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The European Council and Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

As a consequence of 2004 European enlargement, the Justus Lipsius building becomes too small for the council of the European1 (hereafter named the Council). According to the treaty of Nice, adopted in 2001, all European Council2 sessions are held in Brussels, which also generates new real estate needs. In order to respond to those, the Belgian State offered the Council to cede block A from the complex “Residence Palace” to make it the future seat of both the European Council and the Council, once this building renovated and adapted to its future owners’ needs.

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers
  • Project: The European Council and Council of the European Union
  • Location: Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Quentin Olbrechts, Georges MEURANT, Thierry Henrard, Jacques Ceyssens, Marie-Françoise Plissart, POLYGON graphics cvba – Stijn Stragier
  • Client: Belgian Buildings Agency
  • General Direction: Laurent VRIJDAGHS, Administrateur général 
  • Design Partner: Dr Ir Ridder Philippe SAMYN, architect & engineer
  • Associate Partners: Arch. Mehdi CHTOUROU, Ir-Arch. Jean-Charles PUECHBLANC
  • Budget: 240 M€ (value as of index January 2004)
  • Area: 53.815 sqm superstructure (including 9.271 sqm conference rooms, 27.163 sqm offices, 3.370 sqm pressroom and 8.375 sqm ceremonial rooms and restaurants)
  • Asbestos removal started: January 2008
  • Completed: June 2016

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FONDO in Barcelona, Spain by Picharchitects

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: Picharchitects 

The building is located in a dense urban area with a poor road infrastructure and practically no open spaces. The old market was demolished, as its structure was completely obsolete. The new Multifunctional Building has the aim of re-using the place in a more intensive way.

Image Courtesy © Simón García

Image Courtesy © Simón García

 

  • Architects: Picharchitects 
  • Project: FONDO
  • Location: Santa Coloma De Gramenet, Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Simón García

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The Regional Council of Judea District in Beit Shemesh, Israel by YBGSNA

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: YBGSNA

Our proposal for the new Regional Council of Building of the District of Judea is based on a balance between our desire to insert a modest intervention in the landscape and a need to design a public building with a substantial formal presence. The relatively large lot (almost 20 dunam) and the modest program, led us to divide the areas into three building masses: a formal “cube” at the upper road with two wings at the lower road, embracing a public plaza.

Image Courtesy © YBGSNA

Image Courtesy © YBGSNA

  • Architects: YBGSNA
  • Project: The Regional Council of Judea District
  • Location: Har Tov, Beit Shemesh, Israel
  • Client: The Regional Council of Judea District
  • Area: 29,500 m2

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RODIN 33 in Napoles, Mexico by HAUSM2

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Article source: HAUSM2

The apartment building is located in a narrow site dimensions (7.8m wide by 28m long) on Rodin 33 street, this conditions demands an accurate lecture of the architectural program. to optimize the interior space we decided to look forward for a structural sistem that allow us to enjoy the open space.

The living room and dinner room are clearly conected to the exterior terraces taking the widest side of the site 7.8 meters. One apartment is located by floor, allowing to the user take an interesting view of the Mexico city skyline.

Image Courtesy © Onnis Luque

Image Courtesy © Onnis Luque

  • Architects: HAUSM2 (Carlos Marin)
  • Project: RODIN 33
  • Location: Rodin 33, Napoles, CDMX
  • Photography: Onnis Luque
  • Software used: AutoCAD
  • Facilities Project: Alejandra Siebel Ing.
  • Management and Coordination: HAUSM2
  • Structural project: Eng Gerson Huerta.
  • Area: 1,200 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Built Year: 2015-2016

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Metropole 708 in Washington by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Article source: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

The Metropole is a sleek, new, urban condo development positioned on a prominent corner in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. The seven-story building comprises 90 residences.

Image Courtesy © Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Image Courtesy © Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

 

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Fahle House in Tallinn, Estonia by KOKO architects

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Article source: KOKO architects

Fahle house, which was designed by KOKO, is one of the characteristic examples of architecture during the recent economic boom in Estonia. It is a building that from an architectural point of view was ambitious, from a real estate development point of view risky, and from the heritage protection point of view controversial and received a lot of attention from the public. Situated at one of the main entrances to Tallinn, between the airport and city centre, Fahle house draws the attention of every passer-by. The building is part of the complex of a former cellulose and paper factory where the most outstanding building is the tall and voluminous boiler house (1926) built from limestone and designed by architect Erich Jacoby.

