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Walnut Creek Wetland Center in Raleigh, North Carolina by Frank Harmon Architect PA

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The 7500-square-foot Walnut Creek Wetland Center is part of the transformation of over 50 acres of abused, polluted wetlands in southeast Raleigh, North Carolina, near the downtown urban center, into a living, natural resource for the city. By reclaiming the wetlands area, the Center promotes understanding and protection of an urban wetland, enhances community pride, and encourages economic development in this area of the city. It also provides an accessible “quiet zone” for communing with nature while preserving the natural beauty of the wetland, protecting the habitat of numerous species, and lifting the spirits of those who visit it.

Front elevation at dusk.

  • Architect: Frank Harmon Architect PA
  • Name of Project: Walnut Creek Wetland Center
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • Client: The City of Raleigh, NC

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Marina Beach Towers in U.A.E by Oppenheim Architecture Design

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Based on our initial reading of the site we took the opportunity to maximize the quantity of units on the beach. This approach has permitted the introduction of new unit types with the spatial adjacencies of a village. What has emerged, in addition to the typologies, is a response that is simultaneously building and landscape; a project whose fluidity merges sky and water. This allows for more varied living experiences beyond the capabilities of the normative tower. Basing the unit types on a standard module has allowed its shifted repetition to develop into the woven tapestry of the façade; a surface that responds to every nuanced shift of light, while providing critical protection from the intense sun.

Marina Beach Towers

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McCarthy Begins Construction For New $456 Million Scripps Cardiovascular Institute and Central Energy Plant in La Jolla

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the nation’s leading healthcare builders, has construction under way for the new 383,000-square-foot Scripps Cardiovascular Institute and adjacent 26,000-square-foot Central Energy Plant on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus, located at 9888 Genesee Ave. in La Jolla, Calif. Construction completion is targeted for January 2015, with an anticipated tenant move-in date of April 2015.

Scripps Cardiovascular Institute Tower SE View

  • Structural and civil engineer: KPFF, Inc.
  • Mechanical engineer: X-NTH
  • Landscape architect: MWPA
  • Location: La Jolla, California
  • Cost: $456 Million
  • Completion: due 2015

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Citic Bank Hangzhou Branch Headquarters in Hangzhou, China by Foster + Partners Team

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

New CITIC headquarters tower in Hangzhou breaks ground

Construction has commenced on Foster + Partners’ first project in Hangzhou, China, with a sustainable, landmark headquarters tower for CITIC Bank. The 100-metre-high skyscraper’s bold diagonally-braced structure will establish an iconic presence for the Bank in a prominent location on a main axis through Hangzhou Qian Jiang New City, a new central business district being constructed next to the Qian Jiang River.

Night View

  • Architect: Foster + Partners Team
  • Name of Project: Citic Bank Hangzhou Branch Headquarters
  • Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Client : China Citic Bank Hangzhou Branch
  • Collaborating Architect: East China Architectural Design Institute
  • Construction: Commenced 29 March 2011

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North Beach in Orcas Island, Washington by Heliotrope Architects

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This residence is located on a northwesterly oriented beach fronting the Strait of Georgia.  The site includes many second-growth douglas firs, a beech grove and a grassy meadow with good solar exposure.  For over a thousand years this site was a summer camp location for the Lummi Indians, and due to its archeological significance, no footing excavation could take place on the site.  Further, its location in a federally designated flood plain required that the structure be raised off the ground several feet.  The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy to maintain summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view.

North Beach

  • Architects: Heliotrope Architects
  • Project: North Beach
  • Location: Island, Washington
  • Collaborators: Swenson Say Faget (structural), David Shore (general contractor), the Loop Company (cabinetry), owner (interiors)
  • Primary exterior materials: standing seam metal siding, ironwood decking, powder-coated steel railings & planters
  • Primary interior materials: alder, marble, laminated glass, painted wood
  • Primary products: Dorn Bracht & Lacava (fixtures), Wetstyle (tub), Raumplus (sliding interior doors), Fleetwood (exterior windows/doors)
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp

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8 House in Copenhagen, Denmark by BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

With spectacular views towards the Copenhagen Canal and over Kalvebod Fælled’s protected, open spaces, 8 House will not only be offering residences to people in all of life’s stages as well as office spaces to the city’s business and trade – it will also serve as a house that allows people to bike all the way from the ground floor to the top, moving alongside townhouses with gardens winding through an urban perimeter block.

