Alec Tzannes Awarded the Gold Medal, Australian Institute of Architects’ Highest Honor

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© Ben Guthrie © Ben Guthrie The Australian Institute of ArchitectsGold Medal recognizes exemplary work by architects who have designed buildings of high value and great distinction, resulting in the advancement of the architecture profession.   This year, Jury Chair Richard Kirk presented Australian practitioner and Emeritus professor Alec Tzannes with the ceremony’s highest honor.
Alec Tzannes. Image © Toby Burrows Alec Tzannes. Image © Toby Burrows

Tzannes has executed an exceptional body of work across a broad spectrum of architectural practice. The outstanding contribution Alec Tzannes has made to the architectural profession exemplifies the highest level of achievement within each of the criteria.
-The Jury

Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Simon Wood Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Simon Wood

Tzannes’ attention to detail and refined work earned him his reputation. Not only were his earlier projects carefully studied and executed, but they respected the context and environment that they are built in. His method continued throughout his career, integrating architecture, urban design, landscape, and art. Some

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Cranbrook Junior School. Image © John Gollings
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Alec Tzannes Awarded the Gold Medal, Australian Institute of Architects’ Highest Honor

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© Ben Guthrie © Ben Guthrie The Australian Institute of ArchitectsGold Medal recognizes exemplary work by architects who have designed buildings of high value and great distinction, resulting in the advancement of the architecture profession.   This year, Jury Chair Richard Kirk presented Australian practitioner and Emeritus professor Alec Tzannes with the ceremony’s highest honor.
Alec Tzannes. Image © Toby Burrows Alec Tzannes. Image © Toby Burrows

Tzannes has executed an exceptional body of work across a broad spectrum of architectural practice. The outstanding contribution Alec Tzannes has made to the architectural profession exemplifies the highest level of achievement within each of the criteria.
-The Jury

Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Simon Wood Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Simon Wood

Tzannes’ attention to detail and refined work earned him his reputation. Not only were his earlier projects carefully studied and executed, but they respected the context and environment that they are built in. His method continued throughout his career, integrating architecture, urban design, landscape, and art. Some

Dangrove. Image © Ben Guthrie
Cranbrook Junior School. Image © John Gollings
Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Richard Glover
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Alec Tzannes Awarded the Gold Medal, Australian Institute of Architects’ Highest Honor

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© Ben Guthrie © Ben Guthrie The Australian Institute of ArchitectsGold Medal recognizes exemplary work by architects who have designed buildings of high value and great distinction, resulting in the advancement of the architecture profession.   This year, Jury Chair Richard Kirk presented Australian practitioner and Emeritus professor Alec Tzannes with the ceremony’s highest honor.
Alec Tzannes. Image © Toby Burrows Alec Tzannes. Image © Toby Burrows

Tzannes has executed an exceptional body of work across a broad spectrum of architectural practice. The outstanding contribution Alec Tzannes has made to the architectural profession exemplifies the highest level of achievement within each of the criteria.
-The Jury

Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Simon Wood Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Simon Wood

Tzannes’ attention to detail and refined work earned him his reputation. Not only were his earlier projects carefully studied and executed, but they respected the context and environment that they are built in. His method continued throughout his career, integrating architecture, urban design, landscape, and art. Some

Dangrove. Image © Ben Guthrie
Cranbrook Junior School. Image © John Gollings
Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Richard Glover
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Nature Lovers Can Live Off-The-Grid With This Portable, Self-Powered Pod

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Courtesy of IO House Courtesy of IO House The uncontrollable roar of construction sites, the chaotic city streets, the monotony of spending more than 8 hours a day in a cubicle… All these daily grinds can take a toll on the human body and mind. Retreating into nature sounds liberating, however, our dependence on technology makes living off-the-grid almost impossible. Well, what if you could keep your modern lifestyle and sleep in a house hidden in the forest? IO Houses created The SPACE, a versatile and innovative housing project for people who love nature and want to preserve it, just as much as they love contemporary, luxurious living.
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The SPACE is a housing project, developed with the utmost respect for nature. These unimposing structures have “environmentally-sensitive” living spaces made out of premium materials. Wood, wool, glass, and metal were used to create each house, disregarding any use of harmful synthetic materials.

