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Woods Bagot Mixed-Use Project Named One of Shenzhen's Most Important of 2016

16:00 - 25 February, 2017
Woods Bagot Mixed-Use Project Named One of Shenzhen's Most Important of 2016, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot’s Shenzhen Hazens Longgang Longteng Mixed-Use project has been rated by the Shenzhen Government as one of the city’s most important projects of 2016. Located in Shenzhen’s Longgang District, the 393,000 square meter site will feature 1,500,000 square meters of gross floor area subdivided into office space, retail space, a shopping mall, residential communities and facilities, and over 90,000 square meters of green and public space.

As a part of the design, the development will rejuvenate a river park area running through the existing site, with the northern bank becoming a commercial and leisure focal point, and the southern bank featuring a community of residential towers connected by retail podiums and green spaces.

Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot +6

David Chipperfield's West Village Apartment Complex Finally Given Greenlight

14:10 - 22 February, 2017
David Chipperfield's West Village Apartment Complex Finally Given Greenlight, Rendering of the latest proposal. Image via LPC Review Materials
Rendering of the latest proposal. Image via LPC Review Materials

David Chipperfield’s West Village Apartment Building in New York City is finally getting off the ground. Following three rejected planning applications, originally submitted in July 2016, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has finally given the six-story building the go-ahead. Located at 11-19 Jane Street, the site sits within the Greenwich Village Historic District, designated as a historic preservation district by the LPC in 1969.

Tonkin Liu Reveals the Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou

16:00 - 19 February, 2017
Tonkin Liu Reveals the Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou, The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will contain apartments, offices, retail, leisure, and a hotel. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu
The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will contain apartments, offices, retail, leisure, and a hotel. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu

London-based firm Tonkin Liu has released images of its competition-winning Trade Centre in Zhengzhou, China. The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will comprise of five mixed-use towers swooping out of a ring-shaped podium. Inspired by the nearby Songshan mountainscape, the scheme aims to celebrate the city’s origins as it rockets into a high-tech future.

A family of five towers creates an urban mountainscape. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A responsive facade creates a heavy base, and lantern-like tips. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A ring-shaped podium contains a soft landscaped garden. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A family of mixed-use towers with responsive facades and vertical gardens. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu +8

WXY and BLA Unveil New York Affordable Housing Development

14:00 - 18 February, 2017
WXY and BLA Unveil New York Affordable Housing Development, Courtesy of WXY/BLA
Courtesy of WXY/BLA

WXY architecture + urban design has unveiled its design for The Peninsula, a five-acre mixed use development for New York City that aims to “create [an] instant [community] with jobs, training, education, and hundreds of affordable apartments.”

Created in conjunction with Body Lawson Associates (BLA) for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Department of Housing and Preservation Development (HPD), the project will feature retail, light industrial, recreational, and residential space—all of which will be affordable—in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx.

Tadao Ando's First NYC Residence Tops Out in Nolita

12:00 - 18 February, 2017
Tadao Ando's First NYC Residence Tops Out in Nolita, © The Boundary and Noë & Associates
© The Boundary and Noë & Associates

Tadao Ando’s first residential building in New York City—152 Elizabeth—has topped out in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. A collaboration with architect and designer Michael Gabellini of Gabellini Sheppard Associates, as well as developer Sumaida + Khurana, the project will feature Ando’s hallmarks, poured-in-place concrete, burnished, metal, voluminous glass, and a living green wall.

Conceived as an inner sanctuary within downtown Manhattan, the building highlights acoustics as a key consideration, with a façade system and exterior glass enabling a high OITC rating to “ensure a tranquil home environment in the center of this vibrant neighborhood.”

© The Boundary and Noë & Associates © The Boundary and Noë & Associates © The Boundary and Noë & Associates © Noë & Associates +5

HHF Architects + Westpol Win Switzerland Apartment Tower Competiton

08:00 - 18 February, 2017
HHF Architects + Westpol Win Switzerland Apartment Tower Competiton, Courtesy of HHF Architects
Courtesy of HHF Architects

HHF Architects, in collaboration with landscape architects from Westpol, have won a competition with their design for Jardin Métropole, a 30-meter-tall apartment tower and neighboring green space. Located in Biel, Switzerland, the project is expected to become the symbol of the city and contribute to the area’s general enhancement through its angled cube massing and public element.

Based on the theme of a “city garden,” the building will constitute the beginning of a new, park-like passage to Rue du Moulin, and will feature access to gardens with private planting beds, a shared roof terrace, and landscaped loggains.

Courtesy of HHF Architects Courtesy of HHF Architects Courtesy of HHF Architects Courtesy of HHF Architects +14

Stacked Residential Tower to Become One of Newcastle's Tallest Buildings

12:00 - 12 February, 2017
Stacked Residential Tower to Become One of Newcastle's Tallest Buildings, © FaulknerBrowns Architects
© FaulknerBrowns Architects

Planning approval has been granted to British firm FaulknerBrowns Architects, for the construction of a new residential tower on the site of a dilapidated warehouse building, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

“We have worked extremely hard to design a building of the highest quality and we believe this development will create a positive landmark for the city, representative of its ambitious and forward thinking outlook,” said Paul Rigby, partner at FaulknerBrowns.

© FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects +11

Eleven Practices to Complete $2 Billion Waterfront Development in Washington D.C.

12:00 - 11 February, 2017
Eleven Practices to Complete $2 Billion Waterfront Development in Washington D.C., via Wharf DC Facebook
via Wharf DC Facebook

Eleven of the United States’ most prestigious architects have been selected by developers Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW), to commence Phase 2 of The Wharf, a $2 billion neighborhood situated on the southwest waterfront of Washington D.C. The development is adjacent to the National Mall, spanning 24 acres of land and 50 acres of water.

“We have selected a diverse group of locally, nationally, and internationally renowned designers, knowing they will bring their talent and expertise to The Wharf, building a waterfront neighborhood that is an integral part of the city,” said Shawn Seaman, principal and Senior VP of Development at PN Hoffman.

Ode to Pioneers - A Vision For The 'House of Delft' Mixed-Use Hub

08:00 - 11 February, 2017
Ode to Pioneers - A Vision For The 'House of Delft' Mixed-Use Hub, Three tall facades take inspiration from famous historic Delft dwellings. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners
Three tall facades take inspiration from famous historic Delft dwellings. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners

Van Dongen–Kuschuch Architects and Planners has released images for its ‘House of Delft’ mixed-use hub in the Netherlands. Located beside Delft Central Train Station, the scheme will act as a gateway to both the historic city center and the renowned University of Technology. The architectural intent behind the proposal is to celebrate the artistic, scientific and innovative achievements which came from the city throughout its history. As visitors step off the train, it will be both an introduction to the city, and an indicator of what it has to offer.

The facades are to act as display windows to future innovation in Delft. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners The House of Delft acts as an introduction to the city. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners House of Delft will be constructed of high-quality durable materials. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners House of Delft will offer a range of rented and market studios. Image Courtesy of Van Dongen-Koschuch Architects and Planners +8

4 Chinese Vernacular Dwellings You Should Know About (Before They Disappear)

09:30 - 31 January, 2017
4 Chinese Vernacular Dwellings You Should Know About (Before They Disappear), © <a href=‘https://www.flickr.com/photos/justaslice/3051644043'>Flickr user Slices of Light</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Slices of Light licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Vernacular architecture refers to designs which find their primary influence in local conditions: in climate, in materials, and in tradition. In a country as diverse as China, with 55 state-recognized ethnic minority groups and widely varying climates and topographies, many different vernacular dwelling styles have evolved as pragmatic solutions that accommodate the unique needs and limitations of their sites.

Rapid urbanization in China has favored high-rise apartment towers over traditional housing because of their ease of construction and the population density they enable, making vernacular dwellings increasingly rare throughout the country. Some firms, like MVRDV and Ben Wood’s Studio Shanghai, have taken note of the many benefits that vernacular dwellings provide, and have created projects that attempt to reconcile tradition with urbanization. Even if you aren't planning on building in China any time soon, the following housing styles have much to teach about what it means to live in a particular time and place. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does encompass the main types of vernacular dwellings seen throughout China.

Henley Halebrown Releases New Images of Mixed Use School in London

06:00 - 30 January, 2017
Henley Halebrown Releases New Images of Mixed Use School in London, Looking east along Downham Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown
Looking east along Downham Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown

Henley Halebrown has released updates for their proposed mixed-use scheme in Hackney, London. 333 Kingland Road, previously occupied by a fire station, will soon be home to the Hackney New Primary School, commercial units, and dual aspect apartments. The scheme aims to address a need for school places and homes in London and to maintain a connection between learning and living in a dense urban environment.

