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Sunset Chapel in Acapulco, Mexico by BNKR Arquitectura

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

BNKR Arquitectura’s first religious commission was a wedding chapel conceived to celebrate the first day of a couple’s new life. Our second religious commission had a diametrically opposite purpose: to mourn the passing of loved ones. This premise was the main driving force behind the design, the two had to be complete opposites, they were natural antagonists. While the former praised life, the latter grieved death. Through this game of contrasts all the decisions were made: Glass vs. Concrete, Transparency vs. Solidity, Ethereal vs. Heavy, Classical Proportions vs. Apparent Chaos, Vulnerable vs. Indestructible, Ephemeral vs. Lasting…

Sunset Chapel - Photograph by Esteban Suárez

  • Design: BNKR Arquitectura
  • Partners: Esteban Suárez (Founding Partner) y Sebastián Suárez
  • Project Leaders: Mario Gottfried, Javier González & Roberto Ampudia
  • Project Team: Mario Gottfried, Rodrigo Gil, Roberto Ampudia, Javier González, Óscar Flores, David Sánchez, Diego Eumir, Guillermo Bastian & Adrian Aguilar
  • Collaborators: Jorge Arteaga & Zaida Montañana
  • Structural Engineers: Juan Felipe Heredia & José Ignacio Báez
  • MEP: SEI
  • Lighting: Noriega Iluminadores – Ricardo Noriega
  • Construction: Factor Eficiencia – Fermín Espinosa & Francisco Villeda
  • Area: 120 m2
  • Status: Completed February 2011
  • Photography: Esteban Suárez
  • Location: Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico


Guangzhou Opera House in China by Zaha Hadid Architects

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid
More projects by Zaha Hadid

Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion, the Guangzhou Opera House sits in perfect harmony with its riverside location. The Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou’s cultural development. Its unique twin-boulder design enhances the city by opening it to the Pearl River, unifying the adjacent cultural buildings with the towers of international finance in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang new town.

The 1,800-seat auditorium of the Opera House houses the very latest acoustic technology, and the smaller 400-seat multifunction hall is designed for performance art, opera and concerts in the round.

Guangzhou Opera House - Photograph by Iwan Baan

  • PROGRAM: 1,800 seat grand theatre, entrance lobby & lounge; 400-seat multifunction hall, rehearsal rooms and other auxiliary facilities
  • CLIENT: Guangzhou Municipal Government
  • ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Design: Zaha Hadid
  • Project Director: Woody K.T. Yao, Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Leader: Simon Yu
  • Project Team: Jason Guo, Yang Jingwen, Long Jiang, Ta-Kang Hsu, Yi- Ching Liu, Zhi Wang, Christine Chow, Cyril Shing, Filippo Innocenti, Lourdes Sanchez, Hinki Kwong, Junkai Jian
  • Competition Team: 1st Stage: Filippo Innocenti, Matias Musacchio, Jenny Huang, Hon Kong Chee, Markus Planteu,Paola Cattarin, Tamar Jacobs, Yael Brosilovski, Viggo Haremst, Christian Ludwig, Christina Beaumont, Lorenzo Grifantini, Flavio La Gioia, Nina Safainia, Fernando Vera, Martin Henn, Achim Gergen, Graham Modlen, Imran Mahmood
  • 2nd Stage: Cyril Shing, YanSong Ma, Yosuke Hayano, Adriano De Gioannis, Barbara Pfenningstorff
  • CONSULTANTS: Local design institute: Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute (Guangzhou, China)
  • Structural engineers: SHTK (Shanghai, China); Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute
  • Façade engineering: KGE Engineering (Zhuhai, China)
  • Acoustic consultants: Marshall Day Acoustics (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Theatre consultant: ENFI (Beijing, China)
  • Lighting design consultant: Beijing Light & View (Beijing, China)
  • Project management: Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)
  • Construction management: Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co. Ltd. (Guangzhou, China)
  • Cost consultant: Guangzhou Jiancheng Engineering Costing Consultant
  • Principal contractor: China Construction
  • SIZE/AREA : Project 70,000 m2
  • Site: 42,393 m2
  • Year: 2003-2010
  • Photographs: Iwan BaanChristian Richters, Virgile Simon Bertrand


Japanese Garden in Budapest, Hungary by Atelier Peter Kis Architect

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The hill of the Japanese Garden was created from the debris of the Zoo and its surroundings after World War II. Initially there was an open air stage here, which however was unutilised for major parts of the year occupying this otherwise rather narrow area. The Japanese Garden was developed in its place and a park library was also in the plans, although it only operated for a few years. The Zoo made the decision to create a Japanese Garden in 1958. During the almost ten years of the preparatory work the former stage hill was covered by grass, the topography of the area was established and the roads renovated.

