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Port in Yoshizuka, Japan by Design nico Architects

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: Design nico Architects

The site is located in the corner of ordinary residential area with the aspect of semi-industry. And there are factories, warehouse and high-rise condominiums which has increased in recent years. The place is in the distance of one station from the center of Fukuoka City, and it is located between street where the amount of through traffic is large in daytime.

Image Courtesy Koji Fujii

  • Architects: Kazuya Matsuda (Design nico Architects)
  • Project: Port
  • Location: Yoshizuka,hakata-ku,fukuoka,JAPAN
  • Status: Completed,Jun 2011
  • Structure: Steel frame
  • Site area: 323.13m2
  • Building area: 164.91m2
  • Total floor area: 256.47m2
  • Structured Environment: Tetsuya Shimizu (Shimizu Architects)
  • General contractor: Shiji Corporation
  • Photographer: Koji Fujii ( Nacasa&Partners Inc )


New Taipei City Museum of Art in Taiwan by Design Initiatives

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: Design Initiatives

Our attempt in the New Taipei City Museum of Art competition is to find the essence of art and to materialize our notion of art; to redefine the meaning of art museum and to alter the way art museum functions; to organize a relationship between ourselves and the world around us. In addition to animate forms we have manipulated the movement in order to induce the production of new urban opportunities. Our proposal is a synthesis of the different programmatic functions: art museum, park, footbridge, services in a flexible, versatile space.

Perspective view

  • Architects: Design Initiatives
  • Project: New Taipei City Museum of Art
  • Location: New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Type: Culture
  • Date: August, 2011
  • Status: Competition
  • Client: New Taipei City Government
  • Area: 51,000 sq. m.
  • Credits: Vlado Valkof – architect; Malgorzata Blasik, Anne Valkof, – designers; Rumen Yotov – rendering; Nick Tonchev – civil engineering


The Diamondhouse by XTEN Architecture designed using AutoCAD and Rhino

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: XTEN Architecture

The Diamondhouse is a music studio extension to a house located deep in a canyon, set against a severely sloping hillside, with minimal access and little space upon which to build. Direct sunlight reaches the site for only a few hours a day. The geotechnical conditions on site were challenging, requiring 30-foot caissons to underpin new walls and foundations. A complex web of regulations governed the height, width, depth and specific configuration of the retaining walls needed to build the project.

The Diamondhouse

  • Architects: XTEN Architecture
  • Project: Studio Extension to Residence
  • Project Date: 2006 – 2010
  • Project Size: 1,500 Square Feet
  • Program: Studio Extension to Residence
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino


Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium Competition entry in Québec, Canada by Paul Laurendeau Architect

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: Paul Laurendeau Architect

Project description

— Bold silver letters with a soccer ball printed on the main facade announce the building’s function

— A black canopy signals the building’s entrance along Papineau Avenue for cars, cyclists and pedestrians

— A 10 meter wide boardwalk along the front facade creates a link between sidewalk and main entrance

— A symmetrical plan organizes all functions and helps the building assert its public role

— A double height square entrance hall distributes the public along interior circulations axes and creates a link with the bleachers above

— The fully glazed back facade offers an unobstructed view on the landscape of the former quarry

— The wood structure brings warmth to this otherwise non combustible construction

— Peripheral glazing at ground level create a link with adjoining landscape

— The stadium simple form makes it stand out from its context

— The building plays on the contrast between black exterior and wood interior


Images Courtesy Luxigon

  • Architect: Paul Laurendeau Architect
  • Name of Project: Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium Competition entry
  • Location: Papineau Avenue, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Gross floor area: 12 700 m² / 136 700 sq. ft.
  • Budget: 24,2 M$ CA
  • Image credit: Luxigon
  • Photo credit: Marc Gibert
  • Software: Revit, 3DSMAX, Photoshop


Kindergarten in Tallinas street 6, Riga, Latvia by ARHIS

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: ARHIS

Competition proposal for kindergarten in Tallinas street 6, Riga, Latvia by ARHIS

The aim of the competition proposal is to create a new type of kindergarten, where children can easily learn to incorporate with each other and with urban environment, and society.

The project solution is a public building with three-dimensional park integrated in the urban structure – to become a part of the city public space and greenery system, which is a part of the Riga development plan.


