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CMA CGM TOWER in Marseille, France by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

The tower stands at the center of the city’s ambitious regeneration project, Euroméditerranée, located 1km north of the historic center, adjacent to the commercial port.

The site lies 100m back from the sea edge where the elevated motorway viaduct separates as it arrives into the north of the city. At ground level the site is dominated by the sweeping concrete viaducts overhead and the rhythmic colonnades of their supporting columns. It’s dense and noisy but a rich physical context. At high level, the context is the spectacular views over the bay of Marseille, the city and the docks.

  • ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Year: 2006 – 2011
  • PROGRAM: Head offices and parking
  • CLIENT: CMA CGM [Marseille, France]
  • Project Director: Jim Heverin
  • Project Architect: Stephane Vallotton
  • Project Team: Karim Muallem, Simone Contasta, Leonie Heinrich, Alvin Triestanto, MurielBoselli, Eugene Leung, Bhushan Mantri, Jerome Michel, NereaFeliz, Prashanth Sridharan,Birgit Eistert, Evelyn Gono, Marian Ripoll, Andres Flores, Pedja Pantovic
  • Competition Team: Jim Heverin, Simon Kim, Michele Pasca Di Magliano, Viviana Muscettola
  • Associated Architect: SRA –RTA (Paris/ Marseille)
  • CONSULTANTS: Structural engineer: Ove Arup & Partners (London)
  • Services: Ove Arup & Partners (London)
  • Façade engineers: Ove Arup & Partners / Robert-Jan Van Santen Associates (London / Lille)
  • Cost consultant: R2M (Marseille)
  • SIZE: Gross Floor Area 94,000 m² (58,000 Tower / 36,000 Annex Building)
  • Site Area 8,400 m2
  • Footprint Area 6,000 m2
  • Height 33 Floors/142.8 metres
  • Occupancy 2,500
  • MATERIALS: Insitu concrete; Fully Glazed Unitized Facade
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino 3D, Maya, Revit Architecture, DP digital project, 3D Studio Max, Grasshopper and T Spline


The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2011 presented to Eduardo Souto de Moura

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Update on June 3rd:

Here is Obama’s speech at the Pritzker Prize Ceremony:

YouTube : President Obama's Speech at the Prizker Prize Ceremony



Original post on March 29th

Los Angeles, CA—Eduardo Souto de Moura, a 58 year old architect from Portugal, is the jury’s choice for the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize, it was announced today by Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize. The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be in one of Washington, D.C.’s finest classical buildings, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. In announcing the jury’s choice, Pritzker elaborated, “This marks the second time in the history of the prize that a Portuguese architect has been chosen. The first was in 1992 when Alvaro Siza was so honored.”

Eduardo Souto de Moura - Photo by Augusto Brázio


Arena Ulstein in Ulsteinvik, Norway by Lund+Slaatto Architects

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The main idea of the project is to create a place of sports and activities, where the qualities of the magnificent surrounding landscape will merge with the bourgeoning urban live of the town of Ulsteinvik.

The Urban Square Connecting to the Town Centre

  • Architect: Lund+Slaatto Architects
  • Location: Ulsteinvik, Norway
  • Collaboration: Nils Tveit Architects
  • Rank: 1st prize
  • Subject: Sports facilities, swimming pool, library and youth club
  • Surface: 14200m2
  • Images: Lund+Slaatto Architects


City of Westminster College in London, UK by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The new flagship Campus for City of Westminster College by schmidt hammer lassen architects is designed to support new ways of teaching and learning. The 24,000m2 College, won in a competition in 2006, provides much greater amounts of open learning spaces than typical colleges in the UK and holds state-of-the-art facilities for both students and staff. The building is designed to embrace interaction and diversity and allow students to learn from each other, both formally and informally.

