Archinect - News 2018-10-23T17:38:59-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150092173/pao-completes-office-headquarters-with-a-running-track-and-suspended-vegetation PAO completes office headquarters with a running track and suspended vegetation Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-23T16:09:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T16:09:17-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/21/216852a6b1afdf40ac387b61b4e5eddd.gif" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/113497439/people-s-architecture-office" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People's Architecture Office</a> has applied their unique approach to accessible and affordable design to the new office headquarters for the Leping Foundation. <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149995664/the-people-s-architecture-office-uses-mass-production-and-readymades-to-deliver-affordable-architecture-to-difficult-sites" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Known for</a> creating modular buildings with portable, detachable parts, the Beijing-based studio has completed a flexible office design promoting social well-being for the equally impressive and socially conscious non-profit.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/3829dc46d2fe75592cd1aa2dac76d9ea.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/3829dc46d2fe75592cd1aa2dac76d9ea.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of People&rsquo;s Architecture Office, Jing Weiqi.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/92285ba8d127280f6b0de1440513cc6e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/92285ba8d127280f6b0de1440513cc6e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of People&rsquo;s Architecture Office, Jing Weiqi.</figcaption></figure><p>One of the largest funders of social entrepreneurs in China, the organization offers job training for migrant workers, supports agricultural research, is working to improve preschool education, and provides micro-financing. As for the ideal office space, the Foundation's CEO Jaff Shen says "the most important thing is to create an environment that encourages innovation in a perceptible way, where highly motivated individuals can take part in forming an environment that fosters creativity."<br></p> <p>Ho...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091973/henning-larson-builds-a-colorfully-sustainable-school-in-urban-hong-kong Henning Larson builds a colorfully sustainable school in urban Hong Kong Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-22T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T05:02:07-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/00/00167fe52a1f72072fb39df583acf3cc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;With its wide array of sustainable measures, ranging from the choice of materials, to the many passive designs to economize energy and ensure great daylight, to the way the school is able to share spaces with the surrounding community, the new campus of FIS offers lessons in sustainable architecture for pupils and local builders. - Claude Godefroy, Design Director and partner at Henning Larson Hong Kong</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/37093/hong-kong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong's</a> seven million residents and bustling <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14706/urban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban city</a> is filled with looming concrete buildings and dense streets. However, the new campus of the French International School shines amongst the congested cityscape.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3a33c0c893d115b56395275c0d68f6d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3a33c0c893d115b56395275c0d68f6d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><p>Finding <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/9767/green-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green space</a> is difficult in such an urban environment like Hong Kong. Danish architecture firm <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/297784/henning-larsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen</a> has taken the 215,278 square foot space and creates a visually captivating school which is designed to foster a rich <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/234971/academic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">academic</a> environment while featuring cost-effective <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/219506/sustainable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> designs.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/40/4061053a6233f07c6ee79d0bf052a5d2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/40/4061053a6233f07c6ee79d0bf052a5d2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ff24a4eb89635840ec96dc543036d398.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ff24a4eb89635840ec96dc543036d398.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><p>The entrancingly designed <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/34080/facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facade</a>&nbsp;functions both as a charming and inviting exterior while allowing for the building to adapt to natural <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/680761/daylight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">daylight</a>. The clever use of sunlight was another feature designers of the building spent much time on. Classrooms were positioned facing north or south allowing for sunlight to enter in a generous and balanced way. The specific orientation of windows helped avoid...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091974/revisiting-john-portman-s-design-legacy-in-his-hometown-of-atlanta Revisiting John Portman's design legacy in his hometown of Atlanta Justine Testado 2018-10-22T14:46:00-04:00 >2018-10-22T14:46:34-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/ad3414b2076c34cd70b7c4f10fbfe6c6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Portman was a pioneer of the devices with which somber modernism was given glitz: mirror-glass, wall-climbing glass lifts, sky bridges, swooping curves. He described some gaudy candelabra he put around a piano stage in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis as a &ldquo;homage to Liberace&rdquo;. His buildings became known for their &ldquo;Jesus moments&rdquo;, those times when, emerging from a deliberately understated entry into some architectural emulation of the Grand Canyon, a visitor would reliably exclaim, &ldquo;Jesus!&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore pens a piece on the lasting impact of the late <a href="https://archinect.com/johnportmanassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Portman</a>'s other-worldly buildings in Atlanta, which were known for eliciting &ldquo;Jesus moments&rdquo; from surprised visitors and also described as &ldquo;Disneyland for adults&rdquo; by less-impressed critics.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091937/kpmb-architects-takes-boston-university-s-data-science-building-to-new-heights KPMB Architects takes Boston University's data science building to new heights Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-22T13:19:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T03:46:53-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/52/52e8ff5ddf07866f69c689cade903ca8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>We wanted architecture that would signal to everyone that this was a special place, the center of campus...We wanted a building that in 2100 would stand up and mark the dynamic change in the University and talk about the century we're in. - Robert A. Brown Boston University President</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/60642/boston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston</a> University and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/19801/kpmb-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPMB Architects</a> have announced their plans to construct a 17-floor tower which will house BU's new Data Sciences Center. A program booming within the field of academia, BU plans to be a leader in this area of education. Alongside the team at KPMB, the architecture firm aims at building a structure that will be an "iconic" fixture on <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/24889/campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">campus</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/17c6b76e25af7efb94db009875557b40.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/17c6b76e25af7efb94db009875557b40.