Most important architecture news of October 2015

Most important architecture news of October 2015


1. First Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Chicago Biennial to feature photo series by Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan

Titled “The State of the Art of Architecture”, the first Chicago Architecture Biennial took place this October and was spread over seven venues: The Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Stony Island Arts Bank, Graham Foundation, 72 E. Randolph, Water Tower Gallery and IIT. Some of the installations are serious, others are more light-hearted and provocative; on the whole, however, they provide an inviting global snapshot of the challenges facing architecture production today. ( http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/ )

2. Dominique Perrault wins Praemium Imperiale

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Dominique Perrault – Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate 2015

French architect Dominique Perrault has been named the 2015 Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate. The Praemium Imperiale is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Since its inauguration in 1989, it has become a mark of the arts. The Awards ceremony was held in Tokyo, on October 21, 2015 under the patronage of Prince Hitachi. ( http://www.praemiumimperiale.org/en )

3. MVRDV completes Amsterdam tennis clubhouse

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Tennis Club Ijburg by MVRDV

The design for a clubhouse for the Tennis Club Ijburg in the east of Amsterdam is an attempt to minimize the use of valuable playing space by combining the clubhouse typology, a long low strip opened up to views of the courts on one side and the waters of the IJMeer on the other, with that of a sports tribune or grandstand, perfectly angled for center-court viewing. The roof of the club folds up to form this informal spectator platform, which can seat up to 200 people. ( http://www.mvrdv.nl/en/projects/tennis-club )

4. AHMM Burntwood School wins the 2015 Stirling Prize

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Burntwood School by AHMM Architects

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has won the top prize in British architecture, the RIBA stirling Prize for their Burntwood School. Announced by RIBA president Jane Duncan, the selection was reported to have been a unanimous decision among the judges, with the school described as “a grown-up building to inspire grown-up behavior”. The aim was to create a “complete and coherent campus”, featuring new teaching facilities, interspersed with numerous lawns ans performing arts facilities, interspersed with numerous lawns and public facilities. ( http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/oct/15/burntwood-school-wins-2015-stirling-prize-and-offers-lessons-for-all )

5. Gaudi`s Sagrada Familia to be finished in time for his death centennial

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Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi

The long-awaited completion of Antoni Gaudi`s La Sagrada Familia is finally within reach. Started in 1882, the Catalan icon has undergone gradual construction over the past nearly 150 years. When complete in 2026, the original structure will be flanked by six new towers. Architect Jordi Fauli and his team recently released new animations to demonstrate how the building will look in all its finished glory. ( http://www.dezeen.com/2015/10/23/gaudi-sagrada-familia-church-basilica-final-construction-barcelona-spain/ )

6. Award winning building destroyed by volcano seven months after completion

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Fogo Natural Park venue before the eruption of the volcano

A recently completed visitor centre by Oto Arquitectos on the Cape Verde Island of Fogo has been destroyed by a volcano just seven months after it was named the 2015 Cultural Building of the Year. Fogo Natural Park Venue, winner of the Culture Architecture category prize at the 2015 Arch Daily Building of the year Awards announced in February, is now under ruins after the nearby Pico do Fogo volcano erupted and completely destroyed the building. One of the founders of the architecture studio described the event as “traumatic”. “We think buildings are forever, but nature is stronger”. (http://www.dezeen.com/2015/09/28/award-winning-building-destroyed-by-volcano-oto-arquitectos-parque-natural-do-fogo/ )

7. Renzo Piano to convert Moscow power station into art gallery

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Rendering View of the Centrale Nave, RPBW, 2015. Image Courtesy of V-A-C Foundation

The V-A-C Foundation has selected Renzo Piano Building Workshop to re-develop a two hectare are a in Moscow, converting a former power station into  a centre for contemporary arts and culture. The project envisions the recuperation of the power station`s original form, as well as the reconfiguration of the entire site. (http://www.archdaily.com/775418/renzo-piano-to-convert-moscow-power-station-into-an-arts-and-culture-center )

8. CF Møller creates dune-inspired promenade on Aalborg waterfront

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Aalborg Waterfront by CF Møller

Danish office CF Møller has completed its transformation of a waterfront promenade in Aalborg, as part of a wider regeneration of the port city in northern Denmark. CF Møller’s project involved creating a public promenade for a one-kilometer stretch of the waterfront, which winds along a narrow section of the city’s fjord. Previously this stretch of land was cut off from the city by a railway track, a busy road, and warehouses. ( http://divisare.com/projects/300070-c-f-moller-architects-jorgen-true-studie-e-aalborg-waterfront-phase-ii )

9. Renault Honors Le Corbusier with Coupe Corbusier Concept

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Renault Corbusier Concept

In memory of Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier, Renault have designed the new Coupe Corbusier concept car. Influenced by the architect`s modernist principles and theories, Renault revealed the car as part of an exhibition at Villa Savoye near Paris. ( http://www.designboom.com/technology/renault-design-le-corbusier-coupe-c-concept-10-23-2015/ )

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