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Kuwait International Airport by Foster + Partners

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

Kuwait International Airport is planned to significantly increase capacity and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf – the project’s strategic aims will be matched by a state-of-the-art terminal building, which will provide the highest levels of comfort for passengers and will set a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. Its design is rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials.

Kuwait Airport

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Kuwait International Airport
  • Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait, Middle East, Asia
  • Client: Ministry of Public works / Special Works Administration
  • Local collaborating architect: Gulf Consult
  • Airport Consultant: NACO
  • Engineering: Arup
  • Landscape Architect: Capita Lovejoy
  • Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon LLP
  • Traffic Consultant: Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Foster + Partners team: Norman Foster, Stefan Behling, Nikolai Malsch, Morgan Fleming, Michael Gardner, Reinhard Joecks, Hugo D’Enjoy Ochoa, Abdelkader El-Chgar, Tillmann Lenz, Gordon Seiles, Gabriele Coccia, Paul Christian, Rie Hasloev, Dirk Jantz, Kristine Ngan


The East Village in Austin, Texas by Bercy Chen Studio LP

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Article source: Bercy Chen Studio LP

Located in the Revitalization District of East 11th Street, this vertical mixed-use project has become a unique focal point in a quickly growing neighborhood. The project includes 11 retail stores and offices, 20 residential condominiums of which 20% are affordable housing, and roof top decks accessible by all residents. The unique solar screen on the south and west facades is just one of the many aspects of the design that contributes to the 3?Star Green Building Rating. The East Village is also one of the City of Austin’s S.M.A.R.T. (Safe, Mixed-Income, Accessible, Reasonably Priced, Transit Oriented) Housing developments. The East 11th Street neighborhood in Austin has seen considerable change since 2001. Once a largely ignored portion of Austin, E. 11th Street is now home to many different retail shops, restaurants, offices, and cultural groups. The East Village seeks to capture this diversity by developing a dynamic and creative environment for its residents, combining retail shops and small commercial offices with residential units on the upper floors. On the fourth floor are two green roofs; each with a wonderful view of downtown.


Block 19 Mixed Use Development (Images Courtesy Ryan Michael)

  • Architect: Bercy Chen Studio LP
  • Project: The East Village
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Size: 2,591 sq m
  • Photographer: Ryan Michael


Metro Station 20 in Sofia, Bulgaria by Peter Ruge Architekten

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Article source: Peter Ruge Architekten

New Metro Station 20 on Metro Line 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria  – International Competition, 2011

Acting as a primary metro connection between Sofia’s city centre and the airport, and the hub of a major commercial redevelopment plan, the design of Station 20 site seeks to establish clear pathways, form active connections and harmonise architecture and landscape.

Perspective from main plaza

  • Architect: Peter Ruge Architekten
  • Name of Project: Metro Station 20
  • Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Site: 12, 390 sqm
  • GFA: 2,430 sqm


Residential area in Skolkovo Innovation Center in Russia by Arch group

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Article source: Arch group

Architectural Concept Technopark Residential Area Skolkovo Innovation Center

Architectural Bureau Arch Group was created by architects Alexey Goryainov and Michael Krymov  in 2007 in Moscow. The main activity at that time was the design of public interiors and control centers for major energy and telecommunications companies. Today, more than 15 projects are built. Also, the Bureau is engaged in designing buildings for different purposes and public interiors.

Aerial view of Apartment Houses

  • Architect: Arch group – Alexey Goryainov, Michael Krymov and Alexey Polyakov
  • Name of Project: Residential area in Skolkovo Innovation Center
  • Location: Skolkovo, Russia
  • Project: 2011


Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah by BIG

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Article source: BIG

In approaching the design for the new Kimball Art Center, we found great inspiration in the urban development of Park City, the Kimball site, and the city’s mining heritage. We feel the form of the new Kimball Art Center emerges where these rich stories overlap.

