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Architecture, Construction & Design Awards 2018

Rethinking The Future is pleased to announce Architecture, Construction & Design Awards. Over more than half a decade, Rethinking the Future has been a leading organization committed to providing an international platform to not only recognize and acknowledge design talents from all over the world but also to celebrate and share the knowledge that created through a plethora of competitions, events and dialogues in the field of architecture and design. RTF welcomes you to engage in this global endeavor with your peers across the world and participate in ACD Awards 2018.

Previous Winners in the Awards hosted by RTF includes prestigious firms from the world such as Bjarke Ingels Group & Dialog, Perkins Eastman, Page, RTKL, AHR, Aecom, Henning Larsen, CAZA, DLR Group, Behnisch Architekten, UNstudio, HOK, Gensler, HKA, LMN Architects, LAN Architecture, WOW Architects,  EYP Inc., Line and Space LLC, IDOM UK Ltd,  Sanjay Puri Architects, Christopher Charles Benninger Architects, and BIOME. Architecture, Construction & Design Awards are one of the Renowned Awards where winning is a dream for every one of Architects and Designers.

Entries are invited from professionals from all around the world.

40+ Categories and 120+ Awards

Reputable judges from across the globe will award Three Winners in each category. Also, depending on the Jury’s decision, some projects will be awarded Honorable Mentions. ACD Awards has more than 40 categories to offer, further divided under ‘Built’ and ‘Concept’ Categories

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Rethinking The Future with its more than hundred Media Partners from across the nations provides the maximum visibility to its winners, more than any other events in the world. RTF also communicates the winners to worldwide popular blogs and provides tools for communication to the designers. The designers are also given Winners Logo to put on their websites to indicate the quality of designs. The Architecture, Construction & Design Awards would bring the extraordinary eminence to your work. Check out all the MEDIA PARTNERS.


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Architectural platform Architecture Podium has announced the winners for its International Architecture Awards 2018

The architectural platform Architecture Podium has announced the winners for its International Architecture Awards 2018. The 24 winners of the Awards for International Excellence hail from 14 countries, ranging from large urban infrastructure schemes, cultural destinations and educational buildings to civic spaces, private homes, and places of worship.

Architecture Podium declared the results for International Architecture Awards 2018 with some astonishing projects as winners. Architecture Podium is a hub of services for architecture and design.

International Architecture Awards had more than 24 Categories for Architects and Designers with a panel of judges comprising expertise from various fields to judge the participating entries. Entries were received from more than 40 countries. Following projects are among the winners of IAA 2018.

Duke Ellington School Of The Arts by LBA-CGS Joint Venture
1st Award – Commercial (Built)

The Design-Build Team was challenged to transform this aging 1898 National Landmark through a comprehensive modernization and expansion program into a world-class facility that finally matches the school’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier High Schools of the Arts.  The design finds the balance between restoring and respecting the historic fabric, while creating major new academic and performance venues. To accommodate the new technically sophisticated Arts programs, approximately 73,000 sf of outmoded secondary space was replaced with 175,000 sf of new construction. The remaining historic space was restored, renovated and adaptively re-used, expanding the 600 student facility to a total area of 265,000 sf.

Angolar Market by arktonic
1st Award – Commercial (Concept)

This project is proposal for the marketplace at Sapu area in Luanda, Angola as part of a social contribution. The goal of this project is to be a public space for low-income people in Luanda, Angola, as a social interaction that responds to the community in a sustainable way beyond the commercial market to the community. The most challenging task of this project was to form a social community in the local environment with an extremely low budget. In addition, the project site is located in sub-urban area and accessibility in this area is low; poor infrastructure and public transportation.

Hiroo Inokuchi Hall by Takenaka Corporation
1st Award – Cultural (Built)

The late Dr. Hiroo Inokuchi was a proposer of the term “organic semiconductors.” This project involved the creation of a place not only to hand down his great works to future generations but also to serve as a hub of information network to present the research results of many researchers in the future. We designed this building to be in a linear configuration that evokes the image of a “spine” passing through the center of the facilities on the site and to serve as a “core of wisdom,” a new main feature of the whole research center property while preserving and utilizing the surrounding environment which includes the conservation “satoyama” forest and irrigation reservoir (Fukuda Pond).

Maritime Museum & Research Center In Dubai by Studio Niko Kapa
1st Award – Cultural (Concept)

Dubai has always been a city with a strong maritime heritage, which today is transformed to massive waterfront developments. This project asks for a greater recognition and awareness of the oceans and marine resources as well as their importance to mankind. Relating to both the sea and the city and in constant dialogue between them, the building is an extension of the city to the sea and vice-versa. Conceived as a continuation and a transition through the wide public space, the building dives into the ocean and merges with it.

The Ecotone Hotel by RAA
1st Award – Hospitality (Built)

The project is a hotel on the shores of Biwa Lake, the largest lake in Japan. The design intent was to revitalize the site’s Ecotone (a transition area of vegetation between two different plant communities, in this case water and land) that has been damaged by rapid, economic-driven development while utilizing the abundant potentials of the site, incorporating them into the design.

Happy And At Ease by Studio Prospettiva
1st Award – Housing (Built)

This project was about taking care of people, while making architectural choices. Both beauty, meant as esthetic values, and gain, meant as economic value, enhance specific aspects of people’s life. But good also is something essential that leads to a positive experience of life.

Arizona State University, Tooker House by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)
1st Award – Institutional (Built)

Tooker House at Arizona State University is a seven-story, 458,000-square-foot living/learning facility for freshman engineering students. Developed through a collaboration between the University and the Fulton Schools of Engineering, Tooker House a case study on the impact of design solutions created for unique student groups to further their social growth and development. The building features 1,582 beds; five staff apartments; a 27,000-square-foot dining hall and convenience store; numerous study and social lounges; a large maker lab and flexible classroom; and a fitness center.

