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Neues Stadt-Casino in Basel, Switzerland by Zaha Hadid Architects

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

An L-shaped volume that gives a new identity to the Stadt-Casino, enclosing the existing music hall and connecting it with the adjacent Hans Huber Hall. This homogeneous, plastic volume is differentiated and articulated by bulging and inverting its surface, enclosing ‘foreign bodies’ and hollowing it out to create a generous entrance hall.

The façade of the old music hall and the Hans Huber Hall create the main façade for the Neues Stadt Casino along the Steinenberg. The continuation of the two buildings, highlighted by a cut or slice, allows the front surface of the new building to become cohesive whilst the new volume remains sufficiently distanced from the existing building.

Night View

  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of Project: Neues Stadt-Casino
  • Location: Basel, Switzerland
  • Duration: 2004 – 2006
  • Client: Casino Gesellschaft
  • Area: 13723m2
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Helmut Kinzler


Agora Sociocultural Center in A Coruña, Spain by Rojo/Fernandez-Shaw, Arquitectos

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: Rojo/Fernandez-Shaw, Arquitectos

An Agora must be an accessible and open space for people’s meeting and their civic expression. This public and collective character makes architecture face to a double challenge:

On the one hand, its program is complex and multiple, covering from culture, administration, meeting, spectacle and social services.

On the other hand, even being a building, its true vocation is linked and close to the concept and qualities of a square.

Image Courtesy Hisao Suzuki

  • Architects: Rojo/Fernandez-Shaw, Arquitectos
  • Project: Agora Sociocultural Center
  • Location: San Pedro de Visma, A Coruña, Spain
  • Competition: First Prize, March 2007
  • Project Date: February 2008
  • Home work: February 2009
  • End of construction: September 2011
  • Software used: Autocad for the techical drawings and 3D Studio for the renderings and images


Pavilion “O” in Sinaia, Romania by UNULAUNU

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: UNULAUNU

The installation occupies and defines a Space. A series of elements, following one rule, defining in this way an ideal limit, an object perceived as a precise place, the “O” pavilion, positioned independently of the deigned path of the Dimitrie Ghica park in Sinaia, occupies a fragment of it, proposing a new way of public interaction. The new object is placed in the same axe as the entrance if the Casino.


Pavilion "O"

  • Architect: UNULAUNU
  • Name of Project: Pavilion “O”
  • Location: Sinaia, Romania


Two houses in Orsara, Italy by Raimondo Guidacci

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: Raimondo Guidacci

The project concerns two small buildings situated in an irregular shape lot, near the old town of Orsara di Puglia, in a street characterized by different typologies of buildings.

The new buildings completed the block by filling the gap between the fronts on the two streets, left uncovered an internal area to brought light inside the two buildings and related them to each other. It is possible to divide the front of both houses in three elements: a basement made of brushed Apricena stone, a surface completely covered with oak boards, containing the entrances, and a white wall, without windows, for the front on Via Trento, while on Via Cadorna there are two balconies in stainless steel.

Images Courtesy Alberto Muciaccia

  • Architect: Raimondo Guidacci
  • Name of Project: Two houses in Orsara
  • Location: Orsara di Puglia, Foggia, Italy
  • Collaborators: Leonardo Guidacci
  • Clients: Maria Ruscito
  • Photo: Alberto Muciaccia


La Vinya Residence in Caldes de Malavella, Spain by Lagula Arquitectes

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: Lagula Arquitectes

Life in La Vinya unfolds against the backdrop of a modern reinterpretation of the Palladian villa. Sensitivity is the keynote in expansive show villa in which outdoor and indoor spaces, patios, porches and pergolas extend outwards, mingling with the natural setting. It is where the bedroom terraces are built from stone that blends in perfectly with the surroundings and where the upper terraces and patios become vantage points, set within a landscape in which the house’s single volume rests, natural and abstract.

La Vinya Residence

  • Architects: Lagula Arquitectes
  • Project: La Vinya Residence
  • Location: Caldes de Malavella, Spain


XiaoQuan Ethnic Elementary School in Sichuan Province, China by TAO

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: TAO

The old XiaoQuan Elementary School was severely damaged during the catastrophic 5.12 Sichuan earthquake in 2008 and was demolished afterwards. Supported by donations from several sponsors, the project is to build new school in the center of Xiaoquan old town. The program consists of main classroom buildings, classrooms for various activities, teacher’s office, student dormitory buildings, and dining hall. The new school will host more than 900 students.

