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Blending the Organic Landscape in Hangzhou, China by Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Article source: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

View of Landscape Between Campus Buildings

KABC’s winning scheme for an innovative office and research campus in Hangzhou, China, was selected over six international firms invited to submit designs. Our vision for the facility in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community is based upon creating a continuous multi-layered pedestrian experience. It is intended to strengthen and benefit the community, which will inhabit and move through the site. Everyday activities including parking underground, moving throughout the buildings, and working in the offices are connected to the natural environment. Workers will be engaged by exterior and interior green gardens that are interwoven into their office environment.

  • Architects: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
  • Project: Blending the Organic Landscape
  • Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Site Area: 20,461 m2
  • Project Scope: Landscape Design
  • Project Type: Landscape
  • Client: Zhejiang Energy Company
  • Awards: Invited Competition: 1st Prize
  • Design Team:
    KABC Team: Anna Klingmann, Dongcheol Yang, Eva Poulopoulou, Sarina Heres, Perry Wold, Dominique Dassum, Andrew Brooks, Atul Kumar Jain, Pinglie Huang, Xiaomeng Fu
  • Architect Of Record: CSADI, Wuhan, China
  • Software used: Autocad, 3D S MAX,  Adobe suite

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Tourkovounia as a Green – Wind Landscape in Athens, Greece by Andreas Demertzis, Ioannis Katsanos, Thanasis Farangas

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Article source: Andreas Demertzis, Ioannis Katsanos, Thanasis Farangas

The reason for selecting and analyzing this concept was the examination of the area of Athens. The city is characterized by the growth and development of new buildings. Even if those new structures improved the every day life of the residents, the overall effect on the character of the city suffered.
We selected this particular concept because we noticed the negative impact of those urban structures on the landscape of Athens and that the city is “eating away” the landscape. Our intention is to create the opposite effect: for the landscape to merge with the city.

Urban Nalisis - Image Courtesy © Andreas Demertzis, Ioannis Katsanos, Thanasis Farangas

  • Architects: Andreas Demertzis, Ioannis Katsanos, Thanasis Farangas
  • Project: Tourkovounia as a Green – Wind Landscape
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Supervisor: Giorgos Haidopoulos
  • Software used: Autodesk autocad, 3d studio max, adobe photoshop cs5

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Cairo National Library in Egypt by Seeding Office

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Article source: Seeding Office

Traditionally, Egypt was known as the gift of the Nile, ever since Herodotus simply stated that “without the Nile, there is no Egypt, because where the Nile overflows its banks, the land is green, and where the water’s influence stops, the desert begins. Egypt is the Gift of the Nile, the only place in the world where a river dares to cut across a thousand miles of desert to reach the sea, creating a civilization along its course”.

We have chosen Water as a symbolic guide for the whole project, aiming to evoke the deepest roots of Egyptian culture and imagine the building itself as an element generated by the river’s life.

Image Courtesy © Seeding Office

  • Architects: Seeding Office
  • Project: Cairo National Library
  • Location: Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3dS Max with V-ray, Photoshop

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Iconic Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Francesco Piffari

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francesco Piffari

INTRODUCTION

What is a bridge in the collective imagination? How to obtain livable spaces from a passing-by architecture? How to push the design to its boundaries and at the same time satisfy the requests for traffic flows, wheelchair access, integration in the urban context, sustainability looking, clarity and comprehensibility of the program?

Image Courtesy Francesco Piffari

  • Architects: Francesco Piffari
  • Project: Iconic Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location:  Amstel 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands (in front of Hermitage Amsterdam Museum)
  • Type: One stage international idea competition
  • Hosted by: [AC-CA] Architectural Competition
  • Software used: Rhino, vRay for Rhino, Photoshop and Autocad
  • Program:

    • Pedestrian Bridge: on the central axis of the museum, 90 m long, 4m wide minimum
    • Cafe: 100 sqm with enough space for 20 tables together with a small area for snack
    • Bicycle Repair: 50 sqm with two repair stations
    • Services: 20 sqm for 4 toilets cubicles; 30 sqm for office, changing room, storage; 30 bike racks
    • TOTAL: 200 sqm
  • Mission:Design an Iconic Pedestrin Bridge in the heart of Amsterdam which could:
    • Encourage and reward design excellence between architecture and engineering.
    • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original footbridge.
    • To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the functionality of bridges in relation with art and sculpture.
    • Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

