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Interpolis, ’t Laar in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by NL architects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: NL architects

Information Technology allows us to re-think the way we work. Working becomes potentially independent from time and place. The insurance company Interpolis has together with Veldhoen Company developed a revolutionary and radical office concept, called ‘Helder Werken’. The central idea is that employees no longer need a fixed workspace. Potentially any place becomes a place to work. They are allowed to choose from numerous high quality rooms and spaces that are optimized for the nature of their business at each point in time. You can take your laptop and cell phone and find a place under a tree, if you want, or go home, or work in the car, or use the ‘clubhouses’ that are especially designed for you. Flex.


  • Architect: NL architects
  • Project: Interpolis, ’t Laar
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Client: N.V. Interpolis Tivoli – Hans Koense
  • Architect of the ‘High Rises’: Architectenbureau Storimans
  • Supervisor interior design: Kho Liang Ie,  Nel Verschuuren


Mercedes Benz Hotel Tower in Yerevan, Armenia by OFIS architects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: OFIS architects

All Seasons Tent Tower – Mercedes Benz Hotel Tower

The competition was held to create an international business centre containing a museum and hotel in Yerevan. The prominent location and dominating position of the competition area represents a chance for a unique arrangement with its own identity and could become a symbol or landmark of contemporary architecture in the city of Yerevan. The mixture of programs and relations inside the space calls for complex organisation – both inside and outside.

Mercedes Benz Hotel Tower

  • Architect: OFIS architects
  • Name of Project: Mercedes Benz Hotel Tower
  • Location: Yerevan, Armenia
  • Project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, Katja Aljaz, Andrej Gregoric
  • Competition entry: 2010
  • Navigation: Yerevan, Armenia


Tower Plaza in Nova de Gaia, Portugal by Regino Cruz Architects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: Regino Cruz Architects

Tower Plaza is one of a set of two office towers with 17 floors above ground situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, facing O’Porto. The towers embrace symmetrically the main roundabout of Gaia Nova on V8 Avenue. The project conception profit from local morphology and stressed the visual relationship that is easily established with O’Porto city and its river. The higher floors offer breathtaking sights of the city stretching from downtown to the ocean.

Tower Plaza

  • Architects: Regino Cruz Architects
  • Project: Tower Plaza
  • Location: Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Structures: PECS – Projecto de Engenharia, Lda
  • Specials Technical Facilities: Energia Técnica Lda
  • Area: 2965m2
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Microsoft Office


Osdorp Multi-Functional School in The Netherlands by Mecanoo architecten

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: Mecanoo architecten

Urban renewal plan

A large-scale urban renewal project is in progress in the Reimerswaalbuurt in Osdorp, a neighborhood situated at the periphery of Amsterdam. The ambitious plan was made under the supervision of the Architecten Cie. Nine building complexes will be realized with broad streets and auto-free squares. Mecanoo designed the first complex which includes a school, sports hall, pre-school playrooms, a children’s day-care center, a community center, 51 apartments and 21 single family homes. The neighborhood will be enriched with good social housing situated in a network of pleasant and safe streets, squares and public green space with gathering places to socialize in. The result of the fruitful cooperation between the developer Ymere, the school board, design studio Makkink & Bey and artist Elspeth Pikaar is a richly detailed social housing and multi-functional education complex. Mecanoo’s design example will set the stage for the other eight residential complexes.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Mecanoo architecten
  • Name of Project: Osdorp Multi-Functional School
  • Location: Osdorp, The Netherlands
  • Design: 2005-2007
  • Realisation: 2007-2011
  • Developer: Ymere Ontwikkeling, Amsterdam; Amsterdamse Stichting voor Katholiek Onderwijs (ASKO), Amsterdam


Conde de Nova Goa in Lisbon, Portugal by Regino Cruz Architects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: Regino Cruz Architects

High levels of comfort for the inhabitants of a residential complex is one of the goals that REGINO CRUZ tries to achieve in the housing development “Conde de Nova Goa”, in Lisbon, where a total of 10.000m2 of high quality apartments are integrated in the architectural traits of the zinc cover that embraces the building, enhancing the terraces of the upper floors that cascade from above.

