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Iconic Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Francesco Piffari

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francesco Piffari


What is a bridge in the collective imagination? How to obtain livable spaces from a passing-by architecture? How to push the design to its boundaries and at the same time satisfy the requests for traffic flows, wheelchair access, integration in the urban context, sustainability looking, clarity and comprehensibility of the program?

Image Courtesy Francesco Piffari

  • Architects: Francesco Piffari
  • Project: Iconic Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location:  Amstel 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands (in front of Hermitage Amsterdam Museum)
  • Type: One stage international idea competition
  • Hosted by: [AC-CA] Architectural Competition
  • Software used: Rhino, vRay for Rhino, Photoshop and Autocad
  • Program:

    • Pedestrian Bridge: on the central axis of the museum, 90 m long, 4m wide minimum
    • Cafe: 100 sqm with enough space for 20 tables together with a small area for snack
    • Bicycle Repair: 50 sqm with two repair stations
    • Services: 20 sqm for 4 toilets cubicles; 30 sqm for office, changing room, storage; 30 bike racks
    • TOTAL: 200 sqm
  • Mission:Design an Iconic Pedestrin Bridge in the heart of Amsterdam which could:
    • Encourage and reward design excellence between architecture and engineering.
    • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original footbridge.
    • To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the functionality of bridges in relation with art and sculpture.
    • Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.


Darling Quarter in Sydney, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Darling Quarter is a true integration of urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture toward the creation of a public place within the City. We have sought to enhance the joy and beauty of Darling Harbour, one of the most popular public places in Australia, and to do so in a way that imbues it with a sense of quality and permanence.

Image Courtesy © John Marmaras

  • Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Project: Darling Quarter
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Photographs: John Gollings – Gollings Photography, Florian Groehn, Tyrone Branigan
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer: Lend Lease
  • Electrical Services Consultant: Aurecon
  • Environmental Engineer : Arup
  • Fire Engineering: Defire
  • Hydraulic services consultant and fire services: Warren Smith and Partners
  • Interior Designer: The E.G.O. Group; Davenport Campbell
  • Landscape Architect: Aspect Studios
  • Mechanical Services Consultant: Arup
  • Project Manager: Lend Lease
  • Quantity Surveyor: Lend Lease
  • Structural Engineer: Arup


Msheireb – Heart of Doha in Qatar by AECOM

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source:  AECOM

Headed by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, the aim of the Msheireb project is to create a modern Qatari homeland that is rooted in traditions and to renew a piece of city where global cultures meet but not melt. The scope of the project is to rejuvenate a 31 hectare site within the heart of the city.

Main square: Baharat Al Nouq

  • Architects: AECOM
  • Project: Msheireb – Heart of Doha
  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Architects: AECOM, Adjaye Associates, Allies and Morrison, Eric Pary Architects, Gensler, HOK, John McAslan and Partners, Mangera Yvars Architects, Mossessian & Partners, Squire & Partners
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer: Msheireb Properties, Qatar
  • Landscape Architect: Burton Landscape Architecture Studio, United States of America
  • Masterplanner: AECOM, United Kingdom
  • Project Manager: TIME Qatar, Qatar
  • Structural Engineer: Arup, United Kingdom


Plaza España in Tenerife, Spain by Fernando Menis Architects

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Fernando Menis Architects

Architecture is a means to bring people to the natural environment. The Museum features a large plaza that characterizes the building. The development of this area was vital to connecting the building to the environment.

It arose from the idea to strengthen the relationship between the town and the natural landscape that exists around the museum. The plaza gives a public space to the town, it is a place where people can eat and enjoy the landscape which is particularly striking for the site lies next to a dry river bed known in as the “Bar- ranco del Infierno”.

Aerial View

  • Architects: Fernando Menis Architects
  • Project: Plaza España
  • Location: Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
  • Photography: Simona Rota
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer : Adeje City Council
  • Environmental Engineer : Menis Arquitectos SLP
  • Structural Engineer : Mr Juan José Gallardo Calcularq SL


The Xtra-Herman Miller shop in shop in Singapore by P.A.C PTE LTD

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: P.A.C PTE LTD


Our design inspiration comes from Herman Miller’s core products; Work Chairs. Herman Miller’s extensive range of work chairs produced over the years embodies their philosophy, culture and aspirations; a desire to constantly innovate, integrate technology with design and produce high quality, purposeful, human-centred products.

