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AAP American Architecture Prize in New York, United States

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: v2com

The AAP recognizes the most outstanding architecture worldwide across three disciplines: architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture.

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower

As the tallest building in China Shanghai Tower, designed by Gensler, has had an immediate and profound impact on the country’s perceptions of how a skyscraper can contribute to a city, a country, and a culture. Not only does it rise over Shanghai as a new symbol for its modern emergence on the global stage, but also points the way forward for technical innovation accomplished within the parameters of a Chinese cultural identity. Powerful in form yet delicate in appearance, Shanghai Tower would be a graceful addition to any skyline, but its function, identify, and symbolism are firmly rooted in the needs of its specific site.

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Interior Design Of The Year: McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

The Infinity Centre, the new campus for Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School senior students, is derived from the initial idea that the library is central to the school. The building reflects the ethos of the school in delivering spaces for heightened educational outcomes with an image that strongly reflects its identity. At a practical level, the Infinity Centre provides all the structured areas required of such a facility: arts, sciences, mathematics, languages, a library, a formal lecture theatre, administration and staff facilities. Beyond this, the building is developed as an abstraction of the infinity symbol; an emblem that appears on the school’s logo. The symbol represents the school’s approach to continued learning, as well as the interconnectedness of activities within its organisation. Importantly, the key quality of the symbol is its connectivity; a recognisable topology that allows its meaning to withstand formal deformation. At the centre of the infinity plan, where all the wings cross over, is the library: it is itself an infinite resource, a place to which one continually arrives and returns. Concepts of fluidity and connectivity are evident in the building’s exterior form. Clad in gloss-black-and-silver-banded brickwork, the Infinity Centre rises like a medieval walled city. Sweeping ‘gateways’ maintain the continuity of this form and provide access into the school’s sheltered inner courtyards; one for formal and the other for informal gathering. The consistency of this external architectural treatment is in direct contrast to the richly expressive variety of internal spaces. Internal materials and colours provide the discipline-precincts with identity and diversity within the continuous form of the building. The coexistence of these contrasts is emblematic of the school’s pedagogical approach. With the Infinity Centre, PEGS has a tangible manifestation of their unique identity in which structure and individuality work in concert and optimism is the product.

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Landscape Architecture of The Year: Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project

Much has been achieved over the past two decades to transform the Sydney Park site from its former post-industrial history and waste disposal, into 44 hectares of parkland and a vital asset for the growing communities of Sydney’s southern suburbs. This project forms City of Sydney’s largest environmental project to date, built in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan. It is an integral component of Sustainable Sydney 2030; targeting 10% of water demand to be met through local water capture and re-use in the park. The City seized a once in a lifetime opportunity to use what was essentially an infrastructure project to breathe new life into the park – as a vibrant recreation and environmental asset for Sydney. The City engaged a design team led by landscape architects Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership who orchestrated an intense and multi-disciplinary collaboration intersecting design, art, science and ecology – in a ‘roundtable’ of creatives shared between water experts Alluvium, artists Turpin + Crawford Studio, ecologists Dragonfly Environmental, engineers Partridge and the City’s own Landscape Architects. The result is an interwoven series of community infrastructures and ‘made’ systems – water re-use, recreation, biodiversity and habitat all integrated within the physical fabric of Sydney Park. The bio-retention wetlands not only capture and clean the equivalent measure of 340 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth per annum, but will successfully improve local water quality, habitat and reduce potable water consumption in the area. Sydney Park now offers an enhanced recreational experience to the Sydney community, going beyond the picturesque; creating instead a revitalised, multi- faceted waterscape that celebrates the connection between people and place.

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Simon Wood

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Simon Wood

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Simon Wood

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Simon Wood

In addition to the Architects of the Year, many other projects were awarded titles of Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention across 41 categories. Projects were evaluated based on characteristics of form, function and innovation. A selection of winners include:

Platinum: Hospitality Interior Design – Antonio Di Oronzo with Times Square Diner

Gold: Green Architecture – Dan Kaplan, FAIA, LEED AP with Allianz Tower

Silver: Institutional Architecture – Mecanoo architecten/Sasaki Associates with Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building

Bronze: Garden Landscape Architecture – Mary Barensfeld with Hilgard Garden

Browse the full list of winners here.

