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Hunters Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City, New York by THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Article source: THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Opening at the end of the summer, Hunters Point South Waterfront Park is phase one of a larger master plan that encompasses the transformation of 29 acres of postindustrial waterfront on the East River in Long Island City and includes the largest affordable housing building project in New York City since the 1970’s.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

  • Architects: THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES
  • Project: Hunters Point South Waterfront Park
  • Location: Long Island City, New York
  • Photography: Albert Vecerka Esto, Wade Zimmerman
  • Client: New York City Economic Development Corporation Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  • Park Designers: Thomas Balsley Associates, WEISS, MANFREDI
  • Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Designer: ARUP
  • Project Team: Arup, Prime Consultant, Civil, Structural Engineer and Lighting Design, E-Design Dynamics, Ecological Systems and Restoration Ecologist, Halcrow, Marine Engineering, Karyn Olivier, Public Art, A.G. Consulting Engineering, P.C., MEPFP Engineering, Yu & Associates, Environmental Engineer, VJ Associates, Cost Estimator, B-A Engineering, P.C., Traffic Engineer, Two Twelve, Graphic Designer, AKRF, Historical Researcher, The Liro Group, Resident Engineer

Dimensions:

  • Park: 11 acres
  • Pavilion: 12,000 sf

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

Surrounded by water on three sides, Hunters Point South is a new model of urban ecology and a laboratory for innovative sustainable design. The park and open space is a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

The site is waterfront and city, gateway and sanctuary, blank slate and pentimento. Design ‘leverage the site’s industrial heritage and spectacular views to establish a resilient, multi-layered recreational and cultural destination. Adjacent to a future school and an emerging residential development of 5,000 permanently affordable units, the park will provide a public front door and new open spaces for recreation that connect to the surrounding communities.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

The integrated design weaves together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture to transform a post-industrial waterfront site into new ecological corridors that anticipate the inevitable patterns of flooding and rising water levels along the East River, transforming Hunters Point South into both a new cultural and ecological paradigm.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

MAJOR FEATURES:
A Sustainable Waterfront: Hunters Point South Waterfront Park has evolved from a marshy wetland to a drained landfill site and from a soft shoreline to an armored water’s edge. The design incorporates numerous green initiatives, transforming a critically located but abandoned waterfront into a new urban ecological paradigm.The essence of the park is a technological and ecological system implemented to minimize non-renewable power consumption, protect and conserve water, optimize maintenance and operational practices, and create a healthy and productive environment for the community and the city.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

Upland Context: Embedded in the new urban plan is a carefully conceived sustainable approach to the smart streets, bioswales and bikeways of the new community at Hunters Point South. Placed along the park’s, edge, a bioswale filters stormwater from the Center Blvd. and the upland smart streets. Each upland street enjoys the park and skyline views and terminates on park vestibule entrances that have been outfitted with banquette seating.

Green Oval: A new multi-use green oval defines the most generously open part of the site and offers views directly across the river tp Manhattan. This green anchors the park’s north precinct and is framed by a continuous path and pleated steel shade canopy on the south side which follows the curve of the oval and offers shelter for a water ferry stop and concession building.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

Pathways: The path that surrounds the central green unfurls into a promenade leading to an overlook at the southern terminus of the site. This overlook, a 30-foot high cantilevered platform with views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River, is at once urbane and otherworldly, bringing the city to a precipice suspended over a new wetland water’s edge. From the central promenade path, existing concrete bulk-heads are strategically replaced by new wetlands and pathways that link the major precincts and programs of the park. This path system extends to the water’s edge and forms part of the “soft” edge
infrastructure, while also providing a new landmark and destination that draws the community to the waterfront.

Pavilion: The Pavilion is conceived as a continuous structure which connects the city with the water’s edge. it is strategically located to support the park’s active and passive recreational uses and provides a legible point of arrival and orientation. The Pavilion is divided into two buildings under one continuous canopy. It includes a maintenance and
operations facility for the Department of Parks and Recreations, comfort stations, a concession building, and a raised café plaza. The Pavilion culminates at the elevated wood pier, with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River corridor.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

The folded plate shade structure recalls the maritime history of Hunters Point and is optimized to capture storm water and solar power. 64 Photovoltaic panels located on the south face of the steel pleats generate 37,000 kWh per year, powering over 50% of the entire park. The design can accommodate additional panels to power 100% of the park in the future. The folded plates also collect storm water which nourishes nearby bioswales. A richly textured brushed metal surface drapes across the outer edge of the sweep along the Green sweep, and reflects the activity at the Green and the general landscape.

Urban Beach: Framed by the pavilion and park path, an urban beach hosts sunning, picnicking and beach volleyball along the edge of the promenade. Here, visitors will sink their toes in the sand and take in a unique beach sunset setting over the Manhattan skyline.

Interpretive Rail
Garden: Framed by the urban dog run and play area at the 51st Avenue vestibule, native grasses envelop freight rails to compose an interpretive rail garden narrative. A cross path weaves through to a small central plaza animated with water jets and the interaction they attract.

Urban Dog Run: As a relatively new component of the 21st century urban park, the dog run has proven its long term social sustainability worth. With its distinctive water rill, stacked timber seats that recall an earlier lumberyard and animated shelter which has taken its cues from the pavilion, this dogscape has elevated the fun of dog ownership.

Play Area: Resting on a tree shaded shelf above the promenade and surrounded by native grasses, the play area promises to be the center of family activity for the park. Here at the edge of the East River an ensemble of play venues for all ages ranges from basketball and adult fitness to a children’s play with lawn mound and water play channel.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

ABOUT THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES
Thomas Balsley Associates is a NYC based landscape architecture and urban design practice with a portfolio of award winning work throughout the United States and abroad. The firm is best known for its innovative fusion of environmental sustainability and landscape urbanism. Projects such as Chelsea Waterside Park, Gantry Plaza Park and Riverside Park in NY, Dallas’ Main Street Garden, Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park, and Baltimore’s West Shoe Park exemplify the transformative power of public space. The firm has recently won the international competitions for Seoul’s Magok Waterfront and Shangai’s SIPG Harbor Center as well as numerous awards and citations from ASLA, AIA, and EDRA. Tom Balsley lectures and teaches extensively at many civic, design and academic institutions, including Harvard GSD and UPenn School of Design. Spacemaker press devoted a monograph to his work entitled ” Thomas Balsley: The Urban Landscape.”

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ABOUT WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
WEISS / MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism is a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City. Founded by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, the firm is known for the dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. The firm’s products, including the seattle Art Musem: Olympic Sculpture Park, the Barnard College Diana Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cementry, and projects in East Africa, exemplify the potential of architecture to transform public space. The firm recently won the national competition to redesign the Sylvan Outdoor Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and won the international competition for Korea’s Taekwondo Park in 2008. WEISS/MANFREDI has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the International VR Green Prize for Urban Design. They have also been named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York, and received the New York City AIA Gold Medal of Honor. Michael Manfredi has been the Gensler Visiting Professor at Cornell University and Marion Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Image Courtesy © THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Image Courtesy © THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Terrace Restaurant at London Zoo, England by SHH Architects

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Article source:  SHH Architects

Architects and designers SHH have transformed ZSL London Zoo’s main restaurant (The Terrace Restaurant),by remodelling and extending the 1920s building as part of a three-year, £4.6m project. The restaurant’s capacityhas nearly tripled as a result,from 240 to 700 covers (making it one of the UK’s largest day-visitor restaurants), whilst the building’s footprinthas also increased by almost 1,000 sq m, to includetwo expansive terraces and a hugely-increased mezzanine floor area.

Image Courtesy © Alastair Lever

  • Architects: SHH Architects
  • Project: Terrace Restaurant
  • Location: London Zoo, England
  • Photography: Alastair Lever
  • Client: ZSL (Zoological Society London)
  • Architect & Lead Designer:  SHH (Team: Neil Hogan, Brendan Heath, Alasdair Galloway, Peter Brown, RoseMcShane, James Campbell, Adam, Woodward, AlexPodolsky, Imogene Mitchell)
  • Contract Administrator: SHH
  • Cost Consultants: WTPartnership
  • Catering Consultant: Boyd-Thorpe Associates
  • M&E: ME7
  • Structural Engineers: HRW
  • Main Contractor: Buxtons
  • Kitchen Layout, Counters, Signage: Design Front
  • Catering Contractor: Ampersand
  • Landscaping: James Aldridge Design

URBAN MOUNTAIN team wins Nordic Built Challenge in Oslo, Norway by schmidt hammer lassen architects

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Article source: schmidt hammer lassen architects

URBAN MOUNTAIN has won the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway. The winning proposal for the refurbishment and extension of a 50,000-square-metre high-rise office building in central Oslo introduces completely new and innovative ways of reducing energy consumption and the building’s CO2 footprint. The project employs Cradle to Cradle principles and targets a BREEAM Outstanding certification. The multidisciplinary team behind the project consists of schmidt hammer lassen architects, LOOP Architects, COWI Denmark and Norway, Transsolar Energitechnik and Vugge til Vugge Denmark.