City of Westminster College

  • Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Project: City of Westminster College
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Client: City of Westminster College
  • Area: 24,000m²
  • Construction Sum: € 81 million excl. VAT
  • Competition: 2006, 1st prize in restricted international competition
  • Status: Construction period 2008 – 2010
  • Engineer: Buro Happold, United Kingdom
  • Landscape Architect: Schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Main Contractor: McLaren Construction Ltd
  • Other Consultants: Knight Frank LLP; Stace LLP


Ansel Adams Gallery in Washington, DC by Group Goetz Architects

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

First Design Firm Office in DC Awarded LEED Platinum Certification CI 2.0

The Ansel Adams Gallery at The Wilderness Society is the centerpiece of a renovation of the existing headquarters in Washington, DC.  The renovation included and update and reconfiguration of the office space, energy savings enhancements, new finishes, and the creation of a special gallery for the society’s treasured collection of Ansel Adams photographs.

Entrance (Images Courtesy Group Goetz Architects)

  • Architect: Group Goetz Architects
  • Name of Project: Ansel Adams Gallery
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Size: 3,600 SF
  • Year Completed: May 2010
  • Photo Credit: Group Goetz Architects
  • Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIIDA, Principal-in-Charge, Aleksandar Jocic, Derick Williamson

Other Contributors

  • HBW Group: Rockville, MD
  • Structural Engineer: Brandes & Cassagnol Engineers – PC , Washington, DC
  • MEP Engineering: CS Consulting Engineers, Inc. – Rockville, MD
  • Lighting Design: Coventry Lighting – Chevy Chase, MD
  • Art Consultant (Exhibition Design) and Graphics: Cynthia Reed, LTD.


Glaciarium – Museo Del Hielo Patagonico in Patagónico, Argentina by Pablo Guiraldes and Santiago Cordeyro Architect designed using AutoCAD and SketchUp

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Glaciers are a powerful combination of natural elements and weather phenomena. Ice, stone, water, air, fight their battles before our very eyes The visual richness of these unique places comes out of the violent yet slow clash of the elements, inexorably dragged down by gravity forces.

Museo Del Hielo Patagonico

  • Architect: Santiago Cordeyro Architect
  • Project: Glaciarium – Museo Del Hielo Patagonico
  • Location: Patagónico, Argentina
  • Owner: Museo del Hielo S.A.
  • Design and construction documents: Pablo Güiraldes, Arquitecto & Santiago Cordeyro Arquitectos
  • Construction coordination: Arq. Javier Fernández
  • Design Team: Jeannine Hary, Francisco Susmel, Arq. Javier Zabalaga, Julieta Vilaplana, Alejo Gonzalez Malharro
  • Original Concept and Contents development: Estudio Berra Borlasca
  • Structural Engineer: Ing. Pedro Gea & Ing. Esteban Ratazzi
  • Electric Systems: Ing. Bernardo Ardito, Sergio Pradilla & Raul Castelli
  • Sanitary Engineer: Arq. Jorge Carelli
  • MEP: Losen S.A. & Full Calor S.A.
  • Fire Systems: IPCI
  • Cassaforma: Consur S.A.
  • Windows and doors: Oscar Vidrios
  • Metal structures: Beltrán Hermanos
  • Software used: Autocad, SketchUp, 3DS Max and Hand made drawings


Robert Paine Scripps Forum For Science, Society and the Environment in La Jolla, California by Safdie Rabines Architects

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Scientists from around the world gather to help advance the study of the oceans, earth, and marine life sciences at this oceanfront conference center located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. The building is located atop an ocean bluff, with strong winds, western sun, and an existing grove of palms providing the natural context. Responding to these forces without impacting their natural beauty was a driving goal in the design of the project. In addition, the uniquely informal character of the Scripps community, with its clear appreciation of the natural environment and outdoors, became an influential factor in the design. The LEED certified project includes a flexible auditorium space, four oceanfront meeting rooms of varying sizes, a student lounge, and restaurant. The program is broken into several buildings connected by a trellised walkway creating a porous structure that preserves ocean views and breezes for the rest of the campus.

