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Newport Beach Civic Center and Park by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Recent update: Bernard J. Cywinski, dies at age 70 on March 2, 2011

The City of Newport Beach has charged Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and team with designing a forward-looking, iconic new Civic Center and Park, consisting of a City Hall, 450 space parking garage and addition to the existing library, all set within a new 17 acre park.


Newport Beach Civic Center and Park

Newport Beach Civic Center and Park

  • Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Project location: Newport Beach, California
  • Project year: 2011 – 2012


An Urban Landmark for Forest Place in Perth, Australia by AquiliAlberg

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Aquili Alberg designed this urban landmark for forest place in Perth in 2009.

AquiliAlberg Perth Competition Concept A

  • Location: Perth – Australia
  • Client: Department of Culture and the Arts
  • Phase: First phase competition
  • Site area: 750 sqm
  • Year: 2009
  • Architects: AquiliAlberg
  • Design team: Ergian Alberg, Laura Aquili, Alessio Pucci, Christian Ronchi


“On the cherry blossoms” House in Tokyo by Junichi Sampei/A.L.X.

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This house faces the park where two splendid cherry blossoms trees exist facing front of a road on the north side. As for a peripheral environment, there is a parking lot facing the private road on the east side; there is a parking lot in the apartment house on the west side; and the timbered house of two stories built in the south. In a word, it is a place opened to the three directions.

"On the Cherry Blossoms" House - Photograph by Kouichi Torimura

  • Architects : Junichi Sampei/A.L.X.
  • Structral engineers:Kume Structural Research & Development Office
  • Photographer: Kouichi Torimura
  • Location:Tokyo Japan
  • Structure: Reinforced steel ;1basement and 3stories
  • Maximum height9,980mm
  • Site area: 71.13m2
  • Built area: 46.32m2
  • Total floor area: 85.32m2
  • basement area:9.36 m2
  • 1st floor area: 8.59m2
  • 2nd floor area: 27.31m2
  • 3rd floor area: 40.06m2
  • Completion date: 2008


The Great Rock in Budapest Zoo, Hungary by Peter Kis Atelier

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Magic Mountain in the Great  Rock

Pursuant to the government decision of 23 September, major development projects will be implemented at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. As part of the project called ‘Magic Mountain’, a complex exhibition and event space will be created inside the Great Rock; at the same time, the Bison House and Giraffe House will be restored according to the original plans. The project allows the facility, which has difficulties owing to limitations of space, to create an interactive exhibition on an area of 3,000 square metres, previously not accessible to visitors, that provides a unique experience. The construction of the interior of the Great Rock, the largest building of the garden, as an exhibition and event space has been planned since 1912 but has not been implemented to date. The utilisation of the interior of the Great Rock will provide the Zoo with a venue worthy of housing a number of cultural events, while it will also enhance the range of experiences and programmes that can be offered in winter, which could result in increased visiting times.

The Great Rock

M4 FŐVÁM TÉR STATION in Budapest, Hungary by sporaarchitects

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The new metro line planned in Budapest is to connect South-Buda with the city center. 10 stations will be constructed in the first step. St. Gellért tér and Fővám tér stations are on the left and right banks of the river Danube.

Automatic Stairs


  • Architect: sporaarchitects
  • Project name: M4 FŐVÁM TÉR STATION
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Station designer: sporaarchitects – Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
  • General architect of the M4 metro line: Palatium Stúdió Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó
  • Engineering, installation: consortium of Főmterv, Uvaterv, Mott-Macdonald
  • Design period: 2005-2011
  • Construction period: 2006-2012
  • Site area (floor area): 7100m2
  • Construction area: 3000m2
  • Photographer: Tamás Bujnovszky


Oscar-von-Miller Tower in Garching, Germany by Deubzer König + Rimmel Architects

Saturday, March 5th, 2011


Because of the new development of the campus center, it is necessary to move the old Meteomast to a different location.

Approximately 50m high and now located at the south entrance to the research campus, the newly designed Oskar von Miller Tower should act as a visible symbol for the Technical University Munich and the science and research facilities located in Garching.

