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MARIBOR ART GALLERY in Maribor, Slovenia by Design Initiatives Architect

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

This is an entry in international competition for 17,800 m2 new building of the Maribor Art Gallery in Maribor, Slovenia. The complex and heterogeneous program includes galleries for permanent collection of modern and contemporary visual art and periodical exhibitions (5,200m2), children’s center (750 m2), design center (450 m2), live-work creative center (1700 m2), lecture room, library, catering (700 m2), offices, depository, and underground parking garage.

Maribor Art Gallery

  • Architect: Design Initiatives
  • Project: MARIBOR ART GALLERY
  • Type : culture
  • Location : Maribor, Slovenia
  • Date : February, 2010
  • Status : competition
  • Client : Municipality of Maribor, Association of Architects of Maribor
  • Area : 15,180 sq.m.
  • Credits : Vlado Valkof – project architect, Anne Valkof – designer, Rumen Yotov – rendering (more…)

KNOCK Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Julie Snow Architects

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The renovation of a neglected 1960’s food distribution center on the edge of downtown Minneapolis into a gleaming new headquarters for the creative innovators at KNOCK Inc. is both a fresh and welcomed presence on the underrated stretch of Glenwood Avenue.

Front Elevation

  • Architect: Julie Snow Architects, Inc.
  • Project Name: KNOCK Inc.
  • Project Location: 1315 Glenwood Avenue,
    Minneapolis , MN 55405
  • Project Size: 10,000 SF
  • Project Completion Date: August 2010
  • Photography Credit: Paul Crosby (more…)

Evolver at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland by Alice Studio

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Evolver is an inhabitable sculpture erected for the Zermatt Festival, the renowned annual event for Chamber Music featuring the Berlin Philharmonics and many others. As an architectural artifact Evolver intervenes spatially on the panorama surrounding Zermatt and was designed and executed by a team of 2nd year architecture students from the ALICE studio at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.In an effort to take full advantage of the site’s extensive and astounding views, the project sits strategically next to the lake Stelli at an altitude of 2536m.

Evolver - photographs © Joël Tettamanti / ALICE Studio EPFL

  • Architect: Alice Studio
  • Project: Evolver.
  • Location: EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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The Grand Bliss in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico by AHA Universo, Arturo Hernández (Principal)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The name of the latest product in Grupo Vidanta’s resort portfolio says it all: The Grand Bliss. The challenge presented to architecture firm AHA Universo was to create a place where bliss could happen naturally; where guests could reconnect with a simpler, more natural state of mind, while feeling indulged and pampered. The design, therefore, was created with happiness in mind.

The Grand Bliss

  • Architecture: AHA Universo, Arturo Hernández (Principal)
  • Architecture team: Héctor Martínez (Director), Jaime Güemez, Hugo Villalobos, Arturo Martín del Campo
  • Interiors: Joaquín Homs (Director), Mayela Mere, Cristian González, Lydia Cruz
  • Graphic Design: Alejandro Villegas (Director), Jessica González, Lorena Escamilla, Loretta Gutiérrez
  • Supervision: Norberto Figueroa (Director), Ricardo Cerezo, Moisés Cortés (on-site), Fernando González (lighting)
  • Mechanics and electricity: Nicolás García (Director), Cruz Cardona, Francisco Quiñones, Pedro Chávez, Julio Mercado, Milton Navarro, Juan Barba
  • Structural engineer: Andrés Acosta (Director)
  • Engineering consultants: Ginsatec, Roberto Dávalos-Cautin S.A., Raúl Izquierdo-Izquierdo Engineering Associates
  • Management: Jaime Rojas, Esperanza Olavarria
  • Geology consultant: Ingeniería Geotecnológica de México, S.A.
  • Construction: Grupo Vidanta
  • Program: 168 keys (84 master suites, 84 suites), lobby, lobby bar, sales office
  • Client: Grupo Vidanta
  • Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Construction area: 357, 082 sq. ft.
  • Project completion and public opening: November 2010
  • Photographs: Rigoberto Moreno

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House in Nasu, Japan by Kazunori Fujimoto

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

This is a weekend house built in the area height of above sea level 550m, in Nasu-town, Tochigi Prefecture. Though in the resort town, the road and the neighbor houses are near by the site, and it seems difficult to keep privacy. so the architects aimed to make an indoor space like a Scandinavian soft interiors instead of the room open directly to the outside.

