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University Architecture

In the past, the politicians recommended monumental buildings to represent modernity. For example, Brazil, when creating a modern federal State in the 1930s, launched a program of buildings with a strong political symbol (the very innovative Rio University building by Lucio Costa). Three decades later Niemeyer, in Brasilia, will design the university complex by taking account of a strong unprecedented typological evolution. If many examples of vertical buildings are not recent – the iconic tower « Gothic Revival » of Pittsburgh’s University, first university skyscraper in the world, was built in 1920 – the deep changes in the higher education system, everywhere in the world, have determined a radical transformation of the concept of university buildings and campus, in their technical and architectural dimensions as well as in the spaces’ components and combinations. As per WBDG (Whole Building Design Guide), the increase of computer-assisted education, the video projection, and other telecom requirements are at the origin of rethinking the traditional teaching models and the spatial relations. Willingly flexible to adapt to the future education needs, these buildings symbolise, from now on, a living institution. The modular construction becomes the dominant form.
Environmentally, the concerns about the students’ health and wellbeing have a direct impact on the improvement of their performances. The natural lighting, the requirement of sustainable and non-toxic building materials, and the use of renewable energy sources have been taken into consideration. This management of the needs of this dynamic education program has served as guide to design the new apprenticeship center for the Ryerson University students. This center, now under construction in Toronto (architect: Snøhetta) will propose a welcome desk for social activities, thanks to a platform opening on the street, a large atrium and a roof terrace, bathed in natural light. Its the same for the new Yale School of Management building, erected by Norman Foster and inaugurated last year, project which we are presenting this month. The important architects are now involved in the campus. The success of university architecture depends indeed of the architectural project’s ambition and the quality of its designers.

The Archi-Europe team


Winners Archi-World® Academy Awards 2013 -2015

With over 1400 students in architecture participating from all over the world, the second edition of Archi-World® Academy did once again create opportunities for the future talents in architecture. Many thanks to all participants, jury members, students and our President Prof. Juhani Pallasmaa.

The awarding ceremony will take place on Wednesday 21st of January 2015 in Munich - during the construction fair BAU 2015. Click here to register for the Awarding Ceremony

Christian Salandanan wins internship with Anagram Architects, India
CASA KAWAYAN: Bamboo Research and Development Complex

Joyce Stijnen wins internship with Samyn and partners, Belgium
From archetype to prototype: the Philippine bahay kubo concept revisited

Ksenia Kiripkova wins internship with Arab Engineering Bureau, Qatar
Recreational center"ISLAND BARAN" in the waters area of the pond in Ekaterinburg
Wallison Caetano wins internship with Mario Cucinella Architects, Italy
Vertical Farm of Paulista Avenue
Bartolomé Gómez Cordero wins internship with SOM, USA
A SHADOW IN FEZ.Central Library of the Maghreb
Viktoriia Kuripka wins internship with Virai Arquitectos, Spain
Co-housing as the zone of influens on a depressive territory
Boyana Stoeva wins internship with Peter Stutchbury, Australia
Spiritus Urbana
Carolina Travaglio wins internship with Paul de Ruiter Architects, The Netherlands
Prototype AMPZ-1045, Cultural Bridge for the City

Ivan Matveev wins internship with Asadov Architectural Studio, Russia
Performing arts center on Taganskaya square
Kutay Biberoğlu wins internship with FR-EE, Mexico

Cataldo Ancona wins internship with Thomas Herzog Architekten, Germany
Student residence in Lyon

Osman Sümer wins internship with ABWB/Alemparte Barreda Wedeles Besancon Arquitectos y Asociados, Chile
Living Bridge

Portrait of the month

1. 3XN

2. Danish Embassy, Berlin, Germany / 1999

3 Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands / 2005

4 Ørestad College, Copenhagen, Denmark / 2007

5 Saxo Bank, Copenhagen, Denmark / 2008

6 KPMG headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark / 2009

7 Bella Sky Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark / 2011

8 Aquarium Blue Planet Copenhagen, Denmark / 2013

9 Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden / 2014 in progress

10 Grove Towers, Mumbai, India / 2014-2017 in progress

11 50 Bridge Tower, Sydney, Australia / 2014 in progress

3XN, Copenhagen

Combining a broad knowledge of materials technology, 3XN has the freedom to push boundaries and challenge traditional thinking.

