Design studio Dror unveiled the design discovery of ‘QuaDror’ at the DESIGN INDABA conference from February 23-25 in Cape Town, South Africa. ‘QuaDror’ is a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit, that utilizes unparalleled structural efficiency and introduces manifold design initiatives.
Archive for March 1st, 2011
The Center for Urban Waters was envisioned by the City of Tacoma to be a beacon on the water and an example of using building and site sustainable strategies for all future projects in the City. The 51,000 sf, three-story building functions as a shared research facility for City of Tacoma and University of Washington Tacoma to receive and analyze water samples from the waterways of Tacoma and surrounding areas. The building program is comprised of laboratories, offices, conference rooms, a lunch room, an exhibit center, a customer service center at the lobby entrance, and related building services including a mooring facility on the Thea Foss Waterway. The building is sited to optimize views across the waterway toward the city and views toward Mt. Rainier, to maximize public open space, and to provide access to the shoreline esplanade and to on-site parking.
- Architects: Perkins+Will
- Client: National Development Council and the City of Tacoma
- Completion Date: 2010
- Square Footage: 51,000 sf
- Structural/Civil Engineer: AHBL, Inc.
- Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: WSP Flack + Kurtz
- Lighting: WSP Flack + Kurtz
- Landscape Architect: Swift &Company
- Commissioning Agent: Rushing
- Acoustical: Yantis
- Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon Associates
- Developer: Loring
- Contractor: Turner Construction
- Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider
- Software: Revit BIM Software, Ecotect, Sketchup, Photoshop, Autocad
Harbour Island is a relaxed yet luxurious getaway perched in the surreal cerulean waters of the Atlantic edge of the Great Bahama bank. In this earnest and timeless place, the architecture for this private residence is conceived as simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; primitive, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant; raw, yet refined. The result is a sensual and sensitive experience, reduced to its essence through the use of elemental forms and sincere materiality and detailing. The most dramatic view of the ocean is obtained towards the crest of the dunes, the location of this modest vacation home.
- Architects: Oppenheim Architecture+Design
- Scope: 2500 SF private residence. Architecture/Interior finishes
- Location: Harbour Island, Bahamas, West Indies
- Status: Under construction; will be finished in 2011
This project is located near by the entrance of the Seoul National University’s main gate , OMA’s SNU Museum and MT.Gwanak in Seoul. This design aims to be ‘the hidden depth (gradation wall)’ which is to show the value of a natural landscape throughout architectural wall-frame. The hidden depth means architecture as the background and perceptual tool.
- Architects: thegroundstudio / Choi, Soon-Yong
- Location: Seoul, South Korea
- Expected Completion: February 2011
The municipal sports hall is located at the main road to Podčetrtek near Terme Olimia spa resort. It is located directly by the road, behind the existing roadside dyke. The main entrance itself is facing the road and is accessible via a connecting path between two driveways at the extreme points of the dyke.
- Architect: Enota
- Project: Podčetrtek Sports Hall
- Location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia
- Type: commission
- Year: 2007
- Status: Completed 2010
- Size: 3.570 M2
- Budget: 3.600.000 EUR
- Client: Municipality of Podčetrtek
- Location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia
- Project Team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Maruša Zupančič, Polona Ruparčič, Anna Kravcova, Zana Starovič, Tomi Maslovarić, Dean Jukić, Darja Zubac, Sabina Sakelšek, Nuša Završnik Šilec, Marko Volf, Esta Matković, Andrej Oblak
- Structural Engineering: Elea iC
- Mechanical Services: Nom biro
- Electrical Planning: Forte Inženiring
- Photo: Miran Kambič
The site for a new shoe shop in Valletta, presented a very limited volume – one 3x7m room with an underlying basement – which provided the most significant challenge. From the early sketches, we adopted a vertical approach rather than a horizontal one, and the volume was fragmented into one giant staircase which would combine display, seating, storage and all services into one. We imagined clients walking up, down and around the stairs, choosing their favourite shoes and actually sitting next to them to try them on, rather than looking at the merchandise through a glass. The experience of being surrounded by the products, together with the constantly changing vistas while exploring the shop enhances both the shopper and the shopped in a surreal, stepped space reminiscent of Japanese shoe-box architecture adorned by traditional Maltese textures; wrought iron railings, the Maltese eight-pointed cross, traditional lace.
- ARCHITECT: Chris Briffa Architects
- PROGRAM: Shoe shop. Completed Dec 2007
- CLIENT: One Fashion Ltd
- LOCATION: Valletta, MALTA
- DESIGN: Chris Briffa, Bernard Vella, Marcia Calleja
- PROJECT COST: €70,000
- PHOTOS: Ali Tollervey, Chris Briffa Architects, David Pisani
- CONSTRUCTION: Saw Ltd. (Main Contractor), MMCL Ltd (Steel), Brilliant (Lighting), I-secure (Fire & Saftey), Doneo (Sound & IT system) (more…)