Japanese Garden

Laposa winery in Badacsonytomaj, Hungary by Péter Kis and Bea Molnár

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The wines of the Laposa-Cellar following the millennium became well known amongst Hungarian wine drinkers under the brand name “Bazaltbor” or Basalt wine. Their growing regions are only on the basalt hills – in Badacsony, Somló, on Szentgyörgy-hill and Csobánc – which is the reason for the characteristic mineral aromas of the wines that mirror their terroir. The cellar today harvest from over 20 hectares local and international varieties, amongst others Szürkebarát, Juhfark, Olasz- and Rajnai Riesling or Kéknyelű. The market entry and dynamic growth of the cellar has also resulted in the expansion of the technological and tourism areas. During the development, besides increasing the scale, the aim on both an architectural and viticultural level was to modernise and maintain the making and presentation of the basalt wine.

Side View

  • Architects: Kis Péter Építészműterme –Péter Kis, Bea Molnár
  • Location: Badacsonytomaj, Hungary
  • Project: Laposa winery
  • Client: Bazaltbor-Badacsony Kft.
  • Planning: 2008.
  • Construction: 2009. january – 2010. April
  • Plot area: 6956 m2
  • Plot percentage: 1,69 % / 2,82%
  • Net basic area: 195,86 m2
  • Total square meter: 419,66 m2
  • Total number of parking places: 12 db
  • Main contractor: Bazaltbor Badacsony Kft.
  • Operator: Spányi és Jakab Mérnökiroda Kft.
  • Constructor: MarketÉpítő Zrt.
  • Partners: Zoltán Bun, Róbert Erdélyi,
  • Strucure: MtM Mérnökiroda – Péter Markovits
  • Garden design: Zsuzsa Bogner
  • Static: mTm Mérnökiroda – Péter Markovits
  • Mechanist: Art- tax Szolgáltató Szövetkezet – András Oltvai, Zsolt Lengyel
  • Electronics engineer: Hochplan Kft. – Dezső Sax, Karola Kárpáti
  • Public services: László Kádár
  • Lift: Schindler Kft. – Gábor Balogh
  • Transport: Balázs Kiss
  • Fire protection: György Báder
  • Key material: artificial stone – Ornamentika Kft.
  • Photographs: Zsolt Batar


Crystal Lake in Xiamen, China by OPPENHEIM Architect

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Crystal Lake was a competition to design the architecture of multi-phased mixed-use complex in Xiamen.  The project strives to create a modern interpretation of the Jiageng style, which is a fusion of western and Chinese architecture. To break down the scale of the buildings patterns are articulated on the façades.  These patterns help maintain a design consistency through the project to create the sense of village living across the development.

Entry of Crystal Lake

  • Architecture: OPPENHEIM
  • Scope: 2,872,436 SF
  • Type: mixed-use.
  • Location: Xiamen, China (more…)

IT Building Proposal in New Delhi, India by Nicolas Laisné

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This proposal for the Spiretec competition in New-Delhi by Nicolas Laisné architect has been awarded last Monday. The main idea of the project is to do a modern building with natural cooling systems inspired by Traditionnal Indian Architecture. It is composed by a IT complex with offices, hotel, conference halls and shops.

Courtesy of Nicolas Laisne

  • Architect: Nicolas Laisné architect – Paris – France
  • Project: Nicolas Laisné architect awared project for Two 100 m higth IT buildings in New Delhi
  • Locatio: New Delhi, India
  • Ranck in Competition: Honorable Mention
  • Subject: Two buildings mixed used / It Offices
  • Height: 100 m
  • Surface: 13700 sq Meters
  • Images/movie credits: Nicolas Laisné architect


Prater Street in Budapest, Hungary by Atelier Péter Kis Architect

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011


The final building outline was determined by the scale and proportion of the sorrounding buildings. We didn’t want to form blocks that oppress their environment. Our primary aim was to find an acceptable, proportioned building form, that keeps the relative regulations, and we connected the most optimal number of apartments to this form. The sorrounding buildings and environment inspired the volume of the building. The existing firewalls on the location determined the volume from two sides: on one hand they are identifying characteristics of the site, on the other hand they ’section’ certain forms and buildings, therefore finishing these were one of the tasks. Instead of building something aside, we added the form to the site.

