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Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?

04:00 - 25 March, 2019
Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?, © <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Euelbenul&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">User:Euelbenul</a> - <span>Own work</span>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51360903">Link</a>. ImageFallingwater House, iconic project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in 1939
© User:Euelbenul - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link. ImageFallingwater House, iconic project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in 1939

Home. Our shelter. Our private space. In an urbanized world with dense megalopolises like Tokyo, Shanghai, and São Paulo, homes are getting smaller and more expensive than ever. If you are claustrophobic, Marie Kondo is your best ally in the quest to earn some extra space.  And even though private backyards have become a luxury for most, our data shows that single-family houses are still the most popular project type on ArchDaily. Why is this? (Especially when it seems incongruous given the reality of today’s crowded cities.) Why do some universities still insist on designing and building houses as academic exercises? Wouldn’t it be more creative—and more useful—to develop architecture in small-scale spaces? Would it be more rewarding to develop solutions on bigger scales?

Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas

09:30 - 17 November, 2018
Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Musica. Image © Philippe Ruault
Casa da Musica. Image © Philippe Ruault

With the extensive list of acclaimed alumni of his firm, OMA, it is not a stretch to call Rem Koolhaas (born 17 November 1944) the godfather of contemporary architecture. Equal parts theorist and designer, over his 40-year career Koolhaas has revolutionized the way architects look at program and interaction of space, and today continues to design buildings that push the capabilities of architecture to new places.

Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN. Image Courtesy of OMA Maison Bordeaux. Image © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA Fondazione Prada. Image © Bas Princen Casa da Musica. Image © Philippe Ruault + 39

AD Classics: Villa dall'Ava / OMA

22:00 - 3 October, 2018
AD Classics: Villa dall'Ava / OMA, © Peter Aaron (OTTO)
© Peter Aaron (OTTO)

This article was originally published on November 13, 2013. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Much of the spatial composition of the Villa dall'Ava was influenced by its site, in a garden on a hill. It was completed in 1991 in the residential area of Saint-Cloud, overlooking Paris. The clients selected OMA to design a house with two distinct apartments—one for themselves and another for their daughter—and requested a swimming pool on the roof with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA + 21

Casa Ambar / Centerbrook Architects & Planners

13:00 - 9 September, 2018
Casa Ambar / Centerbrook Architects & Planners, © Peter Aaron/OTTO
© Peter Aaron/OTTO

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Mark Simon, FAIA; Todd Andrews, AIA; Justin Hedde, AIA
  • Builder

    AXM Aquitectos
  • Other participants

    Riveras Building by MCA
  • Area

    7500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Robert A.M. Stern

10:30 - 23 May, 2017
Spotlight: Robert A.M. Stern, George W. Bush Presidential Center. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_W._Bush_Presidential_Center_July_2016_2.jpg'>Wikimedia user Michael Barera</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
George W. Bush Presidential Center. Image © Wikimedia user Michael Barera licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

As founder of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and former Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Robert A.M. Stern is a self-proclaimed modern traditionalist – and no, in his eyes, that is not an oxymoron. When asked about the seeming contradiction in a PBS documentary, he replies by musing, "Can one speak the local languages of architecture in a fresh way?"

Robert A.M. Stern Awarded the AIA's 2017 Topaz Medallion

12:35 - 13 December, 2016
Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Image © Peter Aaron / OTTO
Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Image © Peter Aaron / OTTO

Following the announcements of the 2017 AIA Gold Medal and Architecture Firm of the Year winners, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of three other national awards: the Edward C. Kemper Award,the Topaz Medallion, and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.

Luxury Living Through the Ages, From the Castle to the Villa

04:00 - 2 September, 2016
Luxury Living Through the Ages, From the Castle to the Villa, © Shutterstock user Naumenko Aleksandr
© Shutterstock user Naumenko Aleksandr

Although societies have transformed through the ages, wealth never truly seems to go out of style. That said, the manner in which it is expressed continually adapts to each successive cultural epoch. As a consequence of evolving social mores and emerging technologies, the ideal of “luxury” and “splendour” sees priorities shift from opulence to subtlety, from tradition to innovation, and from visual ornamentation to physical comfort.

