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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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Municipal Sports Hall in Barcelona, Spain by Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague

Municipal Sports Hall situated on a plot of Vacarisses suburban, small town in the province of Barcelona. Medium size typology, and conditioned by a narrow parcel, the project is solved with a peculiar situation of the smaller service pieces, and a great versatile cover that incorporates all the complexities of the project, plot, orientation, functional inter connection between parts, etc. An unusual final twist of the structure frame, solve the complexity of the cover in a quiet way.

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop 

  • Architects: Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague
  • Project: Municipal Sports Hall
  • Location: Vacarisses, Barcelona. (Spain)
  • Photography: Marc Capilla Llop
  • Client: Vacarisses Town Hall.
  • Team: Santiago de León Molina, Elena Moragas, Juan Carlos Roure Nuez, Francesca Monjo, Sandra Tischer
  • Quantity Surveyor: Juan Carlos Vilagrasa Miranda. (TEC-QUATTRE EGARA SLP)
  • Structural Engineering: Manuel Arguijo, architect
  • Mechanical Engineering: Josep Boltaina
  • Construction Company: Vias y Construcciones SA
  • Year: 2003
  • Area: 4.750 sqm.
  • Construction Bugged: 2.100.000 €

Hämeenkyrö Environmental School in Finland by Hyperbuildings

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Hyperbuildings

Mahnala environmental school is located in a rural setting in central Finland a few kilometers north of the city of Tampere. Currently the school is housed in an old building dating from 1903. This building is highly representative of the Finnish vernacular school- house of the time. As such it is an iconic symbol of the long-standing tradition of educational facilities on the site. The old building, however, has been undersized to house the activities of the growing municipality for years already.

View from the gardens : Image Courtesy Hyperbuildings 

  • Architects: Hyperbuildings
  • Project: Hämeenkyrö Environmental School
  • Location: Mahnala, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
  • Year: 2012-2013
  • Collaborators: Tuomas Järvinen, Eric Pigat, Monika Sriubaite
  • Program: kindergarten and school including facilities (sport, culture, restaurant, administration, gardening and farming)

Residence Study in Mijares, Spain by Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira + Florentina Muruzábal Sitges

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira + Florentina Muruzábal Sitges

The house and the workshop are located in a plot in a small housing estate in Mijares. It has good accessibility, a rural environment and far views of the mountains. The design solves a complex program, considering the determinations of the planning and the characteristics of the site: access from the good orientation; a sloped, trapezium shaped plot; orientations; sights; adjacent buildings; and the presence of a great tree, a salix fragilix.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausúcua 

  • Architects: Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira + Florentina Muruzábal Sitges
  • Project: Residence Study in Mijares
  • Location: Mijares, Santillana del Mar, Spain
  • Photography: Pablo Ausúcua
  • Collaborators: Manuel Díaz Pardo, Guillermo Fdez.-Abascal
  • Project Area: 553 m.²
  • Project year: 2007- 2009
  • Promotor: Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira/ Sonsoles Glez.Valdes, Contreras
  • Constructor: Construcciones Sendalbo
  • Structures: Miguel Terán
  • Instalations: JG Ingenieros

ASU Polytechnic Academic District in Mesa, Arizona, USA by Lake|Flato Architects

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Lake|Flato Architects

The design for the Arizona State University Polytechnic transformed a decommissioned airbase into an inviting pedestrian campus that celebrates the desert landscape and creates a new identity for the program. Located in Mesa, about 30 miles southeast of Phoenix, the ASU Polytechnic campus was formed in 1996 with 1,000 students occupying re-purposed buildings of the former Williams Air Force Base.

Image Courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
  • Project: ASU Polytechnic Academic District
  • Location: 7001 E Williams Field Rd, Mesa, Arizona, USA
  • Joint Venture or Associate Architect: RSP Architects
  • Project Completion Date: August, 2008
  • Project Site: Brownfield Site
  • Project Type: Education – College/University (campus-level)
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Suburban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 245,000 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • BOMA Floor area method used: Yes
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7am-10pm
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $64,000,000.00

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Bulvar 216 in Ataşehir, Istanbul, Turkey by TAGO Architects

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: TAGO Architects

Bulvar 216 is one of the important trade center in Asian part of Istanbul because of it’s location. Due to its proximity to the city center and the financial district, it has a great importance for the users. It contains stores and moduler offices in various metersquares.

Image Courtesy TAGO Architects

  • Architects: TAGO Architects
  • Project: Bulvar 216
  • Location: Ataşehir, Istanbul, Turkey

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LOTT Clean Water Alliance in Olympia, Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

Making the invisible visible

While most sewage treatment plants are invisible to their communities and separated by a chain link fence, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Service Center is a visible and active participant in the public life of Washington’s capital city. The LOTT Clean Water Alliance provides Class A reclaimed water and emphasizes water conservation through a strong community outreach program, in addition to providing wastewater treatment services to 85,000 people in four local communities. The new facility, located on the site of its existing Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, brings all management and staff together in one location. The facility includes three major elements:

-a renovated 7,700 ft2 water quality laboratory

-a new 21,300 ft2 office

-a 3,500 ft2 education and technology center

Image Courtesy The Miller Hull Partnership

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: LOTT Clean Water Alliance
  • Location: Olympia, Washington, USA
  • Project Completion Date: July, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Laboratory,Mixed – Use, Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 32,500 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded:$13,500,000.00

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Ikibana Paral Restaurant in Barcelona, Spain by El Equipo Creativo

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: El Equipo Creativo

The Ikibana restaurant offers a fusion of Japanese and Brazilian gastronomies, two cultures that seem so antagonistic: quiet and minimalist the first, exuberant and bustling the second. One of the biggest conceptual challenges during the design of the restaurant was finding shared singularities between these two cultures. Being a great challenge, it also became the leitmotif of the project, as we discovered that the landscape was an extremely important element in both cultures, and we decided to extol this element in the design of the space and create an artificial landscape.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula 

High Tech High Chula Vista in Chula Vista, California by Studio E Architects

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: Studio E Architects

High Tech High Chula Vista is a public charter school serving 550 students in grades 9 to 12 with an approach rooted in project-based learning. The school fosters student engagement by knowing students well, tapping into student experience and interests, and building a strong sense of community. Through internships and projects based in the community, students collaborate with adults on work with meaning that extends well beyond the school walls.

Image Courtesy Studio E Architects

  • Architects: Studio E Architects
  • Project: High Tech High Chula Vista
  • Location: 1945 Discovery Falls Drive, Chula Vista, California, USA
  • Project Owner: HTH Learning
  • Project Completion Date: March, 2009
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Education – General
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Suburban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 44,395 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $11,543,800.00

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