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Atelier Global Wins Competition to Design 'Book City' in Shenzhen

16:20 - 14 August, 2017
Atelier Global Wins Competition to Design 'Book City' in Shenzhen, Main entrance from the park. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global
Main entrance from the park. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global

Atelier Global has been announced as the winners of a competition for the architectural and interior design of 'Shenzhen Book City,' a library and public gathering space located at the heart of the Long Hua arts district, becoming a part of the greater contemporary and historic fabric of art centers, public parks and urban typologies.

Interactive platform. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Sunken Garden. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Aerial view from Longhua Cultural Square. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Multi-functional exhibition space. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global +34

Proposal For A Transparent Museum in Cyprus Rethinks The Urban Square

06:00 - 7 August, 2017
Proposal For A Transparent Museum in Cyprus Rethinks The Urban Square, © Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis
© Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis

Responding to a competition brief for a new archaeological museum in Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, a proposal submitted by Greek architects Alkiviadis Pyliotis and Evangelos Fokialis uses the traditional elements of the line, atrium and stoa to inform the composition of the envisioned landmark. Titled "Trigonica Simplicitas," the design of the museum is intended to form a new central hub, celebrating Cypriot history and culture through the synthesis of indoor and outdoor spaces on various levels to rethink the function of a museum.

© Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis © Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis © Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis © Evangelos Fokialis and Pyliotis Alkiviadis +20

Winning Proposal for Cyprus Archaeological Museum Celebrates Regional History

12:00 - 5 August, 2017
Winning Proposal for Cyprus Archaeological Museum Celebrates Regional History, © Fat Tony Studio
© Fat Tony Studio

Theoni Xanthi of XZA Architects has been selected as the winner in the competition to design the new archaeological museum in Cyprus. Composed of three layers corresponding to Memory, the City, and the River, Xanthi's proposal took first place in a competition that sought a new urban space to celebrate Nicosia’s history and archaeology. The project is situated in close proximity to the medieval city walls, enabling it to play a key role in altering and upgrading the existing urban and green spaces that surround it.

© Fat Tony Studio © Fat Tony Studio Courtesy of XZA Architects Courtesy of XZA Architects +27

New Photographs Unveiled as China's First Design Museum Nears Completion in Shenzhen

16:00 - 15 July, 2017
New Photographs Unveiled as China's First Design Museum Nears Completion in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Design Society
Courtesy of Design Society

A series of new photographs of China’s “first major design museum” has been unveiled by Design Society, showing Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki’s design nearing completion in the Shekou district of Shenzhen. Commissioned by the duo of China Merchants Group (CMG) and the V&A Museum in London back in 2014, the project was envisioned as a catalyst for development in the city, given Shenzhen’s bustling creative sector of over 6,000 companies. 

As the photos display, the building is formed through three separate cantilevering volumes, which sit atop a plinth overlooking the waterfront. An exterior corner staircase leads to a number of publicly accessible rooftop terraces, inviting the public to engage with the building at various levels. Finishing touches are being added to the construction with the envelope already complete, while interior spaces and the site landscaping are still undergoing further polish and are yet to be fully resolved. Check out all the photographs of the building below, which will be occupied by Design Society upon completion.

Courtesy of Design Society Courtesy of Design Society Courtesy of Design Society Courtesy of Design Society +9

SANAA Reveals New Images of Design for Art Gallery of New South Wales

16:25 - 26 June, 2017
SANAA Reveals New Images of Design for Art Gallery of New South Wales, In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, view from north-east as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017
In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, view from north-east as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017

New images have been revealed of SANAA’s design for the expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, as the project has received a $244 million AUD ($186 million USD) commitment from the NSW Government, more than two-thirds of the project’s total estimated budget. A supplemental campaign will be launched later this year for the remaining $100 million, $70 million of which has already been pledged.

In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, view from north-east as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017 © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017 © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017 © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017 +6

Apeldoorn's Renowned Museum Paleis Het Loo to Be Expanded by KAAN Architecten

12:00 - 11 March, 2017
© KAAN Architecten
© KAAN Architecten

KAAN Architecten has been commissioned for the renovation and expansion of one of the Netherlands’ most renowned museums, the Paleis Het Loo. Responding to evolving purposes, the project scope involves the restoration and development of over 5,000 square meters of new space, including the House of Orange, the Junior Palace, and a temporary exhibition hall.

“The design, inspired by the layout and proportions of the Corps de Logis of Paleis Het Loo, incorporates all required facilities and spaces while expressing a grandeur fitting for one of the Netherlands’ most popular and visited museums,” announced the firm.

© KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten +13

Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne Unveil Proposal for Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center

12:00 - 26 February, 2017
Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne Unveil Proposal for Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center, © Urban Agency
© Urban Agency

Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne have unveiled a proposal for the expansion of the MCH Messecenter in HerningDenmark’s largest exhibition center. According to the architects, the intent was “to create a strategy that will make the complex a more attractive and coherent structure with a new focal point.”

To achieve this, the design converges two circulation routes at the building’s new point of entry, further complimented by usable art displays and foliage, including green walls. The circular form of the roof defines the event square, with ramps serving as outdoor seating and shelter from inclement weather.

© Urban Agency © Urban Agency © Urban Agency © Urban Agency +26

RSAA's Artcube Proposal Accentuates, Preservers, and Modifies Historical Silo in Norway

12:00 - 9 October, 2016
RSAA's Artcube Proposal Accentuates, Preservers, and Modifies Historical Silo in Norway, Courtesy of RSAA
Courtesy of RSAA

Büro Ziyu Zhuang and RSAA have released images of Kunststilo, their proposal for the Tangen Collection and Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand, Norway. The design is centered around a historical grain silo, simultaneously preserving, modifying, and adding to the existing site.

The design carves a curved void into the concrete silo, producing a shelter for visitors and revealing the form within. The circulation then follows the former path of the grain through a new structure on the eastern side envisioned as an open box with an industrial glass envelope. The extension of the silo, new volumes, and adjacent canal produce a new plaza that spans the length of the silo.

Courtesy of RSAA Courtesy of RSAA Courtesy of RSAA Courtesy of RSAA +12

Qipao Town International Architecture Design Competition

08:30 - 14 August, 2016
Qipao Town International Architecture Design Competition, China Wujiang – Qipao Town International Architecture Design Competition Poster
China Wujiang – Qipao Town International Architecture Design Competition Poster

Wujiang, as part of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, is a world-renowned “Silk Capital” of China, possessing immeasurable cultural power. The Central Government’s promulgation of “One Belt One Road” strategy has offered new opportunities for Wujiang. Added to that the development and construction of the city’s Taihu New City and the conditions are ripe for it to leverage on its cultural heritage such as to enhance its core competitiveness, in keeping with international trends. As such it is necessary to fully expound on Wujiang’s rich silk culture in order to achieve perfect integration of the latter with the New City which symbolizes modern civilization. As an important cultural highlight as well as project landmark in Wujiang’s Taihu New City, Qipao Town looks set to herald a new chapter in the venerable city’s modern development.

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.