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; KPMB Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The monumental teaching center has a "podium" like base that is 4 stories high. On top of this base are 13, slightly off centered, floors that were designed to resemble an image of stacked books. The visual representation was made to play homage to the university's mission in its passion for research, artistic creativity, and scholarship among the staff and students on campus.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7e/7eb9ab50d093d74743749f67c2a4d3e4.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7e/7eb9ab50d093d74743749f67c2a4d3e4.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; KPMB Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Also functioning as a public building, the interiors of the center are designed to foster innovation and collaboration. The space will be filled with whiteboard walls and terraced platforms that will serv...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091385/what-ikea-is-trying-to-tell-us-about-21st-century-living What Ikea is trying to tell us about 21st century living Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-18T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T17:29:12-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/2974a2f4c1e55c3784fd7c0568fe25f2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Two years ago, the company asked thousands of people about where they felt &ldquo;most at home.&rdquo; At the time, 20% of subjects said it wasn&rsquo;t the space in which they lived. Two years later, they asked again, and found the number has risen by 15% among people who live in cities. In other words, 35% of people who live in cities don&rsquo;t feel at home in their house or apartment.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/67774/ikea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea</a>, the largest <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/53271/furniture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">furniture</a> company in the world, may know a thing or two when it comes to styling a home. However, what many Ikea consumers may not know is that alongside its holding company INGKA Holding a yearly research report is conducted studying and identifying how people live. Since 2014, the "Life at Home" report consisted of data associated with kitchen routines, morning regiments, and overall interaction within living spaces. However, both companies decided to shift from their typical report guidelines and take a more reflective, existential approach.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cd64c57ec94a24c4314aa2cdaf76132.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cd64c57ec94a24c4314aa2cdaf76132.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image from 2018 Life at Home Report &copy; Ikea</figcaption></figure><p>Instead of focusing on relationships between consumers and products, the yearly report focused on topics such as belonging, loneliness, and what it's like living in a large <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/5376/city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">city</a>. The report indicated that in order for individuals to feel "at home", these five emotional needs must be met: privacy, security, comfort, ownership, belonging. After surveying over 22,000 people living in 2...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091460/omaha-s-joslyn-art-museum-selects-sn-hetta-to-lead-ambitious-expansion Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum selects Snøhetta to lead ambitious expansion Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-18T14:22:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T14:22:09-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/35/352a366f10200ccebdc2ab3936a0666f.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has selected the architecture firm <a href="https://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> for its recently announced expansion. The ambitious plans will add a new building to join the original Art Deco museum, built in 1931, as well as a later 1994 addition designed by <a href="https://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sn&oslash;hetta's extension will add new galleries to the site, allowing Joslyn to better display and further expand its 12,000 piece permanent collection. In particular, the Museum plans&nbsp;on growing its collection of contemporary art, having been generously gifted over 50 high-profile works by the Schrager family last year.&nbsp;The new addition will further help propel the museum to a new position on the international stage.</p> <p>"The Museum is one of Nebraska&rsquo;s greatest assets," remarked Joslyn's CEO Jack Becker. On the selection of Sn&oslash;hetta, he added that the firm behind the SFMOMA Expansion and the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion is "a perfect fit for this project, not only for their visionary design, but also for their commit...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091022/studio-daniel-libeskind-s-mo-modern-art-museum-in-vilnius-opens-to-the-public Studio Daniel Libeskind's MO Modern Art Museum in Vilnius opens to the public Justine Testado 2018-10-18T02:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-22T12:43:27-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/97/97fbf2065449e3478a04fba7d86632fe.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1493/studio-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Daniel Libeskind</a>-designed&nbsp;<a href="https://mo.lt/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MO Modern Art Museum</a>&nbsp;in central Vilnius opened its doors to the public today. At 3,100 m2, the building &mdash; which is also Lithuania's largest private museum &mdash; houses nearly 5,000 never-before-seen works by Lithuanian artists from the mid-20th century to the present. Studio Libeskind teamed up with locally based Do Architects and Baltic Engineers for the project.</p> <p>Located in historic Vilnius, the museum's design pays tribute to its past and present. Its&nbsp;rectilinear exterior facade is clad in luminous white plaster as a reference to local materials in the city, according to Studio Libeskind. The minimalist facade is contrasted with a&nbsp;dramatic&nbsp;open staircase that intersects the building on a diagonal axis.</p> <p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/703992e3d7afefff75f04a6ba01a0712.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/703992e3d7afefff75f04a6ba01a0712.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Photo &copy; Norbert Tukaj.</figcaption><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f3/f38092d358e5530297e06439d225a915.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f3/f38092d358e5530297e06439d225a915.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo &copy; Norbert Tukaj.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e3/e3e4a86a83b9f2ba93dee8f0a073ae12.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e3/e3e4a86a83b9f2ba93dee8f0a073ae12.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton + Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>The staircase leads to a stepped open-air terraced roof that serves as a gathering space for public performances and events. A 5-meter fully glazed, cantilevered wall provides views o...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090659/archinect-outpost-to-host-launch-party-for-project-journal-october-26th Archinect Outpost to host launch party for Project Journal October 26th Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-10-17T14:20:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T14:21:35-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38245f86c27858f6cdc3a6f8d142966e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Join us in celebrating the launch of the newest issue of <a href="http://projectjournal.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Journal</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://outpost.archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Outpost</a> on Friday, October 26th, 6-9 PM.&nbsp;</p> <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-journal-issue-7-launch-party-tickets-51491554626" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RSVP to reserve your spot!