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IDOM Headquarters in Bilbao, Spain by ACXT Arquitectos

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: ACXT Arquitectos

The new IDOM Group offices are located in the old bonded warehouse in the Deusto canal, in Bilbao. It has 14,400m2 destined for offices, research and development areas such as the white-room and the prototypes workshop, and social spaces.

Outwardly, and from the first idea, the design has developed from the occupation manner of the roof, which was filled with goods that were stored in the building. An imaginary green carpet has been designed as if simply placed over the roof, hiding all air conditioning units which in most office buildings are visible, with the resulting sound and visual impact. Certain topography arises as a result of the adaptation of the “carpet” on the machines. Folds and surfaces that resemble a hill on which to stroll in the moments of relaxation and conversation with peers for this is the floor on which the rest-area of the building is planned. The flat part of the “carpet” is natural grass. For maintenance and weight reasons, the part that covers machinery, the folded one, is artificial turf.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Aitor Ortiz)

  • Architects: ACXT Arquitectos
  • Name of Project: IDOM Headquarters
  • Location: Bilbao, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Javier Perez Uribarri
  • Collaborators: Oscar Ferreira da Costa, Jabier Fernández Sánchez, Josu Eguileor Astigarraga
  • Contractor: BALZOLA
  • Project Area: 14,400 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010-2011
  • Photographs: Aitor Ortiz


Habitation TSL in Brussels, Belgium by ADN Architectures

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: ADN Architectures

Since the creation of adn, the production follows an evolutionary curve from the creation of furniture to the current studies for public buildings, while passing by transformations and new constructions of housing. The objective in the medium and long term is a catch of market in the public domain (together of residences, infrastructures school, cultural, sporting, etc). However, a great interest will always be kept on the design of more small scales such as furniture, single-family housing, lofts, etc.

Exterior View

  • Architects: ADN Architectures
  • Name of Project: Habitation TSL
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium


Clini´c T in Lisboa, Portugal by Pedra Silva Architects

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: Pedra Silva Architects

Why do healthcare spaces have to be cold spaces?

This has been the underlying question since the beginning of our proposal. In fact there are several activities that go on in a clinical space, some regarding actual medical treatments and others related with social and reception areas. Although one might consider the treatment areas to be central in a dental clinic, this project aims to reinforce the social and humane side of healthcare facilities, by proposing two distinct and opposite environments: the clinic space and the social space. The first is a rigorous, hygienic and professional space, mainly in white materials, that aspires to provide confidence and serenity to the patient. The second is a space for meeting, relaxing and comfort, a way to distance the patient from the clinical mindset.

Interior View (Images Courtesy João Morgado)

  • Architects: Pedra Silva Architects
  • Name of Project: Clini´c T
  • Location: Lisboa, Portugal
  • Team: Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Maria Rita Pais, Jette Fyhn, André Góis Fernandes, Ricardo Sousa
  • Project area: 149m2
  • Project year: 2011
  • Contractor: Sabrab Engenharia
  • Photographs: João Morgado
  • Software used:  Google sketchup, Graphisoft Archicad, Autodesk Autocad, Autodesk 3ds Max, Chaos Group Vray, FaronStudio PixPlant


Changzhou Culture Center in China by gmp Architekten

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: gmp Architekten

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been awarded first prize in the international competition to build the Culture Center in the newly created Changzhou city center – competing against KSP – Jürgen Engel Architects, Arata Isozaki and other leading practices. With a total floor area of 365,000 square metres, the building in this city of three million, between Wuxi and Nanjing, is six times the size of the Louvre in Paris. The new building complex includes a number of museums such as an arts museum, a science and technology museum and a library, together with service facilities supporting the center for culture in the Xinbei district of the city.

Exterior View

  • Architect: gmp Architekten
  • Name of Project: Changzhou Culture Center
  • Location: Changzhou, China
  • Competition: 2012 – 1st prize
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
  • Chinese Partner: Wei Wu
  • Competition Team: Martin Friedrich, Sebastian Schmidt, Kong Bu Hong, Jiang Lan Lan, Yao Yao, Zhang Zhen, Gao Shu San, Dominika Gnatowicz, Sa Xiaodong


Building Tirana’s GREEN Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project in Albania by Cino Zucchi Architetti

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: Cino Zucchi Architetti

The center of Tirana is marked by a clear urban layout, but its recent growth filled up a large area around it without any order, structure, adequate services or meaningful public spaces.

In our proposal, the voids rather than the buildings become the catalysts of new urban regeneration, attracting public and private functions around a sequence of green spaces of high environmental quality. The extension of the boulevard into a lively green promenade progressively opens up to the beautiful landscape of the hills across the Tirana river.


