The Best Submissions to Our Valentine's Day Card Contest

07:30 - 12 February, 2016
Submitted by Joanna Jossif
Submitted by Joanna Jossif

From heart-shaped plans to sweet "buttresses," we're really feelin' the love! Out of over 250 submissions to our Valentine contest, these are our favorites. (Beware, puns ahead!)

Happy Valentine's Day from the ArchDaily Team!

Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

Collective–LOK's Heart of Hearts installation has officially opened in New York City's Times Square, just in time for Valentine's Day. Winner of this year's annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a competition curated by the Center for Architecture, the "faceted ring of 12 golden, mirrored hearts" will remain on view in Duffy Square through March 6. 

Call for Submissions: Architecture-Themed Valentine's Day Card

07:00 - 2 February, 2016

Roses are red, violets are blue; we'd love to receive a valentine from you!

We have long admired our reader's creativity, so we wanted to celebrate this Valentine's Day by featuring the most lovely, architecture-themed cards submitted by our readers. Whether you're looking for Mr. Wright or you love someone Gehry much, we hope you will share your witty and beautiful valentines with us. <3

Collective-LOK Designs Mirrored, Ring of Hearts Pavilion for Times Square

16:00 - 17 November, 2015
Courtesy of Collective–LOK
Courtesy of Collective–LOK

Collective-LOK’s design for a circular pavilion made up of giant mirrored hearts has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart installation. Their "Heart of Hearts" proposal features a faceted ring made up of nine mirrored, golden hearts that will “create an alternative pavilion that reflects and multiplies the pulsating activity of Times Square.” Spaces within each heart will form “kissing booths where couples will find their activities mirrored, allowing both privacy and publicity.”

Stereotank’s HeartBeat Transformed into Times Square HeartSeat

18:00 - 5 March, 2015
© Stereotank
© Stereotank

Stereotank’s HeartBeat filled the air in Times Square this past Valentine’s Day. Now that the love season is over, the Brooklyn-based practice has turned their clever installation into a welcoming “HeartSeat” by simply opening up their heart-shaped sculpture to the public and transforming it into a bench. The installation will remain on view through Sunday, March 8th. See a video of HeartSeat, after the break. 

Send These Valentines To the Architects You Love

00:00 - 14 February, 2015
© ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

Spread the love and send these Valentines to your favorite architects, because nothing says “I love you” more than cheesy puns. View them all, after the break. 

Stereotank’s HeartBeat Fills the Air in Times Square

00:00 - 13 February, 2015
© Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts
© Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts

New York City is celebrating the opening of its seventh annual Valentine’s Day installation in Times Square. As part of Times Square Alliance’s heart design competition, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank has constructed their heart-beating urban drum in hopes to bring New Yorkers together through music. 

Stereotank Designs Heart-Beating Urban Drum for Times Square

00:00 - 15 December, 2014
© Stereotank
© Stereotank

Come February 9, New York City will be celebrating the opening of its seventh annual Valentine’s Day installation in Times Square. As part of Times Square Alliance’s heart design competition, Brooklyn- based and Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank will be constructing a heart-beating urban drum in hopes that it will bring together New Yorkers through music. 

Architect Valentines 2014

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Courtesy of Jody Brown, Coffee with an Architect
Courtesy of Jody Brown, Coffee with an Architect

Thanks to the popularity of last year's Architect Valentines, Jody Brown has come up with a whole new batch for you to enjoy in 2014. This article originally appeared in Coffee with an Architect.

Architects are a romantic bunch. But, we tend to be busy. We know we should stop working on this design for a while and go buy some flowers or chocolate or something. We know that. But, we have a deadline. Maybe we can pick up a card from the internet on the way home.

Here you go.

You’re welcome:

A Dozen Red Details Worth Swooning Over

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
Theatre Agora / UNStudio © Iwan Baan
Theatre Agora / UNStudio © Iwan Baan

Rather than a bouquet of roses, we wanted to express our love with a dozen seductive images of architecture dressed in red. Because nothing steals an architect’s heart like a well designed, beautifully detailed structure.

Our 12 most loved projects in red, after the break...

House in Normandy / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes RATP Bus Center in Thiais / ECDM Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio © Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli GASP! Stage 2 / Room11 © Ben Hosking +20

Young Projects Play “Match-Maker” in Times Square

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
© Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts
© Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts

Young Projects will be spending the week playing “Match-Maker” in New York City, as the Brooklyn-based studio has debuted their interactive Valentine’s Day installation in the heart of Times Square. Made in collaboration with fabricator Kammetal, as part of Times Square Alliance’s sixth annual heart design competition, the interactive heart-shaped sculpture is designed to cosmically connect people based on their zodiac signs by arranging curious passerby's at twelve points surrounding the installation.  

As Young Projects describes, “Peering through colorful, interwoven periscopes provides glimpses of each viewer's four most ideal astrological mates, offering potentially novel connections between lonely souls or settled lovers.”

