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Ponte Parodi in Genoa, Italy by UNStudio

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: UNStudio

The Ponte Parodi project is part of the Italian city of Genoa’s plan for the revitalization of the harbour front area. As the industrial activities relocate, the city is reclaiming the vacated waterfront area by adding public attractors and creating a new destination, designed to extend the city centre towards the waterfront.

The competition design for the Ponte Parodi harbour front area was based on three principal actions; linking, programming and clustering, with clear goals responding to the needs of the site, its surroundings and the inhabitants of Genoa. The three original actions correspond to the three values which guide the design: sociability, quality and discovery.

Roof North View

  • Architect: UNStudio
  • Name of Project: Ponte Parodi
  • Location: Genoa, Italy
  • Period: 2001-2014
  • Client: ALTAREA Italia Progetti S.r.l.; (Competition) Porto Antico di Genova Spa
  • Program: Public attractor with a 3-dimensional Piazza and mixed use – cruise terminal, wellness experience, knowledge experience, commercial experience, public park with amphitheatre.


Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka, Finland by Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki

Vellamo: Beacon of the Cityscape

Kotka’s Maritime Centre Vellamo fulfills a visual as well as a strategical function within the cityscape. The figure of the Maritime Centre guides travellers from the heart of the city out to the north-eastern end of the City Terminal and into a harbour of culture. The Maritime Centre is the hallmark of the city’s cultural profile. The role of an individual building in determining the direction of a city’s overall architectural development is nowadays recognised as a model for city planning. The Maritime Centre is a notable addition to landmarks associated with Kotka both nationally and internationally.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jussi Tiainen)

  • Architect: Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
  • Name of Project: Maritime Centre Vellamo
  • Location: Tornatorintie 99, 48100 Kotka, Finland
  • Year of completion: 2008
  • Size: Floor area 14 601 m², Gross area 14 366 m² and Volume 118 039 m³
  • Client: City of Kotka
  • Credit of Images: Jussi Tiainen, Timo Vesterinen


Christie Beach Residence in Christie Beach, Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: Altius Architecture, Inc.

Set on the south shore of Georgian Bay, this residence seeks to harmonize with its surrounding landscape with a minimal environmental impact while accommodating the diverse needs of four generations of occupants. Integration with the site is achieved by setting the building low and shifting floor and roof planes so that it becomes embed into the landscape. As the elevations shifts between the deck, loft, upper patio, green roof and floor levels; intimate moments are created as each space unfolds distinctly into the external environment. The elevation of the reflecting pool is also set specifically to create an effect of seamlessly extending Georgian Bay to the house, blurring the lines between building and landscape.

Christie Beach Residence

  • Architects: Altius Architecture, Inc.
  • Project: Christie Beach Residence
  • Location: Christie Beach, Ontario, Canada
  • Lead Design Architect: Graham Smith
  • Date of Occupancy: Summer 2009
  • Area: 6,000 sf
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Containers of Hope in San Jose, Costa Rica by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in their fantastic property 20 minutes outside of the city of San Jose, Costa Rica; where they could be with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape. They made the very bold choice of exploring with me the possibility of creating a very inexpensive house made out of disregarded shipping containers that allowed them to be dept free and live the life they always dreamed of.

Image Courtesy Andres Garcia Lachner

  • Architects: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture
  • Project: Containers of Hope
  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Building Type: Private Residence
  • Final Cost: 40,000 USD
  • Area: 100 sqm
  • Date of Completion: March, 2011
  • Materials: 2 discarded shipping containers, industrial grade insulation, glass/aluminium doors and windows, wood flooring, and plasterboard partitions.
  • Construction: Self Built by Client (Marco Peralta and Gabriela Calvo)
  • Photography Credits: Andres Garcia Lachner
  • Software used: Sketchup….and handrawings.


Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building – Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland by Charles Rose Architects Inc.

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: Charles Rose Architects Inc.

