Designed by OMA and led by Reinier de Graaf, with Alex de Jong, Michel van de Kar, and Roza Matveeva, with Oscar Properties as developers on board, Norra Tornen was awarded the International Highrise Award by an international jury consisting of architects, structural engineers, and real estate specialists. Criteria of evaluation included the overall narrative, the sculptural qualities, the structural concept, and the mix of uses, among others. The project that has received international attention is the “result of a land allocation competition held by the City of Stockholm in 2013, won by Oscar Properties”.
OMA’s first built project in Sweden, Norra Tornen is currently the highest residential building in Stockholm’s city center. On the accomplishment, Reinier de Graaf, OMA Partner in Charge of the project stated that “For me, the award came somewhat unexpectedly since I never thought of the Norra Tornen towers as high-rise buildings. They are different from the conventional idea of a skyscraper. They are not monumental but homely, their aesthetics are informal and they rely on repetition only to produce diversity”. Moreover, Peter Cahorla Schmal, Director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) added that “Norra Tornen is a refreshing entrance to the city, recalling structuralist models of brutalism from the 1960s such as the Habitat from Expo67 in Montreal, skillfully transforming them and enriching the city with a new urban dominant, with apartments for all.”
A new webcast and podcast series, Design Disruption, has been launched by architectural writer Sam Lubell and social entrepreneur Prathima Manohar. In a partnership with ArchDaily, the first episode will be broadcasted next Monday, June 15th at 11 am (EST) on ArchDaily, YouTube and Facebook. This episode will explore high density housing with guests Moshe Safdie, founder of Safdie Architects, and Ma Yansong, founder of MAD architects. The goal of the series is to provide an international perspective on disruptive issues with guests from different continents.
As Lubell and Manohar state, the COVID-19 Pandemic is “a disruptive moment for our world, and it’s poised to spur transformative shifts in design, from how we experience our homes and offices to the plans of our cities.” The Design Disruption series explores these shifts and disruptive issues like climate change, inequality, and the housing crisis, through chats with visionaries like architects, designers, planners and thinkers.
For Episode 1, the team notes how Safdie changed the way the world thinks about high density housing with Habitat, a pavilion for Montreal’s Expo 67 that incorporated prefabricated construction and public and private outdoor spaces into a highly intricate multifamily residence. He’s recently built new Habitat projects in Singapore, China, and Sri Lanka. Ma is inspired by the ideals of “Shanshui City,” which entails harmonizing nature , the urban landscape, and society in novel ways through architecture. He has explored typological alternatives for urban housing, like hybrid urban courtyard concepts and high density vertical villages.
The series is co-hosted by New York-based architectural writer Sam Lubell, who has written ten books about architecture, and contributes regularly to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Architectural Digest; and Bangalore-based Social Entrepreneur Prathima Manohar, founder of think do tank The Urban Vision.
World Architecture Festival and World Festival of Interiors: Inside is scheduled for 2 – 4 December, in Lisbon. Preparations for the event are going ahead in the typical way and architects from across the globe are continuing to submit their online awards entries.
WAF’s event organizers are fully aware that the current situation may be causing disruption to practices across the globe and have therefore amended their awards entries deadlines to the below:
Early-bird entry deadline (saving £75): 4 MAY Final entry deadline: 14 AUGUST
“We hope that you and your practice are coping as well as possible in current circumstances and offer our best wishes for a return to calmer times”. Read more from WAF’s Programme Director, Paul Finch.
World Architecture Festival is the only architecture awards where all shortlisted practices present their projects live, in front of festival delegates and the judging panels at the festival in Lisbon.
In addition to individual category winners, international judging panels will choose the best building of the year, the best future project, the best completed landscape and the best interior project.
This year the judging panel will consist of more than 145 judges representing 48+ countries and will be joined by some of the world leading experts. Previous judges at WAF include; Louisa Hutton, David Chipperfield, Li Xiaodong, Manuelle Gautrand and James Timberlake.
The WAF and INSIDE awards are now open for entries in 44 categories across completed buildings, future projects, landscape and interiors.
