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The Winners of NEXT LANDMARK 2013 have been announced by Floornature

Sunday, July 21st, 2013


NEXT LANDMARK 2013, the second edition of the international contest organised by architecture and design portal, Floornature for new millennium graduates has ended on a real high note.  For the first time, Floornature announced the winners in a live streaming event, which starred all the contest judges.

Extensive participation on the wave of the first edition, with projects submitted from all over the world and lost of fine quality ideas; the 2013 edition of Next Landmark is confirmed as a privileged observatory of young creativity in the area of architecture.

For the first time, the 3 winning projects and the 6 special mentions were announced in a live streaming even conducted by anchor-architect, Pietro Polidori with the participation of all the big names on the judging panel:  Julien De Smedt (JDS Architects), Esteban Suàrez (BNKR Arquitectura), Luca Molinari (architect, historian and critic of architecture), Aldo Colonetti (editor-in-chief of Ottagono), Angelo Maggi (architect and professor at IUAV and IUSVE), Federica Minozzi (CEO of Floornature) and Paolo Schianchi (architect and editor-in-chief of Floornature). Guest of honour for the evening was “activist” architect from Bangladesh, Rafiq Azam, who participated to present the world premiere of the video-interview with Floornature.

Next Landmark 2013 was an all-women edition, with two women winning first prize for the First Work and Research categories, Shoko Murakaji from Japan and the Russian, Nataly Abramova respectively. The first prize for the new Photography section went to the very young photographer and designer, Hugo Soo fromCanada.

Here are all the winning projects and special mentions of Next Landmark 2013.

Winner: Shoko Murakaji, Japan, Villa921
Special mention: Giorgi Khmaladze, Georgia, Fuel Station and McDonald’s in Batumi
Special mention: Michiya Tsukano, Japan, House T

Winner: Nataly Abramova, Russia, Contemporary Art Center: from collecting to creation
Special mention: Aries Cheng, Hong Kong, Healing & Transformation: The “No Man’s Land”
Special mention: Gabrielle Phillips, Australia, Antarctic Connections

Winner: Hugo Soo, Canada, Relationship between time, architecture and human emotions
Special mention: Pedro Gabriel, Portugal, “House of the Histories” in Cascais
Special mention: Marco Fogarolo, Italy, Suburban

The winners of the First Work and Photography categories receive a trip for two to Helsinki, for 3 nights, during Helsinki Design Week, and the winner of the Research category will receive a 3-month internship at BNKR, Mexico City. All the winning projects and special mentions for each category will also be displayed in the contest Exhibition held at SpazioFMG in Milan from 2nd to 11th October 2013.

See all the projects by the winners and finalists at


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World Architecture Festival Awards 2013 shortlist announced

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Shortlist of 302 projects highlights the global strength of architecture and design Organisers see big increase in entries from Europe and North America

Singapore, July 3, 2013 – A giraffe house in New Zealand, a monastery in Taiwan, a treehouse in the USA and a research station in Antarctica are among the 302 projects that have today been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013 – the world’s biggest architectural awards programme.

Taking place at this year’s sixth annual World Architecture Festival, the WAF Awards 2013 have attracted entries from almost 50 countries. The festival’s organisers, i2i Events Group, saw projects submitted from as far afield as New Zealand and Denmark, via Mexico and Azerbaijan. The geographic spread of entries in the shortlist is further complemented by the variety of projects, from The National Arboretum in Australia, to a media centre in Kazakhstan and an opera house in South Korea.

Diamond House – Alan Tay

This year’s festival is being held in Singapore for the second time, and whilst the organisers have again seen huge interest in entries from South East Asia, entries from Europe and North America have increased by almost 40% and 14% respectively.

Buildings designed by global architects such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects feature among projects by smaller, local practices. Practices will compete across 29 individual award categories, spanning completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects, presenting their shortlisted designs live to international judging panels and festival delegates.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: ‘Following such strong competition at last year’s awards, expectations were understandably high for the WAF Awards 2013, and the entries did not disappoint. From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival’s venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award.”

