Architecture in 2013, Buildings of the Year, Architects, Designs, Pictures

Buildings of 2013 : Architecture of the Year

e-architect Selection of Key Architectural Developments

31 + 20 Dec 2013

Major Buildings from 2013

e-architect have selected some key buildings of 2013.

Our parameters? Architecture that stimulates, buildings that question, designs that show innovation.

We aren’t saying these are the ‘best’ buildings of 2013, merely a selection of ones that have moved us.

Clearly there is a wide range of sizes, types and qualities.

We are asking a selection of architecture critics at the end of December to once again pick out the key buildings of the year but we’re deliberately not considering the complex task of selecting ‘winners’.

(Adrian Welch, e-architect editor)

We’ve divided up completed buildings and Building Designs of 2013 (ie proposals).

Buildings / designs are listed in chronological order, most recent first:

Major Buildings completed in 2013

Architecture in 2013 – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

New Maritime Museum and Exploratorium in Porsgrunn, Norway
Porsgrunn Maritime Museum and Exploratorium
photograph : Rasmus Hjortshoj

Museum in Porsgrunn – 13 Dec 2013
New Maritime Museum and Exploratorium designed by Danish architect duo opens today
Today is the grand opening of a new spectacular Maritime Museum and Exploratorium in the Norwegian town Porsgrunn. The building is designed by the Danish architects COBE and TRANSFORM, and has already, before the opening, become an architectural landmark of the town.

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

Pasaron stadium – 9 Dec 2013
Facing Pontevedra, on the other side of the river Lerez, an untidy urban setting has developed with a mixture of houses and amenities. It is an environment that demands clear actions that will regenerate the urban surroundings. The renovation of the old Pasaron stadium tried to liberate space on its perimeter in order to create new urban squares and green areas for the enjoyment of neighbours and to allow for an easier access to the stadium.

Heated conservatory at the Botanical Gardens, Aarhus
Design: C. F. Møller Architekten
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. Its transparent dome set on an oval base extends the existing greenhouse built in 1969. A special feature of this structure is that is allows for the greatest interior volume with the lowest possible surface area, leading to high energy efficiency.

De Rotterdam
Design: OMA
De Rotterdam
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
photograph : Miran Kambic

New Air Traffic Control Center at the Ljubljana airport, comprising air control center with 24/7 amenities and office premises, is a highly demanding and complex object due to the nature of the institution it hosts. It is designed to enable safety and high operational activity as well as consistent comfort for visitors and staff 24 hours a day all year around.

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
The plaza is a surface, a topography drawn out in relation to the movement of the water and built by pedreiros, following patterns that are abstract but not random. The Cultural Center, built in phase two, though part of the original project, floats on two piles over the plaza, like a bridge, freeing up at its base a covered ice-skating rink, and giving continuity to this large public space, to the plaza and to the adjacent park.

Kimbell Art Museum Pavilion, TX, USA
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and Kendall/Heaton Associates
Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum
photograph : Robert Polidori

Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum
Surrounded by elms and red oaks, Renzo Piano’s 101,130-sqft colonnaded pavilion stands as an expression of simplicity and lightness – glass, concrete and wood – some 65 yards to the west of Louis I. Kahn’s signature cycloid-vaulted museum of 1972.

Ardmore Residence Tower, Singapore – more images online
Architect: UNStudio
The Ardmore Residence
photograph © Iwan Baan

In recent years high-rise residential towers is Asia have undergone a significant transformation. No longer only mass replicated tower blocks dot the skyline of most Asian cities, a new generation of bespoke towers now provide aesthetic, singular silhouettes and incorporate comfortable living spaces, attractive landscaped gardens and an array of amenities for residents.

Heydar Aliyev Centre Baku, Azerbaijan
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Heydar Aliyev Centre Baku
photograph : Iwan Baan

The building design establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior. The plaza, as the ground surface, accessible to all, rises to envelop an equally public interior and define a sequence of event spaces within. Undulations, folds, and inflections modify this surface to create an architectural landscape that performs a multitude of functions: welcoming, embracing, and directing visitors throughout the center; blurring the conventional differentiation between architecture and landscape, interior and exterior.

Law Faculties and Central Administration Buildings for Wirtschafts University, Vienna, Austria
Design: CRAB Studio, Architects
Law Faculties and Central Administration Buildings in Vienna
photo © Kurt Kuball

The building is designed around Cook and Robotham’s strongly held belief (based on many years as University teachers) that a lively and successful college building should have generous and engaging internal spaces that are not just seminar rooms or offices, but places to ‘hang out’ and possibly encourage you to stay around after class: so these are carved out of the interior and slither around in a similar way to the building as a whole.

Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport, Georgia
Design: UNStudio
Kutaisi Airport Building
photograph © Nakanimamasakhlisi

In recent years Georgia has undergone considerable development and as a result has moved its Parliament from the capital Tbilisi to the city of Kutaisi, a city which is also home to a large university and student population. Following the cessation of heavy industry exports to Russia, the city experienced a difficult economic period.

Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture, China – building opening + new photos
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Sifang Art Museum Building in Nanjing
photograph © Sifang Art Museum

The Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing opened to the public on November 2nd with its inaugural exhibition, “The Garden of Diversion.” The 30,000 sqft museum building is sited at the gateway to the Chinese International Practical Exhibition of Architecture (CIPEA), which brings together the work of 24 Chinese and international designers.

Ecorium at the National Ecological Institute, Seocheon, South Korea
Design: Grimshaw Architects / Samoo Architects & Engineers
Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute South Korea
photograph : Young Chae Park

Grimshaw is delighted to announce the completion of its first project in Asia. Ecorium is an innovative environmental visitor attraction at the National Ecology Center in Seocheon, South Korea. The project, which was secured through a turnkey design and build competition hosted by Korea’s Ministry of the Environment, uses nature as an immersive teaching tool to showcase the world’s diverse ecosystems.

Planalto House, São Paulo, Brasil
Architect: Flavio Castro
Planalto house São Paulo
photograph : Nelson Kon

The way of appropriation of the 800 square meters available for the establishment of the house (20x40m) is quite clear. Two large perpendiculars volumes mark the territory and categorize the uses and functions of other areas of the land. A rectangular prism, perpendicular to the street, contains the intimate features of the house on the upper floor. Another rectangular prism, on the ground level, contains the service and social functions of the house.

