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The European Council and Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

As a consequence of 2004 European enlargement, the Justus Lipsius building becomes too small for the council of the European1 (hereafter named the Council). According to the treaty of Nice, adopted in 2001, all European Council2 sessions are held in Brussels, which also generates new real estate needs. In order to respond to those, the Belgian State offered the Council to cede block A from the complex “Residence Palace” to make it the future seat of both the European Council and the Council, once this building renovated and adapted to its future owners’ needs.

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers
  • Project: The European Council and Council of the European Union
  • Location: Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Quentin Olbrechts, Georges MEURANT, Thierry Henrard, Jacques Ceyssens, Marie-Françoise Plissart, POLYGON graphics cvba – Stijn Stragier
  • Client: Belgian Buildings Agency
  • General Direction: Laurent VRIJDAGHS, Administrateur général 
  • Design Partner: Dr Ir Ridder Philippe SAMYN, architect & engineer
  • Associate Partners: Arch. Mehdi CHTOUROU, Ir-Arch. Jean-Charles PUECHBLANC
  • Budget: 240 M€ (value as of index January 2004)
  • Area: 53.815 sqm superstructure (including 9.271 sqm conference rooms, 27.163 sqm offices, 3.370 sqm pressroom and 8.375 sqm ceremonial rooms and restaurants)
  • Asbestos removal started: January 2008
  • Completed: June 2016

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The Solar Electric Sculptures by jantzen studio

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Article source: jantzen studio

Solar Electric Sculptures were designed as functional public art projects that generate electricity from sunlight (for the community in which they are installed) through the integration of a large photovoltaic panel, built into the sculpture.

Image Courtesy © jantzen studio

Image Courtesy © jantzen studio

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Artificial wetland flood preention, broken leveev in Mexico by Margot Krasojevic Arcitect

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Article source: Margot Krasojevic Arcitect

Floating levee piers to trap sediment and divert freshwater:

The idea behind this project attempts to combine an architecture with technology, where by-products of new materials create impossible forms because computer technology has become an inherent part of the design process, such is the application of typology in this project.

Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojevic Arcitect

Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojevic Arcitect

  • Architects: Margot Krasojevic Arcitect
  • Project: Artificial wetland flood preention, broken leveev
  • Location: Mexico, USA
  • Software used: Autodesk Revit and 3ds max

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B&B Italia / The perfect density in Milan, Italy by Migliore + Servetto Architects

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Article source: Migliore + Servetto Architects 

The installation conceived by Migliore+Servetto Architects, B&B Italia / The Perfect Density, identifies the concept of density as the narrative fulcrum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of B&B Italia. “Density” is taken as a feature of B&B Italia’s identity in a broad sense: from the product physical and material nature to the conceptual one. Density of ideas and projects, always projecting the company into the future, through a continuous drive for innovation.

Image Courtesy © Andrea Martiradonna

Image Courtesy © Andrea Martiradonna

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Antalya Green Hub in Turkey by Alper Derinboğaz, Salon

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Recently Antalya is under a rapid transformation like many other cities in Turkey. These quick transformations usually aim segregated mediocre urban projects rather than balancing the benefits of different actors. Although there are many possibilities for a city like Antalya with much diverse qualities such as forests, sea, history, tourism and culture most of the renovation projects are enclosed mediocre worlds that rather try to exist within their limited environment.

Image Courtesy © Alper Derinboğaz, Salon

Image Courtesy © Alper Derinboğaz, Salon

  • Architects: Alper Derinboğaz, Salon
  • Project: Antalya Green Hub
  • Location: Antalya, Turkey
  • Total Project Area: 1.309.000 sqm
  • Construction Area: 1.627.000 sqm
  • Total Green Area: 260.584 sqm
  • Expected Project Start: September 2016
  • Expected Completion Dates: Semptenber 2018 (1. Stage) – June 2019 (2. Stage)
  • Software used: Rhino

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Monte da Azarujinha in Évora, Portugal by aboim inglez architectos

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Article source: aboim inglez architectos

