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Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland by Zaha Hadid Architects

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

The historical development of the Clyde and the city is a unique legacy; with the site situated where the Kelvin flows into the Clyde the building can flow from the city to the river. In doing so it can symbolise a dynamic relationship where the museum is the voice of both, linking the two sides and allowing the museum to be the transition from one to the other. By doing so the museum places itself in the very context of its origin and encourages connectivity between its exhibits and their wider context.

Riverside Museum - Image Courtesy Helene Binet

  • Project Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Riverside Museum
  • Location: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Client: Glasgow City Council
  • Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project Director: Jim Heverin
  • Photographer: Helene Binet
  • Program: Exhibition space, cafe, retail, education
  • Competition Team: Malca Mizrahi, Michele Pasca di Magliano, Viviana R. Muscettola, Mariana Ibanez, Larissa Henke
  • Project Team: Achim Gergen, Agnes Koltay, Alasdair Graham, Andreas Helgesson, Andy Summers, Aris Giorgiadis, Brandon Buck, Christina Beaumont, Chun Chiu, Claudia Wulf, Daniel Baerlaecken, Des Fagan, Electra Mikelides, Elke Presser, Gemma Douglas, Hinki Kwon, Jieun Lee, Johannes Hoffmann, Laymon Thaung, Liat Muller, Lole Mate, Malca Mizrahi, Markus Planteu, Matthias Frei, Michael Mader, Mikel Bennett, Ming Cheong, Naomi Fritz, Rebecca Haines-Gadd, Thomas Hale, Tyen Masten


  • Services: Buro Happold [Glasgow, UK]
  • Acoustics: Buro Happold [Bath, UK]
  • Fire Safety: FEDRA, Glasgow
  • Cost Consultants: Capita Symonds
  • Project Management: Capita Symonds


  • Total Area: 11 000 m2
  • Exhibition Area: 7000 m2
  • Site Area: 22,400 m2
  • Footprint Area: 7,800 m2


  • Steel Frame
  • Corrugated Metal Decking
  • Zinc Cladding
  • Glass-reinforced gypsum interior surfaces


Stockholmsporten in Stockholm, Sweden by BIG designed using AutoCAD and Rhino

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


BIG + Grontmij + Spacescape are the winning team for the Stockholmsporten master plan competition to design an inviting new entrance portal into Stockholm at the intersection of a newly planned super-junction.

Image Courtesy BIG

  • Architect: BIG
  • Name of Project: Stockholmsporten
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program: Master plan, Landscape
  • Type: Prequalified Competition
  • Size: 580.000 m2
  • Client: City of Stockholm, Swedish Transport Administration
  • Collaborators: Grontmij, Spacescape
  • Status: 1st prize / In progress
  • Grontmij AB: Veronika Borg, Albin Ahlquist, Anders Falk , Mats Mauritzson, Nils-Göran Nilsson, Christer Johansson, Bengt Ridell
  • Spacescape AB: Alexander Ståhle, Tobias Nordström
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino


  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange
  • Project Leader: Hanna Johansson
  • Team: Camille Crepin, Barbora Srpkova, Alessio Valmori, Xiao Xuan Lu, Krista Meskanen, Long Zuo


Beekman Tower (8 Spruce Street) in New York by Frank Gehry

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

8 Spruce Street, originally known as Beekman Tower and currently marketed as New York by Gehry, is a 76-story skyscraper designed by architect Frank Gehry in the New York City borough of Manhattan at 8 Spruce Street, just south of City Hall Plaza and the Brooklyn Bridge.

At 870 feet tall, New York by Gehry is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and a singular addition to the iconic Manhattan skyline. For his first residential commission in New York City, master architect Frank Gehry has reinterpreted the design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise with undulating waves of stainless steel that reflect the changing light, transforming the appearance of the building throughout the day. Gehry’s distinctive aesthetic is carried across the interior residential and amenity spaces with custom furnishings and installations.


