10 Andreu World International Design Competition

The jury of the 10th edition of the Andreu World Design awards is to be formed by renowned professionals from the worlds of gastronomy, architecture, interior design and specialized press from the sector. The Chairman of the Spanish Council of Architects (CSCAE), Jordi Ludevid; the Director of El Croquis magazine, Fernando Márquez, the designers Claudio Bellini and Joan Lao; the editor in chief of the magazine “Architectural Digest” (Spain), Enric Pastor and, lastly, the chef Quique Dacosta are to form part of Andreu World’s special 10th anniversary edition design competition.

During its decade of existence, the event has established itself in the international scene by becoming a showcase for the latest trends in furniture design, as well as a launch pad for new artists.

During these 10 years, more than 10,000 contestants from 60 different countries have participated in the competition, over 20,000 contacts have been established with schools, professional associations and other groups related to the world of design, and the event has been publicized in hundreds of magazines and publications worldwide.

Projects may be submitted for this year’s competition up until 20th September. The event is open both to design students and to professional, and there is no age limit. In order to participate, contestants must present a design for a seat or for a table. Each piece will be judged in relation to its corresponding innovative contributions in relation to design, quality, technology and manufacturing processes. The winner of the first prize will receive 4000 Euros, whilst the winner of the second prize will receive 2000 Euros. Similarly, there will be up to three special mentions for the best designs.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Andreu World stand during the next edition of the Habitat Valencia Trade Fair, which is to be held from 28 September to 2 October.


VDAB Office Building by BOB361 Architects, St.- Niklaas, Belgium

News from home! Belgium based architects BOB361 designed this office building for VDAB located in St. Niklaas, Belgium. The project got recently shortlisted in the office category of the World Architecture Festival this year.

Staff can enter the building via an internal staircase from the car park beneath the building. The building on top is supported by black and yellow angled columns. Visitors can enter from the street or through the garden.

Considering the urban anchoring of the site, the angles of this building block are the regulating elements. The VDAB-project anchors itself with the existing context on the corner of the Noordlaan-Drie Koningenstraat, which is in direct relation with various public functions (post, ministry of finances), located near the main road. It is an intuitive meeting point located on a wide footpath. The second angle is the location for a possible extension and is at present, included in the project’s garden.

Concerning the implantation of the building, the volume is entirely concentrated on the street side. This offers several advantages in the field of compactness, economy and energy assessment, acoustic comfort for the offices on the garden side, large distances to the neighbouring houses and avoids fragmentation of the open green space. For the acoustic comfort on the street side, patios were added. As a result, a simple image of the emplacement between the built and green space appears.

Because of the excavating cost the lightly polluted soil, the actual volume to be removed is minimised by mooring the parking into a slope. The remaining volume of soil extracted is used to form a landscaped garden and is naturally purified by the use of fotoremediating plants. The open and slightly sloped car park, offers thus, a pleasant solution that is naturally lit and ventilated, with clear views on the garden and other open spaces. Furthermore, the principal interior distribution passage way of the building, runs from the ground level to the first floor along a slope that is parallel to the parking space; This walkway links the public spaces on the ground floor in a natural and spatial manner with semi-public spaces on the higher levels.

On the second floor, functions that receive a lesser public audience are concentrated. These functions include offices for the Executive Board, staff services. A general meeting room forms the head of the building. The space next to the vertical staircase, can be used as individual conversation areas, by all staff members.

On the first floor, a number of common functions are settled. Directly above the reception hall, the cafeteria that includes a small kitchen, a smoking lounge, and a meeting room. The financial and facility services offices are situated, centrally in the building.

The parallel walls of the corridors are smooth, the flooring consists of concrete tiles and the respective portals of the varied coloured offices are drawn back from the wall line.  Because of this the public functions are as if located with their front door to the circulation area: thus the small scale and a sense of intimacy are reinforced.

