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Copper Can Be Endlessly Recycled: 8 Projects With Sustainable Cladding

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It is believed that copper was the first metal to be found by men and used in the manufacture of tools and weapons. This occurred in the last period of prehistory, more than 10,000 years ago, in the so-called Metal Age, when groups, until then nomadic, started to become sedentary, developing agriculture and starting the first urban settlements. Copper has since been used in diverse ways. Used for decorative objects, jewelry, automotive parts, electrical systems, and even for dental amalgams, the material has had huge demand. In architecture, copper coatings are greatly appreciated for their aesthetics and durability. But a factor worth mentioning is that copper can be recycled infinitely, practically without losing its properties.

Tikkurila Daycare Center / Parviainen Architects

© Mika Huisman© Suvi Kesäläinen© Suvi Kesäläinen© Mika Huisman+ 31

Vantaa, Finland

Why Should We Design Spaces with Furniture on Wheels?

© RuetempleCourtesy of People's Architecture Office© NirutBenjabanpot, Garrett Rowland© Tanja Milbourne+ 35

In a time where space grows more and more limited and people increasingly spend time at home, flexibility presents itself as an underutilized strategy of interior design. With flexible furniture, residents can optimize square footage and easily reshape configurations according to specific requirements and shifting needs. Below, we discuss the benefits and variations of furniture on wheels, closing with 7 example projects illustrating their creative and practical application.

NCARB Launches Destination Architect Campaign for Aspiring Architects

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched Destination Architect, a new educational STEAM resource for aspiring architects. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the architect’s role and how to earn an architecture license through a video-based format. The resource also highlights data-driven tips to help shorten the path to licensure.

K-Kampus / JKMM Architects

© Mika Huismanbuilding corner. Image © Hannu Rytkyatrium with natural light. Image © Mika Huismanlounge under the stairs. Image © Mika Huisman+ 27

Think Corner Helsinki University / JKMM Architects

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Mika Huisman© Tuomas Uusheimo© Tuomas Uusheimo© Mika Huisman+ 19

Amos Rex / JKMM Architects

© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman© Tuomas Uusheimo+ 47

K-Kampus Head Office / JKMM Architects

© Hannu Rytky© Mika Huisman© Hannu Rytky© Pauliina Salonen+ 23

Architectural Review Announces 2019 New into Old Award Winners

The Architectural Review has announced that Sala Beckett by Flores & Prats is the winner of the 2019 AR New into Old awards. The project was selected by a panel of judges for its inventive re-use, and it was awarded alongside two Highly Commended and three Commended buildings for sustainable alternatives to building anew. The AR New into Old awards celebrate the creative ways buildings are adapted and remodeled to welcome new contemporary uses.

© Nic Lehoux© Mika Huisman© Fuji Koji© Nataly Lee+ 14

Albertinpiha / JKMM Architects

© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman+ 16

Eventes Business Garden / Arkkitehtitoimisto HKP

© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman+ 17

Our Favorite Nordic Photographers: The Best Photos of The Week

Often informed by its harsh climate and stunning landscapes, Nordic design, specifically architecture, has a unique relationship with nature. Photographers of Nordic architecture have benefitted from studying this close connection in their photos that experiment with capturing light, innovative materials, and landscape to create a compelling composition. Below is a selection of images of both public and private architecture by prominent photographers such as Pasi Aalto, Bert Leandersson, Mika Huisman and Åke E: Lindman.

© Åke E:son Lindman© Pasi Aalto© Åke E:son Lindman© Rasmus Hjortshøj+ 8

OOPEAA Wins 2017 Spotlight Prize for Emerging Architects

Finnish practice OOPEAA has been awarded the 2017 Spotlight Prize for emerging architects. First given in 2009, the award was established by the Rice Design Alliance to celebrate the work of architects from around the world within their first 15 years of professional practice.

Past winners of the award have included Cadaver & Sola-Morales, OUALALOU+CHOI, 5468796, Interboro Partners, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, LA DALLMAN, Sou Fujimoto, and Anton García-Abril.

Kärsämäki Church / OOPEAA. Image © Jussi TiainenSuvela Chapel / OOPEAA. Image © Mika HuismanHouse Riihi / OOPEAA. Image © Jussi TiainenPuukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA. Image © Mikko Auerniitty+ 8

Kalasatama School and Day Care / JKMM Architects

©  Studio Hans Koistinen ©  Studio Hans Koistinen © Mika Huisman©  Studio Hans Koistinen + 38

Helsinki, Finland

Maunula House / K2S Architects

© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman© Mika Huisman+ 20

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The jury has chosen from 355 nominated works and the shortlist highlights the opportunities and the trends of today’s European territory: cities, housing, heritage, and memory. The five finalists will be announced in mid-February and the winner and the Emerging Architect in mid-May.

A third of the works tackle the challenge of contemporary architecture in relation with built heritage and a third of the work tackles the contemporary challenges of housing. The management of the historic urban landscape will be among the priorities highlighted by the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage' in 2018.

"I would want the shortlisted schemes to demonstrate an interest in making places, in exploring convention and known typologies, in celebrating the pleasures of everyday use by a consideration of detail and an unspoken resistance to the current global tendency towards a self-referential architecture, one that belies context and the act of inhabitation." - Stephen Bates, Chairman of the Jury.

Seen the shortlist after the break.

Suvela Chapel / OOPEAA

© Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin + 26

Espoo, Finland
  • Architects: OOPEAA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aurubis

Fazer Visitor Center & Meeting Center / K2S Architects

© Mika Huisman                © Mika Huisman                © Mika Huisman                © Mika Huisman                + 18