  • Architect: Frank Gehry
  • Location: 8 Spruce Street, New York City, New York, United States
  • Coordinates: 40°42’39?N 74°00’20?W
  • Status: Complete
  • Groundbreaking: 2006
  • Opening: 2011
  • Use: Mixed-use
  • Height: Roof 867 ft (267 m)
  • Floor count: 76
  • Floor area: 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2)
  • Structural engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk
  • Developer : Forest City Ratner
  • Owner: Forest City Ratner
  • Management: Cooper Square Management
  • Website:
  • Article source: Wikipedia &


Water Houses/ Floating Houses in Steigereiland IJburg, Amsterdam, Netherlands by Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Is it a boat? Is it a house? Is it romantic or is it pragmatic? It is a hybrid. It is not what you think it is. Seventy-five floating homes and waterside dyke houses in the private (rental and owner-occupied) sector.

Images Courtesy Luuk Kramer

  • Architect: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
  • Name of Project: Water Houses/ Floating Houses
  • Location: Steigereiland IJburg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Client: Ontwikkelingscombinatie Waterbuurt West and Woningstichting Eigen Haard
  • Design: Marlies Rohmer and Floris Hund
  • Team: Michiel van Pelt, Ronald Hageman, Marc de Vries, Charles Hueber, Martin Koster
  • Structural engineer: Van der Vorm Engineering, Delft NL
  • Building services: Genie Techni Engineering BV, Grootebroek NL
  • Building physics: Wolf + Dikken, Wateringen NL
  • Contractor: ABC Arkenbouw BV, Urk NL, The floating houses were built in the dry dock in Urk, Koning Bouw, Volendam NL
  • Photography: Marcel van der Burg, Luuk Kramer, Roos Aldershoff Fotografie
  • Design date: 2001
  • Completion: 2011
  • Area / Contract price: GFA: 10,625 m2 € 14,096.000,- (excl. VAT, incl services), € 11,981.600,- (excl. VAT,


GGA Offices in Washington DC by Group Goetz Architects (GGA)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

GGA’s objective was to create a forward thinking workplace for its business with a new paradigm focused on flexible and collaborative space that would be a contributor of a healthful environment and lifestyle. Expanding on a simple program, GGA designed the 16,000 SF offices without walls to improve communication and collaboration, to encourage learning and sharing of information, and to take advantage of the enormous amount of natural light permeating the perimeter glass walls of the space. The commitment to openness started at the highest level in the organization and therefore the workplace has no private offices. The design culminated in achieving LEED® 2.0 Platinum Certification from USGBC, as the first design office in the Washington, DC area to achieve this distinction.

GGA Offices

  • Architects: Group Goetz Architects (GGA)
  • Size: 16,000 SF
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Year Completed: January 2009
  • Photo Credit: GGA Staff
  • Contractor: Dietze Construction Group
  • MEP Engineer: CS Consulting Engineers
  • Developer: Carlyle Group


Lunar pop-up store in Shanghai, China by Nicolas SALTO DEL GIORGIO & Bittor SANCHEZ-MONASTERIO

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Lunar pop-up store is a modular system design for a pop-up store that hosts products for daily life on the Moon it is commissioned by a private European art institution.

Lunar pop-up store

  • Archiect: ///byn
  • Project: Lunar pop-up store
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Collaborators: GUO ZhiChuan & LI Min
  • Graph. Design: Ignasi FERNANDEZ-SEGADES
  • Construction: Bright Exhibition
  • Photography: Jiang Yong
  • Year: 2011
  • Venue: Taikang Terrace
  • Program: Art Exhibiton/Pop-up Store
  • Client: Private


  • 2D: AutoCAD
  • 3D: Rhinoceros
  • RENDERING: VRay for Rhino
  • GRAPHICS: Adobe suite


HL23 in West Chelsea Arts district, New York by NEIL M. DENARI ARCHITECTS designed with AutoCAD and Rhino

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Developed by Alf Naman and currently in construction, HL23 is a 14 floor condominium tower that responds to a unique and challenging site directly adjacent to the High Line at 23rd street in New York’s West Chelsea Arts district.  With the first phase opened from July 2009 (12th-20th street), the High Line will extend north until its terminus at 34th Street in its second phase to open in 2010.  This new linear park, elevated above the street 25ft on existing rail infrastructure, offers people new chances to interact with the city’s rich architectural heritage and its vibrant future.  Designed by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the High Line Park advances a merger between various urban ecologies both found and implanted. HL23 is a structure precisely shaped by a confluence of these forces.

