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PEX Toulouse in France by OMA

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Article source: OMA

The site is 150 acres of agricultural land at the edge of Toulouse, near a large international airport serving the region, and one of the largest and economically important Airbus factories in the city. The client – Société Publique Locale d’Améngement (SPLA) – has decided to relocate the existing Parc des Expositions (PEX) in Toulouse from the city centre to this new location in order to be “closer to the infrastructure and services consistent with economic development of the city”.

Event Hall with Massive Doorway Opened (Copyright OMA)

  • Architect: OMA
  • Name of Project: PEX Toulouse
  • Location: Toulouse, France
  • Status: Design development
  • Client: Société Publique Locale d’Améngement (SPLA)
  • Photos: Franz Parthesius, Hans Werlemann


Busan Opera House in South Korea by Nabito Architects and Partners

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Article source: Nabito Architects and Partners

The new Busan Opera House will put the city on the international map, allowing it to become part of the network of world renowned opera houses. As another node in the network, the I-Opera will not only be integrated on an international level, but it will also serve as a landmark, on the local level. It will be present in the collective memory of the people of Busan and also be part of their daily life experience.

Busan Opera House

  • Architects: Nabito Architects and Partners
  • Project: Busan Opera House
  • Location: Busan, South Korea
  • Assigned Typology: Private – Public
  • Client: Busan Metropolitan City, S. Korea.
  • Project phase: International Idea Competition.
  • Estimate: €  XXX
  • Date: 2011
  • Surface: 60.000 m2
  • Collaborators: Agita Putnina, Furio Sordini, Alessandro Costantini,  Lina Gronskyte, Dana  Mazaarani, Daniel Ghutler, Liva Vilcina.


HUS-1 in Scandinavian West Coast, Sweden by Torsten Ottesjö

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Article source: Torsten Ottesjö

Hus 1 is an inspiring new house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö. With double curved surfaces, compact and efficient planning it is a house on the human scale that blends effortlessly into the surrounding nature.


  • Architect: Torsten Ottesjö
  • Name of Project: HUS-1
  • Location: Scandinavian West Coast, Sweden


A New School Vision in Cleveland, Ohio by ShortList_0 Design Group (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Article source: Bill Caplan

Proposed for Cleveland Ohio’s new Campus International School (CIS), this unique world of learning emerges from below street level, clad in triple-pane glass and solar panels. With an open classroom plan situated on the continuous spiral of wedge shaped platforms, traditional floor planes are eliminated, an outside-the-box experience to inspire learning and participation at all ages. Each platform elevates one step around a central atrium, This ADA compliant spiral commences at street level, from which the Elementary School winds down 18ft (5.5m) to the Physical Education platform, and up 42ft (12.8m) from street level for the Middle and High Schools. With an inviting arc of exterior steps, the CIS relates to the Cleveland State University Payne Avenue campus and to the Cleveland community via a bridge to the 18th Street arrival area.

The southwest elevation, with its integrated photovoltaics, emerges from a surface below street level

  • Architects: ShortList_O Design Group
  • Project: A New School Vision
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Design Proposal: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC
  • Project Name: Campus International School – A New School Vision
  • Designer: Bill Caplan, 2011
  • Site Area: approximately 5.5 acres (22,000sm)
  • Building Footprint: 53,000sf (4,900sm)
  • Program: School with Grades Kindergarten through 12
  • Sustainable Design Technologies: Building Integrated PV and Solar Thermal panels
  • Annual Output Capability: 90,000 kWh
  • Software used: Revit


Neufeld an der Leitha Kindergarten in Burgenland by SOLID architecture ZT GmbH

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Article source: Solid Architecture

The design by SOLID architecture for the new kindergarten in Neufeld an der Leitha emerged as the winning project in an invited competition that sought designs for a new building to house a four-group kindergarten. One requirement of the competition was that it should be possible to add a further two groups without disrupting day-to-day activities at the kindergarten.

