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Coma 02 House in Castellón, Spain by Juan Marco Marco

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Juan Marco Marco

The house is located on a lot of 1560 square meters, with a complex topography of steep slopes both in the longitudinal (north-south) and transversal (east-west) directions. The strategy for the project is developed from two initial decisions:

– Locating the dwelling in the highest area (the least usable, a priori), where the slope is the steepest, to generate horizontal areas (habitable, usable) in the rest of the lot. In this way, the entire lot can be surveyed from the house, the relationship with the landscape is thus intensified, and the best natural ventilation is taken advantage of, which is important given the harsh climate especially in the summer.

Image Courtesy © Elena Arroyo 

  • Architects: Juan Marco Marco
  • Project: Coma 02 House
  • Location: Castellón, Spain
  • Photography: Elena Arroyo
  • Construction: 2005-2008
  • Date of project: 2004
  • Built area: 420m2

One Angel Square in Manchester, England by 3DReid

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: 3DReid

Flexibility: 1 Angel Square contains 328,000 sq ft of high quality office space, specifically designed for maximum flexibility. The building structure and its mechanical & electrical systems allow occupiers to easily reorganize accommodation and subdivide space, so as needs change, the building stays relevant – without excessive refit costs.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Hopkinson

  • Architects: 3DReid
  • Project: One Angel Square
  • Location: Manchester, England, UK
  • Photography: Daniel Hopkinson
  • Main Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
  • M&E Services Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Completion date: The building was completed in December 2012 with occupation commencing in January 2013.
  • Awards :
    Sustainability Award at the 2012North WestBusiness Insider Property Awards
    2012 Property Week Award for sustainability
    2012 Regeneration and Renewal Award for sustainability
    2012 Sustainability Leaders, Sustainable Building Carbon Award
    2012 BCSC Sustainability Gold Award

The Beam in Villeneuve d’Asqc, France by MVRDV

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: MVRDV

Villeneuve d’Ascq is a new town located near Lille in the very north of France. The Beam will be icon of a larger urban generation effort in the town centre which is currently characterised by parking lots, large volumes and undefined green spaces. On an urban level the masterplan aims at a more sustainable form of development by densifying the town centre and adding identity and diversity to the site. The creation of pedestrian zones, and the demarcation and connection of the existing green spaces together also form part of the plan.

Image Courtesy MVRDV 

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: The Beam
  • Location: Villeneuve d’Asqc, France

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Vitapharm Office and Distribution Building in Murska Sobota, Slovenia by Studio Kalamar d.o.o.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Studio Kalamar d.o.o.

Following the expansion of their production, the company pharmaceuticals company Galex commissioned a new structure adjacent to their existing laboratories building from 1999. Connected with the old building by an overhang, the new structure houses offices on the upper floor and manipulation areas on the ground floor. Its pronounced horizontal form echoes the outline of surrounding wheat fields, the natural setting also influences the subdued selection of materials and colour scheme: concrete elevations are complemented by details in black and silver metal.

Image Courtesy © Studio Kalamar 

  • Architects:  Studio Kalamar d.o.o.
  • Project: Vitapharm Office and Distribution Building
  • Location: Murska Sobota, Slovenia
  • Photography: Studio Kalamar
  • Architect: Andrej Kalamar, Studio Kalamar 
  • Client: Galex d.d.
  • Built Area: 2.120 sqm 
  • Project  Year: 2006 
  • Year of Construction: 2007
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Official Opening of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan by Foster + Partners

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Today marked the official opening of Queen Alia International Airport, the spectacular new gateway to Amman. The airport has a highly efficient passive design, which has been inspired by local traditions, and is based on a flexible modular solution that allows for future expansion – the new building secures the city’s position as the main hub for the Levant region and allows the airport to grow by 6 per cent per annum for the next twenty-five years, increasing capacity from 3.5 million to 12 million passengers per annum by 2030.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Official Opening of Queen Alia International Airport
  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Photography: Nigel Young

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Fire Station in Utrecht ,The Netherlands by Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

The program consists of a garage for 3 fire trucks, dressing rooms, workshops office and instructions areas and a cafeteria. The fire station is situated in a suburban area with mainly traditional housing. On the relatively small site a two floor building was designed with a cubic shape. The floor plans are very compact and functionally designed to support speedy action in case of fire and emergencies. One has to reach a calamity within 8 minutes. In contrast with the brick of the houses in the area the fire station was given a specific character expressing the professionalism of the fire brigade.

Image Courtesy © Cornbread Works 

  • Architects: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
  • Project: Fire Station
  • Location: Vleuten, Utrecht ,The Netherlands
  • Photography: Cornbread Works
  • Client: Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Gemeente Utrecht
  • Interior architect: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
  • Software used: AutoCad and SketchUp
  • Year of completion: 2011

Social Center in Valencia, Spain by Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto

The Social Center and Magistrate’s Court of Rafelbunyol is a facility located in the South area of the village, in a new growth settlement. The public plot appears in the urban design as an interstitial space (almost a leftover) among the roundabout connecting with the consolidated area and the existing buildings.  As a result, the geometry is very irregular with a curved boundary that hinders the disposition of clean volumes. Additionally, the plot dimensions are quite reduced so the occupation is necessarily very high to achieve the programmatic requirements.

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

  • Architects: Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto
  • Project: Social Center
  • Location: Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain
  • Photography: Diego Opazo
  • Architects Contributors: Daniel Martin Fuentes, Marta Sinisterra Olavarrieta, Cristina Tudela Marco
  • Builder: ELIT, EDIFICACION TERCIARIA E INDUSTRIAL S.A.
  • Developer: AYUNTAMIENTO DE RAFELBUNYOL
  • Area: 930.75 sqm 
  • Year: 2010
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