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IT Building Proposal in New Delhi, India by Nicolas Laisné

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This proposal for the Spiretec competition in New-Delhi by Nicolas Laisné architect has been awarded last Monday. The main idea of the project is to do a modern building with natural cooling systems inspired by Traditionnal Indian Architecture. It is composed by a IT complex with offices, hotel, conference halls and shops.

Courtesy of Nicolas Laisne

  • Architect: Nicolas Laisné architect – Paris – France
  • Project: Nicolas Laisné architect awared project for Two 100 m higth IT buildings in New Delhi
  • Locatio: New Delhi, India
  • Ranck in Competition: Honorable Mention
  • Subject: Two buildings mixed used / It Offices
  • Height: 100 m
  • Surface: 13700 sq Meters
  • Images/movie credits: Nicolas Laisné architect


Prater Street in Budapest, Hungary by Atelier Péter Kis Architect

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011


The final building outline was determined by the scale and proportion of the sorrounding buildings. We didn’t want to form blocks that oppress their environment. Our primary aim was to find an acceptable, proportioned building form, that keeps the relative regulations, and we connected the most optimal number of apartments to this form. The sorrounding buildings and environment inspired the volume of the building. The existing firewalls on the location determined the volume from two sides: on one hand they are identifying characteristics of the site, on the other hand they ’section’ certain forms and buildings, therefore finishing these were one of the tasks. Instead of building something aside, we added the form to the site.

Apartments of Prater Street

  • Architect: Atelier Péter Kis
  • Project name: Práter street
  • Design studio: Kis Péter Építészműterme
  • Project team members: Peter Kis, Csaba Valkai, Ivett Tarr, János Sarusi Kis, Tamás Ükös, Gábor Balázsa, Gábor Divinyi, Barbora Tuckova
  • Client: Budapest Józsefváros Municipality
  • Gross useful surface area:
  • Plot area: 1218 m2
  • Plot percentage: 54,2 %
  • Net basic area: 4150 m2
  • Total square meter of flats: 2065 m2
  • Total square meter of corridors: 825 m2
  • Total square meter of offices, shops: 330 m2
  • Project start date: 2005.
  • Start of work: 2006. september
  • Completion of work: 2007. december
  • Photographer’s name: Zsolt Batár
  • Structures made of: (indicate material and manufacturer) Concrete
  • Facades made of: (indicate material and manufacturer) Ceramic AMV 92800 NF (240 x 115 x 10 mm) (more…)

The Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates by Foster + Partners

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

23 November 2010 – Official opening of the Masdar Institute campus, first solar powered building at Masdar City

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs officially inaugurated the Masdar Institute today, at which the architect Lord Foster was present. The Masdar Institute, devoted to researching sustainability, is the first building to be fully operational within Masdar City. The masterplan, by Foster +Partners, incorporates lessons which have evolved over centuries of traditional Arabian architecture. The Masdar Institute is the first building of its kind to be powered entirely by renewable solar energy. It will be used as a pilot test bed for the sustainable technologies that will be explored for implementation in future Masdar City buildings. The post graduate students are Masdar City’s first resident community.


Masdar Institute - Photograph by Nigel Young

Masdar Institute - Photograph by Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Appointment: December 2007
  • Construction Start on site: February 2008
  • Completion: Phase 1A 2010
  • Overall Campus: TBD
  • Site Overall Campus Plot – 62,000 sqm. Phase 1A Plot – 14,000 sqm
  • Phase 1A: 63,000 sqm opens 2010
  • Phase 1B: 86,000 sqm opens 2012
  • Phase 2: 85,000 sqm TBC
  • Phase 3: 105,000 sqm TBC
  • Projected Overall Total Area: 340,000sqm
  • Number of Students Phase 1A – 100 Students (Post Graduates)
  • Projected for final campus: 600 – 800
  • Building height Podium Height – 7.5m.
  • Buildings above podium – 24.0 metres.
  • Building length Overall Campus Plot – 410 metres
  • Building Width Overall Campus Plot – 225 metres
  • No. of Storeys Typically for Laboratories: 3 storeys,
  • Typically for Residential: 4 storeys
  • Knowledge Centre: 2 Storeys
  • Phase 1A – 102 total apartments
  • Phase 1B – 221 total apartments
  • Phase 2 – TBC
  • Phase 3 – TBC


FyF Residence in Rosario, Argentina by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

FyF is located in the outskirts of Rosario [the second largest city in Argentina], approximately 300 km north of Buenos Aires. The small house of approximately 200 m2 is built in a new residential development adjacent to a traditional neighborhood. FyF can be described as a spatial and physical attempt to challenge the planar stability and flat homogeneity of the Pampas landscape in a domestic setting. The project was conceived as a monolithic solid, a monochromatic form punctuated only by subtle inflections that establish a complex physical relationship among the different spaces while maintaining a sense of identity and privacy between them.

