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Best Houses of 2018

04:00 - 5 January, 2019
© PvE
© PvE

With more than 4000 different projects published during the year, our editors want to close an exciting year for architecture with a selection in a typology near and dear to us all: houses.

From remote landscapes to urban infills; vernacular design to high-tech automation, this selection of 80 houses highlights 2018's most exciting moments for architectural design, material and construction innovation, challenging topography, and client desires - all in the home. See the best houses from around the world here.

© Fernando Alda © Edmund Sumner © JAG Studio © Damir Fabijanić + 83

The Best Architecture of 2018

09:00 - 1 January, 2019
The Best Architecture of 2018

To our readers,

As we approach the end of the year, we would once again like to thank you all for making 2018 our best year yet. With your continued support, we are now reaching more architects around the globe than ever, and inspiring them in the creation of better urban environments for all.

The New Mixtape Featuring Your Favorite Designers

11:00 - 30 December, 2018
The New Mixtape Featuring Your Favorite Designers, © Melissa J Frost
© Melissa J Frost

Architecture has long proved an inspiration to musicians, with artists as diverse as Art Garfunkel and Kanye all drawing (so to speak) from the field. Some musicians even began their professional careers as architects - Weird Al, Ice Cube, and three of Pink Floyd's founding members among them.

World Architecture Festival Winner Shares Their Experience of the Event

12:00 - 29 December, 2018
World Architecture Festival Winner Shares Their Experience of the Event, Darren Soh. ImageKampung Admiralty / WOHA
Darren Soh. ImageKampung Admiralty / WOHA

A month after the event, the various nominees of 2018's World Architecture Festival have returned to their home cities, leaving the fanfare of the year's event in Amsterdam as a memory. But that's not to say it's not left a lasting impact.

Happy Holidays from Architects Around the World (2018 Edition)

07:00 - 24 December, 2018

'Tis the season of holiday cheer, and with that comes the creative greetings from offices, museums, photographers and collaborators around the world! See our favorites below (or check out our best reader-submitted cards).

Here’s to a joyful, exciting, and architecture-filled 2018! See the best projects and articles published this year, here.

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team!

Why Your Home and Office Affect Your Mood and Health

05:00 - 24 December, 2018
© Saint-Gobain / illustration by Elisa Géhin
© Saint-Gobain / illustration by Elisa Géhin

If asked about comfort, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Luxurious finishes, plush chairs and sleek interiors? Few would think of their office, and the likely culprit is a fundamental ignorance of an alternative definition of comfort. When defined as a state of physical well-being derived from the provisions that are necessary for occupants to perform space-specific tasks, it’s apparent that architects play a key role--and that comfort is not just about spaces that are comfortable for leisure activities.

Architects and designers are responsible for the visual, thermal and acoustic qualities of spaces, not to mention the indoor air quality of our offices and homes. This is fundamental considering that the typical 21st century urbanite spends an average of 90% of time indoors. We constantly experience physical, psychological and physiological consequences of the balance (or imbalance) of indoor environmental design .

With this in mind, thermal comfort seems obvious (and it is) but unfortunately comfort as a holistic goal of architecture has not been taken seriously enough. Beyond measuring the acoustic and visual aspects of a built space, architects must have a solid understanding of the underlying concepts that drive the best practices. A solid grasp on how material selections will affect qualitative assessments of conferences rooms, homes, theaters, etc. can improve basic tectonic decision making that can, in turn, create more comfortable spaces.  

Best Submissions to the 2018 Architecture Holiday Card Challenge

05:00 - 20 December, 2018
Best Submissions to the 2018 Architecture Holiday Card Challenge, Chara Mantopoulou
Chara Mantopoulou

While the holidays bring with them a well-earned break for most architects, the creativity doesn't stop when the studio doors close. From gifts to greetings, designers bring their talents to the full range of holiday trappings - and we're here to share. This annual challenge, now in its fourth year, is our way of celebrating the inventiveness, originality, and artistry of ArchDaily readers from around the world. Below, our 50+ favorites from our readers: 

The Architectural Trends that Dominated News Stories in 2018

09:30 - 17 December, 2018
MARS Case. Image © WU Qingshan
MARS Case. Image © WU Qingshan

In a year packed with headlines, you’d be forgiven for occasionally letting them pass you by. But even within the mass of project proposals, awards, competitions, and events, a few trends emerged in 2018 - trends that both tell us about the year past and suggest where things might be heading. These trends, below:

Call for Submissions: 2018 Holiday Card Challenge

05:45 - 17 December, 2018
Call for Submissions: 2018 Holiday Card Challenge

It's time to get into the Holiday Spirit! As we've done for the past few years, we're seeking holiday cards with an architectural spin to feature on ArchDaily. We expect abundant puns and festively decorated classic buildings. :)

Spotlight: Charles and Ray Eames

06:00 - 15 December, 2018
Spotlight: Charles and Ray Eames, Eames House. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jkz/20338540121/'>Flickr user jkz</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Eames House. Image © Flickr user jkz licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Charles (June 17, 1907 – August 21, 1978) and Ray Eames (December 15, 1912 – August 21, 1988) are best known for their personal and artistic collaboration, and their innovative designs that shaped the course of modernism. Their firm worked on a diverse array of projects, with designs for exhibitions, furniture, houses, monuments, and toys. Together they developed manufacturing processes to take advantage of new materials and technology, aiming to produce high quality everyday objects at a reasonable cost. Many of their furniture designs are considered contemporary classics, particularly the Eames Lounge & Shell Chairs, while the Eames House is a seminal work of architectural modernism.

