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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group 

WSDG Acoustic Expertise Aids Comprehensive Restoration Effort

SOLOTHURN, SWITZERLAND:  Begun in 1762, and completed in 1773, the St. Ursen Cathedral has long-served as the focal point for both worship and tourism in Switzerland’s most significant baroque town. In early January 2011, a mentally disturbed person set a fire which wreaked massive damage throughout the Cathedral’s 2000 + sq. ft. congregation hall.  When the smoke cleared, the entire white/gray lime rock interior, which had shone like marble for centuries, was encrusted with a foul grayish residue.  The Cathedral was closed to the public and a plan for restoration developed.

St. Ursen Cathedral Exterior during restoration Photo credit: WSDG

  • Architects: Flury und Rudolf Architekten AG
  • Photography: WSDG, Guido Schenker, Flury und Rudolf Architekten AG

Mentana Residence in Montreal, Canada by MU Architecture

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Article source: MU Architecture

This two-storey apartment is located just above a very popular Asian restaurant in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal in Montreal. The client’s desire was to create a small town house with two bedrooms, an open plan living space, a mezzanine level for relaxation and a terrace. To achieve this, an additional floor was required to respond to the small family’s growing needs.

Image Courtesy © Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard (YUL Photo)

  • Architects: MU Architecture
  • Project: Mentana Residence
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Photography: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard (YUL Photo)
  • Client: Marie-Michele Dubois and David Leblanc
  • Project team: Jean-Sébastien Herr, Charles Côté, Pierre-Alexandre Rhéaume
  • Structural Engineer: Gilles Albert
  • Project zone: Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Project completion date: January 2013
  • Project area: 1600 pi2

Civil Aviation Authority in Chisinau Airport, Republic of Moldova by Gorgona Architecture & Design

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Article source: Gorgona Architecture & Design

A project located nearby the Chisinau Airport, Republic of Moldova proposed for head office of CAA which is the main regulatory body for air transport. More info can be find on

Civil Aviation Aithority (CAA) is the central specialized, executive, coordinating and control body of the Public Administration in the field of civil aviation, subordinated to the Ministry of Transport and Roads. The CAA takes decisions of administrative character, approves regulations, norms, instructions and other normative acts obligatory for natural and legal persons who perform their activity in the field of civil aviation.

Image Courtesy © Gorgona Architecture & Design

Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York by Caples Jefferson Architects PC

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Article source: Caples Jefferson Architects PC

Weeksville Heritage Center is a unique urban design project in which a modern architectural syntax of simple forms, strip windows, and glass passageways is impacted by repeated African riffs. The riffs are variations that provide a visual counterpoint. The riffs are embedded in construction, in structural elements, such as the joints in paving and stone, in the choice of colors and materials, and in the details like the fence posts and the frit in the sunshading glass. The modern syntax and African riffs, although independent from each other, harmonize when experienced as an entirety.

Image Courtesy © Nic Lehoux

  • Architects:  Caples Jefferson Architects PC
  • Project: Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A
  • Photography: Nic Lehoux, Julian Olivas  
  • Clients: David Burney, FAIA, NYC Department of Design & Construction, Victor Metoyer, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Pamela Green, Weeksville Heritage Center 
  • Sub-consultants: Alma Smith, Construction Manager, Hill International, Seamus McNabb, General Contractor, Brickens, Construction, Benjamin Alper, Structural Engineer, Severud Associates, Hazern Huss, MEP Engineer, Loring Consulting Engineers, Andrew Ciancia, Civil & Geotechnical Engineer, Langan Engineering, John Rhyner, Geothermal Engineer, P.W. Grosser Consulting, Jeffrey Berg, Lighting Design, Berg-Howland Associates, Elizabeth Kennedy, Landscape Architect, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects, Greg Dimech, Cost Estimating, Faithful + Gould, Fred Shen, Acoustics & Audio Visual, Shen Milsom + Wilke, Francesca Bettridge, Theatrical Lighting, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Frank Fortino, Building Department, Metropolis, Barbara Heller, FAIA, Specifications, Heller + Metzger PC, Gordon Smith, Curtainwall, Gordon Smith Construction, Carmel Bowron, Sustainable Design & Commissioning, Viridian, Jeffrey Venter, Security, Ducibella Venter & Santore, David Dial, Museum Programming, Dial Associates 

Krimpen aan den IJssel City Hall in Netherlands by Diederendirrix Architects

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Article source: Diederendirrix Architects

As part of a Design, Build & Maintain team, diederendirrix architects made the winning design for the redevelopment of the Krimpen aan den IJssel City Hall in the Netherlands.

In just 3 months’ time, the team – consisting of diederendirrix architects, Martens Aannemingsbedrijf, Imtech and Buro Lubbers – made a design for the building and its surroundings which fulfils the city’s wishes perfectly and meets their high sustainability requirements.

