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Toledo Zoo Elephant Exhibit in Ohio by JDI Group

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Bentley Systems, Incorporated

The Portico Group (Seattle, Wash.), the lead architect on the Toledo (Ohio) Zoo Elephant Exhibit Renovation Project, contracted with the JDI Group of Holland, Ohio, to engineer the structural elements for an elephant shade structure. The man-made tree not only had to withstand wind forces and snow loading, but also the impact of a full-grown bull elephant ramming the trunk.

Toledo Zoo Elephant Exhibit

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H27D in Constance, Germany by Kraus & Schönberg Architects

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Kraus & Schönberg Architects

The historic city centre of Constance is characterized by its compactness and homogeneity. The project incorporates the historical formation of the surrounding buildings with its 30m long plots and projects this format into the 10m wide front.

The mixed use building completes the city block towards the high street; the courtyard provides daylight from the south where an arcade offers flexible external areas within the otherwise dense historic city centre.

Street View

  • Architects: Kraus & Schönberg Architects
  • Project: H27D
  • Location: Constance, Germany
  • Type: Mixed use building
  • Client:Private
  • Date: 2008 – 2011
  • Area: 930m2
  • Value: 1,5 mio. €
  • Statik: Fischer & Leisering
  • M&E: Greiner Engineering

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Beverly Skyline Residence in Austin, Texas by Bercy Chen Studio

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Bercy Chen Studio

Beverly Skyline Residence, located in Austin, Texas, is a single-family residence and consumes 2800 sq. feet of its 1-acre property lot. The homes remodeling transformation was taken on by Bercy Chen Studio, a local architecture firm with design and build capabilities. When taking on a new project that has a clear site and limited restrictions, the designer has more flexibility to create and explore new styles, resources, and building materials. However, taking a preexisting home and transforming it into a modern 21st century home, equipped with new building technologies and recyclable energy consumption in mind, creates many obstacles in both the design and construction period and therefore requires more innovation from the designer.

Beverly Skyline Residence

  • Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
  • Project: Beverly Skyline Residence
  • Location: Beverly Skyline, Austin, Texas
  • Program: Addition and Remodel to 2,800 sq ft Single Family Residence
  • Status: Completed 2004

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Kumutoto Toilets in Wellington, New Zealand by Studio Pacific Architecture

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Studio Pacific Architecture

These public toilets are located at the Synergy Plaza in the Kumutoto Precinct, situated at the northern-most end of Wellington’s waterfront. As well as taking into account practical considerations such as security, hygiene and vandalism, the brief was to create a structure with a sculptural form, something iconic, highly visible and unusual that was also well integrated into the visual and historical context of the surrounding precinct.

Image Courtesy Studio Pacific Architecture

  • Architects: Studio Pacific Architecture
  • Project: Kumutoto Toilets
  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Project team: Stephen McDougall, Bret Thurston, Guy Marriage, Peter Mitchell
  • Client: Wellington Waterfront Ltd
  • Size: 26.5m2
  • Completion: September 2011
  • Materials: Concrete, steel
  • Software used: ArchiCAD
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PTR-Sculptured Stone in Alicante, Spain by Carlos Gallardo Llopis

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Carlos Gallardo Llopis

Petra comes from the Greek and means stone, is not a city built of stone, but literally, carved and sculpted in stone. The origin of the word Petrer comes from Petrea  village, which means village or rather stony, with lots of stone.

Appropriating this idea the proposal arises from a stone, rock, mass, … Petrea. 
The building, like a quarry operation, generates as a base of operations for stone removal from enhancing the geometries and lines of a pure and sober body.

