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MARLMARL Sanjo-Street Kyoto / Atsushi Suzuki / TANSEISHA

19:00 - 25 October, 2018
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Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron

06:00 - 8 May, 2018
Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron, VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra
VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra

Led by Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950), most descriptions of Herzog & de Meuron projects are almost paradoxical: in one paragraph they will be praised for their dedication to tradition and vernacular forms, in the next for their thoroughly modern innovation. However, in the hands of Herzog & de Meuron this is no paradox, as the internationally renowned architectural duo combine tradition and innovation in such a way that the two elements actually enhance each other.

VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra 1111 Lincoln Road. Image © Nelson Garrido, Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP. Parrish Art Museum. Image © Matthu Placek Messe Basel New Hall. Image Courtesy of Messe Basel + 29

The House with Plants / KamakuraStudio

20:00 - 19 February, 2018
The House with Plants / KamakuraStudio, © Nacasa & Partners
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Katsushika-ku, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Keisuke Fukui, KeisukeMorikawa
  • Area

    95.61 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

ºC (Do-C) Ebisu / Schemata Architects

22:00 - 30 January, 2018
ºC (Do-C) Ebisu / Schemata Architects, © Nacasa & Partners
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  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Chome-8-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0013, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Nagasaka
  • Project Team

    Ryosuke Yamamoto, Matthieu Darcourt
  • Area

    726163.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

HULIC & New Shibuya / ETHNOS

17:00 - 18 January, 2018
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GINZA LOFT / Schemata Architects

19:00 - 4 October, 2017
GINZA LOFT / Schemata Architects, © Nacasa & Partners
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  • Architects

  • Location

    4-6 Ginza, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Nagasaka
  • Project Team

    Masami Nakata, Shouta Miyashita, Kana Yamamoto
  • Area

    3306.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Ginza Place / Klein Dytham architecture + TAISEI DESIGN Planners Architects & Engineers

19:00 - 12 September, 2017
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Architecture and the Human Scale: The Best Photos of The Week

09:30 - 9 July, 2017

The incorporation of the human figure is one of the most effective tools employed in architectural photography: it helps the viewer decipher the scale of work. While it successfully communicates a rough idea of the measurements of the elements photographed, it also makes architecture more relatable and accessible. People engage better with the built environment when it is populated; the human sense of society and community is the cornerstone of our civilization. With this in mind, we showcase a selection of our favorite photographs where the human figure takes center stage to enhance our reading of architecture.

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A Sake Brewery Addition / a-um

20:00 - 17 May, 2017
A Sake Brewery Addition / a-um, © Nacasa & Partners
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Taketo Tashiro, Yasuhiro Shinano (nano architects)
  • Area

    450.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The 14 Stories Behind the 2016 Building of the Year Award Winners

10:30 - 16 February, 2016

Last week, ArchDaily unveiled the 14 winners of this year’s Building of the Year award. Selected by ArchDaily readers from a pool of over 3,000 candidates, these 14 projects represent the best designs published by ArchDaily in the past year, as determined by an unbiased network of 55,000 voters who took part - each of them a judge in one of the world's most democratic architecture awards.

Representing a diverse field of architects, locations and project types, each design has a very different story about how it came into being, how its design responds to its context, how it fits into an architect's oeuvre, or what it says about the direction which architecture is traveling in. But despite the many different types of story represented, each of the stories behind the Building of the Year winners is a fascinating architectural tale. Here are those 14 stories.

Nikken Space Design Osaka Office / Nikken Space Design

17:00 - 26 January, 2016
Nikken Space Design Osaka Office / Nikken Space Design, © Nacasa & Partners
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiranomachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 541-0046, Japan
  • Chief designer

    Tetsutaro NISHIDA
  • Senior designer

    Koichi TANIGAKI
  • Designer

    Mao NAKANOIN
  • Constructor

    SOGO DESIGN CO., LTD. / Taisei Corporation
  • Area

    464.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
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Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA

20:00 - 22 April, 2015
Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA, © Nacasa & Partners
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  • Architects

    OFA
  • Location

    NGS (Wanrong Road), Zhabei, Shanghai, China, 200072
  • Cost

    CNY15,000,000
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

St. Voile Chapel / Kasahara Design Work

23:00 - 21 April, 2015
St. Voile Chapel / Kasahara Design Work, © Nacasa & Partners
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  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Chome-11-33 Kamitokoro, Chūō-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 950-0994, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Eriko Kasahara, Yumiko Ota
  • Area

    161.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron

21:00 - 31 March, 2015
Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron, © Nacasa & Partners
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An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects, Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li

“We have to try to work with scale and memory. I think in the last twenty years the main problem is that we lost the 归宿感 [sense of belonging]. The people here have been moving from house to house for a long time, the result is that we don’t have a feeling of home… even if you are staying in a nice house or villa you don’t consider it as an ideal or permanent home where you could stay. This might be considered the problem. More than ten years ago we used to have that feeling, the sense to belong to a specific space. We used to live in neighbourhoods where we had a social background, a community, now you don’t have any community, you don’t see the neighbors any more. Now Chinese people are becoming lonely, they are losing that feeling and becoming 'homeless'.” - Zhang Lei, Nanjing, 2013

Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University / AZL architects. Image Courtesy of AZL Architects Slit House / AZL architects. Image © Nacasa & Partners Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects. Image © Yao Li + 17

House of a Backstage / y+M

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
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Hotel WIND / TEAM BLDG

01:00 - 23 December, 2013
Hotel WIND / TEAM BLDG, © Nacasa & Partners
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  • Architects

    TEAM BLDG
  • Location

    Xiamen, Fujian, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Xiao Lei, Wang Jin
  • Collaborators

    Chen Leeyang, Wang Qi, Zhang Tao, Jin Kuramoto, Ishibashi Tadahito, Tetsu Miyazawa, Shigenori Ichimura
  • Construction

    Chens’ Constructing
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

2013 Pritzker Prize: Toyo Ito

01:00 - 19 March, 2013
Portrait of Toyo Ito © Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Portrait of Toyo Ito © Yoshiaki Tsutsui

“Although Mr. Ito has built a great number of buildings in his career, in my view, he has been working on one project all along, -- to push the boundaries of architecture. And to achieve that goal, he is not afraid of letting go what he has accomplished before.” -- Yung Ho Chang, Member of the Pritzker Jury for 2013

Toyo Ito has been announced as the Pritzker laureate for 2013. Ito is the thirty-seventh recipient of the Pritzker Prize and its sixth Japanese recipient.

The Pritzker jury applauded Ito for his ability to synthesize many architectural languages and functionalities in the expression of one personal “syntax,” inspired by the organic structures found in nature and the sensual nature of the human user. 

Calling him a “creator of timeless buildings,” the Pritzker Jury further praised Ito for “infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension and for the poetics that transcend all his works.” Among those works, the Jury singled out his Sendai Mediatheque, whose innovative use of structural tubes “permitted new interior spatial qualities,” TOD’S Omotesando building in Tokyo, “where the building skin also serves as structure,” and Tokyo’s Tama Art University Library as particularly inspiring.

In response to the accolade, the highest award in the profession of architecture, Ito humbly expressed that, with each project, he only becomes more “painfully aware of [his] inadequacy, and it turns into energy to challenge the next project.” For that reason, Ito professed, “I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works.”

Read more of the Jury’s selection of Toyo Ito as the 2013 Pritzker Laureate, after the break...