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Steckelhörn 11 in Hamburg, Germany by J. Mayer H. Architects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: J. Mayer H. Architects

The project “Steckelhörn 11” is located in the old centre of Hamburg, close to the prominent new “Hafen City” development. It replaces a ruinous building and fills the gap between two historic premises. The triangular-shaped lot stretches across the city block, thus allowing for a narrow façade of about 1.3 m width facing the harbor and a main elevation of about 26.4 m oriented toward Steckelhörn street. The vertical design and soft setbacks of the latter pay tribute to the massing of the surrounding structures, as well as to local building-height regulations.

Main facade (Image Courtesy David Franck)

  • Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
  • Project: S11 – Office Complex Steckelhörn 11
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Hans Schneider, Wilko Hoffmann, Marcus Blum
  • Project Date: 2007-2009
  • Completion: October 2009
  • Client: Cogiton Projekt Altstadt GmbH, Hamburg
  • Architect on Site: Imhotep, Donachie und Blomeyer with Dirk Reinisch, Berlin
  • Software used: Archicad and Rhino


Forest Stair in Stokke, Norway by Saunders Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Saunders Architecture

This sculptural installation was designed for the Sti For Øye sculpture park in Stokke, set amongst the Vestfold oak forest to the south of Oslo. Working alongside landscape architect and professor Rainer Stange in order to create the infrastructure for a woodland walk past a series of artists’ installations, Saunders proposed a series of steel and wooden walkways set at the highest point of the site, looking east towards Slottsfjellet, or castle rock. The design plays with the idea of an artificially facilitated foray up above the forest floor, an elevated viewpoint that would otherwise be unavailable to the visitor.

Forest Stair

  • Architects: Saunders Architecture
  • Project: Forest Stair
  • Location: Stokke, Norway
  • Client: Stokke Municipality and Sti For Øye Sculptural Park
  • Team architects: Todd Saunders, Attila Béres, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, general contractor and carpenter, Timber AS, Anders Frøstrup
  • Steel consultants and builders: Jotne Mekaniske Verksteder AS, Terje Johannessen, Christian Larsson, Helge Thorsen
  • Landscape architects: Rainer Stange, Dronninga Landskap
  • Size: 30 m2; 11 m length, 1.2 to 3.5 m width, 4.5 m height
  • Status: Finished January 2012
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Branching Morphogenesis by LabStudio

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: LabStudio

Branching Morphogenesis explores fundamental processes in living systems and their potential application in architecture. The project investigates part-to-whole relationships revealed during the generation of branched structures formed in real-time by interacting lung endothelial cells placed within a 3D matrix environment. The installation materializes five slices in time that capture the force network exerted by interacting vascular cells upon their matrix environment.

“Special Issue: 2009 International Science and Visualization Challenge.” Science Magazine, Vol. 327, No. 5968, Feb. 19, 2010.

  • Design: LabStudio
  • Project: Branching Morphogenesis
  • Credits: Jenny E. Sabin & Andrew Lucia
  • Collaboration: Peter Lloyd Jones and LabStudio, Simulations with Christopher Lee
  • Assembly Team: Dwight Engel, Matthew Lake, Austin McInerny, Marta Moran, Misako Murata, Jones Lab members
  • Software used: Processing  for simulations and Rhinoceros  for the modeling and construction documents.


2050 Ultra Flood Plain in Ayutthaya, Thailand by Shma Company Limited

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: Shma Company Limited

Design Process

The goal of modern development has created a clear separation between agricultural and industrial activities, between human and nature, between fluid and solid territories, which become a threat to human living. As we move forwards and slowly detach from nature, we neglect the power of it and forget how we once live with it. Ayutthaya is the city which illustrates such on-going situation clearly, from the day when water was city’s breath to the day when water become city’s catastrophe to local economy, society and environment. In planning for the prospect Ayutthaya we shall try to understand the formation of crisis, in order to determine the new balance between water, Ayutthaya living and Chao Phraya river basin.

2050 Ultra Flood Plain

  • Architects: Shma Company Limited
  • Project: 2050 Ultra Flood Plain
  • Location: Challenger Hall, 1-3 Impact, Mueng Thong Thani, Thailand
  • Use: Part of the Architect Expo 2012 “Water Brick” Thailand by Association of Siamese Architects(ASA).
  • Site Area: length = 5503 mm; width = 1453 mm; Area 7.7 sq.m
  • Model material: Polyurethane Foam/hard wood/lighting effect
  • Period of Design: 2011-2012
  • Design constrcution: March-April 2012
  • Material: Animation/model/plate/booklet


Wedding Chapel in Nanjing, China by SO-IL

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: SO-IL

This is a proposal for a wedding Chapel as part of the China International Practical Exhibition of Architecture, (CIPEA) in Nanjing. The project is located northwest of the old capital, on the lush shores of Foshou Lake, next to a newly constructed hotel. We propose to create an intimate space with a singular gesture situated on a beautiful, mountainous landscape. By splitting the topography, a space is generated within the site.

