Architects Send Their Season’s Greetings and Holiday Wishes

Pedra Silva Architects

It’s becoming a yearly tradition for us to share the greetings we’ve placed on the proverbial 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! 

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

© 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 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.

Confectionary Constructions: Architectural Icons Made From Gingerbread

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 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

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.

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

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- 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

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.

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

Romanian Entry Wins “Unbelievable Challenge” with Santa Claus Logistic Center

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

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.

Book a virtual stay at one of their three Gingerbread BNB-models – a Modern Home, Rustic Cabin, or Cozy Camper – and help give a family a home for the night. Every $100 raised provides shelter for one family for one night. So pack your candy cane suitcases and book a stay on the GingerBread BNB website.

Courtesy of GingerbreadBNB
Courtesy of GingerbreadBNB

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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!

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 from all of us at ArchDaily to you!

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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. 

Architectural History of the Christmas Tree

© , via deviantART

To join in on all the holiday cheer, we decided to share with you this architectural funny that depicts the architectural of the christmas tree. We found the clever illustration by Subtle Design on deviantART – “the world’s largest online art community”. Enjoy!

For more, check out our “Architectural Funnies” board on Pinterest! There you will find some of our favorite comics, including last year’s christmas hit: Trees of the Architects.

Happy Holidays from the Architects!

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During the past few days, we have received many e-cards from the offices, architects and photographers that are part of the network. Images from their offices, new buildings, ongoing projects, and even a video, are part of the many xmas greetings we selected to share with you.

After the break, 85 architectural ways of saying: Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cards From Famous Architects

via Le Corbusier, it’s one of his five points of

Happy from the architects! We made you a card.

To celebrate, here’s a few Christmas Cards from famous architects from the popular architecture blogs Life of an Architect and Coffee with an Architect.

An Architectural Christmas

Vitra, Ginger bread Vitra Haus

During these days we have received close to a thousand seasonal greetings from architects, photographers and editorials around the world. We are very grateful to have collaborated with an amazing group of professionals, who mixed creativity and humor on their e-cards.

Enjoy a selection of these e-cards, including this nice Ginger Bread Vitra Haus, along with Snøhetta, SOM, , BIG, CEBRA, and more!

Trees of the Architects

Via The All Nighter

We found this great image from The All Nighter – a tumblr dedicated to students who want to share and prospective students who would like to know about the architecture studio experience. The ArchDaily team would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

DIY: Gingerbread Geodesic Dome

Our friends at Inhabitat have shared with us this DIY tutorial on how to make the awesome, Gingerbread Geodesic Dome by Scout Regalia. The LA-based design firm has created templates and recipes for you to purchase, guaranteeing a structurally sound and tasty dome. You may use this video as inspiration for your own creative gingerbread house, or you can order the set for $25. Enjoy designing your edible holiday structures. Cheers!

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Part Three

For those of you still in search for some last minute gift ideas, we present to you part three of the 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. We hope this provides you with that last bit of inspiration to finish your holiday shopping. In case you missed our previous guides, view Part One and Part Two for more gift ideas that is guaranteed to please any architect.