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Netherlands Competition Winner Turns Parking Garage Into a "Lego Set"

08:00 - 23 April, 2017
Netherlands Competition Winner Turns Parking Garage Into a "Lego Set", Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam
Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam

Dutch architectural firm, Studio Komma, in collaboration with concept-developer The Men of Foam, have won the Lot 2 Urban Lab Challenge, with their proposal, ZIP2516. Located in The Hague, The Netherlands, in an upcoming living and working district, the project “seeks to create an iconic building that is an accelerator for the transformation of an industrial area into a new energetic urban district.”

ZIP2516 will house a variety of programs, including social and commercial entrepreneurship and public space. The ground floor of the building will accommodate the flagship store of social entrepreneur, Happy Tosti. The first floor of the building will feature a public square and “urban playground,” with office and start-up space on the floors above, and a “gin bar with roof terrace” on top.

Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam +19

eVolo Announces 2017 Skyscraper Competition Winners

14:30 - 11 April, 2017
eVolo Announces 2017 Skyscraper Competition Winners, First Place: Mashambas Skyscraper / Pawel Lipiński, Mateusz Frankowski. Image Courtesy of eVolo
First Place: Mashambas Skyscraper / Pawel Lipiński, Mateusz Frankowski. Image Courtesy of eVolo

eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of its 2017 Skyscraper Competition. Now in its 12th year, the annual award was established to recognize “visionary ideas for building [high-rise] projects that through [the] novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.”

This year, 3 winners and 22 honorable mentions were selected from a pool of 444 entries. Among this year’s winners are a modular educational center and marketplace for sub-Saharan Africa, a vertical stack of factory and recreational space, villages embedded in mountains and even a skyscraper built within a giant sequoia.

Second Place: Vertical Factories in Megacities / Tianshu Liu and Lingshen Xie. Image Courtesy of eVolo Third Place: Espiral3500 / Javier López-Menchero Ortiz de Salazar. Image Courtesy of eVolo Heal-Berg: Reverse Climate Changing Machine / Luca Beltrame, Saba Nabavi Tafreshi. Image Courtesy of eVolo Adaptive Capacity: A Socio-ecological Vertical Community in Tanzania / Adriann Jeevananthan. Image Courtesy of eVolo +32

Healing Through Design - HENN and C.F. Møller's Competition-Winning Hospital for RWTH Aachen

16:00 - 8 April, 2017
Healing Through Design - HENN and C.F. Møller's Competition-Winning Hospital for RWTH Aachen, The competition called for the expansion of an existing listed 1970's hospital. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects
The competition called for the expansion of an existing listed 1970's hospital. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects

HENN and C.F. Møller Architects, of Berlin and Aarhus respectively, have jointly won an international competition to extend the iconic University Hospital RWTH Aachen in Germany. The winning entry, chosen amongst twelve others, responds to RWTH Aachen's existing listed 1970’s hospital with a partially-underground extension embedded in the landscape, seeking to minimize visual impact whilst creating lush green parkland for patients, staff, and the public.

The building's submerged massing allows for rooftop green space. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects The building provides ample natural light despite being partially embedded in the landscape. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects A public entrance features considered views across green parkland. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects The building provides ample natural light despite being partially embedded in the landscape. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects +10

Korean Demilitarized Zone Underground Bathhouse Competition Winners Announced

12:00 - 2 April, 2017
Korean Demilitarized Zone Underground Bathhouse Competition Winners Announced, Courtesy of arch out loud
Courtesy of arch out loud

Architectural research initiative arch out loud has announced the winners of its DMZ Underground Bathhouse international open ideas competition. The brief challenged participants to create an underground bathhouse within the Korean Demilitarized Zone, responding to long-running geopolitical tensions between North and South Korea. Ultimately, nearly 300 proposals and 900 participants explored how architecture could position itself in the middle of these turbulent conditions, seeking out new forms of non-military architecture to improve relations between the two states.

The winning entries can be found below. Full results of the DMZ Underground Bathhouse Competition, including winners, honorable mentions and Director’s Choices can be found on the competition’s webpage here.

Runner Up - Hypotenuse Thermae. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Runner Up: Cross. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Runner Up: The Lofty Sky. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Runner Up: Water Whirl. Image Courtesy of arch out loud +31

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa Competition

12:00 - 26 March, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa Competition, First Prize: Blue Clay Country Spa / João Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, João Tavares, and Paulo Dias. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: Blue Clay Country Spa / João Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, João Tavares, and Paulo Dias. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has released the results of their Blue Clay Country Spa competition, which asked participants to design a non-urban ecotourism facility in Latvia. The competition invited students and professionals to “interrogate the inherent tensions between subject and object, [and] building and site,” as well as to “engage the agency of typological form—including, for instance, the courtyard, shed, garden, and pavilion.”

The winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa competition are:

First Prize: Blue Clay Country Spa / João Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, João Tavares, and Paulo Dias. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: Reflection in the Garden / Miroslava Brooks and Amy DeDonato. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders BB Green Award: Blue Clay Country Spa – Garden Spa / Ashley Clayton and Mangyuan Wang . Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders BB Student Award: Boxes! / Federico Rodriguez and Alejandro Lobo, of Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo – UdelaR. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +77

Topio7's Competition-Winning Eco-Corridor to Transform Greek Coal Mines

06:00 - 21 March, 2017
Topio7's Competition-Winning Eco-Corridor to Transform Greek Coal Mines, The Riparian Forest zone. Image Courtesy of topio7
The Riparian Forest zone. Image Courtesy of topio7

Greek architecture firm topio7 has released image of their competition-winning proposal to create an eco-corridor across former lignite mines in the Western Macedonia region of Greece. Despite its past coal mining activity, the 180,000 Ha region has retained its natural beauty, partly due to the site's inaccessibility and fragmentation. Topio7’s winning proposal, through a measured, sensitive approach, seeks to enhance the area’s natural beauty whilst creating a variety of nodes and eco-corridors to enable public interaction.

Orchard zone. Image Courtesy of topio7 The Meadow zone. Image Courtesy of topio7 The Picnic zone. Image Courtesy of topio7 The Amphitheater zone. Image Courtesy of topio7 +14

120 Hours Announces Winners of Its 2017 Competition, "The Way of the Buyi"

12:10 - 20 March, 2017
120 Hours Announces Winners of Its 2017 Competition, "The Way of the Buyi", 120 Hours Winner 2017. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours
120 Hours Winner 2017. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours

International student architecture competition 120 Hours has announced the winners of its 2017 competition, “The Way of the Buiy.” For this year’s edition of the challenge, which gives participants just 5 days from the announcement of the brief to its deadline to conceive a project, students were asked to design a 100-square-meter building housing a canteen and library for the LiangMeng school complex, located in the rural area of Puan City, China.

This year’s competition saw 3024 participants from 79 countries across the globe, with winners selected by a jury consisting of Jan Olav Jensen, Chiara Sala, Tran Kinh Manh, Angela Gigliotti, Fabio Gigone and Christian Hermansen Cordua. For the first time ever, the winning project will be constructed, after further development alongside the 120 Hours team. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Rich & Simple. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours The Process. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours In Between. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours Steps of Liangmeng. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours +26

BIVAK's Competition-Winning Proposal for Hungary's Rowing Championships

16:00 - 19 March, 2017
BIVAK's Competition-Winning Proposal for Hungary's Rowing Championships, The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK
The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK

BIVAK Architecture and Design has won a competition to design a rowing arena in Hungary for a host of championships taking place in the country in the coming years. The competition, hosted by the Hungarian Rowing Association (MKKSZ) and Hungarian Academy of Arts, was open to architects under 40 years of age. BIVAK’s winning proposal, announced in February 2017, centers on a 90-meter-long tower ‘gliding’ above the water.

