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Les Thermes in Strassen, Luxembourg

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: HVP

A large communal leisure amenity set in the landscape but yet easily reachable in terms of transportation. The building is elliptical in plan, the volume is (to quote the architects) a “flying saucer”. Deliveries are made underground; at ground floor level there is a large entrance hall that functions as a distributor and is connected to the swimming area by floor-toceiling glazing. From the hall one makes one’s way to the changing rooms, swimming zones, sauna area as well as to the lift leading to the upper floor. There are three different swimming areas, each separated by broad relaxation zones with rich planting and separate access to the outside.

Les Thermes

  • Architects: Hermann & Valentiny et Associés; Atelier d’Architecture et de Design Jim Clemes; Witry & Witry SA
  • Project: Les Thermes
  • Client: CNI Les Thermes
  • Competition: 2004
  • Start of planning: 2004
  • Start of construction: 2005
  • Completion: 2008
  • Usable floor area: 8.950 m2
  • Enclosed volume: 60.560 m3
  • Outdoor area: 29.000 m2
  • Landscape planner: Ernst und Partner
  • Project management: Axel Christmann

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Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos in Portugal by atelier RUA

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: atelier RUA

Ideas Competition for the Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos – 2nd Prize

The 400 m walk to reach the waterfront of the “claridade” beach in Figueira da Foz, isolates the city and its inhabitants from the sea. The prominent shape of the coastline in Buarcos is the starting point of a linear gesture that stretches along the whole waterfront of Figueira da Foz, sewing together the existing promenade and the beach front, and ending at the tip of the northern pier.

Bird Eye View

  • Architect: atelier RUA
  • Name of Project: Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos
  • Location: Figueira da Foz, Portugal

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Daejeon Landmark in Korea by François Blanciak Architect

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: François Blanciak Architect

As the culminating point of a larger planning scheme, the design for this landmark building proposes to link eighteen towers within a single inverted crown, which at once liberates the ground to enhance public space, and provides a large circular garden on its roof to act as a 360° observatory for the City of Daejeon. The liberation of the central space of the building at ground level allows its different programmatic elements (offices, apartments, hotel and museum) to share a naturally lit, circular, inside yet outside park. Structurally, the building is made of 6 independent elements that only connect in the upper circular floors.

Image Courtesy François Blanciak

  • Architects: François Blanciak Architect
  • Project: Daejeon Landmark
  • Location: Daejeon, Korea
  • Program: offices+ housing+hotel+ museum
  • Type: competition
  • Date: 2007
  • Area: 227000m²

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House 804 in Barcelona, Spain by H Arquitectes

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: H Arquitectes

Located in a pleasant residential neighbourhood, the house is a compact building (almost a cube) surrounded by a 3 meters wide perimeter necessary courtyard, which is the minimum mandatory gap based on current regulations. The pre-existing yard, the swimming-pool and the shed set at the back of the plot are preserved by the express wish of the owners.

Image Courtesy Pedro Antonio Pérez

  • Architects: H Arquitectes
  • Project: House 804
  • Location: Parets del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Situation: Parets del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Author: H ARQUITECTES (David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó)
  • Collaborators: Blai Cabrero Bosch, architect (Harquitectes); Montse Fornés Guàrdia, architect (Harquitectes); Iñaki González de Mendiguchia Garmendia, quantity surveyor
  • Year of realization: 2008-11
  • Surface constructed: 160m2
  • Photographs: Pedro Antonio Pérez
  • Software used: AutoCad and Google Sketchup

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Performative Exploration Pavilion in New York by Al bordE architects

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: Al bordE architects

Clients are interested in doing a research about elements of the ancestral tradition of Kichwa de Rukullakta town in Ecuadorian Amazon.  The information obtained from the research, will support an action research process that seeks the transfer of Amazonian world view to expressions applied to theater, dance and performance.

Images Courtesy Francisco Suarez y AL BORDE

  • Architect: Al bordE architects
  • Name of Project: Performative Exploration Pavilion
  • Location: New York
  • Architects: AL BORDE, David Barragán, Pascual Gangotena & Esteban Benavides
  • Clients: Cuerpo Silencio, Diego Bolaños y Sisa Salgado
  • Site: Itinerant
  • Constructor: AA Máxima, Hernán Arias Ing. y Marcelo Pazmiño Ing.
  • Desing: 2010
  • Construction: 2010
  • Area: 95m2
  • Budget: US$ 5000
  • Photo credits: Francisco Suarez y AL BORDE

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Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Patrick Dougherty

For three weeks in May, visitors to the Garden witnessed the creation of a monumental, site-specific sculpture made entirely of woven sticks and twigs by internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty.