The 140 ha property is located on the outskirts of Azaruja village, Évora district. One senses this vast plain through its corks trees and the small constructions that punctuate the landscape, making it noticeable and humane. A hundred year old agricultural construction is to be refurbished and enlarged in order to accommodate a small tourism unit.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Gonçalves

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Gonçalves

  • Architects: aboim inglez architectos (Maria Ana Aboim Inglez + Ricardo Aboim Inglez)
  • Project: Monte da Azarujinha
  • Location: Azaruja, Évora, Portugal
  • Photography: Hugo Santos Silva and Ricardo Gonçalves
  • Team: Tiago Pereira
  • Structural Engineer: Armando Nunes Martins
  • Services Engineer: Acribia
  • Quantity Surveyor: perfect
  • Contractor: House Pro Era | Abstract space
  • Gross Area: 500 M2
  • Cost per M2: € 640,00
  • Cost: € 320.000,00
  • Project: 2012 – 2014
  • Construction: 2014 – 2015

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Sky walk in Dolni Morava, Czech Republic by FRANEK ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Article source: FRANEK ARCHITECTS

A unique 55 meter high building near the cottage Slaměnka at Dolni Morava, Czech Republic.

Sky walk is located very close to the cottage Slaměnka, at the top station of chair lift Sněžník, at an altitude of 1,116 meters above sea level. Its height is 55 meters and the summit can be easily reached along a wooden path with strollers and wheelchairs. More adventurous visitors can use unique 101 m long stainless slider with windows.

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

  • Architects: FRANEK ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Sky walk
  • Location: Dolni Morava, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
  • General Designer And Supplier: TAROS NOVA s.r.o
  • Concrete foundations: 280 m3
  • Volume of steel: 380 t
  • Timber: larch, spruce 550 m3
  • Connecting material: Over 40,000 pieces of pins, clamps and bolts
  • Construction: 15 April – 30 October 2015

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Alejandro Aravena of Chile receives the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Thursday, January 14th, 2016


He practices architecture as an artful endeavor in private commissions and in designs for the public realm and epitomizes the revival of a more socially engaged architect.

Alejandro Aravena of Chile has been selected as the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Tom Pritzker announced today. Mr. Pritzker is Chairman and President of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize. The formal award ceremony for what has come to be known internationally as architecture’s highest honor will be at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 4, 2016.

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Alejandro Aravena

The 48-year-old Aravena is an architect based in Santiago, Chile. He becomes the 41st laureate of the Pritzker Prize, the first Pritzker Laureate from Chile, and the fourth from Latin America, after Luis Barragán (1980), Oscar Niemeyer (1988), and Paulo Mendes da Rocha (2006).

Mr. Pritzker said, “The jury has selected an architect who deepens our understanding of what is truly great design. Alejandro Aravena has pioneered a collaborative practice that produces powerful works of architecture and also addresses key challenges of the 21st century. His built work gives economic opportunity to the less privileged, mitigates the effects of natural disasters, reduces energy consumption, and provides welcoming public space. Innovative and inspiring, he shows how architecture at its best can improve people’s lives.”

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World Festival of Interiors 2015 announce category winners Day Two

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors has announced the five award winners on the second day of the festival at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The schemes selected demonstrate the strength of creative design around the world with winning projects selected from four different continents.

The Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion Hotel in London by Flanagan Lawrence won the Creative Re-use category. The Grade II listed former cinema in west London was transformed into a hotel that preserved the building’s civic pride whilst creating additions including a grand atrium featuring golden hooped balconies that rise to the full height of the structure. The judges described the atrium as “instrumental” to the design and contributed to the creation of an “elegant and sophisticated interior”.

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Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion Hotel by Flanagan Lawrence, Image Courtesy © Flanagan Lawrence

A cinema resembling a scene from a disaster movie triumphed in the Civic, Culture & Transport category. ‘Exploded’ in China by One Plus Partnership places cinema-goers at the heart of the action with a chaotic composition of sharp lines and box-like structures to bridge the gap between the big screen and the viewer.

