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Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

In her lifetime, Pritzker prize-winning architect, fashion designer and artist Zaha Hadid (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) became one of the most recognizable faces of our field. Revered and denounced in equal measure for the sensuous curved forms for which she was known, Hadid rose to prominence not solely through parametricism but by designing spaces to occupy geometries in new ways. Despite her tragically early death in March of 2016, the projects now being completed by her office without their original lead designer continue to push boundaries both creative and technological, while the fearless media presence she cultivated in recent decades has cemented her place in society as a woman who needs just one name: Zaha.

Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+Crow Vitra Fire Station. Image © Wojtek Gurak Bergisel Ski Jump. Image © Hélène Binet Antwerp Port House. Image © Hélène Binet + 36

Da Wang Jing Mixed-use Development / Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

View from the North. Image © Terry Wier The Bottom of a Tower and its Annex Building. Image © Terry Wier The Bottom of a Tower and its Annex Building. Image © Terry Wier Interior. Image © Terry Wier + 26

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 571878.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Archtober 2019: New York City's Architecture and Design Month

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture have announced new and expanded programs for the ninth annual edition of Archtober, the official New York City Architecture and Design Month. The festival, now in its ninth year, brings together more than 80 partners throughout the city’s five boroughs to celebrate the importance of design and the built environment.

© Pavel Bendov Courtesy of DSR © Scott Frances © Jonathan Blanc + 6

Hunters Point Library / Steven Holl Architects

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects © Paul Warchol + 29

Library  · 
Queens, United States

Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall Insertion / Steven Holl Architects

© Steven Holl © Andy Ryan © Andy Ryan © Andy Ryan + 34

Student Hall  · 
Brooklyn, United States

Ephemeral Edge / Dean-Wolf Architects

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol + 26

Houses  · 
Austerlitz, United States
  • Architects: Dean-Wolf Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 185.8 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Spotlight: I.M. Pei

Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei (born April 26, 1917), is arguably the greatest living member of the modernist generation of architects. When he received his Pritzker Prize in 1983, the jury citation stated that he "has given this century some of its most beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms."

Pool Pavilion / GLUCK+

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
Pavillion  · 
Keene, United States
  • Architects: GLUCK+
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

© Amy Barkow © Paul Warchol © Erik Freeland © Paul Warchol + 12

30 Open Bathrooms: Incorporating Breeze and Nature in Private Space

The private space is usually associated with hiding what goes on inside, allowing people to have certain moments of intimacy. Habitually, bathrooms have been designed for this purpose, reducing openings to a minimum or — sometimes — eliminating them completely.

However, being such an important space within a building, bathrooms have become an object of new exploration for architects. By blurring the limits of privacy — without losing it completely — these spaces are open to the outdoors, allowing the breeze to enter. How does this new experience feel? Check out 30 open bathrooms that play with the feeling of exhibitionism, without fully revealing what is happening inside.

© Sean Fennessy © Luis Gordoa © Shannon McGrath TreeVilla at Forest Hills / Architecture BRIO. Image © Photographix + 37

Lights, Camera, Architecture!: Where Set Design and Architecture Cross Over

What do Kanye West and Frank Gehry have in common?

As a first impression, not much. However, they have both engaged on stages with striking design details: the use of exaggerated scale and dimensions to manipulate visual perception, bulky concrete walls and slabs to emphasize heavyweight and grandiosity, visible scaffolding to create an industrial, unfinished feel... Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Deutschunde / Bettina Pommer. Image © Krafft Angerer She Loves Me / Rockwell Group. Image © Paul Warchol F*CK THE POLAR BEARS / Chiara Stephenson. Image Courtesy of Chiara Stephenson Diamond Dogs Tour / Mark Ravitz. Image Courtesy of Mark Ravitz + 14

Bringing Work Home: 9 Times Architects Designed for Themselves

Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma
Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma

Architects are often bound by the will of their client, reluctantly sacrificing and compromising design choices in order to suit their needs. But what happens when architects become their own clients? When architects design for themselves, they have the potential to test their ideas freely, explore without creative restriction, and create spaces which wholly define who they are, how they design, and what they stand for. From iconic architect houses like the Gehry Residence in Santa Monica to private houses that double as a public-entry museum, here are 9 fascinating examples of how architects design when they only have themselves to answer to.

Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma Melnikov House. Image © Denis Esakov Gehry Residence. Image via netropolitan.org Lyon Housemuseum / Lyons. Image © Dianna Snape + 20

Mission Hill Family Estate / Olson Kundig

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 11

Winery  · 
West Kelowna, Canada
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 11148.3 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2000

Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards

© Yoon Joonhwan © Erieta Attali © Nguyen Tien Thanh © Pablo Blanco + 17

This week we present a selection of 17 excellent images of interior courtyards. These spaces bring many advantages to a design such as increased natural light and improved ventilation conditions, while providing occupants with direct access to the outside and to nature. Below is a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Quang Dam, Fran Parente, and Pablo Blanco.

Construction Details of Zaha Hadid Architects Projects

Surely every architect has wondered how the fluid but complex forms of the architecture of Zaha Hadid Architects are brought to reality. And it's beautiful to see how an initial conceptual idea –probably drawn as a quick sketch– materializes in precise and detailed planimetric drawings.

We have compiled a series of construction details from 9 projects developed by Zaha Hadid Architects that give insight into her distinct style and approach, showing us that, with a little ingenuity and a lot of expertise, even the most impossible-seeming dreams can be built.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan Messner Mountain Museum Corones / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Werner Huthmacher Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Roland Halbe + 29

Montauk House / Desai Chia Architecture

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol + 23

The Beauty of Pre-Oxidized Copper Through 8 Facades

Patinated copper, also called oxidized, is a metal coat that "ages well" with excellent weathering resistance. Due to its capacity for transformation over time, when coming into contact with atmospheric conditions, the material does not require major maintenance, giving a unique aspect to the facades.

In addition to orange-colored plates, this material also gives off a blue / green appearance through a controlled chemical oxidation process. Its coloration is defined by the amount of crystals contained in the surface of the material. With the appearance of natural light, the panels display various shades and nuances of color.

New Video by Spirit of Space Showcases Princeton University's Lewis Arts Complex

Opening its doors last fall, Princeton University's Lewis Arts Complex by Steven Holl Architects and BNIM created a new campus gateway and state-of-the-art facilities for the arts. Expanding performance, rehearsal and teaching spaces, the complex has now been featured in a video directed by Spirit of Space. The footage shows how the building was designed to shape campus space while maximizing porosity and movement. Welcoming its second year of students, the complex is made to take the arts at Princeton to even greater heights.

Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol + 6

10 ArchDaily Projects That You Can Book Through Airbnb

ArchDaily and Airbnb were both founded in 2008, but for two very different reasons. Since then, ArchDaily has amassed a vast database of tens of thousands of buildings, located in cities and countries all around the world. Meanwhile, Airbnb has revolutionized the way in which we explore these countries, and use these buildings, even if just for one night.

While architecture lovers have occasionally been offered very limited experiences through Airbnb, such as a one-night stay on the Great Wall of China, or an architectural tour of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium courtesy of Kengo Kuma, it transpires that Airbnb’s listings contain some notable architectural gems available for regular booking.

Kubuswoningen / Piet Blom. Image © Dirk Verwoerd Ex of In House / Steven Holl Architects. Image © Paul Warchol Sky Pods / Natura Vive. Image © Airbnb VillaLóla / ARKÍS architects. Image © ARKÍS architects + 52