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MODUL Architectural Bureau Transforms Industrial Factory into Dramatic Exhibition Hall outside Moscow

09:00 - 13 March, 2019
© MODUL architectural bureau
© MODUL architectural bureau

MODUL architectural bureau has released details of their proposed transformation of an old factory building into a modern showroom in Voskresensk, on the outskirts of Moscow. The scheme, dedicated to the exhibition of stone materials, is organized around a wide-ranging series of immersive spaces, serving clients and designers with work and recreational infrastructure.

To address the existing working factory in the complex, the site has been divided into an “intervention” zone and a “production” zone, the logistics of which could not be dislocated during design and construction. Under the proposal, a large warehouse has been designed to accommodate stone slabs, freeing up the historic factory building as a place of exhibition.

© MODUL architectural bureau © MODUL architectural bureau © MODUL architectural bureau © MODUL architectural bureau + 35

Happy 11th Birthday to ArchDaily!

05:30 - 13 March, 2019

11 years ago, ArchDaily set out on a mission: to provide inspiration, knowledge, and tools to the architects tasked with designing for the 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years. A bold vision for a rapidly changing world.

Since then, the way we consume architecture has changed. Projects on the other side of the world no longer feel quite so far away, and inspiration can come from any project, at any scale, anywhere. The mission we set out with so many years ago has captured the passion of architects and architecture lovers worldwide: nearly half a million people visiting our sites daily in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. 

We are especially proud of our global reach. With more than 40,000 new articles and 4300 projects added to our site in the last year alone, we are committed to providing the most relevant resources to our readers to better their knowledge and appreciation for the field we all love. 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.

Sidewalk Labs Tests a 'Raincoat' for Buildings in Toronto

05:00 - 13 March, 2019
Sidewalk Labs Tests a 'Raincoat' for Buildings in Toronto, Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike
Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike

Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs is testing a "raincoat" for buildings, a prototype tensile structure that's made to make extreme weather more comfortable. Created as part of the Quayside smart city project in Toronto, the raincoat structure aims to help protect from wind and rain while lowering energy demands on buildings. Designed by Toronto-based RWDI and Partisans, the prototype debuted at Sidewalk's 307 office. Made from a thin plastic membrane, the raincoat will remain up for one year as teams test its performance.

Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike + 19

Ennead Designs New Nature Reserve and Public Aquarium in China

13:00 - 12 March, 2019
Ennead Designs New Nature Reserve and Public Aquarium in China, Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has won the international design competition to design the new Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Nature Preserve in China. Located on an island at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the design was made to raise public awareness around the impact of pollution and construction. The nature reserve aims to rescue critically endangered species and restore biodiversity while allowing visitors to immerse themselves in a natural setting outside the dense urban core of Shanghai.

Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 15

Építész Stúdió Publishes Proposal for the Hungarian Museum of Transport

11:30 - 12 March, 2019
Építész Stúdió Publishes Proposal for the Hungarian Museum of Transport, © építész stúdió
© építész stúdió

Hungarian firm Építész Stúdió has revealed their design for the New Museum of Transport in Hungary, a scheme which was placed third in an international competition won by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Építész Stúdió scheme imagined a new structure placed perpendicular to the existing building on the site, with the two buildings intertwined into one system.

The new series of structures manifest as a virtual continuation of the former head building on the street side, with a band-like entrance canopy linking the old and new units on the railway side. Intersecting the old and new buildings, a “Recreation Bridge” connects to the existing static volume to the dynamic additions.

© építész stúdió © építész stúdió © építész stúdió © építész stúdió + 32

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The Architectural Fiction of an Underwater Coral Reef Sustained by Dead Bodies

09:00 - 12 March, 2019
The Architectural Fiction of an Underwater Coral Reef Sustained by Dead Bodies, © Yunil Nam
© Yunil Nam

London-based artist and architectural designer Yunil Nam has developed an illustrated project inspired by Jules Verne’s science fiction novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The project, titled “The Reef of Silence” explores a “funerary venue and coral cultivation facility within an underwater structure alongside an investigation into cultural and environmental issues in the Indian Ocean.”

The fictional scheme is designed to revitalize endangered vultures preying upon dead human bodies, alongside its religious function. The “Tectonic Vultures” burial process consists of new techniques in body decomposition such as freeze-drying and liquefaction, transforming the human body into nutrients in the form of powder or liquid.

