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91-APARTMENT SOCIAL HOUSING IN SENTMENAT, Catalonia BY MIRAG

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: MIRAG

We received the proposal to design a 91-social-housing project distributed in 4 different blocks within a pre-defined urban planning called Can Vilar in the village of Sentmenat, Barcelona. The symmetric distribution of the blocks is unconnected with the rural and the industrial surroundings.

The group is formed by four buildings and an inner patio, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Project: 91-APARTMENT SOCIAL HOUSING
  • Location: SENTMENAT, Catalonia
  • Photography: Jordi Surroca
  • TypologySocial housing
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: 2009-2011
  • Collaborators: Roberta Rech architect, Valeria Piccardo architect, Marta Grau architect
  • Building Engineering: GPCat Toni Floriach y Beth Bacardit, building engineers
  • Structures engineering: GPARQ
  • Facilities engineering: Oriol Ruiz Dotras, engineer
  • Developer: ‘La Caixa’ foundation (‘Alquiler Asequible’ program)
  • Construction company: INBISA
  • Budget: 6.321.000 €
  • Built surface: 18.300 m2
  • Software used: Autocad

Fashion Museum in Omotesando, Japan by YBGSNA

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source:  YBGSNA

Image Courtesy © YBGSNA

  • Architects: YBGSNA
  • Project: Fashion Museum
  • Location: Omotesando Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 4,000  m2
  • Client: Arquitectum
  • Software used:  AutoCAD & Rhino

Elephant House in Copenhagen, Denmark by Foster + Partners

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Set within a historic royal park, adjacent to the Frederiksberg Palace, Copenhagen Zoo is among the oldest zoos in Europe and one of Denmark’s most popular cultural institutions, with 1.2 million visitors a year. Among the Zoo’s most visited inhabitants are the Indian elephants. The starting point for the design of this new Elephant House was to provide these magnificent animals with a healthy, stimulating environment and in the process to create easily accessible spaces from which visitors can see and enjoy them.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Elephant House
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Client: Foundation Realdania for Copenhagen Zoo
  • Area: 3250m2 internal (building – stables and visitor areas), 3500m2 external paddock areas, 2050 m2 visitor circulation/landscape
  • Internal breakdown: Visitor areas 900m2, Service areas 750m2, Stables 1600m2
  • Site Area: 8800m2
  • Number of Floors: 2 – main floor + mezzanine exhibition/entrance space
  • Capacity: 8 elephants, 6 keepers, 4 staff, 150 visitors max at any time (varies throughout year)
  • Glass domed roofs: Herd 45m x 23m, Bulls 30m x 15m

Competition entry for a School in Belgium, Western Europe by NL Architects

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: NL Architects 

Image Courtesy © NL Architects

  • Architects: NL Architects
  • Project: Competition entry for a School
  • Location: Belgium, Western Europe

Private residence in Marathonas, Greece by LKMK ARCHITECTS

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: LKMK ARCHITECTS

The programme for this private house is mostly organized on one single floor, except for one bedroom and the office that are situated at first floor level. The ground floor is divided into three zones: the bedrooms, the living room and kitchen. Looking at the exterior, the house consists of 3 volumes.

Image Courtesy © Tzortzis George

  • Architects: LKMK ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Private residence
  • Location: Marathonas, Greece
  • Photography: Tzortzis George
  • Structural Engineer: Gavalas Philippos (www.fgavalas.gr)
  • Construction Year: 2007
  • Software used: Autocad and Formz

House Cal in Johannesburg, South Africa by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

When Nico van der Meulen Architects received the brief, it presented a fairly large house with a separate accommodation for the client’s 3 adult kids. To accommodate that and thanks to its location in a private estate, the house was designed to be open to the street with a glass link across a koi-pond as the entrance which separates the guest wing and son’s suite from the rest of the house.

Image Courtesy © Nico van der Meulen Architects

Wimbledon Master Plan in London by Grant Associates

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Article source: Grant Associates

Top UK landscape architecture firm, Grant Associates, has developed a holistic landscape framework and public realm strategy for the world’s most famous tennis club, Wimbledon, working alongside lead masterplanners, Grimshaw.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has unveiled the Wimbledon Master Plan, which sets out a vision and framework for the future guiding the development and enhancement of Wimbledon as the pre-eminent Grand Slam and the finest stage in world tennis.