The lobby hall on the ground floor, regroups the three basic functions, firstly, the employer line, secondly the central administrative cell, which is linked with the counter and thirdly the employee line. From the reception one has a direct view on the garden as well as on the entrance hall. The offices in the left wing of the building are organised around a central patio.

The jobseeker line is organised on the ground and first floor around the central pedestrian sloped walkway, which offers a spatial and physical connection between all the functions of the building. The staff services and administrative support facilities have been situated along the slope.

Firstly the building has been modulated on a 1,25 m, grid, secondly, the circulation area was positioned asymmetrically. Due to this, a large range of possible properties and surface of spaces arises.

The lower level includes storage rooms for archives, some technical spaces, a fitness area next to a covered pedestrian ramp, and to the half open car park for 43 vehicles that is linked to 12 parking places in open air.

Photographs are by Nullens André, Kempenaers Jan and Frederik Vercruysse.

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Visit BOB361 Architects homepage for more info and pictures (or click on dezeen)


Bodegas Protos winery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Peñafiel, Spain


Last year, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners completed the Bodegas Protos winery in Peñafiel, Spain. The 19,450 square metre winery features facilities to ferment, age and bottle 3 million bottles of wine a year. Recently, the Bodegas Protos winery got nominated  for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009. Defitnely take a look at the sketches below!


Pictures and info from Richard Rogers + Partners.

RSHP has been commissioned to design a new winery facility for Bodegas Protos, a long-established firm of wine-growers producing Ribera del Duero wine. The new building, which presents a modern reinterpretation of traditional winery construction, is located at Peñafiel, a small village near Valladolid in Castille, northern Spain.

The winery sits at the base of a small hill surmounted by a medieval castle. Bodegas Protos already utilises the subterranean area beneath the castle with more than 2 kilometres of tunnels and galleries used for ageing wine.

0304The new winery will process 1 million kilos of grapes and will be operational for the 2008 harvest. Linked by tunnel to the existing winemaking facility, the new building will consist of an underground cellar with a constant temperature of 14-16°C for storage of barrels, as well as for bottles that are maturing and those that are ready to drink.

The production level is situated above, partly buried in the ground and accommodating the fermentation and storage vats as well as the bottling plant, packaging equipment, technical areas and vehicle access bays. The production and cellar floors also accommodate administrative and social facilities–offices, wine-tasting areas, areas for social functions and a small auditorium for presentations and marketing events.


The scheme also includes a stepped sunken garden which frames views of the castle above whilst also bringing natural light down into the office space. The main entrance level is for both staff and visitors and includes vehicle bays for delivery of grapes. From here, visitors can view the production floor below. Compositionally, the building sits on a triangular plinth which fills the site.



Five interlinked parabolic vaults supported by laminated timber arches, are clad with large terracotta tiles to create a light, articulated structure. This modular form breaks down the overall mass and scale to create a structure that is sympathetic to the surrounding buildings and countryside.



Cool storage for the wine is created by effective use of the thermal ground mass. The south façade is protected by a nine metre roof overhang while the west façade is further shaded by a system of large, fixed brise soleils. A mixed mode air system makes use of the continental climate where high daytime, and low nightitme temperatures, give the facilty free night time cooling.



The Melbourne Recital Centre by ARM, Melbourne, Australia


Ashton Raggatt McDougal (ARM) architects designed the Melbourne Recital Centre and the neighbouring Melbourne Theatre Company helping to transform the formerly derelict Southbank area of the city in to the dynamic district it has now become. Formely they got honoured with the 2009 Victorian Architecture Medal winning highest accolades in three categories for public architecture, interior design as well as urban design.


The entrance begins with the dramatic facade in 3D iridescent steel tubing folds that bends against black aluminium. The interior, is a 500-seat hall noticeably without a balcony or mezzanine space, but still allowing exceptional site lines to the stage regardless.



The most striking element that you can find inside, is the World Wall in the main theatre where 70 quotes from different plays are illuminated when the stage is dark. The building also houses a full rehearsal hall that can be used as an event space or a smaller performance space, as well as a café and bar at the front of the house.




