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The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017

06:00 - 22 February, 2018
The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017, ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017
ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017

2017 was a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From Tianjin Binhai Library taking the internet by storm with images of its terraced "sea of bookcases", to Alvar Aalto Medal recognizing Zhang Ke of standardarchitecture for his professional accomplishments. China has retained a remarkable presence in the global architecture scene.

So many of our readers around the world celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome fresh beginnings in the Year of the Dog, we would like to take a look back at 2017 and share with you the most visited projects from China. This is a collection of projects coming from world-famous practices such as MVRDV and MAD Architects, and also from the younger, local talents who have demonstrated great potential in bringing positive changes to China’s built environment.

Calders House / narch

05:00 - 22 February, 2018
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Author Architects

    Joan Ramon Pascuets, Monica Mosset
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Hug House / React Architects

03:00 - 22 February, 2018
Hug House / React Architects, © George Messaritakis
© George Messaritakis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Paros, Greece
  • Architects in Charge

    Natasha Deliyianni, Yiorgos Spiridonos
  • Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

© George Messaritakis © George Messaritakis © George Messaritakis © George Messaritakis + 61

Lopera House / David Ruiz Molina

02:00 - 22 February, 2018
Lopera House / David Ruiz Molina, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos + 36

Family House in Pavilnys / DO ARCHITECTS

00:00 - 22 February, 2018
Family House in Pavilnys / DO ARCHITECTS, © Norbert Tukaj
© Norbert Tukaj

© Norbert Tukaj © Norbert Tukaj © Norbert Tukaj © Norbert Tukaj + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Architect in Charge

    Sabina Daugėlienė, Algimantas Neniškis, Andrė Baldišiūtė, Ieva Marija Malinauskaitė
  • Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Wuyuan Skywells Hotel / anySCALE

22:00 - 21 February, 2018
Wuyuan Skywells Hotel / anySCALE, Exterior. Image © Marc Goodwin
Exterior. Image © Marc Goodwin

Exterior. Image © Marc Goodwin Public space. Image © Marc Goodwin Surroundings. Image © Marc Goodwin Exterior. Image © Marc Goodwin + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuyuan, Shangrao, Jiangxi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Andreas Thomczyk
  • Design Team

    Andreas Thomczyk, Mika Woll, Amy Mathieson, Danxin Sun, Kevin Wang
  • Area

    1385.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Courtyard House / Auhaus Architecture

20:00 - 21 February, 2018
The Courtyard House / Auhaus Architecture, © Mike Baker
© Mike Baker

© Mike Baker © Mike Baker © Mike Baker © Mike Baker + 44

Bamboo Amphitheater Space Structure / Bambutec Design

19:00 - 21 February, 2018
Bamboo Amphitheater Space Structure / Bambutec Design, © Juan Dias
© Juan Dias

© Juan Dias Courtesy of Bambutec Design © Juan Dias © Juan Dias + 41

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Marquês de São Vicente, 225 - Gávea, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22451-000, Brazil
  • Team

    Mario Seixas, João Bina, Patrick Stoffel, José Luiz Mendes Ripper, Luís Eustáquio Moreira, Khosrow Ghavami, Selma Fraiman, Bruno Lopes Lima
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Dendy Park Sporting Pavilion / CohenLeigh Architects

17:00 - 21 February, 2018
Dendy Park Sporting Pavilion / CohenLeigh Architects, © Tom Blachford
© Tom Blachford

© Tom Blachford © Tom Blachford © Tom Blachford © Tom Blachford + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brighton East VIC 3187, Australia
  • Lead Architects

    Clementine Leigh, Dale Cohen, Ben Cohen
  • Client

    Bayside City Council
  • Area

    920.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Stefano Boeri Architetti Designs 3 Schools in Tirana That Will Be Open 24 Hours a Day

16:30 - 21 February, 2018
Stefano Boeri Architetti Designs 3 Schools in Tirana That Will Be Open 24 Hours a Day, Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti has revealed the design of three new innovative schools to be built in Tirana, Albania, that will be open 24 hours a day, everyday of the year, transforming them into essential social centers for residents of all ages.

The three new structures will be integrated into Stefano Boeri Architetti’s competition-winning masterplan for Tirana, positioned within key social nodes of the Albanian capital’s northwest quarter: the neighborhoods of Don Bosco, Kodër-Kamëz and Shqiponja Square. Multiple schools will be housed within each of the three structures, which will also contain meeting and social spaces open and available to the entire community.

Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti + 6

Admiral House / Molina Designs

15:00 - 21 February, 2018
Admiral House / Molina Designs , © Pierre Galant
© Pierre Galant

© Pierre Galant © Pierre Galant © Pierre Galant © Pierre Galant + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Alberto Molina Londoño
  • Team

    Elvia Arango Gil, Jeison González Patiño
  • Area

    2812.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

MVRDV Wins Competition for Dual Tower Mixed-Use Complex in Rotterdam

14:20 - 21 February, 2018
MVRDV Wins Competition for Dual Tower Mixed-Use Complex in Rotterdam, View of towers. Image © Mozses
View of towers. Image © Mozses

MVRDV has revealed the design of Weenapoint, a new mixed-use development for the firm’s home city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Located in the Rotterdam Central District adjacent to Rotterdam Central Station, the 50,000-square-meter scheme will add to the recent transformation of the Weenapoint complex led by developer Maarsen Groep. The third and final phase of the master plan, MVRDV’s proposal will add 17,000 square meters of office space, a life-filled commercial plinth and up to 300 residential units.

