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States of Play: 8 Interactive Installations Found Around Europe

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Back-to-back video calls, constant scrolling on social media and thousands of online shops have made it very easy for us to interact with others and get chores done from the comfort of our couches. But this has also reduced the need to actually go out and interact with people and the environment. The importance of being out was actively felt when the pandemic forced people indoors last year.

There are a lot of ways to create interest in public spaces so that people use them as more than just points to cross on the way home from work. Designs firms across the world have made attempts to revitalize such public places with interventions like LED installations, quirky seating, play areas for adults, and more. Below are a few such examples from Europe where architects have used electric colors, modular elements and, in one case, insects to attract people and make them part of a larger dialogue.


Gondwana by orizzontale, Terni, Italy

Part of the architectural festival Festarch.lab in 2012, this project activates the main square of the town Terni by adding a dynamic stage. The urban theatre is composed of several colored wooden platforms that can be put together to form a large square or broken apart into separate seating areas, much like pieces of a Tangram. These blocks have different heights, slopes and steps to facilitate different ways for the public to interact with them.

Stairway by IZABELA BOŁOZ, Copenhagen, Denmark

A hangout for families in the day and skating track in the evening, Stairway is one of the biggest 3D interventions in the Byens Hegn – Cool Construction city project. This surreal blue staircase lets users imagine a path to a mythical world beyond the door situated at its end. The path itself is composed of twenty-six blocks that are made of wood and metal. These blocks are created in varying heights to create different surfaces to sit or lie down.


Images by Ugo Salerno (Anotherstudio)

Wunderbugs by OFL Architecture, Rome, Italy

Popular Choice, 2015 A+Awards, Concepts – Architecture +Collaboration

Francesco Lipari and Vanessa Todaro from OFL Architecture used traditional and computer-based machines to create this interactive wooden installation. The form combines Roman Baroque forms with the geometries that are associated with insects. The six spherical ecosystems for insects comprise sensors that monitor environmental changes and visitor patterns to create musical compositions, showing the harmony between humans and insects.

#estaesmiplaza by Conjuntos Empaticos, Madrid, Spain

This installation is part of a series created by the studio to increase activity in public spaces. The plastic bubble creates an enclosed space for small concerts or group activities for children. These inflatable modules are meant to act like organisms that invite users to interact with them and change the nature of existing urban pockets.


Images by Wojciech Ostrowski and Dominik Werner

Targ Weglowy Square by Gdyby Group, Gdańsk, Poland

There was an opportunity to revamp the Targe Węglowy square after the removal of parking spaces there. The studio did this by creating modular cubic blocks that citizens can use to create custom seating and gathering nooks. Patches of grass are also added to create more defined seating areas. The aim of the design was to allow the users to determine how the space could be arranged or modified based on their specific needs, allowing adults to create reading or talking booths, and kids to customize playgrounds.


Images by Paul Kozlowski

Cloud Garden by Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin [DOTS], La Grande-Motte, France

The Cloud Garden originated as a competition-winning entry in the Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV) 2014 and was later installed in the Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory as part of the Water as Ritual symposium. The installation is a series of cloud-like soft clusters that visitors can play with or sit on. Each cluster is made using inflatable anti-burst PVC spheres that are bundled in a four-way stretch poly mesh to allow movement and flexibility.


Images by Carlos Lobão

GiRA by Micro Atelier de Arquitectura e Arte, Porto, Portugal

A colorful sphere is created using traditional S.João hammers to reference the Festa de São João do Porto – also referred to as the Festival of St John of Porto – where people hit each other with these soft plastic hammers. Instead of being a static décor piece, the installation also inspires play with its hollow cavity that users can occupy as the sphere rotates.


Images by Jelte Keur, Maria Turik, Yena Young and Marco Canevacci

LOUD SHADOWS by Plastique Fantastique, Terschelling, Netherlands

Designed in collaboration with composer Kate Moore, The Stolz Quartet and the dance company LeineRoebana, this installation was part of the Oerol Festival in 2017. A large transparent membrane creates an informal performance space where viewers can circle around performers in the center. The see-through surface also allows users to connect with the environment beyond the bubble. A long white circulation tube with transparent viewing windows connects this bubble with another opaque globule and creates viewing spaces for outdoor performance areas in the middle.

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Host Differently, Social Residence in Paris // CoBe Architecture & Paysage


Project Status: BuiltYear: 2020Size: 10,000 sqft – 25,000 sqftBudget: 1M – 5M

Text description provided by the architects.

TRANSFORMATION / UPGRADING

The project, at the corner of the Ridder and Vercingétorix streets in Paris 14th arrondissement, consists of the refurbishment and the raising three levels of a narrow mixed-use services building, into a 37-unit residence, being the first building managed by the Samu Social (helping homeless organization) in Paris.

The coated initial façade, its curved shape, mark the building of its design era.

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Its refurbishment gives it a more contemporary aspect, anchored it in its time, while nevertheless recalling the codes of a typical Parisian architecture, also allowing it to impose itself in its street, in its environment. The orange coating has been replaced by a strong grey brick, the tone of which changes according to the sun.

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The very narrow plot has led to a very strict optimization of the project, and the conservation of a large part of the existing structure. All these constraints have given rise to a sharp project, rigorously designed and executed.ORIGIN – SITINGIn 2015, Groupe Galia acquired a private property in the 14th arrondissement, at the intersection of the Ridder and Vercingétorix streets, on a very narrow plot, a five-storey building housing a training facility and offices.The choice quickly turned to the idea of creating a residence for the Samu Social of Paris, who mainly helps homeless people.For Galia and CoBe, the Ridder Street building is above all a story of understanding and cohesion between a designer and his client.

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It is a common research to build housing for social use, for families in need, so that the lodgers of the Samu Social not only find a roof, but a real place to live. Groupe Galia and CoBe were easily able to find an agreement on all architectural, technical, and financial choices.

The refurbishment of a services building into collective housing reinforces CoBe’s vocation to rethink the city over the city, to produce housing without urban sprawl, to meet needs on unused sites, to generate positive innovations, to create better living.

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For the first building managed directly by the Samu Social in Paris, for the first project development carried out for the attention of the Samu Social, Groupe Galia received this year the ESSEC Award of the Hospitable City, for the project developed in this building: “Host differently, towards a new form of social housing for homeless families.”

SHAPE – FACADES

Groupe Galia chose to give CoBe a carte blanche to redesign the building.

The choice of a mineral facade made of grey bricks was followed to give a visual strength to the building but also to ensure its durability by using a noble material already existing in its environment.