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Photo-Series Provides an Abstracted Look at China’s Iconic Architecture

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Sky SOHO, Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Kris Provoost Sky SOHO, Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Kris Provoost A decade ago, a wave of striking architecture invaded major Chinese cities as the country prepared for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Internationally renowned architects proposed and developed over-the-top structures, which soon became new symbols of the country. These iconic buildings helped mark Beijing and Shanghai as the major entry points to China, but as time progressed, the phenomenon spread to other, lesser-known Chinese cities. As these "second tier" cities thrived, their governments wanted to improve living standards and develop their own trademark, resulting in new theaters, stadiums, schools, and office towers. Having focused on Beijing and Shanghai in his first series of photographs, Kris Provoost has continued his "Beautified China" series with a deeper look at buildings in 12 Chinese cities throughout the country, from Harbin to Hong Kong. The project continues under the same premise: 20 minimalist photos taken over the past
Chongqing Grand Theater, GMP Architekten. Image © Kris Provoost
3 Cubes, GMP Architekten. Image © Kris Provoost
Tianjin Exploratorium, Bernard Tschumi. Image © Kris Provoost
Sky SOHO, Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Kris Provoost
Canton Tower, Information Based Architecture. Image © Kris Provoost
Sliced Porosity Block, Steven Holl Architects. Image © Kris Provoost
Guangdong Museum, Rocco Design. Image © Kris Provoost
National History Museum, Perkins + Will. Image © Kris Provoost
Hongkou SOHO, Kengo Kuma. Image © Kris Provoost
Guotai Arts Center, China Architecture Design Group. Image © Kris Provoost
Xinzhou Mansion, GMP Architekten. Image © Kris Provoost
The Gate to the East, RMJM. Image © Kris Provoost
Nanning Grand Theater, GMP Architekten. Image © Kris Provoost
National Aquatics Center, PTW Architects. Image © Kris Provoost
Ningbo Gateway,RSH + P. Image © Kris Provoost
Museum of Modern Art, Atelier Deshaus. Image © Kris Provoost
Harbin Grand Theater, MAD Architects. Image © Kris Provoost
Fake Hills, MAD Architects. Image © Kris Provoost
Xiqu Theater, Bing Thom. Image © Kris Provoost
Hongqiao Flower, MVRDV. Image © Kris Provoost
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How Ila Bêka Puts People’s Emotional Responses to Space On Film

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Celebrated for their unique, lively, and intimate take on architecture, in their films Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine break with the traditional representation of architecture, choosing instead to follow people living inside buildings, focusing on them instead of capturing empty structures. In a new videoLouisiana Channel interviews the Italian filmmaker and architect Ila Bêka, in which he discusses the rhythm of everyday life within contemporary architecture projects, and their importance in triggering emotions.
We felt that the movement inside architecture is very important to understand how the architecture works.
– Ila Bêka

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Bêka talks about a selection of films (compiled from the duo’s Living Architectures film series) which triggered an emotional response from the people using the space on a daily basis. He wanted to go beyond the picturesque image provided by the

Housekeeper of The Bordeaux House by Koolhaas. Image from Bêka & Lemoine Interview: The Emotion of the Space by Louisiana Channel; Video Still
House 8 by BIG. Image from Bêka & Lemoine Interview: The Emotion of the Space by Louisiana Channel; Video Still
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Beauty Matters at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 as Curators are Announced

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2019 TAB Curators. Image Courtesy of Estonian Centre for Architecture 2019 TAB Curators. Image Courtesy of Estonian Centre for Architecture Dr. Yael Reisner of Yael Reisner Studio, London, was selected as head curator for the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennale titled: “Beauty Matter: The Resurgence of Beauty." The architect’s winning proposal rejuvenates the importance of beauty, reflecting on how after almost 8 years of beauty being a tabooed subject, a cultural shift has changed its perception. The selected assistant curator will be Johanna Jõekalda, who has previously advised on the Estonian architectural scene and its socio-political-cultural features. The Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) which will take place in September and October 2019, will bring the status of beauty into discussion, discovering it through the lens of new environments. The exhibition will tackle two important issues in the architecture: “society in response to alienating built environments and the ecologically unfit."
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Meet NINO, the Edgy, Brutalist Gnome

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Courtesy of Plato Design Courtesy of Plato Design If you think you’ve seen this handsome fella before, you have; except he was wearing a flashy red hat and an old blue robe, attempting to protect your house from thieves. Luckily, gnomes have gotten quite the modern makeover. Thanks to the collaboration between Plato Design and designer Pellegrino Cucciniello, you can finally get rid of the kitschy little guy, and replace him with NINO, the modern, brutalist gnome. 
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NINO Gnomes are a collection of cement-made geometric abstractions, suitable for both outdoors and indoors. NINO's refined material and detailed geometric design (available in grey, white, and pink) can easily secure a place on the living room shelf, next to the frames and vases.