</a> <p>Issue 7 of Project Journal features a brilliant wrap-around cover by <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150050373/fellow-fellows-d-esk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Eskenazi</a>, as well as the work of many great theorists and architects today, including <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/140276729/next-up-mini-session-4-andrew-atwood-and-anna-neimark-of-first-office" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Atwood &amp; Anna Neimark (First Office)</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150078211/transparent-value-a-conversation-with-architecture-lobby-s-peggy-deamer-and-shota-vashakmadze" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peggy Deamer</a> &amp; <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150042904/architecture-the-geontopolitics-of-knowledge-and-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Shvartzberg</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/nmda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil M. Denari Architects</a>, Carolyn L. Kane, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150028768/the-founders-of-ny-based-new-affiliates-discuss-how-their-love-for-arguing-betters-their-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jaffer Kolb</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149987675/small-studio-snapshots-milli-ns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zeina Koreitem (MILLI&Oslash;NS)</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149960918/gaming-the-neighborhood-one-to-one-32-with-jose-sanchez-co-creator-of-block-hood-computer-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jose Sanchez</a> (Plethora Project), <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/843603/schaum-shieh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Troy Schaum &amp; Rosalyne Shieh</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/knowlton-school/andrew-witt-at-the-knowlton-school" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Witt</a> (Certain Measures).&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150058678/between-full-time-teaching-and-their-journal-project-medium-office-does-it-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we spoke to two of its editors</a>, Alfie Koetter and&nbsp;Emmett Zeifman, about how they balance teaching, writing, designing and editing <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/100123048/screen-print-16-project-journal-s-issue-3-featuring-a-conversation-with-neil-denari" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Journal</a>.<br></p><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/88/88353a971cd23df0d7475828fea480b2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/88/88353a971cd23df0d7475828fea480b2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/922cf18111963fd4ff89df8ccd8794de.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/922cf18111963fd4ff89df8ccd8794de.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sotoak Pavilion, by Neil M. Denari Architects. (featured in Project Journal Issue 7)</figcaption></figure><p>Archinect Outpost is an exciting new retail initiative in downtown LA's Arts District,&nbsp;a rapidly transforming creative hub home to&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/sciarc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>&nbsp;and a number of architecture &amp; design ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091205/shed-s-ghost-cabin-honors-a-historic-seattle-site-with-a-playful-mystery SHED's “Ghost Cabin” honors a historic Seattle site with a playful mystery Justine Testado 2018-10-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T14:15:06-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/17e34be6e3cea50e9d8833e8b9934f81.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/SHED" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHED Architecture &amp; Design</a>'s&nbsp;Ghost Cabin isn't exactly a haunted house like its name suggests. The new courtyard art installation pays tribute to a site dubbed &ldquo;Grandma's House&rdquo; in the Chophouse Row development in Seattle's <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/141461105/architect-paul-michael-davis-shares-his-favorite-pitstops-around-seattle-s-capitol-hill-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Capitol Hill</a>. While building the Chophouse Row in 2013, contractors unearthed the mysterious site, which revealed the foundation of a small house that was once part of a late 19th-century pioneer settlement.&nbsp;The contractors then nicknamed the structure &ldquo;Grandma's House&rdquo; because whenever the Chophouse Row ran into construction delays, they would joke that &ldquo;Grandma's ghost&rdquo; had returned to slow down their progress.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2017, Chophouse Row owner and developer Liz Dunn commissioned an art installation for the courtyard above Grandma's House that had to create a sense of community as well as respect the site's history.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/de/dea2c2dceade76ef6ce89e36c77ee5aa.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/de/dea2c2dceade76ef6ce89e36c77ee5aa.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rafael Soldi.</figcaption></figure><p>In response to that, SHED proposed the Ghost Cabin, whose name was inspired by the Grandma's House story. While designing the artw...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091139/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects-completes-an-earthquake-resistant-library-in-christchurch-nz Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects completes an earthquake-resistant library in Christchurch, NZ Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-16T18:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T18:24:14-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/042a4fc48b5369058e9ac36161d8da0d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>After a series of earthquakes left <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/117267/christchurch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand's second largest city</a> badly damaged, a new city has begun to gradually emerge. The city of Christchurch, NZ has spent the following years working on <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/90763576/anything-goes-as-christchurch-rebuilds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a major rebuilding phase</a>, that includes the recently opened $92 million central library designed by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/229ea694f4cfb9ee5b040b470a80e681.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/229ea694f4cfb9ee5b040b470a80e681.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photography by Adam M&oslash;rk.</figcaption></figure><p>The T&#363;ranga public library is one of a number of government lead anchor projects intended to spark growth and bring people back into the central city. Its opening weekend saw nearly 13,000 visitors turning out for a first look.<br></p> <p>"The new central library is a visually stunning symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth that will fundamentally change the way residents and visitors experience Christchurch&rsquo;s city centre" said the architects. The five-story building took two-and-a-half years to complete and is now the largest library in the South Island.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4d/4db5f40756649ad6883c883771ab2e4d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4d/4db5f40756649ad6883c883771ab2e4d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photography by Adam M&oslash;rk.</figcaption></figure><p>The Danish architects collaborated with local firm <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/13860232/architectus-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectus</a> as well...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091023/lucasz-kos-creates-a-mesmerizing-villa-in-busy-shanghai Lucasz Kos creates a mesmerizing villa in busy Shanghai Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-15T20:44:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T20:44:45-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/99/99a6d5e028970035146e0097eb6a96df.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Located in the busy city of&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/11467/shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a>&nbsp;is a tranquil villa that transports you into a lucid state of living. <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/150091030/kos-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kos Architects</a>&nbsp;in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.zerebecky.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Zerebecky</a>,&nbsp;have recently completed construction of Cloud Villa. The blissfully serene three-story home exudes a peacefully private experience. Its grand central <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/155355/staircase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">staircase</a>, the centerpiece of the space, connects each section of the home. If that wasn't enough to create an almost etherial experience, the 8-meter high vaulted ceiling of the main living room adds to its heavenly interior.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c5/c535a0015fa2fef21e9751abf3e7316b.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c5/c535a0015fa2fef21e9751abf3e7316b.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/73/735137935e8c85d8fd8442b8968143ed.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/73/735137935e8c85d8fd8442b8968143ed.