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NewsNews • 7 Apr 2021

POAL Car Handling Facility doubles as a blank canvas for local and international artists

In Auckland, New Zealand,  the POAL Car Handling Facility is a functional piece of architecture designed to maximize port operations efficiency while engaging with the public as a canvas for large-scale contemporary art display. Designed by Plus Architecture, the recently opened building is set to become a home for large scale installations in the years to come. Simon Devitt The Port of Auckland forms the backbone of freight logistics and transport for most of New Zealand’s Upper Island. This 35,000 square meter, 5-storey project greatly improves car capacity and movement at the port, reducing the amount of space taken up by imported vehicles on the harbour by stacking vehicles vertically. Simon Devitt Beyond its imme... More

NewsNews • 23 Sep 2020

Camille Walala transforms East London street into vibrant public artwork

In a transformation of an entire East London Street, renowned artist Camille Walala has teamed up with art collective Wood Street Walls to introduce one of London’s largest-scale public art projects to the streets of East London.  Credit: Tim Crocker Community funded, the work entitled ‘Walala Parade’ adds colour as well as as a spirit of joy and creativity to an otherwise dull and pedestrian East London high street. In addition, the project aims to be fully accessible and engaging to the public it serves. In fact, Londoners shaped the final design by voting for their favourite scheme online before it was painted. Credit: Tim Crocker Walala is well known for her work in transforming urban environments arou... More

Project • By CROXSculptures

Ship Smoke

“ Engine is roaring, ship starts to vibrate, and sail swells out in the wind. Ship smoke · curl upwards. Adventure is going to start! ”   Ship Smoke is selected for Harbor City’s Worldwide Public Art design competition. The jury concludes Jean de Loisy, director of the Palais de Tokyo Museum, Andrea Schlieker, director of commissions and special projects at White Cube, independent curator Fang Zhenning, art director Fram Kitagawa, government recommended experts and client’s representatives. Ultimately, 17 out of 500 artworks were officially selected to be made and located on the Shanghai Lujiazui Harbor City street in 2020.   Currently, under the globalization situation, we wish each place... More

Project • By Walala Studio (Camille Walala)Streets

Walala Parade

Camille Walala transforms East London high street into vibrant public artwork - Community-led £40K crowdfunding campaign backed by Mayor of London- Camille Walala to enliven East London high street and boost local community- Londoners vote on final design   This summer, as the capital starts to get back on its feet after lockdown, internationally renowned artist Camille Walala and art collective Wood Street Walls have teamed up to create one of London’s largest-scale public art projects – the transformation of an entire East London street.   The artist’s first community-funded project, ‘Walala Parade’ unleashes an explosion of colour, creativity and joy on an otherwise grey and unremarkable... More

NewsNews • 6 Sep 2020

TAOA Architects explore the intersection of art and architecture with ‘Void Garden’

Part of the ‘Expanded Theater/2020 First Public Art Exhibition in Nanhai,’ TAOA Architects explore the intersection of art and architecture with their space installation entitled ‘Void Garden.’ According to the curator of the exhibition, each contributor was asked to create a public art installation that engages participation from the audience. Credit: Tao Lei Located at the edge of dense forest in the city park of Foshan (China), the proposal from TAOA is a single space – void except for water and air. The architects explain that in a relaxed state, viewers will experience a different world from within the installation’s freeform walls, one of rhythm and space decomposed to the most basic elements.... More

Project • By TAOAExhibitions

Void Garden

This is a space installation of outdoor public art group exhibition, which is exhibited in "Expanded Theater /2020 First Public Art Exhibition in Nanhai". As the only participating architect in this exhibition, TAOA first tried to cooperate with artist Wu Didi in public art projects.According to the outdoor environment specified by the curator, each creator need to create a public art that can be participated by the audience.The whole project has only eight days to complete the construction on site, and the construction cost and all expenses must be controlled within 160,000 yuan.   Design starts from the specific environment. As the largest city park in Foshan, Qiandeng Lake Park is an important leisure place for Foshan citizens. Th... More

Project • By Mask ArchitectsArt Galleries

Hole Zero + Timeless Kinetic Art Sculpture

Mask Architects developed a proposal for a public artwork to be located in Nuevo Polanco, Mexico City " Hole Zero + Timeless Kinetic Art Sculpture" has been selected one of 5 finalists among  340 international projects and Artist for MassivArt and MIRA  investment and real estate development company in Mexico.  Designed by Öznur Pınar ÇER, Danilo PETTA " Hole Zero + Timeless Kinetic Art Sculpture" is the first spiral interactive movement and rotated lattice loop structure in the world which has filled easily controlled rotatable kinetic art panels by human movements where human are interactive and environmental data according to the location of the structure on the site. Inspired by spacetime curving/bending whic... More

