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POTEMKIN – Post Industrial Meditation Park in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan by Casagrande & Rintala

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: Casagrande & Rintala

Potemkin stands as a post industrial temple, the Acropolis to re-think of the connection between the modern man and nature. I see Potemkin as a cultivated junk yard situated between the ancient rice fields and the river with a straight axis to the Shinto temple.

POTEMKIN – Post Industrial Meditation Park

  • Architect: Casagrande & Rintala
  • Name of Project: POTEMKIN – Post Industrial Meditation Park
  • Location: Kuramata village by the Kamagawa River, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan
  • Organizer: Echigo-Tsumari Contemporaty Art Triennial 2003, curator Sakura Iso
  • Dimensions: 130 m long, 5 – 15 m wide, 5 m high.
  • Materials: Kawasaki steel (one inch thick), recycled concrete, recycled asphalt, recycled glass, recycled pottery, river bed stones, white gravel, oak.
  • Team: Marco Casagrande, Sami Rintala, Edmundo Colon, Chris Constantin, Philippe Gelard, Leslie Cofresi, Marty Ross, Janne Saario, Jan-Arild Sannes, George Lovett, Dean Carman, Joakim Skajaa, Sonny Madonaldo


Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland by Todd Architects

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Todd Architects

Delivering the World’s Largest Titanic Visitor Experience

Titanic Belfast opened its doors to the world on 31st March, 2012.  The world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project, Titanic Belfast is the result of a successful collaboration between the Concept Design Architects CivicArts/Eric R Kuhne & Associates and the Lead Consultant/Architect Todd Architects.

  • Architects: Todd Architects
  • Project: Titanic Belfast
  • Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Photographs: Christopher Heaney, Gareth O’Cathain (more…)

Jewish Museum Berlin in Germany by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

The Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened to the public in 2001, exhibits the social, political and cultural history of the Jews in Germany from the 4th century to the present. The museum explicitly presents and integrates, for the first time in postwar Germany, the repercussions of the Holocaust. The new extension is housed on the site of the original Prussian Court of Justice building which was completed in 1735 and renovated in the 1960s to become a museum for the city of Berlin.

JMB Next to Original Baroque Building (Images Courtesy BitterBredt)

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Jewish Museum Berlin
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Building size: 166,840 sq.ft
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete with zinc facade
  • Photography: Guenter Schneider, Bitter Bredt, Torsten Seidel, Michele Nastesi and SDL


Zhejiang Energy R&D Complex in Hangzhou, China by KABC

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

KABC’s vision for the development of the innovative office and research center in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community reflects the goals of the new high technology research campus, which promotes a new paradigm for research and development campuses in the region. Sustainability is at the core of the architectural expression, encompassing environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability by fostering community and promoting new techniques and technologies.

View of Office & Lab Complex during the Day

House in Palabritas Beach, Peru by Metropolis

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Metropolis

A summer celebration

The house is located on the first row of lots and was designed so that the architecture acted like a frame to the view of the beach and the islands that are found in front of the house. The esthetic of the house celebrates the summer with modern curves that remind us of the Brazilian architecture of the sixties.

The whole house has a white finish with color accents in red, in both main elements such as the swimming pool as well as furnishings. The house reminds us of competitive elements used in Stanley Kubrick films, with the white curved elements contrasted with details in red.

Images Courtesy Elsa Ramirez

  • Architect: Metropolis – Jose Orrego
  • Name of Project: House in Palabritas Beach
  • Location: Palabritas Beach, Lima, Peru
  • Type Of Project: Beach house
  • Structural Engineers: Ing. Jorge Avendaño
  • Photographer: Elsa Ramirez


Datong Art Museum in China by Foster + Partners

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

New museum under construction in Datong, China

Construction is underway at Datong Art Museum – China’s ‘Museum of the 21st Century’. The museum will open in 2013 to represent China in the ‘Beyond the Building’ Basel Art international tour.

The 32,000-square-metre venue is one of four major new buildings within Datong New City’s cultural plaza. Its centrepiece is the Grand Gallery, a heroically scaled, top-lit exhibition space measuring 37 metres high and spanning almost 80 metres, in which artists will be commissioned to create large-scale works of art.

Images Courtesy Foster + Partners

  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Name of Project: Datong Art Museum
  • Location: Datong, China
  • Status: Under construction
  • Images credit: Foster + Partners


Mapuche House in Buenos Aires, Argentina by BAK arquitecto

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: BAK arquitecto

A well-chosen place

‘Mapuche Country Club’ does not come to be a new born ‘country’ (condominium). Therefore, its lush vegetation, which has grown throughout the years, has added such a value to the place that has led both our clients (and friends) and us to agree on the fact that that area was the right one. Among all the several lots we went around, we recommended them an area that was fronted by a row of conifers, next to a bunch of fruit trees (unfortunately, the house was to be located here due to regulations),  almost in the middle of the place were two old blue cedar trees close to the dividing axis and, a well-situated swimming pool. The lot has a position that favours the house in many ways. On the one hand, since the back of the house is NW-oriented, it is sheltered from direct afternoon sunlight by its cedars. On the other hand, its SE front row of coniferous trees do let the place receive some sunshine. ‘This plot is fantastic’, we said.

Exterior View

  • Architect: BAK arquitecto
  • Name of Project: Mapuche House
  • Location: ‘Mapuche Country Club, Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk
  • Colaborator: Sebastián Indri
  • Lot surface: 600 m2
  • Building surface: 142 m2
  • Built in: 2006


242 Social Housing Units in Salburúa, Spain by ACXT

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: ACXT

Development of 242 dwellings in the Salburua neighbourhood in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The plot, in accordance with the criteria established by the town planning, is occupied by a 21 storey-high tower and a continuous U-shaped block with a varying height between four and seven floors. All the front gates of the development are on the ground floor, as well as nine retail units. The two basement floors occupy the whole plot and house the garage, the box-rooms and technical rooms and the rest of the surface is used for council housing.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Aitor Ortiz)

  • Architect: Iñaki Garai Zabala – ACXT
  • Official name of the Project: 242 Social Housing Units in Salburúa
  • Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Client: VISESA Vivienda y Suelo de Euskadi S.A.
  • Project Director: Iñaki Garai Zabala
  • Assistants: José Marcos Cavallero, Ricardo Moutinho, Helena Sá Marques, Oscar Ferreira da Costa, Nuria Perez, Beatriz Pagoaga and Inés López


United (union) University Complex in Beijing,CHINA by OSO Studio LTD

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: OSO Studio LTD

The campus of united (union) university is located at the northeast of Beijing’s 4’Th Ring road, near the centre axis of city. After the construction period across 1970’s – 2000’s and a merging with Beijing tourism college in 2010, the campus lead to open space’s sprawl and the buildings have totally difference.

Brown Vujcich House in Herne Bay, New Zealand by Bossley Architects

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Bossley Architects

This house is located on a narrow urban site in the heart of Herne Bay. Tight site controls and a sloping site resulted in a long narrow building form that steps down the slope of the site.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Bossley Architects
  • Name of Project: Brown Vujcich House
  • Location: Herne Bay, New Zealand
  • Software used: Vectorworks


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