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AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid

13 October, 2018 - 00:00
© Christian Richters © Christian Richters

This article was originally published on April 21, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Although Zaha Hadid began her remarkable architectural career in the late 1970s, it would not be until the 1990s that her work would lift out her drawings and paintings to be realized in physical form. The Vitra Fire Station, designed for the factory complex of the same name in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, was the among the first of Hadid’s design projects to be built. The building’s obliquely intersecting concrete planes, which serve to shape and define the street running through the complex, represent the earliest attempt to translate Hadid’s fantastical, powerful conceptual drawings into a functional architectural space.

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Southwestern College Allied Health Sciences Building / Johnson Favaro

12 October, 2018 - 23:00
© Benny Chan © Benny Chan
  • Architects: Johnson Favaro
  • Location: National City, California , United States
  • Lead Architects: Johnson Favaro
  • Area: 35510.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Benny Chan

BIG releases plans for IQON skyscraper in Ecuador

12 October, 2018 - 22:38


Architecture firm BIG has released renderings of its first project in South America: a curved tower covered with planted balconies that would become the tallest building in Quito. Read more

Arts Center / taller de arquitectura de bogotá

12 October, 2018 - 22:00
© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila
  • Architects: taller de arquitectura de bogotá
  • Location: Cl. 202 #56-50, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Author Architects: Daniel Bonilla y Marcela Albornoz
  • Design Team: Andrés Gutierrez, Adriana Hernández, David Kita, Rodrigo Montoya, Juliana Lozano, Mauricio Patiño, Cristian Echeverría
  • Area: 2816.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila, Sergio Gómez

Mega-Bio-Cell Skyscraper (Bio-Seismometer)

12 October, 2018 - 21:35

Editor’s Choice 
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Maryam Fazel, Sukaina Adnan Almousa, Maryam Safari
Iran, United Kingdom, United States

Following the tragic earthquake of 2017 in west part of the Iranian terrain, people of the affected area have witnessed a devastating feeling; fleeing their homes or trapped under buildings. This tragedy and similar ones in the world are all due to many reasons that together weaken the supporting system offered to people in earthquake regions. One of the main causes of such disaster is the lack of alarming systems that can detect the approach of earthquakes. A post-disaster situation of kiosk and devastation is caused also by lack of efficient evacuation structure that can help people run for a shelter in a short time.

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Club Central Residence / Open AD + TECTUM

12 October, 2018 - 21:00
© Indrikis Sturmanis © Indrikis Sturmanis
  • Architects: Open AD, TECTUM
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Lead Architects: facades OPEN AD- Zane Tetere- Sulce, Linda Balode, Dins Vecans, Alvis Petrovskis; detail project- TECTUM Alvis Zlaugotnis, Martins Zlaugotnis
  • Area: 2000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Indrikis Sturmanis, Club Central Residence
© Club Central Residence © Club Central Residence

Text description provided by the architects. The façade of the residential building was inspired by the visual architecture of apartment buildings that were erected during the “golden age” in Rīga – the late 19th and early 20th century. 

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Seven-Story Neoclassical Painting by William Bouguereau Looms Over Memphis

12 October, 2018 - 19:00
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

A little girl from William Bouguereau’s 1886 painting ‘Au pied de la falaise’ looks out over the city of Memphis from the side of a seven-story building, freed from the original work’s confines within the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. French street artist Julien de Casabianca is known for moving the subjects of famous paintings from the hallowed walls of perfectly-lit museums and into the streets, wheat pasting them many times larger than life onto urban surfaces. This particular monumental work coincides with the artist’s exhibition and workshop at the Brooks Museum.

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La Rúa House Extension / MeTROarquitectura

12 October, 2018 - 19:00
© Julio Carreño Guillén © Julio Carreño Guillén
  • Architects: MeTROarquitectura
  • Location: La Rúa, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
  • Author Architect: Javier Dasdores de Armas
  • Design Team: Javier Dasdores de Armas
  • Area: 421.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Julio Carreño Guillén

Today's archidose #1019

12 October, 2018 - 19:00
Here are some photos of the Castelar Building (1986) in Madrid, Spain, by Rafael de la Hoz & Gerardo Olivares James. (Photographs by Ximo Michavila.)

