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Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects

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ArchDaily's 2014 Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced

Submitted by Patrick Grime
Submitted by Patrick Grime

After receiving close to 150 holiday card submissions – including a "Bjarke, the Herald Ingels" singing, and several angry Gehry-Clauses – we’ve selected three winners! Take a look at the winning submissions as well as some of our favorite cards after the break, and get ready to celebrate the holidays the architect’s way.

ArchDaily's 2014 Holiday Card Contest has been generously sponsored by Mosa.

2014 AR Emerging Architecture Awards Winners Announced

The Architectural Review has selected the winners of the 2014 AR Emerging Architecture Awards. Now in their 16th year, they are one of the most prestigious awards for young architects and emerging practices. Past winners have included Sou Fujimoto, Thomas Heatherwick, Sean Godsell, Jurgen Mayer H. and Li Xiaodong.

Given to completed projects, entries can include buildings, interiors, landscaping, refurbishment, urban projects, temporary installations, furniture and product designs. This year the jury was comprised of Catherine Slessor, Hilde Daem, Li Xiaodong, Steven Holl and Will Alsop.

Read on after the break for this year’s Emerging Architecture Award winners.

Masuda + Otsubo’s “Boundary Window”. Image Courtesy of Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo ArchitectsCC Arquitectos’ Equestrian Centre in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Image © Iwan BaanLune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI. Image © Brett BoardmanLong Museum in Shanghai, China / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Su Shengliang+ 32

Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa's Tallest Tower

Valode & Pistre is set to break ground on Africa’s tallest tower next June. More than doubling the height of Johannesburg’s 223-meter Carlton Center, which has been the continent’s tallest building since 1973, the Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) will most likely rise 540-meters on a 25-hectare site in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.

It’s program will center around business, providing accommodations with a 200-suite luxury hotel, a trading platform, conference hall and large art gallery, as well as an astonishing 100-meter-tall atrium that hollows the tower’s base.  

© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr+ 12

Villa Pruhonice / Jestico + Whiles

© Ales Jungmann© Ales Jungmann© Ales Jungmann© Ales Jungmann+ 22

Steirereck / PPAG architects

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Light of Life Church / shinslab architecture + IISAC

© Jin Hyo-Sook© Jin Hyo-Sook© Lee Dong-Hwan© Jin Hyo-Sook+ 34

Gapyeong-gun, South Korea

Suppakids / ROK

© Daniel Stauch Photography© Daniel Stauch Photography© Daniel Stauch Photography© Daniel Stauch Photography+ 18

  • Architects: ROK
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60 Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

JA96: Yearbook 2014

JA96 takes a retrospective look at the architecture of 2014. 83 projects were chosen to present the best of Japanese architecture, including works by Kazuyo Sejima, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito, Tadao Ando and Shigeru Ban.

The issue also features a roundtable conversation between Tomohiko Yamanashi, Satoru Ito and Akihito Aoi about the current architectural design and decision-making.

Romanian Entry Wins "Unbelievable Challenge" with Santa Claus Logistic Center

A “magical” logistics center fit for the season’s most hardworking man has been awarded first prize for it’s innovation and feasibility in the “Unbelievable Challenge” architectural ideas competition. Submitted by Alexandru Oprita and Laurentiu Constantin of Romania, “Nothing is impossible” was selected from 243 entries spanning 59 countries and five other deserving projects that have been highlighted as runner-ups. 

A closer look at Santa Claus’ proposed logistics center, after the break.  

Villa Musu / Sanaksenaho Architects

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UNSTABLE's AMAZE Installation Takes Visitors on a Vivid Multisensory Journey

Courtesy of UNSTABLE
Courtesy of UNSTABLE

Colorful lights dance across translucent panels, illuminating the backdrop of Toronto’s glowing downtown high-rises. In their three-dimensional interactive installation entitled AMAZE, design and research laboratory UNSTABLE has created a multisensory experience like no other. Complex branching passageways challenge visitors to find their own path through the ever-changing structure, as if wandering through a vivid psychedelic dream. Becoming an integral part of the installation, visitors are met with dynamic shadows of the crowd and the urban landscape beyond before finding their way out of the maze.

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The Growth Of "Hipster Stalinism" In Areas Of Moscow

In an article for The Guardian, Maryam Omidi explores Moscow's Door19, a place where "Damien Hirst and David LaChapelle artworks adorn the raw concrete walls," "flair bartenders serve up gem-coloured cocktails," and "a rotation of Michelin-starred chefs flown in from around the world curate new menus each week." It is indicative, she argues, of what Kuba Snopek (a lecturer at the Strelka Institute) describes as "hipster Stalinism" - a surge of redevelopment in certain parts of Moscow that cater to the 'oligarchs', wealthy creatives and Muscovite 'hipsters'. At Door19, for example, apartments sell for between $15,000 and $20,000 per square metre.

The Restoration of Chartres Cathedral is a "Scandalous Desecration"

Throughout its eight-century-long history, Chartres Cathedral has been consistently cited as one of the world's greatest religious spaces, charming countless architects thanks to its dramatic interior combining brooding stone vaults and delicate stained glass windows. But this legacy is severely threatened, argues Martin Filler for the New York Review of Books, by a "foolhardy" restoration in its zeal for recapturing the past "makes authentic artifacts look fake."

© Flickr CC User Lawrence OPThe stark difference between the original and the restored sections. Image © Flickr CC User Sarah Karlson© Flickr CC User Connie MaA gilded boss at the top of a vault. Image © Flickr CC User Klaus Wagensonner+ 6

Eiffel Tower’s First Floor Refurbishment / Agence Moatti-Rivière

© Michel Denancé© Michel Denancé© Michel Denancé© Michel Denancé+ 28

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4260
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Roschmann Group
  • Professionals: SETE

House 1957 / Brugnoli Asociados Arquitectos

© Juan Dúran Sierralta © Juan Dúran Sierralta © Juan Dúran Sierralta © Juan Dúran Sierralta + 28

Providencia, Chile

House in Shintou / SNARK + OUVI

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa + 27

Shinto, Japan
  • Architects: Ouvi, SNARK
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  58 Area:  58
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014
  • Professionals: Ouvi

Huishan North Bund / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company

© Tim Griffith© Tim Griffith© Tim Griffith© Tim Griffith+ 27

  • Architects: EE&K
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  255000 Area:  255000

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