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“Minimal Complexity” by Vlad Tenu

Monday, March 21st, 2011

‘Minimal Complexity is the product of an architectural research focused on both the form-finding and the fabrication of minimal surface structures. The process was defined by an alternative algorithmic method based on the computational simulation of virtual soap films. The question that emerged was how the translation from the computational space to the build artifact could be embodied into this dual process.

"Minimal Complexity" by Vlad Tenu

Architect: Vlad Tenu
DipArch. MArch. Msc.
Architectural Assistant,
Surface Architects, London, UK
Teaching Assistant,
Bartlett School of Architecture,
University College London, UK

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Masdar Plaza, Oasis of the Future, in UAE by LAVA

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The City of the Future

The future well being of cities around the globe depends on mankind’s ability to develop and integrate sustainable technology.
Masdar City is the city of the future; positioned at the forefront of integrating sustainable technology into modern architectural design. Rome, Athens, Florence; most great historical cities have had the plaza, forum, or square at their epicentre – where the life, values, ideals, and vision of the population evolved. Equally, the centre of Masdar must be an iconic beacon that attracts global attention to sustainable technology.

Perspective Plaza Day - (c) MIR

  • Architect: LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) l-a-v-a.net
  • Location: Masdar, UAE
  • Client: Masdar Future Energy Company
  • Status: competition win. Construction 2009-2013

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The Cube Pavilion by Park Associati

Monday, March 21st, 2011

THE CUBE – dining with a view – is a pavilion designed by Park Associati to house an itinerant restaurant commissioned by Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.  Designed to be placed in unexpected and dramatic European locations, it will be launched in Brussels on April 1st, 2011 where it will sit atop of the Parc du Cinquantenaire, close to the headquarters of the European Community.

The Cube by Electrolux

  • Architecture and interior Design: Park Associati – Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi with / con : Alexia Caccavella, Alice Cuteri, Lorenzo Merloni
  • Logo and Texture Design: Studio FM Milano – Cristiano Bottino, Barbara Forni, Sergio Menichelli with / con : Libero Corti
  • Event concept and project management: Absolute Blue, Bruxelles – Patrick Nassogne
  • Client / Committente: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.

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Crooked House in Switzerland by FOVEA architectes

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The project site is located in the swiss countryside just above a small lake side village. First construction of an individual houses devoted area, this project will deal later with other villas all around. This project will face other villas around in the future.

Crooked House - Photo by Thomas Jantscher

  • Design and construction: FOVEA architectes
  • First site visit: 31.01.2006
  • Construction start: 22.01.2007
  • Construction end: 13.07.2007
  • site surface : 970 m2
  • building footprint: 110 m2
  • net surface: 226 m2
  • built volume: 800 m3
  • costs CFC2 (sia 416) : 760 CHF/m3
  • Constructive data:
  • Structure: wood frame and plain wood slabs on a raft of reinforced concrete.
  • Façades: Painted pine planks and tiles
  • Heating system by an air/water heat pump
  • photos : thomas jantscher (www.jantscher.ch)
  • Civil engineer: ADEQUAT Georges Comte , Neuchâtel Masonry – concrete: Chételat et Cie SA, Cressier
  • Timber work, roofing : Baumann Charpente SA, Cudrefin
  • Windows : Baumann SA, Cudrefin
  • Heating: Ottet Fabrice, Grolley
  • Electrical work: Belec Sàrl, Constantine
  • Plastering – painting: Stoppa Fils & Cie, Hauterive
  • Tiling: Kurt Maçonnerie Carrelage, Neuchâtel
  • Metal works: Metaltech, Marin-Epagnier
  • Garden: Chopard-Dolder SA, Boudevillier

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