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Call for Entries: Gateways to Chinatown

15:11 - 9 May, 2017
Call for Entries: Gateways to Chinatown, Chinatown (NYC DOT)
Chinatown (NYC DOT)

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), in collaboration with the Chinatown Partnership and Van Alen Institute today launched Gateways to Chinatown, an initiative seeking innovative proposals to plan, design, and construct an iconic contemporary neighborhood marker at the nexus of Manhattan’s Chinatown and the southern entrance to Little Italy’s historic Mott Street. Straddling art and architecture, symbolism and function, the new structure and public space aims to become a vibrant place of exchange at the center of one of New York City’s most dynamic and historically rich areas.
The overarching goal of Gateways to Chinatown is to provide

Call for Submissioins: The Coal Bridge (Kulbroen) – Aarhus

07:00 - 19 April, 2017
Call for Submissioins: The Coal Bridge (Kulbroen) – Aarhus, The Coal Bridge (Photo: Thomas Lillevang)
The Coal Bridge (Photo: Thomas Lillevang)

The architectural competition for Kulbroen (the Coal Bridge) is on and teams can now apply for the pre qualification. Please note that the material is in Danish, so if foreign teams want to sign up it would be a good idea to find someone here that master the language.

Easily Reproducible Disaster Relief Constructions in Bamboo

08:00 - 17 April, 2017
Easily Reproducible Disaster Relief Constructions in Bamboo, Cortesía de rOOtstudio
Cortesía de rOOtstudio

In 2015, after the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, Maria da Paz invited Joao Boto Caeiro from RootStudio to design and build a model house in Nepal. Using local and accessible materials, they built two prototype houses out of bamboo and partitions, via a collaboration between locals and volunteers that came to the region.

The prototypes respond to the need for housing that is able to be built quickly with the goal of providing independence and immediate shelter, while at the same time introducing basic building techniques using bamboo and bricks. In doing so, they're able to create a set of tools that allow for future construction that the community can make themselves.

Cortesía de rOOtstudio Cortesía de rOOtstudio Cortesía de rOOtstudio Cortesía de rOOtstudio +20

Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award

08:00 - 15 April, 2017
Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award , © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have awarded Montreal’s Bibliothèque du Boisé with the annual Green Building Award for 2017. Designed by the trio of Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy and Eric Pelletier architectes, the library is situated in the city’s Saint-Laurent district, and received the distinction as an example of “buildings that are environmentally responsible and promote the health and wellbeing of users.”

"The library offers a variety of beautifully lit and welcoming spaces throughout, maximizing daylight and views and the use of natural elements, such as wood, to create an environment that contributes to health and wellbeing,” said the jury. “Their approach to high-performance building through whole systems design and strategy has resulted in an impressive achievement.”

© Doublespace Photography © YienChaoHR © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +10

Castaway Island Resort / VTN Architects

15:10 - 10 March, 2017
Castaway Island Resort / VTN Architects, Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects)
Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects)

Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects), has revealed plans for a remote resort located on a private beach on a tiny island in the Ca Ba Archipelago of Vietnam. The exclusive resort will consist of a series of structures constructed of the firm’s trademark material, bamboo, and will accommodate up to 160 guests. The resort will be located 2 hours from the nearest airport and accessible only by boat, ensuring visitors will be treated to an exclusive experience within the island’s tropical environment.

Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects) Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects) Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects) Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects) +13

Soar Through MVRDV's Competition-Winning Zaanstad Cultural Center Design

12:00 - 31 January, 2017
Soar Through MVRDV's Competition-Winning Zaanstad Cultural Center Design, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV has released new renderings and a flythrough of their competition-winning design for a new cultural center in the city of Zaanstad in the Netherlands. Borrowing architectural motifs from the historic Zaan House, the design flips the traditional form inside out to create a new living room for the city. Inside, the building will become the new home of a film house, a library, a performing and visual arts centre, a pop music centre, a music school, a centre for design and a local radio station.

Check out the video below.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV +4

Steven Holl Architects Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai

13:15 - 25 January, 2017
Steven Holl Architects Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai, Overal Aerial. Image © Steven Holl Architects
Overal Aerial. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has revealed plans for a new Cultural and Health Center to be located in Shanghai’s Fengxian District. Set into the public landscape, the two buildings will serve as a “social condenser” aimed at integrating the community of surrounding housing blocks together into a park along the Punan Canal.

Cultural Center Water View. Image © Steven Holl Architects Cultural Center Interior Court. Image © Steven Holl Architects Cultural Center Interior. Image © Steven Holl Architects Watercolor - Landscape. Image © Steven Holl Architects +30

OMA's £110 million Arts Center in Manchester Receives Planning Approval

14:00 - 16 January, 2017
OMA's £110 million Arts Center in Manchester Receives Planning Approval, Courtesy of Factory Manchester
Courtesy of Factory Manchester

OMA’s first major public building in the UK has been granted planning approval. Known as “Factory,” the groundbreaking new cultural center will serve as a the new home of the Manchester International Festival (MIF) and as a year-round concert and arts venue.

Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester +9

Fly Through Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie at 2 Different Speeds

12:00 - 14 January, 2017
Fly Through Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie at 2 Different Speeds, Screenshot via video
Screenshot via video

In preparation for their grand opening on January 11/12, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has released an interactive drone video that lets you experience the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building at two different speeds: adagio and presto (slow or fast). Using the spacebar to switch between speeds, the footage takes you on a tour up the curving escalator, on to the elevated terrace, around the building and finally into the main concert hall, where the drones meet back up in a dramatic finish.

Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Shanghai Planetarium

14:00 - 20 November, 2016
Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Shanghai Planetarium, Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has broken ground on the Shanghai Planetarium, a new 38,000-square-meter project that will define a new identity for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) in the Lingang district of Shanghai, China

Inspired by astronomical principles, the design is centered on the concept of orbital motion. “Each of the building’s three principal forma—the oculus, the inverted dome, and the sphere—acts as an astronomical instrument, tracking sun, moon, and stars, and reminding visitors that our concept of time originates in distant astronomical objects."

Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects +12

Clément Blanchet Reveals Proposal for PEX Bordeaux Extension

08:00 - 12 November, 2016
Clément Blanchet Reveals Proposal for PEX Bordeaux Extension, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

Clément Blanchet Architecture, PPA and TAA have released their competition entry for the extension of Parc des Expositions (PEX) Bordeaux.

Having found success in their winning competition entry for PEX Toulouse (currently under construction), the partnership has rejoined forces to take on PEX Bordeux. The architects designed their proposed addition with the goal of embedding architectural fragments to capture the essence of the original building. 

© Luxigon © Luxigon © Clément Blanchet Architecture / PPA / TAA © Luxigon +18

Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg Photographed by Iwan Baan

09:30 - 5 November, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg Photographed by Iwan Baan, Exterior. Image © Iwan Baan
Exterior. Image © Iwan Baan

The Plaza of Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie has opened to the public. The concert hall’s observation deck, located 37 meters (121 feet) above ground level, is designed around a public square concept and is accessed via a 82 meter (269 foot) long, curving escalator, providing visitors to panoramic views of the city and harbor.

To mark the event, the Elbphilharmonie has released a new set of photographs by Iwan Baan, showing off the newly completed interior spaces. The full building is set to officially open to the public on January 11 and 12, 2017.

Rooftop. Image © Iwan Baan Grand Hall. Image © Iwan Baan Plaza. Image © Iwan Baan Plaza. Image © Iwan Baan +21

Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Competition for Oasis-Inspired Cultural Center in Saudi Arabia

09:35 - 24 October, 2016

Zaha Hadid Architects has won a competition for the design of the Urban Heritage Museum Administration Centre in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The center will serve as the head office of the Heritage Museum, an educational institution established to preserve the historic UNESCO world heritage sites of Diriyah and the surrounding Wadi Hanifah valley.

