OMA to Renovate Berlin’s Historic KaDeWe Department Store

08:28 - 19 January, 2016
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
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
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
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

20:00 - 11 October, 2015
© Chen Su
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  • Architects

    standardarchitecture
  • Location

    YangMeiZhu Xie street, Dashilar
  • Design Team

    Zhang Ke, Zhang Mingming, Dai Haifei, Ao Ikegami, Zhang Yanping, Huang Tanyu
  • Client

    Camerich
  • Area

    30.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Chen Su, Su Shengliang · Photographer Profile, Zhang Yanping, Zhang Mingming, Courtesy of stantardarchitecture

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Jingyuan No.22 Transformation / C+ Architects

19:00 - 7 October, 2015
© Xia Zhi
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  • Architects

    C+ 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

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076 Susaloon / elii

05:00 - 21 June, 2015

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Shop and Exhibition Space in Marseille / Atelier M3a Architectes

15:00 - 19 June, 2015
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© Patricia Giudicelli

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Hello Lisbon Castello / André Espinho Arquitectura

09:00 - 19 June, 2015
© Giorgio Bordino
© Giorgio Bordino

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Workshop Renovation / Messner Architects

13:00 - 18 June, 2015
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© Meraner Hauser

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The Panda House / DA-LAB Arquitectos

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

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Bagritsky / Ruetemple

03:00 - 17 June, 2015
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La Rambla House / Rosa Ma Ballester Espigares

15:00 - 16 June, 2015
© Ignacio Espigares Enríquez
© Ignacio Espigares Enríquez
  • Architects

    Rosa Ma Ballester Espigares
  • Location

    Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Ignacio Espigares Enríquez

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Vegan House / Block Architects

20:00 - 14 June, 2015
© Quang Tran
© Quang Tran

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YOC Restaurant / GENETO

22:00 - 12 June, 2015
© Yasutake Kondo
© Yasutake Kondo

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Loft M / Graux & Baeyens Architects

05:00 - 12 June, 2015

Renovation & Extension of a Holiday House / Dehullu Architecten

02:00 - 12 June, 2015
© Dennis De Smet
© Dennis De Smet

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Alpine Barn Apartment / OFIS Architects

10:00 - 10 June, 2015
© Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric
  • Architects

  • Location

    Municipality of Bohinj, Slovenia
  • Project Team

    Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Michele Albonetti, Maria Della Mea, Tomaž Cirkvencic, Pawel Nikkiel, Gözde Okyay, Maria Rosaria Ritonnaro, Ralea Toma Ioan Catalin, Grega Valencic, Vlad Popa, Tanja Veselic, Jade Manbodh, Roberta Costa
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Tomaz Gregoric, Courtesy of OFIS Architects

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