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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

The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017

06:00 - 22 February, 2018
The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017, ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017
ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017

2017 was a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From Tianjin Binhai Library taking the internet by storm with images of its terraced "sea of bookcases", to Alvar Aalto Medal recognizing Zhang Ke of standardarchitecture for his professional accomplishments. China has retained a remarkable presence in the global architecture scene.

So many of our readers around the world celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome fresh beginnings in the Year of the Dog, we would like to take a look back at 2017 and share with you the most visited projects from China. This is a collection of projects coming from world-famous practices such as MVRDV and MAD Architects, and also from the younger, local talents who have demonstrated great potential in bringing positive changes to China’s built environment.

UNStudio Selected to Design New Cable Car in Gothenburg

10:50 - 9 February, 2018
UNStudio Selected to Design New Cable Car in Gothenburg, © Plompmozes
© Plompmozes

UNStudio has won a competition to design a new, 3-kilometer long cable car in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The cable car's route, which will connect the old city on the south of the river with three locations to the north, will feature a total of six towers which have been designed around an adaptable, asymmetrical structural system intended to mimic the cranes in the city's shipyards. The expected opening date for the cable car is in 2021, with the new transportation system being inaugurated as part of the celebrations of Gothenburg's 400th anniversary.

UNStudio Reveals New Renderings of Massive Frankfurt Skyscraper Development

13:30 - 6 February, 2018
UNStudio Reveals New Renderings of Massive Frankfurt Skyscraper Development, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio has revealed new renderings of their massive development and master plan for FOUR Frankfurt, as the firm joins forces with HPP Architects (UNS + HPP) to carry out the next stages of the project.

Located on a 16,000 square meter site in the Frankfurt financial district formerly housing offices for Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt FOUR will consist of a multi-story, mixed-use plinth and four skyline-changing high-rise towers, the tallest of which will cap out at 748 feet (228 meters).

Courtesy of UNStudio Courtesy of UNStudio Courtesy of UNStudio Courtesy of UNStudio + 7

Georgia's Kutaisi Airport Taps UNStudio for Terracing Expansion Just 4 Years After its Opening

12:00 - 27 November, 2017

Less than five years after the opening of Georgia’s Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport, rapidly increasing usage (from 12,915 passengers a year in 2012 to more than 300,000 in 2016) has prompted the airport to begin plans for an expansion that could serve as many as 1,000,000 passengers by 2020.

To achieve these goals, the airport has returned to the architects who designed the original structure, UNStudio (with local architects Artstudio Project), to develop a unique airport concept featuring terraced waiting areas and a rooftop viewing garden.

© VA-render © VA-render © VA-render Photo of the existing Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport / UNStudio. Image © Nakani Mamasakhlisi + 9

UNStudio Designs Dubai Supertall with One of the World's Tallest Ceramic Facades

05:00 - 1 November, 2017
UNStudio Designs Dubai Supertall with One of the World's Tallest Ceramic Facades, © Methanoia / Plompmozes
© Methanoia / Plompmozes

UNStudio, working in collaboration with Werner Sobek, have unveiled their designs for the Wasl Tower, a 300-meter tall skyscraper in Dubai. Centrally located along the main thoroughfare that connects the Emirates north to south, the Wasl Tower sits directly opposite the Burj Khalifa and, once completed, will feature one of the world’s tallest ceramic facades. Inspired by the movement of the city, the 300-meter supertall building takes on a "contrapposto" form, responding to the Sheikh Zayed Road along which it is sited.

15 Eye-Popping Projects That Don't Apologize For Using Color: Photos of the Week

12:00 - 22 October, 2017
15 Eye-Popping Projects That Don't Apologize For Using Color: Photos of the Week, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

This week, colorful projects are here to steal the show. Few architects have dared to use color in their works, however, when done so the results can be incredible. Here is a selection of 15 images from prominent photographers such as Gregori CiveraJulien Lanoo and Subliminal Image that show us the huge potential of color.

