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Peng & Partners Designed a Colorful Office that Seems like a Space Comes out of Mandrian's Painting

Sophia Tao • Apr 21, 2018 • 289

Peng & Partners Designed a Colorful Office that Seems like a Space Comes out of Mandrian's Painting

Peng & Partners from China designed a colorful new headquaters for Centaline Property, which is regarded as the largest property agent in Shenzhen, China. The concept of "boxes" is running through the whole design, trying to change the traditional working atmosphere and create a new and joyful work experience.

The building has 4 floors, 3 of them are offices and one is conference center. "By embedding, subtracting and extruding the boxes, the designer creates and lines up a sequence of positive and negative spaces throughout the whole office, which meet various functions, such as reception, meeting, private working area and etc. Having different and unusual spatial proportion and scale, these boxes convey varied emotions, public (...)

WAC announces Hugo Merino Ferraz as Country Reporter for Portugal

berrin chatzi chousein • Apr 21, 2018 • 71

WAC announces Hugo Merino Ferraz as Country Reporter for Portugal

Hugo Merino Ferraz - PortugalSince January 31, 2017Hugo Merino Ferraz has been appointed as Portugal's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Hugo always traces new commissions and built projects that are not explored by the mainstream media yet. Ferraz, specifically, focuses on hunting new young architecture offices and their projects to highlight contemporary Portuguese architecture.

"I applied to be a Reporter of WAC, because I’m passionate about architecture and want to contribute to spread Portuguese architecture around the world. I want to be the voice of Portuguese architects in one of the biggest platforms and communities of architecture," told Ferraz World Architecture Commun (...)

KNOCK ON WOOD wins IIID National Design Excellence Award 2017-18 in Product Design Category

Tanya Khanna • Apr 21, 2018 • 59

KNOCK ON WOOD wins IIID National Design Excellence Award 2017-18 in Product Design Category

Based out of New Delhi and Chandigarh, with a focus on craft, customization and bespoke hardwood furniture, Knock on Wood (KNW) voices stories through its designs. Crafting a special line of custom-created furniture that is focused on high quality craftsmanship, fine detail and elegant style, KNW aims to "enhance life and spirit through timeless, responsible design…..total design," said KNW in a statement published in its website.

Whether it is numerous cabinets for a hotel chain or a signature coffee table, that takes centre stage in a living room, KNW's creations are designed to become a part of homes and their stories. Classic or contemporary, sometimes bold, sometimes eccentric, sometimes daring, KNW is always genuine (...)

"Building for a Billion" Competition Entry: A Cost Efficient Architectural Abode for Slum Dwellers

Pappal Suneja • Apr 21, 2018 • 932

This is synopsis of Building for a Billion, an International Design Competition for Housing Every Indian by Pappal Suneja & Associates. The team comprises of a trio of young Indians architect Pappal Suneja, structural engineer Beena Kumari, and graphic designer Mayank Gupta. The basic ideology behind this proposal is to consider humans as human be it they be belonging to any caste, religion or sect of the society, with a 'helping hand' as a Concept at Stake. Since we as upcoming budding architects feel sensitized towards ailing conditions of slum dwellers in our nation.

New Delhi grew into a modern capital city after India’s independence, with irresistible economic, social and political pull, with all kinds of work (...)

Crogiolo, a place with a glorious past and a brand new cultural present

Francesca Cuoghi • Apr 21, 2018 • 174

Crogiolo, a place with a glorious past and a brand new cultural present

The Crogiolo is a place where past, present and future meet. It provides an historic link with the first industrial site of the ceramic tile industry Marazzi, dating back to the 1930s, where the first tiles were manufactured. The company was founded in 1935 at Sassuolo, in what was to become the top international hub for the creation of state-of-the-art, high-end ceramic tiles, which has grown together with the company over the decades.

In the 1980s the Crogiolo became a brand in its own right and functioned as Marazzi's "experimental" division, hosting architects, artists and potters invited to use the location to experiment with ceramics. A real research centre, a "crucible" (the actual translation of the name "crogiolo") of ne (...)

Elizabeth Diller named as world’s most influential architect by TIME Magazine

WA Contents • Apr 20, 2018 • 980

Elizabeth Diller named as world’s most influential architect by TIME Magazine

Elizabeth Diller, only single woman partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), has been named as the world's most influential architect in this year's TIME Magazine's 100 Influential People list. TIME Magazine releases its "best 100" list each year recognising people who have made stunning achievements in their own field.

