Heneghan Peng Wins Moscow’s NCCA Competition

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The Irish firm Heneghan Peng Architects was announced as the final winner of the international competiton for the new National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) in Moscow, Russia.

The other two finalist teams were Spanish Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and Russian practice MEL. Probably not so high up on the NCCA Board of Trustees’ nice list. Continue reading Heneghan Peng Wins Moscow’s NCCA Competition

Animated Fly Through of Zaha Hadid’s ‘Heydar Aliyev Center’

In 2007, Zaha Hadid Architects won a competition to develop the ‘Heydar Aliyev Center‘ in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, which would stand as the country’s primary building for hosting the former soviet nation’s cultural programs.

In realizing the majestic structure, Zaha Hadid has employed a sinuous geometry throughout the entirety of the design that sets it apart from the typically rigid and monumental soviet architecture that already defines Baku. Historically, Islamic architecture consists of a composition of rows, grids or sequences of columns that collectively form a non-hierarchal space; while calligraphic and ornamental patterns flow from carpets and walls to ceilings to domes, establishing a seamless relationship between structural elements and the environment in which they are placed. It was the firm’s intention to take this understanding of architecture, and develop it not through mimicry or a limiting adherence to the iconography of the past, but as a contemporary interpretation of these points. Continue reading Animated Fly Through of Zaha Hadid’s ‘Heydar Aliyev Center’

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Wins World Expo 2017 Competition

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture‘s design proposal was selected for the 2017 Astana World Expo exhibition site. Construction of the two-phase development is expected to begin in March-April 2014.

50 architects from around the globe — including big international names — submitted their proposals to the competition that began in February 2013. By September, the competition pool narrowed down to the final 10, which included UNStudio; Isozaki, Aoki & Associates; Manfredi Nicoletti; and Vasconi Architects.

The jury, known as the Technical Committee, consisted of notable architects and professionals working in sustainable development and energy efficiency. Economist and president of The Foundation of Economic Trends, Jeremy Rinkin supervised the committee. Continue reading Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Wins World Expo 2017 Competition

HENN Wins ‘Cenke Tower’ Competition in Taiyuan, China

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The skyline of Taiyuan, the capital and largest city of North China’s Shanxi province, is scheduled to receive a 280-meter / 919-foot addition soon: German firm HENN has won the architectural competition to design the new Cenke Group tower sporting a slick convex shell. Planning is expected to commence in 2014/15. Continue reading HENN Wins ‘Cenke Tower’ Competition in Taiyuan, China

Winners of the NEW VISION OF THE LOFT 2 Competition

Three winners have been selected for the New Vision of the Loft 2 competition, held by Polish roof window manufacturer FAKRO in cooperation with A10 New European Architecture magazine:

  • First Place – ‘Live between Buildings’ by Ole Robin Storjohann (DE, working in DK) and Mateusz Mastalski (PL, working in DK)
  • Second Place – ‘Lock Loft’ by Katarzyna Penar (PL, working in UK) and Wojciech Okrzesik (PL, working in UK)
  • Third Place – ‘Spacecraftsmen’ by Piotr Skrzycki (PL) and Dawid Szczepański (PL) Continue reading Winners of the NEW VISION OF THE LOFT 2 Competition