© Nicolas Borel © Luke Hayes © Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal + 16

Michael Maltzan Architecture and UNStudio Headline 2017 Zumtobel Group Awards

16:00 - 19 October, 2017
Michael Maltzan Architecture and UNStudio Headline 2017 Zumtobel Group Awards, Star Apartments / Michael Maltzan Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan
Star Apartments / Michael Maltzan Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan

Zumtobel Group has announced the 2017 winners of its Zumtobel Group Awards for architecture, which rewards the year's innovations which best promote "sustainability and humanity in the built environment." Leading the awards is Los Angeles-based firm Michael Maltzan Architecture whose Star Apartments project, which provides 102 homes for previously homeless individuals in LA, was awarded the prize in Zumtobel Group's Buildings category. Also winning prizes were UNStudio, Atelier TeamMinus, and Arturo Vittori. Read on for more details and the full list of winners and honorable mentions.

Star Apartments / Michael Maltzan Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan Arnhem Central Station Masterplan / UNStudio. Image © Eva Bloem Warka Water / Arturo Vittori. Image © Arturo Vittori Jianamani Visitor Center / Atelier TeamMinus. Image © Bu Lai En + 20

Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio

00:00 - 19 September, 2017
Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio, © Jin Xing
© Jin Xing

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Ben van Berkel, Hannes Pfau, Astrid Piber
  • Client

    CapitaLand China
  • Area

    392526.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

UNStudio Designs Teflon Pavilion to Test Concepts for Extraterrestrial Living

09:30 - 27 May, 2017
UNStudio Designs Teflon Pavilion to Test Concepts for Extraterrestrial Living, © Olaf Becker
© Olaf Becker

Designed by UNStudio in collaboration with MDT-tex, Prototype II is a modular membrane structure that recently premiered at Techtexil’s Living in Space exhibition. Providing a space at the exhibition for visitors to experience a Virtual Reality trip to Mars created by European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). UNStudio and MDT-tex have previously teamed up on temporary envelope exhibits before; their contorting LED-backlit biomimetic Eye_Beacon pavilion debuted at the Amsterdam Light Festival late last year.

© Olaf Becker © Olaf Becker © Olaf Becker © Olaf Becker + 14

UNStudio Wins Competition for Landmark Mixed-Use Development in Frankfurt

12:15 - 2 March, 2017
The four towers will reach a maximum height of 228 meters (748 feet). Image Courtesy of UNStudio
The four towers will reach a maximum height of 228 meters (748 feet). Image Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new mixed-use development on the site of the former Deutsche Bank offices in Frankfurt, Germany. Selected to complete the urban strategy for the district last March, UNStudio has now been unanimously selected to carry out the architectural redevelopment of the site, beating out third prize proposals from the teams of Dudler / Jahn and MSW / Snøhetta, and an honorable mention from Christoph Mäckler / CoopHimmelblau.

The new mixed-use development will consist of four high-rise towers ascending from a multi-story plinth in the heart of the city. The project includes space for retail, restaurants and hotels, as well as a full range of residential accommodation. The four towers, rising up to 228 meters (748 feet) high, will serve as a new landmark on the Frankfurt skyline.

UNStudio Erects Pearlescent Structure at World's Leading Architectural Trade Fair

14:00 - 20 January, 2017
UNStudio Erects Pearlescent Structure at World's Leading Architectural Trade Fair, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Employing the latest in aluminum and metals innovation, Ben van Berkel and UNStudio have erected the ALPOLIC fair stand at BAU 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. Emphasizing the inherent strength of the ultra-light material, the parametric design utilizes geometric principles to create a self-supporting semi-private stand for gathering and the display of products.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 16

UNStudio + MDT-tex Erect Biomimetic Pavilion at the Amsterdam Light Festival

10:15 - 14 December, 2016
UNStudio + MDT-tex Erect Biomimetic Pavilion at the Amsterdam Light Festival, © Janus van den Eijnden
© Janus van den Eijnden

UNStudio and textile manufacturer MDT-tex have completed the Eye_Beacon Pavilion for the Amsterdam Light Festival. Serving as a ticketing and information booth for event goers, the pavilion’s design draws inspiration from the festival’s 2017 theme of biomimicry, specifically the bioluminescent organisms of the deep sea world.

