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PELATI ANDREAS & IPAS ARCHITECTES,Maison Rocheford,2007,Switzerland

Architects:Pelati Andreas & Ipas Architectes

KWK PROMES ARCHITECTS,Chopin´s institute,Project Year 2005,Poland

Architects:KWK Promes Architects

DNA ARCHITECTURE,Changbaishan 3 Public Activity Centers, Project Year 2008-10,China

Architects:Dna Architecture

BMA ARCHITECTS,GBD SOHO,Project Year 2007,Gaobeidian Beijing,China

Architects:BMA Architects

MVRDV ARCHITECTS,Boock mountain,Project Year 2009,Spijkenissse, the Netherlands,

Architects:MVRDV Architects


SHARON FRASER,Simple house,2007,Byron Bay, Australia

Architects:Sharon Fraser

X ARCHITEKTEN,Private House,2007,Germany

Architects:X Architeckten


A new architecture prize, the Ordos Prize, has just been announced - the first architecture prize to emerge from Asia, and China’s first international prize for architectural achievement. The prize is co-sponsored by the City of Ordos in Inner Mongolia, hence the title, and the Jiang Yuan Cultural & Creativity Development Co. The prize is intended to honor a young, emerging architect displaying “intellectual rigor and formal brilliance”.

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STUDIO 804,3716 Springfield,2008,Kansas City, Kansas


IVAN CAVEGN ARKITEKTURBURO,Neubau Werkhof/Feuerwehrgebäude, Balzers,Project Year 2007,Switzerland

Architects:Ivan Cavegn Arkitekturburo


Architects:Johannes Norlander Arkitektur

BOTTEGA+ EHRHARDT ARCHITECTS,Private House,2004,Switzerland

Architects:Bottega + Ehrhardt Architects


David Chipperfield Architects’ new 8,000 sq m Anchorage Museum Expansion will open to the public on 30 May 2009.

The organisation of the new building is based on five linear volumes of varying length and height arranged along the western face of the existing building. This arrangement forms a new gleaming facade and entrance facing downtown Anchorage. The new building offers windows through which the activity of the museum can be observed. The visitor, from within, is re-oriented to the city context and its extraordinary natural setting beyond. The glass facade of the new four-storey building is fritted with a striped mirror pattern, providing views out of and into the museum and reflecting the sky and surrounding mountainous environment.

The interior design concept exposes the concrete structure as part of the character of the internal spaces. Walls are constructed between columns to establish a series of rooms within the new building. The main public spaces – the entrance lobby, circulation atrium, cafe, and exhibition spaces – use different colours and materials to give each its own identity. Windows have been positioned in all non-exhibition spaces and some exhibition spaces.

The Anchorage Museum Expansion will also house the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, exhibiting 600 Alaska Native ethnographic artefacts from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian. The new common created in front of the museum will provide a new public space for downtown Anchorage.


WRAP has launched an International Open Ideas Competition to explore and develop the principles outlined in their Designing out Waste guide. It provides an opportunity to showcase your ideas to the industry and to aim for a share of the total Design Fund of GBP £20,000.

Submission deadline: 30/06/2009
Open to: Architects

The Challenge

By looking closely at the way we design, we can make a significant difference to the amount of construction waste arising and going to landfill. Some design solutions - such as re-using and recycling demolished material as aggregate or sourcing plasterboard cut to size - are fairly obvious, but there is also a whole range of opportunities to reduce construction waste through design. Some of these are captured in current WRAP case studies and in the Designing out Waste guide.

The Competition is to generate more ideas - design solutions - that reduce construction waste. Competitors are encouraged to apply creativity and skills to identify, prioritise and design innovative ways to reduce waste on construction projects, and so demonstrate the practical application of the principles set out in the Designing out Waste guide.

Competitors are encouraged to use the methodology outlined in the Designing out Waste guide when developing their entry.

Competitors shall choose from one of three project/site examples and show design solutions that implement innovative, practicable (considering buildability and commercial viability) and replicable measures, which will make a significant impact on waste reduction. As a guide selecting and illustrating a small number of key design solutions per entry (< href="" target="_blank">here.


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently announced the winners of the 2009 RIBA Awards. RIBA Awards for architectural excellence have been presented across the country with 103 buildings in the UK and Europe winning awards (97 in the UK and six in the rest of the EU).

The RIBA Award-winning buildings range from an Observatory at Kielder in Northumberland to the Liverpool One regeneration and retail master plan, from a private house at Dungeness to Wexford Opera House in South East Ireland. Health centers, notably for Cancer, are well represented here as are retail buildings in their many forms, including John Lewis in Leicester and the Reiss and Monsoon headquarters in London. Seaside buildings and regeneration projects also feature in various guises. The architects whose work has been honored this year range from small practices to large, international ones. There are also some multiple winners such as Allies and Morrison (4 awards), Hawkins/Brown (3 awards), BDP (3 awards), Niall Mclaughlin Architects (4 awards) and Penoyre & Prasad (3 awards).

MAD ARCHITECTS,Erdos Museum,Project Year 2008-2010(in construction),Erdos, Inner Mongolia

Architects:Mad Architecture


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