Rafael de la Hoz & Gerardo Olivares James. Perez - Llorca abogados #1
Rafael de la Hoz & Gerardo Olivares James. Perez - Llorca abogados #2
Rafael de la Hoz & Gerardo Olivares James. Perez - Llorca abogados #3

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Zaha Hadid's first Brazilian building scrapped after long delays

12 October, 2018 - 18:14

Zaha Hadid's design for a skeletal building overlooking Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro has been shelved, according to local reports. Read more

Moose Creek Warming Hut / University of Idaho Design-Build Program

12 October, 2018 - 18:00
© Woods Wheatcroft © Woods Wheatcroft
  • Design/Build Consultant: Diane Armpriest, Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho
  • Design/Build Consultant, Construction Superintendent: Eric Wandmacher, Iconics Design, LLC.
  • Consulting Architect: Elizabeth Cooper
  • Structural Engineer: Eric Eldenberg, J.A. Sewell & Associates
  • Student Design/Build Team: Joey Bisset, Parker Bryan, Austin Day, Byron Greene, Ken Hamley, Cole Sampson, Amaya Amigo, Jorge Basulto, Joseph Bisset, Alexander Bow, Macy Brannan, Jordan Campbell, Austin Day, Kiana Fannin, Byron Greene, Dawn Jordan, William Lundgren, Benjamin Millick, Chase Muchow

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Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs named one of London's most influential people

12 October, 2018 - 17:36

Marcus Fairs, Dutch Design Week ambassador

London newspaper the Evening Standard has named Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs as one of the city's 1,000 most influential figures. Read more

IMAGINE Podcast Launches First Episode "Cities for People" Featuring Jan Gehl

12 October, 2018 - 17:30
Illustration by Yime Illustration by Yime

ArchDaily is pleased to announce our partnership with SPACE10 on their launch of IMAGINE, a single-season exploration of the brave new world of shared living. You can listen to more episodes of this podcast (produced with Unsinkable Sam) on SPACE10's website.

How we can design the spaces we inhabit to improve our well-being? This story starts in Copenhagen, where SPACE10 is based, with Jan Gehl — the pioneering Danish urban planner who showed how we can transform our quality of life by changing our cities.

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Hiroyuki Ito

12 October, 2018 - 17:25
Hiroyuki Ito
Uehara Apartment . Tokyo Hiroyuki Ito Architects The project is an apartment building placed in a residential area close to the city centre. In the process of considering a pleasant living space and keeping the maximum spaciousness of the small dwelling units, the units were divided into independent spaces in a natural manner. From the … Continue reading Hiroyuki Ito

"The world's most sustainable office building isn't enough to save the planet"

12 October, 2018 - 16:46

Awarding the Stirling Prize to Foster + Partners for its Bloomberg building sends the wrong message and risks runaway global warming. We need a new approach to sustainability says Phineas Harper. Read more

Sierra Madre Taco House / Erbalunga estudio

12 October, 2018 - 16:00
© Iván Casal Nieto © Iván Casal Nieto
  • Architects: Erbalunga estudio
  • Location: Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Authors: Arminda Espino, Rubén Rodríguez
  • Area: 1108.68 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Iván Casal Nieto
© Iván Casal Nieto © Iván Casal Nieto

Text description provided by the architects. Sierra Madre is a Mexican Taco House located in the centre of Vigo. The scope for the project of the Mexican owners for the Restaurant was to bring the flavors and colours of Mexico to the design so customers could have a global and gastronomic experience.

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Plumen creates LED version of Design of the Year-winning 001 light bulb

12 October, 2018 - 15:00

Lighting brand Plumen has launched an LED light bulb that offers a more sustainable alternative to its 001 bulb, which was named the Design of the Year by London's Design Museum in 2011. Read more

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Urban Nouveau Aims to Save Stockholm's Lidingö Bridge by Combining New Housing

12 October, 2018 - 15:00
Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau

Swedish studio Urban Nouveau has created a plan to save Stockholm's Gamla Lidingöbron bridge by transforming it into a linear park and housing. Built in the 1920s, the rail and pedestrian bridge features a lattice structure and arched steel trusses that would frame 50 new apartments and a pedestrian park above. While the local council has made plans to demolish the Lidingö bridge, Urban Nouveau launched a petition with the aim of saving the bridge and re-purposing it for the city.

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