Hotel Axel Madrid by El Equipo Creativo
1st Award – Interior – Commercial (Built)

The design of the AXEL Hotel Madrid superposes a series of historic references forming a complex and explosive tandem. One of the starting points is the privileged location in the very midst of Madrid’s literary neighborhood, where it is located in a palatial 19th Century building, where its noble rooms still conserve elements of great patrimonial interest.

Quartz Media by Desai Chia Architecture
1st Award – Interior Design – Corporate (Built)

The open floor plan layout is flexible with flowing circulation that encourages people to take different routes around the office (which promotes chance encounters with colleagues from different fields of expertise.)  A broad expanse of “seating cubbies” lines the window wall; the cubbies provide open book storage for editors, and they have become a gathering destination for small group chats. A range of conference rooms provide ample meeting spaces for larger groups, and ‘phone booth’ rooms serve as quiet retreats for private calls, interviews, and even meditation.

123 Hillcrest by REdesign.build
1st Award – Interior – Residential (Built)

This new single-family residence infills an underutilized lot.   The design intentionally avoids mimicking neighboring architecture, identifying instead with the founding spirit of place. The home’s form is an outgrowth of the neighborhood’s cultural roots: respect for nature, modern living and individual expression.  The home integrates four levels of modern, indoor-outdoor living and honors its owners’ aspirations for a progressive and sustainable home.

The Contemporary Area Of Al Seef by 10 Design
1st Award – Mixed Use (Built)

Stretching 1.8 km along the creek, Al Seef  is located in the historic heart of Dubai adjacent to the Al Fahidi Cultural Historical Neighborhood. The contemporary area of Al Seef, designed by the nominated design architect, spans around 670m of the creek, covering GFA 85,000m2.  The site has been developed in 2 phases:  Phase 1 accommodates the retail, F+B, and marina spaces while Phase 4 accommodates hospitality and F+B spaces along with the car parking structures for both phases.

Retro67 by Andrea Vattovani Architecture
1st Award – Mixed Use (Concept)

The project RETRO 67 is inspired by the appearance of the oldtown of Beirut. The architects have reinterpreted several elements of the new building’s surrounding environment in aim to communicate its strong relation to the city. To them urbanistical aspects were important to underline the perspectives of a street, in site plan it is made clear that, while designing, they respected the structure of the city and improved it.

C&P Corporate Headquarters by INNOCAD Architecture
1st Award – Office Building (Built)

A real estate company’s corporate headquarters, located at the city’s highest traffic entrance, brings clarity and conciseness to an industrial transition area as a new landmark in this emerging district. The projects main ambition was to create an authentic example of “Build Identity” within the context of a seven story building, incorporating the client’s logo icon throughout the building elevation. The project name, CUBEND, translates firm values by unifying the words “cube” relating to wholeness and persistence, plus “bend” standing for movement and dynamics.

Runaway by SPORTS
1st Award – Pop-Ups and Temporary Structure (Built)

In order to emphasize the client’s goal for the pavilion to act as a vibrant beacon and extension of its stationary location in Santa Barbara, Runaway emphasizes a saturated visual environment that aims to architecturalize the aesthetic quality of air of the region.  The aesthetic qualities of the air in Santa Barbara is often very powerful and visible – a beautiful blur caused by heat (heat shimmer or mirage) and beach fog (June gloom).  Runaway privileges this visual and atmospheric effect and in so doing, acts as a beautiful spectacle and object of urban decor for the communities of Santa Barbara.

Gaudi System by Studio Niko Kapa
1st Award – Product Design – I.D. Elements (Built)

Sponsored by Audi Innovation, Gaudí System is a responsive bath system designed to give the users full control of their basic bathing necessities as well as minimise use of excessive water and electricity. Taking into account physical posture and ergonomics, Gaudí System can transform the floor and reshape a bathing landscape as decided by the user.

Extension Of The Ctles by Antonini Darmon Architects
1st Award – Public Building (Built)

Extension of an existing building designed by D. Perrault in 1995, this project is intended to archive documents from the libraries of universities and research centers in the Paris region, as well as from the French National Library. The first CTLES building imposes a strong identity on the site. From the point of view of both implementation, functional and architectural expression, the extension is designed in perfect continuity with the existing structure. As the building is set into the ground, the heights of the two structures are almost aligned.

Floodlab by Desai Chia Architecture
1st Award – Public Building (Concept)

FloodLAB, an education pavilion and boat house for the New York Restoration Project, expresses resilience and sustainability along a tidal flood zone— a new publicly-accessible gateway to the Harlem River waterfront. As the site is subject to potential storm surges of six feet due to the rising sea level, our landscape strategies celebrate and enhance the sustainable coastal ecologies that are native to the area. FloodLAB transforms a derelict site into an engaging educational destination— the architecture and a new waterfront promenade include a range of teaching tools to explore water stewardship and the biodiversity of the natural habitats at the water’s edge. Ecological zones organize a series of saline terraces and reflect naturally occurring habitats that will vary with tidal influence. Our site and buildings will be resilient to tidal and flood influences.

Ring House by decaARCHITECTURE
1st Award – Residence (Built)

The Dior Chance Residence by Welch Design Studio
1st Award – Residence (Concept)

The sight of the mystical rustic building, the barn, often reminds one of a simpler life in our American history. Historic barns vary in style, but the common thread they all share is they are built with economy, purpose, efficiency, and common sense. There were no architects at the time to meticulously craft a custom design.  Rather, the community converged together, pulling resources, working hard towards realizing a common vision.  This practice of barn building was passed on from generation to generation.

Chennai Airport by Creative Group
1st Award – Transportation (Built)

The wings of a bird in flight inspire and shape this very mammoth terminal building, whose sheer scale and size awes the onlooker.  The two wings evolve as structural portals and culminate into a system of roof, shading Asia’s one of the greenest airport. With a total site area of 100 acres, the terminal buildings, with elegant 300 m twin wing-like hovering roofs on both sides provide complete shade to the south facing elevation and protect the departing passengers from heat gains.