Dubbed as "the world’s most influential people", this year's list once more recognized most influential pioneers, artists, activists, leaders, icons, entrepreneurs, and athletes who have made significant achievements in their careers.

Diller, 63, is the only female architect listed among the most influential people under the "titans" category, which also included retail entrepreneur, i (...)

Don't miss the Architectural Open House in Mexico City This Weekend

Nora Vasconcelos • Apr 20, 2018 • 765

Don't miss the Architectural Open House in Mexico City This Weekend

Mexico City is a unique place, it's a metropolis that has thousands of stories and memories to tell all people throughout thousands of houses and buildings developed with dozens of different architectural styles. Just seeing their facades is an amazing experience, but for all of those who wonder what's inside, Open House CDMX is their chance to get all the way inside into these structures.

Museo Cuatro Caminos

Open House CDMX is part of the international organization Open House Worldwide, which showcases outstanding architecture and invites everyone to explore and debate the value of a well-designed built environment, completely for free. This concept has been established in several locations around the world including (...)

An industrial robot will build Zaha Hadid Architects' barrel-vaulted primary school in Jiangxi

WA Contents • Apr 20, 2018 • 440

An industrial robot will build Zaha Hadid Architects' barrel-vaulted primary school in Jiangxi

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed plans for a new primary school complex in Jiangxi, China, the new educational institute will feature vaulted roofs that will combine the traditional construction techniques with a robotic construction on site to accelerate the construction process and reduce costs.

Dubbed as Lushan Primary School, the new educational institute will house 120 children located 160km north-west of Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province, and serve 12 local villages with a total population of about 1,800 people.

Image © VA

The school's site is surrounded by mountains as well as the rivers and lakes fed by the Zhelin Reservoir, the complex will take place within an agricultural region that also h (...)

MVRDV fills a vaulted room with Bvlgari’s iconic Serpenti bracelet at Milan Design Week

WA Contents • Apr 20, 2018 • 937

MVRDV fills a vaulted room with Bvlgari’s iconic Serpenti bracelet at Milan Design Week

MVRDV has filled a vaulted room with Bvlgari’s iconic Serpenti bracelet reflected with thousands of honeycomb patterns and mirrors that create a kaleidoscope effect for visitors. MVRDV has collaborated with the renowned Italian brand Bvlgari to move forward its research on materials and new representations embodied in new spatial dimensions.

Presented for Milan Design Week, which concludes on Sunday, MVRDV's "Serpenti" installation embodies Bvlgari’s creative approach for the first time by playing materials, colours and scale in an infinite universe.

The Serpenti installation situated at the Brera Design District translates three key elements of Bvlgari's creativity – materials, modularity and colou (...)

OMA opens Fondazione Prada’s Torre art tower in Milan

WA Contents • Apr 20, 2018 • 485

OMA opens Fondazione Prada’s Torre art tower in Milan

OMA's new art tower for Fondazione Prada has been opened in Milan - the new tower is the third new structure of OMA added to the former gin distillery on the southern edge of Milan, transforming the 19,000-square-metre industrial campus into a venue for art display and cultural events.

Named Torre, the 60-metre high tower is envisioned for the campus as a new typology for the exhibition of art. Reaching at nine levels, the white concrete tower features different spatial parameters in each floor, due to variations in plan dimensions, height and orientation, and with a facade that alternates between glass and concrete surfaces.

Image by Jacopo Milanesi © OMA

The height of the ceiling cumulatively increases with e (...)

Eneida Berisha appointed as Albania’s Country Reporter

berrin chatzi chousein • Apr 19, 2018 • 369

Eneida Berisha appointed as Albania’s Country Reporter

Eneida Berisha - AlbaniaSince January 23, 2017Eneida Berisha has been appointed as Albania's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Eneida is always consistent in her writings and she knows what to turn into news. Eneida generally loves to write about local organisations' news, new projects or initiatives; she is a real hunter to raise a voice on some local infrastructural projects to open up the discussion on a global scale. Eneida is also following new project commissions that are not covered by the mainstream media yet. Eneida's most viewed article Albania Declares 100 Villages For The Integrated Rural Development Program has reached over 12,000 at the time of this article.Eneida Berisha (...)

JEMS Architekci unveils plans for triangle-pillared office buildings and hotel in Warsaw

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2018 • 506

JEMS Architekci unveils plans for triangle-pillared office buildings and hotel in Warsaw

Warsaw-based architecture firm JEMS Architekci has unveiled plans for three modern office buildings and a four-star hotel in Warsaw’s Służewiec Przemysłowy area - the project is currently under construction on site.

