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Providence River Pedestrian Bridge in Rhode Island by inFORM Studio

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: inFORM Studio

The Providence River Pedestrian Bridge is a unique urban proposal in that the basis of its proposition is an exchange of transit medium. The relocation of a substantial, vehicular only conduit in favor of a pedestrian oriented connector will completely transform the spatial character of the Jewelry District/Old Harbor. Given this significant urban transformation, the project should envision a potential much larger than a pure connector. The proposed Providence River Pedestrian Bridge can become a spatial mediator between urban and ecological spaces and function as an integrated series of programs into the waterfront public spaces, allowing east and west to become a singular meandering public space. With this perspective, the proposal is better understood less as a bridge and more as an urban intervention. Additionally, the re-invigorated entrepreneurial spirit of Providence is poised to weather the global economic downturn with a future vision for the emerging Knowledge District and potential new biomedical corridor. The face of this future is one of innovation, intellectual fervor and progressive thinking. A project of this magnitude needs to reach out to this “creative class” and “knowledge economy.”

Final view

  • Architects: inFORM Studio
  • Project: Providence River Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Technical design principal: Kenneth Van Tine
  • Marketing, managing principal: Gina Van Tine
  • Design principal: Michael Guthrie


Rectangle of light in Sapporo, Hokkaido by Jun Igarashi Architects

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: Jun Igarashi Architects

The parcel is located in the north of a city named Sapporo, where the housing block is split like a grid. Surrounded by 3 buildings, a tiny parcel that contains about 100 sq. meters was left over. On the east side of the building, there is a promenade with an old growth poplar forest who acts as a windbreaker. It hasn’t a direct influence over the parcel itself, but it indirectly contributes the building standard law, what causes an inevitable set back distance, so it comes to a 40 sq. meter amount of space on the inside of the parcel. I designed the space for the couple and their two children, with thinking about the height of the building

Image Courtesy Jun Igarashi Architects

  • Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
  • Project: Rectangle of light
  • Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • Principal use: Private residence
  • Design period: 2006–2007
  • Construction period: 2007


Pessac Pavilion in France by La Nouvelle Agence

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: La Nouvelle Agence

The project is a 4m high sheltering roof located at the crossing point between the Pessac train station and the end of a tramway line going from Pessac to Bordeaux. The site is on top of a underground car park. Existing objects had to be taken into consideration : A pedestrian tunnel entrance, an elevator, an ventilation chimney.

Images Courtesy LNA / Benoit Schmeltz

  • Architect: La Nouvelle Agence –  Aït‐Mehdi Samira & Latizeau Sylvain  Architects
  • Name of Project: Pessac Pavilion
  • Location: Pessac, France
  • Artist: Laurent Le Deunff
  • Client: Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux
  • Photography: LNA / Benoit Schmeltz


The Capital in Mumbai, India by James Law Cybertecture International

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: James Law Cybertecture International

Cybertecture is the ultimate expression of innovative art married with functional needs in consideration of the environment and humanity. The new commercial complex located in Mumbai, India ”The Capital” deliberately reveals her calmness, gracefulness and elegance. It is an extremely challenging work to develop a revolutionary design concept for an office with AAA- grading and achieving over 80% efficiency simultaneously. It integrated the sustainable concept, form and functionality that inspire the office building design and urban context in India like never before.


  • Architects: James Law Cybertecture International
  • Project: The Capital
  • Location: Kurla Complex, Bandra, Mumbai India
  • Expected Completion Date : 2nd qtr 2011(estimated)
  • Use: Office
  • Total GFA: ~ 66347 sq.m.
  • Bldg. Scale: G+ 17 Levels
  • Parking Lot: ~ 700 Lots
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup and 3DSMax


La Ville Intelligente in Paris, France by Jakob + MacFarlane

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: Jakob + MacFarlane

La Ville Intelligente : architecture and scenography

“In front of La Geode, an ephemeral structure as designed by the architects Jakob + MacFarlane, hellodemain presents the technologies which will be supporting our cities tomorrow. Enter and project yourself into a welcoming city that interacts with its inhabitants, via new media, communications and mouvements…”

