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Colorado Court in Santa Monica, California by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Colorado Court
is one of the first buildings of its type in the United States that is 100% energy independent. Colorado Court distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy. The planning and design of Colorado Court emerged from close consideration and employment of passive solar design strategies. These strategies include: locating and orienting the building to control solar cooling loads; shaping and orienting the building for exposure to prevailing winds; shaping the building to induce buoyancy for natural ventilation; designing windows to maximize day lighting; shading south facing windows and minimizing west-facing glazing; designing windows to maximize natural ventilation; shaping and planning the interior to enhance daylight and natural air flow distribution.

Colorado Court

  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
  • Project: Colorado Court
  • Location: 502 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Client/Owner: Community Corporation of Santa Monica
  • Total Square Footage: 30,150 square feet
  • Designed: 2000
  • Completed: 2002
  • Cost: $5,200,000.00(US)


On the corner in Shiga, Japan by EASTERN design office

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: EASTERN design office

A castle where the boys and girls of the story of Michael Ende could be entering. It is a triangular building configured by the square elements!

The site is a manufacturing area in Youkaichi City in Shiga Prefecture.  There are many big factories in this town. A lot of immigrants from South America live here among the local people.


Images Courtesy Koichi Torimrura

  • Architect: EASTERN design office
  • Name of Project: On the corner
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Completion: 2011
  • Photographer: Koichi Torimura


B5 Building in Milan, Italy by Barreca & La Varra

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Barreca & La Varra

In the north-eastern outskirts of Milan, as part of the restructuring of the former industrial core that houses the RCS Media group, the new office building B5 designed by Barreca & La Varra studio has just been completed. The building is an integral part of a master plan intended for research and intellectual work and contributes to the incredible transformation which the production areas at the edge of the city have undergone over the past few years.

Image Courtesy Paolo Rosselli

  • Architects: Barreca & La Varra
  • Project: B5 Building
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Client: Iniziativa Immobiliare Due s.r.l. (Prelios S.p.A. – Morgan Stanley – RCS Mediagroup)
  • Development management: Prelios S.p.A.
  • Schematic design, design development and artistic supervision: Barreca & La Varra (Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)


Nihinihi Avenue in Raglan, New Zealand by Dorrington Architects & Associates

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Dorrington Architects & Associates

Located to capture views over the river estuary and distant harbor entrance, this modern holiday home is a composition of separate forms – two black-stained timber boxes that overhang a concrete plinth. Full of surprises, the house transforms effortlessly from cozy individual spaces to open plan when required. A covered deck opening from the living space provides another intimate space within the whole.
(Judges comment, NZIA awards)


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Emma-Jane Hetherington)

  • Architect: Dorrington Architects & Associates
  • Name of Project: Nihinihi Avenue
  • Location: Raglan, New Zealand
  • Completed: 2009
  • Area: 279m2 + 62m2 decks
  • Photography: Emma-Jane Hetherington
  • Award: NZIA Local Award for Residential Architecture 2010


Centre Technique Municipal – Grande Motte in France by Nb Architect

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Nb Architect

La Grande Motte city, situated at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, benefits from a soft and moderate climate. The project of construction of new offices for the technical services of the city of La Grande Motte takes place in a very widely afforested ground. It is a remarkable environment, thanks to the natural elements that surrounds it. So the project testifies of a profound respect for present natural elements while offering a new determinedly contemporary image. The landscape and architectural project presents a strong unity, stemming from the qualities of the place, in order to compose spaces where the environmental quality will be a vector of development.

Image Courtesy Paul Kozlowski

  • Architects: Nb Architect
  • Project: Centre Technique Municipal – Grande Motte
  • Location: France
  • Project manager: Representative Architect : Elodie NOURRIGAT et Jacques BRION,N+B Architectes
  • Associated Architect: Julien WAFFLART
  • Client: La ville de la Grande Motte
  • Technical consultants: O.P.C : ACCB
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Hermitage Plaza in Paris, France by Foster + Partners

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

Hermitage Plaza granted Permis de Construire

Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a public plaza at its heart. The project incorporates two 320-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe – which will establish a distinctive symbol for this new urban destination on the Paris skyline.

Pavilon view (Credit Foster + Partners)

  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Name of Project: Hermitage Plaza
  • Location: Courbevoie, Paris, France


Hotel de Police & extension of Charleroi in Belgium by MDW Architecture and Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: MDW Architecture and Ateliers Jean Nouvel


The new Police headquarters and the extension of Charleroi/Danses has just won the MIPIM Awards 2012 in the ‘Best Futura Project’ category. The winner – chosen by a jury and by public vote – has been announced tonight in Cannes during the MIPIM Award Ceremony. The City of Charleroi has commissioned the CFE group to design, build, finance and maintain this ambitious project conceived by the Ateliers Jean Nouvel and MDW ARCHITECTURE.

Night View


De Farine & D’eau Fraîche in QC, Canada by Surface3

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Surface3

De Farine & D’eau Fraîche is a pastry boutique, whose concept is founded on love, naiveté, and escapism. In designing the space, Surface3 sought to capture the essence of pastries and the way we enjoy them in a way that is simple, magical and lasting; from the exchange of pastries as a ritual signifying love and friendship, to the pleasure inherent in simple indulgence.

Image Courtesy Vladamir Antaki

  • Architects: Surface3
  • Project: De Farine & D’eau Fraîche
  • Location: 1701 rue Amherst, Montreal, QC, H2L 3L4, Canada
  • Client: De Farine et d’eau fraîche
  • Designers: SURFACE3
  • Design team: Jason Shatilla and Carla El-Samra
  • Surface: +/- 1700 square feet
  • Project end date: Janvier 2011
  • Photographer: Vladamir Antaki
  • Software used: Google SketchUp for the ideation process. Drawings were produced using Autocad.


Farum in Denmark by WE architecture

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: WE architecture

Today suburbia is a typology that has been greatly criticized. We believe that suburbs have great potential in becoming qualified and generous spaces for the inhabitants.

This competition was initiated by Realdania in order to create debate and visions for “The Suburbs of the Future”. Farum is today a fragmented suburb located 20 km from the centre of Copenhagen. The competition area is divided by large roads into islands of eclectic architecture composed of buildings mainly from the 70s and the 80s.


  • Architect: WE architecture
  • Name of Project: Farum
  • Location: Farum, Denmark
  • Asssignment: Invited competition
  • Type: Urban Planning
  • Client: Realdania & Furesø Municipality
  • Size: 96 ha
  • Year: 2012
  • Team: Marc Jay, Julie Schmidt-Nielsen, Nora Fossum, Kristian Hindsberg, Casper Berntsen, Steffen Ommundsen , Mikkel Friberg, Tom Benjamin Hobbs, Justin Cua& Karen Shiue
  • Collaborators: JWH arkitekter, PrebenSkaaruplandskabsarkitekter, NIRAS, Gitte Marling
  • Software used: Rhino, 3d Studio Max and V-ray


Light-Light Shelter in Yaizu, Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Mount Fuji Architects Studio

This is a delicatessen store built in poor ambient environment. Walls of neighboring house surround three side of it. And the only side free from the dominant wall is facing north. In order to place many kitchen instruments, we were obliged to create much floor space, making the most of the small budget and small plot of land.

Image Courtesy Mount Fuji Architects Studio

  • Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio
  • Project: Light-Light Shelter
  • Location: Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Function: Delica-Shop
  • Site area: 122.31m2
  • Building area: 97.10m2
  • Total floor area: 86.13m2
  • Number of stories: 1
  • Building height: 3.6m
  • Structural system: steel frame
  • Major materials: silicate calcium board, exterior=interior


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