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NSPI – Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters in Canada by WZMH Architects

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: WZMH Architects

The project is located on a 5-acre site at the southern end of the Halifax downtown waterfront with access from Lower Water Street. The site steps down approximately 7.5m from Lower Water Street to the harbour, east of the site. To the south there has been significant redevelopment of some of existing harbour buildings including the NASCAT, and Pier 21. To the north and west vacant lots exist that will be subject to future development.

Image Courtesy © Greg Richardson

  • Architects: WZMH Architects
  • Project: NSPI – Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters
  • Location: Canada
  • Photography: RPM Productions, Tom Arban, Greg Richardson
  • Building area: 193 000 ft²
  • Construction cost: $49 Million
  • Date completed: Anticipated completion – April 2011
  • Client name: NSPI – Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters
  • Architect team members: Jay Bigelow, Carl Blanchaer, John White, Harrison Chan, Arnaldo Zaragoza, Jee-Young Kang, Han Tang, Grace El-Khoury, Max Veneracion, Ronald Baga, Ken Price, Janet Nowakowski
  • Structural Engineer: BMR Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer: M & R Engineering Limited
  • Electrical Engineer: M & R Engineering Limited
  • Landscape Architect: Gordon Ratcliffe Landscape Architects
  • Interiors: Figure3
  • Contractor: Aecon Atlantic Group
  • Other Specialist Consultants: LEED Specialist – Enermodal Engineering

Office in Forest in Mie prefecture in Japan by SUGAWARADAISUKE

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: SUGAWARADAISUKE

This the head office project at Matsuzaka, Mie prefecture in Japan. The project‘s target is not on the value of the object view in respect to sculptural appearance of the building , but rather on the value of the environmental view with body experience.

Image Courtesy Takeshi Nakasa / Nacása & Partners Inc.

  • Architects: SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Project: Office in Forest / Aquaplannet headquarters building
  • Location: Matsuzaka City, Mie Pref., Japan
  • Concept Design: SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Schematic Design: SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Design Development: SUGAWARADAISUKE + KITAMURAGUMI Corporation
  • Construction: KITAMURAGUMI Corporation
  • Principal use: office
  • Structure: Steel flame
  • Site area: 1193.30 sqm
  • Building area: 356.44sqm
  • Floor area: 348.01 sqm
  • Height: 3,900 mm
  • Number of stories: +1
  • Design Period: Aug. 2010 – May 2011
  • Construction Period: June 2011 – Dec. 2011
  • Photographer: Takeshi Nakasa / Nacása & Partners Inc.

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Centcelles Social Housing in Tarragona, Spain by Aguilera | Guerrero Architects

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: Aguilera | Guerrero Architects

The residential Centcelles, is built on a plot flanked by a network of houses and the N240 road that runs through the neighborhood of Sant Salvador. Three actions are carried out in three distinct phases, temporary and project. The two first actions make up the perimeter of the irregular quadrilateral of the plot and are very different from the formal point of view ‐ volume.

Image Courtesy © PEPO SEGURA

  • Architects: Aguilera | Guerrero Architects
  • Project: Centcelles Social Housing
  • Location: Tarragona, Spain
  • Photography: PEPO SEGURA
  • Use: Residential
  • Site area: 1.507,00 m2
  • Structure: Concrete
  • Completion Year : 2010
  • Project team: ANTON ARMENGOL TUA
  • Client: SERVEI MUNICIPAL DE L’HABITATGE I ACTUACIONS URBANES S.A.
  • Contractor: GULINVES S.L.

Temporary Housing of Rikuzentakata, Japan by SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: SUGAWARADAISUKE  + Architect Lounge

Village-like contemporary housing unit complex merges into the surrounding natural landscape. As a result of collaborative works by local carpenters and architects, this housing complex shows how humanitarian aid could possibly work.

Image Courtesy SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge

  • Architects: SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge
  • Project: Temporary Housing of Rikuzentakata
  • Location: Otomo-cho Usozawa, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Pref., Japan
  • Housing Unit: Sumita Housing Industry Corporation
  • Housing Unit Architect: Kazuhito Nakano
  • Infrastructure And Master Plan: SUGAWARADAISUKE + ARCHITECT LOUNGE
  • Architect: Daisuke Sugawara (SUGAWARADAISUKE), Masayuki Harada (ARCHITECT LOUNGE)
  • Construction: Sumita Housing Industry Corporation
  • Structure: Wooden frame and bearing wall
  • Area: 29.81 sqm
  • Height: 3,765 mm
  • Construction unit: 60 units
  • Site area: 18571.76 sqm
  • Construction area: 1788.60 sqm
  • Design: March 2011 – May 2011
  • Construction: May 2011 – July 2011
  • Photographer: Takumi Ota

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Starter Dwellings by Diederendirrix Architects

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: Diederendirrix Architects

On three sites in the neighbourhood around Loekemanstraat, six apartment blocks were replaced by starter dwellings. The challenge was to introduce features into the neighbourhood which would reinforce public safety and, at the same time, produce optimal housing in a small area. The 48 dwellings are placed in blocks of 8 units, positioned back to back, so that what are currently the rear elevations become the front elevations.

