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Science Center for the Augustinianum Secondary School / Bez+Kock Architekten

08:00 - 2 May, 2019
Science Center for the Augustinianum Secondary School / Bez+Kock Architekten, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters + 19

Sun-Filled Spaces Created By Skylights In 20 Architectural Projects

07:00 - 6 March, 2019
Sun-Filled Spaces Created By Skylights In 20 Architectural Projects, © Adam Mork
© Adam Mork

Perhaps the most renowned 'skylight' ever built is the Pantheon of Rome commissioned by Marco Vipsanius Agrippa during the reign of Emperor Augustus (27 BC-14 AD) and rebuilt by Hadrian (117-118) around 126 AD. At the highest point of its dome (in this case, the oculus) the sunlight shines, casting its beams over the various statues of planetary deities that occupy the niches on the walls. The light that enters the space symbolizes a cosmic, sacred dimension. In projects around the world, natural light continues to fulfill this scenic role, especially in religious projects.

It is characterized as zenithal illumination as that which comes from above, from the sky (zenith). Very useful for large spaces that can not be adequately lit by windows, skylights are a widely used device for providing a pleasant, diffuse light. Generally, care is taken to prevent direct entry of sunlight; the openings must be well designed so that they do not overheat the space of allow water infiltration. Below is a collection of projects that make good use of this technique.

© Mathias Kestel © Hufton + Crow © Christian Richters © Andrew Lee + 44

Shortlisted Projects Announced for the EU Mies Award 2019

10:30 - 16 January, 2019
Shortlisted Projects Announced for the EU Mies Award 2019

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The Prize, for which ArchDaily is a media partner, has seen a jury distill 383 nominated works into a 40-project-strong shortlist, celebrating the trends and opportunities in adaptive reuse, housing, and culture across Europe.

Copper Projects: Architecture’s Original Bling

05:00 - 10 January, 2019
© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Thomas Ott © David Foessel © Joan Bracco & Cécile Septet © Adam Mørk + 18

Since its discovery in 8700 B.C., copper has been one of the most used metals in the history of humankind. It has a variety of uses from coins and weapons to statues and even architecture. One of its first architectural uses was in Ancient Egypt for the massive doors of the temple to Amen-Re at Karnak in 300 B.C.

The versatility of the material continues in architecture to this day, allowing for a variety of unique designs and uses. The innovative, efficient, and lightweight material is versatile in its use, ranging from facades to roofs, interior applications, and high tech solutions. Sustainable in its natural form, the material is 100% recycled. As the state of architecture becomes more focused on sustainability, copper becomes the ideal material for the buildings of today.

Below, we’ve selected 7 projects that use architecture's original bling.

Zaha Hadid: Maker of the 21st Century

09:30 - 4 December, 2018
Zaha Hadid: Maker of the 21st Century, KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) / Zaha Hadid Architects . Image © Hufton + Crow
KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) / Zaha Hadid Architects . Image © Hufton + Crow

This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Respect: Architect Zaha Hadid, Queen of the Curve."

In March 2016, when world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack at age 65 in a Miami hospital, the news sent shockwaves through the architecture community.

The flamboyant British designer—born on October 31, 1950 in Iraq, educated in Beirut, and known as the “Queen of the Curve” for her swooping, elegantly complex designs—was a legend in her time. She had design commissions around the world, been awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2004 and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ gold medal in 2016, and transcended the old-guard strictures of a staunchly male-dominated profession.

© MIR KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) / Zaha Hadid Architects . Image © Hufton + Crow Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects 520 West 28th / Zaha Hadid Architects . Image © Hufton + Crow + 18

Thapar University Student Residence One / McCullough Mulvin Architects with Designplus Associates Services

00:00 - 21 November, 2018
Thapar University Student Residence One / McCullough Mulvin Architects with Designplus Associates Services, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

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AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid

22:00 - 12 October, 2018
AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

This article was originally published on April 21, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Although Zaha Hadid began her remarkable architectural career in the late 1970s, it would not be until the 1990s that her work would lift out her drawings and paintings to be realized in physical form. The Vitra Fire Station, designed for the factory complex of the same name in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, was the among the first of Hadid’s design projects to be built. The building’s obliquely intersecting concrete planes, which serve to shape and define the street running through the complex, represent the earliest attempt to translate Hadid’s fantastical, powerful conceptual drawings into a functional architectural space.

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17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project

12:00 - 2 September, 2018
17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project, © Mark Cocksedge
© Mark Cocksedge

Cortesía de Olgooco Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh © Tomas Balej © Fran Parente © Christian Richters + 18

Guardrails and handrails are two elements that are often confused. While the first is used to close a space and prevent a person from falling, the second is a support bar for balance. Normally standard solutions are used for both elements, but with an attractive design, they can become standout details in a project.