A slender 90-meter-long tower is supported on columns. Image Courtesy of BIVAK The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK Physical model. Image Courtesy of BIVAK The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK +10

Winners Announced for Competition to Design a House Under the Hollywood Sign

08:00 - 15 March, 2017
Winners Announced for Competition to Design a House Under the Hollywood Sign, First Place: Ambivalent House / Hirsuta (Jason Payne, Michael Zimmerman, Joseph Giampietro, Ryosuke Imaeda); Los Angeles, California, USA. Image Courtesy of arch out loud
First Place: Ambivalent House / Hirsuta (Jason Payne, Michael Zimmerman, Joseph Giampietro, Ryosuke Imaeda); Los Angeles, California, USA. Image Courtesy of arch out loud

Architectural research initiative arch out loud, in partnership with Last House on Mulholland (LHOM), has released the winner of their competition to design a house of the future, to be sited directly below the Hollywood Sign.

Serving as a “design charette” to generate ideas about potential uses for the currently open site, the competition called for residential designs that demonstrate the use of innovative technology and integrative environmental strategies, while capitalizing on the prominence of the site.

The Hollywood competition received entries from 500 designers across the world, selecting three winners, with an additional owner’s choice.

The winners of the Hollywood design competition are:

Third Place: The Last House / YBDD, NHD (Yohannes Baynes, Noriaki Hanaoka); Los Angeles, California, US & Tokyo, Japan. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Second Place: Hollywood Hill / FGO/Arquitectura (Luis Fernando Garcia Ojeda); Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Image Courtesy of arch out loud First Place: Ambivalent House / Hirsuta (Jason Payne, Michael Zimmerman, Joseph Giampietro, Ryosuke Imaeda); Los Angeles, California, USA. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Owner’s Choice: Eclipse / A2.0 Studio Di Architettura (Luca Pozzi, Daniele Marchetti, Gabriele Filippi, Franco Santucii); Rome, Italy. Image Courtesy of arch out loud +35

UNStudio Wins Competition for Landmark Mixed-Use Development in Frankfurt

12:15 - 2 March, 2017
The four towers will reach a maximum height of 228 meters (748 feet). Image Courtesy of UNStudio
The four towers will reach a maximum height of 228 meters (748 feet). Image Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new mixed-use development on the site of the former Deutsche Bank offices in Frankfurt, Germany. Selected to complete the urban strategy for the district last March, UNStudio has now been unanimously selected to carry out the architectural redevelopment of the site, beating out third prize proposals from the teams of Dudler / Jahn and MSW / Snøhetta, and an honorable mention from Christoph Mäckler / CoopHimmelblau.

The new mixed-use development will consist of four high-rise towers ascending from a multi-story plinth in the heart of the city. The project includes space for retail, restaurants and hotels, as well as a full range of residential accommodation. The four towers, rising up to 228 meters (748 feet) high, will serve as a new landmark on the Frankfurt skyline.

8 Architectural Winter Stations Brighten Up Toronto's Beaches

14:05 - 27 February, 2017
8 Architectural Winter Stations Brighten Up Toronto's Beaches, The Beacon / Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva. Image © Khristel Stecher
The Beacon / Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva. Image © Khristel Stecher

Eight “Winter Stations” have been installed along Toronto’s beachfront, injecting new life into the shoreline during the Canadian city’s winter months. Completed as a result of the annual Winter Stations design competition, the eight projects responded to this year’s theme of “Catalyst,” which sought installations that “open up the waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors” while considering how materials may be repurposed or reused for future iterations.

Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality Competition Winners Announced

14:00 - 26 February, 2017
Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality Competition Winners Announced, First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has announced the winners of its Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality competition, which asked participants to design a virtual exhibition gallery to showcase future Bee Breeders competition winners. In this virtual gallery, visitors would be able to “walk” around and explore the work of selected winners and guest contributors.

The three winners of Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality are:

First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: On the Bottom of the Top / Alžbeta Krbylová and Juraj Horňák; Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: The Infinite Gallery / Paolo Antonio Zurk Castillo; Universidad de los Andes. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: On the Bottom of the Top / Alžbeta Krbylová and Juraj Horňák; Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +44

Tonkin Liu Reveals the Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou

16:00 - 19 February, 2017
Tonkin Liu Reveals the Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou, The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will contain apartments, offices, retail, leisure, and a hotel. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu
The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will contain apartments, offices, retail, leisure, and a hotel. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu

London-based firm Tonkin Liu has released images of its competition-winning Trade Centre in Zhengzhou, China. The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will comprise of five mixed-use towers swooping out of a ring-shaped podium. Inspired by the nearby Songshan mountainscape, the scheme aims to celebrate the city’s origins as it rockets into a high-tech future.

