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AD Classics: Austrian Cultural Forum / Raimund Abraham

22:00 - 27 October, 2018
AD Classics: Austrian Cultural Forum / Raimund Abraham, © Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York
© Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York

This article was originally published on May 25, 2015. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Before the impossibly “super-thin” tower became ubiquitous on the Midtown Manhattan skyline, Raimund Abraham’s Austrian Cultural Forum challenged the limits of what could be built on the slenderest of urban lots. Working with a footprint no bigger than a townhouse (indeed, one occupied the site before the present tower), Abraham erected a daring twenty-four story high-rise only twenty-five feet across. Instantly recognizable by its profile, a symmetrical, blade-like curtain wall cascading violently toward the sidewalk, ACFNY was heralded by Kenneth Frampton as “the most significant modern piece of architecture to be realized in Manhattan since the Seagram Building and the Guggenheim Museum of 1959.” [1]

The massing of the building is dictated solely by zoning laws and the immediacy of its neighbors. Image © Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York © Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York The director's office that occupies the box-like protrusion on the southern facade. Image © Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York East-facing section with the "scissor stairs" on the left-hand side + 7

Tianjin Binhai Cultural Center / gmp Architects

01:00 - 22 October, 2018
Tianjin Binhai Cultural Center / gmp Architects, East/west axis with central plaza. Image © Christian Gahl
East/west axis with central plaza. Image © Christian Gahl

Main entrance. Image © Christian Gahl Steel column. Image © Christian Gahl Detail view of column. Image © Christian Gahl Cultural concourse. Image © Christian Gahl + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Binhaixinqu, Tianjin, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz, Stephan Rewolle
  • Project leader

    Jinying Sui, Sebastian Linack
  • Area

    31600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Montreal Biosphere / Buckminster Fuller

22:00 - 7 October, 2018
AD Classics: Montreal Biosphere / Buckminster Fuller, © Flickr user abdallahh
© Flickr user abdallahh

This article was originally published on November 25, 2014. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Architects have never enjoyed a position of such supreme prominence as they did in the worldview of Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller. To him, architects alone were capable of understanding and navigating the complex interrelationships of society, technology, and environment as viewed through the comprehensive paradigm of systems theory. Architecture, in this model, was intended to exist in close contact with both mankind and nature, playing civilization’s most critical role in elevating the state of humanity and promoting its responsible stewardship of the environment. Emerging from the ethical positivity of postwar modernism, this melioristic perspective marks perhaps the zenith of optimism’s ascent in mid-twentieth century thought, and gave Fuller a uniquely moral blueprint for his revolutionary designs.

© Flickr user Ehsan © Flickr user Ehsan © Flickr user Richard Winchell © Flickr user Rodrigo Maia + 12

2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Call for Entries Open

15:42 - 27 September, 2018
2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Call for Entries Open, 2017 Rudy Bruner Award Medalists (Photo Credits on RBA Website)
2017 Rudy Bruner Award Medalists (Photo Credits on RBA Website)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. 

Yiwu Cultural Square / UAD

22:00 - 4 July, 2018
Yiwu Cultural Square / UAD, Architecture Street View. Image © Qiang Zhao
Architecture Street View. Image © Qiang Zhao

South West Bird View. Image © Qiang Zhao Citizen Stage. Image © Qiang Zhao Roof Top Patio. Image © Qiang Zhao Youth Center 1F Entrance. Image © Qiang Zhao + 22

IMPLMNT Highlights “Connection and Transformation” in Award-Winning Proposal for New Lithuanian Cultural Center

16:00 - 1 July, 2018
IMPLMNT Highlights “Connection and Transformation” in Award-Winning Proposal for New Lithuanian Cultural Center , Courtesy of IMPLMNT
Courtesy of IMPLMNT

Lithuanian city Panevezys will have a new cultural hub thanks to the winning design of architecture firm, IMPLMNT. The proposed design of the Stasys Eidrigevicius Arts Centre, which will be built in the northern part of the city center, won the competition due to its function, location, architecture, and the social/economic value it will be adding to the city.

The center will take the place of an existing movie theater, a historic landmark in the Lithuanian city. After performing structural analysis on the existing theater, a study of the conditions indicated that it can no longer be preserved or saved. Keeping in mind the importance of the movie theater to the city, the architects at IMPLMNT decided to draw inspiration from the existing building, as well as use its proportions to create the newly-designed structure.