North View

South View

  • Name of Project: HL23
  • Location: West Chelsea Arts district, New York
  • Scheduled completion date: January 2011
  • Client / Developer: 23 High Line LLC
  • Developer: Alf Naman
  • Co-Developer: Garrett Heher
  • Project Coordinator: Elizabeth Church
  • Project Architects: Stefano Paiocchi, Duks Koschitz
  • Design Team: David Aguilo, Carmen Cham, Antonio Torres, Breanna Carlson, Alexander Janowsky, Philipp Traxler, Joe Willendra, Christian Kotzamanis, Rick Michod, Yoichiro Mizuno
  • Collaborating Architect: Marc Rosenbaum, Architect
  • Interior Architect / Interior Design: Thomas Juul-Hansen, LLC
  • Project Architect: Victor Druga
  • Construction Management: T.G. Nickel & Associates, Ronkonkoma
  • Structural Engineer: Desimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC
  • M.E.P. Engineer: Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder
  • Lighting Designer: Lighting Design Alliance, Signal Hill, CA
  • Landscape Architect: Quennell Rothschild & Partners
  • Software used: Rhino and AutoCAD
  • Rendering: Hayes Davidson


Ramsey County Roseville Library in Roseville, Minnesota by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Despite being the busiest library in Minnesota, this building was dark, unwelcoming, dated, and inefficient. A much-needed renovation and second floor expansion completely transform the 1990s building.

Ramsey County Roseville Library

  • Architects: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
  • Project: Ramsey County Roseville Library
  • Location: Roseville, Minnesota
  • Credits: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., Architect & Interior Designer
  • Year: 2010
  • Area: 70,588 square-feet
  • Photo credits: Lara Swimmer Photography
  • Software used: Revit
  • Collaborators: Engineering Design Initiative, Ltd., Mechanical/Electrical Engineers, Meyer,Borgman, Johnson, Inc., Structural Engineer, Pierce Pini & Associates, Inc., Civil Engineer, Damon Farber Associates, Landscape Architect, McGough Construction Co., Inc., General Contractor


Rooftecture HH in Haga-cho, Shiso-city, Japan by Endo Shuhei Architect Institute designed using Vectorworks

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

This project is a private residence which located in a lush surrounded by mountains in western Hyogo Prefecture of Japan. There are 4 large cherry trees planted in the center of this site which beautiful blooms every year. One moment of the nature scale created a powerful landscape beyond any architectural peculiarities space. The strong power also is the originality of this architecture.

Night view

  • Architect: Endo Shuhei Architect Institute
  • Name of Project: Rooftecture HH
  • Location: Haga-cho,Shiso-city, Hyogo-pref. Japan
  • Completion: December 2010
  • Principal use: House
  • Structure System: Wood
  • Extent: 1 story
  • Site Area: 1,175 m2
  • Building Area: 125.8m2
  • Total Floor Area: 125.2m2
  • Design Period: February 2009 – October 2009
  • Construction Period: July 2010 – December 2010
  • Client: Individual
  • Design: Endo Shuhei Architect Institute
  • Construction supervision: Endo Shuhei Architect Institute
  • Contractor: Yahata Kensetsu Co.,Ltd.
  • Photographer: Yoshiharu Matsumura
  • Software used: Vectorworks


The Morphing Kinetower by Kinetura designed using Maya

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Responsive architecture, a tower as an energy-regulator

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The Kinetower is Kinetura’s concept for a building whose façade elements responds to the sunlight or for the user inside

  • Design by Kinetura: Xaveer Claerhout and Barbara Van Biervliet.
  • Article source: Kinetura
  • Software used: Maya


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