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Badoo Development Office in Moscow, Russia by Za Bor Architects

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Za Bor Architects

The Moscow office of the Badoo company, had to get gifted young programmers together for improvement and development of one of the most popular dating services in the world – badoo.com. The office was created for web developers and focused on technical, not administrative function. The result is very impressive. In fact, the office is located in one of the most luxurious business centers of Moscow – the Legend of Tsvetnoy, which is based in the city center, at the well-known Tsvetnoy Boulevard.

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  • Architects: Za Bor Architects
  • Project: Badoo Development Office
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Software used: ArchiCAD and 3Ds Max

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Staten Island Animal Care Center in New York by Garrison Architects

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Garrison Architects

The Staten Island Animal Care Center is designed to encourage the adoption of animals while creating a humane and controlled environment during their stay. In addition, the program requires unique circulation patterns to provide for the routing and isolation of well, sick, and un-examined animals as they are processed and tended to. The building is sheathed in a highly insulating, translucent polycarbonate envelope that provides four times the insulating value of glass, maximizes the benefits of natural light, and allows for a very light weight structure.

Image Courtesy © Garrison Architects

  • Architects: Garrison Architects
  • Project: Staten Island Animal Care Center
  • Location: Staten Island, New York

Sustainability Features:

  • Section determined by daylighting maximization and cross ventilation
  • Temperature controlled passive ventilation
  • Heat recovery ventilation system
  • Insulated multi cell R10 polycarbonate skin
  • Photocell controlled high efficiency lighting
  • Recycled steel components
  • High fly ash concrete and CMU
  • Recycled polycarbonate
  • Recycling stations
  • Water recovery system
  • Solar thermal water heating
  • Thermal modeling in design stage
  • Designed to minimize construction waste

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House Van de Veken in Stavelot, Belgium by Artau Architectures

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Artau Architectures

This house, open to nature and sun, offers an unusual volumetry. It meets on one hand a planning constrain by being parallel to the road and on the other hand also displays multiple asymmetric openings on its southern side. The house sets on a steep land and enjoys a magnificent view across the forested area.

Image Courtesy © Artau Architectures

  • Architects: Artau Architectures
  • Project: House Van de Veken
  • Location: Route de Coo 103, 4970 Stavelot, Belgium
  • Building Contractor(s): Mr and Mrs Servais – Van de Veken
  • Year of Completion: 2008
  • Type of Contract: Private
  • Programme: Single Family Passive House
  • Budget Excluding VAT and Fees: € 375.000
  • Surface: 200 m² built

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The Ordos MU US Desert Temple in China by Dr. Margot Krasojevic

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Dr. Margot Krasojevic

The project has been commissioned by the city of Ordos. It is an open Buddhist temple located on the outskirts of the Ordos desert, an area that is currently used for meditation and religious ceremonial offerings, Mongolian Buddhist rituals dictated the design.

Image Courtesy Dr. Margot Krasojevic

  • Architects: Dr. Margot Krasojevic
  • Project: The Ordos MU US Desert Temple
  • Location: China
  • Software used: Maya, 3ds max, Adobe after effects

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Danube River Housing in Belgrade, Serbia by Studio Alfirevic

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Studio Alfirevic

Residential group ‘Danube River Housing’ is located on the Danube river banks near Belgrade, and its design concept is based on the idea of cluster like structure of rafts – buildings constructed on pontoons. The main goal was to achieve an atmosphere of housing partially hidden in the river underbrush, and also to establish the ambience of the neighborhood – a group of single-family house-rafts.

Image Courtesy © Studio Alfirevic

  • Architects: Studio Alfirevic
  • Project: Danube River Housing
  • Location: Zemunski kej, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Software used: AutoCad + 3D Max + VRay

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Seattle Center HUB (Hybrid Urban Bioscape) by Aetrangere

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Aetrangere

AN URBAN BIOSCAPE

While society is becoming more complex, two social dynamics could have an enormous incidence in the way that public space will perform in the future. People have a growing concern about environmental matters while an increasing access to information in real time ( and to the mobile media technologies that make it possible) are defying the classical conception of public space, redefining our expectations and confronting it to evolving demands for a wide range of new social experiences.

