DC Renovation by NADAAA

The NADAAA studio renovated a brick house that dates from the 1920s. The building is located in Washington DC, on the edge of Rock Creek Park, which is one of the most picturesque parks in the city, an area protected since 1890 and the future home of the Obama family.

The client wanted to double the usable space, but maintain the existing structure and visible brickwork that was part of the period construction. The project preserves the symmetric order of the windows on the principal façade that faces the street, but eliminates the pitched roof in order to carve out more space above while still remaining within the outline of the original structure. On the garden side, which descends towards the creek at the base of the park, the existing brick wall was pierced by more generous apertures, undermining its load-bearing capacity; steel structural elements were inserted to ensure its stability.

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Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016

Arcaid has shortlisted 20 of the year’s best architectural photographs in the running for the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award presents prizes in four categories – Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place, and Building in Use – and judged by an esteemed panel on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

The photographs will be showcased at World Architecture Festival from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany, where the overall winner will be announced.

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Photographer: Adrien Barakat – Building: Allianz Headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland / Wiel Arets Architects. Image via Arcaid Images
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Photographer: Torsten Andreas Hoffmann – Subject: Dharavi, Mumbai, India. Image via Arcaid Images
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Photographer: Nick Almasy – Building: Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China / Gensler/Marshall Strabala. Image via Arcaid Images
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Photographer: Sebastian Weiss – Building: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland / Yrjo Lindegren and Toivo Jantti. Image via Arcaid Images
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Photographer: James Newton – Building: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, United Kingdom / Selgascano. Image via Arcaid Images
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Photographer: Fabrice Fouillet – Building: Musee de Confluences, Lyon, France / Coop Himmelb(l)au. Image via Arcaid Images

Featured image credits:

Photographer: Victor Romero – Building: Baku National Stadium, Azerbaijan / ROSSETTI with Heerim Architects. Image via Arcaid Image

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Eye Catching Lucky Knot Bridge

The Lucky Knot Bridge by NEXT Architects is a key project in developing the area’s public space, and was designed with recreational, ecological and tourist activities in mind. The bridge connects multiple levels at different heights (the river banks, the road, the higher-placed park as well as the interconnections between them). The final shape of the bridge is the result of -literally and metaphorically- knotting all these routes together. “The shape of the Lucky Knot was inspired by the principle of the Mobius ring, as well as by the Chinese knotting art. In the ancient decorative Chinese folk art, the knot symbolises luck and prosperity,” says John van de Water, partner at NEXT architects Beijing. The bridge owes its imaginative appeal to the combining of tradition and modernity.

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“The Lucky Knot is more than a bridge and a connection between two river banks. Its success lays in bringing cultures together, and in the fusion of history, technology, art, innovation, architecture and spectacle,” adds NEXT architects Beijing partner Jiang Xiaofei.

The Lucky Knot connects, illuminates and entertains. The bridge offers a spectacular view of the river, Meixi Lake, the city of Changsha and the surrounding mountain range. Thanks to its remarkable LED lightshow, the bridge is set to become a landmark attraction in the light route that traces the path of the Dragon King Harbour River.

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Casa del Limonero in México

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The Casa del Limonero by Taller Estilo Arquitectura is a house on two floors; compositionally divided into two clear sections: the first area is where the main access from the street is located, occupied by a pre-existing construction and a rear one, with the bedrooms and central courtyard, which has different programs: terrace, pool and connections to the new building. It also serves as a hall because it contains the landing of the staircase and access to the rear bedrooms.

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Matteo Stucchi

Matteo Stucchi is a pastry chef from Monza, Italy that likes playing with his food to create these humorous scenes where you need a big rig to put together the perfect mille-feuille.

You can see more of his creations on his Instagram account @idolcidigullive.

One Metro World: Metro Maps by Jug Cerovic

Metro maps are much more than mere functional diagrams to Jug Cerovic, he considers them works of art that shape our mental image of the city and contribute to an iconic shared identity.He has created 40 beautiful and efficient subway maps for 40 metropolises using a common graphic language in order to offer a new perspective as well as a platform for the exploration and enjoyment of the underground world.

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You can read an excerpt of the book “One Metro World” which he is self-publishing with a KickStarter Campaign from 27 September to 27 October.

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