Architectural Photographers: Allan Crow

MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Allan Crow

Allan Crow may be, as he humbly puts it, just one of “two blokes that take photos.” But Hufton+Crow, the studio founded by him and Nick Hufton ten years ago, has reached far more than humble success. The duo have shot some of the most talked-about architectural works of the last few years -from Zaha Hadid‘s Galaxy Soho to Steven Holl‘s Sliced Porosity Block to BIG‘s Danish Maritime Museum - and have been published in renowned websites and magazines around the world. Learn more about how Crow began his career as well as his favorite architecture, after the break.

Foster + Partners’ SSE Hydro Arena Features Translucent Skin, Innovative Seating System

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Glasgow has just unveiled its new multipurpose structure which will end up revitalizing the Clyde Waterfront, which went into decline and neglect for many years following the closure of the town’s major shipyards. After 8 years of construction, Foster + Partners’ SSE Hydro now reveals its ETFE facade which is lit up every evening. During the day it manages to blend in with the usual changing Glasgow skyline.

The structure of the SSE Hydro Arena is covered by a 1.400 ton steel housing – one of the largest domes in Europe – and the ETFE translucent building enclosure allows one to discern what is happening inside from the outside. A 260 ton ring which supports the is suspended from the dome, which will allow spectacular and customized for each show.

The modern technology applied to this project contrasts with its interior structure that has been based on the Roman amphitheater, allowing each and every spectator at an event — which can be up to 13.000 — to have an optimal view of the stage. The viewing angle and comfort of the user is furthermore guaranteed by the special seating system designed by Foster + Partners along with Figueras International Seating.

Cube House / Nomena

© Juan Solano

Architects: Nomena
Location: , Peru
Project Area: 310 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Juan Solano

Communication Linge Ferry Terminal / Knut Hjeltnes

© Jiri Havran

Architects: Knut Hjeltnes
Location: Valldal, Norway
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jiri Havran

BCN – NYC Urban Bridge 2014

BCN – NYC Urban Bridge 2014

Throughout 2014, three major New York institutions – the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College – will be hosting exhibitions and programs that will celebrate Catalan architecture in New York City. These events serve as the foundation for “Barcelona-New York City Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.”

106 Dwellings in Pamplona / Tabuenca Saralegui

© Imagina2 Visualization Studio

Architects: Tabuenca Saralegui
Location: , Navarre,
Project Architects: Luis Tabuenca, Fermín Saralegui, Mikel Chalezquer
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Imagina2 Visualization Studio

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Courtesy of amphibianArc

amphibianArc Claims First Prize in Ningbo Yinzhou Planning Competition

amphibianArc has been announced as winner of the Ningbo Yinzhou Southern CBD Portal Planning competition. Commissioned by the same developers of the Ningbo Museum designed by Wang Shu, the ”transit-oriented” proposal aims to become the “driving force” of urban life in the masterplan’s fourth and final phase. 

UN-Habitat Announces Winners of Mass Housing Competition

The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)

A universal problem facing cities worldwide today is mass social housing. This issue manifests differently in different places: in some cases, housing built on modernist principles has proven unsustainable and socially problematic; in others, the challenge is to replace informal construction with safe, universal housing schemes — without repeating the mistakes of modernism.

To address these issues, UN Habitat launched a student competition in September to provide designs for local, specific solutions for cities around the globe. We’ve collected the winners in the overall competition, as well as some of our favorites from the 6 regional and 38 national winners, after the break.

Foster + Partners Submit Plans for One of Britain’s Tallest Towers


Foster + Partners has submitted plans for what would be the tallest residential tower in the . The “world-class development” includes a 73- and 36-story tower that would add more than 900 homes and 6,000 square meters of public space to the Isle of Dogs in east London.

“We will provide much-needed new homes, including new affordable homes, over an acre of new and enhanced public open space, a re-activated waterfront on to South Dock and the Millwall Cutting, as well as space for retail, bars and restaurants,” Berkeley Homes regional managing director Harry Lewis. “This is a rare opportunity to deliver such significant, high-quality public realm in Canary Wharf.”

EERJ Adaptation of Patio de Armas in El Real de la Jara Castle
 / Villegas Bueno Arquitectura

© Jesús Granada

Architects: Villegas Bueno Arquitectura
Location: 41250 , Sevilla, Spain
Architect In Charge: Miguel Villegas Ballesta, Lourdes Bueno Garnica
Project Area: 1409.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photography: Jesús Granada

AD Round Up: The Photography of Iwan Baan

Torre David in Caracas, Venezuela. Image © , Image courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

After reading this great profile in the Wall Street Journal, we thought now would be a great time to round-up the iconic shots of “the Indiana Jones of Architecture Photography“, Iwan Baan. From his first commission, documenting the construction of OMA‘s CCTV Headquarters, to projects such as Herzog & de Meuron‘s VitraHaus, he has brought us some of the most enduring images in contemporary architecture. But he is also known for certain trademarks: taking time for lesser-known humanitarian projects, such as MASS Design Group‘s Butaro Doctors’ Housing; focusing on human interaction with buildings, as seen in his photographs of the Torre David in Caracas for the Venice Biennale in 2012; and his penchant for helicopter shots – which resulted in the stunning photo of Manhattan in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (read the story behind the shot here).

JG House / Speziale Linares Arquitectos

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Architects: Speziale Linares Arquitectos
Location: San Benito, Entre Rios,
Design Team: Javier Speziale, Patricia Linares, Matías Quintela, Guillermo Gauna, Agustina Acosta
Project Area: 220 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos

Richard Serra First Artist to Win Architectural League President’s Medal

“Inside Out” (2013) / Richard Serra. Image © Flickr CC User Trevor Patt

Richard Serra has been announced as the first artist to win the Architectural League of New York President’s Medal. Serra, an American sculptor known for his large-scale sheet metal installations, was honored for “contributions his work makes to the way we think about space, viewer and object, site, and materiality, concerns relevant to both architects and the artist.”

Portrait, 2011.. Image © Alexandra Pawloff
Portrait, 2011.. Image © Alexandra Pawloff

Austrian Pritzker Prize Laureate Hans Hollein Passes Away

Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein has passed away twenty five days after he celebrated his eightieth birthday. Hollein, particularly known for his museum design, including Vienna’s Haas House (1990) and Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art, was once described by Richard Meier as an architect whose “groundbreaking ideas” have “had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects.” See a selection of Hollein’s work, from architecture to furniture, jewelry to glasses, to a high-rise in China, after the break…

UNStudio’s Responsive Facade to Transform Seoul Office Tower


UNStudio has won a competition to remodel the Hanwha headquarters in . With an aim to transform a building into a symbol of the leading environmental technology company’s values, UNStudio’s winning scheme will replace the skyscraper’s opaque panelling and single layer of dark glass with an animated facade designed to reduce solar gain, increase natural light, generate energy, and interact with its surrounding. 

Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten

© Karl Heinz Putz

Architects: Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten
Location: ,
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Karl Heinz Putz

Temporary Dormitories / a.gor.a Architects

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Architects: a.gor.a Architects
Location: Bangkok,
Area: 72 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects

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