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Le Monolithe in Lyon, France by MVRDV

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Article source: MVRDV

This project concerns the construction of a 30,000 m2 block in the Confluence redevelopment area – in the south of Lyons, where its two rivers meet – to group housing, offices and shops. Both the developer and the municipality wanted a blend of architectural designs and programmes, composed by five different architects, each team handling one part of the whole. Given the desired high density, the first objective was to imagine a site plan that would federate the urban and architectural issues in a coherent set endowed with strong visual identity.

Le Monolithe

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Le Monolithe
  • Location: “Le monolythe”, Lyon Confluence district in Lyon – France
  • Client : ING Real Estate and Atemi
  • Associated architecte: MVRDV, Combarrel-Marrec, Pierre Gautier, EEA
  • Dates : competition: 2004, completion : 2011
  • Area : 26.000 m²
  • Construction Cost : 30 M€
  • Consultants: Khephren Ingenierie, Van Santen, Alto Ingenierie, Casso, Peutz, LTA
  • Project Manager: Thomas Daragon
  • Software used: Number of architectural and graphic design software programs, but for the most part worked with AutoCad to design the project.


Cidade Nova Metro Station and Footbridge in Avenida Presidente Vargas, Brazil by JBMC Architecture (designed using AutoCAD and SketchUp)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: JBMC Architecture

Cidade Nova Metro Station and Footbridge are located on Presidente Vargas Avenue, Gamboa, downtown Rio de Janeiro. Already under construction in a stretch of elevated tracks, Cidade Nova will enable the integration between the two existing lines, playing a key role in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Image Courtesy Nelson Kon

  • Architects: João Batista Martinez Corrêa Architect
  • Project: Cidade Nova Metro Station and Footbridge
  • Location:Avenida Presidente Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil.
  • Client/ Developer: Metro Rio
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Size: 4297 sqm (Station), 1824 sqm (Footbridge)
  • Awards: 1st Prize Magazine Arquitetura e Contrução – Category Urban Intervention – 2011 Shortlisted at World Architectural News Awards 2009 – Category “Urban Design”.
  • Software used: AutoCAD and SketchUp


The Whale in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Frits van Dongen, de Architekten Cie.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: Frits van Dongen, de Architekten Cie.

Borneo-Sporenburg, a former harbour area along the shores of the IJ near Amsterdam’s inner city is intended to resemble in its density the Jordaan, a lively Amsterdam inner city quarter. The developers, however, requested a suburban programme from the municipality. This was granted on the condition that the required density of 100 dwellings per hectare would be achieved. To achieve this urban concentration in a suburban programme, Adriaan Geuze of West 8 introduced a fresh typology: inspired by the surrounding water, he created a sea of low-rise buildings, given rhythm by the variation of blocks and open spaces.

Images Courtesy Jeroen Musch

  • Architect: Frits van Dongen, de Architekten Cie
  • Name of Project: The Whale
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Client: Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij New Deal bv, Amsterdam
  • Program: 150 sociale huurwoningen/social housing, 64 vrije sector huurwoningen/private housing to rent, 1.100 m2 bedrijfsruimte/bsiness accomodation, 179 parkeerplaatsen/parking spaces
  • Photographer: Jeroen Musch, Mick Palarczyk, Rogier Maaskant and Rene de Wit Lucht


TIPS Fashion Store in Shanghai, China by ///byn

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: ///byn

TIPS Fashion Store is located on the ground floor of an old French Mansion in the heart of the former French Concession of Shanghai.

The preexistence of the historic residential environment drove the design. The house is protected as well as all the existing details inside. The Store is located in the former dining and living room of the house, which kept the original woodworks, moldings, fire places, wood beams… Our design had to be a contemporary contrast within that classical ambience, respecting the existing but drastically changing the appearance of the site.


Front View (Images Courtesy JIANG Yong for ///byn)

  • Architect: ///byn
  • Name of Project: TIPS Fashion Store
  • Location: Nanchang Road / Ruijin Road, Shanghai, China
  • Rendering: ///byn
  • Photography: JIANG Yong for ///byn


Private Cemetery in METN, Lebanon by MKAA

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: MKAA

Client: Catholic Family who sincerely believes in God and in his Church wanted to have their own special necropolis in their home town village, Mount Lebanon.