Auditorium - ©David Hewitt/Anne Garrison

  • Architect: Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Project: Robert Paine Scripps Forum For Science, Society and the Environment
  • Location: La Jolla, California
  • Year: Completed January 2009
  • Area: 15,000 square feet
  • Photo Credits: David Hewitt/Anne Garrison
  • MEP Engineer: Integrated Engineering
  • Structural Engineer: Flores Lund Consultants
  • Civil Engineer: Fuscoe Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Aerea Studio
  • Acoustic Consultant: Dohn and Associates
  • Contractor/Builder: Jaynes Corporation &  General Contractors


Bloemhof in Groningen, The Netherlands by Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The Intense City including 45 Homes and Commercial Space in Groningen

The former water supply company site on Bloemsingel is part of the City of Groningen’s housing construction campaign The Intense City. This building festival covers multiple sites in the city centre, whose infill will enrich the diversity of functions. One theme of the festival is “parochial space”, a semi-public space inside an urban block. The location as a whole is typified by the adjacent electricity substation which is listed as an architectural monument, and the ample public green space on the banks of the Ooster Hamrikkanaal (canal).

Images Courtesy René de Wit

  • Architect: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
  • Name of The Project: Bloemhof
  • Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Brief: Starter homes plus 1,450 m2 (GFA) commercial space, former water company site Bloemsingel, Groningen, part of “The Intense City” festival.
  • Client: Proper-Stok Woningen B.V., Rotterdam
  • Design Team: Marlies Rohmer and Floris Hund; with Ronald Hageman, Gieneke Pieterse, Rikjan Scholten, Klaas Nienhuis and Kirsten Gabriëls.
  • Urban master plan/supervision: MVRDV, Rotterdam
  • Design: 2004
  • Completion: 2010
  • Photographer: Rob de Jong, Marcel van der Burg, René de Wit
  • The name of the office: Architectural office Marlies Rohmer

Contract information

  • Gross Floor Area: 9,312 m2
  • Contract price: € 6,290,500 ex. VAT.
  • Building services: approx. € 850,000 ex. VAT (electricity/water/lift systems).


Russia Orthodox Church in Parisby Ameller Dubois designed using AutoCAD, 3ds MAX, and Sketchup Pro

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

This project closely articulates three elements : a base for the cultural center ; the church as a contemporary monument rising on this base ; and the central garden as an outdoor space for contemplation and meditation. The rehabilitation of the building located rue de l’Université and the enhancement of the Palais de l’Alma add finishing touches to the urban design part of the whole project.


Russian Orthodox Church - Avenue Rapp Side


  • Architect: Ameller Dubois Associés
  • Contractor: Fédération de Russie / Nexity
  • Location: Paris [VIIe arr.]
  • Surface area: 6450 m²
  • Architects: Philippe Ameller, Jacques Dubois, Marc Pelé
  • Year: 2010
  • Type: International competition
  • Software used: Autocad; Sketchup Pro; 3DS; Photshop CS5


Digital Origami by LAVA

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The danger of digital creations is the virtual worlds they depend on, or rather the lack of constraints in the virtual if compared to the physical world. Most of the time digital creations end in just being crazy flythrough computer renderings. With the Digital origami we wanted to realize concepts. We as studied and research current trends in parametric modeling, digital fabrication and material-science and applied this knowledge to create a space-filling installation. The aim was to test the fitness of a particular module, copied from nature, to generate architectural space, with the assumption that the intelligence of the smallest unit dictates the intelligence of the overall system.


Digital Origami - (c) Ian Barnes/ERCO

  • Architect: L.A.V.A.
  • Interior Design: A-E Inclusive
  • Colour: A-E Inclusive
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design : A-D Inclusive
  • Building Materials: cardboard, 120 sqm
  • Article source: L.A.V.A.


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