Each new project of this Danish practice translates visions linked to the Scandinavian tradition, to reach their own identity and a refined and functional style. Founded in 1986 in Aarhus by the architects Kim Herforth Nielsen, Lars Frank Nielsen (partner up to 2002) and Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen (partner up to 1992), 3XN was initially named « Nielsen, Nielsen & Nielsen ». The studio quickly became known for their preference for social and human architecture and projects demanding a high level of detail and employing workmanship of the highest quality. A first breakthrough came with the Holstebro Court House (1992), which was followed by a number of first prizes in architectural competitions, such as the Architects House in Copenhagen (1994), the Oceanarium in Hirtshals (1999) or the Danish Embassy in Berlin (1999), with a louvered wall façade covered with copper sheets.
The expression and the materials used reflect the interplay between cold and warm, which characterizes the Nordic Region. Inside the interaction continues through the mix of wood and stainless steel. Crisscrossed with footbridges, the atrium and the large staircase invite visitors to ascend the building and enjoy the many architectural details created in reference to the famous Danish architect Arne Jacobson.. 3XN then becomes an internationally renowned architecture practice.
Today, 3XN consists of four partners: the founder Kim Herforth Nielsen, Bo Boje Larsen (partner since 2003), Jan Ammundsen (since 2007), Kaspar Guldager Jensen (since 2012) and about 85 persons. A branch office was opened recently in Sweden to increase the activities in this country.

The ‘Muziekgebouw’ (2005) shows an expertise for prestigious cultural buildings, proposing original solutions for the plans, the façades and the interior spaces. Situated very close to the heart of the old canal city, the concert hall attracts an advanced music audience, whilst being open for a generic public life. The wide spectacular staircases are often used as recreational spaces by the locals and visitors, to enjoy the sun and the view on the water. Everywhere the daylight shapes the different building elements in dynamic ways, with large glazed façades, protected by a cantilevered roof. The revolutionary design of the Ørestad College (2004 – 2007) or of some important company headquarters, like FIH, Deloitte, Saxo Bank, Horten and KPMG, shows how 3XN, thanks to their audacious concepts, creates positive working environments. The Ørestad College is the first college in Denmark built on the basis on the new visions of the learning systems after the educational system reform. Interaction and synergy have been the key issues. Interconnected vertically and horizontally, the building displays a visionary interpretation of openness and flexibility. Four boomerang shaped floors are rotated to create a powerful structure. Avoiding level changes makes the organizational flexibility as high as possible and enables the different teaching and learning spaces to overlap and interact. The rotation opens a part of each floor to the central atrium and forms a zone that provides community and expresses the college’s ambition for interdisciplinary education.

