Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 “Design of the Year”

Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist projects in the running for the 2017 edition of their prestigious Beazley Design of the Year award. Now in its tenth year, the award was established to “celebrate design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.”

This year, a total of 62 projects have been nominated across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport – including 13 projects from the Architecture category. A winner from each category and the overall winner will be announced on January 25, 2018. Previous winners of the architecture category include: IKEA’s Better Shelter last year (also the overall winner),Alejandro Aravena’s UC Innovation Center in 2015, and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Center(overall winner in 2014).

See all of the architecture nominees below.

Mrs Fan’s Plug-In House / People’s Architecture Office

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Mrs Fan’s Plug-In House / People’s Architecture Office. Image © Gao Tianxia

The Plugin House is built with a proprietary building renovation system developed as a result of the challenging context of Beijing hutong areas. The price of real estate in central Beijing makes owning a house difficult for many. However, the Plugin House costs 30 times less than a typical apartment. Plugin replaces part of a previously existing dwelling and adds new functions. These prefabricated modules incorporate insulation, interior and exterior finish into one moulded part.

Warka Water / Arturo Vittori

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Warka Water / Arturo Vittori. Image Courtesy of Design Museum

Warka Water is a vertical structure designed to harvest potable water from the atmosphere (it collects rain, harvests fog and dew). It relies only on gravity, condensation and evaporation and doesn’t require any electrical power. At a time when a quarter of the world’s population lacks access to safe drinking water, Warka Water tower is designed to harvest drinkable water from the atmosphere.

Hegnhuset Memorial and Learning Center / Blakstad Haffner Architects

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Hegnhuset Memorial and Learning Center / Blakstad Haffner Architects. Image © Are Carlsen

Response to Norwegian terrorist attacks of 2011 that struck the island of Utøya, where 69 people – mostly teenagers – were murdered in one of two politically motivated attacks by far-right terrorist. The cafe building where 13 people tragically lost their lives during the attack has been enshrined within a new learning centre. The architect’s response was to preserve one section of the cabin-like building – the rooms directly affected during the massacre – but to completely enclose it within a new pine structure. The outer layer is made up of 495 wooden slats, one for every person on the island that survived the attack, while the glazed inside layer is framed by 69 columns that pay tribute to every fatality

Wind and Rain Bridge / Donn Holohan – The University of Hong Kong

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Wind and Rain Bridge draws on the long tradition of wooden buildings in the region. Peitian is one of a number of isolated rural villages distributed throughout the mountainous regions of southern China, which, following severe flooding in early 2014 saw much of the infrastructure linking its disparate communities destroyed. This project aims to reconnect Peitian villages to the historic network of routes that link these isolated settlements.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture / Adjaye Associates

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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture / Adjaye Associates. Image Courtesy of Design Museum

The museum was inaugurated by President Obama in September 2016 and is a long-awaited symbol for the African American contribution to the nation’s history and identity. The museum houses galleries, administrative spaces, theatre space and collections storage space. Sir David Adjaye’s approach created a meaningful relationship to this unique site as well as a strong conceptual resonance with America’s longstanding African heritage. The 313,000-square-foot building comprises a three-tiered structure covered in bronze plates. Designed to shade the glazed facades behind, the filigree cladding is patterned to reference the history of African American craftsmanship.

Sala Beckett Theatre and International Drama Centre / Flores & Prats

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Sala Beckett Theatre and International Drama Centre / Flores & Prats. Image © Adrià Goula

The project is a renovation and extension of the former worker’s club “Pau i Justícia”, deeply rooted in the memory of the Barcelona neighbourhood Poblenou, a space where long ago neighbours had celebrated marriages, first communions and parties, which was then abandoned for many years. The new building maintained the spatial characteristics of the original building while also expanding and adapting the space to accommodate a new programme of exhibitions and activities.

The Calais Builds Project / Grainne Hassett with students from University of Limerick

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The Calais Builds Project / Grainne Hassett with students from University of Limerick. Image Courtesy of Design Museum

The Calais Builds Project captured the needs, culture and hopes of its residents. In 2016, architectGrainne Hassett along with students from the University of Limerick and local migrants designed and built a major community infrastructure, including a Women’s and Children’s Centre and the Baloo’s Youth Centre. These were demolished in 2016 by the French Government and its inhabitants displaced.

Croft Lodge Studio / Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design

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The strategy was not to renovate or repair the 300 year old listed building but to preserve it perfectly. The ruin is protected from the elements within a new high performance outer envelope. The new outer shell, which retains the shape of the existing cottage is clad in black corrugated iron, reflecting the common use of this material in Herefordshire for agricultural buildings.