Wedding Chapel

  • Architects: SO-IL
  • Project: Wedding Chapel
  • Location: Nanjing, China
  • Program: Wedding chapel
  • Area: 450 m² / 4,845 sf
  • Status: Concept design 2008


Xieira House II in Leiria, Portugal by A2+ Arquitectos

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: A2+ Arquitectos

Implemented in a slender lot from north to south, the project born with the aim of building a dwelling with a single floor

The typology was defined according to the best sunlight, as this is one of the richest of this Mediterranean country. So all rooms are oriented to the east, the living room (place more permanent) to south, the kitchen to west and garage to north where the functionality is the symbiosis of the project

Image Courtesy FG + SG

  • Architects: A2+ Arquitectos
  • Project: Xieira House II
  • Location: Carsnguejelra, Leiria, Portugal
  • Project Architects: A2+ Arquitectos, Sara Oliveira + Marco Guarda
  • Area: 350 sq.m.
  • Construction: 2010/2011
  • Photography: FG + SG


ILÓ POLANCO in Mexico City by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

Balance between the new image and the concept, in a modern and innovative design, are also the elements for the interior design project for the Polanco store ILÓ. The idea comes from the use of the hank of yarn as the design element of a cozy, classic and very elegant space. Being a retail store that sells home high end products the color palette selected was earth, to harmonize and enhance the quality and warmth of the products.

Image Courtesy Jaime Navarro

  • Architects: ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea
  • Project: ILÓ POLANCO
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Year: 2010
  • Interior design: Arq. José Lew Kirsch, Arq. Bernardo Lew Kirsch
  • Associates: Arq. Oscar Sarabia, Arq. Jonathan Herrejón, Arq. Adrián de Lucio, Beatriz Canuto
  • Photography: Jaime Navarro


Home-Office in Formentera, Spain by Marià Castelló Martínez

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: Marià Castelló Martínez


Es Pujol de s’Era is a fairly representative fragment of the inland landscape of the island of Formentera. It comprises 33,022 square metres of wheat and barley fields, a small wood of common and Phoenician juniper and rosemary, and dry-stone walls on a practically flat topography.

The intervention seeks refuge among the existing vegetation and a fragment of dry-stone wall. These two conditions draw out the dimensions, the orientation and the height of a construction of austere geometry that bears some relation to the architectural tradition of Formentera.

North Facade With Wood Panels Open

  • Architects: Marià Castelló Martínez
  • Project: Home-Office
  • Location: Camí Vell de la Mola km. 2,3. Formentera, Spain
  • Promoter: Marià Castelló Martínez
  • Building engineer: Agustí Yern Ribas + Albert Yern Ribas
  • Structure: Albert Yern Ribas, José Antonio Molina, Salvador Soteras y Agustí Yern


8×8 House in Formentera, Spain by Marià Castelló Martínez

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: Marià Castelló Martínez

The project is located on a plot of rustic nature at the Portossalè band on the island of Fomentera. This is an extension of an existing house formalized as a self-­‐serving refuge for a teacher. The volumetric project is highly conditioned by the existing building as well as native vegetation which needed to be retained. In this context arises the 8×8 sq meters floor, which is part of a basic program where public areas (living-­‐room and kitchen) act as distribution areas, thus getting larges rooms for the small scale of the building.

Image Courtesy Lourdes Grivé + EPDSE

  • Architects: Marià Castelló Martínez
  • Project: 8×8 House
  • Location: Vénda de Portossalè. Estany des Peix. Formentera. Spain
  • Promoter: Òscar Portas Juan
  • Building engineer: Albert Yern Ribas
  • Structure: Albert Yern Ribas
  • Collaborators: Sonia Iben Jellal, Albert Yern, Ferran Juan and Jesús Rodríguez
  • Builder: Julián Nieto, Ferrería Ferreret CB, Carpintería de aluminio “Tití” and Carpintería Carlos
  • Project: 2005
  • End of work: 2009
  • Surface: 64 m2
  • Photography: Lourdes Grivé + EPDSE



Hanjie Wanda Square in Wuhan, China by UNStudio

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: UNStudio

Hanjie Wanda Square is a new luxury shopping plaza located in the Wuhan Central Culture Centre, one of the most important areas of Wuhan City. The multifunctional organisation of the master plan – which includes cultural and tourist facilities as well as commercial, office and residential components – acts as an attractor to the area for visitors, inhabitants and commuters alike.
Following competitions with design entries from national and international architects, UNStudio’s overall design was selected by Wanda as the winning entry for the facade and interior of the Hanjie Wanda Square. Construction is currently underway and the Hanjie Wanda Square is expected to be completed in 2013. It will house international luxury brand stores, world-class boutiques, catering outlets and cinemas.

Shopping street

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Hanjie Wanda Square
  • Location: Wuhan, China
  • Client: Wuhan Wanda East Lake Real State Co., Ltd
  • Building surface: Facade 29.920 sqm
  • Interior: 22.630 sqm
  • Programme: Luxury shopping mall
  • Contribution UNStudio: Facade and interior design
  • Status: Under construction


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