Klenovy Boulevard Station by ARCHSLON
1st Award – Transportation (Concept)

Rich cultural context of the area forms a colourful and recognizable image of the untouched natural landscape. It stretches along the banks of the Moscow River, accompanied with the iconic architectural monuments of Russian wooden and stone architecture. The Palace of the Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich stands as a symbolic figure of the entire ensemble. Its characteristic silhouette becomes a symbol for the object itself and for the entire surrounding area.

Side Walk Café by SWA Architecture
1st Award – Urban Design (Built)

Unlike the outdoor eating cafes in Europe which appeared spontaneously whenever there was something delightful or fascinating to look at nearby, the history of New York City’s sidewalk cafes was not as organically accepted in the physical and legislative landscape; the process has been slow and arduous.

Ri-Gjanica _ Urban and Landscape Regeneration of Fier’s City Center by MAU Architecture
1st Award – Urban Design (Concept)

The project’s strategy aims to increase those elements that characterize Fier’s identity, to achieve the reconstruction of a series of relationships that have conditioned the quality of life of its citizens.

The city’s reconnection with the river Gjanica is sought not only through the presence of a new urban platform, but through a link to its broader and more complex territory, towards transparency, visibility, usability and access to the coast; a green relationship permits the recognition of a permeable boundary within compact constructions, by enhancing visual perception.

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The architectural platform Rethinking The Future has announced the winners for its Global Architecture & Design Awards 2018. The 36 winners of the Awards for International Excellence hail from 16 countries, ranging from large urban infrastructure schemes, cultural destinations and educational buildings to civic spaces, private homes, and places of worship.

Rethinking The Future (RTF) declared the results for Global Architecture and Design Awards 2018 with some astonishing projects as winners. RTF is a hub of services for architecture and design. RTF is working to develop an architectural language that would ‘sustain’ and ‘survive’ the impacts of climate change taking sustainability one step ahead.

Global Architecture and Design Awards had more than 40 Categories for Architects and Designers with a panel of judges comprising expertise from various fields to judge the participating entries. Entries were received from more than 50 countries, it’s the sixth year that RTF is hosting awards for excellence in architecture and design. Following projects are among the winners of GADA 2018.

Five Manhattan West by REX
1st Award – Commercial (Built)

Originally completed in 1969, 450 West 33rd Street (now Five Manhattan West) is an exemplar of late Brutalism. Its steel bridge structure spanning Penn Station’s rail lines supports a cast-in-place concrete column-and-slab frame, with 20-degree-sloping perimeter columns and walls, massive floor plates (86,000 sf to 124,000 sf), and unusually high ceilings (16.5 ft).The building’s enclosure was originally composed of precast concrete fill-in panels with integrated windows. During the 1980s, the building’s hard beauty was neutered when its external structural elements were painted beige and its fill-in wall panels clad in brown-colored metal siding.


Floriculture by Scannella Architects
1st Award – Commercial (Concept)

Nestled in the historic Gallura, with the context of Sarri di San Pantaleo, there is Innavoflora nurseries. A company grown over time without proper programming, also thanks to the new generation, wants to achieve a new identity in relation to the increases in efficiency and productivity.

Bunjil Place by fjmt
1st Award – Cultural (Built)

Bunjil Place is an example of a new form of community and civic building. It is not a single use, or single facility that tends to divide and separate a community by interest, eduction or culture, but an inclusive hybrid form of public building, reflecting and embracing our diversity.

Pilgrimage of everyday life by Tzu-Jung Huang, Chia-Wei Chang, Mu-Hwai Liou
1st Award – Cultural (Concept)

The project mainly tackles water-related issues and explores the ideal prototype of an egalitarian community centre which serves for all people. By introducing the fog catcher technique, it proposes to create a multifunctional gathering place for casual interaction, knowledge sharing, rites and so on.

Coco Shambhala by Elements Design Studio
1st Award – Hospitality (Built)

A stay in property cannot simply be defined as a holiday, it is an experience that will revive, revitalise and reawaken guests to the wonder of architecture and nature working together to provide a haven of serenity within Sindhudurg

The Red Mountain Resort by Johannes Torpe Studios
1st Award – Hospitality (Concept)

The Red Mountain Resort is a spa and wellness retreat that offers guests a sensory escape into the breath-taking Icelandic nature and simultaneously invites them to embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Banksia, New Quay by Mcbride Charles Ryan
1st Award – Housing (More than 5 Floors) (Built)

Banksia is Melbourne Docklands most recent building, located on the northern waterfront of the docklands. On a 9 Ha strip of waterfront, the location offered a unique opportunity to bring further diversity and urban legibility to this important urban waterfront precinct. The site is located directly opposite the boat mooring and future ferry terminal and is aligned with the docklands retail precinct, Harbour Town, to the north. Between this new development and Harbour Town is a new public park.

VVV (Vila Verde Vertical) by Ferretti Ruggeri Arquitetura
1st Award – Housing (More than 5 Floors) (Concept)

The metropolises, generally in the world, are usually gray sceneries with practically no green areas and an unhealthy urban environment. This situation, although real, is not what the people who live in it desire. The buildings in the cities, most of them, act as real obstacles blocking lighting and natural ventilation in the urban environment. Moreover, the unbridled and unplanned growth of the cities and the construction massification degrades and provokes insalubrious problems to the urban environment.

Malhar Patterns by Good Earth Eco Developments Pvt. Ltd
1st Award – Housing (Upto 5 Floors) (Built)

The prevalence of urban settlements today is a showcase of isolated houses caging themselves from their surroundings with no gardens. The ubiquitous communal spaces and natural surroundings that enabled the residents in a rural setting to socially interact and live in tranquillity is amiss today.