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption></figure></figure><p>As inhabitants of the home make their way through the various levels of the house, the abstract form of the staircase creates a seamless transition from the upper, middle, and lower levels. The light and airy interior focuses on a clean and contemporary aesthetic.&nbsp;Identifying as the architect of peace and quiet, Lukasz Kos' Cloud Villa, has achieved such a space.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1b/1b1422422bbd0bc7d38114da2b28d1a0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1b/1b1422422bbd0bc7d38114da2b28d1a0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption><p><br></p><p>Recently establis...</p></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090965/knowhow-shop-design-offers-a-new-approach-to-office-construction knowhow shop design offers a new approach to office construction Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-15T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T19:51:25-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/dd05816a022fb44f55cd436725b7ec6a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>In the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, architects Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice of knowhow shop have designed and built a new office for their design studio in their backyard. Named &lsquo;Lighthouse&rsquo;, the project is a micro-building that is a place for work and also a physical example of the studio&rsquo;s thinking and practice</p></em><br /><br /><p>Diverting from traditional construction processes, the founders of <a href="https://archinect.com/knowhowshopla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">knowhow shop</a>, focus on the possibility of constructing an&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/65945/office-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office</a> testing their skills as craftsmen while challenging their understanding of spatial perception.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4f/4fb139d803ed88def745dd1601849666.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4f/4fb139d803ed88def745dd1601849666.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The office's unique shape and construction materials were custom designed by the founders themselves. A project, whose intricacies add to the stylistic beauty of the structure, "could not have been easily done by a contractor" claims the studio. Each facet of the structure used&nbsp;mitered SIPs and shop <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/17211/fabrication" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fabricated</a> materials to accomplish the craft like aesthetic. Its overall form exhibits clear use of aperture to allow for natural light to enter the space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f2/f2fda2455c7ab980ca42994db850e0b5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f2/f2fda2455c7ab980ca42994db850e0b5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Appropriately named <em>Lighthouse,&nbsp;</em>this custom micro-office reflects several elements of importance to the knowhow shop team. "<em>L</em><em>ighthouse is an office for our business, a showcase of our craft, and an example of the huge potential within rethinking the way we design a...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090909/monu-29-on-narrative-urbanism-released MONU #29 ON NARRATIVE URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-10-15T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:02:13-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3f/3f092ee9638a015ab626312afffecd95.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims Cassim Shepard in the interview we did with him entitled "Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured" for this new issue of MONU, "Narrative Urbanism".</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims<b><em>Cassim Shepard</em></b>in the interview we did with him entitled<b>&ldquo;Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured&rdquo;</b>for this new issue of<b>MONU,</b><b>&ldquo;Narrative Urbanism&rdquo;.</b>Being a filmmaker, he points out that moving images in this day and age are particularly effective forms of communication as they have the capacity to make people want to engage. For him, filmmaking is a very useful process that taught him how to talk to people, how to listen to people, how to observe spaces critically and with an open mind, in order to understand the unique urban dynamics that make every space special and worthy of care. Without that extra attention many things in our cities can simply be forgotten.</p> <p>With his contribution<b>&ldquo;Les Grands Ensembles&rdquo;</b>&ndash; a video still of a film depicting model replicas of two modernist high rise...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090948/bjarke-ingels-group-designs-urban-tree-farm-that-will-become-quito-s-tallest-building Bjarke Ingels Group designs "urban tree farm" that will become Quito's tallest building Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-15T14:49:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T20:45:31-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/382c40d9c89f9574409338764eedbbb1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Rising 33-stories, the stack of concrete boxes that will make up the IQON tower in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/738092/quito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quito, Ecuador</a>, will become the city's tallest building. Designed by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a>, the firm's first project in South America recently began construction.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b6/b6536246932455d95d449dcc4cd7c6ea.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b6/b6536246932455d95d449dcc4cd7c6ea.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by Bjarke Ingels Group.</figcaption></figure><p>Plans for the residential tower involve the creation of an 'urban tree farm'&mdash;"we are letting La Carolina park climb up and into the building by planting native trees and plants on the terraces," says the architects. Each terrace will host a different species of tree, allowing the building's fa&ccedil;ade to celebrate the country's biodiversity.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/18/189fe5e189985e160d6716984ec213df.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/18/189fe5e189985e160d6716984ec213df.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by Bjarke Ingels Group.</figcaption></figure><p>But, the scheme goes beyond the typical phenomenon of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/46091/vertical-forest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vertical forests</a> by incorporating the trees into part of a green cycle. "Once the vegetation planted on the terraces of the building outgrows their planters, they can be replanted in parks all over the city," the firm explains.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5da5d06d38420dabbd7a7217065fd0b5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5da5d06d38420dabbd7a7217065fd0b5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Image by Bjarke Ingels Group.</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3a/3adafad80773982fbf851f9ab8854cf1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3a/3adafad80773982fbf851f9ab8854cf1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by Bjarke Ingels Group.</figcaption></figure><p>The design is...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090685/alejandro-arevena-s-alluring-concrete-vacation-home Alejandro Arevena's alluring concrete vacation home Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-12T20:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T03:50:33-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a9/a96210cb8e3b2890321bc32824bdd682.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The radical, four-bedroom vacation house is part of the Ochoalcubo project &ndash; a pioneering &lsquo;architectural laboratory&rsquo; led by the entrepreneur and architecture lover Eduardo Godoy. Leading Chilean and Japanese practices including Aravena, Smiljan Radic, Toyo Ito and Sou Fujimoto were asked to design a series of ground-breaking homes on the coast of Ochoquebradas.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>-winner&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/598317/alejandro-aravena" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> uses the Chilean landscape of&nbsp;Coquimbo to create a weekend home oozing with dramatic appeal and a moody ancient beauty. The vacation home is comprised of three large <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/9438/concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete</a> volumes specifically stacked one against the other. Sitting on a hilltop overlooking the Chilean coast, the home, at first glance exudes an "ancient" looking quality.