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National Library of Public Information in Taichung, Taiwan by J. J. Pan & Partners (designed with Rhino and IDEAS)

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners

Situated in the middle of the island of Taiwan, the National Library of Public Information occupies a site that is both geographically and metaphorically the confluence of information exploration and urban evolution. The striking form of the building features a “horizontal flow” theme recalling the early irrigation canals in the city’s settlement since the 18th century, as well as symbolizing the fluid data interface in the internet age.

Night View (Images Courtesy Wei-Shih Hsieh and JJPan)

  • Architect: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)
  • Name of Project: National Library of Public Information
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Chih Ming Chang, Sheng Tien Yeh, Sheng-ping Lin, Wen Chih Wang, Chi-Hsuan Peng, Han-Shen Chen, Tien-Yi Pan, Chia-Zhong Hsieh, Hsiao-Mei Shih, Chien-Yuan Liang, Wu-Ting Wu, Tien Kai Yang, Shih-Fan Huang
  • Building Contractor: Kong Chou Construction Enterprise
  • Project Year:
    • Design: 2007
    • Completion: 2012
  • Photograph: Wei-Shih Hsieh, JJPan
  • Software used: RHINO to form and IDEAS  for curved surface and opening


Apartement Écrins in France by Swan Architectes

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: Swan Architectes

On the 5th floor of a Parisian 19th century housing building, an apartment is entirely re-designed to make a home for an art lover. Initially partitioned into a series of small rooms, the dwelling space is now wide open, emphasizing the east/west orientation axis that allows natural light to spread in all day long from side to side. The former dividing wall is stripped down to reveal its plain wooden structure, creating a filter between the dining room and the living room. The open kitchen faces a wall sculpted by cupboards and framing welcoming International Klein Blue niches for the beloved art pieces of the owner.

Image Courtesy MVDA ™ - Maxime Vantorre

  • Architects: Swan Architectes
  • Project: Apartement Écrins
  • Location: France
  • Owner: Private
  • Status: Completed and delivered
  • Year built: 2011
  • AREA: 71 m²
  • Budget: € 110 000 HT
  • Photographer: MVDA ™ – Maxime Vantorre
  • English Translation: Marine Manigault


Metalsa SA CIDeVeC in Nuevo León, Mexico by Brooks + Scarpa

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa

Historically, Metalsa began as a family-owned company, founded by Guillermo Zambrano Gutierrez in November 1956, previously named Manufacturas Metalicas Monterrey.  The company later entered the automotive industry through a partnership with American firm A. O. Smith and began manufacturing chassis frames for heavy trucks and pickups in the late 60’s.   The official name of Metalsa was adopted in the late 70’s and operations started in Apodaca.  Metalsa’s successes allowed them to acquire the commercial vehicles business from Tower Automotive expanding to Virginia, and later building facilities in China, Japan and India.  Today the company boasts several major automotive corporations as their clients, including Ford and Toyota.


  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
  • Project’s Formal Name: Metalsa SA CIDeVeC
  • Location: Alianza Centro, Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Client/Owner: The Proeza Group
  • Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer, Daniel Poei, Abby Katcher, Oliver Liao, Darien Williams, Jordan Gearhart, Ching Luk  – Project Design Team
  • Landscape: PEG
  • Engineering:
    • Structural Engineering: Carl W. Howe Partners, Inc.
    • Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing: Cobalt
  • LEED: Zinner Consultants
  • Site: A 100,000 square foot vacant parcel located within a new Research and Technology Innovation Park developed by the Mexican government. The site is also adjacent to the Monterrey, Mexico airport and adjoins a natural habitat area.


The RainShine House in Decatur, Georgia by Robert M. Cain (designed using ArchiCAD)

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Article source: Robert M. Cain

The FIRST modernist LEED Platinum residence in the Southeastern United States

The RainShine house is a two-story, 2800-square foot, three-bedroom, 3½-bath home located in Decatur, Georgia on a 1/3-acre infill lot. Homes in the surrounding single-family neighborhood are of mixed vintage and style ranging from the late 1920’s to present, Tudor cottage to post war saltbox to ranch. Located 1 ½ blocks from downtown Decatur, RainShine is in a very walkable neighborhood convenient to shopping, great restaurants, excellent transit options, many other community resources and a remarkable diversity of cultural opportunities.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Robert M. Cain, Architect, AIA, LEED AP
  • Name of Project: The RainShine House
  • Location: Decatur, Georgia
  • Owners: Chuck and Mary Bosserman
  • Civil Engineer: Alexander Engineering, PC
  • Contractor: Pinnacle Custom Builders, Inc.
  • Software used: Archicad as the base CAD software. The perspectives were generated using Archicad’s Lightworks with the backgrounds added in Photoshop.