Danish Maritime Museum Building, Sjælland, Denmark
Design: BIG, architects
New Danish Maritime Museum
photo : Rasmus Hjortshøj

One of the most intriguing buildings completed this year. ‘Underground’ buildings are often criticsed for being unconfident and praised for their sustainable credentials, however this project is anything but innocuous. Part of the Kulturhavn Kronborg – two new buildings and renovation of the historic Castle (made famouis by Shakepseare in Hamlet) – this intrepid architectural tour de force is a clever building and will definitely feature at the end of 2013 in our selection of key buildings of the year.

Villa Escarpa, Praia da Luz, Algarve, Portugal
Design: Mario Martins
Villa Escarpa Algarve
photo : Fernando Guerra [FG+SG]

This is an elegant new house perched on the crest of a hill looking out over the coast – its thick purist expression of the slab is reminiscent of the famous Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright but the setting is very different. The house features expansive outdoor spaces – a mix of covered areas, exposed terraces and the obligatory pool.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters, China
Design: OMA
Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

The new headquarters for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange has been completed. This unusual 180,000 sqm tower is OMA’s next completed building in China after the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing.

MUCEM Museum Marseille, southern France
Design: Rudy Ricciotti
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations Marseille MUCEM
photo : Gabrielle Voinot

Rudy Riciotti’s classic monolithic design is built around a perfect square; each side of the building is 72 metres. An inner square of 52 metres per side forms the heart of the museum and comprises the exhibition and conference halls. The inner structure, which is composed of steel and glass, has been covered with a delicate ornamental skin of filigreed concrete.

Blaa Planet, Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark – World Architecture Festival Award news
Architect: 3XN
Blaa Planet Building
photo from architects

Denmark’s new National Aquarium has won the Display Award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival. Inspired by the shape of water in endless motion, The Blue Planet building is shaped as a great whirlpool.

Summerhouse Lagnö, Sweden
Design: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Summerhouse Lagnö
photo : Åke E’son Lindman

The exterior character of the house is derived from a number of transverse gable roofs, which connect to each other, and like boathouses in a line form a pleated long facade. This provides a sequence of varied room heights for the interior and create places in the otherwise completely open living room that stretches through the entire length of the main building.

Caterpillar House, Lo Barnechea, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Design: Sebastián Irarrázaval Delpiano ; Associated Architect: Erick Caro
Caterpillar House Chile
photo : Sergio Pirrone

Putting aside the fulfillment of the brief; the main purposes of the house were two: The first one was to integrate it to the territory of this part of the city where the presence of the Andes Mountain is extremely strong both visually and tectonically. Therefore the presence of the Andes was considered as an obvious background worst to be highlighted and also as a sloped ground needed to be negotiated.

Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium
Design: J. MAYER H. Architects / a2o-architecten / Lensºass architecten
Belgium Court of Justice in Hasselt
photo : Filip Dujardin

Based on a master plan by West 8, the former railway station site has been restructured with a park, public buildings, offices and hotels, as well as urban residential blocks. The team of J. MAYER H. Architects, Lens °Ass and a20-architecten have realized one of the two high-rise buildings, “the new court of justice”, a structure that stands as a contemporary urban landmark of the new district.

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”.

New Mineirão Stadium, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Design: BCMF Arquitetos
Mineirão Stadium Brazil
photo : Leonardo Finotti

BCMF Architects renovation of the MINEIRÃO STADIUM includes an operational and commercial platform opened to the public as a landscaped Plaza. The platform is sculpted and molded to the lot, organized into several semipublic use spaces and programs echeloned in levels. These plazas are integrated at the same level as the immediate surroundings and are perceived as a continuation of the city.

Library of Birmingham, England
Design: Mecanoo
Library of Birmingham
photo : Christian Richters

The second largest city in the UK gets a new library by celebrated Dutch architects. In recent years the ‘once forbidden’ decorated facades have started to appear in the UK such as on the Scottish Parliament, and in various scales in England such as Ravensbourne College by FOA. I find it hard to digest these facades, they are different than the patterned glass or ceramic facads which are so fashionable yet easily enjoyed. Perhaps the building it reminds of most is the Selfridges Birmingham by Future Systems – which was covered in shiny circular discs – not because of the form but due to this circular repetition across a large urban form. I need to visit this building soon before making any more observations!

Croatian Bishops’ Conference Building, Zagreb, Croatia
Design: University of Zagreb
Croatian Bishops’ Conference Building Zagreb
photo : Miro Martinic

The Croatian Bishops’ Conference building is located in an attractive northern area of the city with gardens and green public areas. It is positioned on a gentle slope with a park and two individual buildings.

Casa Bauzà, Mallorca, Spain
Design: Miquel Àngel Lacomba
House Bauzà Mallorca
photo : Miquel Lacomba

This elegant contemporary house in the Balearic Islands is formed from a single-storey volume with a central focal two-storey element. The simple white facades are softened by timber brise soleil, working with the blues of the sky and obligatory pool. The house is located at the back of the plot, facing south, maintaining the existing forest of pine and oak trees, and framing the mountain’s profile. The exterior of the housing, made of sandstone, uniformly covers facades, sloping roofs and roadways so that it can be observed as a single piece.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London
Design: Sou Fujimoto
Serpentine Pavilion 2013
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto © Sou Fujimoto Architects ; Image © 2013 Iwan Baan

Sou Fujimoto is the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. The most ambitious architectural programme of its kind worldwide, the Serpentine’s annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated announcements on the cultural calendar. Past Pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid.

Croft House at Inverloch, Victoria, Australia
Design: James Stockwell Architect
Crofthouse Inverloch Australia
photo : James Archibald

This thing, a building of real geometric beauty, is made out of a combination of painstakingly fabricated, exquisitely formed timber ring beams and dead straight sticks. These structural underpinnings are all made from ethically grown, eminently renewable wood, insulated between interior ply and exterior metal skins.

The Filling Station at Kings Cross, London, England
Design: Carmody Groarke, Architects
The Filling Station London
photo © Luke Hayes

The ambition for the project was to create a temporary use for the site – a corner of the Kings Cross lands currently under phased re-development by client Argent. The small structure accommodates an events space facing the Regents Canal, a diner-style restaurant and a marketing suite. The architects came up with the idea and with restaurateur, Bistroteque, pitched the idea to Argent. A reduction in the height of this wall was key to unlocking the site.

Shanghai Tower Building, China
Design: Gensler
Shanghai Tower
photo from architect

Topping out ceremonies were held to mark the completion of the core structure of the Shanghai Tower. The last beam was placed atop the 632-meter (2,073-foot) building designed by global design and architecture firm Gensler. Shanghai Tower is a beacon of sustainable design strategies, anchoring the city’s Lujiazui commercial district with prominent public spaces in a series of nine vertical communities.

Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Design: Souto Moura Arquitectos
Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo Portugal
photograph : Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Like a low-level Pompidou Centre with the colour taken out: the cultural center of Viana do Castelo is a project inserted into the privileged space of marginal river mouth Lima, around an axis that is claimed as new cultural centrality of Minho. This bold project with an end multipurpose intended to be the headquarters of cultural events, music, sports and leisure.

Consell Kindergarten, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Architect: RipollTizon Estudio de arquitectura
Consell Kindergarten Building
photo : José Hevia

The design strategy intends to accommodate the whole building area in the ground floor and thus create a fluid relation between the interior and the play grounds. In addition to this, the need of creating the access to the building from the main avenue, and the need to establish a pedestrian connection with the existing building, led us considering a building to be crossed, to be traversed. The building will be a path.

CasaAltamira, Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica
Design: Joan Puigcorbé
photo : Rodrigo Montoya / Joan Puigcorbé

The architects say, “We conceive architecture as a language across which properties can express themselves such as: harmony, creativity, happiness, beauty, poetry, complexity, magic, provocation and culture.”

Finish Tower Rotsee, near Lucerne, Switzerland
Design: Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten
Zielturm Rotsee
photo : Valentin Jeck

The topographical situation on the Rotsee-Delta is a unique landscape, embedded in between two hill chains the lake is very calm. Through its ideal character for rowing regattas the lake is called the „Lake of Gods“ amongst rowers. By subtle offsets of the three levels, the building volume seems fragile and delicate, despite it‘s considerable volume.

Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Design: Samoo Architects & Engineers, Grimshaw Architect
Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute South Korea
photo : Young Chae Park

Within the Ecoplex lies the Ecorium, a landmark facility and a purpose-built exhibition facility. Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers in collaboration with Grimshaw Architects, the Ecorium is composed of various greenhouses and controlled environments in order to reproduce the global ecosystem of five different climatic zones ranging from the tropical to the polar regions. Designed with the concept of ‘Nature’s Odyssey’, the individual climate zones are grouped by a linear podium which also functions as the main exhibition circulation path providing various experiences to visitors.

VW Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion, Wolfsburg, Germany
Design: Graft Gesellschaft von Architektem / landscape architect wes Landschaftsarchitektur
VW Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion Wolfsburg
image from architect

GRAFT was commissioned to remodel a former parking area on the site of VW Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. The task was to create a quiet area where the buyer of a new car could get familiar with all the functions in an almost private atmosphere. The space had to be protected from rain and direct sunlight, while allowing enough daylight to avoid the usage of energetically expensive and unnecessary artificial light.

Islam Arts Department Louvre Museum, Paris, France – new information + photos
Design: Architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini
Islam Arts Department Louvre Museum
photograph : Raffaele Cipolletta

The idea of covering the Cour Visconti with a glass roof would hark back to a nineteenth-century concept for a space that, until today, has looked at the sky. We proposed the creation of a sail-like glass and metal canopy set back from the historic facades on all sides, floating over the galleries like golden, iridescent cloud that filters daylight.

Drehmo Building, Wenden, Germany
Design: wurm+wurm architekten ingenieure GmbH
Drehmo Building
photo : Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

The basic arrangement consists of the assembly hall with the affiliated areas of the loading bay and an automatic shelf storage. The two-story administrative wing situated in front of the assembly hall forms with this an entrance situation. The basement accommodates staff rooms and the canteen, which is naturally lit via a courtyard and expands into this free area with glazing from floor to ceiling.

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

The ground floor was raised with respect to the current ground level, with large glass surfaces positioned to look out over the rural landscape and terraces running the length of the building with an unbroken roof surface on corbelling, all of which allow the outer space to be experienced to the full. At the same time, the large roof projections are designed to prevent too much light entering.

Step Tower Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Architects: EASTERN design office
Step tower Osaka Building
photograph : Koichi Torimura

A stark white ship that sails in the middle of the bustling sea of colors.
The ship floating on the ocean suddenly appears in a shopping center. It evokes a feeling not of a resort area, but of an exotic corner of a town in some southern country. A feeling of a ship that comes across this area by chance. It makes you imagine the wave splashes that occur when the bow heads-on through the sea.

Bayuquan Vanke Exhibition Center, Liaoning Province, China
Design: Vector Architects
Bayuquan Vanke Exhibition Center
photo : Shu He Photo, Shengliang Su

The site is flat and vast, with the endless ocean view at one side. The “height” and “distance”, consequently, becomes the key factors through the concept generating process. We set up an observatory platform on the roof of the building, where people could enjoy the maximum view of the landscape.

Emporia, Malmö, Sweden
Design: Wingårdhs
Emporia Malmo
photo : Tord-Rikard Soderstrom

This is a huge development, of which only the corner building with the Amber Entrance has yet been completed. This entrance will be the only part of the Emporia shopping center that remains visible when the development is completely built out. The idea of lining the streets with mixed-use buildings demanded a strong form that could attract visitors from Station Square to come in and shop. A sequence of vaults from a previous competition proposal, along with a memory from the Pantheon, reemerged in a bronze-ochre tone.

Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Design: SAMOO Architects & Engineers
Buk Seoul Museum of Art South Korea
photo : Young Chae Park

Like a serene white mass integrated into the hill this new building revitalizes the region which is mostly composed of monotonous high-rises apartments and provides a nature-friendly cultural space in which the green flow of the park integrates with the art museum to become a single entity.

Nest House, Singapore
Design: WOHA
Nest House
photo : Patrick Bingham-Hall

A delicate, textural design from this talented Singapore architecture practice. The expression of house refers to bark, branches and twigs. These components achieve a delicate complexity. The rooms are wrapped with a curved textured screen in a timber and aluminium woven lattice in different lengths and diameters.

James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA wins AIA/ALA Library Building Award
Design: Snøhetta
Hunt Library North Carolina
photograph : Jeff Goldberg/Esto

In July 2013, the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University, designed by Snøhetta in collaboration with local architect Clark Nexsen (formerly PBC+L), received the 2013 Library Building Award from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association in recognition of design excellence.

Kloof 151, Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Kloof 151 Clifton Cape Town
photo : SAOTA

The client’s brief was for a family home with a guest and a ‘work-from-home’ wing spread over two levels. The home was not only to enjoy the dramatic views of the Clifton beaches, but also to engage with the natural fynbos on the slopes of Lion’s Head to the North.

