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Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA, Awarded the 2011 AIA Gold Medal

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: Zach Mortice, Associate Editor

The American Institute of Architect’s Board of Directors awarded the AIA Gold Medal to Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA, the Tokyo-based architect whose international body of work has served as an extended meditation on the relationship of the part to the whole in architecture and in cities. The AIA Gold Medal is the highest honor the AIA confers on an architect. It acknowledges an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Maki will be honored at the 2011 AIA National Convention in New Orleans.

Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA.

AIA President George H. Miller, FAIA, notified Maki by telephone after the Board made its decision. “The United States is my second country,” Maki said. “I am very very honored by this distinguished award.”


Covered walkway in Tourcoing, France by Atelier9.81

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: Atelier9.81

The city of Tourcoing is now the heart of a major restructuring, initiated several years ago. All public spaces, roads, squares are completely redesigned and includes a large shopping mall cinemas will soon be inaugurated. In this context, metro, tram and bus station combine to offer a real multi-modality.

Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

  • Architect: Atelier9.81
  • Name of Project: Covered walkway
  • Location: Tourcoing, France
  • Project management: Workshop 9.81, urban architects, Geoffrey Cédric Michel Galand + Architects, Lucie Vandenbunder, IOSISgroup, BE GP
  • Client: City renewed SEM


Hungarian Autoklub Headquarters in Budapest, Hungary by Vikar & Lukacs Architect Studio (designed using ArchiCAD)

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: Vikar & Lukacs Architect Studio

Vikár & Lukács architects studio won the commission for this project on a competition for a new iconic headquarter of the hungarian autoklub. The main gesture of the building is a ribbon that wraps around the office spaces on seven floors, while articulating a letter ‘a’. As the site is located near the danube bridge, local politicians appreciated to have a building that works as a point of orientation for drivers that arrive to district ujpest.

Hungarian Autoklub Headquarters

  • Architects: Vikar & Lukacs Architect Studio
  • Project: Hungarian Autoklub Headquarters
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Project team: András Vikár, István Lukács, Balázs Domokos, András Klopp
  • Client: Magyar Autóklub,
  • Built: 2010-11
  • Built area: 3,430 sqm
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky, Civertan, Szandra Váraljai, Gábor F. Tóth
  • Software used: ArchiCAD 14



Two connected luxury residential towers in Seoul, Korea by MVRDV

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: MVRDV

Yongsan Dream Hub corporation presented today the MVRDV designed residential development of the Yongsan Business district: two connected luxury residential high-rises.  A 260 meter tall tower and a 300 meter tall tower are connected in the centre by a pixelated cloud of additional program offering amenities and outside spaces with wide views. The towers with a total surface of 128,000m2 are expected to be completed in 2015.

Public Deck (Images Courtesy MVRDV)

  • Architect: MVRDV
  • Name of Project: Two connected luxury residential towers in Seoul, Korea
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Copyright credit: MVRDV


Injidup Residence in South West, Australia by Wright Feldhusen Architects

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: Wright Feldhusen Architects

The exposed spectacular site has vast views of Injidup Beach. The Busselton council imposed stringent building bulk and height guidelines; no portion of the building was to be higher then 4 metres above natural ground level. This therefore resulted in a low laconic single level residence. The client required holiday accommodation for their extended family and as such the sleeping requirements necessitated several bedrooms in separate zones to isolate young children from noisier areas. The site is extremely exposed with the prevailing South Westerly breeze and hot afternoon sun setting into the main view.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Patrick Bingham-Hall)

  • Architect: Tim Wright – Wright Feldhusen Architects
  • Name of Project: Injidup Residence
  • Location: South West, Western Australia
  • Builder: Lodge and Co.
  • Structural engineer: Scott Smalley Partnership
  • Photographer: Patrick Bingham-Hall


Chongqing Chaotianmen in China by Safdie Architects

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects announced today that it has been chosen to design a 10- million-square-foot mixed-use complex for a historically significant site at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, in the inland Chinese city of Chongqing. The project, which was also announced in Singapore and Hong Kong by development partners CapitaLand, CapitaMalls Asia, and Singbridge, will feature residential and office space as well as retail and cultural facilities, a service residence, a hotel, restaurants and clubs, a park, gardens, and hubs for land and water transportation, including ferry docking and landscaped boardwalks.

  • Architects: Safdie Architects
  • Project: Chongqing Chaotianmen
  • Location: Chongqing, China


Hyllie Company House in Sweden by Henning Larsen Architects

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

The new office building at Hyllie Station Square will become a distinctive architectural landmark and will contribute to creating a new, vibrant urban space together with the other characteristic buildings in the area. The building has a sculptural, monolithic expression. Conceptually, it can be considered as a large split rock consisting of three natural volumes, created by the splitting process.

Hyllie Company House

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Project: Hyllie Company House
  • Location: Hyllie, Malmö, Sweden
  • Client: Skanska Öresund AB
  • Gross floor area: 20,000 m2
  • Year of construction: 2012 – 2014
  • Type of assignment: Commission
  • Collaborators: Tema Architects AB, Bengt Dahlgren AB, Skanska Sweden AB


Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn, New York by Oppenheim architecture + design

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: Oppenheim architecture + design

Oppenheim wins international competition to design new hotel in Brooklyn, NY. A third pillar of the Williamsburg Bridge to emerge after 108 years.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is one of the most interesting and cutting edge neighborhoods in the world. It is a soulful, culinary and style epicenter that is raw, edgy, and visceral. A place that attracts intellectual cognisanti in search of “the real”.


Night View (Images Courtesy Luxigon)

  • Architect: Oppenheim architecture + design
  • Name of Project: Williamsburg Hotel
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York
  • Scope: 86,000 SF Hospitality/residences. Architecture/interior design.
  • Renderings: Luxigon


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