Modern day Machu Picchu wins inaugural RIBA International Prize for the worlds best new building

November 25, 2016 by  
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The grand jury, chaired by world-renowned architect Richard Rogers , commended UTEC as an inspirational example of civic architecture in empowering people and societies to innovate and progress. The vertical campus building is made up of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs, and grottos to provide natural ventilation , shade, open circulation, and exposed meeting spaces. This permeability puts the building’s activity on full display to the surrounding neighborhood to help blend UTEC into Lima’s urban fabric. Related: Six of the world’s most incredible buildings shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize “UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart,” said the RIBA jury. “Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus , with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage. Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.” + Grafton Architects + RIBA Images by Iwan Baan

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The Tiny House of Slow Town is ready for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

November 25, 2016 by  
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The house was built in Gangwon city, the host city for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and one of the cleanest left in South Korea. The area’s pristine quality calls for designs that preserve the natural beauty of the landscape. Related: Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a luxurious eco-friendly dream on wheels The Tiny House of Slow Town does just that; in addition to maximizing housing facilities for the upcoming Olympic Games, the building features environmentally friendly materials and has a small footprint . Its interior comprises a living room, built-in kitchen, a small bathroom and a large bed accessible via a steep staircase that also functions as a storage space. + The Plus Partners + DNC Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Moobum Jang

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RIBA International Prize reveals shortlist of the worlds most significant and inspirational buildings

October 27, 2016 by  
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Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre Formerly an 1890s sweet potato distillery, the Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre in The Azores is a stunning example of adaptive reuse that goes beyond the average restoration project. Menos é Mais and Arquitectos Associados with João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto renovated the structure but preserved elements of the building’s history, including its eye-catching black Basalt exterior. The old cloisters and cells unearthed from the old distillery basement have been brought back to life and provide ancient backdrops for contemporary programs. Heydar Aliyev Centre Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Centre is a curvaceous beauty created to celebrate Azerbaijan’s independence and first president Heyday Aliyev. Located in the capital of Baku, the contemporary building is a powerful symbol of the break from the Soviet era both in its diverse and arts-oriented program and in its stunning wave-like design. The Heydar Aliyev Centre, built in 2013, also received the 2014 Design of the Year Award . Museo Jumex The beautiful travertine-clad Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield Architects houses the world’s largest private collection of Latin American contemporary art in the heart of Mexico City. Despite its modern design and program, the building is topped with a sawtooth roof with original factory roof lights in homage to the site’s industrial heritage. The luxurious and light-filled contemporary arts museum is a calming oasis in a bustling and overcrowded city. Stormen Concert Hall, Theatre and Public Library The Norwegian town of Bodø, located 100 kilometers inside the Arctic Circle , may be small but it’s also home to the impressive Stormen Concert Hall that’s considered comparable to the New York’s Carnegie Hall for symphonic music. Designed by DRDH Architects, the project comprises two extremely popular and beloved civic buildings: the larger theater building and a smaller library building. The walls are made from engineered stone with 70% marble aggregate that glisten, glow, and change colors in the presence of the Arctic sunshine. The Ring of Remembrance The Ring of Remembrance is a war memorial in Northern France engraved with names of the thousands who died in the region during World War I. Agence d’architecture Philippe Prost (AAPP) designed the memorial, which is set on the Hill of Lorette in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette with panoramic views over the battlefields of the plain of Artois. Made from black fiber-reinforced high strength concrete, the elegant elliptical structure cantilevers out into the landscape and symbolizes unity in the form of a human chain. UTEC – Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología Grafton Architects designed Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), a new academic building for a 50-year-old engineering university in Lima that provides more than just an education. Crafted in the likeness of a modern-day Machu Picchu, this geometric concrete building is draped in greenery and symbolizes a bold and positive future for Peru. A variety of meeting spaces punctuate the building both in the interior and exterior. + RIBA Images via RIBA

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