Levin Residence, Arizona, USA
Design: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Levin Residence
photo : Bill Timmerman

The sun’s path and the client’s goals of having no steps combined into a design that needed to lift up off the ground in order to satisfy everything for which we were asked. Positioning the house to face the slightly east of south (the ideal solar orientation) means that the floor starts tangent to the earth on the east end and remains level as the land slopes downward, leaving the floor floating above the desert.

Teacher Training Center – Archbishop of Granada, Spain
Design: Ramón Fernández-Alonso Y Asociados
Teacher Training Center Archbishop of Granada Spain
photo : Jesus Granada

An unusually bold articulation of form, tending towards the spectacle rather than traditional nroms of architectural beauty, “This basic approach results from the structural solution adopted by this project based on the study of the section: a roof truss, containing the two upper floors of classrooms and departments, supported by two lines of brackets, saving a long distance, under which common areas are developed in continuity with the outside landscaped terraces and protected by a powerful cantilever.”

Clifton Beach Apartment, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: ANTONI ASSOCIATES, Architects
Clifton Beach Building
photo : Adam Letch

This waterfront project combines elegance, luxury and sophistication in a beach front property located along one of the pristine beaches of Cape Town. The Client’s brief was to renovate a ground floor double level apartment in a newly constructed luxury complex. The design of the original unit felt constricted and the Client wanted to add a fourth master bedroom suite.

PALÄON Research and Experience Centre, Germany
Design: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
PALÄON Research and Experience Centre Germany
photo : Jan Bitter

The PALÄON pushes itself out of the slightly hilly topography and cuts into the forested meadows. The volume of the three-story building and the paths emanating from it form lines of sight that divide the landscape into vectors. A second winding path system forms synapses that connect to the surroundings. The building is a camouflage – a hyperrealistic abstraction of the landscape.

Gangnam Style – Chungha Building, Seoul, South Korea
Design: MVRDV
Chungha Building
photo : ShinkyoungSub

Just before a Korean pop-song became a global success on YouTube for the first time in history, and Gangnam became world famous as the nouveau riche hangout of the South-Korean capital Seoul, MVRDV was commissioned to redefine a building on Gangnam’s chic Apgujung Road. Even though the Chungha building was completed in the 1980s it was already outdated in a street dominated by flagship stores.

Hotel Pupp, Brixen, northern Italy
Design: bergmeisterwolf architekten
Hotel Pupp Brixen
photo : Jürgen Eheim

A withdrawal in the middle of the city, away from the hustle and bustle, is made possible. From the outside the tripartite interlocked structure is supplied with a special plaster (in German called “Besenputz”), like the residences close to the city, but is pushed to the fore with the colour pure white. The building comes to life with its cantilevers, with its shadow play in the façade. In the interior the colour white runs through, but this time coarse-grained, tough, cave-like, and can be found in the illuminated spaces and paths as well as in the rooms.

House of Prayer for Bretheren, Litomyšl, Czech Republic
Design: Fránek Architects
Litomyšl Church Czech Republic
photo : Peter Polak

The designed building represents usage both ancient and modern architectural principles in a simple concept that uses proportions of the terrain and transformation of principles of various classical cultures.

The Yardmaster’s Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Design: McBride Charles Ryan, Architects
The Yardmaster’s Building
photo : John Gollings

Within the gritty rail yard environment, squeezed between a space formed by the divergence of V-Line tracks at the end of platforms 5 and 6, the Yardmasters Building is a multi-use facility for the various workers and operations associated with the Southern Cross Rail Yard. A service building that in years passed may have been treated in a pragmatic and unremarkable way.

Plane House, Skiathos, Greece
Design: K-STUDIO
Plane House Greece
photo : Yiorgos Kordakis

Plane House is a new-build, family house of approximately 500sqm on the island of Skiathos, Greece. The brief for the architects was to create a summer escape for family and friends with the emphasis on laid-back, social living. The aim for the project was to merge internal and external space, maximising the benefits of both and minimising the impact on the surrounding landscape.

Blanc Showroom, Villareal, Castellón, eastern Spain
Design: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Blanc Showroom Villareal
photograph : Fernando Alda

Another beautiful design by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. This interior is pure and serene, but also luxuriously futuristic like a set from a recent James Bond film.

Cayan Tower : Twisting Skyscraper in Dubai – building news – new photos
Architects: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Cayan Tower Building
photo from architect

Photographs of the AED 1 billion Cayan Tower: formerly titled ‘Infinity’ this 310 m high skyscraper building broke the record for the tallest twisted architectural creation in the world. It has a helix structure.

Beveridge Mews, Stepney Green Estate, London, UK
Design: Peter Barber Architects
Beveridge Mews
photo © Morley von sternberg

Beveridge Mews is a social housing project set around a community garden in Stepney Green. The newly landscaped and densely planted community garden has a delightful new terrace of eight contemporary houses. The new row of houses is conceived as a continuation of the timber garden fences of the existing housing blocks. They are constructed from timber and configured as a series of stepped and notched south and east facing garden terraces, and they employ a unique courtyard/terraced housing hybrid typology.

Jesolo Lido Village Condominium, Italy – building news
Design: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Jesolo Lido Village Condominium
photo : Roland Halbe

Richard Meier & Partners Completes 5th completed project in Italy. The new building is a beautiful condominium next to the water and it is part of a complex comprised of the Jesolo Lido Village, completed by Richard Meier & Partners in 2007, and the Jesolo Lido Hotel. This project has also been recently awarded the 2013 AIANY Architecture Award.

Chapel at Cuddesdon, England – new photos
Design: Niall Maclaughlin
Chapel at Cuddesdon
photograph © Niall Ferguson

Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry Course combine to make a thriving, vibrant single institution providing theological education and training for ministry. The new Chapel building will be built as part of a major programme of expansion and consolidation of its buildings in order to meet the needs of ministerial formation and Christian education in the 21st century.


Residence in Kallitechnoupolis, Greece
Design: Tense Architecture Network
Kallitechnoupolis Building
photo : Filippo Poli

The residence’s view is a slope: a naked attic slope. The site is significantly inclined and is accessed only through its narrow upper side. The declivity of the site faces an equally slanted hill – the predominant point of visual reference. As the residence neighbors with two extrovert residences on both sides, it realizes enclosure, concentration of the view and an introvert escalating development of its open spaces towards the east. The opposing landscape of the hill is perceived from a distance.