Highlighting and promoting architecture and design that impacts the educational field, the Design that Educates Awards revealed its list of winners for 2020. A collaboration between Laka Foundation and Solarlux GmbH, this year’s competition theme was inspired by the “Educating Buildings” research paper of Dr. Peter Kuczia.
Product design: Alma – Therapy Dolls by Yaara Nusboim
Universal design: Acoustic Mirrors by LAX laboratory for architectural experiments
Responsive design: The Shed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Read on for the full list of laureates, special recognitions and honorable mentions in the architectural design category 2020.
Winner for the year 2020 in architectural design
Copenhill / Amager Bakke – BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
“The project – also known as ‘Amager Bakke’ – is a waste-to-energy plant with an urban recreation center comprising a lush nature park, ski slope, hiking trail, the world’s tallest climbing wall as well as an environmental education hub. Copenhill is a 41,000 m 2 waste-to-energy plant that turns social infrastructure into an architectural landmark with new nature activities and high biodiversity. Copenhill is conceived as a public infrastructure with intended social side-effects from day one.”
Gold Prize in architectural design + Emerging Designers
Guga S’Thebe Theater – Georgia Institute of Technology; RWTH; PBSA; CS Studio
“While the Guga S’Thebe Children’s Theatre is located in Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town, South Africa, its design roots span three continents, a multitude of universities and countless hands. […] Focused on sustainability, this self-initiated design + build project was developed alongside the local community to meet their diverse needs for a place to hold theatric productions, concerts, church services, marriages and most importantly festivals with a focus on impacting the younger members of the community; in the aim of preparing and nourishing the community for the future.”
Silver Prize in architectural design
Book House- Shulin Architectural Design
“The book house is located in an ancient village in Wuyi and was developed by a local tourism real estate company as a part of the development and construction. Before the development, only a few elderly residents lived in this empty village. It was hoped that this book house could change the situation by bringing more visitors to it. […] As an icon for culture, the book house also invites people in and brings vigor and value to the old village.”
Bronze Prize in architectural design
Ecohouse V01- MAEB Students
“The Ecohouse V01 Prototype showcases many inclusive, innovative, environmentally aware and self-sufficient solutions, including an integrative design synthesizing inputs; a fully traceable primary structure fabricated of 0km pine; translation of a low-tech, universal shingling system into a morphologically responsive, materially optimized envelope; entirely off-grid metabolic utilities; a water system which captures rain and re-uses grey-water to irrigate a small garden; and a toilet that obviates any septic installations.”
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DesignTO, formerly Toronto Design Offsite Festival, is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design. From January 18-27 the festival will showcase over 100 exhibitions and events.
Going into its 9th year, the festival transforms Toronto into a creative hub, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere. The event brings people together to celebrate contemporary culture. The festival provides opportunities for emerging talent and engages the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.
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The second day’s judging categories spanned a wide area, from future masterplanning visions to completed religious structures. The festival, held this year in Amsterdam, will culminate Friday 30 November with the World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year Awards. These awards, selected from the festival’s list of category winners, will be selected by the festival’s “super jury”: Nathalie de Vries, Frederick Cooper Llosa, Lesley Lokko,Li Xiaodong, and Manuelle Gautrand.
The World Architecture Festival features three days of talks, panel discussions, keynotes, and project presentations, this year loosely centred around the concept of ‘Identity.’ Keynote speakers included Nathalie de Vries, Sir Peter Cook, Lesley Lokko, David Adjaye, and India Mahdavi, covering topics as diverse as the architectural styles of North Sea countries and the deeply personal nature of interior architecture.
The full list of WAF 2018’s day two winners below:
This year The Architecture Drawing Prize saw submissions from 31 countries with a mix of architects, designers and students, showing the truly international nature of the prize. The Drawing Prize recognises the continuing importance of hand drawing whilst embracing the creative use of digitally produced renderings.
We are delighted to announce this year’s overall individual winner Li Han – The Samsara of Building No.42 on Dirty Street, who is also the winner of this year’s Digital category. The other two category winners are Lukas Göbl – City of Beautiful Bodies in the Hybrid category and Carlijn Kingma – The Babylonian Tower of Modernity in the Hand – Drawn category. View the full shortlist here.
