Herzog & de Meuron Release Revised Plans for Museum of 20th Century Design in Berlin

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Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron have released revised plans for the Museum of the 20th Century project in Berlin's Cultural Forum. Designed to house the extensive National Gallery on 20th century art collection, the project was made in partnership with the Berlin State Museums and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Herzog & de Meuron originally won the competition to design the museum building in 2016, and the revised design features new plans and a facade that opens the building to the outside.
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In November 2014, the German Bundestag decided to donate 200 million EUR to help fund the new building. Made to respect the nearby Mies van der Rohe and Hans Scharoun structures, the Museum of the 20th Century is located between the Neue

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Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
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Herzog & de Meuron Release Revised Plans for Museum of 20th Century Design in Berlin

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Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron have released revised plans for the Museum of the 20th Century project in Berlin's Cultural Forum. Designed to house the extensive National Gallery on 20th century art collection, the project was made in partnership with the Berlin State Museums and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Herzog & de Meuron originally won the competition to design the museum building in 2016, and the revised design features new plans and a facade that opens the building to the outside.
Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

In November 2014, the German Bundestag decided to donate 200 million EUR to help fund the new building. Made to respect the nearby Mies van der Rohe and Hans Scharoun structures, the Museum of the 20th Century is located between the Neue

Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
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Urban Nouveau Aims to Save Stockholm’s Lidingö Bridge by Combining New Housing

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Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Swedish studio Urban Nouveau has created a plan to save Stockholm's Gamla Lidingöbron bridge by transforming it into a linear park and housing. Built in the 1920s, the rail and pedestrian bridge features a lattice structure and arched steel trusses that would frame 50 new apartments and a pedestrian park above. While the local council has made plans to demolish the Lidingö bridge, Urban Nouveau launched a petition with the aim of saving the bridge and re-purposing it for the city.
Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau

As a connector between Stockholm and the island of Lidingö, the design would include turning the existing bridge deck into a pedestrian park and creating 50 premium west facing apartments inside the structure of the bridge. The apartments would feature double-height living spaces and glazed facades on both sides. Urban Nouveau

Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
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Orange Architects + KCAP Create a Golden City Block for St. Petersburg in Russia

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Golden City. Image Courtesy of KCAP and Orange Architects Golden City. Image Courtesy of KCAP and Orange Architects Orange Architects + KCAP have created a Golden City Block for St. Petersburg, Russia. Bordering the Finnish Gulf, the new urban development is part of Vasilievsky Island. Three of Orange and KCAP's projects in the development are already underway, including the towers of block 6, as well as construction for block 7 and block 8. Inspired by the morphology and structure of St. Petersburg’s city center, the design utilizes urban blocks with enclosed gardens and courtyards.
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Golden City. Image Courtesy of KCAP and Orange Architects Golden City. Image Courtesy of KCAP and Orange Architects

Block 7 consists of one 6-storey perimeter block with three 17-storey towers on top and includes two courtyards: one enclosed and one open. The building has one underground level, while on the first floor there is commercial program and five residential floors are located above. Monumental

Golden City. Image Courtesy of KCAP and Orange Architects
Golden City. Image Courtesy of KCAP and Orange Architects
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MIT Team Working with Neri Oxman Design “Fiberbots” to Respond Quickly to Natural Disaster

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The MIT-based Mediated Matter Group have created Fiberbots, an autonomous digital fabrication platform designed to quickly build architecture during disaster. By utilizing cooperative robotic manufacturing, Fiberbots can create highly sophisticated material structures. The small robots work as a group to wind fiberglass filament and create high-strength tubular structures. MIT researchers envision the bots building in extreme environments and natural disaster zones.
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Fiberbots. Image © The Mediated Matter Group Fiberbots. Image © The Mediated Matter Group

Fiberbots was designed as a platform that can enable design and digital fabrication of large-scale structures with high spatial resolution. Leveraging mobile fabrication nodes, or robotic "agents", Fiberbots is designed to tune the material make-up of the structure being constructed on the fly as informed by their environment. These structures can be built in parallel and interwoven to rapidly create architectural structures. The robots are mobile, and use sensor feedback to control the length