The Bow Calgary, Canada – architecture news
Design: Foster + Partners with Zeidler Partnership
The Bow Calgary
image : Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

This 237m-high headquarters tower is the city’s tallest building but also Canada’s tallest tower outside Toronto. A bold new landmark on the skyline, the project is equally significant in urban, social and environmental terms: the public base of the tower is filled with shops, restaurants and cafes and extends into a generous landscaped plaza, while the office floors are punctuated by three six-storey sky gardens, which encourage natural ventilation and help to significantly reduce energy use.

55 Elizabeth Street Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Design: BVN Architecture
55 Elizabeth Street Brisbane
photo : Willis Lim

The building is relatively modest in scale, with a tripartite arrangement which reflects historic CBD development heights, stepping both in plan and section in response to important street views to neighbouring heritage buildings. Each datum of the building reflects the changing contextual qualities and eras at each level – ranging from monumental sandstone planes at entry level to minimalist anodized sunshades to the upper western façade.

BBC New Broadcasting House, London, UK
Design: exterior – Sheppard Robson / interior – HOK
New BBC Building
photo © Eric Laignel

HM The Queen officially opened the building: “the new state-of-the-art, multimedia broadcasting centre in the heart of London. This world-class facility is the iconic new home for the BBC’s network and global services in Television, Radio, News and Online”.

Audi Centre Singapore
Design: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
Audi Terminal Singaporee
photo : Aaron Pocock

Standing eight-storeys high, Audi Singapore’s newly unveiled flagship store is the first ever high-rise Audi Terminal, and at 1,350 square metres per floor, is also the largest Audi showroom in Southeast Asia. The façade is clad in aluminium with hexagonal cut-outs forming a honeycomb pattern, while full-height glass windows for the lower floors make the building appear to float off the ground.

Nou Mercat dels Encants Barcelona, Spain
Design: Fermín Vázquez, head of the b720 architecture studio
Nou Mercat dels Encants
photo © Rafael Vargas

In London there is Camden Town, in Paris the Marché aux Puces and in Barcelona the Nous Encants, which will open on June 21st, putting an end to its 85 years of existence without a permanent structure. The Nous Encants is a market dedicated to auctions and the sale of second hand objects, furniture, clothing and all sorts of curios and bric-à-brac. Its origins go back to the 14th Century.

Barcelona Design Museum, Catalonia, Spain – building news
Design: MBM Arquitectes
Barcelona Design Museum Building
photo © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

In Bruno Zevi’s book “Architecture as Space”, published way back in 1957, he affirms that we cannot understand architecture if we ignore its spatial essence. “Our use of words like rhythm, scale, balance, mass will continue to be vague until we have succeeded in giving them meaning specific to the reality which defines architecture, and that is: space”. Zevi gives us the clue to the question, “What is space?” by observing that architectural space is about the successive displacement in time which he calls the “fourth dimension”.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China – new building photos
Design: OMA
Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

The podium? Although aspects of this building look perfectly normal – the straight tower, the repetitive fenestration – look at the podium, it has been jacked 36m above ground level. Why? Well indeed, a good question, the architects put forward their case which seems based on challenging tradition, “defying an architectural convention that has survived millennia into modernity”.

Casa Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Design: Denise Macedo Architects Associates
Casa Nova Lima
photo : Gustavo Xavier

The house should harmonize two important needs: large area in brickwork walls for the exhibition of the arts, and facades with glass so that the external landscape could be seen in the House. Thus was created a gallery of 14 meters deep, and double height of 6 meters high, offering a display area of 190 square meters. The wall of the left side of this photo gallery has allowed the creation of a 28 meters long ramp, promoting movement surrounded by valuable works of art and the extraordinary landscape.

New Opera House Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, eastern China
Design: Cui Kai, Architect, China Architecture Design & Research Group
Kunshan Opera House Building
photograph : Philippe Ruault

An interesting swirling building in eastern China. Cui Kai was on the jury panel for the recent Xiqu (Chinese opera) Centre, one of the landmark cultural venues for the West Kowloon Cultural District, China. Since 2000 he has been Vice President, Chief Architect, National Design Master at the China Architecture Design & Research Group, Beijing.

Apelle : House in Karjaa, Finland
Design: Marco Casagrande / C-LAB
Karjaa Residence
photo from C-LAB

House Apelle is part of nature. The surrounding forest has been architecturally articulated into a shelter for a family of contemporary natives. The house is in the forest as much as the forest is in the house – the architecture is a mediator between the modern man and nature. Like the structural masts between ship decks, a white metal stove separates one space from the next and serves as a division between the bed and the rest of the room.

H3 House, Athens, Greece – new photos
Design: 314 Architecture Studio
H3 House Athens
photo from architect

Located on a plot of 7000m2 the total area of the house is 1000m2. The house was designed to give a sense of balance of the water element and the owners love for yachts, which after all was the inspiration for this project. The contact of the house and the artificial ponds that surround it, create a cooling sensation.

Tucson Mountain Retreat, Arizona, USA
Design: DUST
Tucson Mountain Retreat Arizona
photo © Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Elegant rammed earth house for Karen and David Francis whose primary residence is in San Diego. David grew up in Arizona so the Tucson Mountain Retreat and living in the desert are like a homecoming for him.

Fishing Lodge in Batak, Bulgaria
Design: Simon Gill Architects
Batak Building
photo : Mike Daines

The architect says “Our aim was to create an enchanted place that would resonate with the great natural beauty and rich culture of its location. We felt it essential that the house created a presence that connected both to the landscape and Bulgarian traditions, rather than just creating a mute abstract object standing as something ‘other’ in the landscape. And this included reducing the impact of the house on the surrounding environment as far as possible.”

Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia – building news
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Mariinsky Theatre Building
image from architect

A major new Russian building, by Canadian architects. One of the largest performing arts facilities in the world to open on May 2nd in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mariinsky II designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects is the new home of the acclaimed Mariinsky opera, ballet and orchestra. Located in the historic centre of St. Petersburg across the Kryukov Canal from the original Mariinsky Theatre (1860), the new opera/ballet house is a structure of authentic contemporary architecture that pays homage to its setting with a 21st-century sensibility.

Parkroyal On Pickering, Singapore
Design: WOHA
Parkroyal On Pickering Singapore
photo : Patrick Bingham-Hall

Innovative architecture united by its moulded styling with soffit elements like an upside down paddy field. Designed as a hotel and office in a garden, the project at Upper Pickering Street is a study of how we can not only conserve our greenery in a built-up high-rise city centre but multiply it in a manner that is architecturally striking, integrated and sustainable.