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/379697dca559fb64311ff2e2d309243a.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/379697dca559fb64311ff2e2d309243a.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Chile Sotheby&rsquo;s International Realty</figcaption></figure><p>The massively rugged, boulder like structure was heavily influenced by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/826061/primitive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">primitivistic</a> values. Its simplistic exterior is carried through out the entire house. The interiority of the space reflects <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/5037/modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist</a> principles that focus on a flow of indoor/outdoor space and a loyalty to basic materials.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d4/d4a4c013534d730d0468b9acfa315eb2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d4/d4a4c013534d730d0468b9acfa315eb2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Chile Sotheby&rsquo;s International Realty</figcaption></figure><p>At the center of the home is a large fire pit that accents the room without frills. The exposed concrete surfaces found through out the structure complement the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that can be found in each of the fo...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090524/10-beautiful-kitchen-spaces-for-your-friday-inspiration 10 beautiful kitchen spaces for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2018-10-12T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T20:35:56-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3e/3e53fcf80c150e005e8fb1ac060ab0d6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/kitchen-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kitchen Spaces</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c5/c5368c9a600d3f5bc03d9da17a3d6d98.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c5/c5368c9a600d3f5bc03d9da17a3d6d98.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/wittman-estes/project/madison-alpine-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madison Alpine Garden</a> in Seattle, WA by <a href="https://archinect.com/wittman-estes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape</a>; Photo: Andrew Pogue<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/83e8fed4b5056b9e4dba8b446acd9523.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/83e8fed4b5056b9e4dba8b446acd9523.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/project/92236/mount-larson-residence/150089264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mount Larson Residence</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/92236/a-parallel-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parallel Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/8332caeefe47b7f7cd87cbe8d300d01d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/8332caeefe47b7f7cd87cbe8d300d01d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/OFFArch/project/hello-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello House</a> in Melbourne, Australia by <a href="https://archinect.com/OFFArch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OOF! Architecture</a>; Photo: Nic Granleese (OOF! Architecture was also <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150085016/melbourne-s-oof-architecture-isn-t-afraid-of-experimenting-in-historic-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently featured</a> in Archinect's popular <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> series)<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/08/08758ebdee9365327b8d1d30e0834f9d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/08/08758ebdee9365327b8d1d30e0834f9d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/assembledge/project/wonderland-park-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wonderland Park Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="https://archinect.com/assembledge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembledge+</a></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d0/d07c70a88bc027bf618148664a9dd78a.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d0/d07c70a88bc027bf618148664a9dd78a.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/chromasf/project/the-tastemakers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tastemakers</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="https://archinect.com/chromasf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHROMA SF</a></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d4/d44667b494fb4aa5c68386e014f192e2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d4/d44667b494fb4aa5c68386e014f192e2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/domarquitectura/project/house-in-la-cerdanya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in la Cerdanya, Spain by <a href="https://archinect.com/domarquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pablo Serrano</a></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2a733c796acf1b1ac788a8971eb5d5b0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2a733c796acf1b1ac788a8971eb5d5b0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/atelierbarda/project/saint-laurent-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saint-Laurent Apartment</a> in Montreal, Canada by <a href="https://archinect.com/atelierbarda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Barda architecture</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38cf6ec2ddc5f3f85f5229e71733f73f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38cf6ec2ddc5f3f85f5229e71733f73f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/project/126240456/pam-paul-s-house/150058208" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pam &amp; Paul's House</a> in Cupertino, C...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090508/shenzhen-s-elevated-garden-will-bring-pedestrians-to-the-sky Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/21/2173d42f439b6c21a27ed7e2f6bc2b3a.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/226067/sky-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/666662/pedestrians" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/13491/skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a40607dfcb505036ae48b03f0282dfc7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a40607dfcb505036ae48b03f0282dfc7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/15824/transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090485/first-look-at-johnston-marklee-s-menil-drawing-institute-due-to-open-next-month First look at Johnston Marklee's Menil Drawing Institute, due to open next month Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-11T18:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T21:19:43-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6e/6e45314bd93d580a0279699c4b421c17.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Slated to open next month, Houston's new <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/51039294/in-25th-anniversary-year-menil-collection-names-architect-for-initial-expansion-into-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Menil Drawing Institute</a> will become the country's first art institution dedicated solely to drawing. &ldquo;For many artists, historically, drawing was an end in and of itself.&nbsp;To have an entire building devoted to [drawing] says something to the general public," Menil director Rebecca Rabinow told the&nbsp;<em>Wall Street Journal Magazine,</em>&nbsp;which will be featuring an exclusive first look at the building in its October issue.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plans for the new museum building, designed by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/4256960/johnston-marklee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, were announced back in 2012 to coincide with the collection's 25th anniversary. The Los Angeles based architecture firm beat out <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/3821/david-chipperfield-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/72305734/tatiana-bilbao-estudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tatiana Bilbao</a> to receive the hotly sought-after commission.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jonston and Lee's new building sits on the 30-acre campus, meant to house the large drawing collection Dominique and John Menil have amassed over several decades. The new Drawing Institute will accompany the original Renzo Piano-designed museum, which rec...