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New Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany by UNStudio

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Article source: UNStudio

The Mercedes Benz Museum intricately combines structure and content. The Museum is dedicated to a legendary car; its unique structure has been specifically devised to showcase a collection in which technology, adventure, attractiveness and distinction are merged. It is also a Museum for people to freely move through, to dream, learn, look and let themselves be oriented by fascinations, light and space…

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters and Brigida Gonzalez

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters and Brigida Gonzalez

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: New Mercedes Benz Museum
  • Location: Mercedes Strasse 100, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Photography: Christian Richters and Brigida Gonzalez
  • Client: Daimler Chrysler AG
  • Program: Museum for the complete cars collection of Mercedes Benz
  • Building area: 25.000 m²
  • Building volume: 200.000 m³
  • Site area: 62.000 m²
  • Team: Nicola Kühnle, Florian Erhard, Michael Fischinger, Christoph Friedrich, Peter Holzer, Christopf Krinn, Stefan Linder, Simon Schneider, Walter Ulrich, Gabriele Völker, Katrin Widmann, Christina Brecher, Stefanie Hertwerck, Ingolf Gössel, Ulla Ittensohn, Volker Hilpert, Thomas Koch, Ulrike Kolb, Bendix Pallesen- Mustikay, Marc Schwesinger and Thuy Duong Du, Kathrin Steimle, Florian Goscheff, Thomas Hertlein, Yvonne Galdys, Deniz Hocaoglu, Katerina Karapanceva, Anka Volk, Patrick Yong
  • Exhibition Concept and Design: HG Merz, Stuttgart
  • Interior: UNStudio with Concrete Architectural Associates, Amsterdam

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Deakin University Regional Community Health Hub (REACH) in VIC 3125, Australia by DesignInc

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Article source: DesignInc

Deakin University pursues an ongoing relevance to Rural and Regional engagement. As part of their core commitments, the development of the REACH Project (Regional Community Health Hub) contributes to this philosophy by intending to both recruit from and return graduates to the Rural and Regional areas. Deakin University’s REACH project was nominated for Federal Government Funding, as part of the EIF (Education Investment Fund), third round of funding applications.

Image Courtesy © Sarah Louise Photography

Image Courtesy © Sarah Louise Photography

  • Architects: DesignInc
  • Project: Deakin University Regional Community Health Hub (REACH)
  • Location: VIC 3125, Australia
  • Photography: Sarah Louise Photography
  • Date of construction completion: 22 February 2013
  • Cost at completion of construction: $40M
  • Gross floor area (m2): 8,000
  • Cost per square metre: $5,000
  • Owner, Client: Deakin University
  • Practice Team: Rohan Wilson – Project Director, Christon Batey-Smith – Project Director, John Loftus Hill – Senior Project Architect / Associate, Roger Schmidt – Project Leader, Tim Walpole-Walsh – Project Architect, Costa Papadopoulos – Project Architect, Sonya Montgomerie – Senior Architect, Peter Whiter – Architect, Philip Weatherlake – Architect, Wilson Heng – Architect, Kylee McQualter – Senior Technician, Afrodite Moulatsiotis – Interior Designer, Christopher Free – Interior Designer, Travers Cunnington – Senior Graphic Designer.
  • Consultant Team: Quantity Surveyor (Cost Consultant) – Wilde & Woolard, Structural & Civil Engineering – Irwin Consult, Services Engineering inc. Fire Engineering – Umow Lai, Landscape Architecture – GBLA, Disabled Access – Terry Osborn.
  • Construction Team: Builder – Cockram Constructions.

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Montenegro Pavilion

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: SADAR+VUGA

The Montenegro Pavilion presents four examples of late-modernist architecture that were built in Montenegro between 1960 and 1986: Dom Revolucije, Hotel Fjord, Kayak Club “Galeb,” and Spomen Dom. Curated by an international group of architects and architectural critics, the exhibition seeks to start a conversation about urban regeneration in Montenegro and the future of the former Yugoslavia’s architecture.

When the four buildings on display first opened, they radiated their builders’ enthusiasm and confidence about the new society they were building. Today, only a few decades later, these buildings embody the complete opposite: poorly used (if at all) and maintained (if ever completed), they are a testament to the failure of modernism and the breakdown of Yugoslavia. Nobody seems to be able to recognize their value, hence their fate seems sealed: decay and demolition.

But how can something that was born out of a collective optimism lose its promise in such a short period of time? Is the demise of these buildings really due to an intrinsic lack of quality, or have we been unable to treat them with enough empathy to awaken a dormant potential that might be hidden underneath the patina of our own ideological disenchantment with modernism?

