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National Creative Cluster in Beijing, China by Sasaki Associates

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Sasaki Associates

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Beijing has made huge strides to solidify its position as one of the world’s great cities. It is a city that is modernizing rapidly—skyscrapers are rising out of fallow fields, a new transportation system is extending the reach of the city, and environmental initiatives are improving air and water quality. Fresh ideas are also emerging, while still embracing the rich traditions of the past. Near Songzhuang, a quiet village on the outskirts of Beijing, a unique opportunity exists to create a new urban district dedicated entirely to the cultivation of new ideas.

Public plazas and parks are also used for large gathering spaces for product launches, concerts, and other events

  • Architects: Sasaki Associates
  • Project: National Creative Cluster
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, 3D Studio Max (with the VRay plug in), Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

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Chromatic Play in Mallorca, Spain by Juana Canet Arquitectos

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Juana Canet Arquitectos

The project responds to the idea of extending the school with a multipurpose room in an adjacent plot which should be connected internally and have an independent entrance from the street.

The plot is rectangular in a 4:1 proportion and the aim is to have a whole 7 meter span open space with natural light and crossed ventilation. In order to achieve that the façade will have to provide as much light as possible and skylights will need to be incorporated in the roofing and on top of the internal staircase. The multipurpose room will be connected in two different levels with the school, at ground level through an ascendant staircase and at roofing level through a descending ramp.

Chromatic Play

  • Architects: Juana Canet Arquitectos
  • Project: Chromatic Play
  • Location: Housing development in Bendinat, Mallorc, Spain
  • Type: Multipurpose classroom primary school
  • Team: Juana Canet arquitectos;
  • Client: Hermanos de la Sagrada Familia (SAFA)
  • Constractor: NACAM s.l.
  • Surface: 167,98 m2
  • Contract value: 208.198,20 €
  • Data: Completed September 2011
  • Software used: Autocad,3d max, Photoshop, Rhino

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Bab Al Bahrain in Manama by Leopold Banchini & Noura Al Sayeh

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Leopold Banchini & Noura Al Sayeh

One of the few existing public spaces in Bahrain, the Bab al Bahrain square has been progressively turned into no more than a roundabout traffic intersection, mainly dominated by the car. Still, due to its historical importance and its centrality within the island, it holds the potential to become a lively urban public space. Located at the entrance of the Suq it has the advantage of belonging to a tight urban structure which still benefits from a natural pedestrian network. Although it was once located a stone’s throw away from the sea, the square is today physically separated from it due to the ongoing land reclamation projects which have taken place since the 1950s.

Bab Al Bahrain

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The Circle at Zurich Airport in Kloten, Switzerland by Zaha Hadid Architect

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect

The River ‘flows’ as a continuous curve on one side, as a convex erosion on the other – within, ‘interior urbanism’ promotes interaction between different program elements, incorporating three major ‘canyon’ voids to define entry points and circulation routes. A top level open plan streetscape houses retail, cafes and restaurants.

The Circle at Zurich Airport

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project: The Circle at Zurich Airport
  • Location: Kloten, Switzerland
  • Site Area: 27,845m²
  • Footprint: 33,170m² (including bridge & upper levels)
  • Site Dimensions: approx. 550m long x 70m wide
  • Project Director: Manuela Gatto
  • Project Architect: Dillon Lin
  • Project Team: Hannes Schafelner, Maren Klasing, Teoman Ayas, Lisamarie Ambia, Camiel Weijenberg, Seda Zirek, Ai Sato, Andres Madrid, Amit Gupta, Sophie Le Bienvenu, Rashiq Muhamadali, Roxana Rakshani, Nupur Shah, Fabian Hecker, Saleem Jalil, Daniel Piccinelli

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Wine Museum ‘Vinseum’ in Barcelona, Spain by SVArquitectura

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: SVArquitectura

The proposal aims to preserve and rehabilitate the old medieval Royal Palace and the chapel of San Pellegrino and to transform them into a part of the new museum. The building in between them has to be demolished and replaced by a new one which forms the keystone of the entire ensemble. The void left by the demolition of the building ‘Cal Pa i Figues’ will be partially occupied by the construction of this new volume, attached to the Gothic palace and of the same height as its tower. The unoccupied part of the void allows defining a passage along the chapel of San Pellegrino which gives access to the new main entrance. This solution reminds to corresponding situations in the neighborhood.