Image Courtesy © KOKO architects

Image Courtesy © KOKO architects

  • Architects: KOKO architects
  • Project: Fahle House – An urban landmark at the gates of Tallinn
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Client: Koger & Partners
  • Size: 19,400 m2
  • Commission: 2004
  • Completed: 2007

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Projecto Homem in Braga, Portugal by Cerejeira Fontes Architects

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Article source: Cerejeira Fontes Architects 

On the  highest  point  in  the  city  of  Braga the  different temporal  strata of the city can be seen. This is the location to construct the building, connected to this visual memory. The connection  of the present occurs in the courtyards of the building, the location of social activity at the center, the repetition extends into the city’s areas of activities. These connections are registered non-explicitly in the subtraction of masses form the construction  of the building, extending it to the city squares, main streets, buildings and landscape. There is a formal  and social relationship  between  the city and the  building.  A project  for  the  rehabilitating people with  problems  with  substance abuse assumes the  same fragmented   relationship   of  city  life  at  your  feet.  The organization  of  the  architectural   elements, regardless  of the   different   functions   that   compose  the   program,   it provides a formal response for each individual space and is revealed as a tool to transforming it into a piece of the city. The building  consists of  two  platforms  which  fall  within several   blocks   seemingly   independent,  creating   two courtyards:  one facing the  city and the  other  an interior courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Frederico Martins

Image Courtesy © Frederico Martins

  • Architects: Cerejeira Fontes Architects
  • Project: Projecto Homem
  • Location: Monte Picoto, Braga, Portugal
  • Photography: Frederico Martins and Santo Eduardo di Miceli
  • Software used: AutoCad
  • Client: Centro de Solidariedade de Braga
  • Construction company: João Fernandes da Silva, S.A.
  • Authores: Arq. André de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes, Arq. António Jorge de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes
  • Colaboratores: Arq. António Leitão Dias, Arq. Nuno Miguel Lima da Cruz, Arq. José Pedro da Silva Moreira Pereira Fernandes, Arq. Sónia Cristina Oliveira da Rocha Gonçalves, Arq. Nuno Alexandre da Costa Rebelo, Bruno Miguel da Silva Marques, Dr. Tiago de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes
  • Structural: Eng. Joaquim António Barros
  • Eletrical: Eng. Luís O. de Carvalho
  • Cost of constrution: 1.039.035,92€
  • Cost/m2: 598,56€
  • Construction areas: 1.735,90 m2
  • Volume of construction: 5.207,70 m3
  • Construction ended: July 2004

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Wintergarden Housing in Antwerp Nieuw-Zuid, Belgium by Atelier Kempe Thill

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Article source: Atelier Kempe Thill

In the next decade the new city quarter “Antwerp Nieuw-Zuid” will be realized along the river Schelde in the Southwest of Antwerp as a high-quality extension of the historic city centre.

Recently as one of the first realizations a eco-housing project by Atelier Kempe Thill has been finished.

The housing project contains 32 flexible wintergarden apartments and commercial spaces on the ground floor built on a collective parking garage.

Image Courtesy © Ulrich Schwarz

Image Courtesy © Ulrich Schwarz

  • Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
  • Project: Wintergarden Housing
  • Location: Antwerp Nieuw-Zuid, Belgium
  • Photography: Ulrich Schwarz
  • Client: Triple Living Antwerp

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Minories Hotel in London, England by Mackay + Partners

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Article source: Mackay + Partners

The new 291 bed hotel building designed by Mackay + Partners, for developers Endurance Land & Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), will be operated by Motel One and opened pre-Christmas 2014.

The 4 star hotel will support the tourism needs at the edge of the City.

The building has created a new contemporary focus and identity on The Minories that will act as a benchmark for future neighbouring developments.

Image Courtesy © Mackay + Partners

Image Courtesy © Mackay + Partners

  • Architects: Mackay + Partners (Ken Mackay)
  • Project: Minories Hotel
  • Location: London, England

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Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City Mixed-use Project in Chongqing, China by Aedas

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Article source: Aedas

Aedas designs for Chinese publishing giant Xinhua Bookstore on Chinese proverb ‘Knowledge brings wealth’

Designed by Aedas, Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City Mixed-use Project is a dynamic complex that encompasses a sky cultural plaza, retails, apartments, offices and a boutique hotel in the Jiefangbei Central Business District, the heart of downtown Chongqing. Aedas draws design inspiration from an ancient Chinese prose ‘Knowledge brings wealth’ to integrate book with the cultural elements of Chongqing, creating an interactive commercial complex with Xinhua Bookstore sitting at the core of the podium.

Image Courtesy © Aedas

Image Courtesy © Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Project: Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City Mixed-use Project
  • Location: Chongqing, China
  • Client: Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group, Chongqing Xinhua Media Ltd., Chongqing North Green Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Directors: Andy Wen and Keith Griffiths
  • Gross floor area: 153,980 square metres
  • Completion year: 2020

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