A family of five towers creates an urban mountainscape. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A responsive facade creates a heavy base, and lantern-like tips. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A ring-shaped podium contains a soft landscaped garden. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A family of mixed-use towers with responsive facades and vertical gardens. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu +8

8 Projects Selected to Transform Toronto's Beachfront in the 2017 Winter Stations Design Competition

14:30 - 2 February, 2017
8 Projects Selected to Transform Toronto's Beachfront in the 2017 Winter Stations Design Competition, 8 installations will open up the Toronto waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors
8 installations will open up the Toronto waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors

The Toronto Winter Stations design competition has selected the five professional and three student teams that will add sculptures to the Toronto beachfront this winter for the third edition of the annual event. Under the theme of “Catalyst,” the jury sought installations that “open up the waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors,” while considering how materials may be repurposed or reused for future iterations.

I See You Ashiyu / Asuka Kono and Rachel Salmela North / studio PERCH Collective Memory / Mario García and Andrea Govi BuoyBuoyBuoy / Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani and Julie Forand +9

Statue of Liberty Museum Proposal Points to Social Injustice Through Tweets

06:00 - 2 February, 2017
Statue of Liberty Museum Proposal Points to Social Injustice Through Tweets, © Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee)
© Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee)

Jungwoo Ji (of EUS+ Architects), Bosuk Hur (of Folio:), and Suk Lee (a fourth-year student at Iowa State University) have won the Liberty Museum / New York competition with their speculative design for a museum at the site of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City.

Inspired by the concept of civil candlelight marches against social injustice in Korea—the designers’ home country—the proposal is designed to be an architectural device that reflects human rights and social justice disparity in real time. When visitors send messages, namely tweets, about dire events in their cities to the museum with their phones, each unit of the proposal receives electronic signals and changes its position to point towards the region in question.

© Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee) © Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee) © Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee) © Jung woo Ji + Bosuk Hur + Suk Lee (Ji+Hur+Lee) +8

Future Architecture Platform Reveals 2017 Laureates

11:16 - 1 February, 2017
Future Architecture Platform Reveals 2017 Laureates, Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform
Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform

Following a second call for ideas from the Future Architecture Platform (MAO), a total of 337 ideas by 594 authors from 56 countries were submitted and distributed for public vote. 14,381 valid votes were logged by the organisation, and Assembling Narratives by Danai Toursoglou Papalexandridou (Greece) was chosen the favorite. She is one of a further 24 selected creatives who will be invited to participate at the Matchmaking Conference in late February at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in Ljubljana.

Winners Revealed in Competition to Redesign Mumbai’s Maharashtra Nature Park

16:30 - 24 January, 2017
Winners Revealed in Competition to Redesign Mumbai’s Maharashtra Nature Park, Winner. Image © Sameep Padora & Associates
Winner. Image © Sameep Padora & Associates

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has named the winners of an international competition to redesign the city’s the Maharashtra Nature Park and the pedestrian/cyclist Bridge over the Mithi River. From 30 multi-discplinary teams from around the world, the expert jury selected a longlist of 8 teams, a 4-team shortlist, 2 finalists, and finally, an overall competition winner.

The winning team will now work with the MMRDA to develop their master plan to meet the environmental guidelines and construction regulations required to allow the project to be executed following approval from local authorities.

Winning Proposal for Finland Bay Masterplan Transforms Industry into Innovation

12:00 - 13 January, 2017
Winning Proposal for Finland Bay Masterplan Transforms Industry into Innovation, Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks
Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks

The City of Tampere, Finland has announced the proposal by Schauman & Nordgren Architects and Mandaworks as the winner of an open international competition for Hiedanranta Bay's new master plan. The design, entitled "Hiedanranta Innovation Bay," responds to the rapid growth of Tampere's central region. Over the next 20 years, the Innovation Bay will see the transformation of the former industrial district into an innovation hub for sustainable economic development, creating 10,000 new jobs, and housing over 25,000 new residents.

Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks +15