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Anansi Playground Building in Utrecht, Netherlands by Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Mulders vandenBerk Architecten of Amsterdam have completed a playground building in a park in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with a Corian façade engraved with images of fairytales from around the world. The idea of the building is to excite and stimulate curiosity and creativity of the children.

Image Courtesy Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar

  • Architect: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten
  • Project: Anansi Playground Building
  • Location: Peltlaan 130, 3527 EC Utrecht
  • Principal: Municipality of Utrecht, department D.M.O.
  • Team: Joost Mulders, Chris van den Berk, Robbert van der Lee, Lucas Torres, Cecilia Thomsen, Idette de Boer
  • Graphic design façade: Design Arbeid, Amsterdam
  • Photography: Wim Hanenberg, Roel Backaert, Wouter van der Sar
  • Contractor building: Barli B.V., Uden
  • Contractor façade: Roord binnenbouw, Amsterdam
  • Start: October 2008
  • Completion: October 2009
  • Program: daycare/play
  • Site area: 9750 m2
  • Floor area: 150 m2

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Kiss Bridge in Alicante, Spain by Joaquin Alvado Bañon

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Joaquin Alvado Baño

The project has been thought to establish a relationship between two different parts of the town, divided by a rainwater channel. Each side of the channel causes a different way to cross, a new shape to define a border. The connection is a kiss, a softy touch of structures. The bridge is a new way to understand the city.

The beams have been structurally designed as the Japanese art of paper folding called “origami”. The material we have used is white concrete plate instead of paper. The two geometrically different parts have different structural behavior. The first part has a large cantilever beam 16 m length, while the second has a Y plan geometry comprising the main path itself and a Venetian stairs. The length of the main path of both structures is over 60 m.

Image Courtesy © Justo Oliva

  • Architects: Joaquin Alvado Bañon
  • Project: “Kiss Bridge”.  White Concrete Footbridge
  • Location: Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante, Spain
  • Photographs: Justo Oliva 
  • Structural Engineers: Salvador Ivorra, Miguel Angel Crespo,
  • Geometry: Rafael Guillem and David Jimenez (Geometry)
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Texts: Justo Oliva and Authors

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Open House BIC in Bangalore, India by Aetrangere

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Aetrangere

It is three decades since Indian cities like Bangalore have witnessed an urban transformation. An urgent growth is taking place around the country and the Urban and Rural are transforming dramatically. It is not only the consequence of globalization but also due to the giant economic shifts from the west to the east.

Our proposal seeks to show a unique path to allow a soft transition of values from urban to nature and from modernity to local culture. We seek to install a landmark image which catalyzes the potential of this central site in the emerging Bangalore.

Image Courtesy © Aetrangere

  • Architects: Aetrangere
  • Project: Open House BIC
  • Location: Central Bangalore (Domlur), India
  • Photo credit: Aetrangere
  • Project Description: Bangalore International Centre Complex
  • Associated Arch.: Karun Kumbera Architects and Urbanists. Mehdi Boulkroun Architect
  • Type: Open International Ideas Competition
  • Client: Bangalore International Centre
  • Program: Exhibition space, public space, library, parking, lecture hall, documentation center, guest, restaurant, Café accommodation, library, garden, terrace

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University Apartment Building in the Mediterranean Park of Tecnology (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain by Mestura Architects

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Mestura Architects

The Mediterranean Park of Technology of Castelldefels is a campus designed for teaching, research and technology transfer, which is formalized through a urbanistically ring system with roads and buildings articulated around the agora or central square. The building is positioned between this agora and open and free space that is surrounded by a lake.

Image Courtesy Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Mestura Architects
  • Project: University Apartment Building in the Mediterranean Park of Tecnology (UPC)
  • Location: Mediterranean Park of Technology, Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
  • Stages: Scheme Design, Detail Design and Site Supervision
  • Client: UPC Polytechnic University of  Catalonia / SIRESA NOVA S.A.
  • Competition: 2008
  • Project: 2009-2010
  • On Site: 10’10 – 09’11
  • Gross Area: 6.055,83m2
  • Construction Cost: 6.608.000€
  • Construction Company: Fausto Facioni CONSTRUCCIONES S.L.
  • Others collaborators:
    • CMT, Associates Architects, SLP. Collaboration Architecture.
    • Manuel Mancha. Technical Architect. Execution Director.
    • Intec Associates 2010, SL Installations Consultancy.
    • Luis Alfredo Rodriguez. In Civil Engineering and Ports. Structure Consultancy.
    • Paymacotas. Study of Safety and Health and Safety Coordination
    • Societat organic. Sustainability and Maintenance.
    • IBERIA SOCOTEC. Technical Control Agency.
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Awards: Competition, 1st Place.
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2010

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Wilkins Residence – Mandalay Terrace 24D in Wellington, New Zealand by Studio MWA

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Studio MWA – Studio Mikulcic Worldwide Architecture

Definitely, for studio MWA, Wilkins new residence was one of the most challenging and demanding residential projects.

From start project had imperative and goal to celebrate good, functional, innovative, sustainable, brave and imaginative architecture, different than ordinary, which push boundaries of everyday stereotype.

One of first client’s requirements through brief was to not only design new house, but to create HOME and make it unique & special.

