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Transitlager in Basel, Switzerland by BIG Transforms

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: BIG Transforms

BIG wins an invited competition to renovate and extend an existing 1960’s concrete warehouse situated in a Basel industrial district which is being transformed into an alternative Arts District.

Located in Basel’s upcoming Dreispitz neighborhood, which is envisioned as an attractive and inviting urban quarter in Herzog de Meuron’s master plan from 2003, the existing 18.000 m2 ”Transitlager” built in the late 1960s is to be renovated and extended by up to 7.000 m2 for residential and commercial purposes. The development is undertaken by St. Gallen -based real estate development company Nüesch Development for the landlord, the Christoph Merian Foundation  and investor the UBS (CH) Property Fund – Swiss Mixed ‘Sima’. The winning entry which included engineers Bollinger Grohmann and HL Technik was chosen among proposals from Harry Gugger Studio and Lacaton Vassal among others.

Rendering (Image Courtesy BIG Transforms)

  • Architects: BIG Transforms
  • Project: Transitlager
  • Location:Basel, Switzerland
  • Type: Prequalified Competition
  • Size: 30,000m2
  • Client: Nuesch Development RG, UBS Fund Management, Christoph Merian Stiftung
  • Collaborators: Bollinger+Grohmann, HL- Technik
  • Status: 1st Prize [Completion 2015]
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Project Leader: Jakob Henke
  • Team: Gul Ertekin, Ioannis Gio, Ricardo Palma, Alexandra Gustaffson, Bara Srpkova, Marcelina Kolasinska, Ryohei Koike


The Capitol Rainbow – Sacramento in California by meridian 105 architecture

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: meridian 105 architecture

Meridian 105 Architecture submitted this proposal to the City of Sacramento as a concept for the redesign of Capitol Mall, the entry boulevard and view corridor to the California State Capitol building. The proposal reconsiders vehicular circulation, activates a grassed median running through the center of the street, and integrates a network of bike and pedestrian circulation connecting the mall to the cultural and historical components of the City.


  • Architect: meridian 105 architecture
  • Name of Project: The Capitol Rainbow – Sacramento
  • Location: Sacramento, California
  • Year: 2011
  • Client: The City of Sacramento
  • Software used: Revit, Photoshop, Artlantis


Bamboo Symphony in Bangalore, India by Manasaram Architects

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: Manasaram Architects

This Project is shortlisted in World Architecture Festival,2011
Development and environment are inextricably linked and must be nourished by a change in the means, the content and the uses of growth. Three criteria€™s to be necessarily retained are: social justice, ecological prudence and economic efficiency. As the repercussions and downsides of the western culture and architecture are being discovered and the world is turning towards regional technologies – two definite categories of Development are emerging -one based on the principle of recycling and the other on the use of natural materials capable of being used without requiring industrial processing. Mud and BAMBOO figure prominently in the second category of Development. Bamboo is a premiere building material in the new architectural movement with Sustainability and Integrative approach as its two important criteria. HIGH SCIENCE AND SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY!

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

  • Architects: Manasaram Architects
  • Project: Bamboo Symphony
  • Location: Plot #7,Aditigreenscapes,Bangalore,India.
  • Client : Manasaram Architects,Bangalore,India.
  • Built -up area : 210.00 SQ
  • Completed Year : Dec. 2010
  • Photographer: Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Corel, Photoshop


Pio Baroja Nursery in Valencia, Spain by Rstudio/ Jose Martí

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: Rstudio/ Jose Martí


The project consists of a one story building at street level.

The site is influenced by two conditions that have been key aspects in the development of the project. In the first place the closeness to a highspeed traffic way, in Pio Baroja Avenue, and in the second place the remarkable height of the surrounding buildings. This took us to create a building focused on its inner court.


Night View

  • Architect: Rstudio/ Jose Martí
  • Name of Project: Pio Baroja Nursery
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Year: 2010
  • Collaborations: DOLORS APARICI (architect), ADYPAU (engineering project), ASURINSA (architecture management), RODRIGÁLVAREZ (engineering management)


Meeting the Sea Through Memory in Heraklion, Greece by Oiio Architecture studio

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: Oiio Architecture studio

Arsenali of Heraklio
2nd Place in National architectural competition for the ‘Regeneration and Reuse of the Western Historical Docks and their surroundings’, Municipality of the City of Heraklion, 2011.

Facing all the demands that emerge from the restoration of the Western Arsenali the compositional process tackles to organize the articulation of a visually legible cultural hub at the point where the old city meets the sea.

