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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.

©  Helene Binet ©  Helene Binet ©  Helene Binet ©  Helene Binet + 24

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

03:00 - 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

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters + 30

Villa H / BERG + KLEIN

05:00 - 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
  • 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

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters + 26

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

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters + 31

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

Acoustics and Auditoriums: 30 Sections to Guide Your Design

06:00 - 9 March, 2017
Acoustics and Auditoriums: 30 Sections to Guide Your Design

Seeing the space of an auditorium in section is a key tool in allowing us to approach a design's of acoustics, accessibility, and lighting. These components are what make the design of an auditorium a complex task, requiring detailed and specific studies.

There are a number of ways to design an auditorium that offers multiple responses to these challenges. For this reason, we have selected a number of sections from different auditoriums that can help you understand how other architects have solved the challenge.

Check out the 30 auditorium sections below, they are sure to inspire you!

Marubi” National Museum of Photography / Casanova + Hernandez Architects

03:00 - 19 January, 2017
Marubi” National Museum of Photography / Casanova + Hernandez Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Beaufort Maritime Research Building / McCullough Mulvin Architects

13:00 - 30 December, 2016
Beaufort Maritime Research Building / McCullough Mulvin Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Architect in Charge

    Valerie Mulvin
  • Area

    5450.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Why Architecture Needs Less London-Centrism and More Ideas in the Wake of Brexit

09:30 - 7 December, 2016
<a href='http://www.archdaily.com/421970/library-of-birmingham-mecanoo'>Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo</a>. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

Between March of 2013 and December of 2014, Simon Henley of London-based practice Henley Halebrown wrote a regular column for ArchDaily titled “London Calling,” covering architectural topics of note in the UK's capital. Now, Henley is returning to his column – but in the wake of 2016's shock political developments, his column is re-branding. Thus, here he presents the first of his column “Beyond London” – a look at architectural topics around the UK. Here, Henley presents his opinion on those political developments, and the role architects should play as the UK embarks on a new period in its history.

Post-Brexit, British architects need to think hard about the profession’s London-centric position. There has been a policy of inclusion of non-London architects on panels, their work in magazines and on awards shortlists, but this is not enough. It was quite clear on June 24th when the London design community awoke to the realization that Britain will leave the European Union, that a “Remain”-minded bubble had formed within the capital. The same may be true of the other large cities around the country which voted largely in favour of “Remain.”

Cinnamon Tower and Pavilion / Bolles + Wilson

02:00 - 28 November, 2016
Cinnamon Tower and Pavilion / Bolles + Wilson, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Mitja Schneehage © Cordelia Ewert + 28

Museum of Modern Literature / David Chipperfield Architects

03:00 - 3 October, 2016
Museum of Modern Literature / David Chipperfield Architects, © Ute Zscharnt
© Ute Zscharnt

© Ute Zscharnt © Ute Zscharnt © Ute Zscharnt © Jörg von Bruchhausen + 23