We’ve built you a better ArchDaily. Learn more and let us know what you think. Send us your feedback »

MCHAP Recognizes OMA, Holl, HdM as Finalists for Most Outstanding Projects in the Americas

The  (MCHAP) has just announced the seven finalists - drawn from a shortlist of 36 projects - at an event in Santiago, Chile.

To determine the finalists, the five jury members - Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, and Kenneth Frampton - spent the last twelve days visiting projects, speaking with the architects, users and owners of the spaces, and entering into intense debate among each other. 

As jury member Dominique Perrault noted, “There’s a lot of means by which to evaluate projects - models, drawings, images - but we took all opportunities to test the quality of the architecture. In the end, only by visiting can you sense the ‘touch of god’ - the presence of the building itself in the context.”

The resulting finalists show tremendous variety - in terms of scale, place, typology, program, materials, etc. - making the task of choosing a winner all the more challenging. See all seven finalists, as well as a video of Kenneth Frampton discussing the selection process, after the break.

Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City?

Coconut Grove Condo / BIG; Image via DesignBoom
Coconut Grove Condo / BIG; Image via DesignBoom

Video: 1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron

One of the centers of cultural and civic life, the 1111 Lincoln Road project by Herzog & de Meuron is featured in the video above, made by Elizabeth Priore. This project was chosen as it has changed people’s perception about what a utilitarian structure can be; and has ignited conversations worldwide about its design and use. This garage has reshaped the urban fabric of the city and people are going there to get married, relax, and enjoy a cocktail. The video is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. More information after the break.

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek
Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron Location: Water Mill, Long Island, New York Client: Parrish Art Museum Photos: Matthu Placek

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek

Venice Biennale 2012: Elbphilharmonie / Herzog & de Meuron

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Herzog & de Meuron’s exhibition at the Biennale is focused on the architecture of a symbolic project, with a complex history: The Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall on top of a former industry in Hamburg, which also includes a 250 room five-star hotel, and 47 apartments. The project, in a very advanced stateremains halted since last year due to legal issues with the contractor. In the exhibition, the history of the project is documented with three-dimensional representations of the complex building services; camera shots panning through the construction site; and large-scale models, whose spatial and physical presence represent what the architects wished and still wish to foreground: architecture.

Flashback: Signal Box / Herzog & de Meuron

© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron Location: Basel, Switzerland Project Year: 1994 Photographs: Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido

In Progress Update: Messe Basel / Herzog & de Meuron

© Paul Clemence
© Paul Clemence

Last November, ArchDaily reported on the new additions to Messe Basel – a multifunctional exhibition building that is designed to become a destination for the public.  The project is designed by Basel architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron and will include additions and relocations of the existing halls of the building. The existing hall will be extended via a three-story addition will replace two existing exhibition halls and include various scales of venues to attract different groups and events. New connections between parts of the building will be bridged with overhead walkways and transparencies between spaces. For a look at the early construction phase, click here. More updates on the project after the break. [

© Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 / Photos by Danica O. Kus

© Danica O. Kus
© Danica O. Kus

Danica O. Kus shared with us her photographic work for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Designed by Herzog & De Meuron and Ai Weiwei, these photos give you a great insight into the overall feel and spatial qualities to the design. The half sunken in and water-covered structure starts to become a part of the landscape, as Kus is able to take the viewer inside and around the pavilion. You can check out more images after the break.

Children’s Hospital Zürich / Herzog & de Meuron

Esplanade © Herzog & de Meuron
Esplanade © Herzog & de Meuron

Due to space limitations and increasingly aging infrastructure, Kinderspital Zürich called for a two-phase competition to design a new children’s hospital in the Lengg district of Zürich, Switzerland. At the recommendation of the jury, the foundation board of Kinderspital Zürich announced Herzog & de Meuron as the competition winner in May 2012. Their winning proposal includes a three-storey, wooden Children’s Hospital that provides a flexible, child-friendly environment. Furthermore, Herzog & de Meuron uses simple geometry to connect the contrasting typologies of the Children’s Hospital with the freestanding, six-story Centre for Teaching and Research that will also be located on the new medical campus. Kinderspital Zürich expects to commission the new building in 2018. Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 / Photos by Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

Last week we presented the first images of the recently open Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Ai Weiwei & Herzog & de Meuron in London, showing the half sunk and water-covered structure and its beautiful blending into the landscape. Today, Julien Lanoo shared with us these great images giving a better understanding of the spaces and its surroundings.

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

You can check some more images after the break.

In Progress: Roche Building 1 / Herzog & de Meuron

© F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
© F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.

