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Stöðin: Roadside stop in Borgarnes, Iceland by KRADS

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: KRADS

“Stöðin”, a roadside stop in the Icelandic countryside, is a conjoined restaurant, drive-through, convenience store and gas station. Due to the 65-year long presence of an American army base in the country, Icelandic culture has been shaped by American influences. Stöðin addresses this cultural relationship by incorporating architectural elements from the American diner that contrast the traditional Icelandic building method of in situ cast concrete. The exposed concrete of the exterior bestows the diner with a permanence unknown by its American counterparts creating a friction between its streamlined aesthetics and the rustic frontier. An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjörður.

Stöðin in the bright Icelandic summer night

  • Architects: KRADS
  • Project: Stöðin: Roadside stop
  • Location: Borgarnes, Iceland
  • Size: 312 m2
  • Building lot: 4.840 m2
  • Year compl.: 2012
  • Client: Skeljungur, the Icelandic branch of Shell.
  • Collaborators: Aok-design (on interior), Ferill (engineering, structural/HVAC), Mannvit (electrical engineering).
  • Contractor: Ístak
  • Photography: Kristinn Magnússon


Railway Museum of the Netherlands by Arc2 Architecten

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Arc2 Architecten

The Railway Museum of the Netherlands is situated at the rear of Maliebaan Station in the city centre of Utrecht. Considerable thought went into how the museum relates to its surroundings. The building consists of a large hall plus three exhibition rooms whose volumes project through the sloping roof. The outer wall is built in brickwork with window strips that are filled with glazing, grilles or sections of weather-boarding according to the interior functions. The structural frame resembles a rib cage, and is supported by columns which branch upwards like trees.

Image Courtesy Rob Hoekstra

  • Architects: Arc2 Architecten
  • Project: Railway Museum of the Netherlands
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Program: museum, restaurant, theatre, conference room
  • Gross floor area: 12.000 m2
  • Completion: 2005
  • Photos: Rob Hoekstra


Dongjiang Harbor Master Plan in Binhai, China by Holm Architecture Office

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Holm Architecture Office

The Dongjiang Master Plan site is situated within the Binhai area, 60 kilometers outside of the city of Tianjin in Northern China on a newly developed section of the coastline. The plan includes 280,000 square meters of residential development, with 40,000 square meters of mixed-use office, retail, and public space.

Rendering 5

  • Architects: Holm Architecture Office
  • Project: Dongjiang Harbor Master Plan
  • Location: Tianjin, Binhai, China
  • Program: Residential, Office, Commercial and Landscape.
  • Type: Invited Competition.
  • Size: 280.000 M2 residential, 40.000 M2 Mixed Use Office & Retail.
  • Client: Confidential.
  • Team: HAO/Holm Architecture Office and Archiland Beijing.


Almere Floriade 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by MVRDV

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: MVRDV

The City of Almere presents today its plans for the Floriade 2022 candidature. Almere is one of the four Dutch cities left in the race for the prestigious horticultural Expo which takes place once every ten years in the Netherlands and is currently open in Venlo. The MVRDV plan for Almere is not a temporary expo site but a lasting green Cité Idéale as a green extension of the existing city center. The waterfront site opposite the city center will be developed as vibrant new urban neighbourhood and giant plant library which will remain after the expo. The ambition is to create a 300% greener exhibition than currently standard, both literally green and sustainable: each program on the site will be combined with plants which will create programmatic surprises, innovation and ecology. The site with a vast program such as a university, hotel, marina, offices and homes will at the same time be more urban than any other Floriade has been before, literally constructing the green city. The Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) will decide in October which city will be organizing the next Floriade in 2022.

Image Courtesy MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Almere Floriade 2022
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Lotus sculpture for the Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2012 in United Kingdom by Gerry Judah

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Gerry Judah

Six historic Lotus Formula 1 cars were incorporated in a spectacular sculpture by artist Gerry Judah. The sculpture was the centerpiece of last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Britain’s largest car culture event. The 28-metre tall sculpture was the 16th created by Gerry Judah for the Festival of Speed, an annual event held in the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, the family seat of the Earl of March.

Image Courtesy David Barbour

  • Architects: Gerry Judah
  • Project: Lotus sculpture for the Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2012
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Photography: David Barbour


Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Turin by Cristiana Chiorino

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Article source: CRISTIANA

Opening with the academic year 2012-13, the new seat of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Turin completes the campus that the University of Turin is building as part of a complex program of reorganization of its offices that, started in late nineties, included the moving of the faculties in new structures on abandoned Italgas areas along the river Dora.

