The concept design "Pavilion of Infinity", by Chan Wai Ching and Sze Ki Shan Ida, has been named winner in the competition for The Hong Kong Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
"The Shanghai Expo will provide an opportunity for us to showcase Hong Kong's city charms, quality city life and to promote Hong Kong's creative industries," said Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Henry Tang.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government intends to build its pavilion with distinct characteristics to highlight the theme, "Hong Kong — A City with Unlimited Potential." It will be an integral part of the China Pavilion at the expo.
The winning entry , "Pavilion of Infinity," has three levels. According to the designers' idea, the middle level is mostly open, transparent space. This level will provide the pavilion with an appearance that symbolizes the infinite imagination and creativity of Hong Kong and its people.
The Pavilion of Infinity's concept will be the blueprint for the detailed design and development of the Hong Kong Pavilion.
Second prize winner of the competition was "Matrix Hong Kong" by Wong Hak Kong Claude, Yu Siu Fung Frank, Fong Ching To Solomon, Wang Ho, Chan King Tai Alexander, Liu Kwok On, Chan Yau Shing Victor, Chu Wing Hin Raymond, and Ting Man Kit Ricky.
Images: Hong Kong Institute of Architects
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Monday, January 19, 2009
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have selected the 2009 recipients of the AIA Institute Honor Awards, the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from over 700 total submissions, 25 recipients located throughout the world will be honored in April at the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition in San Francisco.
The 2009 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture recognize nine unique projects. The types of projects range from cathedrals to trend-setting residential projects. These projects have a tremendous impact on the social and physical fabric of the communities they serve. Many were designed with budget constraints and a number of projects were a reuse of existing buildings or an integration of old with new. Jury members include: Jury Chair David Lake, FAIA, Lake | Flato Architects; Carlton Brown, Full Spectrum of New York; Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA, Lehrer Architects; James J. Malanaphy, III, AIA, The 160 Group, Ltd; Paul Mankins, FAIA, Substance Architecture Interiors Design; Anna McCorvey, AIAS Director, Northeast Quad; Anne Schopf, FAIA, Mahlum Architects; Suman Sorg, FAIA, Sorg and Associates, P.C.; and Denise Thompson, Assoc. AIA, Francis Cauffman.
Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore
Basilica of the Assumption
Restoration of the Basilica of the Assumption (also known as the Baltimore Cathedral), a major architectural landmark and masterpiece of the Federal style, removes a century and a half of obscuring alterations to bring back Benjamin Henry Latrobe's concept of luminosity and spatial configuration. The now fully functioning cathedral again serves the people of Baltimore while reclaiming one of America's most brilliant architectural designs, by its first professional architect; one that greatly influenced the development of the country's architecture.
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Photo: SOM, Cesar Rubio
The Cathedral of Christ the Light resonates as a place of worship and conveys an inclusive statement of welcome and openness as the community's symbolic soul. The glass, wood, and concrete structure ennobles and inspires through the use of light, material, and form.
Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut, Lebanon
The Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago
Horno³: Museo del Acero, Monterey, Mexico
The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, New Orleans
The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Photo: Paul Crosby
The challenge was to transform a rigidly compartmentalized and environmentally inefficient building into a dynamic, sustainable new university center. Only the existing concrete structure was retained, saving roughly $8 million in construction cost. The project was successfully completed for $189/SF, 14 months after Hurricane Katrina. Many of the sustainable design strategies used (canopies, shutters, balconies, and fans) were adapted from climate-responsive architecture traditional to New Orleans.
The New York Times Building, New York City
The New York Times Building, Photo: Carmen
The New York Times Building incorporates many transcendental themes in good architecture—volume, views, light, respect for context, relationship to the street—with a design that is open and inviting, providing its occupants with a sense of the city around them.
Plaza Apartments, San Francisco
Salt Point House, Salt Point, New York
The 2009 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture recognize 10 projects. The jury was drawn to projects that skillfully used natural light and provided unique architectural approaches to common design problems. Jury members include: Jury Chair Mark P. Sexton, FAIA, Krueck & Sexton Architects; Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, Perkins + Will; Elisabeth Knibbe, AIA, Quinn Evans Architects; Arvind Manocha, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association; and Kevin Sneed, AIA, OTJ Architects,
Barclays Global Investors Headquarters, San Francisco
Barclays Global Investors Headquarters, Photo: STUDIOS Architecture
Barclays Global Investors' new headquarters office embraces innovation within a professional environment through thoughtful, sophisticated design and provides the infrastructure necessary to meet the firm's significant technological demands. The design encourages collaboration and interaction, interspersing break areas within work areas, and offers a variety of meeting spaces.
Chronicle Books , San Francisco
The Heckscher Foundation for Children, New York City
Jigsaw, Washington, D.C.
