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Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde in Montpellier, France by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Article source: Farshid Moussavi Architecture

The City of Montpellier intends to stimulate and encourage architectural innovation through the construction of twelve architectural “Follies” on its brownfield sites. In the eighteenth century, local aristocrats and bourgeoisie commissioned architects to build a number of elegant homes, les Folies Montpelliéraines, on the outskirts of the city. These buildings, including the castles of Flaugergues, de la Mogère or de la Mosson, marked the architectural history of the city and are still an integral part of its identity. Three centuries later, the City of Montpellier seeks to continue this tradition of innovative architecture. The residential complex for Lot M2 is the first of the twelve follies to be built.

Image Courtesy Farshid Moussavi Architecture

  • Architects: Farshid Moussavi Architecture
  • Project: Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde
  • Location: Montpellier, France
  • Area: 2.690m2 (36 residential units, 260m2 retail, 56 parking spaces)
  • Client: Dominium / Les Nouveaux Constructeurs
  • Planner: SERM
  • Landscape design: Coloco
  • Environmental engineering: Elioth


Italian Pavillion EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy by Andrea Maffei Architects

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Article source: Andrea Maffei Architects

The competition rules required to design five buildings aligned along the Cardo that characterizes the entire masterplan EXPO 2015 until a large circular water lake. They consist in four two-storey linear buildings that contain various exhibition spaces, market and restaurant and the Italian Pavilion itself. This had to be develop in a square area of 57.5 meters side and a maximum height of 25 meters. The Palace was supposed to represent a symbolic message of representation of the beautiful country and we wanted to develop it according to the following concepts.

Image courtesy Andrea Maffei Architects 

  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects
  • Project: Italian Pavillion EXPO 2015
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Program: Pavilion for exhibition
  • Client: EXPO 2015 S.p.A.
  • Competition time: Dec. 2012 – Feb. 2013
  • Design team: Takeshi Miura, Alessandra De Stefani, Stefano Bergagna, Takatoshi Oki, Roberto Balduzzi / Andrea Maffei Architects s.r.l. Milano
  • Structure: Alberto Ferrari, Steve Alemanno / Ramboll Ltd.
  • Facade: Nicoletta Bacchin / Ramboll Ltd.
  • Mep plants: Giancarlo Tanzi / Techproject srl
  • Firefighting: Maria Elena Perrotta, Giancarlo Tanzi / Techproject srl
  • Cost control: Techproject srl
  • Security coordination: Techproject srl
  • Construction program: Techproject srl
  • Net area: 10,146.6 smq.
  • Gross area: 12,758.4 smq.
  • Maximum height: 25 m
  • Materials: concrete, steel, glass, wood

Terrace in Mumbai, India by Shroffleon

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Article source: Shroffleon

The three hundred and fifty square foot project, a moon deck overlooking the Arabian Sea, introduces into the semi open space a program previously conspicuously absent within the large urban apartment. The brief demanded a flexible multi functional out door deck that can accommodate for early morning sea side yoga practice, hosting lunches and dinners, in addition to an evening time party cum entertainment area amongst other usages. Of utmost importance was the retention of the ambivalent nature of the space, allowing for a maximum of programmatic and usage flexibility. The concerned project boundaries spill over the primary living area of the apartment, serving both as the extension of, as well as an alternate to the large semi public leisure space of the living unit. As such the inner confines of the target area are provided with illumination from the overspill of the indoor space, with the outer edges seeking lighting from elsewhere.

Image Courtesy Shroffleon

  • Architects: Shroffleon
  • Project: Terrace
  • Location: Mumbai, Maharastra, India
  • Team: Kayzad Shroff, Maria I J León
  • Project Area: 300 sq ft
  • Materials Used: Wooden Slats, ¼” thick LED lighting


De Jacobsvlinder School in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands by Paul de Vroom Architecten

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Article source: Paul de Vroom Architecten

De Jacobsvlinder (Cinnabar) School, previously known as the Prins Bernhard School, is a part of the restructuring of the Palenstein neighbourhood, a quarter of Zoetermeer near the centre, built in the nineteen-sixties. Architecturally, the new school building forms the link between the urbanity of the Nieuw-Schoutenhoek housing complex currently under construction, and the small-scale character of the existing village of detached houses that directly adjoins the location.

Image Courtesy © Ossip van Duivenbode

  • Architects: Paul de Vroom Architecten
  • Project: De Jacobsvlinder School
  • Location: Zoetermeer, the Netherlands
  • Photography: Ossip van Duivenbode
  • Client: Proper Stok BV with Vidomes and the Municipality of the city Zoetermeer
  • Artist: Isao
  • Construction-Engineer: Zonneveld Ingenieurs
  • Installation-advisor: Schreuder
  • Planning :  2007 – commission, 2007-2011-design, 2011-2012-construction
  • Gross Floor Area: 1250m2
  • Exterior materials: Brick in polymetrical bond
  • Interior materials: Wood, ceramics, epoxy
  • Software used: Vectorworks


Malpartida House in Sevilla, Spain by SV60 arquitectos

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Article source: SV60 arquitectos

Our proposal starts with an existing traditional house enclosed between the side walls of two adjacent buildings in the area of San Lorenzo neighborhood, in the Historical Center of Seville. The origin of the house dates to the late S. XVIII, but it has suffered several modifications in different times till the present.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

  • Architects: SV60 arquitectos
  • Project: Malpartida House
  • Location: C/ Juan Rabadán 38. Sevilla. España
  • Photography: Jesús Granada
  • Team: Antonio Gonzalez Cordon, Antonio G. Linan
  • Collaborators:  Architects, Victor Silveira, Mª Luz Villar
  • Technical Architect: Manuel Lopez Ruiz
  • Owner: Privado
  • Construction:  Sansor S.A.
  • Year:  2008/2010
  • Area: 572 sqm


Schuppen in Berlin, Germany by brandt + simon architekten

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Article source: brandt + simon architekten

The untypical facade of coloured plain tiles make this house a peculiar new member of the urban fabric. Simultaneously the hasty passerby will not neccessarily take notice of the greenish structure blending with plants and trees deep in the gap between neighbouring buildings.

Image Courtesy © Michael Nast 

San Jerónimo Hospital Refurbishment in Sevilla, Spain by SV60 Arquitectos

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Article source: SV60 Arquitectos

The old hospital was presenting a conventual domestic cloister altered by successive interventions and that was preserving the optical sense of the wall and the value of intimacy in the perimeter structures. The transformations on the original convent during the hospital period have been hiding part of the past structures and the conventual decoration.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada 

  • Architects: SV60 Arquitectos
  • Project: San Jerónimo Hospital Refurbishment
  • Location: Sevilla, Spain
  • Photography: Jesús Granada
  • Collaborators: Francisco Martínez Fuentes, Ramón Travesedo 
  • Technical Architect: Manuel López Ruiz
  • Construction: FREYSSINET S.A.
  • Architect In Charge: Antonio González Cordon 
  • Area: 1,784 sqm 
  • Year: 2009

Casa Bitxo in Barcelona, Spain by Lagula Arquitectes

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Article source: Lagula Arquitectes

Bitxo House stands on the gentle hills of the Pre-Pyrenean landscape of Graugés, in the Berguedá region, a hundred kilometres north of Barcelona, with the Queralt mountain range at the background and located between mountain style houses. The owners, Xavier and Queralt, both of them musicians, acquire, about 20 years ago, a plot to raise the stave, where to the score of their lives. Over time, without rush. The design and construction of housing extends for over ten years, until today.

Image courtesy Lagula Arquitectes 

Museum And Educational Center in Moscow, Russia by 3XN

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Article source: 3XN

The intent of the new Museum & Educational Centre (MEC) is to be a meaningful building beyond its iconic form.  Through both an internal and external architectural expression of flexibility, it recognizes that architecture shapes behavior.  In that regard, the new MEC is about connecting with people, while opening up the world of science, technology, innovation and Russia’s extraordinary achievements in these domains. As technology develops and we enter deeper into the 21st century, the convergence of Science and Art becomes even more relevant in our everyday interactions. Today’s society seeks ways that Science and Mathematics can be viewed as approachable disciplines, in order to understand the full potential of technology, and its applications in making our world a better place.  The new MEC will be a gateway to this world, challenging and evolving visitors’ perception of science and technology.

Image Courtesy 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: Museum And Educational Center
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Local Architect: Asadov Architectural Studio
  • Engineer: BuroHappold
  • Software used: Rhino is the primary software for designing this project. In addition architects used Grasshopper which allows generative/parametric 3D-models for Rhino. During the sketch phase Autodesk 3ds Max was also used.


Palm Island in Chongqing, China by HASSELL

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Article source: HASSELL

Located to the north of Chongqing on the banks of Palm Lake and the Taiping Reservoir, the Palm Island project is a new hospitality precinct designed by HASSELL. The key element of the design is water and it has been melded with light and reflections for the project concept. When viewed from afar, the five buildings housing six different restaurants appear to float on the lake, which is the unique feature of the project by Palm Springs Real Estate Development.

Image Courtesy © Luo Wen

  • Architects: HASSELL
  • Project: Palm Island
  • Location: Chongqing, China
  • Photography: Luo Wen
  • Client:  Chongqing Palm Springs Real Estate Development
  • Discipline:  Architecture, Landscape Architecture
  • Expertise : Commercial and Workplace, Hospitality
  • Scale : 9,600 sqm
  • Year:  2012
  • Status : Completed


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