Photo by Kazunori Fujimoto

  • Architect: Kazunori Fujimoto Architect
  • Location: Nasu, Tochigi, Japan
  • Main use:weekend house
  • Site area: 504m2
  • Building area: 85.44m2
  • Total floor area: 85.44m2
  • Design term: 2009
  • Construction term: 2010
  • Photos: Kazunori Fujimoto

 

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City Green Court In Prague, Czech Republic by Richard Meier Partners

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Richard Meier & Partners Architects is pleased to announce the construction of City Green Court which has recently started last September 2010. This is RM&P’s third building within the Master Plan of Prague 4- Pankrác that began almost a decade ago with a local Czech developer and named the CITY Project. Based on RM&P’s Master Plan of the superblock on the Pankrác Plains, this once neglected area of Prague has now been transformed into a multi-functional, vibrant and revitalized business, commercial, and residential district filled with green public spaces and amenities. City Green Court has been modified and re-designed to the new owner Skanska’s sustainability goals and high standards to achieve the highest level of LEED certification. The project has recently received a LEED Platinum Pre-certification.

City Green Court

City Green Court

  • Architect: Richard Meier & Partners www.richardmeier.com
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Construction: Skanska Commercial Development Europe www.skanska.com/property
  • Year: 2010 – 2011

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Aquaria Grande Residential Complex in Borivali, Mumbai, India

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Aquaria Grande is one of the iconic residential developments in Borivali of Mumbai. This distinctive project includes two 37 storeys soaring residential towers, a fully facilities equipped clubhouse, a sustainable podium garden and an enormous car park, which create a novel and luxury lifestyle to the Borivali district.

Acquaria Grande External View

Acquaria Grande External View

  • Architect: James Law Cybertecture International
  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Use: Residential + Club House
  • Site Area: ~13639.4 sq.m
  • Bldg. Area: ~28165sq.m.
  • Gross Floor Area: ~37000 sq.m.
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 2.5
  • Bldg. Scale: 2 Basements, 4 Podium and 37 Stories Residential Tower
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete Structure / Composite Column / Flat Slab System
  • Max. Height: ~165 m
  • Parking Lot: ~675 Lots

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Sunami House in Hiroshima, Japan by Kazunori Fujimoto

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

The site is located on the hill spreading the panoramic view of Seto Inland Sea. In this beautiful scenery, the architects aimed that the house be filled with the atmosphere surrounding this area.

Photo by Kazunori Fujimoto

  • Architect: Kazunori Fujimoto Architect
  • Photo: Kazunori Fujimoto
  • Location: Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Main use: house
  • Site area: 308m2
  • Building area: 117.17m2
  • Total floor area: 115.585m2
  • Design term: 2008
  • Construction term: 2009

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OPTIC HOUSE in Bennington, Nebraska by RANDY BROWN ARCHITECTS

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Optics:/  the branch of physics which studies the behavior and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of  instruments that use or detect it.

Overall Image of Optic House

  • Architect: RANDY BROWN ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Optic House
  • Location: Bennington, NE 68164
  • Studio: RANDY BROWN ARCHITECTS
    1925 N 120th St.
    Omaha, NE 68154
    (402) 551-7097
  • Credits: Randy Brown FAIA Principal in charge  Shane Fowler, Jonny Kaufman, Andrea Kelly,  Brian Kelly, Neil Legband , Jenni Luebbert, Brandon Schumacker
  • Client: Alan Tipp
  • Contractor: Landmark Custom Homes
  • Photographer: Farshid Assassi (more…)

Weekend House on Lake Superior, Minnesota by Julie Snow Architects

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

The weekend house is reduced to a few essential elements. The main house and a small studio are arranged on a black platform that rests just above the ground. The two black volumes frame the water of Lake Superior as it extends toward the distant horizon.

View of Fireplace

  • Architect: Julie Snow Architects
  • Project Name: Weekend House on Lake Superior
  • Project Location: North Shore of Lake Superior (near Schroeder MN)
  • Project Size: Main building: 1024 SF
  • Studio: 256 SF, Overall Dimensions 16’x112’
  • Project Completion Date: 2008
  • Photography Credit: Peter Kerze (more…)
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