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Snøhetta and Heatherwick Design a Timber City for Sidewalk Labs

13:00 - 19 February, 2019
Snøhetta and Heatherwick Design a Timber City for Sidewalk Labs , Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Sidewalk Labs has released new renderings from Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio of the Quayside neighborhood development in Toronto. After announcing plans to create a model smart city, Sidewalk Labs has been working to pioneer a new approach to future urban developments. Plans for Quayside were first revealed last summer, designed to be interconnected smart neighborhood for the city. The latest renderings were released with further documents outlining how the company plans to pay for the ground-up development.

Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Quayside. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta Quayside. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta + 7

Robots will Construct Melike Altınışık' Robot Museum in Seoul

09:00 - 19 February, 2019
© Melike Altınışık Architects
© Melike Altınışık Architects

Turkish practice Melike Altınışık Architects (MAA) has won an international competition for the design of a Robot Science Museum in Seoul, South Korea. Hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the competition called for a “world first” museum to support public education in robotics, and increase public interest in robots.

The principles of robotics, science, technology, and innovation have shaped all aspects of the scheme’s design, from form and structure to material and operation. The main character of the museum is to “create its own universe for robots and their visitors,” manifesting as a non-directional, fluid, spherical structure.

© Melike Altınışık Architects © Melike Altınışık Architects © Melike Altınışık Architects © Melike Altınışık Architects + 9

OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall

04:30 - 19 February, 2019
OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall, Cross section
Cross section

Nestled in a valley north of Beijing, a building will soon be completed that may appear to have always been there, or to have emerged from and grown out of the surrounding stony landscape. OPEN Architecture’ Chapel of Sound in Chengde, China was recently recognized in the 66th annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards, chosen as one of ten projects to receive the commendation. The P/A Awards focus on innovative, ongoing work that promotes new ways of thinking about architecture. The Chapel of Sound was noted for its creation of a new, progressive type of environment and its reimagining of an established typology.

Outdoor stage Great wall viewing platform Outdoor concert Exterior view + 14

ArchDaily's 2019 Building of the Year Awards are Now Open for Nominations

15:40 - 18 February, 2019
ArchDaily's 2019 Building of the Year Awards are Now Open for Nominations

2018 marked a banner year for ArchDaily. Our global audience has continued to grow in leaps and bounds, taking advantage of the nearly 40,000 new articles and 4300 projects added to our site. We are proud and excited to reach readers in every corner of the world, and we savor the opportunity to continue sharing the inspiration, knowledge, and tools needed to design a positive urbanizing world.

We recently shared with our readers the trends that will define the field of architecture in 2019. We are able to confidently identify these trends, not just because of our experience in reporting on them but also due to our data-driven approach. We are committed to listening to and sharing the interests of our readers - and no effort exemplifies this better than our annual Building of the Year awards.

The 2019 edition of BOTY, presented in partnership with Unreal Engine, is a particularly exciting one for ArchDaily, as it marks ten consecutive years of our flagship award program. With the Building of the Year award, we ask you, the reader, to share in the responsibility of recognizing and rewarding the projects making an impact in the profession. In sharing your opinion, you become part of an unbiased and representative network of jurors and peers that have been dedicated to elevating the most relevant projects in the profession of the past decade.

Over the next three weeks, your collective wisdom will whittle the more than 4,000 projects published in the last year to just 15 stand-outs––the best project in each category on ArchDaily.

This is your chance to reward the architecture you love by nominating your favorite for the 2019 Building of the Year Awards!



SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing

13:00 - 18 February, 2019
SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing, Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne
Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to go swimming inside a water tower. In reality, it would probably be dark and creepy and not as cool as it sounds, but that’s not the case with Danish firm SquareOne’s design, where the top of an abandoned water tower becomes a public swimming pool and spa. Utilizing the existing structural system of the tower, SquareOne is also proposing adding 40+ student housing units suspended around the tower. This dual-purpose scheme addresses Copenhagen’s desperate housing shortage while also giving new life to an old building.

 

Interior beam structure of Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Existing Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Proposed Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Courtesy of SquareOne + 10

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Gains Approval for Hammersmith Town Hall Refurbishment in London

11:00 - 18 February, 2019
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Gains Approval for Hammersmith Town Hall Refurbishment in London, Visualisation of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T
Visualisation of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have gained planning permission for the proposed extension and full refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Hammersmith Town Hall in London. A joint venture with Hammersmith & Fulham Council and commercial partners a2Dominion, the scheme seeks to promote “the creation of a new high quality civic mixed-use development” derived from the historic structure.