City of beautiful bodies
göbl architektur ZT GmbH
6 Moments: Meaning through Repetition
University of British Columbia
American Dream or American Nightmare – 2050
The Samsara of Building No.42 on Dirty Street
Drawing Architecture Studio
The tower and the landscape
Juan Alberto Arjona Belmonte
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM)
The Babylonian Tower of Modernity
Delft University of Technology
MICA Architects / Bartlett School of Architecture
The winners and shortlist will be on display at a dedicated exhibition, exhibited at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London from 17 October – 18 November and on display shown via an interactive video screen at WAF in Amsterdan this November. Each of the category winners and the overall winner, Li Han, will receive their prize at WAF.
In recent years, architecture film festivals have erupted around the globe providing critics, theorists, and all architectural thinkers with an additional median for architectural expression and discussion. The symbiotic relationship between architecture and film stems from architecture’s effect on its built environment and its determined social/cultural impact.
As the international audience grows and new genres emerge, architecture film festivals have come to encompass more than just the film’s initial viewing; programs, lectures, and discussions are organized, enhancing the intellectual impact of the viewing material. Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) is celebrating its tenth edition this October by exploring the concept of “building happiness” in an age when we seek to build a more sustainable world – a challenge for both historic and contemporary design.
From the creator: “Mole Man tells the touching story of Ron Heist, a 66-year-old man with Autism, who has been working on an elaborate building in his parents’ backyard since 1965. Built without cement or nails, the building has fifty rooms by now. The structure can bear its own weight due to the careful way it has been stacked. Although his continual building process keeps him happy and satisfied, his family and friends are beginning to worry about Ron. Where will he end up when his 90-year-old mother passes away?”
2. Do More with Less
From the creator: “A film that touches the foundations of architecture: how to be inspired by the limited resources and limited use of materials to create interesting architectural feats. Many young architects in Latin America are forced by necessity to work in such circumstances but see it less as a limitation than a challenge. Do More With Less offers a view of optimistic and inspiring architecture Inspiration to get straight to work!”
From the creator: “He was one of the architects that shaped the optimistic, modernist style in Palm Springs in the 1950s and ’60. Born in Switzerland, Albert Frey worked on the Villa Savoye with Le Corbusier, but his passion for new materials and daring structures did not come to full fruition until he came to America. His streamlined aesthetic appealed to lots of Hollywood stars who wanted to build a house in Palm Springs. The film is the first half of a two-part portrait of Albert Frey. The second half is expected in the spring of 2019.”
From the creator: “Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel is at the height of an already legendary career. At age 70, he circles the globe, tending to such monumental projects as The Louvre Abu Dhabi, The National Museum of Qatar and The National Museum of China. Among the most innovative, thought-provoking and rebellious architects of his generation, Nouvel reflects on his work, as well as his design philosophy.”
5. Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect
From the creator: He worked with Maxwell Fry and Eero Saarinen, he won the Pritzker Prize, and his immense oeuvre reflects that past 70 years of American history. Sculptural, iconic, with a powerful flair for drama, and always – in line with his Irish roots – in close communication with nature. This feature documentary film about 96-year-old Kevin Roche offers an intriguing overview of an exceptional architect’s oeuvre, focusing on the versatile nature of an era when America was still optimistic.
6. Planeta Petrila
From the creator: “The coal mine in the Romanian town of Petrila is more than a mine. To the city’s inhabitants, it is their life, their source of income, and the pivotal point of the community. But the mine is closing down, and European regulations dictate total demolition. Former mineworker and artist Ion Barbu decides to make every effort to prevent the mine’s destruction. He uses his art to keep the spirit of the mine alive, resulting in absurd imagery. ‘Europe is just a continent. Petrila is a world.’”
From the creator: “The National Gallery in Dublin is the most important museum in Ireland. Like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery was recently renovated. Cameras followed the renovations for three years. As is apparently common practice in such matters, the renovations encountered delays and turned out to be far more expensive than estimated and projected. How does a country handle its national cultural heritage? Film for people who love The New National Gallery.”