Photographic Gallery Captures the Rough Brutalism of Toronto’s Andrews Building

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© Ruta Krau © Ruta Krau Toronto-based photographer Ruta Krau has captured stunning photographs of the Andrews Building, one of Canada’s most noted brutalist buildings, and a celebrated part of Toronto's concrete architecture. Designed by John Andrews, architect of Toronto’s iconic CN Tower, the Andrews Building embodies the Modernist ethos of connecting with the surrounding environment, balanced above a ravine and emerging as a stepped pyramid from a natural ridge. Krau’s photographs capture the rough, natural aesthetic of the Modernist building, with béton brut concrete stamped with the patterns of the timber used to mold the poured-concrete structure. Visible on both the interior and exterior, this texture compliments terra-cotta-colored floor tiles and wood-paneled feature walls.
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Cascading Brick Arches Feature in Penda’s Residential Tower in Tel Aviv

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Courtesy of Penda Austria Courtesy of Penda Austria Penda has released images of its proposed high-rise residential tower in Tel Aviv, featuring brick arches and cascading terraces influenced by the city’s Bauhaus era and the materiality of its Old Town. The 380-foot-high (116-meter-high) scheme will house a range of one to four bedroom apartments, as well as double-height penthouses. For the scheme’s design, Penda rejected the “generic glass tower” in favor of a form and materiality which responds to Tel Aviv’s sunny Mediterranean climate.
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The 190,000-square-foot (17,500-square-meter) scheme is defined by its cascading arches, chosen for its historical “shelter” roots in architecture, and its traditional role as a “welcoming gesture” at the entrance to buildings and cities. Together with layered terraces, the rhythmic layout of the arched structure creates a façade which reflects the vividness of Tel Aviv, striking

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Benoy Releases Images of New Waterfront Development in Wenzhou, China

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Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy Benoy has released images of their competition-winning design for a waterfront development in Wenzhou, China. INCITY MEGA will form part of the Central Green Axis masterplan, a dramatic landscaped district cutting through the urban fabric of Wenzhou. The 2.6 million square foot (250,000 square meter) INCITY MEGA scheme will occupy two of the eight plots on the Central Green Axis, with a mixed-use program including retail, movie theaters, plazas, and gyms. The scheme is in response to a rapidly-growing consumer population in Wenzhou and will join the ranks of previous schemes in the region by Hammer Schmidt Lassen, UNStudio, and HENN.
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The INCITY MEGA scheme is comprised of two plots, one containing the “INCITY MEGA Mall” with the other featuring a long, narrow waterfront boutique district. Together, the plots combine to create a “three-dimensional urban space” which integrates

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C.F. Møller Architects Reveal Images of “Sculptural Landmark” Tower at the Port of Aarhus

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Courtesy of Aestethica Studio Courtesy of Aestethica Studio C.F. Møller Architects has released images its proposed 470-foot-high (144-meter-high) office tower at the Port of Aarhus in Denmark. Intended as a “bright sculptural landmark,” the scheme combines cultural, retail, and business functions to activate the public realm in a former industrial port area. C.F. Møller’s plans will include the retention of an existing 60,000 square foot (5,600 square meter) industrial complex on the site, which will be opened up to establish a stronger connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. The new tower’s geometry originates from the existing building, forming a dialogue between old and new urban fabric.
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The 375,000 square foot (35,000 square meter), 38-floor tower is intended as a “bright and slender sculptural landmark” with layered facades to create optimum daylight conditions, attractive views, and a healthy environment. Three cantilevering vertical foyers create multi-orientated

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Foster + Partners Reveal Proposal for Refurbished Axis of Madrid

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Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed comprehensive refurbishment of the Plaza Colón building in Madrid. Located at a historically significant site in Madrid, the scheme will see the transformation and revitalization of the existing structure to “create a new iconic landmark.” Located at the junction of Madrid’s main north-south and east-west arteries, the building occupies one of the most important intersections in Madrid and forms a key part of the city’s long-term urban vision. The building also faces the bustling Plaza de Colón, one of the largest public spaces in Madrid, while linking three distinct districts containing luxury shopping, finance, art, and historic tradition.
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Foster + Partners’ refurbishment sees the four-story building clad with a distinctive stainless-steel diagrid façade, with an optimized geometry designed to minimize energy and material consumption. At ground floor, the