Apartment No. 1, Mahallat, Iran
Design: Architecture by Collective Terrain
Mahallat Residential Building Iran
photo : Omid Khodapanahi

This project turns the inefficiency to economic and environmental advantage by reusing leftover stones for both exterior and some interior walls, and has led to the increasing adoption of stone recycling by local builders.

Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria
Design: Bernado Bader Architects
Altach Islamic Cemetery
photo : Marc Lins

The Cemetery serves Vorarlberg, the industrialised westernmost state of Austria, where over eight percent of the population is Muslim. It finds inspiration in the primordial garden, and is delineated by roseate concrete walls in an alpine setting, and consists of five staggered, rectangular grave-site enclosures, and a structure housing assembly and prayer rooms.

Casa Bunker, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Design: Botteri-Connell Office
Buenos Aires Residence
photo : Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Many concepts arose from meetings with the client that requried architectonical answers:
“a house which can integrate social life in direct relation with the outside, having a space in it which hosts and protects intimacy. A space where one can stay while the rest of the house remains asleep. An introspection space; a temporal oasis.” In response to these concepts, at first sight the house is built along two different elements: the Bunker that is solid, hermetic, almost impenetrable; and the open, permeable Action area that dissolves the limits in constant movement.

The Infinity Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Design: McBride Charles Ryan
The Infinity Centre Melbourne
photo : John Gollings

The idea of infinite learning became the mantra. Radiating out from the library, along the length of the form, are specialist precincts and a variety of learning spaces. Each wing of the building then returns to link up, forming cloisters and the resulting plan of an infinity symbol. Being structured around two protected courtyards has enhanced the learning space’s access to light, ventilation and view.

The Shed National Theatre, London, England
Design: Haworth Tompkins
The Shed National Theatre London
photo : Philip Vile

Haworth Tompkins announces the completion of The Shed, a temporary venue for the National Theatre on London’s South Bank. The Shed will give the NT a third auditorium while the Cottesloe is closed for a year during the NT Future redevelopment, also designed by Haworth Tompkins.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA – shortlisted for Design Museum Awards
Design: Farshid Moussavi Architects / FOA
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Building
photo : Foreign Office Architects

Crematorium Uitzicht, Kortrijk, Belgium
Design: SumProject + Souto Moura Arquitectos
Crematorium Uitzicht Building
photo : Luis Ferreira

It is a matter of searching for calm and make peace with the impressive landscape of Hoog-Kortrijk. The cemetery of Hoog-Kortrijk is a serene place that folds with the landscape, with plateaus that slip rhythmically over the slope.

Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Design: Hackett Hall McKnight
Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast
photo : Christian Richters

Bernardas Convent Reconversion, Tavira, Portugal
Design: Souto Moura Arquitectos
Bernardas Convent Building
photograph : Luis Ferreira Alves

The new building is shaped in the form of an “L”, along the Eastern stretch of land between the convent and the salt mines. Taking advantage of the 3-metre elevation between the two platforms, a line of single-family townhouses is built on one or two floors with terraces on what was once the convent’s orchard.

Head Road 1815, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA Architects
Head Road 1815 Cape Town
photo : SAOTA

The house includes three storeys accommodating three en-suite guest suites on the ground floor, with a plant area and a staff flatlet at the rear. The first floor is the main living level, with a large living room and dining room opening to a covered and uncovered pool terrace. The kitchen is positioned to enjoy views through the glass roof towards Lion’s Head. The entrance hall is accessed by gentle steps from Head Road preceded by a glass-roofed external lobby space. The second floor accommodates the master bedroom, dressing room and a light-filled en-suite with views over the pool below.

Hunt Library, North Carolina, USA
Design: Snøhetta
Hunt Library North Carolina
photo : Mark Herboth

Generous open spaces connect all floors of the building and open stairs emphasize an interactive and social environment alongside more focused study areas. A wide variety of study and learning environments, and technology-focused experimental labs break the now ubiquitous model of the learning commons. “Disruptive” learning spaces with colorful, dynamic furnishings exist beside more traditional study rooms. The building design recognizes the power of chance encounters and celebrates the role of physical space in the intellectual stimulation of its users.

Stopice Sports Hall, Slovenia
Design: Jereb In Budja Arhitekti
Stopice Sports Hall Building
photograph : Blaz Budja

This building is located in a small village near the town of Novo Mesto, which is the capital of Dolenjska region. The Center extends to an area of 2,350 sqm. This project offers a new answer to the question as to how a contemporary public infrastructure is placed into a typical Slovenian countryside. The building serves as a sports hall for the existing local primary school and also doubles as a community sports centre.

Triangeln Station, Malmo, Sweden
Design: Sweco Architects AB + KHR Arkitekter
Triangeln Station Building
photo : Felix Gerlach

This new building has given Malmö a unique new regional and commuter train station in the heart of the city. The number of travellers per day has been estimated to 37,000, making it Sweden’s third busiest railway station.

Alesia Museum and Archaeological Park, Alise Sainte Reine, France – added
Design: Bernard Tschumi Architects
Alesia Museum
photo : Iwan Baan

This project marks an archeological site in central France and commemorates a historic battle between Julius Caesar and the Gauls in 52 B.C. The new museum recreates battlements and earthworks and provides historical interpretation for the area, which consists of several sites spread over a valley containing a small medieval town.

Cotacachi House, Imbabura, northern Ecuador
Design: arquitectura x
Cotacachi House Ecuador
photo : Sebastian Crespo

Based on the architects’ experience for their own house, they applied the same strategy: a universal scheme that can work for any site condition, a house whose spatial limits will be the two mountains that dominate the valley, the abstract glass house as a starting point. But they were also convinced that the universal and abstract need to become specific in order to work, specific to topography, weather, use, etc. but there is one aspect that makes architecture specific that interests the architects above all: construction and materiality.

New Stuttgart Property, Germany
Design: J. MAYER H. Architects
Contemporary Stuttgart Property
photograph : David Franck

The new house is on a plot of land near Stuttgart, on a hillside with a generous view of the valley. The owners wanted a new home that would bring this view to life even inside of the building. The house is in a residential area with conventional developments, most of which date from the 1960s. The new, 4-person family home is divided into an elevated ground floor with entrance area, utility room and spa, and a second floor with an open, flowing floor plan containing the living, dining and kitchen areas.