Heydar Aliyev Centre – Zaha Hadid Architects

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event. Building on last year’s successful relocation from Barcelona to Singapore, the festival will once again take place at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands resort. The event is being held in association with Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA)’s festival of ideas about the city, Archifest.

World Architecture Festival is collocated with INSIDE World Festival of Interiors INSIDE celebrates the world’s finest interiors of the last year and also has at its heart a live international awards programme.

L’Avenue Shanghai – Leigh & Orange

For a full breakdown of the WAF Awards shortlist, please visit:
For more information visit:
Twitter: @worldarchfest

Notes to editors

About WAF
World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the largest annual festival and live awards programme for the global architecture community.
It will take place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore between 2nd – 4th October 2013.

WAF has three central pillars of activity:

  • A wide-ranging conference programme, featuring keynote lectures, dozens of expert-led talks and seminars from thought-leading architects and designers from across the globe.
  •  The world’s largest annual awards programme in which practices from around the world compete across 29 award categories for global recognition. Architects of every shortlisted project are invited to attend the festival to give a live presentation to a panel of judges, asserting their case for why their project should win. The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building of the Year award, presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the culmination of WAF 2013. This year’s super jury includes Ken Yeang – Llewelyn Davies Yeang; Patrick Bellew – Atelier Ten; Jeanne Gang – Studio Gang Architects; Dietmar Eberle – Baumschlager Eberle and Ken Tadashi Oshima -University of Washington.
  • Three festival halls where all award entries are displayed in a unique awards gallery and where sponsors and suppliers can interact with delegates, make new contacts and showcase their services and products.

As well as this the festival plays host to an international, live student charrette; parties and receptions in some of Singapore’s most exciting locations; exclusive tours to Singapore’s most recent architectural sites of interest and a celebratory gala dinner and awards ceremony.

WAF has welcomed over 10,000 attendees to date, including 1,900 in 2012. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, itself a previous WAF Award winner, is WAF’s home for the second year running, having been held in Barcelona for four years previously, providing the perfect backdrop to this truly global architectural extravaganza.

WAF Awards Programme
The WAF Awards are the global industry benchmark for excellence. Entries were welcomed in 29 categories, spanning completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects.
Individual Categories:
Completed Buildings:

  • Civic and community
  • Culture
  • Display
  • Health
  • Higher education/research
  • Hotel/leisure
  • House
  • Housing
  • New and Old
  • Office
  • Production/energy/recycling
  • Schools
  • Shopping
  • Sport
  • Transport
  • Villa

Landscape Projects:

  • Completed designs – rural and urban

Future Projects:

  • Commercial mixed-use
  • Competition entries
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Experimental
  • Health
  • House
  • Infrastructure
  • Leisure-led development
  • Masterplanning
  • Office
  • Residential

About WAF’s organisers – i2i Events Group
i2i Events Group delivers world-class exhibitions and large scale events in key sectors including home and gift, fashion, retail, healthcare, energy, environment, education, technology and media. Its portfolio of world-wide events includes World Retail Congress, RWM, Spring Fair, Naidex, BVE, Bett and Pure London. It prides itself on opening up possibilities for its customers and each year brings more than 250,000 decision makers together to network, source, test, buy and sell brilliant products, services, ideas and solutions. The company is headed up by Mark Shashoua who joined EMAP as Group MD of EMAP Connect in November 2011 and became CEO of i2i Events Group in March 2012. i2i Events Group is powered by Top Right Group, formerly known as Emap International Ltd.

About Archifest 2013
Archifest 2013, A Festival of Ideas About The City is Singapore’s annual architecture festival organised by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA). Running from 27 September 2013 to 13 October 2013, the festival returns with a brand new theme – Small is Beautiful. Through the lens of the theme, Archifest 2013 will use the city as a laboratory and frame Singapore as an urban ecosystem beyond singular architectural projects. It will explore and celebrate projects, design studios, communities and ideas that might be small by choice and circumstance but are large in ambition and impact.