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The designers behind the new gnomes explain that NINO is an experiment in changing people’s perception. “The challenge set out by the NINO project

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Kjellander+Sjöberg Wins Competition For a New Sustainable Landmark in Sweden

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Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg Kjellander+Sjöberg Architects have won the competition for Nacka Port, a new sustainable and dynamic urban block. The award-winning architecture firm, which is one of the leading architectural offices in Scandinavia will build the project in an area between Nacka and Stockholm, Sweden. Out of the three architecture offices who were invited to compete, the latter being held in discourse with the Nacka Municipality and Architects Sweden, Kjellander Sjöberg’s proposal contributes to a “vibrant urban context with an inviting and varied program."
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Nacka Port is an urban area situated between Sickla köpkvarter, a commercial center, and the district of Hammarby Sjöstad, an area with old industrial buildings and an archipelago environment. The competition program highlighted the importance of the project’s context and called for a solution to how experiences can be created and valued. The proposed building has the

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SelgasCano Adds a Splash of Color to the Bruges Triennale with New Installation

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© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan In our rapidly changing world where ideologies and forms of life are under threat, history is being disregarded. The 2018 Bruges Triennale proposes one question: “How flexible, liquid, and resilient can a historic city like Bruges be in an age when nothing seems to be certain any longer?” In parallel, the inspiration behind the concept lies in the geography of the city itself. Bruges is a city wrapped and braided with water and has been a metaphor for Liquid City since early times. Till-Holger Borchert and Michel Dewilde, curators of the 2018 Bruges Viennale, have asked artists and architects to translate the city’s fluidity and artistic legacy into picturesque installations, allowing visitors to become part of the creative process. This year, award-winning Spanish Studio SelgasCano led by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, have designed a vibrant floating pavilion in the Coupure Canal so that visitors can
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Cats in the Right Place at the Wrong Time in Architectural Photography

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© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi Cats just don’t care. They don’t care if you bought them gourmet food. They don’t care if you got them customized furniture or luxury cardboard boxes, and they definitely don’t care if they are barging into an architectural photo shoot (although, we do think it’s their way of being the center of attention).

Don't believe us? Here's a collection of photographs collected from our projects database where cats are clearly not trying to steal the spotlight.

The Screen / DMOA architects

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans

Habitus Boatsheds / Strachan Group Architects + Rachael Rush

© Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds

Fuzzy House / SO 

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli

Moenda’s House / Felipe Rodrigues 

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi

Town House in Antwerp / Sculp[IT] 

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans

Open Source House / studiolada architects

© Olivier Mathiotte © Olivier Mathiotte

House for Booklovers and Cats / BFDO Architects

© Francis Dzikowski © Francis Dzikowski

Cat House / FANAF

© FANAF © FANAF

Casa
© Kyungsub Shin
© Fuji-Shokai - Masahiko Nishida
© Eui-tae park
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Pakistan to Feature For the First Time Ever at 2018 Venice Biennale

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City of Karachi. Image © Sakina Hassan City of Karachi. Image © Sakina Hassan As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Pakistan Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.
Keeping the subject of FREESPACE in perspective, the Pakistan Pavilion takes inspiration from the physical and social dimensions of the sparsely open spaces embedded within the many informal settlements of Karachi, the most populated and fastest growing city of Pakistan. Karachi has long served as the premier financial and industrial center of Pakistan. Home to a large service sector, it has attracted people from all parts of the country in search of employment opportunities. It has also drawn migrants from near-by countries facing conflict and economic deprivation. This influx has seen Karachi grow from a city of about a million inhabitants in 1950 into an ethnically and linguistically diverse metropolis of over 20 million today. This
Regulated and Unregulated Development Patterns of Karachi. Image Courtesy of Google Earth
Informal Settlements of Karachi – Sparsely Open Spaces. Image © Sakina Hassan
Informal Settlements of Karachi – Avenues of Life and Vitality. Image © Sakina Hassan
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Massachusetts’ LEED Platinum Award Winning Arena Named US’ Most Environmentally Sustainable

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Courtesy of InkHouse Courtesy of InkHouse Massachusetts’ Bentley University Arena has earned the LEED Platinum certification and was named the most environmentally sustainable arena in the United States. The 76,000 square foot arena emphasizes the university’s commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency, and goal to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2030. Bentley Unversity also offers a major in Sustainability Science and a program that will reduce more than 270 tons of material waste per year. This arena hosts several university events such as concerts, alumni events, career fairs, and is home to its NCAA Division I hockey team.
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Thanks to the combination of the rooftop solar technology and energy-efficient mechanical design, the overall grid energy required to power the arena will be less than half of what it would take power a building of a similar size. These technologies also cut the building’s carbon footprint in half. 
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Lebanon Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale To Reflect on The Built Environment Through a Reflection on The Unbuilt Land

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Courtesy of Hala Younes Courtesy of Hala Younes As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Lebanon Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.
Lebanon is participating for the first time at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia under the theme "The Place that Remains." The project has been developed by the curator, Hala Younes, Assistant Professor of the Architecture at the Lebanese American University (LAU).
The exhibition aims to shed light on the unbuilt land, their cultural characteristics and their prospects in improving the built environment and its living conditions, as well as the architect's social and cultural role. She added: The Purpose of the exhibition is to spread knowledge and awareness about the territorial challenges in Lebanese society because our heritage is not only architectural but lies also in geography and landscape.

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The

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Aerial Photography, Liban. Image Courtesy of DAG
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