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Cairo National Library in Egypt by Seeding Office

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Article source: Seeding Office

Traditionally, Egypt was known as the gift of the Nile, ever since Herodotus simply stated that “without the Nile, there is no Egypt, because where the Nile overflows its banks, the land is green, and where the water’s influence stops, the desert begins. Egypt is the Gift of the Nile, the only place in the world where a river dares to cut across a thousand miles of desert to reach the sea, creating a civilization along its course”.

We have chosen Water as a symbolic guide for the whole project, aiming to evoke the deepest roots of Egyptian culture and imagine the building itself as an element generated by the river’s life.

Image Courtesy © Seeding Office

  • Architects: Seeding Office
  • Project: Cairo National Library
  • Location: Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3dS Max with V-ray, Photoshop

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Pavillon Alexandre Vachon in Québec, Canada by STGM Architectes

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: STGM Architectes

Laval University’s science building, the Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, was inaugurated in 1962. After fifty years of use without any significant work done to it, the 45,000 m2 building was in need of a major facelift and complete overhaul. Designed by architect Lucien Mainguy, an important figure in Quebec’s modernist movement, the pavilion is protected by the CAMEO, a university committee that among other things is mandated to protect and maintain Laval University’s architectural heritage. A $90 million phased renovation project was put forward by the university, starting with an initial $18 million investment.

Image Courtesy Stéphane Groleau

  • Architects: STGM Architectes
  • Project: Pavillon Alexandre Vachon
  • Location: Québec City, Québec, Canada
  • Client: Laval University
  • Budget: 90M$
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

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Victoria Tower in Kista, Sweden by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

As one of the tallest buildings in Stockholm, Victoria Tower stands out among its neighbors and acts as an icon of the surround area. Situated between Stockholm proper and the city airport, the tower serves a nearby office park with conference and office facilities, as well as providing a 229 room hotel. The tessellated façade of the building is clad entirely in colored glass, though in actuality two-thirds of the walls are fully insulated. This allows the tower to appear as a colorful prism in its geometry and materiality while meeting the needs for energy conservation. The tower has a parallelogram-shaped plan for floors 2–21, which is comprised of the hotel rooms, while the upper floors are rectangular, delineating the office spaces and a roof bar. This causes the top floors to cantilever slightly above the underlying shaft, emphasizing its geometry.

Image Courtesy © Ola Fogelström - Fotograf Ola Fogelström

  • Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
  • Project: Victoria Tower
  • Location: Arne Beurlings torg 3A, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Photographs: Ola Fogelström – Fotograf Ola Fogelström, Tord-Rikard Söderström – Wingårdhs, Åke E:son Lindman – Lindman Photography
  • Architect: Ms Karolina Keyzer
  • WAF Entry: 2012
  • Award: World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client: Call Tower Invest AB
  • Contractor: PEAB
  • Floors: 34
  • Gross Area: 23 000 sqm
  • Year of Construction: 2009–2011
  • Environmental Engineer: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

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Iconic Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Francesco Piffari

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francesco Piffari

INTRODUCTION

What is a bridge in the collective imagination? How to obtain livable spaces from a passing-by architecture? How to push the design to its boundaries and at the same time satisfy the requests for traffic flows, wheelchair access, integration in the urban context, sustainability looking, clarity and comprehensibility of the program?

Image Courtesy Francesco Piffari

  • Architects: Francesco Piffari
  • Project: Iconic Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location:  Amstel 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands (in front of Hermitage Amsterdam Museum)
  • Type: One stage international idea competition
  • Hosted by: [AC-CA] Architectural Competition
  • Software used: Rhino, vRay for Rhino, Photoshop and Autocad
  • Program:

    • Pedestrian Bridge: on the central axis of the museum, 90 m long, 4m wide minimum
    • Cafe: 100 sqm with enough space for 20 tables together with a small area for snack
    • Bicycle Repair: 50 sqm with two repair stations
    • Services: 20 sqm for 4 toilets cubicles; 30 sqm for office, changing room, storage; 30 bike racks
    • TOTAL: 200 sqm
  • Mission:Design an Iconic Pedestrin Bridge in the heart of Amsterdam which could:
    • Encourage and reward design excellence between architecture and engineering.
    • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original footbridge.
    • To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the functionality of bridges in relation with art and sculpture.
    • Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

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Darling Quarter in Sydney, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Darling Quarter is a true integration of urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture toward the creation of a public place within the City. We have sought to enhance the joy and beauty of Darling Harbour, one of the most popular public places in Australia, and to do so in a way that imbues it with a sense of quality and permanence.

