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Three Harbour Green in Vancouver, Canada By IBI/HB Architects

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: IBI/HB Architects

Three Harbour Green represents the last tower to be developed in this corner of Coal Harbour, an area of the city that houses numerous residential towers of architectural excellence in the last decade. This crown jewel completes a three-tower scheme, overlooking Stanley Park, the north shore mountains, and fronting 7 acres of waterfront park space.

Image Courtesy © Bob Matheson 

  • Architects: IBI/HB Architects
  • Project: Three Harbour Green
  • Location:  1105 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3T1
  • Photography: Bob Matheson, Chiharu Matsunaga
  • Client: ASPAC Developments
  • Project Manager: Ledcor Construction
  • Design Team: James Hancock
  • Structural Engineers: Jones Kwong Kishi
  • Mechanical Engineers: Yoneda & Associates
  • Electrical Engineers: Nemetz and Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
  • Contractor: Ledcor Construction
  • Project End Date: March 2012
  • Area: 23,730 sq. m
  • Height (to tip): 125.95 m
  • Number of Floors: 33

Silicon House in Madrid, Spain by Selgas Cano

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Selgas Cano

This is an allotment on a gentle slope covered by evergreen oak, elm, ash, acacia, prunus and plane trees, all seeded spontaneously by birds from the surrounding plots. All of these trees and their canopy perimeters were measured and drawn on to plan. Le Corbusier said he wanted the empty La Tourette courtyard to be populated naturally with vegetation, by birds and the wind. Le Corbusier left a void in his architecture to be populated by nature. We think this project has arisen in opposition to that idea.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Zuloaga 

  • Architects: Selgas Cano
  • Project: Silicon House
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Pablo Zuloaga, Roland Halbe, Iwan Baan, Richard Powers
  • Project Team: José de Villar, Miguel San Millán, Lara Resco, Blas Antón
  • Client: PRIVATE
  • Structural engineer: FHECOR
  • Electrical engineer: JG
  • Mechanical engineer: Isidro Fernández
  • Desing phase: 2004
  • Construction phase: 2007

Cove 6 in Knysna, South Africa by SAOTA

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: SAOTA

The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous fynbos surroundings. The site forms part of The Cove, a private estate in Knysna, and is perched on an exposed cliff with spectacular views. The owners wanted a house with seamless indoor-outdoor living for summer holiday retreats. The house had to take maximum advantage of the spectacular views and surrounding landscape.

Image Courtesy SAOTA 

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Project: Cove 6
  • Location: The Cove, Pezula Estate, Knysna, South Africa
  • Photography: SAOTA
  • Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen & Johann van der Merwe
  • Interior Design: Client
  • Completion Date: 2006

Sateenkaari (Rainbow) Housing in Helsinki, Finland by ARK-house Architects

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: ARK-house Architects 

The building site is located in Vuosaari, the most eastern suburb of Helsinki in Finland. The site is characterized by the new artificial canal and its circular pool, which creates the ending and the new focus for the architectural composition of the area. The building site is located on the edge of the built environment, from the other side it faces the almost untouched virgin landscape dominated by dark fir forest.

Image Courtesy © Tiia Ettala 

  • Architects: ARK-house Architects
  • Project: Sateenkaari (Rainbow) Housing
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Tiia Ettala
  • Architects: Pentti Kareoja, Harri Ahonen, Heljä Herranen
  • Area: 5,800 ㎡
  • Client : NCC

WFH House in Wuxi, China by Arcgency

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Arcgency

Design

The design is based on Nordic values. Not only according to architecture, but also design objects. These values are defined as:

  • Flexibility.
  • Build for people, human values. – Good daylight conditions, different types of light.
  • Reliable (long term) solutions. – Healthy materials, recyclable materials, design for disassembly strategies.
  • Materials that age gracefully.
  • Access to nature, greenery.
  • Minimalistic look.
  • Playfulness. 

Image Courtesy © Jens Markus Lindhe

  • Architects: Arcgency
  • Project: WFH House
  • Location: Prototype in Denmark. First house in Wuxi, China.
  • Photography: Jens Markus Lindhe. Mads Møller.
  • What: Sustainable pre fab house.
  • Build: 2012.
  • Area: 180m2.
  • Manufacture: worldFLEXhome, Nordisk Staal.
  • Client: worldFLEXhome.
  • Engineer: Esbensen (technical). Sloth Møller (construction).

