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The Invitation in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

The urban history of Utrecht and its surroundings dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. Today the area west of the city of Utrecht is being transformed from a mainly rural area into a new quarter of the city. Along one of the old routes with its variety of architectural typologies and close to a branche of the Rhine River this building, a practise for obstetricians, was build.

Image Courtesy © Cornbread Works

  • Architects: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
  • Project: The Invitation
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Cornbread Works
  • Interior architect : Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
  • Software used: AutoCad and SketchUp

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CFB Valcartier Corten Steel Sentry Box in Canada by STGM Architectes

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: STGM Architectes

The command, an almost indestructible and maintenance free sentry box, controlling the entrance to a military base north of Quebec city, Canada. The architects have developed a custom made corten steel pan cladding ensuring the sustainability of the project. A very long overhang protect the glazed part of the building from the east low winter sun. This tiny building have a strong personality and require compliance by its formal simplicity, the nature of the materials used and the strength of its anchoring to the ground.

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Guérin

  • Architects: STGM Architectes
  • Project: CFB Valcartier Corten Steel Sentry Box
  • Location: Cathcart Road, Valcartier, Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Alexandre Guérin
  • Type: Transportation
  • Area: 40 m2
  • Client: Defense Construction Canada
  • Completion: januanry2013
  • Cost: 800 000 USD

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Hobro Mid-Town in Denmark by Schonherr and Holscher Arkitekter

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: Holscher Arkitekter

Team Schonherr’s proposal is best practice as to how a historical center can be reunited with the habour that once put the city on the map. This is done by the new urban spaces inheriting qualities from the historic center. Not by miming the historic town’s architecture, but through detailed planning to achieve spatial qualities of the historic town. Hobro town centre is converted to realize the potential of the town centre and restore physical, visual and social links between the port and the town. At the same time, the project handles the traffic of the town centre optimally, without creating new barriers.

Image courtesy Schonherr Arkitekter

  • Architects: Schonherr and Holscher Arkitekter
  • Project: Schonherr and Holscher Arkitekter wins competition for Hobro mid-town in coorperation
  • Location: Hobro, Denmark

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Platform Zero in Porto, Portugal by A2OFFICE

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: A2OFFICE

A small space with just over 20m ² was the site for the deployment of this kiosk in the Casa da Música Metro Station in the city of Porto, Portugal. This project was based on the idea of “pause”. Pause between commuting routes (home-work-home, home-school-home, etc.) where one color dominates: the yellow. As in the trilogy of chromatic lights os the semaphores, symbolizes a moment of pause, is among the movement and stopping.

Image Courtesy © Alexandra Marques 

  • Architects: A2OFFICE
  • Project: Platform Zero
  • Location: Casa da Música Metro Station, Porto, Portugal
  • Photography: Alexandra Marques
  • Architecture and Coordination: Alberto Dias Ribeiro
  • Year: 2012-13
  • Client: Plataforma Zero, Lda.
  • Construction: Retorvila Construções, Lda.
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup and Photoshop

Holmsheidi Prison in Reykjavik, Iceland by ARKÍS Architects

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: ARKÍS Architects

The design of the prison is based on three key elements. First, is a main guard station as a central cylindrical form washed by daylight from a surrounding skylight. The skylight and guard station rise up from the building as a smooth cone, contrasting the buildings sharp edges. The second set of elements is internal courtyards forming the heart of each cell block. The courtyards let daylight into the cell blocks, allowing the possibility to spend time outdoors and in some cases; prisoners enjoy views into the courtyards.

Exterior : Image courtesy ARKÍS Architects 

  • Architects: ARKÍS Architects
  • Project: Holmsheidi Prison
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Bo Zen Bar in Braga by Central Arquitectos

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: Central Arquitectos

The project explores the creation of a noble and refined place with a strong oriental inspiration.A mixture of noble materials such as marble, wood and gilt metal combined with a palette of warm colors and textured fabrics offers a cozy and comfortable ambient.The design of the ceiling comes from a reinterpretation of an oriental motif, standardized by a module that materializes a delicate mesh strongly emphasized by indirect lighting application.

Image Courtesy © Joao Morgado

  • Architects: Central Arquitectos
  • Project: Bo Zen Bar
  • Location: Av. D. João II, Braga – Portugal
  • Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography
  • Client: Bô Zen
  • Finished: 2012
  • Area: 465 sqm
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, 3d Studio Max & Photoshop (3d images to present to the client),

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Wuxi Grand Theatre in Jiangsu, China by PES-Architects

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: PES-Architects

Finnish Design is internationally reknownfor its concepts of clear and functional style, which meet the needs of the users from a long term perspective.  The first large scale example of Finnish design in China was completed by the opening of the Wuxi Grand Theatre in April 2012.  Its design was not only a question of architecture, but the whole design- from functional program to interior design, landscape design, theatre technology, lighting and acoustic design – was controlled by the PES-Architects’ team.