© Yunil Nam © Yunil Nam © Yunil Nam © Yunil Nam + 12

Morpholio Unveils AR Sketchwalk, an Augmented Reality Tool to Immerse Users in Design

08:00 - 12 March, 2019
Morpholio Unveils AR Sketchwalk, an Augmented Reality Tool to Immerse Users in Design, Courtesy of Morpholio
Courtesy of Morpholio

Morpholio has unveiled AR Sketchwalk, a new augmented reality tool geared towards helping architects bridge the gap between model and reality. Released today, AR Sketchwalk allows designers to use augmented reality to dive into their sketches to give both their clients and themselves a truer sense of the space.

Winners of the 2019 Building of the Year Awards

07:00 - 12 March, 2019
Winners of the 2019 Building of the Year Awards

More than 80,000 votes were cast over the last two weeks and, after careful review, the results of the 2019 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards presented by Unreal are in. Building of the Year, which itself celebrated ten years this year, is the largest peer-based crowdsourced architecture award in the world, showcasing the projects chosen by you, our readers, as the most significant of the year.

This is no mean feat. More than 4000 projects were in contention this year, challenging readers to carefully consider a wide variety of projects across type, scale, and location. 4000 projects were whittled to 75 finalists; 75 have now been reduced to the 15 winners - one for each typological category.

The results are as diverse as the architecture itself. Well-known names are, as in years past, present among the bunch, among them Zaha Hadid Architects, MVRDV, and Heatherwick Studio. For London-based Heatherwick, their win marks the second consecutive year they have taken top honors for a refurbishment-based project. But less-renowned names dominate the ranks of the winners this year. Innocad’s serenely simple office building for a real estate company elevates what corporate architecture can be while the technical and material mastery of Sameep Padora’s Maya Somaiya Library is enough to make any architect look twice. The library is, in fact, one of two Indian projects to take top honors this year - a strong first year showing for the nation whose design talent seems finally to be coming to the fore.

But for all their many beautiful differences, the winners share a crucial element in common: they represent the values of our mission, to bring inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects everywhere. Building of the Year - indeed, ArchDaily itself - would not be possible without the generosity of firms and readers as invested in our mission as we are. We give our profound thanks to all who participated this year, no matter the form. Congratulations to all the winners!



ALA Wins Competition to Design New University Library in Lyon

05:00 - 12 March, 2019
ALA Wins Competition to Design New University Library in Lyon, Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects
Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects

Finnish practice ALA Architects has won the competition to design the new Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II in France. The project will be the second major library building by the office behind the recently opened Helsinki Central Library Oodi, and it will be ALA's first French commission. The building will replace the existing library and showcase sustainable construction alongside new teaching and study methods.

Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects + 5

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Bee Breeders Announce Winners of the Urban Zoo Coworking Competition

04:00 - 12 March, 2019
Bee Breeders Announce Winners of the Urban Zoo Coworking Competition, First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas
First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas

In their most recent design competition, Bee Breeders partnered with Urban Zoo Coworking to seek a signature style for Urban Zoo’s coworking spaces. Viewed as a prototype to be adapted to each new venue, these interior designs needed to be customizable for various users. Common inhabitants of Urban Zoo Coworking’s spaces include freelancers, start-ups, and small businesses who need a workspace to meet their different creative needs.

Third Prize: Habitat. Image © Apex Project Bureau First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas Second Prize: WILD. Image © Cornerstore + 27

Beatrice Bonzanigo Unveils Off-Grid Micro Home for Milan Design Week

13:00 - 11 March, 2019
Beatrice Bonzanigo Unveils Off-Grid Micro Home for Milan Design Week, Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio
Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio

Italian architect Beatrice Bonzanigo of IB Studio has revealed her design for Casa Ojalá, an off-grid, mobile micro home to be unveiled at Milan Design Week. Designed with over 20 configurations in only 27 square meters, the patented project was made to be easily assembled in any location. Bonzanigo created the design so occupants can better connect with nature while minimizing their environmental impact.

Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio + 18

KPF Completes Brâncuși-Inspired Sculptural Tower in Shanghai

11:00 - 11 March, 2019
KPF Completes Brâncuși-Inspired Sculptural Tower in Shanghai, © Ai Qing
© Ai Qing

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has announced the completion of the SOHO Gubei office tower in Shanghai. Inspired by the proportions of Constantin Brâncuși’s “Endless Column” sculpture, the tower manifests as an undulating obelisk with a diagonally canted zig-zag profile.

Each side of the tower’s sculptural form consists of four stacked volumes, with a series of shifted grids creating a density of wall surfaces that offer shade, reduce glare, and create a sense of urban solidity.