Young Projects to Design “Match-Maker” Heart for Times Square

01:00 - 26 December, 2013
© Young Projects
© Young Projects

Trailing Situ Studio’s recycled lumber heartYoung Projects has been chosen to design the annual Times Square Valentine’s Day installation for lovers in the Big Apple. Made in collaboration with fabricator Kammental, “Match-Maker” will debut early February. 

For the Love of Stairs

01:00 - 14 February, 2013
Apartament P1 / MAP/MX
Apartament P1 / MAP/MX

On this day of love, we bring you a compilation of eye candy capable of meeting or exceeding the specifications of any architect. These seductive staircases demand a double take. From curvaceous to straightforward or no-strings-attached (literally), we’ve got something for everyone. 

They're yours to gaze at after the break. 

How Our Cities Keep Us Single (And Why That Has to Change)

00:00 - 14 February, 2013
BIG's 2012 Valentine's Day installation in New York City. Image © Ho Kyung Lee
BIG's 2012 Valentine's Day installation in New York City. Image © Ho Kyung Lee

In 1969, zoologist Desmond Morris released a book titled The Human Zoo; in it, he argued that human beings, tribal by nature, aren’t wired to live in the big, crowded modern-day cities we find ourselves in:

“Some people call the city a ‘concrete jungle’ — but jungles aren’t like that. Animals in jungles aren’t overcrowded. And overcrowding is the central problem of modern city life. If you want to look for crowded animals, you have to look in the zoo. And then it occurred to me: The city is not a concrete jungle — it’s a human zoo.

Humans in a city are like animals in a zoo. It’s a fascinating claim, one that led me to a rather unusual thought. 

If we take for granted Morris’ claim that the city is essentially a human zoo, and that, as we are all aware, it’s far more difficult for animals to mate in captivity, then - could cities actually limit our capacity for love? As our world becomes more and more urbanized, will it also become more lonely? 

Is there any way to stop it?

Situ Studio's 'Heartwalk' Opens in Times Square

00:00 - 13 February, 2013
© Ka-Man Tse, Times Square Alliance
© Ka-Man Tse, Times Square Alliance

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Situ Studio has unveiled the fifth edition of Times Square’s annual Heartwalk installation - a heart-shaped “room within the city” made of salvaged Sandy debris. Inspired by the “collective experience of Hurricane Sandy and the love that binds people together during trying times,” Heartwalk begins as two weathered ribbons of wooden planks that gradually lift to form an illuminated heart enclosure in the middle of Duffy Square. 

People are already falling in love, as you can see Instagram's #heartwalktsq is filling up with images of elated New Yorkers standing within the “heart of New York City”.  

More images after the break...


12:00 - 14 February, 2012
© Ho Kyung Lee
© Ho Kyung Lee

Together, BIG + Times Square Alliance + Flatcut + Local Projects and Zumtobel celebrates Valentines Day with a BIG red pulsating heart in the middle of Times Square, New York. The 10-foot-tall heart pulsates as the 400 transparent, LED lit, acrylic tubes sway in the wind. Once people touch the heart-shaped sensor, the light grows brighter and the pulse beats faster. Joining hands with more people will increase the intensity of the heart.

“The heart reflects what Times Square is made of: people and light – the more people, the stronger the light,” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Partner, BIG.

See the love with the video above and more images after the break.

© Ho Kyung Lee © Ho Kyung Lee © David Sundberg ESTO © TSA +24

LightHearted / Freecell and Peter Dorsey

13:00 - 21 January, 2011
Courtesy of Freecell
Courtesy of Freecell

LightHearted is the winning design for this years Times Square Valentine, an annual competition to deign and build a heart for Times Square.  Designed by Freecell, a 2010 P.S.1 contestant, in collaboration with Peter Dorsey, the ten-foot diameter heart is a light weight construction, with five pairs of aluminum elliptical loops radially arranged with rotating connections.  The structure is covered with an open weave red fabric that both captures and reflects light while letting wind pass through.

LightHearted is an interactive installation, six people will hold the heart up for fifteen minute intervals.  The ten-day event, February 10 to February 20, will need over 2,600 volunteers to share in this collective experience.

Head to the LightHearted website and sign up for your fifteen minutes on their volunteer calendar!

Courtesy of Freecell Courtesy of Freecell Courtesy of Freecell Courtesy of Freecell +7

Architects: Freecell, and Peter Dorsey Location: 46th Street and Broadway, New York City, New York, USA Web Design: Deelux Sponsor: Times Square Alliance Public Art Program Photographs: Courtesy of Freecell

Times Square celebrates Valentine’s Day

12:30 - 9 February, 2010

With Valentines Day barely a week away, the Times Square Alliance is eschewing flowers and candy yet again. Instead, they’re sending New Yorkers a giant designer valentine for the second year in a row, as Moorhead & Moorhead will stage an installation adjacent the TKTS Booth beginning today.