Through the demolition of a 1970s extension, the scheme will create a new public square that enhances the setting of the existing protected Town Hall, reinstating its presence on Kings Street. The main alternations seek to enhance the existing building through a glass box rooftop extension containing council office space.

Visualisation of the interior of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T Visualisation of the north facade of the Town Hall extension. Image © 7-T Visualisation of the interior of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T © 7-T + 6

Studio NAB designs a Floating Urban Farming Tower for Future Cities

09:00 - 18 February, 2019
Studio NAB designs a Floating Urban Farming Tower for Future Cities, © Studio NAB
© Studio NAB

Studio NAB has released details of their proposed Superfarm project, a six-story exercise in indoor urban farming that “focuses its production on the culture of foods with a high nutritional value.” The project is founded on the principles of pragmatic implementation, high-yielding foods, reducing health risks, promoting short circuits, reviving economies, energy self-sufficiency.

The scheme is a response to the projections that by 2050, 80% of the earth’s population will live in urban centers, demanding an area of farmland 20% more than is represented by the country of Brazil. By moving farm systems indoors, Superfarm represents an “ecological transition” that is resilient, human-sensitive, and technologically advanced.

© Studio NAB © Studio NAB © Studio NAB © Studio NAB + 13

In New York City, When Form Follows Finance the Sky's The Limit

07:00 - 18 February, 2019
Courtesy of SHoP Architects
Courtesy of SHoP Architects

The hyperreal renderings predicting New York City’s skyline in 2018 are coming to life as the city’s wealth physically manifests into the next generation of skyscrapers. Just like millennials and their ability to kill whole industries singlehandedly, we are still fixated on the supertalls: how tall, how expensive, how record-breaking? Obsession with this typology centers around their excessive, bourgeois nature, but – at least among architects – rarely has much regard for the processes which enable the phenomenon.

Glenn Murcutt to Design Sixth Edition of Melbourne's MPavilion

05:00 - 18 February, 2019
Image Courtesy of MPavilion. ImageGlenn Murcutt
Image Courtesy of MPavilion. ImageGlenn Murcutt

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced that the sixth edition of the MPavilion will be designed by Australian architect and Pritzker laureate architect Glenn Murcutt AO. Murcutt's announcement comes as the 2018 edition of the MPavilion, designed by Spanish architect Carme Pinos, closed after a record-breaking season that saw more than 133,000 visitors. Murcutt will be the second Australian to design a pavilion for the Melbourne-based program; Sean Godsell designed the inaugural pavilion in 2014.

© Anthony Brownell. ImageSimpson - Lee House / Glenn Murcutt © Anthony Brownell. ImageWalsh House / Glenn Murcutt © Anthony Brownell. ImageMange House / Glenn Murcutt © Anthony Brownell. ImageBoyd Centre / Glenn Murcutt + 11

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How to Make End-to-End Design/Build Easier for Architects

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How to Make End-to-End Design/Build Easier for Architects, Federation Square, near the head office of SiteSupervisor, Melbourne, Australia
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Slender Strength: The Mighty Grace of the Stainless Steel AIRTable

10:00 - 17 February, 2019
Slender Strength: The Mighty Grace of the Stainless Steel AIRTable, © Carlos Banon
© Carlos Banon

A sturdy featherweight table? Sounds... contrary to reason. But this contradiction was the very impetus for the design. Created for a research center that’s pushing the boundaries of design and manufacturing using technology and science, the designers--AIRLab, in collaboration with DManD-- sought to dematerialise the typical structure of a table, creating a sense of instability with the visual counterpoint of a solid surface.

© Aurelia Chan © Carlos Banon © Carlos Banon © Carlos Banon + 12

7 Rejected Proposals for Sydney Opera House

08:00 - 17 February, 2019
7 Rejected Proposals for Sydney Opera House, Sydney Opera House. Image © Budget Direct via NeoMam Studios
Sydney Opera House. Image © Budget Direct via NeoMam Studios

An iconic piece of architecture recognized around the world, the Sydney Opera House was designed by Jørn Utzon, following a 1956 competition that attracted 222 competition entries. Since its opening in 1973, the building has redefined the ambitions of Australia and only last September celebrated its latest milestone: turning completely carbon neutral.

The history behind the Opera House and its creation is as rich as the architecture itself. In 1956 the New South Wales Government called an open competition for the design of two performance halls, for opera and for symphony concerts, hoping to establish Sydney as a major city. Danish architect Jørn Utzon won the competition with an entry that consisted of a few simple sketches that intrigued the jury.

New Documentary on Portuguese Photographer Fernando Guerra Follows His Journey Through Architecture

07:00 - 16 February, 2019

“The Flying Photographer” is the name of the documentary that will showcase Sara Nunes (architectural film director from Building Pictures) following the amazing journey of Fernando Guerra during the period of one year of travel to get the best architecture photographs from around the world.

COBE Set to Transform Bremen's Harbor in Germany

13:00 - 15 February, 2019
COBE Set to Transform Bremen's Harbor in Germany, Europahafenkopf. Image Courtesy of COBE Architects
Europahafenkopf. Image Courtesy of COBE Architects

Danish practice COBE Architects have broken ground on a new mixed-use development along Bremen Harbor in northwest Germany. Titled Europahafenkopf, the project aims to transform the city's industrial port to a new city quarter. The design includes four buildings housing residences, offices, commercial space, and a car park. Located at the end of the harbor, the project was made to connect the historical city core with Bremen’s new neighborhood.

Europahafenkopf. Image Courtesy of COBE Architects Europahafenkopf. Image Courtesy of COBE Architects Europahafenkopf. Image Courtesy of COBE Architects Europahafenkopf. Image Courtesy of COBE Architects + 14

3XN Design a Respectful Stadium for Munich's Olympic Park

11:00 - 15 February, 2019
3XN Design a Respectful Stadium for Munich's Olympic Park, © 3XN
© 3XN

3XN has designed a new multipurpose arena on the site of the former Olympic cycling track stadium in Munich’s Olympic Park. The Copenhagen-based firm was awarded the contract with German landscape and urban planning firm LATZ+PARTNER to design an 11,500-capacity arena that will serve as the home of German ice hockey champions Munich Red Bulls and German basketball champions FC Bayern Munich.

Manifesting as an oval structure, the sports arena “naturally and respectfully melds into the world-famous Olympic Park with its many iconic buildings.” A green roof combines with a façade of vertical lamellas to allow the scheme to blend with its urban context, with breaks in the lamellas forming glass-paneled entrances.

© 3XN © 3XN © 3XN © 3XN + 5

MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania

09:00 - 15 February, 2019
MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania, © MVRDV / REDVERTEX
© MVRDV / REDVERTEX

Construction has begun on MVRDV’s “Downtown One,” a 140-meter-tall mixed-use skyscraper for the Albanian capital city of Tirana. Set to become Albania’s tallest building, the 37-story scheme is defined by its “relief of cantilevered houses and offices, which form a pixelated map of Albania, each representing a town or city.”

Situated in the center of the city, on the Bajram Curri Boulevard, the scheme intends to boost the economy of the capital through a mix of apartments, shops, offices, and restaurants. In addition to manifesting as a map of Albania when viewed from afar, the iconic cantilevers also generate spectacular panoramic views of the city and mountains, and create a connection between residents of this “vertical village.”

© MVRDV / REDVERTEX © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV / REDVERTEX + 5

Michelle Mlati's Afrofuturist Approach To Spatial Planning

07:00 - 15 February, 2019
Michelle Mlati's Afrofuturist Approach To Spatial Planning, Afrofuturist City. Image
Afrofuturist City. Image

With an academic background that includes social sciences, curatorship, and architecture, Michelle Mlati's trajectory is an interesting one; more so for the way her current work dabbles in these areas simultaneously.  

Describing herself as an afrofuturist critical spatial designer, Johannesburg-based Mlati’s practice investigates elements of the city, from sustainability through to social dynamics, architecture to aural and visual cultures.

Gehry Celebrates Groundbreaking for The Grand in Los Angeles

05:00 - 15 February, 2019
Gehry Celebrates Groundbreaking for The Grand in Los Angeles, The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE
The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE

Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue towers have officially broken ground in downtown Los Angeles. After over a decade in the making, the project was designed from a central retail core into the two terracing towers with a mix of retail, entertainment and residences. The $1 billion complex aims to turn Grand Avenue into a full entertainment district. Conceived as a public-private partnership, the project is considered a capstone for the Grand Avenue Redevelopment initiative to complete the city’s main downtown cultural corridor.

The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE + 5

'The Things We Were Talking About, He Went and Did It': Sir Nicholas Grimshaw Awarded 2019 RIBA Gold Medal

04:00 - 15 February, 2019
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. Courtesy of RIBA
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. Courtesy of RIBA

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has been named the 2019 laureate of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, an award personally approved by Her Majesty The Queen recognizing a lifetime's work in architecture. Grimshaw is known particularly for his modernist public buildings and large-scale infrastructural projects, both in the UK and internationally.

