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Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA by SMP Architects

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: SMP Architects

Youth United for Change, a teenage activist group in this distressed urban neighborhood, was instrumental in charging the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to create a smaller high school that would encourage students to graduate rather than drop out with little hope for the future. Coupled with this request was their desire for “a green school” that would provide a bright, healthy learning environment, in contrast to their home living conditions.

Image Courtesy SMP Architects

  • Architects: SMP Architects
  • Project: Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Joint Venture or Associate Architect: SRK Architects
  • Project Completion Date: September, 2010
  • Project Site: Brownfield Site
  • Project Type: Education – K-12 School
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 88,450 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • BOMA Floor area method used: Yes
  • Hours of Operation: 8 AM – 4PM, but open to public 7 days a week and after 4:30
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $25,000,000.00


Iowa Utilities Board Office of Consumer Advocate Office Building in Des Moines, Iowa, USA by BNIM

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: BNIM

Located within the State of Iowa Capitol Complex, this project is an infill development on the 6-acre site of a former landfill. As a gateway to the complex at its Southeast corner, the project is a figural and literal threshold to the powerful example of government — supported by location and by its demonstration of replicable strategies for performance and savings. It further proves that the challenge of elegant design and exemplary performance can be solved even within limited budgets.

Image Courtesy BNIM

  • Architects: BNIM
  • Project: Iowa Utilities Board Office of Consumer Advocate Office Building
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
  • Project Owner: State of Iowa
  • Project Completion Date: January, 2011
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 44,640 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • BOMA Floor area method used: No
  • Hours of Operation: 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $10,127,923.00


SERO in Lleida, Spain by Estudi D’arquitectura Toni Gironès

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Estudi D’arquitectura Toni Gironès

During the January of 2007, the construction works of a secondary pipe of the water distribution mains in Segarra-Garrigues system, caused an unexpected appearance of archaeological ruins from an ancient construction for 4.800 years in Seró (Artesa de Segre, Lleida). The most important point of this discovery was the megalithic nature of sandstone slabs and specially the accuracy of geometrical decoration sculpted. Stones with soft relief that, at the same time, were parts of ancient statues reused from a previous sculptural monument.

Image Courtesy © Aitor Estévez 

  • Architects: Estudi D’arquitectura Toni Gironès
  • Project: Espacio Transmisor Del Túmulo | Dolmen Megalítico De Seró
  • Location: Seró-Artesa De Segre, Lleida, Spain
  • Photography: Aitor Estevez, Toni Gironès, Antonio Cayuelas
  • Collaborator: Dani Rebugent 
  • Technical Architects: Brufau I Cusó S.L.P 
  • Structural Engineer: Boma Inpasa S.L.P, ESTUDI XV S.C.P 
  • Services: Oriol Vidal Ingenieria
  • Archeologists: Pep Castellsy Joan Lopez
  • Promotor: Ayuntamiento De Artesa De Segre
  • Constructor: Construcciones Orgèl·Lia S.L. Y Construcciones Germans Gilaber S.L.
  • Construction Manager: Ignasi Gilabert
  • Industrial Principals: Instal·Lacions Vilana S.L., Fusteria Gilibet S.L.
  • Budget: 348.952,44 €

Vancouver Convention Centre West in Vancouver, USA by LMN Architects + MCM/DA

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: LMN Architects + MCM/DA

The design of the new Vancouver Convention Centre West presented an opportunity to fully engage the urban ecosystem at the intersection of a vibrant downtown core and one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America. Certified LEED Canada Platinum, the project weaves together architecture, interior architecture, and urban design in a unified whole that functions as a living part of both the city and the harbor.

Image Courtesy LMN Architects + MCM/DA

  • Architects: LMN Architects + MCM/DA
  • Project: Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • Location: Vancouver, USA
  • Project Owner: BC Pavilion Corporation
  • Project Completion Date: April, 2009
  • Project Type: Office – 100,001 or greater, Public Assembly – General
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 1,200,000 square feet
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $883,000,000.00


OS House in Racine, Washington, USA by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Located in an old downtown neighborhood in Racine, Wisconsin, this house for a young family demonstrates how a small, sustainable residence built with a moderate budget can fit into a rust belt city suffering from decades of economic decline.

