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ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

In summer 2011 the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), together with students at the University of Stuttgart have realized a temporary, bionic research pavilion made of wood at the intersection of teaching and research. The project explores the architectural transfer of biological principles of the sea urchin’s plate skeleton morphology by means of novel computer-based design and simulation methods, along with computer-controlled manufacturing methods for its building implementation. A particular innovation consists in the possibility of effectively extending the recognized bionic principles and related performance to a range of different geometries through computational processes, which is demonstrated by the fact that the complex morphology of the pavilion could be built exclusively with extremely thin sheets of plywood (6.5 mm).

East view

  • Architects: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
  • Project: ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
  • Location: Keplerstr. 11-17, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Date of completion: August 2011
  • Surface: 72m²
  • Volume: 200m³
  • Material: 275 m² Birch plywood 6,5mm Sheet thickness
  • Software used: McNeel Rhinoceros and the plugins Grasshopper and Kangaroo. Also used AnSys for FEA tests, QDesign RoboMove for simulating and Kuka KRC2 for operating the manufacturing process.


Spliced Towers in Guanyuan, China by AQSO arquitectos office

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: AQSO arquitectos office

High density residential complex in Guangyuan.

The project is conceived as a strong element in consonance with the surrounding hilly scene. The buildings rise over the landscape becoming a milestone, a sober and expressive landmark solving the program requirements: archive the desired plot ratio and increase the green area by minimizing the building footprint.

The Southern side of the plot has a strong residential character, blocks orientated North-South within a park where the public facilities are located. On the other hand the Northern side is conceived as an urban atmosphere where four main towers are located on top of a commercial podium, establishing a mutual relation with the rest of the city.

Exterior View

  • Architect: AQSO arquitectos office
  • Name of Projet: Spliced  Towers
  • Location: Guanyuan, China
  • Local partner: GP&D (Chongqing)
  • Engineering and consulting: LKS Ingeniería, S. Coop  (
  • Ground Floor Area: 110000 sqm


Ficelles -Ichihara Museum in Chiba, Japan by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

The renovation of the museum in the park near the lake in Ichi- hara city, Chiba, Japan. Roofs are like if the strings were surrounding the existing building. These strings are connecting the roof of the exiting building, garden on the ground, and the lakeside. Moreover, the parts of them become the spaces to connect outside to inside and visitors can walk around them.

Ichihara City Museum

  • Architects: Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture
  • Project: Ficelles -Ichihara museum
  • Location: Chiba, Japan
  • Program : museum
  • Plot area : 11,300 m2
  • Built area : 2,400 m2



House in Kaimakli, Cyprus by Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects (designed using Microstation)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects


The refurbishment and the extension of the traditional house in Kaimakli is based on the main strategies of the bio-climatic approach, and especially on conditions that were developed through tradition : all the spaces enjoy south orientation with various ways of shading (including movable vegetation panel) and assure generous cross air ventilation. The vegetation and the reinforcement of the breezes through it, endorse the creation of a micro climate and micro-cosmos of the house.


Images Courtesy Yiorgos Kordakis

  • Architect: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects
  • Name of Project: House in Kaimakli
  • Location: Kaimakli, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • House owners: Kalli Christoforou, Yiorgos Hadjichristou
  • Colaborators: Petros Konstantinou and Veronika Antoniou
  • Photographer: Christos Papantoniou and Yiorgos Kordakis
  • Software used: Microstation V8i


House S in Tokyo, Japan by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: Keiji Ashizawa Design

House S is located in a quiet residential area in a center of Tokyo. The site is of the house is a cul-de-sac, removed from the main thoroughfares, and was once a samurai residence, so their are old pine and zelkova trees in the area. Such surroundings, even in the midst of the city, significantly impacted the design.

The house includes many gardens on each floor of the house, to bring the surrounding landscape into the house. In the end, the house will be part of this larger landscape, and in the meantime the green surroundings will help with privacy.