Aerial View

  • Architect: Regino Cruz Architects
  • Name of Project: Conde de Nova Goa
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Software used: AutoCAD


House in Ichijoji in Kyoto, Japan by Tadahiro Shimada

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Article source: Tadahiro Shimada

The house for a couple and a young child was built in the place in  the housing lot and the field in the Kyoto city that existed together. This house exists with “Sense of distance” as the theme. The first floor is LDK space including books and Japanese style space. The second floor is a compact plan there are a child room, a bedroom,  study, a closet, and a terrace around void, and with the wandering.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Kei Sugino)

  • Architect: Tadahiro Shimada
  • Project name: House in Ichijoji
  • Project location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Construction: November 2010 – February 2011
  • Photography: Kei Sugino


House on the Flight of Birds in Ribeira Grande, Portugal by Bernardo Rodrigues

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Article source: Bernardo Rodrigues

House on the flight of birds.

The house is located in the north side of S. Michael Island in the Azores. The microclimate of this farmland offers frequent wind and showers so the first design strategy was to block with a wall those winds, offer diverse patios and covered courtyards on the groundfloor protected from rain and open all living space to the natural green around by glass walls receded from the experior. On the upper-floor there’s the private rooms more enclosed and protected.

Night View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

  • Architect: Bernardo Rodrigues
  • Name of Project: House on the Flight of Birds
  • Location: Ribeira Grande, Portugal
  • Preliminary Study: James Grainger, Pedro Mosca, Natacha Viveiros: Execution: Nelson Ferreira, Ye Xuanyong, Vasco Melo, Laura von Dellemann, Alexandra Balona; Work: Adriana Massague, Rita Breda, Ana Soares, Jessica Silva, Sofia Cordeiro, Raquel Fernandes Elena Archipovait Marcello Zahr
  • Secretariat: Ana Carneiro, Patricia Franco, Andrea Trevisan
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan


Beijing National Hotel in China by Emergent Architecture

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Article source: Emergent Architecture

At 1,500 rooms, this hotel will be the largest hotel in Beijing. It is located near the Beijing International Airport in the 5th Ring, and will be used to host international conferences. The building is 303 meters long and is intended to become a major landmark, visible to landing aircraft.

Night View

  • Architect: Emergent Architecture
  • Name of Project: Beijing National Hotel
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Type: 1,500 Room Luxury Hotel and Conference Center
  • Size: 213,000 m2
  • Status: In Planning


House in Kitasaya, Japan by Terminal 01 Architect

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Article source: Terminal 01

Japanese studio, terminal01 has designed ‘house in kitasaya’, a  two storey family home located in Ehime prefecture, Japan. featuring a large central courtyard, the design facilitates natural daylight and visual connectivity throughout the interior space.

House in Kitasaya

  • Architects: Terminal 01 Architect
  • Project: House in Kitasaya
  • Location: Ehime, Japan
  • Project Architect: Kei haraguchi + Keigo miki + Miho Tsujioka
  • Principal use: residencial houseing
  • Software used: Vectorworks


Winona State University Integrated Wellness Center in Minnesota by Holabird & Root

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Article source: Holabird & Root

The Integrated Wellness Center combines what the client identifies as the six dimensions of wellness – intellectual, social, emotional, physical, occupational and spiritual. To advance these six principles, the university committed to combining recreational student activities (gym and fitness areas) with the health and wellness services (health clinic, campus pharmacy) under one roof, promoting a multidisciplinary approach to wellness.

South East Rotunda (Images Courtesy Mark Ballogg Photography)

  • Architect: Holabird & Root
  • Project: Winona State University Integrated Wellness Center
  • Location: Winona, Minnesota
  • Completion date: 2010
  • Gross Square Feet: 78,000 SF
  • Photographer: Mark Ballogg Photography
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Sketch-up


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