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Piazza Ricard Viñes in Lleida, Spain by Benedetta Tagliabue

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The large green open spaces that surround the Seu Vella Cathedral and dominate the whole city are the most beautiful public areas in Lleida, and are what we chose as our reference point.  The designs for the new Ricard Viñes Square must possess some of this beauty.  The focus of our proposal is to build a large green open space for a sculpture dedicated to the musician Ricard Viñes.  A space full of little squares 0 5 10 cross section and green areas at a point where the city throngs with traffic and pedestrians.

Piazza Ricard Viñes

  • Architects: Benedetta Tagliabue
  • Project: Piazza Ricard Viñes
  • Location: Lleida, Spain
  • Surface: 9200m2
  • Cost: 3.500.000€


A Vertical Cave in Nunavut in Nunavut, Arctic by Reza Aliabadi

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Acting against gravity is a familiar Human desire, the most primitive form of body play that inspires many needs. The need to densification is not an exception. Vertical expansion is not only a solution to densify lands, but also a desire to be on top of every visible height. What if instead of the question of density the reason to create a tower was to respect a primitive joy: the joy of heights! Cities in the glory of skyscrapers such as New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong are perhaps examples of many successful vertical densities, but what difference does height make if people who only share an address still see urban structures at their eye level.

Vertical Cave in Nunavut

  • Architect: Reza Aliabadi [rzlbd]
  • Name of Project: A Vertical Cave in Nunavut
  • Location: Nunavut, Arctic
  • Project Team: Reza Aliabadi & Lailee Soleimani
  • Design: 2010-2011


21st Century Crusoe House in Biósfera Río Lagartos, Yucatan by Dellekamp Arquitectos

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This “adventure house” was intended as an iconic statement of lifestyle for the area. Located in a fishermen region of virgin beaches and extremely low density, the Crusoe house provides a unique experience of the Río Lagartos reserve by facilitating contact with nature.

21st Century Crusoe House

  • Architect: Dellekamp Arquitectos
  • Project: 21st Century Crusoe House
  • Location: Biósfera Río Lagartos, Yucatan
  • Program: Vacation house
  • Date: 2010


Interior Design Camper store in Barcelona, España by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Friday, May 13th, 2011

When we were asked to designed a store we started to dream… Camper has much to do with “el campo”, that is the countryside, the fields… to walk in the fields… and so we imagined shoes stepping on irregular surfaces, like when we walk on earth.

Camper store

  • Architects: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
  • Project: Interior Design Camper store
  • Location: Barcelona, España
  • Project: 2010
  • Inauguration: November 2010


IPOST Headquarters Building in Rome, Italy by Studiobv36

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The main starting point of the project is its strong relation with the urbanisation of the area, and its adjacency to a highly density block including Telecom building. These relations have pushed the project idea towards a dialogue with the urban scale, making the building like a “perspective block”, with a strong plastic impact.

IPOST Headquarters Building

  • Architects: Studiobv36
  • Project: IPOST Headquarters Building
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Winning Competition Entry: 2008
  • Expected Completion: 2013
  • Client: Istituto Postelegrafonici – IPOST
  • Software used 3D Studio Max (rendering) and Rhinocerus(3d model) and Photoshop (post production).


Charcoal House in Toronto, Canada by Reza Aliabadi Architect

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Charcoal House, situated in Pape and Danforth neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario, is deceivingly presenting a raucous box. The randomly patterned square windows on its façade and the hidden entrance door at the corner of the building are elements that not only make it difficult to associate the building with a single family house, but they also trick the eye to an extend where the scale of the house is distorted and one might not be able to guess the number of floors inside. Although the monolithic façade, the black brick cladding, states an asperous architecture, the airy spaces within the black box reveals the true identity of its functional spaces. The house as the architect describes, resembles a “coconut” which is dark and hard on the outside, white and delicious on the inside.

Charcoal House

  • Architects: Reza Aliabadi [rzlbd]
  • Project: Charcoal House
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Project Manager: Amin Sheivari
  • Construction: Maxamin Corp.


Shaft House in Toronto, Canada by Reza Aliabadi Architect

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The Shaft House is an unexpected and exciting spatial experience that survives the limits of our ordinary living spaces. The two and a half storey detached house reevaluates functional arrangements within a narrow building while creating bright and airy spaces. Affordability is a value that the building successfully owns by integrating well thought low-cost strategies in the design process; from purchasing a modest lot of about 20 feet wide to choosing sustainable and cost efficient materials. Aluminum siding, untreated wood and recyclable rusted steel for the exterior of the house not only help reduce the costs of the design but t also tried to make a statement on organic behaviors of buildings by changing color while aging along with the house.

Shaft House

  • Architects: Reza Aliabadi [rzlbd]
  • Project: Shaft House
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Design Team: Reza Aliabadi & Ali Malekzadeh
  • Project Manager: Ali Malekzadeh


Crater Lake in Kobe, Japan by 24° Studio

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Kobe is a unique place that is situated within a narrow strip of land between the ocean and mountains. It generously offers expereineces of salty ocean breeze, the high latitude and breath taking views from its mountains, and busy city life saturated with cultural happenings. The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 16 years ago led to inevitable changes within built environment sparring only the nature that surrounds Kobe. This devastating experience is remembered by Kobe residents making them closer to each other, but also open and friendly to visitors of the city.

Crater Lake

  • Architects: 24° Studio
  • Project: Crater Lake
  • Location: Kobe, Japan
  • Type: Installation
  • Completion Date: October  2011
  • Design: 24° Studio (Fumio Hirakawa + Marina Topunova)
  • Client: City of Kobe (Japan)
  • Software used: Combination of Rhino and Maya for 3D modeling and rendered with Vray and Maxwell for the first 2 images (with city background).  The latter 2 images were physical model based on 3D model.


Visitor Center in Hengshan Temple in Shanxi Province, China by Latitude Studio

Friday, May 13th, 2011

As fast as China develops new requirements for Architecture displayed. Far away of the quotidian urban scenario, this enterprise requires the knowledge of how to operate in a historic-rural area.

Visitor Center in Hengshan Temple

  • Architects: Latitude Studio
  • Project: Visitor Center in Hengshan Temple
  • Location: Southwest Datong, Shanxi Province, China
  • Year: 2010
  • Status: Concept design
  • Team: Latitude Studio with BIAD


China Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China by MVRDV Architect

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Hangzhou urban planning bureau has announced MVRDV winner of the international design competition for the China Comic and Animation Museum (CCAM) in Hangzhou, China. MVRDV won with a design referring to the speech balloon: a series of eight speech balloon shaped volumes create an internally complex museum experience of in total 32.000m2. Part of the project is also a series of parks on islands, a public plaza and a 13.000m2 expo centre. Construction start is envisioned for 2012, the total budget is 92 million Euro.

CCAM is a series of 8 volumes referring to the speech ballon

  • Architects: MVRDV Architect
  • Project: China Comic and Animation Museum
  • Location: Hangzhou, China


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