The central school courtyard. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown Model of school entrance. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown Looking east along Downham Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown Looking south along Kingsland Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown +15

Belsize Architects Creates Pavilion Residences for Oxford University Students

14:00 - 22 January, 2017
Belsize Architects Creates Pavilion Residences for Oxford University Students , Courtesy of Belsize Architects
Courtesy of Belsize Architects

Belsize Architects has released the plans for 6 Pavilions, a new student accommodation project that will form a part of the University College’s larger masterplan in north Oxford.  

To be built on the site of a Victorian residential home, the project will feature 30 units arranged within six pavilions around a central courtyard. Communal areas of the pavilions will be connected at the ground level.

Courtesy of Belsize Architects Courtesy of Belsize Architects Courtesy of Belsize Architects Courtesy of Belsize Architects +13

Interactive Infographic Unveils AIA's 2016 Third Quarter Home Design Trends Survey

06:00 - 22 December, 2016
Interactive Infographic Unveils AIA's 2016 Third Quarter Home Design Trends Survey, Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released its Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2016, which focuses on community and neighborhood design. According to the Survey, homeowners are generally expressing more interest in community development, as indicated by the popularity of thoughtful community design with access to amenities. 

There is additionally, according to the Survey, a demand for walkable neighborhoods, access to public transportation, and multi-generational housing, as well as a demand for more and larger glass windows, driven by building technologies like smart glass windows.

Dream Stream / West-line studio

22:00 - 15 December, 2016
Dream Stream / West-line studio, Courtesy of West-line studio
Courtesy of West-line studio

Courtesy of West-line studio Courtesy of West-line studio Courtesy of West-line studio Courtesy of West-line studio +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huaxi, Guiyang, Guizhou, China
  • Design Team

    Haobo Wei, Minghua Ou, Haoyan Wei, Jingsong Xie
  • Area

    3900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of West-line studio

MVRDV Designs Y-Shaped House with Rooftop Pool in Taiwan

13:05 - 1 December, 2016
MVRDV Designs Y-Shaped House with Rooftop Pool in Taiwan, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV, working with co-architects KAI Architects, has designed a new Y-shaped residence in Northeast Tainan, Taiwan. Known appropriately as Y House, the 330 square meter (3,552 square foot) villa will become a standout addition to a new residential development aimed at becoming a weekend retreat for city workers.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV +9

BIG and BARCODE Win Competition for the Sluishuis Housing Development in Amsterdam

10:30 - 29 November, 2016
BIG and BARCODE Win Competition for the Sluishuis Housing Development in Amsterdam, © BIG / Barcode Architects
© BIG / Barcode Architects

BIG and Barcode Architects have been selected as the winning team in a competition to design a new mixed-use building in the emerging district of IJburg Steigereiland in Amsterdam. To be known as Sluishuis (Lock House), the building will serve as a new icon connecting the neighborhood to Amsterdam’s historic center while providing 380 zero-energy residences, 4,000 square meters of commercial and public space, and a marina with space for up to 30 houseboats.

© BIG / Barcode Architects © BIG / Barcode Architects © BIG / Barcode Architects © BIG / Barcode Architects +19

See How New York’s Pilot Scheme of Modular Microhouses Was Built

09:30 - 26 November, 2016

[In New York] there’s this math problem: 1.8 million small households and only one million suitable apartments. – Mimi Hoang, principal of nArchitects

Last year, nArchitects released a trailer that teased the development of their winning adAPT NYC entry, Carmel Place (formerly known as My Micro NY). The competition sought to address the need for small household apartments in New York City. Now in a newly released video, the full story of the city’s tallest modular tower comes together in smooth timelapse to a dainty piano soundtrack.

© Pablo Enriquez © Pablo Enriquez © Pablo Enriquez © Pablo Enriquez +26

These Space-Saving Home Elevators are Vacuum Powered

06:00 - 25 November, 2016

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators, LLC has created a series of air-powered, space-saving, “plug & play” elevators designed to be easily installed into home environments.

Ranging from a single-passenger to a three-passenger, wheelchair accessible model, the elevators—called Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators (PVE)—are self-supporting, and do not require equipment rooms or other additional spaces above or below the shaft. Similarly, the elevators are completely enclosed and are not built into the framework of the home around them, and thus it can easily be relocated.