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CEMEX has unveiled the international finalists for the XXIII Building Awards, which aim to recognize the best architecture and construction internationally. Spanning across three categories, the awards recognize housing, institutional/industrial and large-scale infrastructure projects that were built during 2013 and stand out for their constructive solutions, aesthetics and innovative techniques. Both the international and national winners will be announced on November 5. Read on after the br

Architects: Naoya Kitamura Architecture Office Location: Gifu, Gifu, Japan Collaborators: KaNeKo Structural Engineers Area: 114.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Takumi Ota From the architect. The site where the client grew up is the rice paddies away a little from the urban areas, It is a region that is wooden houses built sparsely. It is a place where old-fashioned landscape of Japan remains. Client demand is to be able to support the number of people even changed, and spaciously plac

Akatsuka House is a minimalist home located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by MDS Co.Ltd. The architects wanted to create a residence that provided shelter against the natural environment and outside noises without completely isolating the residents from the outside. The controlled balance between the interior and its surrounding environment is symbolic of the subtle sense of distance among family members regarding privacy and communication. The site was formerly an agricultural plot late

Click here to view the embedded video. Last March, Caroline James and Arielle Assoulin-Lichten spearheaded a campaign that called on Pritzker to retroactively recognize Denise Scott Brown for her role in the 1991 Pritzker Prize, won by Robert Venturi. Continuing their quest to bring the issue of gender equality into a positive and progressive light, James has conducted a series of interviews with six women architects at the 2014 Venice Biennale to share their rich and complex experiences and o

Architects: KNOWSPACE Location: Baoding, Hebei, China Architect In Charge: Erhard An-He Kinzelbach Architekt BDA Area: 660.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Lv Hengzhong Structure, Hvac And Site Supervision: Baoding Institute for Architecture Design Co., Ltd Client: Center for Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology Survey (CHEGS), Baoding From the architect. The reorganization of the Center for Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology Survey’s campus includes several different interventions

Located on Calvin Street in Shoreditch, London, a rundown Victorian warehouse was recently converted into three loft apartments by Chris Dyson Architects. The renovation included demolishing modern additions and bringing back the Victorian frontage of the building that allows the ground floor apartment its own dedicated entrance. This two-bedroom apartment has an open plan layout that is spread out over 220 square meters (721 square feet) and wraps around a private courtyard. The liv

Thursday, October 23 will mark the opening of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2014 Design Agency conference at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Hosted by faculty Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez, and David Gerber, the conference will exhibit and share a broad spectrum of design and research that highlights innovation in architecture through a focus on design and computation. Headliners include Pritzker laureate Zaha Hadid, SimCity creator Will Wright a

Architects: Jun Aoki & Associates Location: Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan Area: 1475.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Daici Ano Contractors: Taisei Corporation Permasteelisa Japan K.K. Number Of Stories: LV façade 1-8F, LV interior 1-3F From the architect. The new façade of Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza is inspired by the history of Ginza, the city that used to be known for its art deco design. Ginza was the entrance of Tokyo, adjacent to Shimbashi, from which the very first railway station o

Generally it’s the city or destination that inspires people to travel, but occasionally, it might just be the hotel you get to stay in. Take, for instance, the Silken Puerta América Madrid. I mean, I’ve always wanted to go to Madrid and all, but after perusing the endless photographs of stunning amazement, I want to book the next flight to Spain. For this month’s Destination Design, we take you there, to this dream-worthy hotel that will literally give you an eyegasm

Women are love to dressing and mirror is the most important thing for that. Based on that natural character of woman, this wood mirror storage is try to accommodate the need of effectiveness when dressing and make-up time. This stuff is a combination of mirror and storage. The designer of this unique house accessory design is combining those two things because the designer wants to ease the woman. If we are look this mirror storage from the front side the performance of this stuff is simple but

Architects: BKK Architects Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia Design Team: Tim Black, Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Adi Atic Area: 228.0 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: John Gollings Builder: Overend Constructions Structural Engineer: Perrett Simpson Stantin Quantity Surveyor: CP+E Service Engineers: BRT Consulting From the architect. The Australia Gardens Shelters were an opportunity to engage with one of the nation’s most unique landscape projects.

Architects: Vin Varavarn Architects Location: Bangkok, Thailand Design Team: M.L.Varudh Varavarn, Jongsarit Jinachan, Angkana Nanjaiya Area: 6997.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Spaceshift Studio Landscape Designer, Structural Engineers, Interior Designer: Vin Varavarn Architects Construction Management: Qbic Engineer & Architects Co,. Ltd Main Contractor: Hyatt Construction Co., Ltd Interior Contractor: Curve Line Co,. Ltd From the architect. The project originated as a design for a

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