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Sou Fujimoto Architects' Terracing Learning Center Wins Competition at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland

14:15 - 22 February, 2018
Sou Fujimoto Architects' Terracing Learning Center Wins Competition at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Courtesy University of St. Gallen
© Sou Fujimoto Architects. Courtesy University of St. Gallen

Sou Fujimoto Architects has been selected as the winner of a competition to design the new HSG Learning Center at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Chosen from a shortlist of 8 teams, Sou Fujimoto Architects’ proposal “Open Grid – Choices of Tomorrow” received the highest marks across the following criteria: architecture and urban planning, innovation in concept execution, functionality, sustainability and economic efficiency. According to the competition jury, the project was notable for its “highly developed didactic concept, compatibility with the district, architectural ambition and affordability.”

Stefano Boeri Architetti Designs 3 Schools in Tirana That Will Be Open 24 Hours a Day

16:30 - 21 February, 2018
Stefano Boeri Architetti Designs 3 Schools in Tirana That Will Be Open 24 Hours a Day, Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti has revealed the design of three new innovative schools to be built in Tirana, Albania, that will be open 24 hours a day, everyday of the year, transforming them into essential social centers for residents of all ages.

The three new structures will be integrated into Stefano Boeri Architetti’s competition-winning masterplan for Tirana, positioned within key social nodes of the Albanian capital’s northwest quarter: the neighborhoods of Don Bosco, Kodër-Kamëz and Shqiponja Square. Multiple schools will be housed within each of the three structures, which will also contain meeting and social spaces open and available to the entire community.

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Hall of Literature & Garden at Taizhou High School / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT

20:00 - 17 August, 2017
Hall of Literature & Garden at Taizhou High School / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT, © Li Yao
© Li Yao

© Li Yao © Li Yao © Li Yao © Li Yao + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    669 Hai Jun Dong Lu, Taizhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Project Principals

    Jingtang He, Weihong Guo
  • Design Team

    Yudan Pan, Linxi Liu, Menghao Luo, Zhisheng Guo, Jingshao Liang, Yan Zheng, Zhong Yan, Siyun Chen, Jun Ma, Siyun Chen, Caixia Feng
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

CEBRA’s Mixed Use Smart School Proposes a Rethink of Russia’s Education System

16:00 - 9 April, 2017
CEBRA’s Mixed Use Smart School Proposes a Rethink of Russia’s Education System, Courtesy of CEBRA
Courtesy of CEBRA

With high hopes of contributing to the reformation of Russia’s secondary schooling system, construction has begun on Smart School, a planned 31,000 meters square educational complex in Irkutsk, Siberia, which combines multi-use educational facilities, outdoor learning spaces, and housing developments for adoptive families. Designed by Danish firm CEBRA, the project was the winning proposal for the school’s international competition back in 2015, beating 48 other firms, including MVRDV and Sou Fujimoto Architects.

“Based on the program and principles of Smart School, an architectural concept has been developed which integrates buildings, a plot of land and the surrounding urban community into a complete, diverse and activating learning environment, a ‘school park’, explain the architects. “There is school life not only in specialized premises but also in open areas inside and around buildings."

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Rising Practice Feilden Fowles Beats Out Stirling Prize Winners in University of Cambridge Competition

12:00 - 21 March, 2017
Rising Practice Feilden Fowles Beats Out Stirling Prize Winners in University of Cambridge Competition, © Feilden Fowles
© Feilden Fowles

Homerton College, Cambridge and competition-organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants have announced that emerging practice Feilden Fowles has been selected as the winners of the competition to design a new £7 million showpiece dining hall for Homerton College, the newest constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Unanimously selected by the competition jury, Feilden Fowles’ scheme was chosen over a shortlist of entries from 2016 Stirling Prize winner Caruso St John, dRMM, Hall McKnight and Walters & Cohen Architects.

“Feilden Fowles’ concept design for the dining hall subtly relates to the existing ensemble of buildings and the garden setting, and yet has the poise to convince as a showpiece,” said Professor Geoffrey Ward, Principal of Homerton College, Cambridge.

 “What appealed so strongly about the team’s particular approach was their openness to creating many opportunities for dialogue. We are looking forward to working with them as they develop the detailed design.”

© Feilden Fowles © Feilden Fowles © Feilden Fowles © Feilden Fowles + 5

How to Design School Restrooms for Increased Comfort, Safety and Gender-Inclusivity

09:30 - 15 November, 2016
Northwood Elementary School in the Mercer Island School District. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Northwood Elementary School in the Mercer Island School District. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Why Architects Must Rethink Restroom Design in Schools."

"Gang style" bathrooms, in which rows of stalls are installed opposite rows of wash basins and designated only for males or for females, have been de rigueur in educational facilities for the last hundred years. They involve predictable plumbing, mechanical exhaust, and fixture costs. Short doors and divider walls allow for the passive monitoring of behavior.

Relinquishing this traditional bathroom model is daunting, since individual toilet rooms can significantly increase costs through additional plumbing, ductwork, ventilation, partitions, doors and hardware. These designs many times require additional space, trigger further ADA compliance, and invalidate some USGBC LEED points. Moreover, school districts typically have limited budgets, established facilities, and deep-rooted social practices.

Caruso St John, dRMM Among 5 Shortlisted for University of Cambridge Competition

16:00 - 11 October, 2016
Caruso St John, dRMM Among 5 Shortlisted for University of Cambridge Competition, Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

Homerton College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, announced today the five firms shortlisted in the competition to design a emblematic £7 million ($8.5 million USD) centrepiece building to house a 300-person dining hall for the school. The finalists were selected from an original pool of 155 architects, from which 24 were selected for the longlist.