Faculty of Law and Political Sci es of Turin

  • Project: Faculty of Law and Political Sci​es of Turin
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Design Group: MAIRE Engineering (agent), Foster and Partners, Ltd. ICIS, Giugiaro (Giugiaro Architettura), Arch CAMERANA Benedict,(Arch. B. Camerana) Studio Ass Mellano (Studio Mellano Associati),M. Arch Luciani (Arch. M.Luciani)  Buonomo Vigil Studio (Studio Buonomo-Veglia), Studio Ass CO.PA.CO, Prof. G. Garzino(Prof.Ing. G.Garzino), Studio A. Lazzerini (Studio R.Lazzerini), , Prof. Ing Ossola (Prof. Ing. F.Ossola), POLIEDRA S.P.A. and TEKSYSTEM


Cobogó House in São Paulo, Brazil by Studio mk27

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Article source: Studio mk27

The light of the abundant tropical Sun falls on the white volume of the top floor of the house, penetrating the holes of the hollowed elements and covering the floor of the interior space. Thus, the design of spatialized lace is formed from the shadows and solar rays. The effect is multiplied throughout the ambient, making a construction from the light itself. Throughout the days, throughout the months, the hollowed-out elements take on different forms with the incidence of the sun; at night, this effect once again is transformed; in a continuous process of metamorphosis, its form changes from the light.

Image Courtesy Nelson Kon

  • Architects: Studio mk27
  • Project: Cobogó House
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Project Date: January . 2008
  • Completion: May . 2011
  • Site Area: 1365 Sqm
  • Built Area: 1000 Sqm
  • Architect: Marcio Kogan
  • Co-Architect: Carolina Castroviejo
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Vectorworks and 3D max


Arbre a Basket in Nantes, France by Agence a/LTA Architectes Urbanistes

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Article source: Agence a/LTA Architectes Urbanistes

Out in front of the Maison des Hommes et des Techniques, this basketball tree offers a new type of sports equipment that can be used by just about anybody! Upon first glance, it’s clear how different people can play simultaneously. Basketball hoops branch out of different parts of a tree at varying heights allowing for multiple teams of different ages to play.

Image Courtesy S. Chalmeau + a/LTA

  • Architects: Agence a/LTA Architectes Urbanistes
  • Project: Arbre a Basket
  • Location: Esplanade des Ateliers et Chantiers_Nantes (44), France
  • Client : Lieu Unique
  • Production : Playground / Le Voyage A Nantes
  • Commissaire d’exposition: Rafaël Magrou + Patricia Buck
  • Date : 15 Juin 2012 (ouverture au public)
  • Team: a_LTA le trionnaire (x2) – tassot – le chapelain architectes + EVEN (BET STRUCTURE)
  • Enterprises: martysports + Angevin Donada (Gros Œuvre) + Kangourou Services (marquage au sol)
  • Photography: copyrights S. Chalmeau  +  a/LTA


Apartment Building in Cessange, Luxembourg by Metaform atelier d’architecture

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Article source: Metaform atelier d’architecture

There are numerous problems involved in integrating art into architecture in the developmental stages when the architecture is limited by several constraints, including profitability and investments. The juxtaposition of the spaces and the articulation of different surface areas must meet the very precise requirements of both the building authorities and of the client, and the situation is rendered even more challenging when the building site is narrow.

Image Courtesy Steve Troes


Medical care center for disabled people in Limay, France by Atelier Zündel Cristea

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Zündel Cristea

Our project engages in an equilibrium (and disequilibrium) between the full and the empty, in other words between interior and exterior spaces, approaching both as materials.

There are six internal courtyards situated within the four unit complex: two large communal gardens of 350m², with four others interior to each unit, which light the way of the paths toward the rooms. The large open garden, accessible to all, is located in the eastern part of the grounds.

Image Courtesy S.Chalmeau non libre de droits

  • Architects: Atelier Zündel Cristea
  • Project: Medical care center for disabled people
  • Location: Limay, France
  • Status: Completion 2011
  • Client: SIEVHS – SARRY 78
  • Team: AZC – Choulet – Forgue – Batiserf
  • Cost/Size: 8,97 M€ / 2555 m²
  • Program: 55-bed hospital


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