Named P4, the new development is located at ul. Postępu 4 in Warsaw. The project is being developed by Garvest Real Estate, who already have a number of highly esteemed developments to their credit, including the Pixel complex in Poznań, which was also designed by JEMS Architekci.

Proposing a bold geometry with its triangular pillars and diagonally-designed facade configuration, P4, with the geometry of the pillars, beams and discs, takes cues from the industrial architecture of this area of Warsaw. The proje (...)

Polish architects win eVolo 2018 competition with foldable skyscraper for disaster zones

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2018 • 782

Polish architects win eVolo 2018 competition with foldable skyscraper for disaster zones

A team of three Polish architects has won the 2018 eVolo competition with a foldable skyscraper inspired by origami that could be easily transported and deployed in disaster zones.

The team, comprised of Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa, and Piotr Pańczyk, has created a skyscraper that directly addresses natural disaster issues in remote locations. The 2018 Skyscraper Competition selected 3 winners and 27 honorable mentions from 526 projects received.

Named Skyshelter.zip, the project has won the first price in eVolo Skyscraper 2018 competition, the "annual award - established in 2006 - recognizes visionary ideas and projects that through the novel novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizati (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects' Bow and Rise chairs are on show at Milan Design Week for Nagami

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2018 • 349

Zaha Hadid Architects' Bow and Rise chairs are on show at Milan Design Week for Nagami

A new Spanish company Nagami has made its official debut at Milan Design Week 2018 with an impressive exhibition, showcasing 3D-printed furnitures by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove and Daniel Widrig.

The exhibition, titled "Brave New World: Re-thinking Design in the New Age of Technology", combines computational design and large-scale robotic 3D printing on the products, to explore new ways of creating furniture that push the limits of imagination to unseen territories.

The products are displayed at Nagami’s pop-up showroom, in the dynamic Brera Design District (Spazio Theca, Piazza Castello, 5), which can be visited until April 22, 2018.

As 3D printing techniques have an ever-growing influence on the way w (...)

Mecanoo releases new book "Inspiration and Process in Architecture" emphasizing process in sketches

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2018 • 463

Mecanoo releases new book

Mecanoo has released its new book titled "Inspiration and Process in Architecture", which emphasises the process of architecture with a set of sketches, drawings and models, are unavoidably part of any architects' archives.

Published by Moleskine, "Inspiration and Process in Architecture" is the 20th book that Mecanoo has published so far. Mecanoo's other books include People Place Purpose: New monograph Francine Houben/Mecanoo, Dutch Mountains, Mecanoo Architecten, Composition, Contrast, Complexity and more. The 144-page book is presented as a series of monographs on key figures in modern and contemporary architecture.

"It offers the reading of the practice of design which emphasises the value of freehand drawing as p (...)

MAD converts Pingtan Art Museum into a dynamic small-scale lighting object for Artemide

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2018 • 357

MAD converts Pingtan Art Museum into a dynamic small-scale lighting object for Artemide

MAD Architects has converted the vision of the large-scale Pingtan Art Museum into a dynamic small-scale lighting object for Italian lighting company Artemide.

Called "Pingtan" Lamp, MAD presents the new lamp at Milan Design Week 2018, encompassing Salone del Mobile - a series of events are distributed across the city between May 17 and May 22, 2018.

Image © Federico Villa

The Pingtan Art Museum, one of MAD’s most iconic museum designs, represents a long-lasting earthscape in water: the sea, the beach, the oasis and the slope all interconnect with each other, forming a harmonious capacious space with the mountains in the distance. The lighting lamp, made of methacrylate and aluminium, completely reflects MA (...)

Kenneth Frampton named as recipient of Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale

WA Contents • Apr 19, 2018 • 404

Kenneth Frampton named as recipient of Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale

British architect, historian, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton has been awarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. The award was announced by the Board of Venice Architecture Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon recommendation of the Curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

Described as "maestro" for "his critical approach to the teaching of architecture" by Paolo Baratta, the curators, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara emphasised Frampton's position in architecture "as the voice of truth in the promotion of key values of architecture and its role in society."

"Through his work, Kenneth Frampton occu (...)

Towers, cathedrals and more - Take a look at Coachella's 2018 ground

Elif Merve Unsal • Apr 18, 2018 • 1173

Towers, cathedrals and more - Take a look at Coachella's 2018 ground

The annual “Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival” in Indigo, California has opened its doors a few days ago. Someone would say that it is a spectacle festival by hosting many famous bands and artists but also the art installations by visual artists, architects and designers would definitely have important roles at the event’s success.