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090323/doug-aitken-s-detroit-mirage-opens-up-in-once-abandoned-bank Doug Aitken's Detroit Mirage opens up in once-abandoned bank Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-10T19:14:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T19:14:29-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/85/85981f83696e7326c67c686ad1ba810b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/92095/doug-aitken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Doug Aitken</a>'s new art installation&nbsp;<em>Mirage Detroit</em> has opened in the once-abandoned State Savings Bank, a century-old Beaux-Arts building in downtown Detroit that has sat empty for decades.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aitken's latest work brings back his much beloved project for <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149993625/doug-aitken-among-artists-in-palm-springs-adjacent-art-show-desert-x" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert X</a>, which saw a reflective suburban home plopped into the Coachella Valley desert. For the city of Detroit, the art world giant has taken this ranch-style home, given it a perfected mirrored surface, and placed it in the decorative interiors of the old bank.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/32/32396f443a8233516d6409c3c35a3d38.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/32/32396f443a8233516d6409c3c35a3d38.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Installation view of Doug Aitken, Mirage Detroit 2018, photography by Conner MacPhee, courtesy the artist and Library Street Collective.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/81/8178f7b509cd84bb9ef7080230eeb814.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/81/8178f7b509cd84bb9ef7080230eeb814.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Installation view of Doug Aitken, Mirage Detroit 2018, photography by Conner MacPhee, courtesy the artist and Library Street Collective.</figcaption></figure><p>Covered in hundreds of pieces of mirrors, the large sculpture reflects the Roman arched colonnades and bronze flourishes of its architectural surroundings. A light show choreographed by&nbsp;longtime Radiohead se...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089892/from-concept-to-development-why-architecture-s-youth-arts-center-in-east-palo-alto-folds-the-community-into-the-building-process From concept to development, wHY Architecture's youth arts center in East Palo Alto folds the community into the building process Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-10T14:43:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T14:43:27-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c3/c3a620ab4628f8918927241afdd255f4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/wHY-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wHY Architecture</a>'s innovative partnership with EpaCenterArts has broken ground in East Palo Alto, coinciding with a community stakeholder event to celebrate the occasion on Saturday, October 13th.&nbsp;</p> <p>The planned $50 million 21,000-square-foot EpaCenterArts, the construction for which began last month, will host an arts, design and music center for youth in the area. As one of the go-to designers for art spaces, Kulapat Yantrasast and his firm, which is <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150030233/why-reveals-final-approved-design-of-the-asian-art-museum-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">currently working</a> on the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/803349/asian-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asian Art Museum</a> in nearby San&nbsp;Francisco, was a natural choice for the foundation.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/51/51fb7514cef19802e8aae306a13a69f2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/51/51fb7514cef19802e8aae306a13a69f2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Epacenter; Image by wHY + Luxingon.</figcaption></figure><p>Positioned at the center of Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto has struggled to maintain levels of equity among its residents as the region's booming tech economy continues to raise rents and home values. The youth center, funded by John &amp; Marcia Goldman Foundation, is the result of a grassroots effort to address these external pressures by creating something for the community.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>In response, Yantrasa...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090122/m-rad-designs-elite-cannabis-industry-members-club-in-downtown-los-angeles M-Rad designs elite cannabis industry members club in Downtown Los Angeles Justine Testado 2018-10-09T20:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T20:58:01-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2c/2cb580ba8e19dcf1b24469f995c153ac.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>At a time when the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/105529/cannabis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cannabis</a> industry is growing its commercial presence in Los Angeles, a new private members club for industry elites is setting up shop at 718 South Hill Street, in the heart of Downtown L.A.'s Jewelry District. Local architecture firm <a href="https://archinect.com/MRad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M-Rad</a> was put in charge of redesigning the&nbsp;85-foot-tall building, which will retain its historic characteristics and feature over 67,000 square feet of carefully curated space across seven distinct floors.</p> <p>Green Street Agency,&nbsp;an L.A.-based creative agency that exclusively works within the cannabis industry, will be the flag tenant. Supporting&nbsp;tenants including Timeless Vapes, MOTA, and Vicente Sederberg will occupy three floors.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/644cf1f7dbeb6245e4fd78d19742c42f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/644cf1f7dbeb6245e4fd78d19742c42f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p> <figure><figcaption>Rendering of the third floor, 718 South Hill. Courtesy of M-Rad.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/9253b788102bc8278ee0c4fdd593436f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/9253b788102bc8278ee0c4fdd593436f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bird's eye view of the third floor. Courtesy of M-Rad.</figcaption></figure><p>The building will serve as a professional and community hub for entrepreneurs dedicated to &ldquo;advancing the cannabis space&rdquo;, giving members access to four levels of communal and private offi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090034/mies-van-der-rohe-s-mansion-house-square-archive-joins-the-riba-collections-courtesy-of-lord-palumbo Mies van der Rohe’s Mansion House Square archive joins the RIBA Collections courtesy of Lord Palumbo Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-09T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T13:36:41-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/60/609e6ab393b427ee750245bfdf2796c4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Lord Palumbo has given <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/12264/mies-van-der-rohe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>'s Mansion House Square archive&mdash;which includes models, photographs, and films&mdash;to the RIBA Collections. Considered one of the most important collections of architectural materials in the world, the donation to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/9592/riba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a> is an important step in preserving the design records and more broadly, for "documenting the stories behind architecture," says RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire.&nbsp;</p> <p>The seminal gift from the&nbsp;property developer and architecture connoisseur contains three large-scale models: one of the city of London; one of Mies van der Rohe's unrealized proposal for the Mansion House Square; and another of the building's underground shopping concourse. It also includes original feasibility drawings, bronze door handles and hinges, photomontages by architectural photographer John Donat and historical documents and objects related to the hotly-debated development.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/91/915c5e0568d4538dc7c2615e7a161234.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/91/915c5e0568d4538dc7c2615e7a161234.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Model of Mies van der Rohe's building for Mansion House Square. &copy; RIBA Collections.</figcaption></figure><p>Despite ne...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090036/frida-escobedo-s-serpentine-pavilion-sold-to-spa-company-therme Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion sold to spa company Therme Justine Testado 2018-10-09T13:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T13:26:25-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/96/9674c419c58bfa1abf0fbcc7dfaf3181.