Archinect 2023-11-30T08:21:22-05:00 Urban Jinshan, Vitality Block: Hangzhou LOFT49 Regeneration by line+ lineplus 2023-11-29T23:36:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T23:36:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>LOFT49, located on the banks of the Grand Canal in Hangzhou, traces its origins back to the Hangzhou Chemical Fiber Factory founded in 1958, which evolved into the Peacock Nylon Factory in the 1980s. In 2003, the abandoned factory buildings attracted a large number of artists who spontaneously gathered, giving birth to Hangzhou's first iconic creative park, LOFT49. The park continued to operate until 2019 when it began its upgrading and renovation. Within the site, only the structurally sound 6th and 10th buildings with well-preserved industrial features were retained.</p> <p>Dr. Zhu Peidong, Co-Founder and Chief Architect of line+ studio, along with the team, secured the rights for the overall planning, comprehensive park scheme, and integrated interior renovation of the industrial heritage buildings in the second phase of the LOFT49 park. In collaboration with CCIHC, they are creating a model area for industrial rejuvenation along the Grand Canal, combining domestic and international exp...</p> UCSB megadorm designer Charles Munger passes away at 99 Josh Niland 2023-11-29T18:57:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T18:57:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Charles Munger, the billionaire investor whose proposed design for a monolithic, partly windowless dormitory at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of California, Santa Barbara</a> (UCSB) was the subject of a public controversy that drew critical ire and the eyes of outside media, passed away yesterday at his home in California. He was 99.</p> <p>Known widely as Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren Buffet&rsquo;s &ldquo;right-hand man,&rdquo; Munger was himself a lauded financier with a reported net worth of around $2.6 billion. His forays into architecture &mdash; which he had credited to the college experiences of his many children and grandchildren &mdash; included the late UCSB project, his own self-designed residence in Los Angeles&rsquo; Hancock Park neighborhood, and another dormitory at his alma mater, the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Michigan</a>, that was funded largely by his personal donation of $110 million.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy UCSB</figcaption></figure><p>The controversy surrounding Santa Barbara's since-canceled Munger Hall project never seemed to dampen his ambitions to see its design...</p> SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe's final residential design hits the market for $4.2M in Los Angeles Josh Niland 2023-11-29T18:24:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T18:24:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Late <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> founding director <a href="" target="_blank">Ray Kappe</a>&rsquo;s final residential design has hit the market in Venice Beach, California, for a listed price of $4.2 million.</p> <p>The 2,482-square-foot home has three bedrooms and was originally built in 1947. Kappe began the commission in 2019 (the same year he <a href="" target="_blank">passed away</a>), designing for the owner a two-story addition that added a garage and small recreation room to the property at 938 Amoroso Place. The renovation was completed earlier this year at an undisclosed cost. Tracey Becker of COMPASS is the listing&rsquo;s agent.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image courtesy</figcaption></figure></figure><p>&ldquo;When he came to look at the property, he was impressed with the concept of the tree fern garden and how to incorporate the house within that context,&rdquo; the anonymous seller <a href="" target="_blank">told</a> &ldquo;Ray was also interested in designing a home that went beyond the normal postage-stamp-sized lot home, by continuing his signature style of getting lost in a space &mdash; where everywhere you looked, an importan...</p> Heatherwick's Azabudai Hills mixed-use development opens in Tokyo Josh Niland 2023-11-29T14:25:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T14:25:45-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a> has released a new batch of project images along with an announcement of the long-awaited completion of their <a href="" target="_blank">Azabudai Hills</a> mixed-use district in Tokyo.</p> <p>The multi-billion dollar project for Mori Building Co. Ltd. culminates a 30-year regeneration process in the heart of the city&rsquo;s Minato ward with a new 20-acre design that features two temples, office and retail components, residential buildings, a school, and 5.9 acres of open green space for public use.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Raquel Diniz</figcaption></figure><p>In a press announcement, Neil Hubbard, partner and Group Leader at Heatherwick Studio, said: &ldquo;Over the last 10 years, we have tried to get under the skin of what makes something distinctively Tokyo, whilst at the same time, adding something new that&rsquo;s fresh and soft to its modern built environment. We wanted to create vistas full of variety and intrigue and spaces to explore. It&rsquo;s a confluence of different families of design all brought together in one place. I can&rsquo;t wait to watch people explo...