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V&A Exhibition Road in London, UK by AL_A Architect

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Exhibition Road is changing. AL_A’s project will unlock the potential to bring new audiences into the V&A, breaking down the separation between street and museum, and taking the V&A onto Exhibition Road and Exhibition Road into the V&A.

View of the courtyard at Night

  • Architects: AL_A Architect
  • Project: V&A Exhibition Road
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Programme: Gallery for temporary exhibitions, public courtyard and new museum entrance
  • Principal: Amanda Levete

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Chapel of St.Lawrence in Finland by Avanto Architects Ltd

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The Vantaa Parish Union held an open architectural competition in the spring of 2003 for the design of a new chapel in the vicinity of the historic Church of St. Lawrence. The area has been classified as a nationally important cultural environment. The winning entry, out of 194 proposals, was “Polku” (“Path”) by Avanto Architects.

Chapel of St.Lawrence

  • Architects: Avanto Architects Ltd
  • Project: Chapel of St.Lawrence
  • Location: Pappilankuja 3, Vantaa, Finland
  • Building type: Chapel
  • Competition: open architecture competition, 1st prize, 2003
  • Year of completion: 2010
  • Gross Area: 1879 sqm
  • Total cost: 10 m€
  • Client: Vantaa Parish Union
  • User: Vantaa Parish Union
  • Developer: Vantaa Parish Union
  • Software used: AutoCAD Architecture 2010 to draw the project. The rendering was done in 3dStudio MAX.

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Retreat, Summer house in Hardanger Fjord, Norway by SAUNDERS ARCHITECTURE AS

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Retreat, Summer house, Hardanger Fjord, Norway  (2 of 3- a series of summer houses)

Article source: Todd Saunders, Bergen & Tommie Wilhelmsen, Stavanger

This is our own personal project. We bought this site ourselves in order to create experimental architecture.  The constant question for young architects was how to find clients willing to take a chance on enthusiastic architects with little experience?  When we first started our firm, instead of going and looking for clients we went looking for a possible site to build an experimental structure. In this way we could pursue our architectural vision in line with our convictions: no compromises, original, and respecting the Norwegian landscape that we live in.  Once we made such a project, we knew that it would be easier to find and convince clients that we are competent architects through this use of a real life building as opposed to paper visions of architecture so common among young architects.

Retreat, Summer house

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Northern Europe Migrants Organization in Calais, France by Felix de Montesquiou and Hugo Kaici

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The city of Calais, located at only 42km of the British coast, is the hottest spot of illegal migration in France. When Sarkozy closed the Sangatte immigrant center a year ago, we decided to react on the subject, in a very ironical and cynical way. This is when we decided to design an illegal immigration base.

Northern Europe Migrants Organisation

  • Architects: Felix de Montesquiou and Hugo Kaici
  • Project: N.E.M.O. (Northern Europe Migrants Organisation)
  • Location: Calais, France
  • Software used: Sketchup to draw and Maxwell to render; a lot of work on Lightroom, and Photoshop

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Walnut Creek Wetland Center in Raleigh, North Carolina by Frank Harmon Architect PA

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The 7500-square-foot Walnut Creek Wetland Center is part of the transformation of over 50 acres of abused, polluted wetlands in southeast Raleigh, North Carolina, near the downtown urban center, into a living, natural resource for the city. By reclaiming the wetlands area, the Center promotes understanding and protection of an urban wetland, enhances community pride, and encourages economic development in this area of the city. It also provides an accessible “quiet zone” for communing with nature while preserving the natural beauty of the wetland, protecting the habitat of numerous species, and lifting the spirits of those who visit it.

Front elevation at dusk.

  • Architect: Frank Harmon Architect PA
  • Name of Project: Walnut Creek Wetland Center
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • Client: The City of Raleigh, NC

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Marina Beach Towers in U.A.E by Oppenheim Architecture Design

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Based on our initial reading of the site we took the opportunity to maximize the quantity of units on the beach. This approach has permitted the introduction of new unit types with the spatial adjacencies of a village. What has emerged, in addition to the typologies, is a response that is simultaneously building and landscape; a project whose fluidity merges sky and water. This allows for more varied living experiences beyond the capabilities of the normative tower. Basing the unit types on a standard module has allowed its shifted repetition to develop into the woven tapestry of the façade; a surface that responds to every nuanced shift of light, while providing critical protection from the intense sun.

Marina Beach Towers

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McCarthy Begins Construction For New $456 Million Scripps Cardiovascular Institute and Central Energy Plant in La Jolla

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the nation’s leading healthcare builders, has construction under way for the new 383,000-square-foot Scripps Cardiovascular Institute and adjacent 26,000-square-foot Central Energy Plant on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus, located at 9888 Genesee Ave. in La Jolla, Calif. Construction completion is targeted for January 2015, with an anticipated tenant move-in date of April 2015.

Scripps Cardiovascular Institute Tower SE View

  • Structural and civil engineer: KPFF, Inc.
  • Mechanical engineer: X-NTH
  • Landscape architect: MWPA
  • Location: La Jolla, California
  • Cost: $456 Million
  • Completion: due 2015

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Citic Bank Hangzhou Branch Headquarters in Hangzhou, China by Foster + Partners Team

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

New CITIC headquarters tower in Hangzhou breaks ground

Construction has commenced on Foster + Partners’ first project in Hangzhou, China, with a sustainable, landmark headquarters tower for CITIC Bank. The 100-metre-high skyscraper’s bold diagonally-braced structure will establish an iconic presence for the Bank in a prominent location on a main axis through Hangzhou Qian Jiang New City, a new central business district being constructed next to the Qian Jiang River.

Night View

  • Architect: Foster + Partners Team
  • Name of Project: Citic Bank Hangzhou Branch Headquarters
  • Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Client : China Citic Bank Hangzhou Branch
  • Collaborating Architect: East China Architectural Design Institute
  • Construction: Commenced 29 March 2011

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North Beach in Orcas Island, Washington by Heliotrope Architects

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This residence is located on a northwesterly oriented beach fronting the Strait of Georgia.  The site includes many second-growth douglas firs, a beech grove and a grassy meadow with good solar exposure.  For over a thousand years this site was a summer camp location for the Lummi Indians, and due to its archeological significance, no footing excavation could take place on the site.  Further, its location in a federally designated flood plain required that the structure be raised off the ground several feet.  The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy to maintain summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view.

North Beach

  • Architects: Heliotrope Architects
  • Project: North Beach
  • Location: Island, Washington
  • Collaborators: Swenson Say Faget (structural), David Shore (general contractor), the Loop Company (cabinetry), owner (interiors)
  • Primary exterior materials: standing seam metal siding, ironwood decking, powder-coated steel railings & planters
  • Primary interior materials: alder, marble, laminated glass, painted wood
  • Primary products: Dorn Bracht & Lacava (fixtures), Wetstyle (tub), Raumplus (sliding interior doors), Fleetwood (exterior windows/doors)
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp

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8 House in Copenhagen, Denmark by BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

With spectacular views towards the Copenhagen Canal and over Kalvebod Fælled’s protected, open spaces, 8 House will not only be offering residences to people in all of life’s stages as well as office spaces to the city’s business and trade – it will also serve as a house that allows people to bike all the way from the ground floor to the top, moving alongside townhouses with gardens winding through an urban perimeter block.

Night View (Images Courtesy Jens Lindhe)

  • Architect: BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP
  • Name of Project: 8 House
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Client: ST. FREDERIKSLUND HOLDING
  • Size: 61,000 M2, 476 RESIDENCES
  • Cost: EUR 92,000,000
  • Status: COMPLETED 2010

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