Image Courtesy Kurt Kuball

  • Architects: SOLID architecture ZT GmbH
  • Project: Neufeld an der Leitha Kindergarten
  • Location: Eisenstadt Umgebung, Burgenland
  • Purpose: kindergarten and nursery
  • Start of Planning: September 2009
  • Start of Construction: March 2010
  • Completion: September 2010


The Traders’ Commune in Brighton, UK by Alexander Cotterill designed using Cinema 4D and Photoshop

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Article source: Alexander Cotterill

The Traders’ Commune envisages a society of total self-sufficiency that aims to embrace and regenerate the surrounding area. In reaction to the current economic climate and deterioration of outer cities, the project acts as a critique of the development and decline of a failed planning model in Brighton’s suburbia.


The Traders' Commune

  • Architect: Alexander Cotterill
  • Name of Project: The Traders’ Commune
  • Location: Moulsecoomb, Brighton, UK
  • Software used: Cinema 4D and Photoshop


Twin Houses in California by Predock Frane Architects designed using Rhino and Autocad

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: Predock Frane Architects

This project is located in the Pacific Palisades, a hilly region between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains within an existing 1950\’s housing development. The project consists of twin houses sited adjacent to each other on a steep slope above a seasonal watershed. In this project we were interested in exploring the intersection of two classic California building typologies; the courtyard house and the hillside house.

Front View (Images Courtesy Jason Predock)

  • Architect: Predock Frane Architects
  • Name of Project: Twin Houses
  • Location: Pacific Palisades, California, USA
  • Size: Two Houses, Each approximately 4,500 SF (455 square meters)
  • Year completed: 2008
  • Photos: Jason Predock
  • Software used: Rhino and Autocad


Port in Yoshizuka, Japan by Design nico Architects

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: Design nico Architects

The site is located in the corner of ordinary residential area with the aspect of semi-industry. And there are factories, warehouse and high-rise condominiums which has increased in recent years. The place is in the distance of one station from the center of Fukuoka City, and it is located between street where the amount of through traffic is large in daytime.

Image Courtesy Koji Fujii

  • Architects: Kazuya Matsuda (Design nico Architects)
  • Project: Port
  • Location: Yoshizuka,hakata-ku,fukuoka,JAPAN
  • Status: Completed,Jun 2011
  • Structure: Steel frame
  • Site area: 323.13m2
  • Building area: 164.91m2
  • Total floor area: 256.47m2
  • Structured Environment: Tetsuya Shimizu (Shimizu Architects)
  • General contractor: Shiji Corporation
  • Photographer: Koji Fujii ( Nacasa&Partners Inc )


New Taipei City Museum of Art in Taiwan by Design Initiatives

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: Design Initiatives

Our attempt in the New Taipei City Museum of Art competition is to find the essence of art and to materialize our notion of art; to redefine the meaning of art museum and to alter the way art museum functions; to organize a relationship between ourselves and the world around us. In addition to animate forms we have manipulated the movement in order to induce the production of new urban opportunities. Our proposal is a synthesis of the different programmatic functions: art museum, park, footbridge, services in a flexible, versatile space.

Perspective view

  • Architects: Design Initiatives
  • Project: New Taipei City Museum of Art
  • Location: New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Type: Culture
  • Date: August, 2011
  • Status: Competition
  • Client: New Taipei City Government
  • Area: 51,000 sq. m.
  • Credits: Vlado Valkof – architect; Malgorzata Blasik, Anne Valkof, – designers; Rumen Yotov – rendering; Nick Tonchev – civil engineering


The Diamondhouse by XTEN Architecture designed using AutoCAD and Rhino

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: XTEN Architecture

The Diamondhouse is a music studio extension to a house located deep in a canyon, set against a severely sloping hillside, with minimal access and little space upon which to build. Direct sunlight reaches the site for only a few hours a day. The geotechnical conditions on site were challenging, requiring 30-foot caissons to underpin new walls and foundations. A complex web of regulations governed the height, width, depth and specific configuration of the retaining walls needed to build the project.

The Diamondhouse

  • Architects: XTEN Architecture
  • Project: Studio Extension to Residence
  • Project Date: 2006 – 2010
  • Project Size: 1,500 Square Feet
  • Program: Studio Extension to Residence
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino


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