Image Courtesy © John Marmaras

  • Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Project: Darling Quarter
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Photographs: John Gollings – Gollings Photography, Florian Groehn, Tyrone Branigan
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer: Lend Lease
  • Electrical Services Consultant: Aurecon
  • Environmental Engineer : Arup
  • Fire Engineering: Defire
  • Hydraulic services consultant and fire services: Warren Smith and Partners
  • Interior Designer: The E.G.O. Group; Davenport Campbell
  • Landscape Architect: Aspect Studios
  • Mechanical Services Consultant: Arup
  • Project Manager: Lend Lease
  • Quantity Surveyor: Lend Lease
  • Structural Engineer: Arup

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Msheireb – Heart of Doha in Qatar by AECOM

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source:  AECOM

Headed by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, the aim of the Msheireb project is to create a modern Qatari homeland that is rooted in traditions and to renew a piece of city where global cultures meet but not melt. The scope of the project is to rejuvenate a 31 hectare site within the heart of the city.

Main square: Baharat Al Nouq

  • Architects: AECOM
  • Project: Msheireb – Heart of Doha
  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Architects: AECOM, Adjaye Associates, Allies and Morrison, Eric Pary Architects, Gensler, HOK, John McAslan and Partners, Mangera Yvars Architects, Mossessian & Partners, Squire & Partners
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer: Msheireb Properties, Qatar
  • Landscape Architect: Burton Landscape Architecture Studio, United States of America
  • Masterplanner: AECOM, United Kingdom
  • Project Manager: TIME Qatar, Qatar
  • Structural Engineer: Arup, United Kingdom

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Plaza España in Tenerife, Spain by Fernando Menis Architects

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Fernando Menis Architects

Architecture is a means to bring people to the natural environment. The Museum features a large plaza that characterizes the building. The development of this area was vital to connecting the building to the environment.

It arose from the idea to strengthen the relationship between the town and the natural landscape that exists around the museum. The plaza gives a public space to the town, it is a place where people can eat and enjoy the landscape which is particularly striking for the site lies next to a dry river bed known in as the “Bar- ranco del Infierno”.

Aerial View

  • Architects: Fernando Menis Architects
  • Project: Plaza España
  • Location: Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
  • Photography: Simona Rota
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer : Adeje City Council
  • Environmental Engineer : Menis Arquitectos SLP
  • Structural Engineer : Mr Juan José Gallardo Calcularq SL

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The Xtra-Herman Miller shop in shop in Singapore by P.A.C PTE LTD

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: P.A.C PTE LTD

HERMAN MILLER @ XTRA, SINGAPORE

Our design inspiration comes from Herman Miller’s core products; Work Chairs. Herman Miller’s extensive range of work chairs produced over the years embodies their philosophy, culture and aspirations; a desire to constantly innovate, integrate technology with design and produce high quality, purposeful, human-centred products.

Layout plan

  • : P.A.C PTE LTD
  • Project: The Xtra-Herman Miller shop in shop
  • : Singapore
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer : Xtra, Singapore
  • : Stacy Peh, Aaron Poon, Hong Zhi Chua – PAC

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The Sony Corporation’s building in Osaki, Japan by Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Article source: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Concept & Objectives

This project was inspired by the paradoxical idea of improving the environment through the presence of large-scale architecture. The Project is an office building for Sony’s R&D department, which takes the form of a thin vertical plate to ensure good views. More importantly, the form minimizes the heat island effect by positioning its narrow sides against prevailing winds, thus allowing the breeze to flow in from Tokyo Bay without hindrance. The building was then conceived as a massive cooling devise that performs in much the same way as a natural forest.

Image Courtesy Yutaka Suzuki

  • Architects: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
  • Project: The Sony Corporation’s building
  • Location: Osaki, Japan
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • : Yutaka Suzuki
  • Architects : Mr Tatsuya Hatori, Mr Yoshito Ishihara, Mr Norihisa Kawashima
  • Client / Developer : Sony Corporation, Japan
  • Environmental Engineers: Mr Osamu Nagase, Nikken Sekkei Ltd. Japan
  • Structural Engineers : Toshihiko Kouno, Ms Miwa Sadamoto
  • Supervision : Sony Facility Management Corporation, Japan

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Singapore Block in Martin Road by Kerry Hill Architects

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Article source: Kerry Hill Architects

Martin Road No. 38 is a residential and commercial development located in a former warehouse area near to the Singapore River, and close to the Singapore CBD. The area lies within a planning zone in the city where the planning authorities have encouraged the conversion of building use from commercial to residential, and in this project, 80% of the permitted area was able to become residential apartments, while the remaining is designed as a cafe and restaurant.

View from street

  • Architects: Kerry Hill Architects
  • Project: Singapore Block
  • Location: Martin Road, Singapore
  • Photography: Albert KS Lim
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer: SC Global Developments Ltd
  • Cost Consultant : Langdon & Seah Pte Ltd
  • Environmental Engineer : Bescon Consulting Engineers Pte Ltd
  • Main Contractor : Daiya Engineering and Construction Pte Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: P&T consultants Pte Ltd

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