Site overview

  • Architect: ARHIS
  • Name of Project: kindergarten in Tallinas street
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Authors: Architects – Andris Kronbergs, Arnita Armane, Raimonds Saulitis, Andis Alksnins, Kristaps Sulcs, Evija Runce, Andris Dzenis, Linda Zala, Girts Kula, Jurgis Vizulis, Helvijs Savickis
  • Software used: Autodesk 3D max, AutoCAD and SketchUp


Gimnasio Campestre School in Bogotá, Colombia by MGP arquitectura y Urbanismo designed using AutoCAD, 3DS Max, and SketchUp

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Article source: MGP arquitectura y Urbanismo

In 2007, the Board of Directors and the School’s dean decided to begin an ambitious transformation of their facilities, which had a history of 65 years. To accomplish the plan they hired MGP Arquitectura y Urbanism as the designers and Exacta as the construction managers. Both partners studied in the institution 30 years earlier.

Image Courtesy Andrés Valbuena

  • Architects: MGP arquitectura y Urbanismo
  • Project: Gimnasio Campestre School
  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Designers: Felipe González-Pacheco, Alvaro Bohorquez, Alberto Aranda
  • Team: Juliana Sorzano, Paola Moreno, José Cohecha, Camilo Correa
  • Construction: Exacta proyecto total, Luis Guillermo Vallejo
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Project Area: 6,200 sqm
  • Photographs: Andrés Valbuena
  • Software used: AutoCAD, sketchUp and 3dS max


Commercial and entertainment center “Riga Plaza” in Riga, Latvia by Architectural Practice ARHIS

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Article source: Architectural Practice ARHIS

The main functions of the building are commercial center, entertainment complex with the following main functional groups of the building:

ñ  Different size and assortment commercial areas
ñ  Supermarket
ñ  Entertainment complex
ñ  Multiplex cinema
ñ  Catering complex
ñ  Multi-storey parking lot

South facade entrance at night (Image Courtesy Indrikis Sturmanis)

  • Architects: Architectural Practice ARHIS
  • Project: Commercial and entertainment center “Riga Plaza”
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Designer: Ltd. Architectural Practice ARHIS (
  • Photographer: Indrikis Sturmanis
  • Completion date:Design: 2002 – 2006, construction: 2007 – 2009
  • Site area:Total area of the land plots m2: 80 310
  • Construction area: Total construction area m2: 89 968


Campus da Justiça in Lisbon, Portugal by NLA

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Article source: NLA – Pedro Leónidas

The office park design had its genesis in the urban structure and the following fundamental concepts of the urban plan and the detailed plan pp1: multi-functionality; morphology of the surroundings; Views system; circulation roads; panoramic pedestrian platform, landscape structures.


Images Courtesy José manuel

  • Architect: NLA –  Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos in association with Saraiva & Associados
  • Name of Project: Campus da Justiça
  • Location: Parque das nações, Parcela, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Date: 2005-2008
  • Photography: José manuel
  • Client: norfIn – sociedade gestora de fundos, Imobiliários, sa


FRIIS Aalborg City Centre in Denmark by C. F. Møller Architects

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Article source: C. F. Møller Architects

The city of Aalborg has received a new focal point with the Friis shopping centre, designed by C. F. Møller Architects. The shopping centre, which combines new property and a renovation of the former Magasin department store, covers a total area of 60,000 sq m. Of this, 21,000 sq m is occupied by the shopping centre itself, 4,000 sq m by the Cabinn hotel, 5,000 sq m by offices and 35,000 sq m by an underground car park with room for 850 cars.

Image Courtesy Steen & Strøm

  • Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Project: FRIIS Aalborg City Centre
  • Location: Aalborg, Denmark
  • Client: A. Enggaard A/S
  • Landscape :  C. F. Møller Architects
  • Engineer: COWI
  • Size: 67.000 m2
  • Year: 2006-2010


Detroit Public Schools Children’s Museum in Detroit, Michigan by inFORM Studio

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Article source: inFORM Studio

The Detroit Public Schools Children’s Museum breathes a fresh experimental air into the process of public education. Blessed with a diverse and significant collection of cultural and historical artifacts, the museum ventures into a pioneering effort to teach children within a new pedagogical framework that is simultaneously classroom, interactive exhibit, and gallery. The new home for the museum, a notable object of Detroit history itself, is a former 1913 Detroit Edison substation in the New Center Area of Detroit, Michigan.

Exterior Night

  • Architects: inFORM Studio
  • Project: Detroit Public Schools Children’s Museum
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • Client: Detroit Public Schools
  • Design Architect: inFORM studio
  • Total Project: 31,944 Sf
  • Construction Manager: Sterling Millwork
  • Architect Team: Kenneth Van Tine, Gina Van Tine, Michael Guthrie, Cory Lavigne, Philip Plowright, Jeremy Ervin, Andrew Eckert


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