FyF Residence

  • Project Type: Single-family house
  • Location: Rosario, Argentina
  • Status: Under Construction
  • Dates: 2004 – 2007
  • Size: 200 m2 / 2.000 sq.ft.
  • Client: Florencia and Fernando Garcia
  • Project Team: Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich, Principals in charge; James Vincent, Hunter Knight, En Jang, Ben Luddy, Assistants
  • Executive Architect, 1st Phase: Estudio +/ Alejandro Beltramone and Marcelo Ponzelini; 2nd Phase; Dalabona Arquitectos—Monia Dalabona, Principal in Charge


La Muna Mountain Home in Aspen, Colorado by Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Article source: Oppenheim Architects

A complete renovation and minor addition of one of the first homes built in the ultra-exclusive enclave of Red Mountain in Aspen Colorado. 30 years of hazardousness of this rustic ski chalet with all its imperfections is a  homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi. Clad in reclaimed regional wood, stone and steel the home is intended to make a minimal impact on the natural resources and merge effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings of forest, stream and mountain. Solar collectors provide needed energy for power and hot water, while extremely large operable panels of insulated glass blur the boundaries between inside and out– further enforcing a connection and deep respect of place.

La Muna Mountain House

  • Architect: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
  • Scope: 3,500 SF mountain home. Architecture/Interior Design
  • Location: Aspen, Colorado
  • Year completed: 2010
  • Renderings: In-house


Kralingen Mountain in Rotterdam by MVRDV

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Rotterdam is Europe’s main port, the port area stretches along the Rhine from the city centre towards the sea, its industries and cranes are the icons of the port city. The north east of Rotterdam is a sharp contrast to the general image of the city dominated by industrial activity and modern architecture: a green suburban area of great natural beauty. The historic neighbourhood of Kralingen, parklands, the river Rotte and a series of lakes with riparian leisure facilities such as yacht harbours mark this affluent part of the city. The area would be a real oasis in the dense urban fabric but it is brutally split by a motorway and train rail. The main artery of the Benelux, a motorway which connects the 3 main ports and generates constant traffic and pollution, cuts through this green area. The main eastern train lines run next to the motorway. Crouched against the infrastructure a series of industries are located, in a strange paradox surrounded by the nicest parks of the city.

Kralingen Mountain

  • Architect: MVRDV
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Project: Kralingse Berg
  • Client: Blauwhoed Developers
  • Budget: 163,400,000 Euro
  • Program: Total of 3,655,120 m2 housing, infrastructure, industry and parking
  • Status: Feasibility


Film and Production Offices in Madrid by Madland Studio

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011


The assignment was to relocate the new head offices of a film and TV production company (recording, editing, dubbing and audiovisual production). The program of functions can be classified in four parts: management and administrative area (offices and meeting rooms), technical rooms (audio, image, set and backstage), common public area (multifunctional space, toilets and cafeteria) and installation area (machine and storage rooms).

Photographs by Elena Almagro

  • Architecture office: Madland Estudio
  • Project Team: Cristina Navas Perona, Myriam López Rodero y Javier García-Rivera de la Plaza.
  • Structural Engineering: Javier Cort.
  • Owner: Viva Visión
  • Contractor: Cal y Canto S.L
  • Contractor specialized in wood construction: Canexel S.L
  • Built area: 550m2.
  • Location: Madrid, Spain.
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Elena Almagro


Lebanon Waterfront City in Beirut by Oppenheim Architecture+Design

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Lebanon Waterfront City first recognizes its privileged position in the vicinity of Beirut and its essential condition as a place where land and water more than meet, they entwine. It arranges its composition as a smooth transition from the waters of the Mediterranean to the mountainous backdrop all-the-while celebrating the “tamed water” of the marina basin and the graceful vessels that dot it by framing its ever-changing ever-playful composition with a most elegant, superbly appointed promenade.

Lebanon Waterfront City

  • Architect: Oppenheim Architecture+Design
  • Scope: 4,000,000 SF design competition. Master Planning/Architecture
  • Year: Designed in 2010
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon


Dajczman Residence in Tel Aviv by Nir Rothem & Bosmat Sfadia-Wolf

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

A typical 2 Bedroom 59 sqm Tel-Aviv apartment transformed to accommodate a new baby on the way.

In order to allow an addition of a second bedroom, the architects had to rethink the apartment’s circulation in a bid to gain further habitable space, which meant removing all corridors and unused storage spaces.



  • Project Name: Dajczman Residence, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Size: 59 m2
  • Year Completed: 2010
  • Architects: Nir Rothem & Bosmat Sfadia-Wolf
  • Name of the Office: SFARO
  • Office Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Office Contact Info: / / Tel:- (972)-3-5401445
  • Photographs by: Boaz Lavi


Fogo Island Artist Studios in Canada by Saunders Architecture

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Fogo Island lies on the edge of Newfoundland, Canada and is home to a gentle, independent people who have lived for centuries between wind and waves in pursuit of fish. Fogo Islanders live in the untamed landscape of the North Atlantic. The people are subtle and unpretentious yet have seen their traditional way of life by threatened by forces largely beyond their control.

The Long Studio in Fogo Islands

The Long Studio in Fogo Island

  • Architect: Saunders Architecture, Bergen, Norway, tel: +47 55 36 85 06 or 975 25 761) Principal Architect: Todd Saunders. Assistants: Ryan Jørgensen, Attila Béres, Colin Hertberger, Cristina Maier, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, & Nick Herder
  • Client: Shorefast Foundation and The Fogo Island Arts Corporation
  • Prime Consultant: Sheppard Case Architects, St.John´s Newfoundland
  • On-site supervisor: Dave Torraville
  • Builders: Arthur Payne & Edward Waterman
  • Structural Engineer: DBA Consulting Engineers
  • Mechanincal & Electrical Engineer: Core Engineering Inc.
  • Text: Saunders Architecture & Shorefast Foundation
  • Photography: Bent Rene´Synnevåg and Saunders Architecture
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


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