New Building Combines High‐Performance Design with Local Culture
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM), the New York‐based architectural firm, has recently completed The Park Hotel Hyderabad, the flagship hotel for The Park Hotel Group. This 531,550‐ square‐foot, 270‐room hotel infuses a modern, sustainable design with the local craft traditions, and is influenced by the region’s reputation as a center for the design and production of gemstones and textiles.
March 27th, 2011 marks the opening of “Metropol Parasol”, the Redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville, while the final completion of the project is scheduled for April 2011. Designed by J. MAYER H. architects, this project becomes the new icon for Seville, – a place of identification and to articulate Seville’s role as one of the world´s most fascinating cultural destinations. “Metropol Parasol” explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.
The small scale charm and the varied buildings of the Bellamy Neighbourhood give it the atmosphere of a small village, embedded into the Amsterdam pericentral suburb of Oud-West. The urban structure of the neighbourhood follows old farming field boundaries from the 19th century. Living and working functions intermingle in the neighbourhood. The Houstma Site occupies a prominent location on a shipping canal, Kostverlorenvaart, and is named after the former Houtsma kitchen furniture factory.
Houtsma Site Live/Work Factory - (c) Luuk Kramer
Brief: Building with mixed programme on Kostverlorenvaart: 26 residential units, business units, studios and a grand café.
Location: Baarsjes borough, Amsterdam
Client: Stadgenoot, Amsterdam
Architect: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
Design: Marlies Rohmer
Team: Floris Hund (deputy architect); Kirsten Gabriëls (assistant designer/coordinator) ; Gieneke Pieterse (project coordinator); Ido de Boer; Charles Hueber; Marie Louise Greger
The project for the new headquarters of STELMAT seeks above all a great tune and identification with the company values. The concept rests on two main pillars. The application of the company’s maximum, “technology that generates economy” to the building, and exploration of the concept of free marketing inherent to the construction of a new building that stands out in its surroundings.
Stelmat Headquarters Front Facade
CLIENT: Stelmat Teleinformática
BRIEF : Company Headquarters
LOCATION : Cuiabá, Brazil
DATE : 2010 STATUS – WORK IN PROGRESS – Planning permissions
ARCHITECTURE: about: Blank architecture – André Lira, Érika Santiago
In the past ten years, Maple Grove has grown to become one of Minnesota’s largest suburbs. The area has evolved from a natural oak savanna and agricultural fields to gravel mines serving the state highway system. This ever-changing landscape of human development resulted in barren land and artificial lakes (leftover from mining activity) as the future site for the library.
LAVA’s Home of the Future is a showcase for future living, with nature, technology and man in a new harmony. The Home of the Future will start construction in late 2011 on the rooftop of a new furniture mall in Beijing, China.
PRACTICE CREDITS: LAVA – Tobias Wallisser, Chris Bosse, Alexander Rieck
Jarrod Lamshed, Erik Escalante, Anh Dao Trinh, Angelo Ungarelli, Chang Liu,Michael Mader, Verena Hoch, Esan Rahmani, Niklas Muehlich, Kim Ngyuen Ngoc, Jack Gillbanks, Catherine Zhuang, Matthew Austin, John Blanchard.