© Methanoia. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Methanoia. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Methanoia. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Methanoia. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects +5

AD Classics: Museo de Arte de Ponce / Edward Durell Stone

04:00 - 28 September, 2016
AD Classics: Museo de Arte de Ponce / Edward Durell Stone, © Mary Ann Sullivan
© Mary Ann Sullivan

Among the dignitaries in attendance at the dedication ceremony of the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) in Puerto Rico was Roberto Sánchez Vilella. In his capacity as Governor of the island, he gave a tongue-in-cheek speech[1] directed at his political opponent and founder of the museum, Luis A. Ferré:

I feel that I have contributed, in my small way, to the building of this museum. Had I not defeated Luis Ferré in the election, he would not have had sufficient leisure time to devote to this cultural project.

© Mary Ann Sullivan © Mary Ann Sullivan © Mary Ann Sullivan © Mary Ann Sullivan +15

OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled

09:40 - 1 September, 2016
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled, OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled. Image © OMA by Chris Stowers
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled. Image © OMA by Chris Stowers

The scaffolding obscuring the facade of OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center has begun to come down, exposing the aluminum exteriors of the spherical Proscenium Playhouse and the Multiform Theatre for the first time. Upon completion, the experimental building will feature a looped public pathway, flexible auditoriums and unique stage environments. Construction on the building is now moving full speed ahead, with an expected opening date in June 2017.

Continue on for more images of the in-progress building.

Watch How Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Shed" Transforms at New York's High Line

16:10 - 1 August, 2016

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group has released a new animation of “The Shed” (previously known as “The Culture Shed”), a convertible cultural center designed for New York City’s Hudson Yards development overlooking The High Line. When complete, the building will contain 170,000 square feet of exhibition space for temporary installations, concerts, performances and other cultural productions. Watch in the video as The Shed grows out of its partnering residential skyscraper, also designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, and transforms to serve various program types.

A part of Phase 1 of the Hudson Yards project, construction on The Shed began in mid-2015 and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The venue will serve as the new home of several high profile events, including New York Fashion Week.

AD Classics: Bharat Bhavan / Charles Correa

04:00 - 1 August, 2016
AD Classics: Bharat Bhavan / Charles Correa, © Charles Correa Foundation
© Charles Correa Foundation

In the late 1970s, the Government of India launched an initiative to build in every state capital an institution to celebrate the cultural and creative output of the nation. Although the scheme was largely unsuccessful, one shining example remains: Bharat Bhavan (‘India House’), located in Bhopal.

Designed by Indian architectural luminary Charles Correa, this multi-arts center first opened its doors in 1982. More than thirty years later, it continues to house a variety of cultural facilities and play host to multitude of arts events. The design of the complex is a product of Correa’s mission to establish a modern architectural style specific to India and distinct from European Modernism. Drawing on the plentiful source material provided by the rich architectural heritage of his home country, at Bharat Bhavan Correa produced a building for the modern era which manages to also remain firmly rooted in the vernacular traditions of India’s past.

© Charles Correa Foundation © Charles Correa Foundation © Charles Correa Foundation © Charles Correa Foundation +50

Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Finally Gets Opening Date

14:10 - 20 July, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Finally Gets Opening Date, © Maxim Schulz
© Maxim Schulz

After years of waiting, Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany, finally has been given an opening date. The building will open its doors to the public with grand opening concerts by NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra on January 11 and 12, 2017, followed by a three-week festival featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The soaring glass structure, constructed on top of a historic warehouse along the River Elbe, was first envisioned in 2003, but rising costs and legal issues with the contractor led the project to be put on hold.

© Maxim Schulz © Thies Rätzke © Maxim Schulz © Maxim Schulz +19