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Explicit Highriser in New York by Explicit Architecture

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Article source: Explicit Architecture

Explicit Architecture is working on the Explicit high-riser, an energy self-sufficient skyscraper and an independent city within a city. The focus is on a sustainable, economical, ecological, and energy-efficient design that benefits not only the people who live and work in the building, but also those in the surrounding city. The mega-structure currently measures 100 x 100 x 300 meters (L x W x H) and will accommodate all functions necessary for an urban area on approx. 400,000 m² of floor space, while offering a high quality of life on all levels.

Explicit Highriser


Spittelau Viaducts Housing Project in Vienna, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architect

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect

A landmark project completed as part of a waterside revitalization project – our three-part structure, comprising apartments, offices and artists’ studios, woven through, around and over the arched bays of a disused railway viaduct. Our buildings interact playfully with the viaduct, creating new exterior spaces and vistas.

As part of an initiative undertaken by the City of Vienna to revitalize the Wiener Guertel, a neglected urban hinterland which traditionally marked the ‘dividing line’ between indigenous Viennese and immigrant communities, we designed and constructed the Spittelau Viaducts Housing Project.

Spittelau Viaducts Housing Project

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect
  • Project: Spittelau Viaducts Housing Project
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Date: 1994 – 2005
  • Area: 4000m2
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Edgar Gonzales, Douglas Grieco, Paul Brislin, Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Woody K.T Yao, Markus Dochantschi. (concept): Gunther Koppelhubuer
  • Project Team: Christina Beaumont, Adriano de Gioannis, Markus Planteu
  • Design Team: Wassim Halabi, Garin O’Aivazan, James Geiger, Clarissa Matthews, Paola Sanguinetti, Peter Ho, Anne Beaurecueil, David Gomersall, Maha Kutay
  • Structural: AXIS Ingenieurleistungen (Vienna, Austria); AGP Engineering ZT GmbH (Vienna, Austria)
  • Building Physics: Pfeiler Dr. Ziviltechnikergesellschaft GmbH (Graz, Austria)


Koby Cottage in Albion, Michigan by Garrison Architects

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: Garrison Architects

Koby Cottage was designed for a boarding school for troubled teens to allow families to visit with their child in a private domestic setting surrounded by nature. The 1,100 sf cottage consists of two modules raised and separated for light, space and privacy. The space between the modules is enclosed with glass. The cottage plan has an ‘X’ form. The dining table is situated at the structure’s crossing, creating a place for rejoining and discussion.


  • Architects: Garrison Architects
  • Project: Koby Cottage
  • Location: Albion, Michigan
  • Software used: Autodesk Autocad
  • Software used: physical models to initiate the design process then modeled and refined it in Rhino.  Autocad for construction docs.


Winners Named in CANstruction San Diego Design-Build Competition

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

They came in all colors, themes, shapes and sizes, but the winning entries of this year’s CANstruction San Diego competition all had one thing in common: creative ingenuity.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (, RJC Architects (, IBI Group (, Kearny Mesa High Construction Tech Academy, and Crawford High School – IDEA came together to compete in this annual design-build competition, sponsored the Society for Design Administration, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects.  Each team of 10 was tasked with collecting donations of canned goods, devising a design, and creating huge works of sculptural art made entirely out of canned goods. Close to 50,000 cans of food, weighing approximately 40,000 pounds, were used to create the structures, some as much as eight feet tall and ten feet wide.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

A requirement of the competition was that the sculptures had to be structurally sound and constructed entirely of cans.  Each team had five hours to build the structures, with no more than five team members on the floor at any given time.

“All the teams did a terrific job this year of designing and building some amazing sculptures,” said Julie King, associate and business manager of RJC Architects and this year’s CANstruction chairwoman.  “The most rewarding part of this event for everyone is knowing they’ve made a significant contribution to some important community causes.”

Canstruction San Diego 2012

The canned food structures were on display at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego for several days, and the public was invited to come view them and makecash or canned food donations of their own.  Following the event, all of the food was donated to Homefront San Diego, an organization that benefits the San Diego military, and East County Transitional Living Center, which helps house the community’s homeless.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

McCarthy was awarded an “Honorable Mention” for its “Road to End Hunger” structure for which cans of Chicken of the Sea salmon were construction cones, spinach was grass, and black beans were asphalt.RJC Architects won in both the “Juror’s Favorite” and “People’s Choice” award categories for its creation of “The Titantic”, which incorporated tuna cans as icebergs, sardine cans as lifeboats, black beans for the smokestack, and water bottles as the ocean.The jurors cited IBI Group’s innovative “Caterpillar”structure with an award for “Structural Ingenuity”, along with an “Honorable Mention”.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

Kearny High Construction Tech Academy received the “Best Meal” award for its construction of “Hunger is No Game”, ” a similarly ambitious structure consisting of more than 4,000 cans in the shape of the popular “Hunger Games” book and the Mockingjay symbol that figures into the plot.  Crawford High School – IDEA received the “Best Use of Labels” award for its striking structure of a waving “American Flag”.

