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Norman Foster Selected To Remodel Museo del Prado Hall of Realms in Spain

09:05 - 24 November, 2016
Norman Foster Selected To Remodel Museo del Prado Hall of Realms in Spain, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

According to Spanish media outlet El País, Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura have won an international ideas competition to design the new addition of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The team beat 47 other participants, including firms such as Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, OMA, and Souto Moura Arquitectos, and will be in charge of the renovation and transformation of the Salón de Reinos. 

El País reports that the project will cost €30 million and will "provide a large atrium to access the building’s south façade." This "will lead to an exhibition space on the first story," while also making the park and surrounding site more pedestrian friendly.

Matt Emmett Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image 2016

15:50 - 18 November, 2016
Matt Emmett Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image 2016, Photographer: Matt Emmett - Building: Covered Reservoir, Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom / East London Water Works Company 1868. . Image via Arcaid Images
Photographer: Matt Emmett - Building: Covered Reservoir, Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom / East London Water Works Company 1868. . Image via Arcaid Images

Matt Emmett’s photograph of the East London Water Works Company covered reservoir in Finsbury Park, built 1868, has been named the winner of the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award. Announced on the final day of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin, the image was notable for being the first winner to feature a historic location as its subject, and drew comparisons to a Piranesi print.

2016 INTBAU World Congress Excellence Award Winners Announced

12:00 - 5 November, 2016
2016 INTBAU World Congress Excellence Award Winners Announced, © BCarchitects&studies
© BCarchitects&studies

The winners of the 2016 INTBAU World Congress Excellence Awards have recently been announced. Categories for this year’s competition were Community Engagement, New Building, Urban Design, and Emerging Talent. The awards were given during the INTBAU World Congress 2016, a biennial forum that brings together international participants to debate the most pressing global issues facing building, architecture, and urbanism.

"I join my jurors in applauding the considerable depth and breadth of this year's award submissions," said Anne Fairfax, President a Fairfax & Sammons Architects and jury chair of the Excellence Awards. "We found the projects to be thoughtful in leading by example in the use of traditional design but we were also pleased to see the positive social activism and environmental responsibility that characterized many of the projects, reaching deep into the values of the INTBAU mission."

The winners of the 2016 INTBAU World Congress Excellence Awards are:

Snøhetta Named WSJ's 2016 Architectural Innovator of the Year

12:50 - 3 November, 2016

The Wall Street Journal has named Snøhetta their “Architecture Innovator of the Year” for 2016. Founded by 55-year-old American Craig Dykers and 58-year-old Norwegian Kjetil Trædal, Snøhetta rose to prominence with their competition-winning designs for the 20th-century successor to the lost wonder of the ancient world, the Library of Alexandria, and the National Norwegian Opera House in Oslo.

BIG’s VIA 57 West Wins the 2016 International Highrise Award

11:40 - 2 November, 2016
BIG’s VIA 57 West Wins the 2016 International Highrise Award , © Kirsten Bucher
© Kirsten Bucher

BIG’s VIA 57 West has been unanimously chosen as the winner of the 2016 International Highrise Award (IHA) for the world’s most innovative highrise.

One of the world’s most important architectural prizes for tall buildings, the award is presented by Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) every two years to the project that best exemplifies the criteria of future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

© Kirsten Bucher © Kirsten Bucher © Kirsten Bucher © Kirsten Bucher +12

20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2016

12:10 - 28 October, 2016
20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2016, via Arcaid Images
via Arcaid Images

Arcaid has shortlisted 20 of the year’s best architectural photographs in the running for the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award presents prizes in four categories - Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - and judged by an esteemed panel on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

This year, judges for the award include Emily Booth, executive editor of The Architectural Review; artist and Sto Werkstatt curator Amy Croft; Katy Harris, director of communications at Foster + Partners; architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG and photographers Fernando Guerra and Ulrich Müller.

The photographs will be showcased at World Architecture Festival from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany, where the overall winner will be announced. The shortlist of 20 images is as follows:

6 Buildings Shortlisted for the Inaugural RIBA International Prize

16:20 - 27 October, 2016
6 Buildings Shortlisted for the Inaugural RIBA International Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of six finalist projects in the running for the inaugural RIBA International Prize. The first RIBA Award open to any qualified architect in the world, the International Prize seeks to name the world’s “most significant and inspirational” building. Criteria for consideration include the demonstration of “visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.”

The six finalists were named from a longlist of 30 buildings, from which a further selection of 21 projects have been recognized by the jury for the RIBA Award for International Excellence. The jury has also named the winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect prize recognizing “the achievement of architects in the earlier stages of their career who are working on global projects.”

The Grand Jury is lead by Richard Rogers and includes Billie TsienKunlé AdeyemiPhilip Gumuchdjian, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor.

"Our panel of jurors have been particularly impressed by the way in which each building reacts to, resolves and assimilates into the varying geographies and contexts - from dense urban cities to a small town in the Arctic Circle," said RIBA President Jane Duncan on the naming of the finalists. "Each project resolves the complex demands of its context with ingenuity, exceptional detail and finishing and a sensitivity to the needs of the users and communities which will inhabit these spaces."

SANAA's Grace Farms Wins the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

23:00 - 19 October, 2016
SANAA's Grace Farms Wins the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, © Dean Kaufman
© Dean Kaufman

SANAA’s Grace Farms has been announced as the winner of the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), recognizing the most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents.

The project was selected from a shortlist of seven finalists, joining Alvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road as winners of the highly-regarded prize.

“Among a strong group of projects Grace Farms emerged as a clear winner for the clarity and consistency of its architectural solution,” said Stan Allen, MCHAP Jury President.

“The jury was struck by the radical way in which the line between architecture and landscape is blurred by the ‘River’ building. The firsthand experience of the building reveals a confident realization and the immediacy of its detailing. Finally, the Grace Farms project uniquely demonstrates architecture’s capacity to make a place for an innovative new institution.”

 Learn more about the project after the break.

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +11

DAM Selects the Top 10 Architectural Books of 2016

12:00 - 17 October, 2016
DAM Selects the Top 10 Architectural Books of 2016, © unsplash user Kazuend. Licensed under CC0
© unsplash user Kazuend. Licensed under CC0

The Frankfurt Book Fair and Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) have announced the results of the 2016 International DAM Architectural Book Award, their annual list of the ten best architectural books published in the past year.

This year, books were selected from 214 entries and 88 international publishers, based on criteria such as design content, quality of material and finishing, innovation, and topicality. The winning books feature a wide range of topics and graphic styles, and feature projects from all over the world.

Find the top 10 and additional shortlisted books below.

© Uwe Dettmar © Uwe Dettmar © Uwe Dettmar © Uwe Dettmar +21

2016 BCO Awards Name the Best Office Buildings in the UK

14:10 - 10 October, 2016
2016 BCO Awards Name the Best Office Buildings in the UK

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has announced the winners of the 2016 National Awards. The BCO Awards program was established to recognize “ top quality office design and functionality and sets the standard for excellence across the office sector in the UK,” providing a benchmark for excellence in design and functionality. This year’s ‘Best of the Best’ winner was The Enterprise Center at the University of East Anglia by Architype.

“This year we have once again seen a fantastic range of diverse and innovative workplaces, highlighting Britain’s position at the forefront of the global office sector. The Enterprise Centre stands tall as both a dynamic and collaborative work and event space, and as a benchmark in sustainable design," said Emma Crawford, Managing Director of Central London Leasing at CBRE and BCO National Awards Chair.

Continue reading to see this year’s winners.

2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Announced

08:00 - 7 October, 2016

The winners of the 2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have been announced. Now in its eighth year, the global competition seeks the best of food and beverage spaces, and “covers every imaginable space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.”

This edition of the annual Awards attracted 1,000 entries from the UK and 70 other countries, and was judged by a panel of influential design personalities.

The winners of the 2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are:

Torchy’s Tacos (Austin, USA) / Chioco Design
. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Torafuku (Vancouver, Canada) / Scott & Scott Architects
. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Blue Wave (Barcelona, Spain) / El Equipo Creativo . Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards No.1 Duke Street (Richmond, London, UK) / Box 9 Design & Red Deer Architects . Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards +34

DS+R, Calatrava Among Winners of 2016 Leading Culture Destinations Awards

14:00 - 3 October, 2016
DS+R, Calatrava Among Winners of 2016 Leading Culture Destinations Awards

The winners of the 2016 Leading Culture Destinations Awards have been announced. Presented this past weekend at a ceremony in London, the LCD Awards are given annually to recognize the success of “museums, art organizations, and cultural destinations from around the world [that] are investing in iconic architecture, cross-sector collaborations, [and] audacious programming […] to diversify the experiences offered to visitors and establish their global reputations.”

This year, awards were presented in four categories: Leading Cultural Destination of the Year; Best New Museum of the Year (for museums opened in the past 15 months); Best Soft Power Destination of the Year (a new award for 2016, given to destination who exhibit 'excellence, relevance, transparency, accountability and sustainability'); and the Traveller’s Award for Best Place to Visit.