The British Pavilion at Expo '92. Image via Wikimedia Courtesy of James Ewing. ImageFulton Center / Grimshaw Architects via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall Sainsbury's Camden Town. Image via Wikimedia + 9

White Arkitekter Transforms a Swedish Square with 65 Meter Bench

13:00 - 14 February, 2019
White Arkitekter Transforms a Swedish Square with 65 Meter Bench, Forumtorget Sofa. Image © Måns Berg
Forumtorget Sofa. Image © Måns Berg

Design practice White Arkitekter has created a 65 meter-long ‘sofa’ for Forumtorget Square in Uppsala, Sweden. Designed to provide space for rest and social interaction, the linear outdoor seating is the centerpiece of wider improvements to the large square. The project aims to attract more visitors to Forumtorget and its surrounding shopping area by building on the area’s character as a gathering place.

Forumtorget Sofa. Image © Måns Berg Forumtorget Sofa. Image © Måns Berg Forumtorget Sofa. Image © Måns Berg Forumtorget Sofa. Image © Måns Berg + 16

The Stump House offers a "Lyrical and Pragmatic" Live-Work Space in the California Mountains

11:00 - 14 February, 2019
The Stump House offers a "Lyrical and Pragmatic" Live-Work Space in the California Mountains, Perch. Image © Jon Lott / PARA Project
Perch. Image © Jon Lott / PARA Project

In the design of the “Stump House,” situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, Brooklyn-based PARA Project was faced with unique constraints and unique possibilities. With local regulations imposing a 1,200 square foot footprint limit, 40-foot height limit, and provision for an adjoining 1,000 square foot uninhabitable structure, the design team was challenged to fit an extensive live-work space with little margin for maneuver.

In response, the design team, led by Jon Lott, stacked one structure on top of the other, with an uninhabited art studio at the lower level embedded in the sloping landscape. Combined with the above habitable space, the proposal creates a combined live-work program under a single roof, in-keeping with height and use regulations. Such was the beauty of their response, the Stump House has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Architect Magazine Progressive Architecture Awards.

Approach. Image © Jon Lott / PARA Project Northwest elevation. Image © Jon Lott / PARA Project Northeast. Image © Jon Lott / PARA Project Historical reference. Image © Jon Lott / PARA Project + 19

85 Valentines for Architects and (Architecture) Lovers

09:30 - 14 February, 2019

Ohhh Valentine's Day... The international holiday of love. While you're spending your day (and hopefully night) eating chocolate and sipping on fine wine with your loved ones, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you just how much you love.... architecture ;)

Regardless of your relationship status, one thing that unites us all is our love for making the world a better place through design. At ArchDaily, we realize how important tolerance, acceptance, and love are to the process of building a better world.

With over 450 submissions (including a card called ARCHItinder that shows what Mies' and FLW's tinder would look like today), we present to you the best architecture-themed Valentine's Day cards. From us to you, may you feel a wealth of love on this special day.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Revitalizes Boston's Commonwealth Pier through Adaptive Reuse

09:00 - 14 February, 2019
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Revitalizes Boston's Commonwealth Pier through Adaptive Reuse, © Cityscape Digital for Pembroke
© Cityscape Digital for Pembroke

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has announced details of their second U.S. project: the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. An adaptive reuse project that will bring new life to Boston’s Commonwealth Pier, the 68,500-square-meter mixed-use project seeks to reactivate a historic maritime hub to create a new waterfront destination.

The largest pier building in the world when completed in 1901, the Commonwealth Pier will be reactivated with the introduction of new materials, increased daylight, and new points of connectivity. The exercise in adaptive reuse will contain flexible office space, dynamic event space, new retail, dining, and public amenities.

2019 Serpentine Pavilion to be Designed by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami

08:30 - 14 February, 2019
2019 Serpentine Pavilion to be Designed by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Exterior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates
Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Exterior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates

London's Serpentine Gallery has announced Japanese architect Junya Ishigami as the designer of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Ishigami, who at 44 is the second-youngest designer of the pavilion (after 2018 designer Frida Escobedo), is known for his light and ephemeral approach to design.

Ishigami's design for the pavilion takes the form of a slate sheet rising from the landscape of the park, held up by light pilotis that form an interior field reminiscent of a forest. The single-canopy space takes inspiration not just from natural canopies but from roofs - the essential structural element that defines and unites architecture. Within, the darkness of the slate roof will create a serene space for contemplation and relaxation. Ishigami explains that his design for the pavilion exemplifies his 'free space' philosophy in which he "seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist."

 Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Interior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates 2019 Serpentine Pavilion to be Designed by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami Junya Ishigami, Botanical Garden Art Biotop / Water Garden, Tochigi, Japan, 2018, © Junya Ishigami + Associates Junya Ishigami by Tasuko Amada + 6

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