- Architects: AntiStatics Architecture
- Location: XiMei Continental, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China
- Lead Architects: Martin Miller, Mo Zheng
- Project Designer: Frank Jiang, Chris Becket, Luke Theodorius E. D. Santoso, Annie Liu, Angela Li
- Wood Fabricator: GuiPu Woodwork
- Area: 550.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Zhenyong Yang
Now open on the edge of Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, the Harbor Bath project features a main 150-foot-long pool as well as diving and children’s pools, plus a pair of saunas. Naturally, the water is drawn directly in from the surroundings.
Designed by architects from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) — images by Rasmus Hjortshøj — the complex can support up to 650 bathers at one time. Various pool sizes are elegantly integrating into the tapering form, creating poolside areas as well as swimming and lounging spaces.
- Architects: Brook McIlroy
- Location: 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 0E5, Canada
- Lead Architect: Calvin Brook
- Architecture: Brook McIlroy – Paul Gorrie, Chris Chan, Heather Gibbons
- Area: 180.0 m2
- Project Year: 2016
- Photographs: Tom Arban
- Landscape Architecture: Brook McIlroy – Colin Berman, Kamyar Abbasi, Jordan Wu
- Timber Contractor: Nicola LogWorks – John Boys
- Construction Project Manager: Oakridge Landscape Contractor – Mark Poloniato
- Architects: Suyama Peterson Deguchi
- Location: United States
- Design Team: George Suyama, Ric Peterson, Chris Haddad, Alex Rhodes, Greg Gartrell, Davis Hammer, Jessie Kingsley
- Area: 1841.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Kevin Scott
- Structural Engineer: Gary Mackenzie
- Landscape Architect: Richard Hague
- Interior Designer: Kylee Shintaffer
- Civil Engineer: Jay Dacker
- Envelope Consultant: Don Davis
- Geotech Consultant (Soil Engineer): Mark McGinnis
- Lot Size: 15631.0 ft2
The government of Moscow has begun developing an existing district in the city to test nearly 30 new ‘smart’ technologies for urban development. Home to over 8,000 people, the district is testing ideas on smart lighting, smart waste management, and smart heating. The city intends to evaluate what impact technologies bring to residents and adjust its urban renewal plan once the pilot is complete.
When creating a smart district, cities tend to choose new, empty or even abandoned areas to build a district from a scratch, which is faster, easier and more cost-efficient. However, Moscow authorities made the decision to create one in an already existing neighborhood to bring top tech solutions. In April 2018, authorities began implementing technologies in selected buildings situated in Maryino district on the southeast of Moscow. The district includes seven apartment buildings with different years of construction from 1996 to 1998. Each residential building has a different construction type that gives an advantage to pilot the technologies under various conditions.
- Architects: maria ines saavedra, mariano donoso, diego frias, yazmin lara
- Location: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
- Architect In Charge: Sebastian Fernandez de Cordova Frerking
- Area: 747.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographer: Leonardo Finotti
- Structural Engineer: Fernando Aragon
- Hydrosanitary Engineer: Federico Ferrufino
- Electrical Engineer: Reynaldo Cabrera
Can tablets help architects better conceive and execute their designs? If you’re skeptical, you’re not alone. To a certain extent, architects are still unsure if meaningful work can be created on an iPad. As the novel of virtual reality wears off, it’s worth asking if portable augmented reality is the push forward that will combine the best of traditional and digital architectural technology. So beyond their utility as lightweight, untethered screens, what can tablets offer the professional architect?
The iPad is an endless clean slate that appeals to creatives’ desires to sketch or illustrate in a way befitting of our time. Until 2015, with the launch of the first Apple pencil, users of Apple’s products could employ a third-party stylus but the inaccuracy and discomfort of these tools proved hopeless as practical or useful architectural drawing implements. As a result, there was no industry-wide surge in the adoption or demand of iPads for architects.
Javier Corvalán / Laboratorio de Arquitectura. Casa Hamaca, Luque, Praguay, 2010. Foto: Leonardo Finotti.
El lunes 17 de diciembre se presenta la XI Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo en Casa América de Madrid y entre los actos destaca la conversación entre los arquitectos paraguayos Javier Corvalán, de Laboratorio de Arquitectura, y Joseto Cubilla con Arturo Franco, Comisario/director de la XI Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo.
Joseto Cubilla, Casa Takuru, Piribebuy, Paraguay, 2016. Fotografía: Federico Cairoli.
Programa de la jornada:
- Architects: Plaskowicki + Partnerzy Architekci
- Location: Kąpielowa 1, 11-100 Lidzbark Warmiński, Poland
- Lead Architects: Piotr Płaskowicki, Maciej Dołhun, Izabela Baron-Kusak, Katarzyna Gołębiewska, Katarzyna Gołębiewska, Krystian Jasiński, Joanna Krysiewicz, Natalia Wróblewska, Piotr Krajewski
- Client: County of Lidzbark Warmiński
- Area: 14528.0 m2
- Project Year: 2014
- Photographs: Piotr Krajewski
Laka has published the results of the 2018 edition of their annual Architecture that Reacts competition, focusing on “architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings.” This year saw 200 participants from more than 30 countries submit 130 designs, following an interdisciplinary approach reaching beyond typical building solutions.
This year’s winners hailed from the USA and Austria, confronting issues such as climate change, ubiquitous computation, and new ways of perceiving space in a machine-driven future. Below, we have rounded up the winners, special recognitions, and honorable mentions from the 2018 edition. For more information on the competition, and previous results, visit the official website here.
Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam
- Architects: DX Arquitectos
- Location: Padre Hurtado, Chile
- Author Architects: Juan Luzoro, Federico Novoa
- Area: 184.0 m2
- Project Year: 2016
- Photographs: Pablo Blanco
- Collaborator: Pablo Hip
- Reckoner: Rodrigo Bravo
Text description provided by the architects. The house PH2 is a three-slope monovolume, fully dressed in the rusty tin on site, material taken from the rural environment, where agro-industrial buildings abound in various states of destruction. This "architecture without architects" that benefits from the lack of pretension serves us as a material reference, delimiting a stripped and essential formal language.
- Architects: Petr Hajek Architekti
- Location: Poupětova 1339/3, 170 00 Prague 7-Holešovice, Czech Republic
- Architects Team: Petr Hájek, Tereza Keilová, Cornelia Klien, Benedikt Markel, Martin Stoss
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Benedikt Markel
Anthony Saroufim Captures the Skeletal Materiality of Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences
The architectural and engineering feats of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava can be admired around the world, but his City of Arts and Sciences, designed alongside Felix Candela, has remained a modern architectural marvel. Like many international visitors, Lebanese photographer Anthony Saroufim found himself inherently attracted to the highly publicized building complex with a specific, tailored angle - unraveling the relationship between the built reality and the people interacting with it.
Today, many individuals, both young and old, desire to buy property, redesign, and refurbish an existing house into their dream home. Umbrellaed under terms like “fixer-upper” and “adaptive reuse,” these projects begin with the skeletons of old structures and the building’s history. Many architects around the globe have utilized abandoned structures and transformed them into architectural marvels for both civic and domestic purposes.
Japan, in particular, has implemented a system to help alleviate the country’s current housing crisis. Despite rising urban real estate prices and limited space, over 8 million properties across Japan are unoccupied - according to a government report in 2013. It is believed that around 2 million of these structures are abandoned and deserted. Following the current trends, these numbers continue to grow each year. It is estimated that 21 million homes will be unoccupied by 2033.