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PTR-Sculptured Stone in Alicante, Spain by Carlos Gallardo Llopis

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Carlos Gallardo Llopis

Petra comes from the Greek and means stone, is not a city built of stone, but literally, carved and sculpted in stone. The origin of the word Petrer comes from Petrea  village, which means village or rather stony, with lots of stone.

Appropriating this idea the proposal arises from a stone, rock, mass, … Petrea. 
The building, like a quarry operation, generates as a base of operations for stone removal from enhancing the geometries and lines of a pure and sober body.

Reflections, lights and shadows

PTR-Sculptured Stone

  • Architects: Carlos Gallardo Llopis
  • Project: PTR-Sculptured Stone
  • Location: Petrer, Alicante, Spain
  • Type: Competition entry (1st Prize)
  • Building status: Under development

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SILEX – EMVS Foro Habitat Sostenible Competition in Madrid, Spain by Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos

Due to the situation and the characteristics of the plot, and taking advantage of the free ground floor to generate the access for the center instead of for an end, the project appears as a threshold of access to the Colonies of “Nuestra Señora de los Angeles”, a step between the urban environment and the green space that proposes the plan.

SILEX - EMVS Foro Habitat Sostenible Competition

  • Architects: Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos
  • Project: SILEX – EMVS Foro Habitat Sostenible Competition
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Type: Competition entry (5º Prize)

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OrfiSera in Izmir, Turkey by YERce Architecture

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: YERce Architecture

Looking at the design and realization process of the project one can notice that the challenge was to build up the perception of a firm through the ‘atmosphere’ it has and the ‘activities’ it hosts; instead of adopting a design approach which focused only on product display and aimed for a space with only showroom function.

Space (Image Courtesy Emin Emrah YERCE)

  • Architects: YERce Architecture
  • Project: OrfiSera
  • Location: Izmir, Turkey
  • Client: Orfis Orçelik Office Furniture
  • Project year: 2011
  • Architect: YERce Architecture, Nail Egemen YERCE
  • Lighting design: YERce Architecture, Nail Egemen YERCE
  • Electrical engineer: Orfis Orçelik Office Furniture
  • Mechanical engineer: Orfis Orçelik Office Furniture
  • Construction: Nano Buildings, Hilmi Aydın NİĞDELİ
  • Landscape design: Nesil Landscape, Hakan ERDOĞAN
  • Photographer: Emin Emrah YERCE

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EcoG Retail Shop – Hong Kong by Andy Tong

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Andy Tong

EcoG’s aim is to promote the usage of safe, eco-friendly and effective natural health care products, and designer Andy Tong has taken the first step to realize it by creating a naturalistic and cozy ambiance in EcoG’s first shop in Hong Kong.

Image Courtesy Andy Tong

  • Architects: Andy Tong
  • Project: EcoG Retail Shop – Hong Kong
  • Location: Diamond Hill, Kowloon,Hong Kong
  • Site area: 24 Sqm
  • Date of completion: 2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD
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Villa Saviese in Valais, Switzerland by Giorla & Trautmann Architectes

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Giorla & Trautmann Architectes

The villa is built above Sion on gently sloping south-facing land, overlooking the Rhone Valley. The house is organized on two levels. Outdoor spaces are treated as extensions of interior spaces and defined by white-tinted exposed concrete walls identical to the interior walls to emphasize the unity and continuity of the space.

Exterior view from south (Image Courtesy Robert Hofer)

  • Architects: Giorla & Trautmann Architectes
  • Project: Villa Saviese
  • Location: Valais, Switzerland 
  • Design / Construction: 2008-2010
  • Photographer : Robert Hofer
  • Architect : Jean Gérard Giorla & Mona Trautmann architectes EPFL FAS SIA, Sierre
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Consultants:
    • Structural Engineer – Robyr & Rossier, Sion
    • Electrical Engineer – Yves Roduit, Sion
    • Services Engineer – Energiebat-Tesca, Sierre

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Stöðin: Roadside stop in Borgarnes, Iceland by KRADS

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: KRADS

“Stöðin”, a roadside stop in the Icelandic countryside, is a conjoined restaurant, drive-through, convenience store and gas station. Due to the 65-year long presence of an American army base in the country, Icelandic culture has been shaped by American influences. Stöðin addresses this cultural relationship by incorporating architectural elements from the American diner that contrast the traditional Icelandic building method of in situ cast concrete. The exposed concrete of the exterior bestows the diner with a permanence unknown by its American counterparts creating a friction between its streamlined aesthetics and the rustic frontier. An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjörður.

