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ZAC Bastide Niel in Bordeaux, France by MVRDV

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: MVRDV

Bastide Niel will become a lively extension to the city centre with a mixed program of 3200 homes, 25.000 m2 retail , 25.000 m2 offices, 15.000 m2 crafts and 58.000 m2 public facilities such as a university building, the municipal archives, a cultural building, a community centre, schools, day care centres and sport facilities, such as a skate park. The 35ha site near the Garonne River lies within walking distance from the historic UNESCO listed centre of Bordeaux and is currently occupied by warehouses, redundant barracks and rail embankments. The question was how to create a vibrant neighbourhood in tradition of but as well as an update of the European city: historic, mixed and intimate; light, green and dense.

Roof view

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: ZAC Bastide Niel
  • Location: Bordeaux, France

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Mirror House in Copenhagen City, Denmark by MLRP

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: MLRP

Mirror House at Copenhagen Central Park

Danish-American based architects MLRP has transformed an existing graffiti-plagued playground structure to an inviting and reflective pavilion as part of the new Interactive Playground Project in Copenhagen.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Laura Stamer)

  • Architect: MLRP
  • Name of Project: Mirror House
  • Location: Fælledparken (Central Park), Copenhagen City, Denmark
  • Engineers: Grontmij A/S
  • Photography: Laura Stamer
  • Software used: VectorWorks

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V Ave Shoe Repair in Stockholm, Sweden by Guise

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Guise

The project concerns a new concept store for V Ave Shoe Repair. The Swedish fashion brand V Ave Shoe Repair works with traditional typologies of clothes but deconstructs them and create new hybrid garments. The assignment was to design an entirely new concept store that meets the commercial aspects of a retail space, but foremost to design the spatial encounter with the brand V Ave Shoe Repair.

Concept Store

  • Architects: Guise
  • Project: Concept Store for V Ave Shoe Repair
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden

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Stinson Beach House in California by WA design

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: WA design

Just north of San Francisco is the largely suburban and rural County of Marin. The bay side has been developed with upscale suburbs, but with zoning rules the west side, which borders the Pacific Ocean, has remained an agricultural and rural preserve. The Marin coastline is one of green rolling hills that slope down to the rugged palisades that meet the Pacific.

Front View

  • Architect: WA design
  • Name of Project: Stinson Beach House
  • Location: Stinson Beach, California
  • Client: Stacia Cronin and David Stark Wilson
  • Size: 1400 square feet
  • Design Team: David Stark Wilson, Frank Eyerly, Eoi Takagi

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Urban Food Production in Chicago, Illinois by Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Zündel & Cristea

GLOBAL OVERVIEW

The socio-cultural development of the past century has compromised the notion of “progress”. Deforestation, topsoil depletion, excesses of industrial and financial globalisation, biodiversity loss and incessant pressures of population growth on the planet’s limited resources have placed the human being in a condition of rupture with his ecological role as species.

 

Images Courtesy Atelier Zündel Cristea

  • Architect: Atelier Zündel & Cristea
  • Name of Project: Urban Food Production
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Competition: 2010
  • Client: Terreform
  • Consultants: Batiserf
  • Project: Parkings, food production, dwellings…
  • Photo credit: Atelier Zündel Cristea

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A Studio Apartment in Reykjavik, Iceland by Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor (designed using ArchiCad and Artlantis)

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor

The tiny house represents one of the elevations of the square on top of Reykjavik City center facing the famous church and the Sculpture Museum. This square is visited by each and every tourist that comes to Reykjavik. The appartment is on 2nd,floor with a wiew towards the church, the Museum, the Pearl Resturant and the Blue Mountains in distance. This spectacular setting was the reason for the investment in the appartment which was in very bad condition.

A Studio Apartment

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Sea Tree by Waterstudio.NL

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Waterstudio.NL

Urbanisation and climate change put a lot of pressure on available space for nature in city centres. New initiatives for adding extra park zones to a city are rare. Yet these kind of additional habitats for birds, bees, bats and other small animals could bring a lot of positive green effects to the environment of a city.

Sea Tree

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Brick Thickness in Dublin, Ireland by A2 Architects

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: A2 Architects

The introduction of the Luas light rail service along the old Harcourt Street railway line in Dublin, Ireland has resulted in a blurring of private and public space for houses backing onto the railway; a reversal occurs resulting in the rear of these houses being presented as a new front.

Front View

  • Architects: A2 Architects
  • Project: Brick Thickness
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland

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Pittman Dowell Residence in La Crescenta, California by Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

North of Los Angeles at the edge of Angeles National Forest, the residence is sited on 6 acres originally planned as a Richard Neutra designed development. Although three pads were cleared, only one home was built. The current owners, who own the original Neutra home, have developed a desert garden on one of the clearings. The new home sits on the last clearing.

Aerial View in Night (Images Courtesy © Iwan Baan)

  • Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.
  • Name of Project: Pittman Dowell Residence
  • Location: La Crescenta, California
  • Arborist: Robert W. Wallace
  • Engineer: B.W. Smith Structural Engineers, Paller-Roberts Engineering, Inc., The J Byer Group
  • General Contractor: Asterisk Builders
  • Photo Credit: © Iwan Baan

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Highwood Square in Hamden, Connecticut by Ben Ledbetter Architect and Graftworks Design Research

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Graftworks Design Research

This project was developed as apartments for artists by Mutual Housing Association, a nonprofit organization working to provide quality affordable homes for working families in New Haven, CT.  Located on Dixwell Avenue, the surrounding area is a mix of commercial and light industrial buildings bordered by a residential neighborhood – the existing property and buildings sat vacant for 15 years before MHA bought the property.

Community room/gallery with three bedroom duplex apts above

  • Architect: Ben Ledbetter Architect and Graftworks Design Research (email - bl@benledbetter.com, phone - 203-782-1912)
  • Project: Highwood Square
  • Location: Hamden, Connecticut
  • Completion: Fall 2011
  • Owner: Mutual Housing of South Central Connecticut
  • Architects Design: Ben Ledbetter Architect in Association With GRAFTWORKS Design Research
  • Structural, Civil. MEP Engineer: Decarlo & Doll
  • Landscape Architect: MRLD
  • General Contractor: LaRosa Building Group
  • Photography: David Joseph Photography
  • Principals in Charge: Ben Ledbetter, Ben Ledbetter Architect, Lawrence Blough, GRAFTWORKS Design Research
  • Project Team: John Henle Architect, Greg Merryweather Architect, John Heida, Ben Howes

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