Structured Symbiosis by HKS RVA
1st Award – Housing (Upto 5 Floors) (Concept)

To the people of Mumbai, the word Koli is synonymous with the indigenous fisher folk of the island city. The Kolis have a treasure trove of practices, folk music and dance that is continuously disappearing between newer generations.

Nandanam Kindergarten by PATH Architects & Planners
1st Award – Institutional (Built)

Nandanam Kindergarten is located in Cultural Zone, close to Matrimandir- the spiritual center of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. It was conceived when the children in Auroville outgrew the student intake capacity of the existing Kindergarten. The project was built in four phases starting from 2006 and was completed in 2014. Each phase took 9 months to complete and commenced as funds were available.

FEMAP Nursing School by Grupo ARKHOS
1st Award – Institutional (Concept)

Juarez, Mexico, resiliency is what best describes this city, a border city, bridging North and Latin America, a city of migrants and hardworking people, where resources are scarce, and the environment is harsh. Where cultures merge, and technologies, construction methods and materials are fused in an architecture that expresses that melting pot. FEMAP school is a project inserted in an area desolated and impoverished by crime and lack of public investment, as a mean to transform its surrounding environment, this non-for-profit entity, is aiming to transform thousands of students lives, their families, and the community.

Hummingbird by REdesign.build
1st Award – Interior – Commercial (Built)

The small Café opens in the morning with coffee; serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and stays open late as a cocktail bar.  The Event Space is programed for ultimate flexibility with a private room in the mezzanine, large bar, and 3200 square feet of high ceiling raw warehouse space that can be partitioned off with theater curtains.  There are weddings, receptions, concerts, large dinners, movies and charity events there.  The Café and the Event Space are owned and operated by the same owner.  This allowed each business to share the restroom core, creating efficiency and economy of space.

Huanjiang Sales Office by Harmony World Consultant & Design
1st Award – Interior – Commercial (Concept)

The long flow of history, the dock landscape and an industrial atmosphere has become spirit the Huanjiang salesroom project in Pudong. Industry is where this contemporary design project draws its inspiration. The two are intertwined creating a unique picture of today’s society. Only by returning to the calm origin of culture, we can then construct present. The designers stand upon this principle that changed the Huanjiang Sales Center into an aesthetic space of historical charm and profound artistic charisma.

Etsy by Gensler
1st Award – Interior – Corporate (Built)

Blurring the lines between workplace and habitat, Etsy’s new global headquarters in Brooklyn is the largest Living Building Challenge Petal-Certified building in the world and the only LBC certified building in New York City. The design aspires to be a fully independent, regenerative ecosystem that sets a bar for a more dynamic and robust interpretation of sustainability. The project performance criteria looks beyond basic LEED criteria, challenging conventional notions of what is possible in a commercial office space. Through its overarching materials story—sustainable, authentic, local, reclaimed—and its green embrace—nature permeating the space—the headquarters advances the potential for sustainability at all levels.

123 Hillcrest by REdesign.build
1st Award – Interior – Residential (Built)

This single-family home intentionally avoids mimicking neighboring architecture, identifying instead with the founding spirit of place. The home’s form is an outgrowth of the neighborhood’s cultural roots: respect nature, modern living and individual expression.  The home integrates four levels of modern, indoor-outdoor living and honors its owners’ aspirations for a progressive and sustainable home.

The Last Green Fortress by Meng-Hsuan Yang, Tzu-Jung Huang
1st Award – Landscape Design (Concept)

Urban forests play a vital role in the health, social framework and economic sustainability of a city. Infrastructure growth is absorbing the urban forests of Indian Metropolitan cities. Landscape design of Ecospace exhibits, how corporate office parks can contribute to the making of urban forests. These models if replicated in the city will help in improving overall living conditions of the cities.

Ecospace Corporate Park by Salient
1st Award – Landscape Design (Built)

The Last Green Fortress, a visionary regeneration project, is in reaction to recent pressures facing a Hogmaogang village, specifically focusing on the ongoing threat of the environmental and pressing issues regarding the welfare of the area. The scheme addresses aggravating airborne pollution caused by the ship-breaking industry adjacent to the village, which has been the major issue since the 1970s, by revolutionising the typology of the ship-breaking yard with the pioneering use of local algae cultivation technology while re-developing communal identities for Hogmaogang inhabitants at the same time.

ECO House by BIOME Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd
1st Award – Mixed Use (Built)

Eco house is an attempt to meet basic human needs within the home, relying minimally on external resources. The house constitutes three parts – a basement home-office, the main house and a rental penthouse. The penthouse is an added income source. Water is supplied from rain, ground water and reclaimed waste water. Nutrient-rich water from kitchen sinks, black water and urine is treated separately and used as soil fertilizer, reducing the quantum of waste. A substantial terrace is dedicated to growing food, exemplified as an urban farm.

Ryde Triangle by Studio Niko Kapa
1st Award – Mixed Use (Concept)

The Ryde Civic Centre site is prominent in the local and regional context. Sitting at the crest of a ridge-line running northeast and southwest through Ryde town centre and situated 12 kilometers from the centre of Sydney, the Site presents an opportunity for speculation about the identity of town centers relative to proximate major centers.

Engie Headquarters by Park Associati
1st Award – Office Building (Built)

The project proposes a complete renovation of a poor architectural quality building from the beginning of the ‘80s, outdated in terms of energy and distribution. The refurbishment converts the building into a contemporary property suited to the developing surrounding area, which has recently acquired strategic importance because of the opening of the new underground station. A relevant focus of the project has been the improvement of the building’s energy performance, that made it possible to achieve the LEED Platinum certification.

The Vertical Village by Cove Burgess Architects
1st Award – Office Building (Concept)

In the centre of London, creative business is being forced out by rising rents, and a lack of affordable, flexible space. Our proposal addresses that problem by creating ‘21st Century warehouse space’ specifically aiming at start-ups and small business.

