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Miami Pier Museum of Latin American Immigrants by MJZ

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The building situated directly on the coastline of the South Beach in Miami FL,USA on the axis of one of the main streets in the city would  be a horizontal monument to all the immigrants who arrived on these shores in the past  and a symbol emphasizing the dynamic  multicultural image of this city nowadays.

View from the sea

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Newport Station Renovation by Grimshaw and Atkins

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Grimshaw, in association with Atkins, has redesigned Newport Station as part of a citywide regeneration master plan by Newport Unlimited. Network Rail was the primary funder and client for the project with the Welsh Assembly Government also providing substantial financial support. While the need for regeneration of the station was created from the shortfalls of the existing facility, the impetus for its construction was the fact that the city was set to play host to the most prestigious tournament in golf, the Ryder Cup, in October 2010.

Newport Station at night - Ken Price Photography

 

  • Project: Newport Station Renovation
  • Location: Newport, South Wales, UK
  • Project Type: Transport & Infrastructure
  • Contract Value: £16 m
  • Area: 2100m sq
  • Status: Complete
  • Design Start Date: Jan 07
  • Site Start Date: Summer 2009
  • Completion Date: Autumn 2010
  • Client: Network Rail
  • Director in Charge: Mark Middleton
  • Associate Director: Chris Crombie
  • Project Architect: Ronan Friel
  • Team : Nick Strachan, Sang Yup, Denise Farnworth
  • Structural Engineer: Atkins
  • Services Engineer: Atkins
  • Quantity Surveyor: Faithful + Gould (Atkins)
  • Main Contractor: Galliford Try Rail
  • Photography: Peter Cook & Ken Price

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Multipurpose Building – Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF) National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (NCBID), Wellington, New Zealand by Stephenson&Turner

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Established in 1920, Stephenson&Turner (S&T) is a team-oriented, multidisciplinary architecture and engineering practice specializing in the creation of inspirational, environmentally sustainable solutions for clients in New Zealand, Australia, and other Asia-Pacific countries.

The National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease.

Fast Facts:

Architecture and Engineering: Stephenson&Turner (S&T)

Project: an award-winning multipurpose building at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF) National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (NCBID)

Project Architect: Murray Robertson

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Software used: Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit MEP

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Holding Pattern in New York by Interboro Partners

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

REVELATION

“Holding Pattern” is the product of a sustained dialog with MoMA PS1’s courtyard and its neighbors. Instead of telling it what it should be, we patiently listened to what it and its neighbors had to say, then responded in kind. The result of this dialog is a scheme doesn’t so much redesign the courtyard as reveal it.

Entry of Holding Pattern

Entry of Holding Pattern

Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany by Zaha Hadid

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

We initiated our design with a study of the overall factory site. Our intention was to place the elements of our commission in such a way that they would not be lost between the enormous factory sheds. We also used these elements to structure the whole site, giving identity and rhythm to the main street running through the complex. This street – which stretches from the chair museum to the other end of the factory site, where the fire station is now located, was envisaged as a linear landscaped zone, almost as if it were the artificial extension of the linear patterns of the adjacent agricultural fields and vineyards. Thus, rather than designing the building as an isolated object, it was developed as the outer edge of the landscaped zone: defining space rather than occupying space. This was achieved by stretching the programme into a long, narrow building alongside the street which marks the edge of the factory site, and which also functions as a screening device against the bordering buildings.

VITRA FIRE STATION

  • ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • PROGRAM: Fire Station
  • CLIENT: Rolf Fehlbaum, Vitra International AG, Klunefeldstrasse 22, CH-4127 Biersfelden, SUISSE
  • Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Patrik Schumacher
  • Design Team: Simon Koumjian, Edgar Gonzalez, Kar Wha Ho, Voon Yee-Wong, Craig Kiner, Cristina Verissimo, Maria Rossi, Daniel R. Oakley, Nicola Cousins, David Gomersall, Olaf Weishaupt
  • Local Architect: Roland Mayer [Lorrach, Germany]
  • SIZE/AREA: 852 m2
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University Of Minnesota Duluth Swenson Civil Engineering Building by Ross-Barney Architects

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

 

The University of Minnesota Duluth has instituted a new Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE). The new building, completed in 2010, provides approximately 35,300 gross square feet to house classrooms, instructional and research laboratories, and office space for the Civil Engineering Department. The new building builds on and reinforces the existing circulation patterns that are part of the UMD campus.