The curators of this pavilion believe it is the latter. These buildings represent a cultural resource that is too precious to destroy; if given a second chance, they will surprise us with their unique spatial, programmatic, and social potential. The aim of the exhibition is therefore to help the audience, through architectural representations of the interiors and exteriors of the four buildings, discover the uncanny beauty of structures that, while they look like ruins today, are nothing but treasures in disguise.

Project currated and produced by:

  • Boštjan Vuga (SADAR+VUGA),
  • Dijana Vučinić (DVARP),
  • Simon Hartmann (HHF Architects),
  • Ilka & Andreas Ruby (Ruby Press), and
  • Nebojša Adžić

Exhibition Details:
Opening: Thursday June 5, 2014, 6 PM
Press conference: Thursday June 5, 2014, 5 PM
Exhibition: June 7 to November 23, 2014, 10 AM to 6 PM
Address: Palazzo Malipiero, Ramo Malipiero San Marco, 3079
For further information, please visit www.treasures-in-disguise.net

About the buildings:

Image courtesy of Marko Mušić’s archive

Image courtesy of Marko Mušić’s archive

Dom Revolucije

  • Architect: Marko Mušić
  • Location: Nikšić, Montenegro
  • Years of construction: 1979-1989, unfinished
  • Area (built): 20,468 square meters

Dom Revolucije (“Revolution Home” in English) was built as a memorial to those who died during the Second World War and as a landmark and cultural center for the city of Nikšić. At the time, Nikšić was growing as an industrial center in Yugoslavia. During the design process, the surface area of Dom Revolucije tripled from its original 7,230 square meters to 21,738 square meters. The construction work on the building stopped in 1989.

Image by Jovana Miljanic

Image by Jovana Miljanic

Hotel Fjord

  • Architect: Zlatko Ugljen
  • Location: Kotor, Montenegro
  • Year of construction: 1986
  • Area: 13,360 square meters

Hotel Fjord stands in a prime location, at the very end of Boka Kotorska Bay and close to the old town of Kotor, a UNESCO-protected site. The design by Zlatko Ugljen, a Yugoslavian architect of Bosnian origin, was selected through an open architecture competition. When it was completed in 1986, the hotel had 155 rooms, 4 suites, and many amenities, including restaurants, bars, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a conference center. After nineteen years of operating as a hotel, the building was privatized and sold. In 2005, it was closed down and slated for demolition, and today it is vacant and unused.

Image courtesy of the National Archive of Montenegro

Image courtesy of the National Archive of Montenegro

Kayak Club “Galeb”

  • Architect: Vukota Tupa Vukotić
  • Location: Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Year of construction: 1960
  • Area: 411.50 square meters

Kayak Club “Galeb” is located in Podgorica, on the left bank of Morača river and just above Labud beach. Initially, the building included a restaurant, beach café, and kayaking club, combining sports, recreation, and leisure. “Galeb” was abandoned after several attempts to maintain the beach bar; the original kayaking club did not last longer than one summer. The building is currently used by the kayaking club Morača, but it is in very poor condition and closed to the public.

Image by Luka Bošković Photography

Image by Luka Bošković Photography

Spomen Dom

  • Architect: Marko Mušić
  • Location: Kolašin, Montenegro
  • Year of construction: 1976
  • Area: 3,220 square meters

Spomen Dom (“Memorial Home” in English) is located in the city center of Kolašin, in the northern part of Montengro. It was built to commemorate the first assembly of the National Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Montenegro and Boka, the southern region of Montenegro, and functioned as a cultural and administrative center for Kolašin and its surrounding areas. The local authorities maintained the building up until the early 90s, but since then its maintenance costs have been removed from the region’s budget. The building is therefore in very poor condition today. A few years ago, they considered demolishing it in order to build a new tourism complex on the site. However, this plan has been stalled by the economic crisis. The building is still used today for municipal administration and by local political parties. It is also considered one of Montenegro’s most beautiful examples of post-war architecture.

About the curators:
Boštjan Vuga is the co-director (with Jurij Sadar) of the award-winning Slovenian architecture office SADAR+VUGA, which focuses on open, innovative, and integral architectural design and urban planning. Vuga regularly lectures at architectural schools, conferences, and symposia in Slovenia and at institutions abroad. He is currently a guest professor at the University of Applied Sciences, Münster. Vuga guest edited two issues of the Architects’ Bulletin (ab) and has written about current events in architecture and urban planning for diverse publications.

