Photo: Belén de Benito, courtesy of Fundación Botín
Centro Botín, the first building in Spain designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, is complete and set to open 23 June 2017 as the permanent home of the Fundación Botín's art, cultural, and educational programs.
Salone del Mobile

SO-IL Breathes Life into Milan

Headlines 4. April 2017
By: John Hill
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu (All photographs courtesy of MINI LIVING)
Brooklyn architecture firm SO-IL has teamed up with car maker MINI to create MINI LIVING – Breathe, an installation billed as "a forward-thinking interpretation of resource-conscious, shared city living within a compact footprint" that is on display at Salone del Mobile.
Naomi Milgrom and Bijoy Jain in front of Jain's MPavilion (Photo: John Gollings)
The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced that the most recent MPavilion, designed by Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, has been gifted to the people of Melbourne and will be relocated from Queen Victoria Gardens to the Melbourne Zoo in Parkville.
Gando Primary School Extension; Gando, Burkina Faso, 2008 (Photo: © Erik Jan Ouwerkerk)
The New York-based American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the recipients of its 2017 architecture awards, including the $20,000 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize to Diébédo Francis Kéré.

Getty Acquires Gehry Archive

Headlines30. March 2017
By: John Hill
Model of Winton Guest House, Wayzata, Minnesota, 1982-1987. (Frank Gehry Papers at the Getty Research Institute)
The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has announced the acquisition of more than thirty years of Frank Gehry's drawings, models, project documentation, correspondence, photographs, and other artifacts on 283 projects.
Image: Pier55/Heatherwick Studio
A federal court has vacated the permit for the $200 million Pier 55, designed by Thomas Heatherwick for a site in the Hudson River, leading The Architect's Newspaper to report that "Heatherwick’s pier on the Hudson is a no-go."

Renzo Piano's Box for the Arts

Headlines23. March 2017
By: John Hill
Lenfest Center for the Arts (left) and Jerome L. Greene Science Center (right). (Photo: @ Columbia University/Frank Oudeman)
Yesterday Columbia University opened up the doors of the 60,000-square-foot Lenfest Center for the Arts on its new Manhattanville campus for a press preview. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the building is set to open next month with an exhibition of student work.

A Hadid in Midtown Manhattan?

Headlines22. March 2017
By: John Hill
Image: Kushner Companies/Zaha Hadid Architects via WSJ
A rendering for the conversion of 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City by Kushner Companies – the former firm of Jared Kushner, aka Donald Trump's son-in-law – has been released, revealing a supertall design by the late Zaha Hadid.

ASLA-NY 2017 Design Awards

Headlines17. March 2017
By: John Hill
James Corner Field Operations: Navy Pier South Dock and Polk Bros. Plaza (Photo courtesy of ASLANY
The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York has annouced the honor and merit winners in its 2017 Design Awards.

Underdogs Win Aarhus Competition

Headlines17. March 2017
By: John Hill
Image: Vargo Nielsen Palle and ADEPT
The newly established practice Vargo Nielsen Palle, in collaboration with ADEPT and Rolvung og Brøndsted Arkitekter, has bested BIG, SANAA and Lacaton & Vassal in the restricted international competition for the new school of architecture in Aarhus, Denmark.