First Prize Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge. The purpose of the competition was to allow architects, design students, engineers, and artists from all over the world to "generate design ideas for iconic high rise buildings in cities around the globe."
First PrizeAero Hive: Suraksha Acharya, Midori Architects
Suraksha Acharya is the Principal Architect at Midori Architects, an architecture firm in India specializing in sustainable design. Their winning design, located in Hong Kong, utilizes "vertical diaphragms in the form of green atriums" throughout the structure that clean the air throughout the building.
Aero Hive aims to challenge the common belief that contemporary tall buildings cannot be ventilated naturally due to their height and offers pause from the typically hermetically sealed glass boxes, serving as a model of sustainability.
Fallout: Alex Sullivan-Brown, Sindre Johnsen
Courtesy of Morpholio Have you ever been on the construction site and had a problem arise that needed immediate attention? The answer to that question is almost guaranteed to be yes. The Construction Administration phase is not intended to be a time for big design decisions, but with unforeseen field conditions, contractor errors and never-ending client changes, your team can keep designing and problem-solving throughout CA. Morpholio's new update to their Trace app for iPhone, TracePro, aims to transform site visits by "importing key components of the design process into the Construction Administration phase."
“CA is the crux of the process and built work. Design does not just happen at your desk, and there is absolutely no reason it should have to,” says Anna Kenoff, Morpholio Co-Founder. “We have the most advanced tools for every step of the process. Why would we not
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Image © National Museum of Western Art The Getty Conservation Institute has announced a workshop to address the care and conservation of three museums designed by Le Corbusier. The three museums are the only museums designed by the prolific architect. The workshop will be held in India, where two of the three museums are, with municipal corporations from Ahmedabad and Chandigarh serving as hosts for the event. The Foundation Le Corbusier, located in Paris, will also be assisting with the workshop. Representatives from all three museums will come together to focus on improving both architectural conservation and collections management for each building. The workshop will be conducted February 4-6 in Ahmedabad and will conclude February 8 in Chandigarh. Susan Macdonald, head of Buildings and Sites at the GCI, says, "By asking the museum participants to consider what is significant about their
Courtesy of WATG Urban WATG Urban's first prize design for The Freeform Home Design Challenge in 2016 is now moving one step closer to becoming a reality. Since winning the competition, WATG's Chicago office has been developing the winning design, dubbed Curve Appeal, alongside Branch Technology. Curve Appeal is now undergoing the "wall section testing, research and development phase" with an anticipated goal of breaking ground later this year. This revolutionary project could change the way we construct complex, freeform structures.
The design for Curve Appeal is derived from the Case Study Houses developed between 1945-1966. The Case Study House program strived to reinvent the modern house using easier and less expensive construction techniques. Many of the program's architects were celebrated for their innovation in minimalist materials and the integration of open-plan living spaces that maximized natural light. "Employing many of the same modernist design
Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio A proposal for the 'NaTian' Cup International Design Competition, "The Gentle Giant" from Stefano Corbo Studio acts as a continuation of the existing bridge providing a unique path for the public, as well as a visual link to the surrounding Flower Farm area. The proposed landmark combines the vertical presence of Chinese "Pagodas and Porcelain Towers" with the dynamic geometry of the Great Wall, whose powerful arrangement has a direct relationship to its changing topography.
The tower is made up of two overlapping paths. One path provides visitors with a complete journey around the panoramic view from the tower. The second is a more direct connection to the ground, allowing for a quicker visit to the building. The tower is apexed by a "circular lounge area" where visitors can enjoy a rest while taking in the view of
Courtesy of Inrestudio In response to the tropical climate of Vietnam, this proposed office building uses a "tropical double skin" to moderate heat gain while improving acoustic resistance from the noisy streets of Ho Chi Minh City. This design comes from INRE Studio led by Kosuke Nishijima, Nishijima being a former member of Vo Trong Nghia Architects. The facade consists of modules, each approximately 400 cubic meters, made up of six steel rings. The system of modules on the facade support planters filled with various plants and trees, casting kinetic shadows on the interior of the building. The use of the "tropical double skin" proposes an "alternative office design for tropical urban environments."
The modularity of the facade continues inside the building through the structure and provides the interior with a unique connection to nature in the middle of a dense urban area. The