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Palm Springs Animal Care Facility by Swatt | Miers Architects

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: Swatt | Miers Architects

The Palm Springs Animal Care Facility represents a unique public/private partnership between the City and Friends of the Shelter.  Located on a 3 acre site across from the City’s Demuth Park, the exterior design reflects Palm Springs’ unique mid-century architectural heritage.  While creating an Animal/People Community Center ambiance the facility features a central indoor/outdoor kennel design with public adoption access within an inviting garden courtyard equipped with misters and fabric shade structures.  Also included are indoor cat community rooms, special canine “living rooms” adjacent to an indoor/outdoor socialization area, a training room for educational and community evening uses, and a fully equipped clinic for in-house medical procedures.  The project has been designed as an equivalent “silver” LEED facility with a special emphasis on water conservation, wherein recycled water from the adjacent sewage treatment plant is used for cleaning all animal areas and for landscape irrigation.

Adoption Entrance Garden

  • Architects: Swatt | Miers Architects
  • Project: Palm Springs Animal Care Facility
  • Location: Demuth Park, Palm Springs
  • Site Building Area Size – 21,000 SF
  • Construction Type – Type V non-rated
  • Design Team: George Miers, AIA, Project Designer/Principal in Charge; Tim Hotz, AIA, Job Captain, Aaron Harte, AIA, LEED AP, Construction Administrator; Maureen Cornwell, Interior Designer
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Google Sketchup


Yu Bar at Shanghai Marriott in China by Kokaistudios

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: Kokaistudios

The Yu Bar is the glamorous new rooftop bar of the newly opened Shanghai Marriott Luwan. Located on the banks of the Lupu River overlooking the Expo 2010 site and the Lupu ridge the bar is located on the 28th and 29th floor and features a large terrace offering guests phenomenal views of the city.

Yu Bar at Shanghai Marriott

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Project: Yu Bar at Shanghai Marriott
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Client: Shanghai Greenland Group
  • Design period: September-December 2010
  • Completion project: June 2011
  • Floor area: 650 sqm
  • Photographer: Charlie Xia


PARKPRAXIS in Kasten bei Böheimkirchen, Lower Austria by X Architekten

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: X Architekten


Dr. Fehrmann decided to build her new practice in the centre of the lower Austrian community of  Kasten. The community’s centre consists of buildings which surround a green park on three sides. On its fourth side, the park opens up towards agricultural fields and meadows. The premises lie on the edge of the park where its green spaces turn into agriculture. Keeping the valuable urban quality of the continuous green space demands a certain concept in which the building is not to be seen as such, so as not to disturb the geographical connection between the two green spaces.

Image Courtesy X Architekten


  • Architects: X Architekten
  • Project: PARKPRAXIS
  • Location: Kasten bei Böheimkirchen, Lower Austria
  • Start of planning: October 2010
  • Start of construction: June 2011
  • Handing over: January 2012
  • Construction: masonry mixture
  • Floor space: 224 m2
  • Premises: 500 m²
  • Built-up area:  252 m²
  • Cubature: 1.059 m³
  • Pictures: x architekten


IES Garrotxa in Olot, Girona by SVArquitectura

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: SVArquitectura

The general object is the refurbishment and extension of the Secondary School ‘Garrotxa’ and its department for job-training enclosing new units of classrooms and workshops for training courses. Finally a new sports hall with multipurpose-character for social events completes the complex.

Image Courtesy Beat Marugg


  • Architects: SVArquitectura
  • Project: Secondary School, Vocational Training Center ‘IES Garrotxa’
  • Location: Highway Riudaura, no. 110, Olot, La Garrotxa. Girona
  • Department or agency encarrega the project: INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT SA
  • Department or agency receiving the work: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION The Government of Catalonia
  • Owner of the land or building: CITY OF OLOT
  • Execution: 2007 – 2009
  • Author: SANTIAGO VIVES Sanfeliu


Residential Building ODE in Amstedam, The Netherlands by HVDN / Studioninedots

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: HVDN/Studioninedots

At a unique location in Amsterdam, between the old town and the IJ-lake and next to Central Station, The Oosterdokseiland (ODE) is situated. Here, more than 200,000 square feet of modern architecture with a special mix of functions will be realized: housing, offices, a hotel, a library, a conservatorium, shops, bars and restaurants. For this dynamic place HVDN/Studioninedots designed a residential building with restaurants and a department store in the plinth. The building was recently completed and is characterised by a ‘chasm’, the specific shape of the apartments and the luxurious finish.

Image Courtesy Peter Cuypers

  • Architects: HVDN / Studioninedots
  • Project: Residential Building ODE ready for use
  • Location: Oosterdokskade, Amstedam, The Netherlands
  • Client: Bouwfonds MAB Den Haag
  • Type: 28 apartments and mixed-use development
  • Plot: 540 m
  • FSI: 11
  • Building costs: apartments € 7.400.000,- / total € 9.400.000,-
  • Design-completion: 2001-2012
  • Design team: Albert Herder, Arie v.d Neut
  • Project team: Stijn de Jongh
  • Engineering: Jean-Marc Saurer
  • Sustainebility: Uta Ehrhardt


Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan by ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Sunday, June 10th, 2012


An exciting new cultural venue for the city of Taichung and an important landmark in its Civic District. Set on an urban grid, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House defines the cultural axis and its site is influenced by a number of urban force fields, with secondary influences further shaping its implicit flows.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Project: Taichung Metropolitan Opera House
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Year of Completion: 2006  
  • Client:   Taichung Municipal Government
  • Type:   Competition / Research
  • Grand Auditorium: 2009 seats
  • Drama Theatre: 800 seats
  • Black Box Theatre: 200 seats

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects


Escuelas Pias de San Anton in Madrid, Spain by Estudio Gonzalo Moure

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: Estudio Gonzalo Moure

On February 15 2005, an agreement was signed between the City of Madrid and the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) to coordinate a set of actions towards the restoration of the complex of Escuelas Pías de San Antón, that had suffered a fire few years before. It included an architectural competition and the subsequent development of the winning project.

Image Courtesy Jorge Crooke Carballal

  • Architects: Estudio Gonzalo Moure
  • Project: Escuelas Pias de San Anton
  • Location: Calle Hortaleza 63, Madrid
  • Project Title: Madrid Architects’ Association / Music School / Sport facilities / Day care center / Nursery
  • Client: Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) / Ayuntamiento de Madrid
  • Site area: 7324 m2
  • Gross floor area: 35878 m2
  • Status: Built


Bosque de la Esperanza in Soacha, Colombia by El Equipo de Mazzanti

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: El Equipo de Mazzanti

Hope Forest is a sport center in the outskirts of Bogotá where the community can practice several sports and take part of different recreational and academic activities that lead to a cooperative community. This project was made possible thanks to the foundation “Pies Descalzos” founded by the well known singer Shakira and the Spanish ONG “Ayuda en Acción”.

Bosque de la Esperanza

  • Architects: El Equipo de Mazzanti
  • Project: Bosque de la Esperanza
  • Location: Altos de Cazucá, Soacha, Colombia
  • Architect Designer: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Architects Partners: Juan Manuel Gil, Lorena Gonzalez, Jonathan Hernandez, Liv Johana Zea, Charline Lalanne
  • Year Project: 2010
  • Year of construction: 2011
  • Structural Engineer: Nicolás Parra


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