The overall winner for 2016 was Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Continue reading to see the full list of winners.

2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners Announced

16:00 - 2 October, 2016
2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners Announced, 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Recipients
2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Recipients

Six exemplary projects have been announced as winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Presented once every three years, the award was established by the Aga Khan in 1977 to “identify and encourage building concepts that successfully addressed the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.” To be considered for the award, projects must exhibit not only architectural excellence, but also the ability to improve users overall quality of life.

Selected from a shortlist of 19 candidates, the five winning projects will receive a $1 million dollar prize as they join an acclaimed list of previous winners, which includes buildings from Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Charles Correa, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Hassan Fathy.

2016 Architecture iPhone Photography Awards Announced

16:30 - 29 September, 2016

The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) has announced the winners of the 2016 edition of the annual competition. Founded in 2007, the same year as the release of the first iPhone, IPPAWARDS is the first and longest running iPhone photography competition. Now in its 9th year, the awards continue to select the best images taken by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from a variety of categories including Landscape, Animals, People, Still Life and Architecture.

This year’s architecture category was won by Jian Wang of Beijing China for his shot “China Red,” taken at the Beijing Olympic Park. Second and third prizes were awarded to Patryk Kuleta for two shots from his series, “Modern Cathedrals.” Kuleta was also selected as the IPPAWARDS Photographer of the Year for the series, which featured layered-exposure captures of historic cathedrals in Warsaw and Strasbourg.

Continue after the break to see the three winners and honorable mentions.

© Waldemar Nowak. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS © Zaihuan Jiang. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS © Yuzhong Ge. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS © Jian Wang. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS +33

2016 American Architecture Award Winners Announced

08:00 - 29 September, 2016
2016 American Architecture Award Winners Announced

75 buildings have been announced as the winners of the 2016 American Architecture Awards by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Now in its 22nd year, the American Architecture Awards recognize “the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects in the U.S. and abroad and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States.” 

This comprehensive and even-handed overview of new American Architecture for 2016, allows you (as a viewer) to witness the enormous diversity in the American practice of architecture today, said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum. This year’s selection by the Denver jury was more interested in discussions concerning the problems of the environment, social context, technical and constructive solutions, the responsible use of energies, restoration and adaptive- reuse, and the sensitive use of materials and ecology.

The 75 winners of the 2016 American Architecture Awards are:

Pterodactyl | Culver City, California | 2015 . Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) | Los Angeles, Calfiornia | 2013. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine | La Jolla, California | 2012. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center |Phoenix, Arizona | 2015. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum +15

Steven Holl Wins 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture

06:00 - 20 September, 2016
Steven Holl Wins 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture , Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Image © Petri Virtanen
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Image © Petri Virtanen

Steven Holl has been awarded the 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture, which honors architects “who have distinguished themselves by realizing architecture or creating urban environments that showcase a unique use of daylight, for the benefit of overall quality of life, its impact on human health, well-being and performance, and its value to society.” 

Five Projects Named Finalists for the 2016 International Highrise Award

14:20 - 16 September, 2016

Five notable projects have been selected as finalists for the 2016 International Highrise Award (IHA). One of the world’s most important architectural prizes for highrises, the award is given to projects that exemplify the criteria of future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

Led by 2014 IHA winner Stefano Boeri, the competition’s world-class jury noted the significant trend in high-rise development away from office buildings and towards residential towers, as well as the geographic dichotomy of the finalists.

“Asia versus America is an interesting conclusion at this point – they are the defining forces on the map,” commented jury member Ole Scheeren. “In Asia you can see the impact of the tropical, climatic and environmental consequences are very well translated into new types of residential high-rises. In New York the finalists all show some way of power-statement.”

See the 5 finalists with comments from the jury, after the break.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha Named 2016 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

11:05 - 13 September, 2016
Paulo Mendes da Rocha Named 2016 Praemium Imperiale Laureate, Cais das Artes / Paulo Mendes da Rocha & METRO. Image Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Cais das Artes / Paulo Mendes da Rocha & METRO. Image Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha

The Japan Art Association (JAA) has named Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha as the winner of the 2016 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. Often credited as a founder of the Brutalist movement in São Paulo, 2006 Pritzker Prize Winner Mendes da Rocha was praised by the jury for his commitment to honoring “locality, history and landscape” in his projects and his ability to utilize “simple materials like concrete and steel to structure space to maximum effect.”