Earlier this month, Roche held a foundation stone-laying ceremony for their new office building that is currently being constructed in Basel, Switzerland. Designed by the Basel-based architecture practice of Herzog & de Meuron, the 178-meter-tall tapering structure will be formed by superimposed floor slabs that narrow as the high rise ascends. Its simple shape and predominantly white color scheme will anchor itself within the urban setting of Basel and become one of the few high rises scattered throughout the city’s skyline. Continue after the break for more images and information.

Developer Plans for New York's Next Iconic Building

425 Park Ave. © John W. Cahill / CTBUH
425 Park Ave. © John W. Cahill / CTBUH

Boxy replicas of high-end offices dominate New York’s Park Avenue skyline, with only two modernist exceptions breaking the mold – Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Lever House. As the static skyline has remained largely untouched for nearly four decades, New York City developer L&L Holding Co. has announced plans to replace the aging tower of 425 Park Avenue with a new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified skyscraper. Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid and Richard Meier are just a few of the eleven distinguished architects that L&L has invited to join in a competition for the redevelopment of the 65 year-old tower. Continue reading for more.

Update: Hamburg sues Contractor of Herzog and de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie

© Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Since 2007, controversy has been stirring due to the rising costs and delayed schedule of Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany. Recent reports state the court has approved the city of Hamburg’s €40 million lawsuit against the primary contractor HochTief, who has stopped working in four areas of the €600 million project this past November. HochTief blames the architect due to differences in its plans. Continue reading for more.

Gymnasium at Mãe Luiza Unveiled / Herzog & de Meuron

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Press Release
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Press Release

Together with the local Natal organization Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao (Centro Sócio), Herzog & de Meuron released the design for a new gymnasium at the School of Dinarte Martiz. The gymnasium is the “pioneering architectural project” of a larger urban plan for the neighborhood of Mãe Luiza in Natal, Brazil. Architects: Herzog & de Meuron Partner: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Ascan Mergenthaler, Markus Widmer Project Architects: Tomislav Dushanov (Associate), Mariana Vilela Client: Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceição Location: Natal, Brazil Construction: 2012 - 2013 Continue reading for more information.

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Press Release Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Press Release Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Press Release Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Press Release

In Progress: Messe Basel / Herzog & de Meuron

© MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd.
© MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd.

The modernization of the Messe Basel is making progress. Developed by Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron on behalf of the MCH Group, the project aims renew the existing exhibition space and become a popular destination for pedestrians and foreign visitors. The new multifunctional exhibition building is scheduled for completion in 2013. Architects: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel Location: Basel, Switzerland Client: MCH Messe Switzerland AG, Basel, Switzerland Project Area: 141,000 m2 Construction Period: 2010 – 2013 Photographs: Courtesy of MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd. Continue reading for more images, renderings and information.

© Herzog & de Meuron © MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd. © MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd. Model © Herzog & de Meuron

In Progress: Tate Modern Expansion / Herzog & de Meuron

© Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Currently under construction, it has been announced that the Herzog & de Meuron designed first phase of the new development of Tate Modern will open in the summer of 2012. The launch will be part of the London 2012 Festival which will be the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. Phase 1 of the development includes the opening of the former power station’s spectacular Oil Tanks – enormous circular spaces over thirty metres across and seven metres high. These massive industrial chambers have lain unused since the power station was decommissioned. They are now being transformed into what promise to be some of the most exciting new spaces for art in the world. A further series of neighbouring galleries will provide a range of new spaces for works from the Tate Collection, including two raw concrete galleries and a unique steel-lined gallery. The Oil Tanks will also act as innovative social and learning spaces, as well as being equipped for a diverse programme of live performances and events, including a crush bar and full back of house facilities.

Park Avenue Armory / Herzog & de Meuron

© Herzog and de Meuron.  Rendering for exterior expression.
© Herzog and de Meuron. Rendering for exterior expression.

Built in 1861, the Park Avenue Armory Park functioned as both a military facility and a social club for the prestigious Seventh Regiment of the National Guard of President Lincoln’s volunteer militia.  Now, the 210,000 sqf five story building (which occupies an entire city block) serves as the home for a not-for-profit cultural institution where visual and performing arts can take place within a not so traditional setting.  In 2007, the building began a comprehensive revitalization project as it had fallen into a state of disrepair with Herzog & de Meuron as the lead designers (by the way, have you seen their new website?).   Herzog & de Meuron have embraced the history, craftsmanship, and the inherent contrast of the Armory’s spaces to restore the interiors to their original elegance.   “Park Avenue Armory is a richly layered building of outstanding historical significance that we are treating like a monument, revealing the physical traces produced over time, preserving it for the future and above all reinventing it,” explained Herzog & de Meuron. More about the restoration after the break.