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On this page e-architect selects the key recent architectural news items from recent months up to the previous week. We feature selected buildings below that have recently appeared on the architecture news page. A wider selection can be found in the monthly architectural news pages. We try to choose major buildings / architectural designs from around the world that have created the most interest for our readers.

27 Jan 2014
Entry for the WKCDA Arts Pavilion Design Competition
Design: XML Amsterdam
WKCDA Arts Pavilion Architectural News
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Entry for the WKCDA Arts Pavilion Design Competition
For the West Kowloon Cultural District competition in Hong Kong, XML designed a new Arts Pavilion. By reimagining the classical Miesian pavilion typology of a glass box and roof, the XML proposal sets out to create a pavilion that offers two distinct types of exhibition spaces. Under a large canopy, a glass-enclosed box offers a 4.5meter high unobstructed space, that can be adapted to an infinite amount of layouts for the exhibition of painting, sculpture, video, photography and other media.

28 + 27 Jan 2014
LA Union Station Master Plan enters final stage
Design: Gruen Associates with Grimshaw
LA Union Station Master Plan Architectural News
image : Grimshaw
LA Union Station Master Plan
The Metro Board of Directors Planning and Programming Committee has unanimously approved the team of Grimshaw and Gruen Associates to begin the third and final phase of the new LA Union Station Master Plan.

8 Jan 2014
Abedian School of Architecture
Design: CRAB Studio – Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, London
Abedian School of Architecture
Abedian School of Architecture
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Educational Building for Bond University in Queensland: the Abedian School of Architecture is located on the campus designed in the 1980s by Arata Isozaki. It forms part of the Faculty of Architecture and Sustainable Design. Winning the competition in January 2011, CRAB was awarded the contract and the building was completed in 2013.

Doha Architecture Photographs
More building images by Pygmalion Karatzas:
Weill Cornell Medical College
photograph © Pygmalion Karatzas
Doha Architecture Photos – 6 Jan 2014
In this exclusive report by Greek architectural photographer Pygmalion Karatzas we bring you the most interesting new buildings in Doha, Qatar. Recently in the news worldwide for issues surrounding FIFA 2022 World Cup the country is buoyant like many on the Gulf. There is a wide range of new buildings, not just the obligatory ‘aren’t we doing well’ skyscrapers but also museums, parks and galleries.

Joel’s Column Vol. II, Number 1
If I was an architect set to launch my career in the U.S.A. I would focus on three states:

Texas, California, and Florida
The Crescent
photo : The Crescent a 1938 Art Deco hotel, Henry Hohauser architect, photo courtesy of the City of Miami Beach, Florida
Joel’s Column for e-architect – Jan 6, 2014
Despite the incredibly exciting renewal taking place in New York City, the reality is that the wealth and power in the United States has shifted. The wealth and power in the U.S. now resides in the West and in the South. With that shift has come opportunities for architects in such states such as Texas, California, and Florida.

Major Buildings from 2013 – completed
our tip, pictured – Emporia, Malmö, Sweden – designed by Wingårdhs
Emporia Malmo
photo : Tord-Rikard Soderstrom
Buildings from 2013
21 Dec: e-architect have selected some key buildings and designs from 2013.
Our parameters? Architecture that stimulates, buildings that question, designs that show innovation.

Major Building Designs from 2013 – on the ‘drawing board’
our tip, pictured – 520 West 28th Street New York – designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
520 West 28th Street New York
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Building Designs from 2013

Open International Contest for the historical center of Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad Design Competition – 27 Jan 2014
Announcement of the open international competition for architectural and city planning concept of area development in the historical center of Kaliningrad. Noncommercial partnership ‘City-Planning Bureau ‘The Heart of the City’ under instructions of the Government of Kaliningrad region and in association with the administration of municipal entity ‘Urban district ‘The city of Kaliningrad’ announces an open International architectural and city-planning competitive tender for the Concept of area development in the historical center of Kaliningrad (Korolevskaya mountain and its locality).

