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Call for Ideas: House of Santa Architecture Competition

07:42 - 28 January, 2019
Call for Ideas: House of Santa Architecture Competition, House of Santa Architecture Competition, an ideas competition to create a innovative, sustainable and one of a kind Home for Santa Claus.
House of Santa Architecture Competition, an ideas competition to create a innovative, sustainable and one of a kind Home for Santa Claus.

The most beloved figure for everyone around the world (kids and adults alike), Santa Claus, needs a new home in the Arctic Circle, and he is looking for a new, young architect to help him build his dream. With the world transforming at a rapid speed, Santa is looking to build a new, improved home that will make his living and working easier. His older house at the North Pole was built keeping in mind his former needs and functions.

As the world’s population expands, Santa needs more space, and a better equipped one, to make more toys for all the

Best Submissions to the 2018 Architecture Holiday Card Challenge

05:00 - 20 December, 2018
Best Submissions to the 2018 Architecture Holiday Card Challenge, Chara Mantopoulou
Chara Mantopoulou

While the holidays bring with them a well-earned break for most architects, the creativity doesn't stop when the studio doors close. From gifts to greetings, designers bring their talents to the full range of holiday trappings - and we're here to share. This annual challenge, now in its fourth year, is our way of celebrating the inventiveness, originality, and artistry of ArchDaily readers from around the world. Below, our 50+ favorites from our readers: 

Call for Submissions: 2018 Holiday Card Challenge

05:45 - 17 December, 2018
Call for Submissions: 2018 Holiday Card Challenge

It's time to get into the Holiday Spirit! As we've done for the past few years, we're seeking holiday cards with an architectural spin to feature on ArchDaily. We expect abundant puns and festively decorated classic buildings. :)

The ArchDaily 2018 Gift Guide

07:45 - 11 December, 2018
The ArchDaily 2018 Gift Guide , © Cinqpoints
© Cinqpoints

The holiday season may be one of joy, but there's always a little panic involved as well. You want to treat your loved ones to a gift they'll treasure and appreciate, but where to start?

Readers, ArchDaily has you covered. This year we've separated our choices in sections to help you find that perfect gift for the picky (budding) architect in your life. Our choices - and links to where you can find them - after the break: 

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These Chimney Sections Show Santa's Magical Shape-Shifting Abilities

09:30 - 25 December, 2017
These Chimney Sections Show Santa's Magical Shape-Shifting Abilities, © Chanel Dehond
© Chanel Dehond

Oh no! Santa is stuck in the chimney again! For many children, there is nothing more terrifying yet thrilling than the thought of waking up to see a pair of black leather boots and red pants dangling from the fireplace on Christmas morning—maybe he ate one cookie too many.

Chimneys come in all different shapes, styles, and sizes. With the thousands of chimneys Santa squeezes down every Christmas Eve, it makes you wonder about the maneuvers, tips, and tricks he uses to shimmy down even the most unusual of spaces. Santa’s maneuvers are caught, mid-squeeze, in this series of section drawings by illustrator Chanel Dehond. With some wacky chimney shapes, perhaps shape-shifting can be added to Santa’s list of magical abilities!

Happy Holidays from the Architects (2017 Edition)

19:05 - 24 December, 2017

'Tis the season for offices, museums, photographers and collaborators from around the world to send us a bit of holiday cheer! See our favorites below (or check out our best reader-submitted cards).

Here’s to a wonderful, architecture-filled 2017! See the best projects and articles published this year, here.

Best Submissions to the 2017 Architecture Holiday Card Challenge

08:15 - 22 December, 2017

When they aren't designing buildings or making sure their models and plans are neat and tidy, many architects channel creative energy into sketches (both hand-done and digital) that become small tokens of holiday cheer. This annual challenge, now in its third year, is our unashamed way of celebrating the inventiveness, originality, and artistry of ArchDaily readers from around the world. May you all enjoy the humblest and most thoughtful gift of all: an expression of holiday cheer.

Featured gif by Joanne Hanson

The Architect's Holiday Gift Guide 2017

08:00 - 27 November, 2017
The Architect's Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Winter is here, the streets are full of festive lights and store displays are decorated with gift-wrapped goodies which must mean only one thing—the holiday season is upon us!