Mars habitation module by Benjamin Loiseau Architecture

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Benjamin Loiseau Architecture

Inflated with oxygen, a hemisphere of five meters in diameter preset shape of the module housing and research. This waterproof shell allows the introduction of an environment conducive to life without diving. This module takes up little space uninflated: a flexible structure, a compressor and a bomb.

Image Courtesy Benjamin Loiseau Architecture 

Spectrum Residential Ensemble in Constanta, Romania by Re-Act Now

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Re-Act Now

In an absolutely amazing geographical setting, in a «spur» of the gulf referred to as the «Fishery», somewhere at Constanta’s northern limits towards Mamaia, where the strip of land between the sea and Ghiol lake is minimal, is located the «Spectrum» Residential Complex, proposed by us. In this land «spur», the placement of «sea guards» appeared as an absolutely extraordinary theme. Observing the place from the land and from the sea, I realized that the situations are somehow different.

Image Courtesy © Andrei Margulescu 

  • Architects: Re-Act Now
  • Project: Spectrum Residential Ensemble
  • Location: Constanta, Romania
  • Photography: Andrei Margulescu
  • Project team: Mario Kuibus, Adela Antoniu, Cristina Chivu, Tudor Vasiliu, Raluca Genoiu, Claudiu Bica, Alexandru Axinte, Andreea Ionescu

Villa über Villach in Carinthia, Austria by Pilz Architektur

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Pilz Architektur

The plot:
Located approximately 100 meters above Villach, with beautiful views over the city and to the south lying mountains of the Julian Alps and Karavanke. An existing, long been uninhabited and dilapidated house from the Sixties was on the ground about 4200 square meters and has been canceled. Surrounded by woods, fields and a few houses, the land a special Atmosphere.

Image Courtesy © Paul Ott 

  • Architects: Pilz Architektur
  • Project: Villa über Villach
  • Location: Villach, Carinthia, Austria
  • Photography: Paul Ott
  • Architecture and overall planning: Pilz Architektur, Arch DI Paul Michael Pilz
  • Type: Single-family home
  • Site area: 4284
  • Living space: 345 m²
  • Built-up area: 266 sqm
  • Net construction costs: about 2000 € / m²
  • Planning beginning: October 2007
  • Construction: September 2008
  • Completion: Summer 2009
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Weekend Houses in Ahmedabad, India by Vipul Patel Architects (VPA)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Vipul Patel Architects (VPA)

The site of the weekend house is located in the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The houses were to be designed for two friends, in the same plot. The purpose of the house was that of a weekend or a farmhouse, which later on could be used as a permanent residence too. Both the houses were designed very similar to each other, on the client’s demand.

Image Courtesy Vipul Patel Architects (VPA) 

The Gold Line Bridge in Arcadia, California by Andrew Leicester

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Article source: Andrew Leicester 

As the largest, single public art/transit infrastructure project in California, we believe the Gold Line Bridge would be a very unique and special entry for coverage. The Gold Line Bridge has set many precedents. The Construction Authority wanted the art to lead the engineering, so an artist was hired before the architect and contractor. In 2010, the Construction Authority put out a national call and selected Andrew Leicester, an award-winning public artist from Minnesota.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority : Image Courtesy Andrew Leicester 

  • Artist: Andrew Leicester
  • Project: The Gold Line Bridge
  • Location: San Gabriel Valley, California
  • Date: Completed December 15, 2012
  • Dimensions: 584-linear feet (115 feet between the centerlines of the two signature baskets)
  • Materials: Concrete with steel reinforcement (the project required 6,500 cubic yards of concrete and 1.3 million pounds of steel)
  • Art Concept Advisor: Andrew Leicester
  • Architect/Designer: AECOM
  • Contractor: Skanska USA Civil West
  • Commissioner/Owner: The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • Software used: 
    • Microstation V8i 3D for architectural design
    • For structural calculations:
      • SAP2000
      • VBridge
      • VBent
      • XTRACT
      • LPile
    • For structural calculations:
      • WinBDS
      • BrgABUT
    • For Hydrology/Hydraulics
      • LA County TC_Calculator
      • Bentley Flowmaster
    • For Alignment Design
      • InRoads
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