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OMA creates open-ended routes for Stedelijk Museum's new exhibition space in Amsterdam

WA Contents • December 18, 2017 • 38

OMA creates open-ended routes for Stedelijk Museum's new exhibition space in Amsterdam

OMA and AMO, the think tank research branch of OMA, used ultra thin freestanding steel walls to create a flat backdrop and open-ended routes for the new exhibition space of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which will house new permanent collections of the museum in the near future.

The project, named Stedelijk BASE, is situated in the museum's Lower Level Gallery and and it consists of a series of innovative steel display system, using the latest technology, to allow visitors irregular route through the museum's rich collection of artworks and design pieces from 1880 to the present.

Led by Rem Koolhaas and project architect Federico Martelli, the team worked closely together with the curators, researchers and technic (...)

Call for registrations to UnBox 2017 Architectural Competition

WA Contents • December 18, 2017 • 71

Call for registrations to UnBox 2017 Architectural Competition

Volume Zero, an international architecture and design magazine, is hosting an open design competition titled UnBox 2017 with the concept of space utility and sustainable urban development, to encourage and empower young talented designers and students from around the globe to explore their creative limits.

The world today has become aware of the reckless utilization of natural resources and is now making conscious efforts to move towards a sustainable future. In this endeavor, it has become imperative to rethink our approach towards building materials to ease the pressure on the conventional ones.

The Shipping Container is one such potential building material that boasts of good structural quality, can be recycled easily and i (...)

Steven Holl Architects wraps London’s new health centre with white glass featuring musical signs

WA Contents • December 18, 2017 • 49

Steven Holl Architects wraps London’s new health centre with white glass featuring musical signs

Steven Holl Architects has completed a new health centre in the heart of London, which has been opened to the public. Designed in collaboration with UK-based firm jmarchitects, the three-storey building - also described as an "urban townhouse" - provides free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer and their family and friends.

Filled with full open space and light, the studio creates a deep contrast between exterior and interior in terms of materiality, while the building creates a holistic atmosphere in both spaces. The building - called The Maggie's Centre Barts - allows natural light to wash over the floors and walls, ever changing through the natural daylight pattern of the seasons.

Located in th (...)

arch out loud's Nuclear competition winners create urgent solutions for New Mexico's disposal site

WA Contents • December 18, 2017 • 58

arch out loud's Nuclear competition winners create urgent solutions for New Mexico's disposal site

Architectural research initiative arch out loud has released the winners of its "Nuclear" international open-ideas competition, which created urgent solutions for a disposal site titled "Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)" in New Mexico, United States. Titled Nuclear: Landmarker For A Waste Isolation Site, arch out loud hosted a competition that asked designers how do we design architecture with a message that could endure for millennia?

Since the Cold War, one of the most challenging and urgent tasks facing governments around the world has been the disposal of transuranic nuclear waste. As a by-product from nuclear weaponry production, transuranic waste is not only harmful, but also boasts a formidable decay process lasting thousand (...)

Anonym Studio completes Y House with white louvres in the old neighborhood of Thailand

WA Contents • December 18, 2017 • 157

Anonym Studio completes Y House with white louvres in the old neighborhood of Thailand

Bangkok-based architecture firm Anonym Studio has completed a new private residence within the old neighborhood of Nonthaburi, Thailand. Named Y House, the three-storey house is designed according to the limitations of the project site, which clearly gives the shape of the plot to this house.

Located in the Nonthaburi province, the house is situated is one of the satellite cities of the Bangkok Metropolitan Area that has a certain distance from the chaos of the centre of Bangkok, and "it does not mean that the rapid changes of Bangkok will not affect the context of this house," states the studio.

Covering a total of 500-square-metre space, the all-white-coated private house creates a dialogue with its existing context through (...)

MAD's Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing recaptured by Iwan Baan

WA Contents • December 18, 2017 • 184

MAD's Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing recaptured by Iwan Baan

Architectural photographer Iwan Baan has captured MAD's fluid-formed Chaoyang Park Plaza in August's summer heat and humid climate, depicting pictures' heaviness in the air.

MAD invited Iwan Baan, one of the world-renowned photographers, to recapture the new mixed-use complex, including six separated structures with residential, commercial and offices functions.

The 220,000-square-metre Chaoyang Park Plaza completed earlier this month is comprised of smooth, curved surfaces that create a calming and surreal atmosphere. Regardless of its formal and structural details, Baan's photography show catches the buildings in different atmospheric conditions rather than ideal photographic projections.

Inspired by (...)

