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Lilium Tower in Warsaw, Poland by Zaha Hadid Architect

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
More projects by Zaha Hadid

Situated at a prominent point with the city centre, Lilium Tower rises as a light, transparent and constantly surprising 260m structure amongst a cluster of distinctive tall buildings – achieving distinction both through its unique silhouette, and the application of a progressive low-energy strategy to meet extremes in local climate. Lilium Tower rises in a central Warsaw location, adjacent to the Marriott Tower and opposite the central train station.

Lilium Tower

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect
  • Project: Lilium Tower
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Completion Date: 2007 – 2012
  • Project Area: 130000m2
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Markus Planteu
  • Competition Team: Thomas Mathoy, Sophia Razzaque, Naomi Fritz, Daniel Widrig, Fulvio Wirz, Mariagrazia Lanza, Dennis Brezina, Seda Zirek
  • Structural / Services: ARUP
  • Feasibility Estimate: Davis Langdon


Fire Station 30 in Seattle, WA by Schacht Aslani Architects

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Schacht Aslani Architects

The civic scale of Fire Station 30 marks the transition between the commercial activity of Rainier Avenue and the residential Mt. Baker neighborhood. The scale and material presence of the two‐story building make it an anchor along historic Mt. Baker Boulevard. The highly transparent street façade allows passers‐by to view activity within. At night, the illuminated building becomes a beacon of the Seattle Fire Department’s presence within and commitment to its community.

Image Courtesy Mike Jensen

  • Architects: Schacht Aslani Architects
  • Project: Fire Station 30
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Project owner: The City of Seattle (Seattle, WA)
  • Year completed: 2011
  • Area: 9,120 sf
  • Photo credits: Mike Jensen
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2010


Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building in Orange County, California by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building Achieve LEED Gold Certification

Built by McCarthy Building Companies and designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, the $73 million university project in Orange County utilizes a green roof and solar panels among other environmentally conscious features.

Soka University of America’s new Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building project, which opened in September 2011, recently received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The Soka Performing Arts Center, which is located on 1.9 acres of the Soka University campus in AlisoViejo, serves as a venue in South Orange County for concerts, theater productions, lectures and assemblies, furthering Soka University’s role as a cultural center and community gathering place.

Night View

  • Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca
  • Name of Project: Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building
  • Location: Orange County, California
  • Built by: McCarthy Building Companies
  • Sofwtare used: Autodesk Navisworks Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building project. BIM modeling review was utilized for the MEP systems and the structural steel frame for both buildings. This allowed the parties in various locations to “meet” to review the design layout and construction. At the early stages of the project, weekly on-line model review meetings were conducted between the owner, engineer, equipment suppliers, McCarthy and other key site contractors. During construction, specific on-line BIM conferences allowed the team to review any installation conflicts or issues and provide quick resolutions.


Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse in Manhattan, New York by Dean/Wolf Architects

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Dean/Wolf Architects

The Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse is an addition and renovation of a Tribeca loft building.  The existing structure, a traditional New York warehouse covers the entire lot, consuming the exterior space traditional in domestic construction.  Inverting the conventional townhouse organization recovers this coveted ground.  Dissipating energy into the dark center of this converted warehouse, three double story voids animate the missing “garden” of the townhouse providing light, air, and visual contemplation.  Admitting light and townhouse “garden” uses, these new spaces provide the structure for domestic life.  Exterior court, reading court, and playroom are suspended into the void.  Conceived as new construction built upside down into an existing building, they dissipate a radiant energy into the host.

Image Courtesy Paul Warchol

  • Architects: Dean/Wolf Architects
  • Project: Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse
  • Location: Manhattan (TriBeCa), New York
  • Completion Date (Month and Year):June 2010
  • Gross square footage:10,500
  • Total construction cost:Withheld
  • Owner: Name Withheld
  • Partner in Charge: Kathryn Dean, AIA
  • Project Architect: Charles Wolf


Rosarito Condominium Development in Baja California Norte, Mexico by Pascal Arquitectos

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Pascal Arquitectos

Located in a cliff of 30 metres high between Rosarito and Ensenada, this condiminium complex tries to satisfy beach property growing demand in Baja California area.

