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Squares In Puigcerdà, Spain by Pepe Gascón

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Remodelling of the most central and relevant public space in Puigcerdà, originally very much deteriorated, with an excessive amount of traffic that diminished the civic and integrating potential of the space.

Traffic is eliminated, concentrating road and service communication on one side, freeing up a large central space. Two large linear flowerbeds protect the pacified area from the bustle of traffic working as filters between the two. A number of elements of street furniture simultaneously emphasise the physical and visual limit of the squares themselves. The space, which is very irregular with a highly uneven perimeter, is geometrised and arranged using granite as the sole material for paving, as a support of the different uses and distinguishing the areas with different formats, weaving a tapestry of great expressiveness. The lighting and urban furniture elements are arranged in line with the directrices marked by this area. Now the squares are conceived as a space conducive to rest and encounters, that allows the surrounding architecture to be heard, the chorus of traditional buildings the squares have as a backdrop.

Squares In Puigcerdà - Photograph by Eugeni Pons

  • Project name: Squares in Puigcerdà
  • Architect: Pepe Gascón
  • Project Team: Josep Gascón, Jesús Gallego, Pau Estruch, Jordi Escofet
  • Photographer: Eugeni Pons
  • Location: Places de Santa Maria i Dels Herois, Puigcerdà, Girona, Spain
  • Developer: Ajuntament de Puigcerdà
  • Construction Company: Flotats, S.A.
  • Project year: 2008 – 2009
  • Project area: 6.000,00 m2
  • Cost: 1.563.130,42€
  • Location link via Google Maps

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Roppongi Nouen Farm in Tokyo, Japan by On Design

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Roppongi Nouen FARM an urban farm right in the middle of Roppongi which is the center part of Tokyo.People who visit this place can see the process how vegetables grow and also eat the vegetables at the restaurant right next to this farm. This is a place where agriculture and people become close. Glass houses with inorganic iron frame and glass are arranged sterically on a wooden deck just like the surrounding city scape. A farm transported from the country side into the units.

Roppongi Nouen Farm

  • Architect: On Design
  • Project: Roppongi Nouen Farm
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Koichi Torimura
  • Steel Construction: 21.81 Square footage
  • Completion: 2010
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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195 Melbourne Street in North Adelaide, Australia by Tridente Architects

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

195 Melbourne Street

North Adelaide, as for most inner precincts of Australian cities, continues to transform from established older residential building stock to larger and more contemporary commercial buildings. In the case of Melbourne Street the predominant character of single storey buildings has long been under pressure due to the limited commercial accommodation available in close proximity to the adjacent Central Business Precinct. As a direct result the established patterns of narrow sites with stand alone residential buildings providing a mix of both residential and commercial activity is now less desirable; especially given an increasing awareness that consolidation within such existing frameworks offers a more appropriate approach to sustainability and environments more suited to present day usage.

Front View

  • Architect: Tridente Architects
  • Name of Project: 195 Melbourne Street
  • Location: North Adelaide, Australia
  • Software used: AutoCAD and 3DSMax

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HAMRA in Gotland, Sweden by DinellJohansson designed using Bentley MicroStation

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The brief came out of the very limited budget: a house as simple as possible. Equally simple as the barn we wanted to convert to a summer dwelling, but which never showed up on the market: one open space with a large number of possible beds, cooking in the middle, washing facilities outside the house. Planing regulations ruled the placement of the house to the inner part of the plot which at the time of designing was still densly vegetated and scarcely accesible. Hence the house was designed with generic qualities, creating no front- or backside, treating all sides of the site equally. Four large openings 2,4x2m are placed according to rotational symmetry, one in each facade. Facing north is a fixed window, the other three are glazed doors. There is no hierarchy between the doors – anyone can be used as an entrance. Two roof windows add skylight to the interior.

