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Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland by OOIIO Architecture

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: OOIIO Architecture

In Reykjavik, Iceland capital they wanted to build a big new hotel in Ingolfstorg, a public existing plaza in Kvosin, the city historical  center, very close to the Iceland Parliament.  The program was asking for a way too big building that couldn´t work well with the existing city pattern. There are no big buildings  on this area.  OOIIO Architecture team decided to break the big hotel into 2 hotels. This decision make all the program to work much better,  not only because the size of the buildings is more suitable with the historical center, also because the client could build now the  buildings in different phases, and if he wants, use building A as a 5 stars hotel and building B as a 4 stars hotel, so the scheme is  more  flexible for its economical benefits.

Hotel in Reykjavik

  • Architects: OOIIO Architecture
  • Project: Hotel in Reykjavik
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Team: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Belén Gómez Mendiguchía, Javier Urruti a Sanchez, Kristi nn R. Ólafsson, Gema López March, Marta Cacho Guinea.


ProBioMed, Campus For Biotechnology Plant And Research in Tenancingo, Mexico

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Grupo De Diseno Urbano

PROBIOMED is a special enterprise in Mexico geared to research, development and production of biomedical products, such as vaccines and pharmaceutical components for medicine. Located in the small town of Tenancingo in the State of Mexico (150 km. southwest of Mexico City), it has been developing a high technology campus for biomedical research and development. The first component in the campus is their own plant, which has been expanding and modernizing through a planned process.

Exterior View - Photo by Francisco Gómez Sosa

  • Architect:  Mario Schjetnan
  • Name of Project: ProBioMed, Campus For Biotechnology Plant And Research
  • Location: Tenancingo, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Client: PROBIOMED S.A. de C.V
  • Area: 12 Ha.
  • Type: Master Plan, Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Team: Mario Schjetnan/Grupo de Diseño UrbanoMario Schjetnan; Marco Arturo González; Colectivo MxAntonio Plá Pérez; Tania Hernández Salazar; Fátima Chavarría
  • Structural Design: Grupo SAI, Gerson Huerta
  • PROBIOMED facilities coordinator: Edgardo Martínez
  • Construction: CEPPELI; César Pérez Elizalde
  • Photographer:  Francisco Gómez Sosa
  • Software used: Autocad LT


The Helix Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE by Leeser Architecture

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Leeser Architecture

Al Qudra Real Estate (AQRE) intend to call out to a design competition for an iconic hotel in Zayed Bay Development in the choice property between Sheikh Zayed Bridge and the sea, as a waterfront mixed-use development situated at the entrance of Abu Dhabi Island – United Arab Emirates.Zayed Bay was planned as a mixed-use community comprising office, residential, commercial, retail, entertainment, hotel, and community services facilities. A project is an iconic, 9 stories, five-star hotel which caters to the development and the region. Well appointed, fully equipped and prestigious designed, the hotel is the ideal setting for business meetings, conferences, press events and workshops. Although it primarily caters to the elite businessman, the hotel also offers a host of leisure, sports, entertainment and gastronomy facilities.


  • Architects: Leeser Architecture
  • Project: The Helix Hotel
  • Location: Zayed Bay, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Formal Competition name: The Pre-Concept Design of Iconic Hotel – Zayed Bay Development
  • Competition date: July 10th, 2008
  • Competition scale: (international, regional or in one country)International
  • Place in the competition: First
  • Client: Al Qudra Real Estate/QP International
  • Organizer: Al Qudra Real Estate/QP International
  • Building area: 23,086 square meters


Museum of Polish History in Warsaw, Poland by Zerafa Architecture Studio

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Zerafa Architecture Studio

The challenge of creating a new Museum of Polish History today involves considering the historical relationship between a National identity, collective memory and a culture’s traditions within a modern global context.  The design of the museum and the crafting of a user experience that communicates an essential spirit of Polish Identity and is also meaningful to visitors from around the world represent a universal challenge of our time. We believe the solution lies within the power of history to illuminate, teach and improve relationships through the celebration of ideas and human aspirations. The collective memory of a Nation is quite often defined by those memories enshrined in national monuments and in particular, those not publically memorialized.  The idea of a “collected memory”, one that is inherently fragmented and individual in character in relation to “collective psychology” that represents a group’s common ideas and aspirations is the starting point for our design.


