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Spotlight: Smiljan Radić

17:30 - 21 June, 2019
Spotlight: Smiljan Radić,  The Winery at VIK. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
The Winery at VIK. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Mainly known outside of his home country for his design of the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, architect Smiljan Radić (born June 21, 1965) is one of the most prominent figures in current Chilean architecture. With a distinctive approach to form, materials, and natural settings, Radić mostly builds small- to medium-sized projects that flirt with the notion of fragility.

2014 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Danica O. Kus Copper House 2. Image © Smiljan Radic Mestizo Restaurant. Image © Smiljan Radic Zwing Bus Stop. Image © Yuri PALMIN + 13

Gare TGV de Montpellier, Montpellier Railway Station / Marc Mimram

13:00 - 20 April, 2019
© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

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Why Arata Isozaki won the Pritzker Prize 2019

09:32 - 7 March, 2019

Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is incredibly prolific and influential among his contemporaries. Deeply aligned with the period of change and reinvention that Japan experimented after Second World War and Allied Occupation, Isozaki has developed a solid career on a truly global scale, avoiding being labeled in a specific style throughout his life.

The Definitive Works of 2019 Pritzker Prize Winner Arata Isozaki

10:00 - 5 March, 2019
The Definitive Works of 2019 Pritzker Prize Winner Arata Isozaki, © Nelson Garrido. ImageQatar National Convention Centre
© Nelson Garrido. ImageQatar National Convention Centre

Today, Japanese architect and theorist Arata Isozaki was announced the winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize, the most highly regarded award in the world of architecture. Since the 60’s, Isozaki has been showing outstanding innovative ideas in his works, influencing eastern professionals with the forward-thinking approach that takes its roots from Japan. The 87-year-old architect boasts multiple built projects of different scales all over the world — from Tokyo and Shanghai, to Barcelona and Qatar. Let’s take a look at the immense list of Arata Isozaki’s projects and recreate the architects' professional development path since his very first works.

© Alessandra Chemollo. ImageALLIANZ Tower Ice Kraków Congress Centre. Image Courtesy of Ingarden & Ewý Architects + Arata Isozaki & Associates Nara Centennial Hall. Image © Hisao Suzuki Palau Sant Jordi. Image © Hisao Suzuki + 17

Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate

10:00 - 5 March, 2019
Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate, Courtesy of Image: Pritzker. Collage: ArchDaily by Danae Santibáñez
Courtesy of Image: Pritzker. Collage: ArchDaily by Danae Santibáñez

Arata Isozaki has been named the 2019 laureate of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Isozaki, who has been practicing architecture since the 1960s, has long been considered an architectural visionary for his transnational and fearlessly futurist approach to design. With well over 100 built works to his name, Isozaki is also incredibly prolific and influential among his contemporaries. Isozaki is the 49th architect and eighth Japanese architect to receive the honor.

Said the jury of Isozaki in the award citation: “...in his search for meaningful architecture, he created buildings of great quality that to this day defy categorizations, reflect his constant evolution, and are always fresh in their approach.”

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Sheila O’Donnell and Xu Tiantian Win 2019 Women in Architecture Awards

11:00 - 1 March, 2019
Sheila O’Donnell and Xu Tiantian Win 2019 Women in Architecture Awards

For this year's Women in Architecture Awards, The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal have selected Sheila O’Donnell as Architect of the Year and Xu Tiantian to win the Moira Gemill Prize for Emerging Architecture in the 2019 Women in Architecture awards. The Architect of the Year award recognizes excellence in design specifically in the context of a recently completed project and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture is awarded to women designers under the age of 45 who show design excellence indicative of a bright future.

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.

Taipei Nanshan Plaza / Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei

23:00 - 21 August, 2018
Taipei Nanshan Plaza / Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei , © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha Courtesy of Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki + 44

House Plans Under 100 Square Meters: 30 Useful Examples

05:00 - 25 April, 2018
House Plans Under 100 Square Meters: 30 Useful Examples, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

The challenge of designing a house with a tight budget and space constraints, together with the essential duty of responding correctly to the requirements of the user, is sometimes one of the most challenging and motivating tasks an architect can face. How can you take advantage of space most effectively? How can you avoid wasted material? How do you anticipate the possible future expansion of the house? And how do you develop a simple design that also delivers value to its inhabitants?

To help you in this process, we scoured our projects archives to select 30 houses that provide interesting architectural solutions despite measuring less than 100 square meters.

Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium / RCR Arquitectes

10:55 - 1 March, 2017
Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium / RCR Arquitectes, © Simon Garcia
© Simon Garcia

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Gaspar House / Alberto Campo Baeza

05:00 - 16 August, 2015
Gaspar House / Alberto Campo Baeza, © Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

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An Interactive Look at Japan's Tall Building History

09:40 - 7 May, 2015
An Interactive Look at Japan's Tall Building History, Japan's tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Japan's tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas. Image © Hisao Suzuki

A new research study conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), entitled Tall Buildings in Numbers – Japan: A History of Tall Innovations, examines the evolution of tall buildings in Japan since the 1960s. The study highlights key innovations in Japan’s skyline through a compilation of graphic representations, including a timeline of notable highrises, a scatterplot of towers over 150 meters and annual construction rates, and a comparison of skyscraper density with regional populations.

