Video: Santa Meets Bauhaus

14:00 - 25 December, 2015

From the Oscar-winning production and animation studio Mikrofilm AS, this short film illustrates the unconventional ways families of modernist architects celebrate Christmas. We all know that the way we stack presents must be intentional; and what better building to model your gingerbread house after than Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum?

Happy Holidays from the Architects (2015 Edition)

12:20 - 24 December, 2015
Penda
Penda

Over the past few days we've received dozens of holiday and New Year's cards from our network of architects around the world. See them all after the break (or check out our reader-submitted cards). Happy Holidays from the editors of ArchDaily! 

The Best Submissions to ArchDaily's 2015 Holiday Card Contest

14:00 - 23 December, 2015

From Gehry, Mies and Corbusier puns to trees made of scales, rulers and buildings, we were overwhelmed by the depths of our readers’ creativity! Out of the 450 submitted cards, these are 52 of our favorites. 

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team!

Hello Wood Creates Three Christmas Trees in Budapest, London and Manchester

04:00 - 21 December, 2015
Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry
Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry

For the third consecutive year, Hello Wood—an international educational platform of design and architecture based in Hungary—have "rethought the Christmas Tree." Their three festive installations, in London, Manchester and Budapest, have been designed to live beyond the holiday season and will be recycled into new structures to help different causes in the New Year. "The role of architecture has changed a lot in the last few years," says Peter Pozsar, co-founder of Hello Wood. "Hello Wood represents this socially responsive architecture."

View the three projects after the break.

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (Part II)

12:00 - 18 December, 2015

It's no secret that architects have an affinity for books. Architects' libraries are often filled with a rich collection of architecture classics and inspiration that has been accumulated over the years, starting with their first year of architecture school. Thus, we have decided to expand our yearly gift guide selections to include some of the most impressive, newly published books that any architect could appreciate. 

Call for Submissions: ArchDaily's 2015 Holiday Card Contest

09:45 - 11 December, 2015

It's that time of year again! At ArchDaily we clearly appreciate holiday cards with an architectural spin, and we want to see your card designs. Whether that involves a modernist menorah, a christmas tree cross-section or even a Mies van der Ho-Ho-Ho, you're invited to submit your own architectural holiday card to be hung above ArchDaily's impeccably postmodern mantle.

We thoroughly enjoy the creativity of our readers and look forward to viewing your submissions. 

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (Part I)

15:01 - 10 December, 2015
ArchDaily Architect's Holiday Gift Guide 2015. Image
ArchDaily Architect's Holiday Gift Guide 2015. Image

Still searching for the perfect gift for that hard to please architect in your life? No need to look any further, we've compiled a list of items any architect would love to receive. Read on to see ArchDaily’s top 16 gifts for architects! 

Hello Wood’s Budapest “Charity Tree” Built from 5,000 Logs

01:00 - 25 December, 2014
© Dániel Dömölky
© Dániel Dömölky

Made from 5,000 pieces of firewood, Hello Wood’s “Charity Tree” installation stretches 11 meters high, 4.5 meters wide and weighs 150 quintals (15,000 kilograms).  Hello Wood worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to build the tree in one of Budapest’s central squares, and all of the firewood used in the temporary installation will be given to families in need in January.

© Dániel Dömölky © Dániel Dömölky © Miklós Vargha © Dániel Dömölky +23

Architects Send Their Season's Greetings and Holiday Wishes

01:00 - 25 December, 2014
Pedra Silva Architects
Pedra Silva Architects

It's becoming a yearly tradition for us to share the greetings we've placed on the proverbial ArchDaily mantle. We've received dozens of well wishes from architects in all corners of globe. See them all after the break (or check out our reader-submitted cards). Happy Holidays! 

Confectionary Constructions: Architectural Icons Made From Gingerbread

00:00 - 25 December, 2014
Tate Modern, London, by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves in production. Image © Henry Hargreaves/Caters News Agency
Tate Modern, London, by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves in production. Image © Henry Hargreaves/Caters News Agency

Guardian Cities have put together "the best of baked architecture" in a countdown of their favourite confectionary constructions. See London's Tate Modern rendered in precisely cut slabs of gingerbread alongside the curved shapes of New York City's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Alongside these, food artists have been more inventive by building Paris's Louvre from translucent crystallised sugar glass and Mexico City’s Museo Soumaya from hundreds of spherical treats.