View of the plinth. Image © Mozses View from street. Image © MVRDV Corner view. Image © Mozses Night view. Image © MVRDV + 7

The way through the Forest / VAUMM

13:00 - 21 February, 2018
© Aitor Ortiz / Aitor Estévez
© Aitor Ortiz / Aitor Estévez

© Aitor Ortiz / Aitor Estévez © Aitor Ortiz / Aitor Estévez © Aitor Ortiz / Aitor Estévez © Aitor Ortiz / Aitor Estévez + 25

Saucier + Perrotte Architectes Wins 2018 RAIC Gold Medal

11:40 - 21 February, 2018
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes Wins 2018 RAIC Gold Medal, Saint- Laurent Sports Complex. Image © Olivier Blouin Photographer
Saint- Laurent Sports Complex. Image © Olivier Blouin Photographer

Gilles Saucier, FIRAC, and André Perrotte, FIRAC, founding partners of Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, have been awarded the 2018 RAIC Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada to an individual or team of individuals in recognition of “a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.”

Founded in Montreal in 1988, Saucier + Perrotte Architectes have worked at the highest levels over their 30 year career, completing a range of project types both within Canada and internationally. The firm was lauded by the jury for pushing boundaries of innovation while maintaining a sense of elegance and refinement.

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Image © Marc Cramer First Nation Garden Pavilion. Image © Marc Cramer UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences / CDRD. Image © Marc Cramer Anne-Marie Edward Science Building at John Abbott College. Image © Marc Cramer + 12

Pirajá House / Estúdio BRA

11:00 - 21 February, 2018
Pirajá House / Estúdio BRA, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba + 45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pinheiros, Brazil
  • Authors

    André Di Gregorio, Rodrigo Maçonilio
  • Design Team

    Beatriz Rocha, Lorran Siqueira, Alanna Scarcelli, Júlia Brückmann
  • Area

    110.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

How Microsoft Is Making Data-Driven Decisions to Craft its New Workplace Design Language

09:30 - 21 February, 2018
How Microsoft Is Making Data-Driven Decisions to Craft its New Workplace Design Language, The “Design Language for Place” guidelines emphasize craftsmanship, authentic materials, and locally inspired design details. In Buildings 31 and 32 on Microsoft’s Washington Redmond campus, this means evoking the outdoor culture and woodsy aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest. Image © Aaron Locke
The “Design Language for Place” guidelines emphasize craftsmanship, authentic materials, and locally inspired design details. In Buildings 31 and 32 on Microsoft’s Washington Redmond campus, this means evoking the outdoor culture and woodsy aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest. Image © Aaron Locke

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The Big Ideas Behind Microsoft’s New 'Design Language.'"

Microsoft is undertaking an ambitious overhaul of its 800 offices around the world and uncovering great insights about the intersections of technology and workplace design in the process. The technology giant’s global director of workplace strategies, Riku Pentikäinen, speaks to Metropolis’s Avinash Rajagopal about the company’s new workplaces, collaborating with designers and furniture manufacturers, and how his team takes a data-driven approach to office design.

The design of Microsoft’s 106,000-square-foot London office (pictured) and the flagship Milan office was informed by a new tool called space-utilization technology. Using data points collected over 180 days through Wi-Fi, Microsoft can now analyze how people use its office spaces. Image © Hufton + Crow In Microsoft's Milan office, designed by DEGW in Herzog & de Meuron’s Feltrinelli building, space-utilization technology was applied to optimize the square footage. Image Courtesy of Microsoft Nowhere is this better exemplified than in two conference rooms tucked among the fir trees. The log-cabin aesthetic notwithstanding, both are fully equipped with Wi-Fi. Image Courtesy of Microsoft The landscape design was optimized to invite people to step outside, while a series of decks, plazas, and play areas—fitted out with colorful furniture from Loll Designs and Blu Dot, among others—allows them to socialize or work together with equal ease. Image © Aaron Locke + 11

Grove at Grand Bay / BIG

09:00 - 21 February, 2018
Grove at Grand Bay / BIG, © Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj + 49

  • Architects

    BIG
  • Location

    Coconut Grove, Miami, FL, United States
  • Area

    58900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

20 Technical Architecture Drawing Tips

08:00 - 21 February, 2018
20 Technical Architecture Drawing Tips

The black sheep of all architectural drawing has got to be technical drawing. Everybody loves drawing perspectives, sketches —you know the creative, interesting and expressive part of architectural drawing. But what about the aspects of drawing: the technical, logical, rational part? It might not be as sexy as freehand drawing, but it is just as important.

If you don’t know proper technical drawing skills it will show in your work; your perspectives will look ‘less smart’ and badly proportioned and your designs will lack consistency. So in order to make technical drawings look less cold and more approachable, I’m sharing the best 20 technical drawing tips I’ve come across.