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Italian Venezuelan Service Center Building in Caracas, Venezuela by Puchetti Arquitectos

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: Puchetti Arquitectos

The building is surrounded by the Headquarters buildings (built during the 80’s) and the rest of the Centre foundational buildings (built during the 60’s), all of them designed by Architect Antonio Pinzani.

A particular geometry characterizes those buildings from 60’s: thin double curved concrete surfaces (Hyperbolic Paraboloids or HYPAR) cover spaces such as restaurants, theatre, access area, etc. The use of these shells as umbrellas makes evident the architect’s intention to create spaces sensible to the weather and the surroundings. For the Headquarter building, 20 years apart from the first ones, Pinzani makes use of a similar design strategy taking it to the next level: a single roof, at a bigger scale, cover several fluid spaces of different hierarchy with its shadow.

Image Courtesy Roberto Puchetti

  • Architects: Puchetti Arquitectos
  • Project: Italian Venezuelan Service Center Building
  • Location: Caracas, Venezuela

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Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France by BIG Architects

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: BIG Architects

Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the competition to design a new 12 000 m2 cultural center on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural institutions into one single building.

The new Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, located on the historical riverfront of Bordeaux will house three regional visual and performing arts agencies FRAC, the ECLA and the OARA in one single institution. The Regional Council of Bordeaux selected the winning team among proposals from SANAA, the Toulouse-based firm W-Architectures and Bordeaux-based FLINT.

Image Courtesy BIG

  • Architects: BIG Architects
  • Project: MÉCA – Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Type: Competition
  • Size: 12 350 m2
  • Client: Conseil régional d’Aquitaine
  • Collaborators: FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Project Leader: Gabrielle Nadeau
  • Project Architect: Jan Magasanik
  • Team: Édouard Champelle, Lorenzo Boddi, Yang Du, Karol Borkowski

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Städel Museum Extension in Frankfurt, Germany by Schneider+Schumacher

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: Schneider+Schumacher

The Frankfurt Städel Museum is about to undergo the largest expansion ever in the course of its nearly two-hundred-year history – with regard to its architecture and its collection alike. In the autumn of 2009, in conjunction with numerous important additions to the museum’s holdings, work commenced on the construction of an annex for the presentation of contemporary art. Designed by the architectural firm schneider+schumacher of Frankfurt, this extension will open its doors for the first time on 25 and 26 February with two Open House days and a big public celebration.

The extension of the Städel Museum View from outside

  • Architects: Schneider+Schumacher
  • Project: Städel Museum Extension
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Client: Städelsches Kunstinstitut
  • Architecture: schneider+schumacher
  • Project Architects: Michael Schumacher, Till Schneider, Kai Otto
  • Project Management: Miriam Baake
  • Construction Management: Hans Eschmann
  • Structural Planning: B+G Ingenieure / Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Manfred Grohmann, Jörg Schneider
  • Software used: RhinoCeros (3D modelling Software) with Grasshopper (a plugin für Rhino) and Rhinoscript, the 2-D plans were drawn in Microstation.

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Ginza Steak TAJIMA in Tokyo, Japan by Doyle Collection

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: Doyle Collection

Shiny wooden paneled walls surround the interior along with the counter. These panels exude dignity and the texture create tension and high-quality mood. “Ginza Steak TAJIMA” made its grand opening at Ginza, Tokyo, one of the leading cities in Japan. Initially, our client’s needs were to create high quality and dignity interior using genuine materials. After having further hearing, we noticed that our client was always very familiar with stones. Firstly, we proposed the idea of using solid board panels instead of stones to constitute the walls. As for the base, we cut out big horse chestnut solid board panels into 13 mm thickness, commonly used for making counters with one piece. These specially-manufactured panels have different grain pattern expressions.

Image Courtesy Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

  • Architects: Aiji Inoue/ Doyle Collection Co., Ltd.
  • Project: Ginza Steak TAJIMA
  • Location: 6-7-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Year: 28,March,2011
  • Collaborators: YO co.ltd.
  • Built area: 103.95sqm
  • Construction: Touhoku Kensetsu co.,ltd.
  • Client: TOHO DEVICE Corporation
  • Photo credits: Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

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Technology Center in Bologna, Italy by GMP Architekten

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: GMP Architekten

The design by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), which was honoured with first prize in an international competition, converts a former industrial heritage building to the north of Bologna into a modern technology park. The factory facilities of the former tobacco monopoly, designed by the famous Italian engineer and architect Pier Luigi Nervi are carefully modernised and converted to accommodate new functions. The additional new buildings carry the signature of the listed historic buildings dating from the 1940s, albeit in modern form.

