Snøhetta completes lush, open office in timber

Designed by Snøhetta, the new timber office building for trekking and travel company ASI Reisen, situated in Natters, Austria, is inspired by a symbiosis between nature and humanity. Surrounded by a lush exterior, the four-storey structure combines timber frame construction with solid wooden elements to optimize material use and allow for the greatest amount of open floor plans.

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Lab-École reveals designs for six Québec schools

Québec-based nonprofit organization Lab-École has unveiled designs for elementary schools to be expanded or built in Gatineau, Maskinongé, Québec City, Saguenay, Shefford, and Rimouski. With the exception of the sketch for the Québec City school, which was produced by the Lab-École team, all of the winning designs stem from an architectural design competition held earlier this year.

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Landmark Toronto waterfront tower tops off

The office tower on 100 Queens Quay East, the first building in its Sugar Wharf development, has reached structural completion. The 25-storey building broke ground in January 2018 as the first phase of Sugar Wharf. The new mixed-use community will include office, retail, residential, Toronto’s first vertically integrated school, and a 0.8-ha (2-acre) public park. Sugar Wharf will be the largest mixed-use development on the Toronto waterfront when complete.

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Autodesk CEO responds to criticism of its BIM software

Andrew Anagnost, CEO of software company Autodesk, has responded after many top architecture firms, such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Grimshaw Architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, wrote an open letter citing their concerns and criticism related to the company’s Revit software. Anagnost responded to each of the points raised in the open letter in a blog post on Autodesk’s website.

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