WKCDA announces the results of the Arts Pavilion Design Competition
Design: VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung
West Kowloon Arts Pavilion 1 Architectural News
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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) have announced that VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung, have been appointed to design the Arts Pavilion in the West Kowloon Cultural District, after achieving first prize in a single stage international design competition.

Heathrow’s new Terminal 2
Design: Luis Vidal + Architects (LVA)
Heathrow Terminal 2 Architectural News
Heathrow Terminal 2 exterior, CGI, LHR Airports Limited

Heathrow New Terminal 2 – 21 Jan 2014
Undulating steel-framed roof controls flow of natural light making Terminal 2 Heathrow’s most sustainable terminal yet. Terminal 2 is one of the UK’s largest privately funded construction projects and has provided jobs for approximately 35,000 people.
The £2.5 billion development has taken five years to complete and includes the main Terminal 2 building, a monumental new sculpture inspired by the world of aviation by internationally-renowned artist Richard Wilson RA, a 1,340-space car park and an energy centre and cooling station.

New Aspen Art Museum Building, Colorado, USA
Design: Shigeru Ban Architects
New Aspen Art Museum Architectural News
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New Aspen Art Museum – 11 Jan 2014
The new facility will be located at the corner of South Spring Street and Hyman Avenue in downtown Aspen.
In 1979 the Aspen Art Museum opened its doors at the renovated Holy Cross Power Plant on the banks of the Roaring Fork River. For 33 years that facility has served the mission of the organization well, fostering a program of art, dialogue, and creativity that has grown into a major cultural institution serving Aspen, the Roaring Fork Valley, the region, and the world.

Developers Announce Name and Exclusive Broker Of New Skyscraper In Miami Being Designed By Zaha Hadid, Florida, USA
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
One Thousand Museum
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One Thousand Museum in Miami – 7 Jan 2014
Internationally renowned for her revolutionary designs of buildings in premier cities worldwide, including Beijing, Abu Dhabi, Rome, and London, Zaha Hadid was the developers’ first choice for One Thousand Museum. “Miami has become a truly global city and we wanted to work with someone who has the vision to create an architectural icon that will capture its unique character,” said Birdman and Covin in a joint statement. “Zaha Hadid is a visionary. The buildings she designs not only make headlines worldwide, but also garner critical acclaim and promise to be in history books for generations to come.”

Residential Building ZugSchleife, Switzerland
Design: Valerio Olgiati, architect
ZugSchleife Architectural News
photo © Javier Miguel Verme

ZugSchleife – 21 Jan 2014
Seen from a distance the floor plates projecting from the facade with their elliptical openings look like flying carpets with ornamental borders. For the residents these elliptical openings generate a sense of distance, since they prevent neighbours from seeing into each other’s apartments.

Vegamar Selección Wine Shop, Villareal, province of Castellón, eastern Spain
Design: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Vinoteca Vegamar Selección Architectural News
photo : Diego Opazo

Vinoteca Vegamar Selección – 21 Jan 2014
Vegamar Selección Wine Shop, located on the main shopping street of town, is a space for wine tasting and sales. The project aims to transmit the quality of the exposed products, as well as to maximize the feeling of amplitude inside the shop.

CupOne Cafe, Wangjing, Beijing, China
Design: LATITUDE, Architects
CupOne Café Architectural News
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CupOne Cafe Beijing – 21 Jan 2014
Coffee shops, restaurants, libraries and the likes became indubitable extensions of our own place. In this particular occasion, LATITUDE has been commissioned to explore the possibilities of combining the functions of a standard coffee shop settlement with the idea of public visual art.