M House, Singera, Moldova
Design: Marcel Luchian
House Moldova
photo from architect

This contemporary house is situated east-west, with most living spaces enjoying maximum daylight via strategically placed ventilating windows to south, east and west. This provides a variety of exposures and views of the surrounding area. Energy-efficient heat pumps provide supplemental heat and air-conditioning on occasions when it is required. Spray-foam insulation was used on all perimeter walls, at the roof and between the first and second floors to maximize the thermal efficiency of the structure.

Casa Varanda, Brazil
Design: Carla Juaçaba
Casa Varanda Brazil
photo : Fran Parente

A house made for the granddaughter of great architect Sergio Bernardes and a Colombian artist was a challenge. At first they wanted the house to have caracteristics of Casa Lota made by his grandfather in 1950, from wich we kept some materials such as the ceiling. The development of the project was very interactive.

INRA Research Laboratory, Nancy, France
Design: Tectoniques Architectes
INRA Research Laboratory Building
photo © Renaud Araud

The Champenoux site in the Lorraine region is one of the five sites of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (National Agronomic Research Institute) in France. Located in the immense forest of Amance, it has added a new laboratories and offices building on the existing site.

Refuge du Goûter, Saint Gervais Les Bains, France
Design: Déca-Laage + Groupe-H
Refuge du Goûter France
photo : Gudrun Bergdahl

To withstand the winds, we studied fluids mechanics and the aerodynamic properties of the exterior structure. Our research on convex structures lead us to decide on an el-lipse form, which, once projected into three dimensions, became a spheroid. The prin-cipal axis of the ellipse was placed facing the prevailing winds in order to deposit the snow in a snow melter at the back of the refuge.

House in Muko, Kyoto, Japan
Design: Fujiwara Architects
Muko Building
photo : Yano Toshiyuki

A mezzanine-floored residence consisting of a single-roomed space, located on a fan-shaped site. The movements of the sun can be felt inside the house all throughout the year. Light coming from the east strikes the louvered boards before entering the house and reaching deep into its interior.

House in Rio Bonito, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Design: Carla Juaçaba
Casa Rio Bonito Brazil
photo : Nelson Kon

This building is a weekend home in Brazil. Two voids puncture the roof at either end of the structure, washing the interior surface of the stone bearing walls with light and creating a stark contrast between the weight of the structure and lightness of the roof and floor which float above the rough ground.

New Maranello Library Building, Maranello, Italy
Design: Andrea Maffei Architects
New Maranello Library Building
photo : Alessandra Chemollo

MABIC, situated in 850 sqm area, is located inside a well-established residential context in Maranello and the library replaces an ex industrial warehouse maintaining the perimeter walls. The typical idea of the classic library is changed in an organic transparent shape put inside the original perimeter of the industrial building.

MVRDV Book Mountain – Spijkenisse Public Library, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
red dot design award news
Book Mountain Rotterdam
photograph :
Spijkenisse Book Mountain has been announced winner of a red dot design award, one of the world’s most acclaimed design awards. Book Mountain received a ‘red dot’ for high design quality in the ‘Architecture and Urban Design’ category, and was selected from 4,662 entries from 54 countries. The awards ceremony will take place on 1 Jul 2013 in Essen, Germany.

Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Jordan
Design: Foster + Partners
Queen Alia International Airport Building
photo © Nigel Young – Foster + Partners

Queen Alia International Airport, the spectacular new gateway to Amman, now officially open. This new airport building has a highly efficient passive design, which has been inspired by local traditions, and is based on a flexible modular solution that allows for future expansion – the new building secures the city’s position as the main hub for the Levant region and allows the airport to grow by 6 per cent per annum for the next twenty-five years.

Non Program Pavilion in Salobreña, southern Spain
Design: Jesús Torres García Arquitectes
Non Program Pavilion Salobreña Building Spain
photograph : Jesús Torres García

The structure of the building is developed itself as a flower, as a natural fact, subscribing to Oscar Niemeyer’s approach. The whole project has been composed in the concept of “how to build in natural landscape?” and “what is the appropriate “weight” of a construction of this scale?” The non-program pavilion reaches the idea of disappearing in the landscape, attempting to erase the division between the intervention and the area. This concern of integration reaches the point where the landscape generates the architecture itself.

The Blue Planet, Copenhagen, Denmark – building news
Architects: 3XN
The Blue Planet Copenhagen
photo from architect

The Blue Planet is inaugurated – Denmark now has North Europe’s largest and most modern aquarium. Furthermore, “Denmark has got an aquarium with a unique architecture, which is not to be seen anywhere else in the world”.

Iceberg Aarhus, Denmark – MIPIM winner news
Best Residential Project
Iceberg Building
photo from architects
These buildings are in an area that is due to become a living city quarter and achieve a proper level of urban density, comprised of a multitude of cultural and social activities, generous amounts of workplaces, and of course, a highly mixed and diverse array of housing types.

New Residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina – ‘Casa Agua’
Design: Barrionuevo Sierchuk Arquitectas
Buenos Aires House
photo from architects

The site is 2,000 sqm, in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. It has 450 sqm and it is designed for a couple without kids, with, in the ground floor, a program of very large reception areas, that open and closes by very big wooden sliding doors that hide into the walls.

Il Milione Hong Kong
Architects: Design LSM
Il Milione Design
photograph courtesy of architects

elegant interior by English architects: “Il Milione was a challenging project, not least because of its location, relative to where the design was being developed. The building had limited natural light and a low, fixed ceiling height. This was overcome by the inventive use of indirect lighting and reflective ceiling features, which accentuate the space”.

Maggie’s Hong Kong – building news – new photo
Design: Frank Gehry, Architect
Maggie’s Hong Kong Building
photograph : Pako Ko

Maggie’s Hong Kong will open on Thursday, March 7, with Charles Jencks and Laura Lee attending. The official opening heralds a new era of cancer care and support for people with cancer across the region, bringing hope and solace to thousands. The new purpose built Centre was designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, who also designed Maggie’s Dundee in Scotland. Maggie’s Hong Kong is the first Maggie’s Centre to be built outside of the United Kingdom.

Le Temps Machine, Joué-le-Tours, France
Design: Moussafir Architectes
Time Machine Building
photo © Hervé Abbadie

An unusual conversion iof an existing building: the architects suggested maintaining the patio and some significant fragments of the structure, including that of the concert hall – an identity-shaping element of the old building. Highly prominent on the facade, this prow-like form once contained the audience seating. Today it houses a 150-strong cabaret-style space (the Club), while the Grand Hall for a standing audience of 650 is placed right behind it, with rehearsal rooms tucked below the Grand Hall.