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In order to respect the minimum separation distances, and to optimize the narrow plot, the building has been raised by three additional levels of apartments above the six existing levels, thus freeing large terraces around the common living rooms. At the corner of the Ridder and Vercingétorix streets, the building is characterized by a beveled edge and thus draws an elegant prow in which are housed common living rooms with wide bays.

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At the top of the building, this same angle is treated as a reversed-curve and produces an architectural landmark recognizable from afar, as well as two frames of windows move forward slightly to startle the northern façade, inspired by the architectures of the great Parisian avenues of the twentieth century.

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The proportions of the windows and their layout have been redesigned to display a regular rhythm of bays. This gives the building a clearer and more powerful presence in its location, in order to allow it to reconnect itself with its surroundings and gives it a more Parisian appearance.CONSTRUCTIVE MODE – MATERIALSThe addition of three concrete levels above the existing building required a reinforcement of the existing infrastructure.

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In order to minimize the impact on the existing structure and surface, it was decided to create a second hand-moulded grey brick facade on the Ridder and Vercingétorix streets to allow outer insulation with glass wool between the original reinforced concrete façade and the new brick façade. The bays are treated with aluminum frames to support the grey and silver tones of the facade.

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The metal railings protecting all windows, balconies, and terraces, take up a recurring pattern of Parisian residential architectures. On the ground floor, some bricks are moving back from the nude of the building to create a discreet pattern that emphasizes the building at the corner of the two streets. On the other hand, the railings of the last three levels adapt their color into a copper oxide’s green-grey to throw the silhouette of the building to the sky.

USES

The “Host Differently” initiative carried out by Groupe Galia for the development of this operation is about designing a new type of accommodation center, close to housing, in the heart of Paris, providing a range of services adapted to the needs of families, and open to its neighborhood.

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The aim is to allow them autonomy while facing precarious situations, and to promote social inclusion in the city. Far from hotel accommodation and collective accommodation centers for families, it is a question of creating, with the technicality and the codes of a contemporary real estate project, a real place of life accessible to the poorest families with high quality standards.

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The place consists of private apartments and a shared apartment for young women (18-25 years old), thus combining for the first time two types of public to create a positive interaction. The design of the program, the responses to the needs of future users, were enacted by consulting the inhabitants of other similar shelters to ensure the quality of use of the residence.

Thus, the accommodations have been designed to preserve the intimacy of each family, especially through parent corners and well-defined children’s corners.

The accommodations are associated with common and shared premises: kitchen, dining room, offices, living rooms, children’s spaces, laundromat, furnished by an interior designer.

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The creation of additional windows to the original project made it possible to light up each dwelling as much as possible.

A maximum of accommodations has an outdoor space, whether it is a terrace, a balcony, or a garden..

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The Art of Rendering: 11 Trending Non-Realistic Styles in Architectural Visualization

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Photo-realistic rendering has become a new standard in presenting architectural projects. Its proliferation has become controversial as its technical capabilities allowed architects to misrepresent their projects, often swaying business decisions based on . Beautiful realistic imagery engages laymen and professionals alike, and its role in real estate marketing, though legitimate, has greatly overshadowed other forms of architectural representation. Many of the traditional techniques like collages and drawings have taken a back seat in the process of selling ideas, though these are still used within studios whose work concerns itself with city development.

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While hyperrealistic representation leaves little to the imagination (best case scenario, what you see is what you get), more abstract techniques have strong expressive capacity and often best communicate designers’ main concepts, visual style and ethos.

Here are some rendering styles that take a more abstract and artistic approach, often using realistic 3D elements to create surreal, otherworldly environments.

1. KooZA/rch Artists


Image by Olga Tarasova for Yury Grigoryan Studio


Image by Ekin Bilal

KooZA/rch is an experimental digital platform founded by architect Federica Sofia Zambeletti as a place where architectural drawing can evolve and stimulate architectural dialogue. The inspiration of the visual style of the content found on the website can be traced back to the 1960s visuals by Superstudio and Archigram.

In an Interview for Metropolis Magazine, Zambeletti explained the role drawing has in communicating architecture:’’… Here, the drawings enter a much larger dialogue, not only about the visual identity of the project but the narrative, context, and identity of both project and architect. The image produced is as much of the finished product as it is of the driving conceptual forces that developed it.”

2. Viar Estudio


Images by Viar Estudio Arquitectura

Spanish Viar Estudio creates beautiful abstract visuals and use different techniques to create something that’s in between diagram, axonometry and perspectival image.

3. OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen


Image by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, an architectural practice based in Bruxelles, Belgium, often uses a painterly style to illustrate their more speculative projects. Pastel colors dominate their visual language and their drawings and collages form an independent body of work.

4. KOSMOS


Images by KOSMOS

Moscow-based KOSMOS Architects are a multidisciplinary studio that combines art and technology. Their visuals often take on the aesthetic of naïve art, fauvism, with hints of Mark Chagall. This image of their Hidden Park proposal in Switzerland channels Henri Rousseau’s jungle vibes.

5. Massimo Colonna


Image by Massimo Colonna

When it comes to using 3D software to create surreal and abstract environments, Italian digital artist Massimo Colonna is a great example. He renders minimalist spaces that evoke a sense of melancholia, and is often inspired by film and painting.

6. Visual Citizens


Images by Visual Citizens

Visual Citizens create surreal architectural renderings that allow them to collaborate with designers across different disciplines. “Visualizations are an escape from the reality of practical design constraints, allowing us to render surreal environments and fill them with fantastical objects,” explained studio founders Shali Moodley and Adam Kelly in an interview for gestalten.

7. Michele Durazzi


Images by Michele Durazzi

Italian designer Michele Durazzi creates imaginary cityscapes, focusing on the relationship between architecture and its users. Many of his images play with scale, placing humans at the center of the architectural narrative.

8. Alexis Christodoulou


Images by Alexis Christodoulou

Digital artist Alexis Christodoulou produces abstract architectural renders that have garnered him a huge social media following. He is one of the most successful artists to sell their work via crypto art marketplaces.

9. Paul Milinski


Image by Paul Milinski

If you have an Instagram account, chances are you’ve come across Paul Milinski’s retro futuristic dreamscapes. These images feature lush landscapes combined with man-made structures in unexpected ways.

10. Peter Tarka


Image by Peter Tarka

Peter Tarka’s abstract 3d compositions have become a staple in the area of digital design. He has collaborated with renowned brands- from car manufacturers to tech giants, using his recognizable artistic approach to 3D to create playful and immersive environments.