Habitat 15 in Hollywood, California by Predock Frane Architects (designed using AutoCAD and Rhino)

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Article source: Predock Frane Architects

DESIGN INTENT: Working within the context of a for-profit MUR creates a particular set of parameters; programmatic, physical, and client/cost informed. Our solution is two 4-story buildings placed parallel to the street. Between them is a courtyard, reached via a tunnel through the first building, accommodating shared public space and circulation. The simple cubic shape of the buildings allowed for greater project resources to be deployed to the sectional relations within the units. The separation into two buildings allows half of the unit’s access to light on three sides.

Image Courtesy Predock Frane & Elon Schoenholz

  • Architects: Predock Frane Architects
  • Project: Habitat 15
  • Location: Hollywood, California
  • Client : Habitat LLC
  • Contractor : Architype Construction
  • Engineer : SGH
  • Landscape: Bentgrass
  • Project Completion: SUMMER 2009
  • Project Size: 39,000 SF
  • Photography: Predock_Frane and Elon Schoenholz
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino


Malpertuus Veterinary Clinic in Heusden, The Netherlands by Jan de vylder architecten

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Article source: Jan de vylder architecten

Four vets want a new clinic. A new clinic for consultations; with a lab and operating facilities, organised in a very particular way. One part open to visitors, with consulting rooms; a pharmacy; a reception desk and a waiting area and a lab area with echo and CT scan; and an operating theater and short-term stay facilities for animals Plus administration and overnight-stay facilities.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Filip Dujardin)

  • Architect: Jan de vylder architecten / Jan De Vylder and Inge Vinck
  • Name of Project: Malpertuus Veterinary Clinic
  • Location: Heusden, The Netherlands
  • Client: Dac Malpertuus
  • Year: 2006-2009
  • Photo: Filip Dujardin


Zagreb Dance Center in Croatia by 3LHD Architect

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Article source: 3LHD Architect

The opening of big movieplex cinemas in Zagreb has led to the dying out of old cinema theaters in the city centre. The City of Zagreb, who is the owner of the old cinema Lika, decided to reuse the space for new cultural facilities. In that scenario old cinema Lika was given the role of a new dance centre.

Image Courtesy Domagoj Blazevic

  • Architects: 3LHD Architect
  • Project: Zagreb Dance Center
  • Location: Ilica 10, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Program: public, culture
  • Status: completed
  • Project year: 2003
  • Project start date: 2003
  • Project end date: 2005 / 2008
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, Texas by Santiago Calatrava

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Article source: Santiago Calatrava

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is a very special project for me. Not only is it a signature component of the City of Dallas’ urban revitalization efforts, but it is also the first vehicular bridge I have built in the United States.

After I was commissioned to design the bridge, I toured Dallas and noticed that the Trinity River basin was littered with industrial buildings, electrical lines and proposed new toll roads. I saw this as a lost opportunity for the City, since the river basin had the potential to be of defining importance to Dallas’ future development. The image below of my initial Master plan model dates to my first involvement with the City’s rejuvenation project in 1999. My concept of linking the City’s two river banks by a series of dramatic bridges and boardwalks across a flooded lakeside environment, sought to revitalize this under-used resource in the heart of the city, and create a recreational facility as important to Dallas as Central Park is to New York City.

Images Courtesy Dana Driensky

  • Architect and Engineer: Santiago Calatrava
  • Name of Project: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
  • Location: Located in downtown Dallas, between Continental Avenue and Union Pacific Railroad Bridges the structure will cross the Trinity River Corridor linking West Dallas/North Oak Cliff with the downtown area.
  • Client: City of Dallas
  • Program: In January 2002 Dallas City Council awarded a design contract to Santiago Calatrava for the creation of a “signature bridge” across the Trinity River.
  • Photographer: Dana Driensky


Secondary Landscape in Shibuya, Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Article source: Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Assignment: to produce a creative saloon for prospective beauty-experts on the roof of 40(or more)-year-old building located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

Image Courtesy Mount Fuji Architects Studio

  • Architects: Masahiro Harada + Mao / Mount Fuji Architects Studio
  • Project: Secondary Landscape
  • Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Function: Salon
  • Interior area: 68m2
  • Structural system: steel frame
  • Major materials: western red cedar (2“6”), exterior= interior


Monconseil Retirement Home in Tours, France by Atelier Zündel Cristea

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Zündel Cristea

This retirement home is being built in Monconseil’s Urban Development Zone (ZAC in France), in the northern suburbs of the city of Tours, where this building will be one of the first footprints in the area. The project, which consists of 81 beds spread across three units, was defined from the beginning by specifications that sought to take up and organize an ideal amount of the site’s surfaces. Respecting these specifications to the letter would have led us to a ground floor organization around internal courtyards spread over the entirety of the site.

Night View (Images Courtesy Stephane Chalmeau)

  • Architect: Atelier Zündel Cristea
  • Name of Project: Monconseil Retirement Home
  • Location: Tours, France
  • Client: CCAS – City of Tours
  • Consultants: OTE
  • Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau


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