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DNB Bank Headquarters Main Building in Oslo, Norway by MVRDV

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: MVRDV

The central building of DNB’s new bank headquarter cluster developed by Oslo S Utvikling (OSU) is completed. The MVRDV designed main building has 17 unique floors and a surface of 36,500m2. The pixelated volume based on small-scale working units adapts to the various influences of the urban context, combining an efficient and flexible internal organisation with a variety of specific communal spaces such as the main entrance lobby, a transparent trading floor, a sheltered public passage, respect for urban view lines and collective terraces overlooking the fjord to the south. The glass and brick exterior expresses both the transparency and stability of DNB as a modern financial institution.

Image Courtesy Jiri Havran

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: DNB Bank Headquarters Main Building
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Photography: Jiri Havran, Jeroen Musch

Graz Main Station Local Transport Hub in Graz, Austria by Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

After two years construction, and with an investment of 90 million euros, the local transport hub at Graz Main Station is to be finished on time and within budget. The area in front of the station has been redesigned with a new projecting roof, called ‘Golden Eye’ by the locals, marking the centre of the plaza.

Image Courtesy Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

  • Architects: Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH
  • Project: Graz Main Station Local Transport Hub
  • Location: Graz, Austria
  • Client: Holding Graz Linien
  • Project management: Magistrat der Stadt Graz / Baudirektion
  • Architect: Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH, Project management: DI. Kai Uwe Preissl
  • Transport planning: IKK ZTGmbH
  • Construction: Steel: Zenkner& Handel, Concrete: Schimetta Consult
  • Green space planning: 3zu0 Landschaftsarchitektur
  • Planning: 2008-2009, Construction: 07/2010- 11/2012
  • Construction Cost:  € 90 million
  • Awards: VCÖ-Mobilitätspreis 2011

Renovation of the Cultural Center in Westvleteren, Belgium by ROOM & ROOM Architecture and Urbanism

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: ROOM & ROOM Architecture and Urbanism

The meeting centre offers accommodation to various community activities. The complex of buildings consists of successive constructions, ranging from a 19th century school building and an old town hall to an industrial construction from the 1990s. The dilapidated storage building makes place for enlargement of the meeting hall. That way the back yard  becomes an outdoor space for the party room. The gabled roof is replaced by a single slope roof, making the room and space higher, and bringing a better acoustic sound in the hall. The high windows bring  light and give views on the nearby church. A central entrance in the armpit of the building complex offers the building an address. The entrance hall connects the different functions and spaces. The use of different types of bricks betray the successive renovations in the past. The new added walls in contemporary bricks build in the recent renovation strengthens the patchwork of different bricks.

Image Courtesy ROOM & ROOM Architecture and Urbanism

  • Architects: ROOM & ROOM Architecture and Urbanism
  • Project: Renovation of the Cultural Center in Westvleteren
  • Location: Westvleteren, Belgium
  • Architect: Tom Vanhee Architect
  • Structure engineer: S.C.E.S. nv
  • Client: Gemeentebestuur Vleteren
  • Contractor: Monument Vandekerckhove

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El Pinar Community Center in Rubi, Barcelona by COAC

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: COAC

The community center “El Pinar de Rubí” is located on a 60-meter long plot, east-west oriented and having a strong cross-slope of 52%. The lower façade, near the C-1413-A junction, is located at an elevation of +181. The opposite façade, on a plateau at +189, is the end of a forest that forms part of Rubi’s Archeological and Natural Heritage Catalogue. The building is 75% partially buried against a retaining wall that supports the base of the mountain.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: COAC
  • Project: El Pinar Community Center
  • Location: Rubi, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Photography: Jordi Surroca
  • Architects: José Miguel Roldán y Mercè Berengué (Roldán + Berengué, arqts.)
  • Architects  Collaborators: Vicenç Sanz, Isis Campos, Rosa Hereu · Juanjo P. Jarque
  • Structure: Bernúz-Fernández, Arquitectes, S.L.
  • Technical architect: Xavier Badia (Vinclament S.L.P.)
  • Economy: Xavier Badia (Vinclament S.L.P.)
  • Installations: Julián Passardi (ae-t Ingeniería – Tecnioracle, S.L.) i Joan Escanelles (PGI Grup)
  • Construction company: Sather
  • Promoter: Promocions Urbanes de Rubí, S.A.
  • Address: Carrer carretera C-1413 s/n
  • Project date: 2007
  • Contruction date: 2009-2011
  • Parcel area: 758m2
  • Built-up area: 1716,06 m2
  • Budget: 3.425.033,50  €

Le Yacht in Paris, France by Frédéric Flanquart

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: Frédéric Flanquart

Following completion of the Loft des Innocents, Frédéric Flanquart agency, has launched a new challenge with the renovation of YACHT: a 85m ² apartment on the top floor of a building whose Parisian Grands Boulevards plan, open a wide corridor is not unlike that of a boat.

