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Islamic Cemetery Altach in Austria by Bernardo Bader

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Philipp Bechter

The design of a cemetery is based on the beliefs and their funeral rites, which in turn say a lot about the particular understanding of nature and social relations.

This fact should also be shown clearly in the new cemetery project for Muslims in Vorarlberg.

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

  • Architects: Bernardo Bader
  • Project: Islamic Cemetery Altach
  • Location: Altach, Vorarlberg, Austria
  • Year: 2012
  • Property size: 8400m2
  • Property owner: Vorarlberger Gemeindeverband
  • Graves: compactly organized grave area with bench, 700 graves in the final possible
  • Rooms: Ablution (ritual washing), Small prayer room (Mescid), Utility rooms Covered area for adoption
  • Architectural strategy: very open and clearly laid out overall concept Pragmatic  with very little symbolism unobtrusive integrated in the landscape
  • Photos: Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader


Kaluga Floating Sauna in Russia by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Rintala Eggertsson Architects

This is a project based on our experiences of bathing cultures from our respective home countries Finland and Iceland. We wanted to offer our Russian spectators a warm sauna, banja in their own language, and a cold dive directly in the river itself. To have some more local qualities, we added a typical small pine tree from the area and fine lace curtains to add some privacy if needed.

Image Courtesy Rintala Eggertsson Architects


Hangzhou South Railway Station in Zhejiang, China by Gmp-Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Nicole Schindler

Following their success in winning first prize in an international competition, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to design the new southern railway station in Hangzhou. The project involves the conversion and extension of the station in the Xiao Shan district to the south of the Qiantang river; after the eastern and main railway stations it will be the third largest railway station of this metropolis.

Image Courtesy © GMP Architects

  • Architects: Gmp – Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
  • Project: Hangzhou South Railway Station
  • Location: Zhejiang, China.
  • Competition 2011: 1st prize
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
  • Design team members: Jiang Linlin, Zhang Yingying, Zhang Xiaoguang
  • Client: Ministry of Railways
  • Gross floor area: 90,000 m²
  • Number of Platforms: 7 platforms
  • Number of tracks: 21 tracks
  • Number of passengers/year from 2020: 4.5 million
  • Construction period: 2012-2014


National Museum Of Afghanistan in Kabul, by Klingmann Architects & Brand Consultants

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Anna Klingmann


Exterior View of Museum


Klingmann Architects and Brand Consultants’ competition entry for the new National Museum of Afghanistan envisions the institution as a compact jewel box concealing the treasure that history has entrusted to it piece by piece. For this reason, the box, though dense and hermetic on the outside, must be suggestive and magical on the inside. Seemingly simple and plain on the exterior, the box reveals the deep, rich and complex heritage of the people of Afghanistan on the interior. While the treasures are carefully embedded and protected deep within the box, they are not readily available to the onlooker. They remain a hidden mystery, longing to be discovered. We want to capture this sense of mystery and longing and The space within invites the visitor on a journey of unearthing and discovery. The space within is neither a mere organizing element, nor a beautiful but distant architecture. The exhibition’s experience has the ability to evoke places and people from a tiny yet resilient fragment of ceramic which has managed to survive, and which speaks of the fragility of time.

  • Architects: Klingmann Architects & Brand Consultants
  • Project: National Museum Of Afghanistan
  • Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Site Area: 52700 m2
  • Gross Floor Area: 24,300 m2
  • Project Scope: Master Planning, Architectural Design, Landscape Design, Exhibition Design
  • Project Type: Cultural: Museum
  • Clients: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Information and Culture, The National Museum of Afghanistan, The Embassy of the United States of America – Kabul, Afghanistan, S.E.E |Office for Architecture and Design
  • Design Team: Anna Klingmann, DongCheol Yang, Sarina Heres, Dominique Dassum, Andrew Brooks, Bing Wu, Zijian Xu
  • Software used: Autocad, 3D max, Adobe Suite


Firehouse in Palma de Mallorca, Spain by Jordi Herrero Campo Arquitecto

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Jordi Herrero Campo Arquitecto


In judo, virtuosity is achieved by profiting from the power of the contrary in our benefit. The plot is located beside a highway. In this position is usual to generate some type of protective parameter which separates us from it. Here, instead of rejecting this particular situation, we collect it in our profit, as in judo.

Image Courtesy Jaime Sicilia

  • Architects: Jordi Herrero Campo Arquitecto
  • Project: Firehouse of Palma de Mallorca
  • Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Photography: Jordi Herrero Campo, Mazmen Fotografia, Jaime Sicilia, Juan Gabriel Valls Palmer
  • Project: 2003-2005
  • Execution: 2007-2009
  • Address: Camí Fondo, s/n, Palma de Mallorca
  • Total floor area: 10.610 m2
  • Land area: 10.283 m2
  • Plot ratio: 40 %
  • Use: Firehouse
  • Property Developer: Townhall of Palma de Mallorca
  • Architects: Jordi Herrero Campo,  Sebastián Escanellas Genovard, Juan Gabriel Valls Palmer y Gabriel Palmer Socías.
  • Master builder: Juan Molinas Andreu
  • Estructures: Fenando Purroy Narvaiza
  • Installations: PGDI
  • Construction Company: Constructora San José + Constructora Llabrés Feliu
  • Pictures: Jaime Sicilia / arquipress,
  • Operating budget: 17.358.604 euros
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Aron R&D Center in Toukaicity, Japan by Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates

Primarily we aimed to create the Architectural Order like Cloud Computing.

