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B+W House in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA by Julie Snow Architects

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The design of this small residence on a corner lot in the City of Minneapolis was conceived as a progression of defined volumes: beginning with the public front yard, continuing with the two-story portion of the home, following with the tall volume of the living area, the enclosed garden and the garage.

Side Elevation

  • Architect: Julie Snow Architects
  • Project Name: B+W House
  • Project Location: Minneapolis MN
  • Project Size: 2400 GSF
  • Project Completion Date: July 2007
  • Photography Credit: Dean Kaufman

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Kaohsiung Public Library in Singuang Boulevard, City of Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Mecanoo Architect

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The Cultural Square

The Kaohsiung Public Library is a new state-of-the-art multimedia research, study and entertainment space that allows for maximum flexibility. Visitors experience public spaces together at an exhibition or show, or they can “get together to be alone” to read or study. Mecanoo’s response to the design competition comes in the form of a singular building, designed as a garden, which emerges on the site in the shape of a monumental ‘green’ cube.

Cultural Square Day View

  • Architect: Mecanoo Architect
  • Description: Library and theatre complex with reading rooms, conference facilities, book store, exhibition space, open air theatre, underground parking, public plaza and outdoor space, sedum moss roof, parking garage.
  • Client: Public Library of Kaohsiung
  • Project address: Singuang Boulevard, City of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Scale: 38.000 m2 
  • Competition: 2011 (more…)

Wharf Road in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia by Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Over the last 5,000 years man has worked hard to over power the natural world through the built environment— we propose to revolutionize this position. Australia possesses one of the most beautiful and dramatic geologies in the world. It is our desire to create a new type of architecture— one that is more in the family of nature than of the built environment.

wharf road

  • Architect: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
  • Project Name: wharf road
  • Project Location: Surfer’s Paradise, Australia
  • Scope: 1,500,000 SF Mixed-use condominium and hotel.

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HOUSE OF OXYMORONS in ICARCH Gallery, Chicago by Vlado Valkof

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The house and the shared inhabitance are about association between two or more different individuals. The shared inhabitance draws in dialectical oppositions: It draws in different and even contradictory behaviors, habits, necessities, activities. The shared inhabitance leads to complex interrelations: coincidental or intentional.

Exterior/Perspective View

  • Project Architect: Vlado Valkof
  • Project: HOUSE OF OXYMORONS
  • Location: ICARCH Gallery, Chicago
  • Type: residential
  • Location: any site
  • Date: 2010
  • Status: competition
  • Client: ICARCH gallery
  • Area: 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Credits: Vlado Valkof – project architect, Anne Valkof – designer, Trifon Metodiev – rendering

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‘QuaDror’, a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Design studio Dror unveiled the design discovery of ‘QuaDror’ at the DESIGN INDABA conference from February 23-25 in Cape Town, South Africa. ‘QuaDror’ is a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit, that utilizes unparalleled structural efficiency and introduces manifold design initiatives.

QuaDror Bridge

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Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma by Perkins+Will

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Center for Urban Waters was envisioned by the City of Tacoma to be a beacon on the water and an example of using building and site sustainable strategies for all future projects in the City. The 51,000 sf, three-story building functions as a shared research facility for City of Tacoma and University of Washington Tacoma to receive and analyze water samples from the waterways of Tacoma and surrounding areas. The building program is comprised of laboratories, offices, conference rooms, a lunch room, an exhibit center, a customer service center at the lobby entrance, and related building services including a mooring facility on the Thea Foss Waterway. The building is sited to optimize views across the waterway toward the city and views toward Mt. Rainier, to maximize public open space, and to provide access to the shoreline esplanade and to on-site parking.