OVM Tower

  • ARCHITECT: Deubzer König + Rimmel Architects
  • NAME OF THE PROJECT: “Oskar-von-Miller Turm” (O-v.M Tower)
  • ADDRESS: Campus Garching, Ludwig-Prandtl Str.
    85749, Garching (near Munich)
  • CLIENT: Technische Universität München (Technical University Munich)
    Arcisstr. 21
    80333 Munich, GermanyRepresented by the State Building Authority Munich II
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Barthel & Maus Beratende Ingenieure GmbH (consulting engineers)
  • Contractors: Alpine Bau (Concrete),
    Schlosserei Hackl (Steelworks, Facade)
  • AREAS: SITE AREA:   3600m2 , 60 x 60mBUILT AREA (at ground level): 16m x 10m  90,5m2
    TOTAL FLOOR SPACE: 392,5m2
    CUBIC CONTENT: 2381,5m3
  • TIMELINE: DATE OF DESIGN: 2006  (first sketches)
  • COMPLETION DATE:  19.07.2010 (opening)

  • PHOTOGRAPHER: Henning Koepke. (more…)

Tower of Change in Taichichung, Taiwan by NL Architects

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Tower of Change is a proposal for the Taiwan Tower in Taichung. It is an attempt to break out of the usual confinements of architecture. It is a building that perpetually changes in height. It contracts and expands. It develops from to a pagoda like figure in its most compact position to a slender elegant funnel when erect. Tower of Change is an animated building.

Tower of Change

Tower of Power in Taichung, Taiwan by NL Architects

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Tower of Power features 600 rotors that together produce 6 MW. Tower of Power is not just a symbol of good intentions; it actually produces green energy. Instead of being yet another ‘empty’ icon it actually is a usable object: next to its required functionality as sightseeing tower and telecommunication base it is an environmentally friendly Power Plant.

Tower of Power


  • Architect: NL Architects
  • Project Name: Tower of Power
  • Project Location: Taichung, Taiwan


Dar HI eco-retreat in Tunisia by matali crasset

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Matali crasset created an ecological house in the Tunisian desert. After the experience of the HI hotel in Nice, now Dar HI in Nefta which is the fruit of the collaboration between matali crasset, Patrick Elouarghi and Philippe Chapelet with a new concept of eco-retreat. Matali literally rose a citadel, from the sand, dedicated to well being. Protected by surroundings walls you find a composition of elevated houses that constitute the Dar HI as a small village. The overall architectural goal was to give a strong proposition while in harmony with the natural site and the local life. Dar HI’s main colours are ochre and sand with a comprehensive choice of body and spirit care within areas that are private or communal, a pool, a restaurant and a Spa.

Dar HI Hotel - Photograph by Jérôme Spriet

  • Client: Dar HI
  • Location: Dar HI eco-retreat in Tunisia
  • Project manager: matali crasset, matali crasset productions assisted by Marco Salgado and Francis Fichot
  • Execution architect: Mohamed Nasr
  • Shell building works & concrete masonry: ELB, Mr Louhichi
  • Follow up & surveying: Karconsult, Tunis
  • Electricity: EBF, Mr Ben Jemaa
  • Air conditioning: SBMF, Mr Ben Messaoud, Tunis
  • Carpentry: Mokded company, Nefta
  • Engineering consulting: Best Engineering, Tunis
  • Control office: Excell Control, Tunis
  • Upholsterer: Mr Hsine Azouga
  • Ironwork: Mr Samir Cherif
  • Tightness engineering: SNEC, Tunis
  • Ceramic: Mr Mourad Hsiki, Nabeul
  • Fabric: I.D All Créations, Mme Barka Douida, Djerba
  • Constructed area and terrace: 2347 m2
  • Conception: 2005
  • Delivery: june 2010


VARAŽDIN RESIDENCE in Varaždin, Croatia by Dva Arhitekta

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Varaždin, a  historic city in northern part of Croatia, is known for its well-preserved Baroque architecture. The narrow streets, squares and parks, facades with its  ornaments contribute to the identity of the city. The house is within walking distance of downtown. One-story house with the longer side of the façade along the street, is the most popular building type in this district since the 18th Century . Such houses met the needs of the residents and were in relation to city size.

Varaždin residence

  • Architect: Dva Arhitekta
  • Architects: Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
  • Architectural office: DVA ARHITEKTA d.o.o.
  • Location: Varaždin, Croatia,
  • Site area: 1344 m²
  • Built up area: 450  m²
  • Net area: 360 m²
  • Project: 2003.
  • Completed: 2007.
  • Costs: undisclosed
  • Collaborator: Barbara Vuković
  • Photograph: Robert Leš (more…)
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