The Bonjour India Experience by SpaceMatters
1st Award – Pop-Ups and Temporary Structure (Built)

A one-of-its-kind travelling exhibition that celebrated Indo-French collaboration, the project combined art, architecture, experience design and urbanism. The 9 meter high, 800 square metres and 40 tonne installation travelled approximately 3500 kilometres from the iconic India Gate in Delhi to Cross Maidan Garden behind the historic Churchgate Station in Mumbai to become the star attraction of the world’s largest book fair in Kolkata welcoming more than 180,000 people over the 30days across the three cities.

Península House by Bernardes Arquitetura
1st Award – Private Residence (Built)

Peninsula House, a weekend home in a coastal city close to São Paulo, is composed of three stacked abstract volumes which have been delicately positioned on a steep slope overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for minimum topographic impact. The house is divided in three parts: the rectangular base and the triangular superior volume, which have more private areas; and the transparent space in-between them where the common areas are located.

Shelter Island Pool House by Reddymade
1st Award – Private Residence (Concept)

This project, a 1,240 square foot insertion of a pool and pool house onto a wooded site on Long Island in New York, seeks to harmonize the built landscape with the natural landscape. The design responds to the client’s need for guest space and an outdoor recreation area and takes as its narrative the integration of the elements: fire, water and earth, organizing them into a sequential progression on the site.

Backpack Kevdia by Michael Dimou and Manos Maganiaris
1st Award – Product Design – Fashion, Lifestyle (Concept)

This project is to improve the lives of people with lack of vision or hearing and carefree characters who are constantly connected to the internet. It is also a backpack that can respond to sports that other backpack can not. It is also distinguished for its durability under adverse conditions.

Allies in Style by Knock On wood
1st Award – Product Design – I.D. Elements (Built)

Celebrating wood in its true form, our Allies in Style are small flat strips of wood joined together to form the top of the table. Allies, a range of coffee tables and side tables, is a result of a global learning experience in a chair design course at the Danish Skole of Design. Various repetitions and reiterations led to the formulation of Allies. The pattern of the table is the result of gluing strips of wood together.

huja by TRESarchitects
1st Award – Product Design – I.D. Elements (Concept)

the shape of the lamp is lightweight, inspiring and reflects usability and the chosen manufacturing process. The  uniqueness of craftsmanship highlights minor imperfections in the surface and shape. As a whole, the  lamp is neutral.

Town Hall Eysturkommuna by Henning Larsen
1st Award – Public Building (Built)

In the darkness of the Faroese winter, a truly special building bridges not only the river in the village of Norðragøta but unites two municipalities that merges into one community of Eystur.

Eco-Friendly Waste-Transfer Station by Dattner Architects
1st Award – Public Building (Concept)

Late Twentieth Century cities developed ecological solutions to the problem of waste disposal by recycling, large scale composting, converting garbage into alternate energy through incineration or creating new landforms out of municipal waste. These measures offset some of the pollution to land, water, and air associated with trash disposal.

University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre by MJMA
1st Award – Sports & Recreation (Built)

In 2012, UBC sent more swimmers to the London Olympic Summer Games than anywhere in Canada and had the most successful swim team in the country. Meanwhile the explosive market-driven expansion of the Endowment Lands and burgeoning Campus Community created the fastest growing youth and family population in the Lower Mainland.

Restyling Vigna Clara Station Rome Italy by Amaart
1st Award – Transportation (Built)

The aim of the project design is to generate new Urban Connection with the city area in which it is located. Create a synergic and dynamic fusion between the architectural function and the principles of the composition in which Man is the base reference and measure of the complex design.

The Yellow Line by &Rundquist
1st Award – Transportation (Concept)

Stockholm grows with more than 35.000 inhabitants every year and this poses a challenge for the sustainable development of the region and the way it meets the increasing need for housing and workplaces. An essential condition for tackling these challenges is to expand the public transportation network.

Randall’s Island Redevelopment by Ricardo Zurita Architecture & Planning, P.C.
1st Award – Urban Design (Built)

An oasis in the middle of New York City, public parkland in Randall’s Island comprises most of the island in the East River, between East Harlem, the South Bronx and Astoria, Queens. The redevelopment of this important public park is the largest city-funded initiative dedicated towards improving sports fields and recreation facilities in over a century.

Ri-Gjanica _ Urban and Landscape Regeneration of Fier’s City Center by MAU Architecture
1st Award – Urban Design (Concept)

The project’s strategy aims to increase those elements that characterize Fier’s identity, to achieve the reconstruction of a series of relationships that have conditioned the quality of life of its citizens.

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HilberinkBosch Architects creates asymmetric barn using wood felled from own land

Several century-old oak trees provided wood for the structure, cladding and shingle roof of this workshop, which HilberinkBosch Architects designed to sit alongside its studio.

Annemariken Hilberink and Geert Bosch created the barn after discovering that several trees on the site of their studio in a converted farmhouse, in the Meierij region of The Netherlands, needed to be cut down.

HilberinkBosch Architects builds timber and glass barn using wood felled from their own land

Rather than selling the timber to a paper-manufacturing plant, HilberinkBosch Architects decided to use the wood to construct their own barn in the vernacular tradition of the region.

“By replacing a collage of obsolete shelters and sheds, we wanted to build a new barn with locally harvested materials employing traditional techniques, in line with our farm’s monumental character,” the architects explained.

Internally, the barn accommodates a storage room and a space that can be used as a workshop or meeting room. A loft level above the central storage area overlooks the workshop below.

HilberinkBosch Architects builds timber and glass barn using wood felled from their own land

The felled trees, along with a couple of oak tree trunks sourced from a nearby estate, provided all of the timber required to construct the building.

The studio sought to utilise the wood in a variety of ways to help the barn blend in with its natural setting.