© Ai Qing © Ai Qing © Ai Qing © Ai Qing + 7

Studio Gang Unveils Design for University of Chicago Center in Paris

09:00 - 11 March, 2019
© Paris Render with ICADE and Studio Gang
© Paris Render with ICADE and Studio Gang

Studio Gang has unveiled a design for the University of Chicago Center in Paris. The Center in Paris Project seeks to “create a new hub for scholarship and cultural exchange in Paris’ rapidly-developing 13th arrondissement” with an academic center and a mixed-use residential building.

The scheme is adorned with biodiverse green spaces and an architecture that physically and intellectually weaves the block into the existing urban fabric. To support a lively dialogue between the University and local communities, shared spaces have been carefully arranged to connect to the outdoors and encourage communication.

SOM Reveals 35 Hudson Yards Tower for New York

05:30 - 11 March, 2019
SOM Reveals 35 Hudson Yards Tower for New York, 35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford
35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have revealed new images of their design for 35 Hudson Yards, a new tower that will be part of the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States. SOM provided architectural design and structural engineering services for the mixed-use tower in New York, which is set to become the tallest residential building in Hudson Yards. Standing 1,000 feet tall, the project will express transitions in program as a series of setbacks twisting around the tower.

35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford 35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford 35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford 35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford + 12

OMA's Xinhu Hangzhou Prism Breaks Ground in the City's Future CBD

05:00 - 11 March, 2019
OMA's Xinhu Hangzhou Prism Breaks Ground in the City's Future CBD, Courtesy of OMA, by Boomimages
Courtesy of OMA, by Boomimages

Construction has begun on OMA’s pyramid-shaped mixed-use building – Xinhu Hangzhou Prism – which forms the heart of Hangzhou’s Future Tech City in the new Technology Central Business District (CBD). Led by the firm's partner Chris van Duijn, the project is commissioned by Zhejiang Xinhu Haichuang Group.

Detailed Sculptures Capture the Beauty of Brutalism and Art Deco in Northern Irish Architecture

10:00 - 10 March, 2019
Detailed Sculptures Capture the Beauty of Brutalism and Art Deco in Northern Irish Architecture, © Model Citizen
© Model Citizen

Northern Ireland-based architect John Donnelly has launched a studio dedicated to the production of finely-detailed plaster-cast architectural models exploring the diverse built environment of Belfast, Northern Ireland. “Model Citizen” was founded to promote public understanding and appreciation of the architecture and craftsmanship present in Irish cities, manifesting as an ongoing series of intricate sculptures.

Model Citizen sees its sculptures, available for closer inspection here, as a “mechanism to emphasize the beauty and significance of our built heritage,” translating art deco, brutalist, and internationalist styles into tangible, tactile sculptural objects that can be held, felt, and explored.

© Model Citizen © Model Citizen © Model Citizen © Model Citizen + 15

WeWork is Transforming the Way Architects Use Data in Design

06:00 - 10 March, 2019
Courtesy of WeWork via Metropolis Magazine
Courtesy of WeWork via Metropolis Magazine

Data-driven design has been a holy phrase in architecture for some time now. The ability to refine and apply information on any range of topics, from movement to sun paths to air quality, hold enormous potential to positively impact design not just for one party but for all. Decisions can be made faster, buildings can be built better, inhabitants can be made more comfortable.

These Notebooks are Adorned with the Most Famous Quotes in Architecture

10:00 - 9 March, 2019

GoArchitects has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the development of a collection of notebooks inspired by the greatest architects of all time. The A5, hardcover-bound notebooks are designed to be “durable, perfectly sized, and foster a curious and creative confidence.” The six unique notebooks are adorned with the quotes and graphic styles of some of the most famous architects from eras past, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Philip Johnson.

The notebooks have been made to help “unlock creativity, problem-solving, innovation, and critical thinking.” Containing 200 pages of uncoated off-white paper, with a dotted grid pattern, the notebooks also features a ruler page in imperial and metric scales.

UIA and TSEZ Seek to Revive Niemeyer’s Abandoned Tripoli Site through International Competition

08:00 - 9 March, 2019
UIA and TSEZ Seek to Revive Niemeyer’s Abandoned Tripoli Site through International Competition, Courtesy of International Union of Architects (UIA)
Courtesy of International Union of Architects (UIA)

As part of Tripoli’s economic revival plan, the International Union of Architects (UIA), in collaboration with the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects (on behalf of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone / TSEZ), the Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR), and the Lebanese Government, have launched an international architecture competition to create a Knowledge and Innovation Center in the northern city of Lebanon.