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Designs of the Decade: The World’s Best Architecture Visualizations From 2012 To Today

Get your work published internationally this year through the 10th Annual A+Awards! The Main Entry Deadline is December 17, 2021. Click here to start your entry today.

Models and renders are one of the most important components of a design package. The way a project is represented can be a big deciding factor while choosing which design wins a competition or a contract. Moreover, the act of visualization itself is also an important part of the development process for architectural ideas. Indeed, visualizing conceptual projects allows some studios to express revolutionary ideas for city planning, residential design and cultural hubs.

Architecture visualization has come a long way from rudimentary SketchUp models and handcrafted physical models. Computational design and 3D printing have made it possible for architects to create previously unimaginable forms, challenging the long-standing ideas of what various typologies should look like. Photorealistic renders also help imagine the true nature of spaces.

Enter the 10th Annual A+Awards

At Architizer, we celebrate architecture as a process, rather than a product. Over the past decade, we have been acknowledging unbuilt designs for their ingenuity and risk-taking efforts with A+Awards categories like Architecture +Models & Rendering. We’ve rounded up the best of these award-winning projects, allowing you to discover how much the field has changed over the past decade.

2012-13: University of Iowa School of Music: Suspended Theatroacoustic System

LMN Architects | Iowa City, Iowa

Popular Choice and Jury Winner, 2013 A+Awards, Architecture +Modeling


The 700-seat concert hall proposal sits within a six-story structure. The use of parametric modeling helped devise 946 unique panels that incorporate acoustics, lighting and mechanical design, audio and visual design and fire protection — all integrated within one unified system. A 3-axis CNC mill was used to fabricate components for testing purposes.

It is exciting to see how far architecture visualization has evolved in just a few years. Parametric design and hyperrealistic renders might seem like a norm now, but they were still not as advanced in 2013, as is seen in the overall shapes of the forms, which are angular and geometric rather than fluid. This design takes a very advanced approach to assessing complex problems and providing highly functional solutions.

2015: The Strand

Raad Studio | London, United Kingdom

Popular Choice, 2015 A+Awards, Architecture +Rendering


Raw concrete is the star of the show in the reimagination of an abandoned Brutalist edifice in Central London. The studio added a slope right in the middle of the structure to break up the parallel horizontal lines. This diagonal plane starts from the ruins of the Roman bath underground and navigates through a garden, the building lobby, circulation corridor right, going straight to the top. The surface also creates multiple public spaces within the building.

While we can see a lot more lifelike material rendering, one can still easily tell that this is a computer-generated image. But that does not take away from the nearly tangible effect of the spaces in the pictures. This structure unifies a contemporary design language with robust tones and textures that celebrate its original identity.

2016: Sanguine Lily, 1916 Centenary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery

Form4 Architecture | Dublin, Ireland

Jury Winner, 2016 A+Awards, Architecture +Rendering


The curved structure of this chapel, surrounded by three reflecting pools, is meant to look like a petal of an Easter lily floating on a pool of water. Large glass panels cover the north and south façades to bring in ample natural light into the space. The upper windows in these walls can be opened for natural ventilation. Furthermore, the roof is also designed to release warm air. 232 suspended glass spheres inside the building are a nod to the 232 casualties of the uprising in 1916 and create a medley of floating lights that is visible from the outside.

Over the years, we have seen the increasing use of large, column-free domes or organic forms made possible by advanced engineering and material technologies. Santiago Calatrava’s work is a great example of this style. This particular design is a very unique take on a traditional chapel. Its overall geometry is more likely to be associated with a corporate entity or a museum space than a cemetery chapel. The tones used in the renders also reflect the architectural atmosphere — one based around a melancholy experience that is rooted in the past. The chapel is meant to be a relatively quiet place meant for introspection.

2017: Peckham Hospice Care Home

Jerome Ng | London, United Kingdom

Jury Winner, 2017 A+Awards, Architecture +Models & Rendering


This artful proposal aims to improve the lives of terminally ill adults and children. It also creates awareness about the fact that people in hospice care facilities actually live longer lives. The main driver of this design is flexibility. The façade is retained to preserve the character of the neighborhood and the interior spaces have movable parts to accommodate changing social and private spaces as per the patients’ needs.

End-of-life care is a difficult subject to approach, but it is slowly becoming an important conversation — especially over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, there isn’t much awareness regarding palliative care in design education. Architects and designers have the ability to make a huge impact on patients with limited life spans by developing spaces that are not only functional but also add value to their lives. This design represents an exemplary step in that direction.

2018: Champ du Chateau, Geneva

Brick Visual | Communicating Architecture | Geneva, Switzerland

Popular Choice and Jury Winner, 2018 A+Awards, Plus – Architecture +Models & Rendering


Brick Visual created these masterful renderings for a conceptual design by Swiss architecture firm Favre+Guth. A continuous plane of glass twists and curves to create a roof, walls and canopies. Triangular metal frames help divide and support this massive form.

One can see the gradual evolution of forms in commercial or public spaces. Lineal walls, box-like forms and conventional construction materials are being pushed aside in favor of glass facades and curvilinear designs. This design has a sculptural and fluid quality to it and it pushes the boundaries of structural engineering.

2019: M50 Art Hotel

MUDA-Architects | Sichuan, China

Popular Choice Winner, 2019 A+Awards, Plus – Architecture +Models & Rendering


Given that this design is based in Pingle, Sichuan — a town whose plan is musically themed — a song became the primary inspiration for the proposal. The shape is derived from the motion of the plucked string of a guqin, a Chinese instrument, at the climax of the song “Feng Qiu Huang”. For this reason, the studio wove in local culture and lore with a futuristic design language. The dip in the curve creates the main entrance and the horizontal lines on the surface give the illusion of strings. The studio has also incorporated vegetation in the interiors.

This project was on the forefront of the of recent trend in curved white forms, which continue to grow more and more popular. However, while such designs are becoming more contemporary, many architects are still trying to tie them back to the local culture and history.

2020: 8850 Sunset Boulevard

Kilograph | Los Angeles, California

Popular Choice and Jury Winner, 2020 A+Awards, Plus – Architecture +Models & Rendering


This winning competition entry is a mixed-use project in West Hollywood’s Sunset strip. The structure comprises 115 hotel rooms, 31 condos, 10 affordable housing units, a gym and spa, a restaurant and a rooftop pool. It also features an 820 square foot (250 square meter) billboard for advertising in this prime location. The structure has two main components: a residential glass tower and an abstract white form that is connected to the tower on the top. The connecting bridge on the top houses the recreational amenities.