Images Courtesy Daici Ano

  • Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design
  • Name of Project: House S
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Project architect: F Keiji Ashizawa / Rie Honjo
  • Structural engineer: FASA Akira Suzuki
  • Photo: Daici Ano


Earth-Bricks in Chiba, Japan by Atelier Tekuto

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Tekuto

Why “Soil”?

“Soil” is the most popular structural building material in the world building industry. However, concrete and steel has been used more in 20th and 21st century. As a result, chaotic non-characteristic world is spreading out, and regionality has been disappearing. Japan is originally rich in forest, and developed high recognition of wood culture over thousands of years. Now, Japan is facing the situation that the uses of imported wood are increasing compared to domestic timber due to the economical reason. At the same time, we are on the “century of environment”, cannot avoid researching environmental friendly material and structure. In order to resolve problems described above, we think “material not to be influenced by economy” and “environmental friendly material” are essential.

Image Courtesy Toshihiro Sobajima

  • Architects: Atelier Tekuto
  • Project: Earth-Bricks
  • Location: Chiba, Japan
  • Photographer: Toshihiro Sobajima


Restaurant O 6eime Sens in Québec, Canada by Amiot Bergeron Architectes

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: Amiot Bergeron Architectes

The concept is well defined through the name of the restaurant, especially because the restaurant is managed by blinds and sponsored by the foundation mira. Site selection, accessibility and interior planning were the guidelines for the concept, selected to be approved by the crsss. The challenge was in the organization of two (2) types of circulation: the public and the blind waiters. The sensitive approach is perceived through the floor textures and dividing low walls.

Interior View


Daycare Center in Ayamonte, Spain by Sol89

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: Sol89

A public building should be able to not have doors. We think of these buildings as technical fragments from the connected public space network throughout the city thatcher in their belonging to the nature of the streets, squares and gardens. From this discussion we propose that the Daycare Center become a transit device and reconcile the city and the abandoned park where it is situated, conceiving it as a place to play and to be for neighbors and children.

Image Courtesy Jesús Granada

  • Architects: María González y Juanjo López de la Cruz (Sol89)
  • Project: Daycare Center
  • Location: Carlos Cano St., Ayamonte. Huelva, Spain
  • Design date: 2003
  • Completion date: 2005-2006
  • Quantity surveyor: Joaquín Gutiérrez.
  • Collaborators: George Smudge, student.
  • Installations engineers: Insur JG.
  • Built up area: 1.116,78 m²
  • Client: Townhall of Ayamonte.
  • General Contractor: Construcciones Hermanos Cordero S.A.
  • Photographs: Jesús Granada.


Taipei pop music center in Taiwan by Kotaro horiuchi architecture

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: Kotaro horiuchi arhitecture

At a slender site placed in the redeveloped area in Taipei, a new hub of Asian music center is projected. Distributing to each culture to the each of the functions, gathering each visitor into each of the cultures, it will be new place to communicate. When each tower is related and have sympathy each other, a basement of connected new musical cultures will be appeared. Mixing up the surroundings into the relationship, the basement will draw ARASHI in the culture of Taiwan music.

Interior View of Auditorium

  • Architect: Kotaro horiuchi arhitecture
  • Name of Project: Taipei pop music center
  • Location: Nangang, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Program: Music center
  • Plot area: 76,500 m²


Shou sugi ban in Maarn, the Netherlands by BYTR Architects

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: BYTR Architects

The sculptural form of this extension is a nice contrast with the minimal  expression of the 1950’s house. The shape of the extension and the position  of it’s windows are carefully related to the interior functions. The skylight in  the highest point provides extra daylight to flood the kitchen desk.  The stretched window in the back facade provides a panoramic view into  the garden.

Exterior view from garden (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

  • Architects: BYTR Architects
  • Project: Shou sugi ban
  • Location: Maarn, the Netherlands
  • Project team: Tjerk van de Wetering, Richel Lubbers, Dominique Vermeulen
  • Client: Private
  • Design: 2009
  • Realisation: 2010
  • Photographer: Ossip van Duivenbode


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