The main structure comprises four tie-bar trusses made from the trunks of the trees, which support stringers extending the length of the building. The stringers are topped with rafters that hold up the asymmetric pitched roof.

HilberinkBosch Architects builds timber and glass barn using wood felled from their own land

The trees that were removed from the site were carefully felled and processed using a mobile saw mill that produced the structural timber used for the frames, as well as planks for cladding the facades.

The strongest sections from the cores of the tree trunks were squared off and became part of the frame, with the remaining pieces used for different purposes.

Some of the outer pieces with bark still attached form a slatted screen that shields the glazing filling the end wall of the workshop and the open carport.

HilberinkBosch Architects builds timber and glass barn using wood felled from their own land

Concrete used for the external walls is mixed with bark to create textured surfaces that complement the surrounding trees. Other concrete sections were cast using formwork made from planks that left an imprint of the wood on these surfaces.

Short pieces of wood were cut into shingles used to cover the roof, while the remaining timber was chopped into firewood for heating the building.

HilberinkBosch Architects builds timber and glass barn using wood felled from their own land

Timber, concrete and glass are the only materials used throughout the building, with the natural textures and hues left exposed.

Remnants of iron and steel from barbed wire or shrapnel that became embedded in the wood during the second world war adds to the character of the surfaces, while tannic acid from the untreated window frames has been allowed to stain the outer wall of the workshop.

HilberinkBosch Architects builds timber and glass barn using wood felled from their own land

“The barn’s aesthetics have been strongly influenced by coincidence,” the project team added. “It lends this contemporary building a vital expression that merges old and new in a wonderful and extraordinary way.”

Large windows lining the workshop space provide views out across the neighbouring estate. The timber mullions separating the glazed panes create a vertical rhythm that is accentuated by the configuration of the rafters.

A concrete stove is positioned in front of a wall of vertical oak boards that conceals a staircase leading to the loft.

Photography is by René de Wit.

Projects credits:

Client: HilberinkBosch Architects
Architects: Annemariken Hilberink, Geert Bosch
Collaborators: Frenske Wijnen
Contractor: Zandenbouw, Aarle-Rixtel

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Drone footage reveals damage to Glasgow School of Art as investigation into fire begins

The extent of damage to the Glasgow School of Art, following a devastating fire last week, has been revealed in drone footage of the wreckage.

Glasgow School of Art released a video shot using a drone showing the damage to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building, after a visit to the site on Monday 18th June.

The seminal building by Scottish architect Mackintosh was destroyed by a large fire that began on Friday 15th June. The building was in the process of being restored following a fire that severely damaged the building four years ago.

Drone footage has revealed the full extent of the damage following the devastating  fire. Image courtesy of the Glasgow School of Art

According to experts the latest fire has damaged the building beyond repair, with the cost of rebuilding the school of art estimated to be £100 million. This latest footage reveals the full extent of damage to the building, which was completed in 1909.

“Huge desire to see Mackintosh’s masterpiece rise again”

The footage was collected by staff from the Glasgow School of Art’s School of Simulation and Visualisation, who visited the site along with experts from Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland and structural engineer David Narro Associates, to begin assessing the damage to the building.

Along with the footage, the team took detailed photography and made 3D-visualisations of the damage, as the first stage in determining the future of the the building.

The  Glasgow School of Art was devastated by a large fire that began on Friday 18th June. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell

“This was the first opportunity for the expert team to see the building and begin what will be a long and complex process of determining the future of the Mack, but we remain optimistic.” said Tom Inns, director of the Glasgow School of Art.

“There is a huge desire to see Mackintosh’s masterpiece rise again, one which we all share,” continued Inns.

“We have incredibly detailed information on the building collated over the last four years, and have worked with teams of talented craftspeople, who were doing a tremendous job on the restoration.”

“Complex and thorough” fire investigation begins

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has begun the official investigation into the cause of the fire.

“Our fire investigation team has started gathering information and, working alongside our police partners, will look at various sources of information to establish exactly what has happened here,” said David McGown, assistant chief officer of the SFRS.

The investigation will be “complex and thorough”, and is expected to take a considerable amount of time said the service.

“[The fire investigations team] will look at every aspect of this incident – including the cause of the fire, how it spread and what safety measures were in place,” continued McGown.

“We understand the need for clarity here and why so many want to know how this happened, but I would again like to reiterate that we need to establish the full facts and circumstances of this incident – and this will take time.”

The Glasgow School of Art is the best-known building designed by Mackintosh, Scotland’s most famous architect. The 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth took place earlier this month and Dezeen published a special series to mark the occasion.

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Westminster Abbey extended with “steampunk gothic” tower by Ptolemy Dean Architects

Ptolemy Dean Architects has added a star-shaped tower to London’s Westminster Abbey, the most significant addition to the building since 1745.

Standing at seven stories tall, the £23 million Weston Tower is a modern take on gothic, which has been been described as “sci-fi gothic” by Guardian critic Olly Wainwright, and “steampunk gothic” by broadcaster and critic Tom Dyckhoff.

Designed by Ptolemy Dean Architects, the tower has been built to provide access to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, which open to the public on 11 June, 2018.

Designed by London-based practice MUMA the exhibition space is situated in the abbey’s previously rarely-visited triforium – a space that runs around the upper perimeter of the interior and could previously only be reached via a steep, cramped staircase.

“It [the triforium] provides breath-taking views across the abbey, enabling its architecture to be seen without the obstruction of monuments and furnishings and thereby readily understood,” explained practice founder Ptolemy Dean.

Westminster Abbey renovation by Ptolemy Dean Architects

The stair is situated on a small patch of land referred to as the Poet’s Yard, which lies between the existing 16th-century Lady Chapel and the 13th-century Chapter House.

As building an internal stair would have damaged the building’s historic fabric the Westminster Abbey decided to create an external access route to tree new exhibition spaces.

