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Beirut House of Arts and Culture in Lebanon by François Blanciak Architect

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: François Blanciak Architect

As a way to organize this cultural venue in a coherent way regarding program, light, and public space, the project re-uses the symbolic morphology of the archetypal pitch-roof house. The upper part of the building is composed of three main volumes that respectively contain artistic, cultural, and house-related spaces, and which are linked by a large triangular void. Structurally, two continuous circulation cores support the edifice and connect all the various disciplines from bottom to top.

Beirut House of Arts and Culture

  • Architects: François Blanciak Architect
  • Project: Beirut House of Arts and Culture
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Collaborator: Zoheir Mottaki
  • Program: theaters+ gallery+library
  • Type: competition
  • Date: 2009
  • Area: 15000m²


Studio Weil in Mallorca, Spain by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Studio Weil is a painting and sculpture studio designed and built for the American painter and sculptor Barbara Weil in Port d’Andratx in Mallorca Spain.  Daniel Libeskind worked closely with Ms. Weil to create a building which not only responds to the surrounding landscape, but also forms a space which complements and contrasts the artist’s work. The gallery, workshop and storage spaces is a unique fusion of the architectural with art: a fusion where the architecture in its form, materiality and geometry illuminates, complements and gives voice to the art of Barbara Weil. The Studio was completed in 2003 in collaboration with Goccisa.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy BitterBredt)

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Studio Weil
  • Location: Mallorca, Spain
  • Client: Barbara Weil
  • Joint Venture: Partner Jaime Vidal Contesi
  • Structural Engineer: Adolfo Alonso Dura, Gracia Lopez Pationo
  • Lighting Designer: Studio Dinnebier
  • Contractor: Goccisa
  • Status: Completed
  • Completion Date: 2003


102 Dwellings in Carabanchel, Spain by Dosmasuno Arquitectos

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Dosmasuno Arquitectos

Despite the guidelines drawn on the plots, places need to express their own personality, to arise naturally, to construct themselves. And concretely this one is aligned against a green area, against the concatenation of public spaces that link the old Carabanchel district with its forest through the new neighbourhood. In response to these conditions, the dwellings are compressed onto one edge, onto a single linear piece, in search for the genus loci of the place, views and an optimal orientation in which east and west share the south, generating the limit of the activity, soothing the interior and defining the exterior

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Dosmasuno Arquitectos
  • Project: 102 Dwellings
  • Location: C/ Valle del Boi, 8, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Architects: Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro and Lina Toro (dosmasuno arquitectos)
  • Developer: EMVS. Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo de Madrid
  • Programme: 52 single dwellings, 35 double dwellings, 15 triple dwellings + 104 parking slots + commercial space
  • Site area: 4446.15 m2
  • Built area: 12277.15 m2
  • Total floor area: 8382.15 m2
  • Stories: 7 (6 + basement)


Casa Levels in Buenos Aires, Argentina by BAK Arquitectos

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: BAK Arquitectos

The land on which we should intervene, forested with pine trees of great size, has a height of about 3 m in the sense of his forehead. In connection with the street one end thereof is elevated while the opposite has a depression, which some large acacias, hidden from view from the street.

Casa Levels

  • Architects: BAK Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa Levels
  • Location: Mar Azul, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Project Architect: Maria Victoria Besonias, Luciano Kruk.
  • Contributors: Architect Nuria Jover – Enzo Vitali
  • Land area: 600m2
  • Constructed area: 187.02 m2
  • Year Built: Under construction


Töölönlahden Block 2018 in Helsinki, Finland by ALA Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects


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


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.


  • 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


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


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.


  • 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


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


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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