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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Create Triangular Towers for a New High-Rise District in Helsinki

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Trigoni, Helsinki High-Rise. Image Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Trigoni, Helsinki High-Rise. Image Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Finnish office Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects have won the competition to design a new high-rise district in Helsinki. Proposing a cluster of public space and triangular plan towers, the firm will see the phased construction of the high-density, mixed-use towers and public space alongside construction firm YIT. Located in the Pasila district, the project is called Trigoni as a reference to the triangular plan of the towers and the desire to create strong connections around sustainable development.
Trigoni, Helsinki High-Rise. Image Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Trigoni, Helsinki High-Rise. Image Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

Construction of the project will be phases, beginning with the ‘starting block’, the first tower of 180 meters and 51 floors, and a second at 130 metres and 40 floors. Later phased development of the scheme will bring more mid- to high-rise buildings, towers and public space. Up to ten buildings will be

Trigoni, Helsinki High-Rise. Image Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Trigoni, Helsinki High-Rise. Image Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
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AIA Announces 2018 Film Challenge Winners

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Courtesy of American Institute of Architects Courtesy of American Institute of Architects The American Institute of Architects have released the winning films for the 2018 Film Challenge. As part of the institute's larger Blueprint for Better campaign, the film challenge asked participants to produce, shoot, and edit 3 to 5 minute documentary-style short films. The AIA invited architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of architects, civic leaders and communities working together toward positive community impact. This year’s film submissions covered a variety of topics, including affordable housing, social impact issues, preservation and sustainability. Grand prize, runner up and third place recipients were selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and film/media professionals while the People’s Choice Award was selected through votes cast by the public. Each of the Blueprint for Better stories were entered to win cash and experiential prizes, distribution at film festivals, and exposure on AIA’s online channels.
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Architools Crafts the Perfect Minimalist Notebook for Architects

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After creating the perfect sketchbook, Architools is back with a minimalist notebook made for designers and architects alike. The project is now raising funds on Kickstarter, and aims to bring a subtle elegance to the humble notebook. Named the Dérive, or “drift” in French, the notebook embodies qualities of wanderlust and sensory exploration. Featuring refined materials and design, it was made to inspire the next project or adventure.
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Dérive is inspired by the idea of "a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances.” This unscripted wandering through the urban terrain sees participants disregard their usual routines, and "let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there". Dérive features lay-flat binding for double-page sketching or scanning, opening into a clean A4 canvas. The smyth-sewn binding takes a step up from previous notebooks with a higher signature-to-page ratio

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Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp Win Auckland Skyscraper Competition

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65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot 65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp have been announced as the winners of the international competition to create a new high-rise tower in central Auckland. Drawn from five finalists including Warren and Mahoney, Cox Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Elenberg Fraser, the winning design will stand 180m high. The building design is inspired by New Zealand’s natural landscape and the country’s unique geology and fauna.
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Designed by Melbourne-based architects Woods Bagot, in partnership with local New Zealand firm Peddle Thorp, the building will be built a block away from the 237m high Sky Tower. The new multi-use high-rise will have 226 apartments, a 233-room 5-star hotel, and a ground floor Market Place. Pete Miglis, principal architect at Woods Bagot, says the project will transform Federal St and its surrounds, especially at

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65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
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New Renderings Reveal Vancouver’s ‘Gateway Tower’ Counterpart to BIG’s Vancouver House

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601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects Shanghai-based JYOM Architecture and GBL Architects have released new renderings of 601 Beach Crescent, the 'Gateway Tower' counterpart to Bjarke Ingels Group's Vancouver House project. As the Daily Hive reports, developer Pinnacle International recently submitted its formal rezoning application to develop the vacant site on the north end of the Granville Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver. Conceptually, the tower was designed to replicate the motions of the dancing female form.
601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects

On the other side of the bridge deck from Vancouver House, the 601 Beach Crescent tower will rise 535 feet across 54 floors. There will be 455 homes; 303 will be market residential units, while 152 social housing units will be created within the tower's base. Formed with a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three