Rendering 01

  • Architect: BIG
  • Name of Project: Kimball Art Center
  • Location: Park City, Utah, USA
  • Client: Kimball Art Center
  • Size: 2.800 m2, 30.000 sf
  • Collaborators: Nexus Architects, Dunn Associates, Van Boerum & Frank Associates, and Envision Engineering
  • Partner in charge: Bjarke Ingels
  • Project leader: Leon Rost
  • Team members: Terrence Chew, Suemin Jeon, Chris Falla, Andreia Teixeira, Ho Kyung Lee


Balmain House in Sydney, Australia by Carter Williamson Architects (designed using Vectorworks)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Article source: Carter Williamson Architects

The original 1860’s home sits modestly on its block. Humble and unassuming, its appearance defines its cultural significance; the workers cottage preserves a ‘moment’ in the rich, blue-collar heritage and character of Balmain. Preserving and restoring the integrity of the existing cottage as part of the streetscape and the eclectic, urban fabric of Balmain was always fundamental to the design. Any addition needed to be sympathetic, sensitively yet distinctively bridging the divide between new and old.

Rear facade at night


Malmö Central Station in Sweden by Metro Arkitekter

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: Metro Arkitekter

Malmö Central Station has always looked to move with the times. Since opening in 1858, the city’s first railway station has been rebuilt, extended and modernised to cater for changing passenger needs over the decades.

The original Terminal Building is in two sections. The smaller Green Hall was a waiting room for third-class passengers in the 1920s. The turquoise tiling has since regained its former lustre and the limestone floor is from Skånska Ignaberga. The Central Hall started out as an open platform building. Its old brick walls and herring-bone tiled floor have been carefully preserved. Beneath the domed roof, 15 shops and restaurants provide an inviting environment for people to meet and eat.

Exterior seen from new square (Image Courtesy Rafael Palomo)

  • Architects: Metro Arkitekter
  • Project: Malmö Central Station
  • Location: Malmö Centralstation, Malmö; Sweden
  • Architect Team: Metro Arkitekter AB through Claes R Janson (head architect), Carl Kylberg (project architect), Josefin Klein, Alexander Simittchiev, Rikard Jansson, Henrik Troedson and others.
  • Constructor: Jernhusen AB
  • Contract by tender: Collaborating contract
  • Building contractor: NCC
  • Area: 10 000 sqm
  • Year: 2008 – 2011
  • Photographer: Rafael Palomo (Metro Architects), Martin Spencer


Randerscheinung by Prechteck

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: Prechteck

There are 3 diagrams which explain the pavilion’s concept best:

-the pavilion as modular system:

Held every five years, the event’s cyclical existence called for a temporary building which may be easily disassembled and relocated to another site. The pavilion exists of different parts, housing different functions, all singular cells but the strongest in coexistence with its neighboring parts.

The main concept is that during the 5 years no documenta is held, each cell can be assabled in a different german city and serve as an info booth to the next documenta. At the beginning of the next documenta, the parts get transported back and get reconnected on site.


  • Architect: Prechteck
  • Name of Project: Randerscheinung


Toda House in Hiroshima, Japan by Office of Kimihiko Okada

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: Office of Kimihiko Okada

The site is located in a residential area developed on a gentle perch in Hiroshima, overlooking a far view of the Inland Sea and Miyajima. The land of this area is developed into platforms form with several levels. The architecture was requested to have a view over the roof of the neighboring house, standing one level lower, and to consider security, for the site is located at the edge of the residential area, and to leave some space for extension when the client opens a small shop in the future.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Toshiyuki Yano)

  • Architect: Office of Kimihiko Okada
  • Name of Project: Toda House
  • Location: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Principal use: Private residence (extension; shop)
  • Photo: Toshiyuki Yano


Weekend House in Rensselaer County, New York by David Jay Weiner, Architects, P.C.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: David Jay Weiner, Architects, P.C.

This project is a response to a client’s desire to build a small weekend house on an existing shared property with southern views overlooking the Berkshire Hills.  The 1,200 sq. ft. weekend house for a Japanese client consists of a study, living dining area, master bedroom suite and a large soaking bathtub.  The house has the compactness and interior sparseness akin to traditional Japanese architecture and serves as a peaceful retreat from busy city life.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Tony Morgan - Step Graphics, Inc.)


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