The main lines of the structure of the Saxo Bank building explore the balance between dynamic expression and trustworthy solidity. The inside is open and transparent, centred on an atrium integrating the main staircase winding towards the roof. As to the KPMG headquarters building, designed to be inserted in the local context, it integrates elegantly in the neighbouring scale, in spite of its important size. The clover shape and the natural stone façade mix gently with the adjacent buildings. Inside, the footbridges through the atriums are not only playful, but represent the fastest way of circulating within the building.
Among the recent projects, UN CITY brings together the various agencies and functions of the United Nations in Copenhagen. Star shaped, it reflects the nature of each UN unit working independently and efficiently, whilst respecting the most stringent requirements and appearing open to the city. Here also the atrium offers visual and physical connections through the levels bathed with natural light. It is one of the most energy efficient buildings in Denmark. Although Bella Sky is the Nordic region’s largest hotel (814 rooms), the architects have done everything to ensure that the hotel doesn’t give the typical impersonal feeling. Underlining the urban dynamic impulse, the two glass and aluminium towers have a 15 degree incline allowing almost each room to have views on the neighbouring nature.
Innovative features have also been considered for « The Blue Planet » aquarium in Copenhagen. Especially spectacular the new aquarium, inspired by the water’s never ending movement, takes the shape of a huge turbulence. Its façade, covered with small diamond shaped aluminium sheets, adapts itself to the building’s organic form. The circular hall is the central point for the visits, which are divided in many routes and exhibition areas. This year, the 3XN-winning proposal for the Mälarden University wishes to offer an education building for 4000 students and 35O employees. By breaking the volume of the global building in many smaller size units, the scale is adjusted to the modernist style of the neighbouring building (a public swimming pool). This division of the building’s total volume creates a space with three exterior public squares, which can be used for recreational purposes. Studying zones and a central atrium are open to create good visual connections through out the floors. First project in India, the 136 m high « Grove Towers » are designed to interweave their base, much like the roots of the native mangrove trees. This project, in progress, is also distinguished for the involvement of GXN, 3XN’s innovation unit, created in 2007 and working with digital tools, new materials and green technologies. GXN designed the towers’ façades, which incorporate more than 2500-sqm of vertical garden space, which help reduce local CO2 levels and facilitate natural ventilation. Numerous other projects are in progress up to Australia where the practice has been selected, through an international competition, to conceive the master plan of a district in Sydney with a 49-story building to be started in 2018.

1 3XN

2. Danish Embassy, Berlin, Germany / 1999

3 Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands / 2005

4 Ørestad College, Copenhagen, Denmark / 2007

5 Saxo Bank, Copenhagen, Denmark / 2008

6 KPMG headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark / 2009

7 Bella Sky Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark / 2011
© Adam Mørk

8 Aquarium Blue Planet Copenhagen, Denmark / 2013
© Adam Mørk

9 Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden / 2014 in progress
© 3XN

10 Grove Towers, Mumbai, India / 2014-2017 in progress
© 3XN

11 50 Bridge Tower, Sydney, Australia / 2014 in progress

Project of the month

Yale School of Management Edward P. Evans Hall, New Haven (USA)
Architect: Foster + Partners

Offering a high transparency level in the heart of the traditionally closed Yale College, the new building presents a sixteen ovoid volume structure around a central courtyard.

Inaugurated in January 2014, this building assembles under one roof different services in former times scattered in various areas. The Yale University has a symbolic value for Norman Foster. That is where, in the Jonathan Edwards College, he obtained, in 1962, a Master in Architecture, after graduating in Architecture and Urbanism at the Manchester University. « As a former student it’s a great honour to design a building for the Yale campus, and to be next to such eminent architects as Paul Rudolph and Louis Kahn, he adds. The learning doesn’t only take place in the classrooms but also in the social spaces and the coffee shops where relations take shape. I wish it will become an enlightening place to study, which can inspire the future generations of company managers. »
With its row of high and thin columns along the entrance façade, the deeply modulated glass curtain wall and its overhanging roof, the Edwards P. Evans Hall includes a variety of social spaces mainly concentrated on the ground floor: a coffee shop, a media library and a big communal hall open on the courtyard. The first floor assembles the 300 student classrooms in sixteen enormous « barrels », with double height and a deep blue coating, visible through the glass façade. The ovoid geometry unfolds towards the glazed sides undulating around the courtyard. Enlivened by organic form furniture, this zone facilitates the daylight and directs the student and professors flow through the adjacent circulation area, encouraging spontaneous gatherings. These circulation areas, in former times secondary, are very much appreciated nowadays. Today, the university campus favours these small group-meeting places as architectural expressions of a flexible organization centered on technology.
A 350-seat auditorium also keeps a visual link with the outside courtyard. In the background of the transparent building, the second floor forms a mezzanine giving many views on the building’s different levels. A semi-circular hall provides a flexible space for 80 persons, linked to a curved terrace open on the landscape. Thanks to its high performance envelop, its ventilation system and the solar protection, which considerably reduce the energy demand, the building aims to obtain the LEED Gold environmental certification.