</p> Over 20 winning projects awarded on Day One at The World Architecture Festival 2023 Katherine Guimapang 2023-11-29T14:00:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T14:06:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One of the industry's most anticipated international events has kicked off this year in Singapore with the 2023 edition of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a>&nbsp;and its sister event,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">INSIDE World Festival of Interiors</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>From November 29 through December 1, the Festival welcomes and celebrates architects and designers from around the world to the three-day gathering. Day 1 programming started with presentations from the&nbsp;shortlisted projects competing for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">World Building</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Interior</a>, and Future Project category awards.</p><p>Explore the first round of winners and their recognized projects below. Be sure to stay tuned for more coverage throughout the week.</p><p><strong>Completed Buildings Award Winners</strong></p> This startup is hiring an architect to ‘lower the entry barrier to overseas real estate investment’ Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-29T12:57:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T14:06:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Following last week&rsquo;s look at an opening for an <a href="" target="_blank">Emerging Scholar in Design at the University of Texas at Austin</a>, we are using this week&rsquo;s edition of our<em> </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Job Highlights </em>series</a> to explore an open role on <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a> for an <a href="" target="_blank">Architect/Designer at Build Block</a>.</p> <p>The role, based in Los Angeles, calls for an individual who can &ldquo;prepare architectural drawings for new construction and remodeling,&rdquo; and &ldquo;assist in tasks related to land, use, and other building permits.&rdquo; The role also demands expertise in modern architectural software such as AutoCAD or Revit, and a strong background in sustainable design principles is preferred. The ideal candidate would be fully proficient in Korean, due to the company's increasing collaborations with Korean investors and businesses, with up to five years of experience in the profession.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Related on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Disruptor design-build architecture firm raises almost $600K in crowdfunding</a></figcaption></figure></figure><p><strong>Why the role interests us</strong></p> <p>The open role at Build Block offers us the opport...</p> MVRDV begins construction on 'urban oasis' mixed-use concept for Paris Josh Niland 2023-11-29T12:44:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T14:18:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> is behind a newly commenced mixed-use housing tract called La Serre, to be located in the Paris region&rsquo;s ZAC L&eacute;on Blum eco-district at Issy-les-Moulineaux.</p> <p>The firm&rsquo;s project announcement details an 18-story development defined by its open facade with a landscaped vertical village provided by landscape architect Alice Tricon.</p> <p>MVRDV says a total of 390 trees will be planted throughout the structure, helping to defy &ldquo;traditional housing norms&rdquo; in order to present a refreshed take on urban dwelling that&rsquo;s in tune with Paris&rsquo; <a href="" target="_blank">need for biodiversity</a> and constructed using a host of low-carbon materials.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: &copy; ENGRAM</figcaption></figure><p>The city&rsquo;s Mayor, Andr&eacute; Santini, said: &ldquo;The project prioritizes nature, placing it at the forefront while the building recedes into the background. This urban oasis is not just a residential space; it's a genuine village square.&rdquo;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: &copy; ENGRAM</figcaption></figure><p>An open steel rack superstructure hosts the carefully selected slate of 150 different (mostly native) plant species while provi...</p> Cullinan Studio’s Catkin Centre and Sunflower House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is now complete – providing a new centre for mental healthcare excellence for children and young adults by Cullinan Studio MLewis 2023-11-29T12:27:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T12:27:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Catkin Centre and Sunflower House project for Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, designed by Cullinan Studio and delivered by 10architect has now opened. The project, won through RIBA competition, brings together in two connected buildings, a range of specialist mental health facilities that were previously scattered across the hospital site and the city of Liverpool.</p> <p>Together the buildings stand as an innovative, joined-up approach to the treatment of mental health for children and young people. By bringing services together under one roof, the Trust will be able to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and families and deliver improved efficiencies through more effective ways of working and a more holistic approach to care. </p> <p>Traditional hospital buildings tend to be mazes without centres: confusing labyrinths of corridors and identical, boxy rooms that leave patients disorientated and alienated. Cullinan Studio has taken a completely different approac...