Diagram Axonometry Courtesy of IMPLMNT Courtesy of IMPLMNT + 17

Vega Archipelago to be Home to Norway’s First UNESCO World Heritage Visitor Center

14:00 - 1 July, 2018
Vega Archipelago to be Home to Norway’s First UNESCO World Heritage Visitor Center, Courtesy of Ekberg Lous Architects / Visualizations by AZR Studio
Courtesy of Ekberg Lous Architects / Visualizations by AZR Studio

Oslo-based architecture firm Ekberg Lous Arkitekter have designed Norway’s first World Heritage Visitor Center, after having won the open international architectural competition in 2008. Following the competition, the project was halted for seven years due to a lack of funding, but has been given the green light in 2015 with revised plans and a new site. The center, which will be built on the tip of the northern shore of Vega Island, is expected to be a gathering point for both locals and foreigners. It will provide visitors with knowledge about the natural and cultural values of the Vega Archipelago and world heritage sites in general. The center is set to be open in spring 2019.

Facade Elevation Section Courtesy of Ekberg Lous Architects / Visualizations by AZR Studio Courtesy of Ekberg Lous Architects / Visualizations by AZR Studio + 11

Lin'an Sports and Culture Center / Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University

00:00 - 31 May, 2018
© Qiang Zhao
© Qiang Zhao

© Qiang Zhao © Qiang Zhao © Qiang Zhao © Qiang Zhao + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Intersection of Jiuzhou Street and Jiquan Road, Linan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Principle Architect

    Danshen Dong
  • Project Team

    Jian Chen, Jian Ni, Yi Cai
  • Structural Engineer

    Gang Gan, Jianlu Zhou, Jiepan Shen
  • MEP Consultant

    Yi Yang, Ping Li, Nan Li, Bing Jiang
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Yunfeng Wang
  • Area

    74986.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

UNStudio Wins France's Largest Private Architecture Competition for Cultural Cinema Center in EuropaCity

16:30 - 22 February, 2018
UNStudio Wins France's Largest Private Architecture Competition for Cultural Cinema Center in EuropaCity, Aerial view. Rendering by Flying Architecture. Image Courtesy of UNStudio
Aerial view. Rendering by Flying Architecture. Image Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio has been selected as the winner of the largest ever private initiative architectural competition to be held in France – for the keystone ‘Centre Culturel’ of the new EuropaCity development currently being developed in the Triangle de Gonesse region just north of Paris.

As a brand new ground-up district, in 2017 EuropaCity launched a call for the design of 8 key buildings to be located within BIG’s competition winning master plan, including a concert hall, hotels, contemporary circus and exhibition hall. UNStudio was chosen to design the new Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art, which will house a cinema complex and “cultural laboratory.”

Rooftop. Rendering by Flying Architecture. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Entrance. Rendering by Flying Architecture. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Production space. Rendering by Flying Architecture. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Lobby. Rendering by Flying Architecture. Image Courtesy of UNStudio + 17

Orange Trees Provide the Inspiration Behind the Upcoming $500 Million Performing Arts Campus in Anaheim

08:00 - 19 February, 2018
Orange Trees Provide the Inspiration Behind the Upcoming $500 Million Performing Arts Campus in Anaheim, Courtesy of SPF:a
Courtesy of SPF:a

SPF:a has revealed their design for the new Anaheim Performing Arts Center (APAC) to be located adjacent to Angels Stadium in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle District. The $500 million, 500,000-square-foot cultural campus will contain three theaters and a range of culture and entertainment program elements, housed within striking buildings inspired by the orange tree.

Courtesy of SPF:a Courtesy of SPF:a Courtesy of SPF:a Courtesy of SPF:a + 17

Clement Blanchet Draws Inspiration from Circus Tents for Competition-Winning Cultural Center in France

16:00 - 16 February, 2018
Clement Blanchet Draws Inspiration from Circus Tents for Competition-Winning Cultural Center in France, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture
Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture

Clément Blanchet Architecture has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of a new cultural center to be located in the Paris suburb of Gonesse, France, beating out proposals from Bernard Tschumi & Moreau Kusunoki.

Named Circus³, the facility features a unique tensile roof evocative of a circus pavilion, and will house a 1,500 seat theater for a variety of cultural performances and events.

Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture + 18

See the Construction of Renzo Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre From Above

08:00 - 4 January, 2018
See the Construction of Renzo Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre From Above, © Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos

From Greek architect and photographer, Yiorgis Yerolymbos comes a book which captures the construction process of Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece. Yerolymbos carefully documented every moment where the superfluous Olympic parking lot became a cultural center and sloping park with waterfront views. For almost a decade, and from every angle, the photographer watched the site transform. Birds-eye imagery proved to be some of the most captivating. As photographs, they manage to possess the characteristics of an architectural drawing.

Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Arts Center / Maki and Associates

20:00 - 20 December, 2017
Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Arts Center / Maki and Associates, Courtesy of Maki and Associates
Courtesy of Maki and Associates

East. Image Courtesy of Maki and Associates Theater. Image Courtesy of Maki and Associates Culture Plaza. Image Courtesy of Maki and Associates Park. Image Courtesy of Maki and Associates + 60

  • Architects

  • Location

    1187 Wanghai Rd., Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge

  • Design Team

    Tomoyoshi Fukunaga, Tatsutomo Hasegawa, Yasuko Okuyama, Yoshihiko Taira, Kazuo Sato, Kei Ito, Michael Sypkens*, Hiromi Kouda* (*former staff)
  • KMDW

    Hiroto Kobayashi, Yiqing Wang, Taishi Kawada
  • Area

    73918.08 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Cultural and Artistic Center in Benxi / TAOA

23:00 - 22 October, 2017
Cultural and Artistic Center in Benxi / TAOA, © Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yu Ming Lu, Mingshan Qu, Benxi Shi, Liaoning Sheng, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Lei Tao
  • Design Team

    Bozhou Kang, Zhen Chen
  • Area

    4000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Cultural Center of Beicheng Central Park in Hefei / Shenzhen Huahui Design

22:00 - 22 September, 2017
Cultural Center of Beicheng Central Park in Hefei / Shenzhen Huahui Design, Streetview. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong
Streetview. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong

“crescent path”. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong Wall-corridor. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong the entrance hall. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong the exhibition hall. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beicheng New District, Hefei, Anhui, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Xiao Cheng
  • Project architect

    Yin Shibo, He Qifan, Mao Weiwei
  • Owner

    Hefei Vanke Real Estate Co.,Ltd&& Suzhou New Real Estate Group Co., Ltd
  • Owner management team

    Chen Zhuo, Ren Muyuan, Tan Xiang, Zou Xiang
  • Area

    3400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Plaza Cultural Norte / Oscar Gonzalez Moix

05:00 - 14 August, 2017
Plaza Cultural Norte / Oscar Gonzalez Moix, © Ramiro del Carpio
© Ramiro del Carpio

© Ramiro del Carpio © Ramiro del Carpio © Ramiro del Carpio © Ramiro del Carpio + 35

“Vertical Landscapes” to Promote Cultural Exchange and Religious Coexistence for New York’s Muslim Community

14:00 - 22 July, 2017
“Vertical Landscapes” to Promote Cultural Exchange and Religious Coexistence for New York’s Muslim Community, Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects
Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects

New York based Büro Koray Duman Architects are collaborating with the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) to design a cultural center prototype, named Cordoba House, in order to facilitate the total integration of American Muslims, without compromising their religious identities. The center will be the first Muslim sponsored multi-faith community center in New York City, aiming to help promote “progressive change, inter-religious coexistence, and cultural exchange”.

Highlighting the necessity of such a project, the design team explain: “There are approximately 800,000 Muslims living in NYC. A majority of the gathering places for Muslims are Mosques that focuses on Religion as Practice, which does not leave enough room for developing Religion as Culture.”

Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects + 11

Helen & Hard Win Competition to Built Waterfront Cultural Museum in Norway

06:00 - 12 July, 2017
Helen & Hard Win Competition to Built Waterfront Cultural Museum in Norway, Courtesy of Helen & Hard
Courtesy of Helen & Hard

Situated at the intersection of a forest-scape and harbor, Helen & Hard’s winning museum competition entry, Navet, offers the Norwegian island of Odderøya a place to reflect on the area’s heritage and naval history. Located in the city of Kristiansand, Navet will join a group of institutions in the region called the Vest Agder Museums that celebrate Norway’s past. Developed through careful consideration of its surrounding landscape, the form of the building situates itself to activate both the water and existing mountain front.

Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard Elevation + 12