Dijana Vučinić is a practicing architect from Montenegro. She recently founded DVARP, an interdisciplinary architectural and design practice with projects that range from urban design and residential buildings to stage design. She is also the founder of the Kotor Architectural Prison Summer School (APSS), a platform for further research on and development of urban structures in Kotor, Montenegro. Vučinić writes for several periodicals and scholarly publications in Montenegro and is also a co-founder and member of the Urbanism and Architecture Association of Montenegro.

Simon Hartmann studied architecture at the ETH Lausanne, Technische Universität Berlin, and ETH Zürich. In 2002, he became a teaching assistant at the ETH Studio Basel, an institute for urban research, and in 2003, he co-founded HHF Architects with Simon Frommenwiler and Tilo Herlach. Between 2009 and 2011, Hartmann taught as a professor at the Hochschule für Technik und Architektur Freiburg, where he now teaches the Joint Master of Architecture program. Since 2010, Hartmann has been a member of the Federation of Swiss Architects.

Ilka & Andreas Ruby publish, curate, teach, and consult on issues around architecture and urbanism. Trained as an architect and an architectural historian, respectively, Ilka Ruby and Andreas Ruby are the founders of textbild, an office for architectural communication, and Ruby Press, an award-winning publishing house based in Berlin. They have organized several international symposia on architecture and design, such as the “Min to Max” symposium on affordable housing. In 2012, they curated the exhibition Druot, Lacaton & Vassal—Tour Bois le Prêtre for the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt.

Ilka & Andreas Ruby are the founders of the German architecture debate platform www.bkult.de. Nebojša Adžić is the current president of the Union of Architects of Montenegro and the founder of the first Montenegrin salon of architecture. He is one of the first architects in Montenegro to promote and apply sustainable, ecological, and energy-efficient design. From 2003 and 2008, he worked as an assistant during the development of the University of Montenegro’s Faculty of Architecture in Podgorica. Adžić is currently involved in an urban renewal project in his hometown of Nikšić.

Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch, U.K by Ben Adams Architects

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: Ben Adams Architects

Ben Adams Architects announces that construction has started on Nobu’s first European Hotel, the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in London. Expected to complete in early 2016, the 156-room hotel will be located at 10-50 Willow Street in Shoreditch and, as with all Nobu properties, the design will reflect the immediate context.

 Image Courtesy © Ben Adams Architects

Image Courtesy © Ben Adams Architects

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B House in Lima, Peru by domenack arquitectos

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: domenack arquitectos

The Project is located in one of the highest areas of the city and consists of a 3 level house, designed for a young couple with 2 small children.

The family´s programmatic requirements and the steep topography of the terrain required the project to be conceived as a compact and efficient structure. The house is designed as a narrow volume with a longitudinal orientation in order to adequate it´s structure to the sloping topography of the plot and take advantage of the stunning views of the city.

Image Courtesy © Juan Solano

Image Courtesy © Juan Solano

  • Architects: domenack arquitectos (Juan Carlos Domenack L. and Juan Carlos Domenack C.)
  • Project: B House
  • Location: Lima, Peru
  • Photography: Juan Solano
  • Plot Area: 1,354.86 m2
  • Project Area: 478.25m2
  • Project year: 2007
  • Construction: 2008

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MOON HOUSE in Ventanas, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica by ROBLESARQ

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: ROBLESARQ

Moon House is located in Ojochal, a place surrounded by dense forest and favored with great ocean views.The House was created for the Shivji family from India, who were looking for an experimental space that allows them to enjoy a ludic and healthy atmosphere. To solve their needs it was necessary the use of bioclimatic strategies that help along with the energy efficiency and thermal comfort needed.

Image Courtesy © Andrés García

Image Courtesy © Andrés García

  • Architects: ROBLESARQ architecturalstudio (Juan Robles Alvarado)
  • Project: MOON HOUSE
  • Location: Ventanas, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Andrés García
  • Design team: ROBLESARQ architecturalstudio, Arch. Juan Robles, Arch. Isabel Bello, Arch. Erick Guevara, Arch. Emilio Quirós, Arch. Adriana Serrano, Arch. Andrea Solano
  • Area: 250 m2
  • Structural Design: BA Ingeniería
  • Builder: CPS
  • Cost: $280.000
  • Construction year: 2013

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Bosbadhal in Boslaan, Emmeloord by Atelier PRO

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: Atelier PRO 

Atelier PRO designed the new sports complex Bosbadhal in Emmeloord with an outspoken, sporty character, bringing cohesion between the outdated sports centre and swimming pool with several new functions. New additions include a large sports centre and lobby, the latter bringing structure to the various sports facilities. The most important intervention was to provide the old sports centre and new additions with one continuous façade, thereby connecting the mismatching facades and outdated architecture. In this way, the separate buildings become transformed into one sculpture.