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

  • Architects: PES-Architects
  • Project: Wuxi Grand Theatre
  • Location:  to the North of Jinshi Road, North bank of Lake Li, Taihu New City, Wuxi, P.R.China
  • Photography: Jussi Tiainen, Pan Weijun, Kari Palsila
  • Client: Office for the Important Urban Projects in Wuxi/Fan Chun Yu, Zhou Jian
  • User:  Wuxi Culture and Art Administration Center
  • Floor area: 78 000 m2  
  • Year of completion: 2012
  • Start of design: 2008
  • Competition: June 2008

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Kita Göttingen in Germany by Despang Architekten

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: Despang Architekten

The new day care center of Göttingen University is the most recent case study of several typological educational prototypes Despang Architekten has investigated in within the last years. The strategy of this project is a symbiosis of architecture and nature with a high ecological standard. The symbiosis was achieved through mainly berming the building and opening it with a passive solar “curtain wall” towards the south. Part of the goal was the development of a by the best value of the inflationary term sustainable building, which besides other performative aspects has a very low heating and cooling demand. Critical and fundamental in the design process was the maximum exposure to the south and closure to the north with optimized insulation. Access to the building is given from the east and utilizes the given infrastructure of the two adjacent buildings.

Image Courtesy © Olaf Baumann

  • Architects: Despang Architekten
  • Project: Kita Göttingen
  • Location: Göttingen, Germany
  • Photography: Jochen Stüber, Olaf Baumann
  • Year of construction: 2010
  • Builder-owner: Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • Occupant: Studentenwerk Göttingen
  • Architectural design: Despang Architekten (Dresden, Munich, Hannover, Honolulu ( University of Hawaii Manoa, USA) Günter und Martin Despang / project team: Dipl.-Ing. Philip Hogrebe, Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Steveker
  • Passive house design: RAUMPLAN Architekten und Ingenieure, Hannover (Certified Passive House Designers), Dipl.-Ing. Architektin Stefanie von Heeren mit Dipl.-Ing. M.Sc. Architekt Matthias Wohlfahrt
  • Structural engineering: Drewes + Speth Beratende Ingenieure im Bauwesen, Hannover
  • Building services engineering: Ingenieurgesellschaft Grabe mbH, Hannover
  • Landscape design: Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Kohl, Göttingen

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Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center in Iceland by Henning Larsen Architects

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre gathers inspiration from the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic scenery.

Situated on the border between land and sea, the Concert Hall stands out as a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbour space as well as the vibrant life of the city. The spectacular facades have been designed in close collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the engineering companies Rambøll and ArtEngineering GmbH from Germany.

Image courtesy Henning Larsen Architects

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Architects
  • Project: Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Client: Austurnhofn TR – East Harbour Project Ltd.
  • Gross floor area: 28,000 m2
  • Year of construction: 2007 – 2011
  • Type of assignment: First prize in international PPP competition, 2005
  • Landscape architects: Landslag efh and Lisbeth Westergaard
  • Façade design and development: Olafur Eliasson and Studio Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects
  • Owner and operator: Harpa, Portus Group, AGO (operator of Harpa), Totus (owner of Harpa)
  • Engineers: Artec Consultants, Mannvit Engineers, Hnit Consulting Engineers, Efla Engineers, ArtEngineering, and Ramboll
  • Contractor: IAV
  • Design Manager: IAV

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CitizenM Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Concrete Architectural Associates

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: Concrete Architectural Associates

citizenM is a new Dutch hotel group that opens their first hotel at Schiphol Airport in the second quarter of 2008. The concept of the hotel is to cut out all hidden costs and remove all unnecessary items, in order to provide its guests a luxery feel for a budget price. The hotel exists of 215 rooms of 14 sq. m, all prefabricated produced in citizenM’s own factory and easy to transport. The rooms are stacked on a ground floor with a dynamic lobby / living-room space, creating rooms and F&B functions. Since citizenM believes a great bed and a simple and clean bathroom is all we need during a city or business trip, the design is focused on these items.

Image Courtesy © Ewout Huibers

  • Architects: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Project: CitizenM Hotel
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Ewout Huibers & Richard Powers
  • Client: CitizenM
  • Project team: Rob Wagemans, Erikjan Vermeulen, Jeroen Vester, Sander Vredeveld, Matthijs Hombergen
  • Graphic design and visuals: KesselsKramer
  • Advisors:
    Technical drawings: ADF / Aveco de Bondt
    Structural engineer: Pieters bouwtechniek
    M+E engineer: Linssen / Ilex
    Room enginering: Well Design
    Acoustics and fire protection: TNO delft
    Costs and tender documents: Bureau Coppens
    Production Management execution: Van Delft
    ambient experience: Philips
    furniture lobby area: Vitra

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