An architecture which can transform own spaces flexibly will apply to any requirement.

Aron is a company manufacturing plastic goods, for example pipes for building facilities, objects for elders care, some materials for other products and so on.The correct name of the company is “Aron Kasei”. Kasei means chemical manufacture in Japanese. This R&D center is expected to gather various functions from their old Laboratories, and to provide a place to create new ideas and to heighten their sensitivity with brainstorms.The site is located along Nagoya Bay where Japanese huge industries are gathering.

Image Courtesy Osamu Morishita Architect

  • Architects: Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates
  • Project: Aron R&D Center
  • Location: Shinpou, Toukaicity, Aichi Pref., Japan
  • Site area: 22523.21㎡
  • Building area: 6346.53㎡
  • Total floor area: 7039.15㎡
  • Date of completion: August, 2011


Pôle de Compétences in Bordeaux, France by BARCODE Architects Bordeaux and Habiter Autrement

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: BARCODE Architects Bordeaux

Rotterdam based office BARCODE Architects and Paris based office Haber Autrement presented the final design of the project ‘Pôle de Compétences’ in Bordeaux.

The 7,000m² project is part of the masterplan ‘Bassin a Flots’ designed by ANMA/ Nicolas Michelin, an extensive redevelopment of the harbor area at the west bank of the Gironne in Bordeaux. The masterplan aims on a phased transformation of the present introvert industrial harbor area into a new lively precinct with an urban mixture of living, working, and recreation.

Image Courtesy BARCODE Architects Bordeaux

  • Architects: BARCODE Architects Bordeaux
  • Project: Pôle de Compétences
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Brief: ‘Centre for new businesses’, offices, restaurant, fitness, day-care, parking
  • Client: ICADE Promotion
  • Area: 7000m²
  • Year: 2011-ongoing
  • Status: PRO/Detailed Design – Construction 2013-2014
  • Construction: IOSIS, France
  • MEP/Services: IOSIS, France
  • Urban design: ANMA/Nicolas Michelin, Paris
  • Coordination: Brenac-Gonzalez, Paris
  • Team: BARCODE: Dirk Peters, Caro van de Venne, Clément Périssé, Nieves Ruiz Alvarez, Philip Vandermey, Lauren Mishkind, John O’Callaghan
  • Habiter Autrement: Mia Hägg, Felix Medina


VELUX Modular Skylight in London, England by Foster + Partners

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

VELUX and Foster + Partners launched the new VELUX Modular Skylights during an event at 30 St Mary Axe in London on 13 September 2012. The first collaboration of its kind for both companies, the project aims to radically improve the environmental performance of every aspect of roof lights – the new frame offers levels of insulation far better than a typical aluminium profile.

Image Courtesy VELUX

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: VELUX Modular Skylight
  • Location: London, England


Sarah Hollenstein Career and Technology Center in Fort Worth, Texas by VLK Architects

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: VLK Architects

The Sarah Hollenstein Career and Technology Center, or HCTC, will provide students knowledge and skills for emerging, high-tech, and high demand occupations. The goal of the Center is to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. Each program has unique, specialized requirements that integrate academics with career preparation. These programs compliment local business and industry, and the curriculum is aligned to industry-recognized certifications/licensures. Most students are ready for certification/licensure upon graduation.

Image Courtesy Chad M. Davis, AIA

  • Architects: VLK Architects, Inc.
  • Project: Sarah Hollenstein Career and Technology Center
  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Photography: Chad M. Davis, AIA
  • Project Team:
    • Stephen L. Hafer, AIA, LEED® AP
    • Justin S. Hiles, AIA, LEED® AP
    • Chad M. Davis, AIA, LEED® AP
    • Niki Manning
    • James Hinton
    • Tracy A. Loftin, CSI, CDT
    • Andrew J. Riemitis
  • Year: Constructed in 2011
  • Collaborators:
    • Charter Builders, Ltd. – contractor
    • Image Engineering Group – Mech./Elec./Plumbing engineering consultant
    • L.A. Fuess Partners, Inc. – Structural engineering consultant
    • Teague Nall and Perkins, Inc. – Civil engineering consultant
    • Bosma Design Solutions – Food service consultant
    • The Landscape Alliance – Landscape consultant
  • Area: 133,078 s.f.
  • Software used: Revit 2009, AutoCAD Architecture 2007 and Sketchup Version 6


Taliesin Mod.Fab by Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Victor Sidy

The Taliesin Mod.Fab is an example of simple, elegant, and sustainable living. The one-bedroom, 600-square-foot prototype residence relies on panelized construction to allow for speed and economy on site or in a factory. It can be connected to utilities or be \”unplugged,\” relying on low-consumption fixtures, rainwater harvesting, greywater re-use, natural ventilation, solar orientation, and photovoltaics to reduce energy and water use. The structure is dimensioned and engineered to be transportable via roadway.

Image Courtesy Bill Timmerman

  • Architects: Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
  • Project: Taliesin Mod.Fab
  • Photos: Bill Timmerman
  • Designed and built by:  Graduate and Undergraduate students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture with the faculty guidance of Michael P. Johnson and Jennifer Siegal
  • Project Manager: Christian Butler
  • Assistant Project Manager: Nick Mancusi, recent M.Arch graduates.
  • Software used: AutoCAD


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