Short news text about the award:

The recital centre and MTC buildings by ARM and the urban transformation of their formerly neglected Southbank site are honored with the 2009 Victorian Architecture Medal for successfully crossing design boundaries and taking out the top awards in three categories: the William Wardell Award for public architecture; th

e Marion Mahony Award for interior architecture and the Joseph Reed Award for urban design.

Chair of juries, Philip Goad, says the combined buildings make a significant contribution to Melbourne’s arts precinct and may well expand current audiences, sentiments echoed in the Victorian Medal jury citation.

“The robust sculptural facades have already become iconic and the changes to traffic and pedestrian patterns at an urban level have transformed the area into an active domain,” praised the jury.



Photos by John Gollings

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Selgas Cano Architecture Office, Madrid; photos by Iwan Baan


The Spanisch architects Jose Selgas en Lucia Cano of  Selgascano designed an office for their own practice that is located in the woods near Madrid in Spain.

The curved window is made out of a 20mm thick transparant acrylic that forms the noth facing wall of the office. The other side, the opaque on the south facing, is constructed from a 110mm thick, insulated, fiber-glass and polyester sandwich, offering shade from direct sunlight.





Enjoy the pictures! More images on dezeen and archdaily!

Photographs are made by Iwaan Baan.!!


Peter Zumthor wins Pritzker Prize


The Pritzker Prize, nobel-equivalent for architecture, laureate for 2009 has been announced: this year the prize goes to Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (1943). More info and images on the Pritzker Prize website. A couple of buildings designed by Peter Zumthor are: Brother Klaus Field Chapel, Kolumba Art Museum, Swiss Pavillion Expo Hannover, Therm Vals, and more.

Photo is made by Gary Ebner.

Five finalists announced for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009


The European Commission and the Fundacio Mies van der Rohe announced today the finalists for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2009, one of the most important and prestigious prizes for international architecture. By supporting the Prize, the European Commission underlines the role of architecture as a driver for creativity and innovation and draws attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas and technologies.

The winner will be announced in May this year.

The finalists are:

x Multimodal Centre – Nice Tramway, Nice (France) by Marc Barani / Atelier Marc Barani
x Zenith Music Hall, Strasbourg (France) by Massimiliano Fuksas, Doriana Fuksas / Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture
x University Luigi Bocconi, Milan (Italy) by Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell / Grafton Architects
x The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo (Norway) by Kjetil Træaedal Thorsen, tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers / Snøhetta (more info on archiDE, click here)

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

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

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

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo (Norway) by Kjetil Træaedal Thorsen, tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers / Snøhetta

Library, Senior Citizens’ Centre and City Block Core Zone in Barcelona by RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes

The finalists were selected from 340 projects proposed by the Architects’ Council of Europe member associations and the other national architectural associations and the Advisory Committee. The Jury, chaired by Francis Rambert includes: Ole Bouman, Irena Fialová, Fulvio Irace, Luis M. Mansilla, Carme Pinós and Vasa J. Perović.

Previous winners include, among others, Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon, Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault, Peter Zumthor, Rafael Moneo, Álvaro Siza Vieira, Lord Foster and Luis M. Mansilla – Emilio Tuñón.


Wallpaper Design Awards 2009:Results

wallpaper design award 2009(Picture is a screenshot from Wallpaper’s website)

The results are finally here: the best of the best and the very highly commended of the rest, as chosen by our esteemed panel of judges – Kanye West, Jean Nouvel, Ines de la Fressange, Marc Newson, Sir Ken Adam and Stefano Pilati. See the winners on Wallpaper..

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340 Projects Compete for Mies van der Rohe Award 2009

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced the list of 340 projects competing for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2009.

