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Swamp Hut in Newton, Massachussets by Moskow Linn Architects

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The site is a ten acre swamp in Newton, MA of which only 1/8 of an acre is “buildable” by right. All construction materials were taken in by hand along a dirt path to minimize site disturbance. The Swamp Hut has no vehicular access.

The Swamp Hut is designed to sit lightly upon the land. Four huts surround a central deck creating a protective enclosure. Each building component has distinct characteristics appropriate to its use.

Swamp Hut by Moskow Linn Architects

  • Architects: Moskow Linn Architects Inc.
  • Location: Newton, MA
  • Materials
    • Structures: Wood (dimensional / plywood)
    • Roofs: Aluminum, translucent fiberglass
    • Connections: Galvanized steel
  • Construction : The Swamp Hut is constructed of standard framing stock with nominal sizes to minimize waste. Huts measure 8’ x 12’. The central deck is 14’ x 14’. Trusses are 12’ high and are constructed of 2” x 4” members. The Swamp Hut is designed to be prefabricated.
  • Cost: Materials: $7,500; Labor: $15,000; Kitchen / Bath (composting toilet / solar shower): forthcoming; Electrical (photovoltaics): forthcoming


Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by REISER + UMEMOTO

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

For the Kaohsiung Port Terminal, we propose a dynamic 3-dimensional urbanism that takes advantage of the site’s unique lateral positioning with respect to the city grid.  Existing public pedestrian flows along the proposed elevated boardwalk can be amplified, rather than interrupted by creating a continuous elevated public esplanade along the waterfront. Cruise and ferry functions, meanwhile, are located just below the public level and are kept distinct to maintain secure areas for departing/arriving passengers.

Model from Waterside

  • Architect: REISER + UMEMOTO
  • Project Name: Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center
  • Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C
  • Use: Cruise Terminal & Port Service Center
  • Site Area: 24,600㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 12,831㎡
  • Gross Floor Area: 36,883㎡
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio: 52%
  • Gross Floor Ratio: %
  • Bldg. Scale: 15 Stories above Ground, 2 Stories below Ground
  • Structure: Steel
  • Max. Height: 70m
  • Landscape Area: 11,500㎡
  • Parking Lot: 710 cars, 720 motorbikes
  • Exterior Finish: Metal
  • Complete year: 2014


Mandarin Oriental Tree-top Villas in Dellis Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands by Zaha Hadid Architects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

A private island in the Turks and Caicos is being transformed into a laboratory of contemporary architecture by visionaries Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger, Kengo Kuma, Chad Oppenheim and Piero Lissoni. Oppenheim was selected as one of 7 architects to create a series of villas for the Mandarin Oriental Group.

Tree-top Villas

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Scope: 8 villas, 3,850 SF residences each. Architecture/Interior design
  • Date: Estimated completion 2011
  • Location: Dellis Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands


Kindergarten Kekec in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Kindergarten Kekec is an extension of a typical Slovene prefab kindergarten from the 1980s. Situated in one of Ljubljana’s residential areas, Kekec answers the growing demand for kindergartens. This comes as a result of Ljubljana having witnessed considerable population growth as well as legislative changes and a planned increase in building density inside the highway ring surrounding the city.

Kindergarten Kekec - Photograph by Miran Kambic

  • Architect: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Project team: Jure Kotnik, Andrej Kotnik
  • Client: Mestna občina Ljubljana
  • Structural Engineering: CBD d.o.o.
  • Mechanical Engineering: Linasi Peter
  • Electrical Engineering: Iztok Zlatar
  • Project area: 130 m2
  • Project year: 2009
  • Construction year: 2010
  • Builder: Riko Hiše d.o.o
  • Photographs: Miran Kambič


Nanjing Masterplan in China by CK Designworks

Friday, March 11th, 2011

CK Designworks was appointed by the Nanjing Pukou regional government of the People’s Republic of China in August 2010 to carry out a strategic master plan of approximately 20 square kilometres of residential, commercial, industrial and rural land. The objective of the study was to investigate the creation of a “Hi Tech Zone” and build upon and upgrade the basic framework of some existing buildings in the area.

Nanjing Master Plan - Aerial Perspective

  • Architect: CK Designworks
  • Location: Nanjing, China


Umeå School of Architecture in Umeå, Sweden by Henning Larsen Architects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

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

Umeå School of Architecture has a unique location by Umeå River. With its interior landscape of open floor levels and sculpturally shaped stairs, the building has a strong artistic expression. As a growth centre for future architecture, the main function of the building is to provide the framework for inspiration and innovation. From the outside, the building has a cubic expression with its larch facades and square windows placed in a vibrant, rhythmic sequence on all sides. The interior space of the building is designed as a dynamic sequence of stairs and split, open floor levels where abstract, white boxes hang freely from the ceiling filtering the light coming in through the high skylights.

Umeå School of Architecture by Henning Larsen Architects - Photo by Åke E son Lindman

  • Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Location: Umeå, Sweden
  • Client: Balticgruppen
  • Gross floor area: 5,000 m2
  • Year of construction: 2007 – 2010
  • Type of assignment: Comission
  • Photographer: Åke E son Lindman
  • Local Architect: White Arkitekter


THE MODULES Apartments in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Interface Studio Architects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In recent years, the market for student housing has become increasingly competitive, with design-savvy, environmentally-sensitive students choosing between a variety of on- and off-campus living options.  The Modules is a 160-bed, 80,000-square-foot building on a half-acre site near Temple University in Philadelphia. The project responds to an emerging student housing market around the Temple campus as the school transitions from a commuter school  to a residential institution.