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The [pavilion] will now be displayed in &lsquo;selected locations&rsquo; as part of the Therme Art Program, which was set up to fulfill artistic and architectural &rsquo;visions that cannot be realised in galleries or museum spaces: no matter how complex their production, installation and long-term maintenance may be&rsquo;. Serpentine Galleries chief executive Yana Peel and artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist said in a joint statement that they were &lsquo;delighted&rsquo; by the purchase.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089942/big-completes-checkered-dortheavej-affordable-housing-complex-in-copenhagen BIG completes "checkered" Dortheavej affordable housing complex in Copenhagen Justine Testado 2018-10-08T20:04:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T03:37:54-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1f/1f01943cf3915fbef517ba9be80c9f7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Non-profit affordable housing association Lejerbo commissioned <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> to design the much-needed Dortheavej affordable housing complex back in 2013. Some five years later, BIG has revealed photos of the finished product.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1c/1c36e0134a79fd8478c79bca16e9398d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1c/1c36e0134a79fd8478c79bca16e9398d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/04185a2826aecf8fe48e6559e8b6a0fa.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/04185a2826aecf8fe48e6559e8b6a0fa.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><p>Located in historically industrial Dortheavej in northwestern <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/3691/copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>, the 5-story complex offers&nbsp;66 new apartments to low-income citizens. Built on a $9.8 million budget, the 6,800 m2 complex features a distinct checkered pattern that is&nbsp;based on a singular prefab structure.&nbsp;Apartment units range from&nbsp;60 to 115 m2 and have&nbsp;3.5-meter-tall ceilings, generous floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood in, and outdoor terraces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b0/b05e6bb0e2b79b17d20ba8b79de959a1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b0/b05e6bb0e2b79b17d20ba8b79de959a1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5a/5a7f1518da747a4e6e3a180c7a717945.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5a/5a7f1518da747a4e6e3a180c7a717945.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cf/cfafc633c854ccbb137ff606772ac5e2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cf/cfafc633c854ccbb137ff606772ac5e2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><p>The building's north-facing facade looks towards an enclosed green courtyard, which residents of the complex and neighboring buildings can use for recreation.&nbsp;On the sunnier south side, balconies retract and the...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089879/neri-oxman-architecture-s-modern-day-wonder-woman Neri Oxman: Architecture's modern day Wonder Woman Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-08T16:08:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T12:49:26-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ec/ec011dd50028a67d5fb0de3076af8562.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>What makes Dr. Oxman, the scientist, so unusual, said Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA, is her aesthetic sense. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s not afraid of formal elegance,&rdquo; Ms. Antonelli said. &ldquo;The reason why she is a gift to the field of architecture and design is that her science works, her aesthetics work, and her theory works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tenured professor at the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/533253/mit-media-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab</a>, Dr. Neri Oxman's larger than life approach to architecture and design has continuously turned heads. Her impact in the world of architecture has led her to various breakthroughs in understanding the relationship and possibility between nature and the built environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b5/b53ef80904a67cb1cede2f1a568f051d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b5/b53ef80904a67cb1cede2f1a568f051d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Water based digital fabrication &copy;Neri Oxman | Behance</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Coining the term, <em>material ecology</em>, Dr. Oxman and her motley crew at MIT has turned MIT's Media Lab into a fantastically eccentric playground. Through <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/59062/digital-fabrication" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">digital fabrication</a>, synthetic design, and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/868651/computational-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">computational design</a> Dr. Oxman and her team have developed amazingly beautiful and technically provocative multifunctional structures you would find in a science fiction novel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3d106fa49d3fc7d32b0fcf3aaf55eb5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3d106fa49d3fc7d32b0fcf3aaf55eb5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Water based digital fabrication &copy;Neri Oxman | Behance</figcaption></figure><p>According to Dr. Oxman, "we treat design more like a gardening practice." The use of organic materials like ground up shrimp shells and silkworms are the natural stars in h...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089672/muji-s-apartment-prototype-tackles-long-commutes-and-highly-dense-cities Muji's apartment prototype tackles long commutes and highly dense cities Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-05T20:23:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T11:57:16-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/61/612a35c098925acb942bb828990266d3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Created for the annual exhibition House Vision, the prototype is a thought experiment in the way people live in super-dense cities. [...] It&rsquo;s a common problem in big cities all over the world, and Hasegawa&rsquo;s design is meant to balance space-saving with privacy, transforming a 1.5-story space (which are common across the city) into a usable space for four.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Highly-dense cities are common through out countries like China and Japan. Popular apparel and houseware brand, <a href="https://archinect.com/searchall/muji/news" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>, are taking creative steps in tackling long commutes and dense city living most employees face. Partnering with Japanese architect, Go Hasegawa, Muji's apartment prototype aims to turn a 1.5 story space into a cozy and functional live-work environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9d/9dd250598a07db80a1cc4d29ccd90bc0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9d/9dd250598a07db80a1cc4d29ccd90bc0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure><p>Equipped with an open communal space and kitchen, the Muji furnished apartment would have a balance of work functionality and privacy. The upper level of the space would mimic a lofted canopy design that would create a reimagined second story. Cities like Beijing continuously have increasingly high land prices which effect living costs. With this type of design concept, has Muji found a way to rethink shared co-working quarters?&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/27983ddf4e5b6e447324185a4ed24a0d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/27983ddf4e5b6e447324185a4ed24a0d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Image courtesy of Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089646/new-yorkers-with-elevator-phobia-share-how-they-ve-coped-with-their-lifelong-fear New Yorkers with elevator phobia share how they've coped with their lifelong fear Justine Testado 2018-10-05T18:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-06T23:42:08-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f4bf6793b5abbe1b2b050c76b48ae766.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The elevator-phobic people of New York City are almost our own subculture [...] I&rsquo;ve fantasized at times about a kind of utopia: a gleaming glass city free of elevators. But for now I, just like Gabriella and Rachel and Kevin and Nakia, still live in New York, and still constantly have to force myself to enter slim or squat boxes of despair. Why haven&rsquo;t we left? What strange fate have we dealt ourselves, to live in a place full of hellscapes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Having a deeply ingrained fear of elevators while living in a vertical landscape like New York City &mdash; which has over 60,000 elevators, by the way &mdash; isn't easy for some folks, like writer Amos Barshad. He and other fellow New Yorkers he interviews talk about how their phobia began, their search for answers to why they <em>still </em>have this fear, and how they manage it in their everyday lives.