This project design responds first of all to the property’s particular sunpath diagram, to the geographical conditions and to the real state business situation. This product is addressed to a upper middle class market.


Exterior View

  • Architect: Pascal Arquitectos – Carlos Pascal, Gerard Pascal
  • Name of Project: Rosarito Condominium Development
  • Location: Baja California Norte, Mexico
  • Area: 30,000 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Software used: AutoCAD for drawings, images by hand


The Lighthouse 65 in Hill Head, UK by AR Design Studio

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: AR Design Studio

“The Lighthouse” is a beachfront property on the south coast of England. It is a super insulated, luxury 3 bedroom house sitting in a beautiful water side location enjoying stunning views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

The site is enclosed between two neighboring buildings and a 7m high embankment to the north; of which pavement and street access sits at the top. This access, to the roof level of the property, and the one-directional view over the beach, English Channel and Isle of Wight to the south, has led to an interesting design which takes inspiration from traditional beach pavilions such as the De La Warr in Bexhill a little further along the coast.

Image Courtesy Mike Ford

  • Architects: AR Design Studio
  • Project: The Lighthouse 65
  • Location: Hill Head, Fareham, UK
  • Architect Design: Andy Ramus
  • Completion: October 2011
  • Photographer: Mike Ford


Private House in Suffolk, UK by Ström Architects

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Ström Architects

The site is located in Suffolk two miles inland from Aldeburgh, and lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site itself forms part of an overall land ownership of 2.5ha surrounded by agricultural land.

Front View

  • Architect: Ström Architects
  • Name of Project: Private House
  • Location: Suffolk, UK
  • CGI Visulisation: Peter Guthrie Visualisation
  • Structural Engineer: Barton Engineers
  • Client: Private
  • Programme: Currently in Planning
  • Construction: May 2012 – March 2013
  • Materials: Corten cladding, dark-grey stained timber boarding
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Photoshop, SketchUp, 3DS Max with various modeling plug-ins.


Elevator Towers in Dubai by Leon11

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Leon11

A representative tower of a modern city in a continues evolution, can not be an static milestone , traditional icon of perpetual values. The symbol of a city with these features has to be a place for innovation and changing image. This hub has to be an advanced laboratory where inventions of engineering, architecture and technology are tested. This is a constant updated tower . It is an alive tower.

Elevator Tower

  • Architects: Leon11
  • Project: Elevator Towers
  • Location: Dubai
  • Architect Team: Ana Penalba, Maria Mallo, Elisa Fernandez, Ignacio A.Monteserin, Javier Gutierrez, Lys Villalba, Elisa Fern¡ndez.


Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London, UK by Simon Dance Design

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Simon Dance Design

Simon Dance Design has completed a new contemporary exhibition space in central London. The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery opened to the public on 12 October 2011 to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair. The space will be programmed for exhibitions, seminars and events. The venue provides a showcase for a number of the most important national and international contemporary artists. The inaugural exhibition Continuum brings together seven seminal paintings by Clem Crosby.

Interior View

  • Architects & Designers: Simon Dance Design
  • Name of Project: Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
  • Location: London, UK
  • Quantity Surveyor: Jackson Coles
  • Lighting Design: DPA Lighting Design
  • Contractors: The Thornton Partnership


Library and Learning Center in Vienna, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architect

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
More projects by Zaha Hadid

The library rises at the centre of a new campus – forming a polygonal block with both inclined and straight edges – the latter separating as they move inwards to become curvilinear – generating an interior canyon serving as a central plaza, with all other elements housed within two encasing spatial ‘ribbons’.

Library and Learning Center

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect
  • Project: Library and Learning Center
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Project Date: 2008 – 2012
  • Gross Area: 42000 m²
  • Length: 136m
  • Width: 76m
  • Height: 30m (5 Floors)
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer


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