Image Courtesy © schmidt hammer lassen architects

  • Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Project: URBAN MOUNTAIN team wins Nordic Built Challenge
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Client: Entra Eiendom AS
  • Design team: schmidt hammer lassen architects, LOOP Architects, COWI Denmark, COWI Norway, Transsolar Energitechnik GmbH, Vugge til Vugge Denmark

Area

  • Existing: 50,875 m2
  • Extension: 28,375 m2
  • Competition: 2013, 1st prize in open international competition

Facts about the Nordic Built Challenge:

  • 5 buildings – one in each Nordic country
  • 171 proposals in total
  • 20 finalists (4/building/country)
  • 5 national winners
  • 1 Nordic winner

Refuge du Goûter by Groupe-H

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Article source: Groupe-H 

The New Goûter Refuge at 3,835 m on Mont Blanc

Positioned with stunning overhangs on the “Aiguille du Goûter” (Goûter Needle), the refuge welcomes mountaineers on the final stage of their conquest of Europe’s highest peak.

The building, a wooden structure with metal cladding, represents a real structural and technical challenge when faced with the laws of nature.

Image Courtesy © Groupe-H

Box 2: designLSM at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in London, UK

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Article source: designLSM

designLSM at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2013

designLSM’s design for The Roxy has won the best designed bar in London award at the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

Image Courtesy © James French

  • Architects: designLSM
  • Project: Box 2: designLSM at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
  • Location: London, UK
  • Photography: James French, The Roxy
  • Software used: AutoCAD

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS DENIS SASSOU NGUESSO in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo by IAD

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Article source: IAD

A project that foments higher education in a privileged natural setting

From Pointe Noire to Ouesso, construction sites in the Republic of Congo are readily multiplying due to the interest given by international investors and the prospects of economic development: the country looks to the future and plans for a full industrialization by 2025.

Image Courtesy © IAD

  • Architects: IAD
  • Project: UNIVERSITY CAMPUS DENIS SASSOU NGUESSO
  • Location: Brazzaville | Republic of the Congo
  • Developer: UNICON Development

Characteristics

  • Site Area: 190 ha
  • Capacity: 30.000 students
  • Student’s residences: 2512 people
  • Teacher’s residences:314 people
  • Buildable area: 176.000 m²
  • Buildings (25 in total): 1 Rectory,  Administration building, 4 University Servicesbuildings, 10 Scientific and Pedagogic facilities, 1 Central Library, 1 Amphitheater, 1 University Restaurant, Canteen, 3 Sports Facilities
  • Stadium: 5000 seats
  • Swimming pool: Olympic certified
  • Multisport Hall: 2000 seats
  • 2 Student’s Residences
  • 2Teacher’s Residence
  • Project: 2012-2013
  • Completion planned for2015-2016

Private Residence in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by C.Rajeswaran Architects

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Article source: C.Rajeswaran Architects 

Concept: The main idea of the design is to bring a minimalistic peaceful design yet not a boring one. Thus the corners are broken by hanging the wall also the ground floor is made to look solid by cladding black Slate stones which makes the walls above to float more.

Image Courtesy © C.Rajeswaran Architects

  • Architects: C.Rajeswaran Architects
  • Project: Private Residence
  • Location: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Built up area: 3200 sqft
  • Year of Completion: 2013

radical office transformation in Tampere, Finland by jvantspijker

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Article source: jvantspijker 

Re-Work: prize-winning design for radical office transformation

Q: Where do you feel you work and why would you go to a physical working place at all?

Q: Why would you go to a physical workplace at all?

Image Courtesy © jvantspijker

  • Architects: jvantspijker
  • Project: radical office transformation
  • Location: Tampere, Finland
  • Status: Competition Entry
  • Type: International design competition
  • Client: Nordic Innovation organization
  • Program/Size: 14000m2
  • Programs used: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Sketchup, SU Podium.

THE COLLECTION by Bureau A

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Article source: Bureau A

“Everything remembered, everything thought, all awareness becomes base, frame, pedestal, lock and key of his ownership. Period, region, craft, previous owners – all, for the true collector, merge in each one of his possessions into a magical encyclopaedia whose quintessence is the fate of his object.”

Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project

Image Courtesy © Dylan Perrenoud

  • Architects: Bureau A
  • Project: THE COLLECTION
  • Photography: Dylan Perrenoud
  • Software used: AutoCad and Rhino

NORTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Ohio by SILO AR+D

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Article source: SILO AR+D 

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

North Presbyterian Church houses a unique congregation in urban Cleveland. With dwindling or relocated congregations, urban churches from a variety of denominations (including Presbyterian) are being closed and decommissioned at a staggering rate within Cleveland’s urban core. With a congregation from diverse socioeconomic and spiritual backgrounds, North Church has fought to continue its ministry within the blighted neighborhood it calls home.

Image Courtesy © Pease Photography

  • Architects: SILO AR+D 
  • Project: NORTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Photography: Pease Photography
  • DESIGN TEAM: Marc Manack AIA, Principal; Kurt Weaver AIA, Project Architect; Charles Chambers LEED AP, Project Designer
  • AREA: 4900 SF (455 SQM)
  • PROJECT COMPLETION DATE: March 2013
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