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Rain Architecture, Multiproposal gallery in Valdivia, Chile by Mauricio Silva Arquitectos

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Article source: Mauricio Silva Arquitectos

From the evolution that squares have experienced, there is a new way to use and exploit its inside: the galleries. The main function of these is to link the exterior and interior of the block from the gallery as a space for mediation and where public space is mixed with the commercial one. In Valdivia, a city where it rains most of the time, this type of space is an opportunity to experience the city throughout the year and revitalize the public space and local business.

Multiproposal gallery

  • Architects: Mauricio Silva Arquitectos
  • Project: Rain Architecture, Multiproposal gallery
  • Location: Valdivia, Chile
  • Site Building Area Size: 2500 mt 2
  • Type: mixed use (commercial, office, housing)
  • Area: 15300 mt2
  • Software used: Autocad and sketchup used for modeling, Artlantis, photoshop and illustrator for rendering and schemes. Ecotect addition to the building thermal modeling


SUNY: Morrisville State College in North Carolina by Perkins Eastman

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Perkins Eastman

With new curricula that would support its transition from an associate to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution, Morrisville State College asked Perkins Eastman to transform a former agricultural building into a modern light-filled space for new programs in architecture and technology—the Center for Design and Technology.

Image Courtesy David Revette

  • Architects: Perkins Eastman
  • Project: SUNY: Morrisville State College: Center for Design and Technology
  • Location: Morrisville, New York


New High-tech Classroom Building in Decatur, Georgia by Lord Aeck & Sargent

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Lord Aeck & Sargent

A serendipitous alignment of program, a compatible historic structure and creativity, have resulted in an environmentally sensitive, high-tech classroom building that is transforming the teaching and learning experience – along with the entire campus – at Columbia Theological Seminary.

The $8.2 million building, named the Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center, connects a 20,500-square-foot repurposed historic dormitory built in 1932 with 16,000 square feet of new construction to create what is now the seminary’s primary classroom building and outdoor learning/gathering space. The structure – contemporary yet sensitive to the historic collegiate gothic architecture of the seminary’s other buildings – has become a focal point that anchors a previously nondescript but public corner of the campus.

New High-tech Classroom Building - © Jonathan Hillyer / Atlanta

  • Architects: Lord Aeck & Sargent
  • Project: New High-tech Classroom Building
  • Location: Decatur, Georgia
  • Software used: Designed in Revit. Renderings utilized Photoshop as well.


Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University, Houston, Texas by The Office of James Burnett

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: OJB

The Brockman Hall for Physics is a 111,000 SF facility housing classrooms, laboratory space, lecture halls and administrative offices for the Physics Department as well as physicists from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Driven by Rice University’s belief that some of the most important moments on campus are moments of informal discussion and debate outside of the classroom, the design of the building and landscape seeks to provide a multitude of spaces for lively and inspiring conversation.

The building and landscape reinforce the existing grid of the campus. Dramatic lighting accentuates these formal elements

  • Architects: Landscape Architects
  • Project: Brockman Hall
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Area: 111,000 SF
  • Client: Rice University
  • Architects: Kieran Timberlake Associates


Copenhagen Arena in Denmark by 3XN Architects

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: 3XN Architects

The winning design for Copenhagen Arena combines two key ambitions: to create state of the art and flexible multi-purpose arena that can attract spectators from near and far, while ensuring that the building’s presence will be a win for the entire neighborhood.

Copenhagen Arena

  • Architects: 3XN Architects
  • Project: Copenhagen Arena
  • Location: Ørestad South, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Client: CPHX P/S
  • Size: 35,000 m2
  • Capacity: 15,000 (seating 12,500)
  • Facade: Yellow terracotta and glass
  • Expected Sustainability Certification: BREEAM Very Good
  • Completion: Fall 2015


National Creative Cluster in Beijing, China by Sasaki Associates

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Sasaki Associates

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Beijing has made huge strides to solidify its position as one of the world’s great cities. It is a city that is modernizing rapidly—skyscrapers are rising out of fallow fields, a new transportation system is extending the reach of the city, and environmental initiatives are improving air and water quality. Fresh ideas are also emerging, while still embracing the rich traditions of the past. Near Songzhuang, a quiet village on the outskirts of Beijing, a unique opportunity exists to create a new urban district dedicated entirely to the cultivation of new ideas.

