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Observation Tower for ‘De Onlanden’ by UNStudio

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
UNStudio’s design for an Observation Tower for ‘De Onlanden’ presented to Natuurmonumenten
On September 22nd the design for an observation tower for the nature reserve ‘De Onlanden’, situated to the South-West of the City of Groningen, was presented to Natuurmonumenten (the Dutch Society for the Preservation of Natural Heritage) during the mini-symposium ‘Experience Nature with innovative concrete’ in Peize. The observation tower is the result of a study into the optimal application of Ultra High Performance Concrete by a case study team comprising of UNStudio, ABT, BAM Utiliteitsbouw en Haitsma Beton. Natuurmonumenten received the design as a gift from the case study team.
  • Architect: UNStudio
  • Location: Groningen

P-K House in Punitz, Austria by Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH

The P-K House is oriented north-south and located in a setting in southern Burgenland that has an agricultural character which it was wished to preserve.

The approach driveway from the road comes from the north-west and is incised into the terrain. It starts with an embankment on both sides and is then flanked by a retaining wall that, as a building element, rises continuously out of the ground and reaches storey height towards the entrance.

Night View (Images Courtesy Lisa Rastl / Copyright by Pichler & Traupmann Architekten)

  • Architect: Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH
  • Project Name: P-K House
  • Location: Punitz, Austria
  • Year: 2008
  • Client: private
  • Function: Dwelling house
  • Potography: Lisa Rastl / Copyright by Pichler & Traupmann Architekten


New Taipei City Museum of Art in Taiwan by DCPP Arquitectos

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: DCPP Arquitectos

Our proposal for the New Taipei City Museum of Art is an open and welcoming design that erases the barrier of exclusivity normally surrounding the world of art, patrons, and experts.  As such, the architecture of the New Taipei City Museum of Art is one that embodies this idea of erasure through eliminating the traditional borders between exhibition space and circulation, as well as exterior and interior. Every part of the museum is represented by a space without limits that can hold any type of expression.

Render View

  • Architects: DCPP Arquitectos
  • Project: New Taipei City Museum of Art
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Date: 2011
  • Built Surface: 59,740 m2
  • Software used: 3D max, Rhino, V-Ray, Photoshop and AutoCad


The Van-Leer Institute in Jerusalem, Israel by Chyutin Architects

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Chyutin Architects

The Van-Leer Institute

The Polonsky Academy of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Polonsky Academy building is situated on the cliff facing south towards the Jerusalem Theater. Its northern side faces the Main Garden Court which will function as the heart of the campus in the new master plan. This court has two levels, with a one storey differential between them which makes it possible to create two entrances to the structure on different levels: main entrance near the Van Leer Institute and secondary entrance near the Council for Higher Education.

Front View

  • Architect: Chyutin Architects
  • Name of Project: The Van-Leer Institute
  • Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Designer: Bracha Chyutin, Michael Chyutin, Jacques Dahan, Ethel Rosenhek, Joseph Perez
  • Total Storeys: 4
  • Floor Area: 7300 sq. m.
  • Design / Completion Date: 2013


Melfi Headquarters in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy by Medir Architects

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Medir Architects

The industrial area of Pettoranello, close to Isernia, is located in an ex-wetland surrounded by mountains, tangent to the state route connecting Campobasso to Isernia to the railway. The medieval town of Pesche dominates the valley. On the site is a square shed and the office building. For this latter the client requested a central double-height void with light from above and rooms accessed by distribution galleries over the void. Though these requests suggested the hypothesis of a new introverted and centripetal spatial configuration, the qualities of the landscape called for a more open solution.

Image Courtesy Alberto Muciaccia

  • Architects: Medir Architects – Roberto Ianigro and Valentina Ricciuti
  • Project: Melfi Headquarters
  • Location: Pettoranello di Molise, Italy
  • Structural engineer: Sergio Iadanza – Iadanza Engineering Isernia
  • Mechanical engineer: Leo D’Antona
  • Client: Melfi Srl
  • Construction: 2002-2007
  • Photos: Alberto Muciaccia


Birchview House in Ontario, Canada by Prototype Design Lab

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Prototype Design Lab

The design concept for this house is born from the interplay of different volumes that distinctly accentuate the facets of the clients’ lifestyle. All of the bedrooms and private spaces are contained within a volume clad with large slabs of creamcoloured stone, with minimal window openings. The house is organized around a central, twostorey grand foyer and space in which the clients can entertain guests. Wrapped in verticallyoriented Brazillian ipe, this space becomes a twostorey gallery and projects out into the expansive back-yard with an indoor-outdoor pool, above which a custom hand-blown bubble chandelier seems to extend the concept of water upward.