© Janus van den Eijnden © Janus van den Eijnden © Janus van den Eijnden © Janus van den Eijnden + 18

UNStudio + Heerim Win Competition for Resident-Driven Housing Development in Seoul

12:00 - 16 November, 2016
UNStudio + Heerim Win Competition for Resident-Driven Housing Development in Seoul, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio, in collaboration with Korean firm Heerim Architects & Planners, has won the competition to design the 32 tower masterplan of Eunma Housing Development in the neighborhood of Daechi-Dong, Seoul. The unique project commission is being led by the residents of the Eunma Housing Development themselves, who have tasked the architects with redeveloping their current homes into a new, future-orientated eco-design that can be used as a blueprint for other resident-driven development projects.

Courtesy of UNStudio Masterplan. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Spatial Planning. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Landscape Planning. Image Courtesy of UNStudio + 6

UNStudio Envisions New Transportation Hub and Development in Amsterdam

14:10 - 10 November, 2016
UNStudio Envisions New Transportation Hub and Development in Amsterdam, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

Ben van Berkel and UNStudio have collaborated with a multidisciplinary team including Goudappel Coffeng (mobility consultants), GeoPhy (data specialists) and 2getthere (automated transit systems) to produce a study examining the future of infrastructure and city development for the area around Amsterdam’s A10 ring road and the Leylaan district.

Proposals resulting from the study comprise a new multimodal transportation hub located at the intersection of Cornelis Lelyaan and the A10, and new urban districts flanking the highway that will link to adjacent neighborhoods while provided a much needed new address in Amsterdam.

Courtesy of UNStudio Courtesy of UNStudio Parking Typology. Image Courtesy of UNStudio CityPod. Image Courtesy of 2getthere + 8

UNStudio's Ben van Berkel Among 3 New Speakers Revealed for WAF 2016

16:00 - 23 October, 2016
UNStudio's Ben van Berkel Among 3 New Speakers Revealed for WAF 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

Three new sessions have been announced for the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF), held from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany. Adding to the impressive list of speakers at the event will be Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio, who will lecture on “Superliving - from exclusive to inclusive”; Carlos Zedillo of Infonavit discussing “Architect as instigator”; and Qutub Mandviwala, MQA, who will present on “Housing and cultural difference.”

Said Ben van Berkel about the event: “It is essential to understand that ‘housing for everyone’ is not simply a matter of providing homes for all, it is also a question of what the home of the future should be; how we can meet the demands of all future residents and provide housing that fulfils their varied and changing needs.”

UNStudio Designs Final Piece of New Urban Campus in Amsterdam City Center

14:00 - 4 October, 2016
UNStudio Designs Final Piece of New Urban Campus in Amsterdam City Center, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio has designed the final portion of a 225,000 square meter (2,420,000 square foot) urban plan for the district of Oosterdokseiland in the city center of Amsterdam. Located at the tip of the island, the last sub-plan will consist of a lively social hub and 72,500 square meters (780,000 square feet) of public facilities, apartments and office space for Amsterdam-based company Booking.com.

“The design for this fully integrated new urban campus is envisioned as a highly multifunctional living and working environment, enriched with special amenity and public programmes,” said UNStudio Founder Ben van Berkel. “The urban gesture of the building weaves together with the existing streets, while the east side of the building will become a recognisable emblem for Oosterdok.”

Ben van Berkel - IAAC Opening Lecture 2016/17

09:23 - 28 September, 2016
Ben van Berkel - IAAC Opening Lecture 2016/17

IAAC Lecture Series 2016/17
OPENING LECTURE
Wednesday 19th of October 2016
Lecture by Ben van Berkel - UNStudio

@ 19.00, IAAC Auditorium
Open to the Public

19.00 - Opening
19.20 - Welcome Areti Markopoulou
19.30 - Ben van Berkel Lecture
21:00 - Refreshments

Ben van Berkel, born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is the Founder and Principal Architect of UNStudio in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987. He was recently awarded the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor's Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. UNStudio is