For inspiration on materials, structures, and details of guardrails and handrails, here are 17 notable examples.

Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

02:00 - 27 August, 2018
Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church / Renzo Piano Building Workshop , © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Gianni Berengo Gardin © Vittorio Grassi + 20

Tensile Structures: 11 Edgy Images Under Strain

12:00 - 27 May, 2018
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Capable of transforming a facade or shaping a sculptural roof form, tensile structures test the limits of our imagination (and understanding of geometry). This week’s photo set features structures that rely on cables, anchors, posts and membranes to create expansive, dramatic spans of open space bathed in natural light. Stark shadows and fair curves make tensile structures particularly photogenic, as captured in this set of images from Christopher Frederick Jones, Marie-Françoise Plissart, Yoshihiro Koitani and more.

© Christopher Frederick Jones © Christian Richters © Archive ADR © Roland Halbe + 13

15 Innovative Pedestrian Bridges (And Their Construction Details)

12:00 - 22 April, 2018
Cortesía de RO&AD Architecten
Cortesía de RO&AD Architecten

Cortesía de DVVD Engineers Architects Designers Cortesía de Mark Thomas Architects Cortesía de VAUMM Cortesía de cepezed + 32

There has been increasing awareness in recent years of the importance of infrastructure for pedestrians. These additions to the urban environment improve the quality of cities by connecting spaces and shortening travel distances, and their introduction can be beneficial not only to pedestrians but also to cyclists seeking a more environmentally friendly method of transport. In order to encourage the use of pedestrian infrastructure, here we present 15 footbridges, alongside their construction details, to showcase innovative solutions in terms of materials, forms, and structures.

Spotlight: David Chipperfield

06:00 - 18 December, 2017
David Chipperfield in 2012. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/br1dotcom/7886397506'>Flickr user br1dotcom</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
David Chipperfield in 2012. Image © Flickr user br1dotcom licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The career of British architect David Chipperfield (born 18 December 1953) has spanned decades and continents as an architect, designer and professor. Since 1984, he has been at the helm of David Chipperfield Architects, an award winning firm with over 180 staff at offices in London, Berlin, Milan, and Shanghai. Chipperfield is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Germany's Bund Deutscher Architekten, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004. In 2012, Chipperfield curated the Venice Biennale of Architecture under the theme Common Ground.

Neues Museum. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/stijnnieuwendijk/4230574853'>Flickr user stijnnieuwendijk</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a> The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. Image © Wojtek Gurak Museo Jumex. Image © Simon Menges Museum of Modern Literature. Image © Ute Zscharnt + 15

House H / one fine day + architektur-werk-stadt

05:00 - 6 December, 2017
House H  / one fine day + architektur-werk-stadt, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

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Villa H / BERG + KLEIN

04:00 - 27 September, 2017
Villa H / BERG + KLEIN, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hook of Holland, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Rogier van den Berg, Heidi Klein
  • Interior Design

    Heidi Klein, Rogier van den Berg in collaboration with P. Hupkes
  • Area

    269.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Fire Station in Houten / SAMYN and PARTNERS

03:00 - 12 July, 2017
Fire Station in Houten / SAMYN and PARTNERS, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

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Medieval Mile Museum Kilkenny Ireland / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

03:00 - 11 July, 2017
Medieval Mile Museum Kilkenny Ireland / Mccullough Mulvin Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

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One Up Two Down / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

03:00 - 23 May, 2017
One Up Two Down  / Mccullough Mulvin Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters + 19

Fluid Luminosity: The Architectural Lighting of Zaha Hadid

06:00 - 31 March, 2017
Leeza SOHO, construction 2017, Beijing / China. Image © MIR
Leeza SOHO, construction 2017, Beijing / China. Image © MIR

Zaha Hadid's projects are remarkable not only for her innovative way of handling tangible materials but also for her imagination regarding the medium of light. Her theories of fragmentation and fluidity are now well-known design techniques which enabled her form-finding. However, her advances in using light to render her architecture have often been neglected—even though they became an essential element in revealing and interpreting her architecture. The three-decade transition from minimal light lines at her early Vitra Fire Station to the world's tallest atrium at the Leeza SOHO skyscraper, which collects an abundance of daylight, shows the remarkable development of Zaha Hadid’s luminous legacy.

Heydar Aliyev Center, 2013, Baku / Azerbaijan. Image © Hélène Binet Nordpark Railway Station, 2007, Innsbruck / Austria. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hungerburgbahn-Bergstation.JPG'>Wikimedia user Hafelekar</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> MAXXI Museum, 2009, Rome / Italy. Image © Iwan Baan Phaeno Science Center, 2005, Wolfsburg / Germany. Image © Werner Huthmacher + 13