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The Red House by David Kohn Architects Wins RIBA House of the Year 2022

December 8, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

The Royal Institute of British Architects has awarded RIBA House of the Year 2022, to a “contemporary new family house in rural Dorset,” the Red House by David Kohn Architects. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, the structure “reinterprets the style in an intentionally provocative way […] [with] playful eccentricity, including oversized eaves, patterned red brickwork, and contrasting bold green details”.

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Meinhard von Gerkan, Founding Partner of gmp Architects, Passes Away at the Age of 87

December 2, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

Meinhard von Gerkan, founder of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp), and one of the most influential German architects, passed away in Hamburg at the age of 87, on November 30, 2022. With a worldwide contribution to the field of architecture, in his 50 years of career, von Gerkan has created one of the largest practices in Germany, with 600 employees in seven locations. University professor and a critic, the architect together with gmp, has completed more than 500 projects all over the world.

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OMA’s Expansion and Renovation Project of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum Will Open in May 2023

November 30, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

The Buffalo AKG Art Museum (formerly known as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) has announced that it will welcome its first visitors on the 25th of May, 2023. Revamped and expanded, the new campus designed by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu in collaboration with Cooper Robertson features “new work of signature architecture, the Jeffrey E. Gundlach building, and extensive renovation to existing buildings”.

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Construction Works Begin on Shigeru Ban’s Hybrid Residential Tower in Belgium

November 29, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

Shigeru Ban has just launched the office’s most recent project in Nieuw Zuid in Antwerp, Belgium. Named Ban, after its creator, the complex puts in place a 25-story residential tower and a separate building, creating a total of 295 residential units. During the breaking ground ceremony, the architect also inaugurated an exhibition of images highlighting his humanitarian work in conflict and disaster areas, in near proximity to the construction site.

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“Awareness Makes us Human”: In Conversation with Boonserm Premthada, Founder of Bangkok Project Studio

November 25, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

“It’s all about attitude and adjusting to the existing circumstances”, explains Boonserm Premthada, when asked about his conceptual process. Founder of Bangkok Project Studio, and one of today’s most influential Thai figures in architecture, Premthada has been the subject of Bêka & Lemoine‘s latest documentary, ‘Big Ears Listen With Feet’. The film highlights the personal story of the architect, unveiling all the events and happenings that shaped his unique identity and sensibility. “Deaf from birth”, the short movie looks at how the architect’s disability led him to listen in a different way, learning from elephants. who “despite their large ears […] perceive sound mostly through their feet.”

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Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge and the Spatialization of Content

November 1, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

From ending up by accident in architectural studies, to eventually falling in love with the complexity of the field and the multitude of its layers, Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge was amazed by the dual nature of architecture; its intellectual aspect, and physical outcome. Founder of Meyer-Grohbrügge in Berlin, the architect, and her studio seek to spatialize content, create relationships, and find solutions for living together.

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“Architecture Can Be the Vehicle to Change How We Think About Traditional Typologies”: In Conversation with BIG Partner, João Albuquerque

October 26, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

Keen to shape buildings and cities in Southern Europe, BIG has opened its latest office in Barcelona, Spain. Led by partner, João Albuquerque, the studio is seeking to create positive change and integrate into the city and the Spanish community. With a couple of projects spanning from the west to the east of the Mediterranean region, most notably Farfetch, and Fuse Valley campus in Portugal, the Joint Research Center in Sevilla for the European Commission, and the Gastronomy Open Ecosystem for Basque Culinary Center, BIG Barcelona is in constant evolution.

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Níall McLaughlin Architects’ Magdalene College Library in Cambridge Wins the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize

October 13, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

Designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects, the Magdalene College Library was just selected as the winner of the 26th edition of the RIBA Stirling Prize. Selected from a pool of shortlisted projects, the outstanding new building replaces a library gifted to Magdalene by Samuel Pepys 300 years ago and provides the students of the University of Cambridge with a new space that includes an archive and an art gallery.

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Seratech, a Solution for Carbon-Neutral Concrete Wins the 2022 Obel Award

October 6, 2022 Christele Harrouk 0

Material researchers and Ph.D. students at Imperial College London, Sam Draper and Barney Shanks have won the 2022 OBEL AWARD for Seratech, a solution for carbon-neutral concrete. With a special focus this year on “embodied emissions”, the OBEL AWARD jury selected scientists to obtain the architecture award to “encourage innovative cross-disciplinary solutions to the challenges of climate change”.