Like the award-winning designs in the previous years, expansive panels of glass and striking white lines dominate this design. One can also see the evolution of abstract forms and complex structural framework. There is also a focus on incorporating nature within the design by adding vegetation on vertical surfaces.

2021: Powered by Ulsteinvik

Kaleidoscope | Ulsteinvik, Norway

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Plus – Architecture +Models & Rendering


Images by KVANT-1 and Kaleidoscope

A strong example of sustainable design, this solar-powered mixed-use complex features housing, an innovation hub, recreational spaces and a garden. The studio uses photovoltaic ‘SmartPERGOLA’ modules in meeting places and photovoltaic panels in its SmartHUB to generate energy. The housing complex, also known as GrowHOUSE, features a system to harvest rainwater.

This structure represents the shift towards green architecture. Buildings of the future will not only have to consume energy efficiently but also find ways to create a self-sustaining ecosystem. Modular construction, such as the prefabricated CLT blocks proposed in this design, also makes projects more sustainable, less harmful to the environment and quicker to execute.

2022: ???

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Mogan Valley // line+


Project Status: BuiltYear: 2020Size: 100,000 sqft – 300,000 sqftBudget: Unknown

Text description provided by the architects.

Different from the normal community and village, we’d like to create a new rural community, which is rustic and refined. The design concept is driven by the organization of the traditional settlements and relates to the context. It is located at the eastern foot of Mogan Mountain, born between five original valleys.

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The existing farmland texture and valley view corridor shock us firstly. Organize the space by 15 buildings with small volumes to enjoy this natural view. As for the specific layout, take the buildings’ main orientations, sloping terrain, sunlight resources into account. It seems that these residential groups with courtyard are set randomly, but in fact it is a precise planning.

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Like other organic villages in China, it fits perfectly with the terrain. On the other hand, there are a lot of irregular outdoor spaces enclosed by buildings of different orientations, which is for residents’ activities. The wall is made of the local and sustainable materials – rammed earth, bamboo and wood wall panels, emphasizing the growth and locality of the buildings.

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The interior is made of the same materials of the building façade – rammed earth texture, rendering the demarcation between inside/outside ambiguous and making it different from the residential buildings in the city. Just importantly, the residents could get the rural feeling whether indoors or outdoors, which is the project aims to do.

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In addition, lawn platform in front of the book bar as a hub to be enjoyed by everyone provides universal access to the public spaces and home..

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The A+List: 161 Architecture and Design Firms to Watch

Architizer’s global architectural awards program, the 10th Annual A+Awards, is now accepting submissions, with a Main Entry Deadline of December 17th this year. As well as celebrating some of the most innovative, recently-completed projects around the globe, the A+Awards also serves as an incredible indicator for which designers will be at the forefront of innovation in the coming year.

In recognition of this fact, Architizer is delighted to present the third edition of the coveted A+List, an annual run-down of every firm that scooped an A+Award and A+Firm Award in the previous season. The A+List forms a comprehensive guide to the world’s best architecture firms, and is refreshed each year based on the results of the annual A+Awards program. You can see last season’s A+List here.

The A+List is arranged alphabetically, with more information available by clicking on the link to each firm’s profile. We’ve also picked out a selection of featured firms, providing some extra background on their A+Award triumphs.

Get Your Firm On the Next A+List

To secure your position on next year’s A+List, make sure to enter the 10th Annual A+Awards before the Main Entry Deadline on December 17th. As well as featuring within this definitive directory of high quality firms, winning firms will also have their work published in Monacelli’s stunning, hardbound compendium on the World’s Best Architecture, and gain amazing publicity through our year-round global celebration of design.

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Without further ado, explore the work of each of these immensely talented firms below, and good luck with your submissions to this year’s program!

The 3rd Annual A+List

ahylo

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Ceilings

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Hall / Theater

Albertin Architekten

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Health

Alexander &CO.

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Workspace

Amir Hossein Afzali Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt – Private House (L >3000 sq ft)

ANGOSTO E IBAÑEZ ARQUITECTOS

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Preservation

anonimous

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Concrete

AQUIDOS ARCHITECTURE

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Low Cost Design

Arch-Age-Design (AAD)

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Showrooms

Archermit

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Cultural & Expo Centers

Architects 49

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Retail

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Residential Interiors (ArchSD

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Gallery & Exhibition Spaces

ArquitectonicaGEO (ArqGEO)

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Urban and Masterplan

Atelier Lina Bellovicova

Project of the Year, 2021 A+Awards

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +New Materials

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (XS

Featured Firm: Atelier Scale


The Wave by Atelier Scale, Shenzhen, China | Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Landscape

Atelier Scale

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Landscape

Atelier Scale is a Los Angeles-based landscape studio that has perfected the delicate balance between macro and micro architectural and urban scales. Regardless of the project size, from large to small, their designs are realized as interactive articulations of the relationships between the whole and parts, groups and individuals. Take for instance their Restroom in the Mountains or The Wave: Both projects are organized around module systems that allow a high degree of flexibility, allowing them to be adapted to the topography of their respective sites without sacrificing the aesthetic appeal or overshadowing the surrounding context.

Atelier Sergio Rebelo

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Hospitality

Aytac Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Institutional

B² Architecture

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Branding

Ballistic Architecture Machine

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Urban Transformation

Ballman Khapalova

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Masterplan

BDP Quadrangle

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Shopping Center

Behin Ha Design Studio

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Art

Beijing Puri Lighting Design Co.,LTD.

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Light

Bergmeyer

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Workspace

BKSK Architects

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Collaboration

bo.M designstudio

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Transportation

Bond Society

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Primary & High Schools

BORD Architectural Studio

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Engineering

Featured Firm: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Arkitektkontor


Vøringsfossen Waterfall Area by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS ARKITEKTKONTOR, Eidfjord, Norway | Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Stairs | Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Prefab

Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Arkitektkontor

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Prefab

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Stairs

Norwegian architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk founded his eponymous studio in 1990. Since then, the Oslo-based office has maintained its small size and high, independent professional standards. With a team of around just six full-time architects, their projects range from small design and interior assignments to medium-sized architecture and large-scale planning services. On top of his decorated private practice, Hølmebakk has taught at the Oslo School of Architecture and at the Rhode Island School of Design, and lectured at other schools of architecture.