</p> Mediterranean Modern by pc-|< paolo cesaretti Arch- Paolo Cesaretti 2023-11-29T12:14:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T12:14:28-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Looking for a formal frame that would consistently answer the requests of the design brief, we were inspired by a style that can be defined as Mediterranean Modern. A style expressed by residential architecture scattered along the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, interpreting elements of classicism in a contemporary way - arches, iconic staircases, rough surfaces and earth colors. Casa Malaparte in Capri or some of the vacation villas of Gio Ponti on the North Italian Riviera are examples of this architectural style.</p> <p>Our interior design proposal takes on an abstract, at times surreal tone, crossing a series of spaces that fluidly follow one another and suggest the domestic environments of a large single-family house.</p> <p>Mediterranean Modern is a project aiming to exhibit diverse architectural solutions &amp; bespoke furnishings designed by our team, while all furnishings were made entirely with materials produced by our client.&nbsp;</p> A submerged Japanese library by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP as a ‘tranquil place’ for reading and rest Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-29T11:53:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T14:05:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Japan-based <a href="" target="_blank">Hiroshi Nakamura &amp; NAP</a> has offered a look inside their recently completed Library of the Earth. Situated in the <a href="" target="_blank">Japanese</a> city of Kisarazu, and completed in November 2022, the <a href="" target="_blank">library</a> is described by the firm as &ldquo;the library for the farmers, plowing the fields on sunny days and reading books on rainy days.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Koji Fujii / TOREAL</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image credit: Koji Fujii / TOREAL</figcaption></figure><p>Located in the corner of an active agricultural site, the scheme saw Hiroshi Nakamura &amp; NAP transform a debris-laced plot into a &ldquo;lush valley.&rdquo; At the core of the project is a submerged library designed with the principle that &ldquo;architecture should not occupy the cultivated soil layer but rather exist humbly under the flourishing of plants and microorganisms in the soil.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Plan credit: Hiroshi Nakamura &amp; NAP</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Section credit: Hiroshi Nakamura &amp; NAP</figcaption></figure></figure><p>&ldquo;The earth has been regarded as the source of all life and a symbol of motherhood,&rdquo; the team explains. &ldquo;Our wish was to make a small cleft in the earth and create a...</p> AIA will send nine-member delegation to COP28 in Dubai Josh Niland 2023-11-28T19:15:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T15:29:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects </a>today announced the appointment of a nine-member delegation that will represent the professional body at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) ahead of its commencement this Thursday in Dubai.</p> <p>In a <a href="" target="_blank">separate announcement</a> today, AIA says its 96,000-strong community is one of the &ldquo;best kept secrets&rdquo; in the fight against climate change. As such, the aim of its envoy is to foster strategic partnerships with industry and government in addition to promoting much of the AIA&rsquo;s own climate platform and 2030 Commitment. Their input will provide a valuable source of knowledge for policymakers while advocating for the better health of the built environment overall, the Institute states.</p> <p>&ldquo;AIA and its delegation are eager to attend COP28. Being here ensures the voice of architects is heard in the global conversation about urgent climate change. Buildings are currently responsible for 40 percent of carbon emissions,&rdquo; 2023 AIA President <a href="" target="_blank">Em...</a></p> Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are the 2023 Soane Medal winners Josh Niland 2023-11-28T16:32:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T16:42:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The winners of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Soane Medal</a> have been announced as French architects <a href="" target="_blank">Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal</a>. The <a href="" target="_blank">2021 Pritzker Prize laureates</a> follow <a href="" target="_blank">Marina Tabassum</a> and last year&rsquo;s winner <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Barber</a> as the three most recent recipients of the award.&nbsp;</p><p>Their work was commended for exhibiting an &ldquo;honest design approach&rdquo; that critically demonstrates the &ldquo;importance of architecture in people&rsquo;s lives.&rdquo; Fellow Pritzker winner <a href="" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a> led the selection of this year&rsquo;s contest, joined by an expert panel of fellow architects, critics, and curators.</p><p>The Medal was established in 2017 in honor of the famed Regency period architect.</p> Five architecture students receive the 2023 RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarship Josh Niland 2023-11-28T14:33:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T14:33:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a> has picked its slate of winners for the 2023 RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarship competition.</p> <p>The scholarships, which this year total &pound;37,500 ($47,600 USD), were awarded to current Part 2 students from around the UK. Candidates were selected based on their potential contributions to architecture and personal journeys into the professional world, as demonstrated by their academic and non-academic achievements to date.