Festival highlights include Archifest Pavilion Competition Design, Archifest Forum, SIA Award Dinner, School of Urban Ideas, Architours and Fringe.

For more information, visit 

Cristal – The Dead Sea Gem in Israel by Sitbon Architectes

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Article source: Sitbon Architectes

Cristal is located where we understand the essential of nature: its fragility. Today, the nivel of the Dead Sea, lowest emerged point in the earth, is reducing by one meter per year and is destined to disappear in 2050. The purpose of Cristal is to sensitize people to the
interpretation of its specific nature.

Core view of Cristal, Image Courtesy © Sitbon Architectes

  • Architects: Sitbon Architectes
  • Project:  Cristal – The Dead Sea Gem
  • Location: Dead Sea
  • Photography: Sitbon Architectes
  • Gross floor area: 19 720 sqm
  • Height: 22m50 / 2 levels
  • Structure: metal + salt
  • Designer: Sitbon Architectes

International Awards Shortlist Announced BY INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 2-4 October 2013 – INSIDE reveals the shortlist of multi-disciplinary design practices from across the globe

Singapore, July 8, 2013 – As INSIDE 2013 draws nearer, the awards panel, including Nigel Coates, Linda Morey Smith and Nicholas Stringer, have diligently whittled-down entries to a diverse shortlist of 59 projects across this year’s 12 diverse categories: Bars and Restaurants, Creative Re-use, Culture, Display, Education, Health, Hotels, Offices, Residential, Shopping Centres, Shops and Transport.

INSIDE’s awards are truly international; celebrating today’s inspired and most accomplished interiors from the last 12 months. Short-listed designers are competing from countries far and wide including Australia, Brazil, Japan and China to INSIDE’s host, Singapore, and other European destinations, including the UK.

A selection of the shortlisted entrants include Anglo-Japanese architects, Klein Dytham’s fun and inspiring Google Japan headquarters in Tokyo and Singapore-based architecture practice WOHA’s incredible Park Royal on Pickering – a striking high-rise hotel and office building in Singapore, with contours that form planted valleys, gullies and waterfalls.

London-based design firms include architects Zaha Hadid, David Kohn and VW+BS. UK-located projects include the vibrant citizenM London Bankside by Dutch design firm concrete and VW+BS’s west London residential project, Uxbridge Street.

Says Paul Finch, Programme Director of World Architectural Festival:
“Interior architecture and design are related but separate disciplines to mainstream architecture, and the INSIDE award and talks programme show why. From digital design to creating delight, the Festival will open up fresh ideas and demonstrate the influence of interiors on how we work, rest and play.”

The shortlisted entries will now pitch against each other in live presentations over a period of three days to a stellar line up of international judges, including: Odile Decq, ODBC; Nigel Coates, Nigel Coates Studio; Lyndon Neri, Neri & Hu; Eero Koivisto, Claesson Koivisto Rune; Pernilla Ohrstedt, Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio; Linda Morey Smith, MoreySmith; Nicholas Stringer, Shed Design; Shawn Sullivan, Rockwell Group and Rob Wagemans, concrete. It is one of the most significant opportunities for designers to promote their work globally in the 2013 calendar.

FORN DE LA VILA DE LLÍRIA RESTORATION AND MUSEALIZATION in Llíria, Spain by hidalgomora arquitectura

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: hidalgomora arquitectura

The “Forn de la Vila”, a bread furnace attached to the medieval walls, is one of the most important pieces of civil gothic in Llíria (Valencia, Spain). It was probably built in the late thirteenth century and according to its typology we can include it in traditional Valencian furnaces, historically named “Hornos de pan cocer.”