Technology Center in Bologna

  • Architects: gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects
  • Project: Technology Center
  • Location: Bologna, Italy
  • First prize in international competition 2012
  • Design: Volkwin Marg with Robert Friedrichs
  • Team members: Stephanie Joebsch, Alessia Spezzano, Alexander Kittel, Bernd Kottsieper, Claudia Schultze, Andre
  • Wegmann, Peter Radomski
  • Total floor area for various uses: 110,000 sqm
  • Client: Società Finanziaria Bologna Metropolitana SpA

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Modern Renovation of pre-war Townhouse in Chelsea, NYC by Julianking Architect

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: Julianking Architect

The project is the renovation of a pre-war townhouse on an historic block in Chelsea, NYC, focusing on the garden apartment. The garden duplex was originally dark and in disrepair: a cramped kitchen had inadequate windows facing the rear yard, the parlor level, with ornate molding, and etched glass, opened clumsily into a bedroom facing a rear yard.

Modern Renovation of pre-war Townhouse

  • Architects: Julianking Architect
  • Project: Modern Renovation of pre-war Townhouse
  • Location: Chelsea, NYC

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Villa Hendrikx in Almere-Haven, The Netherlands by 70F Architecture

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: 70F Architecture

The commission (September 2007) consisted of a detached house on a plot in residential area Overgooi in Almere, at the foot of the Gooimeer dike. The family wanted, except for transparency and privacy, a strong integration of the plot with the building as opposed to a block on a mound. The house is a two-story building with traditional planning, living on the ground floor and sleeping upstairs. The building is divided into three parts: a two-storey main entrance building facing the front garden, a patio and connecting hallway as an open area in between, and finally the living area in a one-story volume in the middle of the plot.

Image Courtesy Luuk Kramer

  • Architects: 70F Architecture
  • Project: Villa Hendrikx
  • Location: Ludenbos 9, 1358 EL Almere, The Netherlands
  • Client: the Hendrikx family
  • Project architect: Carina Nilsson
  • Project leader: Bas ten Brinke
  • Engineer: van Rossum Almere
  • Contractor: REKO Uelsen (D)
  • Photographer: Luuk Kramer
  • Completed: September 2009
  • Software used: mix of Autocad/3D studio and Vectorworks

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Ordos Concert Hall in Inner Mongolia, China by Cannon Design

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: Cannon Design

A world-class concert hall designed for the Kaokaoshina New District – an emerging art and cultural hub in Ordos City, in southwestern Inner Mongolia – is equipped to attract renowned performers from around the globe. Located at the intersection of two of the city’s major arteries, the concert hall is both integral to the art and culture of the district and an iconic gateway to the city itself.

Ordos Concert Hall

  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Project: Ordos Concert Hall
  • Location: Inner Mongolia, China
  • Client: Ordos JiangYuan Reservoir Co., Ltd.

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Roger Vivier in Paris, France by Marion | Compleet

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: Marion | Compleet

The purpose was to reconnect with the identity of Roger Vivier’s house in order to accompany the renewal of the brand that created, among other things, the stiletto heel in 1954.

The work was led in close relationship with Inès de la Fressange, director of the brand and Bruno Frisoni, artistic director. We aimed to give each room the prestige of Roger Vivier’s history and a contemporary design vision. Based on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré Street, the store spreads on 3 levels in a sweet and luminous atmosphere. Outside, the screen shop-window made of “priva light” let the ground floor appear through the frames of various windows.

Roger Vivier

  • Architects: Marion | Compleet
  • Project: Roger Vivier
  • Location: Rue du Fgt St. Honoré 75008 Paris
  • Client: Tod’s Group
  • Surface: 500 m²
  • Cost: Confidential

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Footbridge over the River Segre in Lleida, Spain by Ravetllat Ribas Arquitectos

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: Ravetllat Ribas Arquitectos

The footbridge seeks only to be a link between the two banks of the river Segre where it crosses the city of Lleida. Understood more as an itinerary than as a place in which to remain, the new footbridge at no time pretends to erase the perception of being suspended at a great height over the riverbed. This thought has led to an adjusted dimensioning that make compatible pedestrian and bicycle traffic with that of service vehicles. In this way, the crossing of the entire width of the river is solved with two single pillars and no other support.

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  • Architects: Ravetllat Ribas Arquitectos
  • Project: Footbridge over the River Segre
  • Location: Avinguda dels Camps Elisis. Lleida, Catalunya, Spain
  • Developer: Ajuntament de Lleida
  • Authors: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas, Nicolás Markuerkiaga, Andreu Estany
  • Collaborators: Olga Schmid, Daniel Mòdol, Mariana Plana, Architects, Javier Rui-Wamba, Ricardo Gil, Engineers
  • Enterprise executor: Sorigué S.A.
  • Project ending: July 2001
  • Construction ending: December 2003
  • Surface: 3.650 m2
  • Budget: 1.101.054 €
  • Photography: Lourdes Jansana, Nicolás Markuerkiaga

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