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our scholarships provide fundamental support in helping architecture students achieve their aspirations,&rdquo; RIBA President <a href="" target="_blank">Muyiwa Oki</a> said in a statement. &ldquo;I look forward to seeing how their work impacts the architecture profession and the built environment.&rdquo;</p><p>This year's recipients are:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><strong>Henry Aldridge</strong> &mdash; <a href="" target="_blank">University of Cambridge</a></li><li><strong>Maciej Aleksander Adaszewski</strong> &mdash; <a href="" target="_blank">The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London</a></li><li><strong>Jeanette Aves</strong> &mdash; <a href="" target="_blank">Oxford Brookes University</a></li><li><strong>Rowdah Charbak</strong> &mdash; <a href="" target="_blank">Manchester School of Architecture</a></li><li><strong>Alfie Hollington...</strong></li></ul> The Mellon Foundation's Monuments Project expands with $500 million commitment Josh Niland 2023-11-28T14:27:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T14:06:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation</a>&rsquo;s influential <a href="" target="_blank">Monuments Project</a> is about to expand its reach thanks to a newly-announced commitment of $500 million to the now three-year-old initiative that has to date provided 80 projects worth a total of $170 million nationwide.</p> <p>The amount effectively doubles the available resources from the <a href="" target="_blank">original $250 million pool</a> that was established at the outset. Reformers targeting America&rsquo;s &ldquo;commemorative landscape&rdquo; have to date provided superlative examples of how to best repair the nation&rsquo;s psychic wounds, including the forthcoming <a href="" target="_blank">Memorial to the 1871 Chinese Massacre in Los Angeles</a> and the recent <em><a href="" target="_blank">Beyond Granite</a></em> exhibition for the National Mall in Washington.&nbsp;</p> <p>The money represents the Mellon Foundation&rsquo;s largest-ever financial commitment and will be put towards further recognition of the contributions different marginalized groups have made to the United States from the Colonial era on.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Related on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">The Mellon Foundation's Monuments Project aw...</a></figcaption></figure> Archinect's latest featured employers are Urban Architectural Initiatives, Woodhull, and Studio MBM Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2023-11-28T12:59:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T13:54:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Look below for Archinect's latest curated selection of architecture and design firms currently hiring on <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>. This week's <a href="" target="_blank">featured employer highlight</a> includes openings in <a href=";q_radius=25&amp;region_id=2124612&amp;location=New+York%2C+NY%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" target="_blank">New York City</a> and <a href=";q_radius=25&amp;region_id=2091074&amp;location=Portland%2C+ME%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" target="_blank">Portland, Maine</a>.</p> <p>For even more opportunities, head over to the <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect job board</a> and explore our active community of <a href="" target="_blank">job seekers</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">schools</a>.</p> <p>Affordable and special needs housing design specialists <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC</strong></a> is in search of an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect</a> with three to five years of experience in New York City. Successful candidates must have proficiency with Revit, in addition to experience with AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office Suite. Applicants must also have a working knowledge of construction detailing, materials and methods, building systems, NYC zoning resolution, and building code requirements.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Marion Avenue Residence by Urban Architectural Initiatives. Photo: Chris Cooper Photographer.</figcaption></figure><p>In Portland, Maine, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Woodhull</strong></a> has an opening f...</p> School Group Geneviève-de-Gaulle-Anthonioz in L’Haÿ-les-Roses by Atelier Aconcept FE Consulting 2023-11-28T11:33:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T11:35:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>In L'Hay&#776;-les-Roses, Atelier Aconcept creates a circular movement for a school complex.</strong></p> <p>In September 2023, Atelier Aconcept delivered the Groupe Scolaire Genevie&#768;ve-de-Gaulle-Anthonioz in L'Hay&#776;-les-Roses (Val-de-Marne), a program comprising ten nursery classes, fifteen elementary classes, a dojo and a gymnasium with a total floor area of 4,700 m2.</p> <p>The new Genevie&#768;ve-de-Gaulle-Anthonioz school complex is a landmark in the town's urban fabric and a landmark building with a sober, contemporary architectural style, providing the municipality of L'Hay&#776;-les-Roses with a dynamic entrance to the town.</p> <p>At the heart of an urban redevelopment program, the new facility is designed in a circular pattern. The extension of the R+1 terrace, in harmony with the curves of the building, provides a high-level recreational area and a natural separation between the elementary and nursery schools.