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Top 5 in Design News: Rothschild Wins for House of the Year and Rightful Recognition for a Woman Architect

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This week in architecture and design, Lord Rothschild's house wins for RIBA House of the Year, Damien Hirst's new gallery will soon have a skyscraper neighbor, and Denise Scott Brown gets long-overdue recognition.  Lord Rothschild Residence Wins RIBA House of the Year Above: Photograph via Architecture .  The UK's Royal Institute of British Architects awarded its prestigious House of the Year award to  Flint House in Buckinghamshire, built on the grounds of Lord Rothschild's estate, Waddeson Manor. London architects Skene Catling de la Peña  designed the stone building, which from the sides appears to rise from the ground in a series of shallow steps. Read the full story at the Independent .  Rem Koolhaas Wins Manchester Performing Arts Project Above: Photograph via Despertar .  Dutch designer Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture have won an international contest to design a £110 million ($166 million) performing arts center in Manchester. The center, to be called the Factory, is part of a civic growth initiative for the city. The building will be the first major public building for OMA in the UK and is due for completion in 2019. Read more at the Guardian .  Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi Win AIA Top Prize Above: Photograph via Architectural Record .  The American Institute of Architects awarded its 2016 Gold Medal to Philadelphia architects Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, joining notable winners including Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei. The joint win follows longtime controversy over the 1991 Pritzker Prize, awarded solely to Robert Venturi and not to his business partner and wife Denise Scott Brown. In 2013, she asked the prize committee to retroactively recognize her contributions to Venturi's Pritzker win and the committee declined. Through their firm Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates , notable works include the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London and the Seattle Art Museum. Read more at the Chicago Tribune .  New Skyscraper Neighbor to Damien Hirst Gallery Above: Image via aLL Design .  More big news for London's Vauxhall neighborhood: British architect Will Alsop's studio aLL Design will build a skyscraper next to Damien Hirst's new  Newport Street Gallery . The 15-story residential tower, called the Beacon, will contain 12 homes, each with a private terrace, and sport round windows and an exhibition gallery on the ground floor. Alsop's past work includes the Stirling Prize–winning Peckham Library. Read the full story at World Architecture News .  Yves Béhar Win and Retrospective at Art Basel Miami Above: Béhar's sketches for the Herman Miller Sayl Chair , inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge. Image via Vanity Fair.  This week San Francisco-based Swiss designer Yves Béhar accepted the 2015 Design Visionary award from Design Miami at Art Basel Miami Beach , which included a retrospective of his work for clients including Herman Miller, Jawbone, and Puma plus a pop-up surf shack to highlight the sport's influence on his work. Afterward, Béhar joined a Vanity Fair panel and discussed the ways technology might save us from spending too much antisocial time on our screens. "Technology should remove friction in your house, not cause it," he said. Read it at Vanity Fair .  More from this week:  Gardenista Obsessions: LA Market Trending on Remodelista: A Case of Anglophilia Trending on Gardenista: English Garden Tour Enter by Wednesday, December 9: Win $1,000 to Dara Artisans More Stories from Remodelista A Sympathetic Renovation in Stoke Newington, London Ilse Crawford's London Flat Hits the Market Off-the-Grid Retreat: Anthony and Phoebe Dann's Homemade Cabin in Australia






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