Westminster Abbey renovation by Ptolemy Dean Architects

The steel-frame tower is composed of two stacked square volumes, one of which has been rotated at a 45-degree angle to create a star-shaped floor plate.

This is intended as a visual nod towards the star motifs seen on the decorative altar screens of St Faith’s Chapel and on the stained glass windows of the the abbey.

Westminster Abbey renovation by Ptolemy Dean Architects

At the peak of the new addition sits a steel crown. This has been designed in reference to the crossing tower of Cambridgeshire’s 11th-century Ely Cathedral, which is topped by a faceted light-emitting structure called a lantern.

“The Ely lantern is a timber-framed structure that is clad in lead and whose piers also conceal rainwater pipes. The new tower at Westminster follows this same tradition, albiet using steel instead,” said Dean.

At the centre of the tower is a lift, designed to accommodate disabled visitors and carers. Around it wraps a dog-leg oak staircase, which is illuminated by patterned panels of glazing that have been inserted between the towers’s steel columns.

Westminster Abbey renovation by Ptolemy Dean Architects

The exhibition spaces designed by MUMA have been configured to direct visitor’s sight-lines towards exterior views.

“Rather than creating a prescribed route, the visitor is invited to explore – the layout allows for choice and discovery,” said MUMA. “The visitor will be drawn through the series of unfolding spaces, framed vistas and views focusing on key artefacts or displays.”

Westminster Abbey renovation by Ptolemy Dean Architects

Over 300 artfacts from the Abbey’s past will be displayed, including wax funeral effigies and original architectural drawings by Nicholas Hawksmoor who worked on the abbey during the 1700s.

These have been arranged according to the results of a year-long light study that building service engineers Max Fordham carried out to ensure collection items were not damaged by the sun’s rays over time.

Earlier this year Stockholm-based studio AIX Arkitekter erected a triangular exhibition hall to shelter the excavated ruins of a ninth-century church in southwest Sweden.

Photography is by Alan Williams.

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Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 tower tops out over New York’s MoMA

Newly released construction photographs show the progress of French architect Jean Nouvel’s first New York skyscraper: a supertall tower rising above the city’s Museum of Modern Art.

The images by photographer Giles Ashford capture the 53W53 tower as construction reaches the final 82nd floor and the building’s curtain wall takes shape – significant progress since it was captured last year.

Comprising a criss-crossed concrete structure that Nouvel describes as a diagrid, the facades will form a tapered shape over the residential building’s crown when complete, reaching 1,050 feet (320 metres) tall at its peak.

During a topping-out ceremony, which took place on the 68th floor on 7 June 2018, Nouvel described how the project’s narrowing top and exposed structure will give each home inside a different layout. The chunky concrete will also frame views of the surroundings, including Central Park and Philip Johnson’s AT&T building.

53W53 by Jean Nouvel

“Architecture is art, and architecture is born from its situation, from its context,” Nouvel told journalists at the event.

“It’s the context, as an idea, as a concept, that defines the overall architecture,” he added. “That’s why you’ll never find two projects of mine that will be similar.”

The Pritzker Prize-winning French architect’s tower at 53 West 53rd Street sits beside the existing MoMA building, and will incorporate three levels of gallery spaces at its base, as part of a major overhaul and expansion of the museum by New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

53W53 by Jean Nouvel
Nouvel’s design is intended to frame views of the tower’s surroundings, including Central Park

The tower will house 145 high-end residences above, ranging from one- to five-bedroom condominiums, and including full-floor apartments and duplex penthouses. Interiors are designed by New York-based Thierry Despont.

Future residents will receive MoMA membership as part of the amenity package. They will also have access to a double-height lounge and a private dining room on the 46th and 47th floors, a 17,000-square-foot (1,580-square-metre) Wellness Center – including a 65-foot (20-metre) swimming pool – a fitness centre, sauna and steam rooms, a golf simulator and a squash court.

There will also be a library, a theatre, a children’s playroom, private storage and temperature-controlled wine vaults.

53W53 joins a number of residential towers rising or complete in Midtown Manhattan that are categorised as supertall – measuring between 980 and 2,000 feet (300 and 600 metres) – like Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue and Christian de Portzamparc’s One57.

53W53 by Jean Nouvel
Once complete it will feature a tapered top reaching 1,050 feet (320 metres) tall at its peak. Rendering is by VUW Studio

Another is Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s Central Park Tower, which is slated to complete next year and is expected to become the world’s tallest residential skyscraper.

Nouvel – who placed at number 60 in the 2017 Dezeen Hot List of the world’s most newsworthy forces in design – won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2008. His best-known buildings include the Institut du Monde Arabe and Philharmonie de Paris in the French capital, and the Torre Agbar in Barcelona.

The architect’s recent works include the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, which completed last year, and the National Museum of Qatar, which is almost finished.

Photography is by Giles Ashford.

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UNStudio reveals designs for Amsterdam cable car

Dutch firm UNStudio has revealed designs for a 1,500 metre-long cable car across the across the river IJ in Amsterdam.

The cable car would connect the growing residential areas of Amsterdam-West and Amsterdam-Noord in under five minutes.

Commissioned by the IJbaan Foundation – a grassroots citizen initiative led by Bas Dekker and Willem Wessels – the new connection is intended to be in operation in 2025.

“In Amsterdam you see a growing need for connections across the IJ, with the new metro and bridges,” said UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel.

“The city is growing enormously and such an ‘air bridge’ contributes to the development of the entire region.”

UNStudio reveals designs for Amsterdam cable car
The cable car will be carried on three slender towers

The new design follow on from UNStudio’s cable car plans for Gothenburg, which were unveiled in February 2018.

Running at an average speed of 13.4 miles per hour (21.6 kilometres per hour) the cable car’s cabins could hold up to 37 passengers on the 4.6 minute journey across Amsterdam. Additional bicycle cabins could hold four to six bikes.