WA Awards 26th Cycle Winner Posters And Certificates Are Ready To Download

WA Contents • December 17, 2017 • 343

WA Awards 26th Cycle Winner Posters And Certificates Are Ready To Download

World Architecture Community announced WA Awards 26th Cycle Winner Posters and Certificates!

You are invited to Download! We present 29 winner posters and certificates for the 26th Cycle. Please visit your project page to download or preview your high-resolution Winner Posters and visit your winner page from your WA settings to download your Winner Certificates.

Please see WA Awards 26th Cycle Winners!One cycle ends and another begins, so if you want to see your projects potentially awarded, the best is to participate. The 27th Cycle of WA Awards is now open for submissions, so hurry up and participate to the WA Awards 27th Cycle now. If you are a Student or an Academic Member of any University, you can send your entry FREE t (...)

Archcember'2017: A contest of storytelling via illustrations to celebrate Indian Architecture

PAPPAL SUNEJA • December 16, 2017 • 189

Archcember'2017: A contest of storytelling via illustrations to celebrate Indian Architecture

Archcember'17 is a fun competition organized by Sqrfactor which is about celebrating Indian architecture in December. It aims to bring out the content that has been hiding in, scribbled behind the notebooks of the artists within the Indian architecture fraternity. Their weekly themes have been thought-provoking, and the illustrations have surely churned some emotions in us. The basic aim of this challenge is about telling your story through illustrations (sketches/doodles/paintings or computer generated illustrations and graphics) related to architecture.

The brief of competition raises a question that all designed objects, whether conceived by an architect, artist, graphic designer, industrial designer, or landscape architect, t (...)

Book Review: "ARCHITECTURE: Theory, Practice, Research, Pedagogy"

SARBJIT BAHGA • December 16, 2017 • 392

Book Review:

Recently released book "ARCHITECTURE: Theory, Practice, Research, and Pedagogy" is a compilation of presentations made and talks delivered by the author Dr SS Bhatti, a former Principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, over several years to varied audiences involving professionals like architects, artists, litterateurs, planners, journalists, sociologists, geographers...and the general public.

The book is like a mosaic of ideas formulated by thinking, feeling, reflecting, and empathizing a staggering variety of concepts and issues through which runs the thread of a relentless quest of truth sought via the majestic means of creativity embodying aesthetic appreciation and artistic creation in four major fields of human endeav (...)

Last call for nominations for The Daylight Award 2018

WA Contents • December 14, 2017 • 570

Last call for nominations for The Daylight Award 2018

The VELUX Daylight Award 2018 is calling for your favourite candidates for The Daylight Award 2018, honouring and supporting daylight research and daylight in architecture, for the benefit of human health, well-being and the environment. The award puts specific emphasis on the interrelation between theory and practice.The Daylight Award is given every second year in two categories; Daylight Research and Daylight in Architecture. The award is given as two personal prizes, and each to the sum of €100,000.

It is still possible to nominate candidates for The Daylight Award 2018. The award is given every second year in two categories: "Daylight Research" and "Daylight in Architecture". The Daylight Award honours daylight and is award (...)

2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture to discuss "Cities, Grow in Difference" in Shenzhen

WA Contents • December 13, 2017 • 464

2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture to discuss

The Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), the only exhibition in the world to explore issues of urbanization and architectural development, will be opening for its 7th edition on December 15th, 2017. UABB will be held at Nantou Old Town in Nanshan district, an urban village that was once the administrative center of the Bao'An County.

Hou Hanru, Liu Xiaodu, and Meng Yan (in alphabetic order) make up the curatorial team, all known for notable accomplishments in their respective fields. UABB is thrilled to host more than 200 award-winning exhibitors from 25 countries to share their perspectives on diversity and urban villages at this year’s biennale.

Image © Zhang Chao, courtesy of UABB 2017

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MVRDV completes labyrinth-like exhibition space with colour-coded rooms in Design Society Shenzhen

WA Contents • December 12, 2017 • 539

MVRDV completes labyrinth-like exhibition space with colour-coded rooms in Design Society Shenzhen

MVRDV has completed a new gallery space with labyrinth-like interior and colour-coded rooms within recently opened Design Society in Shenzhen, China. The new gallery space, serving exhibition designers, is located within Fumihiko Maki-designed the Sea World Culture and Arts Center, a new cultural hub and gallery founded by London's V&A.

Located in the Shekou district of Shenzhen, MVRDV's spatial design occupies over two floors of the building - the new gallery offers distinctive atmosphere and character combining different experiences and synergies throughout the various display environments.