Carlos Zwick Architekten BDA

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (XL >6000 sq ft)

Carvalho Araújo

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (S 1000-2000 sq ft)

Caspar Schols

Project of the Year, 2021 A+Awards

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Living Small

CCL Architects & Planners

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Kindergartens

CCY Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Façades

CHINA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN&RESEARCH GROUP

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Stadium & Arena

Christ & Gantenbein

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Mixed Use

Clayton Korte

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Bars & Wineries

CLOU architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Shopping Center

Colorado Building Workshop

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Community

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Stone

Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Private Garden

Crossboundaries

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Learning

Featured Firm: Cumulus Studio


Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre by Cumulus Studio, TAS, Australia | Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Transportation Infrastructure | Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Cultural & Expo Centers

Cumulus Studio

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Transportation Infrastructure

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Cultural & Expo Centers

Though Cumulus Studio is spread across four Australian offices — in Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne and Adelaide — the twenty-one designers that make up their team work as a unified practice. This distribution allows the firm to take on work that ranges in size and scope, with the flexibility to bring local, external specialist consultants into the fold when specific expertise is required. This cohesive and collaborative approach truly sets their work apart from the rest; sharing and workshopping ideas results in highly unique and effect solutions to each brief.

David Hertz Architects, Studio of Environmental Architecture

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (XL >6000 sq ft)

Davide Macullo Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Spa & Wellness

Diana Kellogg Architects

Project of the Year, 2021 A+Awards

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +For Good

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Primary & High Schools

ECG International Landscape Consultants

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Public Park

Einwiller Kuehl Inc.

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Urban Transformation

Enia architectes

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Art

Ennead Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Sustainability

ENZO EUSEBI+PARTNERS

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Factories & Warehouses

EwingCole

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Learning

FDomes

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Living Small

Featured Firm: Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners


‘Typhoon-Proof’ Shenzhen’s East Coast by Felixx Landscape, Shenzhen, China | Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Water

Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Water

Founded in 2014, Felixx specializes in designing and engineering landscapes that maximize environmental impact. Their locally-embedded design solutions are aimed at addressing urgent global challenges. Taking on projects within a broad international scope, their clients include governments, NGOs and private developers, and their output varies from spatial research, landscape transformation strategies and developing masterplans, to public space and product design. Across the spectrum, their solutions seek to diversity environmental landscapes by transforming them from mono-functional places into complex hybrids that integrate vital systems with scenic experiences.

fjmtstudio

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Higher Education & Research Facilities

Fogarty Finger

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Coworking Space

Form4 Architecture

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Metal

General Architecture Collaborative

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +For Good

GOA (Group of Architects)

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Cultural

HDR

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Institutional

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Health

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Models & Rendering

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Commercial

Heatherwick Studio

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Hospitals & Healthcare Center

Henriquez Partners Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Multi Unit Housing – High Rise (16+ Floors)

HES Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt – Private House (S HLW

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Office Interiors (>25,000 sq ft.)

HWCD

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Office – Low Rise (1-4 Floors)

Featured Firm: Irving Smith Architects


SCION Innovation Hub – Te Whare Nui o Tuteata by RTA Studio and Irving Smith Architects, Rotorua, New Zealand | Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Wood

Irving Smith Architects

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Wood

Lead by Andrew Irving and Jeremy Smith, this innovative firm is making waves for their iconic, sustainable and researched-based design practice. At present, their research is aimed at exploring the possibilities of structural timber design solutions. This is exemplified in their collaboration with RTA Studio, which resulted in the decorated SCION Innovation Hub – Te Whare Nui o Tuteata. The growing firm’s current work ranges from cultural, urban, civic and residential projects spread throughout New Zealand and, more recently, in the USA and France.

irwin kritioti architecture

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Transport Interiors

Itten+Brechbühl AG

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Office – Mid Rise (5-15 Floors)

J.C. Architecture

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Government & Civic Buildings

Jiang & Associates Creative Design

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Transport Interiors

Johnston Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (XS K-Thengono Design Studio

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Bars & Wineries

Kaleidoscope Nordic AS

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Models & Rendering

Kennedy & Violich Architecture

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +New Technology

KIENTRUC O

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Kindergartens

Killa Design

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Engineering

Kim Kiwon & Kelly Lwu / KKKL

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Public Housing

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Office – High Rise (16+ Floors)

Kokaistudios

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Gallery & Exhibition Spaces

Featured Firm: Koning Eizenberg Architecture


Flor 401 Lofts by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Los Angeles, CA | Popular Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Multi Unit House Mid Rise (5-15 Floors)

Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Multi Unit Housing – Mid Rise (5-15 Floors)

From adaptive reuse to social housing, this office places social interaction at the heart of their designs — a conviction underlies their rethinking of housing, community and educational settings. Collaborative design processes are baked into their practice, which draws on the active participation of Principals Hank Koning, Julie Eizenberg, Brian Lane and Nathan Bishop to create architecture that promotes sustainable neighborhoods. Indeed, their unique approach to myriad programatic types can equally be attributed to a design and technical team who are similarly invested in humanist values and environmental agenda.

Kris Lin International Design

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Showrooms

Lagranja Design, S.L

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Office Interiors (Lamar Johnson Collaborative LLC

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Public Park

LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt – Multi-Unit Housing (L >10 Floors)

LEVER Architecture

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Public Housing

LIN architecture

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Pop-Ups & Temporary

line+

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Spa & Wellness

llLab.

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Pavilions

MAD Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Multi Unit Housing – Mid Rise (5-15 Floors)

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Concrete

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Hall / Theater

Featured Firm: Mário Martins – Atelier de Arquitectura


Casa das Freiras by Mário Martins – Atelier de Arquitectura Lda., Lagos, Portugal | Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (L 4,000 – 6,000 sq ft)

Mário Martins – Atelier de Arquitectura

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (L 4000-6000 sq ft)

Mário Martins creates unforgettable residential design. Born in Lagos, Algarve and trained in Lisbon, this Portuguese architect draws on the vernacular of his birthplace to produce a contemporary and distinct residential aesthetic. From renovation work to research interests in photography and audiovisual media, his engagement with architecture is layered and multifaceted. His practice ranges in its output, from public facilities and private developments, to family homes, collective housing, tourist developments, public facilities, urban regeneration, urban planning and more.

