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Tower House in Treviso, Italy by Alter Studio Architetti Associati

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

“Tower House”: a competition for sustainable refurbishment, Treviso, Italy, 2nd place, Alter Studio Architetti Associati.

Tower House is a twenty storey Housing complex built in the 60ies in Treviso. The structure and the façades, all in concrete, are actually in very bad conditions as it is frequent for this kind of buildings in Italy. For this reason it is losing the role of “landmark” in the historical landscape of town. Beside its aesthetical situation, this residence performs very negatively in terms of energy consumption.

View From Distance


Paris Elementary School by Ameller, Dubois Associés

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Building an elementary school and restructuring a kindergarden not far from the Arc de Triomphe. Offices done in antique style. Environmentally conscious development.


Beaujon - Paris Elementary School


  • Architects: Philippe Ameller et Jacques Dubois
  • Architectes assistants : Claire Marrodal, Marie Warburton, Marc Pelé
  • Location: Paris, rance
  • Completion: 2012
  • Status: In progress
  • Contractor: Ville de Paris
  • Dates2008 – 2012
  • Surface area: 4700 m²
  • Budget: 13 M€ (more…)

UNVEIL in Ordos, China by ///byn designed with AutoCAD and rendered with 3dsMax & Rhino V-RAY

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


UNVEIL is an office complex, part of ORDOS 20*10, the new financial district of Ordos [1,800,000m2] in the third planning growth of the DongSheng District, in the Northwest area of the City of Ordos. Ordos is the fastest economic grow city in Inner Mongolia. Ordos has 86752 square kilometers, 80 times Hong Kong’s size, the equivalent of two Swiss territory size-and its population of 1.5 million, only one-fifth of the population of Hong Kong. For this project, similar to the Ordos 100 project, the local government has decided to put together a large group of architects. Instead of being 100 foreigner architects, this time they reduced the list to the 20 best Chinese architecture practices and10 international ones with experience in mainland China. Some of the architects are: Preston Scott Cohen, Plasma Studio, Graft, MAD, Zhu Pei, MADA s.p.a.m. or Hailim Hsu & Nader Terhani.

Front View

  • Architect:///byn
  • Name of Project: UNVEIL
  • Location: Ordos, Mongolia, China
  • Collaborators: Segolene DUBERNET, GUO Dan, DUAN Jun, GUO ZhiChuan & LI Min
  • Environmental: Ove Arup, Shanghai
  • Rendering: ZhuJin
  • 3D printing: LTModel
  • Photography: ///byn
  • YEAR: 2010
  • STATUS: under construction
  • PROGRAM: office complex


  • 2D: AutoCAD
  • 3D: Rhinoceros (grasshopper plug-in)
  • 3D printing: STL
  • GRAPHICS: Adobe suite


Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower in Shenzhen, China by MVRDV

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The new headquarters building for the Guosen Securities corporation in Shenzhen, China, has the objective to be efficient and cool. The new symbol for the dynamic corporation needed to be energy efficient and a pleasurable working environment.

External Entrance

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower
  • Location: Shenzhen, China


GREEN VOID in Sydney, Australia by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


A digital design, derived from nature, realized in lightweight fabric, using the latest digital fabrication and engineering techniques, creating more with less. 3,000 cubic meters of space are connected with a minimal surface of 300 square meters and only 40 kilograms of material…

Customs House Green Void Laser

  • Architect: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
  • Name of Project: GREEN VOID SYDNEY
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Team members: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, Jarrod Lamshed, Esan Rahmani, Kim Nguyen Ngoc, Anh, Dao Trinh, Erick Escalante, Pascal Tures, Mi Jin Chun, Andrea Dorici
  • Client: Customs house
  • Manufacturer: Mak max
  • Building Materials: Specially treated high-tech Nylon and light
  • Dimensions: approx. 21x8x12m
  • Surface Area:300 m2
  • Volume/space: 3000 m3
  • Weight: 40 kg
  • Construction/manufacturing time: 5 weeks


Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland by Zaha Hadid Architects

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

The historical development of the Clyde and the city is a unique legacy; with the site situated where the Kelvin flows into the Clyde the building can flow from the city to the river. In doing so it can symbolise a dynamic relationship where the museum is the voice of both, linking the two sides and allowing the museum to be the transition from one to the other. By doing so the museum places itself in the very context of its origin and encourages connectivity between its exhibits and their wider context.

Riverside Museum - Image Courtesy Helene Binet

  • Project Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Riverside Museum
  • Location: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Client: Glasgow City Council
  • Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project Director: Jim Heverin
  • Photographer: Helene Binet
  • Program: Exhibition space, cafe, retail, education
  • Competition Team: Malca Mizrahi, Michele Pasca di Magliano, Viviana R. Muscettola, Mariana Ibanez, Larissa Henke
  • Project Team: Achim Gergen, Agnes Koltay, Alasdair Graham, Andreas Helgesson, Andy Summers, Aris Giorgiadis, Brandon Buck, Christina Beaumont, Chun Chiu, Claudia Wulf, Daniel Baerlaecken, Des Fagan, Electra Mikelides, Elke Presser, Gemma Douglas, Hinki Kwon, Jieun Lee, Johannes Hoffmann, Laymon Thaung, Liat Muller, Lole Mate, Malca Mizrahi, Markus Planteu, Matthias Frei, Michael Mader, Mikel Bennett, Ming Cheong, Naomi Fritz, Rebecca Haines-Gadd, Thomas Hale, Tyen Masten