601 Beach Crescent Concept. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects
601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects
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BIG Selected to Design First Phase of Airport City in Luxembourg

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Skypark Business Center South. Image Courtesy of BIG / Metaform Skypark Business Center South. Image Courtesy of BIG / Metaform Bjarke Ingels Group has been selected to design the Skypark Business Center South as part of Luxembourg's new Airport City plan. Located just outside of Luxembourg City, the project is the first development within the masterplan, and is expected to start construction during 2019. The new airport district aims to become an economic hub comprised of four floors of shops, restaurants, fitness activities, and offices. The news of Skypark Business Center South comes two years after the presentation of the airport district’s master plan.
Skypark Business Center South. Image Courtesy of BIG / Metaform Skypark Business Center South. Image Courtesy of BIG / Metaform

The company lux-Airport plans to invest between 25 and 35 million euros into the project alongside financing for rents on the space and airport taxes. René Steinhaus, CEO lux-Airport, said that, “I’m looking forward to seeing the first milestone of our Airport City becoming a reality. The

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Paul Cocksedge Designs Living Watercolor Pavilion for EXPO 2020

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Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud British designer Paul Cocksedge's ‘impossible’ living watercolor design was selected as a finalist for the UK National Pavilion during Expo 2020 in Dubai. Every color in the pavilion comes from the flag of a nation exhibiting at the event, expressing unity, partnership and possibility. The overlapping shades reflect the theme of the Expo – Connecting Minds, Creating The Future. At the heart of the building, a sculptural centerpiece envelops visitors in color and light, giving the sense of an ‘impossible’ structure.
Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud

Paul Cocksedge Studio was shortlisted as part of a competition organized by the UK government. The structure, designed in partnership with IDOM and Arup, would be made from thousands of translucent glass discs, overlaid on top of one another to create a three-dimensional chromatic experience that changes according to shifting sun and shade.

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Artist Mr. June Brings Urban Facades to Life with Layered Three Dimensional Murals

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Urban Nation, Berlin. Image © Mr. June Urban Nation, Berlin. Image © Mr. June Artist David Louf, aka Mr. June, has earned a reputation for creating striking urban art, most recently using three-dimensional murals that play off architectural elements. As Colossal reports, within the last year Mr. June's geometric abstractions have become increasingly architectural as they aim to challenge viewer’s perceptions. Producing work since 1985, Mr. June recently completed a 130-foot diameter dome in North Carolina and a 3D mural for Urban Nation in Berlin.
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"Whether he is painting a graffiti piece, working in his multi-disciplinary graphic design studio, or creating a large mural project, Louf continuously aims to blend his love for typography, fascination with abstraction, and free spirit of graffiti culture. These results are regularly applied to the most unusual and unexpected urban structures. Challenged by the existing architectural elements and obstacles, Louf likes to construct creations that will

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Steven Chilton Architects Builds a Forest of White Columns Around Wuxi Taihu Show Theater

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Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects Steven Chilton Architects has designed a forest of white columns and a latticed metallic roof around the Wuxi Show Theater in China. The screen of angled columns surrounding the circular building was inspired by the Sea of Bamboo, a national park with one of the biggest bamboo forests in the country. Opening in December 2019, the design will provide a permanent home for Belgian theatre director Franco Dragone's show, the House of Dancing Water.
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Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects Wuxi Show Theatre. Image Courtesy of Steven Chilton Architects

Located close to Lake Taihu in the Jiangsu province of China, the building’s appearance is composed of three primary elements: the columns, the shade canopy and the building envelope. Framing the theater's entrances, the angled columns connect to a canopy of gold anodized aluminium louvers set in the

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Japanese Robot Capable of Installing Drywall by Itself

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Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute have created HRP-5P, a humanoid robot that can perform common construction tasks, including installing drywall. As TechCrunch reports, HRP-5P uses environmental measurement, object detection and motion planning to perform various tasks. The robot may help in Japan's rapidly aging society where declining birth rates meets a lack of skilled construction workers.
HRP-5P Robotic Construction Worker. Image Courtesy of Japan Advanced IST Institute HRP-5P Robotic Construction Worker. Image Courtesy of Japan Advanced IST Institute

In a video from the Advanced IST Institute we can see the robot install drywall, including drilling it into place. “By utilizing HRP-5P as a development platform of industry-academia collaboration, it is expected that research and development for practical use of humanoid robots in building construction sites and assembly of large structures such as aircraft and ships will be accelerated,” write the creators.