Project Description: 4.80m x3.60m is the measurement of the cemetery site. 17.28m² will embody the remains of a family who owns a million of square meter.

Private Cemetery


The Two Towers in Shenzhen, China by ADEPT AND URBANUS

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: ADEPT AND URBANUS


On November 7th, 2011, the winner of a large international architectural competition, ‘The Two Towers’, was announced in Shenzhen, China. The team selected to design this new Shenzhen landmark – comprising 100.000 square meters in total – is a constellation of ADEPT (DK) and Urbanus (CHN) with VSA (HK), Max Fordham LLP (GB) and Beijing CCI Architectural Design Co, LTD (CHN). The jury meeting was hosted at the Shenzhen Municipal Planning Building with Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne as chairman of the jury.


Night View (Images Courtesy ADEPT and Urbanus)

  • Architect: ADEPT and URBANUS
  • Name of Project: The Two Towers
  • Location: Shenzhen, China


Russian Masterplan in Samara by BDP Architects (designed using Microstation and SketchUp)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: BDP Architects

BDP has completed a masterplan study in Samara, the sixth largest city in Russia, won against strong international competition earlier this year. BDP was masterplanner, architect, landscape architect and sustainability consultant supported by WSP highways and Davis Langdon cost consultant for client Samara-Center, reuniting the same core masterplan team as the Stirling Prize shortlisted Liverpool One Masterplan.


Samara Center

  • Architects: BDP Architects
  • Project: Russian Masterplan
  • Location: Samara, Russia
  • Software used: Microstation for the 2d drawings and Sketchup for the 3d model


Casa de la Flora Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand by VaSLab Architecture

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: VaSLab Architecture

The latest member of Design Hotel in Thailand, Casa de La Flora, the 36 cube-shaped villas located in Khao Lak, brings a modern edge to this palm tree beach of Phangnga province. Designed by VaSLab Architecture, commissioned in 2008 by one of leading Thai businessmen Sompong Dowpiset, this beachfront resort was aimed to serve as a new high profile but yet humble destination hotel in this beautiful town of the southern Thailand.

Beachfront suite villa, three interlocking boxes contain two bedrooms and a living room

  • Architects: VaSLab Architecture
  • Project: Casa de la Flora Resort
  • Location: Khao Lak, Phangnga, Thailand
  • Project owner: Mr. Sompong Dowpiset
  • Photographer: Jason Michael Lang
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, and 3dS Max


Sarpi Border Checkpoint in Georgia by J. MAYER H. Architects (designed using ArchiCAD)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects

The customs checkpoint is situated at the Georgian border to Turkey, at the shore of the Black Sea. With its cantilevering terraces, the tower is used as a viewing platform, with multiple levels overlooking the water and the steep part of the coastline. In addition to the regular customs facilities, the structure also houses a cafeteria, staff rooms and a conference room. The building welcomes visitors to Georgia, representing the progressive upsurge of the country.

Images Courtesy Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn

  • Architect: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Name of Project: SBC – Sarpi Border Checkpoint
  • Location: Sarpi, Georgia
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Christoph Emenlauer
  • Client: Ministry of Finance of Georgia
  • Photographers: Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Beka Pkhakadze and Ucha Tsotseria
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


VCU Adcenter in Richmond, Virginia by Clive Wilkinson Architects

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Article source: Clive Wilkinson Architects

VCU Adcenter in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the foremost media, advertising and communications schools in North America. In an effort to expand and broaden the educational prospectus, a new building was planned. A vacant historic three-storey brick carriage house from 1890 provided the main school teaching space, and this is supplemented with a new 12,000 SF three-storey ‘service structure’ located along side, which provides modern facilities and additional space on several levels, including seismic bracing of the old building.


Front View (Images Courtesy VCU Creative Services)

  • Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
  • Project Name: VCU Adcenter
  • Location: 103 S. Jefferson Street, Richmond, Virginia
  • Client: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Photographer: VCU Creative Services
  • Software used: AutoCAD


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