Interactive Museum of the History of Lugo. Photography: Fernando Alda

Contemporary Arts Centre Córdoba. Photography: Roland Halbe

This year’s Alvar Aalto Medal has been awarded to Spanish architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, founders of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. The practice, established in 1985, has completed museums and art galleries across Spain, Germany and Austria, and designed the temporary Barceló Market in Madrid. Founded in 1967, the Alvar Aalto Medal is a Finnish architecture prize awarded every three years to an architect exemplifying professional and creative excellence. The award is named after its inaugural winner, Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, who also designed the medal. An exhibition of work by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos is currently on display at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, until March 1st. For more information on the award visit the Alvar Aalto Foundation website.

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MEA House, Newcastle, by Ryder and Yates (1972-4) 

Mountbatten House (formerly Gateway House), Basingstoke, by Arup Associates (1974-6)

Bank House, Leeds, by Building Design Partnership (1969-71)

Fourteen post-World War Two office buildings have been Grade-II listed by English Heritage, including the work of leading modern architects like Norman Foster, Richard Seifert and Peter Foggo. The new additions, based in major cities across England, follow an English Heritage project to assess commercial buildings designed between 1964 and 1984. The selected buildings show how architecture has responded to radical changes in the way we work. Heritage Minister, Ed Vaizey, said: “Listed buildings are not just about historic houses and ancient monuments, they also serve to protect our recent heritage and preserve the best examples of our fantastic architecture.” The list includes four buildings by Arup & Associates (1 Finsbury Avenue in London, Gateway House in Basingstoke, Central Electricity Generating Board in Bristol, Gun Wharf in Chatham), two by Richard Seifert & Partners (Space House, London, Alpha Tower in Birmingham) and IBM Pilot Head Office, Cosham, by Foster Associates. For more information visit English Heritage.

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Private house in west London by Piercy & Company

Martello Tower in Suffolk by Piercy & Company

House on Isle of Tiree, Scotland, by Denizen Works

In Building Design‘s Architect of the Year Awards, announced last night, the ‘Individual House Architect of the Year’ award went to Piercy & Company, for its modern house in west London and its conversion of a Martello Tower in Suffolk. A special commendation in this category went to Denizen Works for its conversion and extension of a traditional black house on the Isle of Tiree in the Hebrides. The overall prize of the night went to Haworth Tompkins, for its contribution to improving the quality of Britain’s cultural buildings. For a full list of the winners see the Building Design website.

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Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects, Boundary Window

Chrofi, Lune de Sang Sheds

Atelier Deshaus, Long Museum West Band

The winner of The Architectural Review’s 2014 Emerging Architecture Award, announced last night, is Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects, for its project Boundary Window. The runners up this year are: CC Arquitectos/ Manuel Cervantes Cespedes, for Equestrian Project; Chrofi, for Lune de Sang Sheds, and Atelier Deshaus, for Long Museum West Band. The awards are designed to give wider recognition to emerging practices around the world. Previous winners have included Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Thomas Heatherwick (UK), Sean Godsell (Australia), Jurgen Mayer H. (Germany) and Li Xiaodong (China). For more information on the awards, which are based on completed work, visit the Emerging Architecture Award website.

The Lawn Road Flats

On this radio show, produced by Monitor Production in Sound, presenter John Escolme encounters the work of modernist architect Wells Coates, best known for his Lawn Road Flats scheme in Belsize Park. On the show Matt Black, Coates’ grandson, and one half of music-duo Coldcut, recalls his grandfather’s life. Director of design chain Skandium Magnus Englund, who lives in the penthouse flat at Lawn Road and runs the Isokon Gallery there, talks about the finer points of the extraordinary building. The show, first broadcast on Monday on Resonance FM, can be streamed through the Monitor Production in Sound website.

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From top: Fallingwater, Frederick Robie House, Hollyhock House

Eleven buildings designed by modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright are being considered by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for World Heritage status. Despite being many miles apart, the nominated designs are being considered as a single entry. They include: Fallingwater in Pennsylvania; Frederick Robie House in Chicago; Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, and Jacobs House, Taliesin and Taliesin West, all in Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of Interior recommended Wright’s work on the basis of its creative contribution to twentieth-century architecture.

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a Trellick Tower by Ernö Goldfinger

DSC2484_copy_2 Highpoint by Berthold Lubetkin. Entrance lobby

Church_walk_0706 Church Walk by David Mikhail Architects

This year’s Open House London will focus on emerging practices and female architects. The event, which takes place on the weekend of 20-21st September, will see rarely accessible private houses opened up for the public. Last year, tours took place in iconic modern residential buildings such as Highpoint and Trellick Tower, and award-winning new-builds including Church Walk. For information on how to enter a building into the event, visit Open House London.

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