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Danube River Housing in Belgrade, Serbia by Studio Alfirevic

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Studio Alfirevic

Residential group ‘Danube River Housing’ is located on the Danube river banks near Belgrade, and its design concept is based on the idea of cluster like structure of rafts – buildings constructed on pontoons. The main goal was to achieve an atmosphere of housing partially hidden in the river underbrush, and also to establish the ambience of the neighborhood – a group of single-family house-rafts.

Image Courtesy © Studio Alfirevic

  • Architects: Studio Alfirevic
  • Project: Danube River Housing
  • Location: Zemunski kej, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Software used: AutoCad + 3D Max + VRay

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Catalonia’s International Centre For High Performance In Sailing in Barcelona, Spain by Mestura Arquitectes

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Mestura Arquitectes

The objective of this intervention is to include under the large pergola Photovoltaic in the Forum Park of Barcelona, a program of the International Center for High Performance Sailing.

The uniqueness of the spaces to be treated, starting considerations requires both the environment and the possible actions in outer space, as the configuration of existing architectural elements, which determine many of the decisions of the project. We therefore propose a treatment in the facades that seek not to contrast with the gigantic scale of the element. The south facade is delayed until the first bay of the current structure to avoid contact of the new facilities with existing structural elements, while on the north side openings are covered with a curtain overlapping continuous acts wooden slats as a unitary element and neutral.

Image Courtesy Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
  • Project: Catalonia’s International Centre For High Performance In Sailing
  • Location: Forum Port, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Barcelona, Spain
  • Scope Of Services: Scheme Design, Detail Design and Site Supervision
  • Client: Catalan Sailing Federation.
  • Scheme Date: 2007
  • On Site: June 2008 – December 2010
  • Gross Area: 2.702,89 m2
  • Construction Cost: Pem:  4.255.705,79€ (indoor and outdoor equipment included)
  • Construction Company: TEYCO
  • Others collaborators:
    • AT3, Josep M. Oller, Technical architect. Economic consultancy.
    • BOMA Miquel Angel Sala, architect. Structures consultancy.
    • GRUPO JG, Industrial engineers. Installations consultancy.
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute.
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2012

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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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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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GZS – Pflegewohnhaus Simmering in Vienna, Austria by Josef Weichenberger architects + Partner

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Article source: Josef Weichenberger architects + Partner

In the heart of Vienna’s 11th district, on a lot densely vegetated by an old tree population, a new game-changing geriatrics center was to be realized.

Central idea:

High-quality dwelling for care-dependent senior citizens in the comforting atmosphere of a green oasis – rather then the common, sterile, hospital-style atmosphere of geriatrics centers as they used to be.

Image Courtesy Josef Weichenberger architects + Partner

  • Architects: Josef Weichenberger architects + Partner
  • Project: GZS – Pflegewohnhaus Simmering
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Software used: Don´t use programs to design the projects. This design is the result of models and sketches. To build this project AutoCAD LT was used.

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Chelsea Hill House in Québec by Kariouk Associates

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Article source: Kariouk Associates

Design Challenge:
The logistical challenge was to create within a small home a segregation of spaces for the very different habits (privacy, acoustical, tidiness, etc.) of teenagers and adults while avoiding choppy spaces.

Image Courtesy Photolux Studios

  • Architects: Kariouk Associates
  • Project: Chelsea Hill House
  • Location: Chelsea, Québec
  • ARCHITECTURAL TEAM: Paul Kariouk, Chris Davis, Susan Gardiner, Cedric Boulet
  • GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Sabean Custom Building (Stephen Sabean)
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: The Paterson Group (Zbig Kisilewicz)
  • PHOTO CREDITS: Photolux Studios, Christian Lalonde
  • PROJECT DATES: 2006-2008
  • Software used: AutoCad and Photoshop

Image Courtesy Photolux Studios

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