Architects, ArchDaily has got you covered: our 2017 holiday gift guide features over 40 ideas, with gifts ranging from the slightly wacky to the delicately designed. This year the list includes an assortment of concrete furnishings and accessories, space frame-inspired jewelry and architectural building blocks.

So without further ado, let the shopping begin!

Happy Holidays from the Architects (2016 Edition)

09:30 - 24 December, 2016

'Tis the season for offices from around the world to send us a bit of holiday cheer! See our favorites below (or check out our reader-submitted cards).

Here’s to a wonderful, architecture-filled 2017!

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team!

Best Submissions to 2016 Architecture Holiday Card Challenge

10:05 - 23 December, 2016

Architects and students of architecture stereotypically never stop making, and their creative talents continue to flow irrespective of the holiday season. Our annual challenge is an unashamed way to channel the inventiveness, originality and artistry of our readers from around the world into that most humble of gifts: the holiday card. Out of the 200 submissions, these are 43 of our favorites.  

Featured gif by Rebecca Lou

Presents for Architects: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

08:00 - 8 December, 2016
Presents for Architects: Holiday Gift Guide 2016, ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016
ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016

It's that time of year again to find the perfect gift for that special architect in your life. We're all aware of architects' peculiar habits and discerning tastes – meaning a last minute trip to store probably won't cut it for finding the right present. But not to worry, ArchDaily is here to help you out with a list of great items any architects would love to receive. Read on to see ArchDaily’s top gifts for architects!

Video: Santa Meets Bauhaus

14:00 - 25 December, 2015

From the Oscar-winning production and animation studio Mikrofilm AS, this short film illustrates the unconventional ways families of modernist architects celebrate Christmas. We all know that the way we stack presents must be intentional; and what better building to model your gingerbread house after than Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum?

Happy Holidays from the Architects (2015 Edition)

12:20 - 24 December, 2015
Penda
Penda

Over the past few days we've received dozens of holiday and New Year's cards from our network of architects around the world. See them all after the break (or check out our reader-submitted cards). Happy Holidays from the editors of ArchDaily!

The Best Submissions to ArchDaily's 2015 Holiday Card Contest

14:00 - 23 December, 2015

From Gehry, Mies and Corbusier puns to trees made of scales, rulers and buildings, we were overwhelmed by the depths of our readers’ creativity! Out of the 450 submitted cards, these are 52 of our favorites.

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team!

Hello Wood Creates Three Christmas Trees in Budapest, London and Manchester

04:00 - 21 December, 2015
Hello Wood Creates Three Christmas Trees in Budapest, London and Manchester, Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry
Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry

For the third consecutive year, Hello Wood—an international educational platform of design and architecture based in Hungary—have "rethought the Christmas Tree." Their three festive installations, in London, Manchester and Budapest, have been designed to live beyond the holiday season and will be recycled into new structures to help different causes in the New Year. "The role of architecture has changed a lot in the last few years," says Peter Pozsar, co-founder of Hello Wood. "Hello Wood represents this socially responsive architecture."

View the three projects after the break.

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (Part II)

12:00 - 18 December, 2015
ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (Part II)

It's no secret that architects have an affinity for books. Architects' libraries are often filled with a rich collection of architecture classics and inspiration that has been accumulated over the years, starting with their first year of architecture school. Thus, we have decided to expand our yearly gift guide selections to include some of the most impressive, newly published books that any architect could appreciate.

Call for Submissions: ArchDaily's 2015 Holiday Card Contest

09:45 - 11 December, 2015
Call for Submissions: ArchDaily's 2015 Holiday Card Contest

It's that time of year again! At ArchDaily we clearly appreciate holiday cards with an architectural spin, and we want to see your card designs. Whether that involves a modernist menorah, a christmas tree cross-section or even a Mies van der Ho-Ho-Ho, you're invited to submit your own architectural holiday card to be hung above ArchDaily's impeccably postmodern mantle.

We thoroughly enjoy the creativity of our readers and look forward to viewing your submissions. 

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (Part I)

15:01 - 10 December, 2015
ArchDaily Architect's Holiday Gift Guide 2015. Image
ArchDaily Architect's Holiday Gift Guide 2015. Image

Still searching for the perfect gift for that hard to please architect in your life? No need to look any further, we've compiled a list of items any architect would love to receive. Read on to see ArchDaily’s top 16 gifts for architects!