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See The Engineering Behind This Floating, Award-Winning Stone Helical Stair

14:00 - 22 November, 2016
See The Engineering Behind This Floating, Award-Winning Stone Helical Stair, © Agnese Sanvito
© Agnese Sanvito

Helical staircases are often designed to be show-stoppers, focal points of architectural spaces that are intended to impress. But even compared to its eye-catching peers, this staircase developed by Webb Yates Engineers and The Stonemasonry Company is unusually audacious. Developed for a residential design by RAL Architects in Formby, UK, each step of the two-story, 4.6-meter diameter helical staircase is composed of an individual block of stone, giving an impression of weightlessness as the structure circles its way up through the building's atrium towards the glazed roof above. For their efforts, Webb Yates recently won the Award for Small Projects at the Institution of Structural Engineers' 2016 Structural Awards, whose judges said that they were "amazed by the grace and audacity" of the design. Read on to find out how Webb Yates achieved this feat of engineering.

© Agnese Sanvito © Agnese Sanvito © Agnese Sanvito Courtesy of Webb Yates Engineers +17

Harnessing the Full Potential of Modern Dimensional Stone: CEU event

12:35 - 27 September, 2016
 Harnessing the Full Potential of Modern Dimensional Stone: CEU event

Join us for Harnessing the Full Potential of Modern Dimensional Stone: An evening of tapas and education about Stone from Spain!

Since man first figured out how to dig a hole, we have been harvesting the natural treasures of the earth and using stone for our buildings and arts. With such a long history, it’s easy to forget how much research, innovation and technology infuses the stone industry - breathing new life into the possibilities provided by this material that is millions of years old.

Stone Sculptures Reveal Monumental Architecture at a Micro Scale

04:00 - 15 April, 2016
Stone Sculptures Reveal Monumental Architecture at a Micro Scale, One of Simmonds' miniature spaces carved from stone (Corona). Image © Matthew Simmonds
One of Simmonds' miniature spaces carved from stone (Corona). Image © Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in Copenhagen, is known as the creator of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces hewn from stone – a number of which have been previously featured on ArchDaily. Drawing on the formal language and philosophy of architecture, his work "explores themes of positive and negative form, the significance of light and darkness and the relationship between nature and human endeavour." Here he shares four recent projects: Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall), Corona (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 30cm tall), Ararat: Study II (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 20cm tall), and Tetraconch (Limestone, 2015, 31cm tall).

Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ararat: Study II (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 20cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds +16

schmidt hammer lassen Designs Mixed-Use Development in Central Stockholm

06:00 - 15 March, 2016
schmidt hammer lassen Designs Mixed-Use Development in Central Stockholm, Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won the international competition to design a new mixed-use development in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden: Hästen 21. The new development will comprise retail, office and residential spaces, creating a “central artery” for the area with a strong visual presence adapted to the history and skyline of the existing city.

Kéré Architecture to Design Protective Shelter for Meroe Royal Baths in Sudan

06:00 - 14 August, 2015
Kéré Architecture to Design Protective Shelter for Meroe Royal Baths in Sudan, Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture

Kéré Architecture has placed first in a competition to design a protective shelter on the UNESCO-protected Meroe Royal Baths in Sudan, North Africa. Believed to have served nearby palaces from the great African Kingdom of Kush (now modern-day Sudan), the Meroe Royal Baths were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 and is the focus of joint research by the German Archaeological Institute and the National Corporation for Antiques and Museums. Still marked by temples, palaces and over two hundred pyramids, the ruins of Meroe are a testimony to the exchanges of culture between the Mediterranean and Africa. Find out more about the proposal after the break.

GAD Architecture's AHK Kundu Villas Shortlisted for WAF

08:00 - 11 August, 2015
GAD Architecture's AHK Kundu Villas Shortlisted for WAF, Courtesy of GAD Architecture
Courtesy of GAD Architecture

The AHK Kundu Villas, a collection of homes by GAD Architecture, has recently been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) for Future Residential projects. The project, comprising 17 large, 56 medium and 50 small housing units, is sited next to a tourism zone in Antalaya on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. Designed with sustainability in mind, the project makes use of resources available on the site.

