BIG's Hualien Residences Look Like Gigantic Green-Roofed Mountains

BIG’s Hualien Wellness & Residential development in Taiwan is an eco-friendly home for the elderly that is designed to encourage a health-conscious and productive community of seniors. Its mountainous green roofs undulate and meander through the complex, bringing nature closer to the living spaces and helping to create a stress-free environment. BIG's project was recently honored as a winner in the 2014 Architizer A+Awards

The development is located on the eastern coast of Taiwan, which has recently seen a dramatic outflux of young people going to larger urban centers in search of better jobs. The area has since seen a growing demand for housing and recreational facilities for seniors and retirees.

The architects at BIG decided to introduce speed walking public paths to the complex, which meander through it and infuse outdoor spaces with liveliness and activity. In addition to the recreational areas, the development features an observation point, performance stage, shops, restaurants and healthcare services.

The entire neighborhood encourages interaction. Public paths can be used as meeting places and points of social contact. And an array of amenities such as media rooms, lounges, libraries, pools, common gardens and meditation spaces support the design concept to establish a low-stress environment

Winning Team Chosen to Build 2nd “Architectural Folie of the 21st century” in Montpellier

The "folie" continues with the winning team that will build a new "Architectural Folie of the 21st Century" for Montpellier, France.

The multidisciplinary team -- which includes Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associates, and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects as the architects -- won the closed competition with their project, "Arbre Blanc" (White Tree).

Its eye-catching appearance aside, the 10,000 m² mixed-use tower has a housing program, a restaurant, art gallery, panoramic bar and office spaces

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Arquitectonica Reveals Prelim Plans for Beckham Soccer Stadium Site in Miami

Arquitectonica from Miami unveiled the conceptual master plan that envisions a potential Major League Soccer Stadium site for the Port of Miami. A notable part of the plan is a soccer stadium that Arquitectonica designed with 360 Architects for soccer star David Beckham.

"Miami’s passionate soccer fans deserve an iconic stadium, and the Port of Miami provides a setting that would be truly unique not just for soccer in America, but globally,” said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica’s founding principal.  “The stadium would build on the incredible evolution of downtown Miami, and create a vibrant hub of cultural and entertainment activity along Miami’s waterfront, framed by significant new parks, plazas and open spaces along the Bay."

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Winning Projects of the 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards

The winners of the WoodWorks 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards sure know how to prove wood as a versatile material in architecture. Out of 140 entries -- the most the competition has ever received -- the jury selected nine of the most outstanding projects in wood architecture.

During the recent ceremony at the Southeast Wood Solutions Fair in Charlotte, NC, awards were given in categories including: Institutional Wood Design, Wood School Design, Commercial Wood Design, Multi‐Story Wood Design, Beauty of Wood, Green Building with Wood, Traditional Use of Wood, Innovative Wood Engineering, and Jury’s Choice.

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Futuristic Fort Like Structures Designed to Withstand Hurricanes

Spanish designer Dionisio Gonzales creates surreal forts meant to endure natural disasters such as hurricanes. These fictional structures made of iron and concrete are hybrids of beach houses, bunkers and space ships, and are part of the artist’s latest series of designs entitled “Dauphin Island”. The project was shown at Gonzales’ first solo exhibition at the Yusto/Giner art gallery in Marbella, Spain, under the title “Architecture for Resistance.”

The artist designs otherworldly structures and carefully inserts them into existing landscapes through photographic manipulation. These physical sites are found on Dauphin Island, located in the Gulf of Mexico. The island of around 1,200 inhabitants is known for devastating hurricanes and storms that destroy most of the residences built on the shore.

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2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners

The winners for the 9th annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition have finally been revealed! The sky is indeed the limit for the popular worldwide competition, which gave participants complete freedom with their skyscraper designs. Imaginative ideas aside, entrants also had to examine the skyscraper's definition, purpose, and potential in the 21st century.

Out of 525 entries from 43 countries in all continents, the Jury awarded three winners and twenty honorable mentions:

  • 1st place: "Vernacular Versatility" by Yong Ju Lee - U.S.
  • 2nd place: "Car and Shell: or Marinetti’s Monster" by Mark Talbot and Daniel Markiewicz - U.S.
  • 3rd place: "Propagate Skyscraper" by YuHao Liu and Rui Wu - Canada

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Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower to Claim World’s Tallest Building Title

Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS+GG) has officially been announced as the design architects for the Kingdom Tower that is to be built in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Initially planned to stand one mile (1.6 km) high and be called the Mile-High Tower, the building was scaled down after soil testing in the area in 2008 cast doubt over whether the location could support a building of that height. Now the building will stand over 0.62 miles (one kilometer) tall, which will still allow it to overshadow the 2,717 ft. (828 m) Burj Khalifa to claim the title of the world's tallest building.

The Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of Kingdom City, a 57 million square foot (5.3 million m2) development located along the Red Sea north of Jeddah, which is known as the traditional gateway to the holy city of Mecca. The entire development has been budgeted at US$20 billion, with the Kingdom Tower alone costing approximately $1.2 billion to construct and covering an area of 5.7 million square feet (530,000 m2).

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Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board

In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, they have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect People profiles.

Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Student Work.

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