Light Matters: Smart Flying Pixels Create a Floating Glow

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Imagine luminaires that could fly and visualise new buildings or individually guide you through space. What would happen if you could even interact with these flying pixels? These concepts could be realised in the near future as the first prototypes and experiments are being introduced. Software-driven LED pixels combined with drone swarm technology provide extraordinary possibilities for inducing new forms of spatial experience. These luminous pixel clouds emerge as digital patterns, but at the same time they emanate a romantic quality with their unique star formations twinkling in the night sky. The first projects have shared a playful note, but laboratories such as MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, ARES Lab and Ars Electronica Futurelab have shown an intriguing future in urban design for guidance systems or envisioning real estate developments, as advances in battery technology and wireless control have opened new perspectives for a life with smart flying pixels.

House T / Haro Architects

© Stefan Zauner

Architects: Haro Architects
Location: , Austria
Architect In Charge: Bernd Haslauer, Roberto Rodríguez Paraja
Collaborators: Angel Muñoz, Christina Golser
Area: 385.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stefan Zauner

Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects

© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

Architects: Dietger Wissounig Architects
Location: 6710 Nenzing,
Area: 5100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel, Petra Rainer

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation – Saline Joniche, . Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea

The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global awards.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break…

House with Showroom / ao-architekten + Markus Innauer

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: ao-architekten, Markus Innauer
Location: Bezau, Austria
Architect In Charge: ao- and Markus Innauer
Area: 190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten

Courtesy of Marte Marte

Architects: Marte Marte Architekten
Location: Schulgasse 40, 6850 , Austria
Architect In Charge: Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
Area: 997.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Residential Building DMT / [tp3] architekten

© Mark Sengstbratl

Architects: [tp3] architekten
Location: 4490 ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl

Roman Villa / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten
Location: 6830 Brederis,
Architects In Charge: Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
Area: 42.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Marc Lins

The Maiden Tower / Marte Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins

Architects: Marte Marte Architekten
Location: 6835 , Austria
Area: 109.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Lins

Fresach Diocesan Museum / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins Photography

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten
Location: Fresach, Austria
Area: 430.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marc Lins Photography

Office Off / heri&salli

© Paul Ott

Architects: heri&salli
Location: Burgenland,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Ott

Residential building AATN / tp3 architekten

© Mark Sengstbratl

Architects: tp3 architekten
Location: 4680 Haag am Hausruck,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl

Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: SUPERBLOCK
Location: Ernst-Melchior-Gasse 3, 1020 , Austria
Area: 4100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of

Inside “Places of Power”: Austria’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

© Nico Saieh

The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless other conflicts. In some ways, “modernity” could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of “Absorbing Modernity“ set for the national pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian pavilion chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator’s take on the pavilion after the break

CJ5 House / Caramel Architekten

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: Vienna, Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of Caramel Architekten

Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Vienna,
Partners In Charge: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer
Area: 28,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Iwan Baan

Ragnitzstraße Housing / LOVE architecture and urbanism

© Jasmin Schuller

Architects: LOVE architecture and urbanism
Location: Ragnitzstraße 36, , Austria
Area: 1,888 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasmin Schuller

Exhibition: Europe’s Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

The Mies van der Rohe Award, today one of the most important and prestigious prizes for architecture within the European competition, was first set up in 1987 by the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona. This prize which involves a total sum of 80.000 EUR is organised and awarded every two years.

In 2013 five finalists were chosen from 335 projects nominated by European institutions and international experts – ultimately the eminent members of the jury chose the new Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik designed by the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen in collaboration with the Islandic practice Batteríið and the artist Olafur Elíasson, which was opened in 2011.

The travelling exhibition presents a total of 39 exceptional buildings from throughout Europe using plans and photographic material as well as numerous models. In the Architekturzentrum Wien the exhibition is augmented by the virtual presentation of 15 additional nominations with Austrian involvement. A catalogue with the projects selected by the jury – prizewinners, finalists and shortlist – will be presented in the context of the exhibition.

More information on the exhibition can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Europe’s Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013
Organizers: Fundació Mies van der Rohe
From: Thu, 10 Jul 2014
Until: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 
Venue: Architekturzentrum Wien
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 , Austria