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Thames hub vision in Britain by Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra

Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra launch Thames Hub vision

Lord Foster, chairman and founder of Foster + Partners, has launched proposals for the Thames Hub – An Integrated Vision for Britain.

Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra have worked together on a self-funded study to produce a detailed vision for the Thames Hub. The study is unique for its scale and strategic cross-sector thinking and the outcome is a holistic vision for future infrastructure development in Britain.

Integrated Thames Barrier (Images Courtesy Foster + Partners)

  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Name of Project: Thames hub vision
  • Location: Britain
  • Infrastructure: Consultants Halcrow
  • Economists: Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Partners

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Fiu Fiu concept store in Warsaw, Poland by Mateusz Adamczyk & Marcin Kwietowicz

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Mateusz Adamczyk

Young architects dream about designing and building big houses. However, the reality is quite the opposite – they work on small scale commissions. FiuFiu boutique is one of those petite spaces and its concept is based on yearning for making homes even of papermache.

Image Courtesy Jan Smaga

  • Architects: Mateusz Adamczyk & Marcin Kwietowicz
  • Project: Fiu Fiu concept store
  • Location: Koszykowa Street, Warsaw, Poland
  • Client: Fiu Fiu Concept Magdalena WoΠosz
  • Photography: Jan Smaga
  • Total floor area: 31 m2
  • Usable floor area: 28 m2
  • Volume: 105 m3
  • Design: 2011
  • Construction: 2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD and SketchUp Pro. Also a lot of paper models.

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Mirandela Senior Apartments in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California by Withee Malcolm Architects

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Withee Malcolm Architects

Located on a hillside site with views across the rolling landscape to downtown Los Angeles, the development features 34 apartments designed in a Mediterranean architectural style that fits comfortably into the surrounding neighborhood.

Bird's eye view

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ODA Oscillate Series Swingle Table by Office for Design & Architecture

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Office for Design & Architecture

ODAs Oscillate Series blends interaction and dynamism with practicality.  Each piece shares a pivoting glass element that resonates collectively.  The Oscillate Series is designed to underscore the easiness and lightheartedness of time spent at leisure, aiming to challenge the static relationships in furniture design.

 

Table color fabric final

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas by Safdie Architects

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Safdie Architects

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is nestled within a ravine, flanked by two hills set on one hundred and twenty acres of Ozark landscape. Upstream to the south is Crystal Springs and, beyond that, the family residence designed by the celebrated Arkansas architect Fay Jones. The hillsides, which contain a network of trails that lead to downtown Bentonville, are covered with mature growth of oaks, dogwoods and crowned by Arkansas white pine on the crest.

Crystal Bridges Aerial view of model

  • Architects: Safdie Architects
  • Project: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Location: Bentonville, Arkansas

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Ascent at Warner Center in Los Angeles, California by Withee Malcolm Architects

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Withee Malcolm Architects

Located on a tight infill site within the premier 1,000 acre master-planned Warner Center mixed-use district, one of Los Angeles’ largest concentrations of residential and commercial space, Ascent introduces a new residential model to the region — the apartment style condo.  While square footages in the 191-unit community average 1,056 square feet, there are units as compact as 640 square feet.

Night View

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ParaSol by Office for Design & Architecture

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Office for Design & Architecture

The ParaSol is a rooftop shading structure that produces a constant shadow by tracing the sun’s rays.  Through advanced technology, ODA calculated and predicted the solar exposure for the site while taking into consideration all the contextual parameters of the surrounding buildings.  The ParaSol form emerges through a process of sculptural optimization where 90 models (each one producing an ideal shadow for a different day) were tested to form a hybrid prototype.  This outcome creates a high performance shading structure in a singular, spectacular object, shaping the identity for the rooftop while improving its micro-climate.

Canopy

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Atlanta History Center in Georgia by Meridian 105 Architecture

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Meridian 105 Architecture

The Atlanta History Center project is a partial interior renovation of the existing building.  The building’s exterior is addressed with the intent of maintaining a large portion of the current structure while achieving a transformation of image.  The History Center fulfills a dual purpose, operating as a traditional museum and exhibit space on the mission of the Historical Society, and acting as a revenue generating event space. The current building, characterized by corridor-style circulation and partitioned rooms challenges the use of each function, creating a circulation driven by destination rather than exploration. Because of the shortcomings of the original design, the existing history center does not support the mission and revenue goals of the historical society. This project addresses this problem.

Exterior View

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Rowing Center in Alange, Spain by José María Sánchez García

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: José María Sánchez García

The Rowing and Canoeing Centre is located near the Alange reservoir and tries to be as neutral as possible with the environment.  It is configured by a large pedestal and a light deck, creating between them a platform that dialogues with the landscape, looking over the water, the shore, the boats. It’s like a big veranda, a balcony, which focuses on the movements toward the reservoir, with paths that are created to “look” and to “stay”.

Images Courtesy Roland Halbe

  • Architect: José María Sánchez García
  • Project title: Rowing Center in Alange
  • Location: Alange, Badajoz, Spain
  • Construction: February2008 – September 2010
  • Total floor area: 1959,81 m2
  • Budget: 1.682.519,13 €
  • Photographer: Roland Halbe

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Ellis St Apartments in Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia by Utz Sanby Architects

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: Utz Sanby Architects

The apartments consist of a mix of 1 and 2 bedrooms with large outdoor terraces, drying areas, natural ventilation and an abundance of natural light. The upper storey apartments are two storeys. Planning codes required 30% of these units to be adaptable. Overall height was restricted to 3 storeys, but allowed underground car parking and an “attic” storey.

Ellis St Apartments

  • Architects: Utz Sanby Architects
  • Project: Ellis St Apartments
  • Location: Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia

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