  • Civic culture and Transport category: Exploded by One Plus Partnership, Hong Hong
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Exploded by One Plus Partnership, Hong Hong, Image Courtesy © One Plus Partnership

Medibank Workplace by HASSELL grabbed the Offices prize for this major new project in Australia. The project sees the creation of one of the world’s healthiest workplaces and the judges acknowledged the scheme as a key demonstrator for “the power of design”. There was one Highly Commended project in the category for Uralchen Headquarters by Pedra Silva Architects.

  • Office catagory: Medibank Workplace by Hassell, Australia
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Medibank Workplace by Hassell, Australia, Image Courtesy © Hassell

In the Health and Education category the University of Queensland Oral Health Centre was announced the victor. Designed by Cox Rayner Architects, the project places the craft of dentistry at the heart of the scheme, creating forms and shapes inspired by the profession. Judges commended the project for “humanising a clinical environment [that] re-imagines dental education”.

  • Health and Education category: The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre by Cox Rayner Architects, Australia
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The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre by Cox Rayner Architects, Australia, Image Courtesy © Cox Rayner Architect

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The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre by Cox Rayner Architects, Australia, Image Courtesy © Cox Rayner Architect

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The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre by Cox Rayner Architects, Australia, Image Courtesy © Cox Rayner Architect

In the final category of the day, Ward Village Information Centre by Woods Bagot received the Display award. The project reinvents the historic IBM Building in Haiwaii into a sensitive centre of sales and information and offers “a tactile, warm and sensitive” approach.

  • Display category: Ward Village Information Centre by Woods Bagot, Australia
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Ward Village Information Centre by Woods Bagot, Australia, Image Courtesy © Cox Rayner Architect

All of winners will go head to head with the four other category winners from day one of the festival in an attempt to be named World Interior of the Year 2015. The nine category winners will present live to the jury on the final day of the festival.

World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2015 Winners announced Day Two

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

London, United Kingdom – A Manhattan transport hub, a ballet school in St Petersburg and an olive oil factory in Uruguay are all winners at World Architecture Festival Awards and took part in the battle to seize ultimate accolade of World Building of the Year 2015.

In the Culture Completed Buildings category, Soma City Home for All in Japan, by Klein Dytham Architecture, was victorious. This pro bono project is an indoor play space for children between the ages of 0-4, positioned at the heart of the acres of temporary housing that were built to replace the 250,000 homes destroyed in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Conceived as a large straw hat held aloft by trees, this building provides a safe indoor play space that is an important amenity for the community amidst ongoing concerns about background radiation levels. The judges commented that the project ‘clearly demonstrates the potential of architecture to be genuinely transformatory and shows how culture can take root and lift spirits in the most challenging circumstances’.

Health project of the year was named as Walumba Elders Centre, Australia, by Iredale Pedersen Hook. After the town of Warmun was devastated by a catastrophic flood, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects was tasked with rebuilding the community facility buildings and the old Walumba Aged Care centre, working directly with the community elders and care staff to achieve what judges describe as ‘an informed and sensitive response to the social and environmental context’.

Walumba Elders Centre, Australia, by Iredale Pedersen Hook, Image Courtesy © Iredale Pedersen Hook

Walumba Elders Centre, Australia, by Iredale Pedersen Hook, Image Courtesy © Iredale Pedersen Hook

Hotel and Leisure was won by Lanserhof, Lake Tegernby Ingenhoven Architects, Germany. A health resort where sustainable architecture combines exquisite hotel facilities and state-of-the-art medical care. The room-height glazing and generous loggia at the front of each room also provide broad views of the natural landscape of the Tegernsee valley while respecting the surrounding landscape. Judges said Ingenhoven Architects ‘demonstrated a wonderful dexterity in creating human scaled spaces, fully supporting the brief for wellness design’.