MARS Studio

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Cultural

Marty Chou Architecture

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Apartment

MdeAS Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Office – High Rise (16+ Floors)

Mensulae | Architecture & Heritage

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Preservation

META-Project

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Metal

MIA Design Studio

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (L 4000-6000 sq ft)

Moguang Studio

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Renovation

Montalba Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Prefab

Morphogenesis Lab

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +New Technology

Morris Adjmi Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Adaptive Reuse

nARCHITECTS

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Environment

NL Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Libraries

Featured Firm: odd+architects


A House in the Andes by odd+architects, Ecuador | Popular Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Brick | Popular Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Stairs

odd+architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Brick

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Stairs

The designs of this Ecuador-based design studio are found at the intersection of architecture, landscape, urbanism and culture. Though a process akin to ecological anthropology, they study the relationships that emerge through cultural adaptation within various geographies. In this way, they strive to create architecture that is not only highly contextual, but that is also integrated with its natural surroundings. This relationship between landscape and built form is on full display at A House in the Andes, where carving access areas through the mounds exposes rammed earth walls, mimicking the ancestral ‘Chaquiñán’ – a system of trails used by the ancient Andeans.

Office of Takumi Iwasawa / AUFTAKT + Tetsuya Sekimoto Architecture

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Multi Unit Housing – Low Rise (1-4 Floors)

Orange Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt – Multi-Unit Housing (L >10 Floors)

Orms

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Hotels & Resorts

Overland Partners

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Renovation

Palmyra PLLC

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Color

PARA Project

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt – Private House (L >3000 sq ft)

Parnagian Architects LLC

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt – Private House (S PBDW Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Sustainability

petrjanda / brainwork

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Sports & Recreation

Pitsou Kedem Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Apartment

Plan Architect

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Office – Mid Rise (5-15 Floors)

Plasma Studio

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Restaurants (S

Featured Firm: Populous


Carolina Panthers Rock Hill Development by Populous, Rock Hill, SC | Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Sports & Recreation

Populous

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Sports & Recreation

From stadiums and arenas to airports, Populous specializes in designing spectacular venues for memorable, shared experiences. With roots going back four decades — back to the 1980s when they were HOK Sport Venue Event and LOBB Partnership — the global design firm has continuously innovated and inspired, marking their maturation when they officially became Populous back in 2009. Since then, they have continued fusing their technical expertise with visionary design right up to the present day.

Post Company

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Restaurants (S RDH Architects (RDHA)

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Community

Redland-scape.Ltd.

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Private Garden

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Multi Unit Housing – Low Rise (1-4 Floors)

RIOS

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Office Interiors (>25,000 sq ft.)

Ronald Lu & Partners

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Factories & Warehouses

Rooi Design and Research

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Pop-Ups & Temporary

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Adaptive Reuse

RSP Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Masterplan

RTA Studio

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Wood

Featured Firm: Rvad Studio


Tagh Behesht by Rvad Studio, Mashhad, Iran | Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Commercial

Rvad Studio

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Commercial

This emerging design studio was co-founded in Tehran in 2020 by two young Iranian architects, Ms. Hannaneh Misaghi and Mr. Hasan Dehghanpour. Placing history and culture at the forefront of their designs, their office foregrounds the relationship between architecture and humanity. In this way, they seek to provide architectural solutions that not only anticipate the needs of future generations, but also ingeniously propose socially-focused ways for culture to evolve. Their projects range from single-family houses to residential, commercial and mixed-use large-scale complexes, to urban master plans.

Safdie Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Mixed Use

Sanzpont [arquitectura]

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt – Multi-Unit Housing (S Shanghai PTArchitects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Landscape

Shanghai United Design Group Co., Ltd.

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Religious Buildings & Memorials

SHAPE Architecture

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Light

Sharon Tzarfati Photography

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Photography & Video

Shoayb Khattab

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Photography & Video

Sinas Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Stone

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Transportation Infrastructure

Smart Design Studio

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Office Interiors (smartvoll

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Government & Civic Buildings

Steyn Studio

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Restaurants (L >1000 sq ft)

Stinessen Arkitektur

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Glass

Studio 10

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Religious Buildings & Memorials

Studio Egret West

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Coworking Space

Featured Firm: Studio Gang


One Hundred by Studio Gang, St. Louis, Missouri | Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Multi Unit Housing – High Rise (16+ Floors)

Studio Gang

Jury Winner & Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Gyms & Recreation Centers

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Multi Unit Housing – High Rise (16+ Floors)

Studio Gang has produced some of the most striking architecture in America over the past decade. When it comes to innovative textural façades that add movement — even rhythm —to the urban environment, Studio Gang truly is a leader in the field. Projects such as One Hundred, Solar Carve and Aqua Tower have pushed the bounds of the skyscraper typology by rethinking the role of sunlight in façade design, tower siting and massing. Ever the versatile firm, the adaptive reuse of a former coal plant for Beloit College Powerhouse and and the geological massing of the Richard Gilder Center at New York’s Museum of Natural History further underline the eminence of this Chicago-headquartered practice.

Studio Link-Arc

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Ceilings

Studio Zhu Pei

Project of the Year, 2021 A+Awards

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Museum

Suh Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Branding

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Façades

SUP Atelier of THAD

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +New Materials

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Low Cost Design

Tadao Ando Architect and Associates

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Museum

Takeru Shoji Architects.Co.,Ltd.

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (S 1000-2000 sq ft)

Teeple Architects Inc.

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Higher Education & Research Facilities

The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Stadium & Arena

The Design Institute Of Landscape & Architecture China Academy Of Art CO.,LTD

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Libraries

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Residential Interiors (>3000 sq ft)

The Miller Hull Partnership

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (M 2000-4000 sq ft)

TROP: terrains + open space

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Urban and Masterplan

Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Unbuilt Transportation

Valentí Albareda Tiana

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Residential Interiors (Virkkunen & Co Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Brick

Featured Firm: VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)


Stepping Park House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Project of the Year, 2021 A+Awards | Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Environment

VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)

Project of the Year, 2021 A+Awards

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Environment

With offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects) is a leading architectural practice that is based in Vietnam and known across the globe. Indeed, their team of more than 60 international architects, engineers and staff work together on cultural, residential and commercial projects worldwide. Founded in 2006, VTN first gained international recognition for their innovative bamboo designs. Their more recent work evolves this approach by fusing a contemporary design vocabulary with a uniquely local sensibility — grounded in an urban-oriented mentality — to explore green and sustainable possibilities for the 21st century.

Weber Thompson

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Water

Will Gamble Architects

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Private House (M 2000-4000 sq ft)

Woods + Dangaran

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Residential Interiors (>3000 sq ft)

X+LIVING

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Retail

Zaha Hadid Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Hotels & Resorts

ZAV Architects

Jury Winner, 2021 A+Awards, Architecture +Color

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Qionghai Lake 17° General Hall Hotel // Beijing Puri Lighting Design Co.,LTD.


Project Status: BuiltYear: 2020Size: 1,000,000 +

Text description provided by the architects.

