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Adaptation of The Roman Ruins of Can Tacó / Toni Girones

06:00 - 10 June, 2019
Adaptation of The Roman Ruins of Can Tacó  / Toni Girones, © Sabem.com i Aeroproduccions
© Sabem.com i Aeroproduccions

© Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez + 28

Casa da Severa / José Adrião

17:00 - 1 June, 2019
Casa da Severa / José Adrião, © Hugo Santos Silva
© Hugo Santos Silva

© Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Largo Severa 2, 1100-341 Lisbon, Portugal
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Margarida Lameiro, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Carla Gonçalves, João Matos, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Tiago Pereira
  • Area

    2014.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Construction Begins on Focketyn Del Rio's "Porous" Kaserne Cultural Center

07:45 - 27 May, 2019
Construction Begins on Focketyn Del Rio's "Porous" Kaserne Cultural Center, Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula
Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula

A historic site in the heart of Basel will soon be revived as Kaserne Cultural Center, the city’s new urban hub by Focketyn Del Rio Studio.

The 45 million CHF (44.7 million USD) transformation project is the first publicly-funded large facility in the Kleinbasel district, and will unite and unlock two previously disconnected and enclosed spaces on the Rhine River. The 9,000 sqm project by the Swiss firm is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in 2021.

Courtesy of Focketyn Del Rio Studio Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula + 18

Nogunri Peace Museum / METAA

17:00 - 27 April, 2019
Nogunri Peace Museum / METAA, © Jaekyung Kim
© Jaekyung Kim

© Jaekyung Kim © Jaekyung Kim © Jaekyung Kim © Jaekyung Kim + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Jongho Yi, Euijung Woo
  • Area

    1892.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Curno Public Library and Auditorium / Archea Associati

15:00 - 13 April, 2019
Curno Public Library and Auditorium / Archea Associati, © Pietro Savorelli
© Pietro Savorelli

© Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli + 28

Songpa Micro Housing / SsD

15:00 - 30 March, 2019
Songpa Micro Housing / SsD, Courtesy of SsD
Courtesy of SsD

Courtesy of SsD Courtesy of SsD Courtesy of SsD Courtesy of SsD + 31

  • Architects

    SsD
  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Jinhee Park AIA, John Hong, SsD

AD Classics: Parc Andre Citroen / Alain Provost

16:30 - 28 January, 2019
AD Classics: Parc Andre Citroen / Alain Provost, via Wikimedia
via Wikimedia

AD Classics: Berlin Philharmonic / Hans Scharoun

16:30 - 14 January, 2019
AD Classics: Berlin Philharmonic / Hans Scharoun, © Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
© Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Second Stage of Hangzhou Yunqi Town Exhibition Centre / Approach Design (ZUP)

23:00 - 25 December, 2018
Second Stage of Hangzhou Yunqi Town Exhibition Centre / Approach Design (ZUP), © Lianping Mao
© Lianping Mao

© Lianping Mao Rooftop Park . Image © Lianping Mao © Lianping Mao © Lianping Mao + 45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yunqi Town, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Architecture Groups

    Approach Design, Zhejiang University Urban-Rural Planning&Design Institute
  • Collaborating Architects

    Zhejiang Province Institute of Architectural Design and Research
  • Lead Architects

    Di Ma, Xin Jin, Lianping Mao
  • Construction Team

    Zhejiang Provincial Yijian Construction Group LTD.
  • Design Team

    Sheng Jiang, Jialiang Zhang, Weifen Shen, Shang Wang, Mengjun Mao
  • Structural Design

    Jian Jiao, Yunjun Lu, Wuqiang Feng, Guozhi Peng
  • Area

    66680.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

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
  • Category

  • 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
  • Category

  • 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