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An Occupation of Loss in New York by OMA

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Article source: OMA 

Artist Taryn Simon in collaboration with OMA/Shohei Shigematsu has created a major new work for Park Avenue Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall, co-commissioned by the Armory and Artangel, London. A conceptual artist working primarily with image and text, Simon breaks form with her first-ever directed performance in a monumental sculptural setting, in which she considers the anatomy of grief and the intricate systems that we devise to contend with the irrationality of the universe. On view September 13 – 25, 2016 at the Armory, An Occupation of Loss will be presented by Artangel in London next year.

Image Courtesy © Naho Kubota

Image Courtesy © Naho Kubota

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: An Occupation of Loss
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Photography: Naho Kubota


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


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


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


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


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


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


Sky walk in Dolni Morava, Czech Republic by FRANEK ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016


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

  • 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


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.


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.”


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”.


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

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

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

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


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


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

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.

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