The original site was the former residence of Liu Xiangzhi, an official in the Qing Dynasty. It’s wooden and adopts column and tie construction, featured in tranquility and ancient charm. After a hundred years, it tells the history of the past in the halo and precipitation of time.The lighting design strives to create a subtle and restrained, yet prominent light environment.

© Beijing Puri Lighting Design Co.,LTD.

The lighting method of brightening the cavity in ​​the ancient house highlights the unique cavity decoration design in the building structure. The color temperature is colored by warm white light, which not only restores the color texture of the building itself, but also strengthens the modeling arc of the gable part of traditional Chinese architecture.At night, you can dream of the past and present, feeling the unique Chinese architectural charm of the cornices and white walls and deva.The lighting of the extension area continues the design of the overall light environment, focusing on the facade lighting.

© Beijing Puri Lighting Design Co.,LTD.

The combination of various lighting methods such as dots, lines and planes will show the architectural form vividly.The promenade part is different from the traditional one, and the linear lighting of the facade is mostly used to provide functional lighting for the moving lines, so that the traditional and elegant architecture also contains a bright modern temperament.Lying late at night I heard the storm, I dreamed of the armored horse and the ice-cold river.It was late at night, and there was gurgling rain outside the window.

© Beijing Puri Lighting Design Co.,LTD.

Lying on the bed, I heard wind and rain outside the window and began dreaming.In my dreams, I was the general-in-chief in the armor, striding across the frozen river to fight in the battlefield.When I woke up again, the light is soft and warm, I could not help but sigh the universe, and cherish the plain warmth.The extraordinariness is showed in the ordinary thing, and ancient rhyme and modernity are combined perfectly.

© Beijing Puri Lighting Design Co.,LTD.

Headquarters of the general-in-chief allows you to have a dreamlike experience..

© Beijing Puri Lighting Design Co.,LTD.

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BRC Century Business Plaza Regeneration // Woods Bagot


Project Status: Under ConstructionSize: 500,000 sqft – 1,000,000 sqftBudget: 50M – 100M

Text description provided by the architects.

Blue RealEstate Company (BRC), a multi-industry enterprise mainly specialized in real estate and digital construction, plans to transform the Century Business Plaza, Chengdu – a retail building back to the 1990s – into a comprehensive office campus.

Located in the city center of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, China, the vision of the redevelopment is to create a new prototype of an office building.

© Woods Bagot

© Woods Bagot

Originated in the 1990s, the building exterior was mixed with disharmony elements, dated materials, stick-out signages, and MEP equipment, and the indoor environment is dark, depressing, and lacks floor planning. Therefore, introduce a large open area with a natural landscape and cultural elements into the workplace become the key solution of the generation.

© Woods Bagot

© Woods Bagot

Thus create a stand-out office building within the existing site constraint, that attracts tenants and visitors with fusion and healthy experiences. Inspired by the traditional Chinese garden, the design principle is to simplify the façade to create a pure city interface with a “Chinese traditional garden” in the central atrium.

© Woods Bagot

© Woods Bagot

The design team not only introduced sufficient sunlight into the building but created a comfortable, flexible, and ecological office space for both building users and citizens.

The central garden embraces an imaginative “Peach Blossom Land” from Chinese legend to create a journey of discovery an ethereal utopia in harmony with nature.

© Woods Bagot

© Woods Bagot

The organic building entrances and the façade composed of reflective dragon scales, which naturally attract the eyes and lead people into the garden. It is like the translucent medium of the secular world and this peach blossom land.

In addition to creating a city garden for citizens, the renovation evokes the history, culture, natural beauty, and vitality that are the hallmarks of the ancient city and Sichuan province.

© Woods Bagot

© Woods Bagot

The regeneration of BRC Century Business Plaza sets a new benchmark for a future renovation project in China..

© Woods Bagot

© Woods Bagot

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Black Friday: 10 Top Laptops and Accessories for Architects and Designers

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Another Black Friday is upon us with the some of the best deals of the year; however, this year the annual shopping bonanza comes after months of disruption by the pandemic. Although the pandemic paused the world for a while, we were able to explore possibilities of working outsides the offices. While technologies never stop developing, devices with sharp graphics and powerful processors have never been so portable, making the hybrid work from home lifestyle even easier for architects and designers.

Whether you have already returned to the offices or are still working on a flexible schedule, there are plenty of tools to choose from that will help boost your productivity and efficiency. We’ve rounded up the top products on sale this Black Friday that can power your creativity where ever you go, with unprecedentedly high quality and versatility. Explore this curated selection of online deals for tech products that will help help to boost your architectural practice without creating too much of a burden on your wallet.

Laptops and Tablets


MSI Creator Z16 Professional Laptop – $150 off

Creator Z16 harnesses MSI’s latest improvements — and the result is an ever-powerful performance for architects and designers. Taking a different aesthetic approach from its precedent Creator 15, the Z16 laptop features a metallic shell and a thinner profile of only 0.64 inches.

With a 16-inch QHD+ screen of a P3 wide color gamut, it is uniquely capable of showcasing your artistic creations in fine details and highly accurate colors. You can always trust a gaming laptop producer for its ability to provide what you need for up-to-date graphic and animation productions. Additionally, Z16’s Intel Core 11th Gen i7 processor, 8 cores and 4.6 GHz dual-core turbo frequency together with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs facilitate a smooth rendering process either on CPU or GPU.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 – $150 off

If you desire both style and performance on an easily portable laptop, Microsoft Surface is a clear top choice. The Surface Laptop 4 comes in both 13.5 inches and 15 inches with responsive touch screens that satisfy different working environments.

Yet, even with the 15 inch model in metal finishes, the laptop weighs just 3.4 pounds, and this figure can decrease for more than half a pound depending on various configurations. It runs on both Intel Core 11th Gen i5 or i7, and AMD Ryzen 5 and 7. Accordingly, you also have choices for GPU, which are Intel’s graphic magic — Iris Xe Graphics and AMD’s Microsoft Surface Edition: AMD Radeon. With an outstanding battery life of over 17 hours, you can record your creativity anywhere you go.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro – $262 off

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro is another nice choice for portability, with a much more affordable price. It continues Samsung’s style of mystic blue and silver in a metallic finish. With a super lightweight of only 2.3 pounds and a long-lasting battery that runs for 20 hours, this 11-millimeter-thin book can be with you even when travelling for business.