The proposed site is situated on an empty lot within Oscar Niemeyer’s abandoned Rachid Karami International Fair, a modernist exhibition complex that has yet to see the light of restoration. The objective of the competition is to create a technology and business hub which will foster and promote start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, attracting students, young graduates, local and international companies to Tripoli and the neighboring region.

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IKEA's Research Lab SPACE10 Designs a Solar Village to Rethink Renewable Energy

13:00 - 8 March, 2019
IKEA's Research Lab SPACE10 Designs a Solar Village to Rethink Renewable Energy, SolarVille by SPACE10. Image © Irina Boersma
SolarVille by SPACE10. Image © Irina Boersma

IKEA’s research and design laboratory SPACE10 has unveiled their latest project, SolarVille, to showcase new ways to democratize access to clean, renewable energy. Based in Copenhagen, the team partnered with blockchain experts BLOC, Blocktech, WeMoveIdeas India and architecture practice SachsNottveit. The project explores how combining new technologies with solar power can make clean energy more affordable. The vision centers on cooperative micro-grids where homeowners can become makers and traders of clean energy.

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Julia Morgan: The Trailblazing Female Architect Overlooked No More by The New York Times

11:00 - 8 March, 2019
Julia Morgan: The Trailblazing Female Architect Overlooked No More by The New York Times, Interior of St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, CA. Image © Mark Anthony Wilson
Interior of St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, CA. Image © Mark Anthony Wilson

Since its founding in 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries listing the lives and legacies of some of the world’s most influential people. However, by their own admission, the listings have historically been dominated by white men. In order to address this, The Times launched its “Overlooked” series in 2018, telling the stories of women such as Sylvia Plath and Emma Gatewood.

In advance of International Women’s Day, The Times has published an obituary by Alexandra Lange detailing the life and legacy of Julia Morgan, the first woman to earn an architect’s license in California, and “a prolific designer of hundreds of buildings, namely the Hearst Castle at San Simeon."

The Hearst Wyntoon Estate; McCloud, CA (1919-1947) / Julia Morgan. Image courtesy of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Robert E. Kennedy Library, Sarah Holmes Boutelle Archive Julia Morgan is the eighth posthumous winner of the Gold Medal, which has been issued since 1907. Image courtesy of The Chronicle Aerial view of San Simeon under construction. Image courtesy of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mills College; Oakland, CA (1904-1925) / Julia Morgan. Image © Mills College, F. W. Olin Library, Special Collections + 6

The Last 3 Days to Vote for the Architecture You Love!

10:05 - 8 March, 2019
The Last 3 Days to Vote for the Architecture You Love!

Since our mission is directly related to the architecture of the future—in inspiring and educating the global community of architects who will design the urban fabric of the future—the trust placed in us by our readers to reflect architectural trends from regions around the whole world creates challenges that we are eager to rise to. The democratically-voted, user-centered Building of the Year Awards is one of the key pillars of our response to these challenges, aiming to tear down established hierarchies and geographical barriers.

7 buildings shortlisted for RIBA North East 2019 Awards

09:30 - 8 March, 2019
7 buildings shortlisted for RIBA North East 2019 Awards, © Southern Green
© Southern Green

Seven buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA North East (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2019 Awards; the winners will be announced at an Awards evening at Tyneside Cinema on Thursday 16 May. 

12 Award-Winning Women in Architecture From the Past 12 Months

09:00 - 8 March, 2019
12 Award-Winning Women in Architecture From the Past 12 Months, AL_A's MAAT museum in Lisbon. Image © Francisco Nogueira
AL_A's MAAT museum in Lisbon. Image © Francisco Nogueira

In the 12 months since 2018 International Women’s Day, we have seen many female architects come to fore of the design discourse. From Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell’s curation of the 2018 Venice Biennale to Frida Escobedo's celebrated design for the Serpentine Pavilion, the architectural newsfeeds from the past twelve months have played host to many signs of change in a traditionally male-dominated profession.

ArchDaily has also been busy over the past year, publishing stories such as twelve prominent women in architectural photography, seven influential women of the Bauhaus, and the women redefining success in architecture. Beyond news and editorials, the honorary lists and award ceremonies of prominent architectural institutions from around the world have also paid tribute to some of the world’s leading and emerging female architects.

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