Jigsaw, Photo: Nic Lehoux
Recycling a single-story suburban house located on a busy corner site, Jigsaw introverts itself in a continuous spatial flow around an open air courtyard carved from the home's remains. A matrix of spaces is linked by movement through them as stories merge and spaces relate to each other as they rise and fall in a series of interlocked puzzle-like volumes.
R.C. Hedreen, Seattle
School of American Ballet, New York City
School of American Ballet, Photo: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The expansion project for the School of American Ballet is located in the facilities of the official training academy for the New York City Ballet. The 8,200-square-foot project includes the addition of two new dance studios within the space of two existing ones. Like nesting dolls, each of the new studios is housed in the volume of the existing.
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York City
Tishman Speyer Corporate Headquarters, New York City
Town House, Washington, D.C.
World Headquarters for IFAW—Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
2009 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design:
Six projects were selected to receive the 2009 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design. The projects range from singular buildings with an impact on the urban context, to zoning codes and master plan projects, to designs for entirely new cities. The 2009 Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design Jury included: Jury Chair Jonathan J. Marvel, AIA, Rogers Marvel Architects PLLC; Samuel Assefa, Assoc. AIA, City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development; Tim Love, AIA, Utile Inc. / Architecture + Planning; Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, Stanley Love-Stanley PC; and Stephanie Reich, AIA, City of Glendale, Planning Division.
Foshan Donghuali Master Plan, Guangdong, China
Foshan Donghuali Master Plan, Image: SOM, Christopher Grubbs
With unremitting high-rise development threatening Foshan's Old Town, city officials sought ways to conserve the ancient area while simultaneously creating a sustainable, modern central district able to meet the inevitable need for growth of a burgeoning city of 3.5 million. The plan is built at a density able to support a new, transit-oriented, mixed-use downtown while at the same time defraying the costs of preserving and restoring the vibrancy of the city's historic Old Town and Temple. The Foshan Plan aims at providing a new model for historic conservation and revitalization that can apply throughout China.
Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California
Orange County Great Park, Image: TEN Arquitectos
Orange County California's Great Park will bring over 1,400 acres of urban parkland to the city of Irvine and the surrounding region. Planned on the former site of El Toro Air Force base, this large tract of undeveloped land will include a man-made canyon that runs through the park and will support a diverse range of active and passive programs. A great lawn, sports park, botanical gardens, and several arts and cultural facilities, including a large outdoor amphitheater will be programmed into the park.
Between Neighborhood Watershed & Home, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Southworks Lakeside Chicago Development, Chicago
The Central Park of the New Radiant City, Guangming New Town, China
Treasure Island Master Plan, San Francisco
Treasure Island Master Plan, Image: SOM
Bold moves set the framework for the redevelopment of Treasure Island. A complex and thoroughly articulated urban design and architectural plan establishes relationships among buildings, public open space, transportation, views, and natural forces, creating a compact, transit-oriented community with a commitment to sustainability unparalleled in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The results are finally here: the best of the best and the very highly commended of the rest, as chosen by our esteemed panel of judges - Kanye West, Jean Nouvel, Ines de la Fressange, Marc Newson, Sir Ken Adam and Stefano Pilati. Browse the winners and runners-up below. And check out the current issue (W* 119) for the full portfolio of portraits of our judges as well as extended text on the winning entries.
For videos interviews with the judges and behind the scenes footage of our shoot however, you will have to wait till January 26th, when our film chanel, Wallpaper* Video, goes live.
Judges' awards: the winners
Best new domestic appliance: joint winners (to see the runners up, click on the winners below)
Furniture designer of the year (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Best new restaurant (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Best new or renovated hotel (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Best new private house (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Best new public building (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Best city (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Best men's fashion collection (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Best women's fashion collection (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Best new grooming product (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
Most life-enhancing product (to see the runners up, click on the winner below)
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
This beautiful, 1-bedroom lake cabin, designed by MOS, rests on a platform of steel pontoons that allows the house to ride with the fluctuations of the lake. The house itself is a handsome structure with simple and clean lines, but it is the location and surroundings that really make it such a desirable home. SpaceInvading
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Justin Davidson reviews the recently published Collected Reflections on a Century of Change. This career-spanning collection of articles and essays he writes, demonstrates that Huxtables work remains the gold standard of criticism and not just the architectural variety because she brings to the job a rare combination of aesthetic certitude and roving curiosity. NYT
At the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering and Organisation, they have developed a "hotel room of the future".The experimental room has been assembled in a giant laboratory. The idea is to show hotels how new technology can help guests relax. BBC News
Thursday, January 1, 2009
About 140,000 houses will be weatherized with public help this year, a total that President-elect Barack Obama has promised to raise to one million, which would reduce energy consumption and cut energy costs for households and taxpayers, who often absorb those costs for the poor. Weatherizing a million homes annually would also create about 78,000 jobs for a year, according to the federal Energy Departments weatherization project director, Gil Sperlin. NYT