Project • By HMA2 ArchitectsUniversities

American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

A new college campus for AUCA breaks new ground in designing college spaces and in transforming Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic. The design nods to liberal arts colleges of America while integrating the colors, patterns and hospitality of Kyrgyz nomadic culture. Like the indigenous yurt, the large academic building is a multi-use and flexible structure for learning, dining, gathering and playing. The dense weave of interior spaces aims to spark spontaneous and creative interactions, and takes extra advantage of every square meter. Framed between the architecture and mountains the welcoming entry quad recalls both the historic campus at the University of Virginia and the tree lined parks of Bishkek. A sustainable geothermal system utili... More

Project • By penda chinaApartments

Life Island

Penda China’s New Work “Life Island”: A Dream Mansion between Mountain and Sea The isolation to curb the COVID-19 epidemic has confined us quietly at home for quite some time, allowing us to rethink the relationship between life, living space and nature. Here we present a design proposal for a residential development which may hopefully trigger off some new ideas about our future home.   Life Island is located in Shenzhen,overlooking Hong Kong across the sea. As a major gateway adjacent to Shenzhen Bay Bridge and the cruise homeport anda key node on the urban development axis of Shenzhen, it represents unlimited potential for future development.  The site backs onto few Mountains, enjoying an unblocked view o... More

Project • By ayami takada architectsParks/Gardens

Zo-no-hana Symphony

Using the paint (photochromic paint, retroreflective paint, and luminous paint), which changes its appearance depending on the environment and time of day due to the chemical reaction, we demonstrate the future of Zo-no-hana that changes with the passage of time. Various scenes emerge on the shore according to changes in brightness. The changing landscape involves visitors and triggers a variety of events, which will play out in the future with street furniture and artworks. More

Project • By MAD ArchitectsSwimming Pools

2024 Paris Olympics’ Aquatic Center

MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, was invited to participate in the long-awaited international competition to design the Aquatic Centre for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The firm teamed up with three French architectural studios, Jacques Rougerie Architecture, Atelier Phileas Architecture, and Apma Architecture on their design.   The ambitions of the 2024 Paris Olympics is to instill environmental change and work towards hosting the games as carbon neutral. The 36 venues set for Paris 2024 will be housed in existing or temporary infrastructure, with only two new large-scale venues being built. One of these is the Aquatic Center. It is located in the Saint-Denis district of Paris, adjacent to the important Stade de France, which will host... More

Project • By CORE architecture + designOffices


CORE collaborated with Whitman-Walker Health, Fivesquares Development, and Selldorf Architects on the redevelopment of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center Building at 14th Street NW. The mixed-use development transforms the historic Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center Building and Belmont Garage into a six-story structure with a penthouse, 60,000 SF of office space, 78 apartments, 20,000 SF of ground floor retail and restaurants, a Cultural Center, and an outdoor public seating area. Liz’s exterior is characterized by a limestone façade and large windows framed by an array of colorful terracotta chamfers. The angle and length of the chamfer varies to allow for consistent window sizes and limestone width on all sides of the building... More

Project • By L&L Luce&LightSubway Stations


L&L Luce&Light has provided the lighting for a public artwork installed at London Bridge station, London, in Stainer Street. The work, Me. Here. Now., by the artist Mark Titchner, was commissioned by Network Rail, a British railway network company, and curated by Futurecity. The work comprises three polished stainless steel domes, measuring from 4.5 to 6.5 metres in diameter, suspended and supported by steel ropes attached to the ceiling girders of the new pedestrian walkway that connects the London districts of Bermondsey and Bankside. The London artist’s concept associates the experience of travel and commuting with spiritual growth and a quiet moment of self-reflection. Each dome contains a brief text among the geometric d... More

Project • By Cox ArchitectureTrain stations

Oaklands Station

The Oaklands Crossing Grade Separation project provides an enhanced station precinct, improving pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and enhanced facilities, that supports local and state government aims to increase public transport patronage and amenity.   The Oaklands Station canopy was the result of a combination of requirements for a high-performance piece of public infrastructure, coupled with a desire to provide a strong identity and presence, not only in the lowered corridor but also at-grade. The station canopy rises and cantilevers towards the Morphett Road plaza, creating a strong gesture and announcing itself to the main node of activity. The expressive roof form responds to the safety requirements of an active rail line; i... More

Project • By Ayelen PeressiniExhibition Centres

Walk the curve

Artists Ayelen Peressini and Inês Teles present Walk the Curve, a site-specific public art project created in collaboration with Évora City Council. Walk the Curve is a large-scale installation conceived for Alto de São Bento´s geosite. Out of collaboration comes the desire to create a piece for the public space: starting from a body of work that investigates the different materials and architectural construction processes of the Alentejo region.   Ayelen Peressini develops a transdisciplinary practice moving in the frontiers of art, design and architecture. In her work, she explores materials, forms and spaces in an attempt to create new structures that would allow us to think and re-design the surroundings... More