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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013


After the 2010 Shanghai expo the Madrid pavilion needed to be renovated and transformed into a commercial building with retail and office functions. The old façade was built around a 1.5m wide terrace all around the building with bamboo louvers mounted on folding steel frames.


  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Architecture firm: 3GATTI
  • Chief architect: Francesco Gatti
  • Project manager: Bogdan Chipara
  • Collaborators: Alessandro Paladin, Jennifer Yong, Zara Wang, Yichen Wang
  • Client: Shanghai World Expo (Group) Co., ltd.
  • Programme: Replace the old bamboo-louvers façade with a new facade.
  • Area: 1330 m²
  • Design period: November 2012
  • Construction period: Autumn 2014
  • Materials: Corten, aluminum and stainless steel

Alfenz Bridge in Montafon, Austria by Marte Marte Architects

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: Marte Marte Architects

Alfenz Bridge

The entry to the Montafon Valley is a topographical bottleneck. The railway, the federal highway and the new cycling path offer access to the southernmost valley of Vorarlberg, which is surrounded by high Alpine mountain ranges. Running parallel with the valley, the raging Ill River, prone to flooding, crosses the Alfenz River from the east and channels the Alfenz River into its current. A few meters before the confluence, the new concrete bridge structure spans the tributary and grants pedestrians and cyclists safe passage.

Image Courtesy © Marc Lins

  • Architects: Marte Marte Architects
  • Project: Alfenz bridge
  • Location: Montafon, Austria
  • Photography: Marc Lins
  • Client: Country of Vorarlberg, Departement of roadworks
  • Statics: M+G Ingenieure
  • Construction firm: Tomaselli Gabriel Bau GmbH
  • Site: 6700 Lorüns, L188, km 85.5
  • Span length: ca. 33m
  • Total area: 116 m²

house in brescia, Italy by federico tinti, labzona

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: labzona 

single house for a private client by the border of the city of brescia, just in front of the agricolture landscape. the building is full open to the garden and the space inside in continuos and fluid. every room/space is open to the other and only divided by screen/wall that close and open views

Image Courtesy © labzona

  • Architects: federico tinti, labzona
  • Project: house
  • Description: single house
  • Costumer: private
  • Site: quinzanello, brescia
  • Year: 2009
  • Software used: Autocad, Vectorworks and Rhinoceros

Bishops resting pavilion in Veszprém, Hungary by Veszprémi Építész Műhely

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: Veszprémi Építész Műhely 

The Bishops resting pavilion is situated in the most beautiful area of Veszprém. The neoclassical two-storey pavilion was built by Bishop Joseph Kopácsy in 1820. The new owner would like to operated the building as a cafe. Our task was to renovate and expand the old pavilion, which was in degraded condition. It was important to link the semi-basement and ground floor space.

Image Courtesy © Dávid Kovács

  • Architects: Veszprémi Építész Műhely
  • Project: Bishops resting pavilion
  • Location: Veszprém, Hungary
  • Photography: Dávid Kovács
  • Head Architects: Zsolt Kovács, Jana Beránková
  • Project Team: Ágoston Barkács, András Szabó, Dávid Kovács, Gábor Gaschler, Péter Cseke
  • Software used: ArchiCad

The Porter School of Environmental Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel by AXELROD GROBMAN ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013


The PSES building was designed as a “green building” with a synergetic perspective integrating the three elements of sustainability – environment, society and economy – into architecture. As an environmental, ecological structure, the building design utilized environmental parameters (such as solar radiation, wind, acoustics and more) in determining the form that the building would take and its position on the site. Unlike the traditional approach that examine the building’s performance “after the fact”, the design method employed in the initial stages of the design used performance simulation results to generate the actual form of the building.


  • Project: The Porter School of Environmental Studies
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Principal in charge: YashaGrobman
  • Design team: YashaGrobman, Irit Axelrod, MushitFidelman, Orit ZabariElmalih, Neta Karp
  • Management: The Baran Group LTD
  • Structural Engineer: Avivi Axelrod LTD
  • Landscape: Braudo-Maoz Ltd (project) , Vista (competition)
  • Air condition: AssaAharoni Consulting Engineers
  • Electricity: Semo
  • Utilities: Nash Engineers

Strickland-Ferris Residence in Raleigh, North Carolina by Frank Harmon Architect PA

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: Frank Harmon Architect PA

The house was designed primarily for one person who had three specific requirements: (1) she wanted “something dramatic;” (2) She wanted to feel “as if I’m living in the trees;” and (3) she wanted the house to be utterly devoid of unnecessary ornamentation to the point that she could see the marks of construction, from exposed bolts to the “unfinished” ceiling structure.