Modules Apartment

  • Architect: Interface Studio Architects
  • Project: The Modules Apartment
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Status: Built
  • Developer/ GC / Property Manager: Equinox Management & Construction, LLC (more…)

Forum Homini in Cradle of Humankind, South Africa by Activate Architects11

Friday, March 11th, 2011

This 14 roomed boutique hotel by activate architects (Edward Paes-Brooks & Michael Magner makes an important contribution to the architecture of the post apartheid period through the exemplary ways it explores two architectural themes – firstly the relationship between architecture and landscape, a preoccupation of a number of other buildings completed since 1994, and secondly, the relationship between architecture and iconography, also a frequently rehearsed theme.

Interior View

  • Architect: Activate Architects
  • Name of Project: Forum Homini
  • Location: Cradle of Humankind, South Africa
  • Client: Definite Properties (Pty) Ltd
  • Design Team: Edward Brooks, Michael Magner and Reon van der Wiel
  • Quantity Surveyors and co-principle agent: Brian Heineberg & Associates
  • Team: Colin Jones and Tapiwa Ankude
  • Structural and Civil Engineers: Pure Consulting
  • Team: Craig Thompson and Kevin Kincaid-Smith
  • Electrical Engineers: BFBA Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Architects: Greeninc
  • Design Team: Anton Comrie and Annamari Comrie
  • Interior Design and Narrative: Activate Interiors
  • Design: Lisa Younger
  • Hydrological Engineers: Sivest (Johannesburg), Richard Hurst
  • Environmental Consultants: Sivest (Johannesburg), Dave Blair
  • Acoustic Engineer: Acusolv, Ben van Zyl
  • Audio Visual Consultant: Digital Fabric, Gavin Olivier
  • Lighting Designer: Congo Blue, Declan Randall
  • Main Contract: Interkor Construction cc
  • Electrical sub-contract: T & W Electrical Contractors (Pty) Ltd
  • Air conditioning sub-contract: Heat and Cool Comfort
  • Pool sub-contract: Little Wonder Pools
  • Landscape Contract: Horticare
  • Paint techniques sub-contract: Techniket
  • Stonecladding subcontract: QMR Construction
  • Kitchen design and supply: Foodserv
  • Waterproofing sub-contract: Engineered Linings
  • Joinery Suppliers: Nulu
  • Artists: Marco Cianfanelli, David Rossouw, Paul du Toit, Peter Mthombeni, Craig Bartlett, Christel Antonites, Karen Vermeulen
  • Software used: Drawn using Vectorworks and renderings are created using Photoshop


Faustino Winery in Ribera del Duero, Spain by Foster + Partners

Friday, March 11th, 2011


Bodegas Portia is a new winery for the Faustino Group in the Ribera del Duero, one of Spain’s foremost wine-producing regions. The project is Foster + Partners first winery and was an opportunity to look afresh at the building type, using the natural topography of the site to aid the winemaking process and create the optimum working conditions, while reducing the building’s energy demands and its visual impact on the landscape.

Aerial View Faustino Winery

  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Name of Project: Faustino Winery
  • Location: Gumiel de Izan, Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • Client: Faustino SL
  • Appointment: September 2004
  • Construction: August 2006 – September 2010
  • Gross Area: 12,500 sqm
  • Net Area: 11,300 sqm
  • Site Area: 400 acres
  • Building Height: 14.5 m (partially embedded into the sloping landscape)
  • Number of storeys: Two operational levels + grape reception roofdeck (external)
  • Design Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, Pedro Haberbosch, Nadine Pieper Bosch, Ana Agag Longo, Juan Gabriel La Malfa, Luca Latini, Chris Lepine, Emanuele Mattutini, Josep Mercader, Jaime Valle
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: DLE
  • Lighting Consultant: Claude Engle
  • Project Manager: Prointec
  • Local Architect: Prointec
  • Main Contractor: FCC


Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’ Park in Busan, South Korea by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The concept of the Haeundae Udong project is to build a powerful and unique icon expressed in a dynamic volume on the Busan waterfront. Studio Daniel Libeskind will produce five new towers sculpted to express the dramatic beauty and power of the ocean. The curvilinear geometry of the buildings plays with concepts of traditional Korean architecture, often derived from natural beauty such as the grace of an ocean wave, the unique composition of a flower petal, or the wind-filled sails of a ship. Upon completion it will be the tallest residential building in Asia.

Aerial View of Haeundae Udong Hyundai I' Park

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’ Park
  • Location: Busan, South Korea
  • Commission: 2006
  • Completion: 2011
  • Client: Hyundai Development Company
  • Building Address: Haeundae Udong 1408, Busan, South Korea
  • Building Area: 4.5 Million sq.ft.
  • Building details: 3 residential towers w/ 1631 units (72F, 66F, 46F), 1 hotel (34F), 1 office (9F), 1 retail (3F)
  • Structure: Concrete structure with glass curtain wall cladding
  • Architect of Record: Kunwon, Hanmi
  • Structural Engineer: ARUP, Dong Yang Structural Engineers Co.
  • MEP Engineer: SYSKA Hennessy, Hyun Woo
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Saegil E & C Co.
  • Landscape Consultant: Ctopos
  • Curtain Wall Consultant: Wallplus
  • Fire Protection Consultant: Yung-Do Engineering Co.
  • Lighting Consultant: LPA
  • Contractor: Hyundai Development Company
  • Photo Credits: ©Hyundai Development Company, ©dbox: Images, ©neoscape, © SDL


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