“We’re looking forward to participating again in next year’s CANstruction event, and helping to make it even bigger and better,” said Paul King, director of business development for McCarthy, and board member of CANstruction San Diego.  “Our company employees are already thinking about how they’ll top themselves next year.”

Canstruction San Diego 2012

About McCarthy:

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation’s 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2011) and is one of the nation’s oldest, privately held construction firms.  As the largest general building contractor in California and one of the top green construction firms (ENR California, August 2011), McCarthy is committed to the construction of high performance buildings. The company provides general contracting, construction management, program management and design/build services for healthcare, education, parking structure, entertainment, retail, laboratory, biotechnical, microelectronic, and industrial facilities; office buildings; tenant interiors; mixed-use; multifamily residential and bridges and highways.  In addition to San Diego, McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas; Houston; St. Louis; and Atlanta.  McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.  More information about the company is available online at

Canstruction San Diego 2012

Puma Stores Amsterdam, London and Munich By Plajer & Franz Studio

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: Plajer & Franz Studio

Plajer & Franz Studio, under the direction of ales kernjak (head of global store concepts, puma retail ag) gave the puma stores a thorough re-designing makeover, filling their spaces with an injected dose of joy, innovation, simplicity and various local influences, all being accomplished according to puma’s sustainable guidelines.

Image Courtesy manuel schlu¨ter


Signature Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012


Forming the centerpiece for Dubai’s new business bay, the Signature Towers rise above the city – iconic in both their scale and ambition – creating a unique twisted, intertwined silhouette that punctures the skyline. Within the three towers, office, hotel and residential functions are ‘woven’ together in a uniquely flexible manner.


  • Project: Signature Towers
  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Area:  650,000m2
  • Above Ground: 350,000m²
  • Below Ground: 300,000m²
  • Storeys: 75; 65; 51
  • Max Height: 357m
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher


Patio House in Toronto, Canada by Reza Aliabadi

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: Reza Aliabadi

Patio House, located in the Nortown area in Toronto, Ontario, is a minimalist two-storey wood structure house, which carefully responds to three major questions: the needs of the residents, the situation of the site, and the environmental concerns. Being located in a corner lot, the building maintains a presentable façade for the residential street while controlling sun exposure from the west. This strategy has been achieved by inserting a dynamic series of linear windows in the white brick façade and extracting a box from the monolithic geometry to create the patio.

Image Courtesy borXu Design

  • Architects: Reza Aliabadi [rzlbd]
  • Project: Patio House
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Structure: Ali Saeed
  • Project Manager: Amin Sheivari
  • Construction: Maxamin Corp.
  • Architectural Photography: borXu Design


Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion in Washington, DC by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Located in a neighborhood bordering Washington, DC, this suburban site has the advantage of being located adjacent to woodlands.  A contemporary house surrounded by mature trees and manicured gardens anchors the site.  A new swimming pool, stone walls, and terraces located behind the existing house organize the rear yard and establishes a dialogue between the existing house and a new pavilion.  New paths, trees and structured plantings reinforce the geometry.

Image Courtesy Maxwell MacKenzie

  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
  • Project: Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Project  Architect: John Riordan, LEED AP
  • Owner: Withheld
  • Contractor: Ted Peterson, Peterson & Collins
  • Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
  • Photographer: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
  • Completed: May 2011


House of Agostos in Faro, Portugal by Pedro Domingos

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: Pedro Domingos

The transformative substance of this project consists of a parcel of land (950m2), that is integrated into the agricultural system of Barrocal and a small house in ruins (80m2).

The ruin of traditional genesis, displays the characteristics of the vernacular architecture of the Algarve.

The strategy consists on clarifying the limits of the central space of property – a void enclosed by the ruin and the “hedges” and the upland trees. The clearing delimited of this emptiness is made with the recuperation of the existing ruin defining the western boundary, with the construction of a new wing set back from the existing group, establishing the northern boundary and the setting of a water tank at the south end of the plot.

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: Pedro Domingos
  • Project: House of Agostos
  • Location: Santa Barbara-de-Nexe, Faro, Portugal
  • Project team: Celia Faria, Humberto Dias, Sonia Carvalheiro
  • Year of project: 2003/2005
  • Year of construction: 2006/2010
  • Engineering: Luis Santos Palma, JAC, João Teixeira da Silva
  • Built Área: 200m2 (house) + 900m2 (landscape)
  • Cost: 250,000 Euros
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra, FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura


Glacial Water Botteling Plant in Patagonia, Chile by Panorama Arquitectos

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: Panorama Arquitectos

The project is situated in the border of Queulat National Park in Patagonia, 3 hours away from Cohiaique, which is the nearest city. This compromised the material and construction logistics decisions to secure its construction quality and ageing because of tough climate conditions. The project was built in 4 months. The process consists of bottled glacial water.

Glacial water botteling plant

  • Architects: Panorama Arquitectos
  • Project: Glacial Water Botteling Plant
  • Location: Queulat fiord, Patagonia, Chile
  • Architects Team: PANORAMA. Nicolas Valdes Rojic, Constanza Hagemann Muñoz
  • Sq.Mts.: 420M2
  • Pictures: Cristobal Valdes
  • Planning: 2010
  • Construction: 2011


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