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Cathedral of the Northern Lights in Alta, Norway by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Article source: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit, has just inaugurated the Cathedral of the Northern Lights situated in the Norwegian town of Alta approximately 500 km north of the Arctic Circle. Even before the inauguration, the 47-metre-high cathedral, designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects in cooperation with Link Arkitektur, was perceived as a symbol and an architectural landmark for the entire area.

Image Courtesy © Adam Mørk 

  • Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Project: Cathedral of the Northern Lights
  • Location: Alta, Norway
  • Photography: Adam Mørk
  • Architect Team: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Link Arkitektur A/S
  • Client: The Municipality of Alta
  • Area: 1,917 m²
  • Construction sum: €16.2 million
  • Competition: 2001, 1st prize in restricted architecture competition
  • Status: Construction period 2009 – 2013
  • Engineer: Rambøll AS, Alta
  • Main contractor: Ulf Kivijervi AS
  • Art work: Peter Brandes

Castell D’emporda in Girona, Spain by Concrete Architectural Associates

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Article source: Concrete Architectural Associates

Hotel Castell D’emporda located in Girona, Spain offers a signature restaurant including a large terrace with great views over the surrounding landscape. Concrete designed, at the clients’ request, a roof or covering for this terrace with the possibility to create an enclosed space with full wind and rain protection. One of the design conditions was to create a covering that works in harmony with the historical and listed building. Additionally we wanted to maintain the terrace feeling while be seated under the covering.

Image Courtesy © Ewout Huibers for Concrete 

  • Architects: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Project: Castell D’emporda
  • Location: Castell d’Emporda s/n, 17115, La Bisbal, Girona, Spain
  • Photography: Ewout Huibers, Robert Aarts
  • Client: Albert Diks, Margo Vereijken – Castell D’emporda – La Bisbal, Girona
  • Project Team: Erikjan Vermeulen, Rob Wagemans, Cindy Wouters, Melanie Knuewer
  • Advisors:
    Building regulations: Figa Arquitectos – Girona
    Structural advice: Bellapart Construction – Olot
  • Contractors and suppliers:
    Steel construction and corten steel: Bellapart Construction – Olot
    Groundwork, ceilingwork and electrical: Burgos Gasull – la bisbal
    Transparant curtains: Iaso – Lieida
    Bar, loungeseating and tables: Roord Binnenbouw – Amsterdam
    chairs: Academia – Italy
    lighting: Modular
    Covered area: 250m2
    First briefing: januari 2011
    Opening: june 2011
    Duration of construction: 2 months
  • Program: A terrace covering to accommodate 200 people

ROKU Edogawa in Tokyo, Japan by masatomo_kojima_auds

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Article source: masatomo_kojima_auds

This project is a unit-based intervention for tenants re-occupying existing buildings. The market for this intervention is mainly young customers visiting a new cafeteria. Certain spatial flexibility was required for other activities such as live concerts and shows. The design of the space had to be adjustable and controllable in order to fit in several project sites and within different existing building conditions. The main focus of the project is to invent the system comprised of basic units forming the whole cafeteria, which could be further developed as several design options by transforming its shape and adjusting to its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Kai Nakamura 

  • Architects: masatomo_kojima_auds
  • Project: ROKU Edogawa
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Kai Nakamura
  • Completion: 2012
  • Floor Area: 382sqm
  • Architects: Design-Build Alliance
  • Architect In Charge: Masatomo Kojima / masatomo_kojima_auds
  • Design Team: Kohei Sasakawa / KOHEI SASAKAWA architecture+design, Ryo Inoue
  • Structural Engineer: Yoshinori Nito / Yoshinori Nito Engineering and Design PC
  • Mechanical Engineer: Masanori Sodekawa, Takatoshi Mizutani
  • Electrical Engineer: Takao Kawauchi, Akira Katayanagi
  • Lighting Designer: Ryuta Sonobe / Sonobe Design Office
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Consultant:  Heartland Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • General Contractor: Nakano Corporation
  • Client: Boat Race Promotion Association

REM Island in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Concrete Architectural Associates

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Article source: Concrete Architectural Associates 

The program consists of an office function on the first deck and a restaurant on deck two and three, an extra story has been created spreading the restaurant over two floors. At 25 meters height, a large public terrace is situated on the roof with a fantastic 360-degree view. The distinctive red and white-checkered building rests on 12-meter high columns and has been placed 15 meters of shore. A steel footbridge leads up to the building, first running beneath the island and then guiding you through the enormous steel construction.

Image Courtesy © Ewout Huibers for Concrete 

  • Architects: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Project: REM Island
  • Location: Houthaven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Ewout Huibers, Jim Ellam
  • Client: De Principaal Amsterdam
  • Program:
    Deck 1: 265 m2 office function
    Deck 2 & 3: 396 m2 restaurant
    Deck 4: sunterrace
  • Project Team: Erikjan Vermeulen, Rob Wagemans, Wouter Slot, Jolijn Valk, Bram de Maat
  • Interior Design: Nick van Loon
  • Structurele Engineer: ABT Delft
  • Contractor: Heuvelman-ibis bv
  • Start on twerp: Juni 2007
  • Oplevering: Mei 2011

NIARA in Valladolid, Spain by Amas4arquitectura

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Article source: Amas4arquitectura

The Niara Sports Club needed a place of its own for its activities. After finding a suitable site in an easily accessible, outlying residential area with a low population density, the Schola Foundation decided to concentrate a large number of its activities into a single building, thus fulfilling a number of complex requirements that included an educational and recreational area for children at two different stages of development- “small” and “big” children; a separate area for parents’ meetings and activities, an area for offices, a residential area, and a block of independent services. All of the above were laid out around the chapel which, together with the sports complex, is the nucleus of the centre.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Zaparaín & Pablo Guillén Llanos 

  • Architects: Amas4arquitectura
  • Project: NIARA
  • Location: C/ Barcelona nº4, Valladolid, Spain
  • Photography: Fernando Zaparaín & Pablo Guillén Llanos
  • Design team: Javier López de Uribe, Fernando Zaparaín, Fermín Antuña, Eduardo García
  • Collaborators: Alfonso Ruiz de León, Pablo Guillén Llanos
  • Consultants: B&P servicios de ingeniería (structural), TyQ Ingenieros (installations), Miguel Ángel Gómez González (drawing)
  • Client: Schola Fundation
  • General contractor: Dragados
  • Dates: Project 2007, Final 2010
  • Built surface: 4.459,60 sqm
  • Cost: 4.263.675,46 €

Toge in Tokyo, Japan by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Article source: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

Toge (Japanese for thorn) is a modular product. Each “thorn” gives the viewer the impression of a sharp and stiff object, but these modules can in fact be freely combined to create a soft, pliable and standalone space. At DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2011, Emmanuelle arranged five hundred of these Toge modules in 15 different colors to form a wedding dress. This conceptual piece was an exercise in contradictory impressions and sensations – solid and stiff but soft and pliable, menacing yet gentle.

Image Courtesy © Daisuke Shima/ Nacasa & Partners Inc. 

  • Architects: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
  • Project: Toge
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Daisuke Shima/ Nacasa & Partners Inc.
  • Material: Piano wire / epoxy resin
  • Weight: 30g / toge
  • Size: 147mm
  • Colors: 15 colors

Foster + Partners Exhibition Opens in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Foster + Partners

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners 

‘Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture’ will be staged at Galeri PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur, from 7 March to 12 May 2013. The exhibition is the first major survey of the studio’s work to be held in South East Asia and follows critically acclaimed recent shows in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Image Courtesy Foster + Partners 

  • Architects: Foster + Partners 
  • Project: Foster + Partners Exhibition Opens in Kuala Lumpur
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3D Fountain in Zaragoza, Spain by Lumiartecnia Internacional

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Lumiartecnia Internacional

The first three-dimensional fountain in the world. This state-of-the-art fountain behaves as a three-dimensional water sculpture continually evolving in an attractive and interactive way. This project is a breakthrough in the concept of architectural fountains.

Delicias Station square is defined by consistent lines with the aesthetics of the High Speed train station building, being the water the main protagonist of the proposal. A central space with a reflecting pool offers the possibility of becoming a temporary skating ice rink; water games arising below the pavement energize the space. Bodies of small grass fields rippled by the wind between almond trees and tamaryx bushes define stay spaces near the front of the station.

Image Courtesy Lumiartecnia Internacional 

Regeneration of Athens City Centre in Athens, Greece by OKRA Landscape Architects

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects

We are very proud of winning the important international design competition ‘Re-Think Athens’, towards a new city centre, organized in a very professional way by the Onassis foundation. The team of urbanists, architects and landscape architects of OKRA are very enthusiastic to work on implementing our ideas in Athens. The competition proposal is made by OKRA in collaboration with Mixst Urbanisme and Wageningen University, and supported by Studio 75 and Werner Sobek Green technologies. Within the next months the OKRA team will further develop their ideas into an approved design for the central area in the city centre.

Image Courtesy OKRA Landscape Architects

  • Architects: OKRA Landscape Architects
  • Project: Regeneration of Athens City Centre
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Client: Onassis Foundation
  • Period: 2013-2015
  • Collaboration with: Mixst stedenbouw, Wageningen Universiteit, Studio 75 en Werner Sobek Green Technologies

Le Temps Machine in Joue-Les-tours, France by Moussafir Architects

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Moussafir Architects

A Southwest suburb of the city of Tours, Joué-le-Tours was upgraded to the status of a town in the 1950s. It was at this point that, together with the town hall and social housing, Joué-le-Tours got its MJC (the Youth and Culture Centre). An initiative of the country’s first Minister of Cultural Affairs, Gaullist and intellectual André Malraux, the MJCs were an important institution in France.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly 

  • Architects: Moussafir Architects
  • Project: Le Temps Machine / The Time Machine
  • Location: Joue-Les-tours, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly, Hervé Abbadie, Jérôme Ricolleau, imagedemarc, Benoit Faure, Fred Beaubeau
  • Team: Jacques Moussafir with Nicolas Hugoo, Alexis Duquennoy, Narumi Kang, Sofie Reynaert, Jérôme Hervé and Virginie Prié
  • Client: Tour(s) PLUS
  • Competition: 2005
  • Built: 2011
  • Budget: 5,300,000 € ex tax
  • NSA: 1,753 sqm
  • Contractors: DV Construction (general contractor), AMG Féchoz (stage machinery), Bideau (stage electrics), VTI (wooden stage flooring), Edmond Petit (stage fabrics)
  • Materials:  colourwashed raw concrete; solvent- & plastics-free FPO roofing membrane by Sika Sarnafil; glazed stainless steel; Fibracoustic panels of wood fibre and rockwool; door/window frames in aluminium (exterior), steel and wood (interior)
  • Software used: AutoCAD
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