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N STUDIO ARCHITECTES,Froissy Archaeological Museum, Froissy,Itália

Architects:Nstudio Architectes

DIETRICH / UNTERTRIFALLER ARCHITEKEN ,Festspiel Cultur Center,2006,Austria

Architects:Dietrich/Untertrifaller Architekten

SKA ARCHITECTS,Ordos 100 #100-Hidden Garden House,Project Year 2007-2009,Inner mongolia,china

Architects:Ska Architects

TATIANA BILBAO & AT.103,Esplanada Studio,2007,México

Architects: Tatiana Bilbao & at103

IKSTUDIO ARCHITECTURE,Ordos 100 #55,Project Year 2008-2011,Inner mongolia,China

Architects:Ikstudio Architecture

BONNARD AT WOEFFRAY,ARCHITECTES,Center Accueil Monthey,Project Year 2007,Competition-3ºPrize Winner,France

Architects:Bonnard & Woeffray Architects


Europan 10 invites young architects and designers to design innovative solutions for sites put forward by participating cities. This year, sites have been put forward by Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Finland and Sweden.

Submission deadline: 29/05/2009Open to: young urban and architectural design professionals: architects, urban planners, landscape designers, engineers.

Teams may also include young professionals from other disciplines. All candidates must be under 40 years old on the closing date for submission of entries.

The winners and runners-up receive a prize of 12,000 and 6,000 Euros (including tax) respectively.

VAILLO + IRIGARAY,lounge MS,2007,Navarra, Spain

Architects:Vaillo+Irigaray Architects


Battle lines have been drawn over the future of London’s Commonwealth Institute after plans for a radical redevelopment of the grade II* listed building were submitted by Rem Koolhaas and fellow Dutch architect West 8.

The scheme, for Chelsfield Partners and the Ilchester Estate and submitted to planners more than a year after Koolhaas’s firm OMA won a major competition for the job, proposes a new 9,300sq m home for the Design Museum dubbed the “parabola”.

But, as BD predicted in December, as well as adding three surrounding residential blocks of six to nine storeys high, the scheme retains little of the original 1962

This has outraged heritage groups including the Twentieth Century Society, which said this week it was “dismayed” by the proposals.

The project would remove existing floor level of the main building and create additions including a spiral staircase and a central void giving visitors “generous” views of the underside of the parabaloid roof.

It also envisages removal of the administration block, covered walkway, flagpoles and a garden commonly attributed to the legendary designer Syliva Crowe. The development team now claims it was actually designed by RMJM’s Maurice Lee and is therefore of less worth.

In a statement, Chelsfield insisted the project would revitalise the site and was “respectful” of the original scheme’s heritage. “The new buildings continue the modern spirit of boldness and ingenuity of the original but are carefully respectful of the Parabola and also the setting of Holland Park and the Kensington High Street,” the statement said.


Portuguese practice Impromptu Arquitectos and British partner Sergison Bates have won the Urban Splash and Muse Developments' Make Me a Home competition for the Northshore site in Stockton-on-Tees

Impromptu's decision to bring Sergison Bates on board was described by Urban Splash development manager Mark Latham as “a smart move”.

Impromptu partner Nuno Rosado said: “We're very proud to be part of the project. It's a very important development, and a fantastic site. Impromptu and Sergison Bates have a very similar understanding of how to tackle architectural problems.”

Latham praised Impromptu's imaginative approach, saying: “They're a fantastic team, with great design ideas. It was a combination of being a flexible typology - a uniform plot size that could be a two-, three-, four- or five-bedroom house, coupled with what Christophe Egret, one of the judges, described as a poetic approach to the masterplan.”

London's Tasou Architects were runners-up in the RIBA-organised competition, which was sponsored by BD, ahead of four other shortlisted practices: K2 Architects from Liverpool; Spine Architects of Hamburg, Germany; Bertolone Plazzogna Architects from Treviso, Italy; and Loates-Taylor Shannon Architects of London.

Newcastle's architecture centre, Northern Architecture, will exhibit all the entrants' designs in June as part of its North East Festival of Architecture.

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NU ARCHITECTUURA ATELIER,Ordos 100#34,Project Year 2009,Inner Mongolia,China

Architects:Nu architectuuratelier

EDOUARD FRANÇOIS ARCHITECT,Hotel Fouquet Barrière,2008,Champs Elysés,France

Architects: EF- Édouard François Architecte


David Chipperfield Architects wins competition to design new gateway building at HEC School of Management, Paris

David Chipperfield Architects has won first prize in the design competition held by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a new gateway building at HEC School of Management, one of the most prestigious business schools in Europe (HEC is ranked no 1 in Europe by the Financial Times). The 9,000 sq m project will accommodate the MBA programme, with a large capacity auditorium and state of the art facilities.

HEC was founded in 1881 and is a business school affiliated to the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The existing campus opened in 1964 on a 300 acre wooded site in the community of Jouy-en-Josas, a suburb of Paris near Versailles, close to the other top French scientific academic establishments on the “Saclay Plateau”.

