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The London Library in St James Square, London by Haworth Tompkins Ltd

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: Haworth Tompkins Ltd

The London Library, founded by Thomas Carlyle in 1841, is the world’s largest independent lending library, with over 1,000,000 books and 8,000 members. Since its inception the Library has evolved into a complex amalgam of spaces that originate from a building sited on the north west corner of St James Square. The building has a discrete formal façade that provides a foil for a more aggregative interior. Over the years additional buildings have been annexed to house the ever-growing needs of the Library and its users, including a book stack built in 1922, and an extension to the north built in 1934; the Anstruther Wing housing rare books, was built at the rear of the 1920s book stack in 1995.

Image Courtesy Haworth Tompkins Ltd

  • Architects: Haworth Tompkins Ltd
  • Project: The London Library
  • Location: St James Square, London
  • Construction Cost: £18m  (Phased), Phase 1: £3.1M, Phase 2: £6.9M
  • Tender Date: Autumn 2004
  • Contract Duration: Phase 1-12 Months,  Phase 2- 23 Months
  • Completion: Phase 1- September 2007, Phase 2-July 2010
  • Gross Internal Area: 1987 m2
  • Client: The London Library
  • Contractor: Mace
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • Services Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner and Theobald
  • Planning Supervisor: Mace
  • Lighting Design: ARUP
  • Access Consultant: Babel
  • Approved Inspector: Butler & Young
  • Construction Manager: Mace
  • Artist Collaboration: With Martin Creed


Haus F in Denkendorf, Germany by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: Ippolito Fleitz Group

The municipality of Denkendorf lies in an idyllic position on the south-facing slopes of the Filder plateau. Ippolito Fleitz Group was commissioned to design a detached house for design-loving clients above the almost 900-year-old historic town centre with its famous monastery. It posed an interesting challenge for the studio to measure up to the clients’ aesthetic vision and desire for sustainable architecture, while at the same time complying with local building regulations.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling 

  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Project: Haus F
  • Location: Denkendorf, Germany
  • Photography: Bruno Helbling
  • Area: 300 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Design Team: Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Minka Ludwig, Jing Zhao, Hadi A. Tandawardaja

Umubano Primary School in Kigali, Rwanda by MASS Design Group

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: MASS Design Group


In 2007, UK charity A Partner In Education (APIE), as part of its mission to boost education in Africa, committed to building a new school campus in the Kigali neighborhood of Kabeza to replace dilapidated existing facilities. MASS was brought on board to select the new site, design the new educational facility, as well as assist in building the organizational structure to support the educational programs for the Kabeza neighborhood. The school opened in July of 2011 with H.E. President Paul Kagame  inaugurating the project.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: MASS Design Group
  • Project: Umubano Primary School
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Design Team: Michael Murphy, Alan Ricks, Sierra Bainbridge, Ebberly Strathairn, Branden Collins, Andrew Brose, Marika Shioiri-Clark, Ryan Leidner, Eric Mutabazi
  • Consultants: Ujenge Construction and Engineering, K. Dohrety
  • Landscape Design: Sierra Bainbridge
  • Client: A Partner In Education (APIE)
  • Built Area: 900 square meters
  • Design Phase: March 2009 – January 2010
  • Construction Phase: January 2010 – July 2011


Santuario de Meritxell in Canillo, Andorra by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The old chapel of the Virgin of Meritxell, patron saint of the Principality of Andorra, was gutted by fire during celebrations in 1972. The Taller de Arquitectura was commissioned to rebuild the sanctuary, but steered away from the kind of archaeological approach that would have been limited to replacing the fallen stones in their original positions.

Image Courtesy Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura


Colegio San Francisco Javier in Puerto Montt, Chile by Martín Hurtado Arquitectos Asociados

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: Martín Hurtado Arquitectos Asociados

The San Francisco Javier School is an institution related to the Compañía de Jesus, which founded this school around 1850, in the center of the emerging city of Puerto Montt. It was in fact the first church and parish, and part of its facilities are now a National Monument. The development and densification of the center, and the transfer of its inhabitants to residential areas in new neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city, forced the relocation of the school. This new building is located in the heart of high Pelluhue, a new residential district located east of the city.

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

  • Architects: Martín Hurtado Arquitectos Asociados
  • Project: Colegio San Francisco Javier
  • Location: Puerto Montt, Chile
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti
  • Collaborators: Raimundo Arteaga, Sebastián Erazo, Iván Salas, Andrés Suarez.
  • Technical Advisors: Constructor: DLP/ Calculista Hormigones: Jorge Gonzalez Narbona, RG Ingenieros / Calculista Madera Laminada: Mario Wagner/ Inspección Técnica: POCH / Eficiencia energética: AMPI / Madera Laminada: INGELAM / Inst. Sanitarias: Tefra / Inst. Eléctricas: Ingelpo. / Climatización: AMPI / Corrientes Débiles: Sixbell  / Equipos Iluminación: LED Studio /  Paisajismo: Francisca Prieto, Paula Rodriguez
  • Site Area: 9 Há
  • Built Area: 27.224,59 m2
  • Project: 2007
  • Construction: 2009-2011
  • Construction System: Estructura: Madera Laminada y Hormigón Armado / Muros: Hormigón Armado, hormigón celular, tabiquerías de madera y volcometal/ Pavimentos: Radier Pulido, alfombras alto tráfico, parquet en gimnasios / Cielos: o.s.b, cielo falso americano/ Cubierta:  Zincalum emballetado/ Revestimientos: Fibrocemento tinglado y piedra pizarra (exterior), o.s.b (interior).


Sungui Arena Park Soccer Stadium in Incheon, South Korea by Rossetti Architects

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: Rossetti Architects

This project is part of a 22-acre urban renewal plan, connecting an Asian city with its major sea port. Its goal is to revitalize a depressed area by catalyzing growth powered by a new soccer stadium and mixed-use development. The design team carefully integrated the stadium’s site and program to respond to its urban context. An existing multi-modal transit station became a critical anchor in the northwest corner.

Image courtesy Rossetti Architects 

  • Architects: Rossetti Architects
  • Project: Sungui Arena Park Soccer Stadium
  • Location: Incheon, South Korea

Mauboussin Singapore Flagship store by omni//form, inc

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: omni//form, inc

Mauboussin at Mandarin Galleries is the first store installation in Asia/Pacific of a new global brand design conceived by regis pean+omni//form. The new look reflects on the fashion sensibility and self-confidence of today’s female shopper by inviting her into a fairy tale dream of unexpected moments and the innovative use of luxury materials, textures and color:

Image courtesy omni//

  • Architects: omni//form, inc
  • Project: Mauboussin mandarin galleries
  • Location: Orchard Road, Singapore

Parking de la Croix de Bourgogne in France by Jean-Marie GREMILLET Architecte

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: Jean-Marie GREMILLET Architecte

Parking lot. 308 places. For a better reading, signalling systems are differentiated, black and white for vehicles, color for the pedestrians. The complex volumes of the parking lot, uniformly painted in white, make profitable the light and make more present the information addressing the users, in the form of easily locatable spots of colour. Blocks sheltering the vertical traffic(circulations) are bathed by an artificial light in the same nuances, red, orange, yellow orange as those used for the pedestrians.

Image courtesy Jean-Marie GREMILLET Architecte 

  • Architects: Jean-Marie GREMILLET Architecte
  • Project: Parking de la Croix de Bourgogne
  • Location: Burgundy, France
  • Client: Communauté Urbaine du Grand Nancy
  • Principal architect: Thierry MERIGOUT
  • Structural engineering: BET SERUE
  • Area: 8425 m2

Gosta Museum of Fine Art extension in Mantta, Finland by gianluca milesi architecture

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: gianluca milesi architecture

TheGostaMuseumis placed in a very particular location, merged in an extremely fascinating natural environment. Starting from this character of the existing museum building and the future extension, we thought to design a building that could be at the same time respectful of nature and could be merged itself in the particular environment. We thought at the building as a built media connecting the works of art and the visitors to the panorama and the beauty of nature.

Image courtesy gianluca milesi architecture 

Day Centre For The Elderly in Barcelona, Spain by BCQ arquitectura barcelona

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: BCQ arquitectura barcelona

The project’s main aim is to create a pleasant building for senior citizens, a space where they feel comfortable and one they can identify with. The construction materials and finishes used are therefore familiar, warm and comfortable, such as ceramic and wood, to create a homely, relaxed atmosphere.

Image Courtesy © Carlos Climent 

  • Architects: BCQ arquitectura barcelona
  • Project: Day Centre For The Elderly
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Carlos Climent
  • Use: Public day centre for the elderly
  • Client: Barcelona Town Council – Horta-Guinardó District Council
  • Architects collaborators: ALEXANDRE LIBERATO
  • Structural Calculations: JORDI GRANADA, Arch.
  • Technical Architect: SERGI PRAT GÓMEZ
  • Dates: Competition, 2005 / Project, 2005 / Construction, 2006-2008
  • Contractor: AND,SA DE SERVEIS
  • Costs without VAT: 1.240.458€
  • Ceramic Cladding: CERÀMIQUES FERRER
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