Night View (Images Courtesy Jens Lindhe)

  • Architect: BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP
  • Name of Project: 8 House
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Client: ST. FREDERIKSLUND HOLDING
  • Size: 61,000 M2, 476 RESIDENCES
  • Cost: EUR 92,000,000
  • Status: COMPLETED 2010

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School campus Knokke-Heist in Belgium by NL Architects

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The city of Knokke-Heist is planning a new school building; a wonderful site near the center and at the same time flanking farmland is available

School campus

  • Architects: NL Architects
  • Project: School campus Knokke-Heist
  • Location: Knokke-Heist, Belgium
  • Client: Gemeente Knokke-Heist
  • Competition: 1st prize
  • Architects Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Project Leader: Sarah Möller
  • Structural Engineer: ABT Antwerpen- ABT België
  • Climate and Energy Consultant: CENERGIE cvba
  • Cost Consultant: Bremen Bouwadviseurs bv
  • Team: Michael Schoner and Gen Yamamoto with Shuichiro Mitomo, Justine Lemesre, Jasper Selen, Christian Asbø, Luca Kaptein Roodnat (cover drawing)
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhinoceros for modeling, 3Ds Max for rendering

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Wellesley Road Park Lane in Croydon, London by OKRA Landscape Architects

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The team guided by OKRA landscape architects including Urhahn Urban Design (UUD), Peter Brett Associates (PBA), Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA) and Soundings has won the appealing `Wellesley Road Park Lane International Urban Design Competition´ in London.

Wellesley Road Park Lane

  • Architects: OKRA Landscape Architects
  • Project: Wellesley Road Park Lane
  • Location: Croydon, London
  • Cliënt: Mrs. Agnieszka Zimnicka
  • Dates: 2009 – 2015
  • Team members: OKRA Landscape Architect bv, Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Mr. Ciron Edwards
  • Construction value of the project: 40 Million GBA
  • Current project status: RIBA-stage B

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Almada Municipal Theatre in Almada, Portugal

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Article source: MGD+EJV

Being surrounded by some careless buildings, resulting from the slightly casuistic “urban explosion” that like a curse reached all the country’s towns and cities as of the 1960’s, an anonymous place waits for some occurrence that might articulate the senses, instituting a point of departure towards an apprehensible and nameable organisation.

Almada Municipal Theatre

  • Architects:Manuel Graça Dias + Egas José Vieira with Gonçalo Afonso Dias
  • Project: Almada Municipal Theatre
  • Location: Almada, Portugal
  • Client: Câmara Municipal de Almada
  • Coordination: Gonçalo Afonso Dias
  • Collaborators: José Silvestre, Ricardo Gama, Nuno Moita, Rui Cunha, Susana Alvarez, Carmo Pulpo Correia, Filomena Vicente, Lourenço Vicente, Duarte Correia, Vasco Teodoro, Pedro Coelho, Sara Baptista, Sofia Sanches
  • Models: José António Aires Pereira, Nuno Jacinto
  • Photography: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra and Sérgio Guerra

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Education Executive Agency & Tax offices in Groningen, the Netherlands by UNStudio

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

A new, 92 meter tall complex of soft, undulating curves marks the skyline of Groningen. This asymmetric, aerodynamic construction is set amidst small, ancient woodland, sheltering rare and protected species. The project includes the design, construction and financing of two public institutions; the national tax offices and the student loan administration. The commission from the RGD (National Buildings Service) includes, besides the architecture, the management and building maintenance and care of facilities and services for a period of 20 years. Accommodating 2,500 workstations, parking facilities for 1,500 bicycles and 675 cars in an underground garage, the building will be surrounded by a large public city garden with pond and a multifunctional pavilion with commercial functions.

Education Executive Agency & Tax offices - Photo by Ronald Tilleman

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Education Executive Agency & Tax offices
  • Location: Groningen, the Netherlands

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