Wine Museum ‘Vinseum’

  • Architects: SVArquitectura
  • Project: Wine Museum ‘Vinseum’
  • Location: Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Client: Public
  • Project: fase I 2007, fase II 2010
  • Area: 9.400 m2
  • Budget: 8.389.378 €
  • Structure: GMK associats SL
  • Installations: Proisotec enginyeria SLP
  • Project management: Esteve Sitjà
  • Technical architect: Esteve Sitjà
  • Prize: First prize at restricted competition 2003

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Folded house in Cas Capità, Marratxí by juana canet rossello

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: juana canet rossello

The site is located in a row housing development , close to the aerodrome and the village of Marratxi and not far from Palma. The area has a mainly residential character with very few premises on ground floor, from time to time a restaurant or a bar. The plot is a rectangular corner, that cannot be entirely occupied, on the contrary the construction needs to set back from the main street and pull forward from the other limit.

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  • Architects: juana canet rossello
  • Project: Folded house
  • Location: Cas Capità, Marratxí
  • Type: Single house, premise and parking spaces
  • Team: Juana Canet arquitectos in collaboration with Mª Pilar Riera Vicens. www.juanacanetarquitectos.com
  • Software used: Autocad,3d max, Photoshop, Rhino

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  • Photography: www.josehevia.es  
  • Developer: Private client 
  • Constractor: Construcciones Hidalgo Campoy s.l. 
  • Surface: 228,45 m2  
  • Contract value: 261.757,48 €  
  • Data: Completed in January 2007

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The main goal of the Project is to get the maximum space for parking, premises and dwelling as the main demand of the client and we achieved that also providing natural light to all the spaces and cross ventilation to the main ones and creating living and singular spaces in all the construction at different levels.

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The strategies we followed are:

1_ The construction is lifted up from the road level.

By doing that, the ramp descending towards the garage ended up beeing shorter so we could get the maximum number of parking spaces and beeing able to provide natural light and ventilation to the garage.

2_ The construction is set back from the street and pull out from the back of the plot.

So the front of the plot remains open which becomes a public space and people can gain access to the premises which could be seen from the street. This difference in height makes the front court to be an in-between space.

The lateral limit of the plot is made by a single wall which also forms part of the enclosure of the premises, with a top part of “fenêtres en longueur” that separates conceptually the dwelling. Where this wall is passing by the courtyards it becomes more permeable.

The back of plot becomes a private courtyard that also incorporates skylights at the ground level to light the garage.

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3_.The roofing of the house is folded up.

The program organization follows the logical use’s order in terms of public and private, so the higher you go the more private the space becomes.
The staircase which leeds to the upper level is placed by the party wall and is lighted from a skylight placed at the terrace level. We arrive at the center of the house.

At the interior of the house, the private spaces of the dwelling (bathrooms and bedrooms) are packed by the party wall, there are no corridors.

The roofing is folded up in order to achieve, at the one side a double height unique space to allocate the kitchen, living and dining area, and at the other one, enough height to acommodate a mezzanine which will allow to exit towards the terrace that has views to the Sierra de Tramuntana. The continuity of the roof is given by a window which becomes skylight.

In the main level of the housing a canopy area is created at the front area which will allow to have an external space designed to be protecting the big window with an external skin.

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4_The scale of is worked out with the materials.

The external wall is cladded in slate stones as an independent element. Then the folded roofing is cladded in limestone mares. The front and the back of the dwelling is rendered at first level and at ground level has a glass and aluminium facade.