Reflections, lights and shadows

PTR-Sculptured Stone

  • Architects: Carlos Gallardo Llopis
  • Project: PTR-Sculptured Stone
  • Location: Petrer, Alicante, Spain
  • Type: Competition entry (1st Prize)
  • Building status: Under development

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SILEX – EMVS Foro Habitat Sostenible Competition in Madrid, Spain by Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos

Due to the situation and the characteristics of the plot, and taking advantage of the free ground floor to generate the access for the center instead of for an end, the project appears as a threshold of access to the Colonies of “Nuestra Señora de los Angeles”, a step between the urban environment and the green space that proposes the plan.

SILEX - EMVS Foro Habitat Sostenible Competition

  • Architects: Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos
  • Project: SILEX – EMVS Foro Habitat Sostenible Competition
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Type: Competition entry (5º Prize)

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OrfiSera in Izmir, Turkey by YERce Architecture

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: YERce Architecture

Looking at the design and realization process of the project one can notice that the challenge was to build up the perception of a firm through the ‘atmosphere’ it has and the ‘activities’ it hosts; instead of adopting a design approach which focused only on product display and aimed for a space with only showroom function.

Space (Image Courtesy Emin Emrah YERCE)

  • Architects: YERce Architecture
  • Project: OrfiSera
  • Location: Izmir, Turkey
  • Client: Orfis Orçelik Office Furniture
  • Project year: 2011
  • Architect: YERce Architecture, Nail Egemen YERCE
  • Lighting design: YERce Architecture, Nail Egemen YERCE
  • Electrical engineer: Orfis Orçelik Office Furniture
  • Mechanical engineer: Orfis Orçelik Office Furniture
  • Construction: Nano Buildings, Hilmi Aydın NİĞDELİ
  • Landscape design: Nesil Landscape, Hakan ERDOĞAN
  • Photographer: Emin Emrah YERCE

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Vince Camuto in Manhattan, New York by Sergio Mannino Studio

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Sergio Mannino Studio

The Vince Camuto Grand Central Terminal Store in Manhattan is the result of continued creative collaborations between New York-based Italian architect Sergio Mannino and Vince Camuto, founder and CEO of the Camuto Group. Mannino, who has worked on the Vince Camuto showroom and outlet store, wanted to highlight merchandise in this new Midtown store while incorporating soft, crisp, and warm elements into the design throughout.

Vince Camuto

  • Architects: Sergio Mannino Studio
  • Project: The Vince Camuto Grand Central Terminal Store
  • Location: Manhattan, New York
  • Design: Sergio Mannino Studio (Sergio Mannino, Francesca Scalettaris)
  • Software used: Autocad, 3ds Max and Vray

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EcoG Retail Shop – Hong Kong by Andy Tong

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Andy Tong

EcoG’s aim is to promote the usage of safe, eco-friendly and effective natural health care products, and designer Andy Tong has taken the first step to realize it by creating a naturalistic and cozy ambiance in EcoG’s first shop in Hong Kong.

Image Courtesy Andy Tong

  • Architects: Andy Tong
  • Project: EcoG Retail Shop – Hong Kong
  • Location: Diamond Hill, Kowloon,Hong Kong
  • Site area: 24 Sqm
  • Date of completion: 2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD
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Villa Saviese in Valais, Switzerland by Giorla & Trautmann Architectes

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Giorla & Trautmann Architectes

The villa is built above Sion on gently sloping south-facing land, overlooking the Rhone Valley. The house is organized on two levels. Outdoor spaces are treated as extensions of interior spaces and defined by white-tinted exposed concrete walls identical to the interior walls to emphasize the unity and continuity of the space.

Exterior view from south (Image Courtesy Robert Hofer)

  • Architects: Giorla & Trautmann Architectes
  • Project: Villa Saviese
  • Location: Valais, Switzerland 
  • Design / Construction: 2008-2010
  • Photographer : Robert Hofer
  • Architect : Jean Gérard Giorla & Mona Trautmann architectes EPFL FAS SIA, Sierre
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Consultants:
    • Structural Engineer – Robyr & Rossier, Sion
    • Electrical Engineer – Yves Roduit, Sion
    • Services Engineer – Energiebat-Tesca, Sierre

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