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Houtsma Site Live/Work Factory in Kostverlorenvaart, Amsterdam by Marlies Rohmer

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The Bellamy Neighbourhood and the Housma Site

The small scale charm and the varied buildings of the Bellamy Neighbourhood give it the atmosphere of a small village, embedded into the Amsterdam pericentral suburb of Oud-West. The urban structure of the neighbourhood follows old farming field boundaries from the 19th century. Living and working functions intermingle in the neighbourhood. The Houstma Site occupies a prominent location on a shipping canal, Kostverlorenvaart, and is named after the former Houtsma kitchen furniture factory.

Houtsma Site Live/Work Factory - (c) Luuk Kramer

  • Brief: Building with mixed programme on Kostverlorenvaart: 26 residential units, business units, studios and a grand café.
  • Location: Baarsjes borough, Amsterdam
  • Client: Stadgenoot, Amsterdam
  • Architect: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
  • Design: Marlies Rohmer
  • Team: Floris Hund (deputy architect); Kirsten Gabriëls (assistant designer/coordinator) ; Gieneke Pieterse (project coordinator); Ido de Boer; Charles Hueber; Marie Louise Greger
  • Structural engineer: Constructiebureau Tentij BV, Heemskerk
  • Services engineer: Installatieadviseurs Wolf + Dikken, Wateringen
  • Contractor: Aannemingsbedrijf F.W. Onrust bv., Zaandam / Ballast Nedam Noord-West
  • Design: 2004
  • Completion: 2010
  • Floor area/ contract price: GFA: 6,260 m² / € 4,920,000 excl. VAT, including building services.


Stelmat Headquarters in Cuiabá, Brazil by “about: Blank architecture”

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The project for the new headquarters of STELMAT seeks above all a great tune and identification with the company values. The concept rests on two main pillars. The application of the company’s maximum, “technology that generates economy” to the building, and exploration of the concept of free marketing inherent to the construction of a new building that stands out in its surroundings.

Stelmat Headquarters Front Facade

  • CLIENT: Stelmat Teleinformática
  • BRIEF : Company Headquarters
  • LOCATION : Cuiabá, Brazil
  • DATE : 2010 STATUS – WORK IN PROGRESS – Planning permissions
  • ARCHITECTURE: about: Blank architecture – André Lira, Érika Santiago
  • CONSULTANTS > MB Engenharia
  • 3D CREDITS/PHOTOGRAPH : Metrocúbico Digital


Hennepin County Library in Maple Grove, Minnesota by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

In the past ten years, Maple Grove has grown to become one of Minnesota’s largest suburbs. The area has evolved from a natural oak savanna and agricultural fields to gravel mines serving the state highway system. This ever-changing landscape of human development resulted in barren land and artificial lakes (leftover from mining activity) as the future site for the library.

North View

  • Architects: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
  • Project: Hennepin County Library Maple Grove
  • Location: Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA
  • Year: 2010
  • Collaborators: Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc., Mechanical/Electrical Engineers, BKBM Engineers, Structural/Civil Engineers Damon Farber Associates, Landscape Architect, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, General Contractor
  • Project Area: 40,000 square-feet
  • Credits: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., Architect & Interior Designer
  • Photographs: Lara Swimmer
  • Software used: Revit


Home of the Future in Beijing, China by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

LAVA’s Home of the Future is a showcase for future living, with nature, technology and man in a new harmony. The Home of the Future will start construction in late 2011 on the rooftop of a new furniture mall in Beijing, China.

Future Home Lighting Systems

  • Architect: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
  • Project: Home of the Future
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Date: Construction due August 2011, finish 2012
  • Client: Redstar Maccalline
  • Status: Documentation
  • Architects: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck
  • Size: 2000 sqm
  • Landscape: Aecom
  • Engineering support: Arup
  • ETFE: Vector Foiltec
  • Animation: mindbogglerfilms
  • Photo Credits: Doug and Wolf
  • PRACTICE CREDITS: LAVA – Tobias Wallisser, Chris Bosse, Alexander Rieck

Jarrod Lamshed, Erik Escalante, Anh Dao Trinh, Angelo Ungarelli, Chang Liu,Michael Mader, Verena Hoch, Esan Rahmani, Niklas Muehlich, Kim Ngyuen Ngoc, Jack Gillbanks, Catherine Zhuang, Matthew Austin, John Blanchard.


