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Töölönlahden Block 2018 in Helsinki, Finland by ALA Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects

“FINIS”

The charm of Töölönlahti street blocks is in its completing the immediate urban fabric without stealing all the attention. This urban row also shelters the park from discomfort and noise of nearby railroads, and stands as a principle spine to support existing buildings and future public developments. Block 2018 culminates the row, subsequently characterising the entire block.

Facade from train tracks

  • Architect: ALA Architects
  • Name of Project: Töölönlahden Block 2018
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Type: Competition, Purchase
  • Program: 3 200 m² Housing, 10 600 m² Offices
  • Team: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Harri Ahokas, Petra Grisova, Julius Kekoni, Pekka Tainio, Jyri Tartia, Yena Young, Yin Li

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Salerno Maritime Terminal in Salerno, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

Our new terminal echoes the oyster – its hard shell enclosing soft, fluid elements within. Key focal points- ticket desks, restaurant, waiting room – steer passengers from ground level to upper deck boarding points. By night the terminal’s ‘glow’ functions almost as a lighthouse for this ancient port city.

Our new terminal for the ferry port at Salerno, marks the transition from land to sea, from solid to liquid, both visually and functionally – strengthening the intimate relationship between city and waterfront through innovate design.

Rendering

  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of Project: Salerno Maritime Terminal
  • Location: Salerno, Italy
  • Client: Comune di Salerno
  • Period: 1999 – 2012
  • Status: Under Construction
  • Type: Ferry and cruise-line terminal, café, shops

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SIP Panel house in Valparaíso Region, Chile by Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Alejandro Soffia + Gabriel Rudolphy

Built with SIP panels (Structural Insulated Panels), this house is conceived as an attempt to rationalize this construction material and achieve a maximum optimization of its structural and dimensional qualities. The totality of the house was configured with two kinds of components: wall panels (122 x 244 x 11.4 mm) and split-levelpanels (122 x 488 x 21mm). In just 10 days, 71 wall panels and 40 split-level panels were built. The loss of material was negligible.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Felipe Fontecilla)

  •  Architects: Alejandro Soffia and  Gabriel Rudolphy
  • Project name: SIP Panel house
  • Location: Santo Domingo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Structural engineer: José Manuel Morales
  • Client: Vicente Hidd
  • Materials: SIP panels, wood
  • Project area: 139m2
  • Cost: 990 U$ sqm
  • Construction date: 2011
  • Photographer: Felipe Fontecilla, Alejandro Soffia and Josefina López

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New office of Grimshaw Architects in NY by MINIMAL

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: MINIMAL

Moving from Tribeca to Chelsea: MINIMAL Design for the New Grimshaw Architects Office

Moved in the mid of 2011 from Tribeca to Chelsea, Grimshaw Architects office is now located in a typical industrial building facing the Hudson River and surrounded by the bohemian streets of this blooming neighborhood. The lobby, accessible through a farmer-style stalls corridor is designed by MINIMAL with careful attention to integrate a contemporary look to the industrial surrounding. The lobby allows access to the main floor where a kitchen by MINIMAL welcomes not only employees and professionals but also the light that filtering through the tall windows makes the kitchen a real gathering area.

Reception

  • Designer: Stefano Venier for MINIMAL
  • Name of Project: New office of Grimshaw Architects in NY
  • Location: New York
  • Client: Grimshaw Architects office
  • City: New York
  • Models used: Glam (wall side main kitchen and lobby) – Verve (island)
  • Year: 2011
  • Project: Kitchen and reception desk at the lobby, Kitchen on the main floor

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Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan in California by UNStudio + EE&K

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: UNStudio + EE&K

UNStudio and EE&K a Perkins Eastman company, and Jacobs Engineering have submitted a proposal for a scope of work to develop a Master Plan of Los Angeles Union Station.

Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, along with Jonathan Cohn of EE&K, presented their ‘Vision Board’ -  a conceptual rendering in the year 2050, showing Los Angeles Union Station as a multi-modal transit hub with a mix of uses, new development and outdoor spaces. The intent of the Vision Board was to explore visionary possibilities for Union Station and surrounding areas. The vision submitted does not portray the final design issues that will be examined in the Master Plan, however it does show a hint of the possibilities for the city and the regional transit hub of the future.

Aerial View

  • Architect: UNStudio + EE&K
  • Name of Project: Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan
  • Location: 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California
  • Client: Metro
  • Building surface: n/a
  • Building volume: n/a
  • Building site: 40 hectares

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Disorderly Conduct in Greensboro, North Carolina by Patrick Dougherty

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Patrick Dougherty

“Disorderly Conduct” is a sapling sculpture by Patrick Dougherty at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. The sculpture was created over a three-week period, using saplings of red maple, gum, and persimmon harvested nearby. Students and other volunteers assisted Patrick in its construction. The final work stands sixteen feet high and covers a footprint that is 35′ x 25′. The inspiration for the work was a wasp nest found during the harvesting. Patrick noted the interlocking cells, and saw them as a symbol for community befitting the Quaker school.

Bird Eye View

  • Architect: Patrick Dougherty
  • Name of project: Disorderly Conduct
  • Location: Greensboro, North Carolina

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Herma Parking Building in Gyonggi-Do, Korea by JOHO Architecture

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: JOHO Architecture

General Korean Parking lot types filled JukjeonCommercial Area

Parking lot either frankly reveals itself to be a parking lot without any consideration for design or surroundings, or disguises like a commercial facility. However, both cases are not welcomed in a city and ruin the city landscape.

Development districts of New Downtown in Korea that are fully filled with gigantic real estate goods only emphasize the legal maximum floor area ratio. The city identity is represented by the wall-covering signs not the presence of space nor void. The massive box lumps clutter the city with the logic of capitalism that is composed of investment, lease and presale, rather than the respective regional characteristics. This project intended to change the urban landscape through a proposition of a certain symbolically designed icon on a dry city.

South-eastern view (Images Courtesy Sun Namgoong)

  • Architect: JeongHoon Lee – JOHO Architecture
  • Project name: Herma Parking Building
  • Location: 1190, Bo jeong-dong, Kiheung-gu, Yong In, Gyonggi-Do, Korea
  • Completion: May, 2010
  • Use: Parking Building (20% commercial area of GFA)
  • Site area: 853.7 sqm

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Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth by Lijbers Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Lijbers Architects

Context – Problem Definition
One way to look at the decline of natural biodiversity is from the perspective of complex human dynamics –i.e. the organized but fundamentally unpredictable behavior of human systems – and its consequences for the natural environment. We humans tend to expand, move, and reallocate ground at speeds unparalleled within the natural world. Our persistent and unpredictable need for space, land, and raw materials causes the original natural environment to diminish, along with its ecosystem of plants and animals. The highly dynamic reallocation and changing of the earth’s habitat by human action falls short in providing vulnerable species of plants and animals with sufficient time to recover. The continuous cycle of removing and reallocating natural space can, in the best case, maintain a certain amount of the “natural environment”, yet it can never maintain the same level of biodiversity that was originally present.

Model

  • Architect: Lijbers Architects
  • Name of project: Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth
  • Software used: arkey/ASD and autocad for the basic drawings. And photoshop and illustrator to finish the drawings.

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