Pump House Renovation / NAN Architects + JWDA

02:00 - 27 March, 2016
Pump House Renovation / NAN Architects + JWDA, © NAN Xu, XIAO Xiao
© NAN Xu, XIAO Xiao

© NAN Xu, XIAO Xiao © NAN Xu, XIAO Xiao © NAN Xu, XIAO Xiao © NAN Xu, XIAO Xiao +22

How My Trip to Jordan to Escape Design Rekindled My Faith in Architecture

09:30 - 26 February, 2016
How My Trip to Jordan to Escape Design Rekindled My Faith in Architecture, Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects
Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects

Let yourself be silently drawn by 
the stronger pull of what you really love.

To the bewilderment of many friends, this quote by Rumi adorns the cover of my portfolio. It justifies my pursuit of a career in architecture instead of a more stable field. Although I teasingly explain that “architecture is chronic,” the quote still holds some truth.

As an architect, I thought I did my due diligence: working long, underpaid hours and late nights to build a solid portfolio. But, despite the recognition one’s work may receive, underpayment and employment uncertainty are considered part of the job. On the other hand, the diversity inherent to the profession promotes creative thinking and an aspiration to incite meaningful change; thus, it continues to ignite the imagination.

That’s why, when the opportunity presented itself in the summer of 2014, I took leave from work to visit the Middle East. Yes, that is correct. Having the opportunity to grow up in the East and then to live in the West, I know better than to submit to the media’s fear-inspiring propaganda. I figured that speaking the language and being a seasoned traveler would come in handy. So I set out on an expedition that not only reconnected me to architecture, but also led to one of the most meaningful projects I have worked on.

Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects +18

OMA to Renovate Berlin’s Historic KaDeWe Department Store

08:28 - 19 January, 2016
OMA to Renovate Berlin’s Historic KaDeWe Department Store, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has been selected to renovate Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), a historic department store in Berlin – and the biggest in continental Europe. Its giant size “makes it akin to a city: a three dimensional network of paths, squares, neighbourhoods, activitiies and views unfolding through its large extensions and providing opportunities for commercial, social and cultural encounters,” writes OMA.

To address the size, their design divides the department store into four quadrants, breaking “the original mass into smaller, easily accessible and navigable components.” Each quadrant will target different audiences and act as an independent department store. Learn more about the design after the break.

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Louis Kahn's Notorious Richards Laboratory Restored

16:00 - 12 January, 2016
Louis Kahn's Notorious Richards Laboratory Restored, Richards Medical Research Laboratories in 2010, prior to restoration. Image © Wikipedia CC user Smallbones
Richards Medical Research Laboratories in 2010, prior to restoration. Image © Wikipedia CC user Smallbones

Louis Kahn's Richards Medical Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, once deemed "the most consequential building constructed in the United States" since World War II by MoMA, has been notoriously hated by its users; scientists claim the building lacks privacy, has too much exposure to sunlight and is not suitable for lab experiments. Thus, the University's architect has just completed a full renovation of Richards' four brick towers, converting them into offices and computer labs for researchers, while, as Philly.com reports, restoring the structure to its original essence.

"The renovation has pared Kahn's spaces down to their essence, restoring a Zenlike calm, and revealing the muscular concrete structure that made the design such a revelation in the early 1960s, when International Style glass towers were all the rage," says Philly.com. Read the complete article here

New York to Expand Its Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

14:00 - 12 January, 2016
New York to Expand Its Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Building after renovation. Image © Governor Andrew Cuomo
Building after renovation. Image © Governor Andrew Cuomo

Alongside a series of 2016 proposals, including the plans to transform Penn Station, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York will be expanding its Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - the busiest convention center in the US. Originally designed by James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1986, the structure has undergone a number of renovations since; this time, it will be expanded by 1.2 million-square-feet, totaling 3.3 million-square-feet, with the addition of "the largest ballroom in the Northeast," new exhibition space, a four-level truck garage, and a 34,000-square-foot solar array.