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Christo’s First UK Outdoor Public Sculpture Opens on the Serpentine Lake

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The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. Image © Wolfgang Volz The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. Image © Wolfgang Volz The “London Mastaba” has opened in Hyde Park. A temporary sculpture floating on the Serpentine Lake, the project is the first major public outdoor sculpture in the United Kingdom designed by the artist Christo. The opening comes as new photographs by Wolfgang Volz are released which chart the construction and completion of the striking art piece. Featuring 7,506 horizontally-stacked barrels floating on the Serpentine Lake, the Mastaba coincides with an exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work at the Serpentine Galleries featuring sculptures, drawings, collages, and photographs spanning more than 60 years.  
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The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. Image © Wolfgang Volz The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. Image © Wolfgang Volz

Volz’s photographs document the construction of the scheme built to a height of 65 feet (20 meters) by a team of engineers.

Workers assemble the sculpture's floating platform, made of high-density polyethylene cubes. Image © Wolfgang Volz
Workers placing barrels on the roof of the London Mastaba. Image © Wolfgang Volz
Workers installing barrels on the vertical side of the London Mastaba. Image © Wolfgang Volz
Workers screw together the sculpture's steel frame. Image © Wolfgang Volz
On top of the floating platform, workers install the steel frame of the London Mastaba. Image © Wolfgang Volz
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BIG’s LEGO House has its own “Block-Buster” Netflix Documentary

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Courtesy of LEGO Courtesy of LEGO The LEGO House by Bjarke Ingels Group now has its own Netflix documentary. Taking viewers on a journey through the conception, design, construction, and opening of the LEGO House, the documentary offers an insight into the challenges faced throughout the process, and the thoughts and reflections of the project’s key contributors, including Bjarke Ingels. “LEGO House – Home of the Brick” offers the most thorough insight yet into the scheme’s creation, detailing major early construction issues, delays, and (spoiler alert!) the ultimate successful completion of one of the most iconic pieces of architecture created in recent years. The documentary dives into the history of the LEGO brand, the vision, and importance placed on the LEGO House by the company’s directors, and perhaps most interestingly, a series of interviews with Bjarke Ingels in which he reflects on the role of LEGO in the development of
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Apartment in Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation Renovated to Original Design by Philipp Mohr

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© Didier Gaillard- Hohlweg © Didier Gaillard- Hohlweg Architect Philipp Mohr has led the renovation of an apartment at Le Corbusier’s iconic Unite d’Habitation in Berlin, carried out to the architect’s original design. Over the course of two years, Mohr’s team engaged with archival research, antique shopping, and the surveying of the Unite d’Habitation Marseille in France. Mohr purchased the apartment in 2016 and embarked on a journey of demolition, measurement, and extensive renovation including lowering ceilings and moving walls in order to recreate the interior likely envisioned by Le Corbusier.
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An examination of plans from the archives of the Foundation Le Corbusier in Paris revealed that the Berlin apartments were originally intended to be identical to those in Marseille. However, a dispute between the Berlin authorities and Le Corbusier likely resulted in the interiors being altered beyond recognition from their original design by a 1950’s design

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UNStudio Designs Future-Proof Cable Car for Amsterdam

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Courtesy of Plompmozes Courtesy of Plompmozes UNStudio has released images of its design for IJbaan, a green, future-proof cable car linking West and North Amsterdam. The result of a crowdfunding campaign started by founders Bas Dekker and Willem Wessels in 2015, the project is to be implemented by 2025, marking the city's 750th anniversary. The “all electric” transport scheme forms part of Amsterdam’s ambition to be a European center for urban innovation, integrating forward-thinking technology with existing public transport modalities. Stretching over one mile (1.5 kilometers), the cable car links the two thriving residential districts of Amsterdam-West and Amsterdam-Noord through a system of three slender pylons and two stations. The cable car has been designed to accommodate a future third station depending on the pattern of growth for surrounding districts.
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In order to allow large ships to pass under the IJ waterway, the towers vary in height between

