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Wilkins Residence – Mandalay Terrace 24D in Wellington, New Zealand by Studio MWA

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Studio MWA – Studio Mikulcic Worldwide Architecture

Definitely, for studio MWA, Wilkins new residence was one of the most challenging and demanding residential projects.

From start project had imperative and goal to celebrate good, functional, innovative, sustainable, brave and imaginative architecture, different than ordinary, which push boundaries of everyday stereotype.

One of first client’s requirements through brief was to not only design new house, but to create HOME and make it unique & special.

Image Courtesy © Studio MWA

  • Architects: Studio MWA – Studio Mikulcic Worldwide Architecture
  • Project: Wilkins Residence – Mandalay Terrace 24D
  • Location: 24 D Mandalay Terrace, Khandallah – Wellington, New Zealand
  • Client: Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins
  • Principle Use: Residence.
  • Size: Floor area 315 m2 (3 levels), terraces app.170 m2, landscaped over 450 m2, site total 722 m2.
  • Structural Engineer: Warren Line Structural Engineer – Wellington
  • Author: Davor Mikulcic Dipl. Eng. Arch. (Sarajevo) RAIA, ANZIA
  • Project Team: Davor Mikulcic, Michael Maddern 
  • Construction Period: Summer 2008 to summer 2009.
  • Status: Completed
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio MWA
  • Software used: ArchiCAD software in combination with Artlantis studio (renderings and animations)


HAUSTRIFT – The garland on the stream in Vienna, Austria by SUPERBLOCK

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: SUPERBLOCK

Overlooking the vast green expanse of the Vienna Prater, with the Danube River literally right at the doorstep, the HAUSTRIFT row-house community (a project by architects Superblock in cooperation with Johnny Winter) is an indisputable eye-catcher. The concept captivates with an elegant combination of affordable and ecologically sustainable prefabricated modular design, featuring built-in flexibility of use for each individual residential unit. Each component of the community blends into an organic, vibrant whole.

View From Dammhaufengasse

  • Architects: SUPERBLOCK and Johnny Winter
  • Project: HAUSTRIFT – The garland on the stream
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Start of Construction: 2011
  • Completion: 2012
  • Developer: ÖSW Österreichisches Siedlungswerk
  • Extend: 43 flats
  • Energy standard: Low-Energy
  • Photo: Hertha Hurnaus
  • Photo Copyright: SUPERBLOCK


Bornego College in Heerenveen, The Netherlands by HVDN and Studioninedots

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: HVDN and Studioninedots

Commissioned by the Bornego College of Heerenveen, we designed a cost-effective and sustainable school of 4500m2 with multi-use areas and a sports hall. The new building is located next to the existing Bornego College and will be used mostly by students in their first year. An independent functioning and well-organized building.

Image Courtesy © HVDN and Studioninedots

  • Architects: HVDN  and Studioninedots
  • Project: Bornego College HVDN
  • Location: Dominee Kingweg, Heerenveen, The Netherlands
  • Client:  Bornego college Heerenveen
  • Type: Auditorium, Sportshall, 22 classrooms and study areas
  • Area: 4300m2 BVO
  • Contractor: Bouwgroep Heerenveen
  • Contract Value: €4.372.339,-
  • Design-Delivery: 2009-2012
  • Design Team: Arie van der Neut, Albert Herder, Tom Jonker, Jan Pieter Penders
  • Project Team: Arie van der Neut, Jan Pieter Penders


W-Window House in Kyoto, Japan by Alphaville Architects

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Alphaville Architects

This small house is located on the long and narrow site in Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. We put two V shaped grooves at north-east and south-west boundary point-symmetrically and all windows are set in these grooves which run vertically on each side of this house.

The grooves create two small triangular patios on the ground floor and bring light and air into the deeper areas of this house.

Image Courtesy © Kei Sugino

  • Architects: Alphaville Architects
  • Project: W-Window House
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Photography: Kei Sugino
  • Use: Residence
  • Site Area: 47.6㎡
  • Building Area: 28.13㎡
  • Total Floor Area: 72.42m2
  • Building Scale: 3 stories
  • Structure System: Steel
  • Structural Engineer: Kazuo Takeguchi (AOI Structural Engineering Office Co.Ltd)


Club Nautico Lo Pagan in Murcia, Spain by XPIRAL

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: XPIRAL


Every big facility needs a running-in period for fitting to the day-a-day life of the entities that develop them.

From the opening of the Marina, several requirements have been coming out. Some of them functional, some others representative; these requirements have been solved with the creation of several infrastructures.

The main building was probably the most deficient facility of all, so it has been modified in a global, powerful way that enhances all the shortcomings of the original building.

