badabing Badaboom’ by Jason Tan (Singapore) presents a Gold House in Dunkwa, Ghana, to house the Gold Exchange and the Miners Union. This ‘gift’ from the Chinese is a metaphor for China’s neo-colonial presence in Ghana and Africa. Image Courtesy of Archiprix International
Award-winning ‘Badabing Badaboom’ by Jason Tan (Singapore) presents a Gold House in Dunkwa, Ghana, to house the Gold Exchange and the Miners Union. This ‘gift’ from the Chinese is a metaphor for China’s neo-colonial presence in Ghana and Africa. Image Courtesy of Archiprix International

Once every two years architecture schools around the world are invited to submit their single, finest graduation project to the Archiprix International competition and exhibition. This year, the event selected Ahmedabad, in India, to exhibit the results. Here Arjen Oosterman, Editor-in-Chief of Volume, reviews the event and the work on display. You can read an interview with the Director of Archiprix, Henk van der Veen, here.

From its inception at the dawn of the millennium (2001), Archiprix International has proved to be an adventure with enormous ambition. To collect, once every two years, the very best graduation projects from architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design schools around the world is no small feat. To comprehensively exhibit this material is also a challenge, and to create a meaningful and productive event around the award session—giving center stage to the selected graduates and their projects—is a task akin to walking a tightrope. And yet, this is what they are achieving.

Award-winning ‘Housing for Construction Workers in Ahmedabad’, designed by Hannah Broatch (Auckland, New Zealand), confronts the poor living conditions of migrant workers. Image Courtesy of Archiprix International Both Nominee and Participants’ favorite (24 votes), ‘Walk Around Music’ by Hannah LaSota (University Park, USA) locates a Sensorium in underground Detroit ‘to evoke motion and elicit emotion’. Image Courtesy of Archiprix International Both Nominee and Participants’ favorite (24 votes), ‘Walk Around Music’ by Hannah LaSota (University Park, USA) locates a Sensorium in underground Detroit ‘to evoke motion and elicit emotion’. Image Courtesy of Archiprix International ‘A Different Kind of Museum’ by Andrei Puică (Timisoara, Romania) recycles abandoned rural homes. The plan addresses conservation, modernity, urbanization and cultural identity in one gesture. The project was selected as participants’ favorite (19 votes). Image Courtesy of Archiprix International +7

The Disappearance of the Architectural Icon: Henk van der Veen on Archiprix International

04:00 - 22 March, 2017
The Disappearance of the Architectural Icon: Henk van der Veen on Archiprix International, Model for ‘A Walk Around Music’. Image © Henk van der Veen
Model for ‘A Walk Around Music’. Image © Henk van der Veen

Once every two years architecture schools around the world are invited to submit their single, finest graduation project to the Archiprix International competition and exhibition. Since its inception in 2001 (born out of the Dutch Archiprix), an ever increasing number of schools choose to participate. This year, Archiprix International selected Ahmedabad, in India, to exhibit the results. Arjen Oosterman, Editor-in-Chief of Volume, spoke to Archiprix Director and "Mister Archiprix" Henk van der Veen.

Moving Landscapes / Matharoo Associates

22:00 - 14 July, 2016
Moving Landscapes / Matharoo Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +19

DIYA / SPASM Design Architects

20:00 - 18 May, 2016
DIYA / SPASM Design Architects, © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira
© Photographix - Sebastian & Ira

© Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira +33

Institute of Engineering and Technology – Ahmedabad University / vir.mueller architects

20:00 - 15 November, 2015
Institute of Engineering and Technology – Ahmedabad University / vir.mueller architects, © Andre J. Fanthome
© Andre J. Fanthome

© Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome +27

Visitors Entrance Pavilion at Glade One / Khosla Associates

19:00 - 20 May, 2015
Visitors Entrance Pavilion at Glade One / Khosla Associates, © Jignesh Vishwanath
© Jignesh Vishwanath

© Jignesh Vishwanath © Jignesh Vishwanath © Jignesh Vishwanath © Jignesh Vishwanath +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team

    Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Oommen Thomas
  • Area

    6000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

1102 Penthouse / Apical Reform

19:00 - 14 March, 2015
1102 Penthouse / Apical Reform, © Apical Reform
© Apical Reform

© Apical Reform © Apical Reform © Apical Reform © Apical Reform +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paarijat Residences, Judges Bunglow Road, Sumeru, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380054,India
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mondeal Square in Ahmedabad / Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd.

01:00 - 2 February, 2015
Mondeal Square in Ahmedabad / Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd., Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners
Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners

Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners +9

The Urbane House / Hiren Patel Architects

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
The Urbane House / Hiren Patel Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah +19

AD Classics: Mill Owners' Association Building / Le Corbusier

01:00 - 7 January, 2014
AD Classics: Mill Owners' Association Building / Le Corbusier, © motaleb architekten
© motaleb architekten

Le Corbusier was commissioned by the president of the Mill Owners’ Association to design the organization’s headquarters in Ahmedabad, a city historically active in India’s textile trade. The building is a physical manifesto representing Le Corbusier’s proposal for a modern Indian architecture. Constructed in 1954, the Mill Owners’ Association Building is considered the first of four completed commissions in Ahmedabad. 

The Brick House / Hiren Patel Architects

01:00 - 9 April, 2013
© Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah +23

Nirma Vidyavihar / Apurva Amin Architects

01:00 - 17 March, 2013
Nirma Vidyavihar / Apurva Amin Architects, Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects
Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects

Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ahmedabad, India
  • Structural Consultant

    Saurachana Strucon
  • Landscape Consultant

    Apurva Amin Architects
  • Civil Contractor

    Tricon, Tejas Shah
  • Project Year

    2010

Dual House / VPA Architects

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
Dual House / VPA Architects, Courtesy of VPA Architects
Courtesy of VPA Architects

Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ahmedabad, India
  • Area

    1,000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

The Frill House / Hiren Patel Architects

01:00 - 22 January, 2013
The Frill House / Hiren Patel Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah +20

56+55 Sumeru / Vastu Shilpa Consultants

15:00 - 14 April, 2012
Courtesy of Vastu Shilpa Consultants
Courtesy of Vastu Shilpa Consultants

This residential project in Ahmedabad, India by  Vatsu Shilpa Consultants follows the metamorphosis of an old vacant rowhouse into a renovated townhouse into a final fusion with the adjoining building.  The project began in 2004 and went through several modifications and additions.  By 2010, the adjoining house was purchased and 56+55 Sumeru was created.

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Courtesy of Vastu Shilpa Consultants Courtesy of Vastu Shilpa Consultants Courtesy of Vastu Shilpa Consultants Courtesy of Vastu Shilpa Consultants +20

AD Classics: Indian Institute of Management / Louis Kahn

01:00 - 25 October, 2010
AD Classics: Indian Institute of Management / Louis Kahn, © Dave Morris
© Dave Morris

© Dave Morris AD Classics: Indian Institute of Management / Louis Kahn AD Classics: Indian Institute of Management / Louis Kahn © Dave Morris +10