First Prize. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the Construction Container Facelift architecture competition. The competition jury received a wide range of work, but selected proposals which were based on a realistic implementation of a novel solution, maintaining the inherent durability and functionality of the shipping containers versus altering them strictly for aesthetics.
CCIPV: Construction Container Integrated Photovoltaics: Saule Technologies, Katarzyna Formela
Saule Technologies in Poland submitted Construction Container Integrated Photovoltaics which took a modern approach along with a high-tech solution to improve both function and aesthetics of the containers. The exterior design is ink-jet printed solar cells, allowing the designs to harvest solar energy and be stored within the portable battery stations.
The new conceived technology would enable a custom-made design to wrap up construction containers
The Prada Double Club Miami / (c) Casey Kelbaugh. Image Courtesy of Fondazione Prada
As part of Art Basel in Miami Beach, a modern and contemporary art fair that highlights galleries and the newest developments in the visual arts, Carsten Höller created an installation piece for the Fondazione Prada. The installation, “The Prada Double Club Miami” is only open for a few days as part of Art Basel and is a fully-functioning nightclub.
The nightclub creates a unique experience by amalgamating hospitality and entertainment with contemporary art, music, and design. The installation is completely transformative of the 1920’s film studio which was prior to that, an ice factory, creating two distinct spaces, the interior monochromatic club contrasts with the outdoor hyper-polychromatic garden.
Architect and illustrator, Marta Vilarinho de Freitas has yet again enchanted us with her intricate drawings of cities in thin-line-pen on paper. The Portuguese architect has been exercising her passion in drawing through a series of drawings entitled, Cities and Memory - the Architecture and the City.
Fascinated by cities, Marta’s illustrations express her connection with architecture while still capturing the romantic and qualitative aspects of each city, its patterns, colors, atmosphere, and light.
Marta Vilarinho de Freitas combines fantasy with detailed accuracy in her compositions of stacked building facades, roof pitches, plans and sections along with elements distinct to the city depicted such as Dutch windmills, boats, books, and instruments.The process of creating these drawings is cyclical in that they continue to inform Marta of the spirit of each city as she draws each art piece.
The Architectural Review has recognized young designers for their talents since 1999 in the AR Emerging Architecture awards. With 18 years of award winners, the Architecture Review has had the privilege to honor now-household-names such as Shigeru Ban, Anna Heringer, Thomas Heatherwick, Jürgen Mayer H and Frida Escobedo.
South Australian artist, Joshua Smith has created yet another true-to-life miniature, a locksmith shop in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The miniature was created for an exhibition at the Arcade Art Gallery in Kaohsiung called, ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ as part of the Streets of Taiwan festival. MiniaturistJoshua Smith selected the shop by using google maps, with supplemental reference photos taken by the gallery -- Joshua has not been to Taiwan, let alone the shop itself.
Joshua Smith has been a full-time miniaturist for 3 years now, after his former career as a stencil artist and gallery director of Espionage Gallery. Becoming a miniaturist was not an overnight venture, he is self-taught and has been working at the 1:20 scale for 17 years now. His work focuses on the often overlooked or
The Kharayeb Archaeological Museum (KAM) was designed by Shiogumo in the agricultural lands of the coastal village Kharayeb, in the south of Lebanon. The site-specific museum was commissioned to preserve and enhance the historical, cultural, and public significance by the directors of the archeological mission and site, Dr. Ida Oggiano (Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico of CNR, Italy) and Dr. Wissam Khalil (Lebanese University).
The original goal of the project was to enhance the villagers’ use of the space while preserving the natural and agricultural environments. Today, the site is used by locals as ‘an informal park, lovers’ hideout and even hunting grounds’ as described by the architects. Responding to the environment, the museum is broken up into a series of independent pavilions. The four pavilions are The Exhibitions Pavilion, the Administration & Amenities Pavilion, the Cafe, and the
Both formally and through material choice, the stair invokes a feeling of science. The DNA strand idea was proposed during a workshop with Jakob Bohr, a professor at DTU Nanotech, and was abstracted into the constructed Helix.