Big step (Images Courtesy Yao Li)

  • Architect: HUA Li / TAO (Trace Architecture Office)
  • Project name: XiaoQuan Ethnic Elementary School
  • Location: Xiaoquan town, Sichuan Province, China
  • Program: Classroom, multi-purpose rooms, office, student dormitory, dining hall etc.
  • Total Floor Area: 8,900 sq. m.
  • Photographer: Yao Li


Coopers Beach House in Far North, New Zealand by Dorrington Architects & Associates

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: Tim Dorrington Architects

This beach house has an overall feeling of simple restraint. Modest materials used in deceptively simple ways manipulate site, space and light to organise the “bach” in a straightforward, playful and inventive way. The surprise placement of circulation along the perimeter appears to have been the key move in unlocking the architectural solution.
(Judges comment, NZIA awards)

Exterior view

  • Architects: Dorrington Architects & Associates
  • Project: Coopers Beach House
  • Location: Far North, New Zealand
  • Architect Design: Emma-Jane Hetherington
  • Area: 277m2
  • Photography: Emma-Jane Hetherington


Sportspavilion Zestienhoven-Rotterdam, The Netherlands by Erik Moederscheim

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: Erik Moederscheim

After a selection is MoederscheimMoonen Architects chosen as the design agency that provides for the new home of two football development in the Park Zestienhoven Rotterdam. Zestienhoven Park includes more than 1800 luxury homes located next to Rotterdam Airport and close to the existing park area within the new plan will be developed.


Exterior View

  • ARCHITECT: Erik Moederscheim – MoederscheimMoonen Architects
  • NAME OF PROJECT: Sportspavilion Zestienhoven-Rotterdam
  • LOCATION: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • CONTRACT: New build sports 16Hoven, Rotterdam
  • FEATURES: Catering (canteens), board rooms, changing facilities, storage, terrace
  • CLIENT: Sports and Recreation Department and Housing & Urban Development Department, City of Rotterdam


Condo Canal Lachine in Quebec, Canada by C3 Studio

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: C3 Studio

c3studio’s interior architecture design for Condo Canal Lachine in Montréal (Québec, Canada) won top honors in the residential/kitchen category in the annual Quebec competition Grands Prix du Design in 2011. Beyond its apparent simplicity, the interior space of the residence reveals a visual personality that evokes a monolithic sculpture rather than simply a living space.

Image Courtesy Steve Montpetit

  • Architects: C3 Studio
  • Project: Condo Canal Lachine
  • Location: Montréal / (Petite-Bourgogne), Quebec, Canada
  • Project manager: MARIO PAINCHAUD
  • Surface: 700 PI² / 65 m²
  • Project end date: Août 2011
  • Carpenter / kitchen designer: ESPACE CUISINE
  • Concrete : M3BÉTON
  • Photographer : STEVE MONTPETIT
  • Software used: AUTOCAD for the plan, elevations, details and 3D STUDIO MAX for presentation, study model.


National Library of Public Information in Taichung, Taiwan by J. J. Pan & Partners (designed with Rhino and IDEAS)

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners

Situated in the middle of the island of Taiwan, the National Library of Public Information occupies a site that is both geographically and metaphorically the confluence of information exploration and urban evolution. The striking form of the building features a “horizontal flow” theme recalling the early irrigation canals in the city’s settlement since the 18th century, as well as symbolizing the fluid data interface in the internet age.

Night View (Images Courtesy Wei-Shih Hsieh and JJPan)

  • Architect: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)
  • Name of Project: National Library of Public Information
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Chih Ming Chang, Sheng Tien Yeh, Sheng-ping Lin, Wen Chih Wang, Chi-Hsuan Peng, Han-Shen Chen, Tien-Yi Pan, Chia-Zhong Hsieh, Hsiao-Mei Shih, Chien-Yuan Liang, Wu-Ting Wu, Tien Kai Yang, Shih-Fan Huang
  • Building Contractor: Kong Chou Construction Enterprise
  • Project Year:
    • Design: 2007
    • Completion: 2012
  • Photograph: Wei-Shih Hsieh, JJPan
  • Software used: RHINO to form and IDEAS  for curved surface and opening


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