CTBUH Urban Habitat Award Winner

CTBUH Urban Habitat Award Winner: 2014

Inaugural CTBUH Urban Habitat Award Winner: The Interlace, Singapore

The Interlace, a residential tall building project in Singapore, has won the inaugural Urban Habitat award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The Interlace is a 1,040-unit apartment complex consisting of 31 apartment blocks, each six stories tall and 70 meters long, stacked in hexagonal arrangements around eight large-scale, permeable courtyards. An extensive network of communal gardens and spaces is interwoven with amenities, providing multiple opportunities for social interaction, leisure and recreation – both on the roofs of, and in between, these stacked horizontal blocks.

The Interlace, Singapore:
The Interlace, Singapore

The Awards Jury also recognized the considerable urban qualities of NEO Bankside, London, UK.

CTBUH Urban Habitat Award Winner

RIBA Awards 2014

RIBA Awards 2014

Best new buildings – 2014 RIBA National and EU Award winners are announced

Best new buildings – 2014 RIBA National and EU Award winners are announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the 2014 RIBA National Awards, the most rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence. RIBA National Award winning buildings set the standard for good architecture; these are projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectation. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Brockton Capital, for the best building of the year will be drawn from the 56 RIBA National and EU Award winners (44 buildings in the UK and 12 buildings elsewhere in the EU).

The Blue Planet, Kastrup
The Blue Planet
photograph © Adam Mørk

Some of the UK’s best-known new buildings have won an award: the Shard by Renzo Piano, the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo and the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station by John McAslan and Partners. Alongside these big projects, the crop of winners includes a particularly large number of smaller scale projects, for example Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft formed from a village school and barn in Sussex by Adam Richards Architects; the conservation and redesign of the Grade 2 listed Porthmeor Artists’ Studios in St Ives by Long & Kentish Architects and a small private house cut into a cliff on the Isle of Sky by Dualchas Architects.

RIBA Awards

Casa P in São Paulo


Casa P in São Paulo

Design: Studio mk27

Rotating three volumes around one nucleus generated not only a particular spatial dynamic, but also different visual relations between empty and full, between the private and semiprivate areas and the view of the city.

The site is located on the other side of the Pinheiros River, one of the main rivers that define and cut into the city of São Paulo, in an essentially residential neighborhood, Morumbi. From there it is possible to see the entire valley filled with gardened houses, the river and, on the other margin, another Hill, the corporate area of the city drawing the metropolitan skyline with its typical skyscrapers.

Casa P

The program boasts three floors: a garden, a terrace with fireplace and barbecue, home theater, dining and living rooms, washroom, kitchen, four bedrooms, office and family room. In the basement: a garage, laundry room, utility rooms and a gym. The nucleus of the circulation is made of a continuous staircase joined in a structural wall. This block, which organizes the structure and distributes the fluxes, is the pivot around which the boxes revolve.

New house in São Paulo

Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion

Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion

Design: UNStudio

The World Horticultural Expo 2014 takes place the Chinese city of Qingdao (from April to October 2014) and is expected to attract 15 million international visitors. The main theme of the expo is ‘From the Earth, For the Earth’ and aims to encourage the exchange of culture, technology and horticultural knowledge.

In its design for the Theme Pavilion UNStudio combines expert knowledge of logistics, spatial organisation, specialised typology, future flexible usability, function programming, façade intelligence, user comfort and sustainability.

Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion

Ben van Berkel: “The architecture for the Theme Pavilion overflows and interacts with the surrounding landscape. The forms of the pavilion buildings respond to the nearby mountains, with their carefully composed rooftops acting as plateaus, each addressing a different portion of the master plan by different inclination and terracing and providing panoramic views which extend far into the surrounding landscape.”

Qingdao World Horticultural Expo

Capital Gate Abu Dhabi Tower Building

Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower

Design: RMJM Architects

20 May 2014 – new, larger photos added to this page

World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower

Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Capital Gate, owned and developed in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company), is certified as the ‘World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower,’ by Guinness World Records.

It leans by 18 degrees – more than four times that of the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Capital Gate houses the 5-star Hyatt Capital Gate hotel as well as approximately 20,000sqm of premium office space.

Leaning Tower in Abu Dhabi

House Philipp, Waldenburg


7 September 2013

House Philipp, Waldenburg, Germany
Design: Philipp Architekten
House Philipp Waldenburg
photo : Victor Brigola

Another simple white-coloured residence, this time located on a small mountain ridge in Southern Germany. The architects say this, “There is a cube placed in this glass box as a key element, completely panelled with Elm Wood. It contains both the kitchen and staircase and at the same time it forms the static backbone for the attic placed on it”.

RIBA Manser Medal 2013

5 September 2013

RIBA Manser Medal 2013 for the best new house – shortlist news
Slip House
photo © Tim Crocker
The houses shortlisted for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal are:
• Astley Castle, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
• Crowbrook, Hertfordshire by Knox Bhavan Architects
• Downley House, Petersfield by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects
• Rockmount, The Wirral by Shed KM
• Slip House, London by Carl Turner Architects

Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha

2 September 2013

Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha – Ice World and Five Star Hotel, China

Dawang Mountain Resort

The Deep Pit Ice and Snow World is located in the Dawang Mountain Resort Area near the city of Changsha. The project combines an Entertainment Ice World with an Indoor Ski Slope, a Water Park and supporting restaurant and shopping facilities with a total gross floor area of 120,000m². The building volume is integrated into a beautiful landscape scenery and positioned directly on top of a historical cement mining quarry pit and lake.

Petersen Automotive Museum

29 August 2013

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA
Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Petersen Automotive Museum
image from architects
KPF co-founder and Chairman A. Eugene Kohn says the new design was “intended to express constant motion, suggesting speed, aerodynamics and the movement of air. While its other museum neighbors are the gentlemen in black tie, this is a ballerina.” The museum will mark its 20th anniversary in 2014 by commencing a complete exterior transformation and a dynamic redesign of the interior, resulting in a world-class museum that will showcase the art, experience, culture, and heritage of the automobile.

House in Oosterhout

House L, The Netherlands
Design: Grosfeld van der Velde architecten
House L Residence Holland
photo : Marcel Briaire

The plot of House L is sited in the wooded environs of Oosterhout. The existing landscape, the orientation to the rural surroundings and the planning conditions were the deciding factors in the siting of the dwelling at the rear of the plot.

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