Exterior View

  • Architect:Prototype Design Lab
  • Name of Project: Birchview House
  • Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


Low-energy office building for the Municipality of Aarhus in Denmark by C. F. Møller Architects

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: C. F. Møller Architects

The office building, located in a development zone of the Port of Aarhus, is intended to provide a new landmark for the city of Aarhus – a striking image of energy architecture.

Image Courtesy Julian Weyer

  • Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Project: Low-energy office building for the Municipality of Aarhus
  • Location: Kalkværksvej, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Client: TheMunicipalityof Aarhus
  • Size: 1500 m²
  • Competition: 2008
  • Year: 2009-2010
  • Landscape: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Engineer: Alectia
  • Collaborators: Geo
  • Artist: Line Kramhøft


Biserică Ortodoxă Română in Alcala de Mennares, Spania by Manadelucru

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Manadelucru

In the context of the last seven years migration of romanian citizens on the EU labour market, mostly in the construction field, a great part of it was absorbed by Spain. The small emigrants communities gradually turned to big ones, while the foreign citizens permeated in the local communities, buying properties and starting credit lines, having babies born in the adoption countries. Thus, all that was not just about a simple migration process, while this nomad feeling was transformed gradually, but fast enough, in the status of the second country, the „adoption” one, in which they got the right for work, citizenship, etc. Besides their search for a better economic situation, the people brought with them the tradition and culture of their origin country. This is the way ortodox churches were established, and they usualy function in rented spaces, not always adequate to this function, or other times functioning in catholic churches. All this was performed under the natural need of a better settlement in the adoption country. In Alcala de Henares, the climax of the romanian community was reached at 40000 people who had legal papers. Their vote started being quite important in establishing the power balance between the left and right side party, at the local elections. The town hall leased a plot to the Orthodox Church, in order for the community to build a church there. The building permits and the project execution supervision were done by architect Jose Louis Gonzales from Alcala de Hennares.


  • Architects: Manadelucru
  • Project: Biserică Ortodoxă Română
  • Location: Alcala de Mennares, Spania


The University of Massachusetts Integrated Science Building in Amherst by Jennifer Shelby Designed using AutoCad and FormZ

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Jennifer Shelby

As the keystone in a new life sciences program at U Mass Amherst, the Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) sets the stage for the transformation of outdated and inhospitable teaching and research environments to a model focused on the integration of life, chemical, and physical sciences.

The building creates a new pulse at a key point on this campus of 26,000, located at a juncture between academic and residential precincts. The ISB presents a new approach to science learning to the entire university community.

Images Courtesy Warren Jagger

  • Architect: Jennifer Shelby – Rhino Publications for Payette
  • Name of Project: The University of Massachusetts Integrated Science Building
  • Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Total Square Footage: 173,000 GSF Phase I, 155,000 GSF Phase II
  • Construction Cost: $92 million Phase I
  • Completed: 2009
  • Program Components: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Research Labs, Teaching Labs
  • Photography: Warren Jagger
  • Software used: AutoCad 2d/3d and FormZ (3-d modeling)


La Fabrique de Lunettes in Paris, France by Marc Ifrah Architecture

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Marc Ifrah Architecture

Our challenge: turning an old bank into a modern optical store in an old but trendy neighborhood of Paris, Le Marais.

This project is the result of a great team work between the firm and our clients. We designed the interior of the optical store in the spirit of the fifties adapted to meet the contemporary expectations of the customers.


Front View (Images Courtesy David Cousin-Marsy)

  • Architect: Marc Ifrah Architecture
  • Name of Project: La Fabrique de Lunettes
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Project Team: Marc Ifrah, Stephen Saada, Neila Ben Menadi (intern)
  • Project year: 2011
  • Project Area: 120 sqm
  • Photographs: David Cousin-Marsy


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