Set as a new cultural hub within the building, MVRDV collaborated with Amsterdam-based graphic designers Thonik to create (...)

Rojkind Arquitectos completes concert hall with mega concrete volumes in the coastline of Mexico

WA Contents • December 12, 2017 • 2237

Rojkind Arquitectos completes concert hall with mega concrete volumes in the coastline of Mexico

Mexico-based architecture firm Rojkind Arquitectos has completed its new concert hall in the coastline of Boca Del Rio, Veracruz in Mexico, which is stretched out along the Jamapa River with fragmented and board-covered-looking volumetric pieces. Named Foro Boca, the 5,410-square-metre project will house the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra, which was formed in 2014 to activate city's local cultural life.

Developed as a big masterplan of the city to revitalise Boca Del Rio's urban area that is currently deteriorated, the site is situated in a strategic location where the piece of land is located beside the breakwater - dividing the river and the sea, the end of the Coastal Avenue Vicente Fox, and its point of convergence (...)

Call for tenders to design "stable settlements" for refugee camps

WA Contents • December 12, 2017 • 502

Call for tenders to design

Project Earth 2 has announced a new ideas competition to design "stable and proper settlements" for refugee camps to be used in many parts of the world.

Titled Cities of Tomorrow, the competition is open to any architecture student or actual architect for the competition, regardless of their nationality. Likewise, people from other disciplines will also be participating, such as philosophers, sociologists, researchers, etc.

"The presence of an architect is not necessary, although it is recommended. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (6 team members maximum)," said Project Earth 2.Project Earth 2 is a platform creating design solutions for tackling two important challenges of the XXI century: climate c (...)

Call for registrations to 24H's "Fire" competition

WA Contents • December 12, 2017 • 500

Call for registrations to 24H's

24H, a competition branch of ideasforward, is calling for new ideas about its themed-based international competition, titled "fire" in its 22nd edition. The competition will explore the whole subtitles of "fire", starting from its positive aspects to negative connotations.

The international competition invites all architects, designers, and creative thinkers to develop a new discourse about the new concept of a home rooted in architectural, historical, social, political, economical and natural physical or ideational environment. The competition will select 3 winners and 7 Honorable Mentions.

Ideasforward wants to give young creative people from around the world the opportunity to express their views on the future of societies (...)

First interior images revealed for Shigeru Ban's "world's tallest" hybrid timber tower in Vancouver

WA Contents • December 12, 2017 • 542

First interior images revealed for Shigeru Ban's

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban's firm Shigeru Ban Architects has released a new set of images for its new hybrid timber tower in Vancouver, Canada, which is set to be the "world's highest" hybrid timber structure of the world when completed.

Called Terrace House, the detailed interior images of the tower are released for the first time to give a quick impression on what the building will look like once completed. Developed by PortLiving, the project will implement a cutting edge design and material use, and it is designed to use the first innovative hybrid structural system not only in Vancouver, but around the world.

Reaching at 71 meters, the tower will include 20 luxury residences - some of them will occupy the enti (...)

How Anukruti’s Playgrounds Transformed Lives in Indian Schools and Slums

Varun Kumar • December 12, 2017 • 934

How Anukruti’s Playgrounds Transformed Lives in Indian Schools and Slums

"Nearly two-thirds of parents say there is no place for their children to play within walking distance of home," says Charles Montgomery, Happy City-Transforming Our Lives Trough Urban Design.

Anukruti means small creative spaces in Hindi. Driven by the belief that every child deserves safe and healthy play spaces, lead- Architect Martina Spies and her team have now built nine playgrounds, called "Urban Flowers", with local art and handicraft in Mumbai and Chennai.

The craze for hyperactive games among kids is no less in India. The most sought after time of the day is after school for the real action-outdoor games with neighborhood friends. But in many cases children take up unsafe places to play. Most fun part of this activit (...)

Top 10 Architecture Books Of 2017

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 1874

Top 10 Architecture Books Of 2017

As we approach to 2018, we have rounded up the best architectural books of 2017 for our readers. Picked up from WAC Books, World Architecture Community's selection does not necessarily follows the same form of architectural production in similar lines, but lists a diverse selection of books with different social and political discourses in different categories.

Yayoi Kusama's illustrative children's book Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!, OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf's Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession, examining the complex relationships of professional practice, and Philip Jodidio's Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air, exploring 50 of the most beautiful, inventive, and en (...)

Paul Cocksedge designs 33-metre-long twisted canopy to be erected in Oman's Botanic Garden

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 601

Paul Cocksedge designs 33-metre-long twisted canopy to be erected in Oman's Botanic Garden

London industrial designer Paul Cocksedge has proposed a twisted garden canopy to be erected in one of the world's largest botanical gardens in Oman, designed by Grimshaw.