Apartments of Prater Street

  • Architect: Atelier Péter Kis
  • Project name: Práter street
  • Design studio: Kis Péter Építészműterme
  • Project team members: Peter Kis, Csaba Valkai, Ivett Tarr, János Sarusi Kis, Tamás Ükös, Gábor Balázsa, Gábor Divinyi, Barbora Tuckova
  • Client: Budapest Józsefváros Municipality
  • Gross useful surface area:
  • Plot area: 1218 m2
  • Plot percentage: 54,2 %
  • Net basic area: 4150 m2
  • Total square meter of flats: 2065 m2
  • Total square meter of corridors: 825 m2
  • Total square meter of offices, shops: 330 m2
  • Project start date: 2005.
  • Start of work: 2006. september
  • Completion of work: 2007. december
  • Photographer’s name: Zsolt Batár
  • Structures made of: (indicate material and manufacturer) Concrete
  • Facades made of: (indicate material and manufacturer) Ceramic AMV 92800 NF (240 x 115 x 10 mm) (more…)

The Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates by Foster + Partners

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

23 November 2010 – Official opening of the Masdar Institute campus, first solar powered building at Masdar City

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs officially inaugurated the Masdar Institute today, at which the architect Lord Foster was present. The Masdar Institute, devoted to researching sustainability, is the first building to be fully operational within Masdar City. The masterplan, by Foster +Partners, incorporates lessons which have evolved over centuries of traditional Arabian architecture. The Masdar Institute is the first building of its kind to be powered entirely by renewable solar energy. It will be used as a pilot test bed for the sustainable technologies that will be explored for implementation in future Masdar City buildings. The post graduate students are Masdar City’s first resident community.


Masdar Institute - Photograph by Nigel Young

Masdar Institute - Photograph by Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Appointment: December 2007
  • Construction Start on site: February 2008
  • Completion: Phase 1A 2010
  • Overall Campus: TBD
  • Site Overall Campus Plot – 62,000 sqm. Phase 1A Plot – 14,000 sqm
  • Phase 1A: 63,000 sqm opens 2010
  • Phase 1B: 86,000 sqm opens 2012
  • Phase 2: 85,000 sqm TBC
  • Phase 3: 105,000 sqm TBC
  • Projected Overall Total Area: 340,000sqm
  • Number of Students Phase 1A – 100 Students (Post Graduates)
  • Projected for final campus: 600 – 800
  • Building height Podium Height – 7.5m.
  • Buildings above podium – 24.0 metres.
  • Building length Overall Campus Plot – 410 metres
  • Building Width Overall Campus Plot – 225 metres
  • No. of Storeys Typically for Laboratories: 3 storeys,
  • Typically for Residential: 4 storeys
  • Knowledge Centre: 2 Storeys
  • Phase 1A – 102 total apartments
  • Phase 1B – 221 total apartments
  • Phase 2 – TBC
  • Phase 3 – TBC


FyF Residence in Rosario, Argentina by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

FyF is located in the outskirts of Rosario [the second largest city in Argentina], approximately 300 km north of Buenos Aires. The small house of approximately 200 m2 is built in a new residential development adjacent to a traditional neighborhood. FyF can be described as a spatial and physical attempt to challenge the planar stability and flat homogeneity of the Pampas landscape in a domestic setting. The project was conceived as a monolithic solid, a monochromatic form punctuated only by subtle inflections that establish a complex physical relationship among the different spaces while maintaining a sense of identity and privacy between them.

FyF Residence

  • Project Type: Single-family house
  • Location: Rosario, Argentina
  • Status: Under Construction
  • Dates: 2004 – 2007
  • Size: 200 m2 / 2.000 sq.ft.
  • Client: Florencia and Fernando Garcia
  • Project Team: Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich, Principals in charge; James Vincent, Hunter Knight, En Jang, Ben Luddy, Assistants
  • Executive Architect, 1st Phase: Estudio +/ Alejandro Beltramone and Marcelo Ponzelini; 2nd Phase; Dalabona Arquitectos—Monia Dalabona, Principal in Charge


La Muna Mountain Home in Aspen, Colorado by Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Article source: Oppenheim Architects

A complete renovation and minor addition of one of the first homes built in the ultra-exclusive enclave of Red Mountain in Aspen Colorado. 30 years of hazardousness of this rustic ski chalet with all its imperfections is a  homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi. Clad in reclaimed regional wood, stone and steel the home is intended to make a minimal impact on the natural resources and merge effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings of forest, stream and mountain. Solar collectors provide needed energy for power and hot water, while extremely large operable panels of insulated glass blur the boundaries between inside and out– further enforcing a connection and deep respect of place.

La Muna Mountain House

  • Architect: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
  • Scope: 3,500 SF mountain home. Architecture/Interior Design
  • Location: Aspen, Colorado
  • Year completed: 2010
  • Renderings: In-house


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