The competition, organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, is a part of the College’s wider plan to improve and expand school facilities. Homerton boasts one of the largest student communities at Cambridge, and is one of a few of the University’s colleges capable of housing all undergraduate students in on-site facilities for all four years. To be located on an attractive wooded site, the commission has the potential to determine the character of the school for years to come.

The 5 finalists are:

Woods Bagot Designs Butterfly-Inspired Biological Sciences Building at the University of New South Wales

12:00 - 19 July, 2016
Woods Bagot Designs Butterfly-Inspired Biological Sciences Building at the University of New South Wales, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot has revealed designs for the new Biological Sciences building at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia). Currently under construction, the 21,000 square meter (226,000 square foot) building will provide world-class facilities for UNSW biomedical and environmental researchers and create a new northern gateway for the university’s upper campus.

In the design process, Woods Bagot explored a series of iterative responses aimed at dividing the eight-story structure into three distinct elements: the laboratory box, the workplace box, and the atrium. The building skin takes inspiration from natural elements, such as the movements of a butterfly and the colors of Australian rock landscapes, to produce a distinct aesthetic for the Biomedical Precinct, as well as reference the terra cotta heritage on the university grounds.

Ennead Architects Reveals Designs for Engineering Center at University of Texas at Austin

16:15 - 15 July, 2016
Ennead Architects Reveals Designs for Engineering Center at University of Texas at Austin, Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has released images of the new Engineering Education and Research Center for the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Currently under construction, the 433,000 square foot (40,200 square meter) building will house undergraduate education, interdisciplinary graduate research and two distinct engineering departments, and will become a new hub of activity at the edge of campus. The design takes advantage of a unique section featuring stacked atrium and outdoor spaces to serve a variety of educational and public functions.

Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 25

NLÉ's Makoko Floating School Reportedly Collapses Due to Heavy Rain

18:11 - 7 June, 2016
NLÉ's Makoko Floating School Reportedly Collapses Due to Heavy Rain, via NAIJ.com
via NAIJ.com

As reported by Nigerian news website NAIJ.com, the celebrated Makoko Floating School, designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ, has collapsed after heavy rain battered the city of Lagos. Photographs show the roof of the school still largely in tact, but sitting directly on top of the building's floating base of 256 plastic drums, as the lower levels and supporting structure appear to have failed completely.

This article has since been updated (June 8 2016) with a statement from NLÉ.

Rogers Partners’ Henderson-Hopkins School Wins 2016 AIA Honor Award

08:00 - 26 May, 2016
© Albert Vecerka
© Albert Vecerka

Rogers Partners' Elmer A. Henderson: A John Hopkins Partnership School (Henderson-Hopkins) has received the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Institute Honour Award for Architecture, as well as the 2016 American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE) Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence.

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AD Classics: Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art / Zaha Hadid Architects

08:00 - 7 May, 2016
AD Classics: Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

The belief that a building can both blend in and stand out at the same time is embodied by the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (CAC), located in Cincinnati. Though it's heavy volumetric massing makes it appear as an independent and impenetrable sculptural element, the Rosenthal Center is in fact designed to pull the city in – past its walls and up, toward the sky. This inherent dynamism is well-suited to a gallery which does not hold a permanent collection, and is situated at the heart of a thriving Midwestern city.

© Paul Warchol ©  Helene Binet © Paul Warchol © Roland Halbe + 37

Beijing Morning Star Ballet Foundation / OFGA

22:00 - 28 March, 2016
Beijing Morning Star Ballet Foundation / OFGA, © Liu Yang
© Liu Yang

© Liu Yang © Liu Yang © Liu Yang © Liu Yang + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Unit 910, Tower A, Pacific Century Place, No. 2 Worker Stadium North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Yue Winston Yeo
  • Client

    Beijing Morning Star Ballet Foundation, also known as Beijing Morning Star Ballet Art Center

  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Preview DS+R’s New Stanford Art & Art History Building with Images by Iwan Baan

08:00 - 9 September, 2015
Preview DS+R’s New Stanford Art & Art History Building with Images by Iwan Baan, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has shared initial photos by Iwan Baan of their new McMurty Building for Art & Art History at Stanford University, which will be officially unveiled to the public on October 6. The 100,000 square foot building will open for the 2015 fall semester, and allow students studying art history and students practicing fine arts to work together under the same roof for the first time at Stanford. See and read more about the soon-to-be opened project after the break.

Vo Trong Nghia’s FPT University Ho Chi Minh City is Inspired by a "Forested Mountain"

06:00 - 1 September, 2015
Vo Trong Nghia’s FPT University Ho Chi Minh City is Inspired by a "Forested Mountain", Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has begun work on FPT University Ho Chi Minh City, a building set to begin a renewal of the natural landscape previously destroyed by mass development. In the city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, only 0.25% of the city is covered in greenery, contributing to environmental stress on its infrastructure - frequent energy shortages, increased pollution, and rising temperatures are more common as the city grows. Read more after the break

Gallaudet University Launches $60M Public Competition to Redesign Its Campus

16:00 - 8 August, 2015
Gallaudet University Launches $60M Public Competition to Redesign Its Campus, Gallaudet Chapel Hall. Image © Flickr CC User Mr.TinDC
Gallaudet Chapel Hall. Image © Flickr CC User Mr.TinDC

Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for deaf and hard of hearing students, has launched an international competition to re-design its historic Washington DC campus. Participants will be challenged to "create a new campus gateway and redefine the University’s urban edge as a vibrant, mixed-use, creative and cultural district." Design proposals are not required during the competition's first stage; teams will be shortlisted based on their "understanding of the institution and project, team composition and past experience."