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Cultural Center in Castelo Branco, Portugal by MATEO ARQUITECTURA

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


The project according to its author

The plaza is a surface, a topography drawn out in relation to the movement of the water and built by pedreiros, following patterns that are abstract but not random.

Floating on this surface is an object. At its base, water, frozen here to form a skating rink.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

  • Project: Cultural Center
  • Location: Castelo Branco, Portugal
  • Photography: Adrià Goula
  • Author: Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Collaborating architect: Carlos Reis Figueiredo
  • Client: Castelo Branco Council, Polis Project
  • Surface area of the public spaces: 60,000 m2
  • Surface area of the Cultural Center: 4,300 m2
  • Competition: 2000
  • Project: 2000 – 2006
  • Construction of the public spaces: 2006 – 2007
  • Construction of the Cultural Center: 2012 – 2013
  • Cost of the public spaces: 3,000,000’00 €
  • Cost of the Cultural Center: 9,000,000’00 €

New Empire City Casino Building in New York by STUDIO V Architecture

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: STUDIO V Architecture

The new building by STUDIO V Architecture at Empire City looks nothing like a typical casino. Evolving government policies are transforming the gaming industry; heightened attention and competition have catalyzed casinos to push the boundaries of design, innovation, and visitor experience. Tim Rooney, whose famed family also owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, approached STUDIO V to create a radical and contemporary new building to stand out among ferocious competition in this burgeoning industry-wide revolution.To re-invent a building type that typically produces themed, single-story, hermetically-sealed boxes, the Empire City Casino expansion uses avant garde architecture, cutting edge materials, and ground-breaking technology to create a fresh, light-filled, and stimulating space.

Image Courtesy © Paul Warchol

  • Architects: STUDIO V Architecture
  • Project: New Empire City Casino Building
  • Location: New York , U.S.A
  • Photography: Paul Warchol

Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai, China by Foster + Partners

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Bund Finance Centre (BFC) is a prominent new mixed-use destination in Shanghai designed jointly by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio. The 420,000-square-metre development of eight buildings includes two 180-metre landmark towers, and combines premium ‘grade A’ offices with a boutique hotel, an arts and cultural centre and a wide variety of luxury retail spaces, all arranged around a generous landscaped public plaza.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Bund Finance Centre
  • Location: Shanghai, China

La Facade in Den Bosch, Netherlands by Diederendirrix Architects

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: Diederendirrix Architects

From an urban planning point of view, the east side of the square in the station district in Den Bosch lacked a clear boundary. diederendirrix designed a closed perimeter block for the location both to define the volume of the square and to gesture towards the station and the palace district which lies behind.

Image Courtesy © Diederendirrix Architects


Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


The Historical Archive of the Garraf Region is situated on a corner in an industrial area of Vilanova i la Geltrú. It contains only a part of the general archive which is placed inside the Geltrú’s Castle in the old town of Vilanova.

The main purpose of the building is the storage of documents ( 1,200 m2 1,600 m2 total), with a small section of classification and documentation.

Image Courtesy © LOURDES JANSANA

  • Location: VILANOVA I LA GELTRÚ, Spain
  • Photography: LOURDES JANSANA

Bluetrain in Melbourne by Studio Equator

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: Studio Equator

Celebrating their 20th birthday, BLUETRAIN has discovered a new design direction with Melbourne based designers Studio Equator who have re-created “Melbourne’s Meeting Place.” South Bank is part of the South Gate precinct overlooking Melbourne’s energetic skyline and iconic Yarra River.

Image Courtesy © Studio Equator

  • Architects: Studio Equator
  • Project: Bluetrain
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Architect: Carlos Flores

House in Oiso, Japan by atelier HAKO architects

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: atelier HAKO architects

The site is located at the edge of dwelling area close to the sea that is facing the agricultural land spread to the north-east mountain side.

The house was placed on the north side of the site in order to protect the garden from seasonal wind from north in winter.
Internal area was designed with an emphasis on continuity with the garden.

Image Courtesy © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts

  • Architects: atelier HAKO architects
  • Project: House
  • Location: Oiso, Japan
  • Photography: Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts, atelier HAKO architects
  • Structural engineer: Shin’itsu Hiraoka,  Hiraoka Structural Engineers
  • Completion: March 2010
  • Primary usage: private residence
  • Structure: wooden construction, two stories above ground
  • Clients: couple with two children
  • Site area: 155.31 m2
  • Building area: 44.86 m2
  • Total floor space: 89.72 m2

Erasmus University Campus in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: Jvantspijker Architects

A living heart for a modernist Campus

Erasmus University Rotterdam has opened the new public heart of its Woudestein campus. The project can be seen as a benchmark for the way grim and gloomy ’60s and ’70s institutional areas can be sparked to life. A new semi-sunken garage has been integrated with a new public space design and pond. Together with a new student pavilion, they mark the realization of the first phase of a unique and ambitious revitalization master plan.  The master plan was designed by the collaborating Dutch firms Juurlink [+] Geluk and jvantspijker architects.

Image Courtesy © René de WIt

Avant Chelsea in New York City by 1100 Architect

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: 1100 Architect

The Avant Chelsea, a 40,000-square-foot, twelve-story residential condominium, occupies a tight and challenging site in New York City. The design maximizes the building size allowed within zoning regulations through an unconventional array of setbacks that add bedrooms and exterior terraces to the uppermost four stories. Artful proportioning of a standard window wall system on the street facade balances the scale of the user with that of the building at large.

Image Courtesy © 1100 Architect, Eduard Hueber, The design of this twelve-story residential condominium in West Chelsea combines efficient programming of space with fresh ideas for structural design, interior design, lighting, and materials.

  • Architects: 1100 Architect
  • Project: Avant Chelsea
  • Location: New York City, U.S.A

Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør, Denmark by Kossmann.dejong

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Article source: Kossmann.dejong

Kossmann.dejong has designed the new display for the Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør. The exhibition spaces are all underground, surrounding a former dry dock. The architectural design comes from the well-known Danish architectural practice BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).

Image Courtesy © Luca Santiago Mora

  • Architects: Kossmann.dejong
  • Project:Danish National Maritime Museum
  • Location: Helsingør, Denmark
  • Photography: Thijs Wolzak, Luca Santiago Mora
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