Each year Coachella features art installations from artists worldwide. Whether because of the artist’s choice of materials or the processes of their practices, this year’s work demand a shift of perception at Coachella’s playground.

Here is a closer look of attractive installations at Coachella 2018:

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Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel to build vertical village with irregular roofs in Paris

WA Contents • Apr 18, 2018 • 599

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel to build vertical village with irregular roofs in Paris

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel have won a competition to design a new tower at the Rosny-sous-Bois (93) site in Paris, which will be built within the scope of the Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris competition. Called Village Vertical, the 120-metre long timber structure will be a new gateway to the city of Rosny-sous-Bois developed by La Compagnie de Phalsbourg and REI Habitat.

Image © Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel

Envisioned as a "messy" and "irregular" tower, the building is aimed to create a new attraction point in one of the most dynamic territories of the Parisian Metropolis. The Village Vertical is described as "a literal piece of city" which will complete t (...)

OMA created "single reading room" for Qatar's National Library with lifted edged corners

WA Contents • Apr 18, 2018 • 830

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Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA has completed the Qatar National Library (QNL) in Doha, the "single-roomed" building aims to revive the traditional reading culture by "only creating single space" that can be accessible from every direction of the building.

Officially opened to the public on April 16, 2018 with the participation of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, and the CEO of the Qatar Foundation, Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al Thani, the new building contains Doha's National Library, Public Library and University Library, and preserves the Heritage Collection, which consists of valuable texts and manuscripts related to the Arab-Islamic civilization.

Image © Iwan Ba (...)

Why couldn’t Iranian architecture progress?

Farzam Kharvari • Apr 18, 2018 • 453

Why couldn’t Iranian architecture progress?

Prior to modernization in Iran, people lived in houses with courtyards; nostalgic houses for the new generation of the country. In recent years, there has been an upward trend in number of articles that defend traditional houses with an emphasize on courtyards and their atmosphere. Indeed, courtyards were and are the most important elements of any traditional house. In all cases, courtyards remained rectangular and the rest of spaces were arranged around courtyards. There were flowers, trees and water in courtyards. But scholars are focusing on the morphology of these houses. What if the people were not satisfied with their houses and widely welcomed modernism because it offered something that was missing from a traditional house!

A (...)

Group DCA awarded with two projects in IIID Awards

Tanya Khanna • Apr 17, 2018 • 294

Group DCA awarded with two projects in IIID Awards

Group DCA is an award-winning design consultation firm based out of New Delhi. The DCA Group is spearheaded by Ar. Amit Aurora and Ar. Rahul Bansal. Each project is treated individually with an approach that is most appropriate to the project’s identity, concept, business format, target clientele, code of ethics, context, site location etc. Rather than following current trends, or designing for the short term, the studio believes in sustainable design which is exclusive, well-balanced, contextual and appropriate.

The practice was recently awarded in two categories at the IIID Awards. While the studio won the first prize in "Leisure & Eentertainment Category" for The Townhall in Gurgaon; The L'Oreal Training Academy in N (...)

WAC Announces its Country Reporters

berrin chatzi chousein • Apr 16, 2018 • 1231

WAC Announces its Country Reporters

Since its launch in December 2016, World Architecture Community's WAC Country Editors/Reporters Program, is attracting a fair deal of attention from around the Globe. To our knowledge, it is a unique voluntary Community Journalism initiative and one-of-a-kind intellectual act with such a large geographical scale. In our appeal to volunteers when promoting the program, our mantra has always been "be the voice of your country on WAC, while being the face of WAC in your country" and our reporters are now delivering on that promise. With this program, WAC also aims to reach remote regions, which are not covered by the mainstream media in general, and to get the correct knowledge and an accurate picture from the locals.

The program ac (...)

Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design Finished a "Matchbox" Office in Jiangxi, China

Sophia Tao • Apr 16, 2018 • 578

Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design Finished a

Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design completed an office named "BOX100" in Jiangxi, China. This office was inspired by "matchbox", which aimed to break modern office's fixed order, bring more fun and stimulate innovation. It's a creative solution to a humane scale in contemporary office space. Yiduan described that, "BOX100 is like a matchbox that is waiting for the most brilliant sparks come from the collision of ideas."

BOX100 is located on the top floor of a single three-story office building. The facade is composed of white cement columns in different lengths, which creating an image of "the fire burns high when everybody adds wood to it", just like the company's shareholding system.

While the interior space is domi (...)