Meeting the sea through memory

  • Architects: Oiio Architecture studio
  • Project: Meeting the Sea Through Memory
  • Location: Heraklion, Greece
  • Competition Team: Ioannis Oikonomou, Grigorios Vegliris, Stiv Dimitriou.



Oshikamo house in Toyota Aichi, Japan by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates


The lot is located in a residential area and is surrounded by neighboring housings,  with a mother’s  house on its west. Requests for the house include: encourages the family to spend time together (rather than isolating anyone) / spatial / bright with plenty of natural light.


Night View (Images Courtesy Toshiyuki Yano)

  • Architect: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Name of Project: Oshikamo house
  • Location: Toyota Aichi, Japan
  • Site Area: 191.71m2
  • Built Area: 84.18m2
  • Total Floor Area: 101.94m2
  • Photographer: Toshiyuki Yano


World Architecture Festival Winners 2011

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Barcelona, November 7, 2011 – Media-TIC, Barcelona, Spain, designed by Cloud 9 based in Spain , has beaten off competition from hundreds of buildings around the globe to win the ‘World Building of the Year 2011’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards in Barcelona.

The presentation of the WAF Awards took place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which took place at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.

This is the 4th year the World Architecture Festival Awards have been presented. Previous winners include ‘World Building of the Year 2008’ – Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, designed by Irish practice Grafton Architects; ‘World Building of the Year 2009’ – Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa, designed by Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg, and ‘World Building of the Year 2010’ – MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Hanimaadaoo International Airport, Maldives, designed by Integrated Design Associates Limited was awarded the ‘Future Project of the Year 2011’ award and the iconic 76-story Beekman Tower at 8 Spruce Street, New York, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, won the ‘Structural Project of the Year 2011’ with the prize going to engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk.

The WAF Awards see unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects in what is the world’s biggest architecture contest. Unlike other architectural competitions, architects present their work in front of leading industry judges and a live public audience as they compete for the accolade of ‘World Building of the Year’.

The list of WAF Award winners are below:
World Building of the Year Award 2011
Media-TIC, Barcelona, Spain, Cloud 9, Spain

The project was commissioned by The Consortium of the Zona Franca CZFB and @22Barcelona, an experimental district in the city. The architects were extremely interested in the digital city model based on information, communication and technology, with the idea of a city where what matters is knowledge, added value and patents.

Media-TIC - World Building of the Year


Zhang Da Qian Museum in Neijang, China by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Article source: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

The painter Zhang Da Qian was born in Neijiang. He is known as the most legendary master of Chinese painting during the 20th century.

The city is promoting it’s self by emphasizing Zhang Da Qian’s art, the idea is: “Da Qian home town, Culture in Neijiang.” The project, Zhang Da Qian museum is the first step. Purpose of the project is to exhibit Zhang Da Qian’s life, achievements in art, and contribution to Chinese and world art history.

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Miralles Tagliabue - Miralles Tagliabue EMBT)

  • Architect: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
  • Name of Project: Zhang Da Qian Museum
  • Location: Neijiang, China
  • Category: Future Projects – Cultural
  • WAF Entry: 2011
  • Award: World Architecture Festival 2011 – Category Winner
  • Photography: Miralles Tagliabue – Miralles Tagliabue EMBT


Enignum Furniture by Joseph Walsh Studio

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Article source: Joseph Walsh Studio

We are pleased to announce the upcoming solo exhibition of the Irish designer Joseph Walsh, presenting new works in the Formations & Layering concept. This will be the first occasion for the public to see together a large body of recent work in the Enignum, Erosion and Equinox series, created in the past year.

Enignum Table I - Photo by Andrew Bradley

  • Architects: Joseph Walsh Studio
  • Project: Enignum Furniture
  • Location: County Cork, Ireland
  • Photographs: Andrew Bradley


Casa del Lobo in Federal District, Mexico by Darkitectura

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Article source: Darkitectura

Located near the Lago de Guadalupe in Cuautitlan-Izcalli, where the urban aspect of greaterMexico City begins to fade, this house has an introspective character, with just one balcony overlooking the lake from the master bedroom. The rest is an interplay of cubes contained within the principal box formed by the surrounding walls.

Image Courtesy Jorge Taboada

  • Architects: Darkitectura / Julio Juarez
  • Project: Casa del Lobo
  • Location:Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Team: Brenda Vizcaíno, Ernesto Viterbo
  • Project Area: 380sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Jorge Taboada


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