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Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial in Padua, Italy by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Memoria e Luce is a memorial in Padua, Italy for victims of the 9/11 attacks on New York City. The memorial is designed as an open and luminous book, featuring anorginal twisted steel beam salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center that was donated by the US to the Veneto Region, and in turn to the city of Padua. The memorial was completed in September 2005 in collaboration with Permasteelisa.

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial
  • Location: Padua, Italy
  • Building size: 2,500 sq.ft (Area), 56 Ft.(Height)
  • Structure Steel: Structure with glass cladding
  • Client: Regione Veneto

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

  • Structural Engineer: AMIS Agenziamilanostrutture
  • Lighting Designer: iGuzzini
  • Contractor: Permasteelisa Italy
  • Status: Completed
  • Completion Date: 2005

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Muttawar Sustainable Residential Community in Muscat, Oman by Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

In order to balance a respect for history and tradition with the need to create a modern neighborhood, the design takes cues from the regional architecture and builds on the best practices in contemporary architecture. The aspiration for the project is to build a sustainable development that is of high quality while being cost-efficient.

Community is organized by the principles of the Arabic courtyard house

  • Architect: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
  • Name of project: Muttawar Sustainable Residential Community
  • Location: Muscat, Oman
  • Project Area: 64,640 m2
  • Team: Anna Klingmann, Enrique Limon, Simon Lee , Caren Becker, Fidelma Hawney, Ling Zhong
  • Project Scope: Masterplanning, Architectural Design, Landscape Design
  • Project Type: Residential Community with Mixed-Use
  • Client: Global Omani Development & Investment Company

Close-up of gateway – traditional motifs and screens

The community is organized according to the principles of the Arabic courtyard house, a response that is sensitive to the culture and climate of the place. Expanded to a whole self-sustaining community, this vision creates a new type of residential development that has the neighborly feel of a house that has expanded to nurture a new community while balancing the vibrancy of a city in microcosm.

Main entrance gateway into the modern neighborhood

Sustainability is at the core of the architectural expression, encompassing environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability by preserving traditional crafts and promoting new techniques and technologies. The design of the residential development is small scale, compact and organic, and will comprise locally sourced materials including limestone, marble, and aluminum. It is inherently sustainable through passive means, such as natural ventilation, the use of traditional arcaded spaces and loggias, mashrabiya screens and water features to maximize passive cooling.

Aerial view of sustainable community

Typical modern interior respecting local history and traditions

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