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Myrtle Hall at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York by WASA/Studio

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Pratt Opens First LEED-Gold Certified Higher Education Building in Brooklyn

Pratt Institute has officially opened a new six-story, 120,000-square-foot green academic and administrative facility named Myrtle Hall at 536 Myrtle Avenue between Grand Avenue and Steuben Street to house the college’s Department of Digital Arts as well as several administrative offices.

View of the south side of Myrtle Hall from Willoughby Avenue - (c) Alexander Servin RAZUMMEDIA

  • Architect: WASA/Studio
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York
  • Year: 2011


’Villas in the Sky’ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Henning Larsen Architects

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

’Villas in the Sky’ is a mixed-use 34-storey tower placed at a unique location in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Situated as one of the last buildings in the green thoroughfare, the Wadi, and in a transition zone between the public square and the Wadi, the tower will become a strong local landmark. The form imitates the structural ideal of a high-rise building. It is a polygon with four equal sides allowing for very flexible spaces. The shifted upper plates create a jagged facade that visually differentiates the various programmes in the mixed-use building.

Villas in the Sky

  • Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Client: Saudi Binladen Group
  • Gross floor area: 41,000 m2
  • Year of construction: 2009 – 2013
  • Type of assignment: Commission
  • Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
  • MEP: Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyors: Geoffrey Barnett Associates


“Room for London” by Julian King Architect

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Perched amid the rooftops of London, between the Thames River and the sky above, a sphere of clear polycarbonate, 7 m in diameter, encases a room of 42 s.m. The shell is joined along aluminum rings that divide the world into its four meridians. Guests ascend a gentle ramp to the raised floor. Inside, a central sky-lit shower is encircled by a 180° riverside seat. To the south, a queen size bed looks onto a roof garden. The unique envelope is coated with photo-voltaics, solidified drops of silicone on transparent film, in the shape of the continents of the Earth; providing all the energy the small room requires. LEDs on the interior surface give the room an ethereal glow at night.

From a distance, the global room appears to be a moon, or the Earth itself-and for a moment we see our own planet for the finite, singularly miraculous home that it is.

Room for London

  • Architect: Julian King Architect
  • Location: London, UK


Saffire Resort in Coles Bay, Australia by Circa Architecture

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Design Statement

From its inception, Saffire was imagined as an iconic project to redefine tourism in Tasmania.

The location, when we inherited it, was scarred from its previous use as a disused caravan park so the project became as much about repairing the site and interpreting its unique qualities as it was about creating a space from which it could be experienced. With this in mind, we shaped the main building as the end point in a journey, in which views of the Hazards are shielded and revealed and finally presented as a destination which is a panoramic overview of Great Oyster Bay.

Aerial View of Saffire Resort

  • Architecture: Circa Architecture / Circa Morris-Nunn Walker
  • Architecture Team: Peter Walker (project architect), Poppy Taylor (site architect), Jarrod Hughes, Robert Morris-Nun,  Ganche Chua, Judi Davis, Chris Roberts, Gary Fleming, Tina Curtis
  • Client: The Federal Group
    Bernard Dwyer (Tourism Manager)
    Matt Casey (General Manager – Saffire Resort)
  • Builder: Fairbrother Construction
  • Project Management: Stanton Management Group
  • Structural Engineering: Gandy + Roberts
  • Services Engineering: Wood + Grieves
  • Facade Engineering: Hyder Consulting
  • ESD: Wood + Grieves
  • Lighting: Point of View
  • Landscape Design: Inspiring Place
  • Interior Design: Chhada Simbiada Interior Design (in collaboration with Circa Morris-Nunn Walker)
  • Food + Beverage Services: Sangster Design Group
  • Commissioned Lights: Jude Able + Futago (commissioned pendant lights in the dining room)
  • Photography: Peter Whyte (WHY) 0418 319 117
    George Apostolidis (GA) 0408 423 587 (more…)

International Polar Foundation Belgian Antarctic Base – “Princess Elisabeth” in Antarctica by Philippe Samyn and Partners

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

The International Polar Foundation (IPF), led by the civil engineer and explorer Alain HUBERT, was commissioned in 2004 by the Belgian Federal government to design, construct and operate a new Belgian Antarctic research station.

Images Courtesy International polar Foundation

  • Architect: Philippe Samyn and Partners
  • Client: Belgian Federal Government
  • Location: Antarctica
  • Project: International Polar Foundation – BELGIAN ANTARCTIC BASE : PRINCESS ELISABETH
  • Year: 2007-2008


Prisma in Groningen, The Netherlands by NL Architects, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk and Kamiel Klaasse

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

It is surprising that in a miraculously flat country like the Netherlands only so few towers emerge. The potential of the unobstructed view -as one of the main topics in Dutch painting- is in housing under developed. There seems to be a collective fear of elevators. (Which maybe explains the success of the Dutch movie Down -originally ‘De Lift’).  Prisma takes the view – one of the most glamorous properties of dwelling- as starting point in combination with outdoor space.

Side View of Prisma

  • Architects: NL Architects, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Name of Project: Prisma
  • Location: Siersteenlaan 482, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Project leader: Sören Grünert (Design Phase), Gert Jan Machiels (Execution Phase)
  • Client: Stichting De Huismeesters, Ed Moonen / Roelof Jong
  • Team: Rachel Herbst, Sebastian Janusz, Erik Moederscheim, Wim Sjerps (competition) Lukas Haller, Gerbrand van Oostveen, Michael Schoner, Wim Sjerps (approval planning), David de Bruin, Arjen Fruitema, Britta Harnacke (contract documents)
  • Cost Consultant: ABT Delft, Charles Boks
  • Structural Engineer: ABT Velp, Rob Nijsse, Erwin ten Brincke
  • Building services Engineer: Van der Weele Groningen, Frits Weijers, Radek Nosek
  • Fire Consultancy: DGMR Arnhem
  • Contractor: Schutte Bouw en Ontwikkeling, Zwolle
  • Program: Housing (52 apartments), nursery with consultation office
  • Plot size: 2600m²
  • Footprint: 1600m²
  • Gross floor area: 8650m² – nursery 1000m², housing 7650m²
  • Height: 49,5m (16 floors)
  • Floor area ratio: 3,3
  • Budget: 9.000.000 €
  • Status: Competition 10/2004, 1st price
  • Completion: 2010


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Nevada, USA by Rockwell Group

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

The idea behind Rockwell Group’s overall design vision for the West and East Lobbies, The Chandelier bar, Marquee nightclub, Jaleo restaurant and 3,000 guest rooms in the new Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas was to redefine the total experience of Las Vegas, from arriving to eating to dancing to sleeping.

Interior View

  • Architect: Rockwell Group
  • Name Of Project: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Project Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


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