It's time for the first news round-up of the new year. First off, and as usual at this time of year, it's award season. Perhaps most remarkably, the 2016 Pritzker laureate was Chilean Alajandro Aravena for his singular work within the field of public housing. In other news, the short-list for the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art was announced with some surpising inclusions. Then, BIG stacks boxes in the Bronx and Snøhetta reveals sculptural design for university library in Philadelphia. And finally, a look at AMO's dramatic stage for the 2016 Prada fashion shows.
Nestled in a vast forest of cork trees in Portugal's rural Alentejo region, the secluded Villa Alem by Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati offers an ambitious reinterpretation of the courtyard type, at the scale of a single family home.
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) opens its new building to the public on Sunday, January 31, 2016
The new Len Lye Centre works as a combined art museum and art gallery in connection with the existing Govett-Brewster Gallery. The two buildings share a single entrance, exhibition spaces, a café, and a cinema.
Download images of the Aalto House, built in 1934 by one of the masters of Scandinavian modernism, Alvar Aalto. Situated in Munkkiniemi in the outskirts of Helsinki, the house served as both home and office for the architect and his wife. The design, understated, intimate and precise, is loaded with superb details.