Public plazas and parks are also used for large gathering spaces for product launches, concerts, and other events

  • Architects: Sasaki Associates
  • Project: National Creative Cluster
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, 3D Studio Max (with the VRay plug in), Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign


Chromatic Play in Mallorca, Spain by Juana Canet Arquitectos

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Juana Canet Arquitectos

The project responds to the idea of extending the school with a multipurpose room in an adjacent plot which should be connected internally and have an independent entrance from the street.

The plot is rectangular in a 4:1 proportion and the aim is to have a whole 7 meter span open space with natural light and crossed ventilation. In order to achieve that the façade will have to provide as much light as possible and skylights will need to be incorporated in the roofing and on top of the internal staircase. The multipurpose room will be connected in two different levels with the school, at ground level through an ascendant staircase and at roofing level through a descending ramp.

Chromatic Play

  • Architects: Juana Canet Arquitectos
  • Project: Chromatic Play
  • Location: Housing development in Bendinat, Mallorc, Spain
  • Type: Multipurpose classroom primary school
  • Team: Juana Canet arquitectos;
  • Client: Hermanos de la Sagrada Familia (SAFA)
  • Constractor: NACAM s.l.
  • Surface: 167,98 m2
  • Contract value: 208.198,20 €
  • Data: Completed September 2011
  • Software used: Autocad,3d max, Photoshop, Rhino


Bab Al Bahrain in Manama by Leopold Banchini & Noura Al Sayeh

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Leopold Banchini & Noura Al Sayeh

One of the few existing public spaces in Bahrain, the Bab al Bahrain square has been progressively turned into no more than a roundabout traffic intersection, mainly dominated by the car. Still, due to its historical importance and its centrality within the island, it holds the potential to become a lively urban public space. Located at the entrance of the Suq it has the advantage of belonging to a tight urban structure which still benefits from a natural pedestrian network. Although it was once located a stone’s throw away from the sea, the square is today physically separated from it due to the ongoing land reclamation projects which have taken place since the 1950s.

Bab Al Bahrain


The Circle at Zurich Airport in Kloten, Switzerland by Zaha Hadid Architect

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect

The River ‘flows’ as a continuous curve on one side, as a convex erosion on the other – within, ‘interior urbanism’ promotes interaction between different program elements, incorporating three major ‘canyon’ voids to define entry points and circulation routes. A top level open plan streetscape houses retail, cafes and restaurants.

The Circle at Zurich Airport

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project: The Circle at Zurich Airport
  • Location: Kloten, Switzerland
  • Site Area: 27,845m²
  • Footprint: 33,170m² (including bridge & upper levels)
  • Site Dimensions: approx. 550m long x 70m wide
  • Project Director: Manuela Gatto
  • Project Architect: Dillon Lin
  • Project Team: Hannes Schafelner, Maren Klasing, Teoman Ayas, Lisamarie Ambia, Camiel Weijenberg, Seda Zirek, Ai Sato, Andres Madrid, Amit Gupta, Sophie Le Bienvenu, Rashiq Muhamadali, Roxana Rakshani, Nupur Shah, Fabian Hecker, Saleem Jalil, Daniel Piccinelli


Wine Museum ‘Vinseum’ in Barcelona, Spain by SVArquitectura

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: SVArquitectura

The proposal aims to preserve and rehabilitate the old medieval Royal Palace and the chapel of San Pellegrino and to transform them into a part of the new museum. The building in between them has to be demolished and replaced by a new one which forms the keystone of the entire ensemble. The void left by the demolition of the building ‘Cal Pa i Figues’ will be partially occupied by the construction of this new volume, attached to the Gothic palace and of the same height as its tower. The unoccupied part of the void allows defining a passage along the chapel of San Pellegrino which gives access to the new main entrance. This solution reminds to corresponding situations in the neighborhood.

Wine Museum ‘Vinseum’

  • Architects: SVArquitectura
  • Project: Wine Museum ‘Vinseum’
  • Location: Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Client: Public
  • Project: fase I 2007, fase II 2010
  • Area: 9.400 m2
  • Budget: 8.389.378 €
  • Structure: GMK associats SL
  • Installations: Proisotec enginyeria SLP
  • Project management: Esteve Sitjà
  • Technical architect: Esteve Sitjà
  • Prize: First prize at restricted competition 2003


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