Hamra - Photograph by Elisabeth Toll

  • Architects: DinellJohansson
  • Project: HAMRA
  • Location: Hamra, Gotland, Sweden
  • Completion Year: 2010
  • Area: 64 sqm
  • Photographer: Elisabeth Toll
  • Software used: Bentley MicroStation

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Les Marines de Chasles in Saint Malo, France by mg Architectes

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This project takes place in urban area situated next to Rennes’s Road in front of Bassin Bouvet in Saint Malo, an industrial port of Northern Bretagne.

Les Marines de Chasles

  • Architects: mg Architectes
  • Project: Les Marines de Chasles
  • Location: Saint malo, France
  • Client: Sa LAMOTTE_RENNES_france
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Area: 4 580 m²
  • Program: 47 dwellings + office area + underground park
  • Architects Team: Le Trionnaire / Tassot / Le Trionnaire / Le Chapelain _ a/LTA + mxg _   rennes/paris

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Senior Center in San Diego by Smith Consulting

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Smith Consulting Architects-Designed Building Reuse Project For Downtown San Diego Senior Center Achieves Leed Gold

The new Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, which was adapted from a former 17,460-square-foot auto dealership originally built in 1927, has officially received LEED-NC Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Located at the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Beech Street at 1525 Fourth Avenue, the once vacant building was fully restored to bring vibrant purpose to downtown San Diego, serving the region’s growing senior population.

Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center Front Desk

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Nordhavnen Pixel City in Copenhagen Denmark by HTDSTUDIO

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This community was developed with the idea of life as a focus from the inception of the design process. Great emphasis was set on carefully balancing and integrating residential, cultural, commercial, recreational, naturalistic and institutional elements of this masterplan. A holistic approach to both micro and macro organization were seen as being crucial to this ultra livable city.

Nordhavnen Pixel City ©HTDSTUDIO DESIGNOFFICE

  • Designer / Architect: HTDSTUDIO DESIGNOFFICE, New York / Cork, Ireland
  • Client: Copenhagen CPH City + Port Development
  • Location: Nordhavnen District, Copenhagen, DK
  • Total Area: (Site) 420 Ha / (Buildings) 1,890,000 m2
  • Budget: N/A
  • Date: 2008
  • Images: ©HTDSTUDIO DESIGNOFFICE
  • Competition: Nordhavnen Ideas Competition, 2008
  • Software used: Sketchup Pro 6 and Kerkythea Rendering software. The rest was done in Photoshop CS5.

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UCSD Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility In La Jolla

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

SAN DIEGO — (April 19, 2011) — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has begun construction for the new 196,000-square-foot, five-story Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility located on a 3.3-acre site within the School of Medicine campus at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla, Calif. The project team is targeting LEED Platinum Certification.

UCSD Biomedical Facility - (c) Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

  • Architects: ZGF Architects
  • Construction:  McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Cost: $105 Million
  • Area: 196,000-square-foot
  • Location: La Jolla, CA
  • Software used: Autocad 3D  for the design, BIM  for design assist of the MEP, and NavisWorks  for Clash Detection.

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D HOUSE in Matanzas, Chile by Panorama

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This house in Matanzas , Chile by  Panorama, is situated at the top of a cliff, 65 mts. approximately above sea level.

Front View

  • Architect: Panorama (Nicolás Valdés+Constanza Hagemann)
  • Name of Project: D HOUSE
  • Location: Matanzas, Chile
  • Project Area: 96M2
  • Project Year: 2009-2010
  • Photographs: Cristobal Valdés

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EX-CONTAINER Project in Japan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

EX-CONTAINER is a temporary housing can be converted into permanent one.

This is a pre-fablicated house which is completed in the factory including interior and exterior. By using ISO shipping container module, we can realize same quality as permanent housing with temporary housing costs. Conventional temporary housing must be removed within 2 years, but after being used temporally in public spaces like parks and school playgrounds, EX-CONTAINER can be transfered to a new site and reuse as a permanent housing. EX-CONTAINER is a reasonable alternative for the disaster victims who do not have money to spare. For more information please go to our website: http://exc.ysmr.com/

Image Courtesy Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

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