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Michael Maltzan Architecture’s Inuit Art Centre Breaks Ground in Winnipeg

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Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre has broken ground in Winnipeg Manitoba. Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture in collaboration with Cibinel Architecture, the 40,000-square-foot scheme is set to become the largest gallery space in the world devoted to Inuit art, culture, and history. Arranged over four stories, the scheme is an addition to the 1971 museum designed by Gustavo Da Roza, and seeks to form a new cultural landmark for downtown Winnipeg.
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The scheme centers on a transparent, double-height Inuit Vault, with curved glass walls reaching from floor to ceiling with shelving to follow the curvature of the enclosure. The vault will also contain a stairwell to additional collections storage at the level below.

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A light-filled, 8,500 square foot Inuit Gallery on the third level is dedicated to

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Fly Back in Time with These Brutalist Cuckoo Clocks

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© Guido Zimmermann © Guido Zimmermann Coffee machines and garden gnomes aside, Brutalist fanatics have a new means of expressing their love for the controversial modernist style, with credit to Frankfurt-based artist Guido Zimmermann. His beautifully-crafted “Cuckoo Blocks” reinvent the traditional Black Forest cuckoo clock with a modernist Brutalism inspired by the architecture of the late 1960s. More than an aesthetic centerpiece for Brutalist fanatics, the clocks are in fact a response to a decline in the middle class caused by increasing rent prices in modern metropolises. 
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© Guido Zimmermann © Guido Zimmermann

The cuckoo clocks are inspired by two brutalist landmarks. The La Flaine hotel by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer can be considered either as a piece of expressive constructed art for the modern age, or a grey eyesore sitting awkwardly in an untouched natural Alpine setting. Meanwhile, the Glenkerry House in London by Erno Goldfinger, which once housed the

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Enliven Your Renders with Studio Esinam’s Hi-Res Cutouts, Free with ArchDaily Discount Code

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© Studio Esinam © Studio Esinam Swedish creative firm Studio Esinam has launched a new cutout shop, offering an aid to architects and designers seeking to enliven renders and visualizations. The studio’s products, including these print elevations of iconic landmarks, are made in Sweden with an emphasis on eco-friendly materials. In celebration of the launch, the studio is offering a mixed pack of 50 diverse, high resolution cuts outs for free, normally priced at £100. Users can gain access to the offer using the discount code “archdaily” on the cutout shop here during the purchasing process.

You can check out a selection of the cutout products below, or on the official website here.

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Do Not Try This at Home: The 25 Worst Interior Design Trends of the Last 50 Years

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© Dmitri Kessel © Dmitri Kessel The laws of home decor often derive from personal opinion, varying depending on which “expert” you ask. In an effort to uncover the most serial interior design crimes of our time, technology giant Samsung turned to the British public. In a public vote of 2000 UK adults, Samsung asked participants to vote on the worst interior design trends of the past 50 years. The results are as controversial as they are varied, with a total of 25 trends spanning half a century, and leaving no room intact. From bidets to beaded curtains, waterbeds to wallpaper borders, we set out Samsung’s findings below on the worst design trends in living memory. Have they missed something?

Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

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© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu Following the opening of the 2018 Serpentine Pavillion this week, designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to London. Ghinitoiu’s images, which you can discover below, capture the elemental beauty of Escobedo’s pavilion, defined by a permeable cement tile façade inspired by Mexican celosias. Fusing elements typical to Mexican architecture with local London references, the pavilion centers on a courtyard enclosed by two rectangular volumes constructed using the characteristic celosia method.

A gallery of Ghinitoiu’s photographs is collated below. You can find out more about the design and development of the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion from our extensive coverage here.

