All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Holidays

Holidays: The Latest Architecture and News

Happy Holidays from Architects Around the World (2018 Edition)

07:00 - 24 December, 2018

'Tis the season of holiday cheer, and with that comes the creative greetings from offices, museums, photographers and collaborators around the world! See our favorites below (or check out our best reader-submitted cards).

Here’s to a joyful, exciting, and architecture-filled 2018! See the best projects and articles published this year, here.

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team!

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. :)

Architecture "Snowflakes" Created from World-Famous Building Plans

13:55 - 27 December, 2017
Architecture "Snowflakes" Created from World-Famous Building Plans, Courtesy of Maria Spada
Courtesy of Maria Spada

In the foyer of their London offices, architecture firm Allies and Morrison is displaying "Archiflakes," a series of snowflake designs inspired by the floorplans of famous structures from around the world. Developed by staff member Maria Spada, the series was a response to an internal competition to design the office's seasonal decorations.

Courtesy of Maria Spada Courtesy of Maria Spada Courtesy of Maria Spada Courtesy of Maria Spada + 14

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

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

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. 

Like Father, Like Son: 4 Famous Architecture Dynasties

08:00 - 21 June, 2015
Like Father, Like Son: 4 Famous Architecture Dynasties, Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, NPS https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnps/
Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, NPS https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnps/

While Eliel and Eero Saarinen may be the most well known father-son architect duo, they are certainly not the only pair to have left their mark in the field. As far back as the 1700s, the Gabriel father and son dynasty (Jacques V and Ange-Jacques) constructed much of Versailles, and more recently both I.M. Pei and Lewis Davis have passed their legacy onto their sons. In honor of Father's Day, we look at four father-son architecture dynasties and their lasting influence on the profession, after the break.

Hello Wood’s Budapest “Charity Tree” Built from 5,000 Logs

01:00 - 25 December, 2014
Hello Wood’s Budapest “Charity Tree” Built from 5,000 Logs, © Dániel Dömölky
© Dániel Dömölky

Made from 5,000 pieces of firewood, Hello Wood’s “Charity Tree” installation stretches 11 meters high, 4.5 meters wide and weighs 150 quintals (15,000 kilograms). Hello Wood worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to build the tree in one of Budapest’s central squares, and all of the firewood used in the temporary installation will be given to families in need in January.

© Dániel Dömölky © Dániel Dömölky © Miklós Vargha © Dániel Dömölky + 23

Confectionary Constructions: Architectural Icons Made From Gingerbread

00:00 - 25 December, 2014
Confectionary Constructions: Architectural Icons Made From Gingerbread, Tate Modern, London, by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves in production. Image © Henry Hargreaves/Caters News Agency
Tate Modern, London, by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves in production. Image © Henry Hargreaves/Caters News Agency

Guardian Cities have put together "the best of baked architecture" in a countdown of their favourite confectionary constructions. See London's Tate Modern rendered in precisely cut slabs of gingerbread alongside the curved shapes of New York City's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Alongside these, food artists have been more inventive by building Paris's Louvre from translucent crystallised sugar glass and Mexico City’s Museo Soumaya from hundreds of spherical treats.

Go on a Sweet Getaway with these Gingerbread BNBs

00:00 - 13 December, 2014
Go on a Sweet Getaway with these Gingerbread BNBs, Courtesy of GingerbreadBNB
Courtesy of GingerbreadBNB

Vacation just got a little bit sweeter with these Gingerbread BNBs. Looking for a luxurious getaway? The Gingerbread Modern Home is a gorgeous estate, made from gluten-free gingerbread and featuring a frosted stucco exterior and mid-century taffy furniture (but please don’t eat the artwork). The house is part of a fundraiser for New-York charity Robin Hood to provide shelter to homeless families in New York during the holiday season.