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Chicago Riverwalk by Ross Barney Architects

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The new Chicago Riverwalk is a major public amenity at the river level along lower Wacker Drive, extending from Michigan Avenue westward to Lake Street. Completely built out, the Chicago Riverwalk will offer a mix of concessions and public activities. Following the guidelines established by the City of Chicago for riverside development, the Riverwalk includes reproduction light fixtures, planters, railings and other features that provide symbolic links to the City’s past, while creating state-of -the-art facilities for citizens, visitors and fans of the River as it flows through the City of Chicago.

Chicago Riverwalk by Ross Barney Architects - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wabash Plaza - Photo by Kate Joyce Hedrich Blessing

  • Client: Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Architect: Ross Barney Architects
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois


Friend House Eco-Hotel in Orel river bank, Dnepropertrovsk, Ukraine by Ryntovt Design

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Ecohotel «Friend House» is located on 3 hectares plot in forest resort zone aside of Orel river bank, 30 km far from Dnepropertrovsk. It is a single-floor group of buildings with open yards, parking, terraces, garden and park zones (covered area 1750 square meters). During process of siting, an ineologycal analysis of the region was used, taking into account Earth energy –information field conception. It is space, reflected in details, surrounded by wildlife.

Friend House

  • Architect: Yuriy Ryntovt
  • Project: Friend House
  • Location: Orel river bank, Dnepropertrovsk, Ukraine
  • Area: 1750 sqms
  • Photography: Andrey Avdeenko (more…)

PKU UNIVERSITY OF LAW(Leo KoGuan Building) in Beijing, China by Kokaistudios

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


A challenging project for the most prestigious University in China in the heart of its historical campus

In 2009 a prestigious American Foundation (The Leo KoGuan Foundation) and Beijing University invited Kokaistudios to design the building for the new faculty of law located in a prestigious location within the historical campus of China leading University. This particular site, where the pagoda symbol of the university is standing, required considerable effort in terms of design in order to find architectural answers that could satisfy and meld in a harmonious way the heritage elements; the beautiful natural environment and the new contemporary building. This prestigious project currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in mid 2010 is considered the milestone of a new era for Beijing University, and a symbol for better and more environmentally sustainable standard of living for the future University Community and for architectural buildings within that community.

Main Facade

  • Architect: Kokaistudios
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project: PKU UNIVERSITY OF LAW(Leo KoGuan Building)
  • Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Li Wei, Fang Wei Yi, Liu Wen Wen, Yu Feng
  • Local Architect: BIAD
  • Structure: BIAD
  • Mechanics & Electricity: BIAD
  • Project Area: 10,000 sqm
  • Photography: Charlie Xia


ZEBAR – a live bar in Shanghai, China by 3GATTI Architect

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This project was born in 2006 when a Singaporean movie director and an ex musician from south of China decided to open a live bar in Shanghai. The budget was very low but the client was incredibly good and open-minded to us.

Zebar, a Live Bar

  • Architecture firm: 3GATTI
  • Chief architect: Francesco Gatti
  • Project manager: Summer Nie
  • Collaborators: Nicole Ni, Chen Qiuju, Kelly Han, Chen Han Yi, Lu Cheng Yuan, Jessie Zhengxin, Ronghui Chen, Vivian Husiyue, Aurgho Jyoti
  • Programme: Bar, restaurant, live music stage area, lounge area, dining area, kitchen, toilets.
  • Contractor: Eric Liang
  • Client: Jim Dandy
  • Location: KIC plaza, Chuangzhi Tiandi, Songhu road, Shanghai, China
  • Total area: 569 m²
  • Design period: autumn  2006
  • Construction period: spring 2008
  • Bar opening: november 2010
  • Materials: white epoxy, black concrete, plywood and plasterboard
  • Photographer: Daniele Mattioli (more…)

brouwersgracht in amsterdam the netherlands by cube architecten and soluz

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This distinctive loft is located on the first floor of a historic warehouse on the Brouwersgracht in the centre of Amsterdam. The apartment is designed by Remco Wilcke of CUBE architecten and his partner Marloes van Heteren of SOLUZ. When they found the monument it was still in use as a warehouse, as two separate long and dark rooms of 100m2 each. They bought the place and hoped the council would let them change the status to ‘dwelling’, which they did after all the plans were submitted.

Interior View

  • Name of the Architects: Marloes van Heteren (SOLUZ) in collaboration with Remco Wilcke (CUBE architecten)
  • Name of the Project: BROUWERSGRACHT
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photos by: CUBE architecten
  • Country of the designer(s): Netherlands
  • Date of creation: 2008
  • Client: private
  • Country of the editor/Productor/Client: Netherlands


Sod Dugout in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska by Randy Brown Architects

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In the early 1800’s, Nebraska was all open fields filled with native prairie grass.  The first settlers were confronted with the challenge of what materials to build with. These pioneers built dugouts, or homes that were literally dug out of the side of hills.  Exterior walls were slabs of sod stacked in a running board pattern.

Sod Dugout

  • Project: Sod Dugout
  • Completion Date: Estimated 2011
  • Use: Single-family residence
  • Location: Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
  • Cost: withheld by owner
  • Construction: Sod wall rain screen, wood frame construction, concrete floors with radiant, geothermal, big and little bluestem grass.
  • Lumasite: American Acrylic Corporation, Parchment-SOS
  • Paint: Sherwin Williams, Extra White, Iron Ore
  • Flooring: Clear Sealed Concrete
  • Millwork: Custom Fabricated
  • Pendant Fluorescent Downlight: Del-Ray, ST48254-1
  • Pendant Track Light: Halo, L3239EMB
  • Recessed Down Light: Halo, H880E-870C
  • Wrap Around Luminaire: Metalux, W-332A
  • Pendant Fluorescent Strip Light: Metalux, EFIX-2S
  • Strip Fluorescent: Metalux, 8T-SM-228T5
  • Surface Fluorescent Downlight: Metalux, WA-232A


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…)

“Origami Peace Dove” Reception Building in France by AR+TE Architects

Monday, March 7th, 2011

“Origami Peace Dove” is the reception building of the International High School, Saint-Germain En Laye in France (Near Paris). It was designed by AR+TE Architects and completed in July, 2010.


Origami Peace Dove - Photograph by AR+TE Architectes



  • Surface: 46m ² SHON / 78 m ² SHOB
  • Architect contractor: CARLOS BARBA AR+TE, ARchitecture + TErritoire (Paris)
  • Architect co-contractor: JUAN NIETO PARRA, (Paris)
  • Engineering and economist firm: CTC INGENIERIE (Versailles)
  • Control Office: NORISKO construction (Trappes)
  • Completion: July 2010.
  • Location: 2bis, rue du fer à cheval 78100 ST GERMAIN EN LAYE
  • Budget 166 000 € H.T. (Building) 60 000 € H.T. (SSI security system sets on fire)
  • Photographs and model: AR+TE Architectes


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