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15 Eye-Popping Projects That Don't Apologize For Using Color: Photos of the Week

12:00 - 19 August, 2018
15 Eye-Popping Projects That Don't Apologize For Using Color: Photos of the Week, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

This week, colorful projects are here to steal the show. Few architects have dared to use color in their works, however, when done so the results can be incredible. Here is a selection of 15 images from prominent photographers such as Gregori Civera, Julien Lanoo and Subliminal Image that show us the huge potential of color.

© Nicolas Borel © Luke Hayes © Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal + 16

Christian de Portzamparc Selected as 2018 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

12:00 - 11 July, 2018
House of Dior, Seoul. Image © Nicolás Borel
House of Dior, Seoul. Image © Nicolás Borel

French architect Christian de Portzamparc has been named the 2018 laureate of the the Praemium Imperiale Arts Award for Architecture. The prize, given by by the Japan Art Association (JAA), recognized de Portzamparc for his “imaginative architectural style...known for its distinctive features such as bold designs, an artistic approach and the creativity that comes from his work as a watercolor painter.”

Musée de la Romanité de Nîmes / 2Portzamparc – Elizabeth de Portzamparc

00:00 - 14 June, 2018
Musée de la Romanité de Nîmes / 2Portzamparc – Elizabeth de Portzamparc, © Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel

Courtesy of 2Portzamparc-Elizabeth de Portzamparc Architect © Serge Urvoy © Serge Urvoy © Serge Urvoy + 39

Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc

06:00 - 5 May, 2018
Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © Wade Zimmerman
Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © Wade Zimmerman

Born on the 5th of May 1944 in what was at the time the French Protectorate of Morocco, French architect Christian de Portzamparc had doubts about continuing with architecture while studying in the 1960s, questioning modernist ideals and the discipline's lack of freedom compared to art. Instead, he spent a decade attempting to understand the role of architecture, before returning triumphantly with a new model of iterative urban design that emphasized open neighborhoods based around landmark "poles of attraction" and a varied series of high-profile commissions that combine a sense of purpose and place.

The French Embassay, Berlin. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin,_Mitte,_Pariser_Platz,_Botschaft_Frankreich.jpg'>Wikimedia user Jörg Zägel</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/borkurdotnet/5696828844'>Flickr user borkurdotnet</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer, Saint-Émilion. Image © Erik Saillet La  Musée Hergé, Louvain-la-Neuve. Image © Nicolás Borel + 17

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!

Community Center Saint-Blaise / Bruno Rollet Architect

13:00 - 18 December, 2015
Community Center Saint-Blaise / Bruno Rollet Architect, © Nicolás Borel
© Nicolás Borel

© Nicolás Borel © Nicolás Borel © Nicolás Borel © Nicolás Borel + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    St Blaise, 75020 Paris, France
  • Architect

    Bruno Rollet
  • Architectural research assistant

    Adrien Cuny
  • Architectural site assistant

    Océane Schroeder
  • Area

    334.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

House of Dior Seoul / Christian de Portzamparc

19:00 - 25 October, 2015
House of Dior Seoul / Christian de Portzamparc, © Nicolás Borel
© Nicolás Borel

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Euronews / Jakob + MacFarlane Architects

02:00 - 20 October, 2015
Euronews / Jakob + MacFarlane Architects, © Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel

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  • Architects

  • Location

    57 Quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon-2E-Arrondissement, France
  • Partners in Charge

    Dominique Jakob, Brendan MacFarlane
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Herold - 100 Social Housing / Jakob + MacFarlane

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Herold - 100 Social Housing  / Jakob + MacFarlane, © Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel

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AD Interviews: Brendan MacFarlane / Jakob + MacFarlane

01:00 - 3 April, 2014

Paris-based architect Brendan MacFarlane, of the firm Jakob + MacFarlane, spoke to us during our visit to the FRAC Centre in Orléans for the ArchiLab 2013 exhibition and conference. MacFarlane, who studied at Sci-Arc in the 80s and later received a degree from Harvard's GSD, successfully combines theory and form, placing him among the few architects that have been able to harmonize this balance.

Archipel Habitat Head Office / Bruno Gaudin Architectes

12:00 - 22 February, 2014
© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

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VIDEOS: ArchiLab 2013 Discusses "Naturalizing Architecture"

01:00 - 2 February, 2014
VIDEOS: ArchiLab 2013 Discusses "Naturalizing Architecture", The Turbulences FRAC Centre / Jakob + Macfarlane Architects. Image © Nicolas Borel
The Turbulences FRAC Centre / Jakob + Macfarlane Architects. Image © Nicolas Borel

This past September marked the commencement of ArchiLab 2013 at the newly completed FRAC Centre in Orleans, France. Forty architects, designers and artists gathered for the annual architectural exposition and conference’s ninth edition to discuss the deepening overlap between digital architecture and the sciences, particularly molecular biology. Under the theme “Naturalizing Architecture,” two international symposiums took place which provided the opportuntiy for architects and scientists to present, and debate, the latest research revolving this subject and its ever-evolving role within the living world.

To encourage the continuation of discourse, we have complied a video list of all the discussions from the symposium for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy them, after the break, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Conservatoire d'Aubervilliers / Agence Chochon-Pierre

01:00 - 11 November, 2013
© Augusto Da Silva
© Augusto Da Silva

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The Turbulences FRAC Centre / Jakob + Macfarlane Architects

01:00 - 5 September, 2013
The Turbulences FRAC Centre / Jakob + Macfarlane Architects, © Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel

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Putting Trees on Skyscrapers: An Interview with Lloyd Alter

00:00 - 25 June, 2013
Putting Trees on Skyscrapers: An Interview with Lloyd Alter, Bosco Verticale. © Boeri Studio
Bosco Verticale. © Boeri Studio

Scheduled for completion later this year, Bosco Verticale, by Boeri Studio, will be the world’s first vertical forest. The project’s inspired many supporters, but also many detractors. Speaking to its controversiality, Lloyd Alter, the architect, sustainable design enthusiast, and managing editor of Treehugger, called it “the rendering that launched a thousand blog posts.”

And perhaps no blogger caused more stir in the architecture community than Tim De Chant, who implored “can we please stop putting trees on skyscrapers”? De Chant’s article set off a maelstrom of comments from ArchDaily users, who vigorously debated both for and against the idea of putting trees on buildings.

To get to the bottom of this, we talked with Lloyd Alter himself about vertical forests and the real challenges and benefits they present. Lloyd is a regular contributor to Inhabitat, The Huffington Post and numerous other publications; he also teaches at Ryerson University School of Interior Design. Read on for Lloyd’s take on this controversial trend, after the break.

Raising of the School Choisy / Lacoudre Architectures

01:00 - 25 April, 2013
Raising of the School Choisy / Lacoudre Architectures, © Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Design Team

    Anne Since, Christian Koch, Anne Derian, Camille Thirouin, Michel Tan, Pauline Ferraeira
  • Area

    15300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

ENSTA / JB Lacoudre Architectures

01:00 - 19 April, 2013
ENSTA / JB Lacoudre Architectures, © 11h45
© 11h45

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Boulevard des Maréchaux, 91120 Palaiseau, France
  • Collaborating Architects

    Laurent Toussaint, Christian Koch, Florent Poisson
  • Client

    SOGEPROM and Adim
  • Area

    24000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Social Housing in Angers / Studio Bellecour Architects

00:00 - 27 May, 2011
Social Housing in Angers / Studio Bellecour Architects, © Philippe Caumes
© Philippe Caumes

© Nicolás Borel © Willy Berr © Willy Berr © Philippe Caumes + 71