Implemented with Wi-Fi 6E technology, the computer allows for much faster online communication and browsing experiences with low latencies, securing your internet efficiency no matter you work from home, in the office or on your way. Supporting all these features are Intel 11th Gen i7 processor and Xe Graphics that power your visual works with high quality.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 FE – $230 and $150 off respectively

If you long for an even more portable device for your everyday creativity, you may consider Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 or S7 FE. Both tablets display on an LCD screen of 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, making images slightly more accurate on S7’s 11-inch screen than on the 12.4-inch S7 FE.

That said, the S7 FE still makes a nice deal for a larger screen, while an S7 plus (12.4-inch) costs $270 more than S7 FE. In general, the S7 rings in at a higher rate than S7 FE for its processor Qualcomm SDM865+ processer and 120Hz screen, which offer you extremely smooth working and gaming experiences. Both models feature Samsung’s star product, S Pen that helps you write and draw effortlessly anywhere.

Screen Extensions

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UPERFECT 4K Portable Monitor – $51 off

A portable monitor can be a game changer for many aspects of your day, ranging from your working hours to leisure time. For instance, it will allow you to work multi-screen in conjunction with your original laptop/monitor, or to enjoy a movie downloaded on your phone on a 15.6-inch 4K screen.

UPERFECT offers this 4K portable monitor at a fair price. Weighing 1.9 pounds, it is flexible and easy to adjust for changing situations. The anti-glare glass, 300 cd/m² brightness and 100% sRGB wide color gamut ensure sharp and accurate visuals under a variety of lighting conditions.

Trio portable monitor
Trio Max Portable Monitor for Laptop – $87 off

Trio Max Portable Monitor is another choice if you are looking for a screen extension from your laptop. By attaching the case to the back of your laptop, it could easily become a rotatable extension of your screen that can be slid out when you need it. The case can also make the monitor a stand-alone screen that can be either viewed in landscape or portrait mode, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a brightness of 300 cd/m².

FICIHP screen extender
FICIHP Plus Dual Laptop Screen Extender – $42 off

FICIHP Plus Dual Laptop Screen Extender is a lightweight alternative to Trio Max, which comes in 1080p, 11.6-inch and 1.3 pounds while a 12.5-inch Trio weighs 1.8 pounds. Both products connect to your laptop or mobile devices through video transmitting USB-C ports. Similar to Trio, the case of the monitor supports different display modes including landscape mode attached to the laptop, or stand-alone with either landscape or portrait mode.

Portable SSD

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SanDisk 4TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD – $150 off

As architects and designers, file storing is always a concern when buying computers. Now with SanDisk’s 4TB portable SSD, storing and organizing all the images, model and film files are much easier and flexible even if you work with a computer of small SSD.

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Horizons landscape // ROMERA Y RUIZ ARQUITECTOS


Project Status: BuiltYear: 2019Size: 5000 sqft – 10,000 sqftBudget: 1M – 5M

Text description provided by the architects.

The horizon is shown to us as the face of the earth, an outline which identifies a place and differentiates it from another. Horizon and horizontal become close but reality shows us subtle nuances that make them diverse. We look up searching for reference points. This is the moment when the horizon serves us as a guideline, giving us coordinates that gives us our position.

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The experience of space is fundamentally in motion. When we walk through an unknown place, we have moved carefully as we walk, watching our step. Suddenly, we are struck by a sense of disorientation and we look for a reference, we look at the horizon and recognize the place. We measure distances, proportions and orient ourselves.

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The castaway longs to find land, a line on the horizon to guide him. We walk hand in hand with the horizons, believing we might have not get lost.The sea offers us a succession of different sections in its encounters with the land. The same element, water, establishes different ways of revealing itself to a matter, the earth, through its form.

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The shore, the line of intersection of the water with the island, offers variations to a question of descriptive geometry: a rocky coast, a suspended plane, a port… The silhoutte of a coast provides an unstable profile, vigilant of the tides, of the waves that change it, but like the hesitant outline of a sketch allows the definitive silhouette to be defined, that of absolute value, that which correspondes to the form given by the place, adapting itself to the topography.

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The new public space of the Maritime Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is built emphasizing the horizontality of the land, by means of a great suspended platform that transforms the place discovering a surface with unprecedented characteristics since raising by the sea a few meters, extends our horizon a great distance.

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New, simple, illusory and imaginative forms are placed on this platform. When planning we try to shape what does not exist, the object of a project is to give shape to a certain request. We can only transform what exists and intervene on site by altering it. In this way a perfectly differentiated world emerges, that of the place and that of the object, with two verbs of their own, transform and form.

The origin of Lateen Sailing in the Canary Islands possibly dates back to the 14th century when there was a small Genoese trading post in Lanzarote.

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Most of the representations of boats arriving in the Canaries in those days are of Lateen Sailing, which used to sail upwind along the African coast. Nowadays, regattas in Gran Canaria are widely supported and have a strong tradition. In homage to this tradition, the basic geometry of lateen sailing is extracted for this project.

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The triangular geometry vibrates and moves to react to environmental conditions. These factors set the principal directions for the design of the promenade and the reflective canopies; these include, among others: direct view from the new promenade to the Santa Catalina Quay and the protection of the new common areas from the dominant winds and solar movement.

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The intertwining of the canopies floating on the new floor generates a perceptive ambiguity that immerses us in an environmet that replicates what it perceives. Together they make up two triangles that are visual focal points of their immediate surroundings. The space under the canopies becomes a game of mirrors, where relationships are built between the what is real and virtual.

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The fact of breaking the ground and framing it under the canopy in a precise manner, reinforces this idea of virtuality, where the passer-by enters an imaginary world. The perception of the whole is characterised by the lightness of the formal game of the canopies with their shared light entry, reinforced by the visual lightness provided by the new covering material, as well as the sloping texture of the coastal halophilic gardens, which show a changing dimension according to where you approach.

These directions together with others, as a result of the programme of requirements, generate an anisotropic spatial mesh that the project assumes as a starting point for the geometry of the walk.

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The formalisation of the project is resolved with two materials, concrete and glass, and with three layers at three different levels. The first one is flush with the existing walk and shares the same material to achieve a continuity that integrates the intervention with the walk. The other two layers are under the promenade: one and two metres below it, but always above the highest tides and within the limits of the naval protection perimeter.

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One of the objectives of the project with this new accesible walk is to narrow the distance between citizens and the sea in almost all the city. This is achieved by means of a large terrace suspended over the sea, and inserted in the port landscape so characteristic of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Freed from gravity, our feet on the water search for a place to look and extend our distances and find the face of the place, that image that allows us to recognize it.

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