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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

Polycarbonate in Architecture: 10 Translucent Solutions

04:00 - 7 November, 2018
Polycarbonate in Architecture: 10 Translucent Solutions, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Composed of microcell panels, polycarbonate offers various solutions for the use of natural lighting in architectural enclosures. Whether applied to facades, interior spaces or roofs, the benefits of polycarbonate, such as lightness, clean lines, colored panels, and light effects, offer a wide range of design freedom. Microcell panel technology reduces the need for artificial light and favors uniformity in the diffusion of natural light, achieving energy efficient facades and the illusion of spaciousness in interior spaces. Below, we've selected 10 projects that have used polycarbonate as a wrapping material.

© Ben Hosking © Imagen Subliminal Cortesía de Danpal Cortesía de Danpal + 33

Why Our Schools Need Better Architecture

06:00 - 12 September, 2018
Why Our Schools Need Better Architecture , Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio Bauhaus
Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio Bauhaus

Within the architecture field, the relationship between design and education has gained prominence, especially when it comes to children’s education. The relationship between architecture, philosophy, and sociology is well known. Frequently, when designing, issues introduced by these fields work as tools to reflect upon the relationship between the space and the user. When we consider children’s education, we must go beyond ergonomics and think of architecture as an educational tool.

Anne Lacaton Interview: Always Add, Never Withdraw

14:00 - 2 September, 2018

In this video from the Louisiana Museum, Anne Lacaton from the award-winning practice Lacaton & Vassal describes the importance of building upon existing conditions to create new architecture. She shares the firm's approach to architecture, which is to "never withdraw, always add" and their focus on generosity of space, care of the users, and utilization of existing natural resources to create a more affordable architecture.

Lacaton & Vassal have gained worldwide acclaim for their transformative social housing work. They were awarded the Grand Prix national de l'architecture in 2008, the Heinrich Tessenow Medal in 2016, and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2018, to name a few. Their projects such as the 23 Semi-collective Housing Units in Trignac, France, and Ourcq Jaures Student & Social Housing display a dedication to social responsibility in architecture. In Anne Lacaton's interview, she describes how they mine the richness of existing architecture and the surroundings to create beautiful and affordable designs. Interpreting history as "an addition of layers," she articulates their stance against the idea of tabula rasa and the importance of utilizing the found beauty of existing environments: "We don't see [the existing conditions] as a constraint, we see it as a chance."

23 Semi-collective Housing Units / Lacaton & Vassal . Image © Philippe Ruault FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal . Image © Philippe Ruault 23 Semi-collective Housing Units / Lacaton & Vassal . Image © Philippe Ruault Nantes School of Architecture / Lacaton & Vassal . Image © Philippe Ruault + 4

Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects

12:00 - 22 July, 2018
Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects, Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office
Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office

© Tsukui Teruaki © Toshiyuki Yano © Vincent Hecht © Charles Davis Smith + 27

Normally, houses are divided into common areas, rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, sometimes the client demands to add other programs related to their work or hobbies, making efficient design and daily spatial distribution more complex. As architects, we are faced with an interesting challenge: to merge the private life of its inhabitants with more public and open programs, generating exciting mixed-use spaces.

If you are interested in designing hybrid homes, we have selected 26 houses with additions including shops, soccer fields, barns, greenhouses, and even skateparks.

Rem Koolhaas on Identity and Conformity in the Digital City

14:00 - 10 July, 2018
Rem Koolhaas on Identity and Conformity in the Digital City, De Rotterdam. Image © Richard John Seymour
De Rotterdam. Image © Richard John Seymour

As identity-based politics continues to grow in influence, we may do well to examine the effect it has on the way we think about and design our cities. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Rem Koolhaas discusses these changes - and how they mark an evolution from the generic city concept he introduced in S,M,L, XL.

15 Inspiring Architecture School Buildings from Around the World

14:00 - 16 June, 2018
© Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

Architecture schools and the students they house have a particularly unique and interesting building-user relationship. Architecture students value the buildings of their school not only for providing the valuable work space necessary for constructing studio projects but also as an example and model of a building in use. As the buildings are the places where students first learn how to read and understand architecture, design schools become full-scale teaching tools that help new designers grasp structure, details, how materials perform and interact, and so many of the other core concepts of architecture. While the scrutiny of students and faculty can be exhaustive, architects have embraced the challenge of creating engaging works of architecture that both suit the specific needs of a school and take on the pedagogical challenge of educating students by example.

Résidence Universitaire Olympe de Gouges / ppa architectures

02:00 - 13 June, 2018
Résidence Universitaire Olympe de Gouges / ppa architectures, © Antoine Séguin
© Antoine Séguin

© Antoine Séguin © Antoine Séguin © Antoine Séguin © Antoine Séguin + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    35 Rue Maurice Bécanne, 31400 Toulouse, France
  • Lead Architects Partner

    Jean-Manuel Puig
  • Lead Architects Project managers

    Sylvie Bouet, Clémence Durupt
  • Lead Architects Team

    Elisabeth Lebas, Jules Terlaud
  • Associate architect

    scalene architectes
  • Area

    14641.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

OMA’s Ellen van Loon on the Influence of Casa da Música in Her Latest Project, BLOX

11:15 - 7 May, 2018
OMA’s Ellen van Loon on the Influence of Casa da Música in Her Latest Project, BLOX, © BLOX / Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST
© BLOX / Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST

On Saturday, at the opening of her latest building, Ellen van Loon sat on the terrace of BLOX in Copenhagen exuding the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with finishing a major public building. A day of opening activities concluded, van Loon spoke with ArchDaily about the 27,000-square-meter mixed-use building. Built for client Realdania, it’s the Danish Architecture Center’s new home on the edge of the harbor, located on an incredibly challenging site that is bifurcated by a busy street.