 

UMD Civil Engineering Building

  • Design Architect/Interior Design: Ross-Barney Architects, Chicago IL
  • Project lead designer: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
  • Architect of Record: SJA Architects, Duluth, MN
  • Landscape Architect: oslund.and.assoc., Minneapolis MN
  • Civil engineer: MSA Professional Services, Duluth MN
  • Structural Engineer: MBJ Inc. Duluth MN
  • Mechanical, Electrical Engineer: Dunham, Minneapolis, MN
  • Commissioning Agent: Hallberg Engineering
  • General Contractor: Stahl Construction
  • Photographer: Kate Joyce Studios

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“Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness” sculpture at the The Angel Building, London by Ian McChesney

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness is a stunning new sculpture by Ian McChesney for the Angel Building in London. The shape of the piece was generated by allowing treacle to fall from a spoon – the resulting form is then inverted. The unit comprises an oval seating area from which extends a narrow twenty two metre high spar – that’s over 5 double decker buses. The title is taken from the motto on the Lyles Black Treacle tin which, in turn is a reference to a story in the Old Testament. It is fabricated from carbon fibre which is both strong and very light enabling it to be incredibly slender. At the foot of the piece is a seating area upholstered in leather by designer Bill Amberg.

The piece was comissioned by developer Derwent London for the Angel Building, a new office development near the Angel underground station in Islington, London. The building was designed by architects AHMM.

Photograph by Peter Cook

 

  • Designer: Ian McChesney Studio
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Client: Derwent London
  • Building architect: AHMM
  • Location: Angel Building, London, UK
  • Article source: Ian McChesney Studio
  • Photographer: Peter Cook

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MAISON L in France by Christian Pottgiesser

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Less than half an hour’s drive west from Paris city center is located the site of roughly 5000 m2. The rather flat ground slightly tilts to the north, just before the general topography drops abruptly to the river Seine. A gain of only a few meters of altitude would be sufficient to permit an ample view of the Parisian outskirts. The whole original setup resembles more a clearing in a forest. The surrounding vegetation, mainly consisting of old trees, does not allow a view beyond the dense periphery. In the northern part of the plot one finds today an orangery of the late 18th Century, inhabited by a six person family.

Photograph by George Dupin

Photograph by George Dupin

  • Architect: Christian Pottgiesser Architecturespossibles
  • Project team: Christian Pottgiesser, Pascale Thomas Pottgiesser
  • Client: private
  • Site of the building: France
  • Completion date: project 2004-2007, implementation 2007-2011
  • Photographer: George Dupin
  • Total area in square meters:
  • Surfaces: 870 m2 house
  • 4850 m2 garden
  • General Contractor: Les Constructeurs de Suresnes
  • Carpenter: Reinhardt S.A.
  • Ironwork: Serrurerie Prestige
  • Landscape trade: Bruns Pflanzen
  • Landscape implementation: La Générale des Aménagements
  • Lighting: CPAP design

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Locker Room, ULHT, Lisboa, Portugal by Posto9 Arquitectos

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The project consists of two bodies connected by a central core. The first volume corresponds to a 3-storey building, which appears in the extension of the adjacent building. The second volume is an existing building (old spas) with one floor. The central core works as entrance lobby and as connection between the two bodies concentrating all circulations.

Entry of Locker Room

Kralingse Berg in Rotterdam, Netherlands by MVRDV Architect

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Rotterdam is Europe’s main port, the port area stretches along the Rhine from the city centre towards the sea, its industries and cranes are the icons of the port city. The north east of Rotterdam is a sharp contrast to the general image of the city dominated by industrial activity and modern architecture: a green suburban area of great natural beauty. The historic neighbourhood of Kralingen, parklands, the river Rotte and a series of lakes with riparian leisure facilities such as yacht harbours mark this affluent part of the city. The area would be a real oasis in the dense urban fabric but it is brutally split by a motorway and train rail. The main artery of the Benelux, a motorway which connects the 3 main ports and generates constant traffic and pollution, cuts through this green area. The main eastern train lines run next to the motorway. Crouched against the infrastructure a series of industries are located, in a strange paradox surrounded by the nicest parks of the city.

Kralingen Mountain

  • Architect : MVRDV
  • Project : Kralingse Berg
  • Client : Blauwhoed Developers
  • Budget : 163,400,000 Euro
  • Program : Total of 3,655,120 m2 housing, infrastructure, industry and parking
  • Status : Feasibility (more…)
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