Photos © Chuck Choi

Product of the month


Brick slips for your interior?

Generally, brick slips are used for renovating the façade of homes in combination with insulation panels, such as E-Board. But have you ever thought of using brick slips to decorate the interior walls?

Vandersanden Group mechanically cuts the brick slips from original facing bricks. These 'slices', with a thickness of approximately 2 cm, have the same (Belgian) Benor and CE characteristics as our facing bricks. Brick slips are not laid in the same way as you would lay a classic brick wall; they are glued against an insulation panel or wall using a flexible, frost-resistant adhesive cement. Brick slips may not have a load-bearing function but they are just as frost-resistant as regular bricks.

The width and length depend on the type of brick you use. Sizes may vary in length from 19 to 21 cm, with a height of between 5 and 6.5 cm. They are also lightweight and very easy to handle. And you have a choice from the full range of colours.

Apart from brick slips, we also offer corner slips that fit perfectly around the corners of windows, doors and walls


Instead of wallpaper or paint, you can give your living areas a brick look. Brick slips in your home interior can add warmth and atmosphere. You can use them as a feature in the living room, kitchen or bedroom. Or, perhaps, to draw attention to your fireplace.

Be inspired! In our project module you will find many examples of brick slips being used for the interior.

Insulation + brick slips: E-Brick or E-Board

For some years now, Vandersanden Group also offers insulation systems in combination with brick slips. E-Brick and E-Board are 2-in-1 insulation solutions for both renovations and new builds. Read more about the advantages of these types of exterior wall insulation.

More information about: Brick slips

Events in the spotlight

MAISON&OBJET - An Essential exhibition. 23 - 27 January 2015

3,000 exhibitors including 45% international brands.
More than 130,000 m² (net) of stand space.
85,000 visitors, including 50% from outside France.

A leading event in home styles, MAISON&OBJET offers an international, 360° panorama of the market. Decorative items, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, children's world, tableware, etc.
This lifestyle platform merging business and creativity is THE meeting place for buyers and specifiers the world over. A facilitator of encounters, business booster and strategy scout all rolled into one, this essential trade exhibition draws its inspiration from Paris. Luxury, know-how, design, avant-garde…
MAISON&OBJET and the City of Lights: a unique DNA!

Federating all lifestyles. Bringing together all players in the sector. Selecting the best offer. Decoding new trends. Anticipating consumer movements. Proposing new sources of inspiration. Revealing talent. Stimulating the market. Promoting creativity. Creating value.
Gifted creators - Singular objects - Dazzling settings - Noble materials - Strategic innovations - Luxury to be experienced - Services – Encounters– Strategies – Solutions - Business
Organisation SAFI, a subsidiary of Ateliers d’Art de France and Reed Expositions France.

For more details about the exhibition, please visit our website:

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BAU 19 - 24 January 2015 München

BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is the biggest and most important event in the sector. The next BAU takes place from January 19 to 24, 2015 at the Messe München exhibition center. Around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and over 235,000 visitors from all around the world are expected to attend.

On display at BAU on 180,000 square meters of exhibition space are architectural solutions, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and interiors, for both new - build and renovation and modernization.

Every two years this event brings together market leaders from the sector to participate in a unique international display of competence spanning all the construction trades.

BAU is also the world´s largest trade fair for architects and construction engineers,attracting more than 60,000 design professionals. The exhibits at the fair are organized according to building material and also product an d theme areas. The many attractive events in the supporting program, among them high-caliber forums with experts from all over the world, round off this industry showcase.

