OMA's Stacked RAI Nhow Hotel Tops Out in Amsterdam

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Construction update. Image © Walter Herfst courtesy of OMA Construction update. Image © Walter Herfst courtesy of OMA

The OMA / Reinier de Graaf-designed Nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel has topped out at its 91-meter height. The main hotel for the RAI Amsterdam convention and exhibition center, the scheme will offer 650 hotel rooms across 25 floors. Formed of three shifting triangular volumes, the scheme draws from a triangular advertising column on the Europaplein that once stood prominently on the site.

OMA was chosen ahead of eleven practices to design the project, which will operate as a hub for business travelers, tourists, and Amsterdam locals. The project has been 15-years in the making, as a larger 800-room proposal was once rejected by the city a few years back.

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Fluxa House / Gianserra + Lima arquitectos

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© arq. Luis Barandiarán © arq. Luis Barandiarán

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What Urbanism Needs to Learn from Dubai

5 days ago
Photo by Flickr user Lars Plougmann Photo by Flickr user Lars Plougmann

In the past three decades, Dubai has grown from a dusty desert town to a strategic hub for international business and tourism. As a result, several cities in the developing world have been competing to outdo one another in the race to replicate this development model—an urbanism largely built around the automobile, luxury villas, gleaming skyscrapers, massive shopping malls, and ambitious “smart” cities, designed and built from scratch. Across Africa, these new developments go by different names: Eko Atlantic City Nigeria, Vision City in Rwanda, Ebene Cyber City in Mauritius; Konza Technology City in Kenya; Safari City in Tanzania; Le Cite du Fleuve in DR Congo, and several others. All are mimicries of Dubai.

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atelierco architects

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100 Year Lasting Earthen Floor atelierco architects . photos: ©  JUMPEI SUZUKI This is a renovation project located in Yokohama. The existing house was built by the client’s grandmother in 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. After the grandmother died, it was often used by her relatives, who all lived very near the house, … Continue reading atelierco architects
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Call for Entries: A' Design Awards & Competition

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Courtesy of A' Design Awards Courtesy of A' Design Awards

The A’ Design Award was "born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well-designed products." It is an international award whose aim is to provide designers, architects, and innovators from all design fields with a platform to showcase their work and products to a global audience. This year's edition is now open for entries; designers can register their submissions here.

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Basic Principles of Acoustics: Why Architects Shouldn’t Leave It All To Consultants

5 days 3 hours ago
© ELEMENT © ELEMENT

More than half the world’s population lives in dense urban areas. Uncomfortably loud restaurants, stores, hotels, or offices are enough to keep patrons away. When planning a meeting or even a night out with friends, we are conscious of selecting a location where we can focus and hear one another. The noisier our world gets, the more difficulty we have focusing on the sounds we actually want to hear.

Since the beginning of time, our ears have warned us of approaching danger. While their function remains the same, the dangers of today are different than they were in the past. Unwanted sounds can have serious health effects such as: hearing loss, cardiovascular disease high blood pressure, headaches, hormonal changes, psychosomatic illnesses, sleep disorders, reduction in physical and mental performance, stress reactions, aggression, constant feelings of displeasure and reduction in general well-being. With this laundry list of side effects, it would be foolish to leave the acoustic comfort of our spaces up to consultants alone. When we take acoustic comfort into our own hands, the end result can be quite extraordinary.

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Berezowski . Dyrda Fikus

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Berezowski . Dyrda Fikus
Twórcza Twarda Cultural Centre . Warsaw Tomasz Berezowski . Dyrda Fikus Architekci Urbanistic chaos and eclectic buildings of the quarter between Grzybowska and Twarda Streets and Jan Paweł II Alley conceal an unrealized potential – splendidly placed and heavily tree-covered space remains sheltered and inaccessible at the moment. However, the building of ‘Twórcza Twarda’ Cultural … Continue reading Berezowski . Dyrda Fikus
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büro für bauform

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3 hights house . Pirna büro für bauform . photos: ©  Markus Vogt The project is an attempt to create high-quality architecture and a modern home with unconventional methods. The focus here was the cost-efficient building activity and scrutinizing supposedly legal standards. A significant part of the solution was to transfer material from the industrial … Continue reading büro für bauform
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Fully Cocked: 10 British ‘Cock’ Pubs & Taverns

5 days 13 hours ago
[ By Steve in Design & Graphics & Branding. ]

Call it a Cock & Bull story but a disproportionate number of British pubs, bars and taverns have ‘cock’ in their name. What’s up with that?

Ye Olde Cock

While we’re on the topic, why don’t these outwardly manly establishments have any femininely-titled counterparts, as in “hen”… what did you think we meant? Anyway, the real reason England boasts so many “cock” pubs has nothing to do with salaciousness, Beavis- er, faithful reader, but for now feel free to feast your eyes upon one of the better known examples: Ye Olde Cock Tavern, on Fleet Street in central London.

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2 Courtyard House / Robertson Design

5 days 18 hours ago
© JR Woody Photography © JR Woody Photography

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