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

  • Architects: Frank Harmon Architect PA
  • Project: Strickland-Ferris Residence
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • Photography: Exteriors by Timothy Hursley and Jeffrey Jacobs; Interiors by Jim Schmid
  • Project Team: Frank Harmon, FAIA, Sarah Queen, project manager
  • Interior Design: Lynda Strickland (home owner)
  • Completion Date: 2005
  • Awards 
    2005 AIA NC Merit Award
    2006 AIA Triangle Honor Award
    2009 Custom Home Magazine Design Award, Gold Award
  • Software used: Powercadd for Mac

Chapultepec cultural center CCCH in Guadalajara, Mexico by Javier Mosquera González Arquitecto

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: Javier Mosquera González Arquitecto

1. Cultural lighthouse

The neighbourhood ofChapultepecholds a great cultural activities in the streets. Bookshops, temporary exhibitions, cafes and outdoors concerts among others, have become this part of the city in one of the most actives of it. For all of them, a reference in the city, a cultural lighthouse that stands over the surrounding buildings. It can be seen from every place in the city. An urban landmark.

Image Courtesy © Javier Mosquera González Arquitecto

  • Architects: Javier Mosquera González Arquitecto
  • Project: Chapultepec cultural center CCCH
  • Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Year: 2013
  • Area: 7.200 sqm
  • Author: Javier Mosquera González
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketch Up, Rhinoceros and Photoshop

House 784 in Cheshire, UK by Stephenson ISA STUDIO

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: Stephenson ISA STUDIO

The house is sited on a tree lined suburban road in Cheshire and was designed for a young family couple. On the road, the house types are suburban; conservative, bland and mock traditional. Our approach was to create a fresh contemporary version of the suburban house type; one that reacts to its context and is tailored to suit the specific needs of the client.

Image Courtesy © Stephenson ISA STUDIO

  • Architects: Stephenson ISA STUDIO
  • Project: House 784
  • Location: Cheshire, UK
  • Software used: Microstation

FORN DE LA VILA DE LLÍRIA RESTORATION AND MUSEALIZATION in Llíria, Spain by hidalgomora arquitectura

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: hidalgomora arquitectura

The “Forn de la Vila”, a bread furnace attached to the medieval walls, is one of the most important pieces of civil gothic in Llíria (Valencia, Spain). It was probably built in the late thirteenth century and according to its typology we can include it in traditional Valencian furnaces, historically named “Hornos de pan cocer.”

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

  • Architects: hidalgomora arquitectura
  • Location: de la Santísima Sangre, Llíria, Spain
  • Photography: Diego Opazo
  • Architect Construction Manager: Javier Hidalgo Mora
  • Quantity Surveyor: Julio Sánchez López
  • Area: 256 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • GraphicDesign: Marta Villazón
  • Constructor: Torremar, S.L.
  • Budget: 473.575,21 €
  • Developer: Ayuntamiento de Llíria

Can Ribas in palma majorca, Spain by Jaime J. Ferrer Forés Architects studio

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Article source: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés Architects studio

Neighborhood revitalization and preserving the elements of industrial heritage are the aims of this urban project being undertaken in the La Soledat area of Palma, Majorca. Proposal is being developed in several stages after winning the open competition in 2005 and consisting in urban general development, public spaces and main square, industrial heritage restoration and future social housing

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

  • Architects: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés Architects studio
  • Project: Can Ribas
  • Location: palma majorca, Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia, Estop, Mazmen (Aerial photo)
  • ClientAjuntament de Palma, Consorci Riba, Patronat Municipal de l’Habitatge
  • Industrial Heritage consultant: Toni Vilanova
  • Collaborators: Yolanda Ortega Sanz (project architect); María Alemany Perelló (student); Jaime J. Ferrer Forés (site supervision); Yolanda Ortega Sanz, Talleres Cortada (models)
  • Consultants: Antoni Ramis Arrom, Esteban Pisano Porada (urban services); Jaime Ferrari (mechanical engineering), Inés Batle Eriksson, (engineering); Eduard Simó (heritage structure); María Antonia Palmer Poncell, Bartomeu Bonet Palmer (heritage quantity surveyor)
  • Contractors: Melchor Mascaró (urban spaces) and Bartolomé Ramón (industrial heritage restoration)
  • Area intervention: 5.257,42 m2 (urban spaces) 287,50 m2, (industrial heritage restoration)
  • Competition: 2005
  • Project: 2005-2010
  • Building: 2010-2011
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