Designing Aljada’s Central Hub

Zaha Hadid Architects Wins UAE Masterplan Competition



Following the international competition, ARADA has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to design the Central Hub, the centerpiece of Aljada, the developer’s masterplan in Sharjah, UAE. The other competitors in the invited competition were HOK (U.S.) and RMJM (London).


Developed with environmental considerations integrated

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Finalists in the Kaunas M.K. Čiurlionis Concert Centre International Design Contest announced


UAB Paleko Archstudija and UAB Baltic Engineers; Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; and Adam Khan Architects announced as the finalists of the Kaunas M.K. Čiurlionis Concert Centre International Design Contest


• 117 teams entered the contest from 36 countries • All concept designs for the Centre were judged anonymously • New M.K.

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Tallinn City Harbor Masterplan Competition


• Zaha Hadid Architects, London (winner) • Alejandro Zaera-Polo Maider Llaguno Architecture, Spain / Kavakava, Tallinn • Andres Alver, Tallinn

In Memoriam: William Bricken

It’s seldom that one finds a separate section in an obituary dedicated to architecture competitions. We shouldn’t have been surprised to find this in the case of Bill Bricken, a frequent participant in design competitions and one of our long-time subscribers. It was also a case where we had published articles on competitions

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Ross Pavilion International Competition Shortlist


The seven-strong shortlist that reached the second stage of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition was selected from the 125 teams (made up of 400 individual firms) who entered the competition. The Pavilion, which will provide a flexible platform for the imaginative arts and cultural programming that Edinburgh excels in, will allow visitors and

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Obama Library Model Presentation in Chicago

Image © Tod Williams and Billie Tsien



According to the Chicago Tribune, there will be a model presentation of the Obama Library on Wednesday, May 4th. The nonprofit Obama Foundation released a few details about Wednesday’s event, including that Mayor Rahm Emanuel , the president’s first White House chief of staff, will

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Green Square Library Moving Forward



Stewart Hollenstein’s winning design for the Green Square Library is under construction and is scheduled for completion early next year. The competition winner is the result of an open international competition which took place in two stages. Stewart Hollenstein, a young Sydney firm, won with their imaginative solution in the second stage

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Winner Announced for University of Warwick Faculty of Arts Building Competition


Winning Entry by FCB (Image © RIBA)

Award winning architecture practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB) has won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition to design the new Faculty of Arts Building at the University of Warwick, Coventry, in England’s West Midlands region.

The University of Warwick sought

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra Concert Hall – Edinburgh

Sponsor: International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust Scotland (IMPACT)

Expressions of Interest: 69 This is a shortlist of teams who will compete to design the planned arts centre behind the RBS building at 36 St Andrew Square.

The plans are for a 1,000-seat auditorium with rehearsal studios and recording space.

The six shortlisted teams

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Reichstag Visitors Center – Berlin/Tiergarten


©Markus Bonauer/Michael Bölling, Berlin with capattistaubach Landschaftsarchitekten

©Markus Schietsch Architekten GmbH mit Lorenz Engster Landschaftsarchitektur & Städtebau GmbH


After two rounds of judging, beginning with 187 entries from around the world, the jury reduced the number of competitors to 28 in the first round, then finally settled on two first-place finalists in the second stage, one of which will be commissioned to design the Center. (One may assume that the limited number of entries in such an important competition was limited by the fact that the competition language was held in German.) The building itself is not the only project element, as a tunnel linking the Visitors Center in the Tiergarten to the Reichstag also is an essential part of the plan. The total cost of the project to the government is to be limited to 150€M.


Winners (2)
Markus Bonauer/Michael Bölling, Berlin with capattistaubach Landschaftsarchitekten
Markus Schietsch, Zürich with Lorenz Eugster Landschaftsarchitektur & Städtebau GmbH


Site plan ©Markus Bonauer/Michael Bölling, Berlin with capattistaubach Landschaftsarchitekten



Site Plan ©Markus Schietsch Architekten GmbH mit Lorenz Engster Landschaftsarchitektur & Städtebau GmbH


Honorable Mentions (5)
• BGAA + FRPO Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos Asociados + FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol Arquitectos, Madrid (Spain) with VWA + UBERLAND, Vevey (Switzerland)
• bob-architektur BDA, Köln with FSWLA GmbH, Düsseldorf
• Henn GmbH, Berlin with Ingenieurgesellschaft BBP Bauconsulting mbH, Berlin
• Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten GmbH, Munich with Schüller Landschaftsarchitekten, Munich
• ARGE KIM NALLEWEG Architekten und César Trujillo Moya, Berlin with TDB Landschaftsarchitektur Thomanek Duquesnoy Boemans Partnerschaft, Berlin

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