Architects and students can subscribe here for a free entry ticket.

More information:

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ECOBUILD 3 - 5 March 2015 - Excel London

Over the past ten years Ecobuild has cemented its position as the sustainable design and construction marketplace for the new build, refurb, commercial and domestic buildings.

Join your sustainable design, construction and energy peers at Ecobuild 3rd – 5th March 2015 with 89% claiming that Ecobuild is a great show and one not to miss! It brings you a mix of suppliers that offer thousands of new and innovative products and services as well as offering a programme set to inspire, educate and solve your every day challenges.

For more information about Ecobuild:

Registration Ecobuild 2015:

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Cityscape Malaysia 4 – 6 February 2015 - Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Malaysia plays host to Cityscape – the World’s Largest Real Estate Event

Cityscape Malaysia is the largest real estate investment and development event ever held in Malaysia. The newest event from the world renowned Cityscape portfolio of events, Cityscape Malaysia is set to be THE meeting place for real estate developers, private and institutional investors, architects, consultants and other real estate providers to network and do business.

Featuring a large scale exhibition, a content driven conference and other networking events, Cityscape Malaysia will bring together key decision-makers from the public and private sectors, supporting development, bringing transparency and encouraging collaboration.

Whether you are a large scale real estate developer, a local architect or a private investor, Cityscape Malaysia is your opportunity to access the Malaysian real estate and investment community like no other event or platform ever has.

To find out how you can get involved please contact the Cityscape Malaysia team at or click here for further information.

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MosBuild 31 March – 3 April and 14 – 17 April 2015 - Expocentre, Moscow

Mosbuild 21st International Building & Interiors Exhibition

• MosBuild is the largest annual international construction exhibition in Europe and Russia with 'UFI Approved Event' status.

• MosBuild is one of the top five construction exhibitions in the world.

• MosBuild is supported by government, public organisations, political and public figures from Russia and other countries, and Russian and international media.

• The exhibition will be staged for the 21th time in April 2015.

More information:

Competitions in the spotlight
Mada 2015

A competition for young architects

MosBuild the international building and interiors event from Russia, is proud to introduce an international award for young architects and architectural students. The competition is organized by ITE Group together with the international community of architects Archi-Europe. The jury comprises renowned international and Russian architects, prominent public figures, and representatives of various communities and associations.

The competition has two categories:

• Best architectural solution for creating an accessible environment

• Best sustainable architecture project

Registration deadline: 1 March 2015

Click here for more information about this competition


Tobia Scarpa
3/02/2015 20:00) - Hasselt
Louis Verhaegen aula, Oude Gevangenis - campus UHasselt (B)
Annual Rings 1994–2014. A New Generation of Wood Architecture
(8/10/2014 – 25/01/2015) - Helsinki - Museum of Finnish Architecture (FI)
Les jouets en bois suédois
(19/06/2014 – 11/01/2015) - Paris (F)
VII Triennale Design Museum ? Il design italiano oltre le crisi Autarchia, austerità, autoproduzione
(4/04/2014 – 22/02/2015) – Milan Triennale Design Museum (I)
El Paisaje Urbano en la Colección de Fotografía del IVAM
(9/10/2014 – 15/02/2015) – Valencia IVAM Centro Julio Gonzalez (Es)
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Deadline: 27/01/2015

Unbuilt Visions
Deadline: 30/12/2014

d3 housing tomorrow 2015
Deadline: 02/01/2015

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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects: Works
Peter MacKeith

Rakennustieto Publishing
€ 58.00
152 pages
ISBN: 978-952-267-071-7
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Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities, 2nd Edition
Lance Jay Brown & David Dixon

336 pages
ISBN: 978-1-118-45363-6

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Dispositifs et notions de la spatialité japonaise
Benoît Jacquet, Philippe Bonnin, Nishida Masatsugu

Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes
€ 52.50
360 pages
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