Aquaterra Environmental Centre, Billy-Montigny, Pas-de-Calais, northern France
Design: Tectoniques Architects
Aquaterra Environmental Centre Architectural News
photograph : Julien Lanno

Aquaterra Environmental Centre – 15 Jan 2014
After a call for ideas addressed to the local residents, the Maison de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (Centre for the Environment & Sustainable Development) of the Hénin-Carvin Joint Urban Authority adopted the name Aquaterra. The facility is in the middle of a large park on the site of the former Drocourt coking plant. Founded in 1925, this was one of Europe’s largest coke production plants.

Five Architectural Firms Short-Listed for Design of Vancouver Art Gallery’s New Home
Vancouver Art Gallery Building – 11 Jan 2014
The Vancouver Art Gallery has short-listed five architectural firms as finalists for the design of its new home in downtown Vancouver. Selected from a pool of 75 firms representing 16 countries, the finalists include Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York), Herzog & de Meuron (Basel), KPMB Architects (Toronto), SANAA (Tokyo), and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York).

Problems for Valencia City of Arts and Science Building by Calatrava
City of Arts and Sciences Architectural News
photograph © Paul Zanre
City of Arts and Science Building – 7 Jan 2014
Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his native city as the dazzling City of Arts and Sciences complex begins to fall apart just eight years after inauguration, reports the Daily Telegraph. The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, inaugurated eight years ago, is already falling apart and regional authorities have said they will sue the architect responsible.

Glavovic Studio Designs Young at Art Museum Broward County Library, Florida, USA
Design: Glavovic Studio Inc and AECOM
The Young At Art | Museum Architectural News
photo : AECOM

The Young At Art | Museum – 19 Dec 2013
Glavovic Studio and AECOM have designed a new building for The Young At Art | Museum
Broward County Library in Davie, Florida.

Shanghai Flower Garden Square
Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office, Architects
Shanghai Flower Garden Square Architectural News
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Shanghai Flower Garden Square – 18 Dec 2013
identifies itself with space and three-dimensional continuity. There are no elevations, no plans, or sections. This is space within solid objects. The genesis of the concept is based on a proposal that is more volumetric than linear, creating spaces in front of creating shapes. Unexpected spaces that enhance human life experience and seek to seduce the sensitive side, the emotional response.

FAT announces the end of its practice
CIAC, Middlesbrough Architectural News
photo © Rob Parrish
FAT – 16 Dec 2013
The highly successful 23 year collaboration will culminate next summer with the completion of A House For Essex, designed for Living Architecture (in collaboration with artist Grayson Perry), and the curation of A Clockwork Jerusalem at the British Pavilion as part of the 2014 Venice Biennale (in collaboration with Crimson Architectural Historians and Owen Hatherley).

La Passerelle in Trévoux, near Lyon, southern France
Design: Pierre Vurpas et Associés Architectes
La Passerelle in Trévoux Architectural News
photograph © Studio Erick SAILLET

La Passerelle in Trévoux – 16 Dec 2013
A stone pebble cut like a diamond, a mineral forecourt that reaches out to draw in passers-by, a glass facade like an ever-changing skyscape, gilded like copper, words from the old French dictionary engraved into the glass panels, illuminated by curtains of woven metal.

New Maritime Museum and Exploratorium in Porsgrunn, Norway – building opening news
Design: COBE + TRANSFORM
Porsgrunn Maritime Museum and Exploratorium Architectural News
photograph : Rasmus Hjortshoj

Museum in Porsgrunn – 13 Dec 2013

Alexandra Residence, Mile-Ex, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Design: NatureHumaine
Alexandra Residence Montréal Building
photo : Adrien Williams

Alexandra Residence – 12 Dec 2013
The client’s priority was to maximize the natural light in their new live/work house in Montreal’s Mile-Ex district. This was made challenging by the east-west orientation of the infill lot. However, our design fills even the core of the house with light through the implementation of a 2 storey light-well which runs the length of the southern side of the house.

schmidt hammer lassen architects wins library competition in China
Ningbo Library Architectural News
picture © schmidt hammer lassen architects
Ningbo Library Building – 9 Dec 2013
schmidt hammer lassen architects has been announced 1st place winner in the competition to design a 30,000 square metres central library in Ningbo, China.

