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XI’AN GREENHOUSE in China by Plasma Studio

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Article source: Plasma Studio

Conceived as a precious crystal, semi-submerged in splendid isolation, reached by boat across the lake followed by a short walk from the shore, the greenhouse for the Xi’an Horticultural Expo blends into the hillside. Visitors access the building through a prolonged cut, literally scooped up from the ground, emerging into a light-filled reception space. From here the visitor passes along a tessellated mesh of paths to three different climatic zones with corresponding plant environments.

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

  • Architects: Plasma Studio
  • Location: China
  • TYPE: Exhibition, Infrastructure, Public
  • STATUS: Competition, Built
  • YEAR: 2009-2011
  • CLIENT: City of Xi’an
  • BUDGET: Undisclosed
  • SIZE: 4,000 sqm
  • PROGRAM: Greenhouse
  • AWARDS: Wallpaper’s Best Building Site 2011, This Decade of Architecture in China 2000-2010
  • PARTNER IN CHARGE: Eva Castro, HolgerKehne, UllaHell

Casa PA in Gorráiz, Navarra by Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Article source: Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos

Surrounded by various buildings, the only interesting sight offered at the back, sloping meadow crowned by the castle and the ruins of the church (at the time of writing the project). This situation pushes introversion: A south facing L, defined by a concrete volume of copper cover, which protects against northern winds and noises of the street, hugging a main courtyard to pouring the day area, bounded in its two remaining sides by elongated pond, leaning against another wall, and a small guest pavilion.

Image Courtesy © Luis Prieto

  • Architects: Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa PA
  • Location: Gorráiz, Navarra
  • Photography: Luis Prieto
  • Construction company: Lantegia
  • Surface area: 486 m2
  • Start date: June 2003
  • Completion date: May 2005
  • Contributors: Pedro Ansa, architect, Beatriz Gastesi, architecture and construction engineer

VIGOSS Textile – Showroom and Design Office in Istanbul, Turkey by Zemberek Design Office

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Article source: Zemberek Design Office

By reason of cooperation between two major textile companies, the necessity  of a new design office with additional showroom for guest designer team is revealed in existing manufacturing building of the host company. Approach of the architectural team, according to the demand was,  creating a perception of “non-belonging” in the space, to highlight the difference between existing function and the new one, also maintaining the balance, between; using the attractive and colorful interior workspace as a showcase, and preserving the privacy of the designers. Another demand  that shapes the concept was  a multi-functional area which serves as a design office and a showroom.

Architectural team aimed to meet all demands with a single shell.

Image Courtesy © Şafak Emrence

  • Architects: Zemberek Design Office
  • Project: VIGOSS Textile – Showroom and Design Office
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Photography: Şafak Emrence
  • Design Team: Başak Emrence, Şafak Emrence, Başak Bakkaloğlu
  • Project Area: 500 m²
  • Client: VIGOSS Textile
  • Design Date: 2012
  • Construction Date: 2012
  • Software used: Zwcad and Google Sketchup

Science Town in Guangzhou, China by Spark Architects

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Article source: Spark Architects

Located at the heart of East Guangzhou’s Science Town district Spark’s project comprises a retail street and a SOHO residential development. A contemporary interpretation of the Xintiandi (Heaven on Earth) urban village a car-free shopping, eating and residential district is composed of 2 storey shop lots that face the highway and a central alley and public square. The shop lots serve as a mixture of convenience stores, cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating located in the sensitively landscaped streets.

Image Courtesy © Guangzhou Vanke

  • Architects: Spark Architects
  • Project: Science Town
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Photography: Guangzhou Vanke
  • Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
  • Project Architect: Wenhui Lim
  • Team: Carlo Joson, Cynthia Liau, Rafal Kapusta, Conyee Chan, Jessica Leong, Darmaganda, Mark Mancenido, Marc Zara
  • Client: Guangzhou Vanke
  • LDI: The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Guangdong Province.
  • Construction Started, Completed: 2011_Nov-2012_June
  • Total GFA (sqm): 33,000m2

School in Hellerup, Denmark by Arkitema Architects

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Article source: Arkitema Architects

As soon as you step into Hellerup School, you notice its very special atmosphere. Just inside the entrance lie lots of shoes – because both students and teachers change into indoor shoes when they arrive. This means that students can romp about on the floor for both play and learning.

The floor areas are not merely flat surfaces, but a modelled landscape with staircases, plateaux, balconies and bridges, where the children can sit, jump about, stand, move around.

Image Courtesy © Arkitema Architects

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