Stöðin in the bright Icelandic summer night

  • Architects: KRADS
  • Project: Stöðin: Roadside stop
  • Location: Borgarnes, Iceland
  • Size: 312 m2
  • Building lot: 4.840 m2
  • Year compl.: 2012
  • Client: Skeljungur, the Icelandic branch of Shell.
  • Collaborators: Aok-design (on interior), Ferill (engineering, structural/HVAC), Mannvit (electrical engineering).
  • Contractor: Ístak
  • Photography: Kristinn Magnússon

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Railway Museum of the Netherlands by Arc2 Architecten

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Arc2 Architecten

The Railway Museum of the Netherlands is situated at the rear of Maliebaan Station in the city centre of Utrecht. Considerable thought went into how the museum relates to its surroundings. The building consists of a large hall plus three exhibition rooms whose volumes project through the sloping roof. The outer wall is built in brickwork with window strips that are filled with glazing, grilles or sections of weather-boarding according to the interior functions. The structural frame resembles a rib cage, and is supported by columns which branch upwards like trees.

Image Courtesy Rob Hoekstra

  • Architects: Arc2 Architecten
  • Project: Railway Museum of the Netherlands
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Program: museum, restaurant, theatre, conference room
  • Gross floor area: 12.000 m2
  • Completion: 2005
  • Photos: Rob Hoekstra

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Dongjiang Harbor Master Plan in Binhai, China by Holm Architecture Office

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Holm Architecture Office

The Dongjiang Master Plan site is situated within the Binhai area, 60 kilometers outside of the city of Tianjin in Northern China on a newly developed section of the coastline. The plan includes 280,000 square meters of residential development, with 40,000 square meters of mixed-use office, retail, and public space.

Rendering 5

  • Architects: Holm Architecture Office
  • Project: Dongjiang Harbor Master Plan
  • Location: Tianjin, Binhai, China
  • Program: Residential, Office, Commercial and Landscape.
  • Type: Invited Competition.
  • Size: 280.000 M2 residential, 40.000 M2 Mixed Use Office & Retail.
  • Client: Confidential.
  • Team: HAO/Holm Architecture Office and Archiland Beijing.

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Almere Floriade 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by MVRDV

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: MVRDV

The City of Almere presents today its plans for the Floriade 2022 candidature. Almere is one of the four Dutch cities left in the race for the prestigious horticultural Expo which takes place once every ten years in the Netherlands and is currently open in Venlo. The MVRDV plan for Almere is not a temporary expo site but a lasting green Cité Idéale as a green extension of the existing city center. The waterfront site opposite the city center will be developed as vibrant new urban neighbourhood and giant plant library which will remain after the expo. The ambition is to create a 300% greener exhibition than currently standard, both literally green and sustainable: each program on the site will be combined with plants which will create programmatic surprises, innovation and ecology. The site with a vast program such as a university, hotel, marina, offices and homes will at the same time be more urban than any other Floriade has been before, literally constructing the green city. The Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) will decide in October which city will be organizing the next Floriade in 2022.

Image Courtesy MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Almere Floriade 2022
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Lotus sculpture for the Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2012 in United Kingdom by Gerry Judah

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: Gerry Judah

Six historic Lotus Formula 1 cars were incorporated in a spectacular sculpture by artist Gerry Judah. The sculpture was the centerpiece of last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Britain’s largest car culture event. The 28-metre tall sculpture was the 16th created by Gerry Judah for the Festival of Speed, an annual event held in the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, the family seat of the Earl of March.

Image Courtesy David Barbour

  • Architects: Gerry Judah
  • Project: Lotus sculpture for the Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2012
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Photography: David Barbour

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