Gensler to Renovate Ford Foundation's New York Headquarters

14:00 - 30 December, 2015
Gensler to Renovate Ford Foundation's New York Headquarters, The Ford Foundation / Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto
The Ford Foundation / Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto

The Ford Foundation is about to undergo a massive $190 million renovation. Led by Gensler, the project will "modernize" the landmark building and expand its spaces "for convening and creating a global center for philanthropy and civil society."

Originally designed by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, the Ford Foundation is considered to be one of modern architecture's most iconic buildings. "That rarity, a building aware of its world," New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable once described, following the building's opening in 1967. 

Micro-Hutong / standardarchitecture

19:00 - 11 October, 2015
Micro-Hutong / standardarchitecture, © Chen Su
© Chen Su

© Su Shengliang © Zhang Yanping © Zhang Mingming © Su Shengliang +49

Jingyuan No.22 Transformation / C+ Architects

19:00 - 7 October, 2015
Jingyuan No.22 Transformation / C+ Architects, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Cheng Yanchun
  • Design Team

    Wang Yakun, Sun Sijin, Wang Jingxuan, Xie Bingyou, Zheng Yichun, Li Linjie
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +28

076 Susaloon / elii

05:00 - 21 June, 2015
  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    elii - Uriel Fogué + Eva Gil + Carlos Palacios
  • Design Team

    elii - Pedro P. García + Alicia García Martín + Claire Laborde
  • Area

    24.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +11

Shop and Exhibition Space in Marseille / Atelier M3a Architectes

15:00 - 19 June, 2015
Shop and Exhibition Space in Marseille / Atelier M3a Architectes, © Patricia Giudicelli
© Patricia Giudicelli
  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Place de la Corderie Henry Bergasse, 13006 Marseille, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Caroline Ménager + Mathieu Ménager
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli +12

Hello Lisbon Castello / André Espinho Arquitectura

09:00 - 19 June, 2015
Hello Lisbon Castello / André Espinho Arquitectura, © Giorgio Bordino
© Giorgio Bordino

© Giorgio Bordino © Giorgio Bordino © Giorgio Bordino © Giorgio Bordino +44

Workshop Renovation / Messner Architects

13:00 - 18 June, 2015
Workshop Renovation / Messner Architects, © Meraner Hauser
© Meraner Hauser

© Meraner Hauser © Meraner Hauser © Meraner Hauser © Meraner Hauser +20

The Panda House / DA-LAB Arquitectos

11:00 - 18 June, 2015
© Renzo Rebagliati
© Renzo Rebagliati

© Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati +23

Bagritsky / Ruetemple

03:00 - 17 June, 2015
Bagritsky / Ruetemple, © Ruetemple
© Ruetemple
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple +43

La Rambla House / Rosa Ma Ballester Espigares

15:00 - 16 June, 2015
La Rambla House / Rosa Ma Ballester Espigares, © Ignacio Espigares Enríquez
© Ignacio Espigares Enríquez

© Ignacio Espigares Enríquez © Ignacio Espigares Enríquez © Ignacio Espigares Enríquez © Ignacio Espigares Enríquez +16

Vegan House / Block Architects

20:00 - 14 June, 2015
Vegan House / Block Architects, © Quang Tran
© Quang Tran
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Duc Hoa Dang
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Quang Tran © Quang Tran © Quang Tran © Quang Tran +35

YOC Restaurant / GENETO

22:00 - 12 June, 2015
YOC Restaurant  / GENETO, © Yasutake Kondo
© Yasutake Kondo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    429.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo +19

Loft M / Graux & Baeyens Architects

05:00 - 12 June, 2015
Loft M / Graux & Baeyens Architects, © Luc Roymans Photography
© Luc Roymans Photography

© Luc Roymans Photography © Luc Roymans Photography © Luc Roymans Photography © Luc Roymans Photography +14