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Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain in Duisburg, Germany by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth

Lately, the sleek curved shape of a rollercoaster highlights widely visible the highest peak of the park-­‐like designed Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in the South of Duisburg. The dynamic sweeps and curves of the construction inscribe themselves like a signature into the scenery and soar till the height of 21 meters. From a distance the metallic glossy track creates the impression of speed and exceeding acceleration. Viewed from close up, the supposed lane turns out to be a stairway which, elaborately winding, follows the course of the rollercoaster. The visitor can climb the art work by foot. Although the course describes a closed loop, it is impossible to accomplish it as the looping emerges to be a physical barrier. On top, at the highest point of the sculpture – 45 meters above ground – the visitor is rewarded with an extraordinary view over the landscape of the Western Ruhr.

Photograph by: Guido Erbring

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Hasselt Court Of Justice in Belgium by J. MAYER H. Architects (designed using ArchiCAD, Rhino, and Maya)

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects

The Court of Justice is one of two iconic projects within the new urban development around the main rail station. The logistics and siting of a courthouse with multiple security barriers of security results in a massing composed of three interconnected volumes. References include the old industrial steel structures that formerly occupied and defined the site, their organic Belgian Art Nouveau forms constituting part of the cultural heritage of Hasselt. There are also echoes of a tree, which, in addition to being is the Hasselt town emblem, as well as also harks back to the historicpre-medieval European tradition  of holding a special “place of speaking justice” underneath a large tree in the center of a dwelling.

Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project: Hasselt Court Of Justice
  • Location: Monseigneur Broekxplein, 3500 Hasselt
  • Client: Stationsomgeving NV Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium
  • Function: Courthouse including  Offices
  • Site area: 3640 qm
  • Building area: 3200 qm
  • Total floor area: 21600 qm
  • Stories: 13
  • Software used: ArchiCad, Rhino, Maya

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The Scotts Tower in Singapore by UNStudio

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: UNStudio

UNStudio’s design for The Scotts Tower in Singapore will be the first development to be unveiled today under the Far East Organisation’s new SOHO brand. Designed to conserve space whilst maximizing live/work/play areas, The Scotts Tower presents a new dimension of functional and flexible vertical space.

Evening View

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: The Scotts Tower
  • Location: 38 Scotts Road, Singapore
  • Client: Far East Organisation
  • Building surface: 18500 m2
  • Building volume: 115000m3
  • Units: 231 units (128:1bd; 80:2bd; 20:3bd; 3:4bd-penthouse)
  • Floors: 31 stories (153m high)
  • Building site: 6099.7 m2
  • Programme: SOHO residential tower
  • Status: design development phase

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Kindergarten Ajda 2 in Ravne Na Koroškem, Slovenia by Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Kindergarten Ajda is the extension a kindergarten in Ravne na Koroškem, a Slovene town well known for its long tradition of manufacturing steel. Ajda is located in a housing neighborhood built in the 1980s. It has replaced a former temporary kindergarten extension, which was set up from three containers and had one playroom, offering at the time immediate relief for lack of kindergarten space. Since containers proved a good solution, the local authorities commissioned the new, permanent kindergarten extension to be built out of containers as well13 containers ISO 20’ were therefore added to the three existing ones and all of them carefully incorporated into a unique whole, once again showing the ease with which containers help efficiently and quickly manage building size: as they are added or removed, container buildings can grow larger or smaller. Ajda’s containers are arranged into clusters and joined by a single roof, with spaces in between used for various purposes, such as dressing room, covered terraces and multi-purpose entrance. Since the frame structure of the kindergarten is from containers, the result is a spacious kindergarten constructed within a budget lower than that of an average Slovene kindergarten.