  • Hotel and Leisure category: Lanserhof, Lake Tegern, Germany, Ingenhoven Architects
Lanserhof, Lake Tegern, Germany, Ingenhoven Architects, Image Courtesy © Ingenhoven Architects

Lanserhof, Lake Tegern, Germany, Ingenhoven Architects, Image Courtesy © Ingenhoven Architects

The Courtyard House Plugin, China, by People’s Architecture Office, won the New and Old category, which covers the addition or insertion of excellent new architecture into historic urban fabric or buildings. The prefabricated modular system is designed to bring modern living standards and energy efficiency to buildings that are centuries old, while keeping them fully intact. The building is commended for its ‘innovation, control and the prevention of traditional neighbourhood housing against the threat of demolition’.

Courtyard House Plugin, China, by People's Architecture Office, Image Courtesy © People's Architecture Office

Courtyard House Plugin, China, by People’s Architecture Office, Image Courtesy © People’s Architecture Office

The award for Production, Energy and Recycling was given Fabrica de Oliva, Uruguay, by Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos. This revived olive oil factory was described as ‘lifting the often banal factory form and language to a sublime exemplar’.

  • Production, Energy & Recycling category: Fabrica de Oliva, Uruguay, Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos
Fabrica de Oliva, Uruguay, Marcelo Daglio Architects, Image Courtesy © Marcelo Daglio Architects

Fabrica de Oliva, Uruguay, Marcelo Daglio Architects, Image Courtesy © Marcelo Daglio Architects

In the Religion category, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies by the Qatar Foundation and Mangera Yvars Architects is ‘a school and prayer place pushing the boundaries of traditional Islamic architecture’, say WAF judges. A space dedicated to research and debate about Islam, the architects employed geometric patterns, developed as an interpretation of traditional Islamic designs. The building corridors display relief panels depicting the beauty of elements of the architectural heritage of the Muslim world, and all interiors have visual or physical access to gardens. Calligraphy wraps around the central courtyards and minarets in a manner consistent with the overall architectural design.

  • Religion category: Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar, by Mangera Yvars Architects
Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar, by Mangera Yvars Architects, Image Courtesy © Mangera Yvars Architects

Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar, by Mangera Yvars Architects, Image Courtesy © Mangera Yvars Architects

Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar, by Mangera Yvars Architects, Image Courtesy © Mangera Yvars Architects

Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar, by Mangera Yvars Architects, Image Courtesy © Mangera Yvars Architects

The Ballet School, St Petersburg, by Studio 44 Architects won the Schools category with a design that ‘re-establishes a series of heritage buildings using a restrained palette of materials contrast with the early Russian industrial aesthetic of the gritty area’. The project includes two new buildings – teaching and dormitory blocks. The space between the new volumes is interpreted as an atrium, where recreation spaces co-exist with ballet classrooms. The walls of recreation spaces and ballet classes are realized in semi-transparent glass, which serves to flood the building with natural light.

  • Schools category: Ballet School, Russia, by Studio 44 Architects
Ballet School, Russia, by Studio 44 Architects, Image Courtesy © Studio 44 Architects

Ballet School, Russia, by Studio 44 Architects, Image Courtesy © Studio 44 Architects

The Sport category was claimed by San Mamés Stadium by Azcárate (ACXT-IDOM), Spain, a ‘truly local stadium for its local club that is the beating heart of the city’. The home of Athletico Bilbao, the stadium was conceived as an urban building for the community rather than a mere sports facility.

San Mames Stadium, Spain, by Azcarate (ACXT-IDOM), Image Courtesy © Azcarate (ACXT-IDOM)

San Mames Stadium, Spain, by Azcarate (ACXT-IDOM),
Image Courtesy © Azcarate (ACXT-IDOM)

Transport was won by The Fulton Center, Manhattan’s new transport hub by Grimshaw/Arup/James Carpenter/HDR/Page Ayres Cowley. Judges commended the structure as ‘a sophisticated and powerful response, skilfully integrating the art commission to create an uplifting new landmark for the city’. Servicing 300,000 daily transit passengers in the heart of lower Manhattan, the Fulton Center is design to be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the area.