Images Courtesy Jakob+MacFarlane - 11h45 photographer

  • Architects: Jakob + MacFarlane
  • Name of Project: La Ville Intelligente
  • Location: Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
  • Type: Exhibition architecture and scenography
  • Photographer: © Jakob+MacFarlane – Nicolas Borel photographer, © Jakob+MacFarlane – 11h45 photographer, © Jakob+MacFarlane


National Museum of Fine Arts – Expansion Proposal in Quebec City, Canada by OMA Architect

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: OMA Architect

The MNBAQ and its new pavilion are enveloped in a context of historical heritage. Listed buildings in a historical park populated by centenary trees constitute a straightjacket of inhibiting concerns. The complexity of the context- the urban requirements, the respect for heritage, the significance of the surroundings, the dispersal of the various museum buildings, the heterogeneity of the historical buildings constitutes a series of paradoxes that we had to deal with.

Image Courtesy BIG

  • Architects: OMA Architect
  • Project: Extension of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Location: Quebec City, Canada
  • Type: Competition
  • Client: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Size: 10 000 m2


Noorderpoort college in Stadskanaal, Netherlands by Mecanoo architecten

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: Mecanoo architecten

Noorderpoort college in Stadskanaal to be a villa on the water

Mecanoo architecten has won the architectural selection for the new Noorderpoort regional community college in Stadskanaal, the Netherlands. The 8,500 m² college is like a mansion with beautiful wetlands as a front lawn situated within the town’s green heart. The community college provides education to 1300 students in the Engineering, Health care and Services sectors. Construction is to begin in 2012 with doors opening in 2014.

Noorderpoort college

  • Architect: Mecanoo architecten
  • Name of Project: Noorderpoort college
  • Location: Stadskanaal, Netherlands
  • Design: 2011
  • Realisation: 2011 – 2014
  • Client: Noorderpoort, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Structural engineer: Ingenieursbureau Wassenaar, Haren, the Netherlands
  • Mechanical engineer: Deerns, Groningen, the Netherlands


Pirate Radio Tower Made From a Recycled Shipping Container by VCA

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: VCA

Renowned for elaborate designs utilising shipping containers, US artist and architect Adam Kalkin has created the „pop-up pirate radio tower‟ as a feature in the upcoming Mis-Design exhibition for The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University and State of Design Festival.

Radio tower high resolution (Image Courtesy Katrina Raymond)


House in Colares, Sintra, Portugal by Frederico Valsassina

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: Frederico Valsassina

It’s all about a project for a summer home, as a result of an order that from the beginning had precise conditions in terms of program: a big living room, connected to an office area; a service area with space for light meals attached to the kitchen; a private area with two small bedrooms and a suite with an incorporated sauna; a garage with an incorporated workshop space; a swimming pool with a big solarium; well illuminated interior spaces opened over the landscape; Formal soberness and a contained budget were also demanded.

Night View (Images Courtesy FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura)

  • Architecture: Frederico Valsassina
  • Name of Project: House in Colares
  • Location: Estrada da Ribeira de Janas – Colares, Sintra, Portugal
  • Project Year: 2000
  • Conclusion Year: 2004
  • Photografy: FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura


Taiyuan Museum in China by Preston Scott Cohen designed using Rhino & Catia

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: Preston Scott Cohen

The Taiyuan Museum of Art works as a cluster of buildings unified by continuous and discontinuous promenades both inside and outside. The building responds to the urban parkscape in which it is set; visitors are encouraged to pass through the building while not entering into the museum itself. An exterior ramp threading through the building connects the heterogeneous hardscapes, lawns and sculpture gardens. The integration of building and landscape registers multiple scales of territory ranging from the enormity of the adjacent Fen River to the intimacy of the museum’s own particular spatial episodes.

Construction Distance

  • Architects: Preston Scott Cohen
  • Project: Taiyuan Museum
  • Location: Taiyuan, China
  • Client: Taiyuan City Government
  • Total Area: 32,500 m2
  • Construction Budget: 6,500 RMB/m2
  • Software used: Rhino was used to design the form and the facade manufacturers used Catia.


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