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Amelia Street in Brisbane, Australia by Tim Stewart Architects

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: Tim Stewart Architects

Breathing new life into existing commercial buildings can present a challenge. Often there are few references for character with corporate image becoming the code word for monotony. In this instance the client rejected the common indicators of an office, demanding a building responsive to its orientation and restrained in its palette. The result is building with a simple, yet memorable presence which extends from its main street frontage through to its refurbished internal spaces.

Amelia Street

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Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati by Zaha Hadid Architects

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

The first freestanding building for The Contemporary Arts Center, founded in Cincinnati in 1939 as one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to the contemporary visual arts. The new CAC building will provide spaces for temporary exhibitions, site-specific installations, and performances, but not for a permanent collection. Other program elements include an education facility, offices, art preparation areas, a museum store, a cafe and public areas. To draw in pedestrian movement from the surrounding areas and create a sense of dynamic public space, the entrance, lobby and lead-in to the circulation system are organized as an “Urban Carpet.”

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art
  • Location: Cincinnati
  • Status: Built
  • Client: The Contemporary Arts Center
  • Size: 8,500m²
  • Local Firm: KZF incorporated
  • Project Architect: (Zaha Hadid) Markus Dochantschi
  • Assistant Project Architect: (Zaha Hadid) Ed Gaskin

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Stealth Barn in Norfolk, England by Carl Turner Architects

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: Carl Turner Architects

Stealth Barn is a project that sits next to and complements Ochre Barn, a large threshing barn converted by CTA to a home and studio. This addition was to provide a self-contained unit that could equally act as a guest house, studio or meeting place, depending on time of year and workloads: a retreat, but also a place of inspiration, enjoyment and a place of work and home without compromising the experience of either. Sitting in the exposed expanse of the Cambridgeshire fens, it is a bold, simple form, reminiscent of the barn it accompanies. Placed perpendicular to the existing barn, it stands to create and define a slightly more sheltered and casual garden which melts into the fens. This clear and simple move also hints at the memory of a former farm yard.

Side elevation (Images Courtesy Carl Turner)

  • Architect: Carl Turner Architects
  • Name of Project: Stealth Barn
  • Location: Norfolk, England
  • Photographs: Carl Turner, Tim Crocker and Jeremy Phillips

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Private House in Barcelos, Portugal by Rui Grazina

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: Rui Grazina

The plot has an area of 3300 sqm, part of which located in a green protection area. The house has 300 sqm of total area, and a gross building area of 290 sqm. The house footprint is designed based on the articulation between the existing alignments and the new proposed access road, which enables both car and foot access. Given the context, our objective was to turn the living spaces to east, considering this is where the most interesting visual points are, and to make rooms face south due to the quality of sun exposure, privacy and relationship with the existing topography.

Image Courtesy Nelson Garrido

  • Architects: Rui Grazina
  • Project: Private House
  • Location: Barcelos, Portugal
  • Year: 2008/2011
  • Place: Cambeses, Barcelos, Portugal
  • Area: 300 sqm total area; 290 sqm gross building area; 3300 sqm total plot area
  • Photo credits: Nelson Garrido
  • Construction: Engiaço Construções Técnicas, Braga

 

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Marni Sloane Street in London, UK by Sybarite

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: Sybarite

Incorporating organic sculptural elements, the design for Marni’s flagship London store creates a unique sense of visual connectivity that encourages full exploration of the two level shop. The gleaming white resin ground floor seamlessly stretches up to the first floor so that both levels appear attached. Stainless steel steps have been cut into the inclined wave that connects the floors and add to the flowing sense of movement. Polished stainless steel rails, used for displaying merchandise, migrate freely through the space like legs of futuristic insects.