Image Courtesy © Dirk Verwoerd

Image Courtesy © Dirk Verwoerd

  • Architects: Atelier PRO (Dorte Kristensen and Menno Roefs)
  • Project: Bosbadhal
  • Location: Boslaan, Emmeloord
  • Photography: Dirk Verwoerd
  • Size: 7.579 m² (5,243 m²Construction and 2,197 m² renovation)
  • Assignment: 2010
  • Design periode: 2010-mei 2012
  • Construction periode: June 2012-August 2013
  • Client: Gemeente Noordoostpolder
  • Interior architect: Susan Vlemminx
  • Project leader: Hans TakDesign teamAllard de Goeij, John KoksSite supervisionHans Tak  General contractorAannemingsbedrijf Draisma
  • Total building Costs: € 6,248,000,-  (All amounts excluding vat, remunerations, costs of the land, layout, connecting costs; inclusive risk of price increases, wages, materials, delivery a price level).

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MUSEO ARQUEOLÓGICO NACIONAL in Madrid, Spain by Frade Arquitectos

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: Frade Arquitectos 

Two months ago, on March 31st, the opening ceremony of the new Museo Arqueológico Nacional took place. There is no doubt that it was an event that had been long waited for. A clear example of this, is the large amount of visitors that it has attracted during the first couple of weeks. A figure over 5000 visitors per day. Even though the museum has only been closed down for two and a half years out of the six that the construction lasted, it was clear to see that the re-opening generated a lot of expectation.

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

Image Courtesy © Niccolo Guasti

  • Architects: Frade Arquitectos 
  • Project: MUSEO ARQUEOLÓGICO NACIONAL
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Luis Asin, Mika Cartier, Dr. Sombra, Lorenzo Plana, Fernando Velasco, Niccolo Guasti, Gabriel López, Jose Manuel Ballester.
  • PROPERTY: Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
  • OPENING: March, 2014
  • CURRENT USABLE AREA: 23.303 m2 (2.642 m2 more than before the refurbish)
  • ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT: Frade Arquitectos S.L.
  • CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: Acciona
  • MUSEOGRAPHIC DESIGN: Frade Arquitectos SL
  • MUSEOGRAPHIC EXECUTION: UTE MAN Acciona – Empty

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Wavehouse (400 Grove) in Hayes Valley, San Francisco by Fougeron Architecture

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: Fougeron Architecture

400 Grove Street/Parcel H is a 33-unit market-rate development in the heart of Hayes Valley. This prominent site at the corner of Grove and Gough Streets is one of the parcels left vacant by the demolition of the Central Freeway, and is in a dynamic, urban San Francisco neighborhood.

Image Courtesy © Fougeron Architecture

Image Courtesy © Fougeron Architecture

  • Architects: Fougeron Architecture
  • Project: Wavehouse (400 Grove)
  • Location: Hayes Valley, San Francisco
  •  Software used:  Rhino and AutoCad.

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Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum in Kochi Prefecture, Japan by KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

This is a plan to link two public buildings with a bridge-typed facility, which had been long separated by the road in between. The museum technically bridges communications in this area. It functions not only as a passage between the two facilities but also as an accommodation and workshop, ideal location for artist-in-residence programs. In this project, we challenged a structural system which composes of small parts, referring to cantilever structure often employed in traditional architecture in Japan and China. It is a great example of sustainable design, as you can achieve a big cantilever even without large-sized materials.

Image Courtesy © KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

Image Courtesy © KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

  • Architects: KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES
  • Project: Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum
  • Location: Kochi Prefecture, Japan
  • Client: Tomio Yano, Town Mayor of Yusuhara
  • Type of Project: new construction (extension from existing )
  • Principal Use: exhibition space
  • Design and Supervision: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Structure: Main structure/wood, partly steel frame, reinforced concrete, Pile or Foundation / Mat and direct foundation
  • Number of Stories: 1 underground, 2 stories above
  • Site area: 14,736.47㎡
  • Built area: 574,15㎡(total with the existing part: 1,946.97㎡)
  • Total area: 445.79㎡(total with the existing part: 2,540.23㎡)
  • Floor area for each story: B1F:14.85㎡ 1F:68.21㎡ 2F:342.66㎡
  • Height of stories: B1 4,150mm 1F: 9,465mm
  • Height of ceilings: B1F(connection part to the hot spring:2,100mm ) B1F (control room): 2,300mm
  • 1F: 2,300mm  2F (bridging corridor): 2,758mm 2F (gallery room): 5,056mm 2F (bridge): 3,705mm)

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