The world’s first shadowless skyscrapers


Shadowless buildingsArchitecture firm NBBJ has revealed its plan for a couple of very unusual buildings in London.

These two skyscrapers won’t cast a shadow, thanks to their innovative design.

They will use concave reflective surfaces which are adapted to the sun’s path in the sky, significantly reducing their shadows.

The unique towers will be built on Greenwich Peninsula; find out more about the project here.

Wood Design Awards winners


The winners of the 2014 Wood Design Awards have been announced.Wood awards

Wood Design and Building Magazine, in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council, has announced the winners of the North-America awards and, for the first time, the international ones.

The jury has selected 24 projects from the 166 submissions it received, such as Sport Center Sargans (Switzerland), Aspen Art Museum (USA), and Wood Innovation Design Centre (Prince George, BC). 

Editor of Wood Design & Building Magazine, Theresa Rogers, said: “the Wood Design Awards showcases exceptional wood buildings that not only display the unique qualities of wood, but also serve to inspire other designers who  may not initially think of wood as the material of choice”.

Have a closer look at the winners here and tell us your favourite design.
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Art of Building Photographer of the Year shortlist


Art of BuildingThe shortlist for the Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition has been revealed.

The fifteen shortlisted pictures include stunning interpretations of constructions such as One London Bridge, an Amsterdam metro line, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The competition, which has been running for five years, is organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and is overseen by a panel of judges of photography experts.

The winner of the competition will be announced on 5th February and will win £3,000.

Take a look at the shortlist here and tell us which is your favourite.

Mountain lodge designed as a silver cube


Kežmarské HutArchitects have devised a futuristic lodge in the shape of a cube balancing in the mountains.

Atelier 8000 has entered its design, which would be built in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, to an international competition.

The silver cube would be almost camouflaged in the winter months, thanks to its reflective tiles (which are made of aluminium, glass, and photovoltaics).

The design, called the ‘Kežmarské Hut’, would be completely off the grid and could be occupied throughout the year.

Find out more about the lodge here and tell us if you would like to stay in the ethereal cube.

Stirling Prize winner revealed


Everyman TheatreThe new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014.

Haworth Tompkins’ winning project replaces the original Everyman Theatre, which was in a state of disrepair, with a new and sustainable building that recognises its heritage.

Stephen Hodder, RIBA President, said: “Complementing beautifully with the surrounding listed buildings, it is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring, bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre.”

The award, which is given to the best building of the year, is now in its nineteenth year.

Find out more about the winner here.

London footbridge opens like a fan


Merchant Square footbridgeA footbridge that opens and closes like a hand-held fan has been completed in London.

The Merchant Square footbridge in Paddington was completed by Knight Architects and AKT II, after winning a competition in 2012.

Their design for a ‘kinetic sculpture’ consists of five steel beams that can be raised with hydraulic jacks to allow canal traffic to pass through.

When the bridge is down, pedestrians can use the three metre wide crossing, which has an LED-lit handrail at night, over the Grand Union Canal.

Take a look at the bridge here and tell us if you’ll be taking a stroll over it.

Stirling Prize shortlist revealed


The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.

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