Village Center of Ecouflant / Studio d’Architecture Bruno Huet

05:00 - 24 January, 2018
Village Center of Ecouflant / Studio d’Architecture Bruno Huet, © Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

© Philippe Ruault © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Emilie Gravoueille + 36

Cap City Rives de Seine / PPA architectures & Xavier Leplaë architecte

03:00 - 25 December, 2017
Cap City Rives de Seine / PPA architectures & Xavier Leplaë architecte, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault + 22

15 Incredible Photos of Architecture at Nighttime: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 29 October, 2017
15 Incredible Photos of Architecture at Nighttime: The Best Photos of the Week, © Fernando Guerra
© Fernando Guerra

With Halloween just around the corner, this week we have prepared a special edition of Photos of the Week featuring nighttime images. Undoubtedly, this effect is among the most spectacular and difficult to achieve in architecture photography. Working in the absence of light is not a simple task for photographers, but by playing with the artificial lights in buildings (and, usually, some dramatic HDR effects) it is possible to achieve adequate exposure for incredible results. Below is a selection of 15 images from prominent photographers such as Ketsiree Wongwan, Laurian Ghinitoiu and Philippe Ruault.

© Marc Goodwin © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Ketsiree Wongwan © Virginia Cucchi + 16

Libergier Sports Centre / philippe gibert architecte

05:00 - 15 October, 2017
Libergier Sports Centre / philippe gibert architecte, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault Courtesy of philippe gibert architecte © Philippe Ruault © Clément Chevet + 22

Moscow’s New Pathless Park by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Artificially Creates Microclimates

16:00 - 30 September, 2017
Moscow’s New Pathless Park by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Artificially Creates Microclimates, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

As part of the series of new urban developments sprawling up in Moscow, Zaryadye Park is the latest to open this month in a bid to improve the city’s green space. Commissioned by Moscow Chief Architect, Sergey Kuznetsov, an international consortium led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers has designed this new public space that encourages integration and celebrates the amplitude of regions across Russia by artificially emulating each of their climates: the steppe, the forest, the wetlands and the tundra.

Lab City CentraleSupélec / OMA

11:52 - 31 August, 2017
Lab City CentraleSupélec / OMA, Photograph by Philippe Ruault, Courtesy of OMA
Photograph by Philippe Ruault, Courtesy of OMA

Photograph by Philippe Ruault, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Vitor Oliveira, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Philippe Ruault, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Vitor Oliveira, Courtesy of OMA + 35

  • Architects

    OMA
  • Location

    Plateau de Saclay, Gif Sur Yvette, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Ellen Van Loon, Rem Koolhaas
  • Area

    48700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

World Photo Day 2017: Our Readers’ 100 Most-Bookmarked Architectural Photographs

08:00 - 19 August, 2017

This August 19th is World Photo Day, which celebrates photography on the anniversary of the day on which France bought the patent for the daguerreotype, one of the earliest photographic processes, and released it to the world for free in 1839. At ArchDaily, we understand the importance of photography in architecture—not only as a tool for recording designs, but also as a discipline that many of us enjoy. To celebrate the occasion, we decided to reveal the most popular images ever published on ArchDaily, as selected by you, our readers. Using data gathered from My ArchDaily, we have ranked the 100 most-saved images from our database; read on to see them.

Remember Me? 15 Buildings Your Professors Loved To Talk About

09:30 - 30 July, 2017

You’re a chipper young first-year student, still soft and tender in the early stages of your induction into the cult of architecture. Apart from fiddling with drafting triangles and furiously scribbling down the newfound jargon that is going to forever change how you communicate, you often find yourself planted in a seat, eyes transfixed to a projector screen as your professor-slash-cult-leader flashes images of the architecture world's masterpieces, patron saints, and divine structures.

Soon, you develop a Pavlovian response: you instinctively recognize these buildings, can name them at once and recite a number of soundbites about their design that have lodged themselves in your brain. Your professor looks on in approval. Since we here at ArchDaily have also partaken in this rite of passage, here are 15 buildings that we all recognize from the rituals of architecture school.

Image in public domain © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/augustfischer/23478735942'>Flickr user augustfischer</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> © Carsten Janssen <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fagus_Gropius_Hauptgebaeude_200705_wiki_front.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0 DE</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/frans16611/4729750386'>Flickr user frans16611</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> + 17

Stefan Behnisch, Omar Gandhi and Anne Lacaton Explain the Role of Light at the 7th Daylight Symposium in Berlin

06:00 - 7 June, 2017

Under the theme "Healthy & Climate Friendly Architecture - From Knowledge to Practice", the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium, held in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017, was attended by 39 speakers from research and architectural practice.

Participants were able to contrast the information presented by researchers with the 'built experience' of architects from Europe, Canada and USA, generating interesting discussions about the need to go deeper in the understanding of this natural resource, and then design more effectively.

These are the highlights from the event.