After 2 weeks of voting in our first ever Refurbishment in Architecture Awards, our readers have narrowed down over 450 projects to 15 finalists, representing the best architectural refurbishment projects ever published on ArchDaily. With finalists from five continents, this award developed in partnership with MINI Clubman clearly demonstrates the global importance of refurbishment architecture as a method of achieving sustainable development and flexible, living cities.
Now that the finalists have been selected, the second stage of the Award is now underway to narrow down these 15 projects to just three winners. Read on and use the links below to cast your vote for the overall winner, or visit the award website here.
Slated to open in 2020, Benoy has released their design for a central academic building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will house the Global Business School, an educational hub that will attract Saudi and international business students through partnerships with Imperial College Business school, Cornell University, and Harvard Law School.
The six-level building will be composed of two distinct wings connected by an enclosed atrium. Sporting smooth contours and rounded corners, the north wing will contain faculty offices, teaching spaces, and the innovation center. While the larger, south wing surrounds it with student dining halls, an auditorium, sports area, and a knowledge center.
According to the firm, the layout was designed to foster social interaction and minimize hierarchy and social boundaries within the school community.
A significant presence in the Middle East with studios in Dubai and Bahrain, Benoy are known for their large-scale projects in the area including Yas Island, the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi, and City Walk and The Beach in Dubai. They are also responsible for a number of projects currently in progress, including the Tahlia Street retail development in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and a new terminal at Bahrain Airport.
As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Japan Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.
In the 20th century, the industrialization of society raised productivity and brought us convenient life with economic growth. However, the change has made us adapt our lives into an industrial network and created the barrier between people and environmental resources. One of the main roles of the 21st-century architecture is to break the barrier and to realize higher accessibility to resources.
We set a point of view on people, not industry, in order to understand livelihood ecologically and architecturally. This is called the Architectural Ethnography, and guidebooks are the social common tool. In guidebooks, an old but new, unique architecture (not ones dominantly defined by an ‘architect as a creator’) have been reported, from hybrid buildings within high density of city life to the space used for urban-rural exchange, fitted into their local contexts in Tokyo and throughout the world.
Based on these researches some projects to increase accessibility to resources around us are suggested. The purpose of this exhibition is to build platforms for active discussion of ecological issues in architectural and urban theory, and visualization of the 21st-century architecture.
The exhibition has 4 parts: 1. collecting guidebooks and mapping them, 2. analyzing and presenting the expansion of guidebooks (from Tokyo to other cities, from city to country, from survey to action), and interviews with producers of guidebooks, 3. reporting projects derived from guidebooks with miniature models, and videos, 4. creating “Yokocho” (bar and cafe alley), and keeping and posting regular reports on managing the Yokocho as a discussion platform for developing architectural and urban theory.
The annual Lagos Architects Forum 2018(LAF 9.0) theme LAGOS 9.0 ARCHITECTURAL REGENERATION 1 -THE LAGOS RESPONSE brings together both local and international architects,Building materials manufacturers,suppliers,real estate development as well as all stakeholders in building and construction industries started yesterday May 10 2018. The annual events witnessed the presence of the Lagos State Gov Mr Akinwunmi Ambode,President of Nigeria Institute of Architects Arc. Njoku Festus Adibe,pnia,fnia and his executives as well as members of the diplomatic corps.
In his opening remark the chief host of the annual events who is also the chairman of Nigeria Institute of Architects Lagos chapter Arc.Fitzgerald Umah,mnia stated that LAF 9.0 is the reboot,the refresher,and the regeneration of last year’s deliberations and charges. Being the Lagos Architects Forum,it is only normal that our primary focus should be on the mega-city’s response.Hopefully,this response would be worthwhile enough to be replicated elsewhere. We are confident that our distinguished guest speaker would do justice to this topic and provide valuable insight to sustainable implementation.
The Lagos Architects Forum have been gained international attention due to her speakers’ profile such as:
1.Mr. Werner Senfter Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria
2.Arc.Samuel Oghale Oboh faia,fraic from Canada
3.Arc. Roman Oseghale from Canada
4.Morenike Olaosebikan Pharmcist
5.Arc.Adedapo Paul Akintunde mnia,riba
6.Arc.Joe Osae-Addo from Ghana and more others noble speakers.
The forum is from wednesday 9th-saturday 12th May,2018 which will feature morning and afternoon sessions with a lots of activities such as:
*Daily exhibitions of products and services,
*Round Table Dicussion
ArchyNaija was there live to bring your the photo highlight of the events:
A new property startup named Cube Haus is looking to alter the existing housing market, offering high-value homes at reasonable prices “that can be configured to fit small and awkward urban sites.” To do this, Cube Haus is commissioning a team of Britain’s top architects and designers: Adjaye Associates, Faye Toogood, Carl Turner Architects and Skene Catling de la Peña. The team will create a series of customizable modular homes with a focus on outstanding design.
…we work with architects we respect so that we can focus on the craft of making and building great looking, sustainable homes with an approach that is at once ethical and ground breaking – Paul Tully, Co-Director, Cube Haus.
The Cube Haus proposal presents the people who might never have considered using an architect with the opportunity to work with renowned contemporary practices, making innovative architecture and design more accessible. The houses will “either be commissioned and installed by Cube Haus on sites that the company acquires”, or they will be available for purchase as a possible solution for self-builders. The variability of a modular design will allow the houses to be configured to fit any shape or size of urban land plot.
Co-director of Cube Haus Philip Bueno de Mesquita says of the potential of this initiative, “The aim is to build up a portfolio of building types that ultimately can be scaled up for sites that can accommodate a bigger number of units. That’s when it starts to get really interesting: affordable housing designed by some of the most exciting names working in architecture today.”
While this initiative from Cube Haus will not likely solve the problem with affordable housing altogether, it is an exciting approach that makes the work of world-class architects and designers available to the masses.
This is an enhanced rendering of the metal version of the Cesta and has its own specific features. It comes with or without a leather handle, the smooth feel of which stands in stark contrast to the stern rigidity of the bars that gently house the opal-shaped globe that lacks an opening on top. A blend of the firm and the
“The Well” is set to be one of the most ambitious urban developments Toronto has seen. Estimated to host nearly 10,000 people living and working daily, “The Well” includes over 1.5 million square feet of retail, office space and food services, as well as 1,800 residential units all spread throughout seven buildings flanked by Front, Spadina and Wellington in downtown Toronto.
“The Well” will include connections to public transit, airports and major highways with the main focus of the development being “to keep the things people want most within easy reach.” In addition to the major building development, “The Well” will also include a vast green space along the southern edge with various spaces to eat, shop, live and play.
As with most urban development projects, it is the wide variety of spaces brought together by a cohesive design idea that makes the project so intriguing. Claude Cormier of Claude Cormier + Associés, the landscape architecture firm in the team of designers, said of “The Well”, “This is choreographed city-building.” Within the collection of programs is the idea that a sense of “exploration and discovery” is behind “The Well” experience. The relationships between the programs allow for community and individuality to thrive in unison.
Development partners behind “The Well” include RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Allied Properties REIT. The development partners also joined forces with Enwave Energy Corporation to extend the existing water distribution system by building a new energy storage facility within “The Well.”