  • Architect: Cino Zucchi Architetti
  • Name of Project: Building Tirana’s GREEN Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project
  • Location: Tirana, Albania
  • Type: International closed competition
  • Year: 2012
  • Architecture, Urban Design (team leader): Cino Zucchi Architetti


Bella Italia Weine in Stuttgart, Germany by ippolito fleitz group

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: ippolito fleitz group

Bella Italia is a wine store as well as a restaurant. The owner is a typical warmhearted Sicilian woman. While selling the products of her home country and offering a creative home-style cuisine on an upscale level she transfers the Italian spirit to Germany. “Bella Italia Weine” was run for many years in a small living-room-like place with a very personal atmosphere. To extend the sales area as well as the capacity of seats she decided to move to a new location.

Images Courtesy Zooey Braun

  • Architect: ippolito fleitz group
  • Name of project: Bella Italia Weine
  • Location: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Photo credited: Zooey Braun
  • Software used: Vectorworks and 3DSMax with VRay


Nestle Graneros in Region, Chile by Guillermo Hevia Arquitectos

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: Guillermo Hevia Arquitectos

The new building, part of Nestlés social block at the Granero factory (VI Región – Chile), uses a variety of bioclimatic strategies, within a company policy of rational use of energy resources and economics in the 21th century. These strategies favorite the usage of natural resources, passive ventilation systems, air-condition and cleaning for inside spaces, natural controlled illumination, effective cost savings in the use of hydrological resources (water consumption of restrooms, etc), by trend to find the best sustainability, quality of life, rational use of resources and protection of the environment.

Image Courtesy Cristián Barahona

  • Architects: Guillermo Hevia Arquitectos/GH+A  Arquitectos
  • Project: Social Block Building Nestlé Graneros
  • Location: Nestlé Graneros Factory VI Región – Chile.
  • Collaborators: Tomás Villalón A, Francisco Carrión G, Guillermo Hevia García, Marcela Suazo M.
  • Owner: Nestlé Chile S.A.
  • Construction: Precon S.A.
  • Bioclimate: Biotech Chile Consultores Ltda.
  • Outer Linings: Hunter-Douglas Chile S.A.
  • Lighting: Opendark S.A.
  • Photography: Cristián Barahona, Guillermo Hevia H. , Guillemo Hevia García
  • Building Area: 2.800  m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Materials: Concrete, Glass And Corten Steel.


sd1 in Cesena, Italy by tisselli studio architetti

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: tisselli studio architetti

The aim of the project was to revitalize a dismissed industrial area with a residential building. The challenge was to work within the parameters of good design and a low budget to provide the city with quality architecture while respecting the commercial space requirements of the client.

The resulting project provides a substantial architectural impact with respect to the smaller buildings of the area that are characterized by a broad range of building styles.

Exterior View

  • Architect: tisselli studio architetti
  • Project name: sd1
  • Location: Cesena, forlì-cesena, Italy
  • Use: residential
  • Site Area: 3331 ㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 2257 ㎡
  • Software used: AutoCAD


New Church of Våler Proposal in Norway by Francesco Fiotti (designed with 3DS Max)

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: Francesco Fiotti

Our proposal for the New Church of Våler is placed in the southern part of the project area in continuity with the ancient church, attempting to recover not only the orientation of it, but also the memory. The proposed design refers at the boat: the boat as a symbol of Christianity that welcomes and protects within it the faithful; the Drakkar as tribute at the exploratory tradition of the Norwegian people.

View from the woods (Images Courtesy Sergio Capasso)

  • Architect: Francesco Fiotti
  • Name of Project: New Church of Våler Proposal
  • Location: Våler, Norway
  • Team: Carmela Scala (architect), Sergio Capasso (rendering), Enzo Junior Dessì (structural engineer), Fabio Locascio (structural engineer)
  • Net floor area: 730 mq
  • Type of project: Competition
  • Year: 2011
  • Image credits: Sergio Capasso, Carmela Scala and Francesco Fiotti
  • Software used: 3DS Max


Lotto-Turm in Stuttgart, Germany by Frohlocke

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: Frohlocke

The site “Österreichischer Platz“ is situated on the edge of Stuttgart’s city center.

Its function has not changed a bit in the last 40 years, it is surrounded by and isolated through highways, it is used as a parking lot and also as a meeting point for dubious people. The people have almost forgotten about it somehow after being in a bad state for years. But now the rhythm as well as the character of the surrounding highway will be interrupted by 55 piled-up sea containers


  • Architects: Frohlocke
  • Project: Lotto-Turm
  • Location: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Project Architect: Lars Behrendt


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