See Iwan Baan’s stunning photos of BIG’s Via 57 West – Architects Newspaper

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)’s Via 57 West seems to have already assumed an iconic status on Manhattan’s west side. Look no further than the trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange which—in addition to having 15 million views—prominently features the rental development in its opening setting shot.

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Vogue, January 19, 2017

Kibera Hamlets School, SelgasCano – Wall Street Journal

KIBERA, a district of Nairobi, Kenya, is one of the largest slums in Africa, thought to house up to a million people. But now a beacon of innovative architecture has appeared among its rusty metal roofs. Earlier this year, the dark, dilapidated home of the Kibera Hamlets School was replaced with a building by Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano—a multicolored frame sheathed in translucent plastic panels, which bring in light by day and glow gently at night.

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DS+R’s New Columbia Med-School Building – New York Magazine


I know little of a medical student’s life, but I imagine it to be a time of sensual deprivation: skin sallowed by round-the-clock exposure to artificial light, eyesight sacrificed to 25-pound textbooks, the palate scoured by stale coffee. But the Columbia medical school’s new Vagelos Education Center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, brings those Hippocratic voles blinking into the streetscape, spreading a sense of anatomical wonder out into the city beyond the lab. From the building’s glass-walled lounges and sunlit stairs, students can look out onto the world and remind themselves that there is more to humanity than tissues, fluids, and doomed flesh. And the rest of us need only glance up Haven Avenue toward West 171st Street to see that whatever’s going on in that melty tower with the bending floors and wooden walls that flow up into the ceilings, it must involve something more creative than rote memorization.

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Iwan Baan’s first look inside the Manetti Shrem Art Museum by SO-IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is set to open in Davis, California on November 13, as construction is wrapping up. The building is a collaboration of associated architects SO-IL of New York, and the San Francisco office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The museum has been in a smaller space, but this building will give it space to show off its collection, which grew from the “spirit of defiant provincialism” that took root in the Central Valley city in the 1960s to 1990s. A group of artists that is sometimes called “funk artists” included Wayne Thiebaud, who has donated 72 of his own works and 300 works by other artists to the permanent collection.

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Kasungu Maternity Waiting Village

Against the backdrop of a brush-covered hilltop in central Malawi, women in brightly colored clothing gather to cook, chat, or simply rest amid a cluster of small buildings that rises from the sparsely vegetated landscape. Boston-based MASS Design Group’s latest project—a “maternity waiting village” near the Kasungu District Hospital—aims to address high infant and maternal mortality rates by placing high-risk expectant mothers in close proximity to medical professionals during the final weeks of pregnancy.

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What to See First: Your GPS Guide to the Tate Modern – The New York Times

On Friday the world’s most popular modern art museum, the Tate Modern, opens a new 10-story wing designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Called the Switch House, the extension will show off contemporary work, including film, installation and live performance, and will add 60 percent more space to the already enormous former power station on the banks of the Thames.

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Glass act: BIG’s Serpentine pavilion and its four summer houses revealed – Wallpaper

Initiated by outgoing gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery’s programme of pavilion building began at the turn of the century with a tensile structure by the late Zaha Hadid. Sixteen years later, and the pavilion is a highlight of the summer calendar, both in terms of its creative direction and as a venue for events.

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Serpentine pavilion 2016: Bjarke Ingels’ pyramid for the Minecraft generation – The Guardian

Is it a wall? Is it a cave? Actually, this year’s pavilion started life as shelves – but it has gawp-factor by the bucketload. And for those who like follies, there are four satellite summer houses to explore too.

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