Image Courtesy © Studio MWA

  • Architects: Studio MWA – Studio Mikulcic Worldwide Architecture
  • Project: Wilkins Residence – Mandalay Terrace 24D
  • Location: 24 D Mandalay Terrace, Khandallah – Wellington, New Zealand
  • Client: Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins
  • Principle Use: Residence.
  • Size: Floor area 315 m2 (3 levels), terraces app.170 m2, landscaped over 450 m2, site total 722 m2.
  • Structural Engineer: Warren Line Structural Engineer – Wellington
  • Author: Davor Mikulcic Dipl. Eng. Arch. (Sarajevo) RAIA, ANZIA
  • Project Team: Davor Mikulcic, Michael Maddern 
  • Construction Period: Summer 2008 to summer 2009.
  • Status: Completed
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio MWA
  • Software used: ArchiCAD software in combination with Artlantis studio (renderings and animations)

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HAUSTRIFT – The garland on the stream in Vienna, Austria by SUPERBLOCK

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: SUPERBLOCK

Overlooking the vast green expanse of the Vienna Prater, with the Danube River literally right at the doorstep, the HAUSTRIFT row-house community (a project by architects Superblock in cooperation with Johnny Winter) is an indisputable eye-catcher. The concept captivates with an elegant combination of affordable and ecologically sustainable prefabricated modular design, featuring built-in flexibility of use for each individual residential unit. Each component of the community blends into an organic, vibrant whole.

View From Dammhaufengasse

  • Architects: SUPERBLOCK and Johnny Winter
  • Project: HAUSTRIFT – The garland on the stream
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Start of Construction: 2011
  • Completion: 2012
  • Developer: ÖSW Österreichisches Siedlungswerk
  • Extend: 43 flats
  • Energy standard: Low-Energy
  • Photo: Hertha Hurnaus
  • Photo Copyright: SUPERBLOCK

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Bornego College in Heerenveen, The Netherlands by HVDN and Studioninedots

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: HVDN and Studioninedots

Commissioned by the Bornego College of Heerenveen, we designed a cost-effective and sustainable school of 4500m2 with multi-use areas and a sports hall. The new building is located next to the existing Bornego College and will be used mostly by students in their first year. An independent functioning and well-organized building.

Image Courtesy © HVDN and Studioninedots

  • Architects: HVDN  and Studioninedots
  • Project: Bornego College HVDN
  • Location: Dominee Kingweg, Heerenveen, The Netherlands
  • Client:  Bornego college Heerenveen
  • Type: Auditorium, Sportshall, 22 classrooms and study areas
  • Area: 4300m2 BVO
  • Contractor: Bouwgroep Heerenveen
  • Contract Value: €4.372.339,-
  • Design-Delivery: 2009-2012
  • Design Team: Arie van der Neut, Albert Herder, Tom Jonker, Jan Pieter Penders
  • Project Team: Arie van der Neut, Jan Pieter Penders

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W-Window House in Kyoto, Japan by Alphaville Architects

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Alphaville Architects

This small house is located on the long and narrow site in Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. We put two V shaped grooves at north-east and south-west boundary point-symmetrically and all windows are set in these grooves which run vertically on each side of this house.

The grooves create two small triangular patios on the ground floor and bring light and air into the deeper areas of this house.

Image Courtesy © Kei Sugino

  • Architects: Alphaville Architects
  • Project: W-Window House
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Photography: Kei Sugino
  • Use: Residence
  • Site Area: 47.6㎡
  • Building Area: 28.13㎡
  • Total Floor Area: 72.42m2
  • Building Scale: 3 stories
  • Structure System: Steel
  • Structural Engineer: Kazuo Takeguchi (AOI Structural Engineering Office Co.Ltd)

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Club Nautico Lo Pagan in Murcia, Spain by XPIRAL

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: XPIRAL

Origin

Every big facility needs a running-in period for fitting to the day-a-day life of the entities that develop them.

From the opening of the Marina, several requirements have been coming out. Some of them functional, some others representative; these requirements have been solved with the creation of several infrastructures.

The main building was probably the most deficient facility of all, so it has been modified in a global, powerful way that enhances all the shortcomings of the original building.

Image Courtesy © Juan de la Cruz Megías

  • Architects:XPIRAL
  • Project: Club Nautico Lo Pagan
  • Location: Lo Pagán (San Pedro del Pinatar / Murcia / Spain)
  • Architect: Javier Peña Galiano
  • Photographer: Juan de la Cruz Megías
  • Completion date: March 2007
  • Collaborators: JOAQUIN FERNANDEZ CASTRO (Basic project), LOLA JIMENEZ (Project and work)
  • Promoter: NAUTICAL CLUB Lo Pagan
  • Owner: Ricardo Escribano
  • Contractor: RODENAS Y JARA SL
  • Wooden Structure: Holtza
  • Facilities: Federico Garcia Salmeron
  • Area/Size:
    a)    Interior built area:
    632,56m2
    b)    Exterior built area:
    392,32m2
    c)    Volume built:
    2195 m3

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Spartan in Austin, Texas by LVMinc

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: LVMinc

After years of working in film in NYC, Currie Person decided to take a leap of faith and return to her hometown of Austin, Texas and open a housewares boutique. She called upon LVMinc to help make her vision come to life.

Over a long weekend in Austin, Larah sketched and designed the concept for Spartan. For a long and narrow space, storage and display were the main requirements and guests needed to feel free to browse around and not feel confined within the space. Larah solved this by introducing a full length wall of tiered cantilevered shelves with an integrated lip to avoid items from falling and below, a suspended millwork piece for additional back up storage.

Image Courtesy © LVMinc

  • Architects: LVMinc
  • Project: Spartan
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Software used: AUTOCAD, PHOTOSHOP, PDF, HAND SKETCHES

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