Image Courtesy © Juan de la Cruz Megías

  • Architects:XPIRAL
  • Project: Club Nautico Lo Pagan
  • Location: Lo Pagán (San Pedro del Pinatar / Murcia / Spain)
  • Architect: Javier Peña Galiano
  • Photographer: Juan de la Cruz Megías
  • Completion date: March 2007
  • Collaborators: JOAQUIN FERNANDEZ CASTRO (Basic project), LOLA JIMENEZ (Project and work)
  • Promoter: NAUTICAL CLUB Lo Pagan
  • Owner: Ricardo Escribano
  • Contractor: RODENAS Y JARA SL
  • Wooden Structure: Holtza
  • Facilities: Federico Garcia Salmeron
  • Area/Size:
    a)    Interior built area:
    b)    Exterior built area:
    c)    Volume built:
    2195 m3


Spartan in Austin, Texas by LVMinc

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: LVMinc

After years of working in film in NYC, Currie Person decided to take a leap of faith and return to her hometown of Austin, Texas and open a housewares boutique. She called upon LVMinc to help make her vision come to life.

Over a long weekend in Austin, Larah sketched and designed the concept for Spartan. For a long and narrow space, storage and display were the main requirements and guests needed to feel free to browse around and not feel confined within the space. Larah solved this by introducing a full length wall of tiered cantilevered shelves with an integrated lip to avoid items from falling and below, a suspended millwork piece for additional back up storage.

Image Courtesy © LVMinc

  • Architects: LVMinc
  • Project: Spartan
  • Location: Austin, Texas


MBK Entertainment in New York by Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG)

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG)

Nearly twenty years after the debut of their multi-faceted MBK Entertainment dynasty, company founders Jeff Robinson along with partners Jeanine Mclean, Misha Hedman and Suzette Williams have moved to expansive new offices and, created OZ, a world-class recording studio. The thriving multimedia company has honed a ‘methodical’ approach to talent development, a technique highlighted by the spectacular career of multi-Grammy-winner Alicia Keys and newcomer, Elle Varner (RCA).  Today MBK’s mission encompasses musical genres ranging from R&B to Rap and Pop, and includes marketing, publishing, TV, film and concert promotion divisions. In addition to Keys on the production side, the MBK talent roster boasts rising star, RCA recording artist Gabi Wilson, Daisha and blue-eyed soul artists Allen Stone and Anthony Hall.  The completion of the pivotal studio addition to the expanding company’s creative arsenal opens up a brand new option for MBK clients and independent artists.

Image Courtesy © Cheryl Fleming

  • Architects: Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG)
  • Project: MBK Entertainment
  • Location: New York
  • Photography: Cheryl Fleming
  • Contractors: Kevin Carrol, Mark Jakubek
  • Software used: Revit  – For acoustic accommodation details; ABEC 2 – For the low frequency analysis


TBC Bank Headquarters in Tbilisi, Georgia by Architects of Invention Ltd

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Architects of Invention Ltd

The Site

The existing building complex was built in the 70th century – for the Soviet Military Headquarters of the Caucasus region. The complex consists of several building. Special attention is given to the upper blocks (Blocks No: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Structural analysis is done specifically for the main building of the complex. The complex is located on crossroads of the Vake-Saburtalo road and Tamarashvili Avenue opposite the Hippodrome.It is formed in Russian letter П-shape.

Image Courtesy Architects of Invention Ltd

  • Architects: Architects of Invention Ltd
  • Project: TBC Bank Headquarters, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Location: Tamarashvili al., Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Project: Office Building
  • Status: Completed
Program: Lobby, Courtyard, Oaisis, Offices, Business Centre, Cafe, Sky Park etc.
  • Area: NIA (net internal) – 31,958.08m2 GIA (gross internal) – 37,221.01m2 GEA (gross external) – 42,359.83m2
  • Credits: Niko Japaridze, Gogiko Sakvarelidze, Dato Tsanava, Eka Kankava, Nika Maisuradze, Nika Maisuradze, David Dolidze, Eka Rekhviashvili, PM Devi Kituashvili
  • Structural Engineers Consultants: Engenuiti, UK (
  • CAD: AutoCad, Rihno, 3Dmax, Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign


Pedestrian Bridge in Paris, France by Michael Arellanes II (MA2)

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Michael Arellanes II (MA2)

The current design proposal is a pedestrian bridge to be located on the River Seine in Paris near the Palais du Louvre. Its objective is to synthesize an architectural response from the cultural, urban, and contemporary movements of Paris, and transport a new experience on the Seine River unique to its surroundings; including to synergize tectonic form with light and surface nuances.

Image Courtesy © MA2


Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai, China by Foster + Partners

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

The Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, a major new sustainable masterplan for a prominent site at the heart of the Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, has broken ground – the project forms part of a large-scale urban plan, extending from Shanghai’s main station. The dynamic new mixed-use community is centred on a new four-hectare public park and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces.

Image Courtesy Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre
  • Location: Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, China
  • Client: Vantone Real Estate Co. Ltd and Sunnyworld Group Co. Ltd
  • Project Type Mixed Use: Offices, Exhibition, Commercial
  • Site Area: 28,000m²
  • Office buildings: 60,000m²
  • Exhibition: 3,000m²
  • Commercial: 70,000m²


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