Yapi Kredi ACCR Building, Gebze, Turkey
Architects: Teget Architectural Office
Yapi Kredi ACCR Building Turkey
photo : Cemal Emden

The ACCR Building has been built to the campus of Yapi Kredi Bank Operational Center in Gebze. The building -named by its programs (Archive) on basement floor, (Call Center) ground floor and (Restaurant) first floor- is a prism of 75×30 meters.

Vieux Port Pavilion, Marseille, France – building news
Design: Foster + Partners
Vieux Port Pavilion Marseille
photo : Nigel Young

The transformation of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbour was officially inaugurated on Saturday during a ceremony attended by Eugène Caselli, President of Marseille Provence Métropole and Jean-Claude Gaudin, the Mayor of Marseille. The event marked the completion of the new ‘club nautique’ pavilions and a new sheltered events space on the Quai de la Fraternité at the eastern edge of the port, built to commemorate the city’s year as ‘European Capital of Culture’.

Ecole Bobigny, Paris, France
Design: Mikou Design Studio
School Building Bobigny
image from architect

The city centre school in Bobigny is in a strategic urban location, bounded by three large streets and by a pedestrian space on the north. It is in the middle of an urban complex mainly composed of housing, near the city hall. Therefore this new school is a visually remarkable amenity, visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project onto which the openings of the neighbouring dwellings face.

Sliced Porosity Block, Chengdu, China – new photos
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Sliced Porosity Block Building
photo © Shu He

Clarion Hotel Trondheim, northern Norway
Architects: Space Group
Clarion Hotel Building Trondheim
photo : Peter Hebeisen

The hotel room structure is ‘dissolved’ at ground level to increase the public accessibility. The openness secures good orientation from inside and out – and internally between reception, elevators, lobby bar restaurant, exhibition area and conference. Cross connections, shortcuts and moving of common functions into the adjacent squares are encouraged.

M Building in Paris, France
Design: Stephane Maupin & Partners
M Building Paris
photo : Cécile Septet

The project takes place in the north Pierre Rebiere Street is a 600 meters long and 25 meters wide straight line. It is surrounded by the Batignoles’ cemetery on one side and by the back entrance of the international high school Honoré de Balzac on the other. The transformation of this narrow abandoned street allows the establishment of whole string of new buildings.

Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel, Pisco Elqui, Chile
Architects: RDM Arquitectura
Astronomical Hotel Building Chile
photo : James Florio

Time-lapse and stop motion project showcasing the architecture, design and the amazing skies of the Hotel Elqui Domos in Pisco Elqui, Chile – one of the worlds clearest skies.

Zero Energy House, Lokeren, Belgium
Design: BLAF Architecten
Zero Energy House Belgium
photo : Stijn Bollaert

The allotment creates a condition that is both generic and specific, context and non-text. The house deals with this condition in an apparently indifferent way, whilst in fact it is questioning the allotment: it is reformulating the concept of the front, side and back facade by addressing the surroundings in equivalent ways, and it is consciously leaving any kind of fencing behind.

Vilnius University Library, Lithuania
Architects: Paleko Arch Studija
Vilnius University Library Building
photo : R.Urbakavicius

This library building is on the outskirts of Vilnius. A relatively quiet and leafy location of the existing university campus is about to change significantly. In upcoming years, a new agglomeration of education facilities will emerge here.

Police Station of Safety and Proximity, Paris, France
Design: Fabienne Bulle Architecte
Police Station of Safety and Proximity Paris
photo : Hervé Abbadie

This building – the centerpiece of the new urban community – provides a “contextual” response to its plural environment. Along the urban boulevard, it shows a ‘front stage’, a long wall of solid steel, enhanced by a layer of undulating blades.

Lycée Régional René Goscinny, Alpes-Maritimes, south east France
Design: José Morales architecte
Architecture News
photo : Philippe Ruault

The project site is part of an already settled area where valleys have been deeply sculpted by water over time. The building has been designed to reflect the story of that environment and seeks to tie in with all of these interwoven rich territories. It nestles into the land by unfolding on the slope along the dry-stone walls adding a new chapter to this region’s history; one that reflects its natural background, its constraints and its identity.

Basket Apartments Paris, France
Design: Ofis Arhitekti
Paris Student Apartment Studios
photograph : Tomaz Gregoric

Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Mariinsky Theatre Building
image from architects

Porsche Pavilion, Wolfsburg, Germany
Design: Henn Architekten
Porsche Pavilion Wolfsburg
photo : HG Esch

Cluj Arena, Romania
Dico Si Tignans Birou De Proiectaire Srl
Cluj Arena Romania
photo : Cosmin Dragomir

Lude House, Murcia, Spain
Architects: Grupo Aranea
Lude House Murcia
photograph from architect

Inhabitable Space Wheel, Vitanje, Slovenia
various architects
Cultural Center of European Space Technologies Building
photo : Tomaz Gregoric

Three Residence Complex, Athens, Greece
Design: AKKM & Associates
Three Residence Complex Athens
photo : Sylvia Diamantopoulou

Volunteer Firefighters Barracks, Portugal
Architects: Álvaro Siza Vieira
Volunteer Firefighters Barracks, Santo Tirso
photo : Joao Morgado

Bing Concert Hall Stanford, California, USA
Design: Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects
Bing Concert Hall Building
photograph © Jeff Goldberg

Orona IDeO, San Sebastian, north east Spain
Design: Xabier Barrutieta
Orona IDeO Building
photo © Xabier Barrutieta

Italcementi i.lab, Italy
Design: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Italcementi i.lab building Italy
image courtesy of Scott Frances – OTTO

House in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Design: Shigeru Fuse Architects
House in Abiko
photo from architect

MVRDV Glass Farm, Netherlands
MVRDV, Architects
MVRDV Glass Farm
photo : Persbureau van Eijndhoven

Studio R São Paulo, Brasil
Architecture: studio mk27
Studio R São Paulo
photograph : Fernando Guerra

L´and Vineyards, Alentejo, Portugal
studio mk27 / Promontorio
L´and Vineyards Portugal
photo : Fernando Guerra

Phuket Gateway building, Thailand – added
IDIN Architects
Phuket Gateway Building
photo : Spaceshift Studio

H House, Seoul, South Korea
BANG by MIN emerging design group
H House Seoul South Korea
photo : Joonhwan Yoon

Pavilion Siegen, north west Germany
Design: Ian Shaw Architekten
Siegen Pavilion Building
© felix krumbholz, courtesy of Ian Shaw Architekten

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