Image Courtesy Miran Kambic

  • Architects: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik
  • Project: Kindergarten Ajda 2
  • Location: Ravne Na Koroškem, Slovenia
  • Design Team: Jure Kotnik, Andrej Kotnik, Tjaša Mavrič, Tina Marn
  • Container System: Conhouse
  • Producer: Trimo D. D.
  • Client: Municipality Ravne Na Koroškem
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Miran Kambic

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Mumford Pool House in Sarasota, Florida by Jonathan Parks Architect

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: Jonathan Parks Architect

This project in Sarasota, Florida centered on creating an elegant backyard living space in which the Owners could live and entertain. Both design professionals, they requested a new pool house, pool and landscape layout that embraced modern design but had a sensitivity to the adjacent 1926 historic home that would share the site.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy The Greg Wilson Group)

  • Architects: Jonathan Parks Architect
  • Project: Mumford Pool House
  • Location: Sarasota, Florida
  • Owner: Mrs. Jennifer Mumford and Mr. Robert Brady
  • Interior Design: JONATHAN PARKS ARCHITECT and Owner
  • Production Designer: Mr. Aristarco Montiel
  • Concept Designer: Ms. Yukiko Okada
  • Landscape Architect: Site Concepts International
  • Builder: David Bailey, Inc.
  • Photography: The Greg Wilson Group
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Y House in Kfar Hess, Israel by Sharon Neuman Architects

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

House Y was planned for a family with 3 adolescent children, and privacy aspects played an important role in the design.

The lot is large, sloped, and has attractive open views. We placed the house in the middle of a huge garden, lower than the street level so it is almost hidden from it, in accordance with the client wish.

Y House

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Accra Twin Towers in Ghana by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

The present proposal occupies a central position in relation to urban design of the city of Accra. It has place in a regular small sized plot, located on Liberia Road, near to the British Council.

The scale of the urban mesh on which it is inserted, stands from the density of the suburban construction that surrounds this central area of the city, underlining a privileged treatment of the spaces. In this sense, as a major action, with an ambitious program, it was understood that the planned object should take advantage of all these constraints in order to be able to assume an emblematic role in the urban and architectonic context of the city.

Accra Twin Towers

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Half-semi-detached house in Poznań, Poland by KILKORO architekci (designed using Archicad and SketchUp)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Article source: KILKORO architekci

The brief was to simply refurbish and recondition an existing house to reach contemporary living standards and a modern appearance. The owners have a small business of their own which requires an office with a separate entrance for future clients. The house is a typical 1970′ polish neighborhood semi-detached house. The only difference was that the other part of the house was never built.

Exterior view

  • Architects: KILKORO architekci
  • Project: Half-semi-detached house
  • Location: Poznań, Poland
  • Software used: Archicad and SketchUp

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Moire Moire Moire : : 3 mews Houses in Dublin, Ireland by ODOS architects

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Article source: ODOS architects

The site for these three mews dwellings is located on an industrial lane way in Dublin 8, previously devoid of domestic life. This industrial setting was instrumental in informing the architectural language of these dwellings. From the outside, the three dwellings appear as a mysterious, robust and impenetrable mass. The cantilevered upper section is a composition of powder coated metal industrial flooring planks arranged in a structural steel frame. These voile like planks have been laid out in varying widths to create a rhythm to the street elevation and have been periodically doubled in depth creating a moiré or interference pattern.

Front View

  • Architect: ODOS architects
  • Name of Project: Moire Moire Moire : : 3 mews Houses
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Internal Floor Area: 190 sqm (per dwelling unit)
  • Type: 3 No. Mews Development
  • Design: 2006
  • Completion: 2010
  • Engineers: Cora

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CEIBS Beijing Campus in China by ACXT Arquitectos

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Article source: ACXT Arquitectos

CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) is the Business School leader in Asia. As part of it´s growth has taken the decision of building a new Campus in Beijing contracting AXCT-IDOM Group as design architect.

Image Courtesy Aitor Ortiz

  • Architects: ACXT Arquitectos
  • Project: CEIBS Beijing Campus
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Client: CEIBS
  • Area: 18.000 m2
  • Completion: 2010
  • Client Project Manager: Steve Song (CEIBS)

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