Functionally, the stair creates a distinct and sinuous experience from floor to floor as they explore the galleries. The stair connects four floors, allowing continuous circulations between the project’s various programs -- a cafe, picnic-area, convention center, teaching facilities, staff facilities that have a visual connection to the visitor areas, as spaces for workshops.
The Sunshine Coast of Australia’s Yaroomba Beach is about to get a $900 million upgrade. The integrated, mixed-use development will be the first 5-star resort developed on the Sunshine Coast in 30 years. HASSELL has been awarded the work as master planners, architects, and landscape architects for the massive project, focusing on sustainable and ecological goals to ‘touch the ground lightly.'
The site is surrounded by dunes and vegetation, so it became important to respond to the landscape and interweave it throughout the project. Architecturally, HASSELL’s proposal takes inspiration from the nearby Mount Coolum, rising abruptly from the lush coastal plain with steep cliff walls and densely vegetated on top. Similar to Mount Coolum, the buildings show a clear distinction between the landscaped base and the green overlay at the top.
This fall, the Oslo Architecture Triennale had an open call for its 2019 curator. Now, they have announced the five proposals which have been shortlisted for 2017. Upon reading their bios below, you will quickly see the amount of multidisciplinary work each of the shortlisted teams is composed of, including architects, curators, writers, and various other thought-leaders.
“Many of the proposals deal with the most important issues of our time, issues which cannot be ignored in a relevant discussion about architecture’s role today and in the future” states the jury, comprised of Nina Berre, Anne Beate Hovind, Pero Gadanho, Marianne Skjulhaug and Kjetil Traedal Thorsen.
Adrian Currie, Andre Dekker, Christiane Bürklein, Dominique Couchani, Herbert Wright, and Zuzanna Skalka
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The Oakland Athletic's have hired four firms to lead the design and urban planning for their new ballpark on the Peralta site, near the heart of Oakland. HOK will be collaborating with Snohetta on the design of the ballpark. Snohetta will also be working on the masterplan along with Sasaki and Oakland-based Studio T-Square.
The diversity of the teams, their work and their experiences, reflects the Oakland A’s dedication to a project that will challenge the status quo and support the community. All involved firms express their excitement for the catalyst the new stadium will be in Oakland.
Brad Schrock, AIA regional leader of Sports + Recreation and +Entertainment at HOK explains that “the new ballpark is a transformational opportunity for the city of Oakland and the A’s to create an architectural icon and completely reimagine the fan experience.
You may not have guessed that the dystopian state of Los Angeles filmed in Blade Runner 2049 is a real place, just smaller. The scenes, from Los Angeles to the Trash Mesa and Wallace Tower were built to scale in Wellington, New Zealand by Weta Workshop, the massive ‘miniature’ sets were then filmed by cinematographer Alex Funke.
Alex Funke states that working in a scaled set of miniatures has all of the inherent flaws of filming anything; real surfaces, illuminated with real light, with all the issues of tiny specular reflections. He goes on to explain how each scene can be shot in layers to have hyper-control of ambient and artificial light, to be adjusted independently to create the perfect effect.
Towering over tiny Los Angeles is the LAPD building surrounded by a context consisting of 37
Your obsession with transit-oriented design has been answered with the newest map series by Blue Crow Media. The first in this series, London Underground Architecture and Design Map curates original content by transport design historian, Mark Ovenden paired with photography by Will Scott to depict the London Underground. Mark Ovenden is a specialist in graphic design, cartography, and architecture in public transport with an emphasis on underground rapid transit, making him the natural fit for the design of this map.
France’s mayor, Roland Ries, has announced the winner of the architectural design competition for a residential tower. The site is located near the Rhine, within the ‘Strasbourg, Presqu’ile--Citadelle’ neighborhood -- dense with low-rises, not exceeding five levels. The winning design by KCAP Architects & Planners and OSLO Architectes is commended for its contextual sensitivity and formal relationship with Germany which sits just on the other side of the Rhine river.
Similar to much of the waterfront neighborhood, the winning residential tower facade is made of brick. Emphasizing the 57-meter height, the bricks form a gradient from base to top, growing paler with each level. As another tool to emphasize the height, the openings in the facade grow larger with the increased height of the tower.