Initiated in 1987, the EUR 60,000 prize is the highest award in European architecture and is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years. The principal objectives are to recognize and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas and technologies. In addition to the Prize, there is an Emerging Architect Special Mention that consists of EUR 20,000, which is granted to young professionals starting out on their careers.

Previous winners include Mansilla +Tuñón, OMA (Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon), Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault and Lord Foster.

Here are some nominated projects:

gatehouse-barkow-leibinger1Gatehouse, Ditzingen, Germany by Barkow Leibinger Architects (Photo: David Franck)

c42-flagship-manuelle-gautrandC42 – Citroen Flagship Showroom, Paris, France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture (Photo: Philippe Ruault)

dupli-casa-jmayerDupli.Casa, Ludwigsburg, Germany by J. Mayer H. Architects (Photo: David Franck)

More information and nominated projects on: http://www.miesarch.com/en/press?cerca=&officina=-1&data=-1&pais=41

Ørestad College by 3XN Architects, *COPENHAGEN, Denmark*

Project 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark this week: Ørestad College.


Ørestad College is designed by 3XN Architects and completed in 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a restricted competition, that 3XN Architects has won.

Some text from 3XN Architects: 

The Ørestad College is the latest ‘gymnasium’ (college or upper secondary school) in Copenhagen, built in the Danish capital’s development area; Ørestad. The demographic development in greater Copenhagen has resulted in a remarkable growth of the 16 – 19 year group, with Copenhagen needing 50% more study places, and this led to a decision to build a new college in Ørestad City; the new city centre for the entire Ørestad.

Ørestad College offers fields of study within science, social science and human science. The purpose of the college is to realize the latest reform’s (2005) aims to strengthen and renew the students’ professional capabilities, to prepare the students better for university and to enhance the science aspect. This college has chosen a profile of media, communication and culture, and with wireless internet all over the school and with laptops for all students – hence the knick-name the Virtual College.


The brief was deliberately formulated without traditional terms for rooms, and left much to the architects’ interpretation. The proposal was therefore not so much a response to a specifically defined task as an element in the necessary development of the idea of a Danish college.

Four boomerang shaped storey decks rotate in relation to each other like the shutter of a camera. They form the superstructure; the overall framework of the college, and provide space for the college’s four study zones. Each zone is on one level, providing organisational flexibility, with the option of micro adjustment to create different spaces, learning environments and group sizes. The rotation of the storey decks projects a part of each deck into the high central hall. This part is the so called X-zone; a spatial expression of the colleges’ ambition to promote interdisciplinary expertise between study zones with physical and visual links.

orestad 2

The storey decks are open towards a central core, where a broad main staircase winds its way upwards to the roof terrace. The main staircase is the heart of college educational and social life; the primary connection up an down, but also a place to stay, watch and be seen. Three ‘mega columns’ form the primary load bearing system, supplemented by a number of smaller columns positioned according to structural requirement, not as part of a regular grid. As a result, each floor has few permanent elements and can be laid out and rearranged almost completely at will.

orestad 3

The superstructure is supplemented by a series of newly developed ‘room furniture’, which accommodate the need for the flexible and temporary room arrangements and learning environments required by varying group sizes – from one on one to an entire cohort.


The rotated decks are mirrored in the facades. Due to their rotation, the decks create openings double- and triple high while drawing lines on the façade. As a rule, the glass is smooth with the deck fronts, but on each floor, one façade is withdrawn to create an outdoor space. These outdoor spaces are connected from ground to roof. In front of the glass facades, a series of coloured semi-transparent glass louvers can open or close to protect from the sun, while adding dashes of colour to the indoor environment. 

Address: Ørestad Boulevard/ Arne Jacobsen Allé, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Architect: 3XNielsen Kim Herforth Nielsen, Bo Boje Larsen, Kim Christiansen
Client: Copenhagen Municipality.
Award: 1ste prize in an invited competition.
Completion: 2007
Size: 12.000m² / Budget: 27million euros

More pictures and information on 3XN.DK (architecture-type-education-orestad college)

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