AD Classics are ArchDaily's continually updated collection of longer-form building studies of the world's most significant architectural projects. In these ten examples of "high-end" residences, which represent centuries of history across three separate continents, the ever-changing nature of status, power and fine living is revealed.

© Kazunori Fujimoto Courtesy of Wikimedia user Wolfgang Moroder under CC 3.0 © Flavio Bragaia © Peter Aaron / OTTO + 10

2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winners Announced

14:00 - 16 April, 2016
© Hedrich Blessing
© Hedrich Blessing

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected seven projects to receive the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. This awards program was developed to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries, reflecting the evolving role of the library as a community space.

The seven recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are:

The 2015 Religious Architecture Awards Celebrate Changing Trends in Worship

09:30 - 2 January, 2016
The 2015 Religious Architecture Awards Celebrate Changing Trends in Worship

Religious buildings make up many of the highlights of architectural history, and the Religious Architecture Awards from Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum for Religion, Art, and Architecture celebrate the latest entries in this category. As trends in religious practices and the buildings that house them have changed, this year’s awards celebrate a wide variety of structures, including a growing number of renovation and restoration projects, as well as the first-ever award for a building in the “megachurch” category. From a total of 44 entries, 16 projects received awards in one of five categories: New Facilities, Renovation, Restoration, Adaptive Reuse/Repurpose, and Liturgical/Interior Design.

Read on to see all the winners of the Religious Architecture Awards.

Mission San Juan Capistrano/Ford, Powell & Carson Architects & Planners, Inc.. Image © Mark Menjivar The Memorial Church, Harvard University/Finegold Alexander Architects. Image © Blind Dog Immanuel Chapel/Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Image © Peter Aaron/OTTO St. Monica Catholic Church/Fisher Heck Architects. Image © DVDesign + 41

2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Image © Albert Večerka/Esto
Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Image © Albert Večerka/Esto

Several projects have been selected to receive this year's Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award celebrates projects which exhibit design excellence in the field of architecture, and is one of the highest such awards in the industry. The recipients will be recognized for their work at the AIA 2015 National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta.

View the winners after the break.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Image © Eduard Hueber / ArchPhoto LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park. Image © Michael Moran Danish Maritime Museum. Image © Luca Santiago Mora UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium and Training Center. Image © Jim Simmons + 23

Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects

00:00 - 9 December, 2014
Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects, © Peter Aaron (OTTO)
© Peter Aaron (OTTO)

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  • Architects

  • Location

    La Défense, France
  • Category

  • Associate Architect

    SRA Architectes (Herve Metge, Partner / Laurence Gorgiard / Pierre-Michel Desgrange)
  • Client/Owner

    Aviva France / Bois-Colombes, France / Joëlle Chauvin, Directeur Immobilier
  • Area

    45500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders

00:00 - 14 August, 2012
Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders, © Peter Aaron (OTTO)
© Peter Aaron (OTTO)

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Brockman Hall for Physics / KieranTimberlake

01:00 - 1 November, 2011
Brockman Hall for Physics / KieranTimberlake, © Michael Moran (OTTO)
© Michael Moran (OTTO)

© Peter Aaron (OTTO) © Peter Aaron (OTTO) © Michael Moran (OTTO) © Michael Moran (OTTO) + 16

  • Architects

    KieranTimberlake / James Timberlake, Stephen Kieran, Jason Smith, Steven Johns, George Ristow, Casey Boss
  • Location

    Houston, TX, USA
  • Category

  • External Project Manager

    Linbeck
  • Structural Consultant

    Haynes Whaley Associates
  • Mep Consultant

    Ccrd Partners
  • Landscape Architect

    The Office Of James Burnett
  • Civil Engineer

    Walter P Moore
  • Client

    Rice University
  • Lab Consultant

    Innovate Lab Systems Design
  • Acoustical Consultant

    Je Acoustics
  • Contractors

    Gilbane Building Company
  • Area

    10219.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs