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THE VELVET STATE in Roskilde, Denmark by SHJWORKS Architectural

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Article source: SHJWORKS Architectural

The Velvet State came up as an ambition to combine performance and architecture in a project at the Roskilde Festival 2013.

The core of the project emerged via an ongoing dialogue between the performers and the architects, adopting and merging the two disciplines into one universe.

Image Courtesy © Simon Hjermind Jensen

  • Architects: SHJWORKS Architectural
  • Location: Roskilde, Denmark
  • Photography: Lasse Ryberg, Simon Hjermind Jensen, Christian Bøcker Sørensen, Henri Käpynen, Inga Gerner Nielsen, Yeray Lopez

SHJWORKS Architectural team:

  • Head of design and project leader: Simon Hjermind Jensen 
  • Architect and site manager: Christian BøckerSørensen 
  • Architectural and design assistant: Henri Käpynen
  • Assisting site manager: MadsBryldSørensen

Rooftop addition by General Architecture

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Article source: General Architecture

This unsual project, substitutes a traditional pitched roof on to a three room copper body.
The three rooms inside, a living room, a bed room, and a walking closet, have big window panes and skylights.

Image Courtesy © mikael olsson

Gaurav Gupta Couture

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Article source: Gaurav Gupta

The concept of the store is born out of the duality of Gaurav’s collections for his Pret and Couture lines.

This 1200 sq ft space is conceived as an immersive environment sculpted in monochrome. Sinuously wrapping cast concrete walls seem to surreally float within the relatively tight volume, and slice the space into two zones without dividing it balancing a constant sense of reveal and discovery.

Art nouveau inspired display racks of lacquered mild steel

NCMH Announces 2013 George Matsumoto Prize Winners

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Unique architecture competition celebrates NC Modernist residential design. 

July 29, 2013 (Durham, NC) – George Smart, Executive Director of North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH, formerly Triangle Modernist Houses), announced the winners of the 2013 George Matsumoto Prize during a special event held at the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design in Raleigh.

The Matsumoto Prize recognizes excellence in recent single-family Modernist residential design in North Carolina. The Matsumoto Prize includes two categories: the professional Jury’s Awards and the People’s Choice Awards, the latter of which are chosen by public voting online. The Jury Awards include three cash prizes totaling $6000.

The professional jury’s First Prize went to Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh for the Rank Residence, a flat-roofed, four-story, 3200-square-foot, “Modern Gothic” house with a three-story-clear living room and 1100-square-foot, four-car garage beneath that. Located outside Pittsburgh, NC, the cube is clad in concrete and metal and the windows are arranged to recall musical notes on staff lines in sheet music. Inside, in keeping with the owner’s fascination with vertical space, a network of stairs and bridges slashes overhead within a totally white, gray and black interior. The owner’s extensive art collection is displayed primarily on ledges so that he can easily change out the art whenever he wants.

Rank Residence

Second Prize went to Erin Sterling-Lewis, AIA, and Matt Griffith, AIA, of In Situ Studios in Raleigh for the Chasen Residence, a small (1450 square feet), modern, urban house just east of downtown Raleigh. The plan confines the entries, stairs, kitchen, half bath, and upstairs hallway to one side of the house, opening the remaining space for living. The house uses numerous passive and active environmentally sustainable strategies.

Third Prize went to Chad Everhart, AIA, of Boone, NC, for the Mountain Cabin in Boone. The 650-square-foot cabin reinterprets typical log cabins found in the Appalachian Mountains. It blends vernacular elements with simple, modern design, complementing the owner’s collection of mid-century modern furniture, and it models affordable design and construction through its minimal footprint, use of indigenous materials, maximization of volume, and multi-use components.

The People’s Choice First Prize went to Michael Ross Kersting Architecture, of Wilmington for the “Dragonfly Villa.” Like its namesake, the home sits by the water’s edge, its roofline making it seem to be poised to take flight.  Two wings housing sleeping, cooking, eating, and bathing areas are positioned opposite one another, joined by a windowed interstitial living space from which the homeowners can enjoy a private courtyard view on one side and an expansive lake vista on the other. Systems and storage are built into thick, hollow, furniture-like walls that span the length of the structure, passing from outdoors to indoors and back out again.

Dragonfly Villa

The People’s Choice Second Prize went to In Situ Studios for the Chasen Residence (see above).

The Third Prize in the People’s Choice category went to Tonic Design + Tonic Construction for the Rank Residence (see above).

Now in its second year, NCMH’s George Matsumoto Prize is named forGeorge Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding member of the NC State University School of Design faculty who is well known for the mid-century Modernist houses he designed in North Carolina.  Matsumoto himself served as the jury’s Honorary Chair.

Also serving on the 2013 jury were: Frank Harmon, FAIA, (Chair) of Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh; Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Tom Kundig, FAIA, of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, Washington; and Larry Scarpa, FAIA, of Brooks + Scarpa Architects, Los Angeles, California.

“These winners demonstrate to the public that Modernist design can be affordable, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly, a house to love for decades,” Smart said. “We want potential homeowners to realize that, by using an architect or designer, or by buying a Modernist house on the market, they can have a great home for the same budget as an ordinary house.”

About North Carolina Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit dedicated to restoring and growing modernist residential architecture in the Triangle region. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  NCMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the state’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations.

For more information:


Media contact:

Kim Weiss,
Blueplate PR

(Images attached: Jury’s 1st Prize winner, the Rank House, and People’s Choice 1st Prize winner, Dragonfly Villa; hi-res images of these and all winner are available upon request)


Monday, July 29th, 2013


Solo exhibition by Baptiste Debombourg at the Centre d’Art Actuel l’Oeil de Poisson from 03.05 to 02.06.2013, 541, rue de Saint Vallier Est, Quebec, Canada.
FLOW is resurrection, rebellion, the sudden mirror of our mass consumption society that kills human beings and the objects it mass-produces. Here the windscreens surge up like the wave that engulfs towns in catastrophe films such as 2012 or The Day After Tomorrow. They are broken, discarded, ignored objects that take the place by storm, rebel and attack us. Like ignored vomit being spewed out from on high.

Image Courtesy © l’Œil de Poisson

  • Project: FLOW
  • Location: Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: l’Œil de Poisson

Azure magazine announces the winners of its 3rd annual az awards

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Top players of the international architectural and design community, from as far as Mexico and Belgium, gathered at Evergreen Brick Works last night as AZURE revealed the winners of its third annual AZ Awards. These awards are one of a kind: the only international, multi-disciplinary design competition in Canada. Representing a global snapshot of the world of architecture and design, submissions were open to designers, architects, firms and manufacturers of all disciplines, as well as students in these fields.

The high-calibre international jury included architect Shirley Blumberg of KPMB (Toronto), designer Todd Bracher of Todd Bracher Studio (New York), interior designer George Yabu of Yabu Pushelberg (Toronto and New York), landscape architect Ken Smith of Workshop (New York and Irvine, California), and visionary manufacturer and designer Giulio Cappellini of Cappellini (Milan). In March, the expert panel conferred at Torontoʼs Hôtel Le Germain, Maple Leaf Square, narrowing the field from an impressive 677 entries arriving from 38 countries to a shortlist of 43 finalists. From there, they selected the 14 outstanding winners.

“The overall calibre of entries to the AZ Awards was especially high this year,” says Catherine Osborne, editor of AZURE, “which made it very challenging for the jury. Everyone agreed there was an incredible amount of intelligence, sophistication and elegance visible in all of the submissions.”

During the month of April, the public was also given the chance to vote online for their favourites as the Peopleʼs Choice.

About AZURE: AZURE is Canadaʼs leading contemporary design magazine and one of a handful of influential design titles worldwide. The independent magazine enjoys a growing subscriber base and can be found on newsstands across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. Each issue consistently deliver lively, visually engaging, forward-looking and socially relevant coverage of contemporary design. AZURE profiles designers and architects from around the world; brings its readers breaking news on interior products and trends; showcases smart and paradigm-breaking residential and commercial projects; and investigates design issues related to our changing society.