The new MBA building will be situated at the intersection between the campus and its planned southern expansion. It will provide a shimmering new façade for HEC facing the existing main campus entrance and the future expansion. The project breaks down the building volume on a long narrow site into a series of multi-faceted blocks whose size more naturally integrates with the scale of the surrounding buildings. These blocks shift in plan relative to one another, creating a series of protected semi-courtyards. Shared functions and the school’s more autonomous teaching spaces are gathered around a large common hall which crosses a campus artery, serving as a ‘social collector’ for HEC and integrating the MBA faculties into the life of the rest of the institution. The architectural approach provides generous informal study areas.

The project is David Chipperfield Architects’ first competition win in France. The project is scheduled for completion by September 2010.


Lively Architecture to discover For the forth consecutive year in Languedoc Roussillon, lively architecture will penetrate and appropriate themselves the courtyards of private mansions of the very heart of Montpellier.

The festival aims at welcoming a large audience as well as the field of architecture. It attaches great value to introducing and highlighting the work of a new generation of creators… But it also wants to highlight forgotten eras and places, and allow us to discover unexpected urban territories.

The festival offers a walk through the city, sort of an architecture discovery in the very heart of the city. This walk links together private mansions of the 17th century and their courtyards that are often closed to public, and only open to their inhabitants.

The city of Montpellier possesses more than seventy private mansions, providing the escutcheon of Montpellier proper characteristics. The aims of the Festival are on one side to open these emblematic sites to the audience.

And on the second hand, thanks to the intervention of teams of young creators to present a unique architecture, conceived for one particular site, and to reveal an intimate relationship between contemporary architecture and heritage.



Norwegian National Opera & Ballet house scoops Europe's most prestigious prize

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced today that the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo, Norway by Snøhetta is the winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2009.

The Jury also awarded the Emerging Architect Special Mention to STUDIO UP/ Lea Pelivan and Toma Plejić; for Gymnasium 46° 09' N / 16° 50' E, Koprivnica, Croatia.

The 60,000€ Prize funded with support by the European Union, is one of the most important and prestigious prizes for international architecture and is awarded biennially to built works completed within the previous two years.

The landmark building by Snøhetta, who also designed the new Library of Alexandria (2002), is the largest cultural centre built in Norway in 700 years. The first element of the regeneration of the bay area of Oslo, its sloping stone roof - made up of 36,000 fitted pieces – rises up from the fjord; allowing members of the public, residents and opera goers alike, to walk over the building, developing a relationship with the public structure. Integral to the 1,000-room interior, which is largely lined with crafted woodwork (using the traditions of Norwegian boat builders), are a number of art commissions interwoven into the structural fabric, including a cloakroom, a collaboration with their 2007 Serpentine Pavilion collaborator Olafur Eliasson.

The Jury, chaired by Francis Rambert includes: Ole Bouman, Irena Fialová, Fulvio Irace, Luis M. Mansilla, Carme Pinós and Vasa J. Perović.
Francis Rambert, Chair of the Jury said: “The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo is more than just a building. It is first an urban space, a gift to the city.

The building can be considered a catalyst of all the energies of the city and is emblematic of the regeneration of its urban tissue.”

“Snøhetta consider The Mies van der Rohe Award among the worlds most prestigious architectural acknowledgements," added Tarald Lundevall, partner and project architect for Snøhetta. "We are greatly honoured to receive this prize for The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.”

The winner of the Prize was selected from a shortlist of five finalists selected from 340 projects proposed by the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) member associations, other national architectural associations, the group of Experts and the Advisory Committee. The five finalists were:

Zenith Music Hall, Strasbourg (France) by Studio Fuksas/ Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

Luigi Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) by Grafton Architects/ Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell,

Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo (Norway) by Snøhetta/ Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers.

Multimodal Centre – Nice Tramway, Nice (France) by Atelier Marc Barani

Library, Senior Citizens’ Centre and Interior Courtyard, Barcelona (Spain) by RCR Arquitectes

A travelling exhibition and catalogue featuring the works chosen by the Jury – the Prize Winner, Special Mention, the finalists and the shortlisted works - will be presented in September this year.

SHIBERU BAN & JEAN DE GASTINE ,The New Pompidou Center,Project Year 2008,Complete by the end of summer 2009,France

Architects:Shiberu Ban & Jean de Gatine
Website:Shigeru Ban & Jean de Gastine

TATINA BILBAO,Ordos 100,Project Year 2008,Inner Mongolia,China

Architects:Tatiana Bilbao Architecture


I just read on Design Boom that Zaha Hadid´s extension proposal for the Middle East Centre in St Antony´s College in Oxford has been denied approval by the the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

The comission wrote in their report “it appears unfortunate to position the archive and reading room behind the large south facing window; we wonder whether full sunlight and overheating could potentially compromise the usability of this space”.
Too bad for Zaha, but thank god the CABE took a closer look at the project before its occupants had to go trough the heat. I wonder how many built projects that we occupy every day should have been revised by a comission that take this in count.

ALTIREACHT ARCHITECTS,Matilde House,2009,Dublin,Ireland

Architects:Altireacht Architects

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