Lycée Schorge Secondary School / Kéré Architecture

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Located in the third most populated city in Burkina Faso, the Lycée Schorge Secondary School sets a new standard for educational excellence in the region. The design for the school consists of 9 modules which accommodate a series of classrooms and administration rooms in a radial layout which wrap around a central public courtyard. The architecture not only functions as a marker in the landscape, it is also a testament to how local materials, in combination with creativity and teamwork, can be transformed into something significant with lasting effects.

Weltsadt – Refugees’ Memories and Futures as Models

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The exhibition features models of buildings made by people from Africa and the Middle East who came to Germany as refugees. The buildings are homes, schools, offices, workshops and houses of prayer which are displayed as a walk-through cityscape, a ‘world city’. Made of cardboard, wood and found materials, the models reflect on the lost spaces and trusted memories but equally of new beginnings of the people who build the models. Visitors can see each of the 1:10 scale buildings up close.

The Environmental Enhancement of the Five Dragons Temple / Urbanus

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Situated in Ruicheng County, Shanxi Province, the Five Dragons Temple is listed as a class A cultural relic. Built in 831 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty, it is the oldest surviving Taoist temple. In 2015, Vanke Group initiated the “Long Plan” to raise funds to revitalise the environment of the Five Dragons Temple. This plan also helped to raise the public awareness of this historical preservation project. This initiative would then go on to become the first time where the government and private funds cooperated for the preservation of cultural relics, as well as the promotion of cultural protection through the platforms of internet and the international Expo.

Antwerp Port House / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Port House / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hélène Binet

The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – bringing together the port’s 500 staff that previously worked in separate buildings around the city. The waterside site offered sustainable construction benefits, allowing materials and building components to be transported by water, an important requirement to meet the port’s ecological targets. The old fire station is heritage listed so had to be integrated into the new project. ZHA’s design is an elevated extension, rather than a neighbouring volume which would have concealed at least one of the existing facades.

Il Fondaco Tedeschi / OMA

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First constructed in 1228, and located at the foot of the Rialto Bridge across from the fish market, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi is one of Venice’s largest and most recognizable buildings. It was used as a trading post for German merchants, a customs house under Napoleon, and a post office under Mussolini. Depicted by Canaletto and other masters, and photographed countless times as the impressive but anonymous backdrop of the Rialto bridge, the Fondaco stands as a mute witness of the Venetian mercantile era, its role diminished with the progressive depopulation of Venice. The Fondaco dei Tedeschi can now unlock its potential as a major destination and vantage point for tourists and Venetians alike; a contemporary urban department store staging a diverse range of activities, from shopping to cultural events, social gatherings and everyday life. OMA’s renovation, both subtle and ambitious, avoids nostalgic reconstructions of the past and it demystifies the ‘sacred’ image of a historical building.

An exhibition designed by Carmody Groarke and Micha Weidmann Studio will be on display at theDesign Museum in London from 18 October 2017 to 28 January 2018.

See the Designs of the Year from all six categories, here.

News and project descriptions via Design Museum of London.

Arquitectonica to Design Hotel in Orlando as New Social Hub For the United States’ Fastest Growing Community

Arquitectonica to Design Hotel in Orlando as New Social Hub For the United States' Fastest Growing Community , Courtesy of Tavistock Development Company
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Plans have been announced for a new hotel in Orlando’s planned Lake Nona community, which is to be designed by Arquitectonica in one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. The 16 storey Town Center Hotel will be situated at the heart of the community, featuring a motor court entrance, a lobby, a ballroom accommodating 200 guests, as well as a rooftop pool with a lounge and accommodation for private events. The tower will also be within close proximity to the airport, easily accessible by Orlando’s 68 million annual visitors and the “unique property will cater to airport travelers as well as those who intend to make Lake Nona their final destination.”

We are excited to be designing this new hotel in such a community as progressive as Lake Nona, said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, principal ofArquitectonica. Our goal is a building whose architecture represents the aspirations of this new town: fresh, vibrant, memorable and of its place.

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The hotel accommodates 215 rooms with individual ergonomically designed furniture and spaces, in addition to 6000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 3200 square foot ballroom and other boardrooms. Being part of a globally recognised wellness community, a 24 hour gym and access to Lake Nona’s fiber internet network are both complimentary features that guests will enjoy.

Located in the heart of Lake Nona, the hotel acts as a social hub with its rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as other retail and entertainment opportunities at grade and within the vicinity. It is planned to be constructed next to The Lawn, a large open air green space in the town centre.