AZURE is an indispensable source of information and ideas for architects and designers as well as design-savvy consumers. The publication continues to garner awards for its overall excellence and high standards for visual and written content.

June 13, 2013
Announcement of winners and
People’s Choice at the AZ
Awards Gala Celebration

June 17, 2013
AZURE’s Annual Awards
Issue, featuring the winning and
finalist projects, hits newsstands
For more information:


A+ Student Award

Elevator B bee habitat by Courtney Creenan, Kyle Mastalinski, Daniel Nead, Scott Selin, Lisa Stern (University at Buffalo, USA)

Architecture – Commercial < 1000

Vitrines Habitees by Quartier des Spectacles Daoust Lestage

Architecture – Commercial > 1000

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences CDRD by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, Hughes Condon Marler Architects

Architecture – Landscapes

Place des Festivals by Quartier des Spectacles_Daoust Lestage

Architecture – Residential

Echo Ridge Duplexes by El Dorado

Architecture – Temp & Demo

Hygge House by Plain Projects, UrbanInk, PIKE Projects

Concepts – Other / Prototypes

Valley City master plan by MZ Architects

Concepts – Unbuilt Competition

Cristal public facility by Sitbon Architectes

Design – Furniture

Marina outdoor table set by Bruno Fattorini & Partners_Extremis

Design – Furniture Systems

Enclave case goods collection by Figure3 Teknion

Design – Interior Products

Aria carpet collection by Amala Carpets Amala Carpets

Design – Lighting

Stadel Museum Skylights installation by Tanja Baum_Licht Kunst Licht

Interiors – Commercial

HafenCity University Subway Station by Pfarre Lighting Design, Raupach Architekten, Design Stauss Grillmeier

Interiors – Residential

Mini-Studio by FrenteArquitectura


A+ Student Award

Essentials kitchen tools by Daniel Kowal-Andersen (Kolding School of Design, Denmark)

Architecture – Commercial < 1000

Vitrines Habitees by Quartier des Spectacles Daoust Lestage

Architecture – Commercial > 1000

Soumaya Museum by FR-EE, Fernando Romero Enterprise

Architecture – Landscapes

Place des Festivals by Quartier des Spectacles_Daoust Lestage

Architecture – Residential

D House by Lode Architecture

Architecture – Temp & Demo

Hygge House by Plain Projects, UrbanInk, PIKE Projects

Concepts – Other / Prototypes

Valley City master plan by MZ Architects

Concepts – Unbuilt Competition

Cristal public facility by Sitbon Architectes

Design – Furniture

Street Football Seat Ball chair by Ana Gonzalez and Hubert Schoba_Fabrica

Design – Furniture Systems

Meccanica Kitchen by Gabriele Centazzo Demode Engineered by Valcucine

Design – Interior Products

Aria carpet collection by Amala Carpets Amala Carpets

Design – Lighting

Stadel Museum Skylights installation by Tanja Baum_Licht Kunst Licht

Interiors – Commercial

Momofuku restaurant by The Design Agency and James KM Cheng

Interiors – Residential

Inhabitable Sculpture by Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte

Interiors – Residential

Inhabitable Sculpture by Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte

‘Recon-Figure’ FARROC Competition Entry in Far Rockaway, NY The Open Workshop

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Article source: The Open Workshop

Arvene East is unique site in that it is one of the few locations in Far Rockaway that has a visual connection from the elevated rail to the ocean. In examining the fabric north and south of the rail, obstructions along the length of the shore separate the communities from the ocean.

Image Courtesy © The Open Workshop, View from South

  • Architects: The Open Workshop
  • Project: ‘Recon-Figure’ FARROC Competition Entry
  • Location: Far Rockaway, NY, U.S.A
  • Project Team: Neeraj Bhatia, Carly Dean, Alicia Hergenroeder, Jonathan Negron, De Peter Yi
  • Project: FARROC Competition
  • Year: 2013

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


re.publique comunicazione d’architettura
Claudia Gelosa

Flores Zanchi

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
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