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WOHA’s First Office Skyscraper in China Tops Out in Shenzhen

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Courtesy of WOHA Courtesy of WOHA WOHA has released an update of their first office skyscraper for China, as their Vanke Yun City scheme tops out in Shenzhen. Manifesting as three tower blocks attached to a central T-shaped core, the scheme seeks to present “an alternative office tower typology that responds to the sub-tropical climate in Shenzhen.” Set against the backdrop of ubiquitous post-modernist skyscrapers, the 1.6 million-square-foot (150,000 square-meter) scheme aims to “radically transform the soulless skyscraper into a highly liveable, humane, and sustainable micro-vertical city.”
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At ground level, the entire building footprint is raised to create a public urban landscape beneath, with green and water features dotted across a part-sheltered plaza. Above, a series of 7-story high “knolls” are outlined be greenery extruding from the towers, drawing inspiration from the natural mountainous region of Shenzhen.

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Atop each knoll,

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WOHA’s First Office Skyscraper in China Tops Out in Shenzhen

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Courtesy of WOHA Courtesy of WOHA WOHA has released an update of their first office skyscraper for China, as their Vanke Yun City scheme tops out in Shenzhen. Manifesting as three tower blocks attached to a central T-shaped core, the scheme seeks to present “an alternative office tower typology that responds to the sub-tropical climate in Shenzhen.” Set against the backdrop of ubiquitous post-modernist skyscrapers, the 1.6 million-square-foot (150,000 square-meter) scheme aims to “radically transform the soulless skyscraper into a highly liveable, humane, and sustainable micro-vertical city.”
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At ground level, the entire building footprint is raised to create a public urban landscape beneath, with green and water features dotted across a part-sheltered plaza. Above, a series of 7-story high “knolls” are outlined be greenery extruding from the towers, drawing inspiration from the natural mountainous region of Shenzhen.

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Atop each knoll,

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New Images Show Steven Holl’s Expansion of the Kennedy Center Under Construction

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Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has released new photographs as construction continues on the Steven Holl Architects-designed expansion project in Washington DC. Due to open in September 2019, the REACH expansion project aims to “provide artists and visitors new and wide-ranging opportunities to fully interact and engage with the Center.” The project features 72,000 square feet of interior space across a 4.6-acre site, resulting in a 20% increase in public areas, and a doubling of outdoor space.
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The expansion sees the construction of three interconnected pavilions featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, hosting eleven highly-flexible spaces for art, performance, and classes. Landscaping additions include 130,000 square feet of gardens with lawns for art installations, performance, and recreation, while a pedestrian bridge will link the site to the National Mall and other presidential memorials.

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Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53rd Street Tops Out in New York City

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Formerly known as Tower Verre, the scheme is also referred to as the MoMA Expansion Tower, given the 50,000-square-foot exhibition space offered to the institution as part of the program. Financed by a $450 million investment, the wing is set to open in 2019. Residents of 53W53 will have free access to MoMA, and opportunities

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ 3 World Trade Center Opens in New York City

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony in the tower’s lobby marked the scheme’s opening, led by developer Larry Silverstein of Silverstein Properties, and attended by government leaders such as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo. In its first year,

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Design Zero-Carbon Headquarters for Global Chemical Company in Brussels

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Quad campus. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Quad campus. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Schmidt Hammer Lassen has released images and details of its competition-winning design for the headquarters of Solvay, an advanced materials and chemicals company, to be located in Brussels, Belgium. Working in collaboration with Modulo Architects and VK Engineers, the Danish firm has prioritized sustainability and resilience in the zero-carbon, near-zero-energy building. The winning team was chosen from a competitive international field including OMA, Valode & Pistre, Wilmotte & Associés, and Henning Larsen.
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The scheme is located on a 22-hectare site in the Belgian capital which has hosted many of Solvay’s activities since 1953. The design team sought to reach beyond the typology of a typical corporate office, instead offering a fluid, collaborative space dedicated to interaction and innovation.

In the earliest stages, it
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