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Italian Venezuelan Service Center Building in Caracas, Venezuela by Puchetti Arquitectos

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: Puchetti Arquitectos

The building is surrounded by the Headquarters buildings (built during the 80’s) and the rest of the Centre foundational buildings (built during the 60’s), all of them designed by Architect Antonio Pinzani.

A particular geometry characterizes those buildings from 60’s: thin double curved concrete surfaces (Hyperbolic Paraboloids or HYPAR) cover spaces such as restaurants, theatre, access area, etc. The use of these shells as umbrellas makes evident the architect’s intention to create spaces sensible to the weather and the surroundings. For the Headquarter building, 20 years apart from the first ones, Pinzani makes use of a similar design strategy taking it to the next level: a single roof, at a bigger scale, cover several fluid spaces of different hierarchy with its shadow.

Image Courtesy Roberto Puchetti

  • Architects: Puchetti Arquitectos
  • Project: Italian Venezuelan Service Center Building
  • Location: Caracas, Venezuela

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Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France by BIG Architects

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: BIG Architects

Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the competition to design a new 12 000 m2 cultural center on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural institutions into one single building.

The new Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, located on the historical riverfront of Bordeaux will house three regional visual and performing arts agencies FRAC, the ECLA and the OARA in one single institution. The Regional Council of Bordeaux selected the winning team among proposals from SANAA, the Toulouse-based firm W-Architectures and Bordeaux-based FLINT.

Image Courtesy BIG

  • Architects: BIG Architects
  • Project: MÉCA – Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Type: Competition
  • Size: 12 350 m2
  • Client: Conseil régional d’Aquitaine
  • Collaborators: FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Project Leader: Gabrielle Nadeau
  • Project Architect: Jan Magasanik
  • Team: Édouard Champelle, Lorenzo Boddi, Yang Du, Karol Borkowski

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Städel Museum Extension in Frankfurt, Germany by Schneider+Schumacher

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: Schneider+Schumacher

The Frankfurt Städel Museum is about to undergo the largest expansion ever in the course of its nearly two-hundred-year history – with regard to its architecture and its collection alike. In the autumn of 2009, in conjunction with numerous important additions to the museum’s holdings, work commenced on the construction of an annex for the presentation of contemporary art. Designed by the architectural firm schneider+schumacher of Frankfurt, this extension will open its doors for the first time on 25 and 26 February with two Open House days and a big public celebration.

The extension of the Städel Museum View from outside

  • Architects: Schneider+Schumacher
  • Project: Städel Museum Extension
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Client: Städelsches Kunstinstitut
  • Architecture: schneider+schumacher
  • Project Architects: Michael Schumacher, Till Schneider, Kai Otto
  • Project Management: Miriam Baake
  • Construction Management: Hans Eschmann
  • Structural Planning: B+G Ingenieure / Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Manfred Grohmann, Jörg Schneider
  • Software used: RhinoCeros (3D modelling Software) with Grasshopper (a plugin für Rhino) and Rhinoscript, the 2-D plans were drawn in Microstation.

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Ginza Steak TAJIMA in Tokyo, Japan by Doyle Collection

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: Doyle Collection

Shiny wooden paneled walls surround the interior along with the counter. These panels exude dignity and the texture create tension and high-quality mood. “Ginza Steak TAJIMA” made its grand opening at Ginza, Tokyo, one of the leading cities in Japan. Initially, our client’s needs were to create high quality and dignity interior using genuine materials. After having further hearing, we noticed that our client was always very familiar with stones. Firstly, we proposed the idea of using solid board panels instead of stones to constitute the walls. As for the base, we cut out big horse chestnut solid board panels into 13 mm thickness, commonly used for making counters with one piece. These specially-manufactured panels have different grain pattern expressions.

Image Courtesy Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

  • Architects: Aiji Inoue/ Doyle Collection Co., Ltd.
  • Project: Ginza Steak TAJIMA
  • Location: 6-7-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Year: 28,March,2011
  • Collaborators: YO co.ltd.
  • Built area: 103.95sqm
  • Construction: Touhoku Kensetsu co.,ltd.
  • Client: TOHO DEVICE Corporation
  • Photo credits: Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

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