Image Courtesy © Grant Associates

  • Architects: Grant Associates
  • Project: Wimbledon Master Plan
  • Location: London

The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia by Grant Associates

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Article source: Grant Associates

Grant Associates, the UK landscape architects behind Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay, has been appointed by the Royal Botanics and Domain Trust in Sydney to help develop a new sustainable masterplan for the historic Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and adjacent public Domain.

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (c) Simone Cottrell

  • Architects: Grant Associates
  • Project: The Royal Botanic Garden
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

Working alongside Cox Richardson Architects and Planners, Grant Associates will be responsible for developing the landscape strategy and public realm elements of the new masterplan.

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (c) Simone Cottrell

With a combined area of 64 hectares, on a spectacular location bordering the iconic Sydney Harbour waterfront, the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and public Domain is the largest single site in the Sydney Central Business District.  Ongoing management of the space is crucial for the future development and direction of Sydney as a cultural and tourist destination. Due to celebrate its bicentenary in 2016, and as Australia’s oldest research and scientific institution, the Garden holds a unique place in the nation’s intellectual life and as a popular recreation and visitor destination.

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (c) Simone Cottrell

The new integrated masterplan is due to be unveiled in November 2013.  It will address the heritage of the Garden and its role, structure and future form; identify the means by which research and education can flourish; address the physical environment, facilities and character; and seek to establish a framework for a resilient and sustainable financial future for the Garden.

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (c) Simone Cottrell

Keith French, director, Grant Associates said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this fascinating project. As the primary role of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is for scientific research, we have to ensure a sustainable financial future and funding for this work, is balanced against the needs of heritage, education, recreation and as a tourist destination. It’s a real privilege to have the opportunity to play a small part in the future role of this amazing historic site.”

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (c) Simone Cottrell

Brunner chairs make a difference in the newly renovated Pilatus-Kulm mountain hotel in pilatus, switzerland

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Article source:  Brunner

The location is unique and breath-taking: the registered landmark from theBelle Epoque, the Pilatus-Kulm Mountain Hotel, is situated on an exposed mountain face at 6,995 feet above sea level, offering a splendid view of the surrounding summits, and the city of Lucerne way down in the valley. To celebrate its 120th anniversary, the hotel was completely renovated in 2010, and equipped with a new business centre, among other amenities. Still, it has been able to maintain its historic mountain hotel charm, not only thanks to its wooden shutters.

Image Courtesy © Brunner

  • Project: Brunner chairs in the newly renovated Pilatus-Kulm mountain hotel
  • Location: pilatus, switzerland

YUPPIE RANCH HOUSE + BARN in BUDOIA (PORDENONE), ITALY by ELASTICOSPA +3

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Article source: ELASTICOSPA +3

The yuppie ranch house stands in a hilly landscape, looking out on one side towards the mountains and on the other to the dry and stony plain of Friuli.
The only trace of human presence before the construction of the house was a masaron, a pile of stones once raised to mark a property boundary. This feature was exploited in defining the different areas of the ranch house, making it possible to explore new possibilities of form.

Image Courtesy © Betta Crovato

  • Architects: ELASTICOSPA +3
  • Project: YUPPIE RANCH HOUSE + BARN
  • Location: BUDOIA (PORDENONE), ITALY
  • Photography: Betta Crovato
  • End use: farmhouse
  • Client: private
  • Project: 2003
  • Construction work: 2004
  • Ground area: 264 mq, volume 863 mc
  • Project design: ELASTICOSPA Stefano Pujatti Architetti + ELASTICO3 Alberto Del Maschio
  • Project chief: S. Pujatti
  • Team: S. Pujatti, A. Del Maschio, M. Luis y Garcia, D. Musmeci, L. Macrì, A. Morassut, M. Burigana, R. Cauz
  • Structural design: Studio Arcade (Pn)
  • Plant consultant: Ing. Del Ben
  • Head of works: A. Del Maschio
  • Building contractor: Del Maschio Pietro & C. s.n.c. (Pn)
  • Software used: Autocad
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