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“It is expected that many industries such as the construction industry will fall into serious manual shortages
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New Photographs Released of Istanbul’s Futuristic Supertall TV and Radio Tower

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Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image Courtesy of MIR Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image Courtesy of MIR Turkish practice Melike Altinisik Architects have released new photos of Istanbul's futuristic 369 meter-tall Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. The new telecommunications tower will replace several outdated structures currently in use and support an estimated 125 broadcasting transmitters. Designed for the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, the project is currently under construction, and the new photos showcasing the tower's ongoing progress. The project is set to become the tallest tower in Istanbul.
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The TV and radio tower seeks a sense of motion and rhtym within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Istanbul. Those architectural formations combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry, whose innovative concept allows inhabitable spaces to be attached to the whole of the tower’s core. The project hopes to symbolize the growth of the

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Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image Courtesy of MIR
Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower. Image © Ege Acar
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COOKFOX Reimagines Former High Line Freight Terminal as Workplace of the Future

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St. John’s Terminal. Image Courtesy of COOKFOX Architects St. John’s Terminal. Image Courtesy of COOKFOX Architects COOKFOX Architects and Oxford Properties have reimagined New York's St. John’s Terminal as a workplace of the future. The 1.3 million square foot proposal aims to connect the Hudson Square neighborhood to the waterfront at the end of The High Line. Combining outdoor space and greenery with 100,000 square-foot floor plates, the project reinterprets the industrial past of the former freight terminal. The project was created to shape how businesses innovate and create between Lower Manhattan and the waterfront.
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At St. John’s Terminal, the design from COOKFOX celebrates the site’s heritage. The former terminus of the High Line was once a conduit for daily goods distributed throughout NYC. The legacy of its railway heritage can still be seen embedded in the building’s structure. Located at 550 Washington Street at the corner of Houston

St. John’s Terminal. Image Courtesy of COOKFOX Architects
St. John’s Terminal. Image Courtesy of COOKFOX Architects
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Penda and Smartvoll Design Giant Watermill for Austria’s EXPO 2020 Pavilion

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Architecture and design practices Penda and Smartvoll have created a giant watermill for Austria's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai. ‘The Source of Everything’ was selected as a finalist in an international competition and marks the first collaboration between Penda Austria and Smartvoll. The project features a supersized mill that circulates water through the pavilion and brings an experience to the desert of Dubai that Austria is famous for: Refreshment.
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“In my opinion, a pavilion at the Expo shouldn’t be a box that solely showcases products and companies. At its best, a pavilion offers a surprise, a fun time with a message and an adventurous exploration. By creating a lasting impression, it will connect the visitors personally to the values of a country and its culture.” says Philip Buxbaum, partner of Smartvoll.

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The Source of Everything. Image © Virgin Lemon
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Jasmax Designs New Zealand’s EXPO 2020 National Pavilion Inspired by Māori Culture

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New Zealand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Jasmax New Zealand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Jasmax Architecture firm Jasmax has been selected to design New Zealand's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai. New Zealand will participate in Expo 2020 from October 2020 to April 2021. Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together 180 nations and 25 million international visitors. Over six months, the event will inspire collaboration on global challenges and opportunities. New Zealand’s theme for Expo 2020 is 'Care for People and Place'. The pavilion will feature an exhibition experience, corporate hosting facilities, a restaurant and design store. The New Zealand Pavilion will be located in the Sustainability District. The project is designed to promote New Zealand as a country to trade and partner with, invest in, study and visit. The Pavilion is designed by Jasmax architects with Special Group as creative storytellers and Mott MacDonald providing engineering services. The pavilion was inspired by waka taonga, receptacles
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