The Center for Urban Waters

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Client: National Development Council and the City of Tacoma
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Square Footage: 51,000 sf
  • Structural/Civil Engineer: AHBL, Inc.
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Lighting: WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Landscape Architect: Swift &Company
  • Commissioning Agent: Rushing
  • Acoustical: Yantis
  • Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon Associates
  • Developer: Loring
  • Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider
  • Software: Revit BIM Software, Ecotect, Sketchup, Photoshop, Autocad

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House on a Dune in Bahamas by Oppenheim Architecture+Design

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Harbour Island is a relaxed yet luxurious getaway perched in the surreal cerulean waters of the Atlantic edge of the Great Bahama bank. In this earnest and timeless place, the architecture for this private residence is conceived as simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; primitive, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant; raw, yet refined. The result is a sensual and sensitive experience, reduced to its essence through the use of elemental forms and sincere materiality and detailing. The most dramatic view of the ocean is obtained towards the crest of the dunes, the location of this modest vacation home.

House on a Dune

  • Architects: Oppenheim Architecture+Design
  • Scope: 2500 SF private residence. Architecture/Interior finishes
  • Location: Harbour Island, Bahamas, West Indies
  • Status: Under construction; will be finished in 2011

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The hidden depth in Seoul by thegroundstudio

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This project is located near by the entrance of the Seoul National University’s main gate , OMA’s SNU Museum and MT.Gwanak in Seoul. This design aims to be ‘the hidden depth (gradation wall)’ which is to show the value of a natural landscape throughout architectural wall-frame. The hidden depth means architecture as the background and perceptual tool.

The Hidden Depth - Perspective

The Hidden Depth - Perspective

  • Architects: thegroundstudio / Choi, Soon-Yong
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Expected Completion: February 2011

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Podčetrtek Sports Hall in Podčetrtek, Slovenia by Enota

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The municipal sports hall is located at the main road to Podčetrtek near Terme Olimia spa resort. It is located directly by the road, behind the existing roadside dyke. The main entrance itself is facing the road and is accessible via a connecting path between two driveways at the extreme points of the dyke.

Road View

  • Architect: Enota
  • Project: Podčetrtek Sports Hall
  • Location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia
  • Type: commission
  • Year: 2007
  • Status: Completed 2010
  • Size: 3.570 M2
  • Budget: 3.600.000 EUR
  • Client: Municipality of Podčetrtek
  • Location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia
  • Project Team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Maruša Zupančič, Polona Ruparčič, Anna Kravcova, Zana Starovič, Tomi Maslovarić, Dean Jukić, Darja Zubac, Sabina Sakelšek, Nuša Završnik Šilec, Marko Volf, Esta Matković, Andrej Oblak
  • Structural Engineering: Elea iC
  • Mechanical Services: Nom biro
  • Electrical Planning: Forte Inženiring
  • Photo: Miran Kambič

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Shoe Shop in Valletta, MALTA by Chris Briffa Architects

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The site for a new shoe shop in Valletta, presented a very limited volume – one 3x7m room with an underlying basement – which provided the most significant challenge. From the early sketches, we adopted a vertical approach rather than a horizontal one, and the volume was fragmented into one giant staircase which would combine display, seating, storage and all services into one. We imagined clients walking up, down and around the stairs, choosing their favourite shoes and actually sitting next to them to try them on, rather than looking at the merchandise through a glass. The experience of being surrounded by the products, together with the constantly changing vistas while exploring the shop enhances both the shopper and the shopped in a surreal, stepped space reminiscent of Japanese shoe-box architecture adorned by traditional Maltese textures; wrought iron railings, the Maltese eight-pointed cross, traditional lace.

Shoe Shop

  • ARCHITECT: Chris Briffa Architects
  • PROGRAM: Shoe shop. Completed Dec 2007
  • CLIENT: One Fashion Ltd
  • LOCATION: Valletta, MALTA
  • DESIGN: Chris Briffa, Bernard Vella, Marcia Calleja
  • PROJECT COST: €70,000
  • PHOTOS: Ali Tollervey, Chris Briffa Architects, David Pisani
  • CONSTRUCTION: Saw Ltd. (Main Contractor), MMCL Ltd (Steel), Brilliant (Lighting), I-secure (Fire & Saftey), Doneo (Sound & IT system) (more…)
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