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Ethan Rohloff

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Ethan Rohloff

The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed experts including Troy C. Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum; Peggy Deamer, Professor of Architecture at Yale University; Ben Van Berkel, Principal of UNStudio and Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Alan Ricks and Michael Murphy, Founders of Mass Design Group; and many more. View the full list of jurors here.

The three Architects of the Year will receive an AAP Trophy on October 25 at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

About

The AAP American Architecture Prize honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide.http://www.architectureprize.com

Kensington Palace in Victoria, Australia by Nic Owen Architects

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: Nic Owen Architects

A renovation and extension to the rear of a Victorian cottage in Kensington, Victoria Australia.

■ The owner, a single professional loved her charming 2 bedroom cottage but found the spaces dark, tired and basically in need of repair.

■ A neighbouring 2 storey extension compromised her privacy to the rear living spaces and the backyard, effectively reducing the usability of the property.

■ A small 1970’s sun-room extension was removed and replaced with a black steel and glass small extension. Large picture frame windows supply light and outlook to the existing structure.

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

  • Architects: Nic Owen Architects
  • Project: Kensington Palace
  • Location: Kensington, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Client: Mature single professional
  • Builder: Melpro Developments
  • Landscaper: Dan Piper gardens
  • Structural engineer: Jonicha Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Building surveyor: Reddo
  • Size (m2): House 109 m2 (Existing house was larger at 120m2), Site = 280m2, Deck 27m2
  • Design time: 8 months
  • Construction time: 6 months
  • Completion: November 2015

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Chaimiduo Farm Restaurant and Bazaar in Yunnan, China by Zhaoyang Architects

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: Zhaoyang Architects

This is a renovation project. The property was originally an abandoned office facility located at the center of Dali old town, including a traditional Bai style timber building, a bungalow made of brick and concrete and a 200 sqm courtyard. The property has been rented by a local lifestyle brand “Chaimiduo” and renovated into a farm restaurant, a farmer’s supermarket, a gallery for local handicraft and space for “Chaimiduo Bazaar” that opens once a week.

The idea of the renovation is mainly about redefining the courtyard’s four different sides using ad-hoc strategies.

View from the courtyard, Image Courtesy © Pengfei Wang

View from the courtyard, Image Courtesy © Pengfei Wang

  • Architects: Zhaoyang Architects
  • Project: Chaimiduo Farm Restaurant and Bazaar
  • Location: Dali, Yunnan, China
  • Photography: Pengfei Wang
  • Design Team: Yang Zhao, Peigen Shang
  • Interior Designer for the restaurant: XuCai
  • Client: Chaimiduo Team
  • Property Area: 647m2
  • Building Area: 631m2
  • Cost: 1,400,000rmb
  • Design Phase: May, 2015 – September, 2015
  • Construction Phase: June, 2015 – March, 2016

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AVAST Software HQ in Prague, Czech Republic by studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK 

Even though the grand opening of the new interiors for the most valuable Czech IT company, the most trusted antivirus manufacturer in the world, took place at the end of 2015, all the works on the interiors for Avast Software company have been finished by studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK in the mid of a year 2016.

Image Courtesy © Kristina Hrabetova

Image Courtesy © Kristina Hrabetova

 

  • Architects: studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK (Roman Vrtiška, Vladimír Žák)
  • Project: AVAST Software HQ
  • Location: Building Enterprise Office Center, Pankrác, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Kristina Hrabetova
  • Client: Avast Software
  • Investment cost: € 9.2 million
  • Area: 15,000 square meters
  • Year of completion: 2015

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Caminha Apartment in Portugal by Tiago do Vale Architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Tiago do Vale Architects

A Graphical Refurbishment by the Sea

Built in the 80’s, this apartment was in dire need of refurbishment. Both its infrastructures and organization were dated, so the intention was to make the most of its potentialities while bringing its living experience to contemporary standards.

With just over 400 ft2 (40 m2) of surface, this small apartment by the sea was unwelcoming due to a choice of darker materials, 30 years of intense use and a not particularly qualified compartmentation (though in tune with its time).

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

  • Architects: Tiago do Vale Architects
  • Project: Caminha Apartment
  • Location: Caminha, Portugal
  • Photography: João Morgado
  • Architecture Team: Tiago do Vale, María Cainzos Osinde, Hugo Quintela, Louane Papin
  • Construction: Casas do Lima ®, Limiavez L.da
  • Construction Area: 430 ft2 (40 m2)
  • Construction Year: 2016
  • Project Year: 2016

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Martello Tower Home in New South Wales, Australia by Luigi Rosselli Architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Luigi Rosselli Architects 

Situated on the highest point of a ridge overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour is a solid, 3 storey brick house built during the between the late 1950s and early 1960s, which has been complemented by contemporary additions bearing all the signature hallmarks of Luigi Rosselli Architecture: the sandstone base, the whitewashed walls, and the aerofoil vertical louvres placed next to “log-cabin” exterior wall cladding.

Image Courtesy © Justin Alexander and Edward Birch

Image Courtesy © Justin Alexander and Edward Birch

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House expansion in Zugló, Hungary by batlab architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: batlab architects

We first met our customers (Anikó and Bálint) in the summer of 2013 who wanted to expand their home due to their growing family. Our task was to build a whole new storey  and a ground floor terrace after removing the hip roof. The family has outlined their requirements for the rooms, however we were given a free hand in the design and appearance.

There was enough time for planning, the customers spent a lot of time mulling over their new home, and we have also redesigned the house multiple times. While one week we thought that something is a good solution, the other week we thought the opposite.

Image Courtesy © Juhász Norbert

Image Courtesy © Juhász Norbert

  • Architects: batlab architects (Batizi-Pócsi Gergő, Batizi-Pócsi Péter)
  • Project: House expansion in Zugló
  • Location: Zugló, Budapest, Hungary
  • Photography: Juhász Norbert
  • Software used: Archicad
  • Consultant architects: Sebők Ildikő, Selényi György /KetteS műterem/
  • Supporting structures: Facskó Gergely

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Hankook Technodome in South Korea by Foster + Partners

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Foster + Partners

The new research and development centre for Hankook Tire was unveiled in Daejeon on Tuesday, 18 October. The new facility forms an integral part of Hankook Tire’s new vision for a corporate culture and brand, and the 96,328-square-metre R+D centre aims to attract the industry’s top talent, providing an inspirational place to work, with light filled offices, advanced laboratories and dynamic social spaces to nurture a culture of openness and innovation.

Located in the heart of Asia’s ‘Silicon Valley’, the building is an expression of Hankook Tire’s commitment to technology, quality and rigorous research. It lays emphasis on communication within the workplace, with central meeting pods for spontaneous team meetings. The centrepiece of the state-of-the-art facility are the tyre testing and research laboratories, on display to invited visitors and staff.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Hankook Technodome
  • Location: South Korea
  • Photography: Nigel Young

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House of fluctuations in Tokyo, Japan by satoru hirota architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: satoru hirota architects

This is the single-family house located in Tokyo.

Restrictions on space of land and height is severe , and housing is dense.

Image Courtesy © satoru hirota architects

Image Courtesy © satoru hirota architects

  • Architects: satoru hirota architects (Satoru Hirota + Yasuko Hirota)
  • Project: House of fluctuations
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Structure Architect: Nieda Atelier / Taizen Nieda + Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
  • Contractor: Watanabe Giken Co., Ltd. / Kenji Kodama
  • Site area: 171.68m2
  • Building area: 68.67m2
  • Total floor area: 137.32m2
  • Complete year: 2015

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Portable Tiny House by Salt & Water

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Salt & Water

Salt & Water design studio proudly presents its latest eco-friendly project, a portable tiny house ready to fit into any landscape.

The house is mostly made of natural materials, such as wood. Its design is based on the idea of combining the outer space with the interior, a concept that provides a strong connection between users and the surroundings. This kind of layout provides users with much-needed privacy, relaxation in a natural environment, as well as complete safety.

Image Courtesy © Salt & Water

Image Courtesy © Salt & Water

  • Architects: Salt & Water (Branka Malenica)
  • Project: Portable Tiny House

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