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Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine by gmp Architekten

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: gmp Architekten

On the occasion of the UEFA European Football Championships in 2012, which Ukraine is staging jointly with Poland, the rebuilding of the Olympic Stadium for the final game has been realized.

The new design for the reconstruction of the stadium respects the historic fabric with its important filigree prestressed concrete upper tier built in 1968, the frame of the new roof structure being detached and placed clear of the existing bowl. This most distinctive feature is therefore being encased in a new filigree glass façade and will be duly illuminated with appropriate lighting.

Interior with view at the playing field

  • Architects: gmp Architekten
  • Project: Olympic Stadium
  • Location: Kiev, Ukraine
  • Competition: 2008
  • Design: Volkwin Marg with Christian Hoffmann and Marek Nowak
  • Project leaders: Martin Bleckmann, Roman Hepp
  • Co-operation with Private Creative Architectural: Bureau Y. Serjogin LLC, Kiev
  • Structural design, roof and façade: schlaich bergermann und partner, Stuttgart – Knut Göppert with Markus Balz and Thomas Moschner

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Klaksvík’s City Centre in The Faroe Islands by Henning Larsen Architects

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects

Klaksvík’s new city centre will be established where the two inlets meet. The urban development plan incorporates and strengthens the existing qualities of the city. It creates an adventurous and vibrant city centre with a sheltered city square that will provide the framework for cultural activities and numerous other opportunities. The city square forms a natural connection to the sea and will be the heart of the city.

Klaksvík City Center

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Project: Klaksvík’s City Centre
  • Location: Klaksvík, Faroe Islands
  • Client: Municipality of Klaksvík
  • Gross floor area: 150,000 m2
  • Year of design: 2012 – 2012
  • Type of assignment: 1st prize in open, international competition

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Palm Springs Animal Care Facility by Swatt | Miers Architects

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: Swatt | Miers Architects

The Palm Springs Animal Care Facility represents a unique public/private partnership between the City and Friends of the Shelter.  Located on a 3 acre site across from the City’s Demuth Park, the exterior design reflects Palm Springs’ unique mid-century architectural heritage.  While creating an Animal/People Community Center ambiance the facility features a central indoor/outdoor kennel design with public adoption access within an inviting garden courtyard equipped with misters and fabric shade structures.  Also included are indoor cat community rooms, special canine “living rooms” adjacent to an indoor/outdoor socialization area, a training room for educational and community evening uses, and a fully equipped clinic for in-house medical procedures.  The project has been designed as an equivalent “silver” LEED facility with a special emphasis on water conservation, wherein recycled water from the adjacent sewage treatment plant is used for cleaning all animal areas and for landscape irrigation.

Adoption Entrance Garden

  • Architects: Swatt | Miers Architects
  • Project: Palm Springs Animal Care Facility
  • Location: Demuth Park, Palm Springs
  • Site Building Area Size – 21,000 SF
  • Construction Type – Type V non-rated
  • Design Team: George Miers, AIA, Project Designer/Principal in Charge; Tim Hotz, AIA, Job Captain, Aaron Harte, AIA, LEED AP, Construction Administrator; Maureen Cornwell, Interior Designer
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Google Sketchup

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Yu Bar at Shanghai Marriott in China by Kokaistudios

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: Kokaistudios

The Yu Bar is the glamorous new rooftop bar of the newly opened Shanghai Marriott Luwan. Located on the banks of the Lupu River overlooking the Expo 2010 site and the Lupu ridge the bar is located on the 28th and 29th floor and features a large terrace offering guests phenomenal views of the city.

Yu Bar at Shanghai Marriott

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Project: Yu Bar at Shanghai Marriott
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Client: Shanghai Greenland Group
  • Design period: September-December 2010
  • Completion project: June 2011
  • Floor area: 650 sqm
  • Photographer: Charlie Xia

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