Résidence St-Hubert in Canada by Naturehumaine

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Recipient of Marcel-Parizeau Award at the 2011 Awards of Excellence in Architecture presented by the Ordre des Architectes du Québec

The clients wished to enlarge their 800sq-ft bungalow by adding a second floor to the existing structure. However, the poor conditions of the foundations quickly proved this option impossible. In turn, the architects studied the possibility to build an extension into the backyard. Two major constraints were to be found: (1) the Municipality forbade to construct higher than the existing roof membrane, and (2) the presence of rock 4-0 ft into the ground which made the construction of a basement very costly. From those limitations, an unconventional and affordable solution was developed: compressing the spaces on numerous split-levels to yield the desired rooms, with a stunning double height dining room and a generous provision of natural light.

Résidence St-Hubert - Photo by Marc Andre Plasse

  • Architect: Naturehumaine
  • Location: St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada
  • Year: 2011


Stockholm Waterfront in Stockholm, Sweden by White Arkitekter

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

With Waterfront, Sweden’s capital city is now ready to join the major league in the world of international conferences. The congress centre with its innovative design solutions is providing Stockholm with a venue that will be unique in Europe.

Stockholm Waterfront

  • Architect: White Arkitekter
  • Project Name: Stockholm Waterfront
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Photographer: Wojtek Gurak and Åke E:son Lindman
  • Client: Jarl Asset Management
  • Cost: €158M
  • Project start/end: 2005–2010
  • Completion: 2010
  • Size/area: 24 600 m2 with more than 400 hotel rooms and a 3 000-seat congress hall


Singapore University of Technology and Design in Singapore by UNStudio and DP Architects

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

UNStudio / Ben van Berkel’s design chosen for the Singapore University of Technology and Design

UNStudio, in collaboration with DP Architects, has been selected from a shortlist of five practices to design Plot A of the SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design) campus.

View From Distance

  • Architects: UNStudio and DP Architects
  • Client: The Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Location: Singapore
  • Building surface: Phase I: 88,000 m2, Phase II 125,000 m2 Total : 213,000 m2
  • Building volume: Phase I: 422,400 m3: Phase II: 600,000 m3 Total : 1,022,400 m3
  • Building site: 76,846 m2
  • Programme: University Campus
  • Status: Competition


  • UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Astrid Piber with Christian Veddeler, Jordan Trachtenberg and Ren Horng Yee, Adi Utama, Jeff Johnson, Melissa Lui
  • DPA: Chan Sui Him, Teoh Hai Pin, Jeremy Tan, Seah Chee Huang, Wykeith Ng, Liew Kok Fong, Wang Ying, Yeong Weng Fai, Jaye Tan.


  • Structural consultant: Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Primary cost analysis: KPK Quantity Surveyors (Singapore) Pte Ltd


Giant digital origami tigers launch Chinese New Year in Sydney by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Two giant digital origami tigers playfully celebrate Chinese New Year on the forecourt of Customs House, Sydney from 11 February –14 March 2010.

Front View


Solar Plaza Fargo in Fargo, North Dakota, USA by ShortList_0 Design Group (designed using Maya and Revit)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

PROPOSAL FOR FARGO, ND:  This new downtown destination is a place to congregate, shop, eat, live and work.  It also generates its own solar power.  The Solar Plaza’s unique sculptural shape, with sweeping solar panel surface and curvaceous wraparound glass, adds a new dimension to the progressive development of renewable resources.

Solar Building Plaza Entrance

  • Architect: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC
  • Project Name: Solar Plaza Fargo
  • Location: Fargo, North Dakota, USA
  • Sustainable Design Proposal: ShortList_0 Design Group
  • Designer: Bill Caplan, 2010
  • Site Area: approximately 90,000 sf
  • Program:   Mixed Use retail, office, residential and civic plaza
  • Space Allocation (8 stories): 54,000 sf retail; 38,000 sf office; 76,000 sf residential
  • Parking: 400 cars on two sublevels
  • Primary Sustainable Design Technology: Building Integrated PV Solar Panels
  • Annual Output Capability: 850,000 kWh
  • Average Monthly Capability: 70,000 kWh/mo
  • Software Used: Revit, Maya


The Gullwing Towers in Dubai, UAE by ARXX studio Minervini + Sanna

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

ARXX studio is a research laboratory and a design office based in Rome, working in the fields of sustainable architecture and design.

The Gullwing Towers

  • Architect: ARXX studio Minervini + Sanna
  • Name of Project: The Gullwing Towers
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Collaborators: Arch. Alessandra Rapaccini, Arch. Fabio Lombardi, Flavia Verre, Giada Spera, Carlo Delzotti
  • Software used: Rhino, 3dStudio Max with v-ray plug-in, all based on the Autocad drawing files


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