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

  • Architects: hidalgomora arquitectura
  • Location: de la Santísima Sangre, Llíria, Spain
  • Photography: Diego Opazo
  • Architect Construction Manager: Javier Hidalgo Mora
  • Quantity Surveyor: Julio Sánchez López
  • Area: 256 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • GraphicDesign: Marta Villazón
  • Constructor: Torremar, S.L.
  • Budget: 473.575,21 €
  • Developer: Ayuntamiento de Llíria

Seijo in Tokyo, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  • Project: Seijo
  • Location: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Site area: 218.92m2
  • Total floor area: 174.80m2
  • Function: Private residence
  • Structural system: Reinforced concrete 3F
  • Finish of construction: April 1994

Major materials

  • exterior: raw finished concrete
  • interior: raw finished concrete

BORZOI in Katsuura, Japan by N MAEDA ATELIER

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

Surfing is a very  important part of my life. Surfing is not a mere sport or enjoyment, it is a philosophy that teaches you how infinitesimal you are. The instant this insignificant speck becomes one with that great wave which has been repeating itself for billions of years, your universe is changed forever. No respect is too great for those who defy death to ride the 60-foot waves, unrecompensed. 
Then there is “tube riding”, the technique of entering a curling wave. An instant of perfect bliss.

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: Norisada Maeda
  • Project: BORZOI
  • Location: Katsuura Chiba Japan
  • Design: N MAEDA ATELIER-Norisada Maeda principal-in-charge-Katsutoshi Sasaki
  • Design: 2000~2001
  • Construction: 2001
  • Structual system: Timber& Steel Structure, 1 storie

Shining Surface in Milan, Italy by Park Associati

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Article source: Park Associati

Park Associati architects work on ‘human scale’ architecture. Issues such as context, environment, routes, landscapes and views are in their everyday vocabulary. Their buildings relate with the landscapes with such a lightness and harmony to make them looking perfectly in place, as if they had always been there. Yet they are very recognizable signs, they have contemporary concepts, shapes and surfaces, made with advanced techniques and materials. But this is precisely the key: a historical knowledge and a contemporary vision. In Park’s works, we can feel suggestions from the Modern Movement, lessons from certain Milan architectures and condominiums of the Fifties and Sixties, to the purest Mies van der Rohe of the Twenties, up to Antonio da Sangallo and Michelangelo of Palazzo Farnese. All these inspirations are assimilated, forgotten, and re-invented.

Image Courtesy © Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Project: Shining Surface
  • Location: Milan, Italy


A House in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Estudio GMARQ

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Estudio GMARQ

“Our office encourages the client to take part in the design process in order to achieve fully personalized buildings and homes within a contemporary aesthetical frame”, remark the heads of GMARQ, architects Adrián Govetto and Lucas Mansilla. However, House A process was not born out of this work philosophy because during the first meetings with our clients, a couple with no children, they made it clear that they had no preconceived idea of how their future house should look like or how it would be. But during following meetings they told us how their daily lives were, their routines and what their expectations were for the future.

Image Courtesy © Alejandro Peral 

  • Architects: Estudio GMARQ
  • Project: A House
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina, USA
  • Photography: Alejandro Peral
  • Year: 2011/2012
  • AREA: 490 M2
  • Team: Sr. Matías Fernandez – Arq. Marcelo Forja – Arq. Sofia Sorazabal
  • Structure: DONATO CASTELLI 
  • Construction: COZAHLE S.R.L.

Apparecchiare la citta in Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta by studio ghigos

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: studio ghigos

we want to show you the collection Lago Maggiore Casalinghi, a project that involves small and medium business of the historical household products district of Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta, Verbania e Cusio Ossola.
From the experiment of “Apparecchiare la città” presented at Salone del Mobile of Milan was born the first collection for “Lago Maggiore Casalinghi” brand not realized by a unique company, but by a wide network of production firms.

Image Courtesy ghigos

  • Architects: studio ghigos
  • Project: Apparecchiare la citta @ Frankfurt
  • Location: Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta, Verbania e Cusio Ossola
  • Type: direct appointment
  • Place: Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Client: Fedora Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Verbania
  • History: 15-19 February 2013
  • Credits Project: ghigos (Davide Crippa and Barbara Di Prete, Francesco Tosi) (more…)
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