Christmas Lights in Madrid: Brut Deluxe's MOON Through the Lens of Miguel de Guzmán

00:00 - 24 December, 2014

Miguel de Guzmán, a noted photographer and Spanish audiovisual producer, has shared with us one of his most recent works. MOON is the lighting project by Brut Deluxe that has taken Madrid's Gran Vía, delivering a perfect urban setting for the year-end celebrations. This context is also the location of a new film by Imagen Subliminal, who has already delighted us in the past with audiovisual proposals for projects like The POP-UP House and Casa del Espinar. The full Moon, after the break.

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +12

Christmas Wars: The Fight to Hold the World Record for the Most Christmas Lights

00:00 - 24 December, 2014
The Gay’s house in LaGrangeville, New York. Image Courtesy of Guinness World Records
The Gay’s house in LaGrangeville, New York. Image Courtesy of Guinness World Records

In the ongoing battle to hold the Guinness World Record for the Most Lights on a Residential Property (aka the house-with-the-most-Christmas lights), the Gay family in LaGrangeville, New York has once again reclaimed their title. This year the family used 601,736 lights, spanning two acres and set to more than 200 songs. RITZ Crackers, part of Mondelēz International, helped the family top the record, providing 200,000 lights. The Gay family and the Richards family in Canberra, Australia, have been fighting for the title over the past three years. But not to be outdone, the Richards family took home the Guinness World Record for the Largest Image Made of LED lights for their Christmas light installation this year. The installation in Canberra used 1,194,380 lights to make a 3D image of three Christmas gifts spanning 3,865 square meters and raised money for the charity SIDS and Kids ACT.  See more pictures and read more about the ongoing lights competition at City Lab and Guinness World Records

ArchDaily's 2014 Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced

01:00 - 17 December, 2014
Submitted by Patrick Grime
Submitted by Patrick Grime

After receiving close to 150 holiday card submissions – including a "Bjarke, the Herald Ingels" singing, and several angry Gehry-Clauses – we’ve selected three winners! Take a look at the winning submissions as well as some of our favorite cards after the break, and get ready to celebrate the holidays the architect’s way.

ArchDaily's 2014 Holiday Card Contest has been generously sponsored by Mosa.

Romanian Entry Wins "Unbelievable Challenge" with Santa Claus Logistic Center

00:00 - 16 December, 2014
First Prize: “Nothing is impossible” / Alexandru Oprita, Romania and Laurentiu Constantin. Image Courtesy of Unbelievable Challenge
First Prize: “Nothing is impossible” / Alexandru Oprita, Romania and Laurentiu Constantin. Image Courtesy of Unbelievable Challenge

A “magical” logistics center fit for the season’s most hardworking man has been awarded first prize for it’s innovation and feasibility in the “Unbelievable Challenge” architectural ideas competition. Submitted by Alexandru Oprita and Laurentiu Constantin of Romania, “Nothing is impossible” was selected from 243 entries spanning 59 countries and five other deserving projects that have been highlighted as runner-ups. 

A closer look at Santa Claus’ proposed logistics center, after the break.  

Go on a Sweet Getaway with these Gingerbread BNBs

00:00 - 13 December, 2014
Courtesy of GingerbreadBNB
Courtesy of GingerbreadBNB

Vacation just got a little bit sweeter with these Gingerbread BNBs. Looking for a luxurious getaway? The Gingerbread Modern Home is a gorgeous estate, made from gluten-free gingerbread and featuring a frosted stucco exterior and mid-century taffy furniture (but please don’t eat the artwork). The house is part of a fundraiser for New-York charity Robin Hood to provide shelter to homeless families in New York during the holiday season.

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

01:00 - 9 December, 2014
ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014
ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It’s that time of year again and architects continue to top the list as some of the most difficult individuals to buy for. That classic black tee or new coffee cup just isn’t cutting it anymore, so we’ve decided to help you out by putting together a list of items any architect would love. Take a look at ArchDaily’s top 15 gifts for architects, after the break. 

Seasons Greetings from the Architects!

01:00 - 24 December, 2013
Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects

Every year architects from around the world share their holiday greetings with us, applying their architectural creativity to an e-card format. Here we share some of our favorites from this year.

Happy holidays from all of us at ArchDaily to you!

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

01:00 - 11 December, 2013
ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013
ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

To help ease the pressure of selecting the perfect gift for the architects in your life, we have compiled 13 products that are guaranteed to please. See them all, after the break, and let us know what you have on your christmas list this year in the comment section below.