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Gleneagles Community Centre in West Vancouver, British Columbia by Patkau Architects Inc.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Patkau Architects Inc.

The Gleneagles Community Centre is located on a small, gently sloping site adjacent to a public golf course. The program is organized on three levels to minimize the building footprint. By subtly reshaping the cross-sectional topography of the site, the lower level and the intermediate level are both located on grade.

Front View (Images Courtesy James Dow / Patkau Architects)

  • Architect: Patkau Architects Inc.
  • Name of Project: Gleneagles Community Centre
  • Location: West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Year: 2000-2003
  • Client: Corporation of the District of West Vancouver
  • Project Team: Omer Arbel, Greg Boothroyd, Joanne Gates, Sa­mantha Hayes, Patrick O’Sullivan, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone, Craig Simms
  • Consultants: Vaughan Landscape Planning & Design –  landscape architect, Fast & Epp Structural Engineers – structural engineer, Earth Tech Canada Inc. –  mechanical/electrical engineer, Web­ster Engineering Ltd – civil engineer, Gage-Babcock & Associates – code consultant, Susan Morris Specifications – specifications consultant, McSquared System Design Group – audiovisual consultant, Gallop/Varley – signage consultant
  • Project Manager: Maurice J. Ouellette Consulting
  • Contractor: Country West Construction Ltd.
  • Photography: James Dow / Patkau Architects


Office and Service Building in Almería, Spain by Donaire Arquitectos

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Donaire Arquitectos

The building is located in the Port of Roquetas de Mar, in Almería, Spain. The projects objectives were to integrate the building into the surroundings and creating a new area the responds to a landscape dominated by different levels and materials.  A landscape of great value with the Mediterranean as the background.

Night View (Images Courtesy Fernando Alda.)

  • Architect: Donaire Arquitectos
  • Name of Project: Office and Service Building
  • Location: Roquetas de Mar, Almería, Spain
  • Construction: 2007-2009
  • Client: E.P.P.A. y Consejería de Obras Públicas de la Junta de Andalucía
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda., Enrique Bejines M.


Gautrain Rapid Rail Link in Johannesburg, South Africa by Bentley Architect

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Carol Minton

From the day it was publicly announced in February 2000, the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link has been described in superlatives: “one of the biggest rail project under construction in the world,” “the largest infrastructure project in Africa,” and “the biggest public-private partnership South Africa has yet seen.” Bombela Concession Company, a consortium of private companies in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government, is developing this project and has committed to measurable socio-economic development obligations aimed at stimulating economic growth, development, and job creation.

Rhodesfield exterior (Image Courtesy Gautrain)

  • Project: Gautrain Rapid Rail Link
  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Organization: Gautrain
  • Photographer: Gautrain
  • Software used: Bentley ProjectWise


Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec in Battlefields Park, Canada by OMA Architect

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: OMA Architect

The new building for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec – the museum’s fourth building in an increasingly complicated site, interconnected yet disparate – is a subtly ambitious, even stealthy, addition to the city. Rather than creating an iconic imposition, it forms new links between the park and the city, and brings new coherence to the MNBAQ.

Night Exterior View (Image Courtesy Luxigon)

  • Architects: OMA Architect
  • Project: Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec
  • Location: Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Québec City, Canada
  • Client: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Status: Competition 2010, 1st place.
  • Completion: fall 2013


Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and University of Toronto Student Commons in Canada by Patkau Architects Inc | MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Patkau Architects Inc | MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

Campus Glue

The larger challenge of this project is not only to construct a great High Performance Sport Centre and a vibrant Student Commons but also to contribute to the coherent development of the campus as a whole. The new building needs to foster a rich set of relationships within, and between, the different programs it houses and its immediate and larger context, acting as a kind of glue than binds program to site, taking advantage of local opportunity. It needs to support student and campus life while producing unique and memorable new ‘places’ on the U of T campus.

Side View


Herlig Residence by KUBE architecture

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: KUBE architecture

Alterations and Additions for Rolf Herlig and Janice Eady

The existing residence was largely unaware of the magnitude of its location with mere glimpses of the city and ocean beyond apparent from inside the house. The majestic presence of Table Mountain was to a large extent ignored. Internally the house was a mishmash of the original structure and new add-ons. The client’s brief was simple; rework the upper level to facilitate a more congenial lifestyle, and revisit the current roof design in order to exploit the magnificent views of Table Mountain.

Herlig Residence After


WSTLND in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by NL Architects

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: NL Architects

The Westlandgracht is a relatively unknown, but beautiful canal in the West of Amsterdam. It is located close to the World Fashion Center but still within the ring road A10. This canal has a surprising characteristic: at one point it expands into a giant pond, or a small lake. Our client discovered that the zoning law allows for a small restaurant to be build here. A strategic location: wonderful scenery combined with infrastructure. It is positioned at one of the radial roads from the center into the western expansions.

Night View

  • Architect: NL Architects – Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Name of Project: WSTLND
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Duration: 2003 – 2005
  • Program: Restaurant
  • Client: Motke Chanouka, Prowinko Amsterdam


Secret guest house in Mexico City, Mexico by Pascal Arquitectos

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Article source: Pascal Arquitectos

Descriptive memory

House built in two levels, ground surface and rudeness of 1,249.90 m2362.44 m2., 887.46 m2 free area  occupied by the garage, a courtyard with reflecting pool and the garden (724.71 m2.) Ground Floor, 362.44 m2 covered entrance hall, inner hall, double height library, 2 guest bathrooms, double height Interior Patio, Living room with fireplace, dining room, breakfast area and kitchen with Pantry and utility room. Includes room covered terraces, breakfast area and kitchen and a barbecue pit.

Front View in Night

  • Architect: Pascal Arquitectos
  • Name of Project: Secret guest house
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architecture, Interiors, Landscape, Lighting, MobilAire & Construction: Pascal Arquitectos – Carlos and Gerard Pascal, Chimalistac, Mexico DF.
  • Land area: 1,249.90 m2
  • Floor area: 624.42
  • Date: 2009 – 2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD


SNCI Tower NYC in Manhattan, New York by Solus4 Architecture

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Article source: Solus4 Architecture

This iconic 950 foot tall residential tower is proposed for a micro- urban site in New York City. Designed by solus4, an architecture and planning  firm, the tower is a vertical neighborhood creating an efficient and valuable use for a small and otherwise underutilized water’s edge site. Uniquely, the tower is designed by solus4 using their SNCI principals (Sustainable Neighborhood Collaborative Initiative). Applying these principles to a vertical neighborhood requires the full engagement of the design team, the building team, the financing team and the owners.

Jersey Side

  • Architects: Solus4 Architecture
  • Project: SNCI Tower NYC
  • Location: Manhattan, New York
  • Software used: Rhino, 3dsMax 2011 and Photoshop


Kyoai Gakuen University in Gunma, Japan by BAKOKO

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Article source: BAKOKO

Kyoai Gakuen University sought proposals for a new building on part of the campus’ recreation grounds. Our design response was to not to build over this existing amenity space, but to lift it to a higher level, supported by the building underneath. The site is also located adjacent to the school’s sports field which currently lacks spectator seating. By sloping the roof in this direction, the proposal could provide additional value by providing seating for sports events.

Kyoai Gakuen University

  • Architects: BAKOKO
  • Project: Kyoai Gakuen University, New Academic Building
  • Location: Gunma Prefecture, Japan
  • Competition: Entry
  • Expected completion: NA


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