Image Courtesy © Aetrangere

  • Architects: Aetrangere
  • Project: Seattle Center HUB (Hybrid Urban Bioscape)
  • Location: Seattle Center, Seattle, USA
  • Photo credit: Aetrangere
  • Project Description: New main Public Space for Seattle Center
  • Type: Open International Ideas Competition
  • Client: Seattle Center Foundation
  • Program: Public space, parking, open air performance area, football stadium, sustainable facilities, office, exhibition space, retail, green area, restaurant, café
  • Site Area: 36 500 sqm
  • Project Area: 10 000 sqm
  • Scope: Architectural, Urban and Landscape Concept Design
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Project Leader: Mario Caceres
  • Team: Mario Caceres, Architect and Urban Planner, Christian Canonico, Architect and Engineer
  • Renderings: Inimagenable

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Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station in South Tyrol, Italy by Monovolume

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Monovolume

The Punibach hydroelectric power station is conceived as a fracture in the landscape. Harmonically integrated in its surroundings, it suddently brakes it open and reveals the machines in its interiors, which serve to transform natural powers into useful energy.

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  • Architects: Monovolume
  • Project: Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station
  • Location: Planeiler Alm (BZ), South Tyrol, Italy
  • Client: Puni Energie GmbH (Ltd.)
  • Programme: Hydroelectric Power Station
  • Realisation: 2010/11
  • Pressure Pipeline Length: 4.115 m
  • Turbines: 2 horizontal Pelton
  • Average Annual Production: 14,3 mil. kWh
  • Construction Cost: 9,0 mil. Euros
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Catalonia’s International Centre For High Performance In Sailing in Barcelona, Spain by Mestura Arquitectes

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Mestura Arquitectes

The objective of this intervention is to include under the large pergola Photovoltaic in the Forum Park of Barcelona, a program of the International Center for High Performance Sailing.

The uniqueness of the spaces to be treated, starting considerations requires both the environment and the possible actions in outer space, as the configuration of existing architectural elements, which determine many of the decisions of the project. We therefore propose a treatment in the facades that seek not to contrast with the gigantic scale of the element. The south facade is delayed until the first bay of the current structure to avoid contact of the new facilities with existing structural elements, while on the north side openings are covered with a curtain overlapping continuous acts wooden slats as a unitary element and neutral.

Image Courtesy Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
  • Project: Catalonia’s International Centre For High Performance In Sailing
  • Location: Forum Port, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Barcelona, Spain
  • Scope Of Services: Scheme Design, Detail Design and Site Supervision
  • Client: Catalan Sailing Federation.
  • Scheme Date: 2007
  • On Site: June 2008 – December 2010
  • Gross Area: 2.702,89 m2
  • Construction Cost: Pem:  4.255.705,79€ (indoor and outdoor equipment included)
  • Construction Company: TEYCO
  • Others collaborators:
    • AT3, Josep M. Oller, Technical architect. Economic consultancy.
    • BOMA Miquel Angel Sala, architect. Structures consultancy.
    • GRUPO JG, Industrial engineers. Installations consultancy.
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute.
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2012

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Anansi Playground Building in Utrecht, Netherlands by Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Mulders vandenBerk Architecten of Amsterdam have completed a playground building in a park in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with a Corian façade engraved with images of fairytales from around the world. The idea of the building is to excite and stimulate curiosity and creativity of the children.

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

  • Architect: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten
  • Project: Anansi Playground Building
  • Location: Peltlaan 130, 3527 EC Utrecht
  • Principal: Municipality of Utrecht, department D.M.O.
  • Team: Joost Mulders, Chris van den Berk, Robbert van der Lee, Lucas Torres, Cecilia Thomsen, Idette de Boer
  • Graphic design façade: Design Arbeid, Amsterdam
  • Photography: Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar
  • Contractor building: Barli B.V., Uden
  • Contractor façade: Roord binnenbouw, Amsterdam
  • Start: October 2008
  • Completion: October 2009
  • Program: daycare/play
  • Site area: 9750 m2
  • Floor area: 150 m2

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Kiss Bridge in Alicante, Spain by Joaquin Alvado Bañon

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Joaquin Alvado Baño

The project has been thought to establish a relationship between two different parts of the town, divided by a rainwater channel. Each side of the channel causes a different way to cross, a new shape to define a border. The connection is a kiss, a softy touch of structures. The bridge is a new way to understand the city.

The beams have been structurally designed as the Japanese art of paper folding called “origami”. The material we have used is white concrete plate instead of paper. The two geometrically different parts have different structural behavior. The first part has a large cantilever beam 16 m length, while the second has a Y plan geometry comprising the main path itself and a Venetian stairs. The length of the main path of both structures is over 60 m.

Image Courtesy © Justo Oliva

  • Architects: Joaquin Alvado Bañon
  • Project: “Kiss Bridge”.  White Concrete Footbridge
  • Location: Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante, Spain
  • Photographs: Justo Oliva 
  • Structural Engineers: Salvador Ivorra, Miguel Angel Crespo,
  • Geometry: Rafael Guillem and David Jimenez (Geometry)
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Texts: Justo Oliva and Authors

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