The building form is broken into four stepping masses as the plan
Christian Weber, a 20-plus year veteran of the Burning Man festival has learned a few tricks on the Playa. Shelter from the harsh Black Rock Desert winds, heat, dust and cold nights are attributes of an experienced camp. “Every year we unload our camp out of the container and use our container as our kitchen. It literally has fold-down tables [and] air conditioning… and when we’re all done, we throw it back in the container and it’s ready to go for next year.”
Taking cues from the hexayurts that pop-up across the various camps at Burning Man, Weber evolved the concept to be easy-to-construct, and transportable. With the strike of innovation that comes only in the middle of the night, Weber pulled out an origami book and drew up what is now the Shiftpod. Weighing in at 64 pounds the
The JUT Foundation in Taipei has recently had its 240-square-meter lecture hall by MVRDV transformed into a mossy art installation with a textile artwork that spans not just edge to edge, but up the walls, by Argentinian artist, Alexandra Kehayoglou. The lecture hall hosts a number of talks and events and requires versatility. The custom moss-inspired carpet adds a level of comfort and interest to what otherwise could have been a monotonous space.
The lecture hall is adjacent to the exhibition gallery of the JUT Foundation on the ground floor and doubles as a second installation. Wrapping the entire hall in textile establishes a new typology, a blend of art and assembly hall. The carpeted walls absorb noise, and adds comfort, especially for those lecture attendees that prefer to stand at the back-wall rather than take a seat in the front.
The awards include four groups of honorees, the 2017 AIA|LA Design Awards, 2017 AIA|LA Next LAAwards, the 2017 AIA|LA COTEAwards, and the 2017 AIA|LA Presidential Honorees. Each award has its own jury selected for their expertise specific to the award category. Three of the awards -- the Design Awards, Next LAAwards, and the COTE awards, each have three classifications: Honor, Merit and Citation, and the most prestigious of them, Honor.
The fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition winner has been announced--Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion. In June 2017 non-profit groups Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute invited ten design and architecture firms to submit proposals. “The initiative has become a valuable platform for launching new practices, a visible celebration of inventive, temporary designs that enliven public space during a chillier season, and an opportunity to understand how these spaces impact our minds and bodies” states David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute.
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.
The facade has ribbons of outdoor balconies wrapping up the facade, referred to by the designers as a "vertical boulevard," tying together the interior with the exterior of the tower. The veil of fins that covers the facade was designed using parametric design in conjunction with high-tech engineering to ensure performance in addition to aesthetics. Taking on a holistic sustainable approach, these ceramic fins provide
In Iraq, as an estimated 900,000 people return home to the city of Mosul after liberation, many of the returnees will only find desolation. The Tamayouz Excellence Award, Rifat Chadirji Prize focuses on bringing global awareness as well as global talent toward addressing the social issues Iraq faces through design.
This year’s theme, “Rebuilding Iraq’s Liberated Areas: Mosul’s Housing Competition” asked applicants design prototypes for affordable housing. The winning housing proposals selected by the jury are practical, inspiring, and scalable, while adding capacity and density. The competition received 223 submissions from 42 countries. The Top 20 entries will be featured in a traveling exhibition that will visit Amman, Baghdad, Boston, Beirut, Milan, and London. Read on to learn about the three winning proposals and seven honorable mentions.
In Warsaw, Poland architecture firm WXCA wins the masterplan proposal for a stretch of riverfront along the Vistula River. The Vistula River Boulevards are among the most frequented public spaces in the city, and gaining popularity as entertainment and cultural offerings become available. WXCA’s winning design for Kahla Square aims to resolve the disconnect between the river banks and to provide amenities to support waterfront activities.
Activating the space that ties together the Copernicus Science Center, the Academy of Fine Arts, and future sports facilities, complimentary outdoor spaces are proposed. The Polana Sztuki clearing for the arts, the Park Odkrywców discover park, and the Skwer Sportów Miejskich support the existing cultural attractions while providing accessible ground-floor services for public use.
With sensitivity to the weather of Warsaw, WXCA has designed an urban roof to lengthen the riverfront recreational season. The covered areas also allow activities to take place