Construction on the Lake Nona Town Center Hotel is planned to begin next year, as part of over 10 million square feet of residential and commercial facilities in the community. 

News via: Tavistock Development Company.

CEMEX Announces 2017 Mexican Premio Obras

CEMEX Announces  2017 Mexican Premio Obras Finalists

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Award honors the best architecture and construction both in Mexico and abroad. Yesterday the cement company announced the finalist projects located in Mexico, and in categories ranging from social housing to infrastructure. Each project will be evaluated by a jury convened by CEMEX; the qualities to be evaluated include integrated sustainability, architectural design, structure and innovation in the construction process.

Below see the full list of finalist projects located in Mexico.

Vivienda Económica

URVITA
San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León

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DEPARTAMENTOS LA SEXTA
Mérida, Yucatán

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CASA GALÁ
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas

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Vivienda Residencial

PATIO INFILTRADO
Mérida, Yucatán

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OYAMEL
Jalapa, Veracruz

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CASA ACOLHUÁS
Guadalajara, Jalisco

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Infraestructura

TUXPAN PORT TERMINAL S.A. DE C.V.
Tuxpan, Veracruz

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TÚNEL LAS CASCADAS
Copándaro, Michoacán

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PLANTA DE TRATAMIENTO DE AGUAS RESIDUALES, 3ERA ETAPA, AGUASCALIENTES
Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes

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Espacio Colectivo

CIUDAD DE LOS ARCHIVOS, EDIFICIO DEL ARCHIVO HISTÓRICO DEL ESTADO DE OAXACA
Santa Lucía del Camino, Oaxaca

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CENTRO CULTURAL COMUNITARIO TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE
Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca

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CASA DEL ABUELO
Córdoba, Veracruz

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Edificación

TORRE REFORMA
Ciudad de México

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KOI
San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León

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EDIFICIO DE RECTORÍA DE LA ESCUELA BANCARIA Y COMERCIAL
Ciudad de México

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DESTILERÍA LOS AMANTES
Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca

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Premios Especiales

TRC [TABIQUE + REUSO + CONTEXTO]
Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas

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PRODUCCIÓN SOCIAL DE VIVIENDA, SIERRA NORORIENTAL DE PUEBLA
Cuetzalan del Progreso, Puebla

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TORRE REFORMA
Ciudad de México

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CIUDAD DE LOS ARCHIVOS, EDIFICIO DEL ARCHIVO HISTÓRICO DEL ESTADO DE OAXACA
Santa Lucía del Camino, Oaxaca

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CENTRO CULTURAL COMUNITARIO TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE
Toetitlán del Valle, Oaxaca

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CASA DEL ABUELO
Córdoba, Veracruz

Humanscale’s Ergonomic Design Templates Are the Ultimate Architect’s Tool

Humanscale's Ergonomic Design Templates Are the Ultimate Architect's Tool, © IA Collaborative
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Put away the Neufert manual and pixelated Internet searches, because scaling people just got a whole lot easier. The Chicago-based design consultancy IA Collaborative has launched a Kickstarter campaignfor the reissue of Humanscale – a set of ergonomic design templates that contain over 60,000 measurements adjusted to humans of all ages, sizes and, yes, even situations.

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Originally produced by Henry Dreyfuss Associates in the 70s and 80s, the out-of-print templates are now rare vintage books and selectors, currently in the Smithsonian collection at the Cooper Hewitt (as both a historic design artifact and an extremely useful tool for designers). Now, the templates are getting a second lease on life with a revamp of 3 new booklets of 9 data sets.

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Working in collaboration with Humanscale’s original creators and printers, IA’s goal is “to make this ultimate design artifact widely available once again for all to appreciate.” Said IA Collaborative onKickstarter: “After finding so much value using Humanscale during the prototyping process in our own design work, we wanted to make them available at a reasonable cost to people everywhere.”

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Design today has more influence than ever before, and it shapes our most important experiences. Humanscale has the power to ensure those experiences are human-centred.

 Every designer and architect should own a Humanscale manual, and I’m proud to be a part of making that possible – Dan Kraemer, Founder and Chief Design Officer at IA Collaborative.

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Each booklet contains 3 templates geared to different facets of the human body in architecture, covering an array of topics including body dimensions, seating standards, and disabled access guidelines. Using the “data selector” that rotates around each template, users can gather the right data depending on age, size or mobility.