  • Services: Buro Happold [Glasgow, UK]
  • Acoustics: Buro Happold [Bath, UK]
  • Fire Safety: FEDRA, Glasgow
  • Cost Consultants: Capita Symonds
  • Project Management: Capita Symonds


  • Total Area: 11 000 m2
  • Exhibition Area: 7000 m2
  • Site Area: 22,400 m2
  • Footprint Area: 7,800 m2


  • Steel Frame
  • Corrugated Metal Decking
  • Zinc Cladding
  • Glass-reinforced gypsum interior surfaces


Stockholmsporten in Stockholm, Sweden by BIG designed using AutoCAD and Rhino

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


BIG + Grontmij + Spacescape are the winning team for the Stockholmsporten master plan competition to design an inviting new entrance portal into Stockholm at the intersection of a newly planned super-junction.

Image Courtesy BIG

  • Architect: BIG
  • Name of Project: Stockholmsporten
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program: Master plan, Landscape
  • Type: Prequalified Competition
  • Size: 580.000 m2
  • Client: City of Stockholm, Swedish Transport Administration
  • Collaborators: Grontmij, Spacescape
  • Status: 1st prize / In progress
  • Grontmij AB: Veronika Borg, Albin Ahlquist, Anders Falk , Mats Mauritzson, Nils-Göran Nilsson, Christer Johansson, Bengt Ridell
  • Spacescape AB: Alexander Ståhle, Tobias Nordström
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino


  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange
  • Project Leader: Hanna Johansson
  • Team: Camille Crepin, Barbora Srpkova, Alessio Valmori, Xiao Xuan Lu, Krista Meskanen, Long Zuo


Beekman Tower (8 Spruce Street) in New York by Frank Gehry

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

8 Spruce Street, originally known as Beekman Tower and currently marketed as New York by Gehry, is a 76-story skyscraper designed by architect Frank Gehry in the New York City borough of Manhattan at 8 Spruce Street, just south of City Hall Plaza and the Brooklyn Bridge.

At 870 feet tall, New York by Gehry is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and a singular addition to the iconic Manhattan skyline. For his first residential commission in New York City, master architect Frank Gehry has reinterpreted the design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise with undulating waves of stainless steel that reflect the changing light, transforming the appearance of the building throughout the day. Gehry’s distinctive aesthetic is carried across the interior residential and amenity spaces with custom furnishings and installations.


  • Architect: Frank Gehry
  • Location: 8 Spruce Street, New York City, New York, United States
  • Coordinates: 40°42’39?N 74°00’20?W
  • Status: Complete
  • Groundbreaking: 2006
  • Opening: 2011
  • Use: Mixed-use
  • Height: Roof 867 ft (267 m)
  • Floor count: 76
  • Floor area: 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2)
  • Structural engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk
  • Developer : Forest City Ratner
  • Owner: Forest City Ratner
  • Management: Cooper Square Management
  • Website:
  • Article source: Wikipedia &


Water Houses/ Floating Houses in Steigereiland IJburg, Amsterdam, Netherlands by Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Is it a boat? Is it a house? Is it romantic or is it pragmatic? It is a hybrid. It is not what you think it is. Seventy-five floating homes and waterside dyke houses in the private (rental and owner-occupied) sector.

Images Courtesy Luuk Kramer

  • Architect: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
  • Name of Project: Water Houses/ Floating Houses
  • Location: Steigereiland IJburg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Client: Ontwikkelingscombinatie Waterbuurt West and Woningstichting Eigen Haard
  • Design: Marlies Rohmer and Floris Hund
  • Team: Michiel van Pelt, Ronald Hageman, Marc de Vries, Charles Hueber, Martin Koster
  • Structural engineer: Van der Vorm Engineering, Delft NL
  • Building services: Genie Techni Engineering BV, Grootebroek NL
  • Building physics: Wolf + Dikken, Wateringen NL
  • Contractor: ABC Arkenbouw BV, Urk NL, The floating houses were built in the dry dock in Urk, Koning Bouw, Volendam NL
  • Photography: Marcel van der Burg, Luuk Kramer, Roos Aldershoff Fotografie
  • Design date: 2001
  • Completion: 2011
  • Area / Contract price: GFA: 10,625 m2 € 14,096.000,- (excl. VAT, incl services), € 11,981.600,- (excl. VAT,


GGA Offices in Washington DC by Group Goetz Architects (GGA)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

GGA’s objective was to create a forward thinking workplace for its business with a new paradigm focused on flexible and collaborative space that would be a contributor of a healthful environment and lifestyle. Expanding on a simple program, GGA designed the 16,000 SF offices without walls to improve communication and collaboration, to encourage learning and sharing of information, and to take advantage of the enormous amount of natural light permeating the perimeter glass walls of the space. The commitment to openness started at the highest level in the organization and therefore the workplace has no private offices. The design culminated in achieving LEED® 2.0 Platinum Certification from USGBC, as the first design office in the Washington, DC area to achieve this distinction.

GGA Offices

  • Architects: Group Goetz Architects (GGA)
  • Size: 16,000 SF
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Year Completed: January 2009
  • Photo Credit: GGA Staff
  • Contractor: Dietze Construction Group
  • MEP Engineer: CS Consulting Engineers
  • Developer: Carlyle Group


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