Image Courtesy Frédéric Flanquart

  • Architects: Frédéric Flanquart
  • Project: Le Yacht
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Design time: 4 months
  • Construction period: 6 months

Véolia Environnement Centre-Est Training Campus in Lyon, France by Arte Charpentier Architectes

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: Arte Charpentier Architectes

Located in Jonage, in the eastern suburbs of Lyon, this innovative and harmonious campus houses a professional training centre for environment, energy, transport, waste and water sectors. It is designed to reflect the Veolia group’s level of excellence in the field of environmental issues, and is arranged around a garden designed as an Agora. The campus is open, and south-facing to protect from northern winds, and displays optimum use of natural elements.

Image Copyright © VMZINC – photoarchitecture.com

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Outdoor Furnitures for Mc Donalds in Bordeaux, France by Alias

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: Alias

The US fast food giant McDonald’s has chosen Alias, the historic Italian design brand, to furnish the outdoor areas of its restaurants worldwide as part of the “COME” project. Objective: to design, engineer, develop and install a specific turnkey modular furniture system. The company from Grumello del Monte has taken on this challenge with great enthusiasm, working together with the established French designer Patrick Norguet, with whom it established a highly successful relationship some time ago.

Image Courtesy Patrick Norguet

  • Architects: Alias
  • Project: Outdoor Furnitures for Mc Donalds
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Photography: Patrick Norguet

Interaction – 6 Family House Staldern in Regensberg, Switzerland by L3P Architekten

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: L3P Architekten

The architectural expression is essentially defined through the location of the property, with its unique panorama view, and the historical reference to the castle town. Each of the apartments located on the three floors of the two house sections differ in floor plan, height and proportion.

Image Courtesy © L3P Architekten

  • Architects: L3P Architekten
  • Project: Interaction – 6 Family House Staldern Regensberg
  • Location: Regensberg, Canton Zurich, Switzerland

Shipping and Transport College (STC) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by DP6

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: DP6

The Shipping and Transport College (STC) is a vocational training institute offering lower and intermediate level courses serving the entire chain of shipping, ports, transport and logistics, and port-side oil and chemical industries. The building contributes to the redevelopment of Rotterdam’s Waalhaven district as a location for business offices and educational facilities.

Image Courtesy Marcel van der Burg

  • Architects: DP6
  • Project: Shipping and Transport College (STC)
  • Location: Anthony fokkerweg, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Client: STC-group, Rotterdam
  • Gross Floor Area: 7600 sqm
  • Date Design: 2009
  • Date Completed: 2012
  • Team: Robert Alewijnse, Chris de Weijer Dardo Mantel, Harrie Hupperts, Jimmy van de Aa, Tim Sluiter, Alvaro Novas Filgueira, Sarina Gomez
  • Consultants: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Nelissen ingenieursbureau, Basalt Bouwadvies
  • Contractors: Heerkens van Bavel, Wolter & Dros, Alewijnse Delft
  • Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Christian Richters

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Duplex House in Ennetbaden, Switzerland by L3P Architekten

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Article source: L3P Architekten

New development Minergie® duplex house (low-energy consumption building), 5408 Ennetbaden Aargau, Switzerland 2012

Despite the small block of land (637m2), a generous duplex house has been developed in an architecturally heterogeneous neighbourhood on the south face of Ennetbaden, which, in reference to organisation, takes an interesting and unconventional path.

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

  • Architects: L3P Architekten
  • Project: Duplex House
  • Location: Ennetbaden, Switzerland
  • Photography: Sabrina Scheja
  • Architect: L3P  Architects ETH FH SIA  AG, Martin Reusser, Boris Egli, Markus Müller, Frank Schäfer, Regensberg Switzerland
  • Building Constructor: 2 private owners
  • Building Engineer: Tantanini + Partner AG, Bülach
  • Structural Engineer: Wichser Akustik & Bauphysik AG, Zürich
  • Building Time-frame: August 2011 to July 2012
  • Netto Floor Surface NGF: ca. 210 m2 per house unit incl. side-rooms + 50 m2 Garage and bicycle room (for both units)
  • Plot Size: 637m2
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