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089655/unbuilding-gender Unbuilding Gender Places Journal 2018-10-05T18:16:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T18:16:14-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/63/63d008704d79cab30c001bfb04474523.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Gordon Matta-Clark&rsquo;s inventive site-specific cuts into abandoned buildings demonstrated approaches to the concept of home and to the market system of real estate that were anarchistic, creatively destructive, and full of queer promise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In "Unbuilding Gender," Jack Halberstam extends the ideas of unbuilding and creative destruction that characterize Gordon Matta-Clark's work to develop a queer concept of anarchitecture focused on the trans* body.&nbsp;</p> <p>Halberstam is the 2018 recipient of the Arcus/Places Prize for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and the built environment. The biennial prize is a unique collaboration&nbsp;between the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley, and Places, supported&nbsp;by the college&rsquo;s Arcus Endowment.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089627/first-phase-of-zaha-hadid-architects-aljada-central-hub-will-be-complete-in-2019 First phase of Zaha Hadid Architects' Aljada Central Hub will be complete in 2019 Justine Testado 2018-10-05T14:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-06T05:58:30-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/ccbf17df0d0af7571f285fa434a34cfb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Back in March, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> emerged victorious in the competition to design the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/bustler/6357/zaha-hadid-architects-to-design-aljada-central-hub-in-sharjah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new Aljada Central Hub</a> in Sharjah, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/104498/uae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UAE</a>. Today, the firm announced that phase one of the $6.5 billion development is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2019.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7e/7e26e436f7a3b76db455c2bf5fa7595e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7e/7e26e436f7a3b76db455c2bf5fa7595e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Cosmoscube.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/dae3dd9b602a9e301d3f3259b9f516f5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/dae3dd9b602a9e301d3f3259b9f516f5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Cosmoscube.</figcaption></figure><p>At a whopping 1.9 million square feet, the Central Hub's focal points are a large central plaza and public observation tower. The first phase of the Hub&nbsp;will include an outdoor cinema space for screenings and pop-ups, a food truck village, skate park, and family-friendly facilities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second and third phases of the project are expected to be finished by 2020 and 2022, respectively.&nbsp;These two phases will include the construction of: a 65,000 sq.ft. waterplay area, an &ldquo;extreme&rdquo; sports center, an 11-screen cinema, an adventure golf course, and a 340,000 sq.ft. community park that will have &ldquo;hundreds of species of trees and plants&rdquo; and numerous outdoor sports facilities &mdash; just to name...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089506/10-architectural-details-we-loved-this-week 10 architectural details we loved this week Archinect 2018-10-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-04T20:34:36-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/39addb08a6d878ee49df66f5d02c2f6d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/details/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Details</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5f/5f456ff45094cfebcd9467309e095d3d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5f/5f456ff45094cfebcd9467309e095d3d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/project/29494805/make-completes-high-rise-luxury-residential-tower-in-wan-chai/150070866" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Luna</a> in Hong Kong by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/29494805/make-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make Architects</a>; Photo: John Madden<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/52/52ebf74ef5d2cb7408721c7311927b0e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/52/52ebf74ef5d2cb7408721c7311927b0e.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/project/92236/aqui/150089262" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aqui</a> in Houston, TX by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/92236/a-parallel-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parallel Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2c/2c1ca9a753a95592f05208b2b7fb7af8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2c/2c1ca9a753a95592f05208b2b7fb7af8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/uufie/project/ports-1961-hong-kong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ports 1961 Hong Kong</a> in Hong Kong by <a href="https://archinect.com/uufie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UUfie</a>; Photo: Grischa R&uuml;schendorf<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/23/23b52298b2b9d3c7c847a9f685c32028.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/23/23b52298b2b9d3c7c847a9f685c32028.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/walkerwarnerarchitects/project/hale-ma-alahi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hale Ma'alahi</a> on the Big Island, HI by <a href="https://archinect.com/walkerwarnerarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Warner Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3e/3e95f13a9d93154f3052980df9ad9b24.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3e/3e95f13a9d93154f3052980df9ad9b24.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/piercyandcompany/project/25-savile-row" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25 Savile Row</a> in London, UK by <a href="https://archinect.com/piercyandcompany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piercy&amp;Co</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aa/aaba7724fa0311ea3178eab0aa530e06.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aa/aaba7724fa0311ea3178eab0aa530e06.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/project/150005930/core-modern-homes/150032987" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CORE Modern Homes</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/150005930/batay-csorba-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Batay-Csorba Architects</a>; Photo: Doublespace Photography<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3f/3fdc9da9a6378ae3a85cf39fdc6f1fb1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3f/3fdc9da9a6378ae3a85cf39fdc6f1fb1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/bureaudechange/project/step-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Step House</a> in London, UK by <a href="https://archinect.com/bureaudechange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau de Change</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ee/ee4e085c4b56fcf5503773ad3eb356c8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ee/ee4e085c4b56fcf5503773ad3eb356c8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/studiocarver/project/belsize-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Belsize House</a> in London, UK by <a href="https://archinect.com/studiocarver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StudioCarver</a></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d1/d1ebf9ecf051347308a1c8266531fe93.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d1/d1ebf9ecf051347308a1c8266531fe93.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="https://archinect.com/groundwork/project/shenzhen-road-king-exhibition-booth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen Road King Exhibition Booth</a> in Shenzhen, China by <a href="https://archinect.com/groundwork" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GROUNDWORK Architects + Associates Ltd.</a>; Photo: Bao Jing<br></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/117299/archinect-pinterest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten...</p>