The foundation expect the fast connection between the west and the north will positively impact bicycle traffic by connecting existing networks on both sides of the IJ.

“It is a very fast and green way of traveling, which is attractive for cyclists, commuters, students, residents and visitors,” continued Ben van Berkel.

“Transport by air also relieves the increasing pressure on traffic and the existing transport network on the ground. It is not only efficient but also fun. People are going to see and experience their city in a whole new way.”

UNStudio reveals designs for Amsterdam cable car
Phase one will link NDSM Marina and Minervahaven across the IJ

Two stations are planned in phase one – NDSM Marina on the north bank and Minervahaven on the south.

With restaurant and bar facilities as well as viewpoints, the stations are not only designed as transport hubs for pedestrians and cyclists, but also “destinations in themselves.”

The cable car would be carried on three slender pylons that according to the studio reference the ports and ship cranes of Amsterdam’s “robust” industrial past.

The towers vary in height to enable large ships to sail along the IJ, standing at heights of 46 metres and 105 metres tall on either side of the water, with a 136 metre-tall tower standing in the river.

UNStudio reveals designs for Amsterdam cable car
The two stations are planned as destinations as well as transport hubs

While providing an “enriching” addition to Amsterdam’s skyline, the studio believe the new towers adhere to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage requirements, and are not visible from the famous canal rings in Amsterdam’s city centre.

“The cable car’s three slender towers will allow the dense urban area of Amsterdam to expand, while being respectful of the city’s past,” said the studio.

“The cable car provides an architecturally interesting addition to the city and the harbour view, contributing to the spread of tourism in the city,” he added.

UNStudio designed the cable car system flexibly, to allow for route expansion in the future to include a third station that would connect the Hemknoop, Sloterdijk Station or even Westergasfabriek and the Westerpark, depending on growth and need.

The Amsterdam cable car is due to be completed in 2025 to coincide with the city’s 750th anniversary. A second phase, which would continue to Hemknoop, is proposed to be completed by 2040.

Along with UNstudio’s plans for a cable car in Gothenburg, cable car are being planned and built in cities around the world. In 2016 Marks Barfield and Davis Brody Bond proposed linking Navy Pier to the Riverwalk and Millennium Park in Chicago, while in London, Wilkinson Eyre designed the 1,000 metre long Emirates Air Line cable car over the River Thames.

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Six pizzerias that feature unusual interiors

Here’s a look at six pizzerias with interiors that are out of the ordinary, including one filled with terrazzo and another featuring a disco-ball-shaped oven.

Lievito gourmet pizza restaurant by MDDM Studio

Lievito Gourmet Pizza, Beijing, by MDDM Studio

Grey terrazzo dominates in this Beijing pizza restaurant, while other details include lighting and furniture made from black steel and brass.

Find out more about Lievito Gourmet Pizza ›

Una Pizza Napoletana by Jordana Maisie

Una Pizza Napoletana, New York, by Jordana Maisie

Pale-toned penny rounds cover surfaces inside this pizzeria on New York’s Lower East Side. It also contains custom seats and stools with metal stands and green leather upholstery, to evoke a “deco meets industrial” look.

Find out more about Una Pizza Napoletana ›

Disco Volante, Vienna, by Lukas Galehr

An oven shaped like a giant disco ball is the centrepiece of this eatery. When evening falls, the lights are dimmed and coloured spotlights are directed onto the ball, causing pink, green and blue dots to flood across the white walls and ceilings.

Find out more about Disco Volante ›

Voodoo Ray’s, London, by Gundry & Ducker

Colourful tiles form large letters that spell out “pizza” in this London fast-food spot, which is named after a 1988 acid house track.

Find out more about Voodoo Ray’s ›

Capanna, Athens, by K-studio

Patterned tiles decorate the floor and a wall in the dining room of Capanna in Athens, which is furnished with vintage tables and chairs.

Find out more about Capanna ›

Los Soprano, Barcelona, by Pedro Scattarella

Three-metre-high shipping containers line the walls and integrate shelving displays, cupboards and bathrooms in this warehouse-style pizzeria.

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Hem opens first West Coast pop-up in LA

Swedish furniture brand Hem is presenting its latest products at a retail space in Los Angeles, to coincide with the city’s design festival.

The month-long pop-up is located at stationary brand Poketo’s space at Row DTLA, which is acting as a hub for LA Design Festival from 7 to 10 June 2018.

Hem LA Popup

“We’ve had our sights set on opening a physical retail space in Los Angeles for some time, as we knew from our online sales that LA was a key market for us, so it was just a matter of finding the right venue,” said Hem founder Petrus Palmer.

The company is showcasing a range of items in the space, some of which debuted during Milan design week in April.

Hem LA Popup

They include the Kumo sofa by Norwegian designers Andessen & Voll – a modular design available in multiple configurations, and upholstered in wool or leather.

Italian studio LucidiPevere’s Kendo Soft Chair is also on show, with a fabric-covered seat and arms, and detachable legs for easy shipping.

The Hide Pedestal by German designer Karoline Fesser, made from powder-coated steel, now comes with an extra shelf and incorporates a hole for tidying cables.

Also among the new designs is Milan-based fashion designer Arthur Arbesser’s Stripe Tufted Rugs, which have a short pile and are fabricated from New Zealand wool.

Hem LA Popup

A variety of Hem’s staple pieces feature in the store, all designed to flat-pack and ship easily and economically.

LA Design Festival encompasses events across the city, and included a talk as part of the Dezeen x MINI Living initiative about nomadic working.

Hem LA Popup

Hem’s pop-up is open at 777 South Alameda Street, unit 174, for the remainder of June 2018. The brand was founded in 2014 and is based in Stockholm, but primarily operates online. It often creates temporary retail spaces in cities around the world, most recently in New York last year.

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