</p> <p>The interplay of these rounded shapes has made it possible to compose areas of coverage with light vegetatio...</p> Learning Center at Quest by KSM Architecture Siddarth Money 2023-11-28T11:32:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T11:32:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The learning center at Quest is located on a 540 sqm piece of land, about 300 m from the seafront in&nbsp;Besant Nagar, Chennai. It is a learning center for children ages 8 to 16 years old. The center acts as a&nbsp;learning and interaction space for largely home-schooled children or those with the &lsquo;unschooling&rsquo;&nbsp;pattern of education, which involves teaching children based on their interests rather than a set&nbsp;curriculum.</p> <p>The learning center has been designed as a collection of free-flowing volumes that give a feeling of&nbsp;space and visual connectivity. One gains access to the building through a tree-lined front court that&nbsp;has a set of steps and a ramp.&nbsp;</p> <p>One enters the rectangular building footprint in the center into an atrium-like volume that opens up&nbsp;to the full height of the building, with an amphitheater rising to the right and a gallery space towards&nbsp;the left.</p> <p>In section, the building opens up towards the south which is the ambient wind direction in Chennai.&nbsp;The southern side of the site is...</p> Asmalay by Blurring Boundaries Blurring Boundaries 2023-11-28T11:31:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T11:31:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located within a lush tapestry of mango trees in the coastal town of Alibag near Mumbai, 'Asmalay' is a biophilic home that embraces the harmonious interplay of architecture and nature. Through a thoughtful fusion of form and function, the design seeks to create immersive experiences where spatial arrangement, materials, lighting, and colors synergize to establish a sense of harmony. The residence integrates natural and recycled materials, traditional wisdom, and passive design methodologies, positioning itself as a celebration of sustainable living.</p> <p>The design concept centers around organic curves that delicately embrace five mango trees on the site. An open floor plan and interconnected spaces offer versatility and adaptability, with each area seamlessly transitioning to the next along gracefully curved walls, thus forging a unified and uninterrupted spatial ambiance. Upon entering, a curved brick jali evokes curiosity, leading to a captivating spatial shift into multifunctional l...</p> Herald Examiner Building, Obama Sports Complex, Orange County Museum of Art among 2023 LA Architectural Awards winners Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-28T11:29:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T11:29:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Los Angeles Business Council has announced the winners of its 53rd <a href="" target="_blank">LA Architectural Awards</a>. The series seeks to celebrate &ldquo;designs that embrace innovative design standards that enhance the way we live in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Over four dozen projects were recognized across the series, selected from a pool of hundreds of submissions. Among the winners was the Herald Examiner Building, which won the Grand Prize.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year, the LABC is honoring projects that improve communities and neighborhoods in substantial and intentional ways,&rdquo; said Mary Leslie, president of the Los Angeles Business Council. &ldquo;Our honorees embody innovative designs that were not only crafted to reflect the needs and dreams of the people they were designed for but created as spaces that facilitate progress.&rdquo;</p><p>Following are this year's winning projects.</p> OMA, Studio A Kwadraat, and Circlewood win competition for Amsterdam school with prefabricated wooden modular system Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-28T11:28:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T11:40:50-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">OMA</a>, Studio A Kwadraat, and their Schools by Circlewood consortium have won a competition for the design of a school on the outskirts of <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a>. The Wisperweide school, which will house a preschool and after-school care, is the first to apply the consortium&rsquo;s prefabricated modular system <a href="" target="_blank">previously reported by Archinect in May</a>.</p> Four unique residential projects by I-Kanda Architects: Your Next Employer? Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-28T11:26:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T13:54:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Following our previous visit to <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle-based Wittman Estes</a>, we are moving our<em> </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Meet Your Next Employer </em>series</a> to Massachussets this week to explore the work of <a href="" target="_blank">I-Kanda Architects</a>.</p> <p>The Charlestown-based firm specializes in high-end residential projects, ranging from &ldquo;mountainside cabins to penthouses, barns to unique homes.&rdquo; Regardless of typology, the firm describes each project as &ldquo;a new array of needs and desires out of which to craft uniquely enhanced environments that enrich the lives and experiences of individuals.