View the interactive charts after the break.

13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year

09:00 - 13 January, 2015
13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year, 2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco
2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco

This past year was a record-breaking season for skyscraper construction. According to a new survey by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), 2014 saw the completion of 97 buildings that were at least 200 meters tall. Of those, 11 were 300 meters or taller, earning them the classification of “supertall.” These are the highest figures on record, with 2011, for example, seeing only 87 200-meters-plus buildings completed.

In addition, in 2014 the total height of completed buildings (23,333 meters) broke the 2011 record of 19,852 meters. With major countries like China becoming increasingly urbanized, and the world economy recovering from recession, the CTBUH expects that these numbers will only increase. See the details of CTBUH’s report, and learn what the numbers may predict about the future of skyscraper construction, after the break.

The Work of SelgasCano, the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion Designers

01:00 - 8 December, 2014
The Work of SelgasCano, the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion Designers, Office in the Woods. Image © Iwan Baan
Office in the Woods. Image © Iwan Baan

The latest designer of the prestigious Serpentine Gallery Pavilion has been named as SelgasCano, the Spanish practice known for their use of the latest synthetic materials and new technology. The Serpentine Pavilion, which has grown to become one of the most visited annual architecture attractions in the world, aims to provide architects who have never built in the UK their first chance to do so. In the past, this has led to pavilions by globally-recognized names such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer, and Peter Zumthor, but in recent years the Serpentine Gallery seems to have changed course a little, instead bringing lesser-known, emergent stars to a much wider audience. This was true of Smiljan Radić and his 2014 pavilion, and will likely prove true for the duo of José Selgas and Lucía Cano.

Although designs for the 2015 pavilion will not be released until February, SelgasCano have promised "to use only one material... the Transparency," adding that "the most advanced technologies will be needed to be employed to accomplish that transparency." This coy description perhaps calls to mind the design of their own office, a partially sunken tube of a building with one side made entirely of curved glass, which won them widespread recognition in 2009.

To give a better idea of the design style that SelgasCano will bring to the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, we've rounded up a number of their major projects for your viewing pleasure, after the break.

Auditorium in Cartagena. Image © Iwan Baan Merida Factory Youth Movement. Image © Iwan Baan Congress Center and Auditorium. Image © Flickr CC user fernando carrasco Auditorium in Cartagena. Image © Iwan Baan Silicon House. Image © Roland Halbe Merida Factory Youth Movement. Image © Iwan Baan Office in the Woods. Image © Iwan Baan Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre Cáseres. Image © Hisao Suzuki + 27

CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014

07:00 - 10 November, 2014
CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014, One Central Park. Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Collaborating architect: PTW Architects. Image © Murray Fredericks
One Central Park. Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Collaborating architect: PTW Architects. Image © Murray Fredericks

This year’s title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” has been awarded to One Central Park, in Sydney, Australia. The award, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), was chosen after a year long selection process across 88 entries in four regions. Senior representatives of each of these four winners presented at the CTBUH Awards Symposium on November 6th at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and the winner was announced at the Awards Dinner following the Symposium. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

One Central Park. Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Collaborating architect: PTW Architects. Image © Murray Fredericks © Richard John Seymour © Tim Griffith Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © Nic Lehoux + 19

Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces, Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects
Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects

In honor of those celebrating Easter Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of the most breathtaking places of worship from our Religious Architecture Pinterest board. From vast, open halls, to intimate places of prayer and contemplation, these works are sure to spark your appreciation for divine architecture. See them in all their glory, after the break...

USAFA Cadet Chapel / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill © Balthazar Korab Church of the Light / Tadao Ando © Naoya Fujii    Holy Redeemer Church / Menis Arquitectos Saint Martin Church / Jean Dorian  © Fabrice Fouillet + 15

Light Matters: Sacred Spaces

09:30 - 28 March, 2014
Light Matters: Sacred Spaces, Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain. Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain. Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office. Image © Hisao Suzuki

The use of light can lead to very diverse feelings: a ray of sunlight calls attention; glare overpowers; the nocturnal sky fascinates, while a dense dark forest arouses fear. Religions have made use of these experiences to convey the mystic aspects of their respective deities — accordingly, so too do their erected buildings.

After the break, an exploration of the different approaches for using light as a vehicle of symbolic meaning and spiritual experience in religious spaces.

Al-Irsyad Mosque, Indonesia. Architects: PT. Urbane Indonesia. Image © Emilio Photoimagination Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil. Architect: Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Wikimedia Commons Crystal Cathedral, USA. Architect: Philip Johnson. Image Courtesy of American Seating Church of Light, Japan. Architect: Tadao Ando. Image © Buou + 9