Paul Cocksedge, co-founder of Paul Cocksedge Studio, is now working with global engineering firm Arup to build this 33-metre-long steel canopy in Oman's largest and innovative botanical gardens - the canopy is derived from the sun's path across the sky.

The convoluted canopy will be designed by using planetary data collected from the garden and it has a distorted version of eight figure that is shaped by the sun's changing position across the course of a year.

Seemeingly carried over only two steel columns, the curl-formed canopy is d (...)

Grimshaw unveils first images for world's largest botanic garden in Oman

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 1307

Grimshaw unveils first images for world's largest botanic garden in Oman

Grimshaw, in collaboration with Arup and Haley Sharpe Design, has released first images for the Oman Botanic Graden, which is designed to be the world's largest and innovative botanic garden in Muscat, Oman.

The new design scheme, including high-tech engineering, landscape design and atypical architecture, covers a 420 (4,200,000 square meters) hectares area in total - the Oman Botanic Garden is set to be the largest of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula and one of the largest in the world.

The garden will conserve and celebrate Oman's botanic diversity within two biomes and surrounding external habitats, containing the country's most endangered and endemic flora.

The large-scale masterplan is situated at th (...)

Luigi Rosselli Architects' Book House features shifted concrete slabs overlooking Sydney harbour

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 513

Luigi Rosselli Architects' Book House features shifted concrete slabs overlooking Sydney harbour

Luigi Rosselli Architects has completed a private house for a calligrapher and his wife on the northern side of Sydney’s harbour, comprised of a series of shifted concrete slabs.

Named The Books House, the three-storey private residence takes cues from the concept of "stacked boxes" proposed by the client and the ledges and shelves of Sydney-Hawkesbury sandstone outcrops. This region's surfaces on the steep escarpments of the northern side of Sydney Harbour includes the block of land owned by the calligrapher and the business woman.

Image © Justin Alexander

"A Calligrapher handed three books to his wife, she placed them in a random stack on the table… "We want The Books House", explained the busine (...)

Foster + Partners wins competition to extend Marseille Airport with 22-metre-high glazed hall

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 1728

Foster + Partners wins competition to extend Marseille Airport with 22-metre-high glazed hall

Foster + Partners has won a competition to extend Marseille Provence Airport with a 22-metre-high glazed hall, which is conceived to serve up to 12 million passengers per year (excluding the MP2 terminal), with future-proofing the development until 2046.

The design will connect the "missing piece" of the 1992 extension by Richard Rogers with the original 1960s building by Fernand Pouillon. Phase I of the project will create a new "Coeur" - literally, heart in French - that rationalises arrival and departure sequences within a single building, creating an intuitive progression through the terminal for passengers.

The Coeur is a 22-metre-high glazed hall whose structural expression addresses to the original building of Pouillon, (...)

MAD's Martian Collection displayed at Gallery ALL for DesignMiami/2017

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 459

MAD's Martian Collection displayed at Gallery ALL for DesignMiami/2017

Gallery ALL has presented MAD's MAD Martian Collection during DesignMiami/2017, which has ended up yesterday. Designed by Ma Yansong, founder and principal partner of MAD Architects, the contoured forms of the furniture pieces recall elements of natural, albeit foreign, extra-terrestrial environments.

The collection comprises seven pieces and is finished in a fluid, highly reflective metallic skin that suggests the inherent ability of the designs to respond to their changing environments, while expressing a nostalgia for utility and human culture. They represent an exercise in interpreting MAD’s "Shanshui City" philosophy in the context of a science fiction narrative.

The MAD Martian Collection is part of an ongoing (...)

Nominations For NDTV-Design & Architecture Awards 2017 Are Open Till 20th December

SARBJIT BAHGA • December 11, 2017 • 682

Nominations For NDTV-Design & Architecture Awards 2017 Are Open Till 20th December

Nominations for the fifth edition of the NDTV Design & Architecture Awards 2017, in partnership with Grohe, Europe’s largest and the world's leading premium single-brand manufacturer and supplier of sanitary fittings, are now open till 20th December 2017.

These highly coveted awards focuses on the complexities of building project from a design, aesthetic, sustainability and conservation perspective, as well as a strong sense of purpose. The awards takes a collective view of the results confidentially selected after rigorous assessment by the Jury comprising of eminent architects & interior designers.

Awards Categories:

Here are the categories for the Design & Architecture Awards 2017:

1. Ar (...)