Dougherty arrived on-site of with no preconceptions as to what he will create. Using locally gathered natural materials and drawing on inspiration from the surrounding environment, he designed a larger-than-life sculptures that may remind visitors of a nest, cocoon, or even a fairy dwelling.

 

Ain’t Misbehavin' (Image Courtesy Zan Maddox)

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Centro de Acçao Social por Música in São Paulo, Brazil by Urban-Think Tank

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Urban-Think Tank

Despite its central urban location, the marginalized area of Grotão within Paraisópolis is effectively separated from the formal city. Within this isolated zone, increased erosion and dangerous mudslides have designated the site as one of many high-risk zones in the city – a primarily inaccessible void in the otherwise dense urban fabric.

Night View

  • Architect: Urban-Think Tank
  • Name of Project: Centro de Acçao Social por Música
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil

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Office/Lab Complex B in Hangzhou, China by Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

KABC’s vision for the development of the innovative office and research center in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community reflects the goals of the new high technology research campus, which promotes a new paradigm for research and development campuses in the region. Sustainability is at the core of the architectural expression, encompassing environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability by fostering community and promoting new techniques and technologies. As one approaches the innovative office and research center in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community , the buildings immediately captivate the passerby with their iconic presence. Freestanding on the site, they read as transparent, geometrical, glazed forms floating as visually light, crystalline structures above the landscape.

View of Office & Lab Complex at Night

  • Architect: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
  • Name of project: Office/Lab Complex B
  • Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Site area: 50,522 m2
  • Project Scope: Schematic Design, Landscape Design
  • Project Type: Commercial Office Space
  • Client: Zhejiang Energy Company
  • Team: Anna Klingmann, Dongcheol Yang, Eva Poulopoulou, Sarina Heres, Perry Wold, Dominique Dassum, Andrew Brooks, Atul Kumar Jain, Pinglie Huang, Xiaomeng Fu
  • Software used: 3dS Max, AutoCAD

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Interims Audimax in Munich, Germany by Deubzer König + Rimmel Architekten GmbH

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Deubzer König + Rimmel Architekten GmbH

INTERIMS AUDIMAX, Technical University Munich, Campus Garching

Due to recent reforms in the german school system, a great number of school graduates will enter universities very soon. A significant lack of space made it necessary to build new lecture halls among other facilities. The new lecture hall will be a temporary solution for 10-20 years. The hall is situated north of the mathematics and computer science department of the Technical University Munich, Campus Garching.

Night View

  • Architects: Deubzer König + Rimmel Architekten GmbH
  • Name of Project: Interims Audimax
  • Location: Technical University Munich, Campus Garching, Boltzmannstr, Garching (nearMunich), Germany
  • Client: Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts Represented by the State Building Authority Munich II
  • Project Management: IMP Ingenieure GmbH
  • Consulting Engineers:
    • Building Services: Consulting engineers Roman Albrecht GmbH, Kammlach
    • Structural planning, preventive fire protection: Bauart Konstruktions GmbH, Munich
    • Acoustics: Consulting engineers Prof. Dr. Hauser GmbH, Kassel

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Bamboo Wing in Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Votrongnghia Co., Ltd

Inspired by nature, “Bamboo wing” takes the form of bird wings and floats over the natural landscape of the site situated near Hanoi, Vietnam. The aim of the project was to study bamboo and the potential space it can create by using bamboo not only as a finishing material but as a structural one. This building is a pure bamboo structure, using no steel or other man-made structural materials. This unique structure, flying over the sky as bird wings, allows us to experience a 12 meter open space without any vertical columns. The open space can be used for many purposes such as wedding parties, live music concerts, ceremonies etc. This is an achievement not only in terms of structures in bamboo but it also creates a new trend for new ecological materials- which easily available in Vietnam.

Image Courtesy Hiroyuki Oki

  • Architects: Vo Trong Nghia (Vo Trong Nghia Co., Ltd.)
  • Project: Bamboo Wing
  • Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam.
  • Completion year: 2010
  • Construction Area: 1,600 m2
  • Photo credit (construction): Vo Trong Nghia Co., Ltd.
  • Photographer (Completion): Hiroyuki Oki

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