Image Courtesy © Diederendirrix Architects

KAIST IT Convergence Building in Daejeon, South Korea by Kyu Sung Woo Architects

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Article source: Kyu Sung Woo Architects

Located in a suburb of Daejeon, Korea, the campus is comprised of buildings scattered throughout a lush setting of tree groves and fields.  Selected from an open design competition, the scheme places the new 26,000sm building on the northern edge of a green lawn running parallel with the East Gate axis. The design brings together the fields of Computer Science and Electronic and Electrical Engineers. Rectangular boxes are stacked nine stories high and arranged around a central core of large multi-level, indoor and outdoor social spaces that enhance cross-discipline communication between both students and professors.

Image Courtesy © Goongsun Nam

  • Architects: Kyu Sung Woo Architects
  • Project: KAIST IT Convergence Building
  • Location: Daejeon, South Korea
  • Photography: Goongsun Nam, Won Yang Kim
  • Project Type: Computer Science & Electronics and Electrical Engineering Lab Building
  • Type of Client: University
  • Construction Type: New Building
  • Total Floor Area: 26,023 sm (280,109 sf) – includes 4,536 sm (48,825 sf) of covered parking
  • Program: Labs, professors offices, classrooms, seminar rooms, international conference hall, lecture hall, department lounges, student and professor’s lounges, cafe, fitness center
  • Parking Spaces: 155 open-air, green roof covered
  • Site Area: 215,278 sf
  • Site Description: The site is a trapezoidal-shaped parcel of land just outside the center of campus at northern edge of the campus adjacent to the east-gate entrance. The site was an open field sloping from west to east and surrounded primarily by a r­­oad on one side and woods on the other.
  • Materials Used – Exterior: Solid and Perforated Clear Anodized Aluminum Panels, Clear Anodized Aluminum Curtain Wall and Windows, Clear, Translucent, Fritted Glass, Extruded Cement Panels, Wood decking, Stone Pavers
  • Materials Used – Interior: Polished exposed concrete floors, Exposed concrete ceilings and columns, Painted GWB, Glass partitions, Wood flooring, Extruded-cement panel stairs


Friday, November 8th, 2013

Article source: TOUZA ARQUITECTOS 


The building will consist of five levels ( basement for parking and facilities , ground, first and second floor for administrative activities , a technical plant facilities ) .

This Basic Project and Execution in full mission program responds to the needs established by the Building Society and limitations covers all requirements set out in the specific Ordinance ” Tertiary Activities ” Partial Plan Sector XII ” Quitapesares derived Ordinance 7- AT ‘s current General Plan.

Image Courtesy © ALFONSO QUIROGA

  • Location: VILLAVICIOSA DE ODON, Spain
  • Photography: ALFONSO QUIROGA
  • Technical Architect: D. JAVIER SANCHEZ MIGUEL
  • Promoter Y builder: FERBOCAR SL
  • Closes: 2009 to 2011
  • Promoter: FERBOCAR Construction Inc. (Don Carlos de la Fuente)

Herkules Machine Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Ian Shaw Architekten

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Article source: Ian Shaw Architekten

This classic example of the machine aesthetic houses the US administrative headquarters for the HerkulesGroup, a world leader in the manufacture of roll machining equipment.

Image Courtesy © Ian Shaw Architekten

  • Architects: Ian Shaw Architekten
  • Project: Herkules Machine Factory
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stoaninger Mühlviertel Destillation in North of Austria by HPSA

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Article source: HPSA

The building is situated in the north of Austria, in the middle of an isolated narrow valley. The Shape of the ground plan is influenced by the regional building regulations and the existing slope. Moreover the design follows natural limitation given by the adjacent river.

Image Courtesy © HPSA

  • Architects: HPSA
  • Project: Stoaninger Mühlviertel Destillation
  • Location: North of Austria

Triehouse in Parker, Texas (North Dallas) by Adia

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Article source: Adia 

The Triehouse is the culmination of almost a decade of research and development in the realm of creative, ultra-affordable ecological housing. In 2004 Adia introduced the “$1,000 Transportable Bedroom” (JKP sleeper), and five years later gained international recognition for its “$12,000 Green Dream Home” (MCDhouse). This was followed in 2010 by a simplified, internationally transportable version of the MCDhouse (adiaHouse, $40,000).

Image Courtesy © Yoli Foto LLC

  • Architects: Adia
  • Project: Triehouse
  • Location: Parker, Texas (North Dallas)
  • Photography: Yoli Foto LLC
  • Dates of Design/Construction: 2011 – 2013
  • Client: Confidential
  • Cost: Approx. $100 / S.F. ($1.000 / M.Q.)
  • Software used: Autocad,  Adobe
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