Layout plan

  • : P.A.C PTE LTD
  • Project: The Xtra-Herman Miller shop in shop
  • : Singapore
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer : Xtra, Singapore
  • : Stacy Peh, Aaron Poon, Hong Zhi Chua – PAC


The Sony Corporation’s building in Osaki, Japan by Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Article source: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Concept & Objectives

This project was inspired by the paradoxical idea of improving the environment through the presence of large-scale architecture. The Project is an office building for Sony’s R&D department, which takes the form of a thin vertical plate to ensure good views. More importantly, the form minimizes the heat island effect by positioning its narrow sides against prevailing winds, thus allowing the breeze to flow in from Tokyo Bay without hindrance. The building was then conceived as a massive cooling devise that performs in much the same way as a natural forest.

Image Courtesy Yutaka Suzuki

  • Architects: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
  • Project: The Sony Corporation’s building
  • Location: Osaki, Japan
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • : Yutaka Suzuki
  • Architects : Mr Tatsuya Hatori, Mr Yoshito Ishihara, Mr Norihisa Kawashima
  • Client / Developer : Sony Corporation, Japan
  • Environmental Engineers: Mr Osamu Nagase, Nikken Sekkei Ltd. Japan
  • Structural Engineers : Toshihiko Kouno, Ms Miwa Sadamoto
  • Supervision : Sony Facility Management Corporation, Japan


Singapore Block in Martin Road by Kerry Hill Architects

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Article source: Kerry Hill Architects

Martin Road No. 38 is a residential and commercial development located in a former warehouse area near to the Singapore River, and close to the Singapore CBD. The area lies within a planning zone in the city where the planning authorities have encouraged the conversion of building use from commercial to residential, and in this project, 80% of the permitted area was able to become residential apartments, while the remaining is designed as a cafe and restaurant.

View from street

  • Architects: Kerry Hill Architects
  • Project: Singapore Block
  • Location: Martin Road, Singapore
  • Photography: Albert KS Lim
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer: SC Global Developments Ltd
  • Cost Consultant : Langdon & Seah Pte Ltd
  • Environmental Engineer : Bescon Consulting Engineers Pte Ltd
  • Main Contractor : Daiya Engineering and Construction Pte Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: P&T consultants Pte Ltd


Green Home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Article source: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Whoever wanders around Saigon, a chaotic city with the highest density of population in the world, can easily find flower-pots crampped and displayed here and there all around the streets. This interesting custom has formed the amused character of Saigon over a long period of time and Saigonese love their life with a large variety of tropical plants and flowers in their balconies, courtyards and streets.


  • Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
  • Project: Green Home
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Photography: Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architect: Shunri Nishizawa, Daisuke Sanuki, Mr Nghia Vo Trong
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer : Ms Thu Ha Hoang Thi
  • Environmental Engineer : Trong Dao Khoai
  • Structural Engineer : Xuan Luu Thai


The Fazenda Boa Vista golf clubhouse in Brazil by Isay Weinfeld

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Article source: Isay Weinfeld

Fazenda Boa Vista is a 750-hectare residential and hospitality complex located in Porto Feliz, 100 km away from the city of São Paulo, in Brazil. It comprises a Fasano Hotel, private villas, spa (under construction), kids club, sports center (tennis and multi-sports courts), petting zoo, two 18-hole golf courses, golf clubhouse, swimming pool, equestrian center (clubhouse + competition track + stalls + paddock + vet facilities + storage), and 242-hectare woods punctuated with inumerous lakes.

General view

  • : Isay Weinfeld, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Project: The Fazenda Boa Vista golf clubhouse
  • : Brazil
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • : Fernando Guerra


Cooled conservatories at Gardens, Singapore by Wilkinson Eyre

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Article source: Wilkinson Eyre

Located in Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay is a key project in delivering the Singapore.

Government’s vision of transforming Singapore into a ‘City in a Garden’. At a total of 101 hectares, the Gardens by the Bay project comprises three distinct waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The commission to design the 54 hectare Bay South garden was won in 2006 by a team led by Grant Associates and including Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Land Design and Davis Langdon and Seah.

Image Courtesy Robert Such

  • Architects: Wilkinson Eyre
  • Project: Cooled conservatories
  • Location: Gardens, Singapore
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • : Robert Such


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