Kilden wins Architizer A+ Jury Award

Kilden has been selected the recipient of the jury award among the five finalists in the Theaters & Performing Arts Centers category in the 2014 Architizer A+ Awards. The winners were announced on April 1st and the awards gala will be held in New York on May 15th.

The A+ Awards included more than 60 categories and received entries from 100 countries. Winners were chosen by the more than 300-people strong jury including such industry luminaries as Charles Renfro, Bjarke Ingels and Tom Kundig, as well as people from beyond architecture like Barry Bergdoll of MoMA. Selection for recognition was based on excellence in

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Russian Character

ALA has been shortlisted to participate in an international architectural competition to develop a cultural and educational center in the Butovo Park micro-district in southwestern Moscow. Other teams on the list include such offices as Ofis and Selgascano. All competition entries will be exhibited at the Central House of Artists during the 19th international Arch Moscow design and architecture fair on May 21-25, 2014.

For more information, visit: www.ruschar.ru

Helsinki Central Library

'Käännös' grows from the dynamic between the site and the goals of the library program. The interplay between the building’s three individual floors is the key concept of the entry.

The public plaza in front of the building will continue inside, merging with a catalogue of meeting and experience features. The ground floor will be a robust, busy and frequently updated space suitable for quick visits and walkthroughs. The active, zero-threshold public spaces will be visible, attractive, understandable and welcoming to all visitors.

The traditional, serene library atmosphere can be found on the top floor. This will be a calm and contemplative area floating above the busy central Helsinki. It will offer unobstructed, majestic views to the surrounding park and cityscape.

These two contrasting spaces that perfectly complement each other are created by an arching wooden volume. The spaces inside the volume will be enclosed and more intimate. The wooden volume is stretched vertically to create connections to the open main floors below and above.

Hotel at Tampere Hall

The new hotel is a high-quality addition to the Tampere cityscape. The hotel and its next door neighbor, the Tampere Hall, comprise a formal yet natural architectural entity. The hotel also strengthens the connection between Tampere Hall and the main building of the University of Tampere.

The hotel tower is located in the corner of Kalevantie and Yliopistonkatu streets, at a respectful distance from the Congress and Conference Centre's main entrance and the foyer opening towards the Sorsapuisto park. Its scale is similar to the volume of the large concert hall. The new building redefines the entrance plaza as a lively urban plaza lined by the public functions of the ground floor.

The hotel connects to the foyer of Tampere Hall with a green roofed indoor passageway hidden within the newly modified, terraced garden between the main hall and the entrance plaza.

Functionally the hotel building is clear and simple. A ticket booth and a store will be located at the Tampere Hall end of the connection and a restaurant space at the hotel end. The 22 m2 rooms contain all the essential features business travelers need. The spa-like bathrooms are light and airy. The multi-functional event space on the top floor is suitable for parties, meetings and rehearsals. The top floor can also accommodate long-term guests.

The facades are covered with twisted vertical white fiber concrete slats that visually link the hotel with Tampere Hall while also effectively functioning as solar screens. The character of the building changes according to lighting conditions. The asymmetric geometry of the slats frames the views from the hotel rooms. The slats also act as reference to the light colored, narrow, vertical façade elements of the university main building.