Image Courtesy Johnsen Schmaling Architects

  • Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
  • Project: OS House
  • Location: 1761 South Main Street, Racine, Washington  53403, USA
  • Project Owner: Robert Osborne and Vera Scekic
  • Project Completion Date: March, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Residential – Single-Family attached
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 1,940 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New


Coach House in Breukelen, Netherlands by Zecc Architecten Utrecht

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Zecc Architecten Utrecht

A monumental coach house annex stables from 1760 is converted into a spacious house. A mishmash of built curiosities from previous renovations is removed. In this way the historical elements and large spaces return. The stable, still complete with hay racks, stone troughs and iron cast horse heads, is used as a living room.

Image Courtesy Zecc Architecten Utrecht 

  • Architects: Zecc Architecten Utrecht
  • Project: Coach House
  • Location: Breukelen, Netherlands
  • Client: private client
  • Contractor: Vendrig
  • Program: re-use coach house into a home
  • Period: 2012

House Like Garden in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Marc Koehler Architects

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Marc Koehler Architects

The 140m2 house is located on a small plot in IJburg; a recently developed suburb of the city of Amsterdam. The house is designed as a vertical garden giving space to flora and fauna to grow in a densely urbanized area. Closed private spaces contrast with open collective spaces, that seem to have been ‘carved out’ from the solid volume as a continuous transparent void. In this way the interior space is visually and physically connected to the street, the garden and roof terraces.

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg 

Sempla Offices in Turin, Italy by DAP studio

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: DAP studio

Project statement

The Sempla offices in Turin are housed in an old factory that has been transformed. We decided to  crystallize and preserve the traces of  the past and its degradation, enhancing the power of the contrast between the new and the old.

Open space area: Image Courtesy DAP studio

  • Architects: DAP studio
  • Project: Sempla Offices
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Client: Sempla srl
  • Software used: Autocad and Illustrator


ZENSE: The Rebirth in Bangkok, Thailand by Department of Architecture

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Department of Architecture

During2010 Red Shirt Riot, many of Bangkok’s public buildings were set on fire.  Podium of ZEN Tower in Central World Complex was totally unrecognizable.  Smoke and heat went upward and destroy all furniture and finishing of all interior space on the tower.  ZENSE, thena newly-opened yet one of the hippest Restaurants/Bars in the city, situated on ZEN Tower top floor, was one of the casualties of this unrest.  As the original designer, DEPT was called to give ZENSE another life after the riot.

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan 

  • Architects: Department of Architecture
  • Project: ZENSE: The Rebirth
  • Location: Centralworld Shopping Complex, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Photography: KetsireeWongwan
  • Owner: Zen Department Store
  • Lighting Designer: Accent Studio
  • Area: 4,000 m2
  • Cost of the construction: 80 Million THB
  • Build time: 2011-2012
  • Software used: Rhino 3D, 3D Studio Max and AutoCAD

Elsa Morante Public Library in Varese, Italy by DAP studio

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: DAP studio

The pre-existing building for the new Lonate Ceppino Public Library already belonged to Lonate Ceppino’s historical heritage.On a rectangular plan, the two leveled buildings housed the Civic Library on the ground floor, while the first floor had been left unused. From the outside, the main entrance façade has a higher decorative part which is independent from the roof structure.

North view: Image Courtesy © luigifiletici

  • Architects: DAP studio
  • Project: Elsa Morante Public Library
  • Location: Varese, Italy
  • Photography: Luigi Filetici
  • Client: Lonate Ceppino Municipality, Varese
  • Structures: GB. Scolari
  • Facilities: M. Piantoni, A. Bronzoni
  • Contractor: Gruppo Edilia
  • Interior Furniture: Habitat Italiana
  • Design phase: 2006 – 2007
  • Construction phase: 2007 – 2008
  • Software used: Autocad and Illustrator


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