Building Drawings/Drawing Buildings: The Works of Sergei Tchoban

09:00 - 11 December, 2018
Building Drawings/Drawing Buildings: The Works of Sergei Tchoban, © Shi Jiaxin
© Shi Jiaxin

A drawing should be a key to the understanding of architecture – what is there to like or dislike, where do architects’ ideas come from, how do these ideas make it to paper, and what is important in this process.” - Sergei Tchoban

For the past month the Russian-German architect, artist, and collector Sergei Tchoban has been the focus of the exhibition, Sergei Tchoban: Drawing Buildings/Building Drawings, bringing together fifty of the architect’s large-scale urban fantasy drawings. These drawings, while intriguing for their technical and artistic value, also reflect Tchoban's deeply personal contemplations about the past, present, and future of his favorite cities - Saint Petersburg, Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, Berlin, New York – along with in-depth documentation of five realized projects (two museums, two exhibition pavilions, and a theater stage design.)

© Vasily Bulanov © Vasily Bulanov © Courtesy of Sergei Tchoban © Courtesy of Sergei Tchoban + 24

The ArchDaily 2018 Gift Guide

07:45 - 11 December, 2018
The ArchDaily 2018 Gift Guide , © Cinqpoints
© Cinqpoints

The holiday season may be one of joy, but there's always a little panic involved as well. You want to treat your loved ones to a gift they'll treasure and appreciate, but where to start?

Readers, ArchDaily has you covered. This year we've separated our choices in sections to help you find that perfect gift for the picky (budding) architect in your life. Our choices - and links to where you can find them - after the break: 

© Blue Crow Media © Taschen © iittala © Toffu + 41

The 2018 World Architecture Festival Announces the Day One Winners

15:00 - 28 November, 2018
The 2018 World Architecture Festival Announces the Day One Winners, Heatherwick Studio - Zeitz MOCAA © Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan
Heatherwick Studio - Zeitz MOCAA © Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan

Following an extensive day of presentations, panels, critiques, and talks The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the Day 1 category winners in their 2018 programming. Winners are recognized in over 35 categories over the first two days of the conference, which culminates with the announcement of the World Building of the Year 2018 on the third and final day of the conference.

While still early days, the world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards is poised for its biggest year yet, with a total of 535 shortlisted projects from 57 countries across the world.

ADEPT Wins Competition to Design New City Museum for Berlin

09:00 - 21 November, 2018
ADEPT Wins Competition to Design New City Museum for Berlin, ADEPT's interior proposal for the Stadtmuseum. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
ADEPT's interior proposal for the Stadtmuseum. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

Danish architecture firm ADEPT has been announced the winner of a competition to redevelop Berlin's Marinehaus as part of the city's Stadtmuseum group. This iteration of the competition was launched in 2018 (following a similar competition ten years ago) and will rehabilitate the Marinehaus for public use after nearly 20 years of closure.

House of the Flying Beds / AL BORDE

10:00 - 20 November, 2018
© JAG Studio
© JAG Studio

© JAG Studio © JAG Studio © JAG Studio © JAG Studio + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ecuador
  • Category

  • Collaborators

    Charlotte Vaxelaire
  • Construction Management

    José Guerrero
  • Structure

    Patricio Cevallos & Mathieu Lamour 
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Workplace Paradox: Join the IE School of Architecture and Design's Master Class

03:00 - 19 November, 2018
The Workplace Paradox: Join the IE School of Architecture and Design's Master Class

At IE School of Architecture and Design, we know that the world of work is changing so fast that we cannot always keep up. Industry disruptors, such as emerging technologies, are unsettling the setup of the traditional office. Workforce demands, the ongoing talent war, and the threat of job replacement by AI all contribute to a workforce under tremendous pressure, creating new dynamics at work.

Cynical Optimism Links the Homes of Alain de Botton's Living Architecture Series

09:30 - 13 November, 2018
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale

Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project - a joyful, democratically-minded concept to share quality architecture in the UK - was borne out of personal crisis. The Swiss-born philosopher and author gained fame in both popular and architectural circles following the release of his book, "The Architecture of Happiness."

The book was immediately successful (movie buffs may recall its brief cameo in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer), but the response unsettled Botton. “...However pleasing it is two write a book about an issue one feels passionately about," he explained to Assemble Papers, "the truth is that - a few exceptions aside - books don’t change anything. I realized that if I cared so much about architecture, writing was a coward’s way out; the real challenge was to build.”

© Edmund Sumner. ImageBalancing Barn / MVRDV Life House / John Pawson . Image © Gilbert McCarragher A House for Essex / FAT & Grayson Perry. Image © Gilbert McCarragher Secular Retreat / Peter Zumthor. Image Courtesy of Peter Zumthor, Living Architecture + 31

Erieta Attali's Poetic Archaeology of Light Shows Architecture in Extreme Terrains

01:30 - 6 November, 2018
Erieta Attali's Poetic Archaeology of Light Shows Architecture in Extreme Terrains, Kengo Kuma & Associate / Garden Terrace, Miyazaki, Japan. Image © Erieta Attali
Kengo Kuma & Associate / Garden Terrace, Miyazaki, Japan. Image © Erieta Attali

Erieta Attali has devoted two decades to exploring the relationship between architecture and the landscape at the edges of the world. Attali’s photography interrogates how extreme conditions and demanding terrains provoke humankind to re-orient and center itself through architectural responses. Her unrelenting and highly physical expedition has seen her traverse four continents, working in isolated and remote terrains from Iceland to the Indian Ocean.