Embodying Oregon’s legacy of individuality and independence, Oregon College of Art and Craft has been championing art-making through craft since 1907. Today it offers an intense studio experience, personalized and rigorous instruction, and an active ground for exploration. As the only private art college west of the Mississippi to offer an accredited BFA in Crafts, OCAC is a superb laboratory for the invention of modern craft.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Charles Rose Architects Inc.
  • Name of Project: Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building – Oregon College of Art and Craft
  • Location: Portland, Oregon


Centre communautaire scientifique in Whapmagoostui, Canada by FGMDA

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: FGMDA

Fournier, Gersovitz, Moss, Drolet et associés architectes (FGMDA) designed the new Community Science Centre at Université Laval’s Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik. The centre, devoted to scientific research and exchange of traditional knowledge, is not the first large-scale green project in Nunavik for FGMDA, which has worked for more than 30 years in the Far North in collaboration with local populations.
Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik: An extraordinary situation

Image Courtesy Claude Tremblay

  • Architects: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes (FGMDA)
  • Project: Centre communautaire scientifique
  • Location:Whapmagoostui/Kuujjuaraapik, Quebec, Canada
  • Client’s name: Centre d’études nordique (CEN) of Université Laval
  • Architectural firm: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes
  • Project manager: Alain Fournier, architect
  • Project team: Carolyne Fontaine, architect; Felix-Antoine Thibault, Mathieu Fournier
  • Engineering firm: Genivar et Cima+


Replay Store in Barcelona, Spain by Vertical Garden Design

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: Vertical Garden Design

Replay’s store on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona now hosts a vertical garden of just above 100m2. In the storefront location, the two storey wall is set in a dramatic and playful environment with waterfalls, sculptures and contrasting materials.

Side View

  • Architect: Vertical Garden Design
  • Name of Project: Replay Store
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Landscape architect: LAR/MSA
  • Completion date: May 2011
  • Size: 100m2 indoor + 11m2 outdoor
  • Landscape architect: Michael Hellgren / Vertical Garden Design
  • Interior architect: Roberto Baccioni / Studio 10


Guggenheim Museum in Taichung, Taiwan by Zaha Hadid Architects

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

An ever-changing event space; a living, responsive environment with large-scale kinetic elements that rearrange and reconfigure to create a radical public spectacle within an urban setting. The design of the Museum is premised on its position as one of four landmark buildings built on a master plan of two crossing axes.

Rendering View

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Guggenheim Museum
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Project Area: 28000m2
  • Project Date: 2003 – 2006
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Dillon Lin
  • Project Team: Jens Borstelmann, Thomas Vietzke, Yosuke Hayano
  • Structural: Adams Kara Taylor (London, UK)
  • Services: IDOM (Bilbao, ES)
  • Project type: Competition / Research (never built)
  • Cost / QS: IDOM UK (London, UK)


Mintz Residence in Cleveland, Ohio by robert maschke ARCHITECTS inc.

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: robert maschke ARCHITECTS inc.

The Mintz Residence is the second of three urban villas comprising the Residences of King’s Hill, a unique residential development located on Cleveland’s near west side. Despite being situated within the urban context of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, this “virgin” site is an idyllic enclave within a park-like setting, adjacent to the site’s eastern and southern boundaries. Uninterrupted views of Lake Erie, Cleveland’s downtown and industrial flats, as well as the site’s proximity to a busy vehicular thoroughfare reconnect the site to its urban environment.

Exterior View


780 Brewster in Montréal, Canada by Lemay associés

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Article source: Lemay associés

Erected at the beginning of the XXth century, 780 Brewster is a five-storey multi-tenant industrial building with a total surface area of 12,000 m². This brick and timber building was transformed into an office building housing, among others, the City of Montréal’s Southwest Borough Hall as well as our firm’s offices.

Image Courtesy Claude-Simon Langlois

  • Architects: Lemay associés
  • Project: 780 Brewster
  • Location: 780, av. Brewster, Montréal (Québec)
  • Client Name: Groupe Mach
  • Project Team: Louis T. Lemay, Partner in Charge; André Cardinal, Architect, Senior Partner – Project Manager; Pierre E. Leclerc, Senior Architect, LEED AP; Sandra Neill, Associate Designer; Chantal Ladrie, Designer; Marie-Élaine Globensky, Graphic Design And Signage
  • General Contractor: Construction TEQ inc.
  • Software used: AutoCAD


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