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Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone, Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © Matthew Simmonds
Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in Italy, has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from stone. Having worked on a number of restoration projects in the UK - from Westminster Abbey to Ely Cathedral - his skills have been transferred into work of a much smaller, if not more intricate, scale. Hewn from large stone blocks (some of marble), the level of intricacy Simmonds has achieved in the architectural detailing is almost incredible. Capitals, vaults and surfaces all distort and reflect light in a very beguiling way.

Fragment. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Passage. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Stone. Image © Matthew Simmonds Stone Study. Image © Matthew Simmonds +12

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building "Ruins"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Tower House . Image © Art Gray
Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build ruins. He wants things to be timeless - to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary "Material Mind," after the break. 

Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Stone Creek Camp. Image © Art Gray +15

Cadaques House Remodeling / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

21:00 - 5 December, 2012
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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Reddy House / Khosla Associates

22:00 - 16 October, 2012
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham

Architects: Khosla Associates Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Design Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, Praveena A. and Aditi S Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutham

© Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham +22

Nerua Restaurant / ACXT

14:00 - 4 October, 2012
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT Location: Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga, Oscar da Costa Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +31

Refurbishment of the West Tower in Huesca City Hall / ACXT

02:00 - 4 October, 2012
© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera

Architects: ACXT Location: Huesca, Spain Design Team: Ana Morón Hernandez, Raimundo Bambó Naya, Pedro Lafuente Lles Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

© Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera +29

H House / Budapesti Műhely

02:00 - 28 September, 2012
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

Architects: Budapesti Műhely Location: Sóskút, Hungary Architect In Charge: Tamás Dévényi, Budapesti Műhely Associate Architects: István Kovács, Eszter Mihály, Orsolya Takács, Viktor Vadász Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky +24

1966-1976 Museum in Anren / Atelier FCJZ

10:00 - 25 September, 2012
© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao

Architects: Atelier Feichang Jianzhu Location: Dayi, Sichuan, China Architect In Charge: Liu Lubin Project Team: Wu Xia, Guo Qingmin, Liang Xiaoning, Feng Bo Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 2114.0 sqm Photographs: Yang Cao

© Yang Cao © Yang Cao © Yang Cao © Yang Cao +20

Holy Redeemer Church / Menis Arquitectos

14:00 - 31 August, 2012
Courtesy of Menis Arquitectos
Courtesy of Menis Arquitectos

Architects: Menis Arquitectos Location: San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Tenerife, Spain Parish Architect: Fernando Menis Photographs: Simona Rotta, Courtesy of Menis Arquitectos

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Ping An Finance Center / KPF

15:00 - 8 August, 2012
© KPF
© KPF

Soon to be Shenzhen’s tallest tower at 660 meters, the Ping An Finance Center by KPF will anchor the city’s new Central Business District. Positioned at the southwest corner of the intersection of Yi Tian Road and Fu Hua Road in the Futian District, the tower will connect with neighboring properties in addition to Shenzhen Line 1 Gou Wu Gong Yuan metro station. More details after the break.

Miura Hotel / Labor 13

10:00 - 3 August, 2012
© Soucek - Vomastek - Straka
© Soucek - Vomastek - Straka

Architects: Labor 13 Location: Čeladná, Czech Republic Design Team: Martin Vomastek, Albert prazák, Jiri Bardodej Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Soucek – Vomastek – Straka

© Soucek - Vomastek - Straka © Soucek - Vomastek - Straka © Soucek - Vomastek - Straka © Soucek - Vomastek - Straka +37

In Progress: Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame / Trahan Architects

13:00 - 26 January, 2012
Courtesy of Trahan Architects - Renders by By-Encore
Courtesy of Trahan Architects - Renders by By-Encore

The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame (LSMSHOF) celebrates two seemly disconnected subjects within one contemporary venue, combining North Louisiana’s profound history with its influential world of sports. Designed by Trahan Architects, in coordination with Method Design and CASE, the new $12.6 million venue will house donated memorabilia that embodies “the contributions of the diverse cultures that have shaped the state and are crucial to understanding the unique traditions and legacy of Louisiana and the Gulf South.” A complex design, generated with the help of BIM technology, reflects the disparate subjects in one fluid structure encased within a locally inspired facade.

Continue reading for more information and images.

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