&rdquo;</p> <p>Over on <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>, the firm is <a href="" target="_blank">currently hiring</a> for a Mid-level Architect to join their Charlestown office. For candidates interested in applying for the position, or anybody interested in learning about the firm&rsquo;s output, we have rounded up four bespoke homes by I-Kanda that exemplify the studio&rsquo;s ethos.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Cabin on a Rock. Image credit: Matt Delphenich</figcaption></figure></figure><a href="" target="_blank">Cabin on a Rock</a>, Thronton, NH <p>Located on a granite outcropping in the White Mountains, the <a href="" target="_blank">Cabin on a Rock</a> was p...</p> Pears Jewish Campus – The Blue House, Berlin by Tchoban Voss Architekten Tchoban Voss Architekten 2023-11-28T11:11:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T11:11:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Adjacent to the site of the Chabad Lubavitch Family and Cultural Centre in Berlin's Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district, the community centre Pears Jewish Campus Berlin is a facility for children and young people consisting of a school, a cr&egrave;che, and a kindergarten.&nbsp; </p> <p>Surrounded by heterogeneous architecture, the new school building with its organically curved form is a free-standing structure embedded in a green school garden with diverse open spaces for different uses, such as playgrounds and sports fields. The two-storey multi-purpose hall on the third floor can be used flexibly for sports activities but also for cultural events, such as religious celebrations, or for seminars and conferences. On the fifth floor there is an auditorium with ascending tiers for film screenings or lectures. The building also has a dining room and a kosher kitchen. The rooms of the basement on the concave side of the building have access to the outside area. Here green cascades with steps lead up t...</p> Henning Larsen design picked to transform Prague Central Station Josh Niland 2023-11-27T18:19:00-05:00 >2023-11-27T18:19:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Henning Larsen</a> has been announced as the winner of a draft design competition to transform Prague Central Station into a modern rail hub for the capital region named Nov&yacute; Hlav&aacute;k.</p> <p>The project will increase passenger capacity for an existing Hlavni Nadrazi terminal and train hall while enhancing a connection to Vrchlick&eacute;ho Sady Park, forming an optimized destination at the heart that&rsquo;s based around principles of micro-mobility and pedestrianism.</p> 'Ma Yansong: Landscapes in Motion' offers a 20-year exegesis on the future of cities Josh Niland 2023-11-27T17:25:00-05:00 >2023-11-27T17:25:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The globe-spanning designs of <a href="" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> are the subject of a new retrospective exhibition being staged at the Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning (MoCAUP) that promises viewers an interesting take on the relationship cities have with time, history, and nature.<br></p><p>Under the title "Ma Yansong: Landscapes in Motion," the exhibition breaks down nearly twenty years of work into a multi-faceted display of 52 total projects spread across a 32,000-square-foot space and divided into four "Chapters." MAD says they intend to have their philosophies on nature, architecture, and urban development showcased through the exhibition. The ultimate goal is to raise public awareness about the role citizens can share in the creation and development of their community.</p> MVRDV and Orange Architects introduce master plan for new mixed-use district in Kyiv Josh Niland 2023-11-27T13:58:00-05:00 >2023-11-28T13:54:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Orange Architects</a> have announced a new master plan for a mixed-used district in Kyiv, Ukraine, that's meant to spark a revitalization of the capital&rsquo;s downtown commercial area.</p> <p>The design for the NUVO complex calls for a five-building mix of new structures united by a central shared infrastructure and connecting to a planned high-speed rail extension. The plan will increase pedestrianism in the area while tying its development to core principles of sustainable building and green design, the architects say. The project features a palette of local materials to &ldquo;showcase&rdquo; the architectural products of manufacturer (and the property's developer) Kovalska and expands on a pre-Russian-invasion master plan from APA Wojcehowski Architects.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Wizard 3D Studio, image courtesy MVRDV&nbsp;and Orange Architects</figcaption></figure><p>MVRDV&rsquo;s portion calls for a pair of new buildings to be designed around potential future adaptations. The larger, L-shaped 18-story tower uses flexible floor plans to offer ...</p> Exhibition of Desert Modernism pioneer Albert Frey to open at the Palm Springs Art Museum Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-27T11:51:00-05:00 >2023-11-27T11:51:35-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Springs Art Museum</a> is set to open a comprehensive exhibition on the architect <a href="" target="_blank">Albert Frey</a> (1903&ndash;1998). Opening on January 13th, 2024, the exhibition titled '<a href="" target="_blank">Albert Frey: Inventive Modernist</a>' will feature drawings, plans, images, and models, including those from Frey&rsquo;s personal archives.</p> UK architecture workers can now join Unite, one of the UK's largest trade unions Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-27T11:25:00-05:00 >2023-11-27T15:40:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The UK&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Section of Architectural Workers</a> (SAW) has announced its affiliation with Unite, one of the UK&rsquo;s most influential <a href="" target="_blank">trade union</a> groups. The move will see SAW operate under the same union group as the UK&rsquo;s wider construction sector.</p> <p>When it was <a href="" target="_blank">established in 2019</a>, SAW was affiliated with the United Voices of the World (UVW) union, hence its original name, UVW-SAW. Recently, SAW was one of several groups that publicly supported <a href="" target="_blank">Muyiwa Oki&rsquo;s successful campaign</a> for RIBA president.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Related on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Sage and Coombe Architects employees announce union</a></figcaption></figure></figure><p>Following the latest announcement, SAW is now a national branch of Unite, the second-largest UK trade union by numbers with over 1.4 million members. The union also has strong links with the UK&rsquo;s Labour Party, which is widely expected to enter government following the UK&rsquo;s upcoming 2024 General Election.</p> <p>Unlike in the US, architecture workers in the UK do not need to form an internal union group within their firm, and instead joi...</p> MIXED-USE IN GENTILLY (94) by ALTA architectes FE Consulting 2023-11-27T11:21:00-05:00 >2023-11-29T11:29:38-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>In Gentilly, ALTA has created a mixed-use project with a natural design.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Located at the eastern end of Gentilly and facing a metro stop on line 14, which is due to open soon, the project comprises an office development by FOR IMMO and a 61-unit multi-family housing development by Bati-Paris, and is part of the city's plan to redevelop Rue Gabriel P&eacute;ri.</p> <p>Formerly occupied by industrial storage warehouses and at- tenant offices, the site is part of the Reine-Blanche district, a picturesque area on the heights of Gentilly overlooking the Bi&egrave;vre valley, where high-rise buildings from the reconstruction period, former workers' housing, hospital buildings (Fondation Vall&eacute;e), as well as recent multi-family housing developments and tertiary sector complexes (SCOR) coexist.<br><br>The project therefore needs to strike a balance between the desire for urbanity on the street facing the future high-rise development of line 14, and the need to connect with the suburban fabric below rue Benserade.<br><br>On rue ...</p> Design, Computation, and Humans: Exploring the Intersection with Onur Yüce Gün Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-27T07:36:00-05:00 >2023-11-26T23:37:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For <a href="" target="_blank">Onur Y&uuml;ce G&uuml;n</a>, the study of computation is the study of the human condition itself. A mission to anchor humans at the center of AI and computational design brought&nbsp;G&uuml;n on an educational journey from <a href="" target="_blank">Middle East Technical University</a> in his native Turkey&nbsp;to the <a href="" target="_blank">MIT</a> Design and Computation Group, and a professional journey from <a href="" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox</a> to his current position as Director of Computational Design at the global footwear brand <a href="" target="_blank">New Balance</a>.</p> <p>Whether foot soles or skyscrapers, G&uuml;n recognizes the power of blending the hard-won 'generalist specialist' skill of the human designer with the unprecedented power of AI and computation to unlock new scales and resolutions for us to explore, sculpt, and craft. While new waves of generative AI tools such as Midjourney and ChatGPT amplify conversations over job replacement, biases, and a loss of meaning,&nbsp;G&uuml;n's position is unwavering: "No matter how advanced the design tools, or how advanced the computational techniques are, the human intenti...</p> Glazed extensions flank Montreal’s historic Maisonneuve Library following major EVOQ renovation Niall Patrick Walsh 2023-11-24T16:15:00-05:00 >2023-11-27T13:48:48-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Montreal&rsquo;s</a> Maisonneuve Library has reopened to the public following a major <a href="" target="_blank">restoration</a> and expansion of the historic building. Dating from 1912, and once serving as a city hall, the building&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">transformation</a> was led by Montreal-based <a href="" target="_blank">EVOQ Architecture</a> and Dan Hanganu Architects, now part of EVOQ, following a 2017 competition win.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Adrien Williams</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image credit: Adrien Williams</figcaption></figure></figure><p>At the center of the project is the original 1912 building, which was rehabilitated to restore its &ldquo;original splendor.&rdquo; The building&rsquo;s stone facades and oversized doors were restored, as were original plaster moldings, wood paneling, and mosaic floors. Meanwhile, anchoring elements of the interior such as the piano nobile&rsquo;s marble staircase and its two imposing stained-glass features were repaired.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Adrien Williams</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image credit: Adrien Williams</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The existing building is flanked by two contemporary <a href="" target="_blank">extension</a> wings. The alignment of the extension&rsquo;s curtain walls, as well as the rhythm of its...</p>