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All photos courtesy of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Of the 356 projects from 39 countries competing for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, we highlight some of the contending projects designed by World-Architects member firms.

The Nordic Way of Building

Film20. January 2017
By: John Hill
Trollstigen national tourist route (Photo: diephotodesigner)
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's Louisiana Channel has released an interview with Reiulf D. Ramstad of Oslo's Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter. In the half-hour film he talks about his firm, his approach to architecture, and such notable projects at the Trollstigen national tourist route.

An Open Letter to Trump

Headlines19. January 2017
By: John Hill
The White House (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Architects Advocate, which launched on the first day of September last year, has penned an open letter to President-elect Trump, who will be inaugurated on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, DC, tomorrow.
Keisuke Kawaguchi + K2-DESIGN

WAFFLE

Works19. January 2017
By: Keisuke Kawaguchi + K2-DESIGN
Imabari Ehime, Japan - 2016
Photo: Takahiro Shimokawa
Keisuke Kawaguchi + K2-Design designed a house located in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, whose name, WAFFLE, refers to the lattice pattern of huts and waffle-slab construction, here executed in wood rather than concrete.
View of the back of the house (Photo: Courtesy of Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development)
Beverly Hills developer Bruce Makowsky is listing a speculative house in Bel Air, California, for $250 million. Appropriately, he has annointed the 38,000-square-foot house, "Billionaire."
Stendardo Menningen Architectes

Maison de Quartier de Châtelaine - Balexert

Works18. January 2017
By: Stendardo Menningen Architectes
Vernier Geneva, Switzerland - 2016
Photo: Federal Studio
Situated on a slight slope, the building is located in the center of a public park surrounded by several communal buildings. The image of the east entrance of the site has been requalified by the new construction whereas to the west, bleachers connect the building to the new esplanade.
Snøhetta

The 7th Room

Works18. January 2017
By: Snøhetta
Northern Sweden, Sweden - 2017
Photo: Johan Jansson
In the tall pine forest of Northern Sweden, where the tricolored tree trunks stretch up to the soaring crowns, a new addition to the renowned Treehotel has opened. Hovering ten meters above the ground within the tree canopy, the Snøhetta-designed 7th room provides its guests with a breathtaking view of the Lapland treetops and the Lule River.
bblur architecture, Colorminium, CZWG Architects

The Curve

Works18. January 2017
By: bblur architecture, Colorminium, CZWG Architects
Slough, Berkshire, Great Britain - 2016
Photo: Hufton+Crow
A dynamic team of architects, designers and consultants are celebrating the completion of the £22m cultural hub project, The Curve, located in the centre of Slough, Berkshire, UK.

Tall Trends of 2016

Found17. January 2017
By: John Hill
MahNakhon in Bangkok by Buro Ole Scheeren (Photo: Pace Development)
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has published a study and report examining all of the buildings over 200 meters tall that were completed in 2016. 

Gweilo

Found17. January 2017
By: John Hill
All photographs courtesy of Partisan
Partisans, the architecture and design "syndicate" of Alex Josephson and Teddy Shropshire, has created Gweilo, a "new family of visual LED lights" made from thin sheets of LED bulbs that have been molded into a flowing, sculptural shapes.