Estadio Pasaron, Pontevedra, Spain
Design: ACXT / Idom
Estadio Pasaron Pontevedra Building
photograph : Héctor Santos-Díez

Pasaron Stadium Building – 9 Dec 2013

Heated conservatory at the Botanical Gardens, Aarhus
Hothouse at the Botanical Gardens in Aarhus
photograph : Quintin Lake
Transparent roofing made of ETFE foil cushions with an interior pneumatic shading system planned by formTL and C. F. Møller Architekten. The new tropical conservatory at the Botanical Gardens in Aarhus is like a drop of dew in its green surroundings.

Ma Yansong Featuring ‘Nanjing Zendai Thumb Plaza’ in BI-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen
Nanjing Zendai Thumb Plaza Architectural News
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9 Dec 2013 – Ma Yansong presents its work, ‘ Shanshui Experiment Complex’ in the Border Warehouse of BI-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen. This is an artwork in-between architecture model and landscape installation, created based on MAD’s latest project, ‘Nanjing Zendai Thumb Plaza’. The total area of this urban design project is about 600,000 sqm and it is expected to be completed in 2017.

OMA completes De Rotterdam
De Rotterdam Architectural News
image courtesy of OMA; photography by Michel van de Kar
De Rotterdam, a mixed-use, 160,000m2 slab-tower conceived as a ‘vertical city’ on the River Maas, has been completed.

Air Traffic Control Center (ATCC), Slovenia
Design: SADAR + VUGA
ATCC Airport Ljubljana Building
photograph : Miran Kambic

New Air Traffic Control Center at the Ljubljana airport

Largo da Devesa City Square and Cultural Center in Castelo Branco, Portugal
Design: Josep Lluís Mateo
Cultural Center in Castelo Branco
photo © Adrià Goula

Cultural Center in Castelo Branco – 5 Dec 2013

Landmark Chinese scheme for CITIC
Design: Broadway Malyan
Hefei ID Mall Architectural News
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Hefei ID Mall – 5 Dec 2013
Planning approval has been secured for the Hefei ID Mall, a 170,000 sq m retail and office development featuring a 150 m tower, in Hefei, eastern China, designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan.

Architectural News October 2013 : Global Building at a glance

We limit the number of projects on the page, if you wish to find older key buildings then please use the search facility, or search using the architecture /architects links (left navigation), or use the sitemap to locate buildings by the monthly news. A selection of the major buildings are gathered in a yearly collection, the ones for 2013 + 2012 are linked at the base of this page.

St Peter’s College, Cardross, Helensburgh, Scotland – news
Heritage Lottery Fund award to resuscitate one of Europe’s greatest modernist buildings
St Peters Seminary, Cardross Architectural News
photograph © James Johnson, March 2008
Major St Peter’s College Cardross – 5 Dec 2013
Leading public arts organisation NVA’s ambitious campaign to raise £7.5 million to resuscitate one of Europe’s greatest modernist buildings, St Peters Seminary, has been given a substantial boost, with a first-round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award will release £565k development funding leading to a second stage submission for £3 million in 2015.

Architectural Design News – November 2013

Architecture News September 2013

Architecture News August 2013 : Global Building at a glance

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Prize – winners news

Architecture News July 2013 : Global Building at a glance

Architecture News June 2013 : Global Building at a glance

Architecture of 2012 – update
critics select their key buildings + designs
Central China TV building
image : OMA

Buildings of 2012
e-architect have selected some key buildings
Phoenix International Media Center
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We feature selected buildings below that have recently appeared on the architecture news. A wider selection can be found in the monthly architecture news pages. We try to choose major buildings / designs that have created the most interest for our readers across the globe.

Architecture News – current developments from across the globe

Architects News – 2013 archive up to November 19th

World Architectural News

Buildings of 2013 : major architectural developments in the year

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