Images Courtesy Richard Davies

  • Architect: Sybarite – Simon Mitchell, Torquil McIntosh
  • Name of Project: Marni Sloane Street
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: Marni – Consuelo & Gianni Castiglioni
  • Specialist Contractor: Marzoratti Ronchetti – Stefano Ronchetti and Roberto Travaglia
  • Structural Engineer: Techniker, Ltd. – Matthew Wells, Megan Maclaurin
  • Photographer: Richard Davies
  • Shop Area: 406 m²
  • Completed: August 2003

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Social housing in 45 rue Louis Blanc, Paris, France by ECDM architects

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: ECDM architects

Extract from “Architecture as bonus”, Paul Ardenne

The construction of the housing project at 45 rue Louis Blanc in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris is the result of a project launched in 1998 by the Paris city real-estate authority. The property developer was expected to take a piece of land measuring about 600 m² and replace an abandoned squat there which had been slotted for demolition with a low-cost building that adhered to the HQE (High Environmental Quality) standards still being determined at the time.

 

Images Courtesy Benoît FOUGEIROL

  • Architect: ECDM architects
  • Name of Project: Social housing in 45 rue Louis Blanc, Paris
  • Location: 45 rue Louis Blanc, Paris,  France
  • Program: 17 social housing
  • Client: RIVP Régie Immobilière de la Ville de Paris
  • Photographer: Benoît FOUGEIROL

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Harlem Piers Farm in New York by ShortList_0 Design Group (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC

Sustainably repurposing urban piers.
Proposed for the decommissioned NYC Department of Sanitation Marine Transfer Station pier, this community center for Harlem and Nourishing NYC is both an urban farm and transportation hub.  Situated on the New York City’s Hudson River Greenway, Harlem Piers Farm, with outdoor gardens, an all-weather greenhouse and barn is a community farm and educational center. The cafe and pedestrian plaza offer a relaxing place to take in the view for or those arriving by foot, bicycle, small boat, water taxi or bus and is conveniently accessed from NY’s west side.  Harlem Piers Farm is a working example for the community of all encompassing sustainability –  growing food, collecting its own irrigation water, and generating its own electricity and hot water.

Southeast aerial Perspective

  • Architects: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC
  • Project: Harlem Piers Farm
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Designer: Bill Caplan, Managing Member, 2012
  • Project Name: Harlem Piers Farm – Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections
  • Location: New York, New York, USA
  • Site Area: approximately 54,400sf (5,054sm)
  • Building Footprint: 29,250sf (2,717sm)
  • Software used: Revit

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Shift housing in Cremona, Italy by AquiliAlberg

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: AquiliAlberg

Shift Housing Construction site is completed in Cremona area, designed by AquiliAlberg. The proposed typology renew the “rank houses” which are manipulated and reinterpreted by the Milan Office to improve at best the site characteristics and the context, which is the natural park of Serio River.

 

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Fabrizio Marchesi)

  • Architects: AquiliAlberg
  • Name of Project: Shift housing
  • Location: Cremona, Italy
  • Client: Private investor
  • Period: 2008 – 2009
  • Phase: Preliminary design, Definitive design, Site supervision
  • Photography: Fabrizio Marchesi

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Vivat Pool and Spa in Moravske toplice, Slovenia by Studio Kalamar

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: Studio Kalamar

The pool and spa complex is connected to the existing hotel via a communication axis comprising various public spaces, which leads along the new pools to the future hotel at the west edge of the site. On the south of the axis, the swimming pool hall contains indoor pools and adjoining saunas, the outdoor pools with the restaurant are located on the north side. Upper floor houses various healthcare and wellness programs.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Miran Kambič)

  • Architect: Studio Kalamar – Andrej Kalamar
  • Name of Project: Vivat Pool and Spa
  • Location: Moravske toplice, Slovenia
  • Structural Engineering: Statikon
  • HVAC Engineering: Veling; Projektivni biro Murska Sobota; Makro 5 Investicije
  • Photographs: Miran Kambič

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Center for Social Services in Camas, Spain by Antonio Blanco Montero

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: Antonio Blanco Montero

The functions that contain a center for social services can classify in a wide and varied spectrum from the administrative processing, beyond the psychological attention. All of them are characterized with a residue of uncertainty and instability. It offers the possibility to investigate relationships between uses. Give certain properties of spaces through the honesty of materials. Capture life and keep it inside the building, but not limited to certain functions harboring fleeing to build a container detached from the outside world, the one that causes and solve.

Center for Social Services

  • Architects: Antonio Blanco Montero
  • Project: Center for Social Services
  • Location: Camas, Sevilla, Spain
  • Software used: AutoCAD and CYPE Ingenieros

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