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Hydrogenase in Shanghai, China by Vincent Callebaut Architect

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Between engineering and biology, Hydrogenase is one of the first projects of bio-mimicry which draws its inspiration from the beauty and the shapes of the nature, but also and especially from the qualities of its materials and its self-manufacturing processes. The new green revolution is really in progress and enables us to design the air mobility of the foil after shock, 100% self-sufficient in energy and zero carbon emission! This inhabitated vertical aircraft inaugures a clean and ethic mobility to meet the needs of the population en distress touched by the natural and sanitary catastrophes, and all that without any runway! Its architecture is subversive and fundamentally critic towards the ways of living of our contemporary society that we have to reinvent totally! Let’s take off thanks to biofuels and let’s propel to the eco-responsible transport of the future!

Huangpu River


Le Petite Prince Nursery School in SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE , France by AR + TE ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


The project is built in an area surrounded by public facilities in a residential suburban character near Paris. The proposed extension is built while maintaining the wooded character of the bottom plot. The neighboring houses are built in traditional forms with gabled roofs, thereby extending the crib comes with a gabled roof curved. To insert the building in an environmentally sound approach, structure, roofing and siding are made entirely of wood components. Although the structure is wood, the generally rounded shape of the building is “born” of the desire to represent  “…a boa constrictor digesting an elephant …”  This analogy refers to the stories of the famous story “The Little Prince” by paying tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupery … when he was a little boy.

Le Petite Prince Nursery School

  • Architect: AR + TE ARCHITECTS
  • Client: City of SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE
  • Surface: 193 m²
  • Budget: 405 000 € HT
  • Architect Contractor: CARLOS BARBA  AR + TE, ARchitecture + TErritoire (Paris)
  • Architect co-contractor: JUAN NIETO PARRA (Paris)
  • Engineering firm: CTC INGENIERIE (Versailles)
  • Control Office: DEKRA (Trappes)
  • Calendar: Studies in November 2009 – February 2010 (4 months),
    Building Permit : February 2010,
    Pile Foundations: June-July 2010 (two months),
    Restructuring existing part of August 2010 (one month),
    Building industrial wood August-September-October 2010 (three months),
    Installation of wood structural panels (three days),
  • Completion: October 2011.
  • Location: 3 Place Henri HAMEL 78860 SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE
  • Photographs: AR + TE ARCHITECTS
  • Companies: OBM CONSTRUCTION (Building wood),

DnB NOR Bank Headquarters in Oslo, Norway by MVRDV Architect

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

With the completion of the foundations up to basement level, the construction of the main building of the new DnB NOR headquarters in Norway, has entered its main phase. The new headquarter cluster with a total surface of 80,000m2, is developed by the Norwegian Oslo S Utvikling (OSU), and its central building, designed by MVRDV with 17 floors and a surface of 36,500m2, is due to be completed in 2012. The pixelated design adapts to the urban context and combines an efficient and flexible internal organisation, based on small-scale working entities, with a variety of specific communal spaces, a sheltered public passage and respect for urban view lines.

DnB NOR headquarters building

  • Architect :   MVRDV
  • Number + name :   TP 236F DnB Nor Headquarters, Oslo, Norway
  • Year of design
    Sketch Design  :  2007
    Preliminary Design  :   2007
    Definite Design  :  2008
    Tender Phase   :  2008/2009
    Start execution   :  2009
  • Date of completion :  2012
  • Client :   Oslo S Utvikling (OSU), Oslo, Norway
  • Program :  2000 flexible work spaces, trading floor with 250 work stations, boardroom and executive lounge, meeting lounge, panoramic restaurant, sheltered arcade and public passage.
  • Size :  36.500 m2 building and 3.000 m2 concourse
  • Building costs
    Initial building costs  :  withheldTender
    phase estimate  :   withheld
    Final building costs)  :  withheld

Design team information

  • Design :   MVRDV
  • Design team :  Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Jeroen Zuidgeest, Merlijn Huijbers, Aser Giménez-Ortega, Ida Ruth Mathisen, Marin Kulas, Bart Milon, Jeanne Despas, Gerd Wertzel, Billy Guidoni, Francesco Pasquale, Paul Kroese, Joanna Gasparski, Chris Green, Richard Prest, Jonathan Louie, Marta Gierczynska
  • Co-architect : DARK Arkitekter, Oslo, Norway
  • Photography :  MVRDV (more…)
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