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“Weave Housing” in Denver by Meridian 105 Architects

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

‘Weave Housing’ is a design proposal for an urban mixed use complex in Denver CO, with 160 apartment units, retail and parking. Inspired by a children’s potholder loom, the facade texture supports multiple interior apartment arrangements with units occupying one or two bays in width, and one or two levels in height, allowing for flexibility and plan variety. By weaving occupiable volumes across the facade, private balconies and overhangs are created, establishing zones of natural shading and meeting the desired passive energy strategy. The long dimension of each apartment unit is stretched parallel to the corridors, taking advantage of natural light and views while minimizing the depth light is asked to penetrate the space.

Weave Housing - Eastern side of the building

Weave Housing - Eastern side of the building

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Nassiriyah Truck Stop in Ur, Dhi Qar, Iraq by New World Design LLC

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Located on a desolate and dusty plane near the ancient Ziggurat of UR, the Nassiriyah Truck Stop is proposed as a modern day oasis along one of Iraq’s most dangerous highways. The project is intended to become an economic seed for the local community by proving space and microfinance grants for family-owned businesses, as well as vital services and supplies for Iraq’s trucking community.

Aerial View Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Aerial View Nassiriyah Truck Stop

  • Architects: New World Design LLC
  • Location: Ur, Dhi Qar, Iraq
  • Architect in charge: Jeffrey Olinger
  • Structural Engineer: Haris Engineering Inc.
  • Size: 2,531 sqm
  • Year: 2010

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COPASA – Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais, Brazil by Morato Arquitetura

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

In Minas Gerais, a state located in Middle East of Brazil, COPASA – Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais, is the state owned company responsible for the water treatment and distribution to the majority of the cities. For the planning and management, the company has an Administrative District for each of the five regions in the state. The project here presented comprehends one of the administrative head-office, located in São Sebastião do Paraíso – Minas Gerais state.

Frontal Façade of the Building

Frontal Façade of the Building

  • Architect: Morato Arquitetura
  • Area: Building: 100 , Land: 5000 m²
  • Completion date: 2002
  • Location of project: City: São Sebastião do Paraíso, State: Minas Gerais , Country: Brazil
  • Designer/architect: Ulisses Morato de Andrade
  • Nationality of designer/architect: Brazil
  • Photographer: Daniel Mansur

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T-Wall Housing in Al Qurnah, Basrah, Iraq by New World Design LLC

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The T-wall—a freestanding precast concrete panel with a footing cast into the base—is perhaps the most ubiquitous architectural element in Iraq’s security landscape. Used to create barricades around secure military zones, T-walls are scattered across the country by the millions, and as American forces draw down their forward operating bases in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of these T-walls will be either discarded or crushed. Due to their steel reinforcing, most T-walls will be banished to so-called T-wall graveyards, to be stored for an indeterminate amount of time for an undetermined purpose.

Construction Diagram of T-Wall House

Construction Diagram of T-Wall House

  • Location: Al Qurnah, Basrah, Iraq
  • Architect in charge:Jeffrey Olinger
  • Size:150 sqm per unit, 10 units total
  • Year:2010

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Kodaly Centre – Concert Hall in PECS by Építész Stúdió

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The Hungarian city of Pécs was selected as European Capital of Culture for 2010. The new Kodály Concert- and Conference Centre is one of the main projects for this event.

Front View

Front View

  • Project name: KODÁLY KÖZPONT / KODÁLY CENTRE – CONCERT HALL in PÉCS.
  • Location: PÉCS /Hungary.
  • Client: The city of PÉCS.
  • Architects: Tamás Fialovszky, Richard Hőnich, Ferenc  Keller, Benedek Sólyom.
  • Design period: 2007 – 2010.
  • Completion date: December of 2010.
  • Gross area: 11.200 m2.
  • Photographer: Tamás Bujnovszky.

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House EP in Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil by Morato Arquitetura

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Winning project of the 10th Architecture Award promoted by IAB-MG (Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasil – Minas Gerais) 2008, single houses category.

It is a contemporaneous house built with traditional techniques. This construction occupies the top of a hillside and is projected over an immense valley framed with a chain of mountains, a predominant relief in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In the surroundings of Nova Lima – MG, where the construction was erected, a considerable part of the houses are influenced by the language of Portuguese colonial architecture and uses manual techniques of construction.

House EP in Nova Lima

House EP in Nova Lima

  • Architect: Morato Arquitetura
  • Project name: House EP
  • City: Nova Lima – MG
  • Function: Residential
  • Chief architect / office name: Ulisses Morato / Morato Arquitetura
  • Project team: Ulisses Morato
  • Client: Unmarried man.
  • Consultancy / collaboration partners: Pedro Cardoso – Engineering
  • Design date: May/2003
  • Completion date: December/2004
  • Area: 213 m2
  • Photos of the house: Daniel Mansur

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center by TEK Architects in Queens, New York

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Located on the campus of Queensborough Community College in Queens, New York, the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archive consists of the renovation of a 6,000 square foot former print shop and loading dock in the campus Administration building, and a 2,000 square foot addition on the south edge of the site. The project provides a much needed home for the Center which was previously housed in the basement of the college library, and includes classrooms, work stations, offices, gallery spaces, and a library.

Front Entrance View

Front Entrance View

  • Architect: TEK Architects, PC
  • Project Team: Charles Thanhauser – principal in charge; Andrew Ojamaa – project director; Carolina Meller, Kotting Luo, Hsing Yuan Chen
  • Client: DASNY / CUNY/ QCC
  • QCC HRC Director: Dr. Arthur Flug
  • Contractor: Summit Construction
  • MEP Engineers: DLB Consulting, MEP, William Dunne
  • Structural: Dunne and Markis, PE, Harriet Markis
  • Landscape: Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects
  • Glass Consultant: RA Heintges Architects, Daniel Vos
  • Exhibits : KPC Experience, Michael Roeper
  • Photographer: Brian Rose Photography

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TATA Tower – Urban Vertical Parking Development by Seth Ellesorth

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Seth Ellesorth designed a vertical parking structure called Tata Tower in Mumbai last year.

Tata Tower Concept Image

Tata Tower Concept Image

  • Architects:  Seth Ellsworth Architects
  • Location: C-Ward, Mumbai, India
  • Date: Spring 2010 Project
  • Team: Professor Antony Wood, Seth Ellsworth, JaYoung Kim
  • Materials: Concrete, Steel
  • Sponsor: The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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Plaza Ecópolis in Madrid, Spain by ecosistema urbano

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

 The goal of the project “Plaza Ecopolis” by architectural firm ecosistema urbano was to transform a faceless site in Madrid’s urban sprawl, surrounded by industry and heavy traffic transportation infrastructures, into a public space for social interaction plus provide a building for childcare and a children’s play center. 

Ecopolis landscape, image by Javier de Pas

Ecopolis landscape, image by Javier de Pas

 

Architect: ecosistema urbano

Project: Plaza Ecópolis

Location: Plaza Ecópolis, 1 – Rivas Vaciamadrid – 28529 Madrid – Spain

Client: City Council of Rivas-Vaciamadrid

Building floor Area: 3.000 sqm

Public space: 7.500 sqm

Construction cost: 2.700.000€

Building cost per sqm: 700 €/sqm

Project Completion: 2009/2010

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H&E Housing in Paris by ADE Architects

Monday, February 7th, 2011

David Elalouf Architect designed this sustainable development in Paris. This is the first program of social housing in sustainable development built in Paris. It includes 4 buildings with 93 Housing units, shops, and a kindergarten .

Left building view of the colored gap

Left building view of the colored gap

  • Architects : David Elalouf Architecte, with Guillaume Prognon, Fabrice Jactard, Kheang Tan, Damien Caron, Wen Kee H’su
  • Client : Paris Habitat OPH
  • Location : 75, 79 Rue de la Chapelle & Impasse du Gué, Paris XVIII, France
  • Project area: 7260 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005-2008
  • Budget: € 11,500,000
  • Photographs: Stephan Lucas, David Elalouf
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Key Materials:
    • White Polished Concrete: Palazzo (by Morin Système),
    • Aluminium Cladding: AluPlusPatina (by Kalzip),
    • Fiber Cement: Natura (by Eternit)
    • Red Laminated Boards: Max Exterior (by Fundermax)

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