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The Versatility of Gabion Walls, From Infrastructure to Urban Furniture

04:00 - 11 October, 2018
Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano. Image Cortesia de Parque Humano
Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano. Image Cortesia de Parque Humano

Widely used in infrastructure, gabion walls are structures made of mesh metal cages filled with stones. These permeable walls use galvanized steel wire to withstand outdoor conditions. 

Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano. Image Cortesia de Parque Humano BAH Restaurante Parkshopping / Tellini Vontobel Arquitetura. Image © Cristiano Bauce Restauración Paisajística del Vertedero de Residuos de la Vall d'en Joan / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes. Image © Jordi Surroca Mirador Asomo al Vacío. Image Cortesia de Loreto Mellado Medel + 62

Dilido House / SAOTA

13:00 - 23 September, 2018
Dilido House / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Miami, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Philip Olmesdahl, Mark Bullivant, Stefan Antoni, Dominik George, Meghan Ho-Tong, Dirk Olivier
  • Area

    1670.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Benguela Cove / SAOTA

01:00 - 17 September, 2018
Benguela Cove / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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Contemporary Religious Architecture That Rethinks Traditional Spaces for Worship

06:00 - 26 June, 2018
© Fabrice Fouillet
© Fabrice Fouillet

Constructing places of worship has always been an intricate practice, managing to detach the human, and release the boundary between body, mind, and spirit. Holy presence has been crucial in designing and constructing sacred places, which is why almost all religious building possessed similar characteristics: grandiosity, monolithic material, natural elements, and a plan that compliments an individual’s circulation through the space. Contemporary religious structures, however, found a way to adapt to the evolution of architecture. Unlike the Gothic or Baroque periods, modern-day architecture does not have a dominant identity. It is, in fact, a combination of postmodernism, futurism, minimalism, and everything in between. Architects have found a way to transform these exclusive, religion-devoted places into structures of spirituality, manifestation, and fascination.

Here is a selection of contemporary religious buildings that prove once again that architects are breaking all boundaries of creativity.

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Concrete Shells: Design Principles and Examples

06:00 - 14 June, 2018
Concrete Shells: Design Principles and Examples, Capela Bosjes / Steyn Studio. Image © Adam Letch
Capela Bosjes / Steyn Studio. Image © Adam Letch

Let's think of a paper sheet. If we tried to stiffen it from its primary state, it couldn't support its own weight. However, if we bend it, the sheet achieves a new structural quality. The shells act in the same way. "You can't imagine a form that doesn't need a structure or a structure that doesn't have a form. Every form has a structure, and every structure has a form. Thus, you can't conceive a form without automatically conceiving a structure and vice versa". [1] The importance of the structural thought that culminates in the constructed object is then, taken by the relationship between form and structure. The shells arise from the association between concrete and steel and are structures whose continuous curved surfaces have a minimal thickness; thus they are widely used in roofs of large spans without intermediate supports.

In structural terms, they are efficient because they resist compression efforts and absorb at specific points on their surface, especially near the supports — small moments of flexion.

Stradella / SAOTA

13:00 - 19 May, 2018
Stradella  / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Mark Bullivant, Tom Burbidge
  • Landscaping

    Fiore Landscape Design
  • Interior Décor

    MINOTTI Los Angeles
  • Area

    1865.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Restio River House / SAOTA

03:00 - 13 April, 2018
Restio River House   / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Pringle Bay, South Africa
  • Architects in Charge

    Philip Olmesdahl, Riaz Ebrahim, Nasreen Larney & Werner Lotz
  • Consulting Engineers

    Moroff & Kühne
  • Interior Designer

    ARRCC and Home Owner
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Double Bay / SAOTA

03:00 - 10 April, 2018
Double Bay / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia
  • Lead Architects

    Philip Olmesdahl, Erin Gibbs, Duke Williams
  • Area

    670.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Bora Headquarters / SAOTA

02:00 - 8 April, 2018
Bora Headquarters / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Lead Architects

    Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni, Tamaryn Fourie & Werner Lotz
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Invermark House / SAOTA

02:00 - 27 October, 2017
Invermark House / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architects & Interior Architects

    Gilbert Colyn (1969) and SAOTA
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

2017 Arcaid Awards Reveals Shortlist for World's Best Building Image

11:40 - 2 October, 2017

Arcaid Images has revealed the shortlist of 20 images in the running for the title of World’s Best Building Image in their 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award selects photographs in four categories - Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - which are judged by an esteemed panel of designers, photographers and journalists based on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

“More than just informing people about the existence of such places, the best photos go beyond that and entice people to learn more about the buildings, cities, and landscapes – maybe even booking a flight to see them firsthand. That feeling hit me on numerous occasions,” said jury member John Hill, Editor of the World-Architects eMagazine.

World Photo Day 2017: Our Readers’ 100 Most-Bookmarked Architectural Photographs

08:00 - 19 August, 2017

This August 19th is World Photo Day, which celebrates photography on the anniversary of the day on which France bought the patent for the daguerreotype, one of the earliest photographic processes, and released it to the world for free in 1839. At ArchDaily, we understand the importance of photography in architecture—not only as a tool for recording designs, but also as a discipline that many of us enjoy. To celebrate the occasion, we decided to reveal the most popular images ever published on ArchDaily, as selected by you, our readers. Using data gathered from My ArchDaily, we have ranked the 100 most-saved images from our database; read on to see them.

Tree House / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design

02:00 - 20 June, 2017
Tree House / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design, © Adam Letch
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Clifton House / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design

02:00 - 18 June, 2017
Clifton House  / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design, © Adam Letch
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Bosjes Chapel / Steyn Studio

03:00 - 20 March, 2017
Bosjes Chapel / Steyn Studio, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Breederiver Valley, R43, Witzenberg Municipality, South Africa
  • Area

    430.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

OVD525 / Three14Architects

02:00 - 5 February, 2017
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Team

    Kim Benatar, Sian Fisher, Miles Appelgryn, Daniel Moreau
  • Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Beachyhead / SAOTA

02:00 - 25 July, 2016
Beachyhead  / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
  • Architect in Charge

    Phillippe Fouché
  • Design Team

    Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen & Mias Claassens
  • Area

    1176.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

French School Cape Town / Kritzinger Architects

05:00 - 14 February, 2016
French School Cape Town / Kritzinger Architects, © Adam Letch
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kings Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Shevel & Simpson Quantity Surveyors
  • Area

    2650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs