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Vitapharm Office and Distribution Building in Murska Sobota, Slovenia by Studio Kalamar d.o.o.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Studio Kalamar d.o.o.

Following the expansion of their production, the company pharmaceuticals company Galex commissioned a new structure adjacent to their existing laboratories building from 1999. Connected with the old building by an overhang, the new structure houses offices on the upper floor and manipulation areas on the ground floor. Its pronounced horizontal form echoes the outline of surrounding wheat fields, the natural setting also influences the subdued selection of materials and colour scheme: concrete elevations are complemented by details in black and silver metal.

Image Courtesy © Studio Kalamar 

  • Architects:  Studio Kalamar d.o.o.
  • Project: Vitapharm Office and Distribution Building
  • Location: Murska Sobota, Slovenia
  • Photography: Studio Kalamar
  • Architect: Andrej Kalamar, Studio Kalamar 
  • Client: Galex d.d.
  • Built Area: 2.120 sqm 
  • Project  Year: 2006 
  • Year of Construction: 2007
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Official Opening of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan by Foster + Partners

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Today marked the official opening of Queen Alia International Airport, the spectacular new gateway to Amman. The airport has a highly efficient passive design, which has been inspired by local traditions, and is based on a flexible modular solution that allows for future expansion – the new building secures the city’s position as the main hub for the Levant region and allows the airport to grow by 6 per cent per annum for the next twenty-five years, increasing capacity from 3.5 million to 12 million passengers per annum by 2030.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Official Opening of Queen Alia International Airport
  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Photography: Nigel Young

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Fire Station in Utrecht ,The Netherlands by Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

The program consists of a garage for 3 fire trucks, dressing rooms, workshops office and instructions areas and a cafeteria. The fire station is situated in a suburban area with mainly traditional housing. On the relatively small site a two floor building was designed with a cubic shape. The floor plans are very compact and functionally designed to support speedy action in case of fire and emergencies. One has to reach a calamity within 8 minutes. In contrast with the brick of the houses in the area the fire station was given a specific character expressing the professionalism of the fire brigade.

Image Courtesy © Cornbread Works 

  • Architects: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
  • Project: Fire Station
  • Location: Vleuten, Utrecht ,The Netherlands
  • Photography: Cornbread Works
  • Client: Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Gemeente Utrecht
  • Interior architect: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
  • Software used: AutoCad and SketchUp
  • Year of completion: 2011

Social Center in Valencia, Spain by Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto

The Social Center and Magistrate’s Court of Rafelbunyol is a facility located in the South area of the village, in a new growth settlement. The public plot appears in the urban design as an interstitial space (almost a leftover) among the roundabout connecting with the consolidated area and the existing buildings.  As a result, the geometry is very irregular with a curved boundary that hinders the disposition of clean volumes. Additionally, the plot dimensions are quite reduced so the occupation is necessarily very high to achieve the programmatic requirements.

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

  • Architects: Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto
  • Project: Social Center
  • Location: Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain
  • Photography: Diego Opazo
  • Architects Contributors: Daniel Martin Fuentes, Marta Sinisterra Olavarrieta, Cristina Tudela Marco
  • Builder: ELIT, EDIFICACION TERCIARIA E INDUSTRIAL S.A.
  • Developer: AYUNTAMIENTO DE RAFELBUNYOL
  • Area: 930.75 sqm 
  • Year: 2010

Right to Energy in Rome, Italy by OBR – Open Building Research

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Article source: OBR – Open Building Research

In a time when it is our duty to investigate alternative non-oil based energy sources, Smart Grid represents the most sustainable model in environmental, energetic and economic terms. The nodes in the energy grid will be the power stations of the future: intermodal and social centers, in which we will be able to exchange energy and data, and interact socially as if we were in a market, or rather in an energy mall. In these energy malls we will switch from “volumetric” vehicles for long-distance travel short-distance movements (electro assisted and automated individual devices that are an extension to one’s body).

Image courtesy OBR – Open Building Research 

  • Architects: OBR – Open Building Research
  • Project: Right to Energy
  • Location: MAXXI, Roma, Italy
  • Design Manager: Andrea Debilio
  • Project Manager: Michele Renzini
  • Collaborators: Viola Bentivogli, Andrea Casetto, Dario Cavallaro, Benedetta Conte, Maria Lezhnina, Elisa Siffredi, Izabela Sobieraj
  • Consultants: Articolture, Artiva, Bartolomeo Mongiardino, Buro Happold, Liraatvisuals, Microb & Co, Visual Lab
  • Design Year: 2013

Terraços De Cascais in Cascaes, Portugal by Humberto Conde

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Article source: Humberto Conde

This project is characterized mainly by its peculiar volumetric development. It’s articulated in step horizontal boards, following this way the terrain morphology.Composed by four housing blocks, the whole set is articulated by two vertical access volumes, without windows, ripped only on the contact with the floor and on the rooftop for zenithal lighting.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG) 

  • Architects: Humberto Conde
  • Project: Terraços De Cascais
  • Location: Cascaes, Portugal
  • Type of the Project: Housing building.
  • Architect in Charge: Humberto Conde
  • Collaborators: Paulo Figueiredo , Helena Ramos , Leopoldo Calhau , Filipe Ramalho, Joana Catarré
  • Structures: Pedro Novais, Eng.
  • Lanscape Architecture: Nuno Viterbo
  • Promotor: Cereja & Associados, Soc. Construções Lda
  • Construction Management: Cereja & Associados, Soc. Construções Lda
  • Technical Direction: Pedro Soares, Eng. and Dário Cereja, Téc
  • Construction period: 2005-2009
  • Project Area: 3055,89 m²

Chess Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Article source: Coop Himmelb(l)au

The capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, is situated directly on the Caspian Sea and the site for the Chess Academy is located at the sea promenade of the urban coast line of the city. The sculptural design for the Chess Academy has the potential to orientate the building towards the City and towards the Caspian Sea at the same time and create a visible icon for the Chess Community of Azerbaijan.

Image Courtesy © Markus Pillhofer

  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Project: Chess Academy
  • Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Photography: Markus Pillhofer
  • Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Prix, Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
  • Principal in Charge: Wolf D. Prix
  • Design Partner: Karolin Schmidbaur
  • Project Partner: Luzie Giencke, Hartmut Hank
  • Design Architect: Luzie Giencke, Jörg Hugo, Steven Ma
  • Project Team: Martin Neumann, Phillip Wilck, Tyler Bornstein, Magnus Möschel, Cynthia Sanchez, Alan Hung, Tom Hindelang, Jan Rancke
  • Model Building: Paul Hoszowski, Sebastian Buchta, Tyler Bornstein, Magnus Möschel
  • Study: 2010
  • Gross Floor Area: 7.000 m²

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FoFoFo in Porto, Portugal by Alexandre loureiro

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Article source: Alexandre loureiro

I’m a Portuguese architect and last December i was awarded the 1st prize Work In Progress competition at the Project CASA’12 event in Porto, Portugal, with the project FoFoFo commissioned by FORBO FLOORING.FoFoFo (stands for Folfing Forbo Folie) is a small stand for a Linoleum producer company – FORBO FLOORING – with the objective to promoted the characteristics of their product (linoleum in this case). The natural material (linoleum) is cutted into 22m long stripes to assure a continuous and voluptuous 3 dimensional pattern that is to be hanged on both walls and ceiling of the MDF structure. The simple joinery of the structure requires no glues, screws or nails due to process of using CNC of the parts (could be interesting to send photos of the assembly process).

Image Courtesy alexandre loureiro

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Vallpala Sports Centre in Castellón, Spain by Vicente Salvador + Ignacio Vidal arquitectos

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Article source: Vicente Salvador + Ignacio Vidal arquitectos

The sports facility completes a public urban block where it stands currently theHonoriGarciaHigh School, the local council sports pavilion and the local council swimming pool building.  Given that the entirety of the block is publicly owned, the first thing to establish was the definition of the site to occupy.  With the aim of getting a well rationalised and arranged organisation of built elements and resulting in-between spaces, it was decided to establish the length of the existing sports pavilion as the width of the site, leaving at either side pedestrian streets to access the neighbouring facilities.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia 

  • Architects: Vicente Salvador + Ignacio Vidal arquitectos
  • Project: Vallpala Sports Centre
  • Location: La Vall d’Uixó, Castellón, Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Software used: 
    • AutoCAD 2011
    • Google SketchUp Pro
    • 3D Studio Max
    • MS Word 2011
    • Adobe Photoshop CS6
    • Adobe InDesign CS6
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro

La Forgiatura in Milan, Italy by Giuseppe Tortato

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Article source: Giuseppe Tortato

Giuseppe Tortato signs La Forgiatura, the redevelopment of an industrial area of Milan that demonstrates how it is possible to work on an urban area in a nonviolent way. The new multi-purpose complex is characterized by a distinctive sign that arises from the culture and history of the original place marrying technology and natural environment, with a strong integration between architecture and landscape.

Image Courtesy © Stefano Topuntoli

  • Architects: Giuseppe Tortato
  • Project: La Forgiatura
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Photography: Stefano Topuntoli
  • client: La Forgiatura S.r.l.Milano, Via Varesina 158
  • developer: Realstep property management
  • Credits Project: Giuseppe Tortato, Milano Layout
  • Project Manager: Marco Bettalli
  • Design team: Marco Bettalli, Giorgia Celli, Barbara Storchi, Antonio Urru
  • Executive project: A&I progetti, Stefano Niccoli
  • structure: Biesse Consulting, Bruno Salesi
  • Plants: Tekser  s.r.l., Stefano De Marchi
  • Landscape: AG&P
  • Art direction: Giuseppe Tortato, Milano Layout
  • General contractor: G.D.M. costruzioni S.p.a
  • Masterplan floorspace: 24.000,00 mq
  • Gardens: 8.000,00 mq
  • Software used: 
    • General planning: autocad
      3d details: rhino
      Mass project: sketchup

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