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It doesn’t stop there – Humanscale has organized its data to provide the most specific of design minutiae: from using hand and foot controls (5a), human strength (4a) and even the measurements you’d need to sit at work comfortably (7b). Booklets like the Public Space Selector also include references for corridors, doorways, lavatories, classrooms and outdoor walks—with measurements as detailed as affordances for people holding umbrellas. Units are in both inches and mm.

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Within the 60,000 bits of data Humanscale offers, there are data points like measurements, square footage and traffic flow for home, office and public space design – and much more. Never before or since has there been such a complete and consolidated reference tool for anyone designing spaces and environments – Dan Kraemer, Founder and Chief Design Officer at IA Collaborative.

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The Humanscale Kickstarter campaign is set to end on August 25 with a goal of $137,800. Each trio of booklets is sold at a price of $79, with all Earlybird discounts already sold out on the page. According toIA Collaborative, there are ambitions for a Humanscale 2.0 that includes plans to expand the data and create new guides for the future of digital experiences.

To find out more about Humanscale and IA Collaborative, check out their Kickstarter here.

News via: IA Collaborative.

Flythrough Video of Eric Owen Moss Architects’ (W)rapper Revealed as Construction is Set to Begin

Flythrough Video of Eric Owen Moss Architects' (W)rapper Revealed as Construction is Set to Begin, © Eric Owen Moss Architects. Via Urbanize LA
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After starting and stopping for nearly 20 years, a 17-story Deconstructivist tower by Eric Owen MossArchitects seems to finally be underway in Los AngelesCulver City neighborhood after construction permits were approved earlier this year. Originally known as the Glass Tower, the project has been revived as (W)rapper, a nod to the structure’s enveloping steel exoskeleton.

A new flythrough video of the project shows the inside and out of the 230-foot tower, including its double-height and mezzanine office levels, as well as a spacious rooftop terrace. In total, the building will offer 160,000 square feet of office space and two levels of underground parking. Located adjacent to the Expo Line’s LA Cienega/Jefferson station, the project was originally envisioned as a multi-tower development in the late 90s, before being reduced to its current form.

(W)rapper is the latest project designed by Eric Owen Moss Architects for developer Samitaur Constructs in Culver City’s Hayden Tract district, including “Vespertine,” “Stealth” and “Pterodactyl.” According toUrbanize LA, construction work is scheduled to begin in the next two months.

News via Urbanize LA.

BIG’s Cactus Towers in Copenhagen Will Stand Next to an Urban IKEA

BIG's Cactus Towers in Copenhagen Will Stand Next to an Urban IKEA, Courtesy of BIG
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A new project in central Copenhagen will see two Danish practices—Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dorte Mandrup Architects—create a new urban IKEA store, a budget hotel, and housing linked together by green space. Set to open in 2019, the area—which sits adjacent to Kalvebod Brygge, close to the railway lines that pass through the city core—will be master-planned by Dorte Mandrup while two striking high-rise residential towers, dubbed “Cacti“, will be designed by BIG.

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IKEA’s urban foray, which will be without parking for cars, is based on the premise that customers will buy smaller objects and transport them home by bicycle.

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The site will also host a low-price hotel designed by Dorte Mandrup with 1,250 rooms spread across two volumes which will, if completed to plan, be the largest hotel in the Nordic region.

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BIG’s hotel towers, which will be defined by their hexagonal cores, will feature 500 “youth rooms” and stand as the practice’s first residential project in the Danish capital since those of Ørestad.

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Proposed 66-Storey Tower Could Be LA’s Third Tallest Building

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Los Angeles‘ Department of City Planning has released an initial study for a potential future skyscraper that could break ground in 2020. The 66-story Figueroa Centre is proposed for construction on a current parking lot adjacent to the Hotel Figueroa in South Park. Designed by CallisonRTKL, upon completion, the building would become Downtown LA’s third tallest building, surpassed only by Wilshire Grand and the US Bank Tower, both at 73 stories.

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The design of the tower combines glass with a stone-clad base, while the roof will be finished with a form of parapets. Measuring a total of 984,940 square feet (91,500 square meters), the building will include 220 hotel rooms, 200 residential units, and approximately 22,800 square feet (2,100 square meters) of ballrooms and meeting spaces.

In addition to this, 94,080 square feet (8,700 square meters) of commercial space will be created, including retail and restaurants. A nine-storey podium will be located at the base of the building, with 11 levels of both underground and above grade parking.

If the developer’s plans are approved by the City, the Figueroa Centre will break ground in 2020 and is expected to be complete by 2023.

News via Curbed LA and Los Angeles Department of City Planning.