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New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion in Battery Park, New York by UNStudio

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

On May 12th, 2011, the official opening of the Peter Minuit Plaza and the dedication of the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion took place in Battery Park, New York. The ceremony was held at 10:30AM (EST) in Peter Minuit Plaza, and was attended by American and Dutch dignitaries, civic and business leaders, and key representatives of New York City’s cultural and arts community.

New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion
  • Location: Battery Park, New York
  • Architect Team: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Wouter de Jonge, Christian Veddeler and Kyle Miller, Jan Schellhoff, Wesley Lanckriet, Arndt Willert
  • Photography: James D’Addio

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Patrizia Headquarters in Augsburg, Germany by Kadawittfeldarchitektur

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

BRIEF Extension of the headquarters and representation. Flexible offices, gastronomy, underground parking. Closing of the gap in the block closure, in compliance with prerequisite regulations | ADDED VALUE The designs reacts to the “relief” façade of the neighbouring buildings with a double-skin façade, in which the in-between space expands from 0.5 m to 2 m, thus becoming useful space. With insulated glass on the exterior and sliding doors separating the interior offices, this “winter garden” becomes a place of relaxation or communication or a temporary work space. A new office typology is created with the possibility of an extension from two sides: the combination-zone on the access side and the winter garden zone on the façade side.

Patrizia Headquarter

  • Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
  • Project: Patrizia Headquarters
  • Location: Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
  • Client: W. Egger represented by PATRIZIA Projektentwicklung GmbH

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Casajijona villa in Alicante, Spain by dooa arquitecturas

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Article source: dooa arquitecturas

Building a villa: There is a very important moment in every couple´s life: the moment of constructing their own house. It´s a hard process, full of illusion and also, of course, difficult decisions that pushes the relationship and the couple´s economy. With this in mind, dooa arquitecturas took the responsibility of designing and building their home. And the result is casajijona, a project that responds to the environment of croplands at different levels. Its horizontal design generates an interesting dialog with the surrounding landscape. The vegetation enters in land occupied by the villa, recovering the old existing cropland. Once built it became the small-big project for our friends.

Casajijona villa

  • Architect: dooa arquitecturas – Asunción Díaz García, Vicente Pascual Fuentes and Miguel Pérez de Sarrió Fraile
  • Name of Project: Casajijona villa
  • Location: Partida de Sot, Jijona, Alicante, Spain.
  • Contributors: Pepa Oliver Boyer, Cayetano Oliver Ferrández (architects)
  • Constructor: Construcciones el Rebollat S.L.
  • Photograph: Pepe Pascual Fuentes
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Building area: 238 m2

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Grafting Buildings onto Trees by Live Architecture Network

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

More than a century after the initial dream of MIT architect Mitchell Joachim and his team at Media Lab’s Smart Cities group, the EIT (Ecuador Institute of Technology) discovered the secret for a perfect balance between nature and the built environment. Three decades of experiments in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest and 420 billion in governmental funds were spent to arrive to this sensational discovery.

Grafting Buildings onto Trees

  • Architect: Live Architecture Network – CarloMaria Ciampoli
  • Name of Project: Grafting Buildings onto Trees
  • Software used: Rhinoceros+Grasshopper for 3D modeling and 3D studio Max + Mental Ray

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New Residential development in Lagos, Nigeria by Marco Acerbis Architetto

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Article Source: Marco Acerbis Architetto

The project objective is to create a safe and warm residential environment protected from the outside world where it is possible to enjoy quiet and leisurely living overlooking Lagos lagoon and where tropical climate conditions are mitigated by correct building shape and exposure to the elements. Large window openings with elegant external shading structures are envisaged to allow for good quality natural light.

Aerial View

  • Architect: Marco Acerbis Architetto
  • Name of Project: New Residential development
  • Location: Banana Island, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Area: 7690 mq
  • Client: Private
  • Software used: Rhino

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Graduate Accommodation Clare Hall College in Cambridge, UK by Cowper Griffith Architects

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Clare Hall is a Graduate College designed by the celebrated Swedish architect Ralph Erskine in the 1960s.  A house and large garden close by has since been purchased to expand the facilities, known as West Court. The College has built additional buildings around the original 1960s house over the last twenty years and this scheme for new graduate accommodation forms the latest phase completing a new Front Court.

Clare Hall College

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Wangfujing street in Beijing,China in Latitude Studio with BIAD

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MIX-USE COMPLEX in BEIJING, CHINA

When it is thought about cities, it is not about urban plans, or diagrams. It is about the capacity of cities to provide endless possibilities of living. It is really the experience of shapes and shadows, the experience of reflections, textures and so on… what create the urban experience.

Aerial View

  • Architect: Latitude Studio with BIAD
  • Name of Project: Wangfujing street
  • Location: Beijing,China
  • Year: 2010
  • Status: On hold

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Qianhai Port City in Qianhai, China by OMA Architect

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Situated at the threshold of Hong Kong and Mainland China, Qianhai occupies a position of strategic significance in the Pearl River Delta. The planned intensification of transport through the site renders inevitable its emergence as a new center. The question is not whether Qianhai will develop, but how? If successful, a new city center in Qianhai could fulfill Shenzhen’s coastal ambitions and establish a node for interaction between various components of the PRD.

Qianhai Port City

  • Architects: OMA Architect
  • Project: Qianhai Port Cit
  • Location: Qianhai, Shenzhen, PRC
  • Status: Competition
  • Client: Shenzhen Urban Planning and Land Resources Committee

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Cloud chamber in London, United Kingdom by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Victoria & Albert Museum – 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces (exhibition 2010).

Cloud chamber

We envisage the Cloud chamber as a retreat detached from everyday life, in part a direct response to the urban context of the V&A and its surroundings, but also a vehicle for the public to engage with and experience architectural scale and space at first hand. The aim is both a visual and physical experience of the tension between a direct and expressive exterior and a sensual, surprising and challenging interior.

Scene WD

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The house on the tree in Warsaw, Poland by Beata Konarska & Pawel Konarski / KONARSKA-KONARSKI

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

‘The house on the tree’  (Dom na Drzewie) – an installation in a public space by Beata Konarska & Pawel Konarski / KONARSKA-KONARSKI

The installation ‘The house on the tree’  is located in the green part of central Warsaw- the Powisle district, at the University of Warsaw Library. There are two parts of this installation: first – a house placed on one of the Library garden’s trees, and the second – a house hanging in the space of the Library’s main hall. The aim of the project is to initiate social dialogue about sustainable development.

 

Exterior View

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