  • Transport category: Fulton Center, USA, by Grimshaw / Arup / James Carpenter / HDR Page Ayres Cowley
Fulton Center, USA, by Grimshaw / Arup / James Carpenter / HDR Page Ayres Cowley, Image Courtesy © Grimshaw / Arup / James Carpenter / HDR Page Ayres Cowley

Fulton Center, USA, by Grimshaw / Arup / James Carpenter / HDR Page Ayres Cowley, Image Courtesy © Grimshaw / Arup / James Carpenter / HDR Page Ayres Cowley

The Commercial Mixed Use category was claimed by Gardens at Punggol, Singapore, by Serie + Multiply Consultants. The floating hawker centre celebrates Singapore’s intimate relationship to the water. WAF representatives commented ‘in an age of austerity and authenticity, it is important to retain culture and reinterpret tradition, which this scheme does effortlessly’.

  • Commercial Mixed Use category: Gardens at Punggol, Singapore, by Serie + Multiply Consultants
Gardens at Punggol, Singapore, by Serie + Multiply Consultants, Image Courtesy © Serie + Multiply Consultants

Gardens at Punggol, Singapore, by Serie + Multiply Consultants, Image Courtesy © Serie + Multiply Consultants

Future projects Competition Entries was won by Quay Quarter, on the waterfront in Sydney, Australia. Designed by Francis-Jones Morehen, judges thought the concept showed ‘respect for the environment as well as fluid, functional spaces’. A responsive and organic city tower in Sydney’s Circular Quay offers a rich architectural expression and enhanced social amenity for both the building inhabitants and public alike.

  • Future Projects Competition Entries category: Quay Quarter, Australia, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Quay Quarter, Australia, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp,      Image Courtesy © Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Quay Quarter, Australia, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Image Courtesy © Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

In Future Projects Education, the Wellington College Performing Arts Centre by Seilern Architects, UK, was awarded for ‘a poetic relationship between the planned spaces and the existing building and landscape’.  The scheme comprises a radical rethink of the theatrical and musical teaching and performance spaces found at the college. The buildings have been designed to sit into the steep slope to minimise impacts to the surroundings and to sit appropriately within the vernacular,a dense forest, with large full height thick charred timber cladding to mimic and blend in with the forest’s bark textures.

  • Future Projects Education category: Performing Arts Centre, UK, by Studio Seilern Architects
Performing Arts Centre, UK, by Studio Seilern Architects, Image Courtesy © Studio Seilern Architects

Performing Arts Centre, UK, by Studio Seilern Architects, Image Courtesy © Studio Seilern Architects

In the experimental category, Home Farm by SPARK, Singapore, is ‘a culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable project that offers a real model for the future and gives real thought to the value of the elderly population’, say judges. A conceptual proposal for the next generation of urban retirement housing, the project presents a living typology for Singapore that incorporates vertical urban farming and presents a sustainable way to enhance the city state’s food security, as opposed to the 90% of food currently being imported to the city state.

  • Projects Experimental category: Home Farm, Singapore, by SPARK
Home Farm, Singapore, by SPARK, Image Courtesy © SPARK

Home Farm, Singapore, by SPARK, Image Courtesy © SPARK

Future Projects Residential was claimed by Bjarke Ingells Group with its Vancouver House concept in Canada. The project negotiates a difficult site trisected by an overpass, with BIG’s response optimising the conditions for its future inhabitants — in the air as well as on the street. ‘The project demonstrates how architecture can successfully transform residual urban spaces by taking advantage of the air rights above, creating an intelligent and sculptural form that is both purposeful and beautiful’.

  • Future Projects Residential category: Vancouver House, Canada, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Vancouver House, Canada, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Image Courtesy © BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

Vancouver House, Canada, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Image Courtesy © BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

All of winners will go on to present their projects at final crit sessions in front of the WAF 2015 Super Jurors, which include Manuelle Gautrand, Sou Fujimoto and Sir Peter Cook. The Landscape, Future Project and World Building of the Year 2015 was announced at a gala dinner at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands on the evening of Friday 6 November.

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