  • Architect: Zerafa Architecture Studio
  • Name of Project: Museum of Polish History
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Design Team: Jason Zerafa, Joaquin Boldrini, Pablo Zamorano, Luis Carmona, Katherine Moya.
  • Associate Architect: Gregory T Waugh AIA
  • Client: Ministry for Culture and Natural Heritage
  • Facility: National History Museum
  • Size: 20,000 sm
  • Status: International Competition Proposal, 20+10+X World Architecture Community Award, 6th cycle, 2010


MVTP (Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park) by Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Idea of MVTP(Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park) started with raising 2 questions:

01. Do we still need to keep the century-old prototype of (subway-located) theme parks?

Suburb-located theme parks have been by-product of automobile-centered society. Indescribably horrible traffic congestion and huge hard-scaped (Hot asphalt) parking lots and has become a constant problem in the towns where these theme parks have located. Theme parks such as Six Flags attracted all kinds of undesirable sprawl to suburbs. In the contemporary society where zero-car, zero carbon is highly valued, these theme parks have been located at the opposite side of eco-sensitive society.

Elsewhere universe (Images Courtesy Kyu O Kim, Euno Cho and Bohyun Kim)

  • Architect: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA
  • Title: MVTP (Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park)
  • Location: New York City or other major metropolis
  • Project Area: 40,000 SF
  • Year: 2011
  • Type: Speculative Research
  • Collaborators: Kyu O Kim, Euno Cho, Bohyun Kim
  • Software used: Rhino 3D and V-ray


Wilkinson / Spence Loft in New York by Stephen Roberts

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Stephen Roberts inc.

The project was the renovation of an 3,200 square foot 2 bedroom loft to a one Bedroom and Dressing Room configuration. This included a new white epoxy terrazzo floor throughout and new steel framed windows.

Bathroom (Images Courtesy Greg Delves)

  • Architect: Stephen Roberts inc.
  • Name of Project: Wilkinson / Spence Loft
  • Location: 291 Seventh Ave. Fourth Floor, New York, NY
  • Clients: Ben Wilkinson & Mia Spence
  • Lighting Design: Emily Monato at Cooley Monato Studio, New York
  • Construction: Dutchman Contracting, New York
  • Photography: Greg Delves, New York
  • Flowers: Banchet Flowers, 809 Washington Street, New York
  • Software used: Vectorworks


Eco-Sustainable House in Paris, France by Djuric Tardio Architectes

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Djuric Tardio Architectes

The new project has been realized in a neighborhood, Antony, that is an example of the belief that architecture, whether heterogeneous and homogeneous, is shaped by outdated zoning regulations. The delays in securing permits, along with conditions of the urban situation and our desire to continue and refine our own research on wood constructions, led us to propose a type of construction system. This type is still not released in urban areas and rather reserved for detached houses in less dense sites. The urban rules and the site context, which is very typical, have suggested the template, which has proved a real asset to the project.

Image Courtesy William Clement

  • Architects: Djuric Tardio Architectes
  • Project: Eco-Sustainable House
  • Location: Antony, Paris, France
  • Year: 2011
  • Duration of study: 6 months
  • Construction period: 10 months with special foundations
  • Area: 246m² SHAB
  • Photographer: William Clement


Trump Tower Manila in Philippines by Century Properties Group, Inc.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Century Properties Group, Inc.

It is with immense privilege that Century Properties is pleased to announce Trump TowerTM Manila, the Philippines’ most illustrious residential skyscraper and Manila’s definitive landmark. Bearing the name of a brand globally-renowned for the finest standards of luxury, elegance and sophistication, Trump TowerTM Manila encompasses all the outstanding qualities of a Trump address, with superior quality, detail and craftsmanship evident in both its visually-arresting architecture and its interior design.

Exterior View


The Wohl Centre in Ramat-Gan, Israel by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

The Wohl Centre, a major expansion to the Bar-Ilan University Campus in Ramat-Gan, Israel, completed in 2005 is the central convention center for the university, utilized for university programs and special events. The 38,000-square-foot convention center stands on a critical crossroad in the campus and opens a dialogue between the university and its neighbors. As such, it is a gateway and beacon for the students, faculty, guests and the public.

Night View (Images Courtesy BitterBredt)

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: The Wohl Centre
  • Location: Ramat-Gan, Israel
  • Building size: 38,000 sq.ft, 910 Seating
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete, Steel Structure with Laquered Aluminum Façade
  • Client: Bar-Ilan University Maurice Wohl Foundation
  • Image credit: BitterBredt, Studio Daniel Libeskind


Jeju Cocoon House in Korea by Planning Korea

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Planning Korea

Seoul-based architectural practice Planning Korea has completed ‘Jeju Cocoon House’ inspired by volcanic topography ofJejuisland and a cocoon of living organism.

The cocoon located at the center of the house provides a space made by nature that protects and develops inner living things from outside.It creates a space like an art piece by translating the round shape of cocoon as an eco structure design.

Jeju Cocoon House

  • Architects: Planning Korea
  • Project: Jeju Cocoon House
  • Location: Jeju, Korea
  • Area:308m2
  • Client: Berjaya Jeju Resort Limited
  • Completion: 2015
  • Software used: 3DS Max with Mental Ray


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