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Rocha Apartment in Catalonia, Spain by CaSA – Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: CaSA – Colombo and Serboli Architecture 

The brief was to transform this neglected, very badly distributed apartment into an attractive holiday home.

The property is located in an extremely central street, right between Plaza Catalunya y Plaza Universitat, on the sixth floor of an art nouveau building.

Nonetheless, this last floor was built in the ’60 and lacked of the charm of the rest of the building.

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ruiz

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OMR Art Gallery in Colonia Roma Norte, Mexico City by Max von Werz Architect

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: Max von Werz Architect

After 30 years in a turn-of-the-century Porfirian villa, the contemporary art gallery OMR decided to move to a new location. The design strategy was to preserve the existing brutalist building as much as possible, adjusting some interior details so as to bring out the character of the building and transform it into a generous exhibition space. A vertical one story extension accommodates all back-of-house functions. The result is a sober project that amplifies the character of the original building whilst preparing it for a new cultural life without resorting to the international conventions of the sterile white cube.

Image Courtesy © Rory Gardiner

Image Courtesy © Rory Gardiner

  • Architects: Max von Werz Architect (Mateo Riestra, José Arnaud-Bello & Max von Werz)
  • Project: OMR Art Gallery
  • Location: Calle Cordoba 100, Colonia Roma Norte, 06700 Mexico City
  • Photography: Rory Gardiner
  • Collaborators / team: Javier Moctezuma & Oriam Morales
  • Construction: Cantiliver
  • Structural engineering: Ricardo Camacho / DECSA
  • Service engineering: Taller 2m
  • Built surface area: 455 m2
  • Date: 2016 (February)

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Ussher Library in Dublin, Ireland by McCullough Mulvin Architects

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: McCullough Mulvin Architects 

The Ussher Library in Trinity College is a landmark building for Dublin. The project – initiated as an international architectural competition design collaboration with KMD Architecture, Dublin – provides 750 undergraduate reader places and space for 350,00 volumes in a state-of-the-art library building with exposed boardmarked concrete and granite finishes. The concept established three prismatic sculptural blocks on a podium set North-South across the site; the two longer blocks are connected by an atrium. The taller is closed and stone-clad and dedicated to book storage (a tower of books), the other, lower, more dynamically shaped in stone and glass – contains reading rooms with views over College Park; the third block is for a Book Conservation Laboratory. Each block is served by a core at one end which anchors the plan; each is designed as a solid planar element without advance or recession – the line of stone cladding is carried through into the atrium in timber panelling; the atrium glazing is perceived as a separate shard-like element, while the Conservation Block roof is an origami -like folded plane of glass and metal. The new building forms a functional unit with the existing Berkeley and Lecky libraries – all three are connected under podium level and the Berkeley Library has been retained as the main entrance to the whole complex – a new staircase descends from it to a new orientation space serving all three. The library had to fit into a very strong urban context, standing on an edge condition between Trinity and Dublin; it keeps to the grid of the College buildings while recognising the line of Nassau Street. The building is like a gateway – three books forming open space between them which frame views and routes from the city into the College. By its shape and location on the site, the project establishes two strongly configured urban spaces at podium level – one against the rere of the Berkeley, open at the corners in the Trinity manner, with generous steps from the Park and Library square- the other between the Ussher Library and the street.

Image Courtesy © McCullough Mulvin Architects

Image Courtesy © McCullough Mulvin Architects

  • Architects: McCullough Mulvin Architects 
  • Project: Ussher Library
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Engineers: O’Connor Sutton Cronin
  • Quantity Surveyors: Brendan Merry & Partners
  • Building Services: Homan O’Brien
  • Contractors: McNamara Construction
  • Area: 10,000 m2

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Manneriehof- Single Family Timber residence in East Cantons, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

The site 

The land is situated close to a small village in the East Cantons. It runs at a steep gradient into a small valley enclosed by a wooded slope in the distance. The view is spectacular, showcasing a rural landscape. The visual and ecological quality of the site must be preserved and developed as far as possible.

Image Courtesy © Laurent BRANDAJS

Image Courtesy © Laurent BRANDAJS

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS
  • Project: Manneriehof- Single Family Timber residence
  • Location: Province of Liège, East Cantons, Belgium
  • Photography: Laurent BRANDAJS and Steven MASSART
  • Administrative Partner: Denis MELOTTE
  • Associates: E. LORAND, M. NAUDIN, S. TOURBACH, F. DEFRENNE
  • Topographical survey: De Ceuster & Associés
  • Main contractor: Maison Patze sprl.
  • Costs: 410 000 €
  • Gross Floor Area: 360 m²
  • Year: 2009 – 2012

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La spiaggia di Sesto in Lucca, Italy by Archilea architecture

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: Archilea architecture

La spiaggia di Sesto is a project for a sport complex designed by Archilea architecture, Renato Pucci architect in collaboration with arch. Giovanni Carignani and arch. Maria Nieddu.

Located in the countryside of Capannori (Italy), near the ancient city of Lucca and in a fantastic natural scenery the new sport center project was elaborated to blend harmoniously with its natural surrounding, drawing inspiration from the traditional architecture and the natural landscape of the region.

Image Courtesy © Archilea architecture

Image Courtesy © Archilea architecture

  • Architects: Archilea architecture (Renato Pucci architect with arch. Giovanni Carignani & arch. Maria Nieddu)
  • Project: La spiaggia di Sesto – New sport complex
  • Location: Capannori, Lucca, Italy
  • Design team: Renato Pucci, Giovanni Carignani, Maria Nieddu
  • Site area: 10000 sqm ca

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House of Food Culture in Copenhagen, Denmark by COBE

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: COBE

In 2019, Danish capital Copenhagen will have a new Metro City Ring. A new House of Food Culture is to be built on top of one of the new metro stations, located on the prominent and historic avenue of Frederiksberg Allé. The project is designed by Danish architects COBE as one of four partners of the winning team in a competition. Danish NRE Group will build the project. The investors for the project are Union Holding and NRE Denmark, and Arne Elkjær is the engineer.

The project is the result of a developer competition organised by the City of Frederiksberg and Realdania By and Byg Foundation. The House of Food Culture will be built on top of the entrance to the coming metro station. With an estimated daily flow of 10,000 people, it will be one of the capital’s new central meeting places and a focal point for urban life.

Image Courtesy © COBE

Image Courtesy © COBE

  • Architects: COBE
  • Project: House of Food Culture
  • Location: Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Visualisations: COBE
  • Developer and investor: Union Holding and NRE Denmark A/S
  • Engineer: Arne Elkjær
  • Landscape architect: COBE
  • Size: 3.500 m2
  • Status: Expected completion 2019

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B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio PJ in Beijing, China

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio is an office that fully takes the advantage of natural environment. We renovated the second level of this red brick building which used to be a residential building for an old factory. We used a wall that’s made of red bricks to separate office and meeting room into 2 semi-­‐closed space. The circle opening on the wall not only takes away the intense feeling generated by eye contact, but also makes the act of passing items more convenient.

We designed an area for both exhibition and storage on the entire interior wall; and a liner light bulb at top of the wall that knits the whole space into one unit.

Image Courtesy © Ruijing Photo

Image Courtesy © Ruijing Photo

  • Architects: B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio (Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko Fujii)
  • Project: B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio PJ
  • Location: Jiangguo-Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Photography: Ruijing Photo
  • Size: 1th Floor
  • Building Area: 60 m2
  • Construction Period: 5.2015

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Karlovac Freshwater Aquarium and River Museum in Croatia by Studio 3LHD

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: Studio 3LHD

The Karlovac freshwater aquarium is located on a site of a planned campsite by the river Korana. The building volume is partially dug into the ground and covered with earthen embankments from its outer edges. The design concept was inspired by the city’s historic center “Karlovac star” surrounded by “Šanci” – defensive earthen walls and mounds. The goal was to form a new city focal point on the right side of Korana River, to validate the promenade and make a new tourist attraction. A public square area is defined by the aquarium building surrounding it. The main pedestrian routes intercept it in three main directions: western towards the city center and the promenade, southern towards the neighboring polyvalent area used for concerts and eastern towards the main road approach and the stadium. The aquarium facilities are hidden around the square without disturbing the natural Korana valley.

The Aquarium is located on the bank of river Korana, covered with and covered with earthen embankments and embedded in the natural landscape, Image Courtesy © Jure Zivkovic

The Aquarium is located on the bank of river Korana, covered with and covered with earthen embankments and embedded in the natural landscape, Image Courtesy © Jure Zivkovic

  • ArchitectsStudio 3LHD
  • Project: Karlovac Freshwater Aquarium and River Museum
  • Location: Gornje Mekušje, Karlovac, Croatia
  • Photography: Jure Zivkovic, Miljenko Bernfest
  • Client: City of Karlovac
  • Project team: Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Irena Mažer Hranuelli, Vibor Granić, Deša Ucović, Ivana Šajn, Nevena Kuzmanić, Romana Ilić
  • Structural engineering: Ivan Palijan, Siniša Lulić (Palijan d.o.o.)
  • Electrical engineering: Erol Čičić, Antonio Praničević (Projekting 1970)
  • Mechanical installations: Zlatko Jakoplić (Ured 3T d.o.o.)
  • Landscape design: Luka Brnić (Uređenje krajobraza d.o.o.), Ines Hrdalo
  • Fire safety, health & safety project: Nadan Kosanović (ING Labos)
  • 3D: Boris Goreta
  • Signage and environmental graphics design: Bilić_Muller Studio (Dora Bilić, Tina Müller)
  • Aquarium setup: Marko Ćaleta (Faculty of Teacher Education, Zagreb), Zoran Marčić (Faculty of Science, Zagreb)
  • Graphic design of the exhibition: Dora Bilić, Tina Mueller (Bilić_Müller Studio)
  • Main contractor: AB Gradnja d.o.o, ENA d.o.o., KGH d.o.o.

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The parking garage that moonlights as a sledding slope in Piteå, Sweden by White Arkitekter + Henning Larsen Architects

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: White Arkitekter

The Swedish city of Piteå, located about 130 kms below the Arctic Circle, wanted a new parking garage but also got a sledding hill, an amphitheater and a large lantern. The project ‘Stadsberget’ (Swedish for ‘city mountain’) was designed by White Arkitekter in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects and has become a unique meeting place and tourist attraction in the city centre.

Image Courtesy © Åke E:son Lindman

Image Courtesy © Åke E:son Lindman

  • Architects: White Arkitekter (Anna-Carin Dahlberg, Anders Sveningsson, Fredrik Larsson, Gunnar Stomrud ) + Henning Larsen Architects (Per Ebbe Hansson, Martin Stenberg)
  • Project: The parking garage that moonlights as a sledding slope
  • Location: Piteå, Sweden
  • Photography: Åke E:son Lindman, Lennart Sjögren
  • Client: Piteå municipality
  • Lead architect(White Arkitekter): Lennart Sjögren
  • Construction engineer(White Arkitekter): Maria Ekenberg
  • Construction engineer(White Arkitekter): Frida Ejdemyr
  • Construction engineer(White Arkitekter): Per-Anders Andersson
  • Construction engineer(White Arkitekter): Lars Åsberg
  • Light designer(White Arkitekter): Andreas Milsta
  • Landscape architect(White Arkitekter): Karin Sjödin
  • Materials: Siberian larch, prefab concrete, steel, glass, grass/vegetation
  • Area: approx. 5,000 sqm
  • Project start/end: 2012-2015

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Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, Netherlands by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: Ector Hoogstad Architecten

Knowledge development is all about collaboration. That is why Dutch industry, government and educational establishments are joining forces in the so-called ‘triple helix’. This formula results in highly successful innovation environments that are vital to the Dutch economy. Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen is one such successful environment. With the opening of Center Court, designed by Ector Hoogstad Architects, another important step has been taken: the Campus now boasts a wide range of high-quality facilities in an inviting, accessible and representative complex.

Image Courtesy © Ector Hoogstad Architecten

Image Courtesy © Ector Hoogstad Architecten

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