Image Courtesy © Diederendirrix Architects

Hotel Well in Tuheljske Toplice, Croatia by MVA

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: MVA

The addition to an existing congress/wellness hotel is located in the thermal complex “Terme Tuhelj”, Croatia, next to the protected historical park and baroque Curia “Mihanović”. The starting point of the project was the idea of connecting all the existing and new facilities and integrating them into a new and meaningful ensemble.

Image Courtesy © Ivan Dorotić

  • Architects: MVA
  • Project: Hotel Well
  • Location: Terme Tuhelj, Tuheljske Toplice, Croatia
  • Photography: Ivan Dorotić
  • Architects: MVA / Marin Mikelić, Tomislav Vreš
  • Project year: 2010. – 2011.
  • Construction: 2011. – 2012.
  • Project Area: 12.250 m²
  • Client: Terme Tuhelj d.o.o.
  • Collaborators: Dubravka Perica, Ivana Krneta, Ivana Drviš, Silvija Pranjić, Sara Pavlov, Stjepan Birač (Architecture), Amalija Denich (Landscape Architecture), Tatjana Petric (Signage, Design), Iva Baković (Interior Consulting), Mateo Biluš (Building Physics), Mario Todorić, Toding (Structural Engineering), Srećko Zubak, Shema ZS (Electrical Engineering), Miroslav Janićijević, Bramini (HVAC), Nenad Šutevski, Vodotehnika (Plumbing Engineering), Željko Mužević, Flamit (Fire Protection)

Housing building with 7 units in Rue Des Maraîchers, Luxembourg by METAFORM Architecture

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: METAFORM Architecture

A discreet and reduced architecture with hidden openings based on a compact and pure volume. One of the main intentions of the project consists in the insertion of a residential building with 7 living units in its direct surroundings, marked by detached and solitary buildings in an suburban context. The use of a single light coloured material (fibre-cement panels) for the façade gives the building a monolithic aspect and preserves the quiet appearance. The composition of the different volumes merged to the continuous grid of the façade blurs the clear differentiation of the stacked floors, indeed often characteristic for an multi-storey housing project.

Image Courtesy Steve Troes fotodesign

  • Architects: METAFORM Architecture
  • Project: Housing building with 7 units
  • Location:Rue Des Maraîchers, Luxembourg
  • Client: ASARS Construction
  • Construction Cost: 1.950.000€ excl.VAT
  • Total Surface: 1.200sqm
  • Total Volume: 4.200m³
  • Construction Period: Feb.2011 – Jul.2012
  • Photographer: Steve Troes fotodesign

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Et Centre Culturel à Nantes in France by Tetrarc Architects

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: Tetrarc Architects

Program_ Design an equipment dedicated to con-temporary and emerging music, assembling together 2 performing show halls (1200, 400 places), 16 re-cording and training studios, spaces for digital exper-imentation, offices, and welcoming public spaces.

Image Courtesy Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Architects: Tetrarc Architects
  • Project: Et Centre Culturel à Nantes
  • Location: Nantes, France
  • Traductor: Matthieu Blanche
  • Competition: 2005
  • Study: 2005-08
  • Completion: September 2011
  • Photographer: Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Building surface: 7222 m2 SHON

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Royal Opera House in Essex, England by Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Nicholas Hare Architects LLP were appointed by the Royal Opera House in 2007 to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex to RIBA stage D, and have been retained by the Royal Opera House to monitor the construction of the building during the design and build procurement process. The new building accommodates a large paint-shop for vertical and horizontal scene-painting as well as carpentry and metal workshops.

Image courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects LLP (c) Hufton & Crow

  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects LLP
  • Project: Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop
  • Location: Essex, England
  • Photography: Hufton + Crow 
  • CLIENT: Royal Opera House 
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Services Engineer: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Planning Supervisor: Butler & Young (Building Control)
  • Main Contractor: McLaren Construction
  • Start on Site Date: October 2009
  • Date of Completion: November 2010
  • Gross Internal Floor Area (m2): 4,300m2
  • Total Cost: £6m
  • Annual CO2 Emissions: 39.8 kgCO2/m2/annum
  • Form of Contract and/or Procurement: Design & Build
  • Software used: NHA used Vectorworks and SketchUp for the 2D and 3D architectural software. The structural engineer and MEP engineers had their own software.

Ipervasi in Nicosia, Cyprus by Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

We live in times of crisis.
The globalised world, especially as it was formed after 9/11, is beset today, more than ever, by economic, political, religious, ethnic and social crises, but also by a deep existential identity crisis.

The 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, once the fourth largest investment bank in the United States, was a clear sign that “something is rotten in the State of Denmark”1and set fire to the lurking financial crisis